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GOG's giving away Aliens vs Predator Classic to Galaxy beta testers

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Alien vs Predator Classic

Alien: Isolation is the most authentic Alien experience you can have beyond watching the film. But if you’re looking for some xenomorph action that has less crawling around on all fours crying to yourself and more shooting and a lot more aliens, then perhaps Aliens vs Predator would be more your speed? 

The classic from Rebellion is free on GOG right now, if you sign up for the next round of Galaxy beta testing. But you’ll need to sign up within the next 48 hours. 

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Cloud9 announce their new Heroes of the Storm team; will debut at BlizzCon

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Heroes of the Storm

Competitive eSports organisation, Cloud9, have formally announced their team for the upcoming Blizzard MOBA, Heroes of the Storm. The team is one of four that has been selected by Blizzard to fight in an Exhibition Tournament at this year’s BlizzCon.

“This is a very big opportunity for many of us so it gives me more drive.” said Cameron “Bobbyhankhill” Neslon, Captain of Cloud9 HOTS. “Cloud 9 is an exalted organization and has top players/teams in multiple games, it would be an honor to carry their name in HOTS.”

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Best PC Games of 2014

The best PC games of 2014 so far

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Wolfenstein: The New Order

UPDATE: This again! We've just added four more PC games to our list of 2014's greatest. Now included are all of the best PC games released from the beginning of the year until October 15th. Think we've missed something? Drop us a comment below!

2014 is already shaping up to be a classic year for PC gaming. Not for us, the parched early months of the console cycle; where publishers and developers save up all their releases for the end of year. Already, in the first half of 2014, we’ve seen the release of new classics: games that will stand the test of time. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up the best games of 2014 so far. We’ll have more to add as the year continues.

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Ultra Street Fighter IV netcode patch lands today amongst balance changes

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Ultra Street Fighter IV

An update to Ultra Street Fighter IV will see the culmination of a two month long collaboration with the games community to stamp down on netcode issues. Patch 1.03 will include fixes to how Endless Battle lobbies work in order to reduce the amount of network pings, and hopefully lag. As well as the netcode band-aid, there’s some new training options as well as balance updates to most of the fighters.

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Planetside 2 to receive deployable automated turrets; "the lethality of these turrets is still being discussed"

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Planetside 2 Turrets

Systems and UI design lead, Jon Weathers, has revealed plans to add an automated deployable sentry turret for the Engineer class in Planetside 2. The addition could come as soon as next month, but not until extensive playtesting has been held on the PTS server.

“If our tests go well, we are aiming for auto-turrets to go live late November/early December.” said Weathers.

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Ubisoft on the "no respawn rule" for Rainbow Six Siege: "we wanted to revive that lethality and tension"

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Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six has always been known for its tendency to create tense situations. Ubisoft are keen to capture that same experience, which is why they’ve stuck with their “no respawn rule" for their upcoming addition to the franchise: Rainbow Six Siege.

In their regular “behind the walls” blog series, Ubisoft developers have explained why it’s important to go back to the roots of Rainbow Six. “When you go back to Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, you go back to one of the first tactical shooters” said game designer Andrew Witts. ”Seeing what makes it tick, deconstructing it and then reassembling it for the current generation. Being a part of that is really cool as a fan of the previous games”

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Unreal Engine 4.5

An additional decimal means Unreal Engine 4.5 has a bunch of new features

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Unreal Engine 4.5

Unreal Engine 4.5 has been released, bringing with it a slew of new tools to help make video games look even more shiny; some are even made by the community. Animation retargeting, light map UV generation and “real-time ray traced soft shadows” are just a few amongst the new additions.

If none of that means very much to you, don’t worry: we’ve got some nifty demo videos below to demonstrate.

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World of Warcraft given subscriber reprieve ahead of Warlords of Draenor; up to 7.4 million players

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

Blizzard’s next World of Warcraft expansion is less than a month away; you can almost feel the increasing anticipation from the millions of players: 7.4 million players to be exact. Over 600,000 new subscribers are back in Azeroth, ready to take on the Iron Horde this November, according to the latest investors call.

Also the current expansion, Mists of Pandaria, is now included with the base World of Warcraft game, along with all the expansions before it.

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The Flame in the Flood Kickstarter sails past its initial goal; stretch goals go up to $400k

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The Flame in the Flood

The Flame in the Flood, the procedurally generated rafting misadventure being developed by ex-BioShock, Halo and Guitar Hero devs swam past its initial Kickstarter goal today, only a week after its inception

Now that the $150,000 has been pledged, The Molasses Flood is now looking at stretch goals, from $175k to $400k, and the first five have already been revealed. 

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Crusader Kings 2 gets fatter with the Charlemagne expansion today

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Crusader Kings II: Charlemagne

At some point in the not so distant future, Crusader Kings II will have grown so large that it simply becomes our primary reality. That’s great if you’ve always wanted to kill a family member and grab their title, or manipulate the nobles of Europe into declaring a religious war on the Welsh. It’s not so great if you like cars, computers and not dying at 30, though. 

Today sees the grand strategy game get closer to that horrifying end point with the launch of the meaty Charlemagne expansion and the 2.2 patch. 

