The best PC games reviews, news and updates | PCGamesN.com - Page 4

PC Games News

All Feeds and Submitions Submit Stuff

Meat Feast: Blizzard introduces The Butcher, Heroes of the Storm's new Assassin

Comment

The name, Butcher, conjures up all sorts of horrible images, particularly when attached to a demon made from the parts of other demons. He’s Frankenstein’s monster without the tragedy; an irredeemable monster. So he fits perfectly into the Assassin role in Heroes of the Storm: a monster who roams the battlefield, tearing up minions and heroes to feed his insatiable appetite. 

Blizzard’s put together a hero spotlight so you can get to know the charming fellow. Take a gander below. 

Read and Comment

Try these free to play games
?

These are affiliate links - clicking them and playing the games directly supports PCGamesN

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

Comments3

Trion Worlds has proven itself in the traditional realm of MMOs with the likes of Rift and ArcheAge, but the next roll of the multiplayer dice is something a little different. Devilian is a ARPG flavoured MMO; the isometric view and fast paced combat of games like Diablo and Path of Exile but with masses of players joining in on dungeons, raids, and guilds. 

It’s a good, workable idea, but it’s not Devilian’s key feature. The interesting thing about it is all in the title: a Devilian is your character’s second form; a monstrous devil that you can morph into at any time to wreak extra havoc on your enemies. 

Read and Comment

Spotlight
?

Our Spotlight units plug content our journalists have made, that our advertisers want to promote. Sometimes the promotion is paid for, but the content they go to is always independent with no client oversight or approval.

Her Story PC review

Comments5

Illuminated by a flickering, faux CRT monitor, scratched and reflective, I’m typing words into an antiquated database in the hopes of solving a mystery. It’s something I used to do a lot in text adventures and adventure games with a parser: tensely filling out a text box, hoping that this time I’ve inputted the right combination of words so that I can unravel a story that I’ve become fixated on. 

Her Story is not an adventure game, though. It’s something new. A subversion of what we’d expect from a game, it’s a simple police database containing around 250 clips, all FMV, of a woman split across a few interviews. A man is missing. No, a man was missing, and now, years later, I’m putting the pieces together like a cross between a detective and an archeologist. 

Read and Comment

Mojang launch Minecraft in Education initiative to connect teachers and players

Comment

Minecraft has been a tool in education for years. Google and MinecraftEdu teamed up to teach quantum physics through qCraft, and in March the game was made available to every secondary school in Northern Island for free.

The game has the capacity to do good - and thankfully, new owners Microsoft have recognised that with a new space designed to connect the Minecraft community with educators.

“The first steps have been taken,” say Mojang. “And now we invite you to show us how Minecraft inspires you to change the way we learn.”

Read and Comment

Unity

Unity boss predicts how app store rivalries will play out

Comments2

Once upon a time, developers built games for just one platform. If you bought a PlayStation 2, you played TimeSplitters. If you owned a GameCube, you played Metroid Prime. And if you had a PC, you played Deus Ex and wound up here.

It’s not really like that anymore - big games typically come out on a minimum of three devices; small ones can hit double figures. But every platform has its own ecosystem - and Unity head John Riccitiello believes there’ll only be more division and exclusivity deals before that changes.

Read and Comment

VR

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

Comment

The biggest brains in VR have regularly rubbed together in the creation of their headsets, transcending company bounds to tackle shared industry issues like nausea. But they’ve failed to collaborate on one of VR’s big question marks: what on Earth to do with our hands.

ValveVR has its motion-tracked sword hilts; CCP are playing with homebrew Kinect setups; Oculus have developed haptic bangles in the Oculus Touch, but are bundling Xbox One controllers with the Rift.

Input is up in the air - and engine-makers Unity reckon the dust won’t settle for five years yet.

“If we were able to look forward in time five years from now, and if we were to see what kind of experiences we have with VR, what kind of interaction models we’d have, I’m convinced that these things still have to be invented,” said VP of engineering Lucas Meijer.

Read and Comment

Rebellion to remaster 1998 Battlezone: "Whichever vision you love, you've not been forgotten"

Comments3

There were two ways to react to news of Rebellion’s VR reboot of Battlezone, the Atari wireframe classic. The first was to go: huh, fair play. And the second was to worry wistfully about the legacy of Battlezone’s last reboot - the ‘90s first-person RTS from Activision.

“We’ve read your comments, articles, emails and posts and we’ve seen your love for these games - so we wanted to make another brief announcement,” wrote Rebellion in an open letter yesterday.

“We’re very pleased to reveal that we’re also working on a remaster of the 1998 Battlezone for PC.”

Read and Comment

Batman: Arkham Origins studio working on an open world game that isn't Batman

Comments4

Rocksteady announced Batman: Arkham Knight just as Warner Bros. Montreal were finished up DLC for Arkham Origins - and for a while there it looked like the two studios would tag-team the series. But that annualised future looks unlikely now: Rocksteady have revealed they’re done with Batman for good, and Montreal appear to be working on something else entirely.

