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Assassin's Creed Unity co-op trailer makes murder stylish

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Assassin's Creed Unity co-op

I’m not certain if I want to go back to regular Assassin’s Creed after the swashbuckling adventures of Black Flag, but the opportunity to jump across the Parisian rooftops with three buddies is certainly a tantalising one. 

Ubisoft’s got another stylish trailer for Assassin’s Creed Unity that’s probably not actually representative of the game but looks and sounds good anyway. Slap your eyes on it below. 

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Free jewels: Bejeweled 3 is On the House on Origin

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I’m not sure if love can be bought, or what a reasonable price would be. I would probably say I loved you if you bought me a puppy, for instance, but would I mean it? The only way to find out is to buy me a puppy, I suppose. 

EA has been exploring the price of love a lot, lately. With it’s Game Time and On the House programs, it’s been flinging games at people for free. Today it makes another attempt with Bejeweled 3, which you can download for free on Origin.

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Gang Beasts Early Access review

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Gang Beasts Early Access review

In Gang Beasts, little wobbling homunculi duke it out for no other reason than an addiction to pugilism. It’s a local multiplayer game where Jelly Baby-like brawlers throw each other off ferris wheels, into incinerators and in front of oncoming trains; a fighting game for people who don’t care about techniques, combos or perfect timing. 

Jelly Babies are objectively the best sweet ever invented. They combine the joys of cannibalism with sugary gelatinous goodness. Where in the world would we be without these wonderful treats? But next time you dig into a packet of them, I bid you to stop for a moment. Take a closer look. Gaze into their dead eyes. What do you see? You see a lust for violence. 

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Topic of the Week: What are your fondest memories of Minecraft so far?

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Topic of the Week: Minecraft

Now that Microsoft has purchased Mojang, who knows if the world(s) of Minecraft will ever be the same. Yesterday, I asked a tiny human what he thought of the acquisition. He shrugged and said “I dunno.” Our children are now growing up in a world where they just don’t know things, and it’s all Microsoft’s fault. 

So let’s live in the past. Let’s remember the good times, our greatest moments in Minecraft. That’s our Topic of the Week: what are your best bits? Maybe it was something you built, or a giant project you undertook with an army of friends. Perhaps it was simply just a fun mining expedition. I don’t know - these are your memories. 

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The Sims 4 review

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The Sims 4

The Sims 4 is a game in which you can get angry and do an angry poop into a toilet. It's a game in which, if you read a book about mischief for long enough, you can convince another person to streak through their neighbourhood. It's a game with an option to shower in such a way that your Sim comes out feeling "flirty". And if that's not a euphemism for giving yourself a soapy seeing to in the bathroom, I don't know what is.

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The Watch_Dogs DLC Bad Blood plays better than the base game

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Watch Dogs Bad Blood

Watch_Dogs was divisive. Controversial. In all honesty, despite the stick it received, I really liked and admired its ambition. I liked its open world - I liked the paranoia it generated by having other hackers invade and track you. I loved its sense of prurient power: listening in on phone conversation, picking and choosing who to hack based on their background. 

But it had problems. The lead character, Aiden, was a fence-post in a trench-coat. The mid-game Enforcer bosses ruined the stealth combat. And it just didn’t feel like it was taking advantage of the tools it had created.

I’ve played about half of the game’s forthcoming DLC, Bad Blood. It feels better. Aiden is barely mentioned - you play as the far more interesting artist-demolition’s expert T-Bone. He is gruff and interesting, wears a bit too much denim, and looks like he needs a good wash. He has a new toy: a remote controlled car that can flit through small tunnels and ducts. 

But most importantly, in Bad Blood Ubi’s game designers have started to figure out how to expand on Watch_Dog’s core conceit: hacking.

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Garry Newman on Mojang sale to Microsoft: "I'd have done the same thing"

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Minecraft: big business.

The world watched as Microsoft bought Mojang for a country-floating $2.5 billion, and so did Garry ‘sMod’ Newman. But while the world at large mostly wailed and muttered dire warnings, the Rust mastermind decided that this is a deal in which “everyone wins”.

“Long story short. I’d have done the same thing,” he blogged. “The money is enough to very much take care of all the staff. The game is in relatively safe hands. Mojang’s legacy is as a huge success story instead of a one hit wonder.

“Can you seriously say you’d have done it differently?”

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Enter sandman: Riot talk new League of Legends champion Azir, Emperor of the Sands

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League of Legends: generally leafier than this.

Here, there’s somebody Riot want you to meet: new League of Legends champion Azir. A nuisance at the beach but an asset in the lanes, the Emperor of the Sands can summon dusty soldiers to do his bidding. And when he’s not reclaiming his rightful place as ruler of the Shuriman desert, Azir can channel the sand to throw his enemies high in the air. As you’re about to see.

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Blizzard free up unused World of Warcraft names ahead of Warlords of Draenor

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World of Warcraft

When Warlords of Draenor launches in November, new players will become indistinguishable from old. Not only will fresh subscribers sport level 90 characters, but some of them will take the names of old, lapsed accounts too.

