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Assassin's Creed Unity DLC finally takes us to China on a quest for revenge

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Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass

Ubisoft has pulled back the curtain on its post-release, season pass plans for Assassin's Creed Unity, and the publisher has managed to squeeze in a welcome surprise. 

Along with the expected stuff like new weapons and customization options for Arno’s Parisian adventure, a new story campaign will take the Assassin out of the French capital and into the crypts of Saint Denis. 

Far more interesting, though, is a standalone game separate from the story of Unity, set in 16th Century China with a female Assassin, Shao Jun. 

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Nvidia: “Titan sold way above our expectations”

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With the launch of Nvidia’s new line of Maxwell GPUs, the GTX 980 and GTX 970, we had the chance to chat to Scott Herkelman, Nvidia’s head of GeForce GTX, about the Moore’s Law defying graphics cards and also Nvidia’s other anomaly: the Titan series.

No other card manufacturer has a card priced in the same region as the Titan series. Who’s buying them and in what numbers?

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Stronghold Crusader 2 launches (a sack of diseased camel heads over your castle wall) tomorrow

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Stronghold Crusader 2

Stronghold Crusader 2 launches tomorrow, having had its release date pushed back by three weeks to patch up some last few oddities and bugs, which is good news for fans of castles and knocking things over. I've been playing the base building RTS under the watchful eye of Simon Bradbury, lead designer at Firefly, who patiently peered over my shoulder as my idiot castle was stomped by the easiest AI opponent.

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Tim Schafer explains why Spacebase DF-9 is being flung out the airlock early

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Spacebase DF-9

When Double Fine announced the imminent release of Spacebase DF-9, last week, it came as a bit of a surprise. It seemed early, and a long list of hoped for and planned features had yet to be implemented. Now they won’t be implemented at all. Early Access once again looked like a risky gamble. 

Tim Schafer recently took to the Steam forums to explain the studio’s decision.

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John Carmack on what the Oculus Rift's integrated audio can do for gaming

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Audio was a focal point in Doom 3 development a decade ago.

The weekend’s Oculus Connect conference has flooded the internet with keynotes from staff at the VR company - where water cooler chat, you imagine, ends with a totally reengineered water cooler.

In one panel, CTO John Carmack talked up the good VR can do for sound in gaming - where audio is traditionally under-resourced.

“All that audio stuff that everybody always wanted to do and we never thought made the grade for traditional gaming? Now we can actually make a difference,” said Carmack.

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Kickstarter

Kickstarter now requires developers to make "every reasonable effort" to finish projects

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Kickstarter

In the last couple of years of crowdfunding, two things have ceased to be shocking. First, that Kickstarter can be a really good thing for undermonied game developers. And second, that it can go badly wrong - even for the most experienced project managers.

Kickstarter the organisation has traditionally stood well back from disputes over failed projects. But updated Terms of Service that’ll come into effect after October 19 will grant backers what they’ve been missing: a legal leg to stand on, should things go south.

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We've got five codes for Stronghold Crusader 2's Special Edition. Would you like one?

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Stronghold Crusader 2

Stronghold has long been a refuge for Age of Empires players tired of being accused of turtling - somewhere to go to build palisades without persecution. Firefly perfected the formula twelve years ago, and are just now returning to medieval Syria for Crusader 2 - replete with physics-enabled castle crumbling and a new 3D engine.

The game’s out on Steam tomorrow, and we’d like to give five of you a code - if you’ll answer us a question.

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Heroes of the Storm alpha shop goes offline today, leaving 29 heroes temporarily free

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The Heroes of the Storm alpha: bustling.

To build anew, one must first destroy. That’s an adage lived by rebel alliances and Blizzard technicians alike. If Heroes of the Storm is to redefine the MOBA, its technical alpha will have to be pulled down. The in-game shop is already gone, and account wipes will follow soon after.

In the quiet before the hammer comes down, however, all 29 alpha heroes will be available to play in free rotation.

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Green Man Gaming give away Gun Monkeys, Sanctum and an Eve trial with sign-ups

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Green Man Gaming

Gun Monkeys is an underappreciated side-scrolling simian disassembly simulator for two players. Sanctum is first-person tower defence from the people who latterly discovered the joys latent in goat physics. And our world, the so-called ‘real world’, exists only so that Eve Online can host its conventions without bloodshed.

Green Man Gaming is a digital distributor of PC games willing to acquaint you with all three - if only you’ll register an account under their Welcome Pack initiative.

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British Museum to be officially rebuilt in Minecraft

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Not the British Museum. But something like it.

