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Sword Coast Legends' party of adventurers finally face the Dungeon Master

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Sword Coast Legends Dungeon Master video

Last week saw Sword Coast Legends developers n-Space show off the single-player aspect of their D&D-themed isometric RPG and just about the worst attempt of a Scottish accent any Dwarf has ever made. This week, the video is all about the novel Dungeon Master multiplayer mode, where adventurers face off against a human adversary, and more awful accents. 

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Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: 2K and Sega fight to the death

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Weekend Deal Dump: 2K and Sega fight to the death

Another weekend is looming ahead of us, and for me it will be filled with the gnashing of teeth and buckets of blood as I venture into Bloodborne. A lot of you will no doubt be in the middle of your Pillars of Eternity adventure, but for those of you saving your coppers, then I’m here for you with another Weekend Deal Dump. 

As is becoming increasingly normal, we’re once again we’re faced with some massive publisher sales this weekend, along with some lovely bundles promising to rescue you from a miserable two days of socialising and hot, steamy sex with faceless strangers.

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Elite: Dangerous is putting on an in-game scavenger hunt for Nvidia Titan Blacks

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Elite: Dangerous scavenger hunt

Elite: Dangerous is rife with trading opportunities. Mined ore, fuel, ship components, food, Nvidia graphics cards – they can all be bought and traded. That last one, though, it’s a new one. Frontier and Nvidia are hosting an in-game scavenger hunt and for five lucky pilots, a shiny new, GTX Titan Black will be at the end of it. 

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Ashes of the Singularity is an RTS where getting across the largest map takes an hour

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Ashes of the Singularity preview

Ashes of the Singularity, Stardock and Oxide Games’ gargantuan RTS, immediately impresses with its scope. When Stardock CEO Brad Wardell showed the game off for the first time at GDC, that was very much the focus of the demo. This is a huge game, with a huge number of units all acting independently. And yes, it’s a game where a unit flying across its largest map will be on that journey for an hour. 

The promise made by Oxide and Stardock is attention grabbing, but I wanted to find out where the game was under all of the tech and scale, and how Ashes can make a splash in a genre dominated by very few games, where most struggle to gain traction. After speaking with Wardell earlier this week, I’m a bit more reassured. 

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Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain: all the spoiled cards so far

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Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain New Cards

Update 27/03/15: three new cards have been added - Drakonid Crusher, Volcanic Drake and the legendary dragon Nefarian - 17/31 total.

It’s official: Hearthstone is getting some more cards. Blackrock Mountain will be the second adventure to hit Blizzard’s online CCG - with it a five winged raid, rewarding a total of 31 shiny new cards upon completion.

Below, you’ll find all the latest Blackrock Mountain cards spoiled to date, with more being added as they make their way out from the depths of the Molten Core.

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Having Lots of Sex With Men in Videogames: Part Two

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Coming Out On Top

Men.

They are as ancient as time, the sturdy men. They are pillar tall and stand in silent crowds of hundreds or more. Their large feet sink in the sweet soil and they drink up the water with their hungry toes. The sturdy men! With their long arms they sweep the sky and grab at the idiot sun. The sun does not care because it belongs to the men. And the men cradle the sun in their gnarled biceps and they suckle on its blinding honey. And the birds are there too. And the birds sing in the men's hair. And the men are all trees.

That's a poem about men, by me, the man who knows the most about sex.

Welcome to the second entry in my new videogames column, which is called Having Lots of Sex With Men In Videogames. This week, I've been having lots of sex with men in a gay dating simulator called Coming Out On Top.

Please note that this article contains references to the awful thing that is sex.

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Free games

The 101 Best Free PC Games

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Best Free PC games including Warface

Looking for the best free PC game? Whether you're broke or just frugal, free is a price point that appeals to everybody's purse. We've collated the 100 top free PC games guaranteed to deliver a near endless stream of complementary entertainment. All you need to spend here is your time.

Update! We've had a little tinker with the list and added a particular little action RPG that was shamefully missed off. Please forgive us! 

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Reign of Kings Early Access review

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Reign of Kings is a Medieval-themed survival game that washes you up on a beach, nearly naked clutching only a wooden stick, and asks you to travel through its forested world whilst attempting to not die of thirst, hunger, dog bite, or sword-to-the-face. If this sounds strikingly familiar, it’s because you’ve played Rust, DayZ, 7 Days to Die, or one of the other many games it lifts most of its core mechanics from. Reign of Kings is yet another crafting-based exercise in frustration, that somehow is selling in its thousands.

