Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

Exciting news! Steam Charts is proud to announce it’s to be an Epic exclusive! From now on you can read your favourite article about the top selling games on Steam exclusively on the Epic Store!

But don’t worry, long-term readers – you’ll still be able to read the articles right here on RPS, after just one year. Everyone’s a winner!

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BioShock™

OK, so I know Eurogamer's actual birthday was two days ago, but as is our style, the Eurogamer video team is once again Late to the (birthday) Party.

Over the past three years, we've been introducing each other to our favourite (and/or least favourite) games from yesteryear as part of our Late to the Party series. During that time we've shared our love (and/or hatred) for over one hundred and fifty different games and thanks to this, we've been able to make a compilation episode of LTTP that features one game from every year that Eurogamer has been alive.

In this video, Aoife, Zoe and I are joined by some friendly video team faces from the past (who?!) as we play our way through the 20 years worth of games, including 1999's Dino Crisis, 2006's Gears of War and 2017's PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Basically, if you want a healthy dose of nostalgia (or just want to feel rather old) this is the video for you!

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

URGENT: Disparaging words have been said about the game you like by people who like the other game you don’t like.

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PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Ollie Toms)

The ever-expanding and ever-changing roster of PUBG guns and other weapons takes a staggering amount of time to truly master, with every single gun bringing to the table a unique set of behaviours, stats, spray patterns, and other quirks. Now well into its fourth season, PUBG prides itself on its gunplay, and its selection is larger than it’s ever been thanks to the recent addition of the punch-packing Deagle.

Our PUBG guns & weapons guide seeks to level out this learning curve just a little, by providing you with all the most up to date stats and opinions on each weapon. So whether you’re new to the game and still struggling to tell an UMP from a Bizon, or you’re a more experienced player who just wants to check up a few updated stats, we’ve got what you need.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

Why, what’s this? Oh I say, a Steam Charts you say? How intriguing>.

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Team Fortress 2

Valve, alongside its business partner in China, Perfect World, has given us an update on the progress of Steam China today, after both companies had been silent on the topic for over a year.

Eurogamer attended the brief presentation, given by Perfect World CEO Dr. Robert H. Xiao in Shanghai, where a small number of local and international press were told the companies were "one more step closer" to launching Steam China, which will be separate from the international version of Steam. A handful of launch games were revealed, including Dota 2 and Dota Underlords. There were no actual launch dates or broader windows mentioned for Steam China itself, mind, nor a look at how that storefront may shape up or any details on its features, barring the fact it'll support VR, multiplayer games, interesting games with "innovative, creative ideas," and "single-player games with abundant storylines". As far as we could tell, none of the non-Chinese launch games had official approval just yet, either.

In Xiao's words, "the Steam China project is undergoing solidly and smoothly" - but what is it, exactly? As it stands, Steam is actually widely available for Chinese players already. As of right now we've tested and confirmed it's possible to buy, download and play games through the Steam store in China as usual, with no issues - and no need for a VPN. Community features, such as discussion forums, are unavailable, but otherwise the platform as it stands still acts as a huge loophole in the Chinese government's strict regulation of games. Where it might take many months of admin and applications for a game to get through the approval process - if it gets through at all - or many revisions to a game's content to ensure it meets the various Chinese standards, that same game can already be bought and played in China, unfiltered, unregistered and unchanged, on regular old Steam.

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PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Ever-changing weather has drifted over the lovely revamped version of Erangel in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, with all manner of precipitation adding an extra touch of drama to the stag & hen weekends. The previous version of Erangel had dynamic weather and I had half-worried it might not carry over to the new but naw, we’re good. I still miss Erangel’s old full-time fog variant, even if I do accept why it had to die, so I’m glad to see this return in today’s update.

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There’s a new look on Erangel, so how about a new look for your costume skin. New streamer skins are available in the store as part of our Broadcaster Royale skins. This round features 5 more of your favorite Twitch streamers that bring it on The Battlegrounds.

Skins are available for between $2.99-$9.99 each and can be purchased through the game client until Sep 10, 2019 PST before the server maintenance starts. Each sale directly benefits the Twitch streamer, so pick up your favorite skins and support them in-game and out!

This group’s streamers:
Edberg – spajKK – Swagger – MakataO – FeralWife


PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS - Hawkinz

With our second update of the season we are bringing dynamic weather conditions to the isle of Erangel.

Season 4 pushes on with Update 4.2! Erangel has been devastated by battle but a storm on the horizon is bringing even more changes to the Battlegrounds.

With our second update of the season we are bringing dynamic weather conditions to the isle of Erangel. Combatants will now be forced to contend with each other while braving the elements such as wind, hail, thunderstorms, rain, and fog. Get a look at the brewing storm in our Patch Report here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p72DcHPUEWs
In addition to dynamic weather on Erangel, we’ve made a number of quality of life and gameplay improvements, including reducing Vikendi’s ambient wind noise, more destructible objects on Erangel, as well as a few vehicle changes. You can read all of the details on what changed in our patch notes, here: https://www.pubg.com/2019/08/14/pc-update-4-2-now-on-the-test-server/

We’re now in the thick of Survivor Pass 4: AFTERMATH, with only 8 weeks left to complete as many missions as possible! Don’t forget to check in on the status of the co-op mission system, where players are working together to complete mission goals and earn rewards.

Survivor Pass 4: AFTERMATH runs until October 15th PDT ending with the live server maintenance. Any missions you’ve completed during the season will unlock even more rewards upon the purchase of the Survivor Pass, so check out your progress and see all the cool rewards you could unlock!

Pick up Survivor Pass 4: AFTERMATH today and explore the Battlegrounds like never before!

Prepare for rain, pack a poncho, and parachute into the battlegrounds, because update 4.2 is now live and a storm came with it.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Ollie Toms)

Fortnite: Battle Royale, I think it’s fair to say, is the standout title of the decade-old battle royale game genre. Not since Minecraft have we seen a game enter the mainstream in this way – but that doesn’t mean Fortnite is the only battle royale out there that’s worth playing. We’ll go over just a few of the very best battle royale games like Fortnite below.

Ecah of these games has been picked out for taking the genre in new directions, or adding a particular feel or flavour to the genre that we haven’t found anywhere else. If you’re looking for Fortnite alternatives, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more diverse and colourful selection than this!

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