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Nvidia’s new DirectX 11 drivers offer a "faster experience" than AMD's Mantle API

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Black Flag is one of many DirectX 11 games to benefit from the new drivers.

While AMD have set about selling developers on their Mantle API and its impressive performance gains, Nvidia have redoubled their efforts to improve their DirectX drivers - which they point out are compatible with “almost all” contemporary AAA games.

They’ve emerged with a set of new beta drivers, promising an up to 71% reduction in load times, and performance boosts in games like Battlefield 4, Thief and Titanfall.

And no, they’re not above a dig at the rather more limited applicability of AMD’s Mantle drivers.

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Standby for Ironfall: Minecraft has a Titanfall mod

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The Ironfall dev team are only in alpha, but seem to have built up some serious momentum.

Not for the first time in Minecraft, a player stands on the roof of a custom-built building and surveys his surroundings. But everything else has changed: his view is filled with double-jumping opponents, and his ears with a cacophony of cannon fire.

The player checks his UI. The time has come to call down a golem. As he gives the command, an iron man tumbles from the sky, smashing through a nearby skylight. It sits patiently in the ruined house, awaiting his command.

This in Ironfall: an ambitious, evidently Titanfall-inspired mod for Minecraft.

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Scrolls foretold: Mojang CCG to benefit from "snappier" tutorials, free demo version

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POW! Ever seen a card throw a punch before?

Mojang’s Scrolls has a future, and it’s not just on tablets. The upcoming port has grabbed headlines elsewhere, but here we like to focus on games that allows us to remain uncomfortably upright at our desks.

So: a less intimidating tutorial! A free demo! A weekly reward system! Attacks with more “oomph”! All this will help bring the Minecraft lot’s already rather popular CCG to a wider catchment of card-fancying humans.

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Battlefield 4 loadout presets to let us spend more time toppling skyscrapers from today

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Battlefield 4 loadout presets are only accessible in Battlelog.

Load in... load out. Load in... load out. Oh, sorry friends: you’ve interrupted me during my morning pre-battle ritual. I find the slow assembly and disassembly of weapon configurations helps ready me for the day - but you might like to take advantage of DICE’s new loadout presets, which are designed to ease match startup in Battlefield 4.

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GameSpy's shutdown affects more games than you'd expect

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List of games affected by Gamespy shutting down

Last week it was revealed that GameSpy would be shutting down, leaving a number of titles without multiplayer and online support. Over in the /r/Gaming subreddit, folk have been putting together a long list of games that used GameSpy, and may be in some way affected by it getting put in the ground.

Activision has said that its games won’t be affected, Bohemia Interactive is migrating games to Steamworks, but Arma and Arma 2 will lose some multiplayer functionality and both Capcom and Epic are exploring other options right now. 

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Punch terrorism right in the genitals: Broforce explodes all over Steam Early Access

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Broforce Early Access

Bros and brodettes, America needs you. Villains are threatening the best way of life, and only an extreme paramilitary group can stop them, so it’s a good thing that Broforce has just hit Steam Early Access

The brodacious 2D shooter is available for £11.99/$14.99 through Steam and the Humble Store, with new missions, modes and explosive battlegrounds being added all the way up until launch. 

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Check under the sofa: Outcast HD remake needs $600K

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Outcast HD on Kickstarter

Outcast made me want to be a xenoarchaeologist, which is a problem since it’s not a real field. If, for some inexplicable reason, let’s imagine a pact with the devil, I was only able to play one type of game for the rest of my meandering life, I’d choose open-world exploration games. Preferably of alien worlds. 

Every now and then I boot up Outcast, thanks to the GOG version that supports modern systems, but it’s not as easy to get into as it once was. The tiny resolution, fiddly controls - it’s not like Morrowind, another alien realm worth exploring, where it’s aged a bit but only superficially. 

But Outcast is now getting a remake, unbelievably. A group of the original’s developers has bought the rights from Atari, and have taken to Kickstarter to make a modern version: Outcast HD

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Viscera Cleanup Detail now caking the walls of Steam Early Access in gore

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Viscera Cleanup Detail on Steam Early Access

The game that asks the important question “who cleans up the gore after aliens attack,” Viscera Cleanup Detail, has just hit Steam Early Access.

It’s not light years away from Surgeon Simulator, with its physics shenanigans and the opportunity to create a giant mess wherever you go. This early access version provides the campaign and a sandbox mode and multiplayer support - more mops to clean up with, and more people to throw bloody limbs at. 

