THE PCG Q&AWe ask a question, you tell us your answers! Here are some previous editions of the PCG Q&A:What's your favorite non-violent game?What's the first game you really loved?What's the most you've spent on a game?It's off to the nostalgia well for this midweek edition of the PCG Q&A. Most PC players collected physical versions of PC games back in the day, but in the last few years, thanks to digital distribution, there's been little cause to do so. There are exceptions, of course: Kickstarter campaigns often add some interesting boxed niceties and cloth maps at certain tiers, which is neat. Generally speaking, though, picking up a physical copy of a game generally involves stripping out the code, redeeming it through a client then having three useless discs sat in a box in your home forever. So we ask you, reader: what was the last game you bought a physical copy of? Let us know in the comments below. Samuel Roberts: Pillars of Eternity, but hot damn I … [Read more...] about What was the last game you bought as a physical copy?
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Brace yourselves, because E3 is almost here. What games might we see? Well, we’ve got some ideas… Aside from the rhetoric of media briefings and the hilarity of furious or joyous fanboy meltdowns on social media, E3 is ultimately all about the games. Forget everything else. While the first-party publishing houses of Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony will all have some tricks up their sleeves, much of the hype at E3 will be driven by what games third-party publishers bring to the table. But what might we expect at the show? On this page, we list off all of the major third party publishers showing up in Los Angeles next month and run down what we might expect from them – from updates on announced games to rumored reveals and distant hopes. Let’s get to it. EA: Battlefield 5 and Bioware’s big shot at redemption – plus the other stuff After the struggle and ultimate disappointment of Mass Effect Andromeda, Bioware is on a mission. Arguably, with EA’s … [Read more...] about E3 2018: what games to expect from Bethesda, Ubisoft, EA, Capcom, Square Enix and everyone else
Retro platformer Shovel Knight, originally released in June 2014, recently passed two million copies sold. Developer Yacht Club Games dropped the number in a blog post, which also offers a detailed breakdown of where those sales came from. Before that, some more good news: in celebration of this milestone, Shovel Knight is 20 percent off on Steam, GOG and Humble for the next week. Shovel Knight originally released on PC, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, so it's no surprise it's sold the most units on PC (24.4 percent of sales) and 3DS (23.9 percent of sales). More surprising is the Nintendo Switch's spot at third place (17.6 percent of sales) given its newness—Shovel Knight only came to Switch in March 2017. The Switch's launch month also surpassed PC's launch month by 40,000 copies. But outside of the Switch's sales spike, PC acts as the best acid test for Shovel Knight's sales. Roughly 170,000 copies sold on PC in 2014, 140,000 in 2015, 100,000 in 2016, and 75,000 in … [Read more...] about Shovel Knight has sold 2 million copies, most sales on PC but most revenue on Switch
Elite Dangerous is now four years old somehow, or five if you count the various betas. In that time, it’s gone from impossible promise (ah, those halcyon 2012 Kickstarter days) to absolute bedrock of modern PC gaming, what with its blend of solo noodling about, lethal PVP sandbox and slow-burn, community-driven storytelling. Whether it’s quite what we expected a new Elite game to be half a decade ago is an enduring question, but by this point it’s very much its own game, including embracing the ‘Seasons’ concept that’s so hot right now (er, again for about five years). Season 3, ‘Beyond‘ is kicking off at the end of this month, with a headline wordcount-challenging update named Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter One. It introduces a whole mess of changes, including new types of ship and traders, revisions to crime and the punishment thereof and an overhauled mission system. Here trailer here: That’s a lot of flash and … [Read more...] about The Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter 1 expansion has a long name and a release date
This week, we’re running a big list of what we — and a group of trusted friends — recently voted as the 500 best video games of all time. For the backstory, criteria, explanation of why Breath of the Wild isn’t on the list, etc., head to the beginning here: The 500 best games of all time. For numbers 400-301, scroll down. 400. Mirror's Edge (2008, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, others) Keep moving. That's the main objective of Mirror's Edge. Releasing alongside dozens of first-person shooters, Mirror's Edge stood for daring to be different. Putting an emphasis on using first-person parkour to outsmart enemies, rather than just shooting through them, Mirror's Edge was a flawed beauty stuck in the memory of those who just kept running through its clean, white city. 399. Braid (2008, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, others) In many ways, the modern indie explosion started with Braid. Unlike anything people had seen at the time, Braid and its time-bending puzzles … [Read more...] about The 500 best games of all time: 400-301