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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Matt implicates his wife in murder and Rob becomes slave to political history

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Matt implicates his wife in murder and Rob becomes slave to political history

This week’s playlist sees the team take on two of the best strategy games of the year. Matt struggles to lead his people in Divinity: Dragon Commander, failing at every turn in all his roles as Emperor, whilst Rob dives headfirst into Europa Universalis IV and discovers that he might need to check into a clinic if he’s ever to escape it. 

Meanwhile Fraser goes on a merry jaunt around Tyria as his mission to explore the MMO genre continues. He’ll be leaving a positive review for it on Lonely Planet. 

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Nick gets pregnant and Jeremy builds a farm

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Nick gets pregnant and Jeremy builds a farm

This week's playlist reveals the full spectrum of the team's competence.

Jeremy and his girlfriend learn that together they can build a fully-working farm in Minecraft. He is what we will call billy goat competent.

Nick tries his hands at political intrigue in Crusader Kings 2 and doesn't do an entirely bad job of it. Not at first. He is billy goat passable.

Julian manages to kill his entire crew in Payday 2 because he can't turn on the drill to open the vault. He is billy goat fuck up.

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Steve shoots spaceships to Chopin and Julian discovers Dota 2 isn't too difficult after all

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Steve shoots spaceships to Chopin and Julian discovers Dota 2 isn't too difficult after all

This week’s playlist is a ragtag bunch. We’ve Jeremy playing Forza Horizon on a *pugh* console *pugh* and calling for its release on PC; Steve’s sent word from San Francisco about how much better shooting ships in space is when listening to classical music; and Julian takes a spin with Dota 2 and finds that it doesn’t live up to its reputation. But in a good way.

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Julian reveals he's a masochist and Steve travels back in time

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Julian reveals he's a masochist and Steve travels back in time

This week's playlist may contain spoilers: there are two pieces on The Walking Dead and they might contain story elements, you have been warned. (I'd love to tell you for sure but if someone writes a comment piece on The Walking Dead and I've not yet played the most recent episode I have it in my contract that I can avoid reading it.)

Bookending those we have Steve's piece on Time Travel Knight, one of the games to come out from the recent Molyjam - it's ace - and Julian's ongoing struggle with Rogue Legacy.

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Matt and Rob explore unique factions and Jules gets on the soapbox

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Matt and Rob explore unique factions and Jules gets on the soapbox

This week Matt and Rob both dive into the history of the period games, Matt pining for more Russians for the meatgrinder and Rob praising the balanced asymmetry achieved in Red Orchestra 2: Rising Storm.

Meanwhile Julian’s got a taste for split screen co-op and is angry that no one seems to be serving it.

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Steve is part Mongol and Matt plays Portal 2 with a scientist

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Steve is part Mongol and Matt plays Portal 2 with a scientist

Hello! We know it's been a while since our last weekly playlist of joy, but it's been really busy lately. The good news is that we're back and playing more games than ever before. Matt has been gushing over Portal 2 and the Steam Workshop. Rob's currently batting for the other team, but we don't mind if it's for The Last of Us. Steve has been getting cosy with Genghis Khan in Civilization V. Finally our overlord Tim has been playing Crysis 3, but getting rather frustrated with it.

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Rob and Jeremy argue about lethal vs nonlethal play in Dishonored

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Rob and Jeremy argue about lethal vs nonlethal play in Dishonored

This edition of The Weekly Playlist is a special issue, rather than bring you a smorgasboard of gaming stories, Rob and Jeremy argue the case for which of them is playing Dishonored  "right". Should Dunwall be delivered from its corrupt overlords by way of the knife or the sleeping dart? Is Rob's violence playing into the hands of those being disposed of? Or, is Jeremy's nonlethality simply an exercise in moral self-deception? 

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Matt goes all Arnie and Julian becomes the puppet master

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Matt goes all Arnie and Julian becomes the puppet master

This week's playlist has death, intrigue, and cuddly little villagers. Rob's returned to League of Legends where he finds the reward for training hard and honing your skills. Jeremy taken to the streets and rooftops of Dunwall to enact his voyeuristic desires. Matt's discovering the problems of injecting the 80s into a tactical island shooter. And Julian plays the puppet master in indie god game Reus. He also has a problem with his stoats.

