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Dark Souls II to re-release with ‘Scholar of the First Sin’ edition, bundled with DLC

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Dark Souls II is getting a fancy new rejigged release that will bolster it with all the game’s DLC packs as well as some flash new features. 

Subtitled ‘Scholar of the First Sin’, the game doesn’t sounds as immediately defeatist as Dark Souls 1’s ‘Prepare to Die’ edition, but the First Sin is probably as equally terrifying. 

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Far Cry 4’s director given go-ahead by Ubisoft for a personal project

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The last year has seen Ubisoft kick out some unusual games, from the absurdity-loving 80s homage Far Cry: Blood Dragon to the tear-inducing Valiant Hearts. They’re all personal labours of love for small teams, and it looks like the next unique project from Ubisoft may be coming from Far Cry 4’s creative director Alex Hutchinson. 

Along with members from the Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed 3 development team, Hutchinson has had a pitch for his game idea greenlit by some head honchos at Ubisoft. 

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Steam Gifts rules have been changed to protect you from swindlers

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Steam Gifts Rule Change Valve

Steam Gifts is a perfectly lovely way to trade with other Steam users, until it goes horribly wrong. A situation that’s been under scrutiny from Valve lately is where you make a trade for a game, only to have that game revoked from your library because the person you traded with has had their payment declined for the game. For shady types on this internet, this kind of action can lead to profit. But Valve are on the case and have changed the rulebook. 

From now on, games in your inventory that have been set aside for trading can only be traded 30 days after purchase.

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Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum PC review

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Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum review

For over two years, the folks over at Telltale Games have been trying to make us feel miserable, spinning stories about desperate survivors amid a zombie apocalypse and a fairy tale lawmaker struggling to keep a handle of the monster that exists just under his skin. With Tales from the Borderlands, we’ve been given a break. Horror and harrowing crises are out; laughing at dick jokes is in. 

The studio hasn’t missed a beat. They’ve treated Borderlands’ violent world and psychopathic characters like toys in a toy box, combining Gearbox’s juvenile, but still entertaining, universe comfortably with their own brand of storytelling. It works so well that Tales from the Borderlands is easily the most fun I’ve ever had on Pandora. 

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Shroud of the Avatar's pre-alpha launches on Steam Early Access

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Shroud of the Avatar Steam Early Access

Richard Garriott’s crowd-funded MMO, the obtusely named Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, appeared on Steam Early Access today, after going through the Greenlight process earlier this year. 

Its launch on Steam coincides with a new update, release 12, which is available to players on Steam today. Its launch on Valve’s platform means that the game will now be running 24/7, apart from planned downtime for maintenance and updates. 

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A capital ship invaded the Elite: Dangerous premiere

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Elite: Dangerous premiere

On Saturday, Frontier Developments hosted an Elite: Dangerous premiere, showing off the release version of the space sandbox. If you weren’t able to go there in person, not to worry, as the whole event is now up on YouTube, with interviews with David Braben and the team, and glimpses into the greater universe that surrounds the game. 

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Why pro StarCraft 2 has rejected the classic maps

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If you tune into any StarCraft tournament this month or next, you’ll note that everyone is playing on the same map pool we’ve had since midsummer. In fact, just last week, the DreamHack Open Twitter account reassured viewers that DreamHack winter would be decided using the Season 3 WCS map pool.

What’s striking about all this is that every single tournament organizer has rejected Blizzard’s Season 4 ladder map pool, which was compiled via fan vote from a list of StarCraft 2’s oldest and best-known competitive maps. While fans might wax nostalgic about the days of Daybreak and Ohana, the pro scene seems to be saying that the past is best left to memory.

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Irrational Games

After "winding down" earlier in the year, Irrational Games starts hiring again

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When Irrational Games finished working on BioShock Infinite and its DLC, Ken Levine switched off the lights. He wanted to move onto something new, and that apparently meant   "winding down" the studio. Over 70 staff were laid off, while Levine and 15 others remained to create a new, smaller studio. 

But Irrational is now hiring again. 

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Way of Life is Crusader Kings II's roleplaying expansion

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Crusader Kings II: Way of Life

Crusader Kings II has had more expansions than Henry VIII has wives. A lot more, actually, since he only had six - the lazy bugger - while Paradox’s grand strategy and intrigue sim has given rise to eight expansions, and lots more DLC. And while the last one, the excellent Charlemagne, launched not that long ago, another is on the horizon. It’s called Way of Life, and it’s a wee bit different. 

