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Looking back: why it's time to return to Far Cry 2

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I've been playing Far Cry 4 a lot the last few weeks, and the main thing that occurs to me is that it's not quite what I expected from the fourth game. I presumed something much different. The Far Cry series has always been about change and experimentation. The first three games, whilst all sharing common elements, are distinctly separate games in tone and feel. 

Far Cry 2 is the most obvious when it comes to being different. On the Venn diagram of Far Cry games it is the one that has the most components outside the shared zone. When it released in 2008 it wasn't fully embraced, with its harsh world and respawning checkpoints seen as a stain on the original game's fun legacy. But how does Far Cry 2 fit in today, in a world where Far Cry 4 is just more of Far Cry 3, and the shooter landscape is a distinctly different beast?

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Chaos Reborn Early Access review

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The important question to ask of Julian Gollop’s PC comeback is the same as for every other early access game: just how unfinished is it? In X-Com terms, Chaos is still missing its luminous globe and industrious anthill - the greater context to lend weight to the outcome of every struggle. That’s still some way off, in the form of a procedurally-generated single player campaign.

What’s here already might be enough, though: a turn-based multiplayer arena-battler built on the same precepts as Gollop’s best work: thoughtful unit placement, risk mitigation, and the smiling exasperation of a good plan gone tits-up. Wizard.

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Microsoft are looking into PC to Xbox One streaming for Windows 10

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Yesterday’s big Windows 10 event revealed a lot about Microsoft’s plans for PC gaming when the next iteration of Windows hits the PC. One of those big ideas was streaming games from your Xbox One to your PC, allowing you to play console games at your desk. 

But isn’t the problem normally the otherway around? In-home streaming is hitting the big time, and many PC gamers want their games on the living room TV. Surely allowing that would make the Xbox One a perfect entertainment hub? Thankfully, Microsoft have already thought of it, and are hoping to make it a reality. 

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Nvidia want MOBA players to buy a GTX 960

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Dota 2 had 10 million players log in over December. And lest we forget, that’s the little fish - League of Legends has more active users than any other PC game.

Nvidia have caught onto the fact that MOBAs are “the most popular games available worldwide”, and their players the perfect audience for mid-range GPUs. They’re hoping that LoL summoners will adopt the £159.99 GTX 960 - both for its “beautifully crisp, sharp image”, and power requirements so low that the fans will turn off during play.

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Ultima Underworld's spiritual successor, Underworld Ascendant, will be Kickstarted

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Every modern first-person RPG owes a debt to Ultima Underworld, it was the first game to put your face into a 3D world filled with dice rolls, XP points, and orcs. From Underworld you can trace the Elder Scrolls games, Deus Ex, even shooters like Borderlands. It was made by Blue Sky Productions, the studio which became Looking Glass Studios.

For almost 23 years it’s sat quietly in the dark.

Otherside Entertainment have acquired the rights to Underworld and plan to Kickstart a spiritual successor called Underworld Ascendant. They’ve even got some of the original team to help out.

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Microsoft's Xbox and Windows 10 integration was what the public wanted, apparently

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During last night’s Windows 10 conference Microsoft announced a stack of gaming plans: Xbox to PC streaming, a unifying Xbox Live App for the PC, and player stats shared between your console and PC. They’re all welcome and they’re all familiar; they were first suggested through Microsoft’s suggestion box website.

It looks like someone at Microsoft’s been listening to their community.

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Microsoft unveils the HoloLens augmented reality device and Windows Holographic

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HoloLens unveiled

At Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, the company revealed their addition to the small but growing list of things you can slap on your face. The HoloLens is an augmented reality headset, which might double as a pair of skiing goggles, that can plonk graphics, from a Skype call to a Minecraft creation, on top of your environment. 

It’s more like Google Glass - which was recently put on ice - than the Oculus Rift. The HoloLens will use an OS tailored for AR, Windows Holographic, and Microsoft says that it will be an important part of Microsoft’s future. 

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World of Warships beta weekend 2 adds threats from above

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The weekend is for setting oceans ablaze with burning ships and trying very hard not to sink, or at least it is if you get into World of Warships second beta weekend. 

