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Don't call them dreadnoughts: Fractured Space is a multiplayer ship combat game from the Strike Suit Zero team

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Fractured Space

It looks like Yager’s not the only developer putting together a team-based ship fighter with big ol’ capital ships blasting away at each other, some team behind Strike Suit Zero is at it too. They’ve formed a new studio, Edge Case Games, and their debut game, Fractured Space boasts tactical combat between massive ships on a “cosmic” scale. 

Ambitious.

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Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn is a 1-bit mystery, and you can play some of it right now

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Return of the Obra Dinn

Papers, Please developer Lucas Pope is letting everyone take his latest project, Return of the Obra Dinn, for an early spin. It’s a short demo, a teaser that will no doubt leave you with a few questions.

A first-person mystery, players take on the role of of an insurance investigator onboard the titular Obra Dinn, a ship thought lost at sea, but recently returned to London, absent crew. 

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Lords of the Fallen is a bit tricky, so Deck13 has broken down the mechanics in video form

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Lords of the Fallen

Lord of the Fallen previews have been popping up lately, including our own, where Jules called it a “ferocious and frustrating Dark Souls clone”. And he’s not the only one who has been having a few problems with it. 

In response to problems faced by streamers and previewers, as well as questions in comments and Twitch chat, developer Deck13 has put together a video breaking down the core mechanics of the game. 

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Unity

Unity co-founder and CEO steps out of the ring, tagging ex-EA boss John Riccitiello

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New Unity CEO

David Helgason, Unity’s co-founder and CEO, has stepped down and board member and ex-EA CEO John Riccitiello has been announced as his successor. Riccitiello was CEO of EA, after being President and Chief Operating Officer, but resigned last year. Since then he’s been dabbling in start ups and serving on boards, including Unity’s board of directors.   

Helgason won’t be leaving Unity, though, and will continue at the company as Executive Vice President of strategy and communications. 

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Judge dismisses securities fraud suit against EA; executives were just being optimistic

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Battlefield 4 lawsuit

Remember the lawsuits against EA and its executives over Battlefield 4? The securities fraud suit that appeared last year has been dismissed by a Federal judge. The suit claimed that EA’s top brass knew about all the problems with Battlefield 4 and then lied to investors by making public statements espousing the quality of the game. The judge disagreed. 

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Win a ticket to the Tank Museum and a premium Fury Sherman with World of Tanks

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World of Tanks Fury

You would not believe the fun you can have at tank museums. It was above the usual spot of a tank in the foyer of the Imperial War Museum that Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi forlornly asked our Paul why schoolchildren were “not exposed to the beauty of tracked vehicles?”. And it was at the Polish Tank Museum that our Jules first saw a mother tank with her child.

Perhaps you can enjoy similar escapades to the PCGamesN team at the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset, England. Wargaming are giving away a family ticket as part of a celebration of their new M4A3E8 Fury Sherman.

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Lords of the Fallen is a ferocious, and infuriating Dark Souls clone

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I’m about to be cut in half again.

I’m fighting Lords of the Fallen’s tutorial boss, the First Warden, and it’s teaching me about timing and positioning, largely by slicing me in two. Every time I make mistake either by attacking too soon or attacking too late, or positioning myself too close to the warden it’s game over. Often with a single blow.

I’m also about to be cut in half again because Lords of the Fallen has some serious flaws.

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Elder Scrolls Online and Skyrim books will cover the lore and the land of Tamriel

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Bethesda have announced a publishing deal with Titan Books to produce book series tied into Elder Scrolls Online and Skyrim. The MMO will have two books, one covering the lands of Tamriel and the other assembling the lore for players who want to know more of the game’s backstory.

The Skyrim book series will collect together all the in-game books as anthologies to put on your shelf.

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor gear guide: getting started

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Warlords of Draenor Dark Portal

Ah, that pre-expansion excitement. Warlords of Draenor, the next expansion pack for World of Warcraft, launches in only three weeks as of today. Servers are a hustle and bustle of activity as players prepare for the onslaught of new content and challenges ahead of them. If you’re thinking of coming back to Azeroth to see what the fuss is about, or maybe you’re already playing but you’re a bit clueless as to what to do, then this preparation guide should help you.

I’ll be discussing the best way to get to 90, how to get some raid-ready gear, and most importantly, how to obtain your level 90 heirloom: a powerful item that will accompany you on your travels throughout Draenor, all the way to level 100.

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Aliens by way of XCOM game, Halfway, gets mod support

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Halfway, the turn-based strategy game that harks back to the original XCOM in its mechanics but with a story more akin to the Alien films, has just been updated with mod tools.

If you’ve burned through the original campaign you can either get started on your own or start chewing your desk while you wait for someone else to make one for you.

That’s not the only thing to have been added in the new update.

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor has a place called Gorgrond that’s positively beastly

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Lots about the next World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, is being kept under wraps but as we get closer to Blizzcon and the expansion’s release date Blizzard are starting to pull back the blanket and show us what’s underneath.

Oh God, look away, it’s a dissected murloc!

Wait, no, it’s a new land for us to explore, Gorgrond, and it’s absolutely filled to the brim with wild beasts.

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The Stanley Parable sells over a million copies; "The Narrator decided not to tell Stanley"

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The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable is the story of an office drone who looks up from his desk to find his workplace deserted. It began life as a Source mod, and grew last year into a standalone work of quiet genius.

