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Mass Effect: Andromeda’s aliens are a missed opportunity

In our last conversation about Mass Effect: Andromeda, we had divided opinions about its first few hours. I’d read it as a critique of the wonder and optimism that comes with space operas, but this is Mass Effect. There was such a great opportunity to do the ‘aliens land on earth’ story in reverse, with awe-struck aliens reacting to the existence of humans. There was such a great opportunity to do the ‘aliens land on earth’ story in reverse, with awe-struck aliens reacting to the existence of hu

By | March 25th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

How to make the best weapons and armor in Mass Effect: Andromeda

#nofilterMass Effect: Andromeda’s menus are their own game, taking the form of a traditional folder hierarchy, burying types and subtypes of armor, weapons, and modifications beneath layers of garish UI. Milky Way weapons are the most vanilla of the bunch, looking and behaving most like their real life counterparts. Remnant weapons are all erratic energy weapons that don’t use ammo, but can overheat if fired continuously for too long (remember Mass Effect 1?). The more teams out, the more resour

By | March 25th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

The best pro gaming to watch this weekend

There’s plenty of action from the CS:GO: Championship Series to the Overwatch: Carbon Series playoffs. CS:GO: Esports Championship Series PromotionThe European and North American promotion starts this weekend and the competition is looking fierce. Hearthstone: Winter Championship 2017The 2017 Hearthstone Championship Tour's first Championship stop lands on the sunny shores of the Bahamas. Sixteen of the best players from around the world will be competing for their share of the $250,000 prize po

By | March 25th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

How Mass Effect: Andromeda builds on the series’ legacy

In its closing moments, Andromeda made me feel the way I felt when I finished Mass Effect 1 for the first time. Mass Effect 1 was where you met Garrus, but Mass Effect 2 is where he picked up a cool scar and became your best friend. If Mass Effect 1 is defined by invention and Mass Effect 2 by reinvention, then Mass Effect 3's job was to consolidate everything that came before it into a coherent whole. It inherits Mass Effect 1's sense of scale but applies greater craft to the creation of a smal

By | March 24th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

This week’s highs and lows in PC gaming

You haven’t finished Nier: Automata, you’ve merely explored the bedrock of a game that becomes more bizarre and self-referential with each playthrough. After the first playthrough the game introduces new ways of fighting, and starts to offer new takes on the machines and bosses you’re smashing up. When I found out I could sell my health bar and minimap, I knew Nier was a game for me. "It's not a completely new game, it's however the game we had in our mind," says the devs. Image 1 of 4 Click or

By | March 24th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

PC Gamer UK podcast #38: Questions Special

After a traumatic deadline, Samuel and Phil climb into the podship and set off on a journey PC gaming. Unfortunately, neither of us had played anything of note this week, so instead we used your questions as an excuse to ramble about stuff. Listen, and find out why fantasy is better with giant mushrooms, and why Legion makes for bad second screen TV. Download: Episode 38: Last of the Summer Apocalypse You can also subscribe on iTunes or keep up with new releases using our RSS feed. This week: Sa

By | March 24th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

Road-trip sim Jalopy is a haunting piece of Eastern Bloc nostalgia

I grew up in ’90s Yugoslavia, an Eastern European country that no longer exists. Its tenacity and stubbornness is a testament to the sort of absurdity that Jalopy, a lo-fi Eastern Bloc road-trip sim, attempts to recapture. Thankfully, a gas station is nearby. I’d rather deal with a broken car than broken human beings. When I finally reach Yugoslavia, the game shows off the coastal area—something I’ve never seen before.

By | March 24th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

The best ATX mid-tower PC cases

Spending a bit more on a nice PC case, in most cases the most visible aspect of your build, can go a very long way. When it comes to building a PC, most users aren’t looking to break the bank on components like a PC case. Initially introduced with In Win’s sleek 901 brushed aluminum cases, tempered glass side panels have quickly become a hit among PC case manufacturers. As great as tempered glass looks, there’s one major drawback that most of these cases face, and that’s heat retention. Only a h

By | March 23rd, 2017|companies|0 Comments

What you need to know about GPU coolers

There’s a slew of factors to consider, after all: GPU clock, memory capacity, size and price, just to name a few. A pair of GTX 1080 reference blowers are the pixel pushers in this micro-ATX X99 system. Blower designs are also a good idea if you’re looking to employ SLI or Crossfire. I should also note that Nvidia is calling their reference blower design the “Founders Edition” for the GTX 1000 series of video cards. With the Maxwell/GTX 900 series, Nvidia’s reference blowers were often cheaper t

By | March 22nd, 2017|companies|0 Comments

Wii U emulator devs show incredible Breath of the Wild progress in new video

Breath of the Wild ran, but wasn't really playable due to physics glitches that broke abilities and a framerate that sat around 15 frames per second. The video above (click here for full size) is Breath of the Wild running in the next release of Cemu, version 1.7.4, coming to Patreon subscribers on April 2 and general release on April 9. The Wii U version itself suffers from frequent slowdown, but for the emulated game to already be running at full performance in two weeks is incredible. The vid

By | March 21st, 2017|companies|0 Comments
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