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  1. jpg League Of Legends developer Riot Games are making a collectable card game called Legends Of Runeterra. I got to speak to some of the developers and do some shuffling myself at their Dublin offices a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve got the scoop: Yes, there are poro cards, yes, you can build a deck to synergise with them, and yes, the board features a pettable poro. It also aims to expand the story of the League Of Legends champions, prevent a stale meta from developing, and work from a business model that expressly designs out the ability for players to become whales. And did I mention the pettable poros?

    “We anticipate that people will come to the game initially because players have really fond attachments to champions, and they just want to play [as them],” design director Andrew Yip tells me.

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    There’s a chill in King’s Canyon tonight. Apex Legends‘s Fight Or Fright Halloween spectacle began today, bringing ghosts and ghouls and all that spooky stuff into Respawn’s battle royale. For the next three weeks, the familiar cast of the Apex games will be dressing up in their spookiest costumes, dishing out bullets and grenades to any rascal with the nerve to come trick or treating within the glowing murder ring.

    But the scariest trick (and most delightful treat) is the new Shadowfall game mode, the unholy result of mixing Left 4 Dead and Titanfall in an old witches cauldron.

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    AMD have knocked it out of the park with their RX 5700 graphics card and Ryzen 5 3600X CPU this year, and if I were looking to build a PC for just over £1000 in the next month or so, I’d probably be very tempted to put both of them inside it. After all, the RX 5700 is currently our best graphics card recommendation for 1440p gaming, while the Ryzen 5 3600X used to be one of our best gaming CPU picks until its even cheaper non-X sibling pitched up. If you’d rather not have the hassle of building a PC yourself, however, then look no further than PC Specialist’s Inferno R4, a pre-built Ryzen 5 3600X / RX 5700 powered gaming desktop with liquid cooling and bundles of storage for £1149.

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    The search wizards at Google have finally decreed the launch date for their new cloud gaming platform, Google Stadia. Arriving next month on November 19th, Stadia will begin its cloud gaming service at 9am PST, 5pm BST and 6pm CET. Or at least it will if you ordered one of Google’s Stadia Founder’s Edition bundles, as the regular ‘Base’ edition of Stadia (the one that doesn’t involve signing up for a subscription) still isn’t set to arrive until sometime next year. So what will you actually be able to do on November 19th? Read on for more details.

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    The Division 2‘s street-fashion soldiers have packed their bags, loaded their rifles, and titled their baseball caps backwards for their most dangerous mission yet. While that elusive second raid might still be a while off, Title Update 6 arrives today, dropping seasoned street cleaners into the heart of The Pentagon for some high tech murder in The Division 2: Episode 2.

    But today’s update does more than give endgame experts more baddies to blap, bringing in an explosive new specialist and sweeping interface changes to clean things up, one way or another.

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    Depending on who you ask, the apocalypse is not happening, extremely close, or already here. There’s already been at least one casualty in the form of usual premature evaluator Steve Hogarty, who has either been raptured or is away for two weeks. No other explanations are possible. I have filled the time this week with post-global flood city builder/Waterworld simulator Flotsam, a special favourite of vidbud Alice L.

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    The deadliest prey is not bear, nor boar, nor even bloke; it’s mushroom. Lurking in the leaf litter, the wrong fungus can lure you in with fairytale fanciness then kill you stone dead. Let’s salute the true brave hunters, the people heading into the virtual woods to face down mushrooms in Morels: The Hunt. Released today, it resembles your traditional hunting games like theHunter in that you roam around open-world wilderness filled, look at animals, unlock high-tech gear, and come home with a tasty dinner. Except you’re hunting mushrooms, and shoot only photographs. Having often wished pretty hunting games had strolling modes, I’m game.

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    So, then. Disco Elysium, like Planescape: Torment, or even Fallout or Arcanum, is an isometric RPG with a lot of text. You, an alcoholic, probably drug-addicted cop in early middle age, wake up to face a new partner, a lynching that needs solving, and an apocalyptic hangover that has wiped your memory. So, you start the work of learning… well, everything.

