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Spooky Races: Project CARS gets a Halloween trailer

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Project CARS Halloween

Cars can be properly intimidating. Glowing red eyes, noxious fumes pouring out of their exhausts, engine snarling and roaring, the whole thing made of metal and fire - even a Volvo estate could be scary if you were in a dark alley and near sighted. 

So it’s probably not completely barmy that Slightly Mad Studios showed off a Halloween trailer for Project CARS at the Golden Joysticks tonight. 

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First blood in the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship will be shed next week

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World of Warcraft Arena World Championship

Even though Blizzard admits that World of Warcraft’s Arena PvP is “kind of hard to watch,” it’s there if you want it. The World of Warcraft Arena World Championship is part of BlizzCon 2014, with two groups of four teams duking it out in an attempt become the group champion. 

The first round kicks off next week, on October 31st, and while all teams will be heading to play at BlizzCon itself, the winners will secure two of the four spots in the semi-finals.

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League of Legends is close to making $1 billion from microtransactions this year

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League of Legends

For a game where spending isn’t mandatory, League of Legends sure nets a lot of money. Microtransaction revenue for the MOBA is up from last year, with Riot making $946 million through in-game purchases. It’s getting pretty close to that ridiculous $1 billion figure, which no online game managed to achieve last year. 

SuperData Research has published its list of the top 10 online PC games, based on microtransactions, with League of Legends sitting in the number one spot.

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Outlast 2 is in development; stock up on clean underwear

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Outlast

Outlast left me a nervous wreck. I rarely make it to the end of first-person horror games, but I was reviewing Red Barrels grisly asylum adventure, and thus had no choice. It’s brilliant and also not very nice. 

So I’m not sure if I’m going to be powering through the sequel. Red Barrels confirmed that it’s being worked on right now, set in the same universe as the original, but in a different place with different characters. 

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Football Manager 2014 has been played for 23,000 years, and that’s not including the pirates

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Football Manager

The Football Manager series has sucked more hours from players around the world than almost any other. Even now, a year after its release, Football Manager 2014 sits in the top 10 charts on Steam.

Miles Jacobson, Sports Interactive’s games director, revealed to me that on Monday, 20 October, FM14’s players had racked up more than 23,000 years of play time.

Well, in fact, it’s significantly more but that’s just from the people who bought it.

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Phonopath turns you into an audio codebreaker

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There aren’t many games that teach you skills, real, translatable skills but Phonopath is something of a unicorn. It’s a puzzle game with a simple concept - listen to a soundbite and work out the password it contains to unlock the door to the next puzzle.

Where it gets interesting is that it’s up to you to work out what sort of audio wizardry you need to apply to the sound to crack its code.

By its conclusion you’ll be an audio cryptographer.

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Shelter 2 trailer makes survival look gorgeous while being totally harrowing

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shelter 2 trailer might and delight

Shelter put you in the paws of a badger mother caring for her newborn cubs over the course of a year. You kept them safe from harm, found them food, and nurtured them to self-sufficiency. I loved it and urge you all to go play it. Now. 

Shelter 2 may look like more of the same but it’s a very different animal. Might and Delight have taken all the mechanics of the first game and reframed them. They’ve made a new type of survival game.

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Flak in the USSR: World of Warplanes 1.6 introduces new Russian jets, more airspace

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World of Warplanes

Wargaming might not yet have replicated the staggering success of World of Tanks with its skybox-scraping variant, but they’re updating it with the same frequency and dedication. World of Warplanes 1.6 adds a new line of Russian MiG fighters to the game, an extended map, and a ‘multirole’ class which will make existing planes newly customisable.

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Codemasters' Toybox Turbos offers kitchen table careening in the mode of Micro Machines

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Toybox Turbos

You’ve never seen Toybox Turbos before, but it’s going to start looking intensely familiar from the moment you push play on its trailer. 

The inspiration for Codemasters’ miniature isometric racer in a household setting is clear to anybody who ever peered over the shoulder of a friend playing Micro Machines in the playground.

