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The newest casualty in Apple and Epic Games' legal squabble is Fortnite: Save The World. Nah, not the battle royale everyone plays, just the co-op horde game. If you're just catching up, Epic kicked off a big stink with Apple last month with a weird, 1984-inspired propaganda video as they circumvented Apple's cut of App Store sales. It's been all drama since then. Has this really only been going on for four weeks? This is going to be a long, tiresome ride.

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The fifth Game Devs of Color Expo kicks off this weekend with presentations by a number of different creators. Although the weekend of talks is a paid event, you can spot some developer interviews and free demos being hosted by the expo over on Steam in an event called Gradient Convergence. You've got from now until Monday, to try those out if you're keen.

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Crysis Remastered is out and yes, you can probably run it. You will need to buy it though, because that's how these things work. The remaster includes visual updates like 8k resolution textures and ray-traced reflections for those of you willing to put your systems through their paces. Not to worry, ye old Crysis joke will live on for several more years if Crytek have anything to say about it.

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No Man's Sky is in for yet another update to its giant spacefaring simulation sometime next week, Hello games say. They've shared the title for the new update and hinted that it's the beginning of some big new piece of the game, but don't appear to be sharing more until the update and its patch notes drop next week. That won't stop me from taking some guesses based on the new artwork though, now will it?

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Over five years after Descendent Studios successfully finished a Kickstarter campaign for Descent: Underground, their dream of a new game in the tunnelbound spaceship shooter series has not yet come true. It got pulled from early access, its plans changed to focus on singleplayer, and... it went quiet for a long time. Descendent Studios and the publishers, Little Orbit have been tied up in a legal battle, y'see. Well, Descendent issued an update this week saying work has come on and they do still plan to release it, even if they can't use the Descent name and have to call it "Ships That Fight Underground" or something.

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In yet another Cyberpunk 2077 news brief, CD Projekt Red have talked more about Night City's layout, gangs, and revealed the PC system specifications you'll need to run their biggo RPG. For a city that seems so big, the tech you'll need to visit it is quite small. It will apparently only take up 70GB of storage space and will run with an Nvidia GTX 780 GPU.

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Final Fantasy 16’s reveal trailer has big Final Fantasy 15 energy and I am here for it

Final Fantasy 16's future on PC may have been thrown into doubt over the last 48 hours thanks to Square Enix's ongoing exclusivity mess, but man alive, I am EXCITED all the same. Partly because its brand new "Awakening" reveal trailer shown off during Wednesday's latest PS5 Showcase a) looked fantastic, and b) explicitly stated it had been captured on PC, thereby giving me hope that it will come to PC eventually. But mostly because it reminded me a lot of the previous game in the series, the wonderful (but epically flawed) Final Fantasy 15. Allow me to explain.

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The new Stronghold Warlords demo gets feudalism just right

I've missed all the demos so far for Stronghold Warlords, the upcoming instalment in Firefly Studios' long-running castle-building-and-bashing series, despite being a big fan of the original games. But seeing as Warlords is being featured at Ye Olde PAX X EGX, and I had my hands on the new demo (which is out right now!), I figured now was the time to get stuck in.

Well, I'm glad I tried it. And I'm glad I waited, too. It seems Warlords has been through a lot of changes over the course of its development, but what's there now is very solid indeed. And while it has been delayed from its original launch date this month to January 26, 2021, I'm happy that Firefly are taking their time. Although I've only played the single campaign-ish scenario included in the demo, it gave me a solid hit of the satisfaction I associate with the original Stronghold. Plus, more importantly, it manages to genuinely innovate on the formula. Here's how.

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It's Talk Like A Pirate Day on Saturday, so naturally, Rare's excellent pirate adventure Sea Of Thieves has some goodies in store for its players. The first of which is a free ship set inspired by Ori And The Blind Forest (or Will Of The Wisps, I suppose). And the second is a whole weekend of double gold and reputation rewards between today and Sunday the 20th of September.

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If you need to wrest back some control over your environment in these unprecedented times, as they say, Nvidia have launched a new app for that. Their new Nvidia Broadcast application is made for removing annoying noises and messy home offices from the background of your morning work calls or evening livestreaming sessions.

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If you're aching for some new things to do in Left 4 Dead 2, then I have some wonderful news. The game's first official content update in eight years drops on September 24th bringing with it The Last Stand, a campaign based on the first game's lighthouse Survival mode map.

Now, that would be pretty cool in itself, but this update is adding not one, but 20 new Survival arenas, four Scavenge arenas, 30 new achievements, loads of previously-unused voice lines, new melee weapons, animations and hundreds of bug fixes to top it all off.

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The League Of Legends 2020 Season World Championship starts next week, which means it's time for another song and music video about being really good at video games. This year, Riot's music team have drafted Jeremy McKinnon (the lead singer of A Day To Remember) and mononymous singers MAX and Henry for a song called Take Over. Does it top Warriors, the Worlds 2014 song by Imagine Dragons? No, of course not, but it does have enough pomp and bass to put up a respectable show.

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Inkulinati is a turn-based strategy game where you take control of a Master of Living Ink, or Inkulinati, as they’re otherwise known. Inkulinati face off against one another by drawing weird and fantastical beasts on the margins of medieval manuscripts and sending them into battle. It’s basically a fight to the death, but with doodles, and it's all in a stunning art style inspired by real life medieval marginalia.

Turns out these 700 year old drawings lend themselves very nicely to a 2D duel. The combat is easy to grasp ("but hard to master”, he mutters under his breath) and there’s a snappy flow to battles as turns flip between you and the enemy with an uncomplicated ease. I like this about Inkulinati a lot - it doesn’t overdo things. It’s clutter free. Each unit you command has only a handful of options and movement is limited, but this makes each decision matter. The folks over at Yaza Games clearly know what makes a turn-based battler tick, but I can see this appealing to both the more serious strategy-heads and players who want a more whimsical, relaxed vibe.

