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AirBuccaneers is free on Steam, so hop in a ship and shoot a pirate

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AirBuccaneers free on Steam

AirBuccaneers takes the age-old rivalry between Vikings and pirates, and launches it into the sky. Airships, people! That’s what it’s all about. Shifty looking blokes launching cannonballs at balloons, hirsute fellows leaping from deck to deck, loads of people falling all the time. It’s grand. And now, it’s free on Steam.

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TheHunter: Primal is a 16-player survival game packed full of dinosaurs

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2014’s been the year of the survival game. The success of the DayZ mod spurred a long line of developers into making their own survivalist’s nightmare. They all have a few things in common - finding sustenance, shelter, and shooting strangers. Nowhere near enough of them have dinosaurs.

Thank goodness then that theHunter: Primal has stomped onto Steam. And from the makers of Just Cause, too.

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Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon review

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Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon review

Armageddon, a planet so unpleasant it was named after the end of the world. Set in the absurdly grim Warhammer 40,000 universe it is, of course, a very popular destination and the site of three planetary wars. Everyone wants a piece. 

Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon, Flashback Games’ hexy turn-based strategy game, digitises the second war, pitting man and marine against the horrible Orkish horde. 

The humans have it, the Orks want it, so this means Waaagh! 

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Making it in Unreal: drinking in the shoestring sci-fi scares of Caffeine

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Caffeine

It is the near-future. The entire population of Earth is enthusiastically addicted to coffee. Vying corporations build gigantic space stations and send them to the darkest corners of space to mine minerals and synthesize something like the brown stuff.

This is the concept of Caffeine: the one-man horror show proving that the same tech used to build Eve Valkyrie and Fortnite can scale down without compromise.

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Pornography for Beginners teaches you how to do sex without breaking British law

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It’s a dangerous time to be a porn star in Britain. Police officers roam the streets arresting anyone who looks to be making recordings of the sex that the government says is bad sex. That’s everything from a spanking to fisting to the very worst of the bad sexs, a lady having a funsplosion.

Thankfully, Holly Gramazio has put together a short game, Pornography for Beginners, that teaches you the dos and don’ts of sexing in Britain.

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The Square Enix Christmas Surprise: swing six mystery Steam games for a fiver

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Square Enix Christmas Surprise

There are two problems commonly connected with buying yourself a Christmas present, which are a) the associated pang of sadness, which should disappear within two to four weeks, and b) the fact that you already know what it is and that’s a bit rubbish.

The Square Enix Christmas Surprise totally sorts out the second of those issues. Put down a fiver, and you’re guaranteed six mystery games from their catalogue. You’ll know who published it, and that it’s on Steam - but the exact contents will be a mystery until Thursday.

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Now is the time to try Dead Island: Epidemic

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Dead Island: Epidemic has just entered open beta, and it has mutated. When I first played it earlier this year for our Early Access review, I came away pleasantly surprised at its take on the MOBA genre. But since then it’s evolved into something bigger, something better. 

These days Epidemic is a terrific PvE game first, MOBA second. Its arena-based 4v4v4 Scavenger mode is still present and correct, but absolutely plays second fiddle to a great cooperative game that’s part action RPG, part twin stick shooter. It’s something that you really should investigate.

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New biomes for Christmas: Starbound Winter Update brings 360-degree combat, lots besides

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Starbound

It’s probably terribly unfair to still be comparing Starbound to Terraria. But I spent some of last Christmas distractedly picking up presents in the original 2D sandbox smash’s holiday season. And if I do anything similar this yuletide, it’ll be with Starbound’s Winter Update - the cumulation of many months of nightly builds, available next week through the game’s ‘unstable’ branch.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare sales down 27% from Ghosts in the US

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

“Warn the shareholders,” hummed Bobby Kotick glumly, a soggy biscuit dropping emotively into his morning joe. “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was only the best-selling retail game of the year.”

So expectations are somewhat skewed in the tightly-corridored arena of Call of Duty sales. But a US stat-tracking company have it that Advanced Warfare has sold 27% fewer copies in the country than Call of Duty: Ghosts did last year.

