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Dragon Age: Inquisition - Catching up with Cassandra

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Dragon Age: Inquisition

You’ll probably remember Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Cassandra as Varric’s irritable interrogator from Dragon Age II. While she missed all the action in that game, instead playing catch up, in Inquisition she’ll be one of your party members. 

Miranda Raison, who lends her voice to Cassandra, explains how she’s changed since we last saw her, and confesses that she fancies her a wee bit. Take a gander at the video below. 

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Clockwork Empire update means stew no longer requires eyes to boil

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You’ve probably heard the saying that a watched pot never boils. Not in Clockwork Empires, at least, not initially. Workers had to stare at pots, for them to cook, presumably radiating some kind of dark, Lovecraftian energy. However, irradiated stew is no longer! The latest Clockwork Empires patch means cooks don’t have to intently watch the pot.

Other changes mean that colonists will no longer have conversations with cultist murderers and the enemy AI's been overhauled, too.

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XCOM: Enemy Within Long War mod ramps up the difficulty till you cry

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The developers of Long War, a mod for XCOM: Enemy Within, aren’t messing around. They’ve “removed every bit of code [they] can find that cheats for the player on the lower difficulties.” They’re looking to make XCOM more difficult and the alien invasion more realistic.

Some of the changes they’ve managed to make are incredible, especially considering Firaxis haven’t released any mod tools.

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Minecraft has now sold 17 million copies on PC

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The newly Microsoft-owned Minecraft passed 17 million sales over the weekend, Mojang announced in characteristically casual fashion this morning.

“Not sure if this continues to be noteworthy,” tweeted Minecraft Realms developer Marc Watson.

Of course, Minecraft sales are noteworthy as long as we can drudge up the figures of famous games it's outsold. Let's get to it.

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How Battlefield Hardline has got better since beta

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Battlefield Hardline

We’d originally expected to be holding down left-click to read a perp’s rights to them before Christmas - but early beta feedback was so sharp-tongued that Battlefield Hardline was delayed into 2015.

There’ll be another Battlefield Hardline beta before launch, in which we’ll get to test everything Visceral have changed about the shooter since June. Executive producer Steve Papoutsis says we can expect new approaches to all sorts: especially heavy weapons, faction distinction and recoil.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare system requirements are after your hard drive spacey

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

The future of geopolitical double-jumping is almost upon us. Sledgehammer have kitted out the Steam page for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in preparation for its release in two weeks’ time. Most notably, they’ve handily affixed a bunch of specifics about what needs to be on the inside of your PC to run it.

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Killing Floor celebrates Halloween with evil, demented killer toys and new maps

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Killing Floor Halloween

Tripwire are up to their old tricks again by releasing two new maps and an official mod pack to celebrate that scary time of year, Halloween. Club Cladestine is a nightclub themed map, but you won’t find people dancing. Instead it’s filled with torture devices that have been put to good use by its new zombie denizens.

There’s also Devil’s Dollhouse, which when combined with the new Toy Master Mod creates a meddlesome concoction. Zeds are replaced by bloodlusted toys of twisted porcelain varieties. If you want to check it out for yourself, we’ve got the trailer below.

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Londinium's burning in this new Total War: Attila siege battle trailer

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Total War: Attila

The next Total War game, Attila, is going to be exceedingly good at burning things if this new trailer is anything to go by. Creative Assembly more aptly call it “Dynamic Fire Simulation”: fires can break out from burning projectiles, and spread from building to building according to the weather conditions. 

Sieges themselves now possess multiple “escalation states” too. Conduct your attack early, and you’ll face the full might of the defenders; with robust walls and high morale. If you prolong your siege however, the environment and defenders will slowly start to wilt; things may be already burning before you fire a single arrow.

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Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward expansion announced; coming Spring 2015

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Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

The first expansion for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has been announced at this year’s FFXIV FanFest Las Vegas. Coined as the “Heavensward” expansion, it plans to raise the level cap to 60, add new areas, jobs and races.

There’s a flashy new cinematic trailer to go with it, and it’s full of beautiful CG goodness.

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Here's what's coming in EVE Online's Phoebe expansion, and beyond

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EVE Online Pheobe

CCP have just dumped a megaton of information about the new features in the upcoming EVE Online "Phoebe" expansion, as well as what’s to come as we head into 2015. Phoebe will introduce the long awaited “unlimited skill queue”, allowing players to queue up year’s worth of skill training at a time. There’s also new exploration content aimed at rewarding skilled probers, and new tech II weapons - dubbed “glass cannon weapons” - that offer considerable firepower, but at a cost.

Meanwhile, CCP have big plans for December’s “Rhea” patch. A lot of it is top secret stuff, but CCP teased two new ships - the “TUG” freighter-sized ship hauler and Tech III Tactical Destroyers - with a slew of major model reworks.

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Watch CCP's EVE Vegas event unfold on Twitch right now; find out what's in store for EVE Online

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EVE Vegas

If you didn’t manage to snag a ticket to CCP’s EVE Vegas event, don’t worry: you can watch the event live on Twitch right now. You can expect CCP devs regaling the latest events to unfold inside New Eden, as well as what’s to come for EVE Online in the future in the CCP keynote.

It’s live now, so check out the stream below.

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Dota 2 team Arrow Gaming disqualified from The Summit 2 over match-fixing allegations

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Malaysian Dota 2 team, Arrow Gaming, has been formally disqualified from the prestigious Summit 2 tournament. The ruling was enforced after tournament organisers Beyond the Summit, and betting site Dota 2 Lounge, had investigated allegations of match fixing - where affiliates of the team had placed high value bets against them.

“We have no choice but to remove Arrow Gaming from The Summit 2.” said BTS ldDota. “We hope other organizers will take evidence of match-fixing seriously, as it's absolute poison for the scene.”

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Playing With Myself: Legend of Grimrock 2

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Legend of Grimrock 2

Plonk me down in the middle of a digital dungeon - one hand resting on the keyboard, the other poised, gripping a pencil, waiting to turn sheets of graph paper into elaborate maps - and there’s a good chance that nothing but a fire would divert my attention. Few opportunities for that sort of dungeon-crawling grace our PCs now, which is why Legend of Grimrock 2 is something to be treasured. 

That, and because it’s simply excellent. So I’ve been playing it. And through the wonders of video, you can watch my earliest, pitiful, attempt to brave the dangers of a dungeon that is also an entire island. Take a gander below. 

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Doughlightful: Bossa Studios announces I am Bread

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I Am Bread

In another time, the unsung hero of breakfast, the ungarnished slice of floppy bread, would have gone unnoticed. The thought that a game would appear in which such an unlikely hero would be its focus would have once been ridiculous. But we are living in an era of unusual protagonists, where cephalopods, goats and even surgeons, of all things, are deemed important enough have their own games. 

So there’s nothing weird at all about Bossa Studios’ I am Bread. 

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Tired of Waiting: Asus gets off Valve Time and announces its console PC, the GR8

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The delay of Steam Machines and their Linux-based SteamOS has not halted the launch of other PC-turned-consoles. PC builders all seem to have a dedicated section for custom living room PCs and Alienware’s been showing off the Alienware Alpha, which is essentially a Windows version of a Steam Machine.

Now ASUS is trying to get a slice of the action and recently announced with the GR8 Console PC. It’s about the size of a Wii, is less than 3 litres in volume and can be upgraded ever so slighty

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