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Rome 2: Total War

Rome 2: Total War patch brings new faction, a fix list as long as your spear and Steam Workshop support

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Rome 2 Seleucid Empire

The Creative Assembly have been busy. Not only have they produced a patch that addresses a few lingering niggles with the performance of Rome 2, they’ve also bolstered it with a whole new faction and added support for the Steam Workshop. It’s all here in one big download, which should be already dribbling down your copper cables right now if you own the game and have Steam open.

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GeForce ShadowPlay offers console DVR on PC

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GeForce ShadowPlay

If you listen to any console PR man at the moment, no doubt part of his spiel is something to do with DVR. “Record your games and share your precious moments on the internets!” he may say. It’s something we’ve been doing on the PC for years thanks to Fraps, but the whole mechanic of the system constantly recording your last 5 minutes of game so you can instantly upload without pre-planning is pretty neat. 

Of course, if it can be done on console, it can be done on PC. Enter ShadowPlay.

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You Are Not The Hero Kickstarter and Greenlight

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You Are Not The Hero is a 2D Action Platform RPG that ditches the battle system to focus on richer RPG gameplay elements. Instead of playing a traditional hero that saves the world, you're instead playing a bystander swept into the affairs of the heroes and villains alike. You play as...

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Nvidia G-Sync monitors to banish screen tearing

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Nvidia G-Sync

All of us, at one point or another, have experienced the dreaded screen tear. It’s that horrific moment when a great diagonal line cuts your image, making it look like Norman Bates took his kitchen knife to your game. Nvidia, being the graphics boffins they are, set out to banish that, along with stutters and other graphical ailments, for good. The result: the Nvidia G-Sync monitor. It actually sounds kind of amazing. 

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Spacebase DF-9: Early Access review

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Early Access, as my mother always told me, is like a box of chocolates. Specifically, it’s like an unmarked cardbox box of rejected chocolates your aunt sometimes brings round because she works on the factory line at Cadburys and, whenever her supervisor isn’t looking, is able to swipe them before they go in the bin. That is to say, you never know what you’ll get when you purchase Early Access to a game. Will it be malformed, unusable and totally unlike the final product? Or will it be pretty much all there, feature complete but simply in need of a little tidying up?

If Spacebase DF-9 were a Twix, it’d be missing a finger. The wafer would be jutting out of the chocolate like a broken, biscuity femur and the caramel would have melted through the packaging, which would read “TWUX”. One day, Spacebase DF-9 will be finished, and it will be fun and delicious. But right now it’s not done. And it’s not fun. 

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Batman: Arkham Asylum

Batman: Arkham Asylum and City unshackled from GFWL - but you'll lose your saves

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Microsoft have begun turning off the lights on Games for Windows Live, sending developers scurrying for the bolt-jointed hydraulic arms of Steam. Latest to come in from the cold are Rocksteady. Their Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are now solely Steam games for the twin purposes of verification and updates, effectively immediately.

There’s a frownsome addendum to that, though: your existing saves aren’t coming with them.

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GeForce Holiday Bundle looks like a better deal than a new console

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If you haven’t already pre-ordered a PS4 or Xbox One, Nvidia might be able to save you the rigmarole of cancelling one or the other when you discover that either a) a couple of launch titles have been pushed back or b) controversial Terms and Conditions have signed your blood type over to advertising companies.

Their recommendation? Get an £800 Titan instead, along with the new Batman, new Assassin’s Creed, and new Splinter Cell. Sorted.

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Door Kickers alpha review

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When things go wrong in Door kickers they go wrong fast. In less than half a second you can go from having four heavily armed, highly trained SWAT to four bloodied chalk outlines. Usually it’s because of you. You didn’t order a flashbang, you didn’t time the breach, you didn’t cover an angle.

You’ll just have to reload and do it right this time, won’t you?

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ArenaNet to introduce floating islands to Guild Wars 2 World vs World via new map

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Guild Wars is in the throes of its first ever World vs World Season this month - a global tournament of large-scale inter-server fisticuffs - and won’t be done till November 21.

