Issue #197

NEWS Link to heading

Valve announces two big changes to Counter-Strike 2: shorter matches, and a new map-specific ranking system

Football Manager 2023 and more are yours to claim from Prime Gaming in September

Valve stamps out Dota 2 smurfs and threatens main account bans

Actors’ union SAG-AFTRA takes steps towards authorising strike of video game performers

Final Fantasy 16’s PC port is finally in development

The Last of Us season 2 is “ready to go” as soon as the strikes end

Shawn Layden issues warning about non-endemics breaking into games

China’s gaming restrictions are an ‘ineffective policy’ that hasn’t cut playtime

Baldur’s Gate 3 director says Larian is already working on a new game

Alone In the Dark reboot delayed to avoid October games rush

Starfield isn’t the only interesting game coming to Game Pass this month

Stray Animated Movie in the Works

Diablo 4 Expansions Will Be Annual Releases, Blizzard Confirms

‘No plans’ for Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom DLC says Nintendo

Sources: Nintendo showed Switch 2 demos at Gamescom

REVIEWS Link to heading

Chants of Sennaar

AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT

Fae Farm

Corsair K70 Max

FEATURES Link to heading

Starfield review controversy traces game journalism’s orbital decay | This Week in Business

Defiant STALKER 2 Developers Say War in Ukraine, Russian Hackers, and Death Threats Won’t Break Them

Ghostrunner 2: The First Hands-On Preview

How Devolver Digital is taking games seriously — and not so seriously | Graeme Struthers interview

The story of Exile, one of the greatest sci-fi games of the 1980s

Why Aren’t There More Space RPGs Like Starfield?

Starfield’s New Atlantis is an Epcot-core vision of a bygone future

CS2 ranks and rating system explained

How Starfield Could Become A Much Better Game Through Mods

Baldur’s Gate 3 has ruined Starfield for me

Payday 3: The Final Preview

DISCUSSIONS Link to heading

What’s a game you want to play but has a steep learning curve which puts you off

Just because you don’t like a game doesn’t make it bad.

VIDEOS Link to heading

Almost 15 Minutes of Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Alan Wake 2: 11 Minutes of New Gameplay - IGN First

Mortal Kombat 1 | Official Megan Fox Becomes Nitara Trailer

FUNNY Link to heading

What game is the blue game for you?


DEV / DESIGN Link to heading

The five deadly traps of user acquisition