Crimes and Punishments' latest trailer offers a lengthy look at Frogwares' Sherlock Holmes sim

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If you think I'm writing about Crimes and Punishments just so I can link to the best Sherlock Holmes song ever written, My Dear Watson by Thee Headcoats, then you're half-right. I'm also writing about it because a massive new trailer has just released. In its 23 minutes of footage, Holmes doesn't say the word "elementary" once, but he does look a bit like a Victorian Matthew Mcconaughey, so that's something I suppose. This latest 'narrated gameplay trailer' contains commentary by the guy what did that Styx: Master of Shadows one, which makes sense as they share a publisher.


Saturday Crapshoot: Gold Rush!

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Every week, Richard Cobbett rolls the dice to bring you an obscure slice of gaming history, from lost gems to weapons grade atrocities. This week, can an enterprising soul make a fortune... specifically, by charging $10 for a 1988 adventure game with a remake already on the way?

Gold Rush! doesn't sound like it's going to be one of the odder games from the Sierra On-Line catalogue; the company that after all gave us games like Manhunter and Leisure Suit Larry 2. It actually just sounds like, well, a pretty good idea. What better historical adventure could there be than leaving one's life behind in an all-or-nothing gamble in the California Gold Rush at a time of great change and great fortune? The Oregon Trail was a staple at schools for a reason - the call of the frontier still loud and booming, even in an era of planes, trains and automobiles, and many other memorable comedy movies as well.

But then you play it. And in a word... whooooooooooooooooooooo!

Rob Zombie's Assassin's Creed Unity short film is surprisingly good (and unsurprisingly gory)

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So, you want to give gamers a quick primer to the historical backcloth of the French Revolution, but can’t afford to send them all a copy of Les Miserables. What’s the plan, hotshot? If you’re Ubisoft, the not entirely obvious answer is ‘hire Rob Zombie’.


Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor's newest trailer reveals the Wraith's identity, more story details

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Warner Bros. Interactive has revealed the identity of the wraith at the center of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, and it's a surprisingly important character in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. The new trailer also sets up a lot of the game's story, including the Wraith's importance to the Dark Lord, Sauron.


Lovely Planet review

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I’ve criticized games for making me memorize every level. I rarely find it more fun than solving problems on the fly, or with premeditated strategy. There are a few special games, though, that loop past that criticism, wind through furious delirium, and land among my favorites. Super Meat Boy is one, Hotline Miami is another, and Lovely Planet now joins them. It’s not quite of the same caliber, but it’s fantastic.


Shadowrun: Dragonfall is returning with a Director's Cut

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Harebrained Schemes has announced that Shadowrun: Dragonfall will be re-released in late summer in a heavily upgraded, standalone Director's Cut edition.


The week's highs and lows in PC gaming

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Every Friday the PC Gamer team thumbs through its Filofax, coldly picks out the key moments from the past week, then makes an excuse about having to return some videotapes…


Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor launching five days early

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Videogame release dates change all the time, but it's not often that they're moved ahead, rather than back. Yet that is exactly what's happened with Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, which is going to hit the shelves a few days earlier than expected.


Into the deep: it's time to learn how to play Dwarf Fortress

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The above image may look like a cat walked all over an MS-DOS word processor. What it actually depicts, however, is unspeakable violence and brutality. A field strewn with spent arrows, severed limbs, and pools of blood leads to the trap-riddled narrow entrance of an underground fortress. Corpses of elves, goblins, trolls, humans, and even dogs rot in the open air, slain in attacks on peaceful trade caravans. The inhabitants of the fortress do not care. They got what they wanted from the wagons. Any outsiders who happened to be captured alive in the cage traps will soon be thrown screaming into the open magma pits several floors below.

This is Dwarf Fortress: an endlessly sprawling simulator of procedurally generated worlds awaiting dwarves brave enough to plunder their precious metals. Simple graphics interact with the imagination to reveal more detail than the most vivid high-polycount game—for anyone willing to learn Dwarf Fortress's notorious complexity. It's actually not as hard as you think, and 2014's Dwarf Fortress update dramatically expands Adventure mode to tell sprawling RPG adventures with the same depth as Fortress mode. It's the perfect time to learn, and we're here to help. You'll be pouring magma on goblins in no time.


