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The Witcher 3 patch 1.07 will be "very large" and lighten Geralt's load

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CD Projekt RED have a reputation for massaging their games into even better shape after launch. There’ll be a break in the run of free Witcher 3 DLC this week, but that’s because they’re finishing up work on a big patch for their biggest game. Expect altered inventory tetris, optional movement changes for Geralt, and better-behaved horses.

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Final Fantasy XIV Mac sales suspended after minimum requirements mix-up

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Square Enix have stopped selling the new Mac version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the MMO we found so delectable on Windows. Buyers have complained that it’s been running rather badly on their systems, and the publisher agrees - offering refunds and apologies.

A perfect storm of pre-release mishaps is reportedly to blame.

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Chaos Reborn goes single player with otherworldly new trailer

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There are hexes (on the ground) and hexes (muttered under the breath of steely-eyed sorcerers) and Chaos Reborn nails both. The turn-based mage-biffing simulator from Julian Gollop has been ace in Early Access for, oo, a good six months now. What it hasn’t had is a comprehensive single player mode, with overworld exploration and encounters.

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Star Citizen's executive producer has left Cloud Imperium

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It’s all ups and downs for Cloud Imperium and Star Citizen at the moment. The FPS module, which seems to have been the source of lots of problems, has been delayed. But the team now has a brand spanking new office in Frankfurt. And now the executive producer, Alex Mayberry, has left the company. 

Mayberry’s departure was rumoured earlier this week, and has since been confirmed by Cloud Imperium. He left in June for “personal reasons”.

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How Magic Duels: Origins is adapting to the evolution of the digital CCG

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Magic the Gathering’s Duels of the Planeswalker game is changing, forever. The yearly reiteration that has been the core of its existence has been pushed aside for a new model: persistent, expandable, and more importantly, free-to-play. 

Now just named Magic Duels, Wizard of the Coast and Stainless Steel Games are beginning this new endeavor with a brand new card set called Magic Origins, which explores five of the most iconic Planeswalkers, their pasts, and their rise to power. In the future, the game will simply be updated to include new card sets as they’re released, rather than creating an entirely new game.

I sat down with Wizards of the Coast community manager Dan Barrett to discuss why Magic Duels: Origins is going to be better than ever - with the brand new Deck Wizard and Skill Quest system, as well as the return of community-favourite multiplayer mode: Two-headed Giant.

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Hai's return to Cloud9 can't stop team's slide as League of Legends team falls to 3-9

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Something unusual is happening in NA LCS: Cloud9 have fielded a bad team. In fact, the former North American champions and spring runners-up have fallen so far and so fast that they’re going to be very lucky if they manage to avoid relegation this season, and now the desperation moves have started.

Despite hopes that the return of Cloud9’s long-time leader and charter member Hai Lam would restore the team’s fading fortunes, Cloud9 had a winless weekend against Team Liquid and the struggling Team8. Now, at 3W-9L and only three more weeks in the summer split, Cloud9 have to start playing for 2016.

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Smite's World Championship prize pool has been capped at $1 million

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As prize pools for eSports tournaments grow ever larger (The Dota 2 International is already over $15 million, and that’s only a small portion of what Valve’s earned through the Compendium), Hi-Rez has decided to cap the Smite World Championship prize pool at a still large $1 million. 

Hi-Rez wants to allow more eSports players to earn a living through the game, so it’s spreading the mostly crowd-funded prize across multiple events, creating more opportunities for more professionals to make a buck. 

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Watch Consortium: The Tower Prophecy's striking gameplay teaser

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It’s strange how Consortium has stuck around in my noggin for so long. It was a mess of a game when I reviewed it last year, barely playable at times and overflowing with bugs. But it was ambitious and clever, and I probably think about it a lot more than some games I’ve given more favourable reviews to.  

So I find myself intrigued by the second part of the trilogy, which Interdimensional Games is working on right now, though I’m cautious after the first game. The sequel, Consortium: The Tower Prophecy, is certainly looking flashier than it’s predecessor, and the Unreal Engine 4 is probably a better choice of engine than Source, which ended up being quite limiting. Take a gander at the teaser, below. 

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Scary games! The best horror games on PC

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What are the best horror games? The horror theme manifests itself in gaming as something rather interesting, with games that turn traditional action concepts on their heads and force you to instead run and hide from your enemies. They're scary games that leave you feeling vulnerable rather than empowered, and more than most they're the games that haunt you long after you play.

Here, for your sphincter-loosening pleasure, are the 16 best horror games available on PC. And remember, as Roosevelt once said, "we have nothing to fear but that bit in FEAR where you're going up a ladder and Alma suddenly pops out and you're all like argh".

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Making it in Unreal: play as a self-delivering parcel in Unbox

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Forget the mail drones. Somebody - let’s call them Amazoogle - has invented the ultimate parcel service: self-delivering cardboard boxes. Physics-enabled cubes, capable of hurling themselves across long distances, devastating the destructible environments around them. Cardboard boxes with uselessly flailing legs, propelling themselves around oil rigs and tropical islands and arctic tundra.

That’s Unbox: a local multiplayer party game in the spirit of Mario Kart, Goldeneye and the like.

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Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot: “we learned from the Watch Dogs experience”

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When it comes to games not living up to their lofty promises, Watch Dogs is going to stay in the history books forever. Its reveal at E3 2012 showed off a stunning virtual Chicago with fancy weather effects and billowing winter coats. The actual game released in 2014 was a fair distance away from being as jawdropping. 

But Ubisoft has learnt from that experience, and vow not to make the same mistake again. “[We will] make sure the games are playable, that they’re running on the target machines,” said CEO Yves Guillemot about showing off games at E3.

