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    See Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild running at 4K in Cemu emulatorIt’s a bit hinky and usually sits at 15 frames per second, but it’s running, and it looks great.
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  • To get all that stuff, you’ll pay roughly double, too: $50/£40 total for all four expansions, through BF1’s Premium Pass . The first expansion, They Shall Not Pass, is a chance for DICE to make a good first impression about the season pass as a whole. After a full day playing it, I feel good about the direction Battlefield 1 is headed post-release. Here’s what I think of the individual pieces:The gunsOne of my longstanding criticisms of Battlefield is that its guns have, until Battlefield 1, lac
    Battlefield 1's first expansion is a promising start

  • Mass Effect: Andromeda is nearly a week away, and with it comes the return of Loyalty missions. The gameplay demo showcases squadmate Liam Kosta’s Loyalty mission. These types of missions weren’t present in Mass Effect 3, but they were a critical part of the second game. That even includes us at PC Gamer, to the point where we even ranked the best Mass Effect companions, from worst to best. Mass Effect: Andromeda releases for PC on March 21.
    New Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay takes us through Liam Kosta's loyalty mission

  • I’ve been fairly ambivalent about Sonic Mania until now—a couple of decades’ worth of bad Sonic games will do that to you—but the latest trailer really tugged at my nostalgia, illustrating how a classic Sonic ‘zone’ has been reworked and expanded upon for this unusual official/unofficial Sonic mashup. However, once the SEGA employee demonstrating the game reaches the second act of Green Hill Zone, the changes became more clear. Sonic Mania will run at 60fps—the narrator says the Mega Drive origi
    See how Sonic Mania remixes classic Sonic in new trailer

  • It seems Cities: Skylines has done rather well for Colossal Order, and for publisher Paradox, shifting over 3.5 million copies to date. It’s also the second anniversary of the enormo-city builder’s release, so in celebration the developer is putting out some free DLC, which will be “available soon”. We can finally recreate the alternate universe from Fringe! Oh, but only if the next expansion contains that weird amber stuff that was being used to close dimensional breaches. Here, have a read of
    Cities: Skylines has sold over 3.5 million copies

  • Since then, Overwatch has sort of become the de facto leader of the character-based shooter movement, but when we met up with Bleszinski at PAX East 2017, he told us that he isn’t trying to make an Overwatch killer. “If you do all of the stuff that’s in every other game, you’re just going to be a bad clone.” So I think that layer of depth is really, really needed. But I also think also, the fact that we really are really a shooter game for [shooter fans]. Do you think every new shooter has to tr
    LawBreakers isn't trying to be an Overwatch killer

  • Friday the 13th developer Gun Media has released a new trailer for its multiplayer murder simulator, and surprise! Jason doesn’t hide the fact that he’s a big bully, giving those sinful camp kids swirlies and killing them in gruesome fashion. This new trailer is also the first time we get to see legendary makeup artist Tom Savini’s new Jason model. It’s the new Jason model created since 2009’s Friday the 13th, and it’s based on Jason Goes to Hell (via Bloody Disgusting). Friday the 13th: The Gam
    New Friday the 13th trailer is like an '80s-style montage of brutal murder

  • One game that seems destined to be lost in the extraordinary March rush is Styx: Shards of Darkness, Cyanide’s sequel to its goblin-based fantasy stealth game that’s releasing on March 14—so next Tuesday. The first game garnered fairly solid reviews, and sequel Shards of Darkness seems to offer more wacky, light-hearted, third-person-stealthy shenanigans, but this time with added two-player co-op. Of course, it’s not a proper game release without an accompanying ‘hey, this is out soon’ trailer,
    Styx: Shards of Darkness' launch trailer makes time for a dig at Assassin's Creed

  • There’s not a hint of daunt on display in the latest trailer for co-op action RPG Dauntless, and yes, ‘co-op action RPG’ is a fancy way of saying ‘Monster Hunter-style game’. The major difference between this and yer actual Monster Hunter is that, hooray, it’ll be on PC (and no, the Monster Hunter MMO didn’t count). There’s an open beta for Phoenix Labs’ free-to-play action RPG coming late this year, and you can sign up in readiness over on the official site. Unusually, the system requirements h
    Here are two of the monsters you'll be roughing up in action RPG Dauntless

  • Update (March 10): We’ve received a little clarification on the question of exactly how well Mass Effect: Andromeda will perform on a 3GB GTX 1060. At PAX East today, we asked producer Michael Gamble if the card would really deliver 30 fps at best on high. The recommended, at least on my machine at home, I have a 1060, I run at higher than 30 [fps] for the majority of the game. We have a GTX 1060 in the office, so as soon as we can we’ll test Andromeda with it and report back on how it performs.
    Mass Effect: Andromeda's 'recommended' system predicted to run 30 fps at 1080p (Updated)

