Unreal Tournament pre-alpha build appears online, can be played right now

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Thanks to the way the upcoming Unreal Tournament is being developed, anyone with an Unreal subscription can access the latest build of the game. That means anyone with an Unreal subscription can compile a build of the game. And, should someone do that, we'd all be able to hop on board and have a play. Guess what: someone has done that.


Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 release date revealed, new features explained

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PES 2015’s marquee feature this year is PES ID, which makes the world’s star players move and act like they do in real life. Does that mean Robben will be doing lots of crying then? #footballjoke

Konami have given over 1000 players bespoke animations and playing styles - from Ronaldo’s unique running to Neymar’s silky tricks. PES ID applies to teams as well. The most famous clubs adopt their real-life game plans, whether that’s Barcelona’s tiki-taka, Chelsea’s counter-attacks, or Stoke’s ‘hoof it to the big man’ approach.


Microsoft clarifies Rise of the Tomb Raider's Xbox exclusivity: "the deal has a duration"

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"Exclusive" was once a word that had a meaning. Now, it can mean basically anything. And so when Microsoft announced yesterday that Rise of the Tomb Raider—Crystal Dynamics' upcoming sequel to Lara's 2013 reboot—would be available "Holiday 2015, exclusively on Xbox", people were 1) annoyed, and 2) suspicious. When Microsoft said exclusive, did they really mean exclusive? No. No, they didn't.


Titanfall: IMC Rising announced as the game's third (and final) DLC pack

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Respawn had a brief appearance on the EA Gamescom stage, where they revealed the third and final DLC pack for Titanfall. Called IMC Rising, the pack will contain an additional three maps—successfully surprising no-one.


FIFA 15 showcases better keepers, Ultimate Team improvements

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We've covered FIFA 15's wobbly nets, muddy pitches and scary ability to steal human faces - what news from Gamescom?

Biggest of all for FIFA 15's first new-gen, Ignite-engine-powered PC showing are the additions to Ultimate Team. Now players can challenge a friend's Ultimate Team over five games through the new Friendly Seasons mode. There's also the ability to create 'concept squads' by experimenting with players you don't own, and purchase loan players from EA Sports' Football Club catalogue.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt trailer offers six minutes of brand new footage

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Were you left informed yet faintly unsatisfied by yesterday's Witcher 3 video dev diary? Well then, boom and/or wallop: here's six full minutes of new and unbroken game footage. Join Geralt as he attempts to rid the village of Downwarren of its ancient and awakened evil. It's an occupational hazard in these parts.


DayZ's Playstation 4 version will provide "benefit to the existing PC early access", says Dean Hall

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There were few PC-relevant announcements at Sony's Gamescom press conference last night, but one familiar face did appear for a surprise reveal. Dean Hall emerged on stage to announce a Playstation 4 version of DayZ. More than that, Hall took time to explain how the console port of the popular survival game would also enhance the existing PC version.


The Sims 4 Create-A-Sim demo now available for download

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If you didn't see EA's Sims 4 live demo at their Gamescom press conference, you missed out on long minutes of incredibly awkward banter. Actually, no, you didn't; you can see it all via the magic of Twitch VODs. Other than a sense of deep embarrassment, the session also provided news of a general release for the Create-A-Sim demo. You can now prepare for the game's imminent release by pre-creating your subjects of vicarious virtual living.


Shadow Realms announced, is Bioware's 4 vs 1 online RPG

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In 'weirdest thing to happen EA's Gamescom press conference' news, Peter Moore was revealed to know what twerking was. The second weirdest thing was undoubtedly the reveal of Bioware Austin's Shadow Realms. It's a 4v1 asymmetrical online RPG, with a modern setting and an episodic release plan. And, as a Bioware RPG, it'll have a heavy focus on story.


Dragon Age: Inquisition trailer reveals the enemies of Thedas

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EA's Gamescom stream was... er, well let's just say it was having "netcode" issues. As such, many—myself included—missed the majority of Bioware's on-stage Dragon Age: Inquisition demo. Not to worry, instead we get something a little more dramatic: a look at some of the monsters you'll be facing throughout the game. No, endless buffering is not one of them.


See the EA Gamescom 2014 conference here, at 9am BST

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Conference: round two! After yesterday's console-focused pressers, today EA get to offer a more balanced gaming diet. Expect them to even say "PC" on stage—almost like it was an extremely healthy and desirable platform to court. The whole thing will kick off in mere minutes, at 9am BST, 8am CET, 4am EST, 1am PST.


World of Warcraft petition leads to in-game Robin Williams tribute

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A World of Warcraft petition requesting a new in-game character based on Robin Williams has been successful. That may seem strange at first, but Williams was reportedly an avid World of Warcraft player. According to the petition page, the late Williams used to play on the Mannoroth server, and "was something of a troll in trade on good days or when anonymity [was] allowed."


A Bird Story is a stopgap between To The Moon and its sequel; new trailer and release date announced

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To The Moon creator Kan Go has offered further details on A Bird Story, announced last year as a follow up to the critically acclaimed indie. According to Go the game is an "hour-long adventure" which will bridge the gap between episode one of To The Moon and a forthcoming second episode.


Ultra Street Fighter IV review

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There have been three versions of Street Fighter IV on Steam: vanilla SFIV, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, and now Ultra Street Fighter IV, which is a $15 / £12 upgrade from SSFIV:AE. Capcom’s business model is obviously outdated. Being outdated is sort of Street Fighter’s thing.


Below trailer brings a moment of ethereal calm to Gamescom

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Sick of suited up guys yelling into mouthpieces, incendiary shooter sequels and stuff that's Only On Xbox? This Below trailer provides a calm respite from the brouhaha of Gamescom. There's no new information (ie, we still don't know when it's coming out), but this Capybara developed top-down adventure roguelike is looking prettier than ever.


Evolve Gamescom video shows off new Distillery map

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Evolve is no longer releasing in 2014, allowing more time for Turtle Rock to drip feed details ahead of its now early 2015 shipping date. In the above Gamescom 2014 trailer the Kraken faces off against four human foes in a new map called Distillery.


RollerCoaster Tycoon World brings co-op multiplayer to theme park management in 2015

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Atari has revealed the long-awaited return of RollerCoaster Tycoon to the PC as RollerCoaster Tycoon World. The publisher said the new game will bring a number of enhancements to the series that weren't possible in previous editions, including cooperative theme park management for up to four players.


Depression Quest is now free on Steam

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Depression Quest, an interactive fiction game in which you play as a sufferer of depression, is now available as a free game on Steam. But in a new blog post, creator Zoe Quinn explains that it almost didn't happen: The approval for today's launch came "literally minutes" after actor Robin Williams was found to have committed suicide, leaving Quinn with a very tough decision to make.

Why Rise of the Tomb Raider's exclusivity deal is a prehistoric relic

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Well, I guess this is adieu then Lara. The news from Gamescom today that Rise Of The Tomb Raider will launch “exclusively on Xbox” next year means that, at best, PC gamers will have to wait out whatever window of time Microsoft’s money hat has paid for. Irritating, but nothing we’re not used to. More troubling is the suggestion that this is actually a lifetime exclusive. If that is the case (and I strongly suspect it isn’t), then it would represent one of the dumbest partnership deals I can recall.


Secret Ponchos review (Early Access)

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If you’ve played Geometry Wars or Renegade Ops you know how to play Secret Ponchos: move with the left stick, aim with the right stick, and shoot. It’s a twin-stick shooter, but not just another twin-stick shooter: Secret Ponchos wisely tweaks and embellishes genre conventions to create something that feels more like a new type of fighting game. It's different and fun, but only if you play it with a good group.