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  • PC Gamer Weekender This Weekend

    PC Gamer Weekender is here once again, giving London the gaming convention it’s been begging to receive for years.
    There’s a whole host of games on show, from fan favorites like Firaxis’ Civilization 6: Rise & Fall, to newer indie games from who knows many different genres.
    From game presentations to PC workshops, take a look below at what PC Gamer Weekender has to offer you this weekend.
    EXCLUSIVE STAGE PRESENTATIONS
    The Weekender features two stages where developers will give back-to-back talks on some of the most exciting games of 2018.  Confirmed presentations include: Firaxis Games on ‘Civilization VI: Rise and Fall’; Warhorse Studios on ‘Kingdom Come: Deliverance’; Fatshark on ‘Warhammer: Vermintide 2’, the Final Fantasy XV team on ‘Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition’, Creative Assembly on ‘A Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA’; Mojang on ‘Minecraft in 2018’; Automation on ‘Project X’ and Two Point Studios on ‘Two Point Hospital’ and much more. The full schedules can be found here: PC Gamer Stage and Developer Stage.
     
    OVER 40 PLAYABLE GAMES
    The huge gaming area offers plenty of chances to experience the latest games, from hot pre-releases to super-cool indies and retro classics. Titles playable for the first time in the UK include Extinction, Biomutant and Phoenix Point. Other playable titles include Kingdom Come Deliverance, Frozen Synapse 2, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Total War: Warhammer 2 – Rise of the Tomb Kings, Quake Champions, Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Relics of War, PC Building Simulator, Shift Quantum, Guns of Icarus: Alliance, SpellForce 3, Metamorph Dungeon Creatures and Puyo Puyo™ Tetris®. For the full list of playable games click here.
     
    ESPORTS MASTERCLASSES
    Want to find out what it takes to become an eSports pro? The OMEN by HP Bootcamp will focus on every element of Blizzard's fast-firing shooter, Overwatch. Join sessions, tutorials and masterclasses hosted by the best players in the country, including Mark 'Valkia' Purdy, RyanCentral and members of the Overwatch World Cup UK Team - Realzx and Kruise. Full details here.
     
    PC WORKSHOPS
    Looking to upgrade your kit or learn more about perfecting your set up. These in-depth workshops led by YouTuber Tom Logan of OC3D and others, will look at some of the improvements you can make to your PC, no matter what your experience level is. More here.
     
    GET INTO GAMES / TOURNAMENTS / THE ARCADE AND MORE
    Other highlights at the show include the ‘Get into Games’ sessions, offering advice for anyone looking to start a career in the games industry; a dedicated ‘Tournament Gaming’ area where you can test your mettle against fellow gamers and win some epic prizes; ‘The Arcade’ where you can kick back and relax in a world of classic arcade nostalgia. All this and more is available at the PC Gamer Weekender. Tickets start at just £12.99 from weekender.pcgamer.com.
     
    CAN’T MAKE IT? CHECK OUT THE PC GAMER LIVESTREAM
    If you can’t make it to the Weekender this time, you can still catch up with the action via the PC Gamer Weekender lifestream via YouTube and Twitch. 
     

    PC Gamer Weekender This Weekend

    PC Gamer Weekender is here once again, giving London the gaming convention it’s been begging to receive for years.
     
    There’s a whole host of games on show, from fan favorites like Firaxis’ Civilization 6: Rise & Fall, to newer indie games from who knows many different genres.
     
    From game presentations to PC workshops, take a look below at what PC Gamer Weekender has to offer you this weekend.
     
     
    EXCLUSIVE STAGE PRESENTATIONS
    The Weekender features two stages where developers will give back-to-back talks on some of the most exciting games of 2018.  Confirmed presentations include: Firaxis Games on ‘Civilization VI: Rise and Fall’; Warhorse Studios on ‘Kingdom Come: Deliverance’; Fatshark on ‘Warhammer: Vermintide 2’, the Final Fantasy XV team on ‘Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition’, Creative Assembly on ‘A Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA’; Mojang on ‘Minecraft in 2018’; Automation on ‘Project X’ and Two Point Studios on ‘Two Point Hospital’ and much more. The full schedules can be found here: PC Gamer Stage and Developer Stage.
     
    OVER 40 PLAYABLE GAMES
    The huge gaming area offers plenty of chances to experience the latest games, from hot pre-releases to super-cool indies and retro classics. Titles playable for the first time in the UK include Extinction, Biomutant and Phoenix Point. Other playable titles include Kingdom Come Deliverance, Frozen Synapse 2, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Total War: Warhammer 2 – Rise of the Tomb Kings, Quake Champions, Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Relics of War, PC Building Simulator, Shift Quantum, Guns of Icarus: Alliance, SpellForce 3, Metamorph Dungeon Creatures and Puyo Puyo™ Tetris®. For the full list of playable games click here.
     
