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PC Powerplay Issue 280

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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.
and on into 2020!

And just like that, the year turns, and here we are with our first full issue for the year. We’ve put our first Technical Handbook out, and now it’s back to the best games and hardware on PC. And boy is there a lot of both, and it’s only March! We still have big releases to come later in the year, but it already feels like the first few months of 2020 have lasted nearly all year. Which I guess it has, but you know what I mean. Big games, big hardware, and there’s nine months left to go. So it’s a good time to look ahead, and this issue we round up the big games we’re looking forward to. We play Diablo IV – and kinda liked it! – get bloody…

1 min.
cd projekt has become europe’s second-biggest videogame company

Over the last few months CD Projekt has had its market value go from US$6.8 billion to over US$8 billion, thanks to the popular Netflix series boosting sales of The Witcher games by as much as 554%, as well as the release of a Switch port of The Witcher 3 (which now has save game integration with Steam and GOG copies, by the way). Anticipation for Cyberpunk 2077 obviously remains strong as well. The number one slot in Europe still belongs to France’s Ubisoft Entertainment, whose valuation goes as high as US$9.6 billion.…

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new halo-inspired nerf guns also give you in-game cosmetics in halo infinite

Nerf is making a line of Halo toys in time for this fall’s Halo Infinite. The current lineup consists of three different toy guns that shoot the company’s classic foam bullets. The marquee toy in the new lineup is probably the MA40 Blaster, which is not just a new gun coming to Halo Infinite, but it’s also the biggest of the trio coming from Nerf. On top of that, buyers will also receive a code to use in the game to unlock the toy’s color scheme for the same gun. If you prefer something more compact, two more toys are coming via Nerf’s Microshots line, which are often single-hand, smaller guns. In the case of the Halo Infinite toys, that includes the iconic Covenant firearm, the Needler, as well as a…

1 min.
overwatch and diablo animated series are reportedly in the works at netflix

Netflix is working on animated shows based on both the Overwatch and Diablo game franchises, according to President of Activision-Blizzard Nick van Dyke, who has listed the projects in his LinkedIn profile. According to said profile, Van Dyke is an “Executive producer of Diablo, a TV adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s IP, rendered in anime style [...] currently in pre-production for distribution worldwide through Netflix.” A little further down, the resume also refers to “an animated series based [on] Blizzard’s Overwatch franchise.” While Netflix isn’t explicitly mentioned here, we can take an educated guess that the streaming service is involved, given that it’s working on a similar adaptation for Blizzard’s Diablo IP. That said, neither Blizzard nor Netflix have confirmed anything officially, so there’s still no guarantee that either of these projects will get…

4 min.
eternity’s end

JAMES COTTEE We tried lowering James into his grave once, but the bastard has declared he plans to only die once Star Citizen comes out. That’s one way to get immortality... All too often in the world of video games the news seems simply too stupid to be true. An animestyled Hitman knock-off has been in production for seven years, and the dev still hasn’t implemented a save game feature? Willing customers paid a quarter of a billion dollars in exchange for a buggy tech demo running on a ten-year-old fork of CryEngine 3? A prominent game company CEO admitted to losing a USB stick full of barely-legal squirt porn in a novelty restaurant? You read such headlines, and you feel your eyes have betrayed you. These stories can’t possibly be…

5 min.
pinball warlock

MORE ‘TABLES’ Most pinball games play it straight, emulating the design of real physical pinball. But recently indie devs have done entirely new things with basic pinball mechanics. Yoku’s Island Express is part pinball, part Metroid. And Creature in the Well is a hack ‘n’ slash with dungeons built like pinball tables. Demon’s Tilt didn’t have bowling, at first. It had a chimera, sure, and an occult priestess whose eyes glowed a blazing pink when she hurled your pinball in a circle around her head. It had a pentagram (actually, several pentagrams), and pulsing rings of bullets that pummelled your ball as you battled your way upward from the bottom of the table. Hard to imagine what else a game promising Occult Pinball Action could need, really, but Demon’s Tilt creator…