Perhaps you’ll become RaiderOfTheLostOrc? Maybe claim the identity of a FrodoSam1066? Hell, it might even be worth checking the availability of LeeeeroyJenkins, give or take a couple of vowels.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor live action trailer shows what orcs look like on the inside

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is right around the corner with its 3 October release date, so it’s time for the march of the trailers. The latest effort is from Corridor Digital, a group of indie filmmakers who make live action videos in the vein of the game their supporting. When it came to Shadow of Mordor they rightly went with seven minutes of hunting orcs.

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Far Cry 4 trailer elephant is more like an angry tank than a majestic mammal

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The elephant, nature’s shark: 14 metres long, its back ridged with razor sharp, poisonous spines, and armed with six tentacles, each strong enough to bend tungsten bars. It’s not difficult to see why Ubisoft included them in Far Cry 4 as your main enemy.

We too would face destruction in the face of the elephants if it weren’t for the work of the WWF and PETA (Pet Elephants are Traitorous Arseholes). Those wrestlers and activists have kept the elephants numbers down for decades.

In Ubisoft’s alternate history simulator we see a world where the elephant menace wasn’t kneecapped long ago.

The latest trailer profiles this monster.

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Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition updates visuals but no mod support coming

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Back in August United Front Games announced Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, a comprehensive collection of the open world game’s 24 DLC packs and a host of improvements to the base game. We’ve now learned a little more about what that entails. There’s newly crisped textures and increased draw distances, as well as full 1080p as the new standard.

However, the team have denied hopes of mod support in even a limited form.

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Borderlands PC multiplayer drops Gamespy, will add Steamworks

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When Gamespy’s servers shutdown in May a lot of older games were left stranded without multiplayer support, Borderlands included. Since then the only way to play Borderlands online was through third party software, like GameRanger.

Last night 2K announced plans to release a tool that strips out Borderlands’ Gamespy dependency and replaces it with Steamworks.

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Hearthstone now boasts 20 million players and one very busy tavern

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Hearthstone

Hearthstone’s pretty popular. Also, water is wet. But now we know exactly how popular it is. Today, the folks over at Blizzard are no doubt pretty chuffed, as they’ve revealed that the game’s got 20 million players. 

“Thank you all for joining us in Hearthstone,” said the developer. “We're going to need a bigger tavern!”

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EA CEO Andrew Wilson on his future plans: "The focus is on the player"

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EA's future

Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson has almost finished his first year in the big chair. And as year one comes to a close, he’s planning for the future of the gargantuan publisher. At GamesBeat 2014, this morning, he laid out his three year plan and managed to do it without sounding like Lex Luthor. He did use a lot of jargon though. 

Wilson breaks down EA’s three priorities: establishing a player-first culture, digital content and internal stuff within the company - breaking down the traditional structure of sales, marketing and development. 

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Divinity: Original Sin free DLC doubles the companion roster and spells are now prettier

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Divinity: Original Sin DLC

When Divinity: Original Sin launched at the end of July, it was great. A clever, sprawling RPG that took the best bits from classic CRPGs while never feeling like it was cashing in on nostalgia. Larian’s already shifted 500,000 copies, and it’s a well-deserved success. 

But the developer isn’t done with it yet. Today saw a massive update being implemented with some new features, polish and a slew of bug fixes. But far more interesting is the new, completely free DLC: The Bear and the Burglar, which adds two new companions for the Source Hunters to recruit. 

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Getting to know Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's vault hunters

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is little over a month away, so now is probably a good time to get to know the vault hunters - the four gun-toting protagonists of Borderlands’ middle child. 

If you’ve played the previous games -  if you’re interested in this then you almost certainly have - you’ll already know them all. Some you’ll remember as enemies, and others allies. Take a look at the new video below to get the skinny on them all. 

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Flockers PC review

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Flockers PC review

It’s about time that Team17 took a break from Worms, giving our wriggly, murderous friends some well deserved time off from the incessant war. But the developer’s love of giving cartoon animals violent deaths cannot be abated, which is why we have Flockers - an A to B puzzle game set in the Worms universe, but where sheep are the stars. 

Flockers is immediately familiar. It’s essentially Lemmings through the lens of the Worms universe, which should be great, especially since Team17 is no stranger to Lemmings either. But there’s something missing, and I spent most of my time in the maze-like abattoir trying to find out what that was. 

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What I wish Destiny had learned from PC games

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Destiny

Destiny isn’t on PC, but that hasn’t stopped me playing it over the last week. It’s a frustrating game - a lavishly produced mashup between Borderlands and Halo, but sad, and on the Moon. And Venus.

Destiny has been described as an MMO. If that’s true, it’s not a very good one. There’s a level of naivety in Destiny’s design that I find extraordinary. While Bungie know how to make first-person shooting work, it’s clear that the designers have really struggled to create MMO and RPG systems that produce fun. 

What’s frustrating is that many of the problems I have with the game have long been solved in PC land. 

Like these… 

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How much of Microsoft's $2.5 billion will Notch actually receive?

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Microsoft have just bought Minecraft developers Mojang for the brain-staggering sum of $2.5 billion, a number so large that if it were written out in full it would take up at least a couple of inches on a page.

But how much of that cash will actually end up in Notch's bank account? The answer will surprise you.

Let's do the math(s).

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