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Dirty Bomb weekend stress test starts today; will include over 100,000 players

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Dirty Bomb Stress Test

Splash Damage and Nexon America are getting ready to invite over 100,000 players to take part in the first of two weekend stress tests for their “hardcore” first-person shooter, Dirty Bomb. The test will take place within Steam using dedicated servers, taking advantage of Valve’s Steamworks for all its matchmaking needs.

To get potential new players up to speed, Splash Damage has released a training video to give players a few last minute tips.

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Versus Evil to publish Skyshine Game's Bedlam; "It really was a logical step"

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Skyshine Games Bedlam Versus Evil

Skyshine Games have announced today that Versus Evil will publish their upcoming post-apocalyptic roguelike, Bedlam. The game is built on the foundations of the same engine Stoic used for The Banner Saga, which was also published by Versus Evil.

“The Banner Saga team at Stoic have given us some great support and advice,” said Skyshine Games. “And having seen the great partnership they enjoyed with Versus Evil, it seems [like] the natural choice to work with them on Bedlam”.

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World of Warplanes update 1.7 introduces new German planes and two new maps

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World of Warplanes Update 1.7

Wargaming’s World of Warplanes has been upgraded to version 1.7, and with it lands a squadron of new aircraft. German ground attack planes such as the iconic Junkers Ju.87G Stuka, and the Messerschmitt Me. 265 prototype are among those joining the ranks. The update also features two new game locations: Italian-themed warzone “Province”, and a wintery European canyon called “The Observatory”.

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League of Legends champion preview teases bard character with a stary campfire tale

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League of Legends Bard

Gather round League of Legends players, for Riot Games has a wondrous tale to tell. A new champion preview page has gone live, teasing the next roster addition to the world’s biggest MOBA. While cryptic at best, the page suggests the new champion will revolve around storytelling, song and the stars, via the skills of a bard.

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Seaworthy is a 16bit pirate adventure roguelike inspired by FTL and Sid Meier's Pirates

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Seaworthy

Have you ever wanted an FTL-like game, but where the space is the sea and your ships are made of wood? Seaworthy is that game - an adventure roguelike about sailing the high seas in search of gold, glory and more gold. As the captain, you'll be tasked with growing your crew and improving your ship, while trying to keep her floating through dangerous encounters involving other pirates, and even mythical sea monsters.

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Blizzard slow down Starcraft II combat pace as an experiment; more testing before "final call"

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Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void Balance Changes

In a recent Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void dev update, Blizzard have revealed an astionishing experiment that could change Starcraft II forever. Blizzard are toying with the idea of slowing down the combat of Starcraft II, by decreasing the attack speed of all units by 40%.

"Is this a positive change that makes games better?" asked game balance designer David Kim. "We're just not sure of this yet."

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Shadow of Mordor's The Bright Lord DLC pits a living Celebrimbor against Sauron

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Shadow of Mordor: The Bright Lord

More Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is on its way, in the form of The Bright Lord, a DLC campaign due out later this year. It turns back the clock to the height of cheeky chappy and fancy armour-lover, Sauron, so we won’t be running around, slaughtering orcs as Talion this time. 

Not to worry, his stoic, elf buddy, Celebrimbor takes the central role, and he’s all fleshy and alive this time around. 

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Hunting for gold in Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado

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Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado

El Dorado is Europa Universalis IV’s fourth chunky bit of DLC, not including the countless unit and music packs. Conquistadors are sent off on massive expeditions into the unknown of the Americas, in search of treasure, but they’ll probably only find death. It sets sail from Plymouth, Lisbon, or whatever port you prefer, next week, on February 26th. 

Last week, I got to faff around with all the new stuff for an hour, exploring the new world and making silly countries in the new nation editor. Now that I’ve liberated my notes from an Aztec temple, I can tell you what I made of my brief time with the expansion. 

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Make a map with DICE in Battlefield 4

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Battlefield 4 community map

Despite its name, last year’s Final Stand is not the end point in the development of the once wonky, now apparently improved shooter. DICE plans to continue throwing new content at the game, from game updates to big content packs.

One of those updates will be a map, designed by DICE in collaboration with the community. It’s an extension of the Community Test Environment, with players being promised a chance to shape the map through testing and feedback.

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Neverwinter is getting a visit from Minsc and Boo

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Neverwinter Elemental Evil

Neverwinter is a funny thing. A D&D themed action MMO, it’s an odd blend of classic tabletop adventures, complete with Dungeon Master text, and hacking and slashing. It sort of works, though. Indeed, it’s one of the more enjoyable MMOs when it comes to simply hitting things. I was thinking of a trip back in, but now I might hold off until the next expansion, Elemental Evil, drops next month. 

