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Don't play with matches: Riot clarifies its stance on third party applications in League of Legends

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League of Legends

Don’t mess with the in-game experience: that’s Riot’s golden rule when it comes to League of Legends players employing third party applications. The developer apparently gets a lot of questions in regards to what types of apps are and are not acceptable, so today it clarified its stance. 

“No software should interfere directly with the in-game player experience between when you press ‘Play’ and the end of game screen.”

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Diablo 3 patch 2.1.1 arrives, bringing big changes for gamblers

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Diablo 3 patch 2.1.1

Diablo III patch 2.1.1 is upon us, bringing with it a slew of changes including class and pet tweaks, bug fixes and an increase to the amount of crafting materials dropped by Rift Guardians in Adventure Mode. 

Notably, the cost of gambling by spending Blood Shards at Kadala, the Horadrim merchant in Adventure Mode, has increased. But to balance this out, the chances of getting a legendary item from her have increased. Blizzard says it’s a quality of life improvement, though it’s been the cause of many threads popping up on the forums. 

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Big Pharma is a colourful tycoon game that explores an ugly industry

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Big Pharma

If you’ve ever looked at the horrible amounts of money big pharmacetical companies make out of human suffering and thought, “Gosh, I’d like to be part of that,” but you still want to keep your soul, then I have good news for you. There’s a game for you: Big Pharma.

Big Pharma is a strategy management game inspired by the likes of Transport and RollerCoaster Tycoon. You run your own company, developing new drugs through research and production lines with an aim to sell them all for a nasty profit. But some uncomfortable truths about the business of healing underpins it all. 

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Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies open beta begins today and rewards testers with free stuff

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Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies seems a bit odd, not least due to the fact that the developer decided to insert its name into the title of the game. Korean developer Nexon has been a long-time collaborator with Valve, creating Counter-Strike Online in Asia. That’s not what this is, though. Instead, it’s classic Counter-Strike, but with new guns, modes and, of course, zombies. 

And it’s free-to-play, with the open beta kicking off today. 

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Titan

Blizzard cancels Titan: "We didn't find the fun"

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Blizzard cancels Titan

After seven years, with a team size of over a hundred working on it at one point, Blizzard’s Titan MMO has been cancelled. In an interview with Polygon, the developer revealed the bad news, explaining that the project just wasn’t coming together. 

"We didn't find the fun," said Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime. "We didn't find the passion. We talked about how we put it through a reevaluation period, and actually, what we reevaluated is whether that's the game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no."

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Topic of the Week: What are your best co-op moments?

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Topic of the Week: Co-op

Being a lone wolf is cool. But much like wearing sunglasses and leather jackets, there’s a time and a place for it. Sometimes, it’s much nicer just to play games with some chums. Even terrible games can suddenly become playable when you’ve got a wingman by your side. 

That brings us to our Topic of the Week: what are your best co-op moments? Stories of betrayal, teaming up to overcome adversity - we want them all. So let us know in the comments. 

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Green Man Gaming to give away Eve trials with pre-orders of Far Cry 4 and more

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Far Cry 4: fairly green.

The other day, PCGamesN friends and digital distributors Green Man Gaming launched their Welcome Pack initiative. New sign-ups would yield free copies of Gun Monkeys and Sanctum, 30 days of Eve, and a decent discount to help fund further Steam key purchases.

Those of us with long-established accounts were in no position to benefit. But GMG have rectified that oversight by offering the same pack as an incentive to pre-purchase one of six PC games - Civ: Beyond Earth, Shadow of Mordor, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4 or Alien: Isolation.

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Lords of the Fallen footage showcases mid-game boss fights and the "medieval BFG"

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Lords of the Fallen: the return of the forward roll to pop culture.

I came out of Dark Souls 2 excited to see what western RPG developers would glean from its idiosyncrasies. And who better placed to shave off some of its spirit than onetime Witcher producer Tomasz Gop, now at the head of his own studio and project?

