Origin and Battle.net are nice enough vacation spots, but for over a decade, Steam has been PC gaming's de facto hub town. Valve has left us wanting at times, but we've grown fond of Steam's endlessly growing stock of games, its community and multiplayer features, and its seasonal discount sprees. There are other PC game distributors, but none that have really challenged Steam. Yet when Fortnite became a phenomenon in 2018, Epic was emboldened in a way we didn't predict. The Epic Games Store, which it launched late last year, is unlikely to replace Steam anytime soon, but it won't be for a lack of trying, or money.Right now, Epic is attracting developers to its new store with a more favorable revenue sharing scheme and attracting users with free games and exclusives, but the store itself remains barebones. After a month, here's where Epic's store stands, and what we expect as 2019 moves along.Games, freebies, and exclusives on the Epic StoreThe Epic Store currently hosts about two … [Read more...] about How the Epic Games Store compares to Steam right now
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Battlefield V's second free DLC expansion is now available. Developer DICE has rolled out the first wave of Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes content on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, bringing a new mode, weapons, and gameplay fixes to the World War II shooter, with even more content on the way over the next few weeks.Headlining this week's additions is Squad Conquest, a new mode described as "a tighter and more intense version of Conquest." Here, 16 players divided up into two teams of eight must battle it out on smaller versions of the Arras, Rotterdam, and Hamada maps, each of which features "more tactical layouts." As DICE explains, "A core belief behind Squad Conquest is a restricted number of variables to allow strategy to be able to exist--you have to be able to predict player behavior and patterns, which is reflected in all three map layouts."Additionally, the developer has added several new weapons to the game: the Zk-383 SMG (Medic class), Modele 1944 semi-automatic rifle (Assault class), … [Read more...] about Battlefield 5 Update Out Now, Here Are The Patch Notes
It's shiny, it's brand new, it's causing confusion - the Epic Games Store is here, and all eyes are on the platform to see whether it can truly rival Steam. It's already received praise for offering developers a generous revenue split of 88/12 compared to Steam (which currently offers 75/25 or 80/20 for games that generate over $10m). Yet over the past few days, concerns have been raised over whether the Epic Games Store will treat customers with similar fairness - with many pointing to its current refund policy as a potential source of problems. There's a lot of confusion here, however, so here's a breakdown of what we know so far about the Epic Games Store's refund policy. The online discussion began when users on Twitter and Reddit posted pictures showing automatic responses customers are currently receiving when they try to get a refund for their games. Pointing to an Epic Games Store FAQ page which states "a full refund will be offered for any requests made within 14 days of … [Read more...] about What’s the deal with Epic Games Store refunds?
Monster Hunter: World recently set a record for the biggest Japanese game launch on Steam of all time, nearly doubling the mark set by the previous record-holder, Dark Souls 3. But it may have a tougher time ahead of it in China, where authorities have ordered the game removed from Tencent's WeGame platform. The reason for the game's removal isn't currently known, but a Morningstar report said Chinese regulators had received "a large number of complaints" about the game prior to the cancellation of its operating license. The site said one analyst suggested that the game's depiction of corpses could be at least partly responsible for the takedown. The removal is a knock against Capcom, but could have an even bigger impact on WeGame parent Tencent. The company rebranded its Tencent Gaming Platform to the more roll-off-the-tongue WeGame in 2017, and last month revealed a plan to roll the service out internationally, positioning it as a competitor to Steam. IHS Markit senior … [Read more...] about Monster Hunter: World removed from sale in China
THE Dyson Cool desk fan is already an iconic product, with its bold circular design making it stand out from the normal mix of ugly desk accessories. But considering it has an RRP of £250, the fans certainly don’t come cheap. Luckily, there’s a number of ways you can get hold of a Dyson Cool at a discounted rate. The Dyson Ebay outlet store offers substantial savings on top products. Right now, they’re selling a refurbished model of the Dyson Cool for £179.99, meaning you could save £70 - it comes with a one-year guarantee, and is covered by Ebay's 30-day return policy Having tested products from the outlet store, we can confirm they arrive looking good as new and work without issue. If you’re set on getting a new Dyson Cool, the cheapest brand new model we’ve seen is £199.99 at Box.co.uk. You can still make a saving if you pick the fan up from Appliances Direct where it costs £219.97. And Amazon have the fan at £228.95 if … [Read more...] about Where can I buy a Dyson Cool the cheapest? The best prices on the popular desk fan