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Civilization Online trailer shows time-lapse of players building Paris, before nuking it

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Civilization Online

Civilization Online has been a thing for over a year now, but every now and then we get a sneak peak at what XLGAMES and 2K have in store for their upcoming MMO take on the Civilization series. Their latest trailer, shown off that this year’s G-Star event, demonstrates the players creative and destructive capabilities; including that of the nuclear bomb.

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Blizzard revert World of Warcraft dungeon loot changes after overwhelming fan feedback

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Warlords of Draenor Dungeon Loot

Distribution of loot has always been a hot topic in World of Warcraft; one that’s been refined for over a decade. In Mists of Pandaria, a new loot system dubbed “Personal Loot” ruled the Raid Finder - a system which gives each player an individual chance of receiving an item appropriate to their class and spec.

It was such a success, that Blizzard used the system for Warlords of Draenor’s five-man dungeons. However, it was quickly reverted back to the old “Need before Greed” system after “team” and “community” feedback.

This wasn’t entirely true though, and less than 24 hours later of outcry and petitions, Blizzard put Personal Loot back as the default system for instance queue found groups; along with increasing the rewards for both systems.

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Evolve won't charge players for its DLC maps; other DLC won't restrict matchmaking either

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Evolve DLC Free

Turtle Rock Studios, responsible for the upcoming monstrous multiplayer FPS, Evolve, have announced that they plan to release all DLC maps free of charge. Speaking to IGN in an interview, Turtle Rock Studios cited their reasoning, and it’s pretty simple stuff.

“We can't break the community up.” said creative director Phil Robb. “We never want anyone to get booted off of a server because they haven't bought something.”

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The Game Awards 2014

The Game Awards 2014 announces fan and jury nominees and categories

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The Game Awards 2014 nominees

The Game Awards is Geoff Keighley's VGX alternative, a show he also produces. It’s being advertised as a celebration of games, but like VGX it looks like as much attention will be given to trailers, announcements and random musical acts. 

The 2014 awards show kicks off next month, on the 5th, but you can already read the nominations below. 

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Chivalry isn't dead - Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is free for the weekend

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Chivalry: Medieval Warfare free weekend

What is a weekend without decapitations and the din of battle and steel clashes with steel and dozens of voices scream out in pain or roar in victory? A rubbish weekend, that’s what it would be. You can avoid a rubbish weekend by playing first-person fantasy hack, slash and stab ‘em up, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare for free over the next two days on Steam.

It’s brilliant, so you should probably start hacking away at foes right bloody now. Or, after it’s downloaded. You probably shouldn’t go outside and start a fight. 

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EVE Online's "This is EVE" trailer uses player voice comms to capture the MMO

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EVE Online "This is EVE"

A couple of months ago, CCP put out a call to EVE Online players, asking them to submit voice comms for a secret project. At the end of the keynote at EVE Down Under in Sydney, CCP revealed how they’d used the player’s voices and experiences. 

EVE Online is a bit hard to describe, particularly in a trailer, but this is why CCP wanted the voice comms of fleets and players - to create a new trailer that shows off EVE in a way that professional voice overs or flashy cinematics alone can’t down. The end result is “This is EVE”, and you can direct your eyes towards it below. 

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Metal Gear Solid 5 screenshots compare the PC and PS4 versions of Snake's bottom

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes PC PS4 comparison

The PC system requirements necessary to render the marvellous bottom of Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was revealed a couple of days ago, but what impact will the innards of your PC have on not just Snake’s bottom, but the rest of the game.

Wonder no more! Nvidia’s showing off a couple of exclusive 1920x1080 PC screenshots, along with a PS4 comparison so you can see how much lovelier it looks.

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor review in progress

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Review in Progress

Welcome to my review in progress for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, Blizzard’s nostalgic return to Warcraft’s roots. For the next two weeks I’ll be exploring Draenor, writing down my adventures and impressions on a daily basis. I’ll also be streaming my entire playthrough on our Twitch channel too, which is embedded below.

Be sure to check back regularly for my latest thoughts, and don’t be afraid to ask any questions in the comments section.

I've updated the review in progress with my experience tackling Draenor's dungeons, their bosses, difficulty, and my views on the new loot system.

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Blow up spaceships in the name of trade in Wayward Terran Frontier: Zero Falls

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Wayward Terran Frontier: Zero Falls

Wayward Terran Frontier: Zero Falls is quite the mouthful and the sort of name you’re going to forget in five minutes, but maybe you shouldn’t. It’s an indie space game that’s part trading and spaceship sim, part action RPG, with a style that’s not unlike Gratuitous Space Battles.

Players will be given command over a space station and custom ships in a procedural, infinite universe where NPC factions go about their business, at least until you board their ships and start murdering their crews, if that’s your cup of tea. 

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Korean RPG Lost Ark Online looks even more ambitious in the new extended trailer

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Lost Ark trailer

Lost Ark, Smile Gate’s online hack ‘n’ slash RPG, looked impressive when it debuted earlier this week, but a new, 20 minute extended trailer coming out of G-Star reveals just how massive and ambitious the Korean ARPG is. Adventurers can explore the ocean in ships or compete in drinking contests and PvP, all while fighting the Demon Legion of Kazaroth, whatever that is. 

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor gets another free skin and a new challenge mode

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor DLC

Talion, the square-jawed, moody hero of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, is a real downer. His family and friends are all dead, so he’s got an excuse, I guess. But sometimes it’s a bit heavy, and it would be nice to escape from the escapism of playing a miserable killing machine.

The good news, then, is that Warner Bros. have added another skin, free of charge, and you can now run around, kicking the crap out of orcs, as dreadlock-sporting commander of Nurn, Lithariel.

