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Third time's a charm: The Evil Within now due out on October 14th

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The Evil Within

We don’t really know when The Evil Within is coming out. I mean, I can tell you that the campy horror game is due out on October 14th, but since we’ve already told you that it would arrive on August 29th, and then October 21st, I’m not really sure if you’d believe me. 

Maybe this is all a joke at your expensive, and we’re just sitting around, sipping wine out of ornate chalices, laughing at you. I guess you’ll have to take that chance. 

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Sega claims that Gearbox is just as responsible for the marketing of Aliens: Colonial Marines as the publisher

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit

The legal drama surrounding Aliens: Colonial Marines and the class action lawsuit against publisher Sega and developer Gearbox continues, with both parties attempting to place the blame on the other. Court documents filed this week by Sega allege that Gearbox was just as responsible for the marketing, and thus should be included in the suit. 

The suit claims that the game was falsely advertised, particularly at E3 2011, where Pitchford and co showed off a demo to press that wasn’t representative of the actual game. 

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Get up to speed on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer

Sledgehammer seems to have brushed away a lot of the cobwebs in Call of Duty’s multiplayer, chucking in a slew of new features in its sci-fi spectacle. Activision has put together a seven minute video detailing exactly what shiny new things you can expect, from the flashy exoskeletons to the customisation system. 

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Sci-fi RTS Ancient Space is warming up its warp drive for a September 23rd launch

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Ancient Space

CreativeForge Games and Paradox’s Ancient Space, a sci-fi RTS that - with its 3D movement - is immediately evocative of Homeworld was only announced a fortnight ago, but it launches this month. 

Come September 23rd, fleet commanders will be able to duke it out in space against sci-fi threats. It all takes place in the Black Zone, where space is given texture and terrain with gargantuan floating chunks of rock and massive clouds of gas.

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The Elder Scrolls Online developer hit with layoffs now that the game "runs smoothly"

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The Elder Scrolls Online layoffs

The Elder Scrolls Online developer, ZeniMax Online, was hit with layoffs this morning. While unfortunate for those affected, Bethesda’s Pete Hines assures that these changes are down to the game no longer needing as large a workforce and isn’t down to problems at the company. 

“As is the norm for games of this type, we had ramped up a large workforce to develop a game of vast scale, and ramped up our customer service to handle the expected questions and community needs of The Elder Scrolls Online at launch," Hines said. "Now that we are nearly 6 months post launch, we have a thriving online community in a game that runs smoothly.”

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City of Heroes spiritual successors might be able to drop the "spiritual" part

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City of Heroes successors

City of Heroes might not have been sustainable for NCSoft, but its popularity and legacy was great enough to spawn several spiritual successors like City of Titans, Heroes and Villains and Valiance Online, all of which are in development. 

On Monday, Nate Downes, President of Missing Worlds Media, the team behind City of Titans, announced that he, along with other members of the company and the City of Heroes community, had been in negotiations with NCSoft in the hopes of acquiring the CoH property. 

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Saints Row IV's first SDK has been released, letting modders make their own loopy weapons

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Saints Row IV SDK

The SDK for last year’s super-powered Saints Row IV has been released over on the Saints Row mod forums. Well, the first part of the SDK. This means you can replace the game’s already colourful assortment of weapons with monstrous creations of your own.

Saints Row IV mods are nothing new, but until now modders have been restricted to fiddling with the bits and pieces that already exist in the game. That’s allowed them to do some great stuff, like creating a first-person mod.

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Oculus and Samsung announce the Gear VR headset for smartphones

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Samsung: now major distributors of Oculus tech.

That rumoured Oculus and Samsung-developed Gear VR headset has become a real, tangible device you’ll be able to plonk on your noggin in the Autumn.

Strap an empty Gear VR to your face and you’ll simply look a bit like Watchmen’s Owlman. But slide a Galaxy Note 4 into the side and you’ll be subject to a virtual reality experience not entirely unfamiliar to Oculus Rift dev kit owners.

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Dreamfall Chapters trailer flicks excitingly through the pages of Book One: Reborn

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Dreamfall Chapters: the surprise return.

Dreamfall Chapters strikes me as an adventure game for those who normally consider themselves disciples of a different genre: the RPG. Ragnar Tørnquist’s sequel to Dreamfall and The Longest Journey before it incorporates dialogue wheels, direct third-person control and environmental hubs waiting to be squeezed for every last NPC soundbite.

GOG are going to start selling its season pass soon - and have uploaded a new trailer to keep our tails wagging and tongues lolling.

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Heroes of Newerth devs turn the MOBA single player with Strife's episodic campaign

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Boy wonder Bastion is a cornerstone of Strife lore, and the subject of its first episode.

