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The Swindle is Spelunky meets Deus Ex, a stealth roguelike in a steampunk top hat

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The Swindle

Having deannounced it a while back, Size Five Games have just reannounced The Swindle. It's a sort of side-scrolling Deus Ex in which you break into heavily guarded buildings, hack money out of computers, swipe bags of cash from vaults and then run away.

The old Swindle didn't really work, admits developer Dan Marshall, but this Swindle does. It's been overhauled, refurbished, gutted and rebuilt into something that's infinitely more compelling and fun to play: a smart, steampunk roguelike, a stealth RPG with permadeath and procedurally generated levels and scoops of Victorian charm and character.

I've been playing it and, well, it's remarkable. It's Spelunky in a top hat.

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Shadow of Mordor DLC Lord of the Hunt detailed. Lead a ghul horde

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Shadow of Mordor’s set to get its first major piece of DLC and it’s focused on the open world’s beasts. Lord of the Hunt adds mounted uruk captains to the fray as well as two new beasts to be ridden - the stealthy caragath and a new kind of graug which can vomit toxin on its enemies.

It also marks the return of Torvin the dwarf in a set of new story missions.

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The Long Dark update doubles world size with new Coastal Highway

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The Long Dark just added a long road which made the game twice as large (and twice as long). The new Coastal Highway area’s not the only thing to come in the v.152 update, there’s also been changes to starvation, wolves will hunt you more the closer you are to death, and there are now rabbits.

Cute little rabbits you can devour.

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The 10 best World War 2 PC games

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Games look as much to history as they do the the future and fantasies, and there’s few periods as well recreated in games as World War 2. A brutal and savage conflict, World War 2 was also a time of massive technological leaps and impressive new battle tactics that make it an exciting setting for player heroics.

So what are the best World War 2 games you can play on PC? In no particular order these are our ten favourites, containing a mix of genre-defining classics, and more modern experiences that you can easily download from Steam and play right now.  

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Enforcer: Police Crime Action is a full-blooded police simulator. Yet it’s hilarious

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Enforcer Police Crime Action

Enforcer: Police Crime Action puts you behind the badge of a Mountain Valley Police Officer. It’s your duty to keep the peace, be that by setting up roadblocks to check for drunk drivers, ticketing illegally parked cars, or hunting down escaped murderers in the woods.

Too few games let you play as the police and, when they do, it’s often as an undercover cop so you end up committing crimes anyway. Enforcer’s not like that. It’s an authentic police simulator and it allows for a lot more fun than you’d expect.

I just wasn’t expecting people to fly into the air when I tased them.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer shows off Nvidia Gameworks enhancements

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With Assassin’s Creed Unity seeing the series make the jump to the new generation of consoles we’re finally getting a game that makes better use of our humongous PCs. Ubisoft’s released a trailer that details the graphical lovelies we’ll see on PC.

I warn you now it’s all HBAO+ this and PCSS that. It looks well good, though.

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Scream Fortress has turned Team Fortress 2 into a urine-soaked carnival

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Scream Fortress 6

Have you had your fill of Scream Fortresses past? If you’re not too fat on candy and old game modes, you might want to jump back into Team Fortress 2 now that Scream Fortress 6 is underway. 

It’s a carnival of death, dismemberment and silliness, as Merasmus takes over, sowing chaos with spells, curses and bumper cars. 

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50-100 million Oculus Rifts will need to be sold for it to be a "meaningful thing as a computing platform"

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Oculus Rifts

Facebook has over a billion users. Even babies, unable to communicate with the world besides leaking, have Facebook pages. So it’s probably with good reason that Mark Zuckerberg thinks in big numbers, numbers like 50-100 million. That’s the number of Oculus Rift units that will need to be sold for the device to be a "meaningful" platform, which the Facebook head honcho dropped in an earnings call

Not quite a billion then, but gosh that’s still a very large number. 

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World of Speed developer Slightly Mad Studios is trying to do F2P without being "evil"

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World of Speed

Project CARS developer Slightly Mad Studios are ambitiously working on two car games at the moment, the second one being World of Speed, an MMO racer. And it’s free-to-play.

