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Anno Online: piratious.

Anno Online is the browser-based variant of the jolly old city-builder. Released last year, it’s just this week introduced nautical PvE combat, and naughty pirates to test it out on. There’s a 5€ starter pack designed to ease in new privateers, but we’re prepared to hand this booty over in exchange for just an email address and a promise of future swashbuckling.

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You'd better believe the War Thunder 1.43 update is a big one

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War Thunder

War Thunder has just taken delivery of a huge shipment of new tanks and anti-aircraft guns and jet planes and maps and modes. Dozens and dozens of the things. More than I can possibly list here. It's a staggering number, frankly. I'm reeling. Stunned.

I'm having to re-evaluate everything I think I know about War Thunder, because War Thunder 1.43 has flipped Gaijin's free-to-play warfighter MMO on its helmet.

Where do we start? Well how about here: you can turn off weapons and race planes through canyons. Fantastic.

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World of Warcraft 6.0.2 patch due Tuesday is an "overture" for Warlords of Draenor

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Warlords of Draenor: orc-ward.

WoW’s 6.0.2 patch has been dubbed the Iron Tide, and is best envisioned as a wave of iron filings pushed across a table by the sheer magnetic force of next month’s Warlords of Draenor expansion. Tuesday’s update will introduce an orc-caused world event, a new max-level dungeon in the Upper Blackrock Spire, and open up neglected character names to newcomers.

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Michael Ironside thinks the recasting of Sam Fisher was a "great idea for Ubisoft"

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Sam Fisher, as he looked when he walked on the Ironside.

For eight years and six games, Sam Fisher was synonymous with the microfilm-gargling baritone of Michael Ironside, the Canadian actor and Starship Troopers survivor. But he was ousted for last year’s (actually excellent) Splinter Cell entry, Blacklist. Asked about the publisher’s decision in a Reddit AMA yesterday, Ironside waxed entirely unbitterly about his time as the don of Third Echelon.

“I think it’s a great idea for Ubisoft,” he said. “They’ve gone to motion capture, and this spring I will be 65 years old. I don't think anyone wants to pay money seeing a 65 year old Sam Fisher bounce around on set, stumbling while he kills people.”

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Final Fantasy XIII is locked at 720p on PC - but Dark Souls modder Durante is working on it

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Final Fantasy XIII at Durante-enabled high res.

If you can judge a PC port by its graphics menu, Final Fantasy XIII hasn’t got off to a good start. Its game settings page looks like it was designed in the same year as the PlayStation 1 memory card menu, and offers about as much in the way of visual options.

Early reports on Steam suggest that the JRPG’s resolution is capped at 720p, with no means to change it - either in the game or in its launcher. Thankfully, Dark Souls tinkerer Durante is on the job.

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Football Manager 2015 release date set for November 7 (after traditional two week beta)

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Football Manager 2015 lights up a match.

The new year’s Football Manager for Windows, Mac and Linux will launch comfortably in time for Christmas on November 7, Sports Interactive have announced. There’s a beta version available if you pre-order, and careers started there will carry over into the final game.

This iteration features the most dramatically revamped Match View since the switch to 3D - achieved with a little help from the Sega Europe PC studio massive.

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Retina-melting Geometry Wars 3 launches in November

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Geometry Wars 3

Geometry Wars is something I enjoy watching more than playing. I have the dexterity of someone with no thumbs or, indeed, hands. But all the pretty neon colours, drawing me into some sort of drug-fuelled ‘80s cyber world, and glorious digital explosions entertain me to no end. 

The latest installment in the twin-stick shooter series is PC-bound next month, landing on November 25th, according to publisher Activision. 

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Watch 50 minutes of Dragon Age: Inquisition and marvel at ugly elves

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Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition is a month-and-a-half away, but in lieu of placing yourself in stasis or just being patient, you can take a gander at BioWare’s Twitch stream containing 50 minutes of unadulterated fantasy action. 

The devs show off everything from character customisation and progress to tactical combat and exploration. 

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Sunless Sea's new real-time combat leaves the dock

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Sunless Sea update

Sunless Sea is a grand old time, even when it’s extremely unsettling - a nautical adventure in an underground, Victorian sea. The game’s all about collecting stories and exploring the utterly bizarre world, but there’s combat too. It was turn-based, and clever, but ultimately the execution was a bit dull. 

The whole point of Early Access, if we’re being optimistic, is for developers to see what works and what doesn’t, and this has lead to them throwing the old combat system out of the nearest port hole. Failbetter Games announced the change a couple of months ago, and after a couple of weeks of testing, the Steel update is now live, providing captains with real-time high seas battles.

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Becoming a people person with Warlords of Draenor's Garrisons

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Warlords of Draenor Garrisons

By the time you set foot in Draenor next month, when World of Warcraft’s Warlords of Draenor expansion goes live, you’ll basically be one of the most important people in the universe. Your list of feats will include travelling to different worlds, tackling the Burning Legion, the Lich King, Deathwing and saving the world of a daily basis. 