    ESPORTS MASTERCLASSES
    Want to find out what it takes to become an eSports pro? The OMEN by HP Bootcamp will focus on every element of Blizzard's fast-firing shooter, Overwatch. Join sessions, tutorials and masterclasses hosted by the best players in the country, including Mark 'Valkia' Purdy, RyanCentral and members of the Overwatch World Cup UK Team - Realzx and Kruise. Full details here.
     
    PC WORKSHOPS
    Looking to upgrade your kit or learn more about perfecting your set up. These in-depth workshops led by YouTuber Tom Logan of OC3D and others, will look at some of the improvements you can make to your PC, no matter what your experience level is. More here.
     
    GET INTO GAMES / TOURNAMENTS / THE ARCADE AND MORE
    Other highlights at the show include the ‘Get into Games’ sessions, offering advice for anyone looking to start a career in the games industry; a dedicated ‘Tournament Gaming’ area where you can test your mettle against fellow gamers and win some epic prizes; ‘The Arcade’ where you can kick back and relax in a world of classic arcade nostalgia. All this and more is available at the PC Gamer Weekender. Tickets start at just £12.99 from weekender.pcgamer.com.
     
    CAN’T MAKE IT? CHECK OUT THE PC GAMER LIVESTREAM
    If you can’t make it to the Weekender this time, you can still catch up with the action via the PC Gamer Weekender lifestream via YouTube and Twitch. 
     

    Marooners

    Let’s face it, video games are best enjoyed with others.  As much fun as it is to get lost in a great story, the experience is always heightened when you are playing with your friends.  But, you don’t always have time to take on the Horde for a few hours and of course there are the times when you just want to beat the stuffing out of your buddies.  Well, M2H has just released Marooners – a party game that will have you battling it out till the curtain drops.

      Marooners is a wild collection of party games for 1 to 6 players.  You can gather everyone in the same room, play online or any combination thereof.  Play either Arena mode in which you try to knock out all the other players or Party Mode where you try to collect the most coins before the level kills you.  Either way the person who can last the longest will usually win.  If you don’t have any friends, or enough friends to fill a game, you can add bots.

      No matter which game mode you play, you will have to pick between linear and chaos switch mode.  Linear mode switches between games when the games are complete.  If you are looking for something a bit more wild, try chaos mode.  In this mode the game switches between mini games every 20-30 seconds or so.  There is a slight pause before the game picks back up, but you really must hustle.  If you get knocked out of a specific game, you are still out when it returns.  No matter the switch mode, or game mode, each match will contain 5 mini-games.

      Unfortunately, even after a few games, the games get very repetitive.  Each match has 5 mini games, and not every match will include the same the same games.  If you play 2 or 3 matches though, you will end up playing each of the games several times.  There are a few hidden games that will pop up every once in a while, but not enough to really make a difference.  You can break the monotony by switching between Party and Arena modes.  One nice thing is that as you play you can unlock new characters to play as and over 50 new weapons to use that are awarded randomly as you level up.  All the characters and weapons are just window dressing because none of them hold any advantages.  They just allow you to customize your character so it will stand out a bit more.

      The graphics in Marooners are good.  Colors are bright and vibrant, but occasionally your character can blend into the scene depending on the color you pick for them.   Level designs are interesting and fun, but on 1 or 2 of the party mode maps with the ¾ top down view and items falling from the ceiling your overall view of the play space can become obscured quickly.  The music is upbeat, quirky and will keep you going while you are playing.  Some of the character phrases do get a bit annoying after a while, so you will know which ones to avoid.

      Marooners is out now on XB1, PS4, and Steam.  Carrying a price tag of $9.99, it is an affordable title but one that will probably only get limited play when you have friends to play against.  You can play solo against the computer, but the game was meant to be played with others.
                                             7/10

    Wulverblade

    Like most gamers, I have interests that go beyond controllers, keyboards and a mouse.  Long before I was introduced to video games, I loved history and folk lore.  So when I saw Wulverblade by Dark Wind Media and Fully Illustrated, my heart skipped a beat and my expectations were high.

