Rise of the Tomb Raider will release "exclusively on Xbox"

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The big bombshell of Microsoft's Gamescom presser was the announcement that Rise of the Tomb Raider—the follow up to the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot—will be available "Holiday 2015, Exclusively on Xbox".


Risen 3: Titan Lords review

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Piranha Bytes knows you probably didn't like Risen 2, and so the studio symbolically kills it off but 30 minutes into the sequel. There's our hero from 2012's pirate-themed adventure, still nameless after all these years and looking as though he just wandered off the set of Assassin's Creed IV. But piracy apparently isn't what you want, and so he dies in front of a glowing portal in a ruin without so much as a last "Arr."


Assassin's Creed: Unity trailer stands out in the crowd

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First up during Microsoft's Gamescom press conference, Assassin's Creed: Unity. This time, we get a nice montage of game footage, as Arno runs around, above and through buildings, before the trailer cuts to some impressively populated crowds. It's not the most action-heavy of trailers, but it shows off the setting and tech nicely, and hints at some Assassin-based lore nonsense.


See the Microsoft Gamescom 2014 conference here, at 1pm BST

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Gamescom 2014 has arrived, and is kicking off with the press conferences. Microsoft is up first, and, as always, will be focusing on their console concerns. But while PC won't be directly mentioned, expect plenty of multi-platform talk through the company's third-party partners. The action kicks off in a few minutes, at 1pm BST, 2pm CET, 5am PDT or 8am EDT.


Battlefield 4 stunt video winner reignites the rivalry between jets and sharks

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As part of Battlefield 4's Battlefest event, DICE ran a stunt video competition—inviting players to record their most daring feats of murder and carnage. They've now revealed the winner, and, despite having seen a ridiculous number of Battlefield-based stunts over the years, I have to say I'm impressed. Think of it as an homage to West Side Story, only, instead of groovin' gangs, it's a battle between an actual jet and shark.


Hearts of Iron 4 trailer offers the tiniest first glimpse of game footage

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Here's a first, brief look at Hearts of Iron 4. And I do mean brief: of the minute-long tour through the beginnings of World War 2, around 12 seconds are given to this latest offering from Paradox's Clausewitz Engine. If you're a veteran grand strategy fan, you already know what to expect. Maps, men and giant arrows.


Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is in "near final state" in newest gameplay video

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It feels like aeons since it was announced, but it looks like Binding of Isaac: Rebirth will be ready to play soon. The above video is the first substantial look we've had of the remake, aside from a bunch of teasingly brief animated gifs. According to creator Edmund McMillen writing on his blog, the round worm depicted in the footage above will replace the Parabite early in the game.


Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare update adds new map and mode

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare may no longer be the most whimsical shooter of 2014 (see Lovely Planet) but one thing is for sure: it still exists. To support its ongoing existence developer PopCap has announced it will roll out a new free update later this week (Tuesday in the Northern Hemisphere, Wednesday in Australia). Titled Suburbination, the updateadds a new map in the form of 'Crash Course', a new 'Suburbination' game mode, a new character and a new customisation kit.


Dead Island 2 gameplay trailer leaves nothing to the imagination

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Despite those early cinematics, Dead Island has never taxed anyone reluctant to use their brains. Dead Island 2 appears to be following a similar course, except this time there's nothing subliminal about the messaging, which appears to be as simple as "you get to kill zombies". The trailer showcases the manner in which you kill them, and the results are gory.


Doom co-creator John Romero is working on a new shooter

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After nearly five years spent developing social and mobile games with his studio Loot Drop, John Romero has let slip that he's working on a fully-fledged shooter. Speaking on the Super Joystiq Podcast, Romero said that he's working on "several" games at the moment, with one of them to release under the Romero Games handle, rather than Loot Drop.


Ubisoft analyst criticizes League of Legends monetization, warns other studios not to try it

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An awful lot of game studios and publishers these days seem to view free-to-play as the holy grail, but finding the sweet spot between giving the store away and taking unfair advantage of your players is a tricky business. League of Legends is one of the few games that really seems to have nailed it, and yet Ubisoft Blue Byte's Teut Weidemann says it's not a game that other publishers should emulate.


