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Dying Light’s ‘Be The Zombie’ mode is no longer a pre-order exclusive

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Dying Light releases on PC on January 27th, and on that date there will be a small change to your previously scheduled launch. Where once the game’s asynchronous ‘Be the Zombie’ multiplayer mode was a pre-order bonus reserved only for those with enough interest to buy the game before release, it’s now available to one and all, no matter when you slap down the cash. 

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Besiege

Besiege is all about destroying peoples lives with massive siege engines

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Castles. They’re just begging to be blown up, aren’t they? That’s the name of the game in Besiege, a lovely looking physics destruction game from Spiderling Studios where you build bloody great catapults (or even spinny blade things) and charge them into fortresses. 

It’s on Steam Greenlight right now. Take a look at the trailer and see why we’re grinning at its potential. 

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Grow Home is Ubisoft’s latest passion project, help a robot climb a beanstalk

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Ubisoft are getting really good at smaller ‘passion projects’. Having kicked out Child of Light, Valiant Hearts, and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon over the last couple of years, the studio is now gearing up to launch their latest little game: Grow Home. 

It’s all about helping a robot return to his spaceship which hangs in orbit. Rather than using the cliched method of rocket boosted boots though, the robot in Grow Home has decided to sprout a massive beanstalk and climb it to the clouds. 

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Galactic Civilizations III beta 4 begins; sit back and watch some space battles

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When Galactic Civilizations III’s Early Access kicked off, there wasn’t much there apart from war. But Stardock immediately started to flesh things out, adding to the ship builder, putting meat on the bones of system management and, by beta 2, there was even peace in the galaxy, thanks to diplomacy. 

Since then, the blood lust has taken over. The game has now reached beta 4, and with it comes the battle viewer. Finally, you’ll be able to watch your entire fleet get smashed to bits by a moody Drengin. 

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Get a glimpse of Game of Thrones: The Lost Lords in Telltale's first look trailer

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Game of Thrones: The Lost Lords trailer

The second episode in Telltale’s Game of Thrones series, The Lost Lords, is due out next month, but you can get a taste of what’s to come by watching the first look trailer. It’s really more of a here’s the nice things that people said about the last game and a glimpse of the next one, but that’s not a snappy title. 

Slap your eyes on it below. 

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Total War: Attila will have 9 historical battles, and you can watch one of them now

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Total War: Attila historical battles

Creative Assembly’s shown off plenty of campaign action from Total War: Attila, but alongside the new campaign that depicts the fall of the Roman Empire are nine new historical battles, more than Rome II. 

You can take a look at how Creative Assembly's James Given and his Western Roman and Visigoth forces managed when facing Attila and his angry Huns, below. 

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Ronin pits a ninja against her natural enemy: businessmen

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While villains go in and out of fashion, there always seems to be one mainstay: wealthy businessmen. Oh, they’re bad, aren’t they, with their big glass offices and fancy gold swimming pools. And in Devolver Digital and developer Tomasz Wacławek’s Ronin, they’ve pissed off a katana-wielding biker, which was probably a bit silly of them. 

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Looking back: why it's time to return to Far Cry 2

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I've been playing Far Cry 4 a lot the last few weeks, and the main thing that occurs to me is that it's not quite what I expected from the fourth game. I presumed something much different. The Far Cry series has always been about change and experimentation. The first three games, whilst all sharing common elements, are distinctly separate games in tone and feel. 

Far Cry 2 is the most obvious when it comes to being different. On the Venn diagram of Far Cry games it is the one that has the most components outside the shared zone. When it released in 2008 it wasn't fully embraced, with its harsh world and respawning checkpoints seen as a stain on the original game's fun legacy. But how does Far Cry 2 fit in today, in a world where Far Cry 4 is just more of Far Cry 3, and the shooter landscape is a distinctly different beast?

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Chaos Reborn Early Access review

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The important question to ask of Julian Gollop’s PC comeback is the same as for every other early access game: just how unfinished is it? In X-Com terms, Chaos is still missing its luminous globe and industrious anthill - the greater context to lend weight to the outcome of every struggle. That’s still some way off, in the form of a procedurally-generated single player campaign.

What’s here already might be enough, though: a turn-based multiplayer arena-battler built on the same precepts as Gollop’s best work: thoughtful unit placement, risk mitigation, and the smiling exasperation of a good plan gone tits-up. Wizard.

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Microsoft are looking into PC to Xbox One streaming for Windows 10

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Yesterday’s big Windows 10 event revealed a lot about Microsoft’s plans for PC gaming when the next iteration of Windows hits the PC. One of those big ideas was streaming games from your Xbox One to your PC, allowing you to play console games at your desk. 

But isn’t the problem normally the otherway around? In-home streaming is hitting the big time, and many PC gamers want their games on the living room TV. Surely allowing that would make the Xbox One a perfect entertainment hub? Thankfully, Microsoft have already thought of it, and are hoping to make it a reality. 

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Nvidia want MOBA players to buy a GTX 960

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Dota 2 had 10 million players log in over December. And lest we forget, that’s the little fish - League of Legends has more active users than any other PC game.

Nvidia have caught onto the fact that MOBAs are “the most popular games available worldwide”, and their players the perfect audience for mid-range GPUs. They’re hoping that LoL summoners will adopt the £159.99 GTX 960 - both for its “beautifully crisp, sharp image”, and power requirements so low that the fans will turn off during play.

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Ultima Underworld's spiritual successor, Underworld Ascendant, will be Kickstarted

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Every modern first-person RPG owes a debt to Ultima Underworld, it was the first game to put your face into a 3D world filled with dice rolls, XP points, and orcs. From Underworld you can trace the Elder Scrolls games, Deus Ex, even shooters like Borderlands. It was made by Blue Sky Productions, the studio which became Looking Glass Studios.

For almost 23 years it’s sat quietly in the dark.

Otherside Entertainment have acquired the rights to Underworld and plan to Kickstart a spiritual successor called Underworld Ascendant. They’ve even got some of the original team to help out.

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Microsoft's Xbox and Windows 10 integration was what the public wanted, apparently

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During last night’s Windows 10 conference Microsoft announced a stack of gaming plans: Xbox to PC streaming, a unifying Xbox Live App for the PC, and player stats shared between your console and PC. They’re all welcome and they’re all familiar; they were first suggested through Microsoft’s suggestion box website.

It looks like someone at Microsoft’s been listening to their community.

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Microsoft unveils the HoloLens augmented reality device and Windows Holographic

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At Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, the company revealed their addition to the small but growing list of things you can slap on your face. The HoloLens is an augmented reality headset, which might double as a pair of skiing goggles, that can plonk graphics, from a Skype call to a Minecraft creation, on top of your environment. 

It’s more like Google Glass - which was recently put on ice - than the Oculus Rift. The HoloLens will use an OS tailored for AR, Windows Holographic, and Microsoft says that it will be an important part of Microsoft’s future. 

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