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Metal Gear Online footage shows that stealth doesn't have to suffer in multiplayer

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Metal Gear Online

Metal Gear Solid’s very welcome transposition from the consoles begins a week on Thursday with the Steam release of Ground Zeroes, and the compellingly bonkers Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in the new year. Q.E.D., we’re going to be writing about Metal Gear Online a lot.

The cooperative stealth-shooter is being rebooted as The Phantom Pain’s online component, and resembles a base-storming bally good time in its first video.

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Ghost Recon Phantoms pulls off unlikely infiltration of Steam's most-played list

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Ghost Recon Phantoms

You’re a PC gamer, so you’ll know that even a mediocre launch can decimate the population of a decent multiplayer game. But there’s nothing in the hurriedly-scribbled rulebook for online games to prevent publishers from simply trying again.

Final Fantasy XIV was redeveloped practically from scratch to become one of the best MMOs on PC the second time around. And the half-remembered Ghost Recon Online, miserly and malfunctioning upon its first release in 2012, has now been successfully rechristened as Phantoms. It’s currently one of the most-played free-to-play games on Steam.

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The Elder Scrolls Online NPCs to be murdered and mugged by players after Christmas

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The Elder Scrolls Online

Our Nick catalogued the many launch faults of Zenimax’s more-deserving debut in his Elder Scrolls Online review. But its biggest problem, to my mind, was the pervading sense of impermanence so at odds with Skyrim. Any mark you made on Tamriel was soon buffed out - preemptively reset for the next hero to come along.

A new year will bring far-reaching “freedom and sandbox-style elements” to the MMO, however. The long-talked-about justice system will touch down on test servers in January - and the blessed lives NPCs have been living will come to an end.

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I am Bread Early Access review

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I am Bread

Bread’s good. Lovely bread. In fact, bread is probably one of the most unassumingly whimsical things in a kitchen (after, of course, the egg). Far less knowingly wacky than, say, a whisk (and nowhere near as ostentatiously crude as a cucumber) bread remains just fractionally more amusingly mundane than milk. 

And what bread lacks in the comic sibilance of sausages it more than makes up for with its single syllable plosivity. Buh. Buh-read. Bread. Blunt and to the point. That’s why bread is funny. That’s why it’s funny to see bread flinging itself around a kitchen trying to get itself toasted. These are just some comedy truths about bread.

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Batman: Arkham Knight reimagines the Scarecrow as a skyscraper-tall bagzilla

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Batman: Arkham Knight.

Chrises Nolan and Bale might be going through a conscious uncoupling with Batman, but caped crusading with a gothic bent lives on in Rocksteady’s second sequel, Batman: Arkham Knight. A buggy-like Batmobile is the star (“he wouldn’t use it if he didn't need it”) - and now the grimdarkest member of DC’s crim catalogue, the Scarecrow, has emerged in the third part of the game’s Ace Chemicals Infiltration mission.

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Facepunch Studios reveal footage of their next project: Before

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Before

Have you ever wanted to be a caveman? If the answer is yes, then this is your lucky day. Facepunch Studios have unveiled footage of a new project - titled “Before”. It’s a game about pre-historic people and their survival. It even includes gigantic mammoths to boot!

We’ve got a trailer below of the game in action, so why not take a look.

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Dungeon Defenders 2 hits Steam Early Access with a stalwart trailer

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Dungeon Defenders 2

It’s been almost a year since Trendy Entertainment ascertained their goal of making a true sequel for Dungeon Defenders, and finally the game is available for the public - although in early access form.

Nevertheless, the game is full steam ahead in development, as the studio gathers feedback from players buying into their Steam Early Access to test the game early. “We still have plenty of features to add and can’t wait for you to play and share your thoughts with us.” states the Steam store page.

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Street Fighter V will feature cross platform play between the PC and PS4

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Street Fighter V

Sony and Capcom have (this time) officially announced Street Fighter V for both PS4 and PC at this year’s PlayStation Experience event. The next installment in the franchise aims to envision the best of Street Fighter, as well as give the game a subtle yet welcome facelift. The most exciting news though is that the game will feature cross platform play between PC and PS4. 

The Street Fighter community is about to get a whole lot bigger!

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Bioshock Infinite is heading to Linux; scheduled for early 2015

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Bioshock Infinite

2K Games have officially announced that their much loved Bioshock Infinite will be available on Linux early next year. The first hints were picked up by a redditor, who saw new string updates to the game make multiple references to the Linux platform.