      The year is 120 AD and the Roman army has seized control of southern Britannia, and is marching north.  The 9th Legion, 5,000 men strong, is working to raze all the small villages of the north, but the clansmen of the north will not surrender without a fight.  Cardoc and his fellow villagers will not give up their land or their freedom while they still have breath in their lungs.  Cardoc is a descendent of the mighty Wulver – a wolf that is said to protect the Shetland people, and he will make sure the Romans are driven from his homeland.

        You play as one of three characters battling against the Roman army in an 8 level campaign that can be played on either easy or normal.  You can even switch between the difficulties if need be.  You can play the campaign with saves and checkpoints, or play it in Arcade mode where you get 3 lives and 3 continues to prove just how good you are.  Then once you complete the campaign you will unlock a new version of the campaign to play.  Not in the mood to play the campaign – hop into arena mode and see how many waves of enemies you can slaughter.  For added fun, you can have a friend grab a controller and fight by your side.

      Wulverblade is a classic side scrolling hack and slash that pits you against enemies that grow in difficulty.  At first you are facing traitorous clansmen, but soon you will be battling against Roman soldiers.  At the end of each campaign level you will have to face a boss.  Most of the time you will be armed with just your sword, but you can pick up special heavy weapons that you can use temporarily.  One of the great things is that you can pick up the weapons of some of your defeated foes.  This means that you can grab knives, swords, and spears to throw and other enemies to do some quick damage.  Since you are hacking your way through the invading forces, you are also able to pick up the severed limbs of your enemies and use them as throwable weapons as well.

      The in-game graphics are stylish and beautiful.  Not only do levels take you on a tour of Britannia, but there are also video and photo logs of many of the actual locations.  These logs are complete with modern and historical information that will intrigue and educate you in between levels, or after you complete the game.  There is also an index of weapons and folk lore for you to read as well.  The music in the game rivals that of big screen movies.  The sound designers have even made sure that the sounds of arrows and slicing swords are not lost in the din of battle.

      Wulverblade is out now for XB1, PS4, and Steam.  If you are a fan of hack and slash games, it is definitely one to pick up.   With a price tag of $14.99 there is more than enough game for your dollar, and when you include the history included with the title, you get a really good bonus. 
                                                 9/10


    Nightmares from the Deep 3 - Davy Jones

      They say all things must come to an end, and the latest offering from Artifex Mundi proves that point.  It is the 3rd and final installment in the Nightmares from the Deep Series.  Nightmares from the Deep 3 – Davy Jones has finally made its way from PC to consoles so everyone can see the conclusion of the tale.

      You once again take on the role of Mrs. Sara Black, curator of a nautical museum with a fixation on Davy Jones.  She has spent a lot of time researching his myth and the truth behind it.  As Sara and her daughter, Cory, are giving a presentation on Davy at the museum, the legendary pirate shows up to steal the show.  Not one for having his secrets revealed, Davy kidnaps you and Cory and takes you prisoner aboard his ship.  You try to escape but are caught and Cory is forced to make a deal with the infamous pirate to save your life.  So, it is now up to you to save your daughter and discover the truth behind the legend of Davy Jones.

      If you haven’t played any of the previous games, the game play is fairly simple.  You are given a static scene in which you have to find items to complete the puzzles that are there and move the story forward.  Some puzzles will require you to visit multiple locations then back track to finish them.  You will gain items either from just finding them in the environment or from the hidden object scenes.  Along with the hidden object scenes you will have a bunch of mini games to solve.

      Not only do you have a mystery to solve and all these puzzles that need your attention, but you also have to be on the lookout for collectables.  Once again the designers have hidden 3 different types of collectables within the static scenes.  Puzzles pieces, pirate cards, and glowing sea horses – a combined total of 46 items for you to find.  There are also about a dozen animals for you to interact with. 

      The graphics in the game are beautifully done.  Artists went to great lengths to make sure that the collectables were well hidden in most cases.  Hidden objects are well mixed into the scenes so you will have to search for them.  The descriptions can also be a bit tricky, so they will keep you on your toes.  The soundtrack melds well with the theme of the game.

      The 3rd installment features a normal and expert mode like the previous games.  If you are not in the mood to do the hidden object scenes you can choose to play Mahjong instead.  There is also a 2nd story for you to go through.  It is shorter than the main game, but it gives you some backstory - so it is worth your time to play through it.

      Nightmares from the Deep 3 – Davy Jones is out now for XB1, PS4 and Steam.  If you have played the 1st 2 games this is a great finale.  If you missed the other games in the series, you can play this as a standalone title without much issue.  Normal price is around $14.99 depending on platform, but you can grab it cheaper the 1st week it is out.  If you are new to the series, you can grab all 3 games in one bundle for a reduced price.    
                                          8/10

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