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Hearthstone arrives on iPhone and Android

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The great thing about Hearthstone was that, while it could always be as addictive as a smoking habit, most of us were forced to leave it behind at some point. You had to go to work. You had to ride a bus. You were at a restaurant with your romantic partner. You were in the bathroom. You were doing something that required a leaving Hearthstone and all its enjoyable frustration behind.

Not anymore. Hearthstone has gone mobile. I repeat: Hearthstone has gone mobile.

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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

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Judging from the spring playoffs so far, Riot’s LCS system might just have come into maturity after three years. With a number of tense best-of-five playoff series between evenly matched teams, the LCS system finally seems to have intrinsic importance beyond serving as an extended try-out for Worlds.

In an LCS season that was already full of great rivalries and surprising drama, however, this past weekend stood out as one of the best weekends of competition European and North American League of Legends have ever had.

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

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You probably noticed that Grand Theft Auto V launched last night. We’ve written about it quite a lot, and our GTA V live blog is still on the go. It’s an impressive open-world crime sandbox, but is it the best? There’s plenty of competition, even just within that single series. 

So that brings us to our Topic of the Week. We want to know what your favourite open-world crime game is. If it’s GTA, which GTA? Or maybe you prefer to be on the other side of the law, as an undercover cop in Sleeping Dogs. Or perhaps you like your open-world games to have more chaos and silliness, like Saints Row. Let us know in the comments. 

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Izle, the voxel-based, island-hopping adventure, gets a demo

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Do you have room in your life for another voxel-based exploration adventure game with building? Ynnis Interactive are gambling on the hope that you do. Izle is adventure RPG where you generate floating islands with god-like power – all procedurally created – and then you explore them, fighting monsters and dabbling in some building. 

Not sure if it’s your cup of tea? There’s a demo.

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Grand Theft Auto V on PC is the most successful non-Valve game on Steam ever

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Grand Theft Auto V’s not even been out for 24 hours and its already taken the number three spot on Steam’s top played chart, sitting behind Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. That’s impressive but what’s even more impressive is the sheer number of players.

At one point 295,000 people were all playing concurrently. That’s a record for a non-Valve game.

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Dying Light developer tools turn the post-apocalypse into Garry's Mod

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Ever fancy getting away from it all? Closing off the world and replacing its complexities with the burbling white noise of the undead? Then why not build your own quarantine zone using the toolset of Dying Light?

Released in a pleasantly surprising update today, the developer tools allow for the creation of brand-new maps, custom stories and extreme scenarios - to be shared via Steam Workshop.

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World of Warcraft 6.2 patch notes speak of garrison shipyards and Tanaan Jungle invasion

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Former subscribers could be forgiven for thinking that World of Warcraft was still chiefly a game about gathering some friends to go out and biff men with beaks. But thanks to the garrison features of Warlords of Draenor, it’s now also a game about building shipyards and sending vessels out on naval missions.

The comfort of the familiar can be found in the quest the shipyard unlocks, however: an expedition into Tanaan Jungle to push back the Iron Horde.

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GTA V crash and launch bugs: all fixes as they appear

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GTA V players cruising the streets of Los Santos on PC are getting caught up in the wrong sort of crashes today. Corrupt downloads are repeatedly throwing them out of the game and onto the desktop - and depending on where they bought the game, some players have wound up resorting to a complete re-download. Another bug is preventing others from completing the prologue while benchmarking.

Meanwhile, Rockstar have uncovered an installation bug during preparations for launch - though apparently not soon enough to solve it outright. Instead, they’ve recommended a solution for affected players.

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Gabe Newell boss fight given go-ahead by Valve

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Barny Cumming, artist on hack ‘n’ slash dungeon crawler Crawl, unveiled a new in-game animation on April 1st. It depicted a 20-foot-tall Gabe Newell transforming from mild-mannered Microsoft employee to the floppy-haired, knife-wielding PC gaming deity we know today.

It wasn’t an April Fools’ gag, but a prospective addition to the game - which allows players to control enemies in local multiplayer. And now Valve have given their blessing.

