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Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager launches by aiming for the Moon

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Space Program Manager launches

Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager launched today, giving players command over NASA, the Soviet Space Agency or the fictional Global Space Agency. Starting in the ‘50s, there’s one big goal: get to the Moon. 

The name alone invites comparison with Kerbal Space Program, but developer Polar Motion emphasises that they are two rather different games, with SPM focusing on management, which Kerbal focuses on engineering. 

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Playing With Myself: Salt

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Playing With Myself: Salt

I am rejecting Halloween tonight. I’m working, so there’s no dressing up and drinking blood for me. This is why, instead of hunting down a properly terrifying game for this new episode of Playing With Myself, I instead found one that’s peaceful and bright - all rainbows and happy puppies. 

Unfortunately Salt, an island-hopping sandbox adventure, does not have happy puppies or, I think, rainbows. But what it does have is lots of sunshine, pretty azure seas, and absolutely no children trying to get sweets from me. It’s a lovely break away from this most morbid of not-quite-holidays. 

Join me for a spell. 

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Tome: Immortal Arena is another MOBA, but it's doing away with a lot of genre mainstays

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Tome: Immortal Arena coming to Steam

Every time I invite company over, it’s embarrassing. Someone sits on the sofa, starts squirming, and digs out a MOBA from under the cushions. A friend opens the fridge to grab a beer, and three MOBA fall out, smashing on the floor. Somebody else wants to use the loo, but when they open the door to the bathroom, a tide of MOBAs floods the entire place. 

 

This is really why I thought MOBAs should take a break, but they are continuing their relentless march to engulf the world. And another one has joined their ranks: Tome: Immortal Arena. It’s due out on Steam on November 21st. 

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Watch four levels of Sneaky Sneaky, a stealthy dungeon adventure

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Sneaky Sneaky

Stealth and puzzle games sit pretty close to each other on the family tree of genres, which the best of the former transforming stealth into complex conundrums. Even a quick glance at Sneaky Sneaky hints at its puzzle roots, which isn’t surprising given that developer Naiad Entertainment includes ex-PopCap folk.

But it’s also a turn-based dungeon crawler, with loot to be grabbed and enemies to be avoided, or snuck up upon and stabbed in the back. 

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Ubisoft reveals what you'll need to drive around in The Crew

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The Crew system requirements

With The Crew, Ubisoft continues to be best buds with Nvidia and - just like in Assassin’s Creed Unity (and most Ubisoft games for the last year or so), Nvidia GPU owners will be able to get a few more bells and whistles. 

When fiddling around with the ambient occlusion, you’ll be able to select HBAO+ for all your sexy shadow needs, while you’ll also get an extra anti-aliasing option in the form of TXAA. 

Ubisoft’s also revealed the system requirements for the game, which are a lot more reasonable than Unity’s. You’ll only need a GTX 670 or its equivalent to get the optimal experience, but the recommended requirements are actually lower. 

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This War of Mine trailer shows the brutality of surviving

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Your city is under siege and a group of refugees are looking to you to provide them with food, medicine, and shelter. This War of Mine is an original take on the survival genre and one that will make a mark, judging from the latest trailer.

It looks to be a cold, hard game where your work can be undone in a moment by a bandit raid and you’ll have to make the decision to steal from the weak or let your own people starve.

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Hearthstone win trading results in permanent bans and tournament disqualification

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It starts off innocently enough, you trade a win or two in Hearthstone just to get by. You want your MMR to be a little higher so your friends will still look at you with respect. Soon it spirals. You’re botting game after game, using your newfound rank to reach for glory in a tournament.

It’s not till you wake up in a bathroom, vomiting on the cracked tile floor that you realise you have a problem. By then it’s too late. You can’t stop.

Blizzard are here to save you from that future, win trading will now result in a permanent ban on your account and disqualification from tournaments.

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Watch Dogs sold 9m copies. Ubisoft expect to make €1.4bn by end of financial year

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Ubisoft are sitting pretty on a big pile of money and it’s thanks, in large part, to Watch Dogs. The company’s published it’s earning report of the first half of their financial year, stating they’ve made €484 million in sales and that Watch Dogs has sold 9 million copies since launch.

