A big part of E3 2019 was the sudden explosion of game subscription services. Once the territory of a few has become a battle royale as several publishers have now made their game catalogues available for one monthly fee. If you don’t mind losing access to games should you unsubscribe, any one of these services is a substantial value as all of them include access to dozens—if not hundreds—of games in addition to their various other features.But which one is most worth your time, and which offers the best library of games (not just in terms of size but also in terms of quality)?We feel like Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass currently is the best bang for your buck. For $10/month (there's a $1 promotion for E3), it's the cheapest of the subscriptions and still gives you an excellent library of games and new releases at no extra charge. More than that, Microsoft has been aggressive as hell these past two years, buying up indie studios and making good on its promises to better … [Read more...] about What PC game subscription service is best?
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The countdown is over and we’ve solidified our list for the top 50 games of 2018, which covers the gamut of big-name blockbusters and small-team triumphs. But we know it’s a pretty long list, so here are the picks that can be played on Windows PC (and sometimes Linux and Mac, too). Out of our top 50 picks, 35 can be played on PC. That’s more any other platform. Of those, seven titles cannot be played on any console: Frostpunk, Wreckfest, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, The Red Strings Club, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, BattleTech, and our #2 game of the year, Return of the Obra Dinn. That’s more than any other platform represented on our list. As for the inclusion of games like Hollow Knight which technically first came out prior to 2018, well, what we said in the top 50 post holds true here as well: You may notice the inclusion of games that were either fully released or made available in Early Access prior to 2018. Because many games change from … [Read more...] about The best PC games of 2018
Epic has announced plans to take on Steam with a PC games store of its own. The Epic Games Store features an eye-opening 88/12 per cent revenue split in favour of developers. This is a much better deal for developers than currently available from Steam. Historically, Valve has taken around a 30 per cent cut of revenue made on Steam, a figure broadly in-line with Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft's cut from their own digital storefronts. However, Valve recently announced plans to drop its cut to 25 per cent once revenue from a game hits $10m, and then another drop to 20 per cent for earnings over $50m. That announcement, made just a few days ago, is interestingly-timed in the context of Epic's own announcement today. The Epic Games Store launches soon with a hand-curated set of games on PC and Mac, Epic said, and it'll open up more broadly to additional games and other open platforms throughout 2019. Epic said it's open to games developed with any game engine, not just its own Unreal. So, … [Read more...] about Fortnite maker Epic takes on Steam with its own PC games store
Microsoft had a lot of games to announce at E3 2018, but it’s a little murkier this year to find out what was relevant for PC users. Some games were coming to both, others only to their Xbox One consoles. You could of course watch the entire conference right here, but for some there just isn’t enough time to wade through the entire show. Not to worry though, here are all the trailers and news for you in one place. There’s a surprising amount of variety in the announced titles: from an old favourite making a return, much celebrated developers showing off their new series, to even a completely free game launching very soon. The games below aren’t in any particular order but you’re in for a long ride. Halo Infinite Well this was an interesting way to start things off. For the first time since Halo 2 all the way back during the Windows Vista days, a main-series Halo game called Halo Infinite, is coming to PC. It’s all just a bit of a … [Read more...] about Every PC game at Microsoft’s E3 2018 conference
Pick your battles Some say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds it might be quite annoying that there are so many other games like PUBG out there. The entire concept of the Battle Royale genre isn't exactly new though, it was just a case of games like PUBG, including Fortnite, making it ridiculously popular right now - heck, even Black Ops 4 is doing it this year. Some are older, some are new and doing things a little differently, meaning there are plenty of good reasons why you’d might want to play a different Battle Royale game like PUBG, but that's not PUBG. You might be looking for something to tide you over as you patiently wait for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on PS4, your preferred platform for Darwinian deathmatches. Alternatively, there is such a thing as too much PUBG, and burning yourself out on PlayerUnknown’s variant of tactical PvP may have left you hungry for change, albeit within the same ballpark as … [Read more...] about 10 awesome Battle Royale games like PUBG