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Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 will do Steam Early Access - once it's done being a mobile game

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The original Rollercoaster Tycoon: never really a looker, but still very readable.

A game named Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 popped up on mobile devices yesterday. And a “completely different” PC game is in the works.

You wouldn’t necessarily know that last bit - Atari have engaged in (possibly ill-advised) radio silence on the PC version, presumably to give the phone game a bit of breathing room. But it’ll be coming out on Steam Early Access under a different, mystery studio working with Chris Sawyer.

“We have the PC game in development and we’re going to reengage with the community in the next few months,” said Atari CEO Frederic Chesnais.

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Blood Dragons and dud-free reboots: Uplay's Spring Sale is quite good

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon: Colourful, like its parent game. But oh so different.

Occasionally Ubisoft will send out emails about games they didn’t make. That’s not because they’re jealous or forgetful, but because they’ve quietly started selling the works of other publishers on their Uplay store.

It might never be the centrepiece of your gaming life like Steam is, but Uplay is a perfectly sensible place to buy PC games - especially now, while its Spring Sale is going on.

Here’s what’s on offer: Blood Dragon for less than the price of Total Recall on VHS in ‘91, and Tomb Raider for far under the cost of a gap year gone awry.

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Hack 'n' Slash Early Access trailer implores you to "check it out", subsequently "delete evil"

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The FBI look less serious in the movies these days, and consequently less funny.

I haven’t had time to catch up on the reels of film from Double Fine’s latest Amnesia Fortnight - but would be terribly surprised if it had produced an idea more compelling than Hack ‘n’ Slash, born during last year’s two-week internal jam.

Hack ‘n’ Slash is Zelda, but with a hacking system. Not a Deus Ex node network; not a BioShock pipes minigame; but an opportunity to make genuine alterations to the game’s code to circumvent your enemies.

Double Fine have put together a dimly-lit trailer in the spirit of the game’s ‘90s red-pill vibe. It is fun.

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The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot tackles player loneliness with pets in new update

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The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is a game with an ingenious high concept - Diablo vs Dungeon Keeper - that we really would have preferred to like. But in practice, it felt a little like returning home to find you’d been burgled. Every day.

What does work in Mighty Quest is the nitty gritty hacky slashy part - so it’s odd to see Ubisoft Montreal fiddling with that side of things, rather than work on rebalancing the business of castle building. Pets will accompany players on their grand home invasions, providing company and picking up gold and life force.

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"It's not easy being queen": StarCraft 2's Kerrigan trailered for Heroes of the Storm

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Kerrigan, and one of her faithful insectoid pets.

Kerrigan is the perfect candidate for the game formerly known as Blizzard All-Stars. A major presence in all four StarCraft releases to date and subject of numerous tie-in novels, she’s as much coated in lore as she is spindly insect bits. 

Consequently her every word is now fan service - a fact Blizzard seem to have begun to recognise. Hence the very silly introductory reference here to that other great Ker - Kermit the Frog.

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Platformines Review

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RPG games are awesome. Platformers too. But when you mix them together the result might be less than perfect, as we found out when reviewing Platformines.

EA know eSports isn't stopping - and want to get involved

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Dawngate is an EA MOBA - and an obvious candidate for eSportsification.

Sports! The generalised, foam hand-waving, anything-with-a-ball sense of the term. That’s the world new EA CEO and triathlonite Andrew Wilson came up in, as chief custodian of FIFA, Madden and the NHL games. It’s a world he understands.

But now somebody’s gone and stuck a new vowel to the front of the word, and it’s become an entirely different beast. Companies who aren’t EA are filling LA stadiums with baying video game fans, and Wilson and friends would like a slice of that pie chart to show to their shareholders, please.

To that end, the CEO is eyeing up the publisher’s series’ as potential eSports candidates - and not just the ones about men in shorts.

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World of Tanks' average players spend three times as much as League of Legends players

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Tanks: dead expensive to build a world from them. Stands to reason.

Numbers, eh? Can’t live with ‘em - the angular limbs of ‘4’ and ‘7’ in particular would make bedtime a nightmare. But they can be absolutely fascinating. Take, for instance, the average revenue per user in the PC’s top free-to-play games. Can you guess how much people tend to spend in Dota 2, compared to LoL? Or in TF2 compared to Planetside?

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Snow Leopard is feeding: Riot bump up minimum specs for League of Legends on Mac

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League of Legends will continue to run on OS X 10.6, but only through virtual machine programs.

Part of the reason for League of Legends’ recent world-eating success, besides a metagame deep enough to lose your wedding ring in, is its scalability. It’s a game that runs like billyo not just on your big, upright rig, but also on your two-year-old laptop packed with integrated rubbish.

Consequently, Riot are very gentle when it comes to nudging up the minimum specs of this three year old game. But their hand has been forced by Apple, who’ve stopped security development on Mac OS 10.6, or ‘Snow Leopard’ as they so affectionately call it.

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Earthlock: Festival of Magic Successfully Kickstarted

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Norwegian studio Snowcastle Games has just reached its funding target for Earthshock: Festival of Magic, a lovely looking Western JRPG in which you grow your own ammunition.

