In my younger and more vulnerable years, I spent a lot of time getting shot in the head in Counter-Strike: Source. While there were many factors working against me - my age, my characteristic lack of dexterity, my (for the time) toaster-level PC, and my bargain-bin 200 DPI Dell laser mouse - I never let these disadvantages stop me from padding some lucky player's K/D ratio with my ill-fated MAC-10 rushes. When I would search through the list of servers for players of a similar skill level, I would come across a panoply of fan-made mods and maps intended to offer a respite from the endless dual grind of de_dust and cs_office, and I would occasionally take the plunge and sully my dad's hard-drive with these bizarre creations.Of these offerings, the most consistently-populated servers were always devoted to the act of "surfing," a fact that boggled my pre-teen mind. When I would connect, I would see long, sloped ramps to nowhere, curling and twisting through empty space towards an unknown … [Read more...] about The unlikely origin of Counter-Strike surfing
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Big changes for Quake Champions today. Id’s twitchy (and now free-to-play) arena FPS revival is paying tribute to the fans – favourite high-flying Quake 3 deathmatch map The Longest Yard is back in business. There’s also a new grappling hook-using champion, Athena (based on Quake 2) and the introduction of Arcade Mode, a grab-bag of alternative modes for more casual play. The servers are patching to the September Update now, though the game still technically remains in early access. Normally the highlight of any Quake Champions update would be the new champion, but newcomer Athena pales in comparison to this. The Longest Yard, one of Quake 3’s most popular environments is back and looking better than ever. A series of platforms and jump-pads floating in the void, with a hotly contested railgun spawn (with amazing sight-lines), and plenty of opportunities to knock enemies off with explosives. The Quake Champions version of it has a more crumbling and mysterious … [Read more...] about Quake Champions brings back The Longest Yard, adds Athena and some fun new modes
THE PCG Q&AFind all previous editions of the PCG Q&A here. Check out some highlights: - What is the absolute best gaming snack?What classic PC game is on your pile of shame?What does no one seem to understand about a game you love?This weekend, we've asked the PC Gamer writers about the upcoming games that have made them the most excited over the years, sometimes from reading ancient issues of our own magazine. You'll find a mix of old and new games in here, and we'd love to hear your choices in the comments below too. We've also thrown in some answers from subscribers to the PC Gamer Club membership program via our exclusive Discord channel. Find out more about the PC Gamer Club here.Tyler Wilde: Max PayneI remember reading a preview in PC Gamer which stated that you could go from an indoor environment to an outdoor environment seamlessly—and in New York City! That was really all it took to get me hyped. I was a Quake 2 map maker, and the best you could really … [Read more...] about What’s the most hyped you’ve ever been about an upcoming game?
Battalion 1944 is what happens when someone decides to bring back a classic, and knows exactly how to do it. The shooter genre on PC is having a bit of a mini-renaissance of its own. PC players are getting one interesting shooter after another. From tactical hits like Siege, and PUBG, to 90s-themed skill-based releases like Quake Champions, and LawBreakers, the scene never looked so alive. There’s one segment, though, that’s been seemingly forgotten: the specific type of experience classic Call of Duty games offered on PC. Having played Battalion 1944, I can safely say there’s now a modern game to fill that niche. Battalion 1944 is a game of two halves. The first is a sleek, modern wrapper that manifests itself in decent visuals, a clean UI, and a highly customisable options menu. The first screen you see in Battalion has a party option similar to Rainbow Six Siege’s. Matchmaking takes care of everything and gets you into a game in a couple of clicks. In-game … [Read more...] about Battalion 1944 perfectly fills a Call of Duty 2-shaped gap in the PC shooter market
Lock and load Okay, this list was never going to be easy to compile. As one of the most popular, eclectic and influential gaming genres, nailing down the list of the best FPS titles to just 25 games is an almost ridiculous task. So to help narrow things down, we made some hard and fast rules. Read them before you move on.Number 1: The games have to be first person, and shooting has to be the predominant game system (hey, the clue is in "FPS"). So no Gears of War, and no Resident Evil 7. Number 2: This list is about currently best, not historically most important. To keep this list accessible, we're only including games you can play right now on current-generation consoles, instead of having to hunt down a PS2 at a garage sale. Have no fear: we haven’t forgotten the influential games that came before. They have their very own slide that explains their importance to the genre before we get started. See if you agree with our choices, as we progress toward revealing our number … [Read more...] about The 25 best FPS games to play right now