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Episodic adventure Majestic Nights promises '80s thrills in a world where all conspiracies are true

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File this one under: "please, please be good". The Australian-based Epiphany Games have just announced Majestic Nights, an '80s role-playing thriller about a world chock full of conspiracy and danger. The description is, in so many ways, my jam: containing phrases like "hidden intrigue", "loose cannon" and "brash 1980s". For now, though, the developers are covering up how the game will play—instead choosing to focus its announcement trailer on setting the mood.


Heroes of the Storm will soon introduce customisable 'Artifact' slots

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Wondering where you're going to spend all that Heroes of the Storm gold? Blizzard has announced it will introduce a whole new progression system in the next Technical Alpha patch. In a nutshell, it's basically HotS's equivalent to League of Legends' Runes: there are three Artifact slots all up, with the first available free once the player has reached Level 15. After that, players will need to pay gold in order to unlock the second two.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Nvidia announces Shield Tablet and wireless controller, an 8-inch Android tablet focused on games

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Last week Nvidia was rumored to be prepping the reveal of a new device running Android and capable of streaming games from your PC. Today, it revealed the Shield Tablet, an 8-inch tablet that uses Nvidia's Tegra K1 chip to do just that.


Farming Simulator 15 screenshots remind us that simulators can be serious

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An alert in my email inbox: new Farming Simulator 15 screenshots! Almost without thinking, I move the mouse towards the delete button. But then I pause... No. You know what? We are going to do this. In a world now full of wacky non-sims, we are going to instead give time to the game that earnestly and wholeheartedly wants to simulate the experience of driving and operating farm equipment.

We are going to look at—nay, celebrate—some Farming Simulator 15 screenshots, and by Jove we're going to do it unironically.


Watch Dogs' TheWorse Mod final version released

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So much of the Watch Dogs discussion has been centred around its graphics. Maybe that can now be resolved with this: the final release of TheWorse Mod. Originally designed to enable the visual effects present in Ubisoft's E3 2012 demo of the game, it's since been expanded to offer a full compliment of graphical and performance related improvements. Maybe now we can't talking about what's really wrong with Watch Dogs: its total lack of dogs.