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Find yourself too busy playing Fallout 4 on your home brewed system to build a rig for your mother's uncle's friend's grandson's neighbor? Don't fret, you can still do the kid a solid by pointing him towards today's top deal for an iBuyPower Desktop PC AMD FX-Series FX-6300 (3.50 GHz) 8 GB DDR3 1 TB HDD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit for $485 with free shipping (normally $570 - use coupon code: [AFNTL23J]). For a fist full of Franklins, he's getting an AMD FX-6300 processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, Radeon R7 360 graphics card, a 1TB HDD, DVD burner, Windows 10 64-bit, and a keyboard and mouse. Not a bad setup for the money.

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The latest Rust devblog is here, and as ever it's an interesting read: a mixture of stuff that's going to be implemented, stuff that's probably going to be implemented, and stuff that maybe who knows hey wouldn't it be cool if this was a thing in Rust? NPC scientists are in the last category, I'm afraid, but if we all poke Facepunch with a big stick until they agree to include them, I reckon they will definitely include them.

Here's how NPC scientists will work, when Facepunch relent and add them to their game:

"I want these guys to have a weird, unsettling feeling," says Facepunch's Paul Bradley. "I felt like you could capture this by hiding their faces completely behind dirty face masks. I also think it would be cool if they somewhat ignored the player as they went about the island conducting their research, only really acknowledging you if you got too close and threatened them. It would be cool if you could hear them communicating to each other with muffled, distorted voices so you can t really understand what they re saying. Just to add to the creepy factor."

The rest of the stuff in the devblog is less exciting, but there are few gratuitous shots of digital bums and willies, if you're interested. Also some lovely sky textures, plus work on dungeons continues apace. (Thanks, RPS!)

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Just Cause 3 is out on Tuesday, but if you're playing the game in advance—perhaps because you're a time traveller, a pirate, or a shop sold you a copy early—you might be pleased to hear that the first patch will drop this weekend, a few days before the game is actually out. It's a day 1 patch, essentially, and while you're doubtless going to be downloading it regardless, it's generally a good idea to keep track of how developers are changing your game.

Having said that, there's nothing majorly exciting in Just Cause 3's very first patch—it's full of various, unidentified optimisations and tweaks, but there are a few concrete changes too. Including: "Rebels riding along with Rico will now be less rude and not talk over each other". When you're exploding your homeland, and gunning down militia with no remorse, it's nice to know that social etiquette is being upheld.

Here are the full patch notes (ta, PCGamesN):


  • The Medician Department of Nature Conservation has pored over every inch of our beautiful island for cracks and removed them
  • The Medician Department of Motor Vehicles has taken measures to acquire poorly-tuned vehicles and burn them
  • Di Ravello s Militia has been given a refresher course in combat and spatial awareness as per the General s recent mandate
  • The Medician Department of Infrastructure has made some adjustments to certain roads to prevent traffic jams
  • Various stability/crash fixes
  • Various camera fixes
  • Various Havok destruction optimisations
  • Various localisation fixes and updates
  • Various worldsim improvements


  • Various minor mission bug fixes
  • Various minor challenge bug fixes
  • Fixed some various issues with Random Encounters


  • Various LoD optimisations
  • Various lighting optimisations
  • Various animation optimisations


  • Various level and EQ adjustments
  • Rebels riding along with Rico will now be less rude and not talk over each other
  • Fixed a few rare audio distortion issues involving destructible objects with lots of moving parts

In related news, you can now watch the first hour of Just Cause 3. I did, and found it a good way to satisfy my desire to see/play a new game, without having to pay ~ 30-50 for the privilege. I now have little to no interest in playing Just Cause 3 myself, which probably wasn't their intention.

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To see how far Black Friday deals go, we decided to see if we could piece together a PC using components on sale for more than an hour. Not every dream component is on sale, and some better components might be available through lightning deals, but here s something I scrounged together without hours and hours of digging or refreshing the page every minute. It s a damn powerful PC, and the savings get you two new games (Assassin s Creed Syndicate and Rainbow Six Siege) for free on the side.