Let me tell you some tales of my time in Reign of Kings, a game so buggy it belongs in the Arthropod section of the zoo. Also: a game that lets you hide stones up your arse. 

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Best RPGs

The 20 best RPGs on PC

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At home with BG2 sociopath scholar Jon Irenicus.

It was the stalwart computer RPG, popping into existence in the ‘70s and relentlessly rising in popularity and complexity, where my interest in gaming became almost an obsession. Whole worlds filled with history, characters with uncertain motivations and the potential for a plethora of adventures demanded my undivided attention. 

Where once they were digital counterparts to Dungeons & Dragons or adventures in Middle-Earth, they now span countless universes, and stepping into one is like being bundled up into a warm, comforting blanket that you never want to leave. If it’s one of the exceptional RPGs in this list, representing the very best roleplaying romps on the PC, at least.

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Galactic Civilization 3's beta 5 update adds space bugs from the future and pirates

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Galactic Civilizations III beta 5

Galactic Civilizations III will soon be packing up its things, whole worlds, vast alien armadas, lots of lovely menus, and moving from Early Access to version 1.0, but there’s still time for a beta update. Beta 5 is now available, and comes with insects from the future, pirates and stupidly big maps.  

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Codemasters announce F1 2015, throw-in the 2014 season... almost like F1 2014 never happened

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A Ferrari F1 car races at night.

Today, Codemasters announced that F1 2015 will be coming out for new consoles and the PC this June, the earliest release date in the series’ history, and promise a number of new improvements over the “last-gen” versions of the game. They also promise the the 2014 season will be playable in-game for free “as bonus game content”.

Which is very nice, but which is also sure to deepen the widely-held suspicion that F1 2014 was a phoned-in “contractual obligation” release while Codemasters instead focused on the 2015 edition.

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Pillars of Eternity is out now, so here's a dramatic launch trailer

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Pillars of Eternity launch trailer

Today’s the day that we can finally stop wishing people still made brilliant isometric RPGs and actually go and play one. Obsidian’s exceptional Pillars of Eternity is out now, and yes, you should definitely get it. Or you could read my Pillar of Eternity review and then get it. 

Obsidian and Paradox have released a new trailer that’s full of burning maps and people talking about very important things. Take a gander below. 

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Half-Life 2 is getting a community-made patch tomorrow; updates visuals and squashes bugs

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Half-Life 2 Patch

It may not be as good as a Half-Life 3 announcement, but Valve - partnering with a bunch of talented community modders - are releasing a patch to Half-Life 2 that will improve it dramatically. Updated graphical details, particle effects, lighting work and most importantly, bug fixes are included.

The patch launches tomorrow, and is free to all that own the game.

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Alienware alpha

Alienware Alpha review: why you should wait for the real Steam Machine

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For the past fortnight I’ve been living with one of Alienware’s Alphas to see what it’s like having a primordial Steam Machine hooked up to my television. I wanted to know how well it played games, whether I could control the whole thing without a mouse and keyboard, and just how well Steam worked as a console interface. Essentially, is it worth getting a Steam Machine now or wait until their official launch in November?

It’s been a frustrating two weeks.

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Hands on with the Dirty Bomb closed beta

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Dirty Bomb

It is the relatively nearish future. London has been nastily gassed up by a big old dirty bomb of unexplained origins, and the ensuing evacuation of its citizens means that nobody is allowed into the city centre or on any of the big red buses or inside the tube stations. Nobody, that is, apart from two teams of enterprising mercenaries in search of irradiated sacks of delicious loot. 

In Dirty Bomb, you are one of those mercenaries, running around a bunch of abandoned London boroughs in an objective-based and team-focused competitive multiplayer FPS. The shooter launches alarmingly soon, with the previously time-limited closed beta now permanently online and ready to play. 

I’ve been playing it, and let me tell you, it’s really rather excellent. Hoo-boy yes indeedy.

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Good Old Games

GOG reaffirms their refund policy: "Hitting 'Buy' doesn't waive your rights"

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GOG Refunds

Earlier today, Good Old Games released a statement regarding the European Union refund change. In it, GOG not only are willing to honor the 14 day no-questions-asked refund policy, but also to take it a step further. Any purchase from the online PC game store will be subject to a 30 day refund policy, and what’s more, it’s worldwide.

“We thought this might be a pretty good time to say a word or two about how we do things, recent changes, and our approach to your customer experience.”