Wargaming is testing out a bunch of new things, including pitting all four classes of ship against each other, so that means the sky is about to be darkened, because the aircraft carrier will bring with it squads of pesky planes. 

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League of Legends LCS 2015 season begins this week, Worlds to come to Europe

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Tomorrow marks the start of the 2015 League of Legends Championship Series Spring Season, in which the best teams in Europe and America begin a long campaign to see who will dominate their region and win a trip to Worlds next year.

But if you haven’t paid much attention to League since the end of the 2014 season, you have some catching up to do. This past off-season saw the biggest changes in the LCS since the series’ inception in 2013.

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Alien: Isolation has sold a million copies, no data available on sleepless nights caused

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Creative’s Assembly’s incredibly authentic and terrifying Alien: Isolation has sold through 1 million units across all platforms, according to a press release from publisher Sega. Not earth-shattering numbers for a major game, but certainly nice news for a game that dared to be so different, and for a developer that stretched so far beyond its typical comfort zone.

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Microsoft's plans for marrying Windows 10 and PC gaming: Xbox Live, DirectX, and streaming

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Microsoft just announced a slew of new gaming-related initiatives for Windows 10 that seek to integrate some features of the Xbox One into Windows itself... and to unite your Xbox One and your PC in gaming harmony inside your own home.

It’s an odd list of features, but let’s dig in to what you’ll be able to do with Xbox on your PC inside Windows 10.

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Windows 10's world domination plans start with it being a free upgrade

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Microsoft are dropping all sorts of knowledge bombs today, during the Windows 10 event, where it’s showing off its new number jumping OS. And the first big one is that Microsoft is going to ease users into the new OS by making upgrading a lot more attractive. 

For the first year, upgrading to Windows 10 will be free. 

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How Company of Heroes 2 became Steam's biggest RTS

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How Company of Heroes 2 because Steam's biggest RTS

Company of Heroes 2 had big, muddy, army issue boots to fill in 2013, and its Eastern Front campaign managed to be a worthy successor to Relic’s original World War 2 RTS. Since then, players have spent over 40 million hours fighting across Europe and Russia; that’s over 400 years. 

But with competition from competitive RTS games like StarCraft 2 and the neverending hordes of MOBAs, how does it stay healthy? Plenty of exercise and a good diet? I had a chat with executive producer Greg Wilson to find out what Relic’s been doing to keep people invested in the war.

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The Elder Scrolls Online is dropping its subscription on March 17th

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The Elder Scrolls Online will adopt a Guild Wars-style single payment model come March 17th. Less than a year after the MMO’s launch attached to a monthly subscription, Bethesda have seen fit to allow players into the expanding game for a one-time purchase.

“Our fans are our biggest inspiration, and we’ve listened to their feedback on the entertainment experience they want,” said ESO director Matt Firor. “We know that Elder Scrolls fans want choice when it comes to how they play and how they pay, and that is what they will get.”

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Here are my impressions of Infinifactory, please trust them

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Infinifactory

These days, in this horrifying new era of ethical games journalism, it's important for writers to be totally upfront by divulging every aspect of their personal lives, everybody they've ever been friends with, every secret they've ever held and anybody they might have kissed along the way.

So before we proceed with this article about a puzzle game that I like, I feel the need to disclose a number of potential conflicts of interest.

  • While driving along a country road late at night in 2002 I accidentally hit and killed the CEO of Ubisoft with my car. This triggered a clause in his contract that made me the new CEO of Ubisoft. Despite my best efforts to dodge my newfound responsibility, I held this position for three months until I learned the true meaning of Ubisoft. Shortly afterwards the original CEO appeared from behind a desk and told me that he hadn’t died at all, and that the spirit of Ubisoft had been inside me the entire time.

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Nosgoth now in open beta if you fancy a spot of undeathmatch

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That’s ‘goth’, as in the sartorial lobbying group with a particular penchant for lace and the colour black. And ‘Nos’, as in the noise a human being makes when a vampire’s tooth goes right through their windpipe.

Depending on whether you ask Steve or Fraser, Nosgoth is either a “disembodied multiplayer game with an dull as balls cast” or “nerve-wracking, savage and empowering”. As with all opposing opinions, only one can be correct. Decide which by playing Nosgoth for yourself in open beta.

