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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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Gang Beasts Early Access review

Gang Beasts

Gang Beasts Early Access review

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Minecraft

Topic of the Week: What are your fondest memories of Minecraft so far?

ArcheAge review in progress

ArcheAge

ArcheAge review in progress

The Sims 4 review

The Sims 4

The Sims 4 review

The Watch_Dogs DLC Bad Blood plays better than the base game

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The Watch_Dogs DLC Bad Blood plays better than the base game

Flockers PC review

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Flockers PC review

What I wish Destiny had learned from PC games

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How much of Microsoft's $2.5 billion will Notch actually receive?

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How much of Microsoft's $2.5 billion will Notch actually receive?

Clockwork Empires Early Access review

Clockwork Empires

Clockwork Empires Early Access review

The Sims 4: I trapped a man in a box and forced him to learn to play the piano

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The Sims 4: I trapped a man in a box and forced him to learn to play the piano

Dear Microsoft: about that Minecraft deal

Minecraft

Dear Microsoft: about that Minecraft deal

Why one developer has stripped microtransactions from their MOBA

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Why one developer has stripped microtransactions from their MOBA

Topic of the Week: What games infected you with hype but lost you after launch?

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Topic of the Week: What games infected you with hype but lost you after launch?

Destiny isn't on PC yet, but you can play all of these other games and pretend that it is

Destiny

Destiny isn't on PC yet, but you can play all of these other games and pretend that it is

World of Warships is quietly brilliant

World of Warships

World of Warships is quietly brilliant

Bedlam asks ‘What if I could take Doom’s BFG into a fantasy RPG?’

Bedlam

Bedlam asks ‘What if I could take Doom’s BFG into a fantasy RPG?’

Torturing the elderly in The Sims 4

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A fireside chat: Pillars of Eternity beta impressions

Pillars of Eternity

A fireside chat: Pillars of Eternity beta impressions

Port Inspection - Dead Rising 3

Dead Rising 3

Port Inspection - Dead Rising 3

How to stream games on Twitch.tv

Twitch.TV

How to stream games on Twitch.tv

The best PC games of 2014 so far

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The best PC games of 2014 so far

Hatoful Boyfriend review

Hatoful Boyfriend

Hatoful Boyfriend review

Lichdom: Battlemage review

Lichdom: Battlemage

Lichdom: Battlemage review

Some thoughts on The Sims 4

The Sims 4

Some thoughts on The Sims 4

The 50 best Minecraft maps

Minecraft

The 50 best Minecraft maps

The 100 best Skyrim mods

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The 100 best Skyrim mods

The 20 best RPGs on PC

Best PC RPGs

The 20 best RPGs on PC

A Region Reborn - NA League of Legends Championship Series Playoffs crown TSM

League of Legends

A Region Reborn - NA League of Legends Championship Series Playoffs crown TSM

Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar PC review

Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar

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The 20 Best Strategy Games On PC

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Esportsify wants to make the business of eSports easier

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Esportsify wants to make the business of eSports easier

EA are giving Shadow Realm’s team “the ability to fail”

Shadow Realms

EA are giving Shadow Realm’s team “the ability to fail”

Shadow Realms is Left 4 Dead by way of pen and paper RPGs

Shadow Realms

Shadow Realms is Left 4 Dead by way of pen and paper RPGs

The Journey Down: Chapter Two review

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The Journey Down: Chapter Two review

Shadow of Mordor preview

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Firefall patch packs in the action making it much more fun to play

Firefall

Firefall patch packs in the action making it much more fun to play

Internet misogynists drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house with death threats

Anita Sarkeesian

Internet misogynists drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house with death threats

There was an Elite musical co-written by Ian Bell's brother. You can read the whole thing online now

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There was an Elite musical co-written by Ian Bell's brother. You can read the whole thing online now

The Walking Dead Season 2: No Going Back PC review

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The Walking Dead Season 2: No Going Back PC review

Topic of the Week: How do you play episodic games?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: How do you play episodic games?