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Westeros bound: first episode of Game of Thrones premieres on December 2nd

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Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice release date

Telltale has ceased teasing us with tweets about Game of Thrones, and has finally announced the launch date for the HBO spin-off adventure game’s first episode, Iron From Ice. 

On December 2nd, we’ll be able to dive into the intrigue-heavy land of Westeros as five members of House Forrester, telltale revealed on Twitter today. 

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The best PC gaming Black Friday sales

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Black Friday PC deals

That time of the year when our cousins in America all head towards shopping centres to fight each other is almost upon us. But these days, Black Friday is an international affair, at least online, so everyone can take advantage of cheap stuff without risking life and limb. Lovely. 

Instead of trawling through the list of deals every day, you can leave it up to us. Below is a list of the best PC gaming deals, including the Steam sale that just kicked off, and we’ll update it as new ones appear. 

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Endless updates: Amplitude releases free add-ons for Endless Space and Endless Legend

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Endless Space and Endless Legend add-ons

There’s less than a month to go until that funny time of year when lots of people selflessly throw gifts at other people. Endless Legend developer Amplitude is getting into the spirit early, giving away a free add-ons for both Endless Legend and Endless Space, called Visions of the Unseen, which we mentioned last week, and Chronicles of the Lost.  

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This War of Mine paid off its own development costs in just two days

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Sitting atop the Steam charts is about as good for the coffers as you might imagine, as evidenced by news that This War of Mine recouped its development costs in only two days.

Developer 11 Bit Studios announced the success alongside patch notes for their siege-centric side-on Sarajevo survival sadness sim, which has been floating around the Steam Top Sellers list since launching on November 14th.

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A weird Dragon Age: Inquisition bug is making party members shy

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Companions in Dragon Age: Inquisition should be nattering almost constantly, engaging in off-the-cuff incidental banter, telling jokes, flirting and generally being as chatty as they were in previous games. But for many players they're shy bairns, only opening their gobs every couple of hours rather than minutes.

An odd and reportedly widespread bug is rendering Dragon Age's party members mute. BioWare are now investigating the bug and have asked players to donate their 60+ hour save games in the name of research.

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Metal Gear Online to return alongside The Phantom Pain

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Metal Gear Online

Have you heard? Metal Gear Solid is PC gaming and PC gaming is Metal Gear Solid. A whole platform-specific history of compellingly silly stealth is now ours to co-opt, and we too can enthuse about characters with names like Psycho Mantis and Decoy Octopus.

We’ve got two games floating in over the coming months, like goats strapped to so many balloons, and probably a third in the strapping form of a new Metal Gear Online.

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Get covered in Grey Goo on January 23rd

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Grey Goo launch date

Talk to me about Grey Goo and you’ll witness my transformation from the grumpy, hirsute Fraser of 2014 back into the bright-eyed giddy Fraser of the ‘80s and ‘90s, excited about everything and bouncing off the walls. 

The likes of Blizzard and Relic dominate the RTS scene with their different but equally polished formulae, and there’s little in the way of refreshing surprises. But there’s Grey Goo, and it’s pretty bloody different. Petroglyph have taken the idea of asymmetrical factions and run with it, really, really far. The beta, humans and titular goo might as well be playing a different game, each compelling in their own right. 

And it’s coming soon. 

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is getting super zombies with the Havoc DLC next year

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare zombies

Zombies have, inexplicably, become a mainstay in Call of Duty, starting with World at War and its Nazi zombies. The shambling undead were skipped over in Ghosts, where aliens took their place. Really, it seemed like a missed opportunity not to force players to deal with cheeky poltergeists. 

We already knew that Advanced Warfare would be going back to the walking cadavers, but that it would be kept out of the core game and only available in DLC or to season pass holders. Boooo, etc. That zombies were making a comeback was teased in a nauseating trailer the end of the Exo Survival mode, which you can watch below. They’ll be made available in the Havoc DLC early next year. 

