What defines the best multiplayer games? Sometimes it’s not the game that shines, it’s the players. Deep gameplay and glistening visuals only go so far in making a standout multiplayer game, only humans can provide the unpredictability and scheming that turns the average first-person shooter or puzzle game into a gladiatorial showdown or cooperative crusade. But what are the best multiplayer games?

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Fast and frantic or tense and calculated, multiplayer games come in all shapes and sizes, but they’re all connected by the simple pleasure we derive from interacting with one another. Whether that’s two minds attempting to solve a puzzle or one player’s never ending quest to get one over on their fellow man, these games wouldn’t be the same without a bunch of humans running around killing, maiming or occasionally (very occasionally) helping each other. Here are the best multiplayer games:

You probably know Elon Musk as an investor and engineer, with interest in projects ranging between transportation solutions, sustainable energy production, and the establishment of a human colony on Mars. Musk’s latest project, however, is perhaps the most ambitious of all - a line of novelty flamethrowers. Apparently, those flamethrowers might just be in the next Borderlands.

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The svelte fire guns look like they belong in a game, with a shotgun-like design and a logo for The Boring Company - Musk’s tunneling transportation venture - emblazoned on the side. Since opening pre-orders, Musk has spent the past couple of days on Twitter quieting rumors that he’s starting a zombie apocalypse to drive demand. “You’d need millions of zombies for a so-called ‘apocalypse’ anyway. Where would I even get a factory big enough to make so many!?”

Konami have revealed the system requirements for Metal Gear Survive today, and unsurprisingly they’re a whole lot like the specs for Metal Gear Solid V, which features the same engine and very similar assets.

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The only significant difference between the two sets of specs is that Survive now recommends a GTX 960 as opposed to MGS5’s recommended 760. Otherwise, if you played the Kojima-directed game, you shouldn’t have a problem playing the non-Kojima-directed game.

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In an astounding coincidence of timing, Microsoft have announced they’ve acquired cloud platform provider PlayFab. The acquisition bolsters Microsoft’s development of cloud infrastructure with Azure, and PlayFab’s tools have aided in the production of games across PC, consoles, and mobile devices.

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PlayFab tech has been implemented across 1,200 games, and has been used by companies including Disney, Bandai Namco, Rovio, Capcom, and Wizards of the Coast. The company’s services have been particularly useful in the modern era of service-driven, digitally distributed games, with services to help developers “engage, retain and monetize players.”

Another week has landed, meaning those of you with a little less BE to burn on League of Legends get another selection of free champions to try out. As always, that means there's a good selection of misfits for you to try out before you commit. 

As for who you should be playing, check our choices for the best League of Legends champions for beginners.

Free Champions - Supports

Keep your pals in the fight with these champs. 

Thresh - 6300 BE/975 RP

Free Champions - Mages

Become the wizard you always knew you were inside and nuke enemies with powerful spells.

Japanese RPGs have come a long way in the past decade or so. Once accused of being too formulaic and linear, we have seen them embrace more progressive and open-ended design with recent titles such as Final Fantasy XV, Nier: Automata, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

It is into this zeitgeist that Romancing SaGa 2 released when it arrived on Steam at the end of last year, fitting in easily with its JRPG peers. But while it does go some way to present its world as a playground to explore, it doesn’t actually hail from modern times.

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This is a retro JRPG that never got its chance to shine in the West in the same way Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Zelda did, because it didn’t officially make the journey overseas until 2016 when it was released on mobile. Now that it is on PC, though, we can make amends and give it the credit that it is due.

Originally released in 1993 for the Super Famicom, Romancing SaGa 2 does not faff around when it comes to turning what...

There are rumors, and then there are capital-R Rumors, so big as to seem like the wildest bits of forum speculation. But a report published by Polygon today cites anonymous sources suggesting that Microsoft are looking at making some major acquisitions for their gaming division in the near future.

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Polygon say that “a reliable source close to Microsoft” indicates the company is looking at acquiring Electronic Arts. “Whispers” also suggest that Microsoft’s gaming division is interested in picking up PUBG Corp or even Valve.

Sega Europe revealed today that they will publish the first game from Interior Night, a studio built largely by former members of Quantic Dream led by lead game designer for Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, Caroline Marchal. The partnership will see the companies “collaborating on the development and launch of a brand-new narrative driven IP.”

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Based on Interior Night’s history and their stated intentions when the company was first announced, it’s no surprise to hear that their game has a big focus on story. We don’t know any concrete details the shape of the new game, but Marchal told us back in November that the gritty drama of shows like Breaking Bad and Fargo were strong inspirations.

Star Citizen has been in development for what seems like decades (actually just since 2012), and every week brings a little bit of additional info about what the impossibly ambitions space sim will or won’t feature. For example, did you know that if you engage in a life of piracy, you won’t be able to hang on to the ships you steal?

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If you jack another player’s vessel, you will be able to fly it, play around with it, or sell it, but you won’t be able to keep it. Stolen ships will disappear when you log off, and the in-game insurance system will allow the original owners to replace their vessels with relative ease.

