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The Sims 4 recommended system requirements: can you reticulate the splines?

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The Sims 4 recommended system requirements

EA revealed the minimum system requirements for The Sims 4 last month, which were comfortably low so that few rigs couldn’t handle it, and now the recommended requirements have snuck their way into the FAQ

While not exceedingly demanding, they are quite a bit higher than the minimum specs, and will likely leave anyone with a PC that’s more than a few years old struggling a little bit. 

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League of Legends hits 4.15 and another champion, Azir, is on its way

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Riot has been busy lately. With 4.15, the League of Legends developer has buffed newcomer - and Gremlin - Gnar, introduced the new Master Tier and improved the client patcher. And, in an effort to minimise the eventual Summoner’s Rift update, some of the finished parts are being patched into the live game. 

A new champion’s been revealed to boot: Azir, the Emperor of the Sands. He’s a snazzy-looking mage with a heavy Egyptian vibe. 

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Smuggling booze in Elite: Dangerous is challenging, noble work

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Elite: Dangerous smuggling

Elite: Dangerous is a game where people get excited about docking. And they should be, because docking with a space station is an involved, exciting process. It’s not as hard as it was back through the mists of time, when you’d never make it without a docking computer, but it still requires that you stay alert. 

Especially if you’re smuggling illicit goods. 

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Siege Warbear: Orcs Must Die! Unchained update introduces Tundra, the polar bear

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Orcs Must Die! Unchained patch

A big update is coming to the Orcs Must Die! Unchained closed beta tomorrow, introducing a bunch of new stuff including a new playable character, big polar bear fella known as Tundra. He wears a lot of fur, which seems a bit unnecessary. I mean, he’s probably not bothered by the cold. Maybe it’s for modesty’s sake? Nobody wants to see a polar bear’s crotch in the middle of a battle, I guess. 

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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham launches into space in November

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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham release date

The Caped Crusader and chums (and foes) begin their fight against Brainiac in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham on November 11th in North America and November 14th over here in Blighty, Warner Bros. has announced. 

Expect the big names like Batman and Superman along with the likes of Plastic Man and Zatanna in the 150-large roster of heroes and villains.

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Topic of the Week

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

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Topic of the Week: Episodic Games

The finale for The Walking Dead Season 2 launches today - expect a review very soon - and it got me pondering the curious nature of the episodic game. For all their borrowing of television’s language, unlike a show, the gap between each episode is usually months-long. There was a four month gap between the first two episodes of The Wolf Among Us, which is long enough, in TV Land, for a season to end and a new one to begin. It can be a bit awkward. 

So our Topic of the Week is: how do you play episodic games? Do you play each episode at launch, playing them as you might read some comics, with long waits. Or do you wait for a season to reach completion, only delving in once you can devour each episode after the other? 

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The eight best babies in games

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We were all babies once. Now we're all old babies. And chances are you love nothing more than kissing and dancing with other old babies. You want to grow even older with an old baby, to hold the old baby's hand and tell the old baby you love it. You even want to make new babies with old babies. There's no shame in loving an old baby. It's how we are all programmed, after all.

Here at PCGamesN we get a lot of requests for list features, but far and away the question we are most often asked is: what are the eight best babies in games? Proper babies, I mean. New babies.Fresh babies.

Well I've compiled a list of the best babies in games, which should answer that question once and for all.

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The Crew will be locked to 30FPS on PC - but we can fix it

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The Crew: free roaming with fast friends.

You might be looking forward to The Crew, a new game from the makers of Test Drive and Driver about getting in a car and travelling all the way from San Francisco to Chicago without stopping for the toilet.

You might also think it’s entirely feasible that you’ll do more than 30 cool things in a second while playing The Crew, and want to see all of them. But if that’s so, you’ll have to do some fiddling with .ini files - because Ubisoft’s racer won’t support a framerate of higher than 30.

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The Crew Confirmed at 30fps to placate the Xbone.

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Ubisoft has done it again. Hamstringing gaming performance to make owners of the Xbox not feel inferior. Responding to a PC workaround to increase the framerate in the .xml, Ubisoft responded in much the same way they did in the Watch_Dogs event.

Square Enix on Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox deal: "We did not make this decision lightly"

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Rise of the Tomb Raider: serious business.

