Ryse PC release date and system requirements revealed

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Former Xbox One-exclusive Ryse: Son of Rome is coming to PC, and it will probably look pretty good, what with it being developed by Crytek and everything. But how beastly of a PC will we need in order to a) run it in the first place, and b) make it look halfway decent? These are questions that have answers waiting on the game's newly minted Steam page. Other answers include the release date, which is set for October the 10th.


Pathologic remake infects Kickstarter

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Pathologic is now on Kickstarter. I've already explained why a remake of 2005 open-world adventure is a good thing, and now we're that one step closer to a game that could—if we're very lucky—do justice to Ice Pick Lodge's weird, horrifying, innovative and ambitious debut. As you might expect, their pitch video is just the right amount of creepy.


The Evil Within release date brought forward in Europe

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Previously on The Evil Within: Tango Gameworks' hopefully-good action horror game was supposed to release in August, then it fled back to late October, and then it didn't like the look of those teenagers so it decided to stay inside for a bit. Now it's been moved up slightly, at least in Europe, South Africa, India and the Middle East. The Evil Within will now launch in those places on October 14th, same as the North American date. It's very nearly a triumph for sensible release scheduling, until you notice that Australia and Japan will still have to wait until the 23rd. Booooo.


Avernum 2: Crystal Souls announced

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Common wisdom tells us that sequels are supposed to be change things around, replacing existing assets just because and introducing new features to keep things fresh. It's hard to argue with that, but at the same time there's something deeply comforting about more of the same, particularly in more story-focused games such as Spiderweb Software's Avernum series. Following Avernum: Escape from the Pit—Spiderweb's remake of their first Avernum game from way back when—comes Avernum 2: Crystal Souls, a remake of their second. You'll know what to expect if you've played a Spiderweb game before now, and you've probably already made your mind up whether to buy it or not. For everyone else: here's a lovely trailer.


Stronghold Crusader 2 will feature the Sultana, the game's first female opponent

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Those eager to build and defend castles must be getting impatient. Stronghold Crusader 2 was meant to release on Tuesday but is now delayed until September 23. Never mind though, because when it does release it will feature the series’ first female opponent in the form of the Sultana.


Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video details new multiplayer features

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They say it every year, but Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare looks like it will bring the first meaningful change to the series since Modern Warfare. The below multiplayer gameplay video offers a "deep dive" on how the new exoskeletons and customisation options will affect the final game, as well as the new Air Drop mechanic, which looks like Sledgehammer's olive branch to loot addicts.


Watch Dogs: Bad Blood DLC tells the story of T-Bone

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The upcoming Watch Dogs DLC Bad Blood will put players in the shoes of T-Bone Grady, the legendary hacker and trusted companion of Aiden Pearce, who risks his safety to help out an old friend but soon realizes that there's more to his story than meets the eye.


Dragon Age: Inquisition "romance guide" spills the beans on love in a land of demons

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BioWare RPGs are known for a lot of cool things, not least among them the option to enter into romances with various NPCs. The upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition will of course be no exception, and to help steer players through the battlefield that is love, BioWare today released a handy guide explaining who you can get with and what it will take to make the magic happen.


Ancient Space developers reveal September release date and new gameplay video

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I was a big fan of Homeworld back in the day, so I was really excited to talk about Ancient Space when I first heard about it last month. Then Phil beat me to it. But today Paradox Interactive announced the launch date (which is surprisingly close) and revealed a new gameplay trailer, and this time it's my turn.


Galak-Z gameplay video — PAX Prime 2014 demo with Jake Kazdal

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Last weekend, I sat down with 17-BIT CEO/Creative Director/Art Director Jake Kazdal at PAX Prime to see Galak-Z, a top-down space combat game with procedurally-generated levels, Newtonian physics (think Asteroids), and anime-inspired animation.


Sega blames Gearbox for misleading Aliens: Colonial Marines marketing in new legal filing

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The Aliens: Colonial Marines legal battle between Gearbox Software and Sega of America has become a little bit uglier, as Sega has filed documents claiming that not only was Gearbox an equal partner in the game's marketing, it sometimes took matters into its own hands and made promotional promises without the publisher's approval. The allegations directly contradict statements made by Gearbox in July, when it said that it was just a contractor on the game and had absolutely nothing to do with the game's marketing.


