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Homeworld Remastered Collection revealed; Steam launch set for February 25th

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Homeworld Remastered Collection

The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been officially unveiled by Gearbox Software at PAX South today. The game will feature a high-definition upgrade to all the assets, new voice-recordings from the original cast, and updated cinematics that also keep in with the games original theme and style.

It will also include access to a new Homeworld Remastered Steam Multiplayer Beta, which combines both classic games into one platform for a wider variety.

Gearbox have also laid down a launch date for the game too: February 25th. It will be available via Steam, and you can pre order today for a 15% discount.

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Adventures in... Assassin's Creed: Unity - Butcher, or Benny Hill?

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Balanced on a wire drawn taut between two of Notre Dame's supporting pillars, I survey the congregation below. Among them lies my target; a chubby guy in a hat whose name I’ve long forgotten because this Assassins vs Templar war nonsense is getting tedious now. All I know is that his neck needs to be profusely bleeding, and I’m happy to oblige. 

I drop from my perch, collide into a barrier that was meters away from where I should have fallen, and collapse in a heap at the feet of my target. Thirty exclamation marks start swinging around on my HUD, the ‘dong’ sound effect signalling that I’ve been discovered rings out repeatedly. Before I can gather myself together I’ve been surrounded by guards who don’t hang around before skewering me like a hog roast. Colours fade, my assassin collapses, and the memory desyncs. 

This is my third attempt. Since when did Ubisoft make murder this obtuse?

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How to get better at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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With Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s release in 2012, and the subsequent reinvigoration of CS as an esport, the game is larger in the public eye than ever before, and that’s bound to bring in some fresh meat. If you’re one of those new players who’s been sucked in by Global Offensive’s recent popularity, here’s some quick pointers to improve your CS skills.

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ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion: Heart of Thorns

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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns

Today at PAX South, ArenaNet have officially revealed the first Guild Wars 2 expansion: Heart of Thorns. Continuing with the Living Story, players will pursue Tyria’s latest threat, a dragon named Mordremoth, into the heart of Maguuma Jungle.

The expansion includes new zones, NPC races, skill and class combinations and more additions to the various PVP modes. It will also feature no new level cap, instead keeping the theme of “no gear treadmill”. A new profession will also be making its way, dubbed the Revenant, which will use heavy armour and magical abilities channeled from the mists.

To celebrate the announcement, ArenaNet have also slashed the price of the digital version of Guild Wars 2 by 75%, at least until 11:59 PM PST tomorrow.

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Peter Molyneux offers Microsoft some advice on over-promising

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Peter Molyneux warns Microsoft not to over-promise with HoloLens

Peter Molyneux has given his old employer, Microsoft, some unsolicited advice when it comes to their new AR device, HoloLens. The master of over-promising and wandering sage has warned Microsoft that hyping its holographic display too much will end in tears. 

The Godus developer likened it to the original Kinect, which came with all sorts of promises that it never fulfilled. Molyneux was key to Kinect’s hype, with the notorious Milo demo that nothing ever came out of.

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Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: Card games and road trips

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Weekend Deal Dump: Card games and road trips

The weekend is for drinking whisky and sending countless men and aliens to their deaths, because I’ll be spending it fighting Rob across Grey Goo and Ultimate General: Gettysburg. But before I sharpen my sabre and research deadly alien tech, let me point you in the direction of some bargains.

It’s an eclectic mix this weekend, and you’ll be able to get your fill of CCGs, racing games, and the Dark Knight. Take a gander below to see if anything tickles your fancy.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and ESL return to Katowice in March

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and ESL return to Katowice in March

ESL is gearing up for it’s return to Katowice, Poland this year, as the 16 best professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams duke it out in Spodek Arena. Last year saw ESL host two big CS:GO tournaments, including ESL One Cologne, where 856 years of Counter-Strike was viewed by nearly half a million people.

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DayZ has another milestone under its belt, with 3 million copies sold

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3 million copies of DayZ sold

DayZ has hit yet another milestone. The Early Access game has sold over 3 million copies. That’s just over a third of Chernarus’ pre-infection population, if it was the same as the Czech Republic’s, Bohemia Interactive’s home turf and the country that inspired the fictional region. 

That’s quite a lot of survivors, then. Good job, citizens of Chernarus. 