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Rebel Galaxy is an outlaw space adventure with big ol' capital ships from ex-Torchlight devs

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Rebel Galaxy

When Runic Games’ co-founders, Travis Baldree and Erich Schaefer left the Torchlight studio and set up Double Damage Games earlier this year, they had yet to announce their first project. However, given their past, developing Fate, Diablo and Torchlight, it wouldn’t have been bonkers to expect them to make another ARPG. 

Rebel Galaxy is not an ARPG. It’s a Firefly, outlaw and ‘70s sci-fi inspired space adventure. 

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Topic of the Week

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

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Topic of the Week: Building or buying a PC

There are a lot of reasons why you might be contemplating a new rig at the moment. Maybe you’ve become terrified by the VRAM apocalypse, or you’re desperate to ensure you can make The Witcher 3 look better than real life, or perhaps you just want to get yourself one of those fancy new 9 Series GPUs that Nvidia’s released. 

But before you even start looking at components, there’s one big question that must be answered: do you buy a prebuilt PC, or build one yourself? And that’s our Topic of the Week. 

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Port Inspection - The Evil Within

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The Evil Within Port Inspection

The Evil Within launched today, and I hesitantly stepped inside the gore-filled world to see if the absurd VRAM requirements and bizarre limitations that Bethesda has been sugar-coating as part of an artistic vision crippled this port. 

Lamentably, they have. I’ve done a fair few Port Inspections, and this is one of the worst. Little consideration has been given to the PC version, and the significant issues mar what could be a rather entertaining, if silly, horror game. 

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

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Assetto Corsa

Full disclosure: the people who make Assetto Corsa put me in a race car and let me drive around a race track at a million miles per hour, simultaneously burning both rubber and the paper-thin veneer of journalistic ethics that prohibits having any fun on press trips.

The idea was that by driving around the Autodromo di Vallelunga in real life I could fully appreciate just how accurately the developer had simulated the track in Assetto Corsa. In practice I was too busy concentrating on not flipping the car over and murdering everybody in a giant fireball to take any notes.

Largely speaking however, all of the corners appeared to be in the right places. So well done.

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Skywind trailer beautifies some of the Elder Scrolls' oddest-ever environments

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Skywind: shroomsville.

The western highlands of Vvardenfell are known as the West Gash. It’s a matter of Elder Scrolls lore, and the sooner we get over that fact, the sooner we can talk about their reimagining in Skywind. Okay? Okay.

It’s a source of administrative aggravation that we can’t yet add Skywind to our list of the 100 Best Skyrim Mods, because it isn’t finished. But the latest alpha footage shows that a familiar landscape is beginning to emerge.

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Wasteland 2 patch offers low-spec PC users a "large amount" of memory optimisations

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Wasteland 2

The second post-release patch for InXile's Black Islish opus, Wasteland 2, went live on Steam yesterday afternoon. It'll appear shortly on GOG, Origin and something called Glyph, if it hasn’t already.

Like one of those non-canon blimps they had floating about Fallout Tactics, the patch is a biggie. It begins with improved performance for lower-spec systems, takes in a bunch of fixes to California’s questlines, and winds up in a pile of extra hints and tips to be shown during loading screens.

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Warlords of Draenor group finder will allow WoW players to "actually meet new people"

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Warlords of Draenor: group friendly.

Blizzard have decided that WoW’s dungeon finder is perhaps a little too efficient. The grouping tool pulls strangers together for five-man dungeons, and fires them off on their separate ways immediately afterwards. No time lost - but all too often, no friends gained either.

“The pre-made group finder we’re introducing in Warlords of Draenor is very much trying to take a step back in the direction of World of Warcraft being a place where you can actually meet new people,” said lead designer Ion Hazzikostas.

“It’s about creating a world where players can find like-minded others to adventure with, but also a way you can talk to them.”

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Warframe Archwing update turns you into a rocket-powered space ninja

Win a ticket to the Tank Museum and a premium Fury Sherman with World of Tanks

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Win a ticket to the Tank Museum and a premium Fury Sherman with World of Tanks

Lords of the Fallen is a ferocious, and infuriating Dark Souls clone

Lords of the Fallen

Lords of the Fallen is a ferocious, and infuriating Dark Souls clone

Red:Out is Wipeout, but on the PC. It’s about time.

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Red:Out is Wipeout, but on the PC. It’s about time.

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor gear guide: getting started

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Topic of the Week: What games are you looking forward to in 2015?

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Rodina is No Man's Sky on a budget

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Fighting the inevitable in Stardock's Sorcerer King

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Paranautical Activity un-launches on Steam after creator threatens to kill Gabe Newell

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Dear Microsoft: about that Minecraft deal

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Dear Microsoft: about that Minecraft deal

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

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

Playing With Myself: Legend of Grimrock 2

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

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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

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Make conversation, not war: Galactic Civilizations III gets diplomacy

World of Warcraft's handsome new character models in action

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft's handsome new character models in action

The best PC games of 2014 so far

Best PC Games of 2014

The best PC games of 2014 so far

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

Topic of the Week

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

Port Inspection - The Evil Within

The Evil Within

Port Inspection - The Evil Within

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

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Nvidia's plans to become a

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

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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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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