More than that, they predict they’ll make a further €1 billion by the end of the financial year.

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James Cameron calls VR “a yawn, frankly”

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James Cameron, director of Aliens, Terminator 1 & 2, and... Avatar, is none too impressed by the new virtual reality tech on the market, saying "There seems to be a lot of excitement around something that, to me, is a yawn, frankly.”

Cameron’s famed for looking to new technologies to enhance his films but he doesn’t think VR tech is “mature” enough to use yet.

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Prey 2 cancelled by Bethesda

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Prey 2’s been in on/off development since 2011 but now Bethesda’s vice president, Pete Hines, confirms the game is firmly in the off position. They cancelled it.

That’s a damn shame because Prey 2 was looking fantastic from the trailer footage released a couple of years ago and the premise of the thing was compelling, too. You played a US Marshall who’d been abducted from Earth and was now working as a bounty hunter on an alien world.

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Far Cry 4's PvP will let you duke it out using armoured vehicles, magic animals and teleportation

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Far Cry 4 PvP

Along with single-player and co-op shenanigans, Far Cry 4 also bring PvP back to the series after a good long while. Fancy villain Pagan Min’s magical Rakshasha face off against the rebellious Golden Path faction in fights that rage across three modes and 10 maps. And it doesn’t look half bad. 

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Survival management game This War of Mine gets a November release date and a gloomy trailer

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This War of Mine release date

I don’t expect to have much fun in This War of Mine. War’s not really a great source of fun, especially not for civilians caught in the middle of one, and these are the protagonists and, sometimes, antagonists of 11 Bit Studios’ grim survival management game. Not fun, then, but potentially very compelling. 

It’s due out in only two weeks, on November 14th. 

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Hone your testicle shooting skills in Sniper Elite 3's free Shooting Range update

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Sniper Elite 3 Shooting Range

If you’ve not picked up your sniper rifle and caused a few heads to explode in Sniper Elite 3 in a while, you might want to take it for another spin. Rebellion’s chucked in nine free content updates since launch, adding a new multiplayer mode, new missions and a bunch of multiplayer maps. 

The ninth one arrived today: the Shooting Range. As the name suggests, you’ll find yourself facing a bunch of shooting range challenges across three ranges, with over 30 weapons, including ones from DLC. 

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's live action trailer is leaking testosterone all over the carpet

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare live action trailer

Call of Duty live trailers sure are big, loud and expensive. Advanced Warfare isn’t bucking the trend, with its brotacular, first-person perspective advert. Live action is a bit of a misnomer, though as it’s so filled with CGI that it’s about as live action as the game itself. 

It’s a race through Advanced Warfare’s vision of 20159 Lagos, with your best bro, that dude who was, I think, in that awful Battleship movie. The lassie from the fairly creepy Blurred Lines music video is also in it because... no, I honestly don’t know. Watch it for yourself, below.

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The best of the Steam Halloween Sale

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Steam Halloween Sale

If you’ve nearly emptied your bank account to pay for the materials required to make your completely authentic xenomorph costume for Halloween, but still fancy grabbing some appropriately themed games, then not to worry - Valve has you covered. 

And by has you covered, I mean that Valve wants to bleed that bank account dry with the Steam Halloween Sale. Lock up that wallet.

With 21 pages of discounted sales, I’m not going to be listing them all, but I've found a few choice spooky games to keep you feeling uneasy this Halloween. And they’re dead cheap. 

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Alone in the Dark: Illumination and Haunted House: Cryptic Graves appear on Steam in time for Halloween

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Haunted House: Cryptic Graves

We haven’t heard all that much about Atari’s Alone in the Dark and Haunted House reboots, both due out in Holiday 2014, as the Americans say. This doesn’t mean you can’t throw caution to the wind and pre-order both of them now, but caution is good, so maybe you shouldn’t.

Both games have appeared on Steam, and Haunted House has a new trailer that you can slap your eyes on below. 

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