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If an Honorbuddy bot dies in a battleground, and no-one's around to hear it...

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When you turn up at a PvP Battleground in World of Warcraft, the last thing you expect to see is an army of players coldly and efficiently marching between capture points in haunting synchronicity. But that’s exactly what YouTuber Zybak found whilst he attempted to dig into some Battlegrounds matches for a stream. 

Almost every player for both Alliance and Horde were robots. Avatars puppeteered not by real players behind keyboards, but lines of code; their presence in the arena simply to farm Honor currency. The bot’s known as Honorbuddy, and it’s destroying the fun in WoW’s Battlegrounds. 

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How Paul Neurath is kickstarting an Ultima Underworld sequel, with the blessing of EA

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Ultima Underworld is sometimes talked about as the birthplace of the immersive sim: the first-person subgenre that spawned Thief and Deus Ex, and eventually Dishonored and BioShock. Thanks for the mechanics, Underworld. Your emergent scenarios and open approach have served us well.

But to cast the game as a distant godfather of modern gaming is to misunderstand it: Underworld isn’t done. Looking Glass’ first series was ended prematurely - and Paul Neurath intends to finish it.

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Battlefleet Gothic: Armada has the best weaponised space cathedrals in gaming, ever

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Battlefleet Gothic: Armada is basically a naval RTS, except the sea is a 2D slice of deep space, the ships are more like weaponised cathedrals, and you’re not sinking pirate ships but Eldar frigates, Chaos dreadnoughts, and whatever it is the Orks have slapped together and called spaceworthy.

We’ve been seeing a lot of Games Workshop series turned into PC games recently but I’m convinced Battlefleet Gothic’s going to be one of the best.

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Rift’s Storm at Sea 3.1 update washes up on shores soon

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Trion’s MMO Rift is preparing to send players off to the island of Tyrant’s Throne in its upcoming 3.1 update. Storm at Sea players will witness villain Crucia ready her armes for a new planar war.  

Coming with the update is a new 20-player raid, three new planar combinations, and a fresh collection of new items and minions to add to your inventory. 

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PEGI won't censor Hatred in Europe. Here's why

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In October Hatred, a violent isometric shooter about going on a killing spree and murdering civilians, was pulled from Steam Greenlight. Valve initially said that “based on what [they’d] seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam.” However, two days later Valve co-founder Gabe Newell  said “It turns out that it wasn't a good decision, and we'll be putting Hatred back up.”

The American ratings authority, the ESRB, has given Hatred an Adult’s Only rating. It’s the second game in the board’s history to receive the rating for violence alone.

Clearly Hatred’s a controversial game, the sort of thing that makes the frontpage of The Daily Mail and the morning breakfast shows but PEGI, the European games rating authority, hasn’t said a thing about it publicly.

We spoke to PEGI’s communications manager, Dirk Bosmans, to find out why.

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Life is Strange dev diary discusses the Butterfly Effect and time meddling

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Dontnod’s upcoming adventure Life is Strange is a little on the time-y wime-y side. Its central character Max is a bit of a Time Lady y’see, and can manipulate the passing of hours to her benefit. You’ll be doing it a lot during Life is Strange’s story, and so the development team have dedicated a video diary to exploring the Butterfly Effect and how that can change Max’s experiences. 

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Dying Light’s ‘Be The Zombie’ mode is no longer a pre-order exclusive

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Dying Light releases on PC on January 27th, and on that date there will be a small change to your previously scheduled launch. Where once the game’s asynchronous ‘Be the Zombie’ multiplayer mode was a pre-order bonus reserved only for those with enough interest to buy the game before release, it’s now available to one and all, no matter when you slap down the cash. 

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Besiege is all about destroying peoples lives with massive siege engines

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Castles. They’re just begging to be blown up, aren’t they? That’s the name of the game in Besiege, a lovely looking physics destruction game from Spiderling Studios where you build bloody great catapults (or even spinny blade things) and charge them into fortresses. 

It’s on Steam Greenlight right now. Take a look at the trailer and see why we’re grinning at its potential. 

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Grow Home is Ubisoft’s latest passion project, help a robot climb a beanstalk

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Ubisoft are getting really good at smaller ‘passion projects’. Having kicked out Child of Light, Valiant Hearts, and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon over the last couple of years, the studio is now gearing up to launch their latest little game: Grow Home. 

