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Football Manager movie An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary screenings announced

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Football Manager movie An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary screenings announced

Football Manager may not be something you’d immediately expect to spawn a feature-length documentary but An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary is a thing and if you live in the UK then it may be coming to a Vue cinema near you.

The documentary charts the history of the famous football simulator and how it’s found fans around the world and influenced the sport itself.

On 7 October, for one night only, the film will be on show in 26 Vue cinemas around the UK.

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Alien: Isolation PC system requirements published ahead of October release date

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Alien: Isolation PC system requirements published ahead of October release date

Alien: Isolation might be scary but is there anything scarier than the prospect of a game releasing that your computer can’t run? It sends shivers up my spine, down my spine, and then back up again like some sort of fear elevator.

Happily, Creative Assembly don’t want to distract from the fear of their game and so have published Alien: Isolation’s minimum and recommended system requirements.

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Alien: Isolation PC trailer shows why it’s silly to run from an alien

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Alien: Isolation PC trailer shows why it’s silly to run from an alien

Both the Alien: Isolation preview events I’ve attended started the same way, someone telling me: “Don’t run from the alien. You won’t escape." The AI xenomorph will hear you and give chase, cutting you down before you can get away.

Rather than tell those of you eagerly anticipating October's release of Alien: Isolation, Creative Assembly have made video showing what happens when you run.

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

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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Gamescom 2014: Hands-on with Alien: Isolation

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Gamescom 2014: Hands-on with Alien: Isolation

Don’t go to a house of horrors twice. You learn all the false walls and where the skeletons will lunge at you. Similarly, spend enough time with Alien Isolation and you can spot the strings.

This isn’t so much a criticism of the game as it is a call for houses of horrors to employ aliens because, for all that I’ve learned about how Alien Isolation works, it still scares the crap out of me.

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Football Manager 2015 release set for November; buy now for beta access

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Football Manager 2015 release set for November; buy now for beta access

Don’t tell our Fraser about this, yeah? He’s convinced the decline of pre-orders is good for everyone, and that’s great in principle. But Sega will let us play Football Manager 2015 two weeks early if we buy it now. And really, how much is football going to change in the next three months? Unless they introduce a new rule that makes it okay to go over the lines so long as you kick the ball back in straight away. But it’ll probably be fine.

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Gearbox attempts to get removed from Aliens: Colonial Marines class action lawsuit

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Gearbox attempts to get removed from Aliens: Colonial Marines class action lawsuit

Aliens: Colonial Marines was bad; a bad shooter and a bad Aliens game. But a class action lawsuit filed last year, against Gearbox and Sega, alleges that the game was also sold on false promises and unrepresentative gameplay at shows like E3 and PAX. While both parties looked poised to fight the lawsuit, Gearbox is now attempting to end things before a judge can decide whether the lawsuit is warranted. 

The developer’s reasoning appears to be two-fold: the company poured its own money into the game and has not been reimbursed or received royalties, and the class is too broad, including people who would have never seen the early footage or people who actually liked the game, if they exist. 

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Alien: Isolation's cast-reuniting pre-order DLC will be available after launch too

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Alien: Isolation's cast-reuniting pre-order DLC will be available after launch too

Creative Assembly set the standard for pre-order DLC last week with the announcement of two Alien: Isolation missions: sourced directly from 1979 Alien’s third act and featuring the determined tenor of Sigourney Weaver for the first time ever in a vidyagame.

But some were understandably peeved that the missions necessitated a pre-review purchase or deals with retailers they’d never normally cross the front page of. Thankfully, Creative Assembly have admitted that both missions will be available elsewhere after the game’s release.

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Alien: Isolation pre-order trailer alludes to a Ripley-roaring good time

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Alien: Isolation pre-order trailer alludes to a Ripley-roaring good time

Oh, this is nice. We haven’t had pretend VHS visual artifacts in trailers since Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. But here’s a trailer for Alien: Isolation, replete with the late-‘70s version of the 21st Century Fox searchlight intro.

They might have stopped there, after the splash screens. But there’s even a couple of seconds of footage from Alien: Isolation’s Weaver-voiced pre-order DLC in there.

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Sigourney Weaver was "very touched" by Alien: Isolation's premise

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Sigourney Weaver was "very touched" by Alien: Isolation's premise

Sigourney Weaver might star in Alien: Isolation’s pre-order DLC, which makes hyper-tense levels of two classic scenes from Alien. But for the main, terrifying bulk of the game she is the mother Amanda Ripley is hoping to hunt down before she’s hunted to bits first.

