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Microsoft are reportedly in the final stages of buying RPG studio Obsidian

According to sources close to the deal, Kotaku report that Microsoft are just shy of sealing the deal on acquiring prolific RPG studio Obsidian Entertainment. According to Kotaku's sources, things have proceeded far enough to make it "a matter of when, not if". Obsidian are recently notable for the Pillars Of Eternity series - a throwback to Baldur's Gate style party-based roleplaying - but have…

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Forza Motorsport 7 to completely phase out prize crates by winter

The lootpocalypse continues, and the boxes have been sent packing once more. Forza Motorsport 7 is the next game to join this trend of ditching gambling-like elements from games, as developers Turn 10 Studios announced plans to completely remove prize crates from the Xbox/Windows 10 flagship racing series by sometime in winter. Accompanying the news is a 50% discount on the game over on the…

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Feature: We need more everything

State of Decay 2 is an overly familiar cart full of zombies

I hope you like collecting groceries, because State of Decay 2 is basically a game of endless trips to the shops. The doomsday fantasy is one I enjoy, and few games approach it from this exact angle: a third-person do-it-yourself surviveathon in an open world. In a better universe, you could call it DayZ with direction, or The Walking Dead with freedom. But based on…

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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is out now

In another time and place, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition would be the easiest game to recommend. A lovingly crafted, highly polished update of a truly classic RTS, putting Blizzard's recent efforts to polish up Starcraft to shame. Boasting proper 4k art, a smoothly zoomable camera and major interface enhancements, it looks like an excellent upgrade. Unfortunately, this just seems an ill-timed and ill-positioned launch.…

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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition enters the Ultra HD era this February

The quiet success of Age of Empires II HD was a reminder that while they've fallen out of vogue somewhat, there's an audience hungry for the twitchy-yet-cerebral thrills of the classic RTS genre. A revamp of the first game was due to follow that last year until it hit a last-minute delay, but now I'm happy to say that Age of Empires: Definitive Edition has both a release date…

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Rebuilt: Age Of Empires Definitive Edition announced

Age of Empires [official site] turns twenty this year and Microsoft are celebrating by releasing a Definitive Version of the game, with fancy new 4K graphics, all sixteen civilisations, including those from the Rise of Rome expansion, ten campaigns, and a host of other adjustments. It's coming later this year and you can sign up for closed beta access right now.

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Killer Instinct Has Arrived On PC, ‘Part Roguelike’ Solo Mode Coming Soon

Killer Instinct [official site], which originally appeared as an Xbox One launch title, has arrived on PC. It's in the Windows Store and is free-to-play but will only work if your PC is running Windows 10. Any purchases you've made on the Xbox version will carry across if you download the game on PC - those purchases are mainly characters, only one of the roster…

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Feature: Open world, open wounds

Impressions: State Of Decay

State of Decay was the only reason I regretted jettisoning my Xbox 360. When it came out, I read glowing reviews and believed it might be the open world survival game that so many were waiting for. Now it’s on PC, albeit without proper mouse and keyboard support. I’ve only played for around six hours, but seeing the game riding high on Steam’s best-seller’s list…

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State Of State Of Decay: Multi Out, Windows 8 Undecided

Yesterday, Undead Labs re-announced its long-awaited zombie sandbox survivor Class3 as 1) State of Decay and 2) a game that'll be launching on PC as well as Xbox. Good news all around, basically. But these zombies emerged still partially obscured by a thick fog of mystery. Among other things, Microsoft's on publishing duties, and other recent titles to share that distinction on PC have come…

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Zombies Ate My Neighborhood: State Of Decay

OK, before overly jerked knees and seismic facepalms leave RPS liable for one of the most puzzling injury outbreaks in medical history, know that State of Decay - while arising from the ashes of a zombie MMO project once called Class3 - doesn't look like a Day Z clone or anything along those lines in the slightest. For better or worse, it appears to be a…

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Orcs Must Die’s Magic Interactive Video

Robot Entertainment seem to realise that if they’re going to tell us that Orcs Must Die, they damn well better give us plenty of ways to make that happen. They could have gone a different route and cast the player as the orcs pipe-smoking bowler-hatted defendant. Press the left mouse button to say, “Must they though, gentlemen of the court? Must they really?” Instead, they’ve…

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MS Developing At Least One New “Core” Title

Microsoft have been saying that they're getting back on track with the PC, after years of letting things slide in favour of their TV-box. Evidence of this is to be seen - apparently - in GFWL, but also in the arrival of Fable 3 on PC, and the relaunch of Age Of Empires as an online game. VG247 report that there's even more going on…

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