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The complete Crusader Kings 2 DLC guide
The complete Crusader Kings 2 DLC guide
Crusader Kings II is the grand strategy game that launched a thousand DLCs, spawning an (at the time) unprecedented system of post-release support that could see expansions releasing nearly a decade after the original launch.
Civ 6 players can’t agree on what they want from the upcoming balance patch
Civ 6 players can’t agree on what they want from the upcoming balance patch
Civilization VI is awaiting one final free update as part of the New Frontier Pass.
This Stardew Valley mod totally overhauls the farming game’s professions
This Stardew Valley mod totally overhauls the farming game’s professions
As a roleplaying simulation game, Stardew Valley has a bunch of different professions to pick from to let you live the (virtual) life of your dreams - whether that's as a miner, fisher, fighter, or even just a tiller tending your pixel-art crops in the sunshine.
Save anywhere in Stardew Valley using this mod
Save anywhere in Stardew Valley using this mod
Sometimes, saving a game in Stardew Valley can be awkward, having to finish the day before you can safely turn it off.
Random: Story Of Seasons' Photo Mode Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Random: Story Of Seasons' Photo Mode Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Bumholes and crotches and legs, oh my. Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is a pleasant, relaxing little farm simulation game, where players can gently explore a town, raise livestock, and have a lovely old time. Every now and again, though, you'll have to wait through a loading screen - and loading screens are boring! They're just a blank image most of the time, or worse, a black screen.
Random, rotating pieces of Hitman 3 are now free-to-play
Random, rotating pieces of Hitman 3 are now free-to-play
Hitman 3 now has a free starter pack.
Eve Online’s annual ‘egg’ hunt is back, just in time for Easter
Eve Online’s annual ‘egg’ hunt is back, just in time for Easter
Can Easter eggs survive in the vacuum of space? It doesn't matter, because in New Eden, you'll be hunting escape pods.
Europa Universalis IV DLC guide
Europa Universalis IV DLC guide
It’s almost hard to believe that Europa Universalis IV is nearly eight years old.
Will Wright asks Sims modders to beta test his new game
Will Wright asks Sims modders to beta test his new game
Legendary game designer Will Wright hasn't been in the public eye much since the launch of Spore, but he is currently at work on a new project - one he apparently wants the community of Sims modders to help bring to life.
Genesis Noir review
Genesis Noir review
If malevolent aliens were designing a Matrix-style simulation to break my spirit, it would culminate in a house party.
Take Death Stranding’s hiking to the next level in Insurmountable, out in April
Take Death Stranding’s hiking to the next level in Insurmountable, out in April
Death Stranding is a lot of Hideo Kojima ideas wrapped around a surprisingly rewarding simulation game about hiking - something that few games spend much time thinking about.
Paradox fans are desperate for the new grand strategy game to be Victoria 3
Paradox fans are desperate for the new grand strategy game to be Victoria 3
As you may remember, during Paradox Interactive’s recent Paradox Insider event, the company announced that a brand new grand strategy game was going to be announced during the annual PDXCon event in May.
Civ 6’s Portugal DLC pack is out now
Civ 6’s Portugal DLC pack is out now
The last piece of Civilization VI's New Frontier Pass is out now, adding the fan-favourite Portugal to the 4X game's roster of playable civilisations.
The best Sims 4 expansion packs
The best Sims 4 expansion packs
Looking for the best Sims 4 expansion packs? The Sims 4 has graced our monitors since 2014 but it certainly hasn’t stopped growing its offering in the form of expansion packs.
Rust fan remakes its original ‘First Day’ trailer, and it’s spot-on
Rust fan remakes its original ‘First Day’ trailer, and it’s spot-on
Way back in 2013, when Rust was only just hitting Steam Early Access, the survival game's first trailer gave us a taste of what a first day in its wild world might look like. Suitably called the 'Rust: First Day' trailer, it's a pretty rough-n'-ready compilation of its different gameplay features - and, nearly eight years on, one fan has decided to lovingly recreate it, frame-by-frame. Rust fan TheManFrom_Mars (Square Earth, on YouTube) has posted his creation on the multiplayer game's subreddit, explaining that, following a recent thread he posted about the original trailer, he was inspired to make an updated version of the clip, reflecting where Rust's at now.
