Arena Commander is now open to all backers, adds Capture the Core gameplay mode

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With access to Arena Commander now open to all backers, Star Citizen studio Cloud Imperium Games has begun the process of beefing up the action through the addition of new game modes. First up is Capture the Core, which as the title suggests is basically Capture the Flag, but in space.


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.


See the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer reveal here, at 6pm BST

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the latest game in the cult Call of Duty series. Among its small band of dedicated followers, some will no doubt be mildly interested in the upcoming shooter's online multiplayer offering. Okay, now read that sentence again, this time replacing "cult" with "gargantuan", "small band" with "vast army", "some" with "many", and "mildly interested in" with "positively kicking their way past small animals and children in a rabid attempt to find any information about".

For all its many faults, new information about the series is a Big Deal. It's fitting, then, that Gamescom 2014 is kicking off with a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer reveal event. It's due start soon, at 6pm BST, 7pm CET, 10am PDT or 1pm EDT. You can see the full thing here.


Ubisoft announces Toy Soldiers: War Chest, teddy bears to shoot death rainbows

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The first two games in the Toy Soldiers series—which developer Signal Studios recently re-released as a bundle on Steam Early Access—are well-liked action/tower defense hybrids, but remain best-known for their XBLA success. Being published by Microsoft Game Studios will have that effect. For its next game, Signal has found a new home—Ubisoft will publish Toy Soldiers: War Chest, and it'll be a little different.


4K Screenshot Showcase: Borderlands 2

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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.

Famously, Gearbox changed Borderlands' visuals at the eleventh hour, completely re-doing the character models and textures to turn it from an ugly caterpillar into a bazooka-firing butterfly dipped in a vat of leaky glowsticks. Gearbox further loosened their belt for the sequel. They continue the first game's cel-shaded mania but notch up the environmental variety, with arctic wastes, gleaming metropolises, bone-dry dust bowls, and green goo-filled mines. It makes for a game that delivers plenty of spectacle.

Hard West is a "tactical bloodbath" that combines X-Com with the Wild West

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X-Com, but... is an increasingly popular design choice these days. Hard West, for example, is X-Com, but in the Wild West. Pleasingly, it also appears to be drawing from other influences: nightmarish weirdness and horror join harsh landscapes and bloodshed for a interesting genre-mix of environmental exploration and tactical turn-based decision making. Before any of that, though, there's a Kickstarter campaign to complete.


Football Manager player database to be used by real-world clubs

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If you're a long-term Football Manager player, you likely believe yourself to be a fully qualified managerial master. At the same time, a nagging part of your brain is probably reminding you that it's all fiction, that you haven't taken Accrington Stanley to League Cup success, and that, if given the chance in real life, everybody would point and laugh at you.

Maybe it's time to silence that pessimistic voice, because the game's extensive player database has been deemed accurate enough for real-world use. Sports Interactive have today announced a partnership with performance analysis provider Prozone Sports that will put the FM database at the disposal of real-world clubs and scouts.


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.


Mod of the Week: Double Action Boogaloo, for Half-Life 2

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Amidst a flock of startled doves I dive left, my dual pistols blazing, and take down one enemy as another evades me by back-flipping off a wall. As I empty both clips, my dive becomes a prolonged sideways slide which takes me right off the roof of the skyscraper. I'm not alone: another thug sails over the ledge and joins me on my long plummet to the ground. While falling, I reload both guns and we trade fire all the way down to the street. Did I mention this happens in slow-motion? It's as if Jon Woo directed The Matrix when you play Double Action Boogaloo, a multiplayer mod for Half-Life 2.


World of Tanks has a lot of players, so here's a ridiculous CGI trailer

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Wargaming.net has over 100 million players across their many games and platforms, the World of Tanks creator today announced. That is the end of the news portion of this news post. Now we get to celebrate the fact that Wargaming.net has rectified the crime of not having made a ridiculous World of Tanks CGI trailer for a while. In fact, the last one of note accompanied the game's 60 million player mark. This one might outdo even that.


4A Games addresses Metro Redux pricing concerns: "vote with your wallets"

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In the world of video games it's just one outrage after another until you just wish Flanders was dead. This time people are upset about the pricing for 4A Games' forthcoming Metro Redux package, which includes both Metro: 2033 and Metro: Last Light. The former is a huge overhaul of the 2010 original, while the latter doesn't differ greatly from the 2013 shooter, though all DLC is bundled.


