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Lucius II: The Prophecy announced; reminds us not to mess with Satan's son

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Lucius II: The Prophecy

Shiver Games have just announced their sequel to the demon-child simulator of 2012, Lucius. Appropriately named Lucius II: The Prophecy, the game sees Lucius confined to a psychiatric ward after the events of the first game. Naturally the environment provides plenty of opportunities for Lucius to get into some trouble.

We’ve got the announcement trailer below, so check it out.

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Street Fighter IV plagued with netcode issues after Steamworks move; Capcom working on it

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Ultra Street Fighter IV

Ultra Street Fighter IV launched on PC just this Friday, but users are reporting multiple issues when it comes to the games online multiplayer. Constant lag and freezes are abundant while playing online ranked matches, which no doubt are an issue when an single frame can decide your fate.

A recent patch from Capcom hasn’t appeared to have solved the meat of the issues, but they’re still “aware of the online connectivity issues” and are working to get them solved as “quickly as possible”.

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Dying Light trailer demonstrates how to kill zombies like it's night and day

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Dying Light Gamescom

A new Dying Light trailer that’s bound for this year’s Gamescom has surfaced, showing just exactly what we can expect from the parkour zombie survival game. You’ll be punching, jumping on, slicing and blowing up zombies left and right with various weapons and scenery. And you can share the fun in four player co-op; it’s all quite fun and carefree by the looks of it.

But when the sun sets, you’ll become the hunted.

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Twitch remove two hour highlight limit, add appeal button to muted VODs

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Twitch Appeal Button

Swiftly after wrapping up the Twitch Reddit AmA, where CEO Emmett Shear answered questions about the recent changes to the service, an announcement via their official blog has brought some promising news. Highlights will no longer have a two hour limit, something that was causing major worries to the speedrunning community within Twitch, who often use these highlights as proof of their success. 

Also the introduction of a new appeal button that will enable streamers to directly flag their VODs if they think they’ve been wrongly identified by the new Audio Magic software.

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Kill More Zombies

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Weekend breaks: Kingdoms of Amalur is free on Origin for two days

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Kingdoms of Amalur free

Kingdoms of Amalur was a big thing right up until it launched; then it just faded away, unlike 38 Studios' legal troubles. That’s a bit of a shame, really, because it was a solid action RPG with a number of genuinely great moments. 

If you never got round to taking it for a spin, then now is your chance. Alongside Battlefield 4, Origin is offering a free two day trial of Kingdoms of Amalur as well as a 50 percent discount. It’s definitely worth checking out for free, and a pretty good deal for less than a tenner. 

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Stop it: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris comes in three different pre-order flavours

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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris pre-order

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is a little bit different, taking Croft and her love of adventure and throwing her into a co-op game that’s part action RPG and part puzzle game. What isn’t different about it is how riddled it is with pre-order incentives and DLC.

These things might be on the way out, with pre-orders declining, but damn if Square Enix isn’t milking the model for all its worth. 

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Vigil Games is reborn in the form of Gunfire Games; Darksiders a possibility

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Vigil Games was one of the many victims of THQ’s bankruptcy, left unable to make Darksiders 3, forced to watch as others bid on the series they had created. The core team ended up at Crytek, forming Crytek US, but that wouldn’t last either. Last month, Vigil founder David Adams resigned, and he’s taken Crytek USA devs with him. 

Adams told Polygon that money troubles at Crytek and a lack of communication spurred his desire to resign and form an independent studio. He had the idea and followed through all in one day. Gunfire Games was the result of this. 

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Acting out: Eugen Systems teases Act of Aggression RTS

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Act of Aggression teaser

These days, Eugen Systems are most known for their deliciously complex wargame RTS hybrid series, the latest of which was Wargame: Red Dragon. But before that, they built slightly more traditional strategy games, like Act of War, with base building and resource management. 

Now the studio is going back, working on Act of Aggression, a successor to Act of War. Turtling away, building stalwart bases, obsessing over resource management and production - it’s all back. Eugen wants to “bring about a return to the 90’s Golden Era of real time strategy games,” and if anyone can do it, my money is on them. 