Component Black Friday price Original price
Motherboard ASRock ASRock Gaming Fatal1ty Z97 Killer LGA 1150 Intel Z97 $90 (after rebate) $135
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 4.0 GHz $300 $350
RAM Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB Kit (8GBx2) 240-Pin DDR3 1866 $93 $126
GPU MSI GeForce GTX 970 $300 (after rebate) + AC Syndicate or Rainbow Six Siege ($60 value) $350
PSU Rosewill Hive 750W Modular $40 (after rebate) $120
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB $140 + AC Syndicate ($60 value) $270
HDD Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5 $74 $135
CPU Cooler Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX $100 (after rebate) $130
Case Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced $100 (after rebate) $180
OS Windows 10 Home $100 $100
Totals: $1,217 $2,016

That s a nearly $800 difference, though this is a mid-to-high-end PC. Most of these components could be swapped out for something a little less powerful or with half the space to save even more at the cost of performance. 

Don t fret if one of these deals expires. This is the base of a beefy PC, and there are other parts on sale you can easily swap in without breaking the bank. We re picking through the sales and organizing them for ease of access, so stay tuned to PC Gamer s Black Friday page just in case.

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Europa Universalis IV is the kind of game I wish I could play. Not just to impress my friends, although that's certainly a consideration, but because it looks like a remarkably deep and satisfying strategic experience. Of course, that's also the problem: Too much depth, too much complexity, and not nearly enough time, patience, or intestinal fortitude to power through it. So instead, I will simply admire from afar as EUIV Project Lead Martin Anward spends a few minutes talking about the changes and additions that will be made in the upcoming Cossacks expansion.

The "central feature" of the expansion is the addition of "Estates," which are groupings of power, like the nobility or the church, that exist within the borders of your nation and add a new layer of internal politics. Estates will have varying degrees of loyalty and power depending on how they're treated, and powerful estates can confer numerous benefits to your world-beating efforts. But grant them too much power and they'll rebel against you, and attempt to seize control of your nation for themselves.

Cossacks also adds a new Diplomatic Feedback interface that allows precise control of your attitudes and relationships with AI allies, and Favors, which can be conferred and then called in when needed. "Horde unity" replaces "legitimacy" for Steppe nomads as a measure of their loyalty and willingness to fight on your behalf, and there's also a new mechanic for the Tengri religion, a syncretic faith that allows certain nations of East Asia to choose a secondary faith from any that are either in or bordering their country, and then treat all provinces and countries of that faith as if it were their own religion.

Things start to get really complicated after that, so instead of trying to summarize I will encourage you to watch the video, and note that if this is (or may be) your cup of tea, Europa Universalis IV is currently on sale for 75 percent off—that's $10/ 9—in the Steam Autumn Sale. The Cossacks expansion comes out on December 1.

Thanks, PCGamesN.

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You could just cheat and use Fallout 4's console commands to enjoy an unlimited bounty of rare guns, but that's not as fun as finding them legitimately. Well, semi-legitimately, because we're going to tell you exactly where they are with a good old fashioned rare weapons guide. Spoilers, obviously, for the locations of these unique guns. (For the spoiler-free version of this article, look at the ceiling while scrolling.)

On this first page, we go over firearms, with energy weapons on page two, and melee weapons on page three. For each we've included screenshots of their locations—click the little arrows in the upper right-hand corner of the images to enlarge them. There are a few more we haven't covered here (these are our favorites), so if you don't find the specific one you're looking for, you might check the Wikia page.


Big Boy

A modified Fat Man nuke launcher. If you can afford it, Big Boy packs the biggest punch of any gun in the game.

Special Power: Shoots two mini nukes per shot while expending only one piece of ammo.

Where to find it: The Big Boy is refreshingly easy to find. Head to Arturo s stall in Diamond City. Be ready to pay out the nose for it.

Look out for: Credit card debt.



This powerful combat shotgun has a real chip on its shoulder: with a name like Justice, you know it s got something to prove.

Special Power: Chance to stagger targets on contact.

Where to find it: Head to Covenant, a perfect little town with perfect people where everyone smiles a little too wide. After you convince the door guard to let you in, look for Penny in the general goods shop. She ll hook you up.

Look out for: Stepford Wives.

Le Fusil Terribles


This monstrous shotgun is so powerful, the world s leaders held a summit and agreed that it should be locked away in a secure location forever. Nah, just kidding. Some raider leaves it on a box.

Special Power: Extra 25% limb damage, huge recoil.

Where to find it: The coastal raider camp known as Libertalia is a bunch of boats, some more boat-shaped than others, all nailed together to form a city. Fight your way through every pirate raider until you reach the captain s quarters at the top of the sunken container ship. Walk in, and The Terrible Shotgun will be sitting on a box nearby.

Look out for: Don t wear power armor on the platforms. You will almost certainly end up in the water at some point, and you don t want to sink like a brick.


