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Fear-to-play: F.E.A.R. Online launching on Steam next month

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F.E.A.R. Online

F.E.A.R. was pretty bloody spooky. It was okay, though, because you could pin enemies to walls and riddle them with bullets. But what’s more scary than F.E.A.R. is a Korean free-to-play multiplayer spin-off. Warner Bros. and MMO publisher Aeria Games announced it last year, and now it has made its way onto Steam in preparation for an October 17th launch. 

Terrifying. 

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ArcheAge review

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ArcheAge Review In Progress

ArcheAge has managed to scratch an itch that’s been ignored for over three years. It's a pirate-fantasy MMO with a sandbox playground between two warring factions; three if you count the pirates. It was the likes of the sorely missed Star Wars Galaxies and the original Everquest (back when it launched) that have ever made me feel truly alive inside an MMO, and ArcheAge has invoked a lot of nostalgia. Everything you do inside ArcheAge requires some level of interaction with another player, whether that’s passive or active.

Every action a player performs is felt by hundreds of others, from the humble crafters to the infamous pirates. This is EVE Online but with actual ships. That’s not to say it doesn’t have some less favourable traits. Some systems - like the player ran trial - feel a bit half-baked. And the notorious Korean love for plain old grinding - namely with questing - rears its ugly head every now and again.

But it gives you enough options, enough different opportunities, that these issues take a backseat to what really matters: it’s organic.

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Here's how to survive The Evil Within

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The Evil Within

Sebastian Castellanos, the cop protagonist of The Evil Within, is going to need to leave behind a mountain of monstrous corpses if he’s got any hope of surviving Bethesda’s horror romp. Unfortunately for him, resources are fleeting and his enemies are resilient.

He has options, though. Loads of them, Traps, guns, one-time insta-kill weapons and even matches can help get him through the night.  

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor ignored Gandalf when he warned "You shall not season pass"

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor season pass

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is due out tomorrow, pitting the ranger Talion and his wraith BFF against the hordes of orcs that are causing all sorts of problems throughout Middle-earth. It’s a messy world. It’s also a place where you can participate in some gambling by picking up the season pass, which is currently 30 percent off on Steam. 

Warner Bros. spilled the beans on what this season pass contains, and it’s the usual suspects of ancillary story missions and challenge modes. 

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Blizzard on World of Warcraft PvP as an eSport: "it's kind of hard to watch"

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The Arena: not necessarily the competitive heart of WoW.

Two simultaneous broadcasts at this weekend’s DreamHack Stockholm made for odd juxtaposition. The 16 pros in the European Hearthstone Qualifiers sat inches apart in silence, while 50,000 viewers at home screeched and wailed along with every great play.

Just metres away, by contrast, it was the professionals in the European WoW Arena Tournament who screeched and wailed - while punters walked on past in quiet bemusement.

“I can definitely say that WoW 3v3 Arena right now is kind of hard to watch, in the form that it is,” Blizzard eSports head Kim Phan told PCGamesN. “And so there are things that we want to evaluate.”

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter PC review

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter PC review

Paul Prospero was never going to be an accountant or a sales assistant - not with a name like that. He was destined to be a supernatural detective; Fox Mulder with a hint of Sam Spade. He’s on a job, is our Mr. Prospero, and of course it’s his last one. 

Red Creek Valley is where he’s been called to, at the behest of the Ethan Carter of the title, a young boy in some supernatural trouble. As the title of this unsettling first-person adventure implies, however, Ethan’s not around to explain what’s going on or, rather, what’s already happened. It’s a good thing that Prospero has mystical powers along with his sleuthing skills, then. 

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Here's the Alien: Isolation advert currently upsetting telly-watchers

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You are not the only person to be routinely disemboweled in Alien: Isolation.

Play Alien: Isolation, and you will have a horrible time. That’s the way Sega and Creative Assembly are pitching next week’s blockbuster to the masses sat in front of their TVs. 

Leave behind your sofas, the advert hisses. Leave behind your houses stuffed with cavity wall insulation where there should be salivating xenobeasts. Come and crawl on your hands and knees through an off-white spacetomb instead.

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Superhot loses a programmer and PR man to higher education

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Superhot. Super. Hot.

Superhot is a shooter with a relaxed attitude to the march of time. It began life as the one webgame we were happy not to hide away in an incognito tab, became the fastest Greenlit game on Steam, and ended the summer with two and a half times its Kickstarter target.

But just as this first-person Frozen Synapse starts to look like a dead cert, one seventh of the game’s team has left the building. 

“For the last couple of months I’ve been trying to figure out whether the state of my education makes me happy, whether my skillset makes me happy, and whether working on SUPERHOT makes me happy,” said codewrangler and PR man Luke Spierewka. “The answer was ‘probably not’.”

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Windows 9 will be a free upgrade for Windows 8 adopters, reports suggest

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The OS with the most mostess? Windows 8.

It’s telling that the first Steambox to hit the market, the Alienware Alpha, won’t run SteamOS but rather a gently modified version of Windows 8. Linux might be Gabe’s open platform of choice, but there’s no arguing with the numbers: right now, Windows is where the PC games are.

