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Feline Anti-Sun Science In The Cat Machine

There are a few quick ways to my heart. Food, Blizzard games, Magic cards, but cats is probably the easiest. The Cat Machine [official site] has discovered this great secret, combining easy to learn puzzle mechanics with cat trains. Cat trains which you must direct onto the right tracks so that they can take off into space and stop the Earth from falling into the sun. As solo developer Matt Luard put it, “it’s all very scientific.” It came out yesterday, so launch trailer and speedy thoughts after a few minutes with the game below.

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The Complex Combat Of Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Kingdom Come: Deliverance [official site] is a crowd-funding success story about hitting knights with swords in first person. It’s aiming to be a realistic RPG, where levelling up and getting loot will help you out, but there will be no magic, no goblins and your skill with a sword will determine your fate more than your stat line. That combat has been detailed in a recent developer diary, which digs deep on not only the strive for realism but the serious challenges encountered on that path.

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Watch Hearthstone Stream Reveal New Cards In 1 Hour

Hearthstone’s latest expansion The Grand Tournament [official site] is just around the corner, with a confirmed release date of some time this month. There isn’t a whole lot of month left, so a livestream tonight will reveal a heap of new cards and probably a release date. Were I a guessing man with a platform to turn that guess into news, I’d bet the coming downtime on Tuesday/Wednesday is patch-day. Watch the stream below live at 6pm Brit-Time, 10am PDT and we’ll update this post with any news that comes to light.

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ARK: Survival Evolved Launches $25k Modding Contest

The ARK: Survival Evolved [official site] folks have been busy. Today they’re launching their Survival of the Fittest Hunger-Royale-style mode onto the Steam workshop. Coming with it are free mod tools, accessed via the Epic Games Launcher, that are a “streamlined” version of the Unreal Engine 4 editor. These will be used in a just-announced modding competition in partnership with Alienware where anyone can submit maps or mods for a shot at three big prizes. Phew, that’s a lot of links. Read on for all the details.

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The Witcher 3 Mod Tools Released

Think of the buttons, dials and knobs you'll be able to fiddle with on this! Strewth.

No massively intricate and complicated fantasy RPG is complete without spending four hours selecting the mods you want to layer on top of it first. CD Projekt Red know this and have just released The Witcher 3 [official site] mod tools in partnership with Nexus Mods. This means not only can you grab the tools from Nexus, but their mod manager – which has been a mainstay of Bethesda modding for years – now supports The Witcher 3 as well.

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Over An Hour Of Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide

In our initial preview of Beyond Earth’s Rising Tide expansion [official site], Firaxis were keen to make it clear that the expansion would have a heavier sci-fi focus than the base game. They also spoke about the new diplomacy system, in which you interact with the leaders of opposing factions in hopefully more realistic ways. That’s what has been detailed in not only a new trailer but a full, hour-long livestream that took place yesterday, heralding a free weekend for the base game. Both videos and all the details are below.

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Latest Terraria Update Brings Mac And Linux Support

The amazing work of CraTeR, who you can find more stuff from on the media page of the Terraria site.

Mac and Linux support for indie games is sort of like the rolling spaceship from Prometheus. Everyone thinks you can just get it out of the way but it’s a little more difficult than that when you’re actually in the hotseat. Terraria [official site] first launched in 2011 as an adorable and fun 2D alternative to big boy creative juggernaut Minecraft. Since then it’s had numerous spin-offs and a sequel announced, plus three huge updates that make it almost unrecognisable from that initial product. But this week, finally, OSX and Linux players have access to the game.

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The Flock Will Welcome You On August 21st

The Flock [official site] is one of the oddest game in development. It’s an online FPS with the art style of a horror adventure and set far in the future, in which you play as a member of the titular pack and fight against others to find a light artifact that transforms you into a slow-moving and vulnerable creature but acts as a deadly weapon. If you reach it and transform, your opponents have to sneak up on you, use their ability to turn to stone when standing still to become immune to the artifact’s power, and try to take it from you. In other words, other players become jump-scares in the dark maps.

There’s a new trailer below and we now know the release date is August 21st.

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Super Useful Skyrim Script Extender Now On Steam

This was the most safe for work image in the first two pages of a google image search for Skyrim Mods.

Skyrim Script Extender [official site], or SKSE to its sexy friends, is one of the most useful tools for making Skyrim do all the things you want it to with all those mods you use. Yes, even those ones you keep in the folder marked My Faxes, on the other drive. It’s now available on Steam as a free addon that will install to your Skyrim folder and, according to the description, automatically run whenever you load up the game.

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Blizzard Are Considering An RTS Return For Warcraft

A pair of recent interviews with Blizzard employees, conducted by IGN at Gamescom, have hinted at the future of the Warcraft franchise beyond the MMO’s vice-like embrace. It’s not only movies; there might be a new strategy game on the cards.

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H1Z1 Invitational Set For TwitchCon, You Can Join In

H1Z1 [official site] is to hold its first official tournament on September 26th at TwitchCon, the streaming service’s new event highlighting their community and broadcasters. It will use the Battle Royale mode, where groups of players are dropped into a world and then must duke it out until only one or a small group remains, like The Hunger Games with zombies. Or like Battle Royale with zombies, I guess.

