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Assassin's Creed Unity's redesigned engine sounds promising

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Assassin's Creed Unity tech

Ubisoft’s pretty chuffed with the tech behind Assassin’s Creed Unity. And well they might, because at a glance, it does seem fairly impressive - at least in terms of creating a lively, detailed city. 

Creative director Alex Amancio lends his voice to a video breaking down the improvements brought about by Ubisoft Montreal and the redesigned game engine, including buildings that are no longer just facades and more fluid movement when travelling and in a fight. Take a gander below. 

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Battlefield Hardline has been delayed until 2015, and that's okay

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Battlefield Hardline delay

Battlefield Hardline’s delay until next year shouldn’t come as a surprise given how thin the beta was. It’s a smart call by Visceral. Despite the developer claiming that it’s not simply a Battlefield 4 reskin, that’s exactly what it felt like during the beta. Steve and Matt put some time into it, so check out Two men complain about the Battlefield Hardline beta. They were not impressed. 

Visceral will be using the extra time to push the game further based on feedback from the beta. “The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing,” said DICE VP Karl Magnus Troedsson. “However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn’t have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months.”

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Take a break, MOBAs, because you're drowning us

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Too many MOBAs

“We’re making a MOBA, an ARTS, a ZOMBA, a MOTA, a MOBAFPS,” is something we’re hearing a lot of these days. No IP or theme is safe. There’s one for Lord of the Rings, one with zombies and another with gods. Even EA is getting in on the action, and Blizzard, too. The heavens have opened up and we’re being drowned in MOBAs. 

Dear industry: please, slow down.  

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Areal Kickstarter suspended after exceeding its target

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Areal Kickstarter suspended

Update: West Games founder Eugene Kim said that the developer was unable to provide an update on Kickstarter or notify backers at the moment. It's not clear why. An official statement will be go up in the next couple of hours, however.

Post apocalyptic shooter and so-called STALKER successor Areal has had a dramatic Kickstarter; one filled with accusations, spam-filled comment sections and a lot of strange characters cropping up. It’s almost become fantastical. 

And today, only a few days after the Kickstarter campaign exceeded its goal - a surprise to everyone - the campaign has been suspended

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Frozen Endzone becomes Frozen Cortex, because it's not a Madden game with robots

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Frozen Cortex

Mode 7’s Frozen Endzone has just undergone some drastic changes. The most obvious of which is the game’s rebranding. It’s now Frozen Cortex. The use of “Endzone” made folk think it was an American football game with robots, which it isn’t. The new name also brings it closer to the previous Frozen game, the wonderful Frozen Synapse. 

On top of the name change, there’s a big update today, tweaking a whole slew of things. 

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Topic of the Week: Desert island games

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Tuesday Topics: Desert island games

We kicked off last week's Tuesday Topics with something heavy: early access. A divisive yet increasingly popular trend that you lovely folk had a lot to say about. But let’s change pace this week - as well as change the name to Topic of the Week - since some of you are probably a wee bit tired after getting all fired up while watching the Dota 2 International grand final yesterday. 

So on this relaxing Tuesday, let’s have a wee gab about some of our favourite PC games. Your desert island games. Your house is burning down, the Rapture is upon us, aliens have invaded or you’ve been stranded on a tropical island: what are the three games you’re going to save, keeping with you come hell or high water?

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Nosgoth preview: vampire hunting

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Nosgoth’s not the natural successor to the Legacy of Kain series, whereas those games saw you fighting through a singleplayer storyline, Nosgoth is a free-to-play arena shooter that pits humans against vampires. Fraser’s become a big fan of this unexpected spinoff.

It wasn’t always like this, though. At one point we could have had a Left 4 Dead turned Nosgoth.

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Farming Simulator 15 is going Nordic, but won't mess with the fertiliser

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Farming Simulator 15: not even those trees are safe.

Did you know? The last iteration of Farming Simulator sold over two million copies. Agricultural emulation has become more profitable than rearing actual, foul-smelling mammals.

That’s why Giants Software and publishers Focus Home are, as their press release puts it, “sticking to the recipe”. Farming Simulator 15 won’t change up the pig feed, but it will stick a new graphics and physics engine in its tractor this October.

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Minecraft doesn't come off great when you summarise it in 20 seconds

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Minecraft, before the storm.

There’s little more serene in PC gaming than an hour with Notch’s opus. What other open-world survival experience has a ‘Peaceful’ option? Minecraft in Survival mode is about home-making - about carving out a space in the world to call your own.

