• 4A Games has said previously that Metro Exodus will be more open than the previous games in the Metro series, but it won’t be a completely open world like that of Stalker. For one thing, individual levels in Exodus will be much larger than anything seen in the previous games. The biggest outdoor level in Last Light was roughly “200 meters to 100 meters,” Prokhorov said,. That means everything from weapons, attachments, and other loot, to “frozen stories” that reveal more about the game world and
    Metro Exodus is bigger than 2033 and Last Light combined

  • Deals season dominated the start of the week, but as Monday’s peak Cyber levels dimmed into the background radiation of the universe, PC gaming marched along toward the end of the decade with a PC homecoming for Halo, new footage of Netflix’s Witcher series, and a smattering of announcements. Here’s what happened this week in PC gaming:Halo: The Master Chief Collection hits the top of the charts on SteamIt turns out that PC gamers were hungry for Halo. Henry Cavill shows off a Witcher fight scen
    The biggest PC gaming stories of the week

  • Two years after we last looked at Ylands, “a promising sandbox game” and toolkit in development at Arma studio Bohemia Interactive, it’s finally exited Early Access and is now in full release on Steam. The 1.0 release also makes the game free to play (it was previously $15), which Bohemia hopes will help kickstart the community of creators supporting the game. Players who purchased the game while it was in Early Access will get the Exploration Pack DLC automatically. Bohemia said that it will co
    Ylands, the sandbox survival game from the makers of Arma, goes free and exits Early Access on Steam

  • Slimline gaming laptops usually cost a pretty penny, but occasionally a good deal pops up. If you’re currently in the market for a portable gaming rig, then you’ll be interested to learn that the RTX 2060 version of MSI’s GS65 Stealth laptop has dropped to $1,349.99 on Amazon. The specifications on this model include a 6-core/12-thread Intel Core i7-8700H processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (the regular 2060, not the Max-Q version), 16GB of 2666MHz RAM, and a 512GB NVMe SSD. We reviewed the MS
    This ultra-thin RTX 2060 gaming laptop is just $1,350 right now

  • For some odd reason, Intel is resurrecting the Pentium G3420 based on its once formidable (but now old) 22nm Haswell architecture. Intel had previously discontinued this part, but is now pulling it out of the grave and plopping it on its roadmap. There may also be a niche demand for kiosks or some other market where an old low-end Pentium chip is still sufficient. The Pentium G3420 is a lightweight processor—it’s a dual-core CPU without Hyper Threading support (so 2 cores and 2 threads), clocked
    Intel is bringing back a 22nm Haswell-era Pentium CPU for some reason

  • Battlefield 5’s Wake Island map, originally from Battlefield 1942, will be popping into existence next week, but ahead of that you can get a quick look thanks to the Wake Island overview trailer. I’m not particularly nostalgic about the map, which was last in Battlefield 3, but it looks like a blast. Amphibious tanks and boats will also spawn on beaches, giving you another way to get around the island. The free update will be available on December 12, but before that you can start mucking around
    Battlefield 5 is getting Wake Island and custom games next week

  • There was the Challenger, which made our list of the eight ugliest PC gaming cases we’ve ever seen, and the original Conquer. To me, it’s reminiscent of Keith Courage in Alpha Zones for the Turbo Grafx-16, when he dons the Nova suit. A lot of the exterior pieces are removable, too, allowing users to “customize and modify the case,” Cougar says. This is a full-tower PC case. As for when the case will be available and at what price, Cougar has not revealed those details yet.
    This case reminds me of Keith Courage for the Turbo Grafx-16

  • Yeah, video games are great and all, but did you know there are games you can play in real life? If you’re interested in picking up a few strategy board games, Amazon has a ton of them on sale for today only. Some of the most popular games on sale include One Night Ultimate Werewolf (self explanatory), Outfoxed! (a family-oriented whodunit game), and Forbidden Island (a treasure hunt for 2-4 players). One title from our best board games list—Pandasaurus Games Wasteland Express Delivery Service,
    Grab some strategy board games from Amazon for up to 50% off today only

  • In places where Google Fiber is available, new customers are no longer able to sign up for the $50/month 100Mbps tier, as it is being phased out. Going forward, Google wants to focus solely on its $70/month 1Gbps plan. We will no longer offer a 100Mbps plan to new customers,” Google said in a blog post. The 1Gbps service is actually a good value compared to what’s available in most areas. In areas where Google Fiber is available, 1Gbps (and 500Mbps) should offer a better overall experience on St
    Google Fiber axes cheaper 100Mbps plan for new subscribers

  • This I learn from Alpine Alpaca, a free, silly browser game where you take on a mountain by picking movement cards from a deck. However, if you hit a tree trunk you’ll veer off-course a little bit. Hit any other obstacle, even once, and you’ll wipe out, and have to start the course all over again. But it didn’t bother me much as I played this cute, colourful, seasonal, funny, enjoyably tactical skiing game. For more great free experiences, check out our roundup of the best free PC games.
    It's all downhill from here in free, turn-based skiing game Alpine Alpaca

