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Ripley's Believe It or Not: Team Fortress 2 gets Alien: Isolation items

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In the long list of things that the Alien series is known for, there are three things that rise to the top - elements that, if they didn’t exist, would make the films - and subsequently Alien: Isolation - less impactful. 

There’s the terror-inducing, nightmarish claustrophobia; the purposefully uncomfortable sexual overtones; and, of course, Team Fortress 2 hats. Yesterday number three would have been reserved for Ripley’s awesome perm, but no longer. 

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Blizzard's been tinkering away under World of Warcraft's hood

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While most residents of Azeroth are hungrily devouring information on all the cosmetic and design changes, along with the new Draenor region, being brought to World of Warcraft in the impending Warlords of Draenor expansion, Blizzard has not forgotten about the tinkerers. After all, there are two races dedicated to those with gear grinding and knob twiddling predilections. 

The developer has been doing a lot of work under the hood, and a new blog series - Engineer’s Workshop - begins today in an effort to break down the changes coming to World of Warcraft’s engine. First on the agenda is anti-aliasing. 

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Final Fantasy IV snuck onto Steam today

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Final Fantasy and PC gaming don’t tend to go hand in hand, yet on Steam, you can grab Final Fantasy III, VII, VIII, XI and XIV. That’s a lot of Roman numerals. When Cloud and chums arrived on Steam last year, the seventh outing was popular enough so that producer Yoshinori Kitase thought it would open the door to more iterations of the series landing on Valve’s big, all consuming platform. 

And he was right, because not long after, Final Fantasy III was summoned. So I’m unlikely to shock anyone by pointing out that its successor has also arrived on Steam. Indeed, the only real surprise is that Final Fantasy IV appeared today with absolutely no fanfare or fuss whatsoever.

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Feel the love: Nvidia is hosting a gargantuan global celebration of PC gaming tomorrow

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Nvidia rather likes PC gaming - which isn’t particularly surprising given how many of our PCs are powered by the developer’s tech. But on Thursday, the folks at Nvidia want to show you how much, exactly, they like it with a rather barmy 24 hour celebration that they're calling Game24.  

From London to Shanghai, there will be big live events along with a blow out online. Competitions, developer interviews, a very random assortment of celebrities, guest hosts, Dota 2 shenanigans and announcements from Nvidia and game devs are all being crammed into this 24 hour global party. 

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The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

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The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

When you and some friends get together on a Minecraft server, it’s basically a cosplay competition. Make sure you look the coolest buy turning up in a fab Minecraft skin. You could be a superhero, your favourite TV show character, or even a terrifying monster. Just don’t go as a regular Steve and pretend you're being ironic.  

To help you rocket to the top of the Minecraft fashion ladder, we've scoured the internet for the 100 best Minecraft Skins. Please peruse the catwalk below to find the right Minecraft skins for you. 

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Celebrate Elite's 30th anniversary by playing the remake for free

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In three days, Elite will be 30 years old. Games half that age are called old, so that must make Elite antediluvian. Elite: Dangerous dev Frontier Developments will be doing some celebrating, but separate from that, an unofficial remastered version of the original will be available for free. 

Programmer Christian Pinder put together the remake, Elite: The New Kind, back in ‘99, but copyright issues meant that it was taken down. With the birthday incoming, however, Elite co-designer Ian Bell has supported its return. 

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ArcheAge review in progress

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ArcheAge Review In Progress

Welcome to my review in progress for ArcheAge: XLGames and Trion World’s hybrid pirate-sandbox MMO. For the next couple of weeks I’ll be exploring the world of Erenor, writing down my adventures and impressions every ten levels. Be sure to check back regularly for my latest thoughts, and don’t be afraid to ask any questions in the comments section below.

I've just updated it with my adventures from levels 20-30; building and sailing a big boat, getting arrested and furnishing my house.

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Planetary Annihilation review

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Planetary Annihilation is massive. The armies - all robotic in nature - can be churned out at an amazing rate, growing into vast hordes; the maps are solar systems, complete with moons and planets, all gently spinning and circling their suns; and the devastation is on a scale that should be obvious from the RTS’ title. 

It could have been great. A new, bigger Total Annihilation or Supreme Commander for us to sink our teeth into. But it’s been tossed out the door long before it should have been, and it might as well still have that Early Access tag. 

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Weak at the knees: The Evil Within TGS trailer makes walking look exhausting

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Walking is hard. That’s the message I’m getting from The Evil Within’s new gameplay trailer from the Tokyo Game Show. There’s the staggering, stumbling, falling over - and then a horribly scarred and stitched guy starts rambling on. Well, I don’t think I’m ever going to walk again. It’s awful. 

The trailer does contain a bunch of new footage from Shinji Mikami’s survival horror, though. so it might be worth getting put off walking. Take a look below.

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Ultraworld trailer unveils off colourful polygonal world for the exploring

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In the vein of Dear Esther and Gone Home, James Beech has made Ultraworld, an arresting game world you’re given to explore and find its secrets.