Hitman 3’s next DLC lets you dress 47 in the world’s ugliest CS:GO skin
Hitman 3’s next DLC lets you dress 47 in the world’s ugliest CS:GO skin
Agent 47 seems fairly immune to sin - well, apart from the whole murdering people for money thing, we grant you.
The best online board games to play with friends
The best online board games to play with friends
Looking for some online board games to try out with friends? The biggest advantage board games have over their video brethren is that you can reach across the table to give your friends a slap when they inevitably betray you.
Travellers Rest is Stardew Valley for innkeepers, and it could get multiplayer
Travellers Rest is Stardew Valley for innkeepers, and it could get multiplayer
If you're into chill games, you might have heard of Travellers Rest.
Move over, Football Manager – We Are Football is gunning for the sports sim title
Move over, Football Manager – We Are Football is gunning for the sports sim title
Football Manager 2021 remains the reigning champion of football games, but the series is getting some serious competition soon.
Stronghold: Warlords is adding extreme difficulty this week, with lots more to come
Stronghold: Warlords is adding extreme difficulty this week, with lots more to come
Building off a successful launch earlier this month, Firefly Studios has announced its plans for Stronghold: Warlords over the next several months.
Civilization 6’s April patch will be “the biggest community update event ever”
Civilization 6’s April patch will be “the biggest community update event ever”
Come Thursday, the final expansion in Civ 6’s New Frontier Pass will release.
Civ 6’s New Frontier Pass drew more active players than either expansion
Civ 6’s New Frontier Pass drew more active players than either expansion
We’re coming to the end of Civilization VI’s New Frontier Pass - a year-long run of new Civ 6 DLC and free content that closes out with the Portugal pack this week, and then the free update in April that’s looking to rebalance around two-thirds of the game’s 50 civilisations. Civilization VI has experimented with several different post-release DLC models.
Survival city-builder Endzone – A World Apart has left Early Access
Survival city-builder Endzone – A World Apart has left Early Access
We've noted before how a lot of city-building games don't meaningfully deal with the issue of climate change or humans' long-term impacts on the environment.
Satisfactory’s Update 4 lets you light up the factory floor
Satisfactory’s Update 4 lets you light up the factory floor
Fire up the conveyor belts, because Satisfactory's Update 4 is now out on the building game's experimental servers.
Crusader Kings 3 DLC guide
Crusader Kings 3 DLC guide
Crusader Kings 3 is the critically-acclaimed successor to Crusader Kings 2, the grand strategy game that catapulted this niche sub-genre of strategy games into the mainstream.
Crusader Kings 3’s 1.3 ‘Corvus’ patch is here, as is the first DLC
Crusader Kings 3’s 1.3 ‘Corvus’ patch is here, as is the first DLC
We’ve all been waiting patiently for news about the first Crusader Kings III DLC, and we got that news this past weekend with the announcement of the Northern Lords 'flavour pack', which released earlier today. One of the three expansions expected in the initial run of post-release add-ons (two minor, one major), this pack introduces a bunch of visual and narrative content for Norse characters.
Football Manager 2021’s final winter update is out now
Football Manager 2021’s final winter update is out now
All editions of Football Manager 2021 should now have the final winter update available for install.
Cities: Skylines players have generated 61 times the population of earth
Cities: Skylines players have generated 61 times the population of earth
City-building strategy game Cities: Skylines turns six this month, and developer Colossal Order had some audacious stats to share.
How Eve Online’s corps recruit fresh blood for the space game’s wars
How Eve Online’s corps recruit fresh blood for the space game’s wars
When most of us hear about Eve Online, it's because of some record-breaking battle that's just annihilated an eye-watering amount of real-world value from the game.
