Home • Amnesia: The Dark Descent • Thanks for the memories John Walker Prisoner 9th December 2019 / 1:00PM I return to Amnesia: The Dark Descent with one question alone: will it still scare me? Amnesia scared the bejesus out of me in 2010 when it first came out. But we all know how games age, and the magic can wear off. At the time the graphics and physics on offer were really astonishing work for a tiny indie team, but what about almost a decade later? Can it still make me do that bum-clenched mad panic thing where I lean in forward in my chair in an effort to get away from the monsters faster? Or will it seem a little quaint now? Amnesia felt like it came out of a unique space. I’m sure there are ways to trace it back via your Resident Evils or your Silent Hills or whatnot, but for me in 2010, it seemed to come from nowhere other than a jagged-sharp left turn into a dark, dark dungeon, from Frictional’s previous Penumbra series. I can’t … [Read more...] about Nine years on, Amnesia: The Dark Descent is still scary as all hell
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Home • PC Game Hardware • 32 Sound the alarm Katharine Castle Hardware Editor 7th November 2017 / 5:00PM Trying to find a comfortable pair of headphones has become a war of attrition for me over the last couple of years. Either I have the world’s most sensitive skull, or my head’s unbeknowingly shaped like a Minecraft block beneath my hair, as every over-ear headset I’ve used has only brought me pain and cranial-based misery. They’re always innocent enough to start off with, but somewhere around the 30-45 minute mark, the dreaded head pinch begins, and those pesky headbands start sinking their tiny little teeth into the top of my head. After an hour, I’ve usually had enough, which obviously isn’t ideal if I want to spend a lazy Saturday playing games, or co-ordinate my weekly dose of Destiny 2 with my trusty fire squad. Alas, Sennheiser’s GSP 350 barely made it to half an hour before I had to start shuffling them … [Read more...] about Sennheiser GSP 350 review: great surround sound for just over £100
Home • PC Game Hardware • 133 None shall escape the crypto goldrush Alec Meer Contributor 6th February 2018 / 8:30PM If you’ve made a point of leaving any conversation as soon as you hear the sound ‘bitc…’ start to emanate from someone’s face-hole, I’ve got some bad news for you. The effects of the cryptocurrency goldrush are no longer confined to twitchy-eyed evangelists and screechy news headlines – for the second time in recent memory, it’s caused a huge spike in graphics card prices, both new and second-hand, as the crypto-clan rush to snaffle up any GPU they could possibly use to mine blockchain currencies such as Ethereum and Zcash. Even the recent decline in crypto exchange rates hasn’t brought GPU pricing back down to Earth – quite the opposite, in fact. This means two things for us, in practice. 1) Now is the worst possible time to buy a new graphics card for gaming 2) now is the best … [Read more...] about The great GPU crisis – why are graphics cards so expensive now, and just how bad is it?
Home • 24 One more batch of the best unknown games on Steam Sin Vega Staff Writer 6th December 2019 / 5:00PM Oh, I see how it is. I see you, Walker. You’re just… you’re lucky you’re always wrong about everything, mate, or this would get messy very fast. We like competition here in the Pleasuredome, although the thousands of games whose digital innards coat the walls might not. It is time, of course, for the last fight in the Unknown Pleasures schedule before the big one. The last chance for one of the countless little-known games on Steam to sneak in and seize a spot in the hallowed best of 2019 list. It’s already close, my friends. It is very close. Automatically disagreeing with John on principle this week: electoral events, cowboy cutters, and robot roads. This Land Is My Land £35 / €40 / $40, early access I was hoping the boring cowboy game might inspire some interesting games in the absurdly neglected Western setting. … [Read more...] about Unknown Pleasures: Eliminate the competition
Home • PC Game Reviews • Playerunknown's Battlegrounds • 115 Have you heard of it? Graham Smith Editor-in-chief 2nd January 2018 / 9:00PM I had done what I always do. That’s how I ended up on the southern coast of Erangel, as far as it was possible to be from the randomly placed circular safe area. My only hope of reaching safety was to find a vehicle. I’d just spotted one 20 yards ahead of me by the side of a road when another player, one of the hundred people fighting to be the sole survivor on this island, sprinted past me in that same moment, heading straight for the car. I did something I rarely do in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. I opened fire. Most multiplayer shooters make conflict inevitable and frequent, offering satisfaction to players solely through combat. Battlegrounds, better known as Plunkbat, stretches time and space in a way that makes combat almost optional. The game’s two maps are 8x8km, rounds take about … [Read more...] about Wot I Think: Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds