EA Sports promises dire consequences for FIFA Ultimate Team cheaters

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With FIFA 15 just a month away, EA Sports has issued a rather stern warning to people giving thought to cheating in FIFA Ultimate Team. The publisher said it will be "more proactive in taking action" against bots, coin sellers, match cheats and other exploits, and players caught cheating could find themselves permanently banned from the game.


World of Warplanes adds PvE bots, improved ground targets and a new map

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The trouble with breaking into a game like World of Warplanes is that most of the people you run up against have been playing for months or years already, and are going to use that experience to smack you around mercilessly—and it's hard to get a feel for your fighter if you're being blown out of the sky every 45 seconds. That's a shortcoming the new 1.5 patch goes a long way toward addressing with the introduction of a new PvE mode creatively entitled "Battle Against Bots."


Civilization: Beyond Earth gameplay video takes a detailed look at building an effective colony

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Odds are you've already made up your mind about whether Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is something you want to sink hundreds of hours of your life into. But if you're on the fence, this lengthy gameplay video recorded during the August 21 Firaxis livestream might prove helpful.


Next Hearthstone expansion to include around 100 cards, bought via booster packs

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Still trying to make your mind up about which of the new cards is most OP? (It's Mad Scientist.) The next Hearthstone set will feature more than three times the number of cards released in the recent Curse Of Naxxramas expansion to bitch about. Speaking on Value Town yesterday, Hearthstone's senior game designer Mike Donais confirmed the next expansion will offer a much bigger injection of cards, and these will be available from packs.


Titanfall returns to Game Time for another free 48 hours

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If you haven't yet strapped on a 30-foot-tall suit of futuristic armor and used it to flatten some poor schmuck into a gooey pancake, now might be a good time to rectify that oversight. The weekend is here, and Titanfall is once again free.


Civilization studio Firaxis Games annouces the first-ever Firaxicon convention

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Firaxicon is coming! But while it may sound like Firkraag's big brother has finally launched his quest for vengeance against the child of Gorion, it is in fact the first-ever videogame convention devoted solely to Firaxis Games, the studio behind the Sid Meier's Civilization series. And yes, it is official.


The week's highs and lows in PC gaming

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Each week PC Gamer’s writers meld minds until the most significant events of the previous seven days have been chosen. It’s honestly amazing anything gets done around here.

The PC Gamer Show episode 4: SOE Live, Alien Isolation, Velvet Sundown

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It's The PC Gamer Show! In episode four, Cory travels to SOE Live to interview Sony Online President John Smedley and talk Everquest Next and H1Z1. Meanwhile, back at the office, we take a cruise on the Velvet Sundown and Tim chats with UK editor Chris Thursten about their hands-on time with Alien Isolation.


We have five thousand The Crew beta keys to give away

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You've read about Andy's coast-to-coast journey, now maybe you'd like to strap in and set off on your own. Or perhaps you'd prefer to cruise the streets of US cities, picking up challenges and proving your skill. Soon you'll be able to do both, as we're giving away 5,000 keys to next week's The Crew beta.

Update: It's all over. That was quick. If you successfully claimed a key, it should be emailed to you in the next few hours.


The Crew hands-on: from New York to LA in Ubisoft's massive open world racer

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The Crew’s recreation of North America isn’t to scale, obviously, but scrolling around the map, it still looks really, really big. However, to determine exactly how big, I’ll have to drive across the thing, coast to coast. My car of choice is a Ford Mustang GT, which I spend some time customising. I paint it red, because red means fast, and stick a spoiler on it. Perfect. There’s a story in The Crew, complete with cutscenes and missions, but I won’t be paying attention to any of that. The focus of this preview is the enormous world map. Is it actually any fun to drive across? Let’s find out.


Minecraft's bountiful 1.8 update pre-released, brings performance improvements and rabbits

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"Doors and fences now come in all wood type variants," reads one of the patch notes for Minecraft's 1.8: The Bountiful Update, proving that this release is a pretty big deal. Other, less game-changing improvements include new enemies, new blocks, client-side optimisation and other 'under-the-hood' changes. And rabbits. The patch, which officially goes live on Tuesday, 2 September, can now be downloaded in pre-release form by enabling development versions in the Minecraft launcher.


Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury review

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However disgruntled I’m becoming about the amount of gaming hardware being named after classical Greek characters, I have to admit to being seriously impressed by the latest Logitech mouse.

It’s being marketed as ‘the world’s fastest gaming mouse’ and to be fair Logitech have got a point. It’s not trading on the sort of crazy-high DPI settings it’s bigger sibling, the G502 Proteus Core, can manage, but it’s capable of tracking your movements however quickly you hurl your gaming rodent around the desktop.


The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 5 trailer confirms there's no going back

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I'm about to put a lot of trust in Telltale Games. You see, normally it's good form to watch the game trailer that you're posting to a major gaming website. But this one, for Episode 5 of The Walking Dead: Season 2, contains "major" spoilers for the preceding parts. And while yes, I should really have played those episodes by now, there are around 125 other games in my "to play" list. Geeze, people, cut me some slack.

I apologise in advance it this is just five minutes and thirty-six seconds of wall-to-wall dongs.


Dishonored is free on Steam this weekend

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This is a good weekend for free games. We already told you that Borderlands 2, the Gearbox "looter-shooter," is free on Valve's Steam platform, but you'd rather sneak and assassinate instead, you're in luck. Dishonored is also free to play all weekend long.


Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth preorder bonuses takes inspiration from the cosmos

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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is now up for preordering on Steam, and as you might expect that means preorder bonuses. And the Exoplanets Map pack is actually kind of cool: It's a collection of six custom maps inspired by real-world exoplanets.

Legend of Grimrock 2 studio confirms that beta testing has begun

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Legend of Grimrock was one of the happier surprises of 2012, not only because it was so good but because it demonstrated how a very old style of game could be successfully brought into the modern era. Developer Almost Human has been plugging away at a sequel since early 2013 and today announced that a major milestone has been reached, as the game is now in beta.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter gets a release date and 13-minute gameplay trailer

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I've been looking forward to The Vanishing of Ethan Carter from the very moment that the guys who made Painkiller and Bulletstorm announced that they were working on a "weird fiction horror story" with a focus on exploration and discovery. The team has been coy about it ever since, offering up some very pretty screens and teasers but little in the way of how it will actually play, but today a new Ethan Carter website was opened to the public, bringing with it a firm release date and 13 minutes of gameplay, complete with developer commentary.


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 2

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In episode two of our Dwarf Fortress Let’s Play, Wes and Will talk through the early steps of building a fortress: setting animals out for grazing, chopping down trees, and digging underground. A fortress is born!


Windows 9 preview set to arrive late September

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We're ready for Windows 9 to wash away the sins of Windows 8, and it looks like Microsoft is, too. According to ZDNet's veteran Microsoft reporter, a "technology preview" version of the OS is coming in late September or October, with the final release scheduled for spring 2015. More tantalizing: that technology preview may be freely available to the public.


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain multiplayer revealed in new video

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A five-minute look at the Mother Base multiplayer in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has been revealed, demonstrating how Snake will sneak into other players' bases and steal their dudes.