GamesCom 2013

New Batman: Arkham Origins screenshots show brutal deployment of the Batfist

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Batman: Arkham Origins continues to tease us with nicely rendered screenshots, adding to the new gameplay video we got from Gamescom last week. Also check out that multiplayer trailer from a months ago.

The Witcher 3 story writer reveals unseen areas: "at any point you can go to a different location"

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What we've seen of The Witcher 3 looks breathtaking, but it's also only a tiny part of the game. The trailers and screenshots coming out of CD Projekt RED have all been taken from the Skellige Islands, just one of the many and varied locations Geralt will be witching through. Talking to us at Gamescom, story writer Jakub Szamalek revealed some of the massive RPG's other regions, as well as the stories to be found in them.

What to expect in Star Wars: The Old Republic 2.4

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I first thought that the "cantina tour" was an overhyped parading of the BioWare lunch hall's lukewarm mac 'n' cheese, but apparently, it's actually a regular-ish event that gives fans a glimpse at the next things in store for Star Wars: The Old Republic. Who knew? The latest stop on the cantina tour was at Gamescom, and USB drives handed out there contained a shedload of concept art for the upcoming patch 2.4; we've got a tantalizing taste of future mounts, planets, and more.

Battlefield 4 'Levolution' trailer continues murder of the English language, looks fab

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Levolution, much like Bifidus Digestivum, is a term which means different things to different people. For instance, to me it means '*vomits entire guts out*', while DICE interpret it as meaning 'Battlefield 4 features more dynamic multiplayer maps'. Language is brilliant like that. DICE demonstrate this increased dynamism in the game's latest trailer, which shows a player manipulating car alarms, light switches and doors to get the edge/lose the edge in battle. It's nifty stuff. But that's nothing compared to the "massive game-changing events" like, um, flooding the whole bally map.

Shadow Warrior reboot gets gory new trailer, late September release date

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Guns, dismemberment, penis jokes and gore - if you were worried that games might somehow abandon these things, don't be. Shadow Warrior is living, wangy proof. Flying Wild Hog's (Hard Reset) reboot of the old PC game has a new trailer, and with it a release date: it seems we'll be slicing and dicing demons on September 26th.

Assassin's Creed 4's definition of stealth involves jumping on baddies' heads, Mario style

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Assassin's Creed's many heroes are particularly good at the old Slow-Walking Like a Badass While Contemporary Music Plays, and Black Flag's latest trailer is no exception. Apparently stealth is the focus of this one, though 'stealth' is a word which here means 'jumping on people before stabbing them in the throat'. You know, stealth. Hey, at least it's consistent with the other games. Also pictured: blowdarts, a windmill, costume changes, and a dude with a scarry face. Yep, this is Assassin's Creed alright.

Gamescom 2013: all the stories from day three

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More transmissions from the secret psychic bunker hidden under Cologne! Today, our specially trained news empaths were battered by thoughts of quirky turn-based fantasy, disturbed by the competitive urges of a man named Fergus, humbled by the vast majesty of space, and confused by the words "Call of Duty: Ghosts will have dedicated servers." We've since transcribed their anguished cries, and now present them to you in a handy list of links.

X Rebirth screenshots show the colourful side of space

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You know what's cool? Space. You know what's even cooler? Space majesty: the distinctly unreal and colourful glow that emanates from fake video game space. When our distant descendants venture out into the galaxies, they're going to be pretty put out that the reality is dark, drab and colourless. Still, at least they'll have games like X Rebirth to look back on. As these screenshots can attest, fighting/trading/exploring your way through the galaxy is going to be a very pretty experience.

Call of Duty: Ghosts "will be all dedicated servers", will enable stealthier updates

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Admittedly this isn't quite as big a story as it is for console types, but it's still reassuring to hear that Call of Duty: Ghosts will once again feature dedicated servers, which returned to the series with Modern Warfare 3, after dropping them for the warry war game's second Modern installment. “One thing I can say is we're also doing dedicated servers on PC," Infinity Ward's Mark Rubin told NowGamer, "so PC will be all dedicated servers, all of it. I don't have details on how dedicated servers are going to work on PC, partly because we're still in development and still working on all those features,” - but hey, good news is good news.