Despite all of this, you’ve been a slave to the whims of others. You’ve never been put in charge, constantly performing tasks for quest givers, even if they are clearly inferior to you. With Garrisons, though, you’ll finally get a taste of what it feels like to order people around. Today, Blizzard’s spilled the beans on how you manage your minions. 

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Unity

Who wants to buy Unity?

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Unity for sale

Do you have a spare $2 billion lying around? According to VentureBeat, that’s how much Unity’s worth, and this afternoon CNET reported that the company is courting the likes of Google, possibly preparing for a sale. 

Inside sources reveal that the company has had serious talks with at least one potential buyer in recent months, while it’s been sharing presentations with other possible acquirers. 

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Wild Cards: what does the future hold for Hearthstone's fresh pros?

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Hearthstone at DreamHack Stockholm

Hearthstone’s early Twitch explosion has left its creators scrambling to build the scaffolding to support it, while eSports names old and new rush to fill the vacuum around its top players.

Some of those players have the backing of established organisations; others are entirely alone. But none of them know whether they have a full-time job in Hearthstone ahead of them - and they’re all faced with the difficulty of deciding who to trust in a still-growing ecosystem.

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Evolve's "Xbox One exclusive" alpha is coming to PC a day later

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Evolve alpha

Turtle Rock and their publisher friends at 2K have today announced that the Evolve alpha will indeed be coming to PC on October 31st, one day after launching exclusively on Xbox One. Access to the remarkably fun, four-versus-one monster hunting co-op shooter will available for anybody who pre-orders the game, and concludes on November 2nd. That's a full weekend of tracking and snaring and hiding and seeking.

Hooray for the slow erosion of anti-consumer notions of platform exclusivity! Boo for the forgotten concept of alpha and beta releases being anything other than marketing tools! Woo! Ahhh! Gahhh.

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DICE: "we lost player trust" because of Battlefield 4 launch

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Battlefield 4 patch

It is a matter of public record that Battlefield 4 had a shonky launch, with players, developers and publishers now all in agreement that the DICE shooter touched down with all the grace and elegance of a swan landing on a motorway because it's stupid swan-brain thinks roads look like rivers. Get it together, swans.

But while swans refuse to change their ways or admit to their mistakes, an introspective DICE are admitting that the woeful launch and subsequent issues that have plagued Battlefield 4 have harmed player trust in the series.

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Here's the BlizzCon 2014 panel schedule and floor map

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BlizzCon 2014

Blizzard have published the floor map and schedule for BlizzCon 2014, which is useful for attendees hoping to navigate through both space and time. If you're not attending and have the temerity to still want to know what's going on, you can either check out your friendly neighbourhood PC games website or grab a virtual ticket, which grants you access to a live stream for the not-insignificant sum of £24.99.

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Welcome to the new jungle: Riot test preseason changes for League of Legends

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League of Legends: jungling through.

Ganking in one of the universe's best free PC games is great fun, but it’s come to overshadow everything else about junglers in League of Legends. For the 2015 preseason, Riot are looking to improve “strategic diversity” in the jungle. They’d like you to have a wider roster of viable champions to pick from, and more options for customising their items later in the game.

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Horror: The Evil Within will be locked at 30fps despite the steep requirements

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The Evil Within

The Evil Within is shaping out to be a very odd PC port. It’s a shame, really, as this “next generation” of consoles seemed poised to improve multiplatform releases thanks to greater parity between the platforms, but so far this has been far from the case. 

Here’s the bad news: Bethesda had confirmed that the game will run at 30fps, and that’s all it will support. But much like Dead Rising 3, there is a way around this - it just isn’t recommended. 

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Warlock 2 is set to become a snake-filled waterpark with the Wrath of the Nagas expansion

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Warlock 2 expansion

Snakes get a bad rap. They are associated with sneakiness, death, poison, the Devil and a slew of nasty mythical monsters - even though they are totally rad. But sometimes they really bring it on themselves. Case in point: Wrath of the Nagas, the upcoming expansion for the wonderfully silly fantasy 4X game, Warlock II

The expansion sees a new race, the titular Naga species, and a pair of new mages entering the magical fray. They’re a nasty bunch of water-loving snake folk, and they are driven by a single goal: drown the world. Really, guys, this isn’t doing you any favours. 

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Help out sick kids by playing through OnLive's game library for 24 hours

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OnLive

Spending 24 hours playing games makes for a pretty wonderful day. Doing that while raising money for a children’s charity is even better. Tomorrow, you can do that. OnLive has teamed up with Extra Life for it’s 7th annual Game Day event, which raises money for a whopping 170 children’s charities. 

For all of tomorrow, from 12:01am PST until 11:59pm PST, users in the USA, Canada and the UK will be able to play any of OnLive’s 250+ PlayPack games, including Darksiders II, Batman: Arkham City and Saints Row The Third, completely for free. All you need to do is make an OnLive account, also for free. And by joining the OnLive team, you can raise money while doing it. 

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Make conversation, not war: Galactic Civilizations III gets diplomacy

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We've got 50 codes for Anno Online starter packs that'll make privateers of you

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We've got 50 codes for Anno Online starter packs that'll make privateers of you

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