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Battlefield 4: Final Stand evokes memories of Battlefield 2142

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Battlefield 4: Final Stand

With Final Stand, Battlefield 4’s upcoming piece of DLC, DICE is presenting their vision of the wars of tomorrow while also looking back to Battlefield 2142.

“With Final Stand, we knew from the start that we wanted to evolve the Battlefield experience and offer weapons and vehicles that behave differently than anything else on the battlefield,” write DICE’s Kristoffer Bergqvist and David Sirland. “Taking place on the arctic landscape of Russia, where the scientists of today are experimenting with technology that will define the battlefields of tomorrow.”

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Rainbow Hero coming to PC on the 23rd of September 2014

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Hello, I am a one-man indie game developer from Poland and am about to release 2D puzzle game for PC called Rainbow Hero. It would be great if you'd check it out and consider featuring it. Rainbow Hero demonstrates old-school puzzle game mechanics found in older games such as Lasermania,...

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Wind of Luck: Arena

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A bit of tired of current offer of multiplayer games, I wanted to find something new in the MMORPG world, and so I stumbled upon the "Wind of Luck: Arena". At the very beginning it was clear that I will not find here a fantasy world and imaginary creatures, but I also think it's time to...

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What games infected you with hype but lost you after launch?

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Topic of the Week: Hype

Hype has become a bit of pejorative, these days, conjuring up images of some infernal marketing machine feeding on excitement, using hyperbole and big numbers to get folk drooling about the next big game launch. But it’s easy to get swept up in it all, because we want the hype to be true; we want to get excited about games and then to enjoy the reward of a game that lives up to our expectations. 

Sometimes they don’t, unfortunately. So with our Topic of the Week, we want to know what games got you salivating the most, until they actually launched and left you disappointed. Maybe you never even got the game. Maybe you picked it up, but found it to be a bit rubbish. We want to know, so feed us your memories. 

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John Romero: "Shooters have so many places to go, but people just copy the same thing"

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Quake 1: the last great Romero shooter.

Who is your favourite Doom designer? I’m personally fond of the twisted spatial sense of a Tom Hall level, but John Romero has always enjoyed a considerably larger fan club. Even after Daikatana, and a decade spent alternating between handheld, social and bad games.

If you're a badge-wearing fan of his, you'll probably remember that John Romero is making a shooter. Given that he hasn’t made one of those in a while, perhaps you’d like to hear his opinion on their direction?

“There are unbelievable amounts of new stuff to do in that genre,” said Romero. “We’ve barely scratched the surface.”

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Destiny tower hub already rebuilt in Minecraft

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Minecraft: with its random spawns, more a game of chance than Destiny.

Destiny’s non-combat hub, the Tower Plaza, is something to behold. Our friends on the consoles have been taking in an overstuffed skybox to rival any in Halo - and below it, the veins of the last city on Earth.

We can’t join them - Destiny isn’t on PC yet. So let’s go to a place where the ambient tolling of sombre bells is replaced by the oinking of nearby pigs. Let’s go to YouTube, and Quincy Van Hilst’s reversioning of the Tower hub in Minecraft.

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Battlefield Hardline is getting another beta before launch

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Battlefield Hardline: Visceral are currently swatting bugs. Arf.

We’re used to the beta as pre-order incentive - the forkfull of bolognaise stolen from the pan while it’s still cooking. So it was a surprise to us, and one suspects to Visceral Games, when the Battlefield Hardline beta turned out to be entirely necessary. A bit raw.

Hardline was delayed til 2015, and Visceral set to work incorporating ideas gleaned from their not-entirely-positive feedback. They’ve now penciled in another, hopefully triumphal beta closer to the game’s release.

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Team Fortress 2's first community-made merchandise goes on sale

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Team Fortress 2: an explosive prompt for the imagination.

Less than a month ago, Valve dissolved the boundaries of the Team Fortress 2 Workshop. Formerly the preserve of intangible weapons and menswear for the discerning in-game avatar, the Workshop now hosts designs for physical merchandise - the best of which have already been cherry-picked for production by Valve’s partners in their new venture, WeLoveFine.

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Watch StarCraft II pros name the game's most overrated players

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StarCraft II: a game where the pros are (mostly) polite.

Before last year’s WCS, our Rob called on StarCraft II devs Blizzard to move beyond the “bloodless intellectual exercise” they’d created and foster some big pro personalities. 

Changes made ahead of this year’s competitive season have already made the 2014 WCS more enjoyable to watch - and now Blizzard’s video squad are working to bring out some of the sport’s large characters. By, er, causing beef. Yup.

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We're breaking up: Rome II's Imperator campaign map is a fractured mess of warring factions

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Total War: Rome II Imperator Augustus

Total War: Rome II’s free Imperator Augustus campaign offers up one of the most interesting periods of antiquity as a stage for war. While Caesar established the foundations that would allow his adopted son, Octavian, to ascend to the position of Emperor, it was after the war between Octavian and Marc Antony that he would actually become ruler of the Roman world. And in the Imperator Augustus campaign, you can try to stop him if you want. 

