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America gets randomized in Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise on January 14

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America gets randomized in Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise on January 14

Conquest of Paradise is out now; here's our Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise review.

If I was in the habit of writing flowery poems, I'd write most of them about Europa Universalis IV. Its vast scope and depth coupled with a plethora of tools to craft all manner of alternate history narratives made it my favourite strategy romp this year and one of the best grand strategy titles I've had the good fortune to play. So obviously I'm rather looking forward to January 14, when Europa Universalis IV's first expansion, Conquest of Paradise, drops.

Conquest of Paradise creates a randomised American continent, with new geography and a slew of new tribes to play with or fight against while expanding the native experience with brand spanking new abilities like migrating from provinces, creating confederations of tribes and working through a new advancement track, making progress hopefully less dreary. 

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EVE Rubicon coming November 19th

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EVE Rubicon coming November 19th

The Winter expansion for EVE is warping in this November. Rubicon will offer a whole host of new narrative elements, ships, player abilities and tweaks that will impact heavily the existing EVE universe. 

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SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow expansion summons commercialist dystopia

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SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow expansion summons commercialist dystopia

Blade Runner is set in 2019 and depicts a city of towering monolithic superstructures that house district-sized populations and bathe the ground beneath them in gaudy neon colours. We’ve only six years left until that vision of Los Angeles is upon us, but you’ll be able to make it much sooner in SimCity’s upcoming expansion: Cities of Tomorrow. The expansion pack will also include every other staple of the dystopian skyline, including massive clouds of infectious fog and surveillance drones.

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Guild Wars 2's future: "we don't need an expansion to pay the bills"

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Guild Wars 2's future: "we don't need an expansion to pay the bills"

Guild Wars 2 is now a year old. It’s been quite a journey for ArenaNet: with sixteen major updates to the game since its debut, the team have kicked it up a notch from monthly updates to bi-weekly updates. It’s these rapid content injections that ArenaNet are focusing on for the immediate future, further shaping their “living world". We sat down with president and founder of ArenaNet, Mike O’Brien to discuss the games anniversary, and what’s in store for the future.

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Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan is released

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Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan is releasedReady your steeds: the fourth expansion for Lord of the Rings: Online is out today, named Lord of the Rings: Online, Riders of Rohan. What’s good about it? Rohan, according to Lord of the Rings Online developers Turbine, includes the game’s biggest landscapes yet, an increase in the level cap to 85, and a mounted combat system. Because jousting is the best.

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EVE Online: Retribution will revolutionise bounty hunting, for great justice

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EVE Online: Retribution will revolutionise bounty hunting, for great justiceThe next EVE Online expansion is the 18th such free update the space MMORPG business and entrepreneurship simulator will receive, and it's all about consequences. Specifically, the consequences of law-breaking, player-murdering, bounty-hunting and CONCORD-riling. Titled Retribution, the winter update will overhaul EVE's near-decade old bounty system, rework criminal activity, introduce new ships, update old ones, begin the integration of DUST and EVE and generally spruce everything else up. Here's how it will "go down", as a criminal might say. Yeah that's right, I've seen Road Wars.

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Unity of Command expansion details revealed; prepare for a bulge (of Kursk)

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Unity of Command expansion details revealed; prepare for a bulge (of Kursk)When it was released earlier this year the indie strategy title Unity of Command had players tearing out hair, poring over supply chain tactics, and cursing the AI gods. It's set to do it all over again with its upcoming expansion. The details of which are below. Here's a tasty morsel to tempt you over, think Zitadelle, think hypothetical conflicts, think awesome.

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Mists of Pandaria interview: Blizzard discuss Pandaren Monks, battling pets and how to launch an MMO

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Mists of Pandaria interview: Blizzard discuss Pandaren Monks, battling pets and how to launch an MMOYou don't need reminding, but just in case you're that man I saw on a Channel 4 documentary with a fifteen second memory: Mists of Pandaria launched last night, introducing WoW players to a new world, a new class, a new race, a new batch of features and systems and pet battles and updates. All that excitement was enough to make us want to sit down with Darren Williams, WoW's Senior Gameplay Engineer and Scott Mercer, the game's Senior Game Designer and discuss how the grubby conflict between Alliance and Horde is corrupting Pandaria, why WoW will stick to its traditional questing guns and exactly how to launch an MMO without a server room catching fire.

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Battlefield 3: Armoured Kill gameplay trailer shows off vehicular carnage

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Battlefield 3: Armoured Kill gameplay trailer shows off vehicular carnageLook at this new Battlefield 3: Armoured Kill gameplay trailer. Go on, even if you couldn't give two hoots about Battlefield 3, this video will extract an unending torrent of excited hooting from you. The upcoming expansion is all about vehicular combat, with this trailer expertly demonstrating that. It show all manner of death machine, from big tanks and fast trucks to angry jets and giant gunships (well, one gunship, the AC-130), all frantically duking it out across the biggest map the series has ever seen. Aren't humans just ace at inventing awesomely terrible things?

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Rift expansion Storm Legion due to arrive this autumn

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Rift expansion Storm Legion due to arrive this autumnWe guess that the Rift team at Trion Worlds don’t ever eat. It’s the only way of explaining how they can revolutionise their MMO with a three-way PvP patch at the same time as building a new expansion. Revealed today, the Storm Legion add-on includes two new continents more than triple the size of the existing world.

