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Dig deep into Dwarves with this Total War: Warhammer 2 mod

Dig deep into Dwarves with this Total War: Warhammer 2 mod

After their prominent role in Total War: Warhammer, the dwarves have had to step back from the real limelight in Total War: Warhammer 2. That’s not to say they haven’t seen their share of new legendary lords, but other races have gotten more attention in the fantasy strategy game’s second outing. Not to worry, though: a new mod adds in a bunch of new mechanics to make dwarves more interesting to play in Warhammer 2.

The Hammer of Grungni adds in new unique mechanics for each of the dwarf legendary lords playable in Total War: Warhammer 2, making all them tougher against their mortal enemies the Greenskins. It also adds a new building chain that allows for the recruitment of elite Stonemasons – powerful units that draw power from the guild buildings you’ve constructed across your domain.

Using the mod, each Dwarf hold allows for the construction of a unique Stonemasons chapter, beginning as a Masonry Enclave, and upgradeable first to a Guild Hall and then to a Stonemason Chapter. These buildings increase public order but reduce growth, with the Stonemason Chapter adding a different bonus depending on the hold it’s built in.

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Terraria’s Steam Workshop support has arrived

Terraria’s Steam Workshop support has arrived

Late last year, Terraria developer Re-Logic announced that the open-world sandbox game would be getting Steam Workshop support, but declined to say when it would arrive. It turns out, that day is today – with its latest patch, the Steam version of Terraria natively supports the Steam Workshop, allowing players to share worlds, resource packs, and more in one convenient place.

“That’s right – at long last, we are able to provide an easy-to-use system and location for Terrarians everywhere to showcase their creative energies in all new ways,” Re-Logic writes in the update on Steam. And while it’s true the new Workshop support allows new ways to share game modifications, there’s an important proviso.

First though, let’s look at the stuff you can share right away. Terraria’s Steam Workshop page supports world uploads, so you can easily share your favourite (or most devious) maps you’ve discovered or built in the game. You can also share resource packs, which include new textures, music, or translations of the in-game text.

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Here’s when Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War’s mid-season update goes live

Here’s when Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War’s mid-season update goes live

The big mid-season update for Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War hits tomorrow, March 30, and being the big fans of FPS games that we are, we’re eagerly anticipating the patch that’s set to bring new maps, an expansion to Outbreak mode, and much more to Cold War.

Developer Treyarch has helpfully provided specific details about the time the mid-season update will become available in Cold War. Moving west to east around the globe, the ‘earliest’ players will see the patch arrive at 9 p.m. PT on the US West Coast later tonight, March 29. That translates to midnight March 30 for the US East Coast, 5 a.m. for our friends in GMT, and 6 a.m. for Central Europe.

Season Two Reloaded, as it’s called, includes updates for both Cold War and Warzone. On the Cold War side, you’ll find that the Sanatorium (Night) map has been added to Outbreak, along with new intel, a new objective (Secure), and a new dirt bike. Later in the season, we’ll be seeing the addition of the ZRG 20mm sniper rifle, and prop hunt returns with new maps and props to use.

RELATED LINKS: Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War review, Upcoming PC games, Best FPS games

Call of Duty: Warzone install size is finally shrinking – after a 50GB patch

Call of Duty: Warzone install size is finally shrinking – after a 50GB patch

Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops – Cold War are getting their big midseason update this week, and Warzone players in particular are in store for an absolutely massive patch. The upside? The install size for Warzone is finally shrinking, so you can claw back a few precious gigabytes of space on your SSD.

The new Warzone update will be 52.4GB on PC, or an even more whopping 133.6GB if you also still have Modern Warfare installed. This massive update features “enhancements to the overall content management system” including “data optimization and streamlining content packs”. In other words, this is a one-time whopper that does a lot of restructuring so that your install will stay a bit smaller.

Warzone installs will shrink by 11.8GB. We’re clocking the current Warzone install at 92.1GB, so post-patch it should be around 80.3GB. That’s still big, but it’ll at least be a little more manageable. A joint Modern Warfare and Warzone install with all the options is well over 200GB at this point, but it will shrink by 30.6GB as of this update. Again, still a whopper, but maybe you’ll actually be able to fit it on an SSD now.

Sega believes SteamDB is a pirate site, forces Yakuza: Like a Dragon page offline

Sega believes SteamDB is a pirate site, forces Yakuza: Like a Dragon page offline

SteamDB is a site that tracks various bits of public information provided by Steam itself, from player counts to regional pricing. It is not a platform that sells or distributes games, but SteamDB has now come under fire from Sega because of the mistaken belief that it’s illegally provided access to Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

According to SteamDB creator Pavel Djundik, Sega’s “lawyers are trying to take down Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s SteamDB page claiming that we distribute the game. I took the page down because they did not reply to the first abuse report and sent a new one to our hoster.” Djundik says that SteamDB gets DMCA takedown requests with some regularity, but those issues tend to be “quickly” resolved. “Sega on the other hand just ignored any replies.”

If you head over to the SteamDB page for Yakuza: Like a Dragon, it now simply says “this page was taken down because Sega is claiming we distribute their game here (we don’t).” It’s a bizarrely specific target for Sega, as other Yakuza games, including ports released more recently than Like a Dragon, are unaffected, as are all other titles that Sega has published on Steam.

