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EVE Evolved: EVE's Odyssey expansion could be incredible

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Jules spoils Bioshock: Infinite and Paul declares his love for Peggle

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It's been a quiet weekend, but that's because the team have been stuffing themselves with chocolate. Everyone is winding down from PAX and GDC, our poor, event-ridden Rob goes back into hibernation. It's Easter though, and that means chocolate and time to play games. Here's what the teams been playing this week:

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Wargaming League Kicks Off

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Civilization V mod installs Kim Jong-Un as leader. Also includes horse

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Steam user kingchris20 has created a mod for Civilization V, which puts North Korea and their “supreme” leader, Kim Jong-un into the game. Don’t be fooled to think that this is some half-thought out joke: the mod includes it’s own civilopedia entries, unique abilities, units and buildings. You can grab it on the Steam Workshop right now, but you will need the Gods and Kings expansion to play.

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Special: Tank of the Month Discount

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Tank of the Month: Jagdpanther

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A design technology that could revolutionize the entire games industry.

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Reactorcore Games, founded by an ex-content developer for Cortex Command, is offering game developers a consultancy service to realize the full potential of their game design, by using Super Game Technology.http://www.reactorcoregames.com/supergame.htmThis design technology can revolutionize the...

PlanetSide 2: Terran Republic weapon guide

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Planetside 2 is about as spectacular as war gets; a massively multiplayer first-person shooter in which you are just a small cog in a grand war effort. You should try it. It’s great.

If you’re already playing, though, you’ll face some tough decisions. Planetside 2 is a free-to-play game, and new guns and toys are are expensive, either in time, or Station Cash. 

PCGamesN mostly plays as the Terran Republic; so they are the focus in this loadout guide, we’ve spent a vast amount of Station Cash to try as many of the Terran weapons as we possible can. 

We’ll add to this guide as we try more weapons and as SOE alter the balance of the game.

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Spotlight on Greenlight: The Gallery: Six Elements

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Welcome once again to PCGamesN’s Spotlight on Greenlight, our regular Saturday feature where we look at the best and the most interesting Greenlight games that are hoping to make their way onto Steam. We’ve already looked at dozens of other titles in weeks past, so do take a look at our back catalogue.

I don't usually get the chance to feature something that's technically remarkable in these Spotlights. Sure, there are games with great design, with a real sense of style or with some clever new concepts, but Greenlight doesn't tend to support very much in the way of sexy technology. I'm very pleased to report that The Gallery: Six Elements does because, as well as being an adventure game that you can play on your PC, it will also support the Oculus Rift. The Gallery's developers want to build a world for you to get lost in. Really lost.

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Oculus Rift developer kits now shipping

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According to a new OculusVR blog post the company “started shipping” the virtual reality headset “on Wednesday, but we haven’t shared tracking information yet because the team is still tied up at GDC in San Francisco.”

The upside of this tracking delay is that some backers will receive their headset before they receive their tracking updates.

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N++ announced let the minimalist ninja-ing commence

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N and it’s 2d. side-on, ninja platforming absorbed a year of school lunch breaks back when I was a wee one (or, at least, more of a wee one). So the news that Metanet are at work on one final N game, N++ warms the space where my heart would dwell if PCGamesN didn’t ask for it in lieu of a contract when I was hired.

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Zac, the Secret Weapon, now available

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SimCity update 2.0 will fix recycling centre bug and streetcars

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Maxis are working to fix a number of the bugs so far identified by players, including improving traffic pathfinding in update 1.7, though they’ve still to return Cheetah speed and leaderboards to some servers.

The next update, 2.0, aims to centre on four particular issues: “addressing the Recycling Center bug, fixing the fire engine clumping, improving the efficiency of Street Cars, and increasing the radius of river water.”

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EVE Fanfest streaming details announced

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If you were wanting to head over to Reykjavik this April and attend EVE Fanfest to see all that CCP has planned for their space-based MMO and DUST 514 but were:

A) too slow in buying a ticket

B) Couldn’t afford travelling to a small island halfway between Europe and America

C) Scared of volcanoes

Then have we got news for you.

All of Fanfest’s talks will be streamed for free! Though, if you want you can also throw down some money for some extras.

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Diablo 3's Jay Wilson on auction house: “would turn it off if we could”

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Since Jay Wilson stepped down as director of Diablo 3 we’ve seen a sea change in Blizzard’s outward opinion of the game’s auction houses. The stores drew a great deal of criticism from fans at the game’s launch but Blizzard designers recently added their own voices to the noise, acknowledging that “the fact that most players get their gear from the AH is an issue".

Now, speaking at GDC, Wilson, too, has openly criticised the stores, saying "I think we would turn it off if we could" but that it’s "not as easy as that".

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Unreal Engine 4 tech demo looks fancy but can it make toast?

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Epic have released another video of their Unreal Engine 4 in action and it is predictably impressive. Let’s not belittle the tech that’s on offer, it clearly has more graphics - possibly all of them - running faster and at higher resolutions than ever before. It looks great. But the real takeaway from the video is which bonehead engineer in the fiction of the world Epic created decided to install a red button that makes the factory explode?

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The fall and rise of The Old Republic: “It's good times right now”

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There’d be few who would deny that Star Wars: The Old Republic has had a rough, rough time,and when the game’s creative director, James Ohlen, spoke at GDC, he was frank about many of the problems that the game ran into. Still, he insists that the switch to free-to-play has completely turned the game around and, if the game’s player base keeps rising, “Next year, at GDC, we'll be able to claim six, seven or even eight million players, if we continue at the rate we're going right now.”

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No preconceptions, just predecessors: Larian Studios' Swen Vincke on old school influences

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When I talk to Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke about his influences, it’s like I’m being thrown back to my childhood. He’s just shown me both Dragon Commander, the developer’s forthcoming strategy/RTS/RPG hybrid, and Divinity: Original Sin, an open-world RPG. As we talk about the inspiration behind these games, the titles they draw upon, the same phrase comes up over and over again: old school.

It’s not that Vincke wants to mine nostalgia for the sake of it, he doesn’t want to remake the games of old simply as a gimmick. No, it’s about the roads never travelled, the ideas that were abandoned by a PC games industry that gradually became increasingly homogenous and is only now starting to embrace the variety that gaming once championed.

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SOE offering to double your PlanetSide 2 Station Cash and Experience Points all weekend

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To celebrate and honour religion's most popular zombie (or, more secularly speaking, the arrival of the new season), SOE are doubling Station Cash and XP in PlanetSide 2 all weekend. That is to say, for every enemy you kill and every ship you explode you'll earn twice as much experience, and for every pound you spend on Station Cash SOE will add another. Double Station Cash and double experience kicked off at 7am this morning, so if you were planning on either grinding your character or grinding your wallet, you'd best get a move on.

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Dust 514 Uprising trailer shows off cross-platform orbital strikes from EVE Online

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This is what it looks like when you fire a gun so huge that it destroys stuff not only in other games, but on other games platforms. Dust 514's orbital strikes are called in by players on PS3 before being launched by real human beings in EVE Online, which is demonstrated here in this nifty Dust 514 Uprising trailer. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll grip your monitor with both hands as the strikes fall, imploring the Dust 514 player to just look up for one second and check out the fiery EVE Online heavens from whence these orbital strikes have come.

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Civilization goes Beyond Earth, but not back to Alpha Centauri

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Death in Candlewood is a Poe-inspired first-person shooter and twisted romance

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Goat Simulator review

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The Joy of Hex: a truly brilliant computer CCG

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Review: BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Part Two

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