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Assassin's Creed: Rogue footage demos reverse ship-boarding and machine guns

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Shay is the Rogue of the title: an assassin-turned-Templar.

Assassin’s Creed: Rogue is this year’s stopgap entry in the swollen series - the Revelations to Unity’s, er, Assassin’s Creed III. On second thoughts, that’s probably not a helpful analogy.

But Rogue makes a good case for its existence. While Paris is conspicuously landlubbery, Ubisoft Sofia have brought out full sails to ensure the North Atlantic is a worthy successor to Black Flag’s Caribbean Sea.

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Fine-tune the hair on your chinny-chin-chin in The Sims 4 Create-a-Sim demo

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Just some of the faces available in The Sims 4.

There’ll be an aspect of The Sims you like best. Perhaps it’s building houses held up only by glass panes and willpower. Or maybe it’s building people.

That’s what the Create-a-Sim demo for The Sims 4 is all about - designing humans. Deciding on the cut of their jibs, deigning to pick their outfits, and determining their fatal flaws.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is coming to PC. Here's 17 minutes of gameplay footage

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Hideo Kojima is a mad genius who makes brilliant stealth games about hiding in cardboard boxes, and while the Metal Gear series has often dabbled in PC waters with a couple of shonky after-the-fact definitive editions (and, most recently, the scarcely related Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance), it's now been confirmed that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes are coming to Steam.

If you don't know what most of that last sentence means. Here's a brief recap of why there are two Metal Gear Solid Vs, why they are interesting things in the first place and why you should be excited about playing them. We've also got 17 minutes of footage of The Phantom Pain from Gamescom. Lovely times.

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Obsidian enter "long-term partnership" to make games based on Pathfinder tabletop RPG

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Pathfinder: a dragon, most likely situated in its own dungeon.

Pen-and-paper roleplaying games have been the backbone of western RPGs since forever. In the ‘90s, Interplay’s license from Wizards of the Coast fuelled a new wave of great D&D games. Maybe this’ll be the green light for the next. Obsidian have signed a deal to develop games based on tabletop RPG Pathfinder.

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Company of Heroes 2 is getting some solo campaign love with Ardennes Assault

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Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault

Company of Heroes’ multiplayer standalone expansion, Western Front Armies, was grand. It was an injection of life into the game, with two new factions that weren’t just reskins or a few new units, but armies with completely new mechanics with refreshing strategic philosophies. In my Western Front Armies review I said it was Company of Heroes 2 at its best. 

The lack of a single-player campaign wasn’t a problem, but Relic’s decided to make one anyway, which is certainly nice if you don’t really fancy competing against other players. Ardennes Assault brings back the US Forces and Oberkommando West from Western Front Armies, and throws them against each other in 18 missions inspired by the Battle of the Bulge. 

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We can be heroes: Ubisoft announces Might & Magic Heroes VII

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Might & Magic Heroes VII

Seeing as that we recently got a new - rather good, by all accounts, but my copy is sitting unloved on Steam until I have more time - Might & Magic, it only seems fair that it’s strategic sibling, Heroes of Might & Magic, or as it’s now known, Might & Magic Heroes, gets another installment. And that is indeed happening. 

Ubisoft announced the next installment in the venerable franchise at Gamescom today, introducing it with a super serious trailer. 

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Play Unreal Tournament for free without buying Unreal Engine 4

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Unreal Tournament free now

Unreal Tournament will be free. It’s already free, in fact, but only if you’ve got the Unreal engine 4. If you’re not developing a game, there’s a good chance you don’t. Not to worry! Kind soul and Unreal forum member raxxy is gathering builds created by the Unreal Tournament team and throwing them out into the aether, for any Tom, Dick or murderous space soldier to download. 

And while Epic’s not involved, they’ve given the okay for raxxy to continue doing this. You can snatch up the latest build here, and expect lots of updates, as the game continues to be developed. 

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Konami leaks Metal Gear Solid 5's future launch on Steam

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Metal Gear Solid V on PC

Update: And Kojima's confirmed the announcement. As a special treat, Steam players will also get access to a special cardboard box, complete with the iconic red valve. 

While a PC version of Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes was expected, with Hideo Kojima calling it likely, but “not a priority”, Konami accidentally leaked confirmation today before its presentation at Gamescom. Metal Gear Solid V will be coming to Steam. 

The announcement was a slip up, and the link ended up on an error page. It’s since been removed, but not before screencaps were taken. 

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The Evil Within will get three bits of DLC, so it's getting a season pass too

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The Evil Within season pass

The Evil Within is going to throw a lot of horrors at you, from spider women and zombies to invulnerable monsters you have to run away from - a lot easier to do when you aren’t crippled by an inability to run very far. 

Depending on how you feel about splashing out on DLC for an unreleased game, it’s got one more horror for you waiting in the wings: a season pass. 

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Star Wars: The Old Republic subscribers are about to get player housing

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Star Wars: The Old Republic. Home?

BioWare’s first MMO will never be the game Galaxies fans want it to be. And that’s fine - Star Wars: The Old Republic is quite good in its own right. But it can learn lessons from its predecessor, and ensure players are inhabiting its world rather than just passing through.

That’s what next week’s Galactic Strongholds expansion is all about: habitation. Or as BioWare put it, "customizable bastions of personal luxury".

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League of Legends' Gnar is always angry in its Champion Spotlight

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League of Legends' Gnar

League of Legends’ Gnar may be a smaller little critter, but don’t let appearances fool you. Once he’s angry enough he’ll hulk up into a monstrous creature, with hobbies that include smashing his opponents with his mega-sized fists and throwing boulders (sometimes houses) into his enemies face.

Riot’s champion spotlight have given us the scoop on what Gnar exactly does and how best to play him. If you’re at all curious how this deceivingly cute champion can cause death and destruction to your foes, it’s worth a watch.

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Daedalic are doing a Blackguards 2 with bigger and blowy-up-ier battle maps

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Some bounced right off the original Blackguards.

It’s been less than a year since I was in an underground bar in Hamburg watching Germans swig their drinks and throw their axes in honour of the just-finished Blackguards. But it seems Whispered World types Daedalic enjoy making classic RPGs so much that they’ve barrelled right ahead into their second.

Blackguards 2 will bolt new bits to Daedalic's engine and tinker with its turn-based combat.

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