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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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Heroes of the Storm 64-bit

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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Microsoft wants to buy Mojang

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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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham season pass

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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Ronin around: Way of the Samurai 4 is making its way to Steam this year

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Way of the Samurai 4

Way of the Samurai 4 is one of those games that I’ve watched - a lot of - but never actually played. It’s was a PS3 exclusive, and I do own that console. But given the overwhelming size of my PC library, and the fact that not a day goes by where I’m not delving into it - purchasing a considerably more expensive console game just isn’t something I often consider. 

So I’m really quite pleased that this absolutely bizarre, very rough game is making its way over to our platform. Publisher Ghostlight announced that a PC port, to be released on Steam, will be appearing later this year. 

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The next Total War game will be unveiled this month at EGX

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New Total War game

Creative Assembly continues to work on Total War: Rome II, but the studio is already developing the next title in the historical strategy series. And we’ll be finding out what that is very, very soon.

At EGX in London, on September 25th, the studio will unveil the latest Total War project to the masses. On stage, CA will offer up insight into the ongoing production of the game and will also show the game in action.

The developer says that we should prepare for a “surprise”. Let the speculation commence! 

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Battlefield 4: Final Stand evokes memories of Battlefield 2142

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Battlefield 4: Final Stand

With Final Stand, Battlefield 4’s upcoming piece of DLC, DICE is presenting their vision of the wars of tomorrow while also looking back to Battlefield 2142.

“With Final Stand, we knew from the start that we wanted to evolve the Battlefield experience and offer weapons and vehicles that behave differently than anything else on the battlefield,” write DICE’s Kristoffer Bergqvist and David Sirland. “Taking place on the arctic landscape of Russia, where the scientists of today are experimenting with technology that will define the battlefields of tomorrow.”

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Rainbow Hero coming to PC on the 23rd of September 2014

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Hello, I am a one-man indie game developer from Poland and am about to release 2D puzzle game for PC called Rainbow Hero. It would be great if you'd check it out and consider featuring it. Rainbow Hero demonstrates old-school puzzle game mechanics found in older games such as Lasermania,...

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Wind of Luck: Arena

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A bit of tired of current offer of multiplayer games, I wanted to find something new in the MMORPG world, and so I stumbled upon the "Wind of Luck: Arena". At the very beginning it was clear that I will not find here a fantasy world and imaginary creatures, but I also think it's time to...

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What games infected you with hype but lost you after launch?

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Topic of the Week: Hype

Hype has become a bit of pejorative, these days, conjuring up images of some infernal marketing machine feeding on excitement, using hyperbole and big numbers to get folk drooling about the next big game launch. But it’s easy to get swept up in it all, because we want the hype to be true; we want to get excited about games and then to enjoy the reward of a game that lives up to our expectations. 

Sometimes they don’t, unfortunately. So with our Topic of the Week, we want to know what games got you salivating the most, until they actually launched and left you disappointed. Maybe you never even got the game. Maybe you picked it up, but found it to be a bit rubbish. We want to know, so feed us your memories. 

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John Romero: "Shooters have so many places to go, but people just copy the same thing"

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Quake 1: the last great Romero shooter.

Who is your favourite Doom designer? I’m personally fond of the twisted spatial sense of a Tom Hall level, but John Romero has always enjoyed a considerably larger fan club. Even after Daikatana, and a decade spent alternating between handheld, social and bad games.

If you're a badge-wearing fan of his, you'll probably remember that John Romero is making a shooter. Given that he hasn’t made one of those in a while, perhaps you’d like to hear his opinion on their direction?

“There are unbelievable amounts of new stuff to do in that genre,” said Romero. “We’ve barely scratched the surface.”

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Destiny tower hub already rebuilt in Minecraft

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Minecraft: with its random spawns, more a game of chance than Destiny.

Destiny’s non-combat hub, the Tower Plaza, is something to behold. Our friends on the consoles have been taking in an overstuffed skybox to rival any in Halo - and below it, the veins of the last city on Earth.

We can’t join them - Destiny isn’t on PC yet. So let’s go to a place where the ambient tolling of sombre bells is replaced by the oinking of nearby pigs. Let’s go to YouTube, and Quincy Van Hilst’s reversioning of the Tower hub in Minecraft.

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Battlefield Hardline is getting another beta before launch

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Battlefield Hardline: Visceral are currently swatting bugs. Arf.

We’re used to the beta as pre-order incentive - the forkfull of bolognaise stolen from the pan while it’s still cooking. So it was a surprise to us, and one suspects to Visceral Games, when the Battlefield Hardline beta turned out to be entirely necessary. A bit raw.

Hardline was delayed til 2015, and Visceral set to work incorporating ideas gleaned from their not-entirely-positive feedback. They’ve now penciled in another, hopefully triumphal beta closer to the game’s release.

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Team Fortress 2's first community-made merchandise goes on sale

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Team Fortress 2: an explosive prompt for the imagination.

Less than a month ago, Valve dissolved the boundaries of the Team Fortress 2 Workshop. Formerly the preserve of intangible weapons and menswear for the discerning in-game avatar, the Workshop now hosts designs for physical merchandise - the best of which have already been cherry-picked for production by Valve’s partners in their new venture, WeLoveFine.

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