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Watch Dogs mod for GTA IV is finished and impressively faithful

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WatchDogsIV: replete with Pearce.

Everybody who owns Watch Dogs has spent a bit of time playing it like it’s GTA. Whether the UI’s to blame or the binary familiarity of hopping in and out of cars, it’s all to easy to fall back on long-perfected cop-shaking routines and machine gun solutions.

WatchDogsIV suggests we do it the other way around. The work of three modders, it infuses Liberty City with the closed-circuit paranoia, hacking mechanics and long, leather coats of future Chicago.

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Here's what to expect from Kerbal Space Program 0.25

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Kerbal Space Program

Space news! At some point in the very near future, Kerbal Space Program will receive its next update. Catchily titled Kerbal Space Program 0.25, it's the largest update since the release of First Contract over a month ago, introducing a whole host of changes to the space-rocket-explosion-resulting-in-astronaut-stranded-in-orbit simulator.

Developer Squad has kindly shared with us the roadmap for their game's next iteration. Here's what to expect in Kerbal Space Program 0.25.

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Shadow of Mordor preview

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Shadow of Mordor: diary of an orc.

Life in Shadow of Mordor goes on without you.

Most open world games only seem to have life when you’re looking, GTA’s cars only spawn into existence when you get close enough, Assassin’s Creeds’ pickpockets never spend the money they steal because they exist only as long as you can see them, and Skyrim’s denizens only complain about their arrow wounds when you’re within earshot.

Shadow of Mordor is different.

It has a world of characters that have ambitions, relationships, and enemies all of their own. Goals that have nothing to do with you that play out separate to you.

You get to see it all in play when you die.

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Total War: Rome II to get new campaign map, "hundreds of hours" of free geopolitics

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Total War: Rome II, resplendent in its Emperor Edition.

Was the existing version of Total War: Rome II fit for a king? Creative Assembly didn’t think so, so they’re bringing out an Emperor Edition sometime in September.

That'll collect together all the free updates Rome has had to date - which isn’t particularly remarkable for anybody with broadband and a spare day to leave Steam whirring.

But it'll also herald a brand new expansion campaign that’ll last players “hundreds of hours”. Called ‘Imperator Augustus’, it'll come to all Rome II owners for free.

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It looks like Volition will announce a Saints Row V this weekend

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Saints Row IV: a tonally complex act to follow.

Volition like things bold, brash and funny. They aren’t, bless them, built for the scale or subtlety of a Valve-like ARG. And so their latest attempt at game-teasing was over in one wave of a giant dildo.

First Volition indicated, with a dramatic wink, that they’d be announcing a new game at their ‘Quiz Show Hour with Volition’ panel at PAX Prime this weekend. And then came the exaggerated nudge: an email containing a dirty great image of the fleur-de-lis - the lily flower symbol of Saints Row.

I think we’ve all cracked the code by now, haven't we?

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Firefall patch packs in the action making it much more fun to play

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I gave Firefall a 4/10 when I reviewed three weeks ago. I thought the action was a repetitive grind and I spent far too long walking between missions. I also found that it didn’t foster much interaction between players, a lot of your time was spent solo and the missions simply didn’t require buddying up.

Well, Red 5 have solved a great many of my gripes in a single patch, fixing some deep flaws in the launch version. I’ve spent all morning playing and if you were on the fence about creating an account this could be enough to get you hooked.

Let me explain why.

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Hearthstone pro joins Blizzard as associate game designer

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Hearthstone

As eSports have become more prominent, the question of what the hell one does after they stop pro-gaming has been getting raised more. Riot’s even got a rookie camp that aims to not only teach League of Legends players how to market themselves and conduct themselves during interviews, but also prepare them for a career after eSports. 

In the case of Hearthstone player Ryan "Realz" Masterson, a job at Blizzard was where his career has taken him. The ex-Mana Grind leader took an associate game designer position with the Hearthstone and World of Warcraft developer after enjoying several tournament victories and becoming a notable streamer. 