Which makes Windows 9 very much our concern. The nebulous sequel to Microsoft’s divisive tile-based OS will come as a free update to Windows 8 users, we’ve heard.

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Reflex movement trailer shows off how to go from A to B in style

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Reflex Movement

Movement in FPS has largely taken the back seat in recent times: you hold sprint, have a single jump and be done with it. Well Reflex aims to harken back to the days where being able to bounce around the map skillfully was considered king. Developers Turbo Pixel have included various “trickjumps” to help players move across an arena not only with speed, but while looking good at the same time.

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Visceral on Battlefield Hardline: "we take shipping a working game pretty seriously"

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Battlefield Hardline

We can all remember the bug-ridden launch of Battlefield 4, which thankfully has gotten a lot better these days. DICE sure does, and it also extends to Visceral - the developers of the upcoming Battlefield Hardline. Speaking to GameRevolution at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, creative director Ian Milham wants to reassure us that this time it will be different.

“What you're basically asking is, 'Is your game going to work?' and the answer is yes, it's gonna work.”

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Payday 2 Hotline Miami DLC launches on Tuesday; promises animal masks for all

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Payday 2: Hotline Miami

The wait is nearly over. On Tuesday, you and up to three friends will be able to take on the result of a collaboration between Overkill and Dennaton Games: Payday 2 Hotline Miami. They’ve finally spilled the beans on exactly what bruising you’ll be getting up to too. You’ll be after a Russian mobster known as The Commissar - a person of interest to your mysterious partner, The Dentist.

One thing’s for sure - there’s going to be a few bloody noses before it’s over.

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World of Tanks update 9.3 rolls in new light tanks, Stronghold features and more

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World of Tanks Update 9.3

Wargaming have supplemented World of Tanks with even more tanks - introducing several new light tanks including the likes of the US T37 and German Spahpanzer Ru 251. If you’re not a tank expert, don’t worry: there’s also other features. Strongholds Skirmishes can now be participated without having to join a clan. There’s also an update to the in-game rules, which should help stave off “unsportsmanship behaviour” around the battlefield.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows off new four player co-op survival mode

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo-Survival

A new trailer showing off all the things that are included the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise, has provided a first look at a new co-op mode: Exo-Survival. The mode will dump up to four players into a map, where waves of mechanised soldiers will do their best to hamper your objectives.

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Assassin's Creed Rogue sneaks onto Uplay for PC, before sneaking off again

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Assassin's Creed Rogue Uplay

Assassin’s Creed Rogue was briefly spotted on the official Uplay reward page, specifically showing availability for not only consoles, but PC too. Ubisoft have mentioned the idea of bringing the game to the PC, saying they’ve “heard a lot of response requesting a PC version” and that “they'll be looking into that very soon”.

This has been further confirmed by another spot of the game on the Brazilian Classification Board, which also now notes a PC version of the game.

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War Thunder to throw birthday smash in Moscow, and you're invited

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War Thunder Birthday

Did you know it’s War Thunder’s second birthday next month? No? Well it’s a good thing I told you. What’s more is they’ve invited you to their birthday party, which they’re holding over at the Cyber Stadium club in Moscow, Russia. There’ll be plenty of stuff to do - including developer panels, prize giveaways and the ‘Battle of the Eagles’ tournament.

Just don’t forget to bring a card.

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Playing With Myself: The Long Dark

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Playing With Myself: The Long Dark

Playing With Myself is a new series where I faff around in a newly launched or Early Access game for under an hour, and you watch me do all of this faffing on the ol' YouTube. Then, if you fancy it, you can take a gander at my written impressions. It's a Let's Play and an impressions piece stiched together like Frankenstein's monster. Also, it has a slightly rude title. Hooray! 

I am being stalked by death, a hunter whose name is mother nature. She’s terrible and inescapable. Where survival games are often filled with supernatural or psychopathic antagonists, The Long Dark pits survivalists against the environment and the completely regular beasts that roam it. 

It’s lonely, gorgeous and infinitely more threatening than a world filled with zombies. 

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Civilization: Beyond Earth preview

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Civilization: Beyond Earth preview

The preview build of Civilization: Beyond Earth only gives you 250 turns. It amounts to about four hours of play, unless you’re trying a “small-Civ” strategy and just trying to win the game on the back your first colony. It’s enough time to found a couple cities, fight some hostile alien fauna, complete a Wonder or two, and maybe even fight a couple of wars against another faction. 

It’s enough time, in other words, to do all the things you’re used to doing from Civilization. But it’s not enough time to see whether Beyond Earth really ends up somewhere new, or if it’s simply a new look for an old friend.

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Far Cry 4 trailer reintroduces Pagan Min with kidnapping, torture and an absurd chase sequence

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Far Cry 4

I’m not especially interested in Far Cry 4’s dapper antagonist, Pagan Min, and wasn’t planning on posting this trailer that reintroduces him. Ubisoft makes more trailers than I can keep up with, anyway. But then I decided to watch it, and I changed my mind. 

The tiger and elephant attacks certainly look like a good time, but they are topped by a high speed chase involving a quad bike, a plane and a wingsuit. Oh, and of course an explosion. Direct your eyes below for the turned up to 11 silliness.

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