Much as I enjoy Dawn of War, it's not the real Warhammer 40,000 experience. The real 40K is about boxes with intense heavy metal sci-fi artwork on them full of rulebooks and miniatures. It's about sliding those miniatures across a table covered in terrain while rolling handfuls of dice, and then cursing those dice before replacing them with other dice that definitely have more luck in them. It's about taking turns.One benefit of the current glut of licensed Games Workshop games is that some of them are trying to recreate that tabletop experience. Right now there are several turn-based 40K games in varying stages of production and I've had a chance to play three of them. None of them have given me a Shame Cup to put the cursed dice in, but nothing's perfect.Tank controlsThe core of Space Hulk is asymmetry—the alien Genestealers are agile, fluid, four-armed murder monsters while the armored Terminator Marines are walking tanks. Terminators are big enough to carry weapons that have … [Read more...] about How do these three upcoming turn-based 40K games compare?
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Multiplayer games are the best type of games, because they’re built around the most interesting components known to humans: humans. Men, women, and an awful lot of children. Internet strangers aren’t always the friendliest bunch, but they can surprise you in ways that a static system can’t. People form the living, beating hearts of the gaming moments I value the most. Join me, then, as I point at the games that encase those beating hearts best. Outwitting another human will always be more satisfying than outwitting an AI. The games on this list are geared towards competitive multiplayer, though do check out our roundup of the 25 best co-op games if you’d rather work with your neighbour than beat them up. You can change pages using the previous/next buttons above and below the text on each page, or by using your keyboard’s arrow keys. Onward is basically a slower-paced Counter-Strike in VR, and it’s every bit as exhilarating as that suggests. Two … [Read more...] about The 25 best multiplayer games on PC
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?
Origins Game Fair is the premier early summer tabletop convention in the US, and here in gaming’s new golden age that means it has new game releases, announcements, and previews aplenty. I came back from that feast of games with a lot of playtime under my belt, so I’m ready to go over what I think were the best, most interesting, and most promising games games of the convention. Some of these are destined to join the ranks of the best board games, and most of them are either already out or coming soon. Here's the cream of the crop. A Song of Ice & Fire: The Miniatures GameAvailable: It’s produced, but in transit, so expect it in stores August at the soonest.Despite a decent design pedigree and a highly successful Kickstarter, I was skeptical going into my demo of A Song of Ice & Fire because, to be very frank, the quality of licensed games tends to scale inversely to the popularity of the property. I was pleasantly surprised to find a fast-playing … [Read more...] about 9 great new board games from Origins 2018
The story of Riot Games is a list of things that shouldn’t have been possible. It’s the tale of an extremely difficult, user-unfriendly game reaching untold heights of success. It’s the story of a company that has remained committed to listening to and interacting with its fans even as it at has grown exponentially. More than anything, it’s the story of two best friends who liked playing video games and decided one day to make their own. Riot is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, but to really know how one of the world’s biggest development studios got started, you need to go back to Los Angeles in the early aughts. You need to find two University of Southern California business students who formed a bond unrelated to their studies. When Marc Merrill and Brandon Beck first met at USC, they were taking classes that led them to careers at banks and investment firms. But that wasn’t what they bonded over. For them, their real passion was video … [Read more...] about The past, present and future of League of Legends studio Riot Games