Gamescom 2011

Arma 3 website goes live with Gamescom presentation videos

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One week ago I got a press release telling me that in one week's time, ARMA 3 would get a brand new website. Excited, I set my WAR CLOCK OF DOOM to T-minus 7 days, turned all the lights off and lay in wait. Now, that time has come. The Arma 3 site is live, with eight new videos of the Gamescom presentation. You don't even have to go to the new Arma 3 website to watch them, because I've nabbed them and hidden them under the camo net below. Don't tell anyone.

Video interview: Gabe Newell at Gamescom

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Owen sat down with Gabe Newell at Gamescom for 20 minutes and 59 seconds of chat about groceries, Half Life 2: Episode 3, EA, Origin, Dota 2 and more. Watch every second in video above.

It's been an eventful conference for Valve this year. They skipped E3, but returned with a bang, launching a $1 million Dota 2 tournament and a suite of accessible e-sports spectator tools. Just before Gamescom started, they released the first information about Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as well. No Half Life 2: Episode 3 news, though. Perhaps more protesters can persuade Valve to reveal something.

How many protestors would it take to get Half-Life 2: Episode 3 news? Newell: "If they'd like to come out we could find out."

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Owen has been talking to Gabe Newell at Gamescom about a recent incident at Valve HQ, where two protesters turned up with cardboard signs asking for more news on Half Life 2: Episode 3. Newell went out to meet the protesters, gave them pizza and soda, and then invited them in for a tour of the studio. They ended up sitting down to test Dota 2 and didn't leave until two days later.

Newell was tight lipped when we asked him about Episode 3. "No, we don’t have anything," he said. "If the the protesters couldn’t get it out of us..."

Then how many protesters would it take to get some Episode 3 news?

"I don’t know," Newell replied, "but if they’d like to come out we could find out."

That sounds like a challenge to us. We also asked Gabe about Origin, EA's disappearing Steam games and Dota 2, a game he's played for 800 hours. You'll find a picture of Gabe Newell with the two protesters below, as seen on Kotaku. Half Life fans, you might need this.

Trackmania 2: Canyon trailer loops the loop

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A simple video of Trackmania 2: Canyon's colossal loops is enough to make our stomachs go a bit wibbly. We can't wait to dive in and make our own ludicrous tracks using the included course editor. You can pre-order Trackmania 2: Canyon now to grab a spot on the beta. It's out on September 14.

Assassin's Creed Revelations trailer lays down brutal groove

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Altair and Ezio rarely miss a beat when it comes to killing. Their martial arts skills have come a long way since Assassin's Creed 1, when Altair's deadliest move was to quietly shank his target in the back and calmly wander off as his victim slowly keeled over. Now he's a whirly-kicky superhero followed around by a fat beat. Spectacular stuff. Assassin's Creed Revelations is due out on November 15.

Dota 2: the tournament so far...

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The first day of the $1 million Dota 2 tournament is drawing to a close. The matches that have been streamed live throughout the day have given us our first look at the game, and Valve's brilliant e-sports spectator features. Here's a brief overview of how the tournament is progressing so far, with links to the latest replays and results.

Dishonored screenshots show whales, stilt-men and sneaking

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Four new Dishonored screenshots have come fizzing through the cracks of the internet showing attackers wielding pistols and cutlasses, some stealth in a dark hallway and an example (sadly, dead) of one of the mysterious whales whose oil powers the world's machinery. We also get to see how the stilt wearing guards we've seen in previous concept art look in the game. They seem to be wielding bows. Take a look.

Borderlands 2 screenshots and first impressions arrive from Gamescom

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Graham has sent back very shiny new Borderlands 2 screenshots from Gamescom, along with a few quick impressions of the demo he saw. Borderlands 2 set five years after the conclusion of the first game and Pandora has become a much snowier place in the interim. It's also gained some new bad guys, like robots fired from a lunar base that crash to the surface of Pandora to attack you. Graham describes them as "pretty neat." New vehicles can carry four players at once, and a new suspension system will let you powerslide as well.

Overall, though, Graham wasn't too impressed. He describes a long, dull boss fight with a character called Arctic Bullymong. The phrase "bullet hose" is used. We'll have more detailed impressions later. For now, you can check out the new screenshots below.

Secret World trailer unites toilet wizard and milkshake girl

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Funcom announced The Secret World release date yesterday, and to celebrate they've released another of their lovely CGI trailers. This one sees several of the characters from the previous videos, including milkshake katana girl and pub toilet wizard, team up against an enormous tentacled monstrosity in a gorgeous ruined city.

The Secret World will be released in April 2012. Beta registrations start next week on the 26th of August.

Guild Wars 2 trailer shows sea dragon, huge robot, shouty giant

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The new Guild Wars 2 trailer may start out slow, but don't let it fool you. At around the two minute mark a bloody great dragon jumps out of the sea, then the epic score kicks in and and the real action begins. There's some satisfyingly physical combat on show, along with some of the enormous bosses they mentioned before. In addition to the sea dragon there's a gigantic steampunk robot who fires eye beams and a massive, stompy giant who bellows in the faces of the party in a true brown trousers moment.

Plus there's airships, classical music and someone firing two pistols in slow motion. What more could you possibly ask for? Check out our preview to learn more.

Dota 2 tournament happening right now, has character details

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The International, Valve's $1,000,000 Dota 2 tournament, has begun! You can watch it live on the Dota 2 website. Right now IG are playing EHOME in the opening match of the tournament.

Interestingly the stream page includes character descriptions for the different heroes currently in play. There are ten on show right now; Sven, Clockwerk, Tiny, Tidehunter, Pugna, Weaver, Ancient Apparition, Spectre, Lich and Lion. Check the tournament page for more details.

Wildstar trailer has robot swarms and plant dragon

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Carbine are revealing their gorgeous new MMO at Gamescom this week. You can get the first details from our Wildstar preview, or check out the beautiful illustrated art style in the first Wildstar trailer above. It contains a good lesson for would-be adventurers. Don't touch the "dormant" giant robot, even if you really, really want to.

Gamescom 2011: what to expect

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Gamescom begins tomorrow, and the team is engaging in a Rocky style montage in preparation. We've been punching meat, running up steps and humming 'eye of the tiger' under our collective breath all day. That way we'll be ready to bring you all the best news as it happens.

The big news will be the unveiling of DotA 2. On Wednesday they'll kick off a massive tournament offering a cool $1,000,000 in prize money for the winner. It's a pretty amazing way to unveil a new game. Prepare for an incredible spectacle and hands-on reports.

Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes - a free to play Warhammer game

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Just out of the EA conference at Gamescom is the announcement of Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes. Taking Mythic's Warhammer Online and turning it into a fast paced three player co-op battle game, as the enthusiastic trailer above shows. Apparently it features both unending battle and unending fun, which are two of our favourite things not to end.

Diablo 3 and StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm playable at Gamescom 2011

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A post on Poland, spotted by CVG, has outlined Blizzard's line-up for their Gamescom showing in Cologne next month. StarCraft 2's first expansion, Heart of the Swarm, will be available for attendees to play on the show floor for the first time in Europe, and fans will get their hands on Diablo 3 as well.

Valve attending Gamescom 2011, will we see Dota 2?

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Valve were conspicuously absent from E3 this year. With Portal 2 already out, they decided to skip the show and focus on Gamescom instead. Eurogamer report that Valve will be attending the event in Germany, scheduled to run from August 17 to August 21. It could give us our first look at Dota 2 in action, and we might get to see some of the upcoming Portal 2 DLC. Capcom and Sega have also confirmed that they will be attending the show.