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Microsoft announce Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition; free to all existing PC owners

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At this year’s Minecon, Microsoft have announced the next version of Mojang’s cult block classic: Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition. As the name suggests, the game is built with Windows 10 in mind, and will take advantage of many new features that the new OS brings.

Also, all current PC owners will receive a free copy of the new edition, and the beta starts on July 29th.

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Telltale preview Minecraft: Story Mode with creeper filled trailer

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We’ve known about Telltale’s and Mojang’s partnership project for a while now: an episodic adventure series set within the world of Minecraft, but today we have our first glimpse of the game in action.

It’ll be a five-part series, where players control Jesse - portrayed by actor Patton Oswalt - who with his friends, they’re famed for slaying an Ender Dragon, and look up to the legendary Order of the Stone. But not long after, their skills are needed as a “Terror” is unleashed, which threatens the entire world.

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Weekend Deal Dump: American Freedom Fireworks Day Edition

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This weekend, our cousins across the Atlantic are celebrating the fact that they aren’t British with fireworks and ribaldry. I confess a not insignificant amount of jealousy. For the rest of us, it’s a normal weekend, but at least we have games to fill in the miserable hole in our lives. 

Here’s what you should consider picking up this weekend. 

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Sword Coast Legends gameplay: watch a deadly dungeon get built and played through

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Watching these two new Sword Coast Legends videos, which show off the extremely flexible campaign creation tools and Dungeon Master gameplay, have me swimming in a sea of wonderful memories. For a good few years, this was how I spent most of my evenings, playing Neverwinter Nights and running a persistent world with a group of friends. It remains the highpoint of my gaming life. 

Point your eyes at the videos, below. 

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Find out what The Division's Dark Zone is all about in this story trailer

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The Dark Zone is The Division’s free-for-all area, where teams of survivors can shoot at each other over weapons and presumably other stuff. The zone was shown off in an E3 demo, and I’ll be honest: it left me feeling lukewarm, at least until the betrayal at the end. There’s a story to this area, though, and maybe that’s exciting? 

Let’s find out!

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Dying Light's getting lots of summer events to take your mind off the heat

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It is hot and awful right now. Go outside, and the full force of the sun will sear your flesh and melt your bones. Stay inside, and you’ll drown in your own sweat. There’s nothing to do but wait for that inevitable moment where summer wins. 

While you do that, though, you can keep yourself busy if you’ve got a copy of the Dying Light. Techland’s got a busy schedule of events to keep you focused on the zombie apocalypse, even if your face is dripping down your chest. 

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Slain! is a gothic action platformer that looks like a heavy metal album cover

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When Nick told me that I needed to check out the gameplay trailer for Slain!, just for a moment I thought that the absurdly violent 2000AD character, Sláine, was getting a game. That would have been just wonderful. He’s not, lamentably, but Slain! doesn’t look half bad, and has just as much monster-slaying and cartoon violence. 

It’s an action puzzle platformer with hints of Castlevania and Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts and a mad, over the top style that looks inspired by heavy metal album covers. Appropriately, it’s also blessed with a metal soundtrack. Take a look at the trailer below.

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Here's a bunch of things that happened when I went to visit Wargaming in Saint Petersburg

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Saint Petersburg was founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great, who decided he wanted a mad cool Russian city right on the Baltic Sea. He also wanted it to have his name without looking like the kind of person who'd go right ahead and name a city after himself, so he found a saint who was also called Peter and whapped a 'burg' on the end of it. Job done.

Some time after that, Wargaming.net, the developers of the World of Tanks, Warplanes and Warships trilogy, opened up shop there to begin making games about wars and fighting and metal and death. I went over there recently to see what was up with that whole deal.

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How Colossal Order touched the clouds: the making and success of Cities: Skylines

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Rome’s traffic systems and waste works weren’t built in a day. The construction of Cities: Skylines began six years ago in populous Tampere, the city between two seemingly terraformed lakes in southern Finland. There, five developers founded Colossal Order with the intention of one day making a city builder.

