Give Epic your email address and you’ll get a $10 coupon

Posted on October 18, 2021 by


The Epic Games Store is offering a $10 in-store coupon, good on any game $14.99 or more, to anyone with an account who signs up for their mailing list—and if you're already signed up for their emails, don't worry, because you're getting a coupon too. 

Epic has done this sort of thing previously—its 2020 Holiday Sale included $10 coupons that would automatically replenish upon use, for instance—but as far as I know this is the first time you've had to sign up for more than an EGS account to take advantage. I don't think it's an especially onerous ask: If you've got an Epic Store account then they've got your email address anyway. You might as well get some useful information out of the deal.

As for what you might want to do with that coupon, today also marks the kickoff of Epic's Halloween Sale, with discounts of up to 75% until November 1. As you might expect, I have a few suggestions about where you might want to sink that coupon:

You may have noticed that I skipped over some of the lower-priced deals, like Control ($12) and Mundaun ($14). There's a reason for that: The $10 coupon can only be applied to a minimum game purchase (no DLC, season passes, or other non-game content) of $14.99. So, for instance, the coupon can be used on Hood: Outlaws and Legends, which is on for $14.99, but not on Star Wars: Squadrons, which is $14.79. (It's still a good deal, though.)

To get your $10 Epic Store coupon, either create or log into your account at epicgames.com, click on the Communications tab, and check the “Email Subscribe” box. It should turn up in your email within 24 hours, and it will expire at 11:59 PT on November 15—use it or lose it. Epic's Halloween Sale runs until November 1.

Outriders arrives on Xbox Game Pass for PC tomorrow

Posted on October 18, 2021 by

Square Enix and Microsoft have announced that Outriders is on the way to Xbox Game Pass for PC, and it’s due to arrive on the service tomorrow (October 19). And, if you’ve been playing People Can Fly’s action game on Steam, you can download a new patch that’ll let you enjoy cross-play with anyone progressing via the Microsoft Store.

Remember Outriders? You know, the peculiar Square Enix title that saw over 3.5 million players worldwide during its first month of release? Well, it’s likely to attract a few more players now, as Microsoft has announced the game is coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC tomorrow.

If you’re unfamiliar with the title, the game is set in a sci-fi world and is a third-person shooter featuring a progression system and itemization options to create a variety of class builds.

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The Crysis Trilogy Is Back and Better Than Ever

Posted on October 18, 2021 by

The Crysis series has consistently delivered some of the most beautiful and impressive first-person shooters available on any platform, and now, Crytek is getting ready to bring remastered versions of the main three entries in the franchise to modern platforms with support for resolutions up to 4K, up to 60 FPS, and much more with the release of the Crysis Remastered Trilogy.

The Crysis Remastered Trilogy includes the single-player stories of Crysis 1, Crysis 2, and Crysis 3. For those unfamiliar, Crysis tells the story of special forces soldiers who are outfitted with nanosuits that offer such abilities as greater strength, enhanced speed, improved defense to withstand bullets, and a cloaking skill that makes you near-invisible. While players can choose to purchase each game separately if they already own Crysis Remastered, the Crysis Remastered Trilogy collection will give them all three games for the price of two.

Despite all three games running natively on PS4 and Xbox One instead of PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, the next-gen consoles’ versions will be optimized via backwards compatibility to “play smoother and better than ever before.” For example, the Crysis Remastered Trilogy will feature resolutions up to 4K and up to 60 FPS thanks to Dynamic Resolution.

On PC, players will be able to lock their frame rate to whatever they choose and, if their rig can support it, select Max Settings to see the most advanced tech Crytek has to offer on display.

The original Crysis Remastered was released in 2020 and the PC version included ray tracing alongside “high-quality textures up to 8K, HDR support, temporal anti-aliasing, Screen Space Directional Occlusion (SSDO), Global Illumination (SVOGI), state-of-the-art depth fields, new

light settings, motion blur, parallax occlusion mapping, Screen Space Reflections and Shadows (SSR & SSS) as well as new and updated particle effects and more.”