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Homeworld Remastered Collection revealed; Steam launch set for February 25th

Homeworld Remastered

Homeworld Remastered Collection revealed; Steam launch set for February 25th

Adventures in... Assassin's Creed: Unity - Butcher, or Benny Hill?

Assassin's Creed Unity

Adventures in... Assassin's Creed: Unity - Butcher, or Benny Hill?

How to get better at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

How to get better at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion: Heart of Thorns

Guild Wars 2

ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion: Heart of Thorns

Weekend Deal Dump: Card games and road trips

Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: Card games and road trips

How Paul Neurath is kickstarting an Ultima Underworld sequel, with the blessing of EA

Underworld Ascendant

How Paul Neurath is kickstarting an Ultima Underworld sequel, with the blessing of EA

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada has the best weaponised space cathedrals in gaming, ever

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada has the best weaponised space cathedrals in gaming, ever

PEGI won't censor Hatred in Europe. Here's why

Hatred

PEGI won't censor Hatred in Europe. Here's why

Looking back: why it's time to return to Far Cry 2

Far Cry® 2: Fortune's Edition

Looking back: why it's time to return to Far Cry 2

The devs behind Remember Me are making a smart WW1 vampire RPG

Vampyr

The devs behind Remember Me are making a smart WW1 vampire RPG

Chaos Reborn Early Access review

Chaos Reborn

Chaos Reborn Early Access review

Microsoft's plans for marrying Windows 10 and PC gaming: Xbox Live, DirectX, and streaming

Windows 10

Microsoft's plans for marrying Windows 10 and PC gaming: Xbox Live, DirectX, and streaming

How Company of Heroes 2 became Steam's biggest RTS

Company of Heroes 2

How Company of Heroes 2 became Steam's biggest RTS

Here are my impressions of Infinifactory, please trust them

Infinifactory

Here are my impressions of Infinifactory, please trust them

We’ve got 500 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to giveaway to EU players and PLEASE NO TRAMPLING

Heroes of the Storm

We’ve got 500 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to giveaway to EU players and PLEASE NO TRAMPLING

Accusations of StarCraft match-fixing against progamer San from betting site Pinnacle

Starcraft II

Accusations of StarCraft match-fixing against progamer San from betting site Pinnacle

Tomorrow, we start giving away hundreds of Heroes of the Storm beta keys

Heroes of the Storm

Tomorrow, we start giving away hundreds of Heroes of the Storm beta keys

Topic of the Week: What works and doesn't work in survival games?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What works and doesn't work in survival games?

Blackguards 2 review

Blackguards 2

Blackguards 2 review

The Big Interview: William Pugh closes the book on The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable

The Big Interview: William Pugh closes the book on The Stanley Parable

The best mods and apps for Elite: Dangerous

Elite: Dangerous

The best mods and apps for Elite: Dangerous

Making it in Unreal: can Elite dock with FTL for Kickstarted space sim Into the Stars?

Into the Stars

Making it in Unreal: can Elite dock with FTL for Kickstarted space sim Into the Stars?

Adventures in... The Sims 4 - Launching Mulder and Scully into space

The Sims 4

Adventures in... The Sims 4 - Launching Mulder and Scully into space

Weekend Deal Dump: These deals are criminal

Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: These deals are criminal

Out There's Michael Peiffert on bringing the brilliant space roguelike to PC

Out There: Omega Edition

Out There's Michael Peiffert on bringing the brilliant space roguelike to PC

Rust Early Access review: one year on

Rust

Rust Early Access review: one year on

Total War modder to wargame maker: Nick Thomadis' road to Ultimate General: Gettysburg

Ultimate General: Gettysburg

Total War modder to wargame maker: Nick Thomadis' road to Ultimate General: Gettysburg

The Survivor GameZ: The DayZ eSport is returning

DayZ

The Survivor GameZ: The DayZ eSport is returning

Satellite Reign Early Access review

Satellite Reign

Satellite Reign Early Access review

The Big Interview: Chris Avellone on how to write an RPG

Pillars of Eternity

The Big Interview: Chris Avellone on how to write an RPG