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Monolith debut PC footage for Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor with new challenge mode

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Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor

Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor launches in less than ten days: September 30th. As we draw closer to the release, Monolith, at this year’s Nvidia Game 24, have debuted a demo of the game running on the PC. They’ve also shown off the new challenge mode, which pits you together with five of Mordor’s finest in a race against the clock.

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Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype features 360 tracking and integrated audio

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Oculus Rift Crescent Bay Prototype

It’s barely been a few months since Oculus were showing us their latest DK2 prototype of their VR flagship device, the Oculus Rift, and now they’ve only gone and made another one. The ‘Crescent Bay’ prototype features tech that’s “impossible to achieve” with DK2, including 360 degree head tracking, improved weight and “high-quality” integrated audio.

Folks at this year’s Oculus Connect show managed to get their hands on it. The rest of us will have to make do with some photos.

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League of Legends launching in Japan; world dominance almost complete

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League of Legends Japan

At this year's Tokyo Game Show 2014, Riot have announced that their pedigree MOBA, League of Legends, is heading to Japan. Working together with Japan’s Logitech company, Logicool, they plan to put up Japanese servers in the very near future. That is of course, after a full localization has been performed, similar to that of the Korean version of the game.

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Love Loadout? You can play the campaign beta on Steam for free

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Loadout Campaign

We loved it in our Loadout review, so we’re super excited to try out the new co-op campaign mode that’s just hit Steam. You’ll battle a menace known as the Kroad - vile aliens that pastimes include that of wiping out humanity and constructing robotic minions to do more of the same.

With a new progression system, new modes and revamped inventory management, there’s a boatload more to do in Loadout.

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Heroes of the Storm enters final phase of technical alpha on Monday

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Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard have announced a rather important milestone for their upcoming entry into the MOBA genre. Starting on Monday, Blizzard are shutting down the Heroes of the Storm store. But this is good news, as they’re also making all 29 heroes available to play while it’s offline.

But then there’s some sad news. The week after, there'll be another account wipe of any gold, level progression and unlocks. This is the last one though, they hope.

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Australians can download the uncensored Left 4 Dead 2 today via DLC

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Left 4 Dead 2 Uncensored

The time has finally come for our fellow Australians to enjoy Left 4 Dead 2 the way it was meant to be played. Following the 180 reclassification from the Australian Classification Board a couple of weeks ago, Left 4 Dead 2 is now classed as R18+ to suit its “high impact violence, blood and gore”.

Now Valve have released a piece of DLC to the Australian Steam store to bring the game in line with everyone else in the apocalyptic world, and you can grab it right now.

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The Red Bull Battle Grounds Grand Final invades Washington D.C.

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Red Bull Battle Grounds

Today, Washington D.C. witnesses an invasion of alien nasties and stalwart terran marines as the eight finalists in Red Bull Battle Grounds prepare to duke it out, tooth, claw and gun for the biggest share of the $50,000 prize pool.

For two days, they’ll be kicking the crap out of each other in Starcraft II, and you can watch them fight for the championship title right here or over on the Red Bull Battle Grounds site.

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Battlefield 4 "Autumn Patch" sheds all the bugs; further improves netcode

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Battlefield 4 Autumn Patch

It’s time for some spring autumn cleaning in Battlefield 4, and there’s hefty long patch notes to go with it. Most notable is the further improvement to the infamous netcode, which is now set automatically to high as default to all users. A slew of game modes are also being added to Obliteration Competitive sub-game mode. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper patch without weapon changes too.

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No rest for the wicked: Triad Wars, the Sleeping Dogs spin-off, will be unveiled on Monday

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Triad Wars

Grand Theft Auto might still be the leader of the pack when it comes to open world crime capers, but 2012’s Sleeping Dogs gave it a run for its money. Indeed, the story, combat and gorgeous recreation of Hong Kong have GTA beat. So a new Sleeping Dogs game is a tantalising prospect. 

United Front Games announced Triad Wars last year, but have yet to spill a single bean on the not-sequel set in the Sleeping Dogs universe. But the studio’s silence is almost at an end, and details of the “PC online game” are due on Monday. 

