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Chris Livingston
There’s such an interesting blend of ideas in Outward. Deep survival systems don’t sound like they’d mesh well in a game where you can never actually die. And though Outward has plenty of rough edges, it was one of the most engrossing experiences I h
PC Powerplay7 min de lectureComputers
Building The Monster
LENGTH OF TIME: 20-30 HOURS LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: HARD It’s always scary taking a graphics card apart, because you’re messing around with something that’s insanely expensive. On the flip side, liquid-cooling anything below an RTX 2080 or equivalen
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Tactical Analysis
“Exceptionally tough, rewarding strategy and a masterful reworking of the formula. We’ll play this forever.” “Into the Breach delivers in the tiniest package the most perfectly formed tactics around.” “A game of tactics and psychology, won by wits
PC Powerplay1 min de lectureEconomics
Phil Savage
This is the best Anno game in years, which should be music to the ears of anyone who loves to spend their entire Sunday working out all of the resources they need to give their town the sewing machine factory they’ve become convinced will propel it t
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10 Is The Magic Number
It’s been five long years since Intel’s very first 14nm CPUs came to market. That’s worth repeating. It’s taken fully five years for Intel to roll out the 10nm successor to its 14nm production node. This from the company that has led the industry in
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Future Shock
Robin: Though some of their stealthier forms might survive I think your run-of-the-mill loot boxes aren’t long for this world. There’s just too much scrutiny on them these days. If government regulation doesn’t kill them, publisher skittishness will,
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Control
Tyler: Control’s brand of weirdness is familiar – Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, and George Saunders come to mind – and that’s Remedy’s thing: it never hides the influences of its metaphysical playgrounds. But it’d be unfair to call Control a pastiche ju
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Dare We Mention Desktops?
Intel’s 10th-gen CPUs are here. But wait – what about the desktop? For now, there are three different families of 10th-gen chips and none are mainstream desktop processors. So, what gives? According to the narrative that has emerged over the last yea
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Fraser Brown
A solid ghost ship horror romp that becomes something very special in co-op. You control a group of friends on a spooky ship either by passing the controller or playing with one other person simultaneously. The former perfectly captures the experienc
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Get Ready For Some Decent Graphics
Over one teraflop of pure compute performance, support for ultra-high resolution HEVC encode and decode, improved display pipelines, an enhanced rasterizer, variable rate shading, over double the performance in 3D rendering, and support for adaptive
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Build It Your Way
Welcome to a whole new year, and a whole new decade! As usual, we’re kicking off this trip around the sun with an in-depth technical handbook, packed with PC building advice, our favourite gear of 2019, and a few hints and tips to get you firmly grou
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Wes Fenlon
None of these other personal picks has a staff that hurls shrunken planets as grenades, so they’re not as good as Amid Evil. Along with Ion Fury and Dusk, it’s part of a thrilling ‘90s FPS revival that prioritises speed and madness. Every one of its
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$1,000 Build It CHALLENGE
We’re back with another featured build, and this time our focus is customisability. We wanted to make a straightforward, versatile system to act as a launchpad for future expansions. As such, we had a budget to work with: $1,000. And we stuck to it (
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Final Fantasy Xiv: Shadowbringers
Steven: I’m just going to go ahead and say it: Final Fantasy XIV is the best Final Fantasy game ever made. Though it’s an MMO, Square Enix has stuffed it full of the endearing characters and exciting fantasy worlds you’d find in any of the single-pla
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Ready to Build
Our preparation time is going to be a little more detailed this time around. All the usual rules apply: Make sure you’ve got a nice open surface to build on, a small bowl or other container to keep loose screws in, and all the tools you’re going to r
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Dram Breakthrough Puts Us One Step Closer To Instant-on Pcs
After all these years, we are still not at the point where our PCs turn on instantaneously, or restore an active session in Windows. Waking from sleep or hibernation can take anywhere from a short while to what feels like an eternity, depending on th
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What The Golf?
Chris: Laughter is often the result of surprise, and there are few games quite as surprising as What the Golf? Each of its holes has three stages, and each stage gives developer Triband another chance to catch you out. That structure itself is a surp
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Windows Made Fresh
So, you use Windows. You’re in a slowly shrinking but still three-quarters majority, so it’s not a surprise: Windows users are ubiquitous. Almost as ubiquitous as people complaining about Windows, because that group extends to macOS and Linux users,
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Amd S 5600 Xt May Launch With Faster Clocks To Counter Rtx 2060 Price Cut
In case you missed it, Nvidia officially slashed the price of its GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition to US$299 last month in an obvious attempt to steal some thunder from AMD’s upcoming Radeon RX 5600 XT launch. Now, rumor has it AMD is pushing out a
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Total War: Three Kingdoms
Wes: I’m 30 hours into a Three Kingdoms co-op campaign where I’m conquering all of southern China as Sun Jian. Meanwhile, my friend and neighbour Yuan Shu has had to become a vassal, then join an alliance, just to stop Cao Cao from trampling him. I k
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Multibooting Windows 10
One of the factors that contributes to our pessimism surrounding reinstalling Windows is that we desperately don’t want you to lose anything. We’re kind like that. But there is another, slightly frivolous way to do a reinstallation if you’ve got work
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Cherry Is Building A Cheaper Mechanical Key Switch For The Value Market
Cherry is a major player in the key switch market, with its MX variants (Blue, Red, Brown, Black, Speed, and so forth) found on many of the best gaming keyboards, like the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum and HyperX Alloy Elite RGB. Technically, keyboards bu
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Slay The Spire
Evan: Walking in the footsteps of other PCPP GOTYs of yore (Into the Breach, FTL, Spelunky) Slay the Spire is a series of difficult, pleasant epiphanies that you acquire through failure. Oh, relics might be more important than cards. And huh, maybe r
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Building Better Backups
Reinstalling is, or should be, a last resort – and if you ever come to the point where you absolutely have to reinstall Windows and don’t have copies of your files, it might be too late. A hardware failure, a cryptographic malware attack, whatever th
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Gear Of The Year
Over the next six pages, you’ll find the best gear to have been released this year. The hardware, systems, and components that stand out as the best options around. If you’re looking to treat yourself, this makes for a great wishlist of where to drop
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Red Dead Redemption 2
Chris: It’s not just the breadth and beauty of the world Rockstar built but the amount of things to do in that world and the lack of real pressure to do any of them until you’re ready. RDR2 doesn’t have the desperate insecurity of a Ubisoft world whe
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Go Virtual Instead
We’re at the point in the PC’s evolution where the overheads of virtualisation are proportionately so small, and the technology enabling it so plentiful, that running an everyday OS in a virtual machine is entirely reasonable. You obviously won’t get
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Sea Of Thieves
Chris: No matter what kind of pirate you are, Rare added something to Sea of Thieves for you this year. Fishing is the perfect activity for solo players with a nice array of fish that can only be caught in certain parts of the world and sometimes onl
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