Far Cry 4 trailer re-introduces Pagan Min, along with hovercraft and quad bikes

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We already know that Far Cry 4 features a villain roughly as hatter-mad as Vaas from the previous game, but we get to see him make another of his little speeches in this brisk new trailer for Ubisoft's open-world elephant-'em-up. Also pictured: hovercraft, quad bikes, and a bit where a freefalling Ajay Ghale lobs a grenade into a plane and then the plane blows up. Such dexterous killing. Pagan Min won't like that.

Civilization: Beyond Earth gameplay video and hands-on impressions

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When Civilization: Beyond Earth was first announced, my biggest concern was that it would just be Civilization 5 re-skinned with a space theme. I got access to the first 250 turns of Beyond Earth, and after having spent a lot of time with it I can confidently say that, although it may feel familiar, this game makes Civ 5 feel like it's stuck in the stone age. Watch the video for my full thoughts on the latest Civ installment.

PC Gamer UK November issue: Pillars of Eternity

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Over 70,000 people pledged over $4 million to bring Pillars of Eternity into existence, and we think that's a fact worth celebrating. So stand tall and proud, armoured fantasy man, for your triumphant cover pose represents the confident return of the old-school RPG. No, no, don't worry. There is definitely not a dragon sneaking up behind you.

Andy was given exclusive insight into the Obsidian RPG, and you can find his report inside the November issue of PC Gamer UK. We did more, too; seeking out Hello Games' Sean Murray for a chat about the magic number that powers No Man's Sky. After that, we moved mountains to bring you an exclusive look at Far Cry 4's powerful level editor.

Vane trailer predicts the weather in an open world desert near you

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Friend and Foe games is a development company home to a couple of devs who worked Team ICO's The Last Guardian, and fittingly there's a touch of the ICO/TLG to their first game, Vane. It's a game about a child in an arid, ruined land, and it's looking absolutely spellbinding. Details are thin, but it appears to involve weather vanes (as per the title), scary sandstorms, lightning, an open world desert and an eagle. What more could you want? Oh, a trailer? OK, you can have that too.

Prison Architect Alpha 25 gives prisoners reputations, including "instigator" and "snitch"

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Prison Architect's latest alpha update adds a feature I'm a little surprised wasn't around in the beginning. New arrivals to your correctional facility of kindness and rehabilitation punishment and more punishment will now come with reputations that promise to shake up your prison in interesting ways. This is all part of an effort to stop jails from becoming things that can be run automatically, as noted in the accompanying patch notes. Introversion describe this update as "big shit" in the following video, and I'm inclined to agree.

Cities: Skylines trailer details two approaches to city construction

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A new, lovely trailer for citybuilding/city management sim Cities: Skylines pokes fun at some of the common mistakes players make when constructing their own digital villages. Mistakes such as putting the power planet right in the middle of the city or, as pictured above, building a beautiful park beneath a tangle of ugly bridges. The grey, industrial town of Borton is juxtaposed with the gleaming city of Pritton, to show you how things really should be done. If that's not enough Skylines for you, a recent livestream featured over an hour of game footage. I've stuck that below the break too.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor video: max settings at 2560x1440 on LPC

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We first got to play Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor in May, but back then we weren’t playing it on the almighty destroyer we fondly call the Large Pixel Collider. With the resolution at 1440p and all the settings on ultra, we wanted to see just how good decapitating orcs could look.

WildStar devs pledge to release less buggy content drops; Megaservers still coming

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One of the perils of developing an MMO is balancing development workload with demand for new content. We are very content hungry. When some of us wake in the morning our yawns sound like “mmooar (content)”. Carbine Studios was determined to meet this demand when it launched Wildstar proper back in June, but their eagerness to get new stuff out quickly inevitably resulted in bugs.

Arma 3 will get two new helicopters this November

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Arma 3 will get two new helicopters this November as part of the sensibly named Arma 3 Helicopters DLC. This is great news for helicopter fans. Come November 4 the CH-67 Huron and Mi-290 Taru will be available to download for a fee, though you will also be able to roadtest the DLC before you buy. Both choppers are of the heavy-lift variety, with Bohemia Interactive claiming their addition will "place a stronger emphasis on the role of logistics in Arma 3’s open-world combat."

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World of Warcraft patch will enable the resurrection of deleted characters

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Life is about to become a little easier for all the World of Warcraft-loving hotheads and ragequitters out there: An upcoming patch to the game will make it possible to bring back deleted characters back from the dead.

The Evil Within system requirements calls for some serious hardware

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Bethesda Softworks has finally revealed the system requirements for the rapidly-approaching The Evil Within, but in an unusual twist, it's not providing any minimum requirements to run the game. Instead, it offers a warning: If your rig doesn't meet the recommended spec, you're on your own.

Ryse: Son of Rome won't have microtransactions on PC

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The Xbox One version of Ryse: Son of Rome, you will recall, employed microtransactions to allow players with more money than time to fast-track their progress through the game's multiplayer mode. But that won't be an option in the upcoming PC edition.

A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Episode 12

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In episode 12 of PC Gamer's Dwarf Fortress series, Wes learns the basics of metallurgy. First step: make lots of charcoal.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be longer than previous games, Sledgehammer boss says

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Call of Duty shooters aren't generally known for offering bulky single-player experiences, but Sledgehammer Games boss Glen Schofield says the upcoming Advanced Warfare will have a little more meat on the bone than you might expect.

QuakeCon's 20th anniversary coming in July

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QuakeCon is 20 years old. I've said this to myself several times now, but it's not really sinking in. Much has changed, and some is the same, but it's that simple measure of the years gone by that's stuck in my head. QuakeCon is 20 years old.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming review

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You’d maybe think playing second fiddle to the mighty Nvidia GTX 980 would be a pretty depressing existence for the young GTX 970. Your big brother’s the one every monitor wants to be with and every other graphics card wants to be. The GTX 970 might be the second-tier Maxwell card, but it’s one of the most impressive graphics cards I’ve tested in recent times—especially in the guise of Gigabyte’s overclocked version.

Tickets for the BlizzCon Hearthstone qualifier in NYC are free, plus you'll get card packs

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The Road to Blizzcon passes through New York City on October 5 and 6, when some of the best Hearthstone and World of Warcraft players in North America will gather to slug it out in the regional finals. Free tickets are now being offered at Eventbrite, and yes, you would be correct to point out that attendance is free for all anyway. But an RSVP will also net you some freebies, if you're near enough to the front of the line.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt trailer examines modes of transportation

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They're still there?! It was over a month ago that CD Projekt RED shipped off their developers to some moody ruins. It seems, they're still stranded—nothing to do but make development diaries. I imagine it's a hard life, and thus one we should sympathise with as we recline in comfort to enjoy their description of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's methods of transportation.

Three Lane Highway: patch 6.82 and the Dota 2 of tomorrow

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Three Lane Highway is Chris' weekly column about Dota 2.

My PC's power supply exploded a few hours after the patch notes for version 6.82 were released, which should tell you a few things about how significant this update is—even if it ultimately teaches you nothing about the relationship between correlation and causation. Post-International patches are always a big deal, but this is the big one. Sweeping changes to the map, and in particular the structure of the early game, mean the death of the deathball and a refresh to which heroes can be laned where. Combined with a fresh set of nerfs and buffs and some silly new Aghanim's Scepter upgrades and, well, it's time to start learning again. We are entering the era of 6.82.