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Shelter 2 trailer makes survival look gorgeous while being totally harrowing

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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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“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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3D Realms rises from the grave with a 32-game anthology

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3D Realms revived

Despite its legacy, developer 3D Realms has been known more for lawsuits than games over the last few years, and earlier this year, its remains were acquired by Rise of the Triad (the remake) developer Interceptor. This all happened while Gearbox was suing both companies for announcing a Duke Nukem game. 

Today, the veteran developer is back, reformed by Interceptor and some of the original team. First thing on the docket for the newly resurrected company is the release of a massive anthology of old 3D Realms games, from Duke Nukem 3D to Commander Keen. 

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Stockholm Syndrome: Why Scandinavia loves DreamHack

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If there were any worry that DreamHack would lose some of its unique allure in its move from the Swedish provinces to the capital, that doubt dissolved like the snow in Jönköping about a minute and a half after I lost my hotel keycard at the Stockholm Globe Arena.

I spent the 10 floor lift journey down to the lobby working up the grovel in my voice, but needn’t have bothered. 

“Are you at DreamHack?” asked the young blonde Swede at the desk, eyes brightening as his hands registered my new card. “I’m kind of a nerdy guy myself. What do you play?”

This is what DreamHack do: inclusive, wide-eyed events. Their feet are in PC gaming, and their heads filled with ideas for bettering eSports, the Scandinavian games industry, and themselves.

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World of Warcraft character transfers and changes discounted by 25%

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Warlords of Draenor: group friendly.

With World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor’s release date fast approaching you may find yourself all in a quandary. You want to start playing again along with all your friends but now they’re off on some other server and it’ll take ages to catch up if you start a new character. Wouldn’t it be great to just take your existing top level character and move it to another server?

Well, that wizardry has existed for years now but in preparation for the expansion’s release Blizzard are knocking 25% off the price.

It’s not just character transfers that are seeing a saving either.

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Risk of Rain patch 1.2 adds killer chef and Aliens-inspired Loader

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If Gordon Ramsey’s to be believed, chefs are angry people. They swear, shout, and hit things when they don’t get their way. Chefs haven’t always been this way so it’s a fair assumption that over time they’re getting worse.

Skip to the future-set side-scrolling roguelike Risk of Rain and Chef makes a lot more sense. He's one of the two new characters added in the 1.2 update. A killer robot cook, Chef throws cleavers, blasts flames from his chest oven, and lets you tear your enemies limb from limb.

Risk of Rain’s 1.2 update’s been a long time coming but when you see what’s in it you won’t be disappointed.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth review

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Civilization: Beyond Earth review

In Beyond Earth, Civilization has been unshackled, floating away from Earth, breaking free of its orbit and starting fresh on an alien world. This is Civilization, but in space: not Alpha Centauri 2, and without the iconic civilizations and leaders that usually makes Civ tick. 

It’s a good game, and one that will still see you, as it did me, binging until 3am, and the sinister alchemy of One More Turn syndrome lives on. But it’s nowhere near perfect, and strangely bland.

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Dota 2 players outnumbered all 99 other games on Steam's most-played list put together today

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Dota 2

Press releases eventually slide out of inboxes; promo deals come and go. But Steam’s stat page is forever - a slowly-shifting stone tablet of absolute truths. 

Dota 2 has sat undisturbed at its topmost peak for many months now, but this morning the MOBA claimed another quiet victory. If you’d totted up the total player numbers for every other Steam game on the top 100 most-played list, they still wouldn’t have matched Dota’s concurrent roster of heroes.

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Warframe Archwing update turns you into a rocket-powered space ninja

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Warframe gave us space ninjas in 2013, a sizeable technological advance on 17th century Japan, and now they’ve gone and got jetpacks in the upcoming Archwing update. Which, by my maths, makes them about 18,027 times better.

Yes, Archwing’s going to let you fly around in deep space, dispensing ninja justice to robots and evil spaceships-alike. And for free.

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Assassin's Creed Unity system specs are as steep as Notre Dame

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Assassins Creed Unity

It’s going to be a cruel Christmas. Over in the console kingdom, developers have tired of pulling along owners of older machines, content to let customers slide backwards down the hill on their sleds if they won’t buy a new box. And in the PC province, system requirements have taken a sudden and uncomfortable lurch upwards, like so much rum butter in your oesophagus.

To Shadow of Mordor and The Evil Within add Assassin’s Creed Unity, which is calling for the head of your ageing graphics card to be separated from its body.

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Warframe Archwing update turns you into a rocket-powered space ninja

Warframe

Warframe Archwing update turns you into a rocket-powered space ninja

Win a ticket to the Tank Museum and a premium Fury Sherman with World of Tanks

World of Tanks

Win a ticket to the Tank Museum and a premium Fury Sherman with World of Tanks

Lords of the Fallen is a ferocious, and infuriating Dark Souls clone

Lords of the Fallen

Lords of the Fallen is a ferocious, and infuriating Dark Souls clone

Red:Out is Wipeout, but on the PC. It’s about time.

Red:Out

Red:Out is Wipeout, but on the PC. It’s about time.

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor gear guide: getting started

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor gear guide: getting started

Putting on the deerstalker and becoming Sherlock Holmes in Crimes and Punishments

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments

Putting on the deerstalker and becoming Sherlock Holmes in Crimes and Punishments

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

Topic of the Week

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

Rodina is No Man's Sky on a budget

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Rodina is No Man's Sky on a budget

Fighting the inevitable in Stardock's Sorcerer King

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Fighting the inevitable in Stardock's Sorcerer King

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

Paranautical Activity

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

The 100 Best Free PC Games

100 best free PC games

The 100 Best Free PC Games

Dear Microsoft: about that Minecraft deal

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Dear Microsoft: about that Minecraft deal

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

EVE Online

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

Playing With Myself: Legend of Grimrock 2

Legend of Grimrock 2

Playing With Myself: Legend of Grimrock 2

Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault is the single-player campaign you've been waiting for

Company of Heroes 2 - Ardennes Assault

Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault is the single-player campaign you've been waiting for

Make conversation, not war: Galactic Civilizations III gets diplomacy

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Make conversation, not war: Galactic Civilizations III gets diplomacy

World of Warcraft's handsome new character models in action

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World of Warcraft's handsome new character models in action

The best PC games of 2014 so far

Best PC Games of 2014

The best PC games of 2014 so far

Topic of the Week: When getting a new PC, do you build or buy?

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Topic of the Week: When getting a new PC, do you build or buy?

Port Inspection - The Evil Within

The Evil Within

Port Inspection - The Evil Within

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

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

Assassin's Creed Unity

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Playing With Myself: Sid Meier's Covert Action

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Playing With Myself: Sid Meier's Covert Action

Nvidia's plans to become a

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Nvidia's plans to become a "full-service" video performance company

We've got 50 codes for Anno Online starter packs that'll make privateers of you

Anno Online

We've got 50 codes for Anno Online starter packs that'll make privateers of you

Wild Cards: what does the future hold for Hearthstone's fresh pros?

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Wild Cards: what does the future hold for Hearthstone's fresh pros?

Total War: Rome II - One Year On

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Total War: Rome II - One Year On

Elite: Dangerous

"Every star in the night sky exists in Elite: Dangerous" — Braben on recreating a galaxy all over again

Playing With Myself: Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation

Playing With Myself: Alien: Isolation

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's new multiplayer mode is basketball with jetpacks

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's new multiplayer mode is basketball with jetpacks