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Homeworld Remastered trailer shows how Gearbox have rebuilt Relic’s cinematics

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Speaking at Pax Prime Gearbox’s Steve Gibson talked about the current state of Homeworld Remastered. He says that the company started by thinking it would be a pretty quick project, releasing the original Homeworld with high res textures and some model work.

It’s becoming a lot more than that as the interview and video reveals.

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Alien: Isolation PC system requirements published ahead of October release date

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Alien: Isolation might be scary but is there anything scarier than the prospect of a game releasing that your computer can’t run? It sends shivers up my spine, down my spine, and then back up again like some sort of fear elevator.

Happily, Creative Assembly don’t want to distract from the fear of their game and so have published Alien: Isolation’s minimum and recommended system requirements ahead of launch.

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Troy Baker and Nolan North chat about Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has wormed its way into the list of upcoming games that I really can’t wait to get my hands on - something I really didn’t expect when it was first announced. Our Jules took it for a spin a wee while ago, and he’s of a similar opinion. Go and devour his Shadow of Mordor preview.

As well as looking like an entertaining action romp with some intriguing systems, the game also boasts two of the most prolific voice actors in the industry: Troy Baker and Nolan North. They make an adorable couple, and you can take a look at them chatting about their respective characters in this here video. 

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Wayward Tide: Starbound developer Chucklefish's next game is a co-op swashbuckler

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Starbound is great. I have described it, in groups of serious adults, as “dead brilliant,” like I was an excited child. Do people even say “dead brilliant” anymore? Well I do. But very rarely. That’s why it’s in our list of the 15 best sandbox games on PC. But developer Chucklefish isn’t resting on its laurels, no. 

Four members of the studio are now at working making a co-operative, somewhat competitive pirate action adventure game: Wayward Tide. Swashbuckling adventures are dead brilliant. 

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Smite's angry deities will soon be fighting with purpose

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MOBAs tend to be pretty light when it comes to the narrative - perhaps appropriately. Sure, League of Legends has oodles of lore behind the scenes, Infinite Crisis draws on decades of comics and Smite has thousands of years of mythology to play with, but this rarely comes to the forefront of the games themselves. 

In the case of Smite, that might all be about to change. 

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FIFA 15 demo out now, containing many ways to celebrate putting balls in nets

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If you want to take FIFA 15 and the new Ignite Engine for a spin, then you’re in luck, because you can now download the demo and kick all of those balls into those nets and get points for doing so. 

But what happens when you kick a ball into a net? Well, you celebrate. And apparently previous FIFA games did not offer the breadth of celebration options that FIFA 15 does. You can learn how to pull of these super moves in a new video tutorial from EA.

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League of Legends' new Ascension mode offers unlimited power

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Riot has introduced a new featured game mode for League of Legends: Ascension. And it’s all about getting unlimited power - which is lovely. 

Ascension sees two teams of five pitted against each other, both attempting to defeat the Ancient Ascendant Xerath and steal his big ol’ buff. That power makes a champion vastly more powerful, though not so much that the opposing team can’t take him down with a coordinated assault. 

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Assassin's Creed Unity's Heist missions make you a thief as well as an assassin

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With a name like Unity, it’s not surprise that Ubisoft is pushing the co-op aspect of the latest Assassin’s Creed. The Brotherhood mode has already been shown off, so now it’s time to delve into the Heist mode. 

Creative director Alex Amancio and an assassin chum slink through underground catacombs in order to steal some lovely Templar treasure in a new developer walkthrough. And it’s not at all clear why the entire mission can’t be completed solo. 

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From myth to reality: Endless Legend launches on September 18th

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I sacrificed a lot of animals - and by animals I do mean adorable babies - in an effort to bribe the powers that be into providing us with more fantasy 4X games. It all worked out, of course. This year saw the excellent Warlock II and Age of Wonders III swallow up countless hours of my life. And now we’ve got Endless Legend on the horizon. 

Rob took a look at Endless Legend at GDC a while back and ended up being rather impressed with how Amplitude combined the pace and presentation of Endless Space with new, imaginative ideas. It’s been doing a stint in Early Access, but is on its way out the door. You’ll be able to get your hands on it on September 18th. 

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Transverse trailer reveals a sandbox space MMO from Piranha Games, makers of Mechwarrior Online

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Transverse is the newly announced MMO from Mechwarrior Online developer Piranha Games. Following in the steps of the likes of Eve Online, Elite Dangerous, and Star Wars: Galaxies, Transverse is a sandbox universe which goes light on NPC scripting in favour of procedural and emergent mechanics. In short, they’re throwing you into space with a load of other players and seeing what happens.