A new league starts today, and the developers are hoping a beta map packed with “new innovation” will alleviate some painful queue times and see the heart of the game's PvP pump a little faster.

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BlizzCon 2013: a schedule and some predictions

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There’s a big chunk of BlizzCon’s schedule every year now swallowed by the StarCraft II WCS Global Finals, and rightfully so. But the rest of it is up for grabs among the rest of Blizzard’s current roster: Diablo III’s upcoming Reaper of Souls expansion, World of Warcraft, the Warcraft movie, Hearthstone, and the newly re-announced All-Stars, Heroes of the Storm.

Here’s what’s happening when, and what it might mean.

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Hellboy Studios' Game Dev Tutorial - Vol. 4 - Choosing Your Android App Store

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Mike Knight of Hellboy Studios finishes off his game development guest blog series with a discussion on publishing Android apps.

Batman Arkham Origins

Batman: Arkham City players finished the game without fully understanding the combat system

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Nvidia are running a two-day conference in Montreal right now called ‘The Way It's Meant to be Played’, best pronounced in the bassy boom of EA Sports’ ‘It’s in the Game’ chap.

There’s been a lot of talk about shadow and fog rendering and shadow-in-fog rendering, but yesterday afternoon Warner Bros Montreal senior producer Ben Mattes took to the stage and said something really interesting: most Arkham players haven’t been very good at being Batman. Even after completing the last game, some of them twice, they still didn't managed to embody the dark knight.

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Chubby chars: Elder Scrolls Online character creation system unveiled

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The Elder Scrolls Online is out now; here's our Elder Scrolls Online review.

It makes sense to put the work into building your MMO’s character creation system: statistically speaking, more players are going to see that than any other part of the game. Especially if you’re GTA Online, and frequent server explosions force your players to make yet another rubber-faced Splicer to embody.

Enough thoughts spared for the gangbanging woes of other platforms, though: let’s take a look at Zenimax Online’s ear-wiggling machine, which we’ll all need to navigate to discover whether or not we like The Elder Scrolls Online.

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Lord of the Rings Online offers 100% XP boost for a month ahead of Helm's Deep

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I started Lord of the Rings Online once, and spent a few properly joyful hours delivering mail around Hobbiton. It was a bit like Assassin’s Creed III, in that my best memories are of vaulting fences on foot at 30mph. Whee!

Once I saw a high level character passing through from the barrows to the badlands, who halted his steed just long enough that I could take in his ornate armour and particle-affected weaponry. Like Frodo, I knew that I was meeting beings I couldn’t possibly match for strength or power.

Maybe I can, now. For during the month-long run-up to LOTRO’s have-they-really-not-done-this-one-yet Helm’s Deep expansion, Turbine have decreed there’ll be double XP for all.

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Dota 2 6.79 patch notes reveal massive game changes

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Dota2 heroes

Patch 6.79 is on its way to Dota 2, and it’s going to be big. And when I say big, I don’t mean like that big 6’7” chap you see smoking outside your local at the weekend. Compared to him, Dota 2 6.79 is a double-decker bus stood upright its back wheels. Yes, 6.79 is huge, and it’s going to throw your game through the tumble dryer.

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Football Manager 2014 beta now open for pre-orderers

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FM14 beta

If you’re a budding manager of all things football, you no doubt already have this year’s iteration of Football Manager on pre-order from an outlet of your choice. The good news today is that if you did indeed pre-order, then from right this second you can be bossing around players and buying news one in the beta version of Football Manager 2014.

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War Thunder strapped microphones to tanks in the name of authenticity

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War Thunder Ground Forces

Contary to popular tabloid beliefs, sometimes we play violent games and think “Boy, I’m glad I don’t have to do this in real life”. The original Call of Duty’s Starlingrad mission springs to mind. Despite the fact we’d never want to go to war though, we won’t mind if your development team strives as much as it can to make virtual war as realistic as possible. That’s what Gaijin Entertainment has been doing for War Thunder. They’ve strapped a bunch of microphones to a load of WW2 era tanks to record every squeak, tick and roar. All in the name of historiacal authenticity.

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