Ultraworld doesn’t feature “jumping, shooting, crafting, survival, Nazis, zombies, space marines, fetch quests, high scores, co-op, multiplayer, microtransactions, DLC, or DRM,” Beech says. What it does feature is “exploring, relaxing, and thinking.”

You need to see the trailer to understand why Ultraworld makes that quite so enticing a prospect.

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Alien: Isolation trailer reveals survivor mode. Challenge your friends to play with your predator

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Alien: Isolation is already a challenge, you’re being hunted by an AI alien that is stronger, faster, and, certainly in my case, smarter than you. Your weapons can’t kill it and your items can only ever distract it for a short while. So, naturally, Creative Assembly made a mode where it’s significantly more difficult.

Survivor mode pits you against the alien, limits your resources, and gives you a time limit. On the plus side you now get a lovely score at the end which you can compare with your friends.

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Flagship’s an Oculus Rift-focused RTS that puts you on the bridge of a starship

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Something the Oculus Rift, and the general surge of interest in VR, promises is a new perspective on classic genres - both figuratively and literally. Matt and Brad Jeffrey are doing just that for the RTS genre with their game, Flagship. It puts you in a first-person perspective on the bridge of a capital ship and leaves you to command your fleet against incoming enemy forces.

The shift to first-person gives you a completely different view of the battlefield as well as putting a focus on defending your flagship above all other ships under your command because without it you can’t lead.

To get a grasp on how impressive Flagship looks you really need to take a look at the Kickstarter pitch.

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Legend of Grimrock 2 trailer takes the dungeon crawler out of the dungeon

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Legend of Grimrock gave you a group of prisoners and through you into a mountaintop dungeon, forcing you to go through it level by descending level to you could escape at the mountain’s base. It was dark, dank, and very dungeony.

Its sequel shipwrecks you on a bright, colourful island. It’s quite the change and one well worth seeing in its latest trailer.

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Xbox One PC controller release date set for November

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Microsoft have finally finished work on their PC version of the Xbox One controller. It’s taken a surprisingly long time considering the console launched almost a year ago and essentially the difference between the pc controller and the console is the added presence of a USB wire but its arrival is very welcome.

While an exact release date hasn’t been announced we know it’s set to come out this November.

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Commander Keen: Keen Dreams source code released to be poked and prodded at

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Before Wolfenstein and Doom id made a game more devilish, more monstrous, more nefarious than you could tentatively imagine: Commander Keen. You played as an 8-year-old boy flung across the galaxy with his pogo stick to battle the alien forces massing for an invasion of Earth. At least in Doom you had a shotgun.

The source code for that ancient platformer’s been released for anyone to take a look at.

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Firefall update 1.1 trailer throws out new elemental guns giving distinct borderlands vibe

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Red 5 have pushed out a new update for Firefall that brings elemental weapons, a titanic new boss, and a new dynamic event that’ll spawn in the world for you to dive into. The studio seem to be doing a great deal to liven up their world.

Just three weeks after launching the team released a substantial patch to make their world more chaotic and engaging. This latest update continues the trend.

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Quake Live trailer marks Steam release and proves existence of mutants

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There are times I can fool myself into thinking I’m quite good at games, then a video like the Quake Live Steam trailer comes along and everything I thought I knew comes into question. The video shows frag after frag that demands a sort of prescience you simply shouldn’t possess.

In short, I think this video shows more than just Quake Live running in Steam, it proves that there are mutants living among us.

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Survival racer Distance coming to Early Access this fall

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It really can’t be stressed enough how much Distance impressed me when I saw it back at PAX East. The futuristic arcade racer brought back warm memories of games like F-Zero and Delta V, with its stylized cyberpunk world and driving soundtrack.

Soon, however, you won’t have to take my word for it. Refract Studios just announced that Distance will be on Early Access this fall, and released an enticing new trailer to give you a taste of Distance’s taut action and hypnotic art and music.

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The Masterplan breaks into Steam Early Access

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I can’t recall what my first heist movie was, though the earliest one I remember watching clearly was The Italian Job, thinking to myself how I’d really like to be Michael Caine when I grew up. More specifically, I wanted to be involved in a great heist, a “one last job” kind of deal. 

The closest I’ve gotten is in our lovely digital realm, thanks to the likes of Payday, Monaco and Grand Theft Auto V - but none of them scratched my itch. Monaco was too silly, Payday was too focused on violence and shooting and Grand Theft Auto’s heists were too simple and short. The Masterplan, though, recently released through Steam Early Access, well - it has potential. 

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More survival advice for Alien: Isolation - vents are horrible death traps

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I am thoroughly enjoying these wee Alien: Isolation vignettes, even though they promise screams and pant-wetting terror. The latest piece of advice from Creative Assembly is just generally excellent advice even if you aren’t trapped on a space station with a hungry xenomorph. 

Don’t linger in the air vents. 

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