PayDay 2 Gage Assault Pack encourages you to barge in and kill everything

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Robbing banks can be a delicate process. As anyone familiar with PayDay 2 will know, it's often wiser (and more satisfying) to lay careful plans and quietly infiltrate. Of course, quietly infiltrating can get annoying after a while. Sometimes you just want to shoot something in the face with a huge rifle. Overkill Software knows this, so they've just announced a new PayDay 2 DLC pack themed around making as much noise, and inflicting as much pain, as possible.


City of Heroes "spiritual successor" could become an official resurrection

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City of Titans, the in-development spiritual successor to the canceled superhero MMO City of Heroes, was a big hit on Kickstarter last year, raising more than double its not-insignificant goal of $320,000. But it turns out that a group of superhero stalwarts has even bigger plans for the game: They've been in negotiations with NCsoft since early this summer, and there's now a proposal on the table that could see the game become an official sequel.

A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 5

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In episode 5 of PC Gamer's Dwarf Fortress Let's Play, Wes and Will discuss mermen and learn all about trading when the first caravan arrives arrives at their fortress. Turns out, trading involves a lot of menus.


PAX Prime 2014 hyperlapse — see the whole show in three minutes

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Evan, Tyler, and PC Gamer's intrepid video crew are home from PAX Prime, only moderately bruised from bouncing through the massive crowd that swarmed the Seattle convention center last weekend. Before we left, we used Instagram's new Hyperlapse app—which is pretty cool, and free—to create a high-speed video tour of the show. Watch this to see, very quickly, what it's like to navigate the oceans of gamers and maze of booths—and keep watching our PAX Prime 2014 playlist for all of our videos from the show.


Mojang's Scrolls will add offline trading in update, full release coming this fall

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A major update to Mojang's Scrolls is coming later this month that will add new Trials, new scrolls, a Black Market for scroll trading and even an improved profanity filter. And then—a release date!


The Stomping Land can no longer be purchased from Steam

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The Stomping Land saga has taken another twist, as the game is no longer available for purchase on Steam. It's still on Steam, to be perfectly clear about it, you just can't actually buy the thing anymore. Unfortunately, the disappearance of the purchase option was not accompanied by an explanation for its absence, so depending on your perspective, this might be good news or bad news.

Gigantic hands-on: an interesting deviation from the MOBA formula

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It’s a good sign when, at the end of a demo, everyone is already retelling the events of the match they just played. This was the case after my PAX demo of Gigantic, a free to play, 5-on-5, “Don’t call me a MOBA” multiplayer game from Motiga.


Star Trek Online reunites the Voyager crew for Delta Rising expansion

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I guess the first order of business should be to establish that Star Trek Online is in fact still online. It's been awhile since we last talked about it—May 2013, actually—but the Star Trek-based MMO is still boldly going, albeit to where no one seems to notice. Today, however, Arc Games announced some pretty big news: It's getting the band back together.


Gabriel Knight interview: Jane Jensen on the revival of her classic adventure game

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Veteran game designer Jane Jensen and her indie studio, Pinkerton Road, have been working on a 20th anniversary remake of the classic Sierra point-and-click adventure Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers since last year. After co-designing King's Quest VI in 1992, Jensen got her first shoot at designing and directing her own project. That game was Gabriel Knight, the story of a New Orleans writer who investigates a series of ritualistic voodoo murders and discovers he’s the descendant of a long line of monster hunters. Pinkerton Road plans to launch the Gabriel Knight remake in early fall.

Jane Jensen recently spoke to PC Gamer about what's changing in the Gabriel Knight remake, the revival of the Sierra brand, and her hopes for a new game starring everyone’s favorite N’awlins Schattenjäger.


The Sims 4 launch day patch fixes babies, Death, and the "Big Hat of Shame"

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The Sims 4 launched today, and you know what that means: The day-one patch is here! The first update to the new Sims game fixes a number of oddball issues including problems with Glitter and Abs, hibernating babies, and a Grim Reaper who really just isn't that into you.

Obsidian's free-to-play tank game Armored Warfare shown off in new video

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In case you missed it: Obsidian are making a F2P game about tanks called Armored Warfare, and no, we didn't make that up. The game was briefly shown at E3 with a not-very-revealing trailer, but now 27 minutes of footage has appeared online, thanks a Twitch stream recorded at PAX.


Virtual reality is closer than ever, but it still has a long way to go

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I’ve been regularly strapping the office Oculus Rift to my head for a few months now, and I’m convinced virtual reality is something special, and not just a daft gimmick we’ll all laugh at in a decade. But there are still a lot of problems with the hardware as it exists today—including the recently released DK2 version—that will have to be ironed out before the thing is ready to appear in peoples’ living rooms. If, indeed, that ever happens.


