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PlayStation Now is coming to PC, allowing you to stream PlayStation 3 games to your computer for a monthly subscription fee. That includes some of the last console generation’s best games. It might be a bit overwhelming if you’ve not been paying attention beyond the borders of PC gaming, but luckily we’ve been playing console games for the past couple of decades in case of just such an eventuality>. Here are the ten best games currently offered via PlayStation Now.
A man called Robert Florence gets on a train to London at 2pm, leaving from Glasgow. If the train is travelling at 80 miles per hour, and the distance to London is 860 miles, how clear is it that Robert doesn t know how far it is to London? But what I really want to know is: How tall is Robert when he s on that train, if he s sitting down? And how tall is he if he s crawling around on the floor, crying? And are board games dumbing down?
No Man s Sky is a gentle space exploration game, right? It s all about traveling unaided, taking your time, discovering the marvels of a vast artificial galaxy at your own pace. It s about the journey, not the destination.
Well, not for you>, it isn t. There was that one guy who played before release and said he reached the centre of the galaxy in thirty hours, and you re gonna beat him. You ve no time for looking at pretty animals, freshman philosophy or endless mining.
Traveler, read on. We ve distilled the meandering path to the centre of the galaxy into eight simple steps. This is a No Man s Sky guide with a single focus on the destination, not the journey.
Oh frabjous day! You will soon [UPDATE: tomorrow if you’re in the UK, Belgium or Netherlands] be able to stream PlayStation exclusive games like Uncharted, The Last of Us and Heavy Rain on PC, Sony has announced. The streaming service, PS Now, originally let PlayStation 4 users play older PS3 games for a subscription and currently costs 12.99/$19.99 per month. Sony are also bringing out a wireless USB adapter for their DualShock 4 controller, for anyone who wants to use their joypad on PC and does not want to fiddle around with unofficial driver packages to do so.
Even though Sega have been publishing PC strategy and simulation games for years now, I still can’t see the company logo or hear the word without thinking back to hours spent at schoolfriends’ houses, trying to work out if Sonic was too fast or I was too slow. The acquisition of Amplitude was the point that I decided that I needed to ask Sega a very simple question: “Do you want to marry PC strategy games?”
At Gamescom, I sat down with Jurgen Post, COO of Sega of Europe.>
The Videogame Toilet Museum is one of the most important institutions of video game [two words – pay attention, crapper curators] culture. It’s working tirelessly to document the dunnies of our virtual worlds, no to mention recording what lurks within their bowls. This is vital work at the heart of what video games are all about.
In a similar field, one jittering historian has now launched The Video Game Soda Machine Project to document gaming’s many fizzy pop dispensers. Send them your support, your thanks, and – most importantly – your screenshots of soda machines.
The studio responsible for open-world martial arts brawler Sleeping Dogs is bringing out a competitive multiplayer punch-up set in a corporate dystopia, they announced today. Smash + Grab [official site] will feature the contestants of an underground competition in which factions smash windows and break down the doors of shops to collect as much loot as they can, fighting off other gangs in the process using third-person combat. The first gang to scoop $50,000 worth of riot loot wins. Come and see, it looks daft.
Grow Home was born of an experiment in procedural animation, almost accidentally creating a lovely game to support it. Grow Up [official site] was born of a desire to make a sequel to Grow Home. I think this captures the key differences between the two games. Here’s wot I think:>
If there’s any sort of game you should expect DLC from, it’s Games Workshop. It wouldn’t feel right – wouldn’t feel authentic – if you didn’t, every few weeks, find yourself muttering “Oh for! Yes I do want that fancy unit but I just bought… for crying out loud, you flipping rotters. Fine. Fine, I’ll buy your ruddy ghost-drawn boneshrine!”
Want to field a Mortis Engine in Total War: Warhammer [official site]? You’ll need to buy the next add-on, The Grim & The Grave, which boosts both the Empire and Vampire Counts, see. But, in a very un-Games Workshop way, more freebies are coming too.
It s Deus Ex Day, and the press is full of smog and people with knife-elbows. So here s something to bring you back to nature. Lost Ember [official site] is an upcoming adventure that lets you walk in the paws of a possessive wolf. That is, a wolf who can possess other animals. He can leap into parrots and fly through the canopy, or dive into a fish and swim around in murky water. There’s some mysterious ruins of an ancient race littering the world, crumbling and overgrown, and the wolf wants to know where all the people went. It s all very pretty, so come and take a gander at the teaser trailer.