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WildStar cancels Christmas

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WildStar cancels Christmas

Christmas or the winter holidays or whatever you want to call it is still a long way off, but Carbine Studios has deflated festive anticipation early this year by cancelling the celebrations in WildStar. Halloween’s been struck by the same bullet. 

Content designer Kristen "Caydiem" DeMeza took to the forums to explain why the Grinch and whatever his Halloween counterpart is called were unleashed on Nexus. 

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's new multiplayer mode is basketball with jetpacks

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

A part of me was all Call of Dutied out, I admit. A very big part of me. From my thighs downwards, for example, had simply had enough of Call of Duty. All of my right arm had given up after Modern Warfare 2. Entire portions of my face struggled to register any enthusiasm for Black Ops. Largely speaking I had ceased being able to care about Call of Duty, the most popular shootyman videogame in the world.

But hey, this one. This one has Kevin Spacey hovering in the corner of your screen telling you to rescue Nigerian prime ministers. This one has double jumps and exo-suits, and a development studio that's been given time (three years) and space (erm, I don't know, something the size of a football pitch I suppose) to make something good.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare isn't just a new Call of Duty game I will download. It's a new Call of Duty game I will download and then probably play. It's that exciting.

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We've got 50 starter packs for Might & Magic Heroes Online. Want one?

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Might & Magic Heroes Online

We were intrigued by Might & Magic Heroes Online when it launched for English-speaking regions six days ago. It’s a brave match of turn-based tactics with MMO overworld wandering, and I let its ambient sword-clatter play on for about an hour in my browser last week. Oddly soothing stuff.

If you’re planning on giving it a go, you may as well load up your horse with the right gear. We’ve got 50 in-game companions worth seven euros each to give away.

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Alien: Isolation slips horribly from a nearby vent onto the Steam Store today

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Alien: Isolation: not entirely solitary, actually. There are a few humans about.

Consult our Steve’s Alien: Isolation review, and you’ll learn that the official site stance on Creative Assembly’s first ever FPS is that it’s really top stuff. Which is odd, because the sensations he describes are distressing in the extreme.

“The alien is a constant, unscripted and exhausting psychological threat that follows you throughout the game,” he writes.

Alien: Isolation is out today. Here’s Creative Assembly's launch trailer, to sell you on the concept of constant, voluntary exhaustion.

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War Thunder goes live action with commemorative (but explosive) trailer

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War Thunder: above and below.

Want to see the pitch for War Thunder? It’s a couple of years late, but the live action trailer debuted at Russian Comic Con this weekend does the trick.

True to the tanking-and-banking game’s remit, we’ll travel from the trenches up between the clouds, onto the unfurnished first-floor of the atmosphere - before dropping back down again with the bombs.

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The uneasy brilliance of This War of Mine

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A dark, desaturated urban ruin in This War of Mine.

For a while, This War of Mine felt like a refugee tycoon game. I’d scavenged enough medicine to make sure everyone was healthy. My characters had warm, dry beds and freshly-cooked food. Suddenly, war didn’t seem so scary. This siege was turning into an adventure in self-reliance, a kind of wartime Walden.

Then I couldn’t find food for two nights in a row, and some thugs came to our hideout and hurt Pawel before stealing our supplies. Once again we needed medicine we didn’t have. The food ran out and suddenly everyone was tired and slowly starving.

That’s why I found myself breaking into another family’s home one rainy night, to steal food and medicine from another group of people not unlike my own. My scavenger, Katia, got caught rummaging through their kitchen.

There wasn’t time to think. I just want straight at this middle-aged husband and father and started kicking the shit out of him. “Why are you doing this to us?” he pleaded.

Because my people were going hungry, and I was out of options. It was them or us.

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Sledgehammer ripped apart, "rebuilt" Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare maps for double jump

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

What has an extra year in development done for the latest Call of Duty, Advanced Warfare? Well: it’s ensured we haven’t been lumbered with a load of maps ill-built for its boost-jumping exo-soldiers, for one thing.

It took new CoD custodians Sledgehammer two years to get their multiplayer spaces right. The studio set out to design traditional CoD maps - but came to a realisation when double jump became the game’s standout mechanic:

“Oh, they can get on the roof.”

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Football Manager documentary screenings are one-night-only - and selling out

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Football Manager: inspiration for this and much more.

Football Manager isn’t just the sim for PC users whose gaming education began and ended with Encarta. It’s the reliable biscuit base of male existence in the UK, where the game has spawned books, stand-up shows, and now a documentary.

An Alternative Reality will be shown in 35 cinemas in the UK and Ireland tomorrow evening - and via 47 broadcasters across the world.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pros will grapple for $250,000 at DreamHack Winter

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: now truly global.

