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Elite Dangerous has always been about ships. Flying 'em, fighting 'em, crashing 'em into asteroids because you forgot flight assist was turned off. Why would you ever want to get out and walk? With the Odyssey expansion promising just that, Frontier's latest dev diary has outlined the trading, scavenging, gunslinging and mingling you'll be getting up to should you choose to leave the comfort of the cockpit.

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Yup. That seems about right. After evicting the Queen and erecting a colossal monolith in Melbourne, the unknowable architect behind Microsoft Flight Simulator's world gen now appears to have pulled at the very fabric of the Earth, ripping a massive hole out of a field in South America. At least, I very much hope this is a simple computing error - has anyone actually been outside to check lately?

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The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth is almost finished. No, actually, for real this time. Two years after it's announcement, five years after Afterbirth+ and almost a decade after the game's flash debut, Edmund McMillen reckons The Binding Of Isaac: Repentance is just shy of finished - closing out the roguelike with one final DLC that promises a sequel-scale faecal basement adventure.

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Given the subject, Assassin's Creed Valhalla probably didn't need to tell us why our merry band of Norsemen are off pillaging England. Who wouldn't? But it's gone and done so anyway with this week's new story trailer. As it turns out, there's a whole lotta brotherly love, royal squabbling and series-mandated Templar conspiracies rumbling underneath all that Anglo-bashing.

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Dearest reader, I bring you tragic and wonderful news. A wealthy long-lost relative has died (oh no!) and bequeathed you their estate (oh ho!) but with one unusual condition (o-oh?). Should you wish to claim their riches, titles, and mansion, you must fully accept into your heart and life one of two new ludicrous 1/4-scale video game statues. From now until your end, you shall live surrounded by them. Tell me, reader dear: will it be the giant Nier: Automata trio or the 51cm Cyberpunk 2077 Keanu Reeves?

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Having already fit the world on my hard drive, Microsoft Flight Simulator now begins the long and painful process of making it all look a bit nicer. The flight sim's first World Update drops today, sprucing up Japan with photogrammetry-scanned cities, improved terrain mapping, custom-built airports and new landing challenges to break in the new runways. Tickets are free, so why not pop over to Tokyo for a spell?

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Mind earlier this month, when Elon Musk was going on about putting coins in your brain to save memories? Mind Scanners, the next game from Yes, Your Grace devs Brave At Night, sees that grim future through to the finish line - presenting a world of folks who've replaced everything from their eyes to their hearts with dodgy electronics.

And you? You're the lucky sod who gets to fix 'em up when the warranty expires.

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Torchlight 3 ventures out of early access next month

It's been a strange and murky road for monster-bashing diablike Torchlight 3. But even after the closure of series creators Runic games, a pivot away from the persistent online plans of Torchlight Frontiers, and a brief stint in Steam Early Access, Echtra's loot-grabbing threequel is finally preparing to face the cold light of a full release this October 13th - and it's brought some fancy fairies along for the ride.

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Save $500 on this RTX 2060-powered MSI gaming laptop

If you're looking for a gaming laptop with a high refresh rate display and buckets of storage, then have Newegg got the deal for you. Today only, you can get $500 off this MSI GF65 Thin, which comes with a full-fat RTX 2060 graphics chip (not one of Nvidia's energy efficient Max-Q versions) to make the most of its 120Hz 1920x1080 display, a 1TB SSD, plus a Core i7 CPU and a whopping 32GB of RAM. Normally $1900, this well-specced machine can now be had for $1400.

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After plumbing the depths of PlayStations for a fortnight, Spelunky 2 arrived on PC today. Grab your whip and hat, and hit the Moon to explore new dungeons full of monsters, treasures, and ways to die while doing something you initially thought was quite clever. Online multiplayer isn't in at launch, mind, so you'll have to before you can experience the comfort/mischief/catastrophe of playing with a pal not within punching distance.

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Frontier Developments today announced that they'll soon give the Elite Dangerous expansion Horizons free to all players, letting everyone roll around planets in spacecars before the next upcoming expansion invites us to walk on them with our own two spacefeet. The Horizons season pass has covered almost five years of new features, including character customisation, the ability to pilot ships cooperatively with a crew, and those spacecars. It has cost £20/€25/$30 (though sales often took it down to £5) so free is quite nice. People who have bought Horizons will get an exclusive paint job as thanks, mind.

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Steelseries are having a 20% off sale today

Steelseries are having a 20% off sale on their online store today, making it a great time to pick up one of our favourite gaming headset and gaming mice recommendations on the cheap. It's not just headsets and mice that are discounted, either. The sale is store-wide, covering everything from keyboards, mouse pads, controllers and accessories, including those natty Cyberpunk 2077 add-ons for the Arctis Pro.

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Bravo Six to readership, Call Of Duty: Warzone Season 6 is out right now on all platforms. Drop into Verdansk and you'll find a brand spanking new subway system to commute on, new guns to pick up, and a new battle pass replete with goodies. The main goodie being a vampire bat called Edward who will chew on your opponent's face for you. Delightful.

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Buying a new gaming monitor can be an expensive proposition when you're upgrading your PC, especially if you've just spent hundreds of pounds or dollars on a new graphics card to make the most of it, too. As a result, finding a good gaming monitor deal to help take the edge off things can be a real help, which is why we've rounded up all the best gaming monitor deals from around the web below. Whether you're looking for gaming monitor deals on 144Hz screens, 240Hz displays, or an ultrawide gaming monitor, we've got you covered with the top gaming monitor deals of the week.