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The PCGamesN Massive Giveaway Week: Day One - We’ve got 100 copies of Tuk Ruk. Fancy a jungle cruise?

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This week at PCGamesN we’re doing something big. We have 750 games to giveaway over the next five days, and it all starts today with Tuk Ruk. A 2D jungle-set puzzle game, it could be yours for free. All you need to do is type an email address in and click a button. Not a bad trade for a free game, eh? 

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Dean Hall’s Ion is EVE Online meets Minecraft, has a “solid road map”

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Despite taking to the stage to announce Ion at Microsoft’s E3 press conference, DayZ creator Dean Hall revealed almost nothing about his new project. Other than it being set in space and being isometric perspective, we’re still blind to Ion’s design. 

However, in interviews Hall has been a little looser with the details. Ion is inspired by Space Station 13, a favourite of 4chan and Reddit users. There’s also influence from EVE Online and Minecraft in there, along with one very important element: a solid road map of planned features. 

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New EVE Online characters could start with 1-2 months worth of skills already learnt

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CCP is considering an interesting new way for players creating new characters to start their life in EVE Online’s universe. The developer is proposing that all new characters start with 2 million skill points to sink into core skills, to help give them a boost and a quicker start to their new galaxy-faring life.

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The Fallout 4 modding scene has already started

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Fallout 4, like Skyrim and Bethesda’s other Fallout games, will support and embrace modding when it releases in November this year. But that’s just too far away for some members of the modding community. Already players have announced their intentions to mod, and shown off what’s already in the works. 

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Microsoft announce Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition; free to all existing PC owners

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At this year’s Minecon, Microsoft have announced the next version of Mojang’s cult block classic: Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition. As the name suggests, the game is built with Windows 10 in mind, and will take advantage of many new features that the new OS brings.

Also, all current PC owners will receive a free copy of the new edition, and the beta starts on July 29th.

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Making it in Unreal: play as a self-delivering parcel in Unbox

Unbox

Making it in Unreal: play as a self-delivering parcel in Unbox

The PCGamesN Massive Giveaway Week: Day One - We’ve got 100 copies of Tuk Ruk. Fancy a jungle cruise?

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The PCGamesN Massive Giveaway Week: Day One - We’ve got 100 copies of Tuk Ruk. Fancy a jungle cruise?

Weekend Deal Dump: American Freedom Fireworks Day Edition

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Weekend Deal Dump: American Freedom Fireworks Day Edition

How Colossal Order touched the clouds: the making and success of Cities: Skylines

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How Colossal Order touched the clouds: the making and success of Cities: Skylines

Block N Load PC review

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Block N Load PC review

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Catching up with Slitherine: what a difference a year makes

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Catching up with Slitherine: what a difference a year makes

The Battlefield of Eternity is one of Heroes of the Storm's greatest maps

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The Battlefield of Eternity is one of Heroes of the Storm's greatest maps

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Hands on with World of Warships

E3 preview: Star Wars Battlefront’s Hoth leaves us cold

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E3 preview: Star Wars Battlefront’s Hoth leaves us cold

Interview: Unity boss John Riccitiello talks a swamped Steam and the future of PC

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Interview: Unity boss John Riccitiello talks a swamped Steam and the future of PC

Final Fantasy XIV new player guide

FINAL FANTASY® XIV: A Realm Reborn™

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Path of Exile: The Awakening gets out of bed July 10, includes 2 new challenge leagues

Path of Exile

Path of Exile: The Awakening gets out of bed July 10, includes 2 new challenge leagues

The 10 best PC racing games

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Devilian is Trion's Diablo inspired MMO, with a devilish twist

Devilian

Devilian is Trion's Diablo inspired MMO, with a devilish twist

Nvidia showcase: Nine new games for the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV

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Nvidia showcase: Nine new games for the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV

Her Story PC review

Her Story

Her Story PC review

Unity on the future of VR controls:

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Unity on the future of VR controls: "Everything we did on a desktop no longer works"

We got our bloody hands on 100 Path of Exile: The Awakening codes, and we're giving them away

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We got our bloody hands on 100 Path of Exile: The Awakening codes, and we're giving them away

We’ve got 100 copies of oil-rush tycoon game Turmoil to give away. Fancy drilling for some black gold?

Turmoil

We’ve got 100 copies of oil-rush tycoon game Turmoil to give away. Fancy drilling for some black gold?

Making it in Unreal: Space Dust Racers sticks aliens and AIs in automobiles

Space Dust Racers

Making it in Unreal: Space Dust Racers sticks aliens and AIs in automobiles

Why is Blizzard releasing a beta of Starcraft II's new free campaign?

Starcraft II

Why is Blizzard releasing a beta of Starcraft II's new free campaign?

E3 preview: Crossout is a Mad Max inspired car MMO from the the War Thunder developers

Crossout

E3 preview: Crossout is a Mad Max inspired car MMO from the the War Thunder developers

What's happening with our Batman: Arkham Knight review

Batman: Arkham Knight

What's happening with our Batman: Arkham Knight review

My Rust character has a small penis and that's okay with me

Rust

My Rust character has a small penis and that's okay with me

The best Dota 2 custom games

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The best Dota 2 custom games

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward review in progress

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The 22 best strategy games on PC

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The 22 best strategy games on PC

The best games we played at E3: Sword Coast: Legends, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and Battleborn

Sword Coast Legends

The best games we played at E3: Sword Coast: Legends, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and Battleborn

Skylines not the limit: what Cities studio Colossal Order are doing next

Cities: Skylines

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