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Clarion Call 4 is an impressive player-made EVE Online propaganda film

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EVE Online

EVE Online's players never fail to impress. CCP are caretakers - it's the players that drive everything, and that's never been more clear than when watching Rooks and Kings: Clarion Call 4. 

It's a sprawling account of Rooks and Kings' development of a new - at the time - battle tactic: pipe bombing. Part historical documentary, part propaganda piece, it employs in-game battle footage from different perspectives, player comms and a slew of fan art and cinematics to tell the story. 

Watch it, and then - if you haven’t already - reinstall the game. 

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Drive Angry: Battlefield Hardline's Hotwire mode is all about driving fast

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EA and Visceral have introduced a new mode for their game of cops and robbers, Battlefield Hardline. If you thought Hardline was just a game about angry, probably horrible, men running around, swapping bullets with each other, you’re wrong. Sometimes they get cars and shoot each other while speeding around. There are explosions too. That’s what Hotwire is - Hardline’s man in car vs. man in car mode. 

It does look like some potentially silly fun. 

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Battleborn's debut is flashy but familiar

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Battleborn

When Gearbox announced Battleborn in July, the studio had a real problem communicating what exactly it was. “Battleborn is: FPS; hobby-grade coop campaign; genre-blended, multi-mode competitive e-sports; meta-growth, choice + epic Battleborn Heroes,” said Randy Pitchford - which is just a string of nonsense. What it actually sounded like was a MOBA. 

Now the developer is ready to show it off, or at least the co-op campaign portion. The dev walkthrough released today might clear some things up. 

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Farming Simulator 15 declares war on trees; launches on October 30th

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Farming Simulator 15

The surprisingly popular Farming Simulator series is set to return next month, on October 30th, with Farming Simulator 15 - which is not actually the fifteenth iteration of the sim. As expected, the new version will once again allow prospective digital landowners to till soil, plant and grow crops, raise animals and faff around in an open world. 

But this time farmers will also be able to cut wood! Take that, trees. 

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Elite: Dangerous beta phase two launches on September 30th

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Elite: Dangerous

Frontier has announced a release date for the second phase of the Elite: Dangerous beta, at the same time revealing a chunk of planned features for the future of Braben's space sim.

The massive update launches September 30th and will boost the system count to around 500, introducing new ships, new exploration options, new stations, and the ability to grow your combat rating from "Harmless" up to "Elite" status.

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ArcheAge review in progress

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ArcheAge Review In Progress

Welcome to my review in progress for ArcheAge: XLGames and Trion World’s hybrid pirate-sandbox MMO. For the next couple of weeks I’ll be exploring the world of Erenor, writing down my adventures and impressions every ten levels. Be sure to check back regularly for my latest thoughts, and don’t be afraid to ask any questions in the comments section below.

I've just updated it with my concerns about queues, servers and what Trion are doing about it.

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Road Redemption trailer marks Steam Early Access. The game where it rains cars

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Road Redemption’s proven me wrong quite royally. When I first saw the Kickstarter campaign for a spiritual Road Rash sequel I thought it looked opportunistic and set to fail - none of the team were linked to Road Rash and their experience of game development looked to fall short of what it’d take to make Road Redemption a reality.

Seeing the new trailer it’s clear I was completely and utterly wrong. I can’t wait to boot it up and start cracking bikers’ heads while bombing it down a motorway dodging raining cars.

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Age of Wonders III update 1.4 and Golden Realms expansion released

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Age of wonders iii update expansion golden realms

It’s a big day, Age of Wonders III: Golden Realms has gone on sale and a massive update’s been released freely to owners of the vanilla game. 

Golden Realms sees the Halfling race appear as a playable faction, a new campaign, and a stack of new features that will filter through the game no matter which race you play as. 

Meanwhile, the update changes just about everything.

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Our best Diablo 3 builds

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Diablo 3 Builds

I’ve been playing a lot of Diablo since Reaper of Souls released back in March. Having accumulated many shiny legendaries since then, I’ve put together my favourite builds for each of the six classes in Sanctuary. They’re all certified for the hardest difficulties Diablo has to offer and will work in both standard and hardcore.

Each build has a link to their skill calculator in the build name, as well as links to any key legendary items. All you need to do is go find them, which is the easy part… right?

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