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Imperium: Arena of Death

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Imperium: Arena of Death plunges you into a world of blood, dark influence and secret dealings. You play an Arenamaster who controls a ludus of 3 fighters, plucked from the ruins of an ancient city and trained in the art of spilling blood for gold. Your goal is to guide, train and prepare them for...

Goat Simulator gets double the goat mayhem with a multiplayer update, dated for next month

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Goat Simulator getting a new map and multiplayer

Goat Simulator, the ultra-realistic sim based on the real capabilities of these dangerous farm animals, is getting a split-screen multiplayer a new map in May, Coffee Stain Studios announced. 

The additional map will be "roughly the size of the original vanilla map," said the developer. Another playground to witness the physics-defying power of goats is always welcome. 

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Craglorn is The Elder Scrolls Online's first Adventure Zone, and it's not for riffraff

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The Elder Scrolls Online Craglorn

The Elder Scrolls Online launched last week, and ZeniMax Online is already showcasing new content, due out later this month, in the form of the game’s first Adventure Zone, a veteran area with group PvE, new instanced delves and leaderboard challenges. 

Craglorn will be the sort of place you go once you’ve exhausted the 1-50 content, where the story quests and side-quests require groups to overcome. 

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Vlambeer responds to criticism over supposed Nazi imagery in Luftrausers : "The fact is that no interpretation of a game is ‘wrong’"

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Vlambeer responds to criticism over Nazi imagery in Luftrausers

Last week, some folk voiced their concern that Vlambeer’s 2D dogfighter, Luftrausers, contained Nazi imagery and allowed players to play as a Nazi pilot. Second World War German forces see a lot of use in games, whether you’re fighting them in Wolfenstein or fighting as them in Company of Heroes, but this is not the case in Luftrausers, says studio co-founder Rami Ismail

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Ruffian puts Game of Glens on ice: "Exactly what we do with Game of Glens next is undecided"

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Game of Glens put on ice

Ruffian is taking a break from development of its 2D tower building strategy title, Game of Glens, a month after the peculiar Square Enix crowd-funding marketing project, Collective, concluded its pilot phase. 

When presented along with two other hopefuls, only 40 percent of voters said they’d back something like Game of Glens. In comparison, 90 percent of voters wanted to back Tuque Games’ World War Machine. 

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Borderlands prequel from former Irrational staffers at 2K Australia rumoured for PC

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The H-shaped Hyperion base, as seen from Borderlands 2.

It seems Gearbox have sprung a leak, and GamePointsNow have been only too happy to cup their hands beneath and collect the sweet, sweet nectar. A new Borderlands game is in the works, they say. It’s a cooperative FPS in the style of its predecessors - but has been outsourced to 2K’s outfit in Australia. The same studio that once formed part of Irrational Games.

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Overwatch: is this the game Blizzard have Left 4 Dead's lead designer working on?

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Warhammer 40K fans will recognise the term Overwatch too. And Blizzard have always been 40K fans.

Overwatch is the thing you do at the end of a turn in XCOM if you’re too afraid to stick your head above the parapet. It’s tactically sound, but a cop-out. Blizzard’s Overwatch sounds like anything but: a multiplayer experiment built in the wake of Hearthstone’s small team success, if recent job listings are anything to go by.

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Monstrum Preview

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Escape from a procedurally-generated ship while avoiding one of three monsters hunting you down in this survival-horror game from Team Junkfish.

Pull up a chair by the hearth: Battle.net desktop app now supports chat with friends

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Battle.net chat will be visible in-game.

Hearthstone with Friends has been a slightly complicated process since launch - more often than not involving an external meet-up via Skype, followed by an exchanging of numerical game IDs from a main menu determined not to minimise under any circumstances.

That’s to change - and in WoW, and Diablo, and StarCraft - with the introduction of direct chat to the battle.net desktop app.

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Mojang prep for one of Minecraft's "most requested features since birth": name changes

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Minecraft 1.7.6 also brings an end to animals obsessed with their parents, even after growing up. Good: sounds unhealthy.

One of the consequences of Minecraft’s folksy roots as a blocky prototype on TIGsource is that huge swathes of its infrastructure weren’t exactly built for, say, massively multiplayer persistent worlds.

One of those underperforming systems has been character names - which since the game’s inception have been tied to bannings. That meant that allowing name changes was tantamount to handing griefers diamond pickaxes and a complimentary bag of TNT.

Thankfully, Mojang have now just about finished a database rework that’ll soon let players switch identities without placing servers at risk.

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