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Rob braces himself for Company of Heroes 2 and Tim screws up his maths A-Level all over again

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Rob braces himself for Company of Heroes 2 and Tim screws up his maths A-Level all over again

This weekend begins with the unpleasant realisation that it isn’t the weekend at all, but in fact Monday. Please accept our apologies for that, along with our assurances that normal service will resume next week.

Now, onto the list, where Rob realises that a lifetime of RTS micro-management isn’t enough to prepare him for the numb terror of the Company of Heroes 2 beta, and a nostalgic brain override sees Tim playing the Xbox sequel to Motocross Madness. He doesn’t like it. Obviously.

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Steve talks of goal-oriented explosions and Jeremy enjoys death in Half-life

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Steve talks of goal-oriented explosions and Jeremy enjoys death in Half-life

This week's playlist has Steve reveal how it's important to set yourself goals in sandbox games like Kerbal Space Program; Paul discusses Elizabeth's role in Bioshock Infinite, likening her to a Doctor Who sidekick; Jeremy returns to Valve's seminal shooter, Half-Life, to examine how they handle death, seeing that, even there, the developer was breaking from the herd; and Julian? Julian's forgotten the purpose of the playlist and has provided a cocktail recipe.

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Jules spoils Bioshock: Infinite and Paul declares his love for Peggle

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Jules spoils Bioshock: Infinite and Paul declares his love for Peggle

It's been a quiet weekend, but that's because the team have been stuffing themselves with chocolate. Everyone is winding down from PAX and GDC, our poor, event-ridden Rob goes back into hibernation. It's Easter though, and that means chocolate and time to play games. Here's what the teams been playing this week:

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Paul slows down World War 2 and Jeremy travels back to 2004

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Paul slows down World War 2 and Jeremy travels back to 2004

We all had a whip round this week and manage to book some more time in our local game booths, bringing this week's playlist to a whopping four entries. That's not all, we cover a broad spectrum of life issues this week with Tim's conflicts of parenthood and gaming, Jeremy has travelled back in time for some reason, Paul slows down time in World War 2 to beat Jerry, and Nick's invested his life with newfound purpose.

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Rob tries to save the world and Julian turns traitor

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Rob tries to save the world and Julian turns traitor

Due to recent budget cuts this week's playlist runs a little short at just two entries, we just couldn't afford the rental of any extra gaming booths at the local gamatorium. As you can imagine, Tim wasn't best pleased to learn that Julian used his limited time in the game booth to play Valkyria Chronicles, a PS3 game.

He was somewhat happier to find that Rob had at least played a PC game, Anno 2070, a game Rob's calling the "Alpha Centauri to SimCity’s Civilization".

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Julian and Paul run away from dangerous beasts

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Julian and Paul run away from dangerous beasts

This week's playlist has accounts of two of the PCGamesN staff standing up for what they believe in - their right to flee at a moments notice, leaving the dangerous work of gaming to their heavily armed NPCs/teammates - and the other find that there is a little place in his idyllic homelife for WarFace.

See what we've been up to this past week in the latest edition of The Weekly Playlist.

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Tim learns to play with others and Jeremy sees Infinity Ward set the tone

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Tim learns to play with others and Jeremy sees Infinity Ward set the tone

It's Sunday, trying to capitalise on the vestiges of last nights drugs you turn to games for something to spark your brain's few remaining synapses. Gash darn it, though, you seem to have lost the ability to choose what to play. Luckily for you, we're here to help. This is what we've been using to artificially stimulate our brains for the past week.

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Paul battles Magicka's bugs and Rob sends many, many Russians to their deaths

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Paul battles Magicka's bugs and Rob sends many, many Russians to their deaths

It's the first Sunday of Lent, hunger scrapes at your fasting body. Scrabbling around for games to distract you find that your mind can't concentrate without sustenance. Thankfully you don't need to think for yourself, you just need to point randomly at one of the games in the list below and copy what we've been enjoying playing this past week.

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Paul becomes a celebrity and Jules beats his nemesis

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Paul becomes a celebrity and Jules beats his nemesis

This Sunday may well find you much like the writers of PCGamesN, burnt out, tired, and feeling the effects of 5AM clubbing. Having not crawled out of bed till well past 12, there is no question of being a productive worker. Instead the only form of activity our wasted bodies can manage is to spend many long hours in front of a computer game or two. These are the ones we've chosen, join us in their rejuvenating qualities.

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