Crytek says new source of capital has secured its long-term future

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Crytek has ended its steadfast silence regarding reports of financial trouble and dissatisfied employees at the company that have been floating around since June, when it was reported that the company was struggling to meet its payroll obligations. In a statement released today, it admitted that it hasn't done the best possible job of keeping its staff apprised of its long-term plans, but says it has now "laid the foundation" that will secure Crytek's long-term future.

PC Gaming Alliance becomes the Open Gaming Alliance, welcomes tablets into its loving embrace

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Formed in 2008, the PC Gaming Alliance is—or was—an organization dedicated to promoting the PC as a viable gaming platform for the future. But it recently renamed itself to the "Open Gaming Alliance," a change it said was made because "the PC is no longer the most dominant gaming form factor."


Yogscast statement addresses Yogventures Kickstarter funding questions

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In an email sent to Yogventures backers that's been posted on Reddit, Yogscast co-founder Lewis Brindley said the $150,000 it received from the Kickstarter went toward physical rewards, marketing and "supporting the project," and added that the amount of money it's put into the project is considerably greater than any it received through crowdfunding.


We're giving away thousands of Wildstar free trial keys on Monday

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We found a lot to love in Carbine's bright, characterful MMO, Wildstar, when we reviewed it a short while ago, and there's a chance you might too if you take part in our upcoming key giveaway, which will go live on Monday July 28.


The PC Gamer Show episode 2: Pillars of Eternity, Fallout: New Vegas, Divinity: Original Sin

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It's The PC Gamer Show! Episode two is an RPGstravaganza with special guest Josh Sawyer, who stopped by to demo Obsidian's Infinity Engine throwback Pillars of Eternity. The PC Gamer US team also discussed the greatest RPGs of all time, played some co-op Divinity: Original Sin, and talked to Sawyer about his time as the director on Fallout: New Vegas.


The Sims 4 system requirements released. It will probably run on your computer

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Okay, so it won't run on anything too old: you're out of luck if you're rocking, say, a C64, difference engine or anything powered by a potato. Still, the recently released minimum requirements for The Sims 4 are low—as you might expect from a series that targets such a wide audience.


GTA 4 graphics mod iCEnhancer gets major new 3.0 update

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Yes, GTA 5 will arrive on PC later this year. Don't start salivating over the inevitable graphics mods just yet, though: there's still a reason to appreciate the game's slightly older brother. That reason is iCEnhancer 3.0, the new release of the excellent Grand Theft Auto 4 mod. This version updates the ENB, upgrades multiple post-processing effects and improves the game's performance.


EVE Online's new boss on the future of the game, accessibility, and the 'spreadsheets in space' label

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CCP’s massively multiplayer space sim has a new boss. Her name is Andie Nordgren, and she’ll be taking charge of not only the development of the game, but its long-term vision too. She was behind the game’s new update model, which sees ten smaller updates being released a year instead of two large expansions, and previously served as EVE’s senior producer. I talked to Nordgren about the future of the game and how she’s making the notoriously deep, intimidating MMO friendlier.


Firefly Online releases first game footage, announces returning cast members

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Ah, 2002. A year when you could legitimately use Papyrus and still be a beloved TV show. Despite the font, Firefly remains much missed by its fans. Firefly Online, then, is hoping to capture some of that enthusiasm—and has enlisted the original cast to help. At this year's San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that all of the primary cast will be reprising their roles for the MMO, which is being developed for Windows, Mac and mobiles. A new trailer has also emerged, showing the first footage from the game.


Bioware trailer teases mysterious project, rumoured to be called Shadow Realms

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Hey, you! You have been chosen to receive information about whatever it is Bioware are up to. So has everybody else, for that matter, but don't let that make you feel any less special.

Also, "information" might be a bit strong. We've got a creepy live-action teaser, the phrase "you've been chosen", and the promise of more to come at Gamescom, this August. "The time is near," states the description. "They are watching. Your power is rising. Cologne, Germany. You’ve Been Chosen." Internet sleuths have gone a step further, though, revealing references to the name Shadow Realm.


BioShock news is imminent, according to this 2K Games teaser

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When most of Irrational Games was laid off earlier this year many assumed it was the last we'd see of BioShock, at least until 2K Games mustered the courage to have one developed independent of its old studio ala BioShock 2. Well, it would appear that something BioShock related is about to happen, because 2K Games posted this teaser image (above) on its official Twitter account earlier today, along with the text: "Oooo, what COULD this mean?!".