Reba II

A powerful hunting rifle chambered in .50 caliber.

Special Power: 50% extra damage to Mirelurks and bugs.

Where to find it: Once in the town of Salem, you ll find a heavily fortified house belonging to the Rook family. Barney Rook will need your help killing a few Mirelurks. Once you ve gained his trust, he ll let you inside the house. Inside, you ll find Barney and his favorite rifle, Reba. In a back room, you ll find Reba II. You ll have to kill Barney or pickpocket him for the key, then steal Reba II.

Look out for: Feeling a bit guilty about poor Barney.



The Partystarter is a gross misnomer.

Special Power: 50% extra damage to all humans.

Where to find it: The charming settlement of Goodneighbor is in the dense urban sprawl to the southeast of Diamond City. Walk right in, try not to get on the wrong side of the take-no-bullshit local mayor, and talk to KL-E-0, the saucy robot storekeeper. She ll gladly sell you a missile launcher that kills all humans, for some reason.

Look out for: A thug nearby tries to extort you for protection money. Tell him to piss off.


Alien Blaster

The futuristic space pistol can be found in the hands of a wounded UFO pilot. It does exceptional damage, but its ammo is a bit rare.

Special Power: Its sleek good looks.

Where to find it: While adventuring, you will randomly see a streak of fire in the sky and a UFO come crashing into the ground. Track its crater to the woods between Vault 81 and Oberland Station. Splashes of Vulcan-green blood will lead to a small cave. The alien pilot is inside, where you can make first contact by putting a bullet in him.

Look out for: The Prime Directive.



It s a flamethrower, but it makes things cold instead of hot.

Special Power: Theoretically, it could be used to cryogenically freeze unwilling subjects from several yards away.

Where to find it: Every Fallout 4 player passes it in the first half-hour. Inside Vault 111, the Vault Overseer office has a secure lockup. Inside, the Cryolator sits inside a sealed case.

Look out for: It s master-level lock, so level up your lockpicking before you make that return trip to the old shivering grounds.


Old Faithful

This special laser pistol is great for sneaky characters or anyone who wants to go into a fight punching hard. Because it multiplies damage to uninjured enemies, a sneaking character can make a first strike of up to 4x damage. Old Faithful is fully moddable, so it s possible to turn it into the greatest laser sniper rifle in the Commonwealth.

Special Power: Double damage to enemies at full health.

Where to find it: Rob several banks, then head to Arturo in Diamond City.

Look out for: A sobbing, broken wallet.


Prototype UP77 Limitless Potential

This experimental laser rifle has an unlimited clip, so it never has to be reloaded. Equipping it, the ammo count shows whatever your total stock of ammo is. You can keep blasting until you run out.

Special Power: Will make your stock of Fusion Cells disappear.

Where to find it: Inside University Point, pick your way past dozens of Synths to find the Student Union. A door to the side leads to a bank. Cracking it leads to a vault door. Cracking that leads to a room full of safes. Cracking a safe leads to a button. Pressing the button leads to the gun.

Look out for: Most of these locks and terminals are quite easy to bypass, but the safe holding the button is a master-level lock.


Survivor's Special

A high-ranking, but no-longer-active, Brotherhood of Steel Paladin keeps this laser pistol close. And you can see why: it s a fully automatic laser scattergun. At close quarters, this thing will fry raiders like a cracked microwave.

Special Power: Does more damage the lower your health is.

Where to find it: After meeting the Brotherhood of Steel recon team in the Cambridge Police building, keep working until you get dispatched on The Lost Patrol. A few dozens missions, several miles, and 20 super mutants later, you ll end up at Recon Bunker Theta. Talk to Paladin Brandis, and he may give you the gun. If he doesn t, kill that old geezer and bounce.

Look out for: Brandis loves to put landmines in doorways. Watch your step.

Head to the next page for melee weapons...


2076 World Series Baseball Bat

This bat is a relic of the 2076 World Series. It looks just like every other baseball bat, except for a shiny logo.

Special Power: Has a chance of making an excellent crack noise and flinging your target into orbit.

Where to find it: The small town of Jamaica Plain. Head to the town hall and look for the basement. Once there, you ll need to get past ghouls, robots, and a few dozen traps. Find the museum display celebrating Jamaica Plain s town heritage, then steal that heritage and bash noggins with it.

Look out for: Two Protectrons.