    I managed to stumble through solving a murder as an amnesiac alternate-’70s detective in much less than the 60 hours ZA/UM have set as their “back of the box” number for a complete run, although I don’t doubt that there are that many hours of entertainment (and more) to be had in it. Just not all during one playthrough.

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    Borderlands is certainly a more generous ten-year-old than I ever was. While I was off doing laser tag with some nerds, Borderlands 3 is celebrating a decade of existence by giving away heaps of loot, legendaries and cold hard cash on a weekly basis. Show Me The Eridium, the third weekly birthday event, is dropping cash fast and hard. With prices slashed across sharp outfits and sharper weaponry, it’s time for an interstellar shopping spree.

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    Larian today announced that Divinity: Fallen Heroes, the combat-focused spin-off from Divinity: Original Sin 2, is on indefinite hold. First announced in March and due to launch this November, it just needs more time and resources than anyone has right now. It sounds like they do plan to return and pick it back up at some point, but don’t hold your breath. Or do hold your breath if you want to, I guess, because even if you do manage to make yourself pass out your body will automatically resume breathing so sure, why not, what else do you have to do right now? Not playing Fallen Heroes, that’s for sure.

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    The Disco Elysium Thought Cabinet is one of the game’s defining features. And that’s saying something, considering the many different ways in which ZA/UM have deviated from the traditional RPG structure. In Disco Elysium, it’s not just tools and clothes that you can equip but also Thoughts that you can mull over and adopt, almost always with both positive and negative results.

    Our Disco Elysium Thoughts guide will explain the Thought Cabinet as clearly as possible, from how you gain access to different Thoughts to how you can use them, and how they change the game for you in return. It’s a bit of a head-scratcher at first, but stick with it and you’ll come to realise the benefits of this novel system.

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    Grab the bug spray, we’ve got another infestation on our hands. A mere 3 months since the last insect invasion hit our shores, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain invades Steam today. It’s another one of those, absolutely, with plenty of opportunities to turn thousands of insects, robots and monsters into juicy yellow smears on the side of a mountain. But this time around, EDF wants to be taken a little bit more seriously, painting a more contemporary picture of an extraterrestrial invasion – for better and for worse.

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    After being swallowed by a black hole, Fortnite has now returned as Fortnite Chapter 2. Month. That’s a month, Epic. Month takes the battle royale action to a whole new island, one which (so far) doesn’t bear the scars of two years of mystical and cataclysmic events. Month even adds fishing, which now makes Fortnite officially an RPG (sorry, I don’t make the rules).

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    After years of being a crashy pain in the arse, Saints Row 2 is finally getting fixed up to play nicely on modern PCs. Developers Volition announced last night that they’ve found the source code to their cheery open-world murder simulator after years of wanting, so they can give it much-needed love. 2008’s game is probably my favourite Saints Row, a wacky take on GTA coming just as GTA IV went all tediously self-serious, though of course I recognise Saints Row 4 is the best superhero game. It’s a right mess at the moment, mind, needing a load of player-made fixes and mods to run even half-decently. Bring on the updates!

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    Your gaming monitor is an essential part of your PC, so finding the best gaming monitor for you and your budget is absolutely vital. It can be difficult when there are so many to choose from, too, but our best gaming monitor guide is here to help. I’ve tested hundreds of gaming monitors over the years, and the ones I’ve picked out below are the absolute cream of the crop. You’ll find gaming monitors across a range of different screen sizes, prices and resolutions as well, including the best budget gaming monitors, all the way up to the best ultrawide monitors with Nvidia G-Sync support, plus all the best 4K monitors for gaming as well. After all, there’s no point buying a fancy graphics card when your gaming monitor can’t do it justice.

    You don’t even have to spend very much to get a really great monitor for gaming these days, either, as some of the best gaming monitor recommendations I’ve picked out can be found for less than two hundred quid. Whatever screen size or resolution you’re looking for, these are the best gaming monitors you can buy today.