Creative Assembly has released the campaign map, revealing the playable factions available in this war - which managed to be both a civil war and an international one. Slap your eyes on it below. 

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Road to Worlds documents the journeys of League of Legends pros

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League of Legends

The final of League of Legend’s 2014 World Championships is little over a month away. It’s unlikely that - given that the arena in Seoul is expected to sell out - you’ll get to see it in person, so you’ll probably just have to enjoy the streams. 

Starting today, you can also follow some of the pro players as they work to earn their spot in the championships. The first episode of the Road to Worlds documentary is available already, and you can take a gander below. 

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Paradigm: an adventure game that pits a mutant musician against an evil sloth

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Paradigm

There are a fair number of video game protagonists who are also unapologetic arseholes. Uncharted’s Nathan Drake, most of the playable characters in the Grand Theft Auto series, my Commander Shepard from Mass Effect and now Paradigm, the titular “hero” in Australian developer Jacob Janerka’s upcoming dystopian adventure game. 

But Paradigm has an excuse for being an arsehole: he’s a hideous mutant and he’s stuck in a post-apocalyptic crap hole. Where the future world of Fallout - one of the inspirations for the game - was based on 1950s America, Paradigm takes place in a world inspired by Eastern Europe in the ‘70s & ‘80s. 

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Capcom will infect Steamworks with a zombie virus

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Capcom zombie games moving to Steamworks

As Games for Windows Live continues to be dragged to its grave - to the sound of jubilant cheering - another trio of games are making their way over to Steamworks. 

Capcom’s moving Resident Evil 5, Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record from Microsoft’s much hated platform - which has less life than the zombies in these games - and onto Steamworks, according to a post on the Capcom Unity Blog

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Battle Brothers now on Greenlight - a turn based strategy RPG

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Battle Brothers is a turn based strategy RPG mix wherein you lead a band of mercenaries in a medieval fantasy world on the hunt for coin, fame and legendary artifacts. The gameplay is inspired by such classics as X-Com: UFO Defense and Jagged Alliance. The game consists of a strategical layer,...

Batman: Arkham Knight due out in June next year, complete with a tiny Batmobile for your desk

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Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman is everywhere. Hanging around on gargoyles, watching you in your home. Mucking about in alleys, crying about his dead mum and dad. Sometimes he even puts on a moustache, and could be standing right next to you and you wouldn’t even know it. Batman doesn’t have a release date, because Batman is with you always. 

Video game Batman, however, only appears at certain times. He’s a totally different phenomenon. Like an eclipse. His next expected appearance isn’t for a while. Almost a year! Think of all the crimes he’s missing. Clearly Rocksteady didn’t think of that when they decided to make the release date for Arkham Knight June 2nd, 2015. 

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Destiny isn't on PC yet, but you can play all of these other games and pretend that it is

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Destiny PC Bungie Activision

Destiny! Destiny Destiny Destiny. Destiny.

If you haven't been paying attention, Destiny is the most Destiny thing to have happened in the last Destiny, arriving today on the PlayStations and on the Xboxes to much applause and celebration. Bungie's open world shooter takes a slop bucket of Halo guts and chucks it over a Borderlands skeleton to create a multiplayer FPS tailor made to please. Apparently it's very good, but the PC crowd has been left wanting, with no firm plans yet to bring the console-storming shooter to the desktop.

It will surely make its way to PC eventually, as all good things must, but in the meantime here are six games that, if you play them all simultaneously, sort of come together to form a vaguely Destiny-like experience. Yeah? Just bear with us on this one.

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Building gaudy ships in Gratuitous Space Battles 2

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Gratuitous Space Battles 2

There was a great deal of fun to be had in designing ships in Gratuitous Space Battles, but the system was limited to installing various practical modules on fixed hulls. Variety came in the form of species specific ships rather than the ability to create your own from scratch. 

In Gratuitous Space Battles 2, things will be different. Not unlike Galactic Civilizations II (and its upcoming sequel), countless cosmetic components can be slapped on the hulls of ships, from things that spin to things that blink. You’ll be able to create properly hideous sci-fi disasters if that’s your cup of tea.

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World of Warships is quietly brilliant

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World of Warships preview

On the first day of creation, Wargaming separated the heaven and the earth. The earth, they named World of Tanks, and unleashed small steel bungalows to shoot at each-other. They named it World of Tanks, and saw that it was good. 

The heaven, they named World of Warplanes, which was like World of Tanks, but with metal buzzards. But it wasn’t quite as good as World of Tanks, and it didn’t leave beta for like a bazillion years and suddenly everyone’s making tank games and good grief, Wargaming got rich enough to hire a troop of skydivers to create their logo in the sky, because fuck it, when you’ve got this much money what else is left? 

And then they created the seas, and on them, they floated ten storey steel ducks, and let them shoot at eachother. 

And at GamesCom, I saw that it was also, very good. 

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