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Game Editorials and Comics September 2017

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Call of Duty: WWII PC beta is here and Steam users hate it

Call of Duty: WWII PC open beta is currently live on Steam and it is going to run through October 2. During that time you can play on four maps in several multiplayer modes, starting with the classic Team Deathmatch through Domination, Hardpoint, Kill Confirmed to War Mode. You can also see how the new character progression system, dubbed Divisions, works. However, Steam players don’t seem to be happy with how Call of Duty: WWII runs on PC. The game’s open beta has currently mostly negative reviews, many of which point out poor optimization and bumpy performance.

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Meet Red Dead Redemption II’s protagonist in this new trailer

Rockstar has given fans a real stir by releasing a fresh trailer for Red Dead Redemption II, the next entry in its Wild West sandbox action game series. The video takes a peek at the game’s protagonist and what kind of man he is. This time, it seems, we are going to impersonate a real bandid, wanted dead or alive. The name is Arthur Morgan, and he is working for the Van der Linde gang “as they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive”.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus hands-on - First Person Blitzkrieg

We gamers complain a lot. If a game doesn’t move in new directions – we’re disappointed at the lack of innovation and rant about how spoiled the industry is. If a game makes a 180-degree turn – we’re bewildered and immediately start ranting about how the old days were better and how the industry’s now spoiled, and oh-my-god-my-fav-game-was-trodden. It all may come down to respect though; respect to the players and to the franchise – especially in cases of games such as Wolfenstein; games that defined the genre when it was still a malleable and shapeless pulp of ideas. After trying out the game for the second time (now without an awful lot of bugs – which always helps), we’re bound to admit: yes, no change is a good change.

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Bethesda announces Survival Mode for Skyrim, available now as beta on Steam

Bethesda has revealed an all new Survival Mode for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition coming to PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 soon. It adds a score of new challenges to the game by adding such dangers as hunger, fatigue, cold, freezing water, disease and afflictions, and disabling health regeneration and fast travel. While the console players must wait until early October to play it, PC fans can already check it out by opting into the Steam beta.

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Explore ancient Egypt in combat-free Assassin's Creed Origins discovery mode

Ubisoft has revealed a new interesting feature, which is going to be included in the next installment of its quasi-historical action game series Assassin’s Creed. Dubbed Discovery Tour, this new combat-free mode will turn the open world of Assassin’s Creed Origins into a living museum with guided tours and loads of historically accurate information on places, people and rituals related to ancient Egypt. Discovery Tour will be added to the game as a free update in early 2018.

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Will Persona 5 be playable on PC? Here's what Atlus has to say

RPCS3, an open-source PlayStation 3 emulator for Windows and Linux, is currently able to fully play over 400 PS3 games on PC – until recently that number also included Persona 5. However, Atlus, the company that owns the rights to the Persona series, issued a DMCA takedown notice against RPCS3 and its Patreon page, which led to removing all references to Persona 5 from the emulator’s website. Interestingly, Atlus’ comment on the matter seems to suggest that the company is planning to release a PC version of the game.

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Star Wars: Battlefront II PC system requirements and a new trailer

As the Star Wars: Battlefront II beta is closing in, PC players may want to make sure if their hardware is ready for the next epic battle in Star Wars universe. The developer has shared official system requirements for the beta; while minimum specs are not that high, getting the most out of the game will take a real beast. There is also a new trailer, with commentary by John Boyega, which discusses the main features of Star Wars: Battlefront II and shows how much bigger the sequel is than its predecessor.

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Wild West Online hands-on - first impressions from the frontier

Wouldn’t you like to play Red Dead Redemption on your PC? Like, right now? Would you pay for it? Well, I may have some good news or some bad news for you. Wild West Online, the multiplayer open-world western simulator has launched alpha tests recently. What we’ve seen is a typical alpha build; it may fall on either side at this stage. What is somewhat worrying are some facts about the backstage of this project. Still, perhaps it is worth taking, if not the risk of buying it, then at least a look at what is already being hailed as Red Dead Redemption’s competition. Take a moment to find out what we think about Wild West Online.