At GamesCom this month we learned that the Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC was to be unceremoniously halted. Metaphorically speaking, Lara has been left fuming on a knackered pneumatic lift, unable to take to the PC stage until after the game is released on Xbox next Christmas.

Crystal Dynamics were left to handle community fallout, and Microsoft to clarify the terms of the deal. Square Enix had remained schtum, but after two weeks of fan clamour have now published an FAQ on the subject.

“We did not make this decision lightly,” said the publisher. “Our goal is to build the best game that we possibly can, and our relationship with Microsoft will help us realize our vision for the game.”

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Gotta have wraith: Zenimax to give pets as rewards to Elder Scrolls Online subscribers

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The Elder Scrolls Online: gotta have wraith.

The pre-release conversation around The Elder Scrolls Online was all about that subscription - a monthly tithe of the kind so many other prominent developers had roundly condemned. 

But launch came and went, and it seemed there were more than enough Elder Scrolls Online subscribers. Now, Zenimax Online intend to sustain momentum not only with September’s Update 4, but with a series of conspicuous rewards for subscribers to flaunt all round Tamriel.

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Loadout is getting a co-op campaign mode; expect a Steam beta within weeks

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Loadout: do you like the cut of its gibs?

Writing his Loadout review, our Tim discovered that Edge of Reality’s free-to-play Quake throwback was secretly one of the best shooters to come to Steam in years. It’s also the only shooter on Steam to let you take your pants off and run about the battlefield with your physics-enabled johnson waggling back and forth like a pendulum for your thumping heart.

In acknowledgement of those truths, let’s look forward with all our might to Update 5.0 - Loadout’s biggest update yet.

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Age of Empires: Castle Siege is a Clash of Clans-ish Windows 8 exclusive

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Castle Siege: a not-entirely-recognisable rendering of Age of Empires.

If you want to gauge Microsoft’s changing attitude toward PC gaming at any given point, look at what it’s doing with Age of Empires. The long dark age of Games for Windows Live was heralded by Ensemble Studios’ closure in 2008. And renewed efforts to “up Microsoft’s gaming presence on Windows” have seen the company take stock in recent months, releasing extended editions of Age of Empires II and Age of Mythology on Steam.

What are we to make, then, of Castle Siege? A touchscreen-focused Clash of Clans homage found only on the Windows 8 Store?

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Diablo III gains ladder-like Seasons system in Reaper of Souls 2.1

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Cesspools are new environments due to crop up in Rifts after Reaper of Souls 2.1.

On the face of it, Diablo III is a cooperative game - but it’s always been played competitively, with one eye on the wider Blizzard community. This first major patch for Reaper of Souls will finally acknowledge that tendency in-game, with a Seasons system that starts players at the bottom, brigand-bothering rung of demon-hunting and compares their performance on leaderboards.

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Titan Souls trailer shows off delicious, demanding gameplay

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A top-down view of a character in Titan Souls entering a scary chamber through massive doors.

Titan Souls has impressed us every time we've had a chance to take a look at it. Jules really liked it in its earliest days as a Ludum Dare project, and he was even more taken with what he saw at Gamescom.

To know Titan Souls is to love it (or to be driven mad by it, but we'll get to that in a second). So now Devolver have released a gameplay trailer to show you what it's all about. If you'll be at PAX Prime, you can apparently try it out at the Indie Megabooth.

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Yoink! Amazon buys Twitch

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The end of the Graduate in which Elaine and Benjamin ride away together after she flees her wedding but the dread of the future oppresses them both.

Remember when Google bought Twitch? I can't be the only one who has a distinct memory of that happening, right? In fact, no sooner was the (apparently theoretical) Youtube deal done than Twitch started acting like The Man by killing potentially copy-right infringing audio on their archives. It was all part of Twitch's plans for their upcoming nuptials with Google.

Well, apparently the wedding is off, and Twitch has run away with Amazon.

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Survivors - Indie Building-Strategy game

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Survivors is a real time strategy building game, developed by me, Alejandro Telatnik, and independent programmer. Start your world from scratch, Create some land and help your initial villagers to survive during the first period of time. Because if they die before you can settle in houses,...

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Cubot a 3D puzzle-game on Greenlight

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In Cubot, the player should bring cubots, robotic cubes having the distinction of always move together, to their places of arrival. And this is where things get complicated, the way of each cubot will be different! Check out the game trailer to better understand the gameplay:...

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