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Michel Ancel, the co-creator of Rayman and creative director of Beyond Good & Evil, today announced that he's stopping working on video games. The French designer started at Ubisoft when he was a teenager and, after over 30 years in the industry spent mostly at Ubi, says he wants to focus on his second passion, wildlife. Come for the announcement, stay for the video of a fox stealing brioche.

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Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent have managed to draw the eyes of the US government for their dealings with American companies like Riot and Epic Games. Tencent own the former and have a 40% stake in the latter, not to mention ties with Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, Discord, and more. Now, a government agency want to know how Tencent are handling the security of Americans' personal data.

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Fine free-to-play action-RPG Path Of Exile today launches its squillionth free expansion, Heist. As the name suggests, we'll be breaking into secure places to rob them blind. And in true heist tradition, we'll recruit a crew of rogues with unique skills to bypass security. I'm in.

This update was supposed to also to introduce a Mac version of Path Of Exile, though that has been slightly delayed by last-minute technical problems.

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You Suck At Parking made me really happy to be in a car crash

I've never been so called out by a game name. Look, I took a break from driving for like six months because of the pandemic. You try going that long without having to parallel park, yeah? They say the skill comes back quick but it most certainly does not. Thankfully, Happy Volcano's You Suck At Parking does not actually make you drive a real vehicle. Rather, you're plonked in a funky little video game car (or van, or lorry, or occasionally steamroller) with a simple end goal: park good.

It's kinda like a weird racing game. Your objective is to stop, yes, but you must do so very quickly, and often without exploding.

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The RTX 3080 went on sale yesterday for seemingly all two minutes before it vanished into a puff of broken websites, out of stock stickers and ludicrous Ebay scalpers. Many retailers are still struggling to cope with demand, too - indeed, Newegg have said that they experienced more traffic than the morning of chuffin' Black Friday yesterday, and that their entire RTX 3080 inventory sold out in five minutes.

But if you're absolutely desperate to get your hands on Nvidia's new flagship RTX and don't care what AMD have in store for their Big Navi GPUs next month, then help is at hand. As your resident deals herald, I've been scouring the web to find exactly where you can buy an RTX 3080 right now, and how long you're likely going to have to wait before you get one.

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The Can You Pet The Dog Twitter account is quite possibly one of the greatest forces for good in the history of games, especially now it's spawned its own Humble Bundle. The Humble You Can Pet The Dog Bundle runs from now until Thursday October 1st, and contains eight games of dog petting goodness, plus two soundtracks, all for £9 / $12. You also get to experience the warm, fuzzy feeling of supporting three separate animal charities, too. Here's how it works.

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Ring Of Pain is a solid card crawler featuring the grimmest owl in games

Deckbuilding and dungeon crawlers: two great tastes that go well together. Cards, it turns out, are a great tool for abstracting the collection of vaguely synergistic loot from monster corpses, and then seeing how far the resultant combinations will get you through fast-paced, sudden-death runs through a gauntlet of further monsters. Slay The Spire is arguably the defining masterpiece of the card crawler subgenre, and both I and former staff writer Matt Cox (RPS in peace) were impressed by the multi-storey devil fights of this year's Monster Train.

But there's still plenty of room for invention in the format, and the upcoming Ring Of Pain (out on October 15th, and showcased in the ongoing PAX X EGX extravaganza) demonstrates what it was missing all along: massively disconcerting owl people.

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Have you played… Call Of Duty: Warzone?

I consider myself quite the all-rounder when it comes to playing games. I've sampled a little bit of what sometimes feels like every game ever made during my five-squared years on this earth. And yet somehow, inconceivably, before last year's Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare I'd never played a CoD game before. I've no idea how it happened (or didn't happen), but it did (or didn't).

Then, as if to make up for all that lost time, the CoD Gods dropped Call Of Duty: Warzone on me a scant few months later. And in a twist of irony, I've played very few games since.

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Anecdotal adventure Welcome To Elk is out now

Welcome To Elk recognises we're probably all overdue a trip. Oh, a change of scenery would be nice, but it's the people who make the place - the strange, sombre and often surreal stories from folks we'd never otherwise get to meet. While there's still a global pandemic going on in the real world, developers Triple Topping are taking us on a trip to their storybook island starting today.

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Hogwarts Legacy might be set 200 years before lightning-face shows up, but it couldn't pre-empt the series creator's transphobic outbursts. Following its debut at last night's Playstation show, publishers Warner Bros. have attempted to reassure troubled fans that author JK Rowling is not "directly involved" in the game's production - though they're being cagey on just how, exactly, she stands to benefit from the game's success.

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Get in the car, loser, we're going to Mexico - and we're not paying for the first hundred miles. Starting today, the first episode of supernatural teen sequel Life Is Strange 2is going completely free, permanently. Oh, you'll still have to pay up to see their journey through to completion, but now you can spend a few hours with the Diaz brothers as they begin their cross-state road trip to the border.

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Podcast episode 109: the living a normal life special… live!

This week, we at the Electronic Wireless Show were digital innovators and did our podcast live and on camera as part of PAX X EGX. It went really well and there were no slight technical hitches where my camera kept resizing itself on screen for a bit near the start. Our theme was simulation games, partly so I could talk about The Sims a lot, but also because we want to talk about how games simulate life.

Though you can of course watch the video version, we've also stripped the audio for yer more traditional podpost, so it should be in your podcast feeds...now! Come for the digressions about Chris Evans, stay for the Cavern of lies, which had an extra layer of difficulty of danger and difficulty this week, because we could make eye contact with Nate while he lied to us.

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