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4K Screenshot Showcase: Thief

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Every week, keen screen-grabber Ben Griffin brings you a sumptuous 4K resolution gallery to celebrate PC gaming's prettiest places.

Say what you will about the game itself, but Thief's setting is as evocative as they come. Known simply as The City, this moody hub is equal parts Victorian Gothic and supernatural steampunk, sporadically illuminated by the light leaking from clouded windows and drowning in low-hanging mist.

There's little respite from the blue-black colour scheme besides the seedy rouge decor in the House of Blossoms and warmer tones of the Baron's manor, but that's what makes it so oppressive: it's always night, and it's nearly always raining. I actually took 40 shots in all, so if you'd like to see the ones not linked below, click here.

PC gamers have to fight for PC gaming, and Metal Gear Solid V is a big win

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is releasing on PC, and that’s great news. Rise of the Tomb Raider isn’t releasing on PC, not right away, at least, and that’s not so great. But what it does mean is that console manufacturers see us as competition, and we’re doing pretty well. We attracted a massive game with MGSV, and we’re scary enough that Microsoft has gobbled up Tomb Raider for the Xbox.


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.


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.


Rise of the Tomb Raider will release "exclusively on Xbox"

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The big bombshell of Microsoft's Gamescom presser was the announcement that Rise of the Tomb Raider—the follow up to the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot—will be available "Holiday 2015, Exclusively on Xbox".


Life Is Strange announced, is an episodic adventure from Remember Me developer

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Do you remember Remember Me? Its developer DONTNOD certainly does, as the concept for their next game is eerily familiar. In the stylish yet forgettable third-person action game, your character would alter memories to create the illusion of a new timeline. In the newly announced episodic adventure Life Is Strange, your character will cut the metaphysical middleman and directly alter time.


Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition announced, will bundle DLC and improve graphics

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Sleeping Dogs is a game about an undercover Hong Kong cop, whose conflicted sense of loyalty causes him to grab random civilians and smash their faces repeatedly and psychotically into a pork bun stand. At least, that's how I played it. The combination of misplaced loyalty and random violence clearly resonated with others, too, as Square Enix have announced a "Definitive Edition", due out this October. It will not only package up all 24 bits of DLC, but also upgrade the graphics.


Final Fantasy XIV launches free two-week trial program

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Just two weeks after inviting inactive Final Fantasy XIV players back for a free weekend, Square Enix is now offering free two-week trials to everyone—with a few restrictions, of course.


Humble Square Enix Bundle features Daikatana, Deus Ex and 14 more

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The Humble Square Enix Bundle may not be the most universally-solid collection of games ever assembled—an unavoidable consequence of inviting Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days to the party—but it's still a pretty great collection. There's Thief (one of the good ones), all the Deus Ex games, Anachronox, and even Daikatana.


Final Fantasy XIV offers free weekend for inactive players

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Lapsed Final Fantasy XIV players will soon be able to jump back into the action, at least temporarily, on Square Enix's dime thanks to a "Free Login Weekend" that begins this Friday.


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.


Final Fantasy VIII updated on Steam to include official "cheats"

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So you want to play Final Fantasy VIII on Steam, but you don't have the time to actually, you know, play Final Fantasy VIII on Steam. What to do? Two words: Game Booster. We used to call this kind of thing cheating, and in fact even Square Enix refers to it as such, but since it's now "official," why not take advantage?


Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris producer talks engine improvements, new scope

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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris was one of the most unexpected announcements of this week’s E3, but already we’ve gotten to see a lot of gameplay. Scot Amos, executive producer for the new game, brought a four-player gameplay video with him to the Twitch E3 livestream on Wednesday and talked for a bit about the follow-up to the well-regarded Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

Square Enix announces Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, the long-awaited sequel to Guardian of Light

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Rise of the Tomb Raider may have been front-and-center during the first day of E3, but that's not the only thing Lara Croft is getting up to these days. She'll also be starring in a new action-adventure game entitled Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, the sequel to the hit 2010 release Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

Rise of the Tomb Raider revealed at E3

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Rise of the Tomb Raider has been confirmed as the next game in the famed Tomb Raider series and Lara Croft's next step in becoming who she was meant to be.


Murdered: Soul Suspect review

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Detective games have always been difficult to pull off. Mysteries are about fluidity of meaning—intuition, third options, non-binary solutions to binary-seeming problems. Most games are binary by their nature; you're right or wrong, you win or you lose. In this regard, Murdered: Soul Suspect sets a high bar for itself. It's an adventure game about a detective, Ronan O'Connor, who is killed in the game's opening moments. As a ghost, he uses spectral powers to investigate crime scenes in the hopes of solving his own murder. The challenge of creating an interactive mystery is augmented by a protagonist who can possess people and listen to their thoughts, walk through walls, and touch objects to see their history.


Winner of Square Enix's Thief: Gold modding competition announced, is a cool Dark Mod level

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Confession: I was initially dubious about Square Enix's old-school Thief modding contest. It seemed, at the time, like a somewhat cynical attempt at getting Thief's fan-base on-side. In practice, of course, the reasons are less important than the fact it highlighted some exceptional work from a dedicated community. The Dark Mod is an excellent game that neatly captures the feeling of the original Thief series, and so it's fitting that one of its more recent missions has been named as the competition's winner.


Final Fantasy III hits Steam on May 28

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What comes after Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII? Final Fantasy III, of course! At least that’s the order in which Square Enix’s classic RPGs have arrived on Steam, in keeping with the colourful logic of the games themselves. According to Square Enix the Steam edition will release May 28 and boasts “improved 3D visuals and story sequences”, as well as Steam Trading Card implementation.


Murdered: Soul Suspect will let you possess cats, and other things we learned from the latest trailer

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I've seen a lot of trailers for Murdered: Soul Suspect in my time, and I remain cautiously optimistic about Airtight Games' ghostly detective drama, despite the fact that its deceased cop hero looks like a particularly unpleasant spectre to be inhabiting for the length of a game. This latest video is a good one, explaining neatly what the game involves, how Ronan O'Connor came to lose his life (but not how he came by such an awful name), and revealing a few of the neat tricks Ghost Cop will be able to pull off throughout the game. You probably shouldn't watch it if you want to go in cold, but it may put Murdered on your radar if you've been shrugging it off until now. I don't know how to resolve this dilemma, but I do know how to embed videos into website posts. Stick around to see this skill in action.


Murdered: Soul Suspect trailer offers a crash course in supernatural detective work

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By now you’ve probably heard about Square Enix’s Murdered: Soul Suspect, or Ghost Cop, as I like to call it. It’s a little hard to wrap your head around what Soul Suspect actually plays like. Is it a shooter? An adventure game? A match-3 game? Well, probably not the latter, but if you want to know what Murdered: Soul Suspect is all about, its recently released "101" trailer should get you up to speed.