Dragon Age: Inquisition will let you hug your companions, customise your horns

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No matter how tough or Greyspawn-ridden the world gets, most problems can be solved with a good hug. I'm going to stick my neck out and say that 90% of the original Dragon Age's grim fantasy story could have been avoided if the Grey Wardens had just given their age-old foes a lovely embrace, followed by a cosy chat to iron out their differences. That unfortunately wasn't possible in the first of Bioware's series, but you will be able to do some manner of hugging in Inquisition. Not with the Greyspawn - not even with those fluffy, cuddly werewolves - but with some of your companions. That and other titbits have emerged from a recent Q and A on the vowel-phobic Raptr, in which fans asked Bioware questions, and they answered. The juiciest morsels are below.


We have a million Steam keys for Really Big Sky to give away, with Bundle Stars

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Psychedelic twin-stick shooter fans rejoice! This week we're giving away a million Steam keys for Really Big Sky, a quirky, sparkly shooter that pits your lone ship against the universe. You'll battle aliens, planets armed with laser batteries, black holes, wormholes and more, but there's a twist—every level is procedurally generated, from the swarming enemy waves to the appearance of intervening planets, which require you to activate your ship's drill so you can tunnel right through them at a thousand miles per hour. Grab your key below.


Alien: Isolation pre-order bonuses include DLC levels based on original film

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Alien: Isolation was always essentially Alien: The Video Game in my mind, with its slavish reproduction of that film's technology, its sets, and the pre-Cameronised alien that hadn't yet been robbed of its near-indestructibility in the 1986 sequel. The news that Creative Assembly and Sega have gone full Alien and announced two bonus missions based on the original movie, and featuring the original cast, should make me very happy indeed—but it's been handled in just about the worst possible way. Those two missions—Crew Expendable and Last Survivor, detailed below—have been earmarked as pre-order DLC. You'll get the first one along with some other stuff simply by pre-ordering the game, but to get both you'll need to pre-order from "select retailers", which haven't been announced yet.


Hearthstone Help: Three Fun Decks To Try

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Are you bored of facing the same endless queue of Handlocks, Miracle Rogues, Charge Druids and (ugh) Zoo? In this piece I pick out three fun new lists which I've enjoyed using on the ladder, and speak to their designers about their creative process.


Fortnite game footage shows base defence and bee-hive wearing baddies

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Want a new look at Fortnite, Epic's free-to-play co-op shooter? Wait, you did remember that Epic were making a free-to-play co-op shooter, right? Admittedly it was first announced a long time ago, but the game has recently re-emerged from its years-long silence with the renewed promise of an upcoming alpha.


Team Fortress 2 update introduces a new mode through beta maps

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Valve took a three day run-up to its Love and War update, with daily teasers for what, in reality, amounted to some new taunts and weapons. You'd think, then, that the introduction of a new game mode would warrant something spectacular. Instead—perhaps fittingly for a game made by the company responsible for Steam—it's being launched into Early Access. Yesterday's TF2 update added two new "beta maps" to the game. They're rough, unbalanced, and, in some cases, untextured, but one of them is our first taste of the new Robot Destruction game type.


Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 'Defenders of Eorzea' update launches today

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What more could you want from a major Final Fantasy XIV update than Chocobo raising? A lot apparently, because update 2.3 for Square Enix's well-received MMO reboot is teeming with new content. Dungeons, questlines, bosses and new game modes abound. Chief among the additions is a new three-faction PVP mode called Frontline, which allows 72 players to brawl head-to-head in the region of Carteneau. That won't be confusing at all.


PC Gamer Podcast #379 - Looter Shooter

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Evan, Wes, and Cory introduce new intern Tom Marks to the podcast, and discuss today's big game announcements: Gearbox's "hero shooter" Battleborn and Cliff Bleszinski's F2P shooter BlueStreak. The team talks about Blizzard's release strategy for Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas, and then talk about the games they played over the holiday break.

Respawn reveals Titanfall's second DLC map pack, Frontier's Edge

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Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall is going to some new and interesting places by way of Frontier's Edge, a new map pack that takes the game to the very edge of the universe—and beyond!