The game introduced a wonderful twist to PC gaming’s traditional malevolent AI routine. Its narrator, the English actor Kevan Brighting, begins Stanley’s story in the time-honoured mode of BBC audiobooks - but becomes rueful, flabbergasted and downright grumpy as the player begins to contradict the tale he’s telling.

Sound like fun? A million other PC gamers thought so.

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Ragnar Tørnquist defends ableist language in Dreamfall Chapters: "Those people exist in real life, and so they must exist in fiction"

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Dreamfall Chapters

Dreamfall Chapters’ first episode is out now, and by early accounts it’s typical of Ragnar Tørnquist’s finest work: a bustling sci-fi world that takes pleasure in defying cliché.

But a flurry of ableist language from one character in the game has upset fans who’ve come to expect inclusiveness and diversity in the Dreamfall series. Tørnquist, however, is unrepentant.

“You know, when we create and write characters, those characters are not always pleasant and they don't necessarily reflect our own point of view,” wrote the Red Thread boss. “Those people exist in real life, and so they must exist in fiction.”

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Titanfall's "biggest update" is still ahead of it; expect details via Twitch today

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Titanfall

If a Titan falls in Swampland’s forest and no player is around to hear it, does it still trigger that satisfyingly bassy boom? Respawn intend never to find out, rather feeding their debut shooter with new maps and modes in an effort to keep its player count evergreen.

The developers will today announce details of Game Update 8 - their first since IMC Rising, the last scheduled DLC release for Titanfall - and promise it’ll be a significant one.

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Master of Draenor I'm pulling your strings: Metallica are playing at BlizzCon 2014

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BlizzCon: a cathedral of noise.

The appearance of widescreen popsters Imagine Dragons at the League of Legends Worlds final last weekend drew nods of approval. It was another marker of mainstream success to note down alongside the LoL Coca-Cola bottles, American Express LCS sponsorship and Staples Center takeover.

But if eSports has a natural soundtrack, it’s metal. And if metal fans can agree on anything, it’s Metallica. The Californian sultans of speed will play out BlizzCon 2014.

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Unreal Engine 4

Epic's hosting an Unreal Engine game jam this weekend, so get tinkering

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Unreal Engine 4 game jam

Out of all the jams, game jams are my favourite, next to strawberry jam, of course. But at least game jams don’t have those little seeds that get stuck between your teeth. Though you can get seedless jam. Okay, let’s call it a tie and get move on to more important and relevant things: an Unreal Engine 4 jam is kicking off this weekend, and the top three entries will get a free one month subscription. Since $20 isn’t a lot, it’s mostly for fun. 

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Putting on the deerstalker and becoming Sherlock Holmes in Crimes and Punishments

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments

When I admit my love for Frogwares’ Sherlock Holmes adventure games, I make it sound like I’m confessing a secret vice. It’s a little silly. Yes, they’re a bit stiff, often obtuse, and occasionally quite odd, but they offer refreshing traditional consulting detective adventures in the face of the character’s constant reinvention. 

There’s Sherlock reimagined as, well, Robert Downey Jr., as a recovering heroin addict in modern New York, and as a tall man-child, but I’ll take Jeremy Brett’s portrayal over those any day of the week, and that’s what the adventure games are like. But occasionally there’s Elder God cults and Jack the Ripper. 

Holmes’ latest escapade, Crimes and Punishments, is probably the best of the lost. It’s trite marketing, but when Frogwares said that it would let you become Sherlock Holmes, it was a statement of intent that the developer has really tried to follow through on. And I blooming love it. 

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor gear guide: getting started

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor gear guide: getting started

Putting on the deerstalker and becoming Sherlock Holmes in Crimes and Punishments

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments

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Topic of the Week: What games are you looking forward to in 2015?

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Rodina is No Man's Sky on a budget

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Fighting the inevitable in Stardock's Sorcerer King

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Paranautical Activity un-launches on Steam after creator threatens to kill Gabe Newell

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Dear Microsoft: about that Minecraft deal

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Dear Microsoft: about that Minecraft deal

Here's what's coming in EVE Online's Phoebe expansion, and beyond

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Playing With Myself: Legend of Grimrock 2

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Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault is the single-player campaign you've been waiting for

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Make conversation, not war: Galactic Civilizations III gets diplomacy

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World of Warcraft's handsome new character models in action

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Hands on with Assetto Corsa, a racing simulator made using lasers

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Hands on with Assetto Corsa, a racing simulator made using lasers

Assassin's Creed Unity

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Playing With Myself: Sid Meier's Covert Action

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Playing With Myself: Sid Meier's Covert Action

Nvidia's plans to become a

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We've got 50 codes for Anno Online starter packs that'll make privateers of you

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We've got 50 codes for Anno Online starter packs that'll make privateers of you

Wild Cards: what does the future hold for Hearthstone's fresh pros?

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Wild Cards: what does the future hold for Hearthstone's fresh pros?

Total War: Rome II - One Year On

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Elite: Dangerous

"Every star in the night sky exists in Elite: Dangerous" — Braben on recreating a galaxy all over again

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Alien: Isolation

Playing With Myself: Alien: Isolation

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's new multiplayer mode is basketball with jetpacks

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's new multiplayer mode is basketball with jetpacks

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The uneasy brilliance of This War of Mine

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Meet my nemesis: Grublik the Black

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Alien: Isolation review

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