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DayZ's 2015 roadmap has been revealed; final version will release in the first half of 2016

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DayZ 2015 roadmap

DayZ launched on Steam Early Access on December 13th, last year. That makes it almost a year old, and with the first 12 months of early access development nearly over, Bohemia Interactive has revealed what the next year will have in store for the sociopath paradise. The developer also announced a release window of the first half of 2016.

“2014 has been an immensely successful year for DayZ,” said producer Brian Hicks. “We could have never hoped for so many people to join us for the adventure of Early Access development. As the team looks forward to our goals and features set for 2015, the vision of an open world sandbox where the player creates their own story and experiences comes closer to completion.”

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Mea culpa: Ubisoft offers free DLC to Assassin's Creed Unity players and a free game to season pass holders

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Assassin’s Creed Unity’s launch has been a troubled one. A slew of bugs have hampered the journeys of would-be Assassin’s, resulting in a patch that had to squash over 300 bugs, and issues persist elsewhere. The mobile companion app still doesn’t work on all advertised devices, and it’s the only way to get some of the exclusive content, while the Assassin’s Creed Initiates site is still broken. 

Ubisoft Montreal head honcho, Yannis Mallat posted an update on the Ubisoft blog, acknowledging the unacceptable number of issues. In addition to today’s patch, he said, Ubisoft would be providing free DLC to all Unity owners and a free game to season pass holders. The season pass has also been discontinued. 

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20 Best Strategy Games

The 20 best strategy games on PC

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Update 26/11/2014: We say goodbye to Company of Heroes, and hello to Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault.

Update 01/09/2014: It’s been over a year since our lovely chum Joe put together this list, so we’ve decided to take a second look, make some changes and expand it from 15 to 20. And where before we listed a few series, we’ve now plucked out the best of the bunch.

Here are the 15 best strategy games that I think you should all play right now.

Every game has strategy, and as a genre “strategy” can mean a lot of different things. Turn-based, or real-time? “Grand” strategy, or tactics? A great strategy game isn’t necessarily one with good graphics, or a wide unit variety, but it’ll have excellent core mechanics, and ultimately it’ll make you think. 

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Youtubers told to flag promotional videos by ASA. All thanks to biscuits

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Youtubers are now required to reveal whether they’ve been to promote a product and it’s all thanks to Oreos.

We’ve learned about a number of instances where marketing companies have paid youtubers to promote a game, often with strict guidelines about what they are allowed to say, but this is the first time the Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in to say what it considers appropriate.

The following story includes Oreos, children’s television, licking, and a government body.

You’ve been warned, the following story might be difficult to digest.

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Crookz is a disco-themed heist simulator

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As the old adage goes: fail to plan and you plan to fail, but fail to plan to fail and things will probably go alright for you. That’s the mantra behind Crookz, a heist simulator with a ‘70s twist so groove-tastic that the game’s title has had its ‘s’ transform into a ‘z’.

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Best PC Games of 2015

The best PC upcoming games of 2015 (and 2014's best released games)

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Here on the PC there’s new games every week, and that trend’s not getting bucked in 2015. Infact, it looks like 2014 shooed off all the good games and decided to be a year of tension building before the world of games explodes in 2015, showering us with all kinds of treasures from extraordinary space adventures to sneaky heist simulations. 

This is our list of what to watch out for in the next twelve months. Some we’ve already played, some we’ve only just heard about, but they all make us super excited to be gamers this year.

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Gigantic trailer reveals MOBA where your ancient is a giant, angry monster

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Dota sees you protecting an ancient tree from the enemy team. League of Legends? A crystal obelisk. Gigantic doesn’t bother with that guff, your job is fight in the coattails of a giant, rampaging monster.

Yes, it’s another MOBA but this one’s designed by James Phinney, creative director on Guild Wars and the lead designer of Starcraft.

