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Survarium reloads ammo system and grows another PvP mode

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Survarium

Has Survarium been developed backwards? Inside-out and topsy-turvy? It rather feels that way, when the minds behind S.T.A.L.K.E.R. have spent nearly two years testing straightforward PvP and not the MMOFPS component that so compelled in the original pitch.

That DayZ-like survival map will eventually come to Survarium as freeplay mode, Vostok explained a month ago. In the meantime, big change has come to the competitive multiplayer that already exists.

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Roto

I ate too many egg bagels and span around in a virtual reality chair and now I feel sick

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Roto

Roto is an invention that aims to improve the experience of using a virtual reality headset by allowing full 360-degree turning using a special chair that rotates when you apply pressure to a pair of footpads. It operates on the notion that nobody should be allowed to stand up when using any kind of headset that teleports them to unknowable fantasy universes, lest they trip over a cable and die. It's a solid notion and one that I approve of, having once knocked over a stack of Easter eggs while inside Oculus Rift.

Spinning around in a motorised office chair might be the future of virtual reality. It might also be something that isn't the future of virtual reality. It might be a part of some version of one potential future of virtual reality. It might also be the case that virtual reality doesn't have a future to be a part of. I honestly don't know. I'm just a bit dizzy from all the spinning.

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Eisenhorn: Xenos does Warhammer 40K action-adventure in the name of the Emperor

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Eisenhorn: Xenos

The 40K game I’ve always dreamed of is an Inquisitor RPG - a sort of morally dubious Mass Effect in which you’d drift about the universe rooting out threats from the Warp, sniffing the air for the daemonic taint of chaos. This game, though, isn’t that. It’s a smartphone-friendly adaptation of a Black Library novel that doesn’t look to the Emperor for direction so much as Uncharted and Tomb Raider.

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We've got 1000 UK keys for the World of Tanks Generals closed beta. Fancy one?

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World of Tanks Generals

If there’s one thing PC gamers know, it’s that the subtitle ‘Generals’ can yield surprising, exciting results for an established strategy series. In the case of World of Tanks, it’s meant swapping flattened French countryside for flattened bits of card in your browser. 

UK residents! How would you like to fire real-world artillery and steer historical machinery in a format not unlike that of Blizzard’s world-conquering CCG?

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Skyrim Workshop's file size limit has been sent to oblivion

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Skyrim’s gargantuan library of mods contains plenty of dramatic overhauls and chunky files, but on Steam Workshop, they were limited to 100mb. That meant mods were split up, causing more faffing, making alternatives like Skyrim Nexus more appealing. 

Today, Bethesda has announced that it’s removing this limitation, allowing users to upload and download files of any size. 

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AMD

Is AMD walking away from Mantle?

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Back when it was announced, AMD were very bullish on the future of their Mantle API. They were confident it could help unleash the full power of gaming PCs, and they thought that developers would adopt it because of the advantages it offered.

But today, in a statement on their website, AMD explained that their plans for Mantle are changing rather drastically, and even recommended developers focus their efforts on other APIs, like DirectX 12.

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Blizzard introduce "WoW Token", which is like EVE's PLEX for World of Warcraft

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World of Warcraft players will soon be able to spend real money on an in-game item, the “WoW Token”, that can be redeemed for thirty days of game time or sold to another player for in-game gold. It’s highly reminiscent of EVE’s PLEX, which effectively allows the game’s most proficient and wealthy players to use their gold to pay for their subscriptions.

 

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Total War: Attila review

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It’s the end of the world, if you’re Roman. In Total War: Attila, the vast empire is fractured and beset on all sides, sandwiched in between nomadic tribes, expanding eastern kingdoms and the  tidal wave of Huns. The Romans are the delicious slab of meat in the middle, and everyone is trying to get a bite. 