All platforms will be able to enjoy these classic titles with updated lighting, better-looking characters, weapons, and environments, and high-definition textures to make the world feel more real.

Crysis was first released back in 2007 and pushed tech forward by running at up to 720p and up to 30 FPS. Crysis 2 and Crysis 3 followed in 2011 and 2013, respectively, and continued the trend of high quality graphics perfectly matched with exciting gameplay set by the first.

Ready to get back into your Nanosuit? Now you can, when Crysis Remastered Trilogy releases on October 15th for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC via the Epic Games Store, and the Nintendo Switch eShop for a MSRP of $49.99 USD. The retail version of the Crysis Remastered Trilogy for Switch will be coming soon.

Cyber Monday Gaming PC deals 2021: offers on the best pre-built gaming rigs

Posted on October 18, 2021 by


The Best Cyber Monday Gaming PC deals

Cyber Monday gaming PC

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I hope there's money left in your bank account because these Cyber Monday gaming PC deals are your last chance to gift yourself a prebuilt gaming PC before Christmas. Expect these systems to go fast, especially if retailers are slashing hundreds of dollars off their popular models. So, if you're looking to pair that awesome new gaming monitor you just bought with an awesome new gaming PC, here's your moment.  

There are still bargains to be had on prebuilt desktops, often coming in at far less than the price it would cost you to build it yourself. Another benefit is the amount of time you save not having to wait around sourcing the components yourself. Keep an eye on this page for more Cyber Monday PC deals as they come in throughout the day.

You probably won't see deals on RTX 3080 or RX 6800 XT graphics cards this Cyber Monday—mainly because the stock is nonexistent and folks are happily overpaying for GPUs at auction sites. You COULD still save a bit of cash on a prebuilt PC with one of those cards inside it. You need to move fast since we've seen lead times between one to three months on a lot of these systems. 

Though you also won't be able to get your hands on AMD's Ryzen 5000 processors either, OEMs like Dell, Lenovo, and MSI can. That means the two most exciting parts in PC gaming right now (GPU and CPU) are only easily accessible through a full PC like the ones below.

As a bonus, some systems with older generation components are primed for significant price cuts. It's easy to get overwhelmed with the number of deals that get thrown into your face at any given moment, so we've done our damndest track down the best systems at the best prices. Remember, a lousy gaming PC at a discount is still a lousy PC. So, we will be here to keep you from making those sorts of mistakes.

When will Cyber Monday deals start to appear?

This year Cyber Monday is November 29. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing early print ads and email blasts from major retailers for Cyber Monday deals the second Black Friday is over. 

Where will have the best Cyber Monday deals?

In the US:

In the UK:

What to look for in a Cyber Monday gaming PC?

To the surprise of no one, trying to secure yourself a new GPU like an RTX 3080 or a Radeon RX 6600 has to turn into a full-time job for some folks. Though, we’ve noticed throughout the year that the only reliable way to grab yourself one of these cards was to bite the bullet and buy yourself a new prebuilt PC. 

More people have caught on to this strategy, which has caused long lead times for shipping out these prebuilt gaming rigs. Despite this, it’s still your best chance to get yourself a fancy new video card by Christmas. 

So, if you’re dead set on getting a PC with this hard-to-get hardware, you may have been more focused on stock than a discount. Since demand is so high, we don’t expect to see big markdowns on gaming PCs with an RTX 30-series card. But, if a retailer is promising a week to two ship time instead of two months, you should probably jump on the deal. 

If the focus is the best price, keep on an eye for any deals offering last-gen hardware like Zen 2 or Inten 10th Gen CPUs. Even Nivida RT 20-series GPUs. These are still pretty solid gaming machines and can easily be upgraded down the road if and when stock returns to normal for PC components. 

As ever when hunting for bargains, focus on what you need, and don’t be swayed to grab a deal just because it’s cheap. 

Cyber Monday Gaming PC deals

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Miss the Xbox 360’s blades? Well they’re back… on the Xbox website

Posted on October 18, 2021 by

Microsoft is closing in on the 20th anniversary of the Xbox at an alarming rate, with the festivities set to occur on November 15, and ahead of whatever the company has planned, the Xbox site has suddenly started paying tribute to the Xbox 360 blades dashboard.

