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Insurgency: Sandstorm is out now

Good, but can we get out of the desert for the next game?

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6 days ago

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive goes free-to-play with a new battle royale mode

Esports stalwart shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has gone free-to-play, accompanied by a new quickfire eighteen-player battle royale mode called Danger Zone. Seemingly out of nowhere Valve have announced that the game is free for everyone on Steam, with previous owners being upgraded to 'Prime' account status and awarded a "commemorative Loyalty Badge". Prime players get matched with their own kind, so the influx of new blood…

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Ghouls ‘n Ghostly platformer Battle Princess Madelyn is out today

Spoiler: The dog dies in Battle Princess Madelyn. Fortunately the pooch returns moments later, ghostly, supercharged and ready to avenge its own death. That's the kind of instant gratification you'd expect from a game co-designed by a seven-year-old girl. Released today and developed by Causal Bit Games, it's an arcade platformer heavily inspired by Ghouls & Ghosts, but built to the specifications of the lead…

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Battle Edition cuts the price but drops zombie co-op

It was surprising enough that Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 axed any kind of singleplayer campaign, but Treyarch have gone and cut the co-op Zombies mode, too, albeit optionally. The new cut-price Battle Edition of the game contains all the PvP modes (including Blackout, the popular, twitchy battle royale mode), and is available for £27 with plans to increase the price in January. It…

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Stellaris’s MegaCorp expansion and Le Guin update are out now

Paradox's sprawling 4X space strategy game Stellaris expands again today. Between a new paid expansion - MegaCorp - and a free update code-named Le Guin, it's good times for those looking to boldly expand into new markets and buy out new civilisations. The MegaCorp expansion allows players to run a corporate empire, establishing branch offices on any world open to trade and growing fat and…

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Jagged Alliance: Rage rumbles in the jungle today

Jagged Alliance: Rage, direct sequel to Sir-Tech's tactical classic Jagged Alliance 2, has launched. Originally due out in September, it just kinda disappeared into the fog one day before launch. Now it's back, a bit more wild-eyed than before. Maybe it's seen things out there. Maybe Cliffhanger Productions wanted to polish it up - we'll probably never know. Anyway, JA: Rage is set twenty years…

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Prey: Mooncrash adds free paranoid multiplayer and VR escape rooms next week

The deadliest multiplayer game of all - hide and seek - is coming to excellent Prey expansion Mooncrash next week, free. Typhon Hunter was announced when Mooncrash launched, and sounds a lot like Prop Hunt, a mode big with the Garrys Mod and Team Fortress 2 scenes. Six players, one as an increasingly paranoid human and the other five as shapeshifting Mimics waiting for a chance…

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1 week ago

Moddable JRPG Edge Of Eternity launches into early access

JRPGs seldom stray into the early access minefield, but Edge Of Eternity is doing a few things differently. Despite looking like a half-dozen famous JRPGs put into a blender until glossy (I'm getting hints of Xenoblade and The Last Remnant - tangy), it's being developed by a tiny nine-person crew called Midgar Studio. This initial release of the game is just the first act of…

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Two Point Hospital’s Bigfoot DLC outdoes Christmas crackers at bad puns

While Big Foot would be a thematically appropriate ailment for Theme Hospital successor Two Point Hospital, they're playing it straight and just referring to the abominable snowman. In Bigfoot, a chunk of winter-themed DLC released today by Two Point Studios, you've been hired by local snow-ape-thing Bartholomew F. Yeti to renovate the hospitals up in The Pointy Mountains. The expansion adds a new snowy environment,…

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Quake Champions frags loot boxes and spawns in battle passes

Twitchy old-school arena shooter Quake Champions is the latest competitive game to axe random rewards in favour of a more deterministic reward structure. Outlined here, the free-to-play deathmatch (still technically in early access) will drop loot boxes this month in favour of a Fortnite and Rocket League-esque progression system. Players earn a chain of rewards each three-month season just by playing, or speed things up…

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The Forest’s mutant cannibal island gets even weirder in its next update

Weird new mutants, hang-gliders and twisted effigies of a comfortable suburban life lost - The Forest is getting a bit stranger in a big update next week. After four years in early access, the sandbox survival-horror game launched in full back in April, but Endnight Games never stopped work on it. Since launch, the game has seen a full VR mode added, a lot of…