“We had the dream,” said CEO Mariina Hallikainen, “But with the small team we had back in 2009 we were scared to go and attempt such a big game.”

Just as great cities are made from hamlets that grow and merge so closely that the seams disappear, Skylines’ constituent parts have been a long time in the making.

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Broforce is getting a Freedom Update, because America

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To celebrate and help raise the international profile of the little known country of "America", side-scrolling multiplayer shoot 'em up Broforce is getting all new bros, all new melee attacks and, perhaps most importantly of all, the ability to flex at will.

Flex your fingers by checking out the trailer for the new expansion, in which many syllables are replaced with "bro" for comedic effect. Silly, silly, fun, fun. I like it!

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Blizzard is teasing a massive Hearthstone announcement on July 22

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There's a big old Hearthstone update coming later this month, according to the sub-human scum over on terrible videogames website for bad people and actual criminals, PC Gamer.*

They've received an honest-to-goodness scroll informing them of an upcoming important announcement taking place on July 22. What could it be? I would speculate that it has something to do with all of those cards.

But that's just me.

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Team Fortress 2 is about to get its competitive matchmaking update

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The actual news here might be that — in this future year of 2015 — Team Fortress 2 still has players wandering around in server browsers and stumbling into random matches like cavemen, but Valve's shooter finally appears to be on the verge of receiving a long anticipated update that introduces competitive matchmaking and ranked ladder games.

This could turn Team Fortress 2 on its head, which is hard to do in a game with so many hats.

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Block N Load PC review

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It feels like it’s easy to dismiss anything that has boxy voxel graphics as nothing more than a cheap and quick cash-in on Minecraft’s popularity. If you’ve already cast aside Block N Load, I’d ask you to reconsider. The “Minecraft meets Team Fortress 2” comparisons are certainly true, but wonderfully developers Jagex and Artplant have managed to recreate those games’ essences in an inventive manner.

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The 15 best Star Wars PC games

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What are the best Star Wars PC games ever? If the first thing you thought after seeing that incredible new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was “Force me, I need to live in that world right this second!”, then what you need is a collection of atmospheric computer games with accurate sound effects set in a galaxy far, far away. We’re learned in the arts of selecting only the best Star Wars games around, so we’ve summoned this list of fifteen of the greatest. If you start playing them now, you may just complete them all in time for Episode VIII. 

No other film series is quite as well represented in games as Star Wars. Not only are there plenty of Star Wars games, but contrary to the usual trend of games based on film properties, many of the are actually good. Some of them are even brilliant. 

As diversive as you’d expect being based on such a rich universe, Star Wars games offer up a multitude of experiences. From flying through deep space whilst evading laser bolts to decimating a Star Destroyer with the power of the Force, these games have been true masters of enabling all our Star Wars fantasies.

Quick plug: Before we start the countdown, you could start downloading Star Wars: The Old Republic - the best free Star Wars PC game.

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Splat Fortress is a Splatoon mod for Team Fortress 2, complete with squids

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Sometimes, when my PC isn’t looking or is out shopping, I’ll sneak into the living room and fire up the Wii U for a few matches of Splatoon. Yes, I am a man who enjoys smearing his squid ink everywhere. The inky shooter is spreading, too. A Nintendo exclusive it might be, but modding has once again come to the rescue. 

Splat Fortress is Splatoon crammed inside Team Fortress 2. Take a look below. 

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Slitherine

Catching up with Slitherine: what a difference a year makes

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“Anyone saying they have a five year plan is talking out of the back of his neck,” JD McNeil, Slitherine’s CEO, told me last year. It’s a tumultuous industry, was his point, and a fluid one, threatening to leave long-term plans in disarray. Speaking with him again, last week, it looks like he’s right. 

Within the space of one year, not five, Slitherine’s direction has changed dramatically. There’s a renewed focus on PC, an in-house engine taking the place of Unity and a big internal change that means Slitherine is a publisher only, now, leaving wargame development to its internal studios and partners.

