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PC Powerplay

PC Powerplay Issue 279

PC PowerPlay is Australia's original and best-selling PC games magazine. Offering a mix of games and hardware coverage, the magazine gives a complete picture for the PC entertainment enthusiast. Inside is breaking news of new games, detailed previews of upcoming games, and advice to help readers make sense of the array of hardware and tech products that hit the market each month. PC Powerplay doesn’t just promote tech, it benchmarks and analyses it to help gamers make the most intelligent purchasing decision they can.

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1 min.
remote chance

The problem with couch co-op is that it involves (shudder) Full Human Interaction. Valve to the rescue! Steam now offers (in the beta client) Remote Play Together, which allows local co-op games to be played over the internet. There are over 4,000 supported games at launch, and no, I’m not listing them here because we only have so much space and I’m not looking them all up. The host invites somebody from their friends list (who doesn’t need to own the game) to play, the game is streamed to their screen, and away you go. While we’ve found that internet speeds have an effect on quality, it’s surprisingly solid so far. 25 Years Monolith has been making games. Happy birthday! 12,000,000 (and then some) dollars revenue for Youtubers Life! Mad… 100 bucks US, with a…

1 min.
strong as a (parad)ox

You can check out later in the issue, but there’s plenty more announcements from Paradox’s annual convention to talk about. Battletech’s Heavy Metal expansion, for example. Eight new mechs! Flashpoint mini-campaign! Plus a free update to the base game, with two new mechs and official mod support. All of which should be out about... now. Stellaris gets an expansion by the name of Federations. Based on negotiating with aliens rather than blowing them up, this DLC will allow you to make alliances and be a space politician. Release is TBC, but the Lithoids Species Pack – with new species portraits and ship models – is out now. Age of Wonders: Planetfall’s first expansion lands November 19. Revelations offers two campaigns, a new faction, and more. With Hearts of Iron 4’s La Resistance…

2 min.
legends never die

What would you say is the appropriate way to celebrate a game’s tenth birthday? If you’re Riot Games, and the game is League of Legends, you would apparently say “announcing everything, and then one more thing”. Blizzard’s reputation has taken a hit lately (see page 8), and Riot’s huge push into new ideas, genres, media, and IPs is surely not a coincidence. LoL itself gets an update named Rise of the Elements. This is running on the PBE right now, going live with update 9.22 due before the end of November. The biggest news here is arguably the earthquake-level shakeup for the main map, Summoner’s Rift. Killing an Elemental Drake will still give your team a buff (though some of these buffs have been tweaked) but now such a kill can transform…

3 min.
vale, the rdr2 rumour mill...

After nearly two years of tracking and assessing and sometimes even debunking Red Dead Redemption II PC rumours, it’s here. You can play it. You can play Red Dead Redemption II on PC. One of the greatest sources of leaks and rumours has died. Rockstar didn’t even have the decency to leave enough time between the final round of rumours and the announcement for us to take one final bite of that delicious apple. Now the apple lies rotten at The Spy’s feet. Literally. When Rockstar announced Red Dead Redemption II, The Spy donned a black poncho and hid away in The Spy’s favourite air vent in an ill-fated attempt to pretend everything was still OK. It’s been weeks now, and things have gotten pretty funky here. The Spy thinks it…

3 min.
eat pray love execute

Gosh, Ultima IV has aged well, hasn’t it? That moment in the tutorial where you can forgive, execute or MARRY the prisoner who insults your queen? I’d forgotten how wacky videogame choices were in 1985. I’m sure, as an innocent child, I’d have chosen forgiveness. Not this time. It was execution, all the way. Of course, the executioner couldn’t execute any prisoners because I also ordered him to execute himself and so he was waiting in the execution queue. Until I married him, then he moved into my chambers. No, my queen wasn’t keen on all the people, and barrels of fish guts (plural), who I married during this playthrough, but what could she do? It was all totally legal. I’d reformed the church. Why? To impress a guy. (So many…

4 min.
elder blood

Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon, Queen of Cintra, Princess of Brugge, and Duchess of Sodden had novels of history before players ever met her in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Although we had become well-acquainted with Geralt of Rivia and his supporting cast of men, mistresses, and monsters during the first two games, his adopted sort-of-daughter Ciri had yet to make an appearance, despite her prominence in Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher Saga. Time is short, even in a 60-plus hour RPG, so the team at CD Projekt Red needed to think carefully about how to introduce Ciri to players elegantly and efficiently. “Ciri has a very rich backstory – a princess, child of Elder Blood, heir to the throne of Nilfgaard, a bandit, a magician,” says principal writer Jakub Szamalek in reference to…