Games

Here's Demon's Souls running in the RPCS3 PS3 emulator

One of the most infuriating absences on PC is Demon’s Souls – From Software’s direct predecessor to the Dark Souls series, which released exclusively for PS3 in 2009. Or at least, it’s infuriating if you refuse to use an emulator, though even that hasn’t been a great option due to struggles optimising the build. But the creators of the RPCS3 ...

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Nihon Falcom: "We want all of our games on Steam"

This page on Steam is looking increasingly healthy, as JRPG-focused developer Nihon Falcom gradually ports many of its old (and less old) games to PC, and to Steam. Trails of Cold Steel is the next up, due in just over a week, but it seems the company has plans to release many more of its titles over the coming months. ...

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Slime Rancher squelches out of early access in August

Slime Rancher is a game about hoovering up slimes, exploring, and farming on an alien planet, and it’s proved rather popular in the year-and-a-half the sandbox title has been in Steam Early Access. Slime waits for no man, however, and so Monomi Park’s open adventure finally has an actual release date, and it’s very, very soon. Slime Rancher 1.0.0 will ...

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How to install a water block on your CPU

There are many components in a custom loop that you won’t find in an air-cooled build—Pumps, radiators, tubing, and fittings among other things. The one piece of the puzzle that will be most familiar is the CPU block. In fact, it is so similar to an air cooler that most of the steps in this guide will apply, even if ...

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Primal Needs mod turns The Witcher 3 into a survival game

I got hammered pretty hard by The Witcher 3 fans a while back for suggesting a mod that lets Geralt use shields—apparently, it’s pretty common knowledge that Witchers don’t bother with shields at all (I just thought he looked cool using one). So, it’s with some trepidation that I’m suggesting another mod, one that turns The Witcher 3 into a ...

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'There are no one percent changes.' Ben Brode on how Hearthstone balance differs from Overwatch

Is Hearthstone balance a triangle? This question has nagged me ever since Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan that the Overwatch team approaches balance using the points on a so-called balance triangle: their gut feeling, statistics like hero pick rates, and player feedback about the game. Which got me thinking, does Hearthstone have three points as well?  The broader question is: how ...

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Asus ROG’s latest motherboard for Ryzen is loaded with fan headers

Little by little, Asus is fleshing out its socket AM4 motherboard lineup for builders who are looking to assemble a system around Ryzen. It’s newest offering, the Crosshair VI Extreme from its ROG division, is based on the top-end X370 chipset and takes pole position with a bevy of a features geared towards enthusiasts and overclockers, including a whopping 13 ...

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Ark: Survival of the Fittest is 'an experiment that didn't catch on but we do think there's a fun game there'

“Ark: Survival of the Fittest was for us an experiment,” says Studio Wildcard’s co-founder Jeremy Stieglitz. “It started as a mod and it was pretty cool and pretty fun. I lot of these games that are very successful—like PUBG, like, you know, Counter-Strike or DotA—originate as mods and can switch over to standalone titles.” Having begun life as a mod, ...

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Shadow of War trailer shows a surprising take on Shelob

The team behind Middle-earth: Shadow of War have re-imagined the ginormous spider Shelob as an attractive woman with a posh English accent, in a new trailer for the Shadow of Mordor sequel, which you can watch below. The trailer later shows Sexy Shelob turning back into a big arachnid, so there is some continuity with the books and films. When ...

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