Mortal Kombat X brings back older, wiser, nastier Kano

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Kano always struck me as kind of a punching bag in the original Mortal Kombat, and his performance in the first Mortal Kombat film didn't do anything to improve my opinion. But the Kano of Mortal Kombat X is older, wiser, heavily upgraded and more able than ever to kill you three times before you hit the ground.


Night Trap ReVamped brings the infamous FMV adventure back in HD

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Five scantily-clad teens arrive for a weekend sleepover at the Martin house. Little do they know that this is more than just an innocent slumber party: Lumbering, vampiric beasts are stalking the guests, and only you, a top-level S.C.A.T. operative with access to security cameras, bizarre traps, and Dana Plato's house, can save them! And not in 1992, either; I'm talking about early 2015. That's when Night Trap ReVamped will be delivered to Kickstarter backers.


Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer revealed: exo suits, Quidditch, and a massive mid-level tsunami

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer mode was revealed at Gamescom today, with developer Sledgehammer showing how the focus on future technology will change traditional CoD multiplayer with increased verticality, dynamic map elements, and intricate soldier customization.


Pillars of Eternity crowdfunding campaign wraps up next week

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Believe it or not, the Pillars of Eternity crowdfunding campaign is still underway. Obsidian raised nearly $4 million for the game on Kickstarter, but while that effort came to an end in October 2012 it's still possible to back the project directly through the developer. But not for much longer.


Arena Commander is now open to all backers, adds Capture the Core gameplay mode

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With access to Arena Commander now open to all backers, Star Citizen studio Cloud Imperium Games has begun the process of beefing up the action through the addition of new game modes. First up is Capture the Core, which as the title suggests is basically Capture the Flag, but in space.


Life Is Strange announced, is an episodic adventure from Remember Me developer

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Do you remember Remember Me? Its developer DONTNOD certainly does, as the concept for their next game is eerily familiar. In the stylish yet forgettable third-person action game, your character would alter memories to create the illusion of a new timeline. In the newly announced episodic adventure Life Is Strange, your character will cut the metaphysical middleman and directly alter time.


See the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer reveal here, at 6pm BST

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the latest game in the cult Call of Duty series. Among its small band of dedicated followers, some will no doubt be mildly interested in the upcoming shooter's online multiplayer offering. Okay, now read that sentence again, this time replacing "cult" with "gargantuan", "small band" with "vast army", "some" with "many", and "mildly interested in" with "positively kicking their way past small animals and children in a rabid attempt to find any information about".

For all its many faults, new information about the series is a Big Deal. It's fitting, then, that Gamescom 2014 is kicking off with a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer reveal event. It's due start soon, at 6pm BST, 7pm CET, 10am PDT or 1pm EDT. You can see the full thing here.


Ubisoft announces Toy Soldiers: War Chest, teddy bears to shoot death rainbows

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The first two games in the Toy Soldiers series—which developer Signal Studios recently re-released as a bundle on Steam Early Access—are well-liked action/tower defense hybrids, but remain best-known for their XBLA success. Being published by Microsoft Game Studios will have that effect. For its next game, Signal has found a new home—Ubisoft will publish Toy Soldiers: War Chest, and it'll be a little different.


4K Screenshot Showcase: Borderlands 2

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Every week, keen screen-grabber Ben Griffin brings you a sumptuous 4K resolution gallery to celebrate PC gaming's prettiest places.

Famously, Gearbox changed Borderlands' visuals at the eleventh hour, completely re-doing the character models and textures to turn it from an ugly caterpillar into a bazooka-firing butterfly dipped in a vat of leaky glowsticks. Gearbox further loosened their belt for the sequel. They continue the first game's cel-shaded mania but notch up the environmental variety, with arctic wastes, gleaming metropolises, bone-dry dust bowls, and green goo-filled mines. It makes for a game that delivers plenty of spectacle.