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Far Cry goes post-apocalyptic in next game

It's looking like the next Far Cry is going to be set after the end of the world. Teasing a full announcement for The Game Awards tomorrow night (which Alice Prime will be burning the midnight oil to cover), the trailer below gives us a little taste of the things to come. Ubisoft manage to hold back from declaring that 'war never changes', but that…

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Fortnite Creative is a powerful sandbox mode for the battle royale juggernaut

Epic Games have announced the big new feature for Fortnite's seventh season: Fortnite Creative, a free construction sandbox where players can build their own custom multiplayer modes alone or with pals. Formally announced here, it looks a lot like the Forge mode from later Halo games, and a lot more fleshed out than the earlier Playground mode. Multiple island maps to build on, a sack of…

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Killing Floor 2’s Gary “Badass Santa” Busey is bad for your elf

Co-op zombie splatterfest Killing Floor 2 does lovely seasonal events. Sometimes it's a weird steampunk airship adventure, sometimes Santa is battling the Krampus to the death. For this festive Seasons Beatings update - live now - Santa has been ousted from his north pole workshop by his demonic nemesis, and is returning for some cold vengeance. Old Saint Nick is also voiced by Gary Busey…

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Getting Over It With Rico Rodriguez is a wild Easter egg

Screenshot via "MathChief" on YouTube, whose video is below Grappling hooks make getting around easy. Hopping into a hard iron cauldron and navigating only with a two-handed pick? That's true mastery. Sexy Hiking was the last game I expected to see referenced in Just Cause 4, today's AAA explodathon du jour, but that's exactly what we've got, give or take one degree of separation. Hidden…

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Override: Mech City Brawl powers up and launches today

Giant stompy robots, even more giant kaiju, Tokyo getting trashed repeatedly and up to four players controlling a single mech Power Rangers style. Override: Mech City Brawl leans hard into its anime super-robot aesthetic, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Out today, it's a mech fighting game by The Balance Inc for up to four players, solo or co-op, online or split-screen. While…

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Grapple Force Rena swings into stores today with a demo

Some secret spices can make make any game better - FM synth jams, grappling hooks and invoking Treasure's best among them - Grapple Force Rena does all three. Released today, it's primarily the work of Tim Ashley Jenkins and published by GalaxyTrail, the folks behind lovely Sonic-alike Freedom Planet. It's a cute Mega Drive/Genesis-styled platformer with mouse-and-keyboard friendly controls and a grappling hook that can…

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Hearthstone’s troll-packed Rastakhan’s Rumble expansion is live

Start working on your questionable faux-Jamaican accent, because Hearthstone is hamming it up like it's the nineties in its latest expansion today. Rastakhan's Rumble is themed around a once-in-a-lifetime arena brawl to decide the next great troll champion. This means new cards, a new keyword (Overkill!), wrestling jokes, sketchy invocations of voodoo, dinosaurs, ticket scalpers and ice cream. All the cartoon nonsense that defines Warcraft's…

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Epic to launch their own Steam-rival store, cutting a better deal for devs

In especially well-timed fashion, Epic Games - they of the Unreal Engine and Fortnite - have announced they're going head to head with Steam with the Epic Games Store. The new storefront will open via web and the Epic Games Launcher before the end of 2018. Enticingly for developers, Epic have announced that they'll only be taking a flat 12% cut of revenue, less than…

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Rainbow Six Siege rocks the kasbah in Operation Wind Bastion tomorrow

Operation Wind Bastion, Rainbow Six Siege's latest major update rolls out tomorrow. The servers go down for maintenance at 2pm GMT and spring back to life with renewed vigour at 3, if nothing goes terribly wrong. This update introduces a very scenic new map in the Moroccan mountains, and the usual Attacker/Defender pair of new operators. New characters Nomad and Kaid have been beaten fiercely…

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Future sportsball MOBA Steel Circus announced, taking alpha sign-ups

Steel Circus tickles the part of my brain that fills me with nostalgia for Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, and that's enough to get me interested in it. Just announced and developed by Iron Mountain Interactive, it's a multiplayer 3-on-3 ball-game. Looking more Space Jam than anything, there's robots, knights, weird bagpipe-wielding Scottish stereotypes and some sort of masked businessman all trying to chuck a ball…

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