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Dusk update brings console features to the PC version

The intense Gen X FPS known as Dusk recently arrived on Nintendo Switch, which wouldn't be news to us except that Dusk developer David Szymanski made it so by using this as an opportunity to update his game. Various console-specific features have been ported back over to the PC version as part of the New and Old Update. There's a weapon wheel, which you can bring up by holding down Q or the right bumper…

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Five new Steam games you probably missed (November 1, 2021)

On an average day, about a dozen new games are released on Steam. And while we think that's a good thing, it can be understandably hard to keep up with. Potentially exciting gems are sure to be lost in the deluge of new things to play unless you sort through every single game that is released on Steam. So that’s exactly what we’ve done. If nothing catches your fancy this week, we've gathered the best PC games you…

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Cyberpunk action-RPG The Ascent gets a photo mode

Dystopian Diablo-em-up The Ascent has an extra gorgeous setting, a planet called Veles that is 80% burnished gunmetal by weight. (The other 20% is neon.) It's so good-looking that players have been using the Universal Unreal Engine 4 Unlocker to take sweet screenshots, but now there's a way to do that without downloading a third-party program. The latest update by developers Neon Giant adds a photo mode, which you can activate by turning it on…

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This Week in PC Gaming: Call of Duty Vanguard, Unpacking, and Let’s Build a Zoo

Welcome to This Week in PC Gaming, a show where we take a look at the new games, updates, events, and more coming at you over the next week, every week, until the end of PC games as we know it.  This week we finally get a game about a forgotten war in Call of Duty Vanguard that's bringing a new campaign, zombies mode, and Warzone goodies. Unpacking is a lovely puzzle game about unpacking…

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Romance an eldritch horror in this kiss-a-Cthulhu dating sim from DreadXP

DreadXP, the publisher of the Dread X collections of indie horror hors d'oeuvres, is doing something a little different for its next game. It's a romantic visual novel and dating sim called Sucker for Love: First Date, it's coming in December, and we've got the very first, very weird, trailer. To be fair, it's not all that different from what DreadXP has done previously: It's actually an eldritch horror dating simulator in which you'll pursue…

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Yep, Skyrim has spider grenades

The other week on the Skyrim subreddit, a player explained that, despite years of playing Bethesda's vehicle for cool mods, they'd come across something they'd never seen before: craftable spiders you can throw at people. Spiders that explode into flame, jumping shock spiders, poison spiders, mind control spiders, and more. Over the next several days, players either admitted they hadn't noticed them either, or crankily declared that everybody knows about the Skyrim mind control spider…

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Id Software is hiring, maybe for a new Quake?

The Zenimax website currently has a bunch of open job opportunities at the Texas branch of id Software, and several of them mention the positions will be involved in “the development of a long-running iconic action FPS.” Assuming that Wolfenstein remains with Machine Games and Rage with Avalanche, that leaves Doom and Quake as the only id games that fit the bill—unless your personal definition of FPS includes Commander Keen somehow. The job listings repeatedly…

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Kick ass for the Lord in retro shooter Forgive Me Father

(Image credit: 1C Entertainment) Right now in Early Access you can only play Forgive Me Father as a gun-toting priest, but the finished game should also give you the option to play as a journalist. Its most immediate, compelling draw is the striking aesthetic—a blend of 2D and 3D art with hand-drawn comic-style figures and foreground assets that make great eye candy, especially when they're drenched in bloody tentacles.  As with most Lovecraft-flavored stories, everything…

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Unearthing a shareware disc from 1995

From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett wrote Crapshoot, a column about rolling the dice to bring random obscure games back into the light. This week, a mixed bag of 1990s… well, classics may be a strong word. Games that existed? Yes, let's go with that. 1990s games that existed. Before the internet became omnipresent, before the indie game revolution, there was a model called 'shareware'. The idea was that developers could release new games cheaply,…

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Payday 2 adds Halloween cosmetics, joins skeleton army

The 2021 crop of in-game Halloween events continues, with co-op wealth redistribution FPS Payday 2 the latest game to join this year's spoopy harvest. Payday 2's crew of crims have apparently signed up to join the skeleton army, because players can get a free thematically appropriate suit and mask, as well as a weapon charm from the in-game store.  The outfit is a set called the skeletal heister and comes in three color schemes—boney blues,…

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