Big Jim

This sturdy pipe wrench is a must-have for busy settlement builders. There s no way to manage tricky plumbing repairs without a proper wrench. Oh, and you can smack punks in the knee with it.

Special Power: Every hit has a 20% chance of crippling a target s leg.

Where to find it: Travel to picturesque Walden Pond. Admire its gentle glow, and head to the gift shop. The backroom door in the gift shop leads to an underground tunnel network crawling with raiders.

Look out for: The gift shop is fully stocked with improvised mines. It s the thought that counts.


General Chao s Revenge

The Chinese officer s sword is ubiquitous in the Commonwealth, but General Chao s Revenge is a fast-slashing powerhouse. Melee players won t find a better sword anywhere.

Special Power: 50% extra damage to robots.

Where to find it: Stop by the Drumlin Diner for a milkshake, burger, and a drug dealer intervention. Once you help Trudy out, she ll sell you the sword.

Look out for: Pushy drug dealers with pipe revolvers.


Grognak s Axe

Grognak the Barbarian s adventures are enjoyed by radioactive nerds all over the wasteland. No surprise that a bunch of comic book fans would hold onto a full-size sharpened replica of Grognak s signature weapon.

Special Power: Staggers target, target takes bleeding damage.

Where to find it: Hubris Comics in the outskirts of the Diamond City area is a popular spot. Walk right in, wave hello to several dozen ghouls, and head behind the front counter. Opposite the cash registers, a special locked case holds the axe.

Look out for: The skeletal remains of Comic Book Guy. Worst. Tibia. Ever.


Kremvh s Tooth

This nasty little molerat-sticker is found on a sacrificial altar deep underground. Dark rumblings sound in the distance. Slowly, Cthulu rises from the depths...and realizes he s 200 years late to end the world. Cthulu knocks off early for a pint.

Special Power: Target takes bleeding damage and poison damage.

Where to find it: The open-pit quarry at Dunwich Borers holds a lot of mysteries, some supernatural weirdness, and an army of raiders. Fight your way through them to a flooded mine shaft. Dive in, swim to the bottom, swim through a side tunnel, and find Kremvh s Tooth on a wooden altar with two mini-nukes.

Look out for: The Sneak bobblehead is on a table in the same tunnel section.

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Plague Inc. Evolved is an odd sort of game in which you create a virulent disease, then unleash it upon the world, nurturing it through various adaptations with the ultimate goal of bringing about the end of humankind. We were a little iffy on it in our 2014 Early Access report, but the user reviews on Steam are very positive, and I thought the mobile version (it was originally released for Android and iOS devices in 2012) was quite good. Multiplayer was planned for the PC edition from the get-go, and next week the long-awaited versus mode will finally arrive.

"In VS. mode—the world is unlucky enough to be infected by two deadly plagues who are battling for control of the world," developer Ndemic Creations wrote. "Whoever infects the world first wins but they must also avoid being cured by humanity or prematurely eradicated by the other plague!"

The multiplayer mode will add new evolutions, abilities, and genes that will assist players in their efforts to wipe out the scourge that is humanity. For example, "Immune Shock" will overload the immune systems of people infected with both diseases, enabling a cooperative kill-off of millions, while "Genetic Exposure" will let you help humanity develop a cure—but only for the competing disease. Because there's only room in this world for one ultra-lethal pathogen.

The Plague Inc. Evolved multiplayer update is set to arrive on December 1. Get the details on Steam.

Thanks, Polygon.

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Steam sales tend to get the lion's share of attention, on here and elsewhere, because they're generally big, they cut deep, and, let's face it, if you're a PC gamer, having Steam on your rig is pretty much mandatory. But it's not the only game in town: The Humble Store has kicked off a Black Friday weekend sale of its own, and there are some pretty good deals to be had.

A few examples, as chosen in an entirely arbitrary fashion by me: The Skyrim Legendary Edition is 75 percent off, taking to $10; Dying Light is down 66 percent to $20; Wolfenstein: The New Order is $9, an 85 percent drop from its regular price, as is The Evil Within; and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 is down 80 percent, to $6. (That last one gets a mention because I dig the semi-colon-abusing title.) Black Ops 3 is on the block too, if you're in the market for something a bit newer, although it's only 17 percent off, bringing it down to $50. 

Some of the sales are one day only while others run for the whole weekend, but the Humble folks haven't said whether new games will be cycled in as it progress. A lot of these offerings are identical to what's up for grabs on Steam, and in fact a Steam key, rather than a download link, is what you'll get when you purchase them. But, as always, ten percent of all proceeds raised will go to the charity of your choice, so if you're going to pay the same price anyway, why not do a solid for a worthwhile organization (while you're spending the kids' college fund)?

