After a long stint floating away in the vacuum of Early Access, Stardock’s humongous space 4X game, Galactic Civilizations III, is launching today.
I’ve been conquering galaxies with terrifying armadas and cornering the galactic marketplace for a week, but I’m holding off on giving my final verdict until tomorrow, since the story campaign was only recently added to the game.
In the mean time, you can take a gander at the cinematic launch trailer below.
In news that will likely surprise no one, Blizzard’s new ultra-popular hero brawler Heroes of the Storm will be the focus of a huge new tournament this year. The world-wide competition will feature regional tournaments in the Americas, Europe, China, Korea, and Taiwan, before concluding in the World Championship event at Blizzcon this November.
When going to war, putting on your best war face is recommended. However, PCGamesN would also like to remind all digital soldiers that a weapon is advisable, too. Warface - the free-to-play shooter from Crytek - doesn’t quite make that clear in the name, but it’s a pretty big requirement.
If you play Warface, we’ve got a bullet-chewing giveaway you’re not going to want to miss. We just found this armoury, you see, and it’s filled with 300 weapon packs for Warface. Fancy a chance of winning one? Just step this way, soldier.
Blizzard have expressed intent on getting rid of “permanent” crowd control in a future content patch for Diablo III. Currently, the highest ranked groups for Diablo III’s competitive Greater Rifts all require similar “zero-DPS” builds, where one or two players focus entirely on disabling enemy minions, and buffing the parties damage.
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GOG are doing surprise giveaway of 8,000 Rise of the Triad 2013 keys, all in an effort to stress test their back end. The game will be getting a “massive update” soon, which includes GOG Galaxy compatibility - GOG’s brand new service platform.
We’ve got the instructions on how to enter for a key below the break, but you’ll need to be quick as you’ve not got long to take advantage of this!
Turbo Pixel Studios have just released a chunky update to their fast paced arena FPS, Reflex, which is still in Steam Early Access. The netcode has been vastly improved, and a new custom UI and HUD system has made its way into the game. Also, over 200 community made maps are now at players fingertips too.
It marks the game’s transition from pre-alpha to alpha, and along with the update, Reflex will be 50% off to celebrate for the next week.
Blizzard have released footage of one of their to be playable characters, taking part in a game of Overwatch. The character in question is Zenyatta, a robotic “omnic monk” support class that wields balls of light to heal friends, or damage enemies.
2Awesome Studio has been left picking up the pieces of their Dimension Drive Kickstarter, as the project failed to meet its goal of €30,000 due to a fraudulent donation. Just when the project was seemingly coming to a close, without meeting its goal, a single backer pledged a whopping €7,000 to put them over.
But the moment of joy was not to last, as Kickstarter notified the indie devs that the pledge wasn’t to be. “Don’t know what to do now,” said 2Awesome Studios. “Mentally devastated.”
Blizzard have laid down the law in their biggest MMO, World of Warcraft, by issuing more than 100,000 six-month bans to players found to be botting. It appears that players that used the notorious “Honorbuddy” bot to mindless farm honor in PVP have been hit hardest, resulting in a storm of begging on the game’s official forums. But Blizzard are having none of it.
WildStar, Carbine and NCSoft’s sci-fi fantasy MMO, could soon appear on Steam, according to a Steam Sub page on SteamDB. WildStar launched in June last year, receiving mostly critical praise. NCSoft hasn’t revealed subscription numbers, however, so it’s not clear how many players stuck around. It has received quite a few updates, though.
The page also suggests that when WildStar appears on Steam, it might be free-to-play, as it’s listed as “Free on Demand”.
Elite fans got Elite: Dangerous, Wing Commander fans are getting Star Citizen, but what about X-Wing fans. The series did just appear on GOG and Steam, but as great as they are, gosh they're a bit old now. This leaves the door open to Impeller Studios and Starfighter Inc. It’s not a new X-Wing game, it’s not related to Star Wars at all, but the team’s goal is to carry on the series’ lineage.
It’s on Kickstarter at the moment, and is half-funded with 24 days to go.
Blooming time travel, it causes all sorts of problems, making people fade out of existence or getting Biff Tannen super-rich. And now Riot’s at it, introducing a new champion, Ekko, who can rewind time.
He’s about to be plonked into the PBE, so you’ll be able to put him through his paces yourself.
The Westport Independent, a game that puts players in the shoes of a newspaper editor working in a country ruled by an authoritarian regime, is quite a bit like Papers, Please. You can see it in the simple, tactile interface and the rising tension as you try to choose whether to be a government lapdog or take a stand.
It’s a bit broader than Lucas Pope’s lauded border sim, though, with staff to manage, newspapers to layout and distribution to work out. And you can take it for a spin right this very second, or once you’ve downloaded the demo, at least. It’s a free alpha preview, and is already rather good.
If the last few Assassin’s Creed games gave you a taste for murderous multiplayer, then you might not be too chuffed to hear that Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate will be a solo affair. Ubisoft Quebec want to focus on the changes to stealth and combat, as well as the narrative, instead adding co-op or other multiplayer modes.
The dynamic duo of Max and Chloe -- one can turn back time, the other has a hat -- will soon be continuing their investigations into a missing chum and a weird tornado in the third episode of Life is Strange, Chaos Theory.
Ubisoft held a pretty interesting investor call this week where they discussed the publisher’s record breaking financial year. During the call, CEO Yves Guillemot stated that in 2014 open world games were responsible for 30% of the total games market share. He went on to demonstrate that in the top ten selling games of 2014, five of them were open world, and three of them were Ubisoft's open world games.
It looks like, despite Unity’s hiccup, that Ubisoft are still in a rather strong position.
Telltale Games’ director of PR Job Stauffer has confirmed on Twitter that The Walking Dead season 3 will not start during 2015. Instead, something “insanely cool” will be revealed soon, which could well be related to The Walking Dead universe.
Since modders appear to have flocked to Colossal Order’s city-builder, Cities: Skylines, we’ve decided to root around and find the best buildings, roads and maybe a field or two to add to your burgeoning metropolis.
Take a gander below to find the best of the bunch, in no particular order, so far. At the rate mods are coming out, we might miss a couple of brand-spanking new ones, so make sure to shine a spotlight on your favourites in the comments.
Activision is reviving King’s Quest, the stalwart member of the 90s adventure club. In part of the resurrection spell, one mandatory ingredient is a stellar voice cast. And that’s certainly what developer The Odd Gentlemen have gone and done. Leading the ensemble is Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd, playing King Graham.
Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot has revealed that the mega-publisher is already working on a variety of games for virtual reality devices, with the aim of having games arrive within the first year of VR’s consumer release.