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Besiege has the best/maddest tanks

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In theory, Besiege challenges you to make a siege weapons to kill sheep, soldiers, and cities. In practice, its community have been making some of the most stunning contraptions on the internet.

They’ve turned cogs, cannons, and elastic bands into AT-ATs, giant walking automatons, and something that would look right at home in The Wicker Man.

Someone’s even made Wall-E.

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Cities XXL review

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Cities XXL review

There was Cities XL, Cities XL 2011, Cities XL 2012 and Cities XL Platinum; each game obsessed with expansive megapolises, and each only slightly tweaking the formula, leaving them nearly indistinguishable. But they’ve added another X! Surely that means that the series has escaped its five-year rut. 

It hasn’t.

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Godus unlikely to deliver Kickstarted features; Molyneux admits "horrendous mistakes"

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Godus

Godus has entered a very strange stage in its development. Peter Molyneux has anointed one of the more vocal critics in its community, designer Konrad Naszynski, to salvage what he can of 22can’s dreams for the god game. With Naszynski deeming promised Kickstarter features undeliverable and Godus’ multiplayer “seriously shaky”, a hair-shirted 22cans have stepped forward to ask for just a little more patience from their community.

“There is a catalogue of things I did badly and incorrectly,” said Molyneux. “I made some horrendous mistakes. I think the main thing we’re paying with those mistakes is the amount of time it’s taking to find the game that Godus should be.”

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Act of Aggression is Command and Conquer: Generals' brother from another mother

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The battlefield spread before me is littered with tanks with armour plating, tanks armed with rail guns, and tanks hiding behind invisibility cloaks (I can’t see them but the laser beams scorching infantry are a dead give away). The map’s buildings are being blown into concrete rubble by SCUD missiles and artillery. And a silo has opened up in the enemy base to reveal a stonking great nuke.

Act of Aggression isn’t Command and Conquer Generals 2. But it’s close enough.

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ESL One Katowice qualifier begins Saturday; expect US Counter-Strike heavyweights

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ESL One Katowice

This weekend, bombs will be planted and men shot - not in the name of idealism or national security, but for sport.

The Electronic Sports League is one of the oldest names in the business, and has been running Counter-Strike tournaments for a decade. Their dedication has paid off: these days CS isn’t a niche concern, but by some way the second-biggest game on Steam. At last year’s ESL One Cologne, 856 years of Counter-Strike was watched by nearly half a million people.

Some of that game’s finest players will be jetting to Katowice at the weekend to scrap over a $250,000 prize pool.

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Shadow Realms is cancelled; BioWare Austin take a speeder back to The Old Republic

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Shadow Realms

Oh, um. Gosh. While countless would-be BioWare RPGs surely sit half-formed in tanks, neglected like the experiments of Jon Irenicus, never before has one been announced and then cancelled. Shadow Realms was an ambitious attempt to combine the co-op convenience of Left 4 Dead with the fun and fellowship of tabletop D&D. But if you weren’t one of the very few to play it at an expo over the past year, then you never will.

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World of Warcraft 6.1 has a racing minigame in the trunk

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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft players are hardly short on frivolous diversions as it is, but the next patch for one of the best MMORPGs on PC is set to be a hotbed of divergent frivolity. Level 100 players will gain access to the self-explanatory WoW S.E.L.F.I.E camera - and Darkmoon Faire island will add a race event to its list of attractions.

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The Long Dark gets bigger, again, and wolves can be scared off

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The Long Dark update

My very first game of The Long Dark ended in the jaws of a wolf. There I was, minding my own business, rummaging through a first aid box, and bang. The wolf leaps out of the shadows and starts chewing my face off. But in v.192, wolves might not be as big of a problem. 

Torches! Those mangey beasties hate fire, and waving a torch at them will make them think twice about their dinner plans. The world’s bigger now, too. A new region’s been added, a 10 square kilometer valley for you to explore. Take a gander below to see all the changes. 

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Elite: Dangerous 1.1 goes live tomorrow with community goals and discovery tags

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Elite: Dangerous 1.1 update goes live tomorrow

Elite: Dangerous 1.1 has been in beta since last week, but tomorrow it goes live, and you can go off, gallivanting across the galaxy, and see all the changes for yourself.

Community goals, an extended route planner, and “discovered by” tags that immortalise explorers are all on the cards, along with a gargantuan list of tweaks and fixes. You can take a look at the patch notes below. 

