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Adventures in... The Sims 4 - Launching Mulder and Scully into space

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Adventures in... The Sims 4 - Launching Mulder and Scully into space

In The Sims 4 you can build a rocket ship and catapult your Sims into space. This got me thinking: who would I really like to fire at the moon? The answer was pretty clear: Fox Mulder, protagonist of The X-Files and serial lover of all things alien. 

So I built Mulder’s office in the game, a Sim who was a rough approximation of David Duchovny, and set him to work. Also along for the ride was his faithful FBI partner Dana Scully, because someone needs to remind him about the science. This can’t possibly work, right? 

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Battlefield Hardline's open beta is coming, and it won't have a progression cap

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Battlefield Hardline's open beta is coming, and it won't have a progression cap

Visceral and EA have spilled the beans on Battlefield Hardline’s upcoming beta, which will be open to everyone, regardless of platforms or previous beta participation. 

The first beta, which popped into existence not long after the Battlefield spin-off was first announced, left a lot to be desired. It wasn’t going to be a reskin with cops and robbers, but that’s exactly what we got. Hopefully the game’s postponement has lead to it becoming a bit more distinct. 

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Has BioWare's Shadow Realms shapeshifted?

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Has BioWare's Shadow Realms shapeshifted?

Shadow Realms is the most radically-designed BioWare game since Mass Effect. Uncloaked at GamesCom last year as a four-versus-one multiplayer proposition, it was Left 4 Dead by way of pen and paper RPGs.

But that same design doc may have been rewritten. Grain from the rumour mill spells out a full campaign to take advantage of a beefier budget from EA.

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Best games of 2014: Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Best games of 2014: Dragon Age: Inquisition

In this time of the cRPG renaissance you’d be forgiven for thinking that AAA developers can’t turn out a decent fantasy romp anymore. But in a final-hour move BioWare have stepped in and delivered 2014s most delicious RPG in Dragon Age: Inquisition; a game that’s not only one of this year’s finest, but also the best game that BioWare has made since Mass Effect 2.

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Battlefield Hardline will be the "fastest Battlefield ever", swears single player trailer

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Battlefield Hardline will be the "fastest Battlefield ever", swears single player trailer

It’s got a name like concrete, but Visceral’s Battlefield Hardline release date has been nothing but unsteady - slipping from Autumn through the membrane of 2014’s new game schedule and coming to rest in March.

For something more solid, look to this new round of single player footage - built around all the non-lethal takedowns and muscle car getaways missing from the Battlefield Hardline beta.

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Respawn's Vince Zampella says future titles might not be Origin exclusive; teases non-Titanfall game

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Respawn's Vince Zampella says future titles might not be Origin exclusive; teases non-Titanfall game

Respawn’s monster mech shooter, Titanfall, currently only comes in Origin for; but that maybe not the case for future releases. Speaking to Game Informer, CEO Vince Zampella explains that he regrets not being able to field the game on more platforms.

“We would have loved for it to be on Steam from day one," said Zampell. “but at some point it just doesn't make sense anymore and you start looking to the future and I think we should not make that same decision again."

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The Old Republic resurrects 300 year old protagonist as villain in Shadow of Revan

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The Old Republic resurrects 300 year old protagonist as villain in Shadow of Revan

If The Old Republic really was Knights 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 as it was first pitched, then this week’s expansion is sequel number eight. After deviations into dogfighting in Galactic Starfighter and cosmetic player housing, Shadow of Revan is a nod to the series' original playerbase, and a final act for its first protagonist and sometime plot point.

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A weird Dragon Age: Inquisition bug is making party members shy

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A weird Dragon Age: Inquisition bug is making party members shy

Companions in Dragon Age: Inquisition should be nattering almost constantly, engaging in off-the-cuff incidental banter, telling jokes, flirting and generally being as chatty as they were in previous games. But for many players they're shy bairns, only opening their gobs every couple of hours rather than minutes.

An odd and reportedly widespread bug is rendering Dragon Age's party members mute. BioWare are now investigating the bug and have asked players to donate their 60+ hour save games in the name of research.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition preorders cancelled in India because of local obscenity laws

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Dragon Age: Inquisition preorders cancelled in India because of local obscenity laws

EA have cancelled all Dragon Age: Inquisition preorders in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh because the game broke “local obscenity laws". EA haven’t clarified which obscenity laws Bioware’s RPG breaks but the game’s Indian distributor, Milestone Interactive, says it is because of the gay characters and sex scenes.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition trailer makes the case for BioWare's Orlesian opus one last time

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Dragon Age: Inquisition trailer makes the case for BioWare's Orlesian opus one last time

At no point in the Dragon Age: Inquisition launch trailer does the player character stop a passing demon and query the nature of their business in Thedas. In fact, the latest trailer suggests that inquiry ceases to be the name of the game shortly into the new BioWare RPG - whereupon it becomes a game of mouse-scrolling in unabashed wonder about its dank and darkly beautiful locations.

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Bioware boss polls fans on what they’d like to see in Mass Effect trilogy re-release

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Bioware boss polls fans on what they’d like to see in Mass Effect trilogy re-release

“Bear in mind this is a "wish list" at this point," Aaryn Flynn, general manager at Bioware Edmonton and Montreal said. This was after asking Neogaf readers to tell him what they’d like to see in a Mass Effect re-release.

He suggested higher resolution, all the DLC, and, more excitingly, a seamless experience where each game ran into the next.

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Dragon Age Inquisition trailer reveal Vivienne’s parlour tricks are pretty impressive

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Dragon Age Inquisition trailer reveal Vivienne’s parlour tricks are pretty impressive

The decline of parlour tricks is one of the unspoken miseries of the 21st century, going hand in hand with the decline of parlours, and it’s one of the more subtle themes of Dragon Age Inquisition.

The latest trailer goes introduces one of your possible companions, Vivienne. An Orlesian mage, she’s an adviser to Empress Celene and, no doubt, someone good for a laugh when you need some light entertainment after dinner - rabbit from a hat sort of thing.

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BioWare grant 12x XP boosts to Old Republic subscribers who pre-order Shadow of Revan

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BioWare grant 12x XP boosts to Old Republic subscribers who pre-order Shadow of Revan

This might just be the best way to play Star Wars: The Old Republic - stuffed with stellar single-player stories but hampered by the trickling rate of XP in free-to-play.

BioWare are desperate to force-pull you back into their MMO ahead of its upcoming nostalgia-fuelled expansion, Shadow of Revan. To that end, they're offering a faintly ludicrous 12x storyline XP boost to players who pre-order the expansion and subscribe before December 1.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition: Everything We Know

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Dragon Age: Inquisition: Everything We Know

Fulfilling this year’s quota for epic fantasy RPG is Dragon Age: Inquisition. As a BioWare game you can already be safe in the knowledge that it’s a sprawling epic with a huge cast of characters and world suffering constant turmoil. But Inquisition has a lot to prove. After Dragon Age II took a bit of a critical beating, the third game needs to offer the ultimate role-playing experience for the series to be revered once more. 

So what does Dragon Age: Inquisition bring to the table to try and retake the fantasy throne? Here’s Everything We Know. 

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EA are plotting a new Need for Speed release for 2016

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EA are plotting a new Need for Speed release for 2016

Nobody disputed the quality of Need for Speed Rivals when it arrived late last year, but there was a sense the series had quietly run out of road. First, Criterion shrunk down to 17 staff to work on a YouTube-inspired extreme sports experiment. And then Ghost Games, the studio most of Criterion had decamped to, was hit by layoffs.

Last we heard, the new Need for Speed was in a state of flux - but EA have just now started talking about it again.

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