Dune. It’s a key word in PC gaming that has not only defined modern RTS but continues to echo throughout the medium. From Warhammer 40,000 to the great player-driven space operas of Stellaris, PC games owe a lot to Frank Herbert’s steamy little planet.
This month, we’re fighting across the wild sands of Arrakis in Dune: Spice Wars – and talking to the developers about how they’re working to create a real-time 4X that incorporates the great sci-fi battles, political intrigue and, well, worms of giant sands of the classic novel. We also took a look at a game that Spice Wars follows in its footsteps: the iconic Dune 2, a game that defined the RTS genre as we know it today.
We also delved into Overwatch 2, getting the details from developers at Blizzard on how they view the new changes, and working to find out for ourselves whether it feels like a full sequel or an update in disguise. Is a change from 6v6 to 5v5, new heroes and reworked skills enough to make the shooter feel fresh again or is there more work to be done? Join us as we find out.
On our hardware pages, we investigate whether expensive peripherals really get results in the game. Will an expensive mouse, monitor and keyboard really get you to the top of the leaderboard? The answer is… complicated.
All this, plus new information about ‘Skyrim in Space’ from Bethesda, Starfield; our review of the game that combines XCOM combat with the world of Warhammer 40,000; the secrets of games on the lowest settings; the point-and-click wit of Old Skies’ time travel; and much more.
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- Dune 2 defined RTS as we know it. Dune: Sands of Arrakis can do the same for the 4X strategy?
- Does Overwatch 2 justify its sequel status? Tyler C and Morgan dive in with conflicting impressions of the controversial hero shooter.
- XCOM meets Warhammer in our review of Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Demonhunter.
- Reviews of the biggest games of the month, including Rogue Legacy 2, The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe, Teardown.
- A look at the difficult – and surprisingly vital – task of developing games for low-spec machines.
- Plus much, much more!