Games

Paradox Interactive rolls back its price increases, will give refunds to purchasers

Take a look at the Europa Universalis 4 Steam page and you’ll notice something interesting: Overall user reviews, more than 21,500 of them since August 2013, are “very positive,” but recent reviews—2400 and counting—are “mostly negative.” The sudden surge of vitriol was driven by Paradox Interactive’s decision last month to increase the prices of its games and DLC in many ...

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Here's what you need to know about Kaby Lake-X

I’ll be posting the Skylake-X i9-7900X and Kaby Lake-X i7-7740X reviews in the near future (I just received what I hope will be ‘final’ firmware for the test board). In the meantime, I wanted to talk specifically about Kaby Lake-X, as it can be a rather confusing part. What is Kaby Lake-X, and do we really need it? To start, ...

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GOG brings 17-year-old Homeworld expansion Cataclysm back from the dead

Homeworld: Cataclysm, the standalone expansion to the magnificent trans-galactic RTS Homeworld, was not included with the Homeworld Remastered Collection released by Gearbox in 2015. The reasons still aren’t entirely clear, although Fists of Heaven does a good job of summarizing the confusion and conflict over ownership rights, missing source code, and whether or not the code was really needed in ...

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Overwatch loot box duplicates are being 'drastically' reduced

It’s not much fun to bust open an Overwatch loot box and find a bunch of stuff inside that you’ve already got. You get some compensation for it in the form of in-game credits, but it’s like getting socks for Christmas: Sure, they’re useful, but it’s still a drag. So Blizzard is making changes to the system that will “drastically ...

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This World of Warcraft uses Tinder to recruit players

If you use Tinder, you’re probably just looking for a quick hookup or, if you’re really ambitious, the love of your life. What you might not expect to find, however, is a new World of Warcraft guild. But, hey, sometimes love can be found in the most unexpected places, especially if you’re a lonely orc looking for someone to grind ...

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Best CPU deals today

You want a new processor, you’ve checked out our best CPU for gaming guide, and now you need to know the best CPU deals available right now. Well, we can help out with that too. The processor is the brains of your gaming rig. No matter what you’re running, whether it’s the CPU-intensive Planetside 2 or Minecraft, the processor will ...

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Dynasty Warriors 9 offers first glimpse of open-world brawls

First teased at Jump Festa 2017 in Japan, Dynasty Warriors 9 aims to shake up the enduring weapon-based fight ’em up by introducing an open world setting—something producer Akihiro Suzuki has labelled a “rebirth” of the series. Now, the ninth main series instalment offers a peek at its typically chaotic, backs-to-the-wall brawling against some lovely-looking forested landscapes, pagoda-lined hills and ...

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From modder to pro, the making of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, or PUBG, is the brainchild of one man, Irishman Brendan Greene, aka Playerunknown, who began the game as a mod before being picked up by South Korean publisher Bluehole for the version we know today. “Chang-Han Kim, an executive at Bluehole, reached out via an email and I was like ‘okay…’ and so I flew out to South ...

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Ashes of Creation launches 'Summer Crowdfunding Extension' campaign

The ambitious MMO Ashes of Creation was successfully crowdfunded in just one day last month, before ultimately accumulating a staggering $3,271,809—this over its initial $750,000 ask.  Steven dived deep into the project’s contentious referral programme thereafter, which makes for interesting reading. Developer Intrepid Studios has now unveiled its ‘Summer Crowdfunding Campaign’, which marks an extension period designed to “benefit new ...

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