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The Guild 3 launching in Early Access today

The third installment in a popular Medieval merchant simulator, The Guild 3, is launching in Steam Early Access today, where it intends to stay for at least 4-6 months. The Guild 3’s developer, GolemLabs, says it is nearing completion and polishing the game, but the team still needs feedback from the series’ fans and is open for suggestions as to which features should be added or changed. If you decide to hop into The Guild 3 while it's still in Early Access, expect some bugs as well as performance hiccups. Otherwise, however, the game is fully playable.

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Cyberpunk shooter Ruiner launches today

There is another cyberpunk-themed video game made in Poland launching today. We’re talking about Ruiner, a brutal top-down shooter from Warsaw-based independent developer Reikon Games. The game puts you in the shoes of a wired psychopath, who sets out on a personal vendetta against a corrupt corporation in a grim, cyberpunk city, while guided by a mysterious hacker. Ruiner is already available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, and is going live on Steam and GOG in just several hours.

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Valve may have been working on a four-player fantasy action game

It appears that Valve may have been working on a four-player co-operative fantasy adventure game. That’s a conclusion one can draw upon seeing the gallery of artworks posted by Drew Wolf, Valve’s former employee – he is the guy who gave Dota 2 its distinctive look. The artist shared a series of drawings and sketches presenting a cast of fantasy heroes, each one in a unique setting.

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Layoffs at Dear Esther dev - The Chinese Room is down to three people

Indie developer The Chinese Room – the team behind Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – has announced that it is reducing its activity to a minimum for the time being. There are currently only three people left in the studio, but they are still working on The 13th Interior (formerly Total Dark). Besides, they want to continually support their existing games and keep in touch with the fans. In time, they intend to get back to full development speed, but for now they are taking a creative break.

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Obsidian wants to make another Fallout game

Would you like to see another Fallout from Obsidian Entertainment? The team wants that too. Fallout: New Vegas director Josh Sawyer told IGN that, given a chance, his team would love to go back to the Fallout franchise. He also added that people ask him all the time whether Obsidian will return to the franchise and that he gets “more questions about Fallout than anything else". The question is, does Bethesda want to lend its franchise to Obsidian as much as fans do?

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Mount & Blade ex-creators move Holdfast: Nations at War into Early Access

Holdfast: Nations at War has been launched in Steam Early Access. This is a work of a small studio Anvil Games, founded by former developers of Mount & Blade: Warband - Napoleonic Wars, and it builds on that game’s mechanics. This time, however, you can take part in large battles in the Napoleonic Era not only on land but also at sea. The developer says that Holdfast: Nations at War will likely leave Early Access within the next 12 months. You can currently jump in the alpha version by purchasing the title on Steam for $19.99.

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Vampyr not coming out this November

Vampyr, the upcoming RPG from Life is Strange developer, was supposed to come out this November, in most regions the darkest month of the year. However, DontNod Entertainment has informed the fans that it is no longer the case. Vampyr has been delayed to spring 2018 on all platforms: PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The reason for that is pretty classic: the developer needs more time to polish the game and ensure its high quality before it launches.

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Project CARS dev says EA tried to kill the studio

Before releasing Project CARS, Slightly Mad Studios made two successful games for Electronic Arts: Need for Speed Shift and Shift 2. The boss of the studio, Ian Bell, has now revealed that soon after that EA tried to destroy the studio and take over its brains and technology by blocking their ability to sign a contract with another publisher. He goes as far as to say: “They tried to f**k us over – there is no other way to put it. We have no love for EA in this company”.

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The new Rainbow Six: Siege patch can crash your PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 players are reporting that the latest Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege patch is corrupting their hard drives and causing software issues. The problem seems to arise when you try to add friends in the game – that’s why you absolutely should not invite players to your party, and it will be safer not to play Rainbow Six: Siege at all for now, especially if you have downloaded the update.

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NBA 2K18 micropayments are way too intrusive, fans say

NBA 2K18 is already here, and reviewers agree that we’ve got another great basketball simulator. However, players are shocked by how intrusive microtransactions have become in that $60 worth of a game. The series features Virtual Currency, which you can earn through playing or buy for real money. This time, however, someone who just wants to play can practically say goodbye to any character progression and cosmetic features in myCareer mode.

