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

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Heroes of the Storm competition

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

Ready for another chance at getting a Heroes of the Storm key? We’ve 500 Heroes of the Storm European keys to give away. Please, someone come and take them off our hands.

Update: Comments are now closed. We'll be sending out codes to your email accounts on Saturday. Thanks for taking part.

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Project CARS' release date is being pushed back so it can get some fine-tuning

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Project CARS delay

Racing cars should probably be fast. I’m sure there are other considerations, but that’s normally their defining feature. But Project CARS is more evocative of trains: it’s always getting delayed. The previous release date of March 17th has been canned, and Slightly Mad’s racing sim is now set to reach the finish line a month later. 

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

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Magicka 2 preview

Magicka was a compelling reason to live a solitary life, absent friends. It stripped away the platitudes, evenings in the pubs and all the social niceties of friendship, leaving only the desire to make mates explode by striking them with magical lightning. Harrowing stuff, but dressed up with jokes about vampires and funny men in colourful robes.

The second game, third if you count Magicka: Wizard Wars, the free-to-play spin-off, is ostensibly more of the same. You create and cast spells at friends and foes alike through tongue-in-cheek fantasy levels. But there is one place where Magicka 2 is mixing the alchemy up: artefacts. These unlockable thingamabobs add potentially game-changing elements to levels and challenges, serving as the building blocks of, if not user-created levels, at least user-created fights.

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Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker’s trailer is love at first sight

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You may not have thought you were crying out for a dating service simulator but have a look at the trailer for Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker and see if it doesn’t turn your head. You’ll be pairing up your client with potential partners, giving them a makeover to look dazzling on their first date, and walking them through their awkward first steps as a couple in no time.

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The Stomping Land's artist has abandoned the project

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The Stomping Lands’ modeler has abandoned the project after the lead developer refused to respond to his emails for over two months. “I've sent him 5 messages and haven't got any single reply,” artist  Vlad Konstantinov says. “If this silence continues I will stop my participation in TSL.”

Konstantinov wrote that to The Stomping Land’s forums a month ago, he’s now left the project and moved onto another, Beasts of Prey.

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Shadowrun: Hong Kong finishes Kickstarter campaign $1.1m over target

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For anyone thinking the day of the big Kickstarter was behind us you need only look at Harebrained Schemes to have second thoughts. Over the past 30 days they’ve raised $1.2 million for Shadowrun: Hong Kong, hitting every single one of their stretch goals.

The team set out looking for $100,000 to make a standalone sequel to Shadowrun Returns, with the money they’ve raised they’re now able to hugely expand on the original design.

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Update: Steam chat was censoring any mention of one torrent website but it's fixed now

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StarCraft II

Like an assassin in the dark, Steam chat is automatically whisking away and deleting any mention of illegal downloads website KickassTorrents. If you link to the website in any message you send, the recipient simply won’t receive the message at all. 

Update: And it seems that someone at Valve has pulled the plug on the censor sweep. You can now message about Kickass.to as much as you like.

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Total War: Attila’s highest graphics setting is made for graphics cards that don’t exist

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In the future we will be able to cook food instantly, wear supercomputers on our wrists, and, thanks to global warming, swim to work every day. We’ll also finally own PCs capable of running Total War: Attila on its extreme graphics setting.

That’s right, Creative Assembly have made a graphics mode that current graphics cards can't use.

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Not everyone's a fan of Star Citizen’s ship rental system

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Earlier this month Star Citizen’s director, Chris Roberts, outlined a ship rental system which has not gone down well with the community. Players are saying it turns Star Citizen into a freemium game and that the system favours people who have bought better ships with real cash.

Chris Roberts has responded to the criticisms but it’s not eased the situation.

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The EVE Online Tiamat update adds a stonking great destroyer to the Minmater fleet

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EVE’s Tiamat update has just gone live which means you can start building a Minmater Svipul, the new tactical destroyer class ship. The Svipul is a gunboat first and foremost, packing six turret slots buffed for artillery and autocannons, it also receives bonuses to armour and shields.

Tiamat adds a lot more than just one ship. CCP have touched up EVE’s audio and graphics, added new corporation controls, and updated loads of ship modules.

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

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