  • Phoenix Point’s Epic Games Store exclusivity ruffled feathers but was quickly walked back when it was announced that the turn-based tactics game would also launch on the Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass for PC. It launched on December 3, but the Microsoft version remains MIA. It’s been delayed because of the Microsoft certification, which has had a knock-on effect, creating yet more delays. “We were exceedingly busy getting the game itself ready, and being inexperienced with Game Pass and the
    Phoenix Point has been delayed on Xbox Game Pass and the Microsoft Store

  • The new TWAB also reveals changes coming to the Eververse Store that will see a significantly increased amount of inventory made available for Bright Dust along with the premium Silver currency. Tweaks will also be made to the Bright Dust economy in the new seasson. “In Season of the Undying, we changed Bright Dust from a pay-and/or-play-to-earn currency to a play-to-earn reward. Crimson Days will do the same for Weekly bounties only, as this event does not include Repeatable bounties.” Destiny
    Bungie reveals more changes coming in Destiny 2: Season of Dawn

  • Luckily for us, lots of Steam users are comfortable spraying the term like a fire hose all over Steam, and the Masterpiece tag gets applied in a few different ways. It has a total of 44 Steam reviews, only 47% of which are positive. (Image credit: Valve)A great game is a great game, whether it’s The Wolf Among Us or a sim about fixing cars. Some uses of the Masterpiece tag are tougher to figure out. A great game is a great game, whether it’s The Wolf Among Us or a sim about fixing cars.
    Let's browse the 1,226 games on Steam tagged 'Masterpiece'

  • MSI managed to earn a CES innovation award for a portable gaming monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate, which we wrote about a few weeks ago. It’s now available, but with a much lower refresh rate—it’s listed at 60Hz instead of 240Hz. “The future models may not be entirely the same as the 60Hz [model], we are looking to improve the overall build quality and features on the other models,” MSI told me. Also, dropping to 60Hz is not necessarily a deal killer, if this is to be used as a secondary monito
    While we wait for MSI's 240Hz portable gaming monitor, here's a 60Hz version

  • Imperator: Rome, released earlier this year, is an outstanding grand strategy game: It’s “huge, inventive, and the reason I’m sleep deprived,” Fraser said in his 92% review. Despite that acclaim, it’s also the sort of game that some players might be uncertain about. That’s less to do with Imperator: Rome specifically and more to do with the grand strategy genre as a whole, which can be intimidating for newcomers—the mainstream success of the Civilization series serving as the exception. Until 1
    Imperator: Rome is free to play until Sunday

  • This Asus TUF FX505 gaming laptop comes with an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD with a GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. While the performance isn’t going to dethrone any of the best gaming laptops, the TUF gaming laptop is a reliable system for $849One thing we always like about TUF gaming laptops is that they’re made for the clumsiest of gamers who have a history of not being too kind to their hardware. We’re collecting all the best Cyber Week PC gaming deals from across the web, from the lates
    Cyber Week Deal: Save over $200 on a tough TUF gaming laptop with a GTX 1660 Ti

  • Starting on December 12, players will be able to take part in The Diamond Casino Heist, which is being billed as “the biggest, most audacious, most complex criminal operation” in the history of Los Santos. The many variables and mid-mission choices in play mean that situations and outcomes will change on the fly, which should lead to some “interesting” scenarios. Players cannot, however, just blast their way in and crab the cash, which would be far too simple. In the basement, players can practi
    GTA Online's Diamond Casino Heist will be the game's 'most complex operation' ever

  • Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot, the first campaign expansion for Borderlands 3, is coming on December 19. You can get a taste of what it’s all about right now, though, courtesy of a new 13-minute gameplay video showcasing the corridors of Handsome Jack’s favorite joint. The Handsome Jackpot, built by Handsome Jack back when he was president of Hyperion Corporation, has clearly seen better days. Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jacket is intended for characters who are at least level 13 and h
    Watch 13 minutes of Borderlands 3's first expansion

  • League of Legends studio Riot Games recently announced plans to move beyond the mega-MOBA League of Legends with a pile of new games including a fighting game, an FPS, a card game, and even a management sim. But it’s also looking to broaden the appeal and footprint of League of Legends with a new publishing label announced today called Riot Forge, through which it will partner with other developers to create “bespoke games that enable players of all types to experience League in new and exciting
    Riot is teaming with outside studios to make single-player League of Legends games

  • Apex Legends’ Pathfinder can now strut around the battle royale looking vaguely— very vaguely—like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s wee droid, BD-1. The new Pathfinder skin changes his colour and pattern to match BD-1, who also happens to look a bit like a NES. In celebration of the launch of #JediFallenOrder, we’re releasing the BD-1-inspired, “BP-1 Pathfinder skin.” To claim the skin, simply log in to Apex Legends from Dec 3 – Jan 14. To grab the skin, simply log into the game by January 14.
    Get a free Apex Legends skin inspired by Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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