As it turns out, she liked Creative Assembly's idea just as much as Sega did. Isolation marks the first time Weaver has played Ripley in a videogame.

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Alien: Isolation sets the standard for pre-order DLC with Weaver-voiced missions

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Alien: Isolation sets the standard for pre-order DLC with Weaver-voiced missions

Benjamin Button wasn’t the first film star we saw age backwards. Jeff Bridges lost more than a beard in Tron: Legacy, and the wrinkles have evaporated from Patrick Stewart’s face in more than one X-Men movie. But there’s something about seeing Sigourney Weaver and crew as they were in ‘79 that tickles the nostalgia glands just so. Check out the picture below.

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Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Hands-on

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Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Hands-on

“The significance of the Western Front armies is we have the full European arena of battle," Alex Price, Relic’s brand director, tells the group of journalists assembled to play Company of Heroes 2’s first expansion, The Western Front.

Once again you’ll be able to play as the US and German forces as they battle for Western Europe but it won’t be as you remember them. Both sides have been completely rebuilt since the original Company of Heroes, they not only look and sound different but there have been some fundamental changes to how they play, too.

Relic have tried to make the US a beleaguered infantry force who survive on versatile, mobile squads, while the Germans are equipped with vehicles that, while extremely powerful, aren’t built for the terrain they’re fighting on, and it shows.

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Alien: Isolation’s challenge mode shown off at E3

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Alien: Isolation’s challenge mode shown off at E3

Sure, you’re trapped aboard a space station with an alien that can gut you with every one of its extremities (+ tongue) but that’s no reason to avoid taking part in a good old fashioned foot race. Creative Assembly have revealed Alien: Isolation’s challenge mode.

Just how quickly can you make it to the exit without being cut in two.

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Relic pluck Dawn of War games from the maws of Gamespy and Games for Windows Live

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Relic pluck Dawn of War games from the maws of Gamespy and Games for Windows Live

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War and its three ambitious expansions were on the kill list of games set to lose their servers once Gamespy expires this weekend. But about a week ago, Relic sent a squad of terminators to take back their space hulk and leave Steam matchmaking in their wake.

Dawn of War II isn’t under threat, but it does operate under the iffy Games for Windows Live - and Relic have decided to give it the same treatment. In short order, all of the progressive RTS games in Relic’s fold will be operating under the same matchmaking system and backend developed for Company of Heroes 2.

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This week's Humble Sale is a corker from SEGA

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This week's Humble Sale is a corker from SEGA

This week’s Humble Sale is a bit of a corker. It’s from SEGA, and includes a good mix of old and new(er) titles. 

Pay anything and you’ll net yourself Alpha Protocol, Rome: Total War, Company of Heroes and Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit. Rome and Company of Heroes are phenomenal games and should be in the library of any strategy fans, while Alpha Protocol and Hell Yeah! are a bit more uneven, but still entertaining. 

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Sega petitioned for more PC games - starting with Bayonetta

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Sega petitioned for more PC games - starting with Bayonetta

There are two Segas, really. There’s the Sega in America and Europe, which increasingly pours money into Creative Assembly and Sports Interactive, and saved Relic from floundering after THQ’s tank smashed. A proper PC games publisher. And then there’s the Sega in Japan, the heartland of Sonic, where PC games are still all too often a 3am afterthought, like the Ouya.

It’s the latter Sega that some 7000 concerned PC gamers have written to, to request near-future ports of Bayonetta, Vanquish and Virtua Fighter 5. For starters.

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What qualified the Total War lot to make a first-person Alien game? The "wide scope" of Creative Assembly

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What qualified the Total War lot to make a first-person Alien game? The "wide scope" of Creative Assembly

It’s odd to think it now, but when Sega greenlit a couple of Alien shooters, Colonial Marines was the safe bet. An action-heavy FPS in the hands of developers who’d made their name with the same - Gearbox. Now, though, it’s the strange survival shooter from the studio that’s made almost nothing but Total War for 14 years that we’ve pinned our hopes on. How on Earth did that come about?

“It is natural for people to put us into boxes," says Alien: Isolation creative lead Alistair Hope. “But the scope of Creative Assembly is wider than perhaps with other firms."

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