H1Z1 leaves Early Access with new cars-only Auto Royale mode

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H1Z1 leaves Early Access with new cars-only Auto Royale mode

H1Z1 is launching out of Early Access today and features a new team-based, cars-only mode called Auto Royale. The mode consists of up to to 30 teams of four players (one drives while the other three passengers lean out of the windows and shoot) speeding across the map as the circle of gas closes, collecting power-ups (like oil slicks, smoke screens, and double-jumps), launching off ramps, and doing battle with each other.

PC Building Simulator hits early access next month, here's how it plays

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PC Building Simulator hits early access next month, here's how it plays

I've never built a full PC from scratch, but I feel like a right engineering genius every time I open a PC up and stick in some extra memory or a new graphics card. If you want to get that feeling without having to shell out for some expensive tech, or face all the dust that's been collecting since the last time you opened the case, then you might want to take a look at PC Building Simulator, a game that pretty much introduces itself.

Surviving Mars' randomised research detailed in dev panel

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Surviving Mars' randomised research detailed in dev panel

Matt Damon made life on Mars seem almost trivial, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I'd struggle to adjust to the red planet, what with its notable absence of corner shops offering cheap flapjack at nearly any time of day. Haemimont Games' imminent Surviving Mars will give me a chance to prepare for it beforehand—you know, should NASA run out of astronauts and have to resort to sending unfit games journalists out on its galactic expeditions.

Defiance 2050 is a 'reimagined' sci-fi shooter coming this summer

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Defiance 2050 is a 'reimagined' sci-fi shooter coming this summer

Trion's 2013 MMO shooter Defiance is a defiantly decent game. It's got "mostly positive" reviews on Steam, and we said it was fun in our review: "Not the kind of fun that warrants an unreserved recommendation," but certainly acceptably solid. And while the current player count doesn't quite live up to the promise of "thousands of players" scouring a transformed Earth, there's apparently enough of an audience (or at least Trion hopes there is) to warrant a remake, which was announced today as Defiance 2050. 

Hellscreen, the retro shooter with a rear-view mirror, is now on Kickstarter

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Hellscreen, the retro shooter with a rear-view mirror, is now on Kickstarter

You may remember Hellscreen from an article Austin wrote last year: it's a stylish, retro, reflex-oriented FPS with a bloody rearview mirror. And while the bloody rearview mirror is cool, I'm more drawn to the hellish sci-fi colour palette, which kinda reminds me of the latter episodes of vanilla Doom, crossed with, uh, Dark Forces. Each death lets you upgrade both your weapons and abilities too, using souls retrieved during the last run. Death is not the end in other words, but rather, an opportunity to win more easily.