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Neon Noodles is a Zachlike cookery game about automating meals

We’re living in a Zachlike world. It's a world where games can be about the internal rhythm of things, and where you can create works of art from rulesets. It’s why Zachtronic's game Opus Magnum let people share gifs of what they’ve made, explained here by game developer and ex-desk sharer of mine, Tom Francis. And yet this post isn’t about a Zach Barth game.…

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s open beta fires up in a few hours

Modern Warfare is almost upon us, again. This year's Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare is much more modern than those other Modern Warfares (all three of them) which, in hindsight, aren't quite so modern anymore. Things are gritty and real this time around, which is both much more modern and far more war than before. See? Open the Blizzard launcher and take a look for…

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint sneaks into open beta next week

It's always bummed me out that Ghost Recon doesn't delve into the supernatural. We've done the tactical shooting thing a thousand times already, but F.E.A.R was ages ago, and it only had the one ghost. Let me take my band of ruff n' tuff soldier boys and steal into the jungle with mystic charms and mortar support, scoping out spooks at the end of a…

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Anno 1800 open beta weekend is live

Ahead of Monday's launch, Anno 1800 is now holding an open beta weekend inviting all and sundry to play the latest in the city-building strategy series. Can you run a profitable city/business empire/society without it being collapsed by the many pressures at the dawn of the 19th century? And more importantly, can you build a city which looks real cute and has a cracking zoo?…

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Sample sun, sand, and strategy in Tropico 6’s open beta

If you're curious about how banana republic build-o-management strategy series Tropico has changed (or hasn't) since switching developers again, you can now see for yourself as Tropico 6 has an open beta running until Friday evening. It's free to try, obvs, and includes several campaign missions, sandbox maps, and multiplayer too. Tropico has become staid, each game being largely a prettier version of the previous,…

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The Division 2 open beta now locking and preloading

Ahead of The Division 2's free open beta test running this weekend, you can now preload the beta client so you'll be ready to go when it's go time. Well, you'll be ready if you can download 44.5GB by tomorrow morning. Yes, that preloading period does seem a little short for folks without mega-whizzy connections. But hey, if you want to scamper about apocalyptic Washington…

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Battlefield V open beta marches out on September 6

You don't need me to tell you that war is good for absolutely nothing, but you might be wondering: is this terrible waste any fun? See for yourself from September 6th, when Battlefield V will launch a short free open beta testing inviting all and sundry to investigate their shiniest version of World War 2 yet. Or earlier if you pay EA extra. Don't do…

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC weekend open beta now preloading

You are cordially invited to click on faces until they burst in a shower of blood this weekend in the open beta test for Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, which officially starts tomorrow (or today for narcs who pre-order) and has already started pre-loading. The beta packs six modes and six maps. The cooperative Zombies mode isn't in this beta and nor's the new…

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Experience life as a Chryssalid in I’m Not A Monster’s open beta

Turn-based space-disaster sim I'm Not A Monster is a fascinating little thing. Blending old parlour game Mafia (or Werewolf, depending on how goth you're feeling) with XCOM, a team of seven players are dispatched to rescue civilians from a spacecraft under attack. The twist: Two of those players are secretly shapeshifting alien lizards, capable of transforming others into more of their kind. While there'll be…

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC open beta coming in August

We'll get to try the near-future face-shooting of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 in a free multiplayer open beta weekend in August, developers Treyarch have announced. No, this won't include that new battle royale mode, Blackout. As a casual observer of Cod I am sorry to see the antics of wallrunning and jetpacking removed this year, though it does have a grappling hook gun…

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The Crew 2 open beta starts next week, preloading now

A free four-day open beta is coming next week for The Crew 2, Ubisoft's open-world car/boat/plane/motorbike/helicopter/STUFF racer, ahead of the game's full launch later this month. Pre-loading for the beta has already begun, and absolutely I have it chugging away in the background right now so I can explore its recreations of some of my favourite corners of the USA. You'll find me parked amongst…

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Dauntless invites everyone to slay some poor animals in its open beta

"Dauntless is Monster Hunter for people who fear grind", said Edwin Evans-Thirlwell when he wrote about Dauntless last year. Hey! That describes me! After years spent smiling and nodding while people told me about how absorbing Capcom's previous games were, I was confident I'd get sucked into the same dino-trouserfying loop with Monster Hunter: World earlier this year. I was not, and bounced off the…

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Chase Murderous Pursuits in its open beta this weekend

"This is what I’ve always wanted Assassin’s Creed multiplayer to be", said I in a preview of Murderous Pursuits. It's a game about hunting and being hunted by Ship: Remasted devs Blazing Griffin, and if you boot up the free open beta this weekend that'll be doubly true: the devs say they'll be lurking around, waiting to hit you in the back of the head…

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Metal Gear Survive open beta sneaks onto PC next week

While I've little interest in Konami hypothetically making new Metal Gear Solid games without Hideo Kojima, I must say I am curious about them taking the guts of MGS5 and spinning them off into the open-world base-building survival sandbox Metal Gear Survive. I would like to build a wacky funhouse base full of traps to trip, trap, and repel crystal-headed zombies, especially as I'd get…

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Bam! Bif! Pow! Injustice 2 hits open beta

Your favourite DC Comics superheroes and villains -- including Poison Ivy, Swamp Thing, Black Canary, Catwoman, the animal fella, the angry one, Seaman, Jared Leto, and the one who's definitely miffed but I wouldn't say angry per se -- are now BAM!ing, BIF!ing, and POW!ing all over PC in a free open beta test of Injustice 2. It's the sequel to 2013's superpowered fighting game…

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Total War: Arena launches open beta weekend

We first played Total War: Arena, a curious 10v10 free-to-play spin-off from the historical strategy series, way back in 2014 and... it's still not out. Development evidently stumbled into several hurdles, and Sega ended up befriending the World of Tanks gang at Wargaming to help out. Well, now everyone is invited to see how it's coming along, as a free open beta weekend started today.…

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 open beta extended two days

The free open beta test for Star Wars Battlefront 2 [official site] was supposed to end last night but Electronic Arts have decided to continue its mission to explore strange new modes, to seek our new players and new impressions, to boldly go where all those movies and books and comics and toys and cartoons and t-shirts and waffle irons and popcorn makers have gone…

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Go boldly: Star Wars Battlefront 2’s open beta has started

Grab your crysknife, zip up your stillsuit, and boldly go into battle as Star Wars Battlefront 2 [official site] has launched its weekend-long open beta test. Until Monday, all and sundry are invited to download the beta through Origin. It packs several maps and modes, with everything from spaceship battles and urban infantry combat. Multiplayer is the focus but it does have a dash of…

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Call of Duty: WW2 open beta starts preloading

After larking around in the present and future, Call of Duty this year returns to the war that kicked the series off, wrapping modern CoD in the spats and mud of the Second World War. How has that worked out? Well, you can see for yourself this weekend in the free PC open beta test for Call of Duty: WW2 [official site]. The test will…

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Ghost Recon Wildlands PvP open beta now preloading

While it is a wailing shame that the name 'Ghost War' has been claimed by a game which features not one single spectre, apparition, manifestation, phantasm, or g-g-g-ghost!, introducing competitive multiplayer to the sandbox world of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands [official site] could turn out interesting. The 4v4 team deathmatch mode Ghost War will hit Ubisoft's open-world imperialism 'em up sometime this autumn, but…

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