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There are lots of good survival games out there—and plenty not so good, or plain silly—but few as successful and popular as Ark: Survival Evolved. It launched on Early Access and became an almost instant hit on Twitch, racking up a couple million sales along the way. Fans aren't just playing it, either, they're modding it. Some mods add new features, others tweak existing ones, and there are already a few full conversion mods including one that, oddly enough, removes all the dinosaurs. Hey, games are what you make of them, or make them into, right?

Here are the best mods for Ark: Survival Evolved.

Play as a Dino!

Might as well start with one everyone who plays Ark has probably thought about at one time or another: can I be a dinosaur instead of just riding one? Stomp, swim, or fly through the game as a Raptor, Rex, Megalodon, Triceratops, or one of over a dozen other dinos in this single-player mod. You'll find it, along with instructions on how to use it, here.

Metal with Glass Set

There are all sorts of building mods out there, but few look this slick and stylish. Adding over 30 new gleaming metal and glass structures, and allowing you to dye the glass different colors, you'll be able to craft and create a sleek and modern abode to inhabit. Subscribe to it here.

Rideable Dodos

Above, you'll see a nearly-naked man riding an gargantuan Dodo. I don't think you need to be sold any further. Find 'em, tame 'em, saddle 'em, ride 'em. Get it here.

Pirate World

A full conversion mod that strips out the dinosaurs—let me finish!—and transforms the prehistoric playground into a pirate paradise. For both multi and solo play, you can acquire a pirate ship, form a crew, and do battle on the open seas. Find it here, matey.

Advanced Architecture

Why wallow in some creaky wooden shack when you can rule over man and dinosaur alike from a towering castle? This mod adds dozens of new structures including a drawbridge, different types of floors, walls, ceilings, braziers, sconces, and a even a throne upon which to plant your royal butt. There's a single-player and multiplayer version.

Pimp my Rex

Everyone has a mental list of their favorite dinosaurs, and I'm pretty sure T-Rex is at the top of most of them. You're going to be spending a lot of time with your tamed Rex, so why not deck him out in fearsome duds? This mod provides several different sets of armor for your trained pal, making a deadly dino even more dire, and certainly more stylish.


This PvP mod pits two teams against each other in an effort to destroy the other team's flag. It features team assignments, supply drop events, and faster player progression to condense the conflict into a war you can complete in a single sitting. Download and instructions on how to host a server for it here.

Survival of the Fittest

A last caveman standing mod which pits player against player until only one remains. It takes place on a revised version of the Ark island where players try to eliminate each other inside an ever-shrinking force field (as in the Battle Royale modes for ArmA 3 and H1Z1). Special events make the challenge harder and include extreme weather and predatory dinos who fall from the sky. Nab it here.

Eggrassic Park

This total conversion mod's goals are to expand end-game content for players, providing an economy, currency, and shops, as well some enhanced dinosaurs and a few all-new ones. It's currently best played in single-player, but there is a dedicated server running it for multiplay as well. You'll find it here.

Love good mods? You can check out the best mods for Fallout 4, our list of the best total conversion mods, and take a look at our repository of the best mods for GTA 5.

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The Kickstarter for Sociable Soccer, the "spiritual successor" to the much-loved early-90s arcade soccer sim Sensible Soccer, kicked off earlier this month with a 300,000 ($457,000) goal. Sadly for those who wanted to see it happen (sorry, Tim), it managed to pull in just over ten percent of that amount in its first two weeks, and has now been canceled.

There's no "final update" explaining the decision to cancel, but the Kickstarter now leads with a message confirming that it's over. "Dear Backers and Fans, thank you for your support. Development is continuing full steam ahead but unfortunately the Kickstarter campaign is now closed," it says. "Sociable Soccer is still happening and will come out in due course through traditional publishing channels."

Sensible/Sociable Soccer creator Jon Hare told Eurogamer that a prototype of the new game that "plays amazingly well" has already been developed, and while the crowdfunding campaign failed to attract much attention among gamers, it did draw the notice of game publishers. "Much more than that I cannot say at the moment, except that development is continuing at full tilt and when we get nearer to confirming how we will be bringing the game to market we will be sure to let you know," he said.

Fans who want to follow the future of Sociable Soccer may now do so on its Facebook page.


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