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The Battlefield of Eternity is one of Heroes of the Storm's greatest maps

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Diablo’s war between Heaven and Hell, its Eternal Conflict, has spread all the way to Heroes of the Storm, where space marines, dwarfs, demons and the occasional panda are now fighting either for the shiny angels or the grotesque hellspawn. It’s a grand old time! 

Nick and I have been messing around in the Nexus since the update launched, getting to know the latest hero, the charming Butcher, and killing our way through the Battlefield of Eternity. We’ve saved up our thoughts just for you, so point your squishy orbs of sight below. 

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Block N Load PC review

Block N Load

Block N Load PC review

The 15 best Star Wars PC games

Star Wars: Battlefront 2

The 15 best Star Wars PC games

Catching up with Slitherine: what a difference a year makes

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Catching up with Slitherine: what a difference a year makes

The Battlefield of Eternity is one of Heroes of the Storm's greatest maps

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The Battlefield of Eternity is one of Heroes of the Storm's greatest maps

Hands on with World of Warships

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Hands on with World of Warships

E3 preview: Star Wars Battlefront’s Hoth leaves us cold

Star Wars Battlefront

E3 preview: Star Wars Battlefront’s Hoth leaves us cold

Interview: Unity boss John Riccitiello talks a swamped Steam and the future of PC

Unity

Interview: Unity boss John Riccitiello talks a swamped Steam and the future of PC

Final Fantasy XIV new player guide

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Final Fantasy XIV new player guide

Path of Exile: The Awakening gets out of bed July 10, includes 2 new challenge leagues

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Path of Exile: The Awakening gets out of bed July 10, includes 2 new challenge leagues

The 10 best PC racing games

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Devilian is Trion's Diablo inspired MMO, with a devilish twist

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Devilian is Trion's Diablo inspired MMO, with a devilish twist

Nvidia showcase: Nine new games for the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV

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Nvidia showcase: Nine new games for the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV

Her Story PC review

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Her Story PC review

Unity on the future of VR controls:

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Unity on the future of VR controls: "Everything we did on a desktop no longer works"

We got our bloody hands on 100 Path of Exile: The Awakening codes, and we're giving them away

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We got our bloody hands on 100 Path of Exile: The Awakening codes, and we're giving them away

We’ve got 100 copies of oil-rush tycoon game Turmoil to give away. Fancy drilling for some black gold?

Turmoil

We’ve got 100 copies of oil-rush tycoon game Turmoil to give away. Fancy drilling for some black gold?

Making it in Unreal: Space Dust Racers sticks aliens and AIs in automobiles

Space Dust Racers

Making it in Unreal: Space Dust Racers sticks aliens and AIs in automobiles

Why is Blizzard releasing a beta of Starcraft II's new free campaign?

Starcraft II

Why is Blizzard releasing a beta of Starcraft II's new free campaign?

E3 preview: Crossout is a Mad Max inspired car MMO from the the War Thunder developers

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E3 preview: Crossout is a Mad Max inspired car MMO from the the War Thunder developers

What's happening with our Batman: Arkham Knight review

Batman: Arkham Knight

What's happening with our Batman: Arkham Knight review

My Rust character has a small penis and that's okay with me

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My Rust character has a small penis and that's okay with me

The best Dota 2 custom games

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The best Dota 2 custom games

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward review in progress

FINAL FANTASY® XIV: A Realm Reborn™

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward review in progress

The 22 best strategy games on PC

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The 22 best strategy games on PC

The best games we played at E3: Sword Coast: Legends, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and Battleborn

Sword Coast Legends

The best games we played at E3: Sword Coast: Legends, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and Battleborn

Skylines not the limit: what Cities studio Colossal Order are doing next

Cities: Skylines

Skylines not the limit: what Cities studio Colossal Order are doing next

Copyright is a place where nothing ever happens: how the ESA blocks game archiving

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Copyright is a place where nothing ever happens: how the ESA blocks game archiving

Tales from the Borderlands PC review

Tales from the Borderlands

Tales from the Borderlands PC review

World of Warcraft patch 6.2 preview: back to the skies

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World of Warcraft patch 6.2 preview: back to the skies

Which is the most expensive MOBA?

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