No Man's Sky will come to PC, is a PS4 timed exclusive

Hello Games' procedurally generated exploration game No Man's Sky will also come to PC, with the game's PlayStation 4 exclusivity within a timed window, according to the latest issue of Edge magazine. IGN reports that in an interview with Hello Games managing director Sean Murray in the September issue of Edge, the developer reveals No Man's Sky will hit PC after the PS4 version. "I actually got in a bit of trouble for saying that we wanted the game to feel really console-y," Murray said. "We've always had PC in mind but in my head (console-y) means solid frame rate and immediate controls. I think a PC game can be 'console-y' and it's intended as a compliment, but I get in trouble for saying it." No Man's Sky was announced last December during the Spike Video Game Awards Show....

How to play Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn for free

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn is now free to try, developer Square Enix announced this week. The trial program will run for 14 days after players create their accounts. Those who sign up through its official website can play through level 20. The trial is limited to the Windows PC version of the massively multiplayer online role-paying game, which is also available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. For more on the game, be sure to read our Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn review and watch its video portion below.

How to destroy your enemies as the Monster in Evolve

One of the great attractions of Turtle Rock's asymmetrical hunting game Evolve is that the choices of who and how you play are so varied.Even within the four-player team of human hunters and their four classes, there are a variety of play-styles and weapons available to the player. But one of the reasons I find this game is appealing, is the opportunity to play as the monster, to pit your wits against four people who are using their individual skills to work cooperatively, to bring you down. Evolve enters a Windows PC alpha this weekend, so I recently visited publisher 2K in Marin to learn some more about how to play as a monster. Flush from recently winning a hatful of E3 Game Critics Awards, the team wanted to delve into some of the deeper strategies and tactics they have learned in...
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How to lose a game of Stronghold Crusader 2

Here's a secret about your old pal Phil Kollar that you may not know: I was not built to be king. As though to perfectly illustrate that point, the folks at Firefly Studios sent me an early beta build of Stronghold Crusader 2, the upcoming strategy-slash-castle builder. The game's lead designer, Simon Bradbury, joined me to help out, but can even he lead me out of the fires of defeat? Watch the video above to find out. Stronghold Crusader 2 will be released for Windows PCs on September 2, 2014.

Call of Duty: Ghosts' latest map pack lets you kill with mine carts, extreme Canadian weather

Nemesis, the fourth and final downloadable content pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, launches Aug. 5 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, giving players all-new ways to kill each other in multiplayer. From mine carts to evil Canadian blizzards to vertical take off fighter jets, there's no shortage of fresh opportunities for virtual killing. Included in Nemesis are the maps Dynasty, Showtime, Subzero and Goldrush. Dynasty is a hectic small to medium-sized map, according to Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin, set in a Chinese lakeside village. It has a map-specific killstreak reward, a nod to the harrier strike from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Showtime plays out like a game show in a tight, tiny map based on Call of Duty 4's Shipment. Things get a bit crazier in Subzero, which lets...

Rogue Legacy survival guide: How to keep that family tree growing

So you're brand new to Rogue Legacy and you find that you've died, well, a lot? Worry not, we've got some advice for you.Although Rogue Legacy has been out for more than a year on other platforms, its arrival on PS4, PS3 and Vita means that plenty of newcomers are experiencing the pain of death and rebirth for the first time. We already gave some developer tips on how to survive the game's hardest trophy, but maybe some more general tips would be of use? Let's get it on! It's OK to Die It may be frustrating, but death is a part of Rogue Legacy just as much as life is. Early on in the game you're liable to die a ton, but that's ok. Every time you die, the game will get very slightly easier, as your character can be upgraded in the castle. The game also doesn't scale as you level up, so...

Watch The Sims 4's emotional new trailer

Sims will be more emotional than ever in The Sims 4, the latest entry in the long-running life simulation franchise, as demonstrated in a new trailer. The Sims 4 introduces a new emotion-based mechanic for people to play with. Sims will jump from happy to drink-throwing angry, tense, playful, embarrassed, focused or even dazed — and just because one sim is feeling flirty doesn't mean it won't make another uncomfortable. Check out the trailer above for a look at the game's emotion-based gameplay. The Sims 4 will be available for Mac and Windows PC Sept. 2. For more on the game's new emotions and personality system, check out our hands-on impressions from E3 2014.

The Long Dark is a quieter take on DayZ, and it's still terrifying

The Long Dark will make you shout with joy over finding an unopened bag of beef jerky.It's an open-world survivor game in the ilk of Rust or DayZ, but with a much quieter tone and much simpler scope. In its early alpha build, you're not a wasteland survivor, building fortresses to protect yourself from oncoming waves of enemy marauders — you're just a person, vulnerable to real person stuff like cold exposure, starvation, dehydration, third-degree burns, compound fractures and so, so much more. For a glimpse at The Long Dark's fatal possibilities and occasionally beautiful vistas, check out the Overview video posted above.