Age of Wonders 3 trailer shows ten minutes of dwarves and destruction

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Here's 10 minutes of Age of Wonders III footage, introducing the dwarven Dreadnought Gustav and his predilection for technological hijinks. Really, the campaign slice we're shown is a magical - and violent - turn-based Ocean's 11. Our narrator gets himself into a tricky tactical situation, before stealing an entire city with a hitherto unrevealed plan: killing everything. That's a film I would watch.

The Crew trailer takes you on a drive-through of its social events

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I love the gap that exists between the aspiration of Ubisoft's The Crew and the reality of their demos. Even just the name: "The Crew" would suggest a game that wants to be trendy, and cool, and down with some quite possibly fictional demographic. So what are the names of the people this walkthrough trailer focuses on? Fergus, Paul, and Sly. I'm just saying, you wouldn't pay to see that boy-band.

Stronghold Crusader 2 trailer is full of sand, castles

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It must have taken ages for those history people to build their massive, ornate castles, all in the knowledge that someone would inevitably attempt to siege, sack, and destroy the place. Fortunately, in Stonghold Crusaders 2, your medieval fortresses will only take a few hours of light mouse clicking to make, not years of hard and potentially futile labour. A new trailer shows off how these historical jerks will attempt to ruin your grand designs.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2's combat explained in latest trailer

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As with the previous Lords of Shadow - which you probably haven't played yet - the God of War-esque combat in its Feb 2014 sequel might look button-mashy, it appears to be anything but. If this mid-level boss fight is any indication, you'll need to master another (fairly tricky) combat system, which sees you constantly switching between various states. In the first game it was Light and Shadow magic; here it seems to revolve around the Void Sword, which lets you steal health from the enemy when charged up. As someone who didn't really get on with the combat in the DmC reboot, I think this looks rather exciting. See if you agree after the break.

Battlefield 4 footage provides an extended look at Paracel Storm multiplayer

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DICE have posted a new video of Battlefield 4's Paracel Storm map, first announced in a much slicker trailer on the EA conference stage. This time, we're treated to some scrappier, alpha-ier livestream footage, demoing both the map's major areas of interest, and the spectator mode features that enable the two commentators to gawp at the match's players.

Endless Legend announced, a fantasy 4X from the Endless Space devs

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Space is endless. We knew that much, but it turns out legends are endless as well. Or rather, one Legend in particular, and probably not the one where Tom Cruise shares a curry with a guy named Tim (as is my understanding of the film). Not content with just one 4X strategy game, the Endless Space developers are back at it again, this time using those 4 Xs (eXplore, eXploit, eXpand and eXtreme) in a fantasy setting, with no spaceships or anything. You can see some hexy screenshots after the break.

South Park: The Stick of Truth farts out some new screenshots

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Gamescom 2013 has brought a great many things to the fore, among which are some screenshots for South Park: The Stick of Truth. So far, everything about The Stick of Truth looks like something you'd see from your usual episode of South Park. From what I've seen, you'd have good reason to be suspicious if it weren't for a trusty reticule featured in a couple of images. That's some fine work you did Mr. Reticule. Damn fine work.

New Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt screenshots arrive with combat, hideous creatures

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The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt screenshots have landed from Gamescom in Germany today, showing off some of the blood spouting combat we have to look forward to when The Witcher 3 arrives next year.

Gamescom 2013: all the stories from day two

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True* Gamescom fact: to cope with the hordes of heroic reporters, all furiously typing about the show's latest news and announcements, the governments of the world were forced to cordon off 12% of the internet. As a result, those cat gifs you love are loading around three seconds slower than usual. Has it been worth such a high price? To find out, have a browse through our collected round-up of news from the second day.

Battlefield 4's Premium trailer contains hints for the redesigned maps inside Second Assault DLC

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In the cacophonous mayhem of an EA conference, attendees are too busy fighting off a barrage of decibels to catch the finer details of the games they're being shown. Not so for us scattered around the internet, who enjoy the safety and luxury of volume sliders and pause buttons. And so it was that a super-sleuth on NeoGAF searched through Battlefield 4's various trailers, and found hints in one about the contents of the Second Assault DLC - the game's Battlefield 3 map remake pack.

Murdered: Soul Suspect haunts Gamescom with spooky new trailer

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"Most people think that death is the end, but for me it was only the beginning." So narrates the unlikely named Ronan O'Connor in the latest Murdered: Soul Suspect trailer, proving that cliche exists in the spectral realm too. To recap: you're a dead detective, and you're trying to solve your own murder. You also battle demons because, hey, why not - your day's not likely to get any worse.