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A Valheim fan is recreating Fable 2’s Castle Fairfax

A Valheim fan is recreating Fable 2’s Castle Fairfax

If you’re an Xbox fan as well as a PC gamer, chances are you’ll have dipped your toes into Fable 2 at some point, the second big adventure in Lionhead’s beloved RPG games series. One of its key locations – for reasons I won’t go into if you’re yet to sample Fable 2’s delights – is Castle Fairfax, a stately, looming stronghold overlooking Bowerstone. It’s quite a sight – and now it’s come to Valheim, too.

User _-Gh05t- has been posting some images of their work-in-progress Castle Fairfax build on the Viking game’s subreddit, which you can check out via the embeds below. While the castle’s not in its final form just yet, the images do give a good idea of its scale and style – and, given it’s been built using a totally different, fantasy Viking-era game’s tools and hewn in a more rustic style, it captures the original’s look and feel really authentically.

We can see its striking south-facing tower looming high above the snow and mist below, with the equally recognisable ornate bridge linking it to the main castle visible, too.

Outriders crafting guide

Outriders crafting guide

New to crafting in Outriders? If you’ve been busy playing the Outriders demo and possibly farming the boss locations to get all the best legendary weapons, then you may have noticed crafting isn’t available just yet.

Crafting will be in the full game release, however, and you’ll finally be able to put all those harvested materials to good use. To begin crafting, you first need to unlock the base and complete some of the main quest, which means enduring quite a lengthy opening tutorial scene and introduction to your anomaly powers by choosing one of four Outriders classes.

You need to talk to Dr. Abraham Zahedi to access the crafting menu, where you’ll be able to spend resources such as leather, iron, and titanium, as well as anomaly shards, to upgrade and craft new gear. In the demo, Zahedi isn’t available yet – to access him, you need to complete the quest Reunion and leave for the First City where he is being held captive by the Insurgents. Here’s everything you need to know about crafting in Outriders to improve and level up your weapons and items.

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It turns outs the amount of gold Portugal can generate in Civilization 6 is disgusting

It turns outs the amount of gold Portugal can generate in Civilization 6 is disgusting

At its core, Civilization VI is a game about numbers. A unit’s battle strength versus another unit, how many cities you have, the potential tile yields of any given hex. We like numbers, especially high numbers, and if this past year has proven anything, it’s that Civ 6 likes them too.

Last week saw the release of the final premium add-on in the strategy game’s New Frontier Pass – a year-long experiment that involves an alternating schedule of paid micro-expansions, and free updates. Among other things, the final pack introduced the 50th new civilisation into Civ 6 – Portugal. Led by Joao III, Portugal is a civilisation themed around maritime trade and exploration. In short, they like money. Lots of money.

Ridiculous Civ 6 tile yields is something we’ve looked at before, but now we’re here to tell you about ungodly amounts of gold generation. Some of it does come from tiles, but Portugal is also able to create more international trade routes than any other civ, and get bonus gold from those routes. If you start adding in various multipliers from pre-existing systems, and even the recently added ‘corporations and monopolies’ game mode, things start to get out of hand.

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Nier Replicant is a curious throwback to a bygone era

Nier Replicant is a curious throwback to a bygone era

Nier: Automata was a fascinating journey. It was an existentialist dream made up of various game genres, set in a ruined version of earth thousands of years in the future. For players on PC like myself, it was the first entry point into the world of Nier – strange, a bit emo, and packed with an earnest exploration of some of the philosophical questions games inadvertently raise, and often ignore.

After some time with the repackaged prequel, Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139…, which is due out April 23 on Steam, I’m struck by the similarities between it and Automata. Much of the style that makes Automata such a striking mood piece is present in Replicant, although the overall effect is muted a bit as some of the genre conventions kicking around when it was initially released in 2010 have largely become extinct.

Nier Replicant sets you up as a young man searching for a cure for his younger sister, who has been afflicted by a mysterious and fatal disease called the Black Scrawl. You set out from your village to seek out the Sealed Verses, passing through a variety of apocalyptic regions that feel small and sparse by modern standards.

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Some Nvidia RTX 3080 and 3070 graphics cards finally get Resizable BAR support

Some Nvidia RTX 3080 and 3070 graphics cards finally get Resizable BAR support

Nvidia’s Resizable BAR technology launched in March, helping to boost fps in some games by allowing the CPU to access the GPU’s VRAM in its entirety rather than chunks. Unfortunately, it’s remained exclusive to the RTX 3060 since its release, leaving owners of Nvidia’s other 3000 series graphics cards wondering when they’ll finally get their hands on the feature.

The company confirmed it would come to all other Founders Edition cards sometime in the future, but if you’re rocking a custom graphics card, it’s left up to your manufacturer to provide support in an update. Still, it seems as though AIB partners Galax and Gainward have beaten Nvidia to the punch, as Redditor Cooldogman16 spotted a BIOS update enabling Resizable BAR for its RTX 3060 Ti, 3070, 3080, and 3090 graphics cards over the weekend.

This is a sign of things to come, so we should see other AIB partners and Nvidia releasing similar updates soon. That’s great news, if you actually defied all odds and managed to get your hands on the best graphics card amid current stock shortages.

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