Six Days in Fallujah dev: “we could’ve done a better job” explaining what it’s about
Six Days in Fallujah dev: “we could’ve done a better job” explaining what it’s about
Earlier this week, the developer of the controversial FPS game Six Days in Fallujah said it understands that the events it's setting out to depict "are inseparable from politics", and that its goal is to tell the story of the second battle of Fallujah from a variety of perspectives.
The best Kerbal Space Program mods
The best Kerbal Space Program mods
Kerbal Space Program (KSP) is a game about going to space...
Rust player data lost following fire at European data centre
Rust player data lost following fire at European data centre
Facepunch Studios has confirmed that Rust player data has been lost following a fire at OVH Datacenter.
This Stardew Valley mod lets you have platonic relationships
This Stardew Valley mod lets you have platonic relationships
Have you ever wanted a way to max out your relationships with Pelican Town's citizens and see all their heart events without, you know, having to date all of them? There's a Stardew Valley mod for that. Amaranthacyan's platonic partners and friendships mod gives you a configuration option to choose marriage candidates you want to have a non-romantic, non-dating relationship with.
Crusader Kings 3 is getting an all-new system for duels
Crusader Kings 3 is getting an all-new system for duels
Crusader Kings III is all about the grimy business of medieval politics, and while duels have existed in the grand strategy game since launch, they've heretofore been a bit abstract.
Industrial strategy games still aren’t dealing with climate change
Industrial strategy games still aren’t dealing with climate change
In Stanisław Lem's classic sci-fi short story collection, The Cyberiad, there is a section called The Seven Sallies of Trurl and Klapaucius, two hyper advanced robots who are so advanced they can conjure anything from technology.
Stronghold: Warlords review – an RTS out of time
Stronghold: Warlords review – an RTS out of time
My plan is perfect: a heavily armoured assault force of samurai and imperial swordsmen will march directly toward the gates of the enemy castle with softer reinforcements behind them, covered by wheeled mantlets.
Rune Factory 5's New Gameplay Trailer Shows Combat And Rune Factory 4 Save Data Bonuses
Rune Factory 5's New Gameplay Trailer Shows Combat And Rune Factory 4 Save Data Bonuses
Introducing the Seed Circle. With two months to go before Rune Factory 5's Japanese release, we're slowly getting new information about Marvelous' anticipated RPG simulation sequel. Having previously revealed a "Premium Box" last month, Marvelous has now launched a fresh gameplay trailer during the recent "Rune Factory Channel: To a New Adventure! Seed Member Recruitment Special" live stream. Read the full article on nintendolife.com
Stardew Valley-like magical farming RPG Alchemic Cutie launches this July
Stardew Valley-like magical farming RPG Alchemic Cutie launches this July
The world of Stardew Valley-likes is booming, even as I must raise my ever-present distress over the fact that we're not calling them Harvest Moon-likes.
Star Dynasties is Crusader Kings in space, and it’s coming to Steam Early Access
Star Dynasties is Crusader Kings in space, and it’s coming to Steam Early Access
"So imagine Crusader Kings, right, except it’s in space." This is how we imagined the elevator pitch went for Star Dynasties, an upcoming space 4X game from publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Pawley Games that wants to go all Game of Thrones with intergalactic politics.
Rust’s March update adds an underground rail network and tunnel dwellers
Rust’s March update adds an underground rail network and tunnel dwellers
Rust's March update lands soon - naturally, it is March after all - and Facepunch has provided an early look at what to expect.
Motorsport Games acquires racing simulation tech firm Studio397
Motorsport Games acquires racing simulation tech firm Studio397
Dutch firm will retain brand and continue work on rFactor 2 platform, which will be used in future Motorsport titles
Football Manager 2021 comes to Game Pass PC this week
Football Manager 2021 comes to Game Pass PC this week
We're big fans of strategy games here at PCGN - something about managing an intricate web of individual units with their own statistical properties that affect an even larger web of statistics is just so satisfying.