Minecraft 'Head Into The Clouds' contest winners announced

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Planet Minecraft's 'Head Into The Clouds' contest was drawn late last week, and the winners are typically impressive. We looked at some of the most visually appealing entries a couple of weeks ago, and one of them has managed to take out the top prize. The contest required Minecraft players to build something on the Planet Minecraft 'Floating Island' map, with only a few limitations: no tampering with the basic structure of the map, and no texture packs.


Battlefield 4 to get major free update in September based on CTE feedback

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DICE continues its efforts to salvage Battlefield 4 with a new series of fixes, due to go live in September. The substantial update is borne of feedback received from the game's Community Test Environment, which launched in May exclusively for Battlefield Premium members. Its focus was meant to be the game's netcode, but a lot more has been addressed according to the notes.


No One Lives Forever review — January 2001, US edition

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I'd forgotten that NOLF was actually called The Operative: No One Lives Forever. There may have been legal reasons for the title, but Monolith also said it wanted to avoid James Bond comparisons altogether—it heard a lot of them after NOLF was revealed in 1999. That's also why it changed the main character to Cate Archer. According to an archived interview from 2000, the original protagonist was male.


Skeletal PS1 adventure Medievil is being reborn as a Skyrim mod

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Medievil was one of the highlights of the Playstation era for me: a Tim Burton/Danny Elfmanesque comedy romp through a medieval...sorry, a medievil fantasy world. It's one of those games I'd rather preserve the memory of rather than attempt to play again, but I'm thrilled to see it reborn, after a fashion, in Skyrim. Modder KorinOo is remaking the first four levels in the Construction Set, along with its undead hero Sir Daniel Fortescue and the various skellies and pumpkins he encounters along the way.


Dominions 4 diary part three: wizards, lizards and eternal darkness

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In parts one and two, Balboa, my obelisk god, leader of the Lanka, successfully fended off challenges from other pretender gods in the west of the kingdom, and plans to turn his attentions south once those enemies have been defeated.

Lizards. Lizards everywhere. The cold-blooded bastards have crossed the southern river to strike at my exposed heartlands. Far to the west, my armies continue to decimate the gods that challenged me last month, but it’ll take them ages to double back and help my central cities. This could mean trouble. Big, scaly trouble.

Street Fighter IV's Steamworks transition not going smoothly; Capcom working on fixes

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Games for Windows Live is the gift that keeps on giving. First it was dead, then it was not dead, and now it's causing trouble from beyond the hypothetical grave in Capcom's Super/Ultra Street Fighter IV. Capcom announced that they were making the transition from GfWL to Steamworks a couple of months ago, and now that's it's happened all sorts of connection and lag problems are occurring. Ultra SFIV's Steam forums page is awash with posts detailing a cornucopia of issues, which mostly appear to be related to the game's netcode.


The Best Free Games of the Week

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This week's free games picks take you to the Mountains of Madness, deepest space, the rugged Old West, and down, down, down into an ancient temple. If your canteen is full, your quiver is stuffed with arrows, and your knapsack is fit to bursting with essential Curly Wurlys and Snickers bars, you may join me after the break.


Eugen Systems announces Act of War successor Act of Aggression

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What comes after War? Aggression? That doesn't sound quite right, war being a rather aggressive act in the first place, but here we are. Eugen Systems—stalwart carriers of the wargaming flame—are hoping to "bring about a return to the '90s Golden Era of real time strategy games" with their new game Act of Aggression, and its first trailer contains all the tiny units, explosions and jagged steel fonts you could possibly want. Also a very strange choice of accompanying song.


Lucius 2 announced: murder a town to please your dad, the Devil

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Does your dad have hooves? Does he carry a pitchfork around? If you answered yes to one of them he's either Mr Tumnus or some sort of farmer; if you answered yes to both, there's a good chance he's the devil. Yeah, sorry to break it to you like that. The good news is that your share a lineage with a kid named Lucius; the bad news is that he's not exactly the friendly sort. I'd go so far as to say he's a bit of a wrong'un. After murdering his (adopted) family in his first game, he's back to terrorise a sandboxy town in Lucius 2. See the firstus trailerus after the break. us.