S2 Games' Strife is an attempt to rebuild the MOBA according to lessons learned running Heroes of Newerth. It’s distinguished from its peers by rampaging apes, player-controlled pets, and four years of genre experience. Plus, now it’s in open beta, a modest single-player campaign.

Prophecy of Darkstone: Child of the Dawn is the first in a series of episodes that will spotlight individual heroes from Strife’s roster.

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The man responsible for Starbucks' "fruit juice revolution" now does marketing for EA

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Your days of scratching skyboxes are over, tall building.

EA’s first move in their drive to put Players First was capitalisation. Satisfied they’d conveyed the appropriate sense of import and urgency, their next was to hire on Chris Bruzzo as chief marketing officer.

Bruzzo is credited as the man who planted Starbucks' hooks in social media - but when asked to list his greatest achievements, recalls “leading the cold-pressed vegetable and fruit juice revolution”. For which he will one day be tried at the Hague, obviously.

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The four-month Borderlands DLC drought is over: the Pre-Sequel has a season pass

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel: a load of claptrap.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has the whiff of expanded DLC about it. But like some sort of self-replicating moon, this standalone adventure in the Borderlands 2 engine will spawn yet more zany-shooter adventures.

The Pre-Sequel season pass is good for four pieces of post-launch DLC at a discount, 2K have announced.

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The 100 best Skyrim mods

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Skyrim mods. Gosh, there’s a lot of them, isn’t there? More than 22,000 on the Steam Workshop, and countless more on Skyrim Nexus. They’re the work of a thriving and diverse scene; an army of fans and bedroom coders determined to make the game a photorealistic fantasy utopia. Or just transforming farmyard animals into deadly explosives. But when you’re looking for Skyrim mods, just where do you start?  

Here, actually. That’s where we come in. These are the 100 mods we think are essential to improving Skyrim above and beyond the out-the-box experience.

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Dino Crisis: The Stomping Land removed from Steam

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The Stomping Land: not trampling yet.

When The Stomping Land was Kickstarted a year ago, its prehistoric survival pitch garnered enough goodwill to fund nearly six times its target. But that goodwill has since dissipated in Early Access. Initial plans for weekly updates gave way to radio silence, and eventually the news that the game was moving to a new engine.

Despite that recent reassurance, The Stomping Land has now been removed from sale.

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The Sims 4 launch day patch stops the Grim Reaper from finding love

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The Sims 4 launch patch

The Sims 4 launched in North America today, though in Europe we’ll need to wait until Thursday, because reasons. The most exciting thing about any launch day is, of course, the launch day patch.

In the case of The Sims 4, the problems that the patch solves seem more amusing, like trying to date the Grim Reaper, than disastrous, but there might be many more to deal with now that players have gotten their mitts on it. 

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"Modern Transport Tycoon" Train Fever launches this week, with 150 years worth of trains

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Train Fever

While Train Fever sounds like a sickness that makes you think you’re a locomotive, it’s actually a crowd-funded transport sim inspired by Transport Tycoon. That’s probably a relief, if you were worried about being struck by a new and bewildering illness. 

Instead of getting you cooped up in bed, making train noises, Train Fever gives you a transport empire to manage, either in the Industrial Age or the modern day. It’s due to launch on Steam on Friday. 

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Best PC RPGs

The 20 best RPGs on PC

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At home with BG2 sociopath scholar Jon Irenicus.

Update 02/09/2014: It’s been almost a year since I put together this list, so I thought it was time to give it a bit of an update. Five more games have been added, so now it’s a list of 20 games. Originally I was a bit cheeky and put franchises on the list instead of single games, but I feel like that’s a bit of a cop out. So in place of a series, you’ll now see the best of the bunch. 

It was the stalwart computer RPG, popping into existence in the ‘70s and relentlessly rising in popularity and complexity, where my interest in gaming became almost an obsession. Whole worlds filled with history, characters with uncertain motivations and the potential for a plethora of adventures demanded my undivided attention. 

Where once they were digital counterparts to Dungeons & Dragons or adventures in Middle-Earth, they now span countless universes, and stepping into one is like being bundled up into a warm, comforting blanket that you never want to leave. If it’s one of the exceptional RPGs in this list, representing the very best roleplaying romps on the PC, at least.

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Stronghold Crusader 2 introduces the Sultana, the series' first female opponent

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Stronghold Crusaders 2

A sultana isn’t just a dried grape, it’s also Stronghold Crusader 2’s new AI opponent. She’s based on a historical figure, but Firefly’s put their own spin on her, transforming her into a world-weary freedom fighter and leader of assassins. 

Firefly’s latest dev diary takes a look at the Sultana, and the tactics you’ll need to master if you hope to defeat her. 

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Evoland 2 Announced

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Evoland 2 has been announced by Shiro Games, first details and screenshots also emerge.

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