A Crusader Kings 3 speedrunner converts the world to one culture in just 44 years
A Crusader Kings 3 speedrunner converts the world to one culture in just 44 years
How long do you think it would take to convert the entire world map of Crusader Kings III to a single culture? Not as long as you’d expect, it turns out, as a known CK3 speedrunner has managed the so-called ‘one culture’ feat in a fraction of the strategy game’s game time. Most large-scale projects in grand strategy games are meant to take up most of the timespan available to achieve.
Anno 1800 mods – a quick guide
Anno 1800 mods – a quick guide
Ubisoft’s flagship economic management game Anno 1800 is still going strong, so much so that the studio have revealed they will be running a third season of expansion content in 2021.
Popular Total War: Rome 2 mod Divide et Impera gets major update
Popular Total War: Rome 2 mod Divide et Impera gets major update
Out of all the historical Total War games, Rome II still commands a solid core of loyal fans even though the ancients-era strategy game has been around for nearly eight years now.
Anno 1800 is running another free weekend, 50% discount
Anno 1800 is running another free weekend, 50% discount
The historical strategy game Anno 1800 is currently free for the weekend, and if you play it, you can get the full version for a rather large discount. The free period began on February 25, running through to Monday, March 1, at 20:00 local time (meaning everyone has until eight in the evening to play it), during which you can play it to your heart's content.
Football Manager sales top 33 million
Football Manager sales top 33 million
Football Manager now regularly charts among the top games on Steam, and even if you don't fully understand the appeal of sports games, as a PC gamer you probably get the appeal of number-crunching strategy games.
Civilization 6 gets Civ 5’s maps thanks to this mod
Civilization 6 gets Civ 5’s maps thanks to this mod
Saying goodbye to an old game when the sequel comes out can be difficult, especially when the gaps between installments are long.
Pokémon games for PC: here are our favourite alternatives
Pokémon games for PC: here are our favourite alternatives
Can you play the classic Pokémon games on PC? Err, probably, but we wouldn’t know anything about illegal activities like that.
Civilization 6’s free Barbarians update is out now
Civilization 6’s free Barbarians update is out now
The much-anticipated February free update has arrived for Civilization IV.
Flight Simulator is getting its first complex passenger jet, the CRJ
Flight Simulator is getting its first complex passenger jet, the CRJ
You'll soon be able to take the friendly, simulated skies in the Bombardier CRJ.
Arma 3’s new DLC is a trip to the museum
Arma 3’s new DLC is a trip to the museum
Military simulator game Arma 3 is doing something a bit different with its newest piece of DLC.
Fishkeeper aims to become The Sims for aquarium hobbyists
Fishkeeper aims to become The Sims for aquarium hobbyists
When Blinkclick Games, a small indie studio based in Krakow, first sat down together to work out what the plan for its first game would be, the developers agreed: they wanted to make something that was innovative, with "completely new mechanics".
Redditor invented ‘Paper Civ’ while dreaming of playing Civilization
Redditor invented ‘Paper Civ’ while dreaming of playing Civilization
Every current PC gamer can probably think back to a time when videogames were unaffordable - when you're a kid, money is usually pretty hard to come by.
The best Rimworld mods
The best Rimworld mods
What are the best Rimworld mods? Rimworld is a colony management game with a very simple premise - you must ensure the survival of a ragtag bunch of colonists, each with their own randomly generated skills, backstories, and idiosyncrasies.
Football Manager 2021’s main winter update is out now
Football Manager 2021’s main winter update is out now
Football Manager 2021's main winter update is available now, and it brings with it more than 3.7 million database changes that reflect up-to-date information on players' performance through this season so far.
Winter is coming to Crusader Kings 3 as first details on the 1.3 patch drop
Winter is coming to Crusader Kings 3 as first details on the 1.3 patch drop
Crusader Kings 3 was undoubtedly the best launch for a Paradox grand strategy game in history.