That’s exciting.

The business model isn’t. Not one bit.

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Mayan Death Robots: robots duke it out during the Mayan civilization (trailer + playable alpha)

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I am Karel from Sileni Studios, a small indie game studio from Antwerp, Belgium. Since the beginning of this year, we've been working on a game called Mayan Death Robots. For the occasion of this announcement, we made a trailer for the...

Why one developer has stripped microtransactions from their MOBA

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Dragons and Titans: majestic beasts and MOBA beats.

Until now, indie studio Wyrmbyte have run Dragons and Titans much like the other MOBAs you know on Steam. Players aren’t charged for the privilege of fighting in its lanes - instead, they’re gently nudged with offers of new weapons, mounts and avatars at affordable prices.

But Wyrmbyte are about to move in the opposite direction to the games industry at large - they’re going to shift from microtransactions to a flat $20 fee.

“Is this the greatest idea ever or the worst idea ever?,” laughs Wyrmbyte president, Scott Brown. “It’s a little bit scary. But it’s what all of us as players wanted, and so I can’t believe that we feel that differently than other people.”

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DCS: MiG-21 trailer shows why PC flight simulators are king

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I can’t help but marvel at DCS: MiG-21 and the Digital Combat Simulator series: there are few games that so readily embrace depth and complexity over making something immediately playable. For someone who grew up on the Ace Combat series, spending ten minutes getting my plane ready to take off seems alien to me but for wing nuts the prospect of fuel checks and brake line tests is what gets them up in the morning.

I imagine, too, that when you master getting such a complicated vehicle into the air, managing to bag a bogey is significantly more satisfying, too.

The DCS: MiG-21 launch trailer is enough to make me consider starting to learn.

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Alien: Isolation PC trailer shows why it’s silly to run from an alien

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Both the Alien: Isolation preview events I’ve attended started the same way, someone telling me: “Don’t run from the alien. You won’t escape.” The AI xenomorph will hear you and give chase, cutting you down before you can get away.

Rather than tell those of you eagerly anticipating October's release of Alien: Isolation, Creative Assembly have made video showing what happens when you run.

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Dungeons & Dragons Online update 23 adds cloning tech and balances everything

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While Dungeons & Dragons Online is the epitome of fantasy the latest update throws in a little scifi. Sort of. The Mirror of Glamering lets you clone the look of of an armour set and turn it into a cosmetic item, allowing you to stay fashionable while fighting dragons.

Besides its look, armour’s received a complete overhaul “aimed at improving the ability of melee-focused characters to face some of DDO's toughest challenges, and bring increased balance between melee, ranged, and spell-casting characters.”

To that end a new “Melee Power, Ranged Power, Magical Resist Rating” attribute have been added to gear and Turbine have made adjustments to Physical Resist Rating”

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Elite: Dangerous beta makes exploration profitable

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Elite Dangerous has lots of ways for would be space pilots to make a living. There are those that peaceably trade goods across the galaxy or, at the other end of the spectrum, hire themselves out as a mercenary and lend their guns to the highest bidder.

Frontier have turned exploration into the middle route.

Explorers will search the distant ends of the galaxy, scanning planets for minerals and artefacts, taking in the glory of the universe. Bringing those secrets back to civilisation. But, if anyone gets in their way they’ll blow two holes through their life support system.

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The Heroes of the Storm alpha client is getting a 64-bit upgrade

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Blizzard’s been running its Heroes of the Storm technical alpha for a while now, and both Tim and Nick took it for a spin a while back, enjoying it quite a bit. The reckoned it was "a triumph". Now a new version is in the works, planned for the next patch. 

A 64-bit version of the technical alpha will be available to all players with appropriate systems as soon as maintenance finishes on patch day. 

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Microcraft: Microsoft might be trying to buy Mojang

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Minecraft is a phenomenon. Your gran probably runs her own Minecraft server. It’s common knowledge that everyone who works at Mojang is actually made of gold - which means they can’t swim, but it’s a small price to pay. This means one thing: big companies want more than just a piece of it. Big companies like Microsoft.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is in talks, serious talks, with Mojang over the acquisition of the Swedish company. 

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Blackest Night: Lego Batman 3 gets day one DLC and a season pass

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The Lego games are great. Fun, inclusive and accessible to kids and adults in equal measure. They are what family games should be. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham should continue that tradition, but has unfortunately been infected with something dire - like the yellow impurity in the old Green Lantern rings. 

Lego Batman 3 will launch with day one DLC and a season pass. Wonderful.

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