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  16. jpgHave you played the visual novel Eliza yet? If not, stop what you’re doing and play it pronto. This almost sci-fi visual novel was recently awarded an RPS Bestest Best by Sin, who said, in her review, “if I start talking about how much this game has spoken to me, I don’t know if I’ll be able to stop.” It’s a fascinating, thought provoking game where you play as Evenlyn, a “proxy” for the titular counselling service software. It measures heart rate and key words and things like that, and then generates a counselling script for Evelyn to read. You can get it from Steam(and it just came out on Switch, but that’s of no concern to us here).

    Matthew Seiji Burns was the writer and director on Eliza. Burns is a Seattle-based writer and musician, and in addition to creating Eliza, he also contributes narrative and music to developer Zachtronics’ other games. He’s worked in game development for many years in different roles. You may have played, for example, The Writer Will Do Something. But I had the pleasure of asking him about Eliza.

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    When I first saw HP’s Omen X 2S dual-screen gaming laptop a couple of months ago, I thought they were having a laugh. After all, what could you possibly do with such a tiny secondary display above the main keyboard when you’re playing games? It screamed ‘gimmick’ at the time, but after visiting Intel’s Open House event last week (in between getting enslaved by the Acer Thronos mega chair), it would appear that lots of other laptop makers are following suit. It is becoming ‘a thing’, as they say, with some sticking even bigger screens above the keyboard, while others are cramming it into the laptop’s touchpad.

    It’s madness, pure and simple, but with a new version of Windows 10 on the way that’s also been designed with dual-screen devices in mind (Windows 10X), could there actually be some vague kind of logic to it? Join me as I examine the good, the bad and the ugly of tomorrow’s dual-screen laptops.

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    Stranger Things might be in a post-season slump, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at games. You’ve got your Nancy and Steve popping into Dead By Daylight, and every bookstore and board game shop in town has those themed Dungeons & Dragons (& Demagorgons) starter kits lying about. Today, it’s Rocket League‘s turn to become haunted by the 80s, as Haunted Hallows arrive in car-footy land.

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    Oh, we all love an underdog story. Fantastical Advance Wars-alike Wargroove had its fair share of politicking and magical horrors, but what were these Outlaws doing all over the place? And why did they care so much about pastoral macroeconomics? Wargroove’s upcoming free update, Double Trouble, is bringing the cannon-fodder bandits into the spotlight, ditching fantasy warfare for a cooperative heist adventure.

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    Riot Games have said “we want to keep our broadcasts focused on the game, the sport, and the players” in a public statement preemptively warning against political protests in their tournaments. The League Of Legends 2019 World Championship is currently underway and Riot doubtless want to avoid ‘doing a Blizzard’. You know, like how after a Hearthstone player voiced support for Hong Kong’s pro-autonomy protests on a tournament stream, Blizzard banned him and have since been tripping over their giant clown shoes trying to recover from the PR disaster. So here’s Riot trying to head it off by making their stance clear in public.

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    Yes, the next game from Cosmo D looks just as surreal and musical as Off-Peak and The Norwood Suite. Today he formally announced the first volume of Tales From Off-Peak City, a series of stories set on the same city block in his wonderful world. I am particularly taken with a city canal apparently being clean enough to swim in. If Cosmo D’s games weren’t already set in the sort of dreamy spaces my mind idly wanders to, that would seal it. That and the pizza. Here, watch the trailer.

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    If mega-scale fantasy violence is your thing, Total War: Warhammer 2 (Total Warhammer to its friends) is a grand old time, and an affordable alternative to wasting your savings on miniatures. Earlier Total War games arguably needed mods to shine, but Creative Assembly’s recent output hasn’t had to lean so hard on user-made expansions and refinements. Not that this has stopped players from trying. While newer Total War games don’t lend themselves to wild total conversions as Medieval 2 did, Warhammer fans are an exacting bunch. Here’s a look at some mod essentials for new players and a deeper dive on the two largest mods available to date.

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