If you're still alive after the heat wave this week it's time now to cool down by putting some solid hours into PC gaming. That's right, it's time for your PC gaming weekend, in which we recommend a number of activities for you to do over the next couple of days.
Remember to take a break between play sessions by checking out the latest PC gaming news.
Below you'll find a list of games to play, games to buy, and games to revisit. There should be something for every PC gamer down there, even if it's grabbing a bargain in the Steam sale over the weekend - yes, it's that time of year once again. Warm your fingers up as they're going to be busy over the next couple of days.
Play the first hour of narrative-puzzle game Aporia - we have 100 Steam keys!
Starting off with our giveaway this week, you can win a copy of the beautiful narrative-based puzzle game Aporia: Beyond the Valley on Steam. It's not actually out until July 19th but we're giving you a chance to get in early to play the first hour of the game's mystery into an ancient, abandoned land.
Fight your way through World of Warcraft's new raid, Tomb of Sargeras
The Tomb of Sargeras is a new raid that rolled out in World of Warcraft this week. We were actually able to speak to the game's senior raid designer about how the team goes about designing difficulty and bosses with the new raids. It's definitely worth a read to find out how Blizzard's thought process works. After that it's time to jump into the new raid yourself - hope you're ready for a few surprises!
Jump into the new Horizon Lunar Colony map in Overwatch
We've heard tale of the Horizon Lunar Colony map that's to be the latest of Overwatch's chaotic battlegrounds, but now it's finally here. After enjoying some time in the PTR, the new spacey map has arrived, ready for all you Winston mains to revisit old memories, both good and bad. The patch also brings tweaks and small fixes that should hopefully make your stay a pleasant one.
Find out what the big trends were at E3 2017
We've said it before and we'll say it again - E3 2017 isn't over until we say it is. That time still hasn't come. In one of our big features this week, we took a look back at the manic week we spent in Los Angeles, figuring out what the big trends were on display at the show this year, and also figuring out what they tell us about the current state of the game industry.
Get yourself some bargains in the Steam Summer Sale
Say goodbye to whatever money is left in your bank account this weekend as the Steam Summer Sale is now live. Big games are going cheap as always, and there will be lots of bargains rotating on a daily basis, so make sure to revisit the store often. We've got a list of our recommended purchases so make sure to check that out before diving in yourself.
Here's a peculiar thing: ZeniMax, the company behind The Elder Scrolls Online, no longer refers to the game as an MMO. While it certainly is an an MMO, by avoiding thinking of the game in that way, ZeniMax reckon they've managed to turn the game around since its less-than-stellar launch. If you're a regular player you'll probably agree that it's certainly come a long way. In our interview you can find out how ZeniMax managed to turn The Elder Scrolls Online around.
The Stormblood expansion for Final Fantasy XIV is here at long last. It feels like it's been incoming for a long time, doesn't it? But hold your horses, before you jump in and invest another significant portion of your life to the game, you'd be wise to find out how you can unlock the two new classes. That should save you some time.
Beat Endless Space 2's new quest, The Stellar Prisoner
Endless Space 2, that huge and impressive sci-fi 4X sequel that released last month, got a big free update this past week. Called The Stellar Prisoner, it adds a quest, new heroes, and some general fixes. The quest is especially interesting as it involves someone who is literally imprisoned inside a neuron star. Good luck figuring out how to solve that.
How'd you like to go to heaven this weekend? Oh, sorry, I meant Hevn. It's a survival-based immersive sim set in the year 2128, where you play as a miner on a distant planetoid, having to manage your fatigue as well as your sanity while learning about the controversial mission you've been assigned to. You can't play the full game yet, but you can now check out a two hour demo, so get stuck in.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 was re-revealed during E3 2017 but all we really got to see of it was a cinematic trailer. There's a reason for that: the game is still very early in development. In fact, Ubisoft spent the past three years just building the technology for the game. Creative director Michel Ancel spends 15 minutes in a new video walking us through the advances of that tech while showing us how proper, if very early, gameplay for the first time.
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