Check out the very aggressive teaser below. 

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Civilization: Beyond Earth - don't call aliens "barbarians"

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Civilization: Beyond Earth aliens

Aliens are not barbarians, Firaxis is quick to point out in this hour-long playthrough of Civilization: Beyond Earth. While aliens are a separate AI faction, just like the barbarians in regular Civ games, there are a number of things that set them apart from their beardy, fur-wearing human cousins. 

The developer walkthrough is actually two games, one where the aliens are treated with extreme prejudice, like barbarians, and another where they are left alone to expand just like a normal faction. 

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The 100 best Skyrim mods

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Skyrim mods. Gosh, there’s a lot of them, isn’t there? More than 22,000 on the Steam Workshop, and countless more on Skyrim Nexus. They’re the work of a thriving and diverse scene; an army of fans and bedroom coders determined to make the game a photorealistic fantasy utopia. Or just transforming farmyard animals into deadly explosives. But when you’re looking for Skyrim mods, just where do you start?  

Here, actually. That’s where we come in. These are the 100 mods we think are essential to improving Skyrim above and beyond the out-the-box experience.

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Square Enix won't let Sleeping Dogs lie; announces Definitive Edition

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Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition

Crikey, this new generation is proving to be a bit dull. We’re into the phase, now, where it’s all remakes and re-releases for PS4 and Xbox One, and us PC lot are just along for the ride. Sleeping Dogs is the latest, surprising, game to get a facelift.

The open world Hong Kong thriller is being molded into a “Definitive Edition”, which comes with a whopping 24 pieces of DLC, and graphical upgrades to make Hong Kong even lovelier. 

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Metro Redux Uncovered: Welcome back to the Metro, it's changed a lot

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Metro Redux trailer

Deep Silver has put together a new video for Metro Redux, detailing all the big changes to both Metro 2033 and Last Light. It shows side by side comparison videos to make it clear that - especially in 2033 - these is a pretty serious overhaul. 

New lighting, textures, weather and skyboxes bring 2033 closer to Last Light, while both games have been tweaked for better performance. And on top of the aesthetic and technical changes, there are a slew of new secrets and encounters hidden in the gloomy underground tunnels.

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The 15 best sandbox games on PC

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The 15 best sandbox games on PC

The sandbox game is difficult to nail down, spreading across countless genres with disparate mechanics and settings. But all share a common trait: freedom. Whether it’s creating a whole world or building up a gang of criminals across a city, sandbox games leave most of the agency up to the player. They are universes to be experienced at a pace not dictated by developers.

There needs to be a bit of clarity when looking at what makes a great sandbox game, though. They have, since the days of Elite and Ultima, referred to open world games filled with choice and diversions. But revisionist history would describe them as “games like Minecraft”. For the purposes of this exploration of the best of the bunch, I’m including them all. I support sandbox egalitarianism. 

So it’s with no small amount of faffing and second guessing that I’ve put together my favourite sandbox PC games. You’ll likely notice that all but one are from the last decade, while open world sandboxes have been doing the rounds since Elite, which is almost 30 years old. Simply put, the games in this list are easier to find and certainly easier to run than their older counterparts, which is why they’ve worked their way to the top. 

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Activision have resurrected the Sierra name. But what for?

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Sierra On-Line, in its 80s heyday.

There is a website. It says Sierra in the url, plays a short Sierra splash video when you visit, and defaults thereafter to a version of the mountainous Sierra On-Line logo of old.

The thing is, Sierra Entertainment was subsumed by parent company Activion six years ago - and hadn’t really done anything of note for at least 10. So who’s this?

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Crytek "didn't have to sell" Homefront: The Revolution to Deep Silver

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Homefront: The Revolution, from the studio formerly known as Crytek UK.

News that Crytek had dealt with their money troubles coincided last week with the sale of Homefront: The Revolution and its team to Deep Silver. But correlation doesn’t mean causation in this case.

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli said that the company didn’t need to sell their promising new shooter to stay afloat - but rather made a strategic decision to focus on free-to-play games.

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