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

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This month concludes Blizzard’s and the Texas e-Sports Association’s Heroes of the Dorm tournament, in which a huge number of collegiate Heroes of the Storm teams compete for a grand prize that pays for three years’ worth of college tuition.

On one level, the tournament has been a huge success. It’s a neat idea that attracted teams and players from outside the traditional professional eSports community, and it even aired on ESPN3 this weekend in the United States. But it’s also a tournament that was marred by a series of misjudgments that called the tournament’s competitive integrity into question.

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

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Nobody seems to talk about Path of Exile much anymore. Even around here at PCGamesN, after being pretty high on the game when it came out, our attention shifted to Diablo and stayed there once Reaper of Souls came out and fixed Blizzard’s action RPG. Before I talked to Grinding Gear Games about their upcoming expansion for Path of Exile, I decided to give the a game a shot, just so I could have some idea of what I was talking about in the interview.

About forty-five minutes later I was hooked. Path of Exile is not the off-brand, free-to-play Diablo that my prejudices had me expecting. It’s not something that ARPG fans used as a generic substitute while Diablo 3 got its act together. It’s a nuanced, challenging ARPG with an identity all its own. And most importantly, for certain types of ARPG fans, it’s a game that takes Diablo 2 as its foundation, and moves in a different direction from the rest of the genre. And with The Awakening expansion, that direction has led to some interesting places.

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Get schooled in Fortnite's weapons and traps

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If you were wondering how, exactly, weapons and traps work in Epic Games’ Fortnite, then you’re in luck. Fortnite Live, the game’s official Twitch stream, hosted Cameron Winston, the senior systems designer, who spilled the beans on how weapons and traps were designed. 

Take a gander below, and keep watching to see how it all works in-game. 

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Descent: Underground Kickstarter completes after exceeding its target by just $1,000

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Back in 1995 the Descent series threw up to four players in spaceships into a asteroid mine. You had to dodge through the mine’s tight tunnels, blasting away at enemies while staying clear of the walls.

Last month the original team launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a modern sequel. Looking for $600,000, with just hours to spare, they hit their target, exceeding it by just $1,000.

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

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What would you do if Ken Levine called a company-wide meeting to discuss a “winding down”, and you found yourself suddenly jobless?

Six senior Irrational staffers set off downstream by themselves. They’re building a game about survival - a roguelike in which we’ll brave the elements on the waterways of a devastated American South.

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Rockstar show off the PC’s video editor mode in this Grand Theft Auto V trailer

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For the budding directors out there, Grand Theft Auto V’s editor mode could be the tool you need to make your own action movie. The suite of tools, which are exclusive to the PC release of Rockstar’s sandbox game, let you capture, cut, and alter footage from the game, whether you’re playing online or on your own.

Once you cut together a video you can upload it to Youtube with a couple of mouse clicks.

While that’s all very cool, there’s also the director mode.

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Here are the latest graphics drivers you’ll need for Grand Theft Auto V

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I'm all set for the release of Grand Theft Auto V this evening. I've wrapped my desktop tower in a plastic bag and submerged it in a pool of ice water. I've poured some ice coffee in there for the caffiene. For the final touch, I dropped a single droplet of Usain Bolt's blood into the pool. It's not hygenic but it looks to have done the trick.

If you're not willing to go to the same lengths I have then you'll at least want to be running the latest graphics card drivers. Anything to eek out a little more performance from your PC. 

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Titan Souls PC review

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There are moments in Titan Souls where everything comes together: you’ve learned a boss’ weakness and attack patterns after dodging around its arena. You struggle through the fight waiting for that moment when it exposes itself and you launch an arrow into its weak spot, taking its one health point. With the titan dead you can bask in relief.

However, those moments rise up amid hours of frustration. Titan Souls is a game for a very particular sort of player.

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SUPERHOTline Miami slams together Superhot and Hotline Miami for bullettime ultraviolence

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The wonderful thing about the PC is that, provided you’ve got a bit of programming know-how, you can knock together a game in an evening. The result of those kind of nights is SUPERHOTline Miami, which takes Hotline Miami’s top-down murder spree and combines it with the Superhot design of time only progressing when the player moves. 

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

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