Grab The Crew for free this month

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Grab The Crew for free this month

Get back into the race next week

Ubisoft’s anniversary celebrations continue with this month’s free download, The Crew. The open-world racing game will be given away to members of the Ubisoft Club on Windows PC starting Sept. 14.

The Crew, a socially focused driving simulator, launched in late 2014. Set across the U.S., the game includes both single- and multiplayer, each with various types of gameplay and some role-playing game elements. Despite early ambitions, The Crew received heavy criticism, especially for requiring players to always have an online connection in order to get into the game.

Street Fighter 5’s Urien arrives this month

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Street Fighter 5’s Urien arrives this month

Meet the vice president of the Illuminati

Street Fighter 5’s latest trailer shows off Urien, who will be released as part of the September update to the game, developer Capcom announced today.

Urien is the sixth and final downloadable fighter in Capcom’s first "season" of post-launch add-ons for Street Fighter 5. The character, who is a member of the Illuminati, debuted in 1997’s Street Fighter 3: 2nd Impact. Here’s some more information on Urien from Capcom:

Modders build Doom (2016) tutorial level in Doom 2 (1994)

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Modders build Doom (2016) tutorial level in Doom 2 (1994)

They ported the new game into the original back in July

A group of modders has recreated the tutorial level from this year's Doom inside 1994's Doom 2. Sharp-eyed Doom fans will see this isn't just an homage map.

The weapons, for example, are based on the ones in the 2016 game, and set off-center as they are in that game (they appear in the center in Doom 2, and there's an a option for that view in this year's Doom).

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex leaves beta, now supports 11 racing wheels

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Forza Motorsport 6: Apex leaves beta, now supports 11 racing wheels

Free-to-play PC game is ready for the road

Microsoft’s free-to-play racing game for Windows PC, Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, has left its four-month beta period and is now available from the Windows 10 Store as a full-fledged product, the company announced today.

Potentially more important to Forza fans on PC is added support for 11 racing wheel controllers from Logitech and Thrustmaster. The following controllers will be supported in Forza Motorsport 6: Apex and the upcoming Forza Horizon 3, which comes to Windows PC (and Xbox One) Sept. 27:

NBA 2K17’s sound team went the extra 16,000 miles to record every NBA arena

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NBA 2K17’s sound team went the extra 16,000 miles to record every NBA arena

Bounces, buzzers and more

The NBA 2K series is well-known for its lifelike graphics, and this year, developer Visual Concepts went the extra mile — or 16,000-plus, to be specific — to deliver realistic audio as well, as you can see in a new trailer for NBA 2K17.

Visual Concepts traveled to every NBA team’s arena to "record and analyze the different sounds exclusive to each arena," according to the trailer’s YouTube description. In all, the developers recorded more than 200 hours of NBA games.

PlayStation Network experiencing sign-in issues on PS4

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PlayStation Network experiencing sign-in issues on PS4

So much for playing Battlefield 1

PlayStation Network users are having trouble signing in to the service, according to Sony’s PSN status page.

As of 5:39 p.m. ET, account management — specifically, signing in to PSN accounts and creating them — is listed as "experiencing issues." The problems are affecting the PlayStation 4 alone.

Valkyria Chronicles is coming to World of Tanks

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Valkyria Chronicles is coming to World of Tanks

Blitz, meet BLiTZ

Sega’s military-themed tactical role-playing game franchise Valkyria Chronicles is coming to Wargaming’s World of Tanks Blitz, the mobile and PC spinoff of the massively multiplayer online war game. Exactly how those two game series will crossover, however, is still something of a mystery.

Wargaming and Sega announced the collaboration today alongside a teaser trailer. Just don’t expect much in the way of new footage; everything appears to be captured from the existing World of Tanks Blitz and the high-definition remaster of the first Valkyria Chronicles.

PlayStation VR brings back the demo disc, puts eight games on it

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PlayStation VR brings back the demo disc, puts eight games on it

Will be included with every unit

If you thought demo discs were a turn-of-the-century relic, they're still with us, and Sony is including one with all of its PlayStation VR units at launch.

The disc will feature samples of eight virtual reality titles for owners of the new hardware to try out. The games are: DriveClub VR, PlayStation VR Worlds, Rigs: Mechanized Combat League, Tumble VR, Battlezone, Eve: Valkyrie (pictured above) Wayward Sky and Headmaster. We went hands-on with Battlezone, DriveClub VR, Rigs and Wayward Sky at a preview event in April.

Dolphin emulator can now boot up entire GameCube library

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Dolphin emulator can now boot up entire GameCube library

Star Wars: The Clone Wars stood in its path, as it does

GameCube and Wii emulator Dolphin is beloved by a certain subset of Nintendo fans. While its ability to run games like Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Mario Galaxy — often at a much higher visual standard — is well-known, it wasn’t until today that the main team behind the open-source application could get every GameCube game up and running in Dolphin.

The last GameCube game to become compatible with Dolphin’s latest version is Star Wars: The Clone Wars, according to a blog post on the emulator’s website. That’s because of the complexities of how the game manages its virtual memory. Although other titles have unique memory management unit (MMU) processes, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is especially tricky to emulate.

No Mario’s Sky becomes DMCA’s Sky after Nintendo copyright claim

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No Mario’s Sky becomes DMCA’s Sky after Nintendo copyright claim

Eighteen quintillion takedown notices

Nintendo has sent out another takedown notice, this time to a fan-made game that mashed up Super Mario with No Man’s Sky. Instead of shutting down the project, however, developer ASMB Games has found a way to circumvent Nintendo’s lawyers: by turning No Mario’s Sky into DMCA’s Sky.

The joke lampshades the legal threat Nintendo issued to ASMB Games, a copy of which is publicly accessible. Nintendo’s attorney said that No Mario’s Sky "infringes on Nintendo’s copyright in its Super Mario video game franchise" by using recognizable characters and sprites. Instead of pulling the game altogether, the team is wearing the copyright claim as a badge, tweaking it slightly to address Nintendo’s concerns.