Museums may be stealth game bread and butter - I seem to remember Doing a Mission Impossible over a laser-guarded exhibit at some point during Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory - but they’re usually fictionalised. Perhaps that’s for the sake of level design, or so’s they don’t become thief training simulators. Either way, the officially-sanctioned British Museum in London in Minecraft will be the first of its kind. A blocky national institution built using its original blueprints.

The project is still in its “early planning” stage - and the museum are still recruiting members of the public for the big build. Will it ascend the angular podium of the best Minecraft projects ever?

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GTA V to support first-person mode on PC, cached Rockstar site suggests

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Vinewood, Los Santos.

King among GTA IV’s catalogue of mods is its first-person mode. Not only did the new perspective give modder-made mega-textures the close-up attention they deserved, but also brought with it an implicit change of pace. First-person GTA players lived the downtime, embracing the detailed mundanity of Liberty City.

We’ll be able to do the same in Grand Theft Auto V with the full backing of Rockstar, a feature list on a cached website suggests.

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Monolith debut PC footage for Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor with new challenge mode

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Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor

Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor launches in less than ten days: September 30th. As we draw closer to the release, Monolith, at this year’s Nvidia Game 24, have debuted a demo of the game running on the PC. They’ve also shown off the new challenge mode, which pits you together with five of Mordor’s finest in a race against the clock.

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Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype features 360 tracking and integrated audio

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Oculus Rift Crescent Bay Prototype

It’s barely been a few months since Oculus were showing us their latest DK2 prototype of their VR flagship device, the Oculus Rift, and now they’ve only gone and made another one. The ‘Crescent Bay’ prototype features tech that’s “impossible to achieve” with DK2, including 360 degree head tracking, improved weight and “high-quality” integrated audio.

Folks at this year’s Oculus Connect show managed to get their hands on it. The rest of us will have to make do with some photos.

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League of Legends launching in Japan; world dominance almost complete

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League of Legends Japan

At this year's Tokyo Game Show 2014, Riot have announced that their pedigree MOBA, League of Legends, is heading to Japan. Working together with Japan’s Logitech company, Logicool, they plan to put up Japanese servers in the very near future. That is of course, after a full localization has been performed, similar to that of the Korean version of the game.

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Love Loadout? You can play the campaign beta on Steam for free

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Loadout Campaign

We loved it in our Loadout review, so we’re super excited to try out the new co-op campaign mode that’s just hit Steam. You’ll battle a menace known as the Kroad - vile aliens that pastimes include that of wiping out humanity and constructing robotic minions to do more of the same.

With a new progression system, new modes and revamped inventory management, there’s a boatload more to do in Loadout.

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Heroes of the Storm enters final phase of technical alpha on Monday

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Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard have announced a rather important milestone for their upcoming entry into the MOBA genre. Starting on Monday, Blizzard are shutting down the Heroes of the Storm store. But this is good news, as they’re also making all 29 heroes available to play while it’s offline.

But then there’s some sad news. The week after, there'll be another account wipe of any gold, level progression and unlocks. This is the last one though, they hope.

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Australians can download the uncensored Left 4 Dead 2 today via DLC

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Left 4 Dead 2 Uncensored

The time has finally come for our fellow Australians to enjoy Left 4 Dead 2 the way it was meant to be played. Following the 180 reclassification from the Australian Classification Board a couple of weeks ago, Left 4 Dead 2 is now classed as R18+ to suit its “high impact violence, blood and gore”.

Now Valve have released a piece of DLC to the Australian Steam store to bring the game in line with everyone else in the apocalyptic world, and you can grab it right now.

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The Red Bull Battle Grounds Grand Final invades Washington D.C.

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Red Bull Battle Grounds

Today, Washington D.C. witnesses an invasion of alien nasties and stalwart terran marines as the eight finalists in Red Bull Battle Grounds prepare to duke it out, tooth, claw and gun for the biggest share of the $50,000 prize pool.

For two days, they’ll be kicking the crap out of each other in Starcraft II, and you can watch them fight for the championship title right here or over on the Red Bull Battle Grounds site.

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Battlefield 4 "Autumn Patch" sheds all the bugs; further improves netcode

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Battlefield 4 Autumn Patch

It’s time for some spring autumn cleaning in Battlefield 4, and there’s hefty long patch notes to go with it. Most notable is the further improvement to the infamous netcode, which is now set automatically to high as default to all users. A slew of game modes are also being added to Obliteration Competitive sub-game mode. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper patch without weapon changes too.

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