Smite‘s recent jump to the Switch hasn’t been smooth. Aside from its floaty combat and the disconnect between the “almighty” Gods and cursor, it’ has a fundamental flaw in its free-to-play design. Even among free-to-play games available on the Switch, Smite should be the last game you decide to play, but its gameplay isn’t what leaves a sour aftertaste. When players enter Smite, the premium currency is the very first thing you become aware of. The main menu screen, in fact, has a character wearing a premium skin as soon as you boot it up. Before you are able to even know what kind of game you are playing, you know it wants your money and it’s makes it clear how poor it is as a free-to-play game. Smite has so many menus, so many options to dig into, and so many of the heroes you play as, which are all Gods modeled after deities or mythical characters. They look undeniably awesome and make for a great cast along with their skins and … [Read more...] about Smite is one of the worst examples of a free-to-play game
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The PCG Q&AFind all previous editions of the PCG Q&A here. Below are some highlights:What's the funniest thing that's happened to you in a game?When did you know you were playing a game way too much?How would you change Steam?The news that Fallout 76 isn't launching on Steam later this year naturally provoked a lot of discussion this week, with over 900 comments on our news piece and counting. How likely are you to play a game if it's not released on Steam? That's the subject of our midweek PCG Q&A. While our answers vary a lot, we mostly don't mind buying games away from Steam as long as we're offered a good experience. In some cases, we prefer it. But we want to know what you think. Tell us in the comments below. Wes Fenlon: Very likely—as long as it's not the Windows StoreI'm always running Steam, but I play plenty of games now and then that don't run Steam, and for the most part I'm fine with those secondary launchers. I always have the Dolphin emulator … [Read more...] about How likely are you to play a game if it’s not released on Steam?
Playing classic games involves a lot more setup than catching up with your Steam or PlayStation 4 library, but you may need to work with older systems if you’re truly dedicated to clearing out your backlog. Even if you’re playing on machines that offer some backward compatibility — like the Nintendo 3DS or early PlayStation 3 models — there’s still a point at which the games you want to play run on consoles that are no longer sold or weren’t made to run on modern televisions. But gaming obsession, like life, finds a way. Below, we’ll run through five different ways to replay console games, arranged in order from least to most complex. There are thousands of games out there waiting for you to catch up with them ... the question is, how hard are you willing to work for them? Difficulty level: I’m too young to die The technique: Playing official, sanctioned, contemporary re-releases of classic games. There’s money to be made in retro … [Read more...] about How to play classic video games, from dream to nightmare
The PCG Q&ARead the complete archive of PCG Q&As here. Below are some highlights:Which game character do you hate?What's your favorite non-violent game?When is teabagging okay in FPS games?It's a familiar experience: you spend a bunch of money on a dazzling PC, then four years later it's somehow just hovering above minimum specs for that new FPS you've had your eye on. You check your bank account. An upgrade is just about within reach, sort of. You put your holiday plans on hold, because this game can't wait damn it. This weekend, we ask: which game made you upgrade your PC? Here are our answers, but more importantly, we'd like to read your comments below. Philippa Warr: Dota 2I put off buying a desktop PC for as long as possible, making use of a bootcamped Macbook to play games including Dota 2. It was a well-documented disaster. I had to run Skype through my phone to use voice chat with friends, which meant I couldn't have sound on from my laptop, so I spent months … [Read more...] about What was the first game you upgraded your PC to play?
The biggest issue with board gaming has always been finding other players. Even when you do track down some potential opponents, pinning them to an agreed time and place can still be tricky. As a result, there have been services to co-ordinate online play since the earliest days of the internet. Nowadays they’ve proliferated and become much more polished and usable. If there’s a game you want to play, you’re almost certain to find some software that lets you, often free or for a pittance. Here are five of our favourites.Tabletop SimulatorTabletop Simulator Best for: Real-time games on the internetSpeed: Real-time onlyRules: Not enforcedTop Titles: Star Wars Destiny, Cosmic EncounterThis looks more like a physics engine than a board game client. Your view shows a game table, and you use the mouse to manipulate game components, draw cards, roll dice. It feels odd at first, but it's a stroke of genius. It allows the client to simulate pretty much any … [Read more...] about The best ways to play board games on PC