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There will be blood: Titanfall's Frontier's Edge DLC turns a mining site into a map

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Dig Site: a view from the frontier in Titanfall.

Titanfall is one of the best PC games of 2014 so far, thanks in no small part to maps which freed like Battlefield and funnelled like CoD and somehow captured the best of both in fifteen minute matches. Frontier’s Edge DLC map Dig Site’s the latest to subscribe to that philosophy - forcing Titans down narrow pathways between industrial processing buildings while pilots leap over their heads.

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Assassin's Creed Unity to be overseen by Ubisoft's new Chief Parkour Officer

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Unity, as seen from its most unusual perspective: the ground.

Ubisoft have appointed a new Chief Parkour Officer. Rather than promote a fleet-footed executive from within, they’ve hired on noted freerunner Michael ‘Frosti’ Zernow. He’ll advise on the imminent Assassin’s Creed Unity.

“I’ve been a long-time fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, and it’s one of the few highly visible examples of parkour that attracts younger athletes to the sport every year,” said Zernow of his role.

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Alien Isolation will be accommodating to pacifists: you don’t need to kill a thing

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Everyone got a little touchy when it was revealed that there would be guns in Alien Isolation. This is, afterall, based on Ridley Scott’s horror masterpiece and not James Cameron’s more explosive action flick, and so caution should be at the heart of the action. Thankfully our Steve reported that the guns don’t spoil the game at all, but if you’re still worried listen up: you can get through Isolation without harming a soul, synthetic or otherwise. 

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Kerbal Space Program adds contracts as part of First Contract patch

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Kerbal Space Program: good with space puns.

Floating through the abyss of space is Kerbal Space Program: First Contact, or code-name patch 0.24. It’s currently being frantically tweaked and bashed into position so it’s ready for atmosphere entry, where it will plummet down the cable lines of any existing owners and upgrade their Steam accounts with this shiny new version. 

The big deal here is Contracts: a brand new way of playing Kerbal that asks you complete specific tasks in reward for financial and reputation gain. 

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Rainbow Six Siege trailer peppers the walls with praise

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Rainbow Six Siege

As is becoming traditional for Ubisoft, the French developer pulled out another ‘next-gen’ jawdropper at E3 this year in the form of Rainbow Six Siege. Everyone got excited, partially because we’ve been ever so hungry for a new Rainbow Six game for too long, but mostly because it looks exceptional

All that excitement has been machine gunned in the form of accolades over this latest Rainbow Six Siege trailer. You can almost see its smugly satisfied grin beneath the clouds of obliterated plasterboard. 

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2014 games. Planning my Q4 spending.

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So yeah, Just budgeting my games for the rest of the year. Trying to figure out which I should be getting. The only two I can think of off the top of my head that could potentially Day 1 purchases are GTA V Dragon Age:Inquisition. What else should I be having my eye on this year?

Criminal ex-dictator Manuel Noriega is suing Activision for portraying him as a bad man in Call of Duty

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Manuel Noriega in Black Ops II

If you played Call of Duty Black Ops II, you may recall this chap you can see above. His name is Manuel Noriega, and - unlike so many aspects of Call of Duty - he’s actually a real person. Quite a nasty one too; he’s currently sitting in a prison cell in Panama for crimes he committed during his reign as the country’s dictator. Murder ranks among his more awful crimes.

He’s in the news today though not for committing any further atrocities from his jail cell, but because he’s attempting to sue Activision for portraying him in a negative light in Call of Duty. 

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League of Legends unleashes the Doom Bots of Doom

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League of Legends Doom Bots of Doom

Are you the bravest summoner on the rift? You’ll need to be exactly that if you plan on taking part in Riot’s latest League of Legends experimental Featured Game Mode. The Doom Bots of Doom turns the game’s already tricksy AI champions into fiendish, apocalyptically difficult foes. 

And they’re stomping their way into battle from July 17th. Gulp. 

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Solarix

Solarix is stealth horror done just how you like it, hiding out on Kickstarter now

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Solarix on Kickstarter

Let's sit around a metaphorical table for a moment and discuss what we all really like in a stealth game. We want the darkness and patience of Thief, yeah? The openness and possibilities of Deus Ex? Gotcha. Oh, and a blend of horror, just to wrench the tension. A dash of System Shock 2 it is then. That’s the blend we like when it comes to stealthy survival horrors. 

It’s exactly these influences you’ll find in grimy sci-fi indie project Solarix. Pulsetense games are looking to recapture those glory days of the late 90s when staying hidden was an art, not just doing what you were told by an objective arrow. 

