Frozen Endzone renamed to Frozen Cortex; huge update rolls out

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If you're making a game, I suppose that means you're allowed to call it whatever you like. I suppose that also means you can change the name of the game whenever it suits you. That's what Mode 7 has done: fed up with what it believes is a "rubbish" name, it's decided Frozen Endzone is now Frozen Cortex. Another motivation for the name change is to shrug off the Madden connotations of 'Endzone'.


The Room will release on Steam next week in 'fully-enhanced' HD

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You can relax, because soon you'll have the option to unlock mysterious boxes in 'fully-enhanced HD'. The Room, a very well-received iOS and Android puzzle game released in 2012, will hit Steam on July 28. The new edition replaces most of the game's assets with high poly 3D models, while volumetric lighting with real time shadows have also been added. The 'Epilogue' DLC pack will come bundled in the package.


Hearthstone's Curse Of Naxxramas - Arachnid Quarter verdict

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The first wing of Hearthstone's single-player expansion has swung its doors open, and despite some connectivity issues we've cleared it pretty fast.


Aperture Tag: The Paint Gun Testing Initiative review

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Aperture Tag is a mod for Portal 2 that removes the portal gun and replaces it one that fires gel: repulsion gel, which makes you bounce higher, and propulsion gel, which makes you move faster. Jumping and running, in other words, replaces portals as the main tools to solve puzzles with. Unfortunately, there's no replacement for Portal 2's other elements, like enjoyable voice acting, excellent writing, and a well-balanced level of challenge. And, unlike most mods, Aperture Tag adds a price tag, meaning the first puzzle to solve is: should you pay for this?


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.


Battlefield Hardline pushed into 2015

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Back in June, the Battlefield Hardline debut trailer revealed that the game would launch on October 21. Today, however, DICE VP Karl Magnus Troedsson announced that the game has been pushed into 2015, so the studio will have enough time to properly implement the ideas and improvements that emerged from the June beta.


Dragon Age: Inquisition delayed until November

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EA today announced that Dragon Age: Inquisition has a new release date: November 18 in North America, and November 21 in Europe. The game was originally slated for an October 7 release, but developer BioWare says in today's update the six-week delay will make for a better game.


League of Legends cinematic A New Dawn shows six minutes of champion murder

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I can say with a good degree of confidence that you don't need to be a League of Legends fan to appreciate the surprisingly brutal six-minute cinematic A New Dawn. I'm almost as confident that if you are a non-fan, you'll be at least slightly more interested in the game after watching the video than you were before.


Dungeon Defenders Eternity bundles game, DLC and new content on Steam

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Nearly three years after Dungeon Defenders came to the PC, the "definitive version" of the game is available as Dungeon Defenders Eternity, an all-in-one package offering "previously released material, new content, redesigned gameplay balance and cross-platform play." It is not, however, the sequel, which is still in the works.


Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas expansion out now

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It's here! Blizzard this morning started pushing out the Curse of Naxxramas expansion to all Hearthstone players. Opening the Battle.net launcher should start the update process. Are you even still reading this? Or are you already playing?


Assassin's Creed: Unity "experience trailer" shows off new lighting and animation

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According to Ubisoft's latest Assassin's Creed trailer, Unity is an experience materially different from anything Ubisoft has designed before. A truly immersive experience revolutionized by new-gen technologies and a next-gen engine that brings characters alive like never before possible. Is it visceral? You bet it is.

The empty buzzwords may fly fast and furious in Ubisoft's new "experience trailer," but they're paired with five minutes of exciting footage from Unity and some cool glimpses of the Anvil engine powering Assassin's Creed. The scale of digital Paris is especially impressive. I don't know if Notre Dame is a triumph of digital architecture, but I definitely want to climb it.


The International 2014: looking back on the Grand Finals

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You can find write-ups of all three previous days of play at the International here.