It’s all about helping a robot return to his spaceship which hangs in orbit. Rather than using the cliched method of rocket boosted boots though, the robot in Grow Home has decided to sprout a massive beanstalk and climb it to the clouds. 

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ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion: Heart of Thorns

Guild Wars 2

ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion: Heart of Thorns

Weekend Deal Dump: Card games and road trips

Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: Card games and road trips

How Paul Neurath is kickstarting an Ultima Underworld sequel, with the blessing of EA

Underworld Ascendant

How Paul Neurath is kickstarting an Ultima Underworld sequel, with the blessing of EA

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada has the best weaponised space cathedrals in gaming, ever

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada has the best weaponised space cathedrals in gaming, ever

PEGI won't censor Hatred in Europe. Here's why

Hatred

PEGI won't censor Hatred in Europe. Here's why

Looking back: why it's time to return to Far Cry 2

Far Cry® 2: Fortune's Edition

Looking back: why it's time to return to Far Cry 2

The devs behind Remember Me are making a smart WW1 vampire RPG

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The devs behind Remember Me are making a smart WW1 vampire RPG

Chaos Reborn Early Access review

Chaos Reborn

Chaos Reborn Early Access review

Microsoft's plans for marrying Windows 10 and PC gaming: Xbox Live, DirectX, and streaming

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Microsoft's plans for marrying Windows 10 and PC gaming: Xbox Live, DirectX, and streaming

How Company of Heroes 2 became Steam's biggest RTS

Company of Heroes 2

How Company of Heroes 2 became Steam's biggest RTS

Here are my impressions of Infinifactory, please trust them

Infinifactory

Here are my impressions of Infinifactory, please trust them

We’ve got 500 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to giveaway to EU players and PLEASE NO TRAMPLING

Heroes of the Storm

We’ve got 500 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to giveaway to EU players and PLEASE NO TRAMPLING

Accusations of StarCraft match-fixing against progamer San from betting site Pinnacle

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Accusations of StarCraft match-fixing against progamer San from betting site Pinnacle

Tomorrow, we start giving away hundreds of Heroes of the Storm beta keys

Heroes of the Storm

Tomorrow, we start giving away hundreds of Heroes of the Storm beta keys

Topic of the Week: What works and doesn't work in survival games?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What works and doesn't work in survival games?

Blackguards 2 review

Blackguards 2

Blackguards 2 review

The Big Interview: William Pugh closes the book on The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable

The Big Interview: William Pugh closes the book on The Stanley Parable

The best mods and apps for Elite: Dangerous

Elite: Dangerous

The best mods and apps for Elite: Dangerous

Making it in Unreal: can Elite dock with FTL for Kickstarted space sim Into the Stars?

Into the Stars

Making it in Unreal: can Elite dock with FTL for Kickstarted space sim Into the Stars?

Adventures in... The Sims 4 - Launching Mulder and Scully into space

The Sims 4

Adventures in... The Sims 4 - Launching Mulder and Scully into space

Weekend Deal Dump: These deals are criminal

Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: These deals are criminal

Out There's Michael Peiffert on bringing the brilliant space roguelike to PC

Out There: Omega Edition

Out There's Michael Peiffert on bringing the brilliant space roguelike to PC

Rust Early Access review: one year on

Rust

Rust Early Access review: one year on

Total War modder to wargame maker: Nick Thomadis' road to Ultimate General: Gettysburg

Ultimate General: Gettysburg

Total War modder to wargame maker: Nick Thomadis' road to Ultimate General: Gettysburg

The Survivor GameZ: The DayZ eSport is returning

DayZ

The Survivor GameZ: The DayZ eSport is returning

Satellite Reign Early Access review

Satellite Reign

Satellite Reign Early Access review

The Big Interview: Chris Avellone on how to write an RPG

Pillars of Eternity

The Big Interview: Chris Avellone on how to write an RPG

Train Simulator 2015: hands on with the London Overground train

Train Simulator 2015

Train Simulator 2015: hands on with the London Overground train

The best wargames on PC

Unity of Command: Stalingrad Campaign

The best wargames on PC

Closed: We’re giving away a Geforce GTX970-powered gaming PC courtesy of Gameforge

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Closed: We’re giving away a Geforce GTX970-powered gaming PC courtesy of Gameforge