PC Games News

All Feeds and Submitions Submit Stuff

A Region Reborn - NA League of Legends Championship Series Playoffs crown TSM

Comment
A pair of League of Legends pros celebrate their qualifying for 2014 Worlds.

The five game final in the North American playoffs between Team SoloMid and Cloud9 was all about pride, and getting the best possible seed at 2014 Worlds. But while TSM won by the skin of their teeth, both teams’ reputations were secure. They remain the clear masters of the North American LCS division, and their real test is yet to come.

But for Counter-Logic Gaming and Curse, the playoff season was one of heartbreak and disappointment. Despite the two teams’ tremendous efforts to change their fortunes this season, and surprisingly strong showings from both of them over the course of the 2014 campaign, the bitter end of the season crushed both teams’ high hopes.

It also showed that, for these once-proud American teams, the road back to the top of competitive League of Legends is a lot longer than one season.

Read and Comment

Civilization: Beyond Earth trailer details affinities and kills a kraken

Comments1
Civilization: Beyond Earth trailer

If you don’t have a spare hour or two to sit through Firaxis’ dev streams of Civilization: Beyond Earth, then you might want to take a look at the new in-universe walkthrough. 

AI lady Master Control narrates six minutes of Beyond Earth, offering an overview of combat, exploiting the orbital layer of the planet and the philosophical affinities that underpin factions.

Read and Comment

Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar PC review

Comment
A mob of Gauls try to break a long Roman line.

Here is my dilemma with Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar: it’s boring as hell; but it’s also irresistible.

What do you make of a game that seems to exist in a state of quantum superposition, both dull and exciting, mediocre and brilliant? Why is one of the best games ever made about the Roman Empire also one of the least sexy?

Read and Comment

The League of Legends World Championship final is expected to sell out Seoul's Sangam Stadium

Comment
League of Legends World Championship

The League of Legends World Championship final is expected to sell out Seoul’s massive Sangam Stadium, says Riot’s Dustin Beck. 

The Championship’s stages will play out across four different cities, with the final taking place in South Korea on October 19th. And it looks like you might have to be fast if you want a ticket. 

Read and Comment

Have you herd? Flockers launches on September 19th

Comment
Flockers

The wooly Lemmings by way of Worms puzzle game, Flockers, is set to leave Early Access this month, launching on September 19th.

Vast flocks of sheep will be yours to protect, as they make their way through deadly, steampunk abattoirs. It might make you think twice before using exploding sheep in your next Worms match. 

Read and Comment

Gratuitous Space Battles 2 puts on quite the light show

Comment
Gratuitous Space Battles 2 video

Gratuitous Space Battles 2, the asynchronous strategy game filled with custom-built fleets duking it out in space, has been in development for over a year, but today we see the first glimpse of the titular battles. 

In the first look at the sequel, Cliff Harris pits his armada of gaudy ships against an equally gaudy enemy fleet, and the whole thing looks rather gorgeous. It’s pre-alpha at the moment, but already the fights look more detailed and stimulating than its forebear. Take a gander below. 

Read and Comment

20 Best Strategy Games

The 20 Best Strategy Games On PC

Comments13

Update 01/09/2014: It’s been over a year since our lovely chum Joe put together this list, so we’ve decided to take a second look, make some changes and expand it from 15 to 20. And where before we listed a few series, we’ve now plucked out the best of the bunch.

Here are the 15 best strategy games that I think you should all play right now.

Every game has strategy, and as a genre “strategy” can mean a lot of different things. Turn-based, or real-time? “Grand” strategy, or tactics? A great strategy game isn’t necessarily one with good graphics, or a wide unit variety, but it’ll have excellent core mechanics, and ultimately it’ll make you think. 

Read and Comment

Esports

Esportsify wants to make the business of eSports easier

Comments1
Esportsify

This year’s Dota 2 International saw over 2 million concurrent online viewers drinking in the competitive spectacle, while teams from across the world fought for a prize pool of $11 million. It was even broadcast on ESPN, with the network saying they were “delighted” with their own undisclosed figures. 

During Gamescom, at ESL One Cologne, 856 years of Counter-Strike: GO was consumed by nearly half a million people. The tournament broke viewing records for the game by 160 percent. ESL One Frankfurt had over 12,500 people filling up the arena each day, while millions watched the streams. 

As the success and popularity of eSports reaches new heights, greater levels of professionalism and organisation are called for. Communities need to be managed, brands need to be developed and funding - for those trips all over the world - has to be found. This was the impetus for Esportsify, an eSports community platform developed by Xfire’s Gavin Weeks.  