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The Long Dark will Hinterland on Steam Early Access this September

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The Long Dark in a rare moment of, er, light.

It’s tricky to imagine freezing your bollocks off right now, at the end of Planet Earth’s hottest three months on record. But raise your hand in front of your face, and think about the snowy squalls that’ll prevent you from seeing it. Which’ll be just as well, because your fingers will have come off, leaving frostbitten stumps behind.

That’s your future in The Long Dark, the first-person survival sim from Far Cry 3 narrative director Raphael van Lierop. It’ll be released in Early Access sandbox mode once Autumn comes.

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Boom: Star Citizen goes bombing in celebration of $48 million milestone

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The Retaliator: the latest in a line of aggressively-titled ships coming to Star Citizen .

Chris Roberts’ Cloud Imperium Games last month asked the Star Citizen community whether they still wanted stretch goals to fuel the game’s ongoing crowdfunding campaign. They voted yes, and so the neverending telethon continues.

The increasingly absurd total has now topped $48 million, and funded a sleek new video advertisement for one of the game's bombers. As well as the PC space game and international games studio, obvs.

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Eve Online Crius expansion brings enough industrial change to yield "good-old fashioned space conflict"

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Eve Online, as it will look after Crius gets here.

Pew! Someone must have shot Eve Online’s next expansion with an Asteroids laser, because it’s split into ten smaller expando-rocks set to spin out across the next year. The first, Kronos, hurtled into one of the best PC space games last month. CCP’s radars indicate its follow-up is on a similar collision course. Named Crius, it’s due to make shockwaves in Eve’s industrial sector come July 22.

“As the fuel that powers the ‘infernal machine’ of harvesting, creation and destruction, the industry changes will catalyze player-driven action, create new opportunities for veterans and new players alike,” write CCP. “And most likely start some good old-fashioned space conflict.”

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EA are ending support for The Sims 2 - but giving away its expansions to digital owners

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The Sims 2: when even the zombies had fun.

The recent hoo-hah about missing swimming pools and toddlers in The Sims 4 has only increased the relative cachet of Maxis’ 2004 opus. It was here that Will Wright and friends got their picket fence paradise spot on, just as they delivered on their rusk-to-reaper simulation for the first time.

It’s a spot of bad timing, then, that EA have chosen now to discontinue support of The Sims 2. There’ll be no new updates for the game in the future - though Origin buyers will receive every expansion and Stuff pack to date by way of compensation.

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Experience events as they unfold for Caroline, an alcoholic on the brink of disaster, as she faces the most important day of her life.

Battlefield Hardline becomes probably first ever FPS to cut back on the explosions

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Battlefield Hardline: now with a bit less boom.

Underlying widespread disappointment with the ongoing Battlefield Hardline beta is a sense that Visceral haven’t made the most of their cops and robbers conceit. The game’s urban US locations are in perma-Heat, constantly in the throes of what can only be described as domestic military operations.

The developers have countered that by reducing the amount of heavy explosive weaponry to hand. And they’ve taken some superficial steps to tackle Hardline’s resemblance to its proper military predecessor, Battlefield 4.

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League of Legends patch 4.12 sees Riot prep for Championships with tweaks to Ahri and Alistar

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League of Legends: always in a state of gentle flux.

The last few patches before the League of Legends World Championships are like the final steps before the high jump. Riot Games need to plant their feet just right, or risk bringing the game’s careful balance crashing down.

Patch 4.12 sees the developers shift their weight just slightly to finish off “almost there” champions like Alistar and Ahri, while making more dramatic moves to fix characters who are “skewing champion select in one way or another”.

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Paint the town orange and blue in Aperture Tag, a Valve-approved Portal 2 mod

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Aperture Tag

A new Portal 2 campaign, licensed but not made by Valve, hit Steam today. Aperture Tag removes the iconic portal gun, replacing it with a new puzzle-solving weapon that fires out globs of gel. 

It’s inspired by the student-developed game, Tag, which led Valve to hire its creators and implement the goo mechanic in Portal 2. The game gives Aperture testers the new paint gun, a campaign and 27 new maps to play around in. 

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Divinity: Original Sin patch breathes life into AI characters and reduces faffing

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Divinity: Original Sin patch

I’m quite smitten with Divinity: Original Sin. It walks the line between nostalgic throwback and fresh inventiveness, and if you want more detail than that, then you should read my Divinity: Original Sin review

If you’ve already done that, you’ll know that one of my few complaints about the game was the lack of a consistent personality for AI Source Hunters. If the latest patch does what it says on the tin, then this issue has been completely dealt with.

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