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Consolation prize: Windows 10 leak uncovers Xbox app for PC

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Windows 10

Last week, Microsoft's Phil Spencer said it was "time to talk about gaming on Windows". And over the weekend, certain parties on the internet got their hands on an early consumer build of Windows 10: the operating system Microsoft were so excited about that they forgot to build 9. The overhauled OS will pull together the workings of desktops, phones, tablets and the Xbox more tightly than ever before - and it looks like that goes double for games.

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Lumino City PC review

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Lumino City's lights are blinking out. The handyman, the one person who knows how its intricate systems run, has been kidnapped. Without him its generator fails, its engines falter, and its electric eel-powered Ferris wheel washing machine comes to a standstill.

Playing as his granddaughter Lumi, you must point'n'click your way across the city to find him.

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Atari hand-off RollerCoaster Tycoon World development to Tropico and Sims alumni

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RollerCoaster Tycoon World

If only there were a dramatic metaphor to fit the making of RollerCoaster Tycoon World. There’ve been ups and downs, twists and turns - and the whole thing has at times felt like an ominous uphill climb, with all of us waiting for release.

The resurgent sim began life as the undistinguished RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 on phones, and was later stripped of its microtransactions to become RollerCoaster Tycoon World on our fair platform. But Atari have plans for the PC - and those involve a new developer and an “open forum” for the troubled tycoon game.

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Skyrim "Enderal" mod is something you should probably be excited about

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Skyrim Enderal

Skyrim mods are always plentiful, but there’s always a few that try and be something better, something more. A modding team by the name of SureAI is working on a total conversion mod for Skyrim, dubbed Enderal, and it looks stunning. It’s the sequel to their other, and critically acclaimed, total conversion mod by the name of Nehrim: At Fate’s Edge. It forgoes the world of Tamriel, and opts for its own universe.

They’ve just release a breathtaking trailer, teasing a “dark storyline” for the mod, as well as its many distinct environments.

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Watch the first live game of Street Fighter V at the Capcom Cup

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Street Fighter V

Since Capcom announced Street Fighter V’s existence, the game has been making waves throughout the community. It marks the franchise's first foray into the next gen consoles, while also coming to PC; where it will feature cross play functionality with its PS4 brethren.

At the Capcom Cup late last night, where the best fighters from across the globe duked it out, Capcom also debuted the very first live match inside the new game on stage. We’ve got the video of the match below, so if you’re interested to see what’s new in the sequel - or just who wins - you should check it out.

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Kerbal Space Program is one step closer to release with this 0.90 "Beta Than Ever" trailer

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Kerbal Space Program

There’s a buzz of excitement around the Kerbal Space Program community right now, and it might have something to do with a certain trailer that developers Squad released, showing off the games “release” features. Update 0.90 will mark the games entry into beta, and only a few more decimals off a finished product.

The trailer shows off the games most polished features, such as base building, kerbal skills and experience, a new editor overhaul and a slew of new biomes on all planetary bodies.

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ArcheAge unleashes the "Red Dragon" in its latest festive content update

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ArcheAge Red Dragon

There’s nothing like the warm, hot and fiery breath of a big red dragon to warm the cockles of your heart in the midst of the winter season. ArcheAge players will experience just that in the latest update to the sandbox pirate MMO, with the introduction of a new dragon world boss, along with some seasonal festive cheer.

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Red Bull's Seattle Dota LAN is cooking up a randomised team tournament with over 100 players

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Red Bull Seattle LAN Dota 2

In just a few hours, Red Bull will begin hosting one of the biggest Dota 2 LAN event in Seattle, second only to Valve’s own Dota 2 International earlier this year. The tournament isn’t your usual royal rumble of pro players either. Instead, over 100 everyday players have signed up to take part, with a sprinkling of seasoned professional players. 

That’s not all either. Teams will be completely randomised after each round, with the attending pros being seeded in each of the teams throughout of the day. Players personal stats will be recorded, with the personal best nabbing an all expenses paid trip to any single Red Bull LAN event in 2015.

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Blizzard to scrap World of Warcraft's Death Knight level requirement

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World of Warcraft Death Knight

Many moons ago, Blizzard released the Wrath of the Lich King expansion to World of Warcraft, and along with it a new class: Death Knights. They were a special sort, being dubbed as a “Hero Class” due to their unique ability to start the game at level 55, which back then was a big thing. The only hitch was that you needed to already own a character that was over that level, before you could even think about creating one.

Now though, as time has passed, Blizzard have seen it fit to remove that arbitrary requirement.

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