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The best video game adaptations of Game of Thrones

Video game adaptations of movies are a regular thing nowadays, but such productions are notorious for poor quality. As the branches of visual entertainment become increasingly interconnected, one would expect franchises such as Game of Thrones to produce heaps of digital adaptations, but oddly enough, not even one high-profile production based on the prose of George R. R. Martin has been released so far. That doesn’t mean, however, that the fans of the series who are also keen on video games cannot visit Westeros on their gaming system. In this article, we look at the possible options of doing just that, by examining a handful of video games and game mods based on the world of Game of Thrones.

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Grim Dawn: Ashes of Malmouth DLC revealed and dated

Crate Entertainment has finally revealed more details about the next Grim Dawn expansion, first announced earlier this year, which was supposed to introduce two new character classes: the Inquisitor and the Necromancer. The DLC is called Ashes of Malmouth, and it is going to come out in October 2017. Apart from the new specialities and their unique abilities, the add-on will introduce two chapters set in new locations as well as new items to collect and enemies to fight. Check out the new trailer.

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Square Enix announces Left Alive, a survival action shooter

Square Enix has announced a new survival action shooter called Left Alive, planned to launch on PC (Steam) and PlayStation 4 some time in 2018. For now there is not much information as to what to expect of the game other than the reveal trailer shared during the 2017 PlayStation Press Conference in Japan. More details will be shared during a special show at Tokyo Game Show 2017 later this week.

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Fortnite players report cross-play between XONE and PS4 is on

Fortnite players are reporting that cross-play between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 has been secretly turned on – at least on one of the consoles. It all started when PlayStation 4 users started to notice Xbox gamer tags appearing in PS4 matches. Further evidence started to come up, the heaviest being a video of father and son playing together on XONE and PS4. The thing is, Microsoft and Sony claimed that cross-play in Fortnite was absolutely not allowed.

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Divinity: Original Sin II selling twice as well as the first game

Released last week, Divinity: Original Sin II has quickly become Larian Studios’ biggest success. It has been four days since its launch on PC and the game is now in the hands of almost 350,000 players – the first Divinity: Original Sin sold 160,000 copies in an analogous time. Besides, the highest number of Divinity: Original Sin II concurrent players has been 86,000. That’s significantly more than other representatives of the classic RPG genre. Comparatively, Pillars of Eternity saw only 30,000 concurrent players, while the first Divinity: Original Sin fewer than 22,000.

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Don't Starve to get Hamlet single player DLC

The developer of Don’t Starve, Klei Entertainment, has announced that the popular survival game is going to get a new single player DLC, called Don’t Starve: Hamlet. This one will take the player to a new realm, dwelled by a community of Pigmen, in Q1 or Q2 2018. As for the co-op version of the game, Don’t Starve Together players will be able to take part in a series of events dubbed The Forge, starting later this year. Besides, the studio has shared a bunch of new content for its games in the form of free updates.

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Elite: Dangerous players, prepare for an alien invasion on September 26

Players have seen it coming, but now we know the details – aliens are launching an invasion in Elite: Dagerous on September 26, 2017. The Thargoids, the alien race known from previous Elite games, are going to attack humans in the 2.4 update (dubbed The Return) for this 2-year old online space sim, which is coming out simultaneously for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. In order to heat up the atmosphere, Frontier Developments shared a new story trailer, which gives a glimpse of what fans are going to deal with.

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Dirty Dime - Top 10 World War II games and game series

Call of Duty returns to World War II, would you believe this? It seems like the industry has finally remembered what was the leading theme in gaming roughly 12 years ago, when we witnessed an explosion of WWII titles following the release of Medal of Honor. From that point on, and until the market had enough, various developers tried to jump on that bandwagon, some of them with success. Because of this, and the recent World War 2 anniversary, we’ve decided to prepare for you a list of top 10 WWII games. Let’s go on a walk down the memory lane, across Normandy, Stalingrad, northern Atlantic, Iwo-jima, Berlin, and occupied France.

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Divinity: Original Sin II out today, watch a new trailer

Divinity: Original Sin II is launching in full version on Steam later today. The title has been available in Early Access for almost exactly a year, since September 15, 2016, and since then it has been getting overwhelmingly positive reviews from players. To celebrate the event, Larian Studio has released a new trailer, which introduces players to some key features of Divinity: Original Sin II.