If you head on over to the site right now, you’ll see a re-imagining of the old OG Xbox 360 dashboard used to show off various Xbox promotions for October, including Back 4 Blood, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, and Far Cry 6.

The design appears to be limited to the site’s homepage, and has been done without much fanfare or attention from the Xbox team, so it could just be a nice little nod to many people’s favourite design feature from the Xbox 360 console (before it was unceremoniously taken away from us during the New Xbox Expereince in 2008, RIP).

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Square Enix Reveals Why Kingdom Hearts On Switch Will Be Limited to the Cloud

Posted on October 18, 2021 by

The Kingdom Hearts series is coming to Nintendo Switch, but there's a catch: the beloved games will only be available on Nintendo's hybrid console through cloud versions. Now, we're learning why Square Enix hasn't committed to full downloadable versions on Switch.

Speaking to Nintendo Life, series producer Ichiro Hazama said the decision to make cloud versions of Kingdom Hearts was due to the Switch's storage capacity.

"For some time, our director Tetsuya Nomura had expressed his desire to deliver the Kingdom Hearts series to Nintendo Switch players, him having seen and heard the demand, and so a great deal of consideration went into this internally," Hazama said. "Bringing these titles to Nintendo Switch proved to be quite difficult for various reasons, including the storage capacity of the hardware, but we’re excited that we were able to make it happen for the first time ever by utilizing the Cloud service."

Kingdom Hearts III, for example, needed a lot of storage space to install on PS4 and Xbox One, a feat that may not be easy to pull off on Switch. However, Hazama also said they haven't completely ruled out production for native versions of some of the Kingdom Hearts games on Switch.

"At this moment in time, the production of a native version is undecided," Hazama said. "We believe that the Cloud version is currently the best way to deliver the Kingdom Hearts series to Nintendo Switch players, but we are always excited to hear to feedback from our fans and want to thank them for all their support."

The Kingdom Hearts cloud versions were originally announced earlier this month, as part of the final Sakurai Presents event. In that video, we also learned Sora is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's final DLC fighter. Sora releases today as part of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Version 13 update.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.

Black Friday gaming keyboard and mouse deals 2021: mechanical switches for less

Posted on October 18, 2021 by


Early Black Friday keyboard and mouse deals

Black Friday mice and keyboard deals.

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2. Mouse deals

This shopping season may be a good one for Black Friday gaming keyboard and mouse deals, as we expect to find these two key PC gaming accessories coming down in price throughout November. That's great news if you're not yet cosying up to a keyboard or mouse with mechanical switches, or you're looking for that perfect gift for the PC gamer in your life.

Gaming keyboards make great gifts, and so do gaming mice. These things can be quite pricey when combined with the cost of a gaming PC in 2021, which may see some PC gamers stick with older peripherals for longer. But there are benefits to newer, modern gaming keyboards, such as incredible reliability—mechanical keyboards will outlive most other components—accuracy; responsiveness; and value for money, in the long run.

That's why we make such a fuss over PC peripherals at PC Gamer, and strive to test as many as we can get our hands on. So with those opinions in the backs of our brains, as we approach Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you'll start to find the best deals on gaming keyboards and gaming mice that are actually worth your money listed below. Oh, and some snazzy office ones, too.

And in the meantime, our deal bots are scouring the web for early Black Friday deals using lists we've put together of worthy keyboards. That way you get the best price that either man or machine is able to dig up.

When will Black Friday gaming keyboard and mouse deals start to appear?

Gaming keyboards and mice tend to go on sale regularly throughout the year, so it wouldn’t be too strange for you to find some great prices even today. That said, the month of November has become something on an unofficial Black Friday event for the full duration, so that’s when you’ll probably see the best Black Friday gaming keyboard and mouse deals begin in earnest.

Who will have the best Black Friday gaming keyboard and mouse deals?

In the US:

In the UK:

What should I look out for in a Black Friday gaming keyboard or mouse?

