You Died: The Dark Souls Companion is one of the great gaming books of the last few years - it's passionate, perceptive and wonderfully partisan. (We should also mention that it's the work of two friends of Eurogamer, Keza MacDonald and Jason Killingsworth.) Killingsworth is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to produce a beautiful hardback version of the book, which will include a new chapter. He's kindly allowed us to publish this extract as a taster. Dark Souls' most obvious trait also happens to be its least interesting; fixating on 'gosh, this game's hard' seems a bit obvious when we could be talking about its themes, its lore, its fascinating game design. Dark Souls is more than a Tough Mudder challenge for the couch-bound. But Dark Souls' difficulty is also inescapable and, rightly or wrongly, it's what the game is most famous for. Ask players for their recollections, and they will tell you the moments that made them cry, the moments when they felt physically and … [Read more...] about Tough Love: On Dark Souls’ Difficulty
By Christian Hoffer - December 7, 2019 08:39 am EST Share 0 Comments 0 One Pokemon got a surprising power boost in competitive play thanks to a change in Pokemon Sword and Shield's mechanics. Competitive Pokemon play is a totally different beast than playing a normal Pokemon game. While playing through a Pokemon game's storyline usually means out-muscling opponents with attack moves, the competitive scene is a lot more nuanced and built around out-speeding and out-maneuvering opponents. This means that some unusual Pokemon get a lot of use in competitive Pokemon play, especially in the double battle format used in official VGC (Video Game Championship) tournaments. One such Pokemon is Whimsicott, a Grass/Fairy-type Pokemon introduced in Pokemon Black and White. Whimsicott has had a lot of uses in competitive play, thanks to its diverse moveset and three potential abilities. Whimsicott's usage is expected to increase in Pokemon Sword and Shield, thanks to a … [Read more...] about Pokemon Sword and Shield Made Whimsicott a Lot More Valuable in Competitive Play
By Christian Hoffer - December 7, 2019 09:28 am EST Share 0 Comments 0 A new Dungeons & Dragons supplement adds dozens of new living spells to use against players in Eberron or any campaign setting. The D&D campaign setting of Eberron is a world recovering from a great war, one that ended only because of the mysterious Day of Mourning. A mysterious magical catastrophe wiped out the country of Cyre and several armies, leaving only the Mournland in its wake. Only strange and twisted creatures live in the Mournland, including Living Spells, sentient spells that roam through the wasteland. Eberron: Rising From the Last War brought back living spells for Fifth Edition play, providing a template to use for any arcane spell of 5th level or lower. A new DMs Guild supplement, Living Spellbook by E.R.F. Jordan, adds 64 new spells, and introduces a template to making living spells of a 6th level or higher. Some higher level living spells (those created from 8th or … [Read more...] about Dungeons & Dragons Supplement Adds Dozens of Living Spells to Terrorize Players
THE PCG Q&AFind all previous editions of the PCG Q&A here. Some highlights:Has Half-Life: Alyx made you want to buy a VR headset?What's the best prison escape in a game?Has a game ever made you rethink your moral code?There are plenty of examples of government sims that turn politics into game mechanics—Democracy, Crusader Kings 2, whichever one of the Tropico series is the good one. If you want to govern, games have you covered.Politics is about who has power, and how much, and over who. So politics in games can go beyond the simulation of diplomacy and decision-making to also investigate how the balance of power affects the lives of our characters in other genres, whether it's imaginary factions they choose to support or their communities telling them how to live.From Fallout: New Vegas to Life is Strange, the fingerprints of politics are all over games. Which brings us to our weekend question: What's a game that handles politics well? Here are some of our … [Read more...] about What’s a game that handles politics well?
You'll be able to watch a scene from the upcoming Star Wars Episode 9: Rise of Skywalker within Fortnite next weekend. An exclusive glimpse at the upcoming blockbuster will be shown on the big screen within Fortnite's own Risky Reels drive-in theatre. In-game posters advertising the special event state "Doors open" at 1.30pm Eastern (that's 6.30pm UK time) next Saturday, 14th December. The show itself will start at 2pm EST (7pm UK). Director J.J. Abrams looks also set to make a brief appearance. While bizarre, this is far from the first tie-in between Fortnite and a Disney-owned movie. The old island's Risky Reels played host to a brief clip of Wreck-It Ralph to promote the launch of Ralph Breaks the Internet earlier this year, while Fortnite itself popped up on-screen in Avengers: Endgame. Earlier this month, Fortnite celebrated the release of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order with the launch of a Stormtrooper skin and the arrival of a Star Destroyer over the island. And for those … [Read more...] about Fortnite live event will premiere Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker scene