Your PC gaming weekend: win a Smite skin, get the latest on Total War: Warhammer 2, Destiny 2, and more!

PC gaming weekend

Hello everyone, and welcome to The Weekend. No, no, not the singer/songwriter, why would you even think that? We’re referring to the final two days of the week, which many of you will have freed up from work/education commitments. They’re a fun time, but only if you know how to fill them correctly. That’s where we come in. 

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We can make your weekend the best ever, thanks to our PC gaming suggestions. Yes, even better than the time when you saw a flying saucer, became inexplicably obsessed with making models of mountains, and finally realised that the two were connected on the day that you flew away with your new alien friends…

Win a skin for Smite with our giveaway – we’ve got Celestial Isis and Stargazer Anubis up for grabs
If you’re a resident of the battleground of the gods, you may want to deck out some of your characters with fancy threads. If your heroes are looking a bit dull in their OG costumes, you could spruce them up by winning our Celestial Isis and Stargazer Anubis skins.

Find out everything we know about Total War: Warhammer II
We all knew it’d happen eventually, but we didn’t expect Total War: Warhammer 2 to appear quite so soon after the original. It turns out that Creative Assembly have been slaving away creating a whole new campaign, and it’ll be ready before the end of the year. Expect Elves-a-plenty, as well as the wonderfully strange Lizardmen. Oh, and is that the scuttling of rat claws we hear?

Find out what’s changing in Heroes of the Storm
Blizzard are calling their latest update Heroes 2.0, which should tell you a lot about the scale they have planned. We’re talking a whole new progressions system with Overwatch-style loot box rewards, and an account level that combines the progress you’ve put into every character. It’s an exciting new path for Blizzard’s little hero brawler.

Get all excited about Destiny 2 coming to PC
We were short-changed back in 2014 when Destiny came out, with Activision and Bungie deciding that the PC was not the place for its shared-world shooter. Thankfully they’ve had a change of heart for the sequel, which will release on our beautiful hardware this September. See the cool new trailer and find out everything we know about the game so far by clicking the link above.

Apply for an amazing new job at PCGamesN
Hey, we’re looking for a new staff member here at the PCGN HQ. We need a production editor to hammer our great words into even better shape. Got any experience in that area? Then perhaps your future lies with us. If you feel up to the challenge, now’s the time to start working on your application.

Consider if the new Ryzen 7 1700X processor is for you
Last week we put the Ryzen 1800X through its paces, and we came away a little disappointed by AMD’s brave new world. But we’ve had the 1700X in our test rig for the last few days, and it paints a somewhat different picture of Ryzen’s future…

Think about which games would benefit from Shadow of Mordor’s Nemesis system
Every generation produces an unforgettable gaming mechanic. The best of the last few years is undoubtedly the Nemesis system; Shadow of Mordor’s procedural enemy generator. It created memorable rivalries with orcs that had so many bits cut off them you’d think they had aspirations of being the Tin Woodsman. But why has the system not been copied since its 2014 debut? Ponder that question with us, and think of games you’d love to see it feature in.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Chortle at Simon Miller’s breakdown of Mass Effect: Andromeda’s raunchiest scenes

We’ve heard that Mass Effect: Andromeda has a bit of the ol’ coitious in it. Y’know… the rumpy pumpy. Bump-n-grind. Yeah, that stuff. If you’re as alarmed by this fact as we are, then you’ll be pleased to know that Simon Miller has investigated the game’s smuttiest scenes to find out exactly what’s been going on.

Rejoice at Planescape: Torment’s HD makeover
It’s one of the most important games ever made, and it’s finally getting the remaster treatment. Planescape: Torment, the deeply philosophical Dungeons & Dragons adventure from the 1990s, is returning as an Enhanced Edition this year. Polished up by Beamdog, the gang behind the Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale remasters, it’s practically guaranteed to be a beautiful (if incredibly weird) vacation to nostalgia town.

Level up your skills with our Gwent deck guide
Gwent is now a proper videogame and not just a distraction to stop you from sorting out the scum of Nilfgaard. If you’re planning at being a pro at this The Witcher spin-off, you may need some advice on the best decks to use. You’ll find that advice by simply clicking the orange words above.

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That’s everything we’ve got for this week, but I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s more than enough. GLHF, and don’t forget to check back every day for even more PC gaming goodness.