It was a pivotal moment in one of the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational’s most exciting matches. Europe’s Fnatic team seemed to be on the verge of what would have been an extraordinary underdog upset in the group stage. But right at the start of a crucial fight, something odd happened. One of Fnatic’s players appeared to suffer a bug that left him unable to contribute, and Fnatic were dealt a heavy blow. Fnatic’s game came undone shortly thereafter, and a lot of fans and observers were convinced that an underdog upset had just been destroyed thanks to a glitch.
Unfortunate and inconvenient, but was it unfair? Esports, taking place on computers, would seem to offer the possibility of perfectly fair, perfectly adjudicated competition. There’s no in-game referee or umpire making judgment calls, or looking the other way as a foul occurs just out of sight. But, just as in more traditional sports, perfect fairness remains an elusive and difficult goal. And in that gulf between the the ideal and reality, you’ll find Riot’s League operation manager, Nick Allen, trying to keep professional League of Legends fair, one judgment-call at a time.
This is the dose of fantasy noir I’ve come to expect from The Witcher 3. This trailer is Geralt as “The Man with No Name”, or maybe as Kwai Chang Caine, going from place to place in a dark country and trying to put things right. But it’s also a bit of an introduction to his search for his daughter, Ciri, and how she’s taken up her father’s mantle.
One of the more interesting aspects of Cities: Skylines is the way it seemed to turn the entire PC gaming world into passionate devotees of city-planning and traffic optimization. But there was one crucial tool missing from the arsenal of the aspiring civil engineer: tunnels.
When our Fraser reviewed the first episode of Life Is Strange, he said it was a supernatural Veronica Mars. That comparison has never felt as suitable as in the trailer for the game’s third episode, which features lots of snooping around the high school after dark, using flashlights to seek through filing cabinets.
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But why? It is, quite literally, a game where you click on things until they die. And I don’t mean in the Diablo way, where you have to position yourself and manage health and mana. Clicker Heroes at its most complicated is selecting a new world to click on monsters in. Why has this captured the PC gamer’s imagination?
DICE have detailed the contents of the Spring Patch for Battlefield 4, and it’s a hardware-heavy one. At the very centre of it is five new weapons, and Gun Master: a game mode that revolves around unlocking new weapons.
In a very teasing teaser, Telltale have revealed the title of the fourth episode of its Game of Thrones series. Our fourth outing is titled Sons of Winter, and the poster gives us a little clue as to what may be going on.
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Want to see how the amazing graphical effects in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt were done? Join John Mamais, the Executive Producer at CD Project Red for this exclusive behind the scenes tour and learn how NVIDIA’s HairWorks technology renders both the lustrous locks of the lead character and an entire bear’s coat super-realistically.
The Witcher 3 launches tomorrow, and it’s all very exciting. You’ve probably noticed a lot of reviews knocking about the place, and maybe you’re wondering where ours is. Here’s the problem: PS4 review codes were the only ones being sent out until very recently.
CD Projekt Red have apparently been working on the PC version until the 11th hour, which is why you won’t see any PC reviews out there, in the wilderness, or here in PCGamesN. I do have a code now, however, and I can tell you what our review plans are.
Doom - are you excited? Bethesda certainly is, so much so that they’ve caved in and teased a little bit of the gameplay reveal footage they have planned for this year’s E3. It’s only about three seconds of devilish demon delight, but it certainly does a good job at getting the blood pumping.
I want to introduce you to a game. It’s a fast-paced Star Wars RPG, in which occasionally other players wander past you. It’s got lightsabers and space combat and Jedi houses and bounty hunters and, if you go full dark side, you can fire lightning from your fingertips.
It’s called Star Wars: The Old Republic, and thanks to a series of changes, it’s no longer the ugly stepchild of the MMORPG world. It’s actually quite good.
Brian Fargo and InXile know that there are some things that need updating, and some things that don’t.
With Wasteland 2 wrapped and the bulk of the studio now heads-down on their Torment sequel, a tiny team have begun production on a follow-up to the Bard’s Tale trilogy - which finished in 1988 under Fargo’s direction at Interplay.
The Bard’s Tale IV is not isometric. It’s not a sprawling, literary adventure across strange lands. It’ll instead be a first-person dungeon crawl, like its namesake. The Bard’s Tale had a far narrower scope than Wasteland - and InXile will keep it that way with an adventure that promises to be both intricate and deep. Bedrock deep.
The first expansion for Firaxis’ Civilization: Beyond Earth has been announced. Rising Tide allows you and your hardy civilization to take to the oceans, building floating cities and exploring the depths for precious resources. Other additions and improvements include an expanded diplomacy system, hybrid Affinity upgrades and new biomes.
We've got some screenshots of the expansion for you to feat your eyes on below.
The magic in Valve’s VR prototypes isn’t just in the headset. It’s in the positional tracking of the controllers. That tracking may have many other uses: including helping robot drones understand where they are in space. People who make robots are pretty excited.
“Honestly, the rumors didn't do it justice: it's really elegant!” exclaimed Travis Deyle of Hizook. “I think this technology could be a "big deal" for robotics too.”
Nvidia have finally released their game ready Geforce driver today, just in time for the anticipated Witcher 3: Wild Hunt launch, which is just mere hours away. If you want to be taking advantage of all that fancy technology, such as HairWorks, HBAO+, PhysX and SLI, you’re going to want to whack this driver into your system if you've got an Nvidia card.
Crytek have teamed up with Frame6, and headed to Kickstarter in an effort to fund a board game based on the popular nanosuit FPS, Crysis. While the design of the game is pretty much “ready for production”, Frame6 is looking for €85,000 to help find a factory to mass produce the board game, ready for sale.
In a follow-up blog post concerning the reveal of the Oculus Rift recommended system requirements, Oculus VR have announced that they have paused OS X and Linux development, and instead will devote the extra resources on the Windows release.
“We want to get back to development for OS X and Linux but we don’t have a timeline.” said chief architect and technical director Atman Binstock.
Capcom are gearing up to release the “definitive edition” of Devil May Cry 4 in June. While the current gen consoles will get to experience the game at 1080p and 60FPS for the first time, us PC folk have been able to play the game with even higher specs at the original release back in 2008.
So what’s there to warrant the hefty £19.99/$24.99 Capcom are asking for PC players? Three brand new playable characters: Vergil, Trish and Lady. We’ve got videos of all three of them in action, so you can judge yourself whether they’re worth your hard dosh.
Evoland was a great little testament to the origins of the RPG - from 2D sprites to fully fledged 3D worlds. It was so good in fact, that it warranted a sequel: Evoland 2. Shiro Games have released a trailer to show us exactly what the game entails: in short, a lot of nostalgic RPG moments.
After two years of development, Double Fine’s turn-based Massive Chalice has finally acquired a release date. Out officially on June 1st, the game will ship with a bunch of improvements as it enters version 1.0. There’s been a fairly heavy rebalancing to make the game more challenging, as well as the addition of controller support for the Steam version.