The fifth and final act of Kentucky Route Zero could be on the way. Developers Cardboard Computer tweeted last week to tease the upcoming chapter of their game.

More than two years ago, we told you that Kentucky Route Zero chapter four was "nearly done."

The link in the tweet below takes you to a photo of a VHS tape, and a link to, a website ‘broadcasting’ a live-action show from an independent public access TV station. There’s also a link to several other, different broadcasts, which you can find here. I’ll steer clear of spoilers, but there are plenty of easter eggs and various other hints hidden within that link, which you may want to explore.

Much like Ubisoft’s other big shooters, Rainbow Six Siege and Ghost Recon Wildlands, The Division is finding more success with a little distance from launch than it did during its initial release.

The welcome changes in the 1.8 update are partly to blame for this, as they have made the game more accessible to new players, which has drawn in a whole wave of new agents. It is more proof that, these days, a game is never truly done once it is released - adding co-op challenges, new missions, and more multiplayer modes can breathe a lot of life into these big MMO titles.  

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If you are one of the rookie scavengers invading The Division’s virus-riddled vision of New York then, you should find the following batch of tips rather helpful as you fight through the marauding thugs and rogue military personnel.

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After one weekend, Monster Hunter: World is already the most successful Monster Hunter title of all time, and it’s not even out on PC yet. Capcom announced today that the game has shipped 5 million copies worldwide, including digital download sales across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Do note that those are copies “shipped,” including those sent to retail that haven’t necessarily sold yet. Even with that caveat in mind, it puts World ahead of numbers for previous top performers in the series, including Monster Hunter Freedom 3 with 4.9 million units sold and Monster Hunter X with 4.3 million.

They Are Billions received its latest patch last week. As well as new language options, buildings, and other features, the update introduced weekly community challenges.

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Starting today, every week will see a new challenge issued to the They Are Billions community. Each challenge will pit the entire player-base against one another on the same survival map. Scores will be uploaded to a leaderboard, allowing you to compare your score with other players, but you’ll only have one chance at each challenge.

What are the best new PC games? Perhaps you have just been paid, bank account fat with virtual dosh, or you simply want to get caught up with the best new PC games out there because they are, well, new and shiny.

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It is all well and good starting another The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim save file but, as much as we love setting mammoths ablaze, there are plenty of new PC games that will more than supply your gaming fix. You don’t want to be the person who isn’t In The Know now, do you?

If you haven't got into Hyper Universe yet then we are here to help you out. This is an energetic brawler featuring characters from across the many universes of action-based fiction. Some of them you need to buy, but to save you some money, we are giving away MVP Starter Packs, which each contain four new heroes for you. 

Want more? We have a big list of the best free Steam games.

Before we get on to how you can win one of the Packs, let's first go over what Hyper Universe is all about - it's best you know what you're getting yourself into.

The idea is simple: two teams enter the game's sidescrolling arenas but one leaves as the winner. It combines a side-scrolling brawler with the MOBA meaning that, as well as punch and kick, you can set down defense towers, monsters, and minions to help you.

Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield may be nearly 15 years old but that hasn’t stopped one modder creating an upgrade which claims to overhaul enemies, weapons, AI, and sound, and even make your squad communicate with hand signals.

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Elite Counter-Terror is a single-player modification for Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield created by ModDb user ac11b.

Facebook have launched a new pilot program for gaming content. The social media platform announced the Facebook Gaming Creator Pilot Program earlier today.

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According to an announcement made by the site, the pilot program is focused on four things: helping gaming creators build and engage with their audience on Facebook; increasing distribution across Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus; supporting creators “with the types of tools they need to make a living streaming games on Facebook; and “building a platform where creators at every level have the opportunity to thrive.”

You may be thinking it is the absolute worst  time to release a new graphics card, and you’d be right. So it’s a wonder why Sapphire are gearing up to launch their Pulse RX Vega 56 on February 12th.

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The Pulse features a fairly hefty dual-fan design with a compact backplate and PCB design to allow for direct airflow over the heatsink and out into your case. The Pulse features clockspeeds a little lower than that of its Nitro+ sibling, at 1208MHz and 1512MHz for base and boost clocks, respectively, seven-phase VRM, and dual eight-pin power.

Despite some technical hiccups, the Sea of Thieves closed beta has been pretty successful, picking up over 170,000 viewers on Twitch. However, If you've been worried there's a lack of things to do on the pirate-filled seas, don't worry, Rare has been Saving the good stuff for release day.

But, of course, patience is a virtue many do not possess and someone has already datamined the beta client to uncover some buried treasure. 

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Redditor m4rx posted a list of everything they uncovered (via VG247) over the beta weekend. This includes new shops, enemies chests, creatures, food, maps and locations.

Cloud9 have won the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Boston Major. After a hard-fought final against FaZe Clan, the North American underdogs became the first major tournament winners of 2018.

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The team’s journey to the title wasn’t an easy one. Cloud9 had come back from 0-2 down earlier in the competition, and had come up against, and beaten, potential favourites SK Gaming. The North Americans even managed to throw and 8-1 lead in the first game, eventually losing the first map by 14 rounds to 16.