Shortly after, this was confirmed by a tweet from the publisher themselves. “More details coming after the New Year.” said 2K.

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Dota 2's Frostivus event is cancelled, again; team to instead work on engine update

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Dota 2 Frostivus

For the third year in a row, Dota 2’s Frostivus festival has been canceled. But unlike the previous two, it won’t be replaced by another e.g. The Greevling, Wraith Night. Valve’s Dota 2 team have made a statement on the matter, and their excuse is rather exciting.

Valve are planning an engine update to Dota 2 in the first half of next year, and committing resources to a winter themed game mode would sap too much manpower from this exciting addition. But rejoice, as Valve have assured that this doesn’t mean we won’t see feature filled patched in the near future.

“We are already hard at work on our next major update,” said Valve. “Although we will continue to avoid building new game modes until the engine improvements come along.”

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The Game Awards 2014

The Game Awards 2014 starts soon; nominees discounted on Steam

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The Game Awards 2014 sale

The Game Awards 2014 kicks off tonight at 6pm PT, and it’s sure to be a video game award show that you can watch with your eyes. Expect trailers you were expecting, and the sort of games that win awards winning awards. 

I won’t be watching, because it starts at 2am in Blighty, and I’ll be busy washing my hair, which is actually code for driving around in The Crew with Rob. I wash my hair with cars and asphalt. Because at least some of the show will have games in it, Steam has put a bunch of the nominees on sale. If you missed the big Black Friday sale, you’ve got another chance to get some discounts. 

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Summon the war council - Exploring Dragon Age: Inquisition's best new feature

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Dragon Age: Inquisition war council

Slaying dragons, seducing Freddie Prinze Jr. Iron Bull, everything that Sera does - there are a lot of things I love about Dragon Age: Inquisition. At about 100 hours long if you want to properly gorge yourself, and filled with striking, open-world sized areas and countless riveting adventures, it’s hard for any one element to stand out as exceptional when so much competes for attention. 

After wandering through desert canyon mazes, savage coasts that pelt me with rain and cities full of masked fops and dandies with hidden blades and poisoned tongues, I realised what I loved most about Dragon Age. 

It was coming home, back to the Inquisition, after a hard adventure. It was being reminded that I had an army at my back and the fate of the world on my shoulders in a way that’s never been presented in a BioWare RPG. And it’s encapsulated most by the war council. 

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Rainbow Six Siege won't strip players of control

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Rainbow Six Siege

The trend of shooters stealing control away from players is an inexplicable one. Increasingly, interacting with the environment - beyond shooting - has been chucked out in favour of micro-cutscenes, where players are forced to watch their characters do things, absent any control. 

Rainbow Six Siege is not going down that path. It’s a skill-based shooter where precision is key, so the trappings of the cinematic shooter don’t really have a place in it. It’s in stark contrast to Ubisoft Montreal’s other shooter series, Far Cry, which espouses freedom but frequently takes it away. 

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Big changes hit Dead Island: Epidemic in the move to open beta

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Dead Island: Epidemic open beta

Dead Island: Epidemic, the free-to-play zombie MOBA, shuffled into open beta today. With the new phase of early access comes an additional game mode, Crossroads, and overhauls to the loot, weapon modification and progression systems. 

Lots of changes, then, but one things remains the same: there are rather a lot of zombies that need their skulls bashed in. Actually, there are even more, as a bunch of new, particularly grotesque, undead monstrosities have invaded the game. 

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Dying Light system requirements, now with less crazy

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Dying Light system requirements

Techland has released the system requirements for the free-running, zombie-slaying action romp, Dying Light. These system requirements are actually the second batch. The first demanded 16GB of RAM in the recommended list, and a GTX670 as a minimum GPU. Thankfully, this seems to have been a mistake, and the list has been updated with more reasonable requirements. 

Have a look at them below. 

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Mojang announce Scrolls release date and patch tweaks 28 cards

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At long last Mojang think Scrolls is ready to step out of beta and into the harsh light of 1.0. They’ve announced Scrolls’ release date is set for 11 December.

The collectible card game’s been in beta for more than a year, originally releasing on 3 June, 2013. Regular patches and updates have tweaked the cards, you can now play drafts against other players, and you can craft shiny cards, too.

There's also been a significant balancing patch which has tweaked the values of 28 cards.

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