Wargame: Red Dragon gets free DLC, adds "full-length story campaign" set in the early 90s

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Wargame: Red Dragon is set in an alternate 1980s where everyone's a bit more warry and Twin Peaks was probably never invented. It sounds, obviously, like a bit of a horrible place, but one ripe for real-time strategy gaming. Eugen Systems clearly agree, as they've just expanded their wargame with a new, free chunk of downloadable content. The Second Korean War updates the action to 1992, adding "12 new units and an additional full-length story campaign".


Minecraft 'Bountiful' update adds bunnies, mutton and underwater dungeons

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We basically live in Minecraft now, so in a sense, Britain is about to be flooded with new underwater block types, cute wickle bunny rabbits, less cute killer bunny rabbits, and mutton by the blockload. Which is to say: Minecraft has a big ol' update launching today, featuring quite a few changes and a lot of added content, including those things I just said, a bunch of new world types and more.


Titanfall's Titan-free Pilot Skirmish mode goes live today

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What do you call a game of Titanfall without any titans? It's a question worthy of Bishop Berkeley, who was quite the fan of mech-based multiplayer shooters, as you may recall. Whatever you call it—'Fall', maybe?—Titanfall sans titans is now a thing, at least in the game's new Pilot Skirmish mode, added today. Wonderfully, Update 6 also adds colourblind options and new burn cards to Respawn's game, while removing the penalties for joining a match late.


Maia 0.44 update reworks research, adds medical treatment and ugly molerat thing

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I haven't played Maia, maybe I will never play Maia, but I enjoy watching videos of Simon Roth explaining new and changed features, particularly when his game looks so relaxing and atmospheric. Update 0.44, among other things, rethinks the research component, while adding earthquakes, loads of new haikus, and "creepy herbivorous underground dwellers", like what your mum is. Sorry, sorry—they're a new lifeform that will "destroy your solar panels and ruin your day". There aren't too many hilarious patch notes to take out of context, but "Amnesia issue fixed. Colonists will try to remember what they are doing when the world changes" did made me chuckle a bit. Full changelist, and that video, below.


Over 1300 devs, pubs and critics sign open letter condemning "hateful, harassing speech"

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One of the saddest things about the last few, hugely depressing weeks was the silence from a lot of high-profile industry figures on the matter—that's why it was so notable when figures including Tim Schafer, Joss Whedon, Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann and Saints Row 4 developer Steve Jaros stood up in support of critic Anita Sarkeesian and the importance of self-examination, and against campaigns of online harassment.

Now, a new open letter created by Andreas Zecher of Spaces of Play has attracted 1382 signatures and counting from individuals working for Ubisoft, Bungie, Sony, Harmonix, 2K, Infinity Ward, BioWare, Blizzard, Microsoft, Riot, Splash Damage, Trion Worlds, Double Fine, Epic, Paradox, Mojang and look, I'm going to run out of space here. It's an enormous list, including a lot of independent developers and publishers, critics and press too.


Left 4 Dead 2 is now legal in Australia in its full, uncensored glory

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If you live in Australia and play video games you probably visit the Australian Classification Board website occasionally. You do this because a) you want to make sure a new game isn't banned, and b) to see if the notoriously leaky website has revealed, say, Half-Life 3. As for the former, many will remember the rage back in 2010 when the Office of Film and Literature Classification denied Left 4 Dead 2 classification in Australia, which forced Valve to release a censored version in that region. The censored version sucked, to put it kindly.


Gratuitous Space Battles 2 gameplay debut shows pre-alpha battle effects

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If you like bright colours and large scale interplanetary warfare then Gratuitous Space Battles 2 is probably right up your alley. Positech Games has released the first gameplay footage for the strategy sequel, and while its ostensibly a demonstration of some fancy new graphics tech, you'll also get an idea of how the new installment will play.


Saints Row 4 developer says Anita Sarkeesian "is right" in latest Tropes vs. Women in Videogames

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You are probably at least peripherally aware of the furor that followed the release of the latest Tropes vs. Women in Videogames video, which got so bad that creator Anita Sarkeesian was actually compelled to leave her home because of threats made against her and her family. It's an appalling state of affairs by any measure, but while some gamers seem determined to prove that Sarkeesian is "wrong" (or at least shut her up), Steve Jaros, the creative director of Saints Row studio Volition, says she's right.