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Marvel’s Avengers unveils beta details and free post-launch Hawkeye DLC

Crystal Dynamics' latest War Table video for upcoming Marvel's Avengers premiered today, during which they gave a look at what sounds like a pretty stacked beta. They go over all the many mission types you'll be able to play through prior to launch and gave a teaser for the first hero they plan to add to the crew when the game's properly out.

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Marvel’s Avengers beta tests begin in August

Marvelous Ms Marvel will assemble the super friends in September, but you'll be able to go for a test flight a couple weeks earlier. Crystal Dynamics have announced the beta test dates for Marvel's Avengers. Before that, another War Table livestream is queued up for the end of July to give you another look at the super squad in action.

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Space sandbox MMO Dual Universe will launch its beta on August 27th

After a year and a half in paid alpha, space sandbox MMO Dual Universe is setting course for a beta launch next month. When the beta begins on August 27th, Dual Universe will be moving from its premium alpha payment to a subscription-based plan. Novaquark say they plan to continue the subscription method when Dual Universe reaches full release.

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Feature: In space, no one can hear me dream

Spacebase Startopia preview: fans of the original will enjoy this space race

I played a lot of Startopia growing up. If you are unfamiliar, it was a weird management game where you were in charge of running a port on a big, donut-shaped space station. Last year Spacebase Startopia was announced, a sort of remake-slash-sequel to Startopia made by a different studio, and this weekend it went into a closed beta. So what else could I do,…

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Fallout 76 beta: finding life, and Mothman’s butt, in the wilderness

While I’ve only experienced a few hours exploring the luscious hillsides of Fallout 76’s West Virginia, I made it my mission to explore as much of the game’s extensive map as I could. It’s an impressive thing, four times the size of Fallout 4’s already expansive landscape, but the locale has all the personality and silly esoterica I’ve come to expect from Fallout games, mixed…

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A Fallout 76 PC beta bug deleted all 47GB of preloaded files

Bethesda have extended Fallout 76's pre-order beta test very slightly following a bug which deleted the client for many PC players who preloaded, making them download the whole 47GB shebang again. Bethesda are adding four extra hours to Thursday's test period in apology, though that's not much considering some players won't have even finished downloading it again by Thursday. This is a beta test, sure,…

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Nvidia’s GeForce Now PC beta is much better at cloud gaming than you think

Cloud gaming has become a bit of a dirty word these days. There have been plenty of people who have tried their hand at it over the years, promising high-end, lag-free gaming without the need for all that bulky, costly hardware, but most (*cough*Gaikai*cough*OnLive*cough*) have ended up on that age-old trash heap of crushed dreams and broken promises, their meagre uptake prompting them to disappear…

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RimWorld’s beta adds swamp biomes and ‘story combat’

RimWorld has left its awkward alpha stage, blossoming into a beta with update 18. It’s called A World of Story, but the update really dabbles in everything, from crazy weather to orbital super weapons. Hitting beta also means that it’s in the final stretch, says developer Tynan Sylvester, and there won’t be any “major” new additions like entirely new systems before launch, though there will…

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Star Wars Battlefront 2’s beta suggests a massively improved sequel

Star Wars Battlefront 2 [official site] can make the same claim as its predecessor: you’ve never seen Star Wars looking this pretty outside of the movies. Birds flutter around the lush vegetation on Naboo and Takodana, and explosions scatter dust and dirt everywhere as laser fire lights up the battlefield.I’ve been playing in the beta, and I’m happy to report that while Battlefront 2 surpasses…

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Buffy The Vampire Beta: Slayer Shock

Slayer Shock [official site], the latest game from David Pittman, creator of procedural Lovecraftian stealth game Eldritch and cyber-sneaker Neon Struct, is now available in beta form. It's a game about assembling a monster-killing squad, who operate out of a coffee-house, and it mirrors episodic television shows structurally as well as with its obvious nods to Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Each mission you take part…

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Hitmakers: Hitman Beta Feb 19th

Hitman [official site] is so close you can almost see the reflection of your face in his highly polished bonce. As you've probably gathered by now, the game itself will be released episodically, and the initial release will only include one sandbox location - Paris. The beta contains two different missions, however, set in a secret facility. The first of those missions is a set,…

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Hitman Beta Coming In February

Timed 'beta tests' have mostly replaced demos amongst big-budget games, which is an awful shame for folks, like myself, who might like to try a game before buying it but can't be arsed with signing up for beta raffles and competitions and making time to play at during a short period and all that noise. So while I'd normally veer away from posting about semi-closed…

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Impressions: Star Wars Battlefront Beta

I want to learn the ways of the multiplayer first-person shooter and become a headshot Jedi like I wasn't a late-30s father. So I've been dabbling in Star Wars: Battlefront [official site]'s three-map beta, keen to see if's really as spectacular as the marketing Death Star has implied.Yeah, OK, that's Star Wars.

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Premature Evaluation: Shoppe Keep

Each week Marsh Davies peruses the scanty offerings of Early Access, stuffs anything halfway valuable down his trousers and legs it for the exit. This week, however, the tables have turned (or, at least, their percentage durability has decreased) as he plays Shoppe Keep [Steam page], a game about building up a retail enterprise in a medieval fantasy land.

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Premature Evaluation: Layers of Fear

Each week Marsh Davies lets fly at the blank canvas of Early Access and either returns with a masterpiece or ends up rocking back and forth in a corner eating Unity Asset Store crayons. This week he’s played Layers of Fear, a linear boo-scare walk-em-up set in the reassembling spooOOooky house of a maaAAaad painter.I’m not sure a household needs more than one reproduction of…

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Hothtober: Star Wars Battlefront Beta Out Next Month

I've felt so little about Star Wars for so long now, and had so much distance from a fictional universe I threw myself into in my late teens that it no longer feels quite as over-exposed and cynical as it once did. This means I'm starting to find it vaguely appealing again. Nostalgia inexorably returns, God help me. Whether that will be aided or undermined…

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