Surviving means prizes, and here it will be share of a real-money pool funded by cosmetic purchases within the game, similar to Valve’s International funding. Various famous streamers have been invited and a social media competition is running to let members of the public get involved too. The announcement trailer and details are below.

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Rocket League 1.04 Adds Arena And Spectator Mode

Rocket League [official site] is our game of the month for August. Why? Because it’s ace and it’s about to get even more so with patch 1.04 and the upcoming DLC, Supersonic Fury. The DLC is on the way later this month, but the patch is laying groundwork for it and out now. It’s pretty hefty by itself, adding much-needed features such as spectator mode along with a new arena called “Utopia Coliseum” and some apology items for the downtime many users experienced when the game launched. Downtime that happened because it’s ace. Details below.

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Let’s All Try To Work Out What Dollhouse Is

I haven’t been this confused by a game trailer since the first time Rouge The Bat showed up in Sonic. Dollhouse [official site] is … uh … well we’re falling at the first hurdle here, aren’t we? As far as I can tell, it’s a horror game about a woman with amnesia being pursued by some mysterious force. Set entirely in black and white, it’s film noir and 40s class in one big horror ball. Except it also has four player co-op, some sort of competitive multiplayer mode and a dozen playable characters all with different special abilities to be unlocked. Oh, and something about a deadline, implying the whole thing is on a Majora’s Mask style time limit to recover your memories and “create your own story.” Um. Start where I did, with the trailer below.

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The Town Of Light Trailer Introduces Renee

What an odd beast The Town of Light [official site] is. Per Alec’s preview from Develop last month, it’s Gone Home by way of Silent Hill rather than a traditional horror game. No monsters, no supernatural sub-plot and very little direct threat. A new trailer reveals that you play as Renee, an ex-inmate of Volterra, an infamous and real Italian asylum. She’s returned to the decaying ruin of the institution in the modern day to find the doll pictured above. The doll is not going to turn out to be the physical embodiment of an evil spirit – it’s just a doll she wants back – but the trip could be spooky thanks to realistic atmosphere and aesthetic, produced through thousands of hours of research.

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Stasis Comes Out Of Stasis On August 31st

Alec has been fascinated by isometric adventure-horror Stasis [official site] for a few years now with its bleak, foreboding atmosphere. A Kickstarter success story, it’s about a man coming out of the titular time-pause to discover the space station he’s on is broken in about seventeen different ways. Naturally it was being used for illicit research by an evil mega-conglomerate but it’s also now falling out of the sky in a decaying orbit. Around Neptune. Plus, of course, the various gribblies the facility has created are loose. Fun. All that and more in the launch trailer for the just-announced August 31st release date.

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Block’hood Is Lovely Hyper-Minimalist Citybuilding

I’m on a simplicity kick of late, as is probably clear from today’s posts. Block’hood [official site] fits into that theme wonderfully, taking the resource and layout management concepts of a citybuilder and condensing it into designing single plots of land. With a space of around 100 squares you have to produce electricity, food, money and so on to power a vertically sprawling building. If you don’t balance out all the different demands of both the people and areas you create, they’ll decay into nothingness. It’s beautifully put together, oozing easy to use clarity for everything. Have a look below.

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Do A Bodacious Grind In OlliOlli2, Out Today

I have never felt a greater urge to put on a pair of reading glasses and start smoking a pipe in a dressing gown than writing this. It's like I'm aging in real time. Imagine every word read out by that old blind guy from Game of Thrones.

Because I know what a rad bunch of dudes, dudettes and dudeys you are, I bring news of the release of OlliOlli 2 [official site] on PC. Fully titled ‘Welcome to Olliwood’ it’s the follow-up to 2014’s hottest PC skateboarding sim that let you kick-flip on a dinosaur’s back. This one features just as many mad locations and odd places to grind, with a bunch of new modes, options and variations as well. They’re all laid out in the below launch trailer which my decidedly uncool brain understands roughly 20% of. At most.

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Heroes Of The Storm Update Brings Early Access To New Skins And Heroes

At Gamescom last week Blizzard announced that Heroes of the Storm [official site] would get a host of updates including new heroes, a map and skins. Some of this content is now out on the Public Test Realm, Blizzard’s publicly available testing environment where players can help shake out bugs and preview what’s coming next. There’s one very interesting change: you must now buy any paid-for items before you can test them. It’s a strange combo of Early Access and pre-ordering, where these items – in this case new hero Kharazim, aka the Monk from Diablo 3 – will transfer to your main account only when they’re fully released.

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Brigador Robo-Stomps Onto Early Access October 20th

Brigador [official site] is a sort’ve mech-based Syndicate, giving you contracts to carry out on isometric maps that involve a bit of stealth and then a lot of blowing things up in your selected vehicle. Graham has spent a lot of time calling it cool since mid-2014 and it’s finally getting into a playable state on October 20th. That will be an Early Access release with a full version coming in early 2016 according to the announcement post. Most importantly there’s a new trailer showing off more robot explodey-bangs.

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