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From Software are finally fixing a Dark Souls 2 bug that’s hit PC players for more than a year

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Since its release, Dark Souls 2’s PC players have found that if they play the game at 60fps their weapons degrade significantly faster than at 30fps. It’s a bizarre bug and one players have been reporting to developer From Software since it was first discovered a year ago.

It’s only now that the bug’s started to hit console players that the studio’s decided to fix it.

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Bethesda

Bethesda’s E3 invite teases Dishonored 2, Doom 4, and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood news. No Fallout 4, though

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Bethesda’s sent out invites for its E3 showcase, it teases news for Dishonored, Doom, and Wolfenstein but anything for Fallout is conspicuously absent.

Around the PCGamesN cave we’ve all been gearing ourselves up for a Fallout 4 announcement, this invitation’s making me a little anxious.

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Unreal Dev Grants

Epic Games award Unreal Dev Grants to Deathball remake, Bears Can't Drift, and a slew of others

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Back in February Epic announced they’d be giving away $5 million in grant money to projects using the Unreal Engine 4. Last month they gave out the first $139,000 and today they’ve given out another $71,000. 

The winning projects cover everything a game about cart-racing bears to an engine plugin.

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Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain Adventure Guide

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The Hearthstone cards for Blizzard’s latest adventure, Blackrock Mountain, have been unleashed. Blackrock challenges players to fight through the molten depths of the fiery mountain itself, stopping iconic and villainous characters, while claiming powerful rewards in the form of new and exciting cards.

Thing is, these foes won’t give up their spoils - often allowing of completely fresh and whacky decks - without a good fight. Fortunately for you adventurers, we have the know how and the tactics to give each and every boss a run for their money cards. Read on for our guide to beating Blackrock Mountain.

Update: we've added the guide to Wing 3 - Blackrock Spire!

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Free Steam weekend for Fractured Space, unlocks the game permanently

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is in Early Access, developer Edge Case games (developers of Strike Suit Zero) are keeping the price of admission at $10.

Except for this weekend! Right now, Fractured Space is free on Steam, while the premium founder packs are discounted 25%. And if you log into the game this weekend, you retain access even after the weekend is over.

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Check out Oriental Empires, an awesome-looking 4X game set in ancient China

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China is one of the most long-expected and long-requested settings for Total War. There are a lot of eras in Chinese history that are as bloody, dynamic, and militarily interesting as anything you’ll find in Europe between the rise of Rome and the fall of Napoleon, but Creative Assembly never took on the challenge.

Today, however, Iceberg Interactive have announced they will be publishing Oriental Empires, an historical 4X set in ancient China. And while I’m totally judging a book by its cover here, it looks pretty great.

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StarDrive 2 review

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StarDrive 2 is a an aggressive space strategy game that pits space bears against an entire race of Cthulhu impersonators and happy-go-lucky plant people against a race of slavers that are serviced by tiny adorable owls. It’s weird and it’s silly, and gosh that premise sounds pretty great, right? 

Except, the original StarDrive contained the same races, the same adversarial setup, and it mostly ended up being disappointing. This time around, these bizarre empires are duking it out in a better game, but StarDrive 2 still contains some of its predecessors most glaring issues. 

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Guild of Dungeoneering: spend a lazy Sunday afternoon sketching your own dungeon of doom

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Being dungeon crawler is a pretty straight forward job. You walk through a dungeon (crawling is optional), kill everything in sight, steal as much loot as you can possibly carry, and escape out the other end. A thousand and one different games have done this. 

Being a dungeoneer is a slightly different profession. You build dungeons, placing down corridors, caverns, and rooms for adventurers to raid through, and fill them with treasures and monsters. This is what Guild of Dungeoneering, a cute new indie game from Gambrinous, is all about. The aim is still to get a hero through danger, but this time the danger is set up by you. 

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Killing Floor 2 is a monument to gore and a promising shooter

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The human body contains about five litres of blood. That’s over a gallon, if you want to be all imperial about it. A hundred people contain around 500 litres of blood. That’s a lot of red. Now imagine all of it tipped out into one room, then smeared all over the walls and doors. Now you know what Killing Floor 2 looks like after a few minutes.

Tripwire Interactive’s six-player co-op FPS is what you get if you drop an abattoir on top of a blood clinic, but, you know, with waves of undead spidermen, corpses with chainsaws for hands and other equally horrible cadavers. It’s knowingly absurd gore porn with heapings of shlocky B-movie horror. Underneath that sanguine coat, however, is the foundation of a bloody good shooter. 

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Why one publisher sees a game you play for 1,000 hours as a missed opportunity

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The last ten years have seen the rise of free to play, DLC, and limited game activations. They span the whole games industry but they were born out of a problem for console developers. “The most successful games,” Gameforge vice president Tim Campbell tells me, “they only charge $60 but someone plays them for 1,000 hours.