Wubs are farmed in this Farming World dubstep trailer

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Farming World dubstep trailer

There once was a time when developers could release a farming game, knowing it would appeal to farmers, countryphiles and sim enthusiasts. But that simple era is gone. Now people want a bit of flash and flair with their farming adventures. 

Sim developer Excalibur knows what the kids these days like. They like dubstep. So now you have to sit there and watch a trailer of Farming World, with its grain purchases and seed planting, accompanied by wubs and drops and other words I don’t understand. 

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Orcs Must Die! Unchained ramps up the aggression, chucks in more players and will be F2P

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Orcs Must Die! Unchained reveal

Orcs Must Die! and its sequel both follow the same formula, mixing up tower defence mechanics with action RPG shenanigans - the only major difference between the two being the co-op made added in the latter. 

For the third game in the series, Orcs Must Die! Unchained, developer Robot Entertainment is mixing it up quite a bit, throwing in competitive multiplayer, 5v5 matches, bots and a free-to-play model. 

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H1Z1 will be a massive sandbox, where you can farm, build a town or drive around hunting zombies

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More H1Z1 details

H1Z1, SOE’s post-apocalyptic MMO, was unofficially revealed yesterday when details emerged from the Game Talk Live podcast before it aired. What we knew was vague, though - there’d be forts, PvP, zombies and burning stuff down. 

Now that the cat’s out of the bag, SOE head honcho John Smedley has taken to Reddit, providing a plethora of details about the upcoming MMO. It’s now sounding like less of a zombie MMO, and more of a humongous multiplayer survival game that just happens to also have zombies. Like DayZ, admittedly, but perhaps more ambitious.

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Titanfall patch adds private matches for tournament play and casual battles with buddies

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Titanfall update 2

Titanfall’s update today brings with it a slew of balance fixes and tweaks, but the main purpose of the update is to introduce private matches. It’s a beta feature, but available to all players. 

The private match system allows players to pick who they play with instead of jumping into fights with the unwashed masses and random pilots. It’s a necessity for online tournament play, but also convenient if you just want to fight with some chums. 

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Watch Dogs gets chummy with Nvidia in a new tech trailer

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Watch Dogs Nvidia trailer

Watch Dogs looks rather easy on the eyes, doesn’t it? In the latest trailer for the open world action hacking game, lead PC engineer Paul Glassi goes over the special graphical features the game’s partnership with Nvidia has provided. 

“During the last years of development, we have worked closely with Nvidia in order to create the most vivid and breathtaking Chicago possible for the PC version of Watch Dogs,” says Glassi.

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System Shock 2 Linux port means soundtrack, radio interviews and more for Steam owners

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No seen-a-ghost jokes, please. Not a laughing matter around the Von Braun.

Hands are often wrung in places where journalists congregate (courts, houses of ill repute, gaols) over whether news can ever truly be objective, or whether the becoming long brown coat of the reporter simply conceals their own selfish purposes and prejudices.

Let this post serve as proof of the latter - for though you’ve been tempted here for the dirty on System Shock 2’s new Linux version, it’s all a big sham. An excuse to sell you on this cold, cruel game I’ve fallen unrequitedly in love with on Windows lately.

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Warframe Update 13.0 introduces a character who can turn into a puddle at will

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Warframe

Battlesuited third-person techno-puncher Warframe is about to receive a mammoth update, assuming it's a sort of weaponised, steel-alloy adorned mammoth with guns instead of tusks and a big sword for a trunk. The inspirationally named Update 13.0 introduces a host of changes to the futuristic scrapper, including a totally revamped melee system and a special kind of advanced superfighter who can turn into a puddle. Excuse me?

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Elite: Dangerous leaves alpha, enters beta and introduces trading

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Elite: Dangerous alpha 3.0

Elite: Dangerous is about to shed its alpha chrysalis and emerge a beautiful beta butterfly. Frontier have announced that Premium Beta players will now be able to download and play a single player combat build of Elite: Dangerous, ahead of the Beta's full launch on May 30th.

They've also hinted at what's coming next for Alpha backers: travel, trading and trousers. No, not trousers, I mean "in-system super cruise" speeds that let you zip around within a solar system without hyperspace jumping to another neighbourhood entirely.

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Stay frosty: Arkham Origins' Cold, Cold Heart footage shows off fancy weapons and a very hot suit

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Batman: Arkham Origins DLC

Although Batman: Arkham Knight is on its way, this doesn’t mean that we’re finished with Arkham Origins quite yet. Cold, Cold Heart is a DLC campaign where Batman tangos with Mr. Freeze after dealing with his nasty assassin problem. 

It’s separate from the main campaign and throws in some new anti-freeze gadgets and the intimidating XE suit, the Dark Knight’s special extreme conditions costume. DC All Access has put up a clip of creative director Eric Holmes and game director Benoit Richer discussing Batman’s next outing, accompanied by five minutes of in-game footage. Direct your peepers below. 

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