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Square Enix previews new Rogue class and Ninja job for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Rogue and Ninja

Patch 2.4 for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is bringing with it a new class in the form of a Rogue, and a new “Ninja” job too. Rogues will use knives and daggers while they remain in the shadows. Ninjas on the other hand aren’t your stereotypical type: they’re able to use powerful energies through “signs” to manipulate the battlefield.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update adds Music Kits to help "establish your identity"

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Music Packs

The latest update to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has brought in an interesting addition: Music Kits. These digital MP3 players replace the ambient music in different parts of the game, from in the main menu all the way to planting the bomb. There’s nine unique kits available on the store today from a variety of artists and composers, all tailor made for CS:GO.

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Flagship Kickstarter cancelled with just five days to go, but they're "not giving up on it"

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Flagship

Promising spaceship-bridge-perspective RTS, Flagship, has been cancelled. It had earned just over half of the £95,000 goal, and had less than five days remaining on the Kickstarter campaign. This was enough for twin developers Brad Jeffery and Matt J have decided to pull the project altogether.

“This has been a heartbreaking process for us.”

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Alienware alpha

Take a look at how the Alienware Alpha handles the latest games in these benchmark videos

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Alienware Alpha

The Alienware Alpha is a living room take on the modern PC, but with the ease of use of a console. It’s a symbiotic relationship of both Steam Big Picture Mode and Alienwares own Windows tailored OS. It’s due to be out just before Christmas, and If you’re interest about picking one up, you will surely want to see it in action first.

We’ve got a slew of benchmark videos of the Alienware Alpha playing through the latest games on very respectable settings. From the simple yet slick visuals of Borderlands 2, all the way to the demanding Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

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Non-linear storytelling, mixed with Metroidvania level design, and fast paced action RPG combat. Our game, Border: Remembrance

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Border: Remembrance Fact Sheet: - A top-down pixel art, action RPG. Using the classical Metroidvania level design. Set in a doomed world you can`t save, but try to anyway. - A grand misery. - Non-linear storytelling. - Multiple endings. - Countless secrets. - Architectural level...

Bioware address concerns over the absence of healers in Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Healing

It looks like the Templars have stolen all the healers from the upcoming third installment, Dragon Age: Inquisition. While there’s no dedicated healer class, there are instead a multitude of ways of preventing and dealing with damage. Potions and certain abilities effects give your characters a health buffer that enemies will have to whittle through before getting to your precious red stuff.

Bioware developer Patrick Weekes has taken to the forums to quell the concerns of the community. “I've completed two playthroughs of Dragon Age: Inquisition on Normal, and I'm now working through a playthrough on Hard.” said Weekes. “Here were my concerns, and here is what I've found and how I've handled things.”

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We’ve 1,000 Hex closed beta keys burning a hole in our spellbook

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Hex closed beta key code cryptozoic

While Hearthstone may have stolen most the PCGN teams’ hearts, I’ve eyes only for Hex. Cryptozoic’s collectible card game is more complex than Hearthstone, offering more scope for surprising strategies and last minute turnarounds than Blizzard’s card game. And it already offers a lot more besides the core game - a fully functioning auction house and 128-man tournaments, for instance, with a full PvE campaign still to come.

All this and Hex is still in closed beta.

I’ve said all this before but, at last, you can see for yourselves what the fuss is all about. We’ve 1,000 codes to giveaway to get instant access to Hex’s closed beta.

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Cops 'n Robbers: The Elder Scrolls Online justice system unveiled

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Elder Scrolls Online Justice System

Zenimax have come out of hiding regarding their new justice system, which is heading to The Elder Scrolls Online in the near future. Players will finally be able to don more infamous vocations, such as stealing from and/or murdering NPCs. But these Outlaws won’t have it easy. Players will also be given the chance to police these devious players as Enforcers, where they’re tasked with trying to prevent and catch criminals in the act.

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Tango-Foxtrot: watch Star Citizen's Drake Cutlass ship waltz through danger in style

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Star Citizen Drake Cutlass

Star Citizen has released another one of its commercials, this time showcasing the moves on the Drake Cutlass ‘jack of all trades’ ship. It’s versatile, slick and above all else, stylish. You can fit it for just about anything too: search and rescue, pirating, law enforcement and even salvaging.

You can check it out in action in the trailer below the break.

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Couch Fishing - a PC game controlled by your phone

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Dear awesome journalists whom we'd like to be friends with, We did something totally new and incredible! It seems that cellphones ship with the ability to network with things, so we wired one to a computer and used it as a controller for an awesome game (which is obviously more awesome...

Playing With Myself: Sid Meier's Covert Action

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Sid Meier's Covert Action

Three Microprose classics landed on Steam last night, travelling through the time tubes, forward into our era. If you feel like being slapped in the face by some old Sid Meier fare, then you can grab Colonization, Pirates! and Covert Action.

Covert Action is the most novel of the bunch, as it’s the only member of the trio not to receive a modern makeover. It’s also the only one I haven’t played, which is why I decided to delve into the murky world of ‘90s espionage. 

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Devour Dragon Age: Inquisition PC screenshots and system requirements

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Dragon Age: Inquisition PC requirements

While it released on consoles and was plagued by muddy textures, Dragon Age: Origins felt like a game made specifically for PC. Lamentably, this was far from the case with Dragon Age II, with the dismissal of proper tactical combat and the focus on enemy waves and more immediate action. 