Read and Comment

The Elder Scrolls Online loses creative director to Gearbox

Comment

Zenimax Online are down one Paul Sage. Aside from a comforting name that implied wisdom and calm, Sage provided The Elder Scrolls Online with its creative direction over seven years of development, and a steady hand in the hard year since its release.

His role now belongs to Rich Lambert - formerly ESO’s lead content designer and, crowd-pleasingly, a veteran of Oblivion.

Read and Comment

Supreme League of Patriots free to Arkham Knight PC owners as a gesture of solidarity

Comments3

Indie developer No Bull Intentions has decided to give away its Supreme League of Patriots to people who bought Arkham Knight on PC. It’s a nice gesture but, more pointedly, it’s also a very clever way for No Bull to capitalize on the back of the huge mess that Rocksteady’s unready PC version has left.

Read and Comment

Mojang to cease development on Scrolls, servers only guaranteed through next year

Comments4

Sad news for Scrolls fans today, as Mojang have announced that the Echoes expansion “will be the last major content patch for Scrolls.” More ominously, Mojang have said that while the servers will stay up through to July 1st, 2016 (one year from now), “All future proceeds will go towards keeping Scrolls playable for as long as possible.”

Read and Comment

We Happy Few gets more than a few dollars on KIckstarter, tempts us with a "drug paradise"

Comment

1960’s dystopian survival sandbox sim We Happy Few has achieved its KIckstarter goal with four days to spare, clearing its 250,000 CAD goal by a comfortable margin. Compulsion Games celebrated the milestone in a press release today, and gently reminded fans that there are still a few stretch goals that might interest them...

Read and Comment

Heat Signature's latest trailer is full of wrench-based murder

Comment

The best parts of Heat Signature’s trailers, which are really dev walkthroughs, are when things don’t exactly go Tom Francis’ way. It showcases the random, unexpected nature of Heat Signature’s procedural galaxies and modular ships, a nature that leads to ships being blown to smithereens and assassinations in the vacuum of space. 

Point your eyes at the latest trailer, below. 

Read and Comment

The Bard's Tale IV Kickstarter makes Chris Avellone a human stretch goal again

Comment

Torment: Tides of Numenera was the first time I remember noticing actual people being turned into stretch goals on a Kickstarter campaign. The person in question was Planescape: Torment scribe and co-founder of Obsidian, the studio he recently left, Chris Avellone. And it looks like inXile is doing it again, offering up Avellone like some sort of crowdfunding sacrifice, for The Bard’s Tale IV. 

Read and Comment

A Hearthstone streamer is playing entirely hands-free

Comments1

I sometimes find it difficult to combine my twin loves of eating sandwiches and playing games. Taking a bite out of a delicious grilled cheese sandwich usually means that, for a second, my attention and hands are diverted from the game. Streamer Billyisms doesn’t have this problem, or at least not when he’s playing Hearthstone, because he never has to use his hands.

Read and Comment

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

Comments11

Fancy carving a bloody swathe through hordes of nasty beasties and horrible monsters? Of course you do, because bloody swathes are the best kind. And why not do it in Path of Exile’s upcoming free expansion, The Awakening. It’s in closed beta at the moment, and we’ve got 100 codes that we want to fling your way.

Read and Comment

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

Comments1

Ever watched There Will Be Blood? Well if you ever wanted to become Daniel Plainview and become a ruthless oil tycoon, drinking the oil milkshakes of everyone around you and shouting “Draaaiiinage!” all the time, Turmoil is probably your best bet. It’s a lot cuter than There Will Be Blood, but will take you to the 19th century American Oil Rush and task you with striking it big time. 

We’ve got exactly 100 copies of this early access game to give away. Want one? Step this way. 

Read and Comment

Pages

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

Tuk Ruk

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

Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: American Freedom Fireworks Day Edition

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

Cities: Skylines

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

Block N Load PC review

Block N Load

Block N Load PC review

The 15 best Star Wars PC games

Star Wars: Battlefront 2

The 15 best Star Wars PC games

Catching up with Slitherine: what a difference a year makes

Slitherine

Catching up with Slitherine: what a difference a year makes

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

Heroes of the Storm

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

Hands on with World of Warships

World of Warships

Hands on with World of Warships

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

Star Wars Battlefront

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

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

Unity

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™

Final Fantasy XIV new player guide

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

Burnout Paradise

The 10 best PC racing games

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

Nvidia Showcase

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:

VR

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

Path of Exile

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

Dota 2

The best Dota 2 custom games

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward review in progress

FINAL FANTASY® XIV: A Realm Reborn™

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward review in progress

The 22 best strategy games on PC

Civilization 5

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

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

Copyright is a place where nothing ever happens: how the ESA blocks game archiving

ESA

Copyright is a place where nothing ever happens: how the ESA blocks game archiving