"Stay out of this, puddin'. Grown-ups are talking." Looks like a different clown-faced criminal is the alpha in the Telltale video game version of the Batman mythos.
Anyone asking me to chauffer them around PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds had better be prepared to kiss any of the following things: A large tree, the ground, a wall, or a puddle of their own blood. Thankfully, somebody has outclassed my worst Battlegrounds driving moments, and watching them royally blow it in a recent video made me feel comparatively skilled.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 has a mode that lets players design their own Dungeons & Dragons-esque adventure inside the role-playing game, and in case you were wondering what kind of dweeb would port their homebrew D&D game into Divinity 2, the answer is me. My experiment was instructive and, I think, says a lot about the limits of video games' Game Master modes compared to the freedom of tabletop role-playing games.
Earlier this year we ran a list of games that are really good to play on low-end laptops. But something that's just as important when you're away from home or travelling are games that you can play without having to use a mouse at all. So to avoid the horrors of scrolling on trackpads, here's 11 games that play just fine with a keyboard or arrow keys.
PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS doesn't try to hide the fact it requires a fair bit of computational grunt to run well, so any tip that stands even a remote chance of buying some extra frames is worth consideration. Depending on your configuration and Windows version, a decent FPS boost could be but a checkbox tick away.
In Mushroom Heroes, I'm looking at a fast-moving platform over a bed of spikes. Timing my jump is one thing, but figuring out which character should jump first is another. There could be a monster on the other side of the ledge, and there's only one person who uses arrows. There might be blocks to push around, requiring a different character. I won't know until I cross. These are the kind of chances you take when playing Mushroom Heroes, a platformer that lets you play as three adorable mushroom men.
In most games, the permanent death of a player character is a big deal, a matter of pomp, circumstance, and occasionally people arguing on forums for decades about how to get her back. In Niche, I watched the progenitor of my entire species drop dead after a few minutes of play. One second he was happy and healthy, witnessing the birth of his third child. The next, he was a pile of bones.
There are a lot of big-name peripheral manufacturers making mechanical keyboards, but a search for the term "mechanical keyboard" on Amazon yields a ton of keyboards from companies you've probably never heard of. Such as Vava, makers of the relatively good $US80 ($100) no-name mechanical I've been typing on for the past week.
Heat Signature's clock is ticking. Ten seconds until I get detected in an enemy spaceship, and I haven't even assassinated my target. Finally, I find them. It's over in one cruel slice of my long blade, but the timer is still counting down, and the ship is a labyrinthine hulk.
I run. I see a hull or a space window or something — it's all so frantic — and I leap for it. Puny and impotent, I soar out into the vastness of space. I have seconds to pilot my own spacecraft to catch me before I suffocate. I pull it off, but just barely. It's only then that I realise I'm out of breath in real life, too.
Now that Zelda: Breath of the Wild is running pretty well on the PC, it's time for people to start messing it with. Like turning Link into Carl Johnson from GTA: San Andreas, or Steve from Minecraft.
When Avast announced that 2.27 million people had downloaded a malware-riddled copy of its performance optimisation software CCleaner, it was initially believed that a second payload — that can control a system — was never delivered to victims. It's now clear that wasn't the case, and it appears the attackers may have been targeting tech firms for the purposes of industrial espionage.