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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 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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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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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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Topic of the Week

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

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Topic of the Week: Games of 2015

It’s cold, it’s dark and I think I’m getting a cough, reminding me that we’ve now reached the final leg of 2014. There are still a great many games coming out between now and January 1st, but off in the distance, we can see even more. Many with a lot of promise. 

So for our Topic of the Week, we want to know what you reckon the best PC games of 2015 will be. What are the games you’re most excited about, which worlds are the ones you’ll expect to find yourself wandering around in. 

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Rodina is No Man's Sky on a budget

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Rodina has been around for quite a while, squirreled away in Steam's Early Access folder, hoovering up incremental updates like a hungry piglet.

It's an open-world space explorer in which you fly around a procedurally generated solar system collecting gadgets that allow you to visit and explore planets with ever more hostile environments, seamlessly ascending from surface to orbit and beyond.

You can walk around inside your ship too, pressing buttons, using computers and putting out fires, and all without loading screens. It's like an extremely pared down No Man's Sky, except better, because you can play it right now.

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Paranautical Activity developer steps down after threatening Gabe Newell

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Death threats are a pretty terrible way to blow off some steam, especially during a time when people are being chased out of the industry by them. But with Code Avarice’s Mike Maulbeck, who threatened Gabe Newell after his game, Paranautical Activity, was mislabeled as Early Access on Steam, the inverse has happened. 

Maulbeck’s outburst led to Paranautical Activity being removed from Steam, and in an apology written on the Code Avarice blog, the developer explains that he’s stepped down and will no longer have anything to do with either the game or the company. 

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It will never end: Assassin's Creed Chronicles will be a series

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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China

If there’s one rule that Ubisoft has, it’s that everything needs to be a series. This rule has been taken to new extremes with Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China. The side-scrolling spin off is a piece of standalone DLC, and Alex Amancio, Unity’s creative director, has confirmed that it’s just the first of a series. 

That’s right - even DLC spin-offs have to become franchises. Thankfully, it does actually look rather interesting. That might not be the case five or ten games later, though. 

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor free DLC lets you dress all in black and laugh in the face of poison

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor just got a wee bit bigger thanks to a new free DLC from Warner Brothers. Think of it as the crumbs that were left in the development cake tin, should have been part of the cake but you're glad they weren’t thrown in the bin.

It adds a new costume and three new epic runes to play with.

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Jade Raymond

Ubisoft’s Jade Raymond leaves to “pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities”

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Ubisoft producer Jade Raymond has announced she’s leaving the company to pursue “other ambitions and new opportunities.” Raymond was producer on the original Assassin’s Creed as well as Watch Dogs and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. She was also a key player in founding Ubisoft Toronto.

Her departure will be a significant loss to Ubisoft.

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Fighting the inevitable in Stardock's Sorcerer King

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Two lines of soldiers drawn up on a pleasant green field, one side has regular troops and the other is filled with wild dogs.

Brad Wardell describes Sorcerer King simply: “You’re Gondor, and Sauron has the Ring. He got Frodo.”

It’s an interesting place to start a fantasy 4X: you’ve already lost the familiar contest for supremacy. Another faction triggered the endgame and relegated everyone else to an historical footnote. That ruler has become the Sorcerer King.

Meanwhile, you’re the last holdout, trying to mount a resistance with just one city against an empire. To borrow another phrase from Wardell, it’s The Alamo as a 4X strategy game.

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Dark Souls' Games for Windows Live refugees can play on Steam from November

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Dark Souls: free from the clutches of Games for Windows Live, if not this chap.

From Software aren’t exactly known for lobbing out lifebelts left, right and centre, but that’s exactly what they’re doing for owners of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die edition. The developers have made it possible for players to migrate their copy of the game, along with its saves and achievements, from Microsoft’s uncertain Games for Windows Live platform to Steam.

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Riot approve two third-party apps for League of Legends: Curse Voice and Razer Comms

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We missed this last week, because we were distracted by the fog descending over League of Legends. But that particular mystery doesn’t seem to be dissipating anytime soon, so we should talk about the approval of two VOIP tools for one of the PC’s best free-to-play games - including one of the programs that first prompted Riot Games’ to clarify their third-party app policy in the Spring.

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Team Fortress 2 now lets players treat themselves to an early Halloween

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You won’t miss Halloween in Team Fortress 2 when it comes - there’ll be an exceptional comic, and a funny blog post, and maybe one of those webpages that changes as you scroll through it.

But if you like, you can start early. Valve have pushed out a new TF2 update that unlocks the use of spells and cosmetic items usually reserved for the holiday.

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

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A demon looms in the pixelated darkness over the player's first-person perspective in a dark blue-black room.

Update: Maulbeck has issue an apology, and is leaving Code Avarice. 

Paranautical Activity developer Mike Maulbeck has always had a tempestuous relationship with Valve and Steam, but the antagonism — and consequences — hit a new peak as Valve removed his game from the Steam store after Maulbeck apparently tweeted, “I am going to kill gabe newell [sic]. He is going to die.”

That went over about as well as you might expect.

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Dear Microsoft: about that Minecraft deal

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

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

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Total War: Rome II - One Year On

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Elite: Dangerous

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

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