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Pillars of Eternity review

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Pillars of Eternity review

Pillars of Eternity is a sprawling, wordy, isometric RPG. It’s also a long love letter to a very specific time and a very specific type of game. You might have played some of them. They all have silly names that we perhaps forget are silly because they are uttered and written down so often; names like Baldur’s Gate, Planescape: Torment and Icewind Dale. Collectively, they’re the Infinity Engine games, sharing the same engine and well-worn Dungeons & Dragons rules. 

Like a love letter, Pillars is a wee bit purple at times, but also eager and sincere. It’s a game that 77,000 people asked for with their wallets through Kickstarter, and the sort of adventure that a lot more people have been wishing could exist. It’s not really from this time, yet here it is, anyway. But it’s more than just nostalgia fodder; more than just something that feeds on the popularity of the games that came before it. It’s progress.

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The 101 Best Free PC Games

Reign of Kings Early Access review

Reign Of Kings

Reign of Kings Early Access review

The 20 best RPGs on PC

Best RPGs

The 20 best RPGs on PC

Alienware Alpha review: why you should wait for the real Steam Machine

Alienware alpha

Alienware Alpha review: why you should wait for the real Steam Machine

Hands on with the Dirty Bomb closed beta

Dirty Bomb

Hands on with the Dirty Bomb closed beta

Pillars of Eternity review

Pillars of Eternity

Pillars of Eternity review

Evolve's Behemoth monster adds some rock and roll to the hunt

Evolve

Evolve's Behemoth monster adds some rock and roll to the hunt

Distant terror in Noct, Devolver's creepy top-down shooter

Noct

Distant terror in Noct, Devolver's creepy top-down shooter

Topic of the Week: What game would you use to introduce someone to PC gaming?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What game would you use to introduce someone to PC gaming?

We've got 500 Stronghold Crusader 2 DLC keys in Castle PCGamesN, and we're giving them away

Stronghold Crusader 2

We've got 500 Stronghold Crusader 2 DLC keys in Castle PCGamesN, and we're giving them away

Making it in Unreal: meet AIPD - a Geometry Wars genremate with 100,000 possible modes

AIPD

Making it in Unreal: meet AIPD - a Geometry Wars genremate with 100,000 possible modes

Eve: Valkyrie hands-on: how it's changed

EVE Valkyrie

Eve: Valkyrie hands-on: how it's changed

Weekend Deal Dump: Bundles, as far as the eye can see

Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: Bundles, as far as the eye can see

Dust 514 developers talk Project Legion:

Project Legion

Dust 514 developers talk Project Legion: "New Eden deserves a PC shooter"

Battlefield Hardline PC review

Battlefield Hardline

Battlefield Hardline PC review

Competition: We’ve two bundles of Fury goodies to give away to World of Tanks fans

World of Tanks

Competition: We’ve two bundles of Fury goodies to give away to World of Tanks fans

Gigantic is the genre-breaking shooter you'd expect from the designer of StarCraft and Guild Wars

Gigantic

Gigantic is the genre-breaking shooter you'd expect from the designer of StarCraft and Guild Wars

Hearthstone's director discusses Blackrock Mountain dragon cards, and why Blizzard won't nerf Dr. Boom

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone's director discusses Blackrock Mountain dragon cards, and why Blizzard won't nerf Dr. Boom

We're giving away £2000 worth of games right now

Bundle Stars

We're giving away £2000 worth of games right now

We Happy Few looks great, but is open-world survival getting stale?

We Happy Few

We Happy Few looks great, but is open-world survival getting stale?

Tales from the Borderlands PC review

Tales from the Borderlands

Tales from the Borderlands PC review

Topic of the Week: Do you have time for 100-hour games?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: Do you have time for 100-hour games?

Frame-by-frame slaughter in Ronin, an indie stealth action game

Ronin

Frame-by-frame slaughter in Ronin, an indie stealth action game

Gratuitous Space Battles 2: You can fill space with searing neon death

Gratuitous Space Battles 2

Gratuitous Space Battles 2: You can fill space with searing neon death

Making it in Unreal: Project Reality veterans shoot for more with Squad

Squad

Making it in Unreal: Project Reality veterans shoot for more with Squad

The best PC games of 2015 and 2014

The best PC games of 2015 and 2014

Adventures in... Insurgency - Never Gonna Give You Up

Insurgency

Adventures in... Insurgency - Never Gonna Give You Up

Weekend Deal Dump: Mother's Day Edition

Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: Mother's Day Edition

The best Cities: Skylines mods

Cities: Skylines

The best Cities: Skylines mods

Remembering Terry Pratchett and Discworld Noir

Discworld Noir

Remembering Terry Pratchett and Discworld Noir