Surprising things are hidden in the latest version of the Oculus Rift

iFixit has spent some quality time tearing doing the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2, and they've found some surprising things inside. The headset is covered in 40 infrared lights, which can be picked up by any camera that shows infrared. The header image of this article shows what the webcam sees to support positional tracking, the ability to move your head towards or away from objects in virtual reality. It's pretty neat stuff, and completely invisible when seen with your eyes. The older Crystal Cove Oculus prototype used white dots on the headset; using infrared lights hidden behind the plastic makes the unit look much cleaner. It also keeps the tracking data safe; with no paint or stickers to peel you can't hurt the unit by handling it. The real trick though is the screen: iFixit...

Here's how to make Uruks cry in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

The latest trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delves deeper into the powers of Celebrimbor, the ghostly Wraith accompanying Talion on his quest for vengeance against the Dark Lord Sauron. Talion's already pretty effective in combat because of his Ranger training, but the added mind-control powers of the Wraith make him all that more dangerous. Through Celebrimbor, Talion's skills are augmented, and with his new powers he can dominate and intimidate the Uruks of Sauron's Army. In this way, Talion (and Celebrimbor) can infiltrate the Dark Lord's forces as they slowly turn his own followers against him. Last week, developer Monolith Productions revealed the identity of Talion's Wraith companion as Celebrimbor, the forger of the Rings of Power and a personal enemy from Sauron's...

Divinity: Original Sin review: next to godliness

Divinity: Original Sin is a testament to what an experienced developer can do when freed from the demands of a publisher and left to create precisely the game it wants. Belgian developer Larian Studios has been building on its Divinity franchise for over a decade, since 2002's poorly named Divine Divinity. For Original Sin, the team pitched an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, billing it as the Divinity game they had always wanted to make but never had the publisher support for. It's one thing to make lofty promises in a Kickstarter campaign and another thing entirely to actually deliver on them. Divinity: Original Sin delivers in almost every conceivable way. It's a turn-based RPG with all the scope and depth that captured my heart as a kid but with the polish and smart,...

Defiance game will continue, even if the Syfy TV show ends

When Defiance launched in 2013, it carried the promise of a cross-media franchise where TV was more deeply integrated into a game than we'd ever seen before. The game was introduced alongside a show on the NBC-owned channel Syfy, and, we were promised, things that happened in the game would impact the show and vice versa.Over a year has passed, and we're now in the midst of Defiance's second season — the TV show, that is. Both ratings and critical reactions are solid, and a third season renewal seems likely if not exactly guaranteed. But modern-day Syfy isn't particularly well-known for long-lasting shows. What happens to the game when the show inevitable comes to a conclusion? I posed this question to Defiance's current lead designer, Trick Dempsey, and he expressed confidence in the...

Steam deals announced for Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity

Steam and Ubisoft have posted pre-purchase deals for two of the year's most anticipated big budget games, Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity. Anyone who buys Far Cry 4 on Steam, prior to its November launch, will receive Hurk's Redemption Missions consisting of 60 minutes of gameplay as well as three extra missions and an exclusive weapon. Far Cry 4 is a combat and exploration adventure, set in the Himalayas, featuring a returning native who comes up against a power-mad despot. Assassin's Creed Unity, scheduled for release in October, is set during the French Revolution and features the series' trademark traversal and fighting mechanics. Pre-order Steam bonuses include the Chemical Revolution Mission, Royal Arsenal Pack, Athos Duel Shir, Black Musketeer Breeches and Pappenheimer...

Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas Plague Quarter - Overview Video

Last week, Blizzard kicked off Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas expansion with the introduction of the Arachnid Quarter. We conquered it. This week, we run into some technical difficulties accessing the Plague Quarter, but that's not going to slow us down. Griffin McElroy takes the wheel as we check out three new bosses, a bunch of new cards and some ridiculous hero powers that make us carefully rethink our strategies. We'll return next week to tackle the next wing of Naxxramas. Here's hoping the technical problems are figured out as well!

Homefront: The Revolution devs to move to Deep Silver as Crytek scales back two studios

Crytek's ongoing transition from a game developer to an online publisher is resulting in the effective shutdown of two internal studios, Crytek UK and Crytek USA, the company announced today. Earlier today, Deep Silver parent company Koch Media announced that it is acquiring the Homefront intellectual property from Crytek. The next game in the franchise, Homefront: The Revolution, was originally being developed by Nottingham, U.K.-based Crytek UK. Deep Silver is founding a new studio in Nottingham called Deep Silver Dambuster Studios, which will handle the development of the Homefront series going forward. Once the Homefront acquisition is complete, the members of the Homefront: The Revolution development team will "transfer their talents" to Dambuster Studios and continue working on...

Hatoful Boyfriend will let you date pigeons on Aug. 21

Admit it: you've given serious thought at least once to what it would be like to date a pigeon. On Aug. 21 all your pigeon dating sim dreams will come true when Hatoful Boyfriend launches for Linux, Mac and Windows PC, publisher Devolver Digital announced today. As the last human woman in the world, in Hatoful Boyfriend, you have no choice but to enroll yourself in pigeon high school and throw your search for true love literally to the birds. In this revamped HD version of manga artist Hato Moa's 2011 original, developer Mediatonic — the folks behind Amateur Surgeon and Foul Play — sets players in a world overrun with pigeon hotties just waiting to be courted. The game is available to pre-order through Steam now at 10 percent off its $9.99 price tag. Mediatonic's version also...
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