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You'll be able to put an Alienware Alpha in your living room next month

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Alienware Alpha launch

The Alienware Alpha, the not-Steam-box, is set to launch next month, with four different versions estimated to ship on December 12th. 

“It’s unique,” said Alienware’s Frank Azor when we took a look a couple of months ago. “Very few companies will be able to provide something like this due to the amount of engineering, development and thoughtfulness we’ve had to put in.”

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor review in progress

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Review in Progress

Welcome to my review in progress for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, Blizzard’s nostalgic return to Warcraft’s roots. For the next two weeks I’ll be exploring Draenor, writing down my adventures and impressions on a daily basis. I’ll also be streaming my entire playthrough on our Twitch channel too, which is embedded below.

Be sure to check back regularly for my latest thoughts, and don’t be afraid to ask any questions in the comments section.

I've updated the review in progress with my level 100 endgame antics, and what there's to do in Draenor at max level.

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

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There are lots of things that can go wrong when a dev team is handed a brand new engine, but there’s one in particular that experience has taught Andy Kipling to look out for: overexcitement.

“I would say the biggest risk with the new hardware is going, ‘Hey, look at all these cool new toys, no-one has to deal with five or ten megs of RAM, we’ve got eight gigs, oh my God, we’re going to go crazy’,” said Zombie Studios’ director of production.

So when Zombie’s “close, long-standing” relationship with Epic brought them unusually early access to Unreal Engine 4, the Seattle studio formulated a plan. They’d start off with a “low-fi” project - something that would teach the team the ropes of the new engine, and showcase the studio’s way with box-fresh tech. They’d release it quietly themselves.

But overexcitement was in the air. The world’s press got wind of the fact that Daylight was going to be the very first game released in UE4 - and Zombie’s six-person team grappled with the pressure. Here’s the story of how, with some canny compromises and a lax definition of the word ‘engineer’, they got Daylight finished.

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

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Infinite Crisis

Turbine’s MOBA versioning of the DC multiverse might be in a perpetual state of catastrophe, but never let it be said that Infinite Crisis is unchanging. Now the trees are bare and the Steam Autumn Sale approaches, Poison Ivy has dredged up seasonally golden garb from somewhere in the post-apocalyptic ruins.

Follow our instructions to the letter and you can be in with a chance of unlocking the champion and her Autumn/Winter wardrobe for free.

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Introducing Gameport: the oddest game incubator in Europe

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Business developer and PR person Johan Toresson will tell you that he doesn’t fit the archetypal image for either of his job titles. Scrawled inscriptions cover the visible portion of his neck, and tattoos travel up and down his arms. He looks, by his own description, like he’s “been in prison”.

This is the man working to create an eccentric creative hub for indies on the southern coast of Sweden - a business incubator for developers as literate in Third-Wave Feminism as they are C++.

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DayZ devs tackle server performance and security ahead of Christmas break

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Bohemia know that it wasn’t the bicycles or iffy third-person camera that made DayZ mod so compelling, nor anything captured in the fanmade, single player MiniDayZ. Instead, it was the chance meeting of two players in a context bubbling with uncertainty.

One of their goals over the year’s remaining weeks is to scrape away anything that might obscure that interaction - connection issues, crashes and whathaveyou.

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Gearbox talk Tales from the Borderlands: "We're not writing the dialogue because Telltale's better at that"

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Like Ken Watanabe watching his radioactive eggs, we like to keep an ear trained on the noises emanating from our Fraser’s study. Wailings, cacklings and chatterings are all par for the course, but our watchman last night reported something highly irregular: giggling.

Fraser’s been busy reviewing the first episode of Tales from the Borderlands, see - and it seems that Telltale’s first concerted effort at funny in quite some time has paid off. Until it arrives, we can sustain ourselves gnawing on interview snippets with the top brass at Gearbox.

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Team Fortress 2 update brings tweaks to pl_upward, improves client stability

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Did you know? On the consoles, there’s a carbonite version of Team Fortress 2 that plays exactly the same way now as it did in 2007. Imagine that. Over here, it’s been onwards and upwards for the past seven years - a cycle of perpetual improvement for one of the best first-person shooters on PC.

It’s been four years since the Engineer Update that introduced Upward as a Payload map, for instance - but Valve are still trimming and weeding, and bettering the performance of the game overall.

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