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PC Powerplay Issue 278

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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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Yes, yes, we’ve done ANOTHER feature on Cyberpunk 2077. And you know what, I don’t even feel bad. When the local publisher pitched the peice, I admit I was a little... We’ve kinda been here already. So, I figured, what have I got to lose. “Can I talk to Mike Pondsmith?” I asked. “Yeah, sure,” was the response, and who am I to argue with that! If you’ve been following the last few issues you know I am a mad keen fan of the man’s work on tabletop, so... here we are. And you get a VERY shiny special cover to boot! But that’s just one small part of the excellent preview content we have for you this issue. We’ve got a brave new contender in the 4X historical genre, Humankind, and a…

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the upcoming core i9-9900ks will require serious cooling to maximise performance

Intel’s upcoming Core i9-9900KS was first revealed just before Computex. It’s not on sale yet, but it’s coming in this month, and it aims to be the new king of gaming CPUs – price still unknown. Various other specs were also unknown, like the TDP, but Tom’s Hardware discovered updated Asus BIOS information that indicates the base TDP (Thermal Design Power) will be 127W. If correct, that’s the highest TDP for a mainstream consumer CPU from Intel since the days of the Pentium D (which hit 130W for some models). There are all sorts of disclaimers, of course. For example, just because a BIOS lists a TDP target of 127W doesn’t mean that’s Intel’s official spec. It also doesn’t mean the 9900KS will be limited to 127W – under heavy…

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naval battle royale maelstrom goes free-to-play

Remember Maelstrom, the last-ship-standing game of naval combat that entered Early Access last year? The one where you can be captain of an orc ship pulled by giant sharks, and the shrinking battle-royale circle is a section of Dead Water hiding a colossal sea monster that will just straight-up eat you? Back when it cost $20, our own Christopher Livingston said, “The toughest part of Maelstrom, from what I’ve played, has been getting a full match.” When you could get a match it was pretty fun swinging around whirlpools launching broadsides at your enemies, and going free-to-play will presumably give player numbers a bump. “All gameplay and progress can be unlocked by playing the game for free”, say developers Gunpowder Games. “No additional purchases are needed to enjoy the game…

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dota 2 is banning some players until 2038

Dota 2 is getting ready for the next ranked season, kicking off tomorrow, which also means getting rid of some of the game’s naughtier players. Valve announced that it would be banning people in various waves, which started yesterday. What it didn’t mention was the length of the bans, and some players are now discovering their account is in jail for up to 19 years. The Steam forum and subreddit are full of people complaining about getting banned for nearly two decades, and even more people revelling in their comeuppance. It’s an oddly specific date, but Valve didn’t choose it. January 19, 2038 is the latest date that can be set using 32-bit time representation, it turns out, so if you’ve received a 19-year ban, you’re probably banned forever.…

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let’s put the future behind us

JAMES COTTEE Always looks forwards, not backwards. He may or may not be twirling, twirling, twirling toward freedom, however. Borderlands 3 is finally out (though not quite in time for a review this issue (-Ed), and some people aren’t happy. There have been concerns that the use of Denuvo DRM has led to unnecessarily bloated install sizes. There have also been reports that said DRM is less than 100% effective, with some people getting refunds from the Epic Games Store only to find that the game was still sitting there on their C: drives, and still quite playable. Then of course there’s the ongoing legal stoush between Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford and former business associate Wade Callender. According to Callender’s 3rd Amended Petition against Pitchford, the entrepreneur and amateur magician’s alleged misdeeds…

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free radicals

SPARE CHANGE 1 “Mutations kind of go hand-in-hand with an apocalypatic setting, I’m always very interested in a player character whose identity is shifting over the course of the game, and mutation seemed a really interesting way to explore that.” BEYOND HUMAN 2 “One of one of the early things we said was, it was really interesting to see that as the world is somehow getting a little bit better the player character, although getting more powerful, is becoming something less than human.” LIVE A LITTLE 3 “You’re sort of adapting to survive in this environment. And we wanted the mutations themselves to kind of be surprising as well, thematically and visually, so that maybe how to get the most out of them wasn’t all on the surface.” MORPH SUIT 4 “I liked the idea that the…