“We’re doing nice free-to-play instead of evil free-to-play,” lead producer Pete Morrish promises. “Free-to-play kind of gets a bad rap in the industry and rightly so because a lot of free to play games are nothing more than highly optimised systems that are made to optimise the removal of money from your wallet into the developers’ wallets. It’s quite cynical, nothing more than a slash and burn as far as I’m concerned.”

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Carbine starts free server transfers in WildStar to help out PvP realms

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WildStar server transfers

A couple of weeks ago, Carbine gathered every WildStar player up and plonked them into new megaservers, split into a PvE and PvP server in each of the game’s two regions, Europe and North America. 

But rumbles of discontent have been coming out of the PvP servers, with players concerned about how quiet they were. To tackle this, Carbine’s opened the doors to free transfers between PvP and PvE servers within a region.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive kicks off the Electronic Sports World Cup

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The Electronic Sports World Cup

Today is the first day of this year’s Electronic Sports World Cup in Paris, with players duking it out in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Shootmania and Trackmania 2, FIFA 15 and Just Dance. 

Matches will be taking place all day, from now until Sunday, November 2nd. You can watch the Livestream from the main stage below, which is all about Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at the moment.

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Inside Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition and the future of D&D RPGs

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Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition

There’s a proud triumvirate of RPGs that inspired Obsidian and 74 thousand fans to make Pillars of Eternity happen: Baldur’s Gate, Planescape Torment and Icewind Dale.

Icewind Dale is the lesser known of the three - but it’s also the only one to benefit from both the concise wit of Chris Avellone, and full use of the refined tactical combat engine BioWare are still now working to better in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Ask a fan what distinguished Icewind Dale from its ‘90s peers, though, and they’ll tell you about the cold. The frost that seemed to bite through CRT monitor glass and bring the danger and adventure of the Sword Coast’s northern wastes rushing in.

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Hands on with Dirty Bomb

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Dirty Bomb

Dirty Bomb is an objective-based multiplayer shooter from developers Splash Damage, the folks who've been making invariably excellent objective-based multiplayer shooters for the last thousand or so years. It's a team-focused first person shooter in which you work together using guns to achieve things, while another bunch of players works together using their guns to stop you.

The free to play shooter was revealed ages ago before slinking back into an epoch-long closed beta slumber. Now that it's finally re-emerging from its developmental chrysalis, all moist with a nutritious outer sheen and ready to play, I've been allowed to have a go. And it's really quite good.

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The 10 best World War 2 PC games

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The 10 best World War 2 PC games

Enforcer: Police Crime Action is a full-blooded police simulator. Yet it’s hilarious

Enforcer: Police Crime Action

Enforcer: Police Crime Action is a full-blooded police simulator. Yet it’s hilarious

Beginner's guide to X-Wing and TIE Fighter: joystick issues, controls, and picking a version

X-Wing

Beginner's guide to X-Wing and TIE Fighter: joystick issues, controls, and picking a version

Inside Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition and the future of D&D RPGs

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition

Inside Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition and the future of D&D RPGs

Hands on with Dirty Bomb

Dirty Bomb

Hands on with Dirty Bomb

Topic of the Week: Do you buy season passes?

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Topic of the Week: Do you buy season passes?

Dear everyone: it's time to stop buying season passes at launch

Season Pass

Dear everyone: it's time to stop buying season passes at launch

Making it in Unreal: How Yager are reinventing the open world in Dead Island 2

Dead Island 2

Making it in Unreal: How Yager are reinventing the open world in Dead Island 2

Guild Wars 2: Tyria prepares for war with the return of the Living World Season 2

Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2: Tyria prepares for war with the return of the Living World Season 2

Stockholm Syndrome: Why Scandinavia loves DreamHack

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Stockholm Syndrome: Why Scandinavia loves DreamHack

Civilization: Beyond Earth review

Civilization: Beyond Earth

Civilization: Beyond Earth review

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

Rodina

Rodina is No Man's Sky on a budget

Fighting the inevitable in Stardock's Sorcerer King

Sorcerer King™

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

Minecraft

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

Galactic Civilizations® III

Make conversation, not war: Galactic Civilizations III gets diplomacy

World of Warcraft's handsome new character models in action

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

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?