Rodina review (Early Access)

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Open-world games fixate on the size of their worlds. Fallout 3, GTA IV, and Watch Dogs all brag about the square kilometers you’ll have to explore in search of an actual plot. Enter Rodina, an open-solar system RPG. One star, four planets, and 45,000 asteroids wrapped in the soft blackness of space for you to explore. Square kilometers, meet cubic light years.

Civilization: Beyond Earth gameplay — our impressions after 100 turns

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The stars are not safe. That's what we learned from our hands-on impressions of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth. But the stars, and their planets, are also filled with beautiful environments, just waiting for humanity to adapt or conquer. Seeing is believing, and we want to believe, so we put together this video of the sci-fi strategy game in action.


Hearthstone hacked by Google's anti-hacking chief, but he won't release it

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Elie Bursztein is kind of a behind-the-scenes guy at Google, where he heads up anti-abuse research and figures out new ways to "protect our users against cyber-criminal activities and internet threats." He recently redesigned Google's Captcha system and implemented improved cryptography in the Chrome browser; he also figured out a way to "hack" Hearthstone by using machine learning to predict opponents' decks with what is apparently a game-breaking degree of accuracy.


The Sims 4 gameplay video — the PC Gamer team moves in together, pees a lot

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We're still working on our Sims 4 review, but here's a quick look at the first half-hour of play, from creating a family to micromanaging their toilet schedules. Watch as Tyler and Tom M. roughly design PC Gamer's US team, choose a home, customize it for their needs—mostly by adding computers—and generate laughter, tears, conversations with the corner of a room, and delicious grilled cheese sandwiches.


The Elder Scrolls Online studio Zenimax Online hit with layoffs

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Just five months after The Elder Scrolls Online MMO went live, developer ZeniMax Online Studios has laid off an unspecified number of employees.


Hearthstone Help: Nine great post-Naxxramas decks

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Greetings ladder jockeys, it's your host Vincent Sarius back with another instalment of our series on how to improve your Hearthstone skills. Today, I want to look at some of the most interesting decks that have popped up since the Curse of Naxxramas expansion arrived.


Dreamfall Chapters trailer suggests cityscapes, decisions and nap time in Book One

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Dreamfall Chapters' first episode is out soon—this Autumn, in fact—giving those of us who have yet to play either The Longest Journey or Dreamfall something of a deadline if we want to dive in at the game's release. To whet our appetites, Red Thread Games have released a new trailer ostensibly announcing Chapters' season pass. Yep, season passes can be annoying, but they make sense in an episodic game like Chapters, and on a platform like GOG.com that doesn't appear to support traditional episodic releases. I wouldn't say there's much in the way of spoilers to worry about here, the trailer focusing on environmental scenes and shots of heroine Zoe fast asleep in bed, but it is a rather gorgeous video that makes me all the more excited to play the first part.

Saints Row IV gets first stage of SDK, makes it easier to design/import weapons

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An absence of modding tools hardly means an absence of mods—just look at GTAIV, and the impressive modifications that have cropped up since the game's release. An SDK would obviously help the process along though, which is why it's wonderful to see the efforts over at the Saints Row Mods forum being given Volition's official blessing. The first stage of Saints Row IV's newly released modding tools allows players to make their own weapons, though you're going to have to up your game if you hope to compete with the likes of the dubstep gun.


Swordy trailer reveals a "physics brawler" featuring gigantic, unwieldy blades

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You call your game Swordy and you have my attention, my interest, and Gimli's axe, the heroic dwarf not quite understanding that it's primarily a game about enormous swords. As shown at PAX, Swordy is a top-down local multiplayer thing where you hit your friends in the face until they explode in a shower of chunky pixels. The only caveat is that you have to do that in the game, rather in real life, or else the police get involved and it's this whole big thing. Developers Frogshark released a trailer a little while ago showing the game in action; you can find the sworded video below.