For starters, most of the top gaming keyboards use mechanical switches, and so too do the top gaming mice, for that matter. These differ from the usual membrane construction you’ll find on cheaper keyboards, and that means greater responsiveness, reliability, and generally a nicer feel. Beyond that, gaming keyboards offer plenty of nice-to-have features, such as RGB lighting, media control keys, macro keys, USB passthrough, wireless connectivity, and much more.

When it comes to gaming mice, you’re looking more at the sensor that tracks your movements on your mouse pad. A good sensor will offer zero acceleration, track you accurately, and be able to withstand you throwing the mice hither and thither. Combined with a comfortable shape, you’re looking at a winner. 

Throw in a cheaper price on top of all of those great features, and you have a keyboard or rodent set to last many years.

Early Black Friday keyboard deals

Our magic price searching bots are all over the web, tracking down the best prices all the time. That means this list will be regularly curated multiple times each day

Early Black Friday mouse deals

Our magic price searching bots are all over the web, tracking down the best prices all the time. That means this list will be regularly curated multiple times each day

Genshin Impact Wishes – How to unlock Tuned to the World’s Sounds

Posted on October 18, 2021 by

Genshin Impact Wishes is the last Archon quest in the Inazuma storyline.

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Elden Ring Delayed to February, Announces a Console-Only Closed Network Test

Posted on October 18, 2021 by

Elden Ring has been delayed until February 25, 2022. However, the game will get a closed network test from November 12-14 – and you can register to be a part of it now, but it will be a consoe test only.

Announced on Twitter, the Elden Ring team explained that the delay – which is just over a month from the original date of January 21 – is because, "the depth & strategic freedom of the game exceeded initial expectations." The team thanked players for their patience.

There was some better news, however, with the annoucnement of a Closed Network Test, being used to judge how well the game's online elements work when put under the stress of a full playerbase.

The Closed Network Test is for console only, with the option to try the game on PS5, PS4, Xbox One, or Xbox Series X/S – with cross-play supported within console families. No mention has been made of a PC test.

The Closed Network Test will run from November 12-14, and players can be chosen to take part by registering on the Elden Ring website before November 1. Essentially, if you want to play some of Elden Ring early, you'll want to sign up soon.

The website makes clear that joining the test is free, but doesn't provide details of what it will entail, other than to say that it is "a pre-verification test for the completion of the commercial version of the game," and, "a test to improve the quality of the product." You'll need to create a Bandai Namco account to sign up.

There will be five sessions across November 12-14 (listed below in Pacific time):

Session 1: 3am – 6am, November 12
Session 2: 7pm – 10pm, November 12
Session 3: 11am – 2pm, November 13
Session 4: 3am – 6am, November 14
Session 5: 7pm – 10pm, November 15

Last weekend, thirty seconds of what appeared to be Elden Ring direct feed gameplay leaked – effectively our first public look at the game outside of trailers. IGN previously saw 15 minutes of the game running behind closed doors, which we summed up in a first preview.

The long-awaited game is an open world take on FromSoftware's beloved Souls games, continuing a legacy started by Demon Souls and carried on by the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne, and Sekiro. With world-building help from George R.R. Martin, it's a game that promises to have FromSoft's biggest ever map, all-new gameplay mechanics, and even a mechanic that sounds a bit like Pokemon. We previously had an in-depth chat with Souls mastermind Hidetaka Miyazaki about the game.

Joe Skrebels is IGN's Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected].

Call of Duty: Warzone and Vanguard’s Ricochet anti-cheat leak was planned

Posted on October 18, 2021 by

Shortly after Activision announced the new Call of Duty anti-cheat, Ricochet, it came out that a build of the new software got leaked, and that cheat creators were already reverse-engineering it.

But Activision is fine with that, because the company expected this to happen. Prior to Ricochet’s announcement, the developer actually rolled out a test version to a limited number of users. The goal of these limited releases is to test compatibility and system stability. This is particularly important for a kernel-level anti-cheat, considering its elevated access to operating system functions.

That’s according to Vice, which cited two anonymous sources familiar with Activision’s plans. In fact, the developer expected the build to leak, and for the more advanced cheat creators to “bypass the first version.”

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