The best civilisations in Civilization 6
The best civilisations in Civilization 6
What are the best civilisations in Civilization VI? We've put together a guide that looks at at which Civ 6 civs are best at which victory type. We don't list every Civ 6 civ, but we've showcased some 'best in style' civilisations for various end game strategies.
This Civilization 6 mod gives you more options for industrial zones
This Civilization 6 mod gives you more options for industrial zones
If you're looking for new ways to build out your cities in Civilization VI, we've got good news: prolific modder JNR has a new mod out called District Expansion: Industry, and it completely shakes up the way you'll want to plan for production sectors in the 4X game.
The best city-building games on PC
The best city-building games on PC
Looking for the best city-building games on PC? There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting down for an afternoon of city building games with a hot drink.
You can finally record your flights for free in Microsoft Flight Simulator
You can finally record your flights for free in Microsoft Flight Simulator
If you’re new to the world of flight simulation, then you’d be forgiven for not knowing that as feature-rich as the new Microsoft Flight Simulator is, it’s actually missing a key component — a replay function.
NASA used the Surviving Mars soundtrack for the Perseverance landing stream
NASA used the Surviving Mars soundtrack for the Perseverance landing stream
The world watched in eager anticipation February 18 as the Perseverance rover made its descent to the surface of Mars after a nearly seven month voyage through space.
Shovel Knight arrives in For Honor crossover
Shovel Knight arrives in For Honor crossover
In the upside-down world of the fighting game For Honor, worlds have been colliding since the beginning - it's a place where Samurai, Vikings, and medieval knights do battle, and they've been joined by warriors from ancient China.
Crusader Kings II’s $300 of DLC is now available as a subscription
Crusader Kings II’s $300 of DLC is now available as a subscription
The trouble with getting into Crusader Kings II was knowing which bits of it you needed.
EU4 multiplayer gets patched, breaks, gets immediately unpatched
EU4 multiplayer gets patched, breaks, gets immediately unpatched
Yesterday the team at Paradox Tinto, the new internal studio at Paradox Interactive that’s taking charge of EUIV’s development, released a new patch for the strategy game that was attempting to update the multiplayer technology to make it easier to manage going forward. The desire was to allow the developers to focus more on new features and content, rather than having to maintain the historically inconsistent multiplayer framework.
RimWorld multiplayer – a quick guide
RimWorld multiplayer – a quick guide
RimWorld is one of the ‘original’ steam early access darlings, an excellent survival city builder game that drops you on the frontiers of known space and expects you to scrape a living surrounded by deadly mechs, weird aliens, and weirdos who most of the time want to kill you. It’s a modern successor to something like Dwarf Fortress, an excellent management strategy game, and a wholly solo affair as far as the original design is concerned… but that’s not stopped people wanting to play RimWorld in multiplayer.
Stardew Valley-like Coral Island is getting multiplayer and mod support
Stardew Valley-like Coral Island is getting multiplayer and mod support
If you love farming games, simulation games, and chilling in the sunshine while tending to (virtual) crops and critters, you might have heard of Coral Island.
Empire of Sin mods – everything you need to know
Empire of Sin mods – everything you need to know
Empire of Sin is a criminal strategy game set in prohibition-era Chicago.
No Man’s Sky’s next update lets you keep the space game’s zany critters as pets
No Man’s Sky’s next update lets you keep the space game’s zany critters as pets
Surprise! No Man's Sky gets a big, brand-new update this very day.
The best RTS Games on PC in 2021
The best RTS Games on PC in 2021
It’s impossible to overstate how enjoyable RTS games can be.
The world of Elder Scrolls is brought to life in this EU4 mod
The world of Elder Scrolls is brought to life in this EU4 mod
The EU4 mod scene is not always as dynamic and creative as other grand strategy games, but the community loves a good reskin as much as the next person.