Read and Comment

This is what a 100-player game of Galactic Civilizations 3 looks like

Comment
Galactic Civilizations III

Galactic Civilizations III is taking shape, with its beta simultaneously evoking its predecessor and something new; something bigger and more detailed. Designer Paul Boyer calls it the GalCiv 2 Stardock always wanted to make

One of the biggest changes is the switch from 32 bit to 64. This means Stardock can do things that would never have been possible in the previous game, like create a galaxy with 100 factions. And that’s just what Stardock’s Derek Paxton did on the weekend.

Read and Comment

Spotlight
?

Our Spotlight units plug content our journalists have made, that our advertisers want to promote. Sometimes the promotion is paid for, but the content they go to is always independent with no client oversight or approval.

Now that's a reveal: Capcom are making a Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Comments1
An early screenshot from Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Dank.

It’s testament to the state Resident Evil was in last year that a 3DS game ported as an afterthought to PC was heralded with over a million sales. But Revelations was a welcome throwback: an unapologetic survival horror game that asked its players to hug tight corners and wrestle with restrictive control schemes.

The same team have built a sequel. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will drop the cast and setting of its predecessor, but presumably keep the ‘90s ethos.

Read and Comment

EA are giving Shadow Realm’s team “the ability to fail”

Comment
The story of Shadow Realms is split between the real world and a fantasy realm named Embra.

Shadow Realms is the first new IP we’ve seen from Bioware since they released Dragon Age: Origins back in 2010. It’s easy for a studio to get stuck releasing games in the same franchises, especially when under pressure from a major publisher like EA. While at Gamescom, James Ohlen, Shadow Realm’s creative director, explained to me how he got EA to take a chance on his 4v1 dungeon crawler and how he got the publisher to leave his team alone while they made it.

Read and Comment

Riot's plan to ensure relegated LCS teams "don't just disappear from the business"

Comment
Riot want LCS relegations to be just a bump in the road for teams.

This year’s North American LCS playoffs have been tumultuous and surprising. Teams like Curse and CLG had built strong new rosters for the 2014 season, and made commendable efforts to recapture old glories. But that wasn’t enough to keep some of the scene’s favourite personalities from dropping out of the Championship early.

Their relegations have made an old question more pertinent than ever. Deep prize pools may make the headlines in eSports - but how do Riot plan to support the also-rans?

“We want to build an ecosystem where teams who make it into LCS are ready,” said Riot head of EU eSports Jason Yeh. “And when teams get relegated out of LCS they don’t just disappear from the business.”

Read and Comment

Ataarrghi: Alone in the Dark and Haunted House reboots due on PC this Autumn

Comment
Alone in the Dark: Illumination is co-op - so not particularly lonely.

So continues the unusual resurrection of the artist formerly known as Infogrames, Atari. The once-great publisher has supplemented its diet of gambling games lately with an unexpected Rollercoaster Tycoon reboot, and now this: the return of its two most venerable horror licenses.

Alone in the Dark: Illumination and Haunted House: Cryptic Graves will be “suspenseful, action-packed” survival horror games. They’ll also be something survival horror games historically haven’t been: on PC.

Read and Comment

Ubisoft will release three open-world games in the space of eight days

Comments5
Unity through release dates?

Ubisoft are good with numbers. That’s why their investors like them. But we suspect that, if the French publisher were to take a calculator and tot up the average hour-count of an Assassin’s Creed game on Steam, they’d find they’ve made a whoopsie.

The average PC gamer has time to potter about three open-world games in a year, if they’re lucky. But come November, Ubisoft are going to unleash three in just over a week.

Read and Comment

Blizzard plan to still be working on Hearthstone in ten years' time

Comments1
When we are all white-beards and beardesses, we will still be playing Hearthstone.

As tricksy free-to-play models go, Hearthstone's is low-cost.

Oh sure, building an Arena-ready deck can require significant investment. But between Practice mode and the Curse of Naxxramas campaign, there are plenty of cheap opportunities to bulk up a competitive card collection. Blizzard have been “generous” - deliberately so.

“We’re here for the long run,” said producer Yong Woo. “We’re not here to make a quick buck. I want to be playing and working on Hearthstone 10 years from now.” 

Read and Comment

You can pre-load The Sims 4 on Origin this week

Comments1
The Sims 4: just a reticulated spleen away.

The appearance of a new Sims game is always an event in PC gaming. It’s especially so now, given that co-developers Maxis still have their thermonuclear SimCity launch fresh in the memory.

In an effort to prevent their servers from melting like candles, EA have enabled players who’ve pre-ordered The Sims 4 to prep for its imminent release.