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A group of Star Citizen players get a $45,000 refund

This is probably the highest refund in gaming history. A Star Citizen player managed to get $45,000 refunded for three Completionist packages ($15,000 each) that he or she had bought together with his or her guild. The guild that got the big refund decided they couldn’t wait any longer for Star Citizen as so many great games pass them by and even claimed to know of evidence of Chirs Roberts blatantly lying.

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Metro dev’s VR shooter ARKTIKA.1 given release date; pre-orders are now open

4A Games, the developer of the Metro series, is about to deliver its new game: ARKTIKA.1, which is a post-apocalyptic VR shooter. The title is set to launch on October 10, 2017, and will be available for sale in Oculus Store. But you can already pre-order the game and get a 10% discount off the regular price of $29.99. This time, instead of featuring a world after a nuclear war, the devs throw the players into a new ice age. There, they wull try to fight for whatever is left of human civilization.

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A new gameplay video from UBOOT has emerged - see the new FPP view

The developer of UBOOT has shared a new gameplay footage from that submarine simulator. Since the last time we wrote about the game, Poland-based Deep Water Studio has implemented some new features, including a working first-person view, which is presented in the new video. In UBOOT the player will have direct control over all that happens on the boat as well as over all of its crew members and their actions.

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EA Sports has a FIFA 18 demo and PC requirements for you

Before FIFA 18 hits the shelves on September 29, 2017, you can try out the next installment in the popular soccer simulator series thanks to the demo that’s going to go live later today for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The demo will let fans play the Kick Off mode with 12 clubs – including Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid CF, Atlético de Madrid, Juventus F.C. and others – as well as four stadiums. It also offers a preview of the story mode The Journey: Hunter Returns.

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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds new patch is now on the test servers

Bluehole has provided an update on the next patch for its immensely popular online shooter Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. The game update should be now up on the test servers, where it is going to stay a couple of days until it is ready to come into the live servers. This one offers a bunch of fixes and new features. First and foremost, players get a new weapon: the Mini-14 semiautomatic marksman rifle. Besides, there is a new town east of Stalber, plus foggy weather has been added to the game, which will hinder players' sight.

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Watch vikings in action in this Ancestors Legacy gameplay video

Poland-based studio Destructive Creations, developer of Hatred and IS Defense, has shared a long gameplay footage from its upcoming next game, Ancestors Legacy, a Medieval RTS. The video presents an entire mission with the dev’s commentary. In it a group of vikings must steal supplies from a farm and free their comrades, who were captured in an earlier battle. Initially, the player only controls a small group of warriors, so a stealth approach is highly advisable. In time, however, the player’s forces increase and are ready to take on more numerous foes.

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History of The Witcher games - watch a feature-length documentary

Arhn.eu has prepared a feature-length documentary film about the history of The Witcher games. As you may probably know, the character of Geralt of Rivia first appeared in a series of novels by Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski, specifically in a short story, first published in 1986. But it was a long road until CD Projekt RED brough us The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, one of the most important RPG games of the recent years.

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Geralt's affection for Aloy
Aloy has a special place in Geralt's heart. So he's got a present for the brave girl.
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Get The Walking Dead Season One for free on Humble Store's sale

Humble Store is celebrating the end of summer with a special offer. The sale includes many interesting PC titles available at reduced prices. But the real treat is The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series - Season One given away for free. This is a great opportunity to try out what started the new wave of choice-based adventure games from Telltale, if you haven’t done it yet.

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Play Skyrim Special Edition for free this weekend

How much you can get out of Skyrim and all its add-ons over one weekend? Even if you play 24 hours a day, there will still be a lot of ground left untouched, because the game is just that huge. Still, it is worth trying, because The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is free to play this weekend on Steam and Xbox One. And if you decide that you want to continue the adventure beyond this Sunday, you can currently purchase the game at a 50% discount.

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Bethesda Softworks to release seven games this year, including one unannounced [UPDATE: "Ignore"]

Bethesda Softworks is going to have a real strong year’s ending – the company is planning to release seven games before the end of 2017, including one, which has not been announced yet – at least that’s what Pete Hines said in an interview at PAX West. However, the developer backtracked from that comment and says now there are no secret games in store. The question is: which of his comments should we believe?