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Yogscast

Yogscast’s Jingle Jam streams for charity all this December

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Yogscast Jingle Jam

The Yogscast team are putting on a month’s worth of daily streams in order to raise bucket loads of money for charity. The Yogscast Jingle Jam will stream games every night in December, taking on challenges and holding competitions in the run up to Christmas and New Year. In return for donations to their chosen charities, Yogscast will be giving away games and Team Fortress 2 accessories to make your Christmas nice and jolly. 

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Frontier rethink refund policy for those that wanted an offline mode in Elite: Dangerous

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Still a threat: Frontier show off docking in the new Elite.

Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier recently upset a lot of people by revealing that their epic-scale space sim would be online-only. For many this was a deal-breaker, and gamers began to approach Frontier to request a refund. 

Frontier have been willing to play ball in many cases, but initially made one thing clear: pre-orders of the full, final game would be refunded no-questions-asked. Purchasers of the beta version who have already been playing the game online, however, were flat-out denied a return on their investment, as were Kickstarter backers. But that approach is about to change following studio head David Braben’s discussion with fans in an AMA on the Elite forums. 

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Gin and jungling: Snoop Dogg supports fan petition for Dota 2 announcer pack

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Dota 2

Dota 2 players have petitioned Valve to add another optional announcer pack to their MOBA. They’d like the voice of Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg, formerly Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr) to sit alongside that of System Shock 2’s SHODAN and Stanley Parable’s Narrator on the loadout screen.

Among the 1,700 fans on board with the idea is Snoop to the dee-oh-double-gee himself.

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Telltale's Game of Thrones gets a teaser trailer filled with Cersei snark

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A new teaser trailer for Telltale’s Game of Thrones spin-off has confirmed that last week’s screenshot leaks are indeed the real deal, and as players control various members of House Forrester, they can expect to meet familiar faces from HBO’s adaptation. Voices, too, as Lena Headey narrates the trailer with pitch perfect Cersei snark.

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Rome II gets four new Greek and Gallic factions today, and one of them is free

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Total War: Rome II DLC

Antiquity is busy today, as Rome II’s patch 16 pops into existence with performance improvements, tweaks to battles and campaigns, and balancing changes. A little more glamorous are the two bits of DLC which also launched today, and one of them’s free. 

You’ll need to shell out £5.99/$7.99 for the Black Sea colonies pack, which comes with three new factions along with new cultural traits, faction traits and units. And if you’d rather keep your cash safe, you can still get Rome II’s 12th piece of free DLC, the faction of Massilia.

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Valve

There's a new sheriff in town: Valve updates its Steam Early Access rules and guidelines

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Steam Early Access rules and guidelines

Steam’s Early Access program has been inundating the platform with in-development games for a year and a half now, and it’s become the Wild West. Games with “borrowed” assets, false advertising, forum drama, and titles that never get finished - it’s become increasingly hard to judge whether or not a game is worth investing in. It’s why we do Early Access reviews now. 

Up until now, Valve’s been completely hands-off. Besides taking down games that use assets the developers have just lifted or make false claims, Valve’s presence hasn’t really been felt at all. That was until now. The sheriff's badge has been dusted off, and a new set of rules and guidelines have appeared. 

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Port Review - Far Cry 4

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Far Cry 4 Port Review

Far Cry 4 has been out for a couple of days now, so I’m taking a break from my sojourn in Kyrat, and my mounting body count, to condense my thoughts on how the game fares on PC. I’m still relatively early in the game’s narrative, but I’ve put Ubisoft Montreal’s hunting and killing sequel through its paces. And I’ve got good news. 

While Assassin’s Creed Unity was inconsistent and has required a lot of post-launch attention from Ubisoft, Far Cry 4 is significantly more stable, with better performance on less beefy PCs. They recommended system requirements are the same as Unity's lowest. And it’s absolutely stunning, from the snow and mist-shrouded mountains to the verdant forests lousy with animals. 

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Grand Theft Auto V on PC will introduce an exclusive range of luxurious new dogs

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Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault review

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Sports Interactive nerfed real world players for Football Manager 2015

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Human Orbit is the Sims, but in space

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Port Review - Assassin's Creed Unity

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Pool Nation FX will be the best pool game on PC

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SkySaga: Infinite Isles is a free to play Minecraft with quests

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Topic of the Week: What do you want to do in Warlords of Draenor above all else?

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Topic of the Week: What do you want to do in Warlords of Draenor above all else?

Why you should return to World of Warcraft with Warlords of Draenor

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Why you should return to World of Warcraft with Warlords of Draenor

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The Escapists Early Access review

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The Crew: Everything We Know

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Here's all the spoiled cards coming to Hearthstone's new expansion: Goblins vs Gnomes

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How Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void makes your Protoss fantasies come true

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Decoding Overwatch: Blizzard’s best new game since World of Warcraft

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Decoding Overwatch: Blizzard’s best new game since World of Warcraft

Blizzard on Overwatch and Team Fortress 2 comparisons:

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Blizzard on Overwatch and Team Fortress 2 comparisons: "They're an enormous compliment"

Here's all the new multiplayer units coming to Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void

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Here's all the new multiplayer units coming to Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void

Heroes of the Storm's new ranked mode detailed; influenced by Hearthstone

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Heroes of the Storm's new ranked mode detailed; influenced by Hearthstone

Diablo 3 patch 2.1.2 introduces a new zone, ancient items and Greater Rift changes

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Feeling overpowered in Overwatch

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Overwatch’s heroes look to mix up MOBA and FPS class sensibilities

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Overwatch’s heroes look to mix up MOBA and FPS class sensibilities