Read and Comment

Campo Santo reveal first trailer for Firewatch at PAX

Comment
A park service watchtower against the night sky in the game Firewatch.

Campo Santo have been made of promise since their founding, but at PAX this weekend they’ve finally lifted the cover on their first game, Firewatch. The slightly cryptic title now boasts an only slightly less cryptic trailer, but hints at the kind of style and tone Campo Santo are striving for.

I’m not sure what’s headed these park rangers’ way, but it looks like they are lost in a philosophical wilderness that’s positively ablaze with existential dread.

Read and Comment

Spotlight
?

Our Spotlight units plug content our journalists have made, that our advertisers want to promote. Sometimes the promotion is paid for, but the content they go to is always independent with no client oversight or approval.

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition announced by Beamdog at PAX 2014

Comments2
Icewind Dale

After tackling Black Isle/BioWare’s famed Infinity Engine games with Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 Enhanced Edition, developer Beamdog are progressing onto new Dungeons & Dragons adventures. Continuing through the Forgotten Realms, the team are treading more frosty ground in an enhanced, re-vamped version of Icewind Dale. 

Read and Comment

Pages

Alienware - Game VictoriousNvidia Shield - Titanfall
Esportsify wants to make the business of eSports easier

Esports

Esportsify wants to make the business of eSports easier

EA are giving Shadow Realm’s team “the ability to fail”

Shadow Realms

EA are giving Shadow Realm’s team “the ability to fail”

Shadow Realms is Left 4 Dead by way of pen and paper RPGs

Shadow Realms

Shadow Realms is Left 4 Dead by way of pen and paper RPGs

The Journey Down: Chapter Two review

The Journey Down: Chapter Two

The Journey Down: Chapter Two review

Shadow of Mordor preview

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor preview

Firefall patch packs in the action making it much more fun to play

Firefall

Firefall patch packs in the action making it much more fun to play

Internet misogynists drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house with death threats

Anita Sarkeesian

Internet misogynists drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house with death threats

There was an Elite musical co-written by Ian Bell's brother. You can read the whole thing online now

Elite: Dangerous

There was an Elite musical co-written by Ian Bell's brother. You can read the whole thing online now

The Walking Dead Season 2: No Going Back PC review

The Walking Dead: Season 2

The Walking Dead Season 2: No Going Back PC review

Topic of the Week: How do you play episodic games?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: How do you play episodic games?

The eight best babies in games

Babies

The eight best babies in games

How the indie community united to save survival game Duskers, a studio, and a dream

Duskers

How the indie community united to save survival game Duskers, a studio, and a dream

Last chance to make the finals: Red Bull Battle Grounds Detroit has begun

Starcraft II

Last chance to make the finals: Red Bull Battle Grounds Detroit has begun

How I fell in love with QuakeCon

Doom

How I fell in love with QuakeCon

Heat Signature: surviving in space for as long as you can

Heat Signature

Heat Signature: surviving in space for as long as you can

Noir Syndrome is a randomly generated murder mystery game

Noir Syndrome

Noir Syndrome is a randomly generated murder mystery game

Gamescom 2014: Hands-on with Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation

Gamescom 2014: Hands-on with Alien: Isolation

Some new Star Citizen stretch goals

Star Citizen

Some new Star Citizen stretch goals

Gamescom 2014: The Indie Games Roundup

Verdun

Gamescom 2014: The Indie Games Roundup

Topic of the Week: Exclusives - what are they good for?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: Exclusives - what are they good for?

Who is the least worst publisher of PC games? EA or Ubisoft?

EA

Who is the least worst publisher of PC games? EA or Ubisoft?

Hands on with The Golf Club

The Golf Club

Hands on with The Golf Club

Galactic Civilizations III beta: now it's getting fun

Galactic Civilizations™ III

Galactic Civilizations III beta: now it's getting fun

Warlords of Draenor cinematic revealed; expansion launches on November 13th

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

Warlords of Draenor cinematic revealed; expansion launches on November 13th

All Gone! We've got beta keys for ArcheAge, an MMO with the ethos of Eve

ArcheAge

All Gone! We've got beta keys for ArcheAge, an MMO with the ethos of Eve

Topic of the Week: What do you want us to tell you about from Gamescom?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What do you want us to tell you about from Gamescom?

A StarCraft classic for a new Proleague era

Starcraft series

A StarCraft classic for a new Proleague era

The 100 best Skyrim mods

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The 100 best Skyrim mods

The 15 best sandbox games on PC

Best PC Games

The 15 best sandbox games on PC

Firefall PC review

Firefall

Firefall PC review