The free-to-play MMO will be expanded with new areas, a storyline involving cultists getting up to no good throughout the Sword Coast, the paladin class and - most importantly - a cameo from a rather well known hamster and ranger duo.

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Epic are firing free money at developers with promising Unreal Engine 4 prototypes

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Caffeine

With its most important toolsets in working order and its lighting effects a-twinkling, Unreal Engine 4 seems to be attracting new developers by the dozen - as the games in our Making it in Unreal series attest.

Epic would like to keep things trundling in the right direction, though, so they’ve set up a no-strings-attached $5 million fund for developers with exciting prototypes in UE4.

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Frozen Cortex leaves Early Access, launches on Steam today

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Turn-based action strategy sports thing Frozen Cortex is about to emerge from its Early Access chrysalis as a beautiful, shimmering and fully formed frozen butterfly.

The tactical ball-grabber, which was originally titled Frozen Endzone*, will be fully released on Steam in the UK in just a couple of hours, as well as on the Humble Store and Mode 7's website. It's really rather a good little game, and it's already enjoyed critical acclaim even as an Early Access title.

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EA rewards any Battlefield Hardline player who owns a previous Battlefield game

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Battlefield: Hardline

If you've got a copy of any one of the three most recent Battlefield games, EA has got a lovely little care package waiting for you in the upcoming Battlefield: Hardline.

Owners of Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will be rewarded with The Veteran's Pack version of Battlefield: Hardline, as well that weird feeling you get when you repeat a word so often it stops making sense. Battlefield. Battlefield. Battlefield.

What even is a battlefield?

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Tim Schafer defends Peter Molyneux, criticises "extremely rough treatment" by games press

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Double Fine Layoffs

Tim Schafer's given an update on recent progress on the second half of Broken Age, Double Fine's crowdfunded point and click adventure, outlining some of the milestones he and his team have hit in the last month.

Dialogue is now finished and recorded in both English and German, and external QA testing of the game has started, which means Broken Age's rear end is busy being buffed and polished to within an inch of its life.

Schafer also took the opportunity to give his thoughts on recent events concerning Peter Molyneux's troubled Kickstarter project, Godus.

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From Crackdown 2 devs comes Hollowpoint, the most interesting side-scrolling shooter of 2015

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Two commandos run to the right through a room crisscrossed by laser sight beams.

The PC has no shortage of old-school platformers and platforming-shooters (or Metroidvanias, if your prefer), but nothing like what Ruffian Games are doing with Hollowpoint. It’s a class and progression-based platform shooter with randomized missions and over-the-shoulder 3rd person shooting. It’s a gaming cocktail like I’ve never seen before.

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Assassin's Creed Unity companion app and Initiate rewards will be accessible to all

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Assassin's Creed Unity patch 5

Assassin’s Creed Unity’s fifth patch is due out for the PC version tomorrow, fixing a small number of issues. It’s a far cry away from the gargantuan patches of last year, which had to deal with hundreds of bugs

 

One issue has persisted throughout, though: the broken companion and Initiate apps. Patch 5 solves that by giving everyone all the exclusive content without needing to mess around on phones and in browsers. 

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Want one of the two Turtle Beach Heroes of the Storm headsets Blizzard sent us?

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Turtle Beach Heroes of the Storm headset giveaway

Want one of the two Turtle Beach Heroes of the Storm headsets Blizzard sent us?

Blizzard’s in a giving mood at the moment, not only have they given us 500 Heroes of the Storm keys to give away but two lucky readers can win themselves Turtle Beach headsets.

For your chance to nab yourself a pair you need to answer one simple question.

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Besiege Early Access review

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Weekend Deal Dump: Lord of the Bundles

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Hunting for gold in Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado

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Hunting for gold in Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado

From Crackdown 2 devs comes Hollowpoint, the most interesting side-scrolling shooter of 2015

Hollowpoint

From Crackdown 2 devs comes Hollowpoint, the most interesting side-scrolling shooter of 2015

We’ve 500 Heroes of the Storm keys to give away. Want one?

Heroes of the Storm

We’ve 500 Heroes of the Storm keys to give away. Want one?

Want one of the two Turtle Beach Heroes of the Storm headsets Blizzard sent us?

Heroes of the Storm

Want one of the two Turtle Beach Heroes of the Storm headsets Blizzard sent us?

Magicka 2's next big idea is artefacts: like Halo's unlockable skulls

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Creative Assembly: The Journey from Rome to Attila

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Making it in Unreal: visiting the afterlife with the Oculus Rift and Xing: The Land Beyond

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We’ve two swag bags of Escapists loot to giveaway. NO PUSHING!

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Evolve PC review

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