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Rumour: Rift expansion incoming

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Rumour: Rift expansion incomingPC Gamer have received a mysterious wooden box which - they think - hints at a forthcoming expansion for Rift. The box, marked with the words “A Storm Is Brewing" contains numerous esoterica which obliquely point to raised level caps and more raids.

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Heat Signature

Heat Signature: surviving in space for as long as you can

Noir Syndrome is a randomly generated murder mystery game thumbmail

Noir Syndrome

Noir Syndrome is a randomly generated murder mystery game

Gamescom 2014: Hands-on with Alien: Isolation thumbmail

Alien: Isolation

Gamescom 2014: Hands-on with Alien: Isolation

Some new Star Citizen stretch goals thumbmail

Star Citizen

Some new Star Citizen stretch goals

Gamescom 2014: The Indie Games Roundup thumbmail

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Gamescom 2014: The Indie Games Roundup

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Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: Exclusives - what are they good for?

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Who is the least worst publisher of PC games? EA or Ubisoft?

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The Golf Club

Hands on with The Golf Club

Galactic Civilizations III beta: now it's getting fun thumbmail

Galactic Civilizations™ III

Galactic Civilizations III beta: now it's getting fun

Warlords of Draenor cinematic revealed; expansion launches on November 13th thumbmail

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

Warlords of Draenor cinematic revealed; expansion launches on November 13th

All Gone! We've got beta keys for ArcheAge, an MMO with the ethos of Eve thumbmail

ArcheAge

All Gone! We've got beta keys for ArcheAge, an MMO with the ethos of Eve

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Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What do you want us to tell you about from Gamescom?

A StarCraft classic for a new Proleague era thumbmail

Starcraft series

A StarCraft classic for a new Proleague era

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The 100 best Skyrim mods

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Best PC Games

The 15 best sandbox games on PC

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Firefall

Firefall PC review

The decline of pre-orders is good for everyone thumbmail

Pre-order

The decline of pre-orders is good for everyone

Illuminating Seldon Crisis: a space MMO gunning for EVE Online thumbmail

Seldon Crisis

Illuminating Seldon Crisis: a space MMO gunning for EVE Online

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Elite: Dangerous

Elite: Dangerous Beta 1.03 review

The Art of Free to Play: Viktor Antonov on designing Battlecry's beautiful world thumbmail

Battlecry

The Art of Free to Play: Viktor Antonov on designing Battlecry's beautiful world

What's next for TUG, the freshly Yogscast-backed survival RPG? thumbmail

TUG

What's next for TUG, the freshly Yogscast-backed survival RPG?

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Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What are your favourite mods?

How Divinity: Original Sin put the magic back into spellcasting thumbmail

Divinity: Original Sin

How Divinity: Original Sin put the magic back into spellcasting

Battle.net engineer joins Stardock to build new cloud service Tachyon thumbmail

Stardock

Battle.net engineer joins Stardock to build new cloud service Tachyon

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Smite

Smite beginner's guide: become a god

Sacred 3 PC review thumbmail

Sacred 3

Sacred 3 PC review

IL-2 and Rise of Flight producer on making modern flight sims thumbmail

Ilya Muromets

IL-2 and Rise of Flight producer on making modern flight sims

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Pillars of Eternity

Pillars of Eternity preview: "This is supposed to be the dream game for people who like Infinity Engine games"

A time before Steam: an ode to the budget boxed PC game thumbmail

Mastertronic

A time before Steam: an ode to the budget boxed PC game

Topic of the Week: What do you want from the new Mass Effect? thumbmail

Mass Effect 4

Topic of the Week: What do you want from the new Mass Effect?

We’ve 1,000 keys for a Wildstar trial account. Want one? thumbmail

Wildstar

We’ve 1,000 keys for a Wildstar trial account. Want one?

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War Thunder

The Air-Raid Siren Song of War Thunder

All Keys Gone: We’ve 6,666 ArcheAge beta codes burning a hole in our hull thumbmail

ArcheAge

All Keys Gone: We’ve 6,666 ArcheAge beta codes burning a hole in our hull

How a quadriplegic ex-wrestler reached Gold in League of Legends thumbmail

League of Legends

How a quadriplegic ex-wrestler reached Gold in League of Legends

Some thoughts on Kerbal Space Program: First Contract thumbmail

Kerbal Space Program

Some thoughts on Kerbal Space Program: First Contract

Cliff Harris on Gratuitous Space Battles 2: it's a

Gratuitous Space Battles 2

Cliff Harris on Gratuitous Space Battles 2: it's a "whole new world"

The Last Express: Jordan Mechner remembers a different sort of war game on the centenary of its departure thumbmail

The Last Express Gold Edition

The Last Express: Jordan Mechner remembers a different sort of war game on the centenary of its departure

Meet IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad —the high flying return of the PC's best combat flight-sim thumbmail

IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad

Meet IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad —the high flying return of the PC's best combat flight-sim

The nine best Kerbal Space Program mods  thumbmail

Kerbal Space Program

The nine best Kerbal Space Program mods

15 best WildStar addons thumbmail

Wildstar

15 best WildStar addons