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The Witcher 3 still sells great - CD Projekt turns a profit for the last six months

Although Geralt’s story came to an end more than a year ago, CD Projekt is still making a lot of money from the sales of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and its two add-ons: Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine (all included in the Game of the Year Edition). According to the Polish company’s most recent financial raport, CD Projekt had an income of about $72 million (PLN 254.8 million) in the first half of 2017, which translated to net profit of $33.5 million (PLN 118.6 million). The lion’s share of that money comes from the sales of The Witcher 3 and its expansions. The raport also gives a time window for the release of Cyberpunk 2077.

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Get SteamWorld Dig and Mirage: Arcane Warfare for free

This week you can add two PC games to your library at no cost. The first one is SteamWorld Dig – “a platform mining adventure with strong Metroidvanian influences” – currently available in Origin’s On the House program. The offer is time-limited, so you better grab the game now if you don’t want to miss it. The other title is Mirage: Arcane Warfare, an online first-person combat game from the creators of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Torn Banner Studios. Mirage: Arcane Warfare will be available for free for 24 hours on Steam, starting at 10 A.M. PDT today.

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Assassin's Creed Origins is the most explicit game in the series

It appears that Ubisoft intends the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Origins to be the darkest game in the series so far. That’s something we can tell from the ESRB description of the game. M-rated, obviously, the next Assassin’s Creed goes beyond the “standard” violence and goes boldly towards gore – don’t be surprised to see some intense violence as well as blood and human body parts while playing. Besides, Assassin’s Creed: Origins is the first game in the series tagged for Nudity besides Sexual Content.

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A Resident Evil 2 level remade in VR and Unreal Engine 4

A Resident Evil 2 fan nicknamed CryingHorn has rebuilt a location from the cult survival horror game in virtual reality and Unreal Engine 4. The demo lets you explore the Raccoon City Police Department main hall, recreated with great care for detail. In there you can also encounter the Licker, an iconic zombie mutant with a long tongue and its brain on the outside. Although the monster is not going to attack you, it will definitely not let itself be bothered.

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Elex devs "don’t like stinking DLCs"

In an interview with Gamestar, project director at Piranha Bytes, Björn Pankratz, said that the studio’s new game Elex won’t have any post-launch DLCs because the team doesn’t like what they call “stinky DLCs”. Expansions, DLC packs and Season Passes are a common thing these days. However, as you can see, not all developers yield to that trend. On the other hand, it is a bit weird to hear that from Pirahna Bytes, whose last game, Risen 3, has received three small DLC packs.

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American McGee has started works on Alice 3

American McGee has expressed his desire to create a third Alice game. Alice: Asylum, as the project is tentatively called, would be a follow-up to fan-favorite Alice: Madness Returns and American McGee's Alice, both twisted versions of the classic story Alice in Wonderland. The famous developer has already started works on the third game’s proposal, which he intends to present to Electronic Arts, the owner of the franchise. However, if Alice: Asylum is to be successful, the title is going to need the players’ support.

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Geralt thanks players for 10 years spent together in this anniversary trailer

CD Projekt RED is celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Witcher game series. To honor this occasion the developer has released a touching “Thank you” video, in which Geralt and his friends reminisce the adventures that they shared with the players throughout all these years. Several of the studio members were also invited for a special PAX West 2017 panel, where they discussed the history of the series with Danny O’Dwyer.

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Top 15 mods that make great games even better

The aboundance of mods can be problematic – perusing the digital catalogs in search of something interesting can be exciting, but it can also be very mundane. It’s really worth it, though. Mods are a way to rediscover old games; sometimes to keep them alive. They allow you to turn a mediocre game into a good one, to turn a good game into a great one. Or to create a totally different experience. Take a peek at our list of 15 best mods to get an idea of what to search for in the vast expanse of the Internet.

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New Frostpunk gameplay - 15 minutes of snowy blizzard

Frostpunk, the new production from the devs behind This War of Mine, is to be a chilly strategy in which we build a settlement and ensure the safety of our people in an ice-bound world. We’ve got our hands on the game’s demo, which shows off a bit more of the cool stuff. Check out what awaits you in this post-apocalyptic frozen world!

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