Eidos Montreal outsources Deus Ex--should PC gamers panic?

Anthony Valva at

PC gamers recoiled in horror when Jean-François Dugas, director of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, announced in an interview with Shacknews that Eidos Montreal is outsourcing the PC version of the classic PC game to a joint in the Netherlands called Nixxes.

Dugas told Shacknews that the job both was and wasn't being done in-house, and then clarified that the job is a "partnership" with the Dutch studio. It's bracing news, especially for a game that's a cornerstone in the foundation of PC gaming. But while there's good reason to be concerned, there's also evidence that the decision might be a net positive for PC gamers and Deus Ex fans.

Patrician IV Review

Richard Bett at

Venerable, oak-aged, the Patrician games first sailed onto our screens back in 1993. As with its predecessors, Patrician IV is one of those transport management games we all tell our cool friends we’re really not into. Eschewing the lorries or trains the genre usually attracts, Pat IV is based around middle-ages sea freight.

There’s little joy to be had in travelling from port to port: the journey is represented by crawling glumly across the map, and each stop proves practically identical upon arrival. Interaction is also disappointingly limited.

How to make Call of Duty: Black Ops run faster on your PC

Richard Cobbett at

We were less than impressed with Call of Duty: Black Ops, and being hit with bad framerates, stuttering and other glitches didn't exactly improve our mood. Luckily, there are ways of whipping it into shape without having to wait for another patch to come along. Here's our guide to CODBLOPS bliss.