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More allegations of match-fixing and illegal betting activity in pro StarCraft

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A couple weeks ago, betting site Pinnacle Sports voided all bets on a Proleague match based on what they deemed suspicious betting patterns that made them think some bettors had some foreknowledge of the match’s results. Now, over this past weekend, Axiom eSports manager Olivia Wong vented on Twitter that match-fixing has become endemic in the Korean StarCraft 2 scene.

She implicated several tournaments in her comments, and suggested that some pro players were even working with bettors to fix match-results.

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LCS team MeetYourMakers in contract scandal after threatening to take a player's family home

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There’s a new PR disaster in competitive League of Legends. Word has come out of the European LCS that the MeetYourMakers team played some truly appalling hardball negotiation with their midlaner, Marcin "Kori" Wolski. After Kori balked at continuing to play with the team following a dispute over back-pay, the MYM manager decided go for the full Don Corleone treatment: he told Kori that if he didn’t come back to the team, he would be in breach of contract and that he would be permitted to seize Kori’s mother’s house.

Let’s repeat that: the MYM manager threatened to take his player’s mom’s house.

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Sunless Sea review

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Sunless Sea review

My ship has been swallowed up by the darker-than-black ocean. It should have been a simple trade run, ferrying lost souls and spider-silk across the underground sea, back to Fallen London, a Victorian metropolis dragged beneath the earth by bats. But I’ve overextended, travelling too far in search of goods, and now I’m out of fuel and supplies. 

As is so often the case in Sunless Sea, my crew is now mad, throwing themselves overboard, shrieking and fighting, brains unable to parse the existence of stars underground, or the monstrous sea beasts they’ve seen. Either at the hands of mutineers or mad men, I’m going to die, and it’s going to be permanent.

That almost, but not quite, inevitable climax, death, looms over every nautical journey in Failbetter Games’ top-down seafaring sandbox. With every text-adventure-style quest embarked upon, there’s always the question: is this the one that will send me over the edge? 

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Impact Winter is a chilly survival game with a team of survivors trying to live for one more month

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Impact Winter

Winter is, according to myriad survival games, just awful. Sure, there are the holidays, time off work, lots of lovely snowmen - but those things rarely make it into sandbox survival affairs. It’s all icey death and frozen limbs. Impact Winter joins the list of these anti-winter games.

“It’s a post-apocalyptic, survival adventure,” says developer Mojo Bones. But they are quick to promise that it’s not as generic as it sounds. You won’t be a lone survivor; you’ll be leading a band of them, with inspiration being drawn from the likes of John Carpenter’s The Thing, which also spawned a tense game of managing desperate people. 

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Hands on with Resident Evil: Revelations 2

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Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Resident Evil: Revelations 2: Episode One: Man About Town* begins with Barry Burton boating his broad behind to an island of zombies, hot on the heels of his missing daughter and co-protagonist Moira. Barry is the guy from the very first Resident Evil game, and a fan favourite owing to some rather remarkable dialogue and voice acting. He’s the chap who famously slipped Jill a lockpick and insisted that “it may come in useful for you, Jill, the master of unlocking”. 

So we like him. He is good.

*No, it's not really called that.

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Making it in Unreal: crash-landing on a bad-tempered world with The Solus Project

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The Solus Project

The Solus Project has you leaving an Earth on the verge of destruction to scope out an apparently habitable planet in the next solar system. Upon arrival, however, your ship is attacked by forces unknown. You are the only crew member to reach the surface alive.

Once landed, you find yourself on an island. ‘Solus’, it turns out, is Latin for ‘alone’. Oh: and as if this extra-miserable mash-up of Interstellar and Planet of the Apes wasn’t enough to contend with, the weather wants to finish you off.

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Total War Attila: Everything We Know

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Total War: Attila is marching on us, and before it’s hammering on our gates we need to take stock of what we know about this strange new enemy. It’s Creative Assembly’s new Total War game, so it’ll definitely be a blend of grand turn-based strategy, political decisions, and large-scale real-time-combat. 

But Attila is set during a very different time to other Total War games; the largest factions are failing rather than on the rise, and the enemy moves, plans, and fights in a very different manner to what we’ve seen before. And the biggest enemy of them all isn’t even something that can be killed; you can’t stab the weather. To prepare for the fight against Attila and his barbarian forces, lets get up to speed with everything we know. 

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Total War: Attila trailer shows why Attila was a terrible dinner host

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I went to one dinner where everyone ended up with food poisoning which saw them blasting semi-fluids out of two major orifices (orifici?). It’s the only time my bum’s had an affinity with a dolphin’s blowhole. As bad as that dinner was, it doesn’t compare with the dinner hosted by Attilla the Hun in the new Total War: Attila trailer.

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