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Riot chase down League of Legends hackers; "Every player to trigger this exploit will be punished"

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League of Legends

Riot Games are preparing a patch to tackle a wave of cheating in League of Legends - triggered by the discovery of a new and powerful exploit. Commonly misunderstood to be a bug, the exploit finds players taking advantage of a quirk in skill activation.

“This is a bannable offence,” said the developers last night. “Every player determined to have triggered this exploit will be punished.”

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Blizzard to deploy Australian servers for World of Warcraft ahead of Warlords of Draenor

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Warlords of Draenor

Blizzard have dedicated a set of realms in World of Warcraft to ‘Oceanic’ players for a long while now - but they’ve always run on datacenters in other continents. That’s to change in the weeks before the release of Warlords of Draenor. A new bank of servers in Australia will serve the country and New Zealand with that greatest of gifts: reduced latency.

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What to do in Assassin's Creed Unity's Paris: Murder, stealing and a bit of detective work

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Assassin's Creed Unity side quests

Paris is a busy, bustling place. I was once chased down a street by a dog after watching some rugby there - exciting stuff! Ubisoft reckons that its digital version of Paris in Assassin’s Creed Unity is pretty exciting and realistic too.

As always, Unity will be stuffed with diversions, some returning, some completely new. Creative director Alex Amancio goes over what you can expect when you’re sauntering out the 18th Century city. 

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Take a free weekend break in Arma 3

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Arma 3

Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War competition, which tasks modders with creating Arma mods for a chance to win up to €200,000, comes to a close at the end of this week, on the 26th. 

To make the end of the competition a wee bit special, Arma 3 will be completely free for the weekend, so you can check out some mods yourself, or simply pretend to be in the army on some lovely Greek islands. 

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WildStar's Carbine Studios loses over 60 staff in NCSoft "restructuring"

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WildStar

“Restructuring” is a terrifying word. It’s probably the most consistently used term for laying people off. And it, unfortunately, saw use again today as NCSoft does a spot of “restructuring” by “reducing” staff. 

The layoffs have struck all of NCSoft West, with the exclusion of Guild Wars 2 dev, ArenaNet. According to an unnamed Carbine employee, talking to Polygon, the creators of WildStar were hit particularly hard, losing over 60 team members.

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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty will come to PC "as soon as possible", and a beta is being considered

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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

Abe’s Oddysee remake, New ‘n’ Tasty, launched on PS4 way back in July, but the PC version has been in hiding, though it did make an appearance earlier in the month in a fully playable state. 

So it’s on its way and will launch on Steam “as soon as possible,” says developer Oddworld Inhabitants. There’s no specific release date yet, however.  

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Look at Dark Souls 2 through new eyes with the first-person mod

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Dark Souls 2 first-person mod

We keep Drangleic at arm’s length. We’re seeing Dark Souls 2’s derelict kingdom not from our own perspective, but behind the hero of the story. We are puppet masters, watching enemies from the safety of behind a knight or a sorcerer’s shoulder and then devising strategies to take them down. 

Only, we don’t have to be. Like Dark Souls before it, From Software’s tricky sequel has now got its very own first-person mod. Contrary to the design though it may be, it’s an interesting shift in perspective, a new way to look this peculiar world. 

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Guild Wars 2: Tyria prepares for war with the return of the Living World Season 2

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Guild Wars 2 Point of No Return

“The road to war is paved by points of no return” - those words from ArenaNet’s blog post couldn’t be more true, as Guild Wars 2 players prepare to bring the fight to the latest threat against Tyria: the mighty elder dragon Mordremoth, who was awoken by Scarlet at the end of Season 1. On November the 4th, the second half of the Living World Season 2 kicks off with a preemptive strike against Mordremoth’s forces.

We sat down with lead designer, Isaiah Cartwright, to talk about the update. Find out why you’re not going to want to miss the “unforgettable end” that will likely change Tyria forever.

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