  • It was different than the usual PC gaming hardware that was flooding the market. Going beyond just internal RGB lighting, iBuyPower developed a case that integrated a transparent side panel that was also a full LCD panel. Sure, you can get a case with a clear side panel, but Snowblind allows you to display essentially anything you want: video, images, programs, or you could even set the side panel to be completely opaque. The Snowblind panel is a full secondary display, connected via HDMI to one
    Meet the PC with a transparent video screen for a side panel

  • It might not happen anytime soon, nor ever, but I’d really, really, really love to see this idea taken further. Andy Kelly: Link to the pastThis week I wrote about how the Steam Link has changed the way I play PC games , which remains the high point of my gaming week. We are steadily approaching the point where there will be more Mass Effect: Andromeda trailers than there are stars in the actual Andromeda galaxy. breaking: new mass effect andromeda trailer just goes ahead and shows 100% of the g
    This week's highs and lows in PC gaming

  • Id Software creative director Tim Willits told Polygon today that the upcoming arena shooter Quake Champions, which id and Bethesda have recently been showing off, will offer players both free-to-play and paid options. Access to Ranger, the lead character of the original Quake and a prominent face in Quake 3: Arena, will be free for everyone. With him, you’ll earn the in-game currency called “favor” that can be used to gain access to other Champions for as-yet-undetermined periods of time. If yo
    Quake Champions will be free-to-play, with an option to buy it outright

  • I’ve been taking No Man’s Sky’s new Path Finder update for a spin: it’s another big addition to Hello Games’ sprawling space exploration game. But now we have tires, great big knobby rubber tires, and these tires change everything. But the destruction before Path Finder felt so limited in scope, apart from sometimes mining an entire deposit of copper or heredium. Moving on: base sharing and racing are also new to the update, and I’ve toyed with that as well. Progress isn’t saved while you’re the
    No Man's Sky's Path Finder update has turned me into a destructive asshole

  • Earlier this week Wes spoke to Exzap, developer of the Wii U emulator Cemu, about a video he’d posted to Reddit showing the newly-released Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild running on the software. “There is this common misconception that because the game runs so well already, it will run perfectly equally soon, Exzap said. Exzap released the latest Cemu build which can properly boot Breath of the Wild, and YamGaming has posted an 11-minute video of it rendering at 4K. You can already see that
    Watch Breath of the Wild running at 4K in Cemu emulator

  • The search for the mysterious alien race known as the Thargoid in Elite: Dangerous seemed to finally bear fruit back in January, when a pilot encountered a bizarre, flower-like alien ship. Going by the “Unknown” trailer released today at PAX, he was 100 percent right—and it’s time to start splashing. The trailer is unfortunately brief, and to be fair to all involved it may have ended with a handshake and the friendly exchange of information and technology under the shadow of that massive alien s
    Elite: Dangerous PAX trailer hints at trouble ahead for the human race

  • Its lineage has cross-pollinated to almost every singleplayer open-world game, dotting their landscapes like acne in case, god forbid, I miss something. Yet the irony here is that Breath of the Wild treats its audience with a respect that few open-world games ever do these days. Breath of the Wild treats its audience with a respect that few open-world games ever do these days. To find them, I must observe the environment in a way I haven’t done before in open-world games. Unfortunately, open-wor
    What open-world games on PC need to learn from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

  • What’s this? A bonus episode of The PC Gamer Show? During the Game Developer’s Conference, our weekly livestreamed podcast, we pulled together an all-star group of guests to talk about immersive sims: games like Deus Ex and Dishonored and System Shock. Hear stories from the people who made some of the PC’s best games. This week’s topicsWhat makes an immersive sim, and why they’re greatAnecdotes from the development of Prey, Dishonored, Deus Ex, and Ultima VIWarren Spector talks a tiny bit about
    The PC Gamer Show special: an immersive sim design roundtable

  • In a livestream from PAX East today, Mass Effect: Andromeda creative director Mac Walters compared Andromeda’s dramatis personae to Mass Effect 3’s. Whereas Mass Effect 3 had “something like 670 unique characters who would speak to you,” according to Walters, Mass Effect: Andromeda contains “over 1,200” speaking characters. “When you look at the dialogue options, we’re basically [at] the equivalent of Mass Effect 2 and 3 put together,” he said. It’s been a big day for Mass Effect news: Earlier t
    Mass Effect: Andromeda contains over 1,200 speaking characters

  • We put together a roundtable of familiar faces, all of whom have had a major hand in exploring or creating immersive sims. When I look at what games can do that other media can’t, I instantly go right to the immersive sim. Immersive sims often go very fast, and very loud, but generally only if you trigger the right sequence of actions. Because one of the defining characteristics of the immersive sim for me is that it’s about roleplaying not roll-playing. On the next page, our panel share stories
    The designers of Dishonored, Bioshock 2 and Deus Ex swap stories about making PC's most complex games

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