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PC Powerplay Issue 276

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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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Future Publishing Ltd
6 Issues

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1 min.
fangs for everything

I somehow managed to miss the first iteration of Bloodlines back in the day, which is kinda odd – I’m a mad-keen fan of the original tabletop game. I’ve played in ongoing campaigns, one-off LARPs, and am currently running an intense little story set during a massive vampire war in modern Los Angeles. I gave it a good shot a couple of years ago, and I really did appreciate a lot of what the game was doing – but there was no denying the game was as much a mess as I’d ever heard about, and to be honest... I find it hard going back to games that old. They just don’t look good, and I’m pretty shallow gamer, really. For all the great writing and plotting of Bloodlines, I just…

1 min.
rumors about the next dragon age spark fears it ll be another anthem

A new report from Kotaku on the history and current status of the next Dragon Age game reveals old plans for an ambitious and intriguing RPG, code-named Joplin, that would have prioritised “choice and consequence,” rather than simplistic fetch quests, in a game world smaller than DA:I, but deeper and more reactive. Alas, that vision of the game allegedly fell victim to the ol’ double-whammy of Mass Effect: Andromeda and Anthem. In its place, according to the report, is a rebooted game intended to be a better fit with Electronic Arts’ mandate to develop “games as a service,” which evolve — and can be monetised — for years after their initial release. Instead of using the tools and pipelines established for Dragon Age: Inquisition as was originally planned, the rebooted…

1 min.
thanks to twitter, you can now pet the dog in enter the gungeon

Early in March, when the twitter account Can You Pet the Dog had just gotten going, the account highlighted Enter the Gungeon, noting sadly, “You cannot pet the dog in Enter the Gungeon.” New Blood Interactive CEO Dave Oshry noticed the tweet, responding with a weeping emoticon and tagging Dave Crooks, the designer behind Enter the Gungeon. “Hold my beer,” Crooks replied. Fast forward to this past Friday when Dodge Roll Games released its final update for Gungeon, titled A Farewell to Arms. It adds a bunch of wacky new weapons and items, new secret floors and bosses, and new characters. And you can now pet the dog.…

1 min.
civilization 6 art director releases a mod that makes it look like civilization 5

Have you ever played Civilization 6 and thought to yourself, this is great, but I really wish it looked a little... older? If the answer to that question is yes for some reason, Civ 6 art director Brian Busatti has come up with just the thing: A Civ 5 “Environment Skin” mod that’s now available through the Steam Workshop. The mod “changes the visuals of the game to better match the colors and tones” of Civ 5, with changes to texture details, a more neutral color palette for buildings and units, and other changes. “I was challenged by the team to create an expansive mod using Mod Buddy, and this was the end result,” Busatti wrote. “It’s an example of how much you can change the visuals and I hope…

2 min.
this rtx 2080 ti has an oled display and aio liquid cooler, costs $1,900

For anyone who can afford it, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the best graphics card for gaming, offering comparable performance to a Titan RTX for around half the price. That depends on the specific model, though. Case in point, EVGA launched its GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Kingpin Gaming card last month, a premium GPU with a price tag to match — US$1,899.99, if you’re an EVGA Associates member. If you’re not an Associates member, you can’t buy it. The Associates program is a new thing that incentivizes EVGA customers to peddle its products by sharing a unique code. The buyer who uses the code gets a discount on most items, and the “Associate” gets a kickback in the form of EVGA bucks (in-store currency). Apparently one of the perks is gaining…

1 min.
nvidia s upcoming geforce gtx 1650 might not require a power cable

There are plenty of rumors pointing to Nvidia releasing a GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card in the near future, and just last week, we assembled them into a tidy article covering price, specs, release date, and everything we know about the GTX 1650, including the expected power requirements. Since then, a batch of press renders have found their way to the web, and it looks like the GTX 1650 might not require a dedicated power cable from your PSU, just as we surmised. The folks at Videocardz got their mitts on a batch of what look to be official press renders of a Zotac model. According to the box art, the GTX 1650 will indeed ship with 4GB of GDDR5 memory, as we had been hearing. What’s interesting though is what’s not…