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Strap in: the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale has officially launched; here's all the best offers

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Hold onto your wallets - the Steam Holiday Sale is upon us! It’ll be a hard journey; your temptations will be tested from today, all the way until January 2nd. If of course you’re in the market for some pc games for ludicrous prices, then you may as well embrace it.

Day three has slashed prices of games such as Metro 2033: Redux, Prison Architect, Europa Universalis IV and Binding of Isaac: Rebirth.

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DayZ patch 0.52 adds a slew of features; includes gardening and grim suicide mechanics

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DayZ Chainsaw

Dean ‘Rocket’ Hall may have departed Bohemia Interactive, but the team behind DayZ are still very much hard at work. They’ve just released a last minute patch to the game which adds a megaton of new items, areas and features to the game.

Among the new items and weapons, and two new villages, players can now set up gardening plots wherever they desire, as long as they have the right kit to do so. Also, if you get sick and tired of the apocalyptic world of Chernarus, you can now find a multitude of ways to end your life. Yes, that also includes via the newly added Chainsaw. 

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WarCraft: Armies of Azeroth is a nostalgic Starcraft II mod remake of Blizzard's Warcraft III

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WarCraft: Armies of Azeroth

A budding bunch of modders have remade Blizzard’s Warcraft III strategy game inside of Starcraft II. They’ve opted to try and “save” the original balance and graphical design of the game, while adding new gameplay features of their own. The models, while referencing Blizzard’s own, are completely custom made using the newer and more polished engine.

We’ve got a trailer and some screenshots below, so if you were a fan of the game, you can check it out.

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Respawn's Vince Zampella says future titles might not be Origin exclusive; teases non-Titanfall game

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Respawn’s monster mech shooter, Titanfall, currently only comes in Origin for; but that maybe not the case for future releases. Speaking to Game Informer, CEO Vince Zampella explains that he regrets not being able to field the game on more platforms.

“We would have loved for it to be on Steam from day one,” said Zampell. “but at some point it just doesn't make sense anymore and you start looking to the future and I think we should not make that same decision again.”

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Assetto Corsa races out of Steam Early Access with version 1.0

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Assetto Corsa

Kunos Simulazioni has formally sent their very pretty driving simulator, Assetto Corsa, out of the pits stops and into release. It had been in Steam Early Access since November last year, where the developers put out updates to the game on a bi-weekly basis.

“Version 1.0 signifies not just the long-term achievement but also a new start.” said the announcement page. “One journey ends, another begins ; version 1.0 by no means indicates the end Assetto Corsa development, on the contrary, this is now just the beginning of a long journey.”

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare teases mechanised zombies in new Havoc DLC trailer

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Zombies. Guns. Exo-suits. More zombies. That’s what’s in store for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC coming early next year. Dubbed as “Havoc”, the DLC will see four Atlas employees - played by John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal - survive against an Exo-suit powered horde of the undead.

A new trailer from Activision shows the terminator-style zombies in action, and we've got it below.

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Slave revolution sparks civil war inside Elite: Dangerous; escalates to massive capital ship warfare

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Elite: Dangerous is a big game; it’s set in our very own Milky Way with a 1:1 scale. With this in mind, it might not be surprising to see the number one complaint about the game, is that there’s “nothing to do”. Well, they’re dead wrong.

Frontier Development's space sim is teeming with NPC factions, all with their own stories and motives. One of them, dubbed as the “Empire”, is experiencing a civil war right now due a muddy succession struggle. It’s gotten so out of hand, that all sides have started to deploy some of the biggest ships in the game, and players can go watch (and fight) the entire thing play out in space, right now.

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Port Review - Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes

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Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes Port Review

Metal Gear Solid on PC. Metal Gear Solid on PC. Metal Gear Solid. On PC. It’s been bloody ages since the adventures of Snake graced our platform, and Big Boss never had the opportunity, so these are exciting times. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes finally launched on PC last night, and I’ve been faffing around in the rain for a wee while now. 

2003, that was the last time we got to play the series. It was Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance. 11 years is a long time to go without. We did get a decent port of the ridiculously titled Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, though. So it wasn’t absurd optimism that had me hoping that Ground Zeroes would be at least serviceable. 

The good news is that it’s not just serviceable. 

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Blizzard to consider in-game subscription time item for World of Warcraft

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Blizzard have revealed a number of exciting changes coming to it’s sole, but gargantuan MMO, World of Warcraft next year. Out of the many, many additions, one stands out among the crowd: a in-game sub time item, similar to PLEX in EVE Online.