“It’s like ‘Holy cow, you pretty much gave away a ton of game to people’.”

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A critical flaw in Minecraft's code meant anybody could crash any server, but now it's fixed

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A developer has exposed a vulnerability in Minecraft's code that can crash any server hosting the game.

The easily triggerable exploit, which involves flooding the server with infinitely looping requests for information about a specific inventory slot, brings Minecraft to its digital knees and starves the machines of CPU and memory.

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Blackrock Spire is now available for Hearthstone players

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The third wing of Blackrock Mountain's PvE adventure is now available to all Hearthstone players, big and small, old and young, everybody is welcome.

It's called Blackrock Spire, it offers three new boss battles, a couple of class challenges as well as six new cards. The update should be sitting in your Solo Adventures as we speak.

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2

The 15 best Star Wars PC games

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If the first thing you thought after seeing that incredible new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was “Force me, I need to live in that world right this second!”, what you need is a collection of atmospheric computer games with accurate sound effects set in a galaxy far, far away. We’re learned in the arts of selecting only the best Star Wars games around, so we’ve summoned this list of fifteen of the greatest. If you start playing them now, you may just complete them all in time for Episode VIII. 

No other film series is quite as well represented in games as Star Wars. Not only are there plenty of Star Wars games, but contrary to the usual trend of games based on film properties, many of the are actually good. Some of them are even brilliant. 

As diversive as you’d expect being based on such a rich universe, Star Wars games offer up a multitude of experiences. From flying through deep space whilst evading laser bolts to decimating a Star Destroyer with the power of the Force, these games have been true masters of enabling all our Star Wars fantasies. 

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Killing Floor 2 is a monument to gore and a promising shooter

Killing Floor 2

Killing Floor 2 is a monument to gore and a promising shooter

Why one publisher sees a game you play for 1,000 hours as a missed opportunity

Gameforge

Why one publisher sees a game you play for 1,000 hours as a missed opportunity

The 15 best Star Wars PC games

Star Wars: Battlefront 2

The 15 best Star Wars PC games

F1 2015: Codemasters' engine refit hopes to make Formula 1 relevant again

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F1 2015: Codemasters' engine refit hopes to make Formula 1 relevant again

The best Cities: Skylines mods

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Grand Theft Auto 5 launch live blog

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Grand Theft Auto 5 launch live blog

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Grand Theft Auto V PC review in progress

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The price of eSports legitimacy can't be cable network restrictions

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Why the LCS just gave us the best weekend in its history, and what it means for pro League of Legends

Why the LCS just gave us the best weekend in its history, and what it means for pro League of Legends

Topic of the Week: What is your favourite open-world crime caper?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What is your favourite open-world crime caper?

Heroes of the Dorm is mired in drama. Here's what happened

Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Dorm is mired in drama. Here's what happened

Path of Exile is good, but The Awakening expansion might make it great

Path of Exile

Path of Exile is good, but The Awakening expansion might make it great

Making it in Unreal: heading downstream with Irrational refugees for The Flame in the Flood

The Flame in the Flood

Making it in Unreal: heading downstream with Irrational refugees for The Flame in the Flood

Titan Souls PC review

Titan Souls

Titan Souls PC review

Weekend Deal Dump: Spring Bargain Hunters Club

Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: Spring Bargain Hunters Club

Beyond Valkyrie: how the CCP dream of full-body VR is becoming reality

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Beyond Valkyrie: how the CCP dream of full-body VR is becoming reality

Marvel Heroes: How Gazillion reversed the fate of their comic book MMO

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Marvel Heroes: How Gazillion reversed the fate of their comic book MMO

Rainbow Six Siege alpha is a brilliant skeleton of a game

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Rainbow Six Siege alpha is a brilliant skeleton of a game

Medieval Engineers Early Access review

Medieval Engineers

Medieval Engineers Early Access review

Hands on with GTA V on PC: the

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Hands on with GTA V on PC: the "ultimate" port

World of Subways 4: New York Line 7 review

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World of Subways 4: New York Line 7 review

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided revealed via leak, coming for PC and current consoles

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided revealed via leak, coming for PC and current consoles

Topic of the Week: Why do you play betas?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: Why do you play betas?

Making it in Unreal: building atop the survival genre with Eden Star

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Making it in Unreal: building atop the survival genre with Eden Star

The 15 Best Indie Games on PC

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The 15 Best Indie Games on PC

Heroes of Might & Magic 7 is a slave to its conservative fans

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Heroes of Might & Magic 7 is a slave to its conservative fans

Times change for strategy publisher Slitherine as they bring Sovereignty to Early Access

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Times change for strategy publisher Slitherine as they bring Sovereignty to Early Access

The 20 best co-op games on PC

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Ratz Instagib Early Access review

Ratz Instagib

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