As it happens, Lords of the Fallen circles very tightly around the template left by From Software, despite Gop's protests - but throws in a few punches of its own. Its latest mid-game footage shows off some juicy character specialisation and plenty of particle effects.

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Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar greenlit in short order

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Shroud of the Avatar: almost Ultima.

O, how the stars have fallen. If you paraphrase Lord British’s Wikipedia page concisely enough, you learn that “Richard Garriott built... his residence... in space”. But now the Ultima originator lives here to Earth, and has to push his game through Steam Greenlight like the rest of us.

Shroud of the Avatar spent just two days on the community service before it was accepted, however, and will be claiming a spot in Early Access in the near future.

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Trion lower ArcheAge subscription price after community kerfuffle

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ArcheAge: circumventing disaster.

Our Nick’s has been rocked by changing winds while writing his ArcheAge review in progress - alternating between prime piracy anecdotes and sunk server woes. But a different issue has been bothering the game’s European community since the MMO's Western release a week ago.

ArcheAge’s subscription option had been priced higher than expected - a mistake Trion World have blamed on a “misunderstanding on our side” and subsequently corrected.

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Blitzkrieg 3 will be the RTS antidote to "today's rapid pace of life"

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Blitzkrieg 3: on track for release in 2015.

Do you remember Blitzkrieg? It didn't make our list of the best strategy games on PC, but I remember the screenshots of bird’s-eye-view beach landings in the PC magazines of the early ‘00s. Mentions of the game seemed to linger for years afterward.

We’ve honoured that slow-burn tradition by picking up on Blitzkrieg 3’s fanfare a few day’s late, but with undiminished enthusiasm. The sequel comes from steadfast series originators Nival, and promises to repaint the familiar fights of World War II without the broad strokes of “politics or ideology”.

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Steam front page gets personal with launch of new discovery features and Curators

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The Steam storefront, as it is for me.

Last week, 15 new games were added to Steam. That’s more than you can hold in your head at once, let alone play - and beneath them are buried the 15 from the week before, and the 15 from the week before that.

“We know you can’t play them all,” say Valve. “So we’ve updated Steam with new features and functionality to help you discover the best new releases, the classics, and the unique indie gems you might be interested in.”

That all begins with the Steam home page. No longer a universal overview of what’s happening in PC games, the default tab now displays personalised recommendations based on what you’ve played and the opinions of your favourite Curators - self-appointed arbiters of what’s good in gaming.

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Pathologic remake trailer is appropriately discomforting

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Pathologic

Ice-Pick Lodge’s Pathologic Kickstarter - the remake of the developer’s first brilliant, but clunky, impenetrable survival mystery - has reached the mid-point of the campaign and the outlook is pretty good. With 14 days to go, it’s already raised almost $230,000 of its $250,000 goal. 

There’s a proper trailer now, too, and it’s appropriately enigmatic and disquieting. 

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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is vastly improved by an adorable canine mascot

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Metal Gear Solid V

Metal Gear Solid is rarely adorable. Confusing and a bit depressing, sure, but it doesn’t delve into the realm of cuteness. That is, until now. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which was recently announced for PC, is undoubtedly the most cuddly, strokable Metal Gear game. And it’s all thanks to DD, a pup that Snake rescues after finding its dead mother. 

DD is clearly the real star of The Phantom Pain. 

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Runescape's Lost City of the Elves has been found - it's always in the last place that you look

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Runescape The Lost City of the Elves

Back in January, Runescape players got to vote on what Jagex should work on for its next large update. The vote was between the invention skill and the Lost City of the Elves, Prifddinas. The latter won by a mere ten percent, making it about as close as the recent Scottish independence referendum. Maybe a bit less important, though. 

Now the city has made its way into the game, all shiny and completely filled with elves. 