“We’re exploring the possibility of giving players a way to buy tradable game-time tokens for the purpose of exchanging them in-game with other players for gold.” said community manager Bashiok in the forum post. “A few other online games offer a similar option, and players have suggested that they’d be interested in seeing something along those lines in WoW.”

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Trials Fusion will take Uplayers for a free multiplayer spin this weekend

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Trials Fusion

“Welcome to the future,” is the slogan you’ll hear melodically bellowed when you hit the main menu of Trials Fusion. The future, in this case, isn’t just a man on a bike flying through the air. The future is men on bikes flying through the air, in online multiplayer coming as a free update early next year.

You can test the million-selling ragdoll sim’s eight-player mode all this weekend, if you like.

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Let's take a second to appreciate that Mojang made an announcement within a text adventure

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Minecraft: Story Mode

Understandably, Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode grabbed the headlines yesterday - an episodic adventure series nobody can quite yet get their heads around. But we would be remiss not to spend a minute looking at the game Mojang themselves made for the occasion - a novelty text adventure called Info Quest II.

“Mojang will remember that.”

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Have you seen it? Evolve trailer shows off the Wraith, an invisible boss monster

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Turtle Rock’s revealed the third of Evolve’s monsters. A huge slithering beast, the Wraith sets itself apart from its brethren by being able to turn invisible at the click of its scaly talons. Not only can the creature disappear from sight, it has the power to conjure up a spectral version of itself to distract its hunters.

You can see it at work on the new trailer.

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Chris Roberts sends congrats to Braben on Elite: Dangerous launch, plays down rivalry

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Elite: Dangerous

It is a fundamental law of the internet: an Elite: Dangerous article cannot exist without Star Citizen cropping up in the comments. But the sometimes bitter rivalry doesn’t appear to have crept from the community into Roberts Space Industries itself. The patriarch of the crowdfunded Star Citizen empire has written to congratulate Frontier on this week’s Elite: Dangerous launch.

“I know that many Star Citizen backers imagine there to be an intense competition between our game and Elite, but nothing could be further from the truth,” said Roberts. “I’m looking forward to taking a little bit of time off of Star Citizen during the holidays and firing up the finished version of E:D.”

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Notch just bought a house

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Minecraft

Notch has moved to Tracy Island, off of Thunderbirds. Or Franklin’s house in GTA V - the one with the infinity pool and the view over Los Santos. Those are the only two reference points we have for the ‘megamansion’ the cuddly Minecraft creator has bought for $70 million, much to the rumoured chagrin of rival would-be homeowners Beyonce and Jay-Z. It’s the highest price ever paid for a house in Beverly Hills.

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Legacy of the Void: how Blizzard are building a beta StarCraft II with "meaningful" upgrades

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Blizzard have already begun the impossible balancing act of Legacy of the Void, the third part of the StarCraft II trilogy first foretold seven years ago. And they’ll start tweaking in earnest once the new game lands in beta next year. They’re aiming for “more meaningful” upgrades in one of the best strategy games on PC, and planning far-reaching changes to resources and worker counts.

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Minecraft 1.8.2 pre-released with altered explosion physics and better performance

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Minecraft 1.8.2

Minecraft might have changed the face of PC gaming, won over a young generation and encouraged a new mode of pacifistic play, but in places it’s made of the same stuff as all them other games: explosions.

Explosions are the subject of the game’s 1.8.2 pre-release, which was so comprehensively overshadowed by the announcement of Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode yesterday.

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15 best PC space games

The 15 best space games on PC

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The 15 best space games on PC

It’s been so long since we posted this list of the best space games on PC that the light from distant, new stars has now reached us. Sci fi games keep changing. So, with Kerbal Space Program reaching beta, Elite: Dangerous launching and NASA getting all excited about Mars, we thought it would be a good time to update Richie Shoemaker’s original list. 

Since it was written, there have been ups, like EVE’s new cadence of updates that have brought big changes to the game throughout the year, and there have been downs, like X Rebirth being properly rubbish. It’s chaotic, up there in the stars. 

The one thing that remains consistent is the fact that we’re drowning in choice, from classic 4X space games to flashy new sims that simulate our entire galaxy. It’s a good time to have your head far above the clouds. 

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Far Cry 4's "Escape from Durgesh Prison" DLC to hit in January; will feature perma-death

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Far Cry 4 Escape from Durgesh Prison

Ubisoft have let the cat out of the bag about Far Cry 4’s first DLC: Escape from Durgesh Prison, which will arrive on January 13th 2015. It tasks the player with, surprise surprise, a prison break. Where it gets interesting however, is the fact you’ll be on the clock the entire time. Further more - if you wind up dead or recaptured, you’ll have to start the entire thing all over again.

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