BioWare’s promising that it will be better this time around, with Dragon Age: Inquisition. With 4K and AMD Mantle support, a customisable interface and combat that’s got more in common with Origins than its sequel, it sounds like that promise might not be hollow. 

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Nvidia

Nvidia's plans to become a "full-service" video performance company

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The die on an Nvidia Maxwell chipset.

Nvidia aren’t just selling video cards anymore. They’re trying to sell a package of services and performance-related products that attempts to make “The Way Its Meant to Be Played” into something more than a slogan on a splash screen.

Nvidia has been heading in this direction for a few years, but at Red Bull Battle Grounds Washington, D.C., they were bringing all the threads of their strategy together to show an eSports-focused audience that Nvidia has more to offer than higher benchmarks.

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Education

Ian Livingstone, Games Workshop co-founder and President of Eidos, wants to open a free gaming school

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Gaming school

School’s a gloomy place, full of arbitrary tests and crap school dinners. Or at least it was for me, though that is going quite far back. But that could be set to change for some kids in London in 2016.

Games Workshop co-founder and Eidos CEO Ian Livingston has applied to launch a free school in London that will use gaming and problem solving to teach children instead of “relentless testing”. 

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Centrifrugal: Space Engineers is free on Steam this weekend

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Space Engineers: ace.

The unfulfilled germ of Notch’s 0x10c might have promised to transpose the spirit of Minecraft to the vacuum, but Space Engineers is already doing an excellent job of that. In Survival mode, careful cosmonauts uncover and recover parts for the construction and maintenance of ships and stations. In Creative mode, players build monuments to their own imaginations.

You can do either, or both, for free until 9pm GMT / 1pm PST this Sunday.

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We've got 50 codes for Anno Online starter packs that'll make privateers of you

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Anno Online: piratious.

Anno Online is the browser-based variant of the jolly old city-builder. Released last year, it’s just this week introduced nautical PvE combat, and naughty pirates to test it out on. There’s a 5€ starter pack designed to ease in new privateers, but we’re prepared to hand this booty over in exchange for just an email address and a promise of future swashbuckling.

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You'd better believe the War Thunder 1.43 update is a big one

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War Thunder

War Thunder has just taken delivery of a huge shipment of new tanks and anti-aircraft guns and jet planes and maps and modes. Dozens and dozens of the things. More than I can possibly list here. It's a staggering number, frankly. I'm reeling. Stunned.

I'm having to re-evaluate everything I think I know about War Thunder, because War Thunder 1.43 has flipped Gaijin's free-to-play warfighter MMO on its helmet.

Where do we start? Well how about here: you can turn off weapons and race planes through canyons. Fantastic.

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Here's what's coming in EVE Online's Phoebe expansion, and beyond

EVE Online

Here's what's coming in EVE Online's Phoebe expansion, and beyond

Playing With Myself: Legend of Grimrock 2

Legend of Grimrock 2

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Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault is the single-player campaign you've been waiting for

Company of Heroes 2 - Ardennes Assault

Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault is the single-player campaign you've been waiting for

Make conversation, not war: Galactic Civilizations III gets diplomacy

Galactic Civilizations® III

Make conversation, not war: Galactic Civilizations III gets diplomacy

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Topic of the Week: When getting a new PC, do you build or buy?

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Port Inspection - The Evil Within

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Hands on with Assetto Corsa, a racing simulator made using lasers

Assetto Corsa

Hands on with Assetto Corsa, a racing simulator made using lasers

Assassin's Creed Unity

"Cinematic experience" is a nonsense term and isn't achieved by frame rates

Playing With Myself: Sid Meier's Covert Action

Sid Meier's Covert Action (Classic)

Playing With Myself: Sid Meier's Covert Action

Nvidia's plans to become a

Nvidia

Nvidia's plans to become a "full-service" video performance company

We've got 50 codes for Anno Online starter packs that'll make privateers of you

Anno Online

We've got 50 codes for Anno Online starter packs that'll make privateers of you

Wild Cards: what does the future hold for Hearthstone's fresh pros?

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Wild Cards: what does the future hold for Hearthstone's fresh pros?

Total War: Rome II - One Year On

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Total War: Rome II - One Year On

Elite: Dangerous

"Every star in the night sky exists in Elite: Dangerous" — Braben on recreating a galaxy all over again

Playing With Myself: Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation

Playing With Myself: Alien: Isolation

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's new multiplayer mode is basketball with jetpacks

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's new multiplayer mode is basketball with jetpacks

We've got 50 starter packs for Might & Magic Heroes Online. Want one?

Might & Magic Heroes Online

We've got 50 starter packs for Might & Magic Heroes Online. Want one?

The uneasy brilliance of This War of Mine

This War of Mine

The uneasy brilliance of This War of Mine

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Meet my nemesis: Grublik the Black

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Meet my nemesis: Grublik the Black

Alien: Isolation review

Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation review

Hands-on with The Crew

The Crew

Hands-on with The Crew

How Hex has evolved on the way to open beta

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How Hex has evolved on the way to open beta

Windows 9 is no more. Windows 10 is now a thing

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Windows 9 is no more. Windows 10 is now a thing

Topic of the Week: What do you look for in a port?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What do you look for in a port?

How Train Fever made money for its most feverish players

Train Fever

How Train Fever made money for its most feverish players

Port Inspection: Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™

Port Inspection: Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Armored Warfare: why is Obsidian making a F2P tank game?

Armored Warfare

Armored Warfare: why is Obsidian making a F2P tank game?

ArcheAge review

ArcheAge

ArcheAge review