Attila the Hun rides into this rather gloomy world and sets it on fire. This is Creative Assembly’s most aggressive Total War game, set in a shifting, turn-based campaign map where warbands and armies rearrange borders with axes and spears in rock, paper, scissors combat. And this most warlike of Total War games is also one of its most interesting. 

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Unreal Engine 4

Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone

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Unreal Engine 4 is now free

When Unreal Engine 4 was announced, the price was a big surprise. An engine that can be used to develop AAA games for a monthly cost that wasn’t much more expensive than a broadband bill. 

Epic’s decided that $19 a month is still too much, though. So from now on, Unreal Engine 4 and all future updates will be entirely free

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Job Simulator is SteamVR's first game, and it's a simulation inside a simulation

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Job Simulator

Exploring alien worlds, piloting spaceships, fighting in titanic, fantastical battles - VR promises to trick our brains into thinking we’re doing things we’ll never actually do. But the first the first SteamVR game to be announced, Job Simulator, is starting off with something more familiar. 

Set in a Mega City-like future where all the mundane jobs are performed by robots, Job Simulator is a simulator inside a simulator, where our descendants can explore how their ancestors used to earn a buck. 

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Dean Hall

Dean Hall partners with Improbable “to make the video games that nobody would dare make”

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DayZ’s creator, Dean Hall, left Bohemia last year to start up his own studio in New Zealand. Until now he’s kept quiet on what that game might be. Today, however, he’s announced he’s partnered with technology firm Improbable “to make the video games that nobody would dare make.”

The more I read about Improbable’s tech, the more excited I am to see what Hall has up his sleeve.

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Making it in Unreal: bringing combo combat to the PC in Age of Blood

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Age of Blood

There’s a certain breed of super-scaled, operatic beat ‘em up that’s been honed over decades on the consoles but never quite found a permanent home on the PC. Games like God of War, Devil May Cry and Bayonetta, that make a virtue of planet-punching protagonists, and that think groundedness is something that happens to fallen enemies.

Veterans of these games know that they ask for persistence, repetition and no small amount of energy. And that’s exactly what indies Galaxy Interactive have shown in bringing the genre to the PC as Age of Blood.

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From Russia with love: Heroes & Generals update adds Soviet faction, 1,000 new battlefields, and 14 new vehicles

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Reto-Moto’s been working on one of Heroes & Generals largest updates. Not content with adding new maps and refining the game’s core Battlefield 1942-style combat and metagame of continental conquest, the studio’s released a whole new faction to play with.

The Soviets have arrived with 14 new vehicles and planes, more than a dozen weapons, and 1,000 battlefields to fight over.

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The thirty best Minecraft mods

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Minecraft is almost perfect. Minecraft with mods: well, it’s even better. Nearly six years since Minecraft’s first public release, it might be starting to feel a little built same-y. If you feel that way, it’s time to fall head over heels in love all over again. Here's a list of the thirty most creative, time-saving, and useful mods for Minecraft.

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DirectX

Reality check: What developers really think of DirectX 12

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To hear Microsoft tell it, DirectX 12 is going to be a breakthrough technology when it comes out as a part of Windows 10. Microsoft has promised, and some early benchmarking has shown, that DirectX 12 can deliver performance gains in the neighborhood of 50% on DX12-capable hardware.

But it’s one thing for the people in the business of marketing the new Windows to paint an idyllic picture of the DirectX 12 landscape. The question is whether those promises will hold up in reality. To answer that, we talked to several game developers, graphics engineers, and computer scientists about what they really think of DirectX 12, and what they think will happen when it’s released into the broader PC gaming ecosystem.

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Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power trailer shows off 3rd person perspective

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If there’s one thing you could guess about a Trine sequel it’s that it would probably continue to be a game, instead of reimagining itself as a culinary experience which you had delivered to your door by swans. If there were two things, it’s that Frozenbyte would make another eye-arrestingly pretty game.

Judging by the trailer for Trine 3: Artifacts of Power both your guesses were spot on.

You might not have expected them to have started turning the strictly side-on platformer into a third person action game.