The thing is, you’re inevitable carving into something - or someone - living there already. That’s something Keshen8 has gone about highlighting in luscious papercraft animation.

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Sins of the Prophets turns Rebellion into a space-based Halo RTS

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Say halo to Sins of the Prophets.

Halo Wars might not have been a swansong befitting the mighty Ensemble Studios, but it did prove an appetite for a high-level game set in Bungie’s curvaceous space-world.

Sins of the Prophets delivers on that same hunger, but in markedly different fashion. Where Halo Wars was all ground assaults and top-down buggies, Prophets is tied to the military, economic, diplomatic and star systems of Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion - one of the best strategy games on PC. This is a mod that reduces Master Chief to an indistinguishable green dot on the surface of one planet among many.

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Ultimate General: Gettysburg Early Access review

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Blue coated Union forces face a victorious rebel army arrayed on the hills outside of Gettysburg.

It’s been about seventeen years since Sid Meier’s Gettysburg showed how you could do real-time tactical wargaming in a way that was both easy to learn and incredibly authentic and nuanced. For years it has been the gold standard for accessible battlefield command games, even as compatibility issues make it harder and harder to get working.

Fortunately, Ultimate General: Gettysburg has arrived on Early Access to fill this void and put a new spin on this most familiar of American Civil War battles. With lightning-quick pacing and a clever branching campaign, Ultimate General might do for battlefield wargames what Unity of Command did for the operational level.

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Behave: Riot is instantly banning toxic players in League of Legends today

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Riot banning toxic players

Riot’s running an experiment today in League of Legends. Any player in the MOBA who shows “toxicity” such as racism will instantly be banned for two weeks or permabanned. 

Social system lead designer, Jeffrey Lin, dropped the news on Twitter today, prompting a slew of questions due to its somewhat vague nature. Lin took to Reddit to clarify how this works and that it’s just a one-day experiment. 

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Super 3D Noah's Ark might be the best Christian game built on the Wolfenstein 3D engine

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Super 3D Noah's Ark

Wolfenstein is fairly violent. I’ve been faffing around in the latest incarnation, New Order, for a few hours and barely a moment goes by where I’m not shooting off limbs, slicing tendons or putting holes in faces. It’s progenitor, Wolfenstein 3D, didn’t skimp on the violence either. 

That’s why it was a tad unusual when, in 1994, it spawned Super 3D Noah’s Ark, a game showing the harsh realities of life on the mythological Noah’s Ark. And when I say harsh, I mean you have to feed a lot of animals. It’s been re-released, too. And, not at all surprisingly, it’s on Steam Greenlight

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NewBee wins the 2014 Dota 2 International

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2014 Dota 2 International Winners NewBee Aegis

NewBee have beaten ViCi Gaming in the Dota 2 International 2014 grand finals for a total of over $5 million dollars. The Chinese team have had a rollercoaster of a tournament: only last week they were fighting elimination from the playoffs. But since then they stormed through the brackets to secure their place in the grand final on day one of the main event.

The first place prize ensures that each player will receive at least one million dollars each, and automatically places them as the highest earning eSport players in the world.

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Slot up: Blizzard unveils Heroes of the Storm's artifacts system

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Heroes of the Storm artifacts

Last week, Blizzard revealed its already divisive plans for out-of-game levelling system in Heroes of the Storm. Today the developer has gone into the nitty gritty of one of these features: artifacts. The reaction from the community appears to be overwhelmingly negative. 

When you hit Player Level 15, you’ll unlock one of three artifact slots. Two further slots can be unlocked with gold. Gems, relics and trinkets can be placed into their specific slots, conferring bonuses to the heroes using them. It’s not unlike League of Legends’ rune system. 

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Maxis Redwood working on new IP on top of The Sims 4; could be a F2P MMO

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Maxis new IP

Maxis hasn’t created a new IP since 2008, when it released the ambitious but ultimately disappointing Spore. Since then, the once venerable studio has spent most of its time churning out countless expansions for The Sims. Oh yeah, and there was SimCity. That went down well. 

But, while the Redwood studio is still working on the latest installment in the Sims series, it’s also spreading out. On EA Jobs, an advertisement has been posted for a senior designer for a new, unannounced IP. The listing is fat with details, name dropping the likes of Little Big Planet, Minecraft and Project Spark as titles applicants should have played and understood. 

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