Former Stalker, Survarium lead designer joins Areal development team

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The Kickstarter for the Stalker "spiritual successor" Areal looked like a sure-fire train wreck after it launched, as serious questions about its legitimacy and the bona fides of the team behind it seemed almost certain to bring it down. Yet it continues to persevere, and today the former lead designer of Vostok Games' Survarium, who also worked as a designer on the original Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl, posted a video message confirming that he's joined the Areal development team.


BioShock Infinite, XCOM and more turn up in the Humble 2K Bundle

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2K Games has teamed up with the Humble Bundle folks to offer some outstanding games (and, yes, one or two rather average ones) on the serious cheap.


Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas cost, release structure, revealed

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Hearthstone's first expansion, Curse of Naxxramas, is highly anticipated in the PC Gamer offices. We've watched every new card reveal with obsessive interest, planning changes to our decks and anticipating how to defend against them. So today's news on the new adventure content has us frothing at the mouth. Unfortunately, the structure of the expansion's release, and its tiered costs, left us scratching our heads. Let's break down when we'll get to play in these dungeons, and what our cost of entry will be.


Battleborn, Gearbox's new "triple-A hero-shooter," promises FPS gunplay and MOBA-like strategy

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Gearbox Software's next big thing is Battleborn, an "ambitious fusion of genres" that combines the action of multiplayer first-person shooters with the co-operative combat elements more commonly seen in MOBAs. It sounds vaguely reminiscent of the Borderlands games but publisher 2K Games says we've never played anything like it before.


Sunless Sea review (Early Access)

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Welcome to the Unterzee, a vast underground body of water that was once the city of London. Plunged into eternal darkness, this colossal, shadowy sea is dotted with islands, filled with secrets, and swimming with unimaginable horrors—and as a ship captain, it’s your job to explore it.


Firefall finally leaving beta this month, adding open world PvP in its "biggest update ever"

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Firefall was first shown to the public way back in 2010, but nearly four years later, it still hasn't officially released. The free-to-play MMO shooter has been in open beta for the past year—almost to the day—which in many cases is the same as being 'released' in all but name, but not in this case, according to Red 5 Studios CEO James Macauley. This month's launch won't just pull down the 'open beta' label, it's also Firefall's "biggest update ever."


Cliff Bleszinski announces BlueStreak, a free-to-play shooter from his new studio Boss Key

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Cliff Bleszinski is returning to the videogame business with BlueStreak, a free-to-play sci-fi arena shooter for the PC.


What we want from Assassin's Creed Unity

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I’ve always had a soft spot for Assassin’s Creed. It’s a polarising series, and some of you probably bubble with hatred every time the name is mentioned. But the thing that has always attracted me to the games is being able to explore a well realised historical setting. Ubisoft have taken me from Renaissance Italy to the pirate-filled seas of the Caribbean, and although the series has varied wildly in terms of quality over the years, the world design has always been top notch.


You have one day to grab a free Steam key for Dino D-Day, new giveaway tomorrow

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Our huge five-week multi-million Bundle Stars Steam key giveaway rumbles gloriously onwards. Tomorrow at 5PM BST we'll be giving away a new game, which gives you one last day to grab the amusing World War 2 dinosaurs vs. allied forces World War 2 shooter, Dino D-Day. You get to play as a T-Rex, or a velociraptor fighting on the side of axis forces. It's something you should experience at least once, so grab a free Steam key while you still can.


Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel trailer offers 14 minutes of narrated low-grav action

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I've become quite a fan of these narrated game trailers, which show a decent chunk of in-game footage while developer or PR types talk over the top. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel had one for PAX earlier this year, and they've done another one for E3. That video is below. Don't expect too many surprises, but do expect lots of low-gravity silliness, including high jumps, methane ruptures, and bad guys floating off into space.


Door Kickers hits beta, adds levelling system, improved waypointing, challenges

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It's been around a year since we last checked in on Door Kickers, and in that time KillHouse Games' top-down SWAT-like seems to have come on leaps and bounds. It's just reached beta status, words which here mean 'has added a levelling system for your troops, improved waypointing, a challenge system that rewards with XP, oh and this huge list of other stuff'. If you've bought into the game already you've likely received an email by now informing you of the update; for everyone else, the following trailer will clue you in on what you're missing.