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Wasteland 2 review

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Wasteland 2 review

Wasteland 2 is a gargantuan tactical RPG and sequel to the 25-year-old inspiration for the Fallout series. It’s bold, but it’s messy, like the Desert Rangers that serve as its protagonists. The post-apocalyptic wasteland is familiar, evocative of the trilogy the original birthed, but travelling in a band of lawkeepers instead of wandering the wastes as an aimless adventurer changes things dramatically. 

As I got ready for my first patrol, I had my squad of misfits and professional soldiers backing me up. I’d be facing mutant bunny rabbits, suicidal nuclear bomb worshipers and psychotic bandits dabbling in real estate. It’s a funny old world, and one that’s experienced in unconventional ways.

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ArcheAge review in progress

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ArcheAge Review In Progress

Welcome to my review in progress for ArcheAge: XLGames and Trion World’s hybrid pirate-sandbox MMO. For the next couple of weeks I’ll be exploring the world of Erenor, writing down my adventures and impressions every ten levels. Be sure to check back regularly for my latest thoughts, and don’t be afraid to ask any questions in the comments section below.

I've just updated it with my inter-continental trade runs, PVP and combat.

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Assassin's Creed Unity DLC finally takes us to China on a quest for revenge

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Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass

Ubisoft has pulled back the curtain on its post-release, season pass plans for Assassin's Creed Unity, and the publisher has managed to squeeze in a welcome surprise. 

Along with the expected stuff like new weapons and customization options for Arno’s Parisian adventure, a new story campaign will take the Assassin out of the French capital and into the crypts of Saint Denis. 

Far more interesting, though, is a standalone game separate from the story of Unity, set in 16th Century China with a female Assassin, Shao Jun. 

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Nvidia: “Titan sold way above our expectations”

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Nvidia: “Titan sold way above our expectations”

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Train Simulator 2015 interview: “Oculus Rift is just perfect complementary technology for Train Simulator”

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How Crusader Kings 2 caught Paradox by surprise

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Planetary Annihilation review

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Gang Beasts Early Access review

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Topic of the Week: What are your fondest memories of Minecraft so far?

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The Sims 4 review

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The Watch_Dogs DLC Bad Blood plays better than the base game

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Flockers PC review

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Flockers PC review

What I wish Destiny had learned from PC games

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How much of Microsoft's $2.5 billion will Notch actually receive?

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How much of Microsoft's $2.5 billion will Notch actually receive?

Clockwork Empires Early Access review

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Clockwork Empires Early Access review

The Sims 4: I trapped a man in a box and forced him to learn to play the piano

The Sims 4

The Sims 4: I trapped a man in a box and forced him to learn to play the piano

Dear Microsoft: about that Minecraft deal

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Dear Microsoft: about that Minecraft deal

Why one developer has stripped microtransactions from their MOBA

Dragons and Titans

Why one developer has stripped microtransactions from their MOBA

Topic of the Week: What games infected you with hype but lost you after launch?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What games infected you with hype but lost you after launch?

Destiny isn't on PC yet, but you can play all of these other games and pretend that it is

Destiny

Destiny isn't on PC yet, but you can play all of these other games and pretend that it is

World of Warships is quietly brilliant

World of Warships

World of Warships is quietly brilliant

Bedlam asks ‘What if I could take Doom’s BFG into a fantasy RPG?’

Bedlam

Bedlam asks ‘What if I could take Doom’s BFG into a fantasy RPG?’

Torturing the elderly in The Sims 4

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Torturing the elderly in The Sims 4

A fireside chat: Pillars of Eternity beta impressions

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A fireside chat: Pillars of Eternity beta impressions

Port Inspection - Dead Rising 3

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Port Inspection - Dead Rising 3

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Twitch.TV

How to stream games on Twitch.tv

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Hatoful Boyfriend review

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Hatoful Boyfriend review

Lichdom: Battlemage review

Lichdom: Battlemage

Lichdom: Battlemage review

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Some thoughts on The Sims 4