Valve announced plans this weekend for a $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive prize pool at DreamHack Winter 2014. The Swedish eSports and LAN organisation’s Jönköping flagship event will welcome eight quarter-finalists from ESL One Cologne, plus eight teams yet to be decided by regional qualifiers.

This will be the fourth $250,000 CS:GO Major prize pool offered in the space of a year - rounding off a total $1 million awarded to CS pros since last November’s DreamHack SteelSeries Championship.

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One of Warlords of Draenor's eight new dungeons will arrive early

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Warlords of Draenor: dungeon deeper.

Every copy of Warlords of Draenor comes with a single character boost - enough juice to have you wearing that level cap sideways with the cool kids, you might think. But just as you hit level 90 on November 13, the game will push back the limit another ten levels.

You’ll need to find another way to scale those final ranks. Enter four new WoW level-up dungeons - and beyond those, another four max-level dungeons, including one that'll arrive early.

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Crusader King 2 Charlemagne expansion is arriving on October 14th

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Crusader Kings II

The new Charlemagne expansion Crusader Kings 2 is due sooner than you think: October 14th to be precise. You’ll get another 100 years to play with, among other features such as new kingdoms, characters and events.

We’ve got a new developer diary so you can get up to speed before the expansion hits in just a little over a weeks time.

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ArenaNet want your ideas on how raiding should work in Guild Wars 2

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Guild Wars 2 Raiding

Last week, ArenaNet was spotted looking for a new game designer for “raid content”. Today, a forum post by studio design direction, Chris Whiteside, has confirmed that ArenaNet have their thinking hat on about bringing raids to Guild Wars 2. What’s more, is that they want your ideas too.

“Just wanted to let you know that we will be discussing raiding in the next phase of the Guild CDI.”

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We're prepared: Battle.net launcher update adds Warcraft III icons and background

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Warcraft III Arthas

An update to Blizzard's Battle.net launcher has revealed some behind the scenes support for legendary strategy game, Warcraft III. Icons, backgrounds and logos are now locked within the launcher, primed and ready for use.

It was mentioned at Blizzcon 2013 that Blizzard had a small team working on updating the old Warcraft RTS games to work on present day Windows.

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Firefall devs plan for revenge in the "final chosen offensive" event tomorrow

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Firefall Final Chosen Offensive

You’ve gone and done it now. Developers of FPS-MMO, Firefall, are out for blood tomorrow as they try and get their own back, after last weeks defeat at the hands of the players. The “Chosen Offensive” event is simple really: players vs the almighty developers as they attack the most popular outposts in all Accord-owned territories.

Tomorrow is the final event, and the developers will be out in full force in the form of powerful Chosen bosses. Slay them and you'll be rewarded for your war efforts.

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Bomb scare at Gearbox HQ; "someone is out of control" says CEO Randy Pitchford

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Gearbox HQ Bomb Scare

CEO of Gearbox Software, Randy Pitchford, revealed on Twitter that Gearbox HQ was the victim of a bomb scare yesterday. Plano Police Department sent out a response of police officers and bomb removal squad to deal with the possible threat, including a nifty robot. Thankfully, no evidence of a bomb was found, and staff could quickly return to the HQ safely.

Claptrap would be proud.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Meet my nemesis: Grublik the Black

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

This is the story of a very complicated relationship between man and orc; a tale of revenge and begrudging admiration. Over the last day, I’ve travelled all over Mordor with one single goal: kill Grublik the Black. This quest has consumed me.

I’d never heard of Grublik the Black when we first met. He was a Uruk captain, one of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s procedurally generated sub-bosses, while I was a ranger who was all cut up about the death of his wife and son. We didn’t run in the same circles. But I’ll never forget the first time our eyes locked on the battlefield. It was hate at first sight. 

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Get a sneak peak at Warlords of Draenor’s new dungeons

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Warlords of Draenor dungeons

As the gears churn in Blizzard’s MMO factory, the components of brand new dungeons clunk onto the production line. Monsters squeal as they’re forced from their hatcheries, and shining loot is being forged ready for adventurers to discover. 

If you just can’t wait to find out what lurks in World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Blizzard have provided a little preview of what’s to come in the game’s eight new dungeons. 

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Dying Light lets you hunger for brains in ‘Be The Zombie’ multiplayer mode, provided you pre-order

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Dying Light Be The Zombie mode

Zombie games have, on the whole, mostly been about splattering the walking deceased in relatively gruesome manners. Sure there are some that focus on human relationships and feelings, and others on how important it is to steal can-openers from other people, but most of the time we’re charging at zombies like bulls at gates, desperate to reduce them to quivering piles of gore. 

For every zombie that fell in battle, this is for you: Dying Light’s Be The Zombie mode. Refuse to be a victim of the survivor’s baseball bat. Fight back! Kill some bloody humans and devour their grey matter like the delicacy it is. 

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