The fourth International is over. As a fan, there's always a hollow feeling that comes with this period - the sense that the last of the hype has finally burned away, that this event that has come to occupy so much of your time and energy has been suddenly brought to a close. Post-International blues are a real thing. This year, though, those inevitable doldrums have been compounded by a Grand Final that won't have been what many fans were expecting when the main event began. Below I'm going to explain why I came away from the finals largely satisfied even though I agree with some of the criticism, and what I think the course of those four games say about the state of Dota 2 as we enter the next year in its life. Spoilers, obviously.

You have one day to claim your free Steam key for Gun Monkeys

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Week four of our huge Steam key giveaway bonanza is drawing to a close, but don't fret if you've not yet claimed your free copy of Gun Monkeys, you have until 4PM BST tomorrow to grab one here and enjoy some explosive one-on-one monkey vs. monkey action. When the clock strikes four, we'll go live with the final deal in our five-week, five million Steam Key giveaway. It's been emotional.


OlliOlli review

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If OlliOlli proves anything, it's that skating games, unlike the sport that inspired them, aren't yet passé. It perfectly captures the layered thrill of not only mastering a route, but also enhancing it through a performance of tricks and personal flair. There are missteps, for sure, but the core act of flipping, grinding and spinning ensures the action remains stimulating across its many challenging levels.


Areal Kickstarter suspended two days after hitting its goal

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The Areal Kickstarter was pushed over and then well past its goal a few days ago thanks to a very sudden spike in support, but the saga has now taken an unexpected (or perhaps not) twist, as funding for the project has been suspended.


Gods Will Be Watching trailer promises tension, moral ambiguity

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"Is eating your friends the best way to stay alive, or just the easier?" That's one question posed in the description of this new Gods Will Be Watching launch trailer. It's a tough one to answer... that is, unless you're currently stood in a supermarket, or are within reaching distance of a snack. Gods Will Be Watching is a point 'n click puzzler based around such dilemmas, and the choices you make when faced with them.


The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 4 review

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Warning: there are unmarked spoilers for all of Season 2 of The Walking Dead below. Going forward, PC Gamer will review episodic games like TV episodes: critiquing and discussing the story of each episode as the season progresses, before assigning a score at the end of the season. Read more about how we review games in the PC Gamer reviews policy.

"I've seen you take care of yourself more than any three adults put together," a bitter survivor says to Clementine in The Walking Dead Season 2's fourth episode Amid the Ruins. I've tried to convince him that I need him--that the group needs him to survive after escaping, battered and exhausted, from Carver's compound. He's not buying it. And he shouldn't.

The problem with survival games

Andy Kelly at

Have you ever seen Survivorman? It’s a documentary series about a guy called Les Stroud who spends a week in the world’s most inhospitable places—deserts, rainforests, tundras—and survives with only the clothes on his back. Fakers like Bear Grylls have doctors on hand, camera crews, and cosy hotels to return to after filming, but Stroud does it all for real—and films everything himself. It’s really good TV, and I promise that after you watch the first episode you’ll be hooked.


Wildstar trailer reveals Sabotage update, brings new PvP Battleground

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What's next for Wildstar? After the bio-terror of the Strain update, Ultradrop 2: Sabotage is based more on the act of hitting fellow players with sharp weapons, or shooting fellow players with laser pistols... Or, as shown by the new DevSpeak video, exploding fellow players with sabotage-enabling bombs.


Guild Wars 2 trailer teases The Dragon's Reach: Part 1

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This was a long time coming. Guild Wars 2 is—like all fantasy games are—about dragons. One of the major complaints about the game's first season of story updates was the lack of anything to do with dragons. This might seem petty, but if you've got giant dragons tearing up the place, you might think they're more important than a local election. In the end, it was all a ruse: the story ended with the awakening of a new dragon. Now the effects of that awakening are being felt. Dragon stuff is happening, and will continue to happen in the upcoming update, The Dragon's Reach: Part 1.