Civ 6 agendas – a guide to all leader agendas in Civilization 6
Civ 6 agendas – a guide to all leader agendas in Civilization 6
Looking for the lowdown on Civ 6 leaders and agendas? Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is the latest in the beloved series of 4X games.
Civ 6 tier list – a guide to the best civ 6 leaders for multiplayer
Civ 6 tier list – a guide to the best civ 6 leaders for multiplayer
Civilization 6 is a great 4X game that can give you countless hours of fun, even playing it solo against the AI, and the various Civ 6 leaders help make it a consistently diverse experience.
Anno 1800’s Season 3 Pass has three new DLCs heading to the city builder
Anno 1800’s Season 3 Pass has three new DLCs heading to the city builder
In accordance with a teaser that emerged late last year, Ubisoft's latest economic management game Anno 1800 is getting a third expansion pass, and the publisher has now revealed the individual DLCs that will be arriving as part of the third season.
Definitely Not Fried Chicken is definitely not about selling hard drugs
Definitely Not Fried Chicken is definitely not about selling hard drugs
Let's say, hypothetically, that you had decided to open up a front business in order to hide an illegal drug manufacturing and distribution operation.
Europa Universalis 4’s next expansion is all about concentrated central power
Europa Universalis 4’s next expansion is all about concentrated central power
Paradox has unveiled the next expansion for its grand strategy game Europa Universalis IV.
Dyson Sphere Program power – how to transport energy between planets
Dyson Sphere Program power – how to transport energy between planets
One of the trickier things to get running efficiently in Dyson Sphere Program is power management.
Rust has hit yet another player count record on Steam
Rust has hit yet another player count record on Steam
The Steam player count records just keep on coming for Facepunch Studios' survival game Rust.
EVE Online’s Reign update improves fleets and travel, starting today
EVE Online’s Reign update improves fleets and travel, starting today
CCP Games has revealed its first wave of new content for EVE Online in 2021.
Summer Game Fest 2021 will be “condensed” to “less than one month”
Summer Game Fest 2021 will be “condensed” to “less than one month”
Friends, I gotta tell you - I was not prepared for today, February 8, to be the day we all start talking about E3-style game events for 2021.
My Madden 21 Says The Chiefs Won The Super Bowl, And I Accept That Reality
My Madden 21 Says The Chiefs Won The Super Bowl, And I Accept That Reality
This morning Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs were awarded the Vince Lombardi trophy after defeating Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 36 to 20 in my Madden 21 simulation of Super Bowl XV.
Dyson Sphere Program titanium – how to fly to another planet
Dyson Sphere Program titanium – how to fly to another planet
Dyson Sphere Program is a game about making automated production lines to create resources.
Stardew Valley-like tropical farming sim Coral Island has smashed its Kickstarter
Stardew Valley-like tropical farming sim Coral Island has smashed its Kickstarter
A few weeks back, the devs behind upcoming farming simulation game Coral Island - which is like a tropical Stardew Valley - launched a Kickstarter campaign for the title. The upcoming PC game's still got 23 days left to hit its goal, but it's already knocked it out of the park - as of writing, Coral Island's made more than three times its initial funding target. "Coral Island is officially funded!" the folks at Indonesia-based studio Stairway Games announced on the farming game's Kickstarter page - and, impressively, it hit this within the first two days.
Someone is finally making a Moby Dick simulator
Someone is finally making a Moby Dick simulator
The very idea of early 19th-century whale hunting seems bizarre now, and if Herman Melville's Moby Dick is anything to go by, even most people at the time knew it was a daft enterprise.
World of Tanks is headed to Steam
World of Tanks is headed to Steam
Button up that hatch, driver, and move out: the free-to-play tank 'em up World of Tanks is coming to Steam.
Rust now has a kinder, gentler ‘softcore’ mode and shopping drones
Rust now has a kinder, gentler ‘softcore’ mode and shopping drones
Rust's latest update is a big one: 'softcore' mode has arrived.