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Dark Souls: Prepare to Die will excise GFWL in December, not November

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Back in October FromSoftware announced plans to strip Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition of its Games For Windows Live integration. This would allow players to port their saves and achievements over to Steam, something they’ve not been able to access since Windows shuttered GFWL’s doors.

FromSoftware planned to have this process completed for release this month. It’s now been delayed into December.

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Runescape's subscription cost is rising for all new members

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Jagex haven’t decided on the exact pricing yet but Runescape’s subscription costs will be raised in early 2015. However, unlike in other MMOs, if you’re already a subscriber you won’t have to pay the hiked rate, it’s only being charged to new players.

Well, new players and inconsistent players. If you let your subscription lapse for more than two weeks then you, too, have to pay the new rate.

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Crookz is a disco-themed heist simulator

Crookz

Crookz is a disco-themed heist simulator

The best PC upcoming games of 2015 (and 2014's best released games)

Best PC Games of 2015

The best PC upcoming games of 2015 (and 2014's best released games)

Topic of the Week: What are you playing now, and what have you left on the back burner?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What are you playing now, and what have you left on the back burner?

Armored Warfare’s co-op campaign is something World of Tanks sorely lacks

Armored Warfare

Armored Warfare’s co-op campaign is something World of Tanks sorely lacks

Fraser and Matt have a little chat about Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4

Fraser and Matt have a little chat about Far Cry 4

Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum PC review

Tales from the Borderlands

Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum PC review

Why pro StarCraft 2 has rejected the classic maps

Starcraft II

Why pro StarCraft 2 has rejected the classic maps

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor review in progress

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor review in progress

Making it in Unreal: How Daylight survived public pressure and became the very first UE4 game

Daylight

Making it in Unreal: How Daylight survived public pressure and became the very first UE4 game

We've got 100 codes for Infinite Crisis' Poison Ivy and her Autumn skin. Would you like one?

Infinite Crisis

We've got 100 codes for Infinite Crisis' Poison Ivy and her Autumn skin. Would you like one?

Introducing Gameport: the oddest game incubator in Europe

Epigenesis

Introducing Gameport: the oddest game incubator in Europe

Skyforge is an MMO where halfway in you become a god

Skyforge

Skyforge is an MMO where halfway in you become a god

Yogscast’s Jingle Jam streams for charity all this December

Yogscast

Yogscast’s Jingle Jam streams for charity all this December

Port Review - Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4

Port Review - Far Cry 4

Port Review - Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age 3: Inquisition

Port Review - Dragon Age: Inquisition

This War of Mine review

This War of Mine

This War of Mine review

Topic of the Week: What's the maximum you'd spend on a game?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What's the maximum you'd spend on a game?

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

Grand Theft Auto V

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

Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault review

Company of Heroes 2 - Ardennes Assault

Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault review

Making it in Unreal: How CCP rebuilt the Eve universe in close-up for Valkyrie

EVE Valkyrie

Making it in Unreal: How CCP rebuilt the Eve universe in close-up for Valkyrie

Winners Announced: We've five World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Collector's Editions to give away.

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

Winners Announced: We've five World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Collector's Editions to give away.

Sports Interactive nerfed real world players for Football Manager 2015

Football Manager 2015

Sports Interactive nerfed real world players for Football Manager 2015

Hands on with Dungeons 2

Dungeons 2

Hands on with Dungeons 2

Human Orbit is the Sims, but in space

Human Orbit

Human Orbit is the Sims, but in space

David Kim and the impossible balancing act of StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void

Starcraft II

David Kim and the impossible balancing act of StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void

The 101 Best Free PC Games

100 best free PC games

The 101 Best Free PC Games

Port Review - Assassin's Creed Unity

Assassin's Creed Unity

Port Review - Assassin's Creed Unity

Pool Nation FX will be the best pool game on PC

Pool Nation FX

Pool Nation FX will be the best pool game on PC

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

SkySaga: Infinite Isles

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

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

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

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