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GAME

Multiplay bought out by GAME for £20m

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It looks like GAME’s moving outside of just selling games, they’ve bought Multiplay for £20 million. Multiplay organise massive gaming events, like their Insomnia LAN parties - the last of which drew in more than 60,000 people.

GAME say they’re “looking forward to delivering more, bigger and better experiences for our communities.” Which may mean in future Multiplay events will be paired with sales in GAME stores and on their website.

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Stealth Inc 2 sneaking out of Wii U exclusivity and onto PC

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Despite starting out on the PC, Stealth Inc 2 was released exclusively on the Wii U. Bad news for the fans of side on, 2D stealth games who are limited to playing on their desktop.

However, Curve Studios’ design director, Jonathan Biddle, has revealed that their contract with Nintendo was for timed exclusivity, not permanent. Stealth Inc 2 is coming to PC.

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This Death’s Gambit trailer shows off colossal boss battles

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I’m not a fighting man but I like to think that I’d know where to draw the line. I don’t think, for instance, I’d ever get into a fight with a 15-storey tall god. Even if I had made a deal with death so I wouldn’t die, even if I was squished into a pancake.

The hero in Death's Gambit has no such qualms. I'd say he had a death wish, except he's only in this mess because he made a deal with Death specifically to avoid dying.

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Making it in Unreal: bringing combo combat to the PC in Age of Blood

Age of Blood

Making it in Unreal: bringing combo combat to the PC in Age of Blood

The thirty best Minecraft mods

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The thirty best Minecraft mods

Reality check: What developers really think of DirectX 12

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Weekend Deal Dump: Maps, maps, maps

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How good a job have Gearbox done in remastering Homeworld?

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The 21 best RPGs on PC

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Frozen Cortex review

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How Josh Sawyer sold me on Pillars of Eternity's combat

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The best PC games of 2015 and 2014

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Hands on with Zombie Army Trilogy

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Why have Green Man Gaming started publishing games instead of just selling them?

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What on earth is glNext?

glNext

What on earth is glNext?

Topic of the Week: Where do you play, and what do you play on?

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Topic of the Week: Where do you play, and what do you play on?

Introducing GameSessions: the Steam-integrated return of the demo

GameSessions

Introducing GameSessions: the Steam-integrated return of the demo

Interview — Resident Evil: Revelations 2

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Interview — Resident Evil: Revelations 2

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Making it in Unreal: climbing aboard the Titanic with Honor and Glory

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Making it in Unreal: climbing aboard the Titanic with Honor and Glory

Besiege Early Access review

Besiege

Besiege Early Access review

Adventures in... Space Hulk - Jeremy and Julian cross claws on the Sin of Damnation

Space Hulk

Adventures in... Space Hulk - Jeremy and Julian cross claws on the Sin of Damnation

Weekend Deal Dump: Lord of the Bundles

Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: Lord of the Bundles

Hunting for gold in Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado

Europa Universalis IV

Hunting for gold in Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado

From Crackdown 2 devs comes Hollowpoint, the most interesting side-scrolling shooter of 2015

Hollowpoint

From Crackdown 2 devs comes Hollowpoint, the most interesting side-scrolling shooter of 2015

We’ve 500 Heroes of the Storm keys to give away. Want one?

Heroes of the Storm

We’ve 500 Heroes of the Storm keys to give away. Want one?

Want one of the two Turtle Beach Heroes of the Storm headsets Blizzard sent us?

Heroes of the Storm

Want one of the two Turtle Beach Heroes of the Storm headsets Blizzard sent us?

Magicka 2's next big idea is artefacts: like Halo's unlockable skulls

Magicka 2

Magicka 2's next big idea is artefacts: like Halo's unlockable skulls

Creative Assembly: The Journey from Rome to Attila

Total War: ATTILA

Creative Assembly: The Journey from Rome to Attila

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Topic of the Week: What game series do you want to see brought back from the dead?

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