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Titanfall gets a new mode, Pilot Skirmish, and Titans aren't invited

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Titanfall Pilot Skirmish

I like mechs as much as the next guy, and since I’m alone in my office, I am the next guy, and I like mechs quite a lot. But when it comes to Titanfall, I’m less a fan of the mechs than I am the pilots who… pilot them; specifically when they are doing things other than piloting their Titans. 

Titanfall update six is for people like me then, amazing people. It introduces a new game mode: Pilot Skirmish, which strips out AI troops and Titans, leaving two teams of eight pilots to duke it out alone. 

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No world is safe: Planetary Annihilation launches next week

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Planetary Annihilation launch

Uber Entertainment has decided that the studio’s world-destroying RTS, Planetary Annihilation, is almost ready for launch. In just over a week, on September 5th, the game will leave Early Access behind. 

It’s been a good long while since we took a look at the game. In my Planetary Annihilation Early Access review I advised patience, as it was only just getting meat on its lovely bones. But a lot’s changed since then, with the inclusion of Galactic War and the new features introduced in the gamma phase. 

We’ll no doubt be taking another look next month, but in the mean time, here’s the launch trailer. 

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Not going to PAX Prime? There are bundles for that

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PAX bundles

If you can’t make it to PAX, which you will no doubt know is opening its doors tomorrow, then you might as well stay at home and play some games. To assist in this noble endeavour, two bundles have been released - one on Steam and the other on Humble Bundle - filled to the brim will indie treats. 

Hopefully, your weekend is looking less gloomy. 

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Warlords of Draenor's beta patch notes reveal big changes for Hunters

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Warlords of Draenor beta patch notes

As Blizzard watched testers playing through Warlords of Draenor content, they’ve been doing a lot fiddling and tweaking. So the patch notes for the expansion - which were made available a while back - have been appropriately updated. 

Racial traits and crowd control have seen some very small number of changes, but most of the update is concerned with World of Warcraft’s classes, all of which have changed in varying degrees. 

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Put away your hidden blade: Assassin's Creed Unity delayed by two weeks

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Assassin's Creed Unity delay

I don’t think it’s wise to put much stock in Ubisoft’s release dates. Assassin’s Creed Unity now joins the vast majority of the publisher’s games to be hit with delays. It’s only a very short one, though. Instead of launching in October, it’s been pushed back a fortnight. In the US, folk will be able to get their hands on it come November 11th, while European, African and Middle Eastern customers will have to wait until November 13th. 

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S.W.A.P is a first-person shooter with body-swapping and no guns

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S.W.A.P

First-person shooters are often laden with goals and objectives, but one always rises to the top: shoot and kill things. Chaos Theory Games clearly aren’t ones for convention, because their upcoming multiplayer FPS S.W.A.P has no guns and only indirect ways to destroy opponents. Strictly speaking, there’s no death, either, as all combatants are swift wee robots with jetpacks. 

The clue as to how these little robotic soldiers destroy each other is in the acronym. They launch projectiles that allow them to swap bodies, and do bad things with their stolen form. 

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Anita Sarkeesian

Internet misogynists drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house with death threats

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Anita Sarkeesian

Here is the news. It's bad news. A woman who made a video on the internet about women in games has been driven out of her home by death threats and misogynistic abuse.

Anita Sarkeesian, author and host of the Tropes vs Women in Video Games series, received a torrent of online abuse following the release of her latest video, which focused on the objectification and sexualisation of non-playable women characters in games. 

"Some very scary threats have just been made against me and my family," she tweeted. The threats prompted her to leave her home and contact the authorities. Here's the video.

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Sledgehammer "worked with a Pentagon adviser" for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - a few years ahead of us.

Three years ago, Sledgehammer had just finished propping up an Infinity Ward devastated by the departure of half its staff to Respawn Entertainment. They’d made another game about Russian ultranationalists in Modern Warfare 3, and were tasked with conceiving the Next Big Threat for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

“We got together with a scenario planner from the department of defense, who is active in the Pentagon,” said Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey. “His job is to think about future threats and prepare ‘what if’ scenarios for the US government. So we asked him, what do you think will be the conflict of tomorrow?”

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