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Free-to-play action RPG Genshin Impact is out now on PC, PS4, iOS, and Android and heck, it actually seems pretty enticing. The very Breath Of The Wild-looking fantasy game gives you elemental powers to wield in action combat, a party to build, and a colorful world to explore. Better yet, you can pull your pals on other systems into co-op with cross-platform multiplayer.

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Medieval conquer 'em up Crusader Kings 3 will be pushing out a huge patch to fix all sorts of bugs and AI oddities. Really though, it almost feels like some of these bugs deserve to stay. They're hard-working bugs, folks. The strategy simulation is adding fixes for overzealous spymasters, children with poor role models, and Popes with a taste for the flesh of the faithful.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is steadily spooling out information leading up to its November launch date. We've seen a bit of the story campaign, new maps and modes coming to multiplayer, and heard about those upcoming betas. Next up is the returning zombies mode for those of you who want to ditch the ugly real life warfare for some good ol' fashioned undead gore.

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The next Yakuza game is coming this November on a date that was first leaked, then confirmed, and now changed. Yakuza: Like A Dragon is now launching on November 10th to match the Xbox Series X launch date. That's three days earlier than planned that you'll get to suit up and hit the streets of Yokohama as a criminal with a heart of gold.

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Nvidia RTX 3080 vs 2080 Ti: which 4K graphics card is better?

The new Nvidia RTX 3080 may still be almost impossible to get hold of, but as an indicator of what the next generation of 4K graphics cards have in store for us, it's definitely one to watch for anyone looking to upgrade their PC in the coming months. Indeed, we've already seen what kind of a leap it offers over the existing RTX 2080 and its Super-fied sibling in my Nvidia RTX 3080 vs 2080 showdown, but today I thought I'd take a closer look at how it fares against Nvidia's previous top-end flagship, the RTX 2080 Ti, a card that has always cost at least £1000 / $1000 ever since it came out at the end of 2018. Can the £649 / $699 RTX 3080 pose any kind of threat to Nvidia's best 4K best graphics card? Let's find out via the medium of some lovely graphs.

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Summer's well over now and it's time to reap what's been sown. Adobe's decision to cease support for Flash will soon be bearing fruit, including FarmVille's demise. You know, the farm simulation game that touched PC users' hearts before Stardew Valley came along. Zynga's later farming simulation games will continue on but the original will be going dark at the end of 2020.

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Yes, Skyblivion is still going folks. A team of volunteers are still plugging away at remaking The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in Skyrim as a mod. Will it ever come to a close? Well, in a new developer diary, we got an insight into how it's looking and where it's headed. In among all the details surrounding UI and clothes and objects, I found one thing really stood out to me. They've nearly completed the 'first pass' of the overworld, and they're injecting some extra flavour into many of the original's dull, empty spaces.

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The Fnatic Streak is one of the best gaming keyboards I've ever tested at RPS, so it's always pleasing when you can grab one for a bit less than usual. Today, there are two versions of its tenkeyless sibling, the equally brilliant Fnatic miniStreak, that are enjoying a rather nice £15 discount right now (the Cherry MX Red model and new Kailh Speed Silver edition), bringing this normally £100 mechanical keyboard down to a much more enticing £85.

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Please leave me to my mundane jobs in Among Us

For most, Among Us is a game fraught with tension, with lies and deceit. It pops 4-10 players onto a spaceship which needs some tuning up for departure, but one or more folks is a killer bent on murdering everyone. A chat function ensures each game descends into psychological warfare. Bodies are reported, emergency meetings are called, accusations fly. Everyone votes, then someone gets ejected into space.

Meanwhile, I sit quietly in chat. Sure, murder is very exciting, but my mind is elsewhere, on the oh-so-satisfying rewiring that needs doing.

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A little shouting is to be expected when playing a Serious Sam game, considering one of the enemies is a headless fella with bombs for hands who'll come charging over the horizon with an "aaaAAAAAAAAA!", but Croteam's latest circle-strafing shooter did bring some bad shouting too. When Serious Sam 4 launched last Thursday, some players were yelling at technical issues including crashes and poor performance. But the devs put out a wee hotfix patch on Friday night, focused on fixing crashes, so it should be in a better state now if you wanna get back to the good shouting.

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Everything's delayed this year, even the games no one actually announced. The oft-rumoured remasters of the original Mass Effect trilogy have been delayed, according to a new rumour, though this isn't too surprising/disappointing given that we don't know for certain they're actually real. Rumours had said EA were revamping the first three Mass Effect games for release this October, or at least by March 2021, and the latest whispers say Mass Effect: Legendary Edition come in early 2021. I mean, given that EA still haven't even announced any such project, I'm not surprised that it wouldn't be coming next month.

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Just when you thought you couldn't possibly cram any more RGB LEDs into your gaming setup, HyperX have gone and announced their newly rainbow-fied Quadcast S streaming microphone. Now equipped with fully customisable RGB lighting, the latest version of HyperX's standalone USB microphone allows you to pick your colours, brightness level, pattern and speed for that complete RGB streaming experience.

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Amazon Prime Day is officially taking place on October 13-14th, Amazon have announced. Their big Prime Day sale normally takes place in mid-July, but this year the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has pushed back Amazon's big day of deals to the autumn, bringing it dangerously close to this year's Black Friday deals.

Here's everything we know so far about the official Prime Day date, how to get a good deal and what's likely to be on sale. We also take a look back at the best deals from last year's Amazon Prime Day to give you a better idea about the type of gaming deals you can expect to see on Prime Day 2020.

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