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Halo: Reach review

I'm bad at liking old shooters, because I struggle to see through the ways they've been surpassed. Modern games look better. They feel better. They have bumslides. They are generally obliged to develop their protagonists into something more than a number and a helmet. These are all problems for the nine-year-old Halo: Reach, but I've ultimately enjoyed myself despite them. There is wisdom in the…

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection has low specs and a high map count

It's nice to see Microsoft and 343 Industries being so open about Halo: The Master Chief Collection's progress. No need to worry about spoilers, or embargoes, or anything that generally accompanies modern game development. Their monthly Halo blog digs fairly deeply into what they've been working on. Reading this month's, I learned that campaign progress will carry over between platforms, they've ported an extraordinary number…

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Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule and Night In The Woods co-creator Alec Holowka accused of sexual assault

Allegations of abuse have been made against multiple games industry figures in the past 24 hours. On Monday afternoon Nathalie Lawhead, developer of the IGF-winning Tetrageddon Games, wrote a post on her website alleging that Jeremy Soule, the composer of Skyrim, raped her while she was working for an unnamed Vancouver-based games studio. Seven hours later, comics writer and indie developer Zoë Quinn posted tweets…

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If you have a spare hour, here’s a lot of Halo: Reach’s Firefight

It's good to feel excited about Halo again, isn't it? After all those years of Microsoft teasing us, saying stuff like: "The PC is an important platform for us and we are committed to a long and loving relationship with it," and then leaving us at the altar time and time again... well, it started to get a little bit old. But now we know…

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is going to be a very PC game

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate how good Halo looks on a PC gaming website. Look at all those guys, freed from the box of standardised entertainment units and into the uncapped land of KB+M. You can’t tell because they’re not moving, but they’ve all been rendered mid-tippy-tap. And with that little love fest out of the way, let’s take a look at how…

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Halo: Master Chief Collection to support Windows 7 and possibly mods on PC

In a Q&A session on Reddit today, 343 Industries's Brian "Ske7ch" Jarrard had plenty of good news on the upcoming PC version of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. In addition to Steam support, the remastered Halo series (starting with Halo: Reach) will also support Windows 7 and plenty of PC mod cons too. Among the goodies mentioned were FOV sliders, uncapped frame-rates and even the…

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection taking beta sign-ups, likely won’t be Play Anywhere

When Microsoft and 343 Industries announced last week that Halo: The Master Chief Collection was headed to PC, and even to Steam, I was quietly waiting for the other shoe to drop. It couldn't be quite as good as they were describing, right? While the entire Halo series up to Halo 4 is headed to Steam, remastered, starting with the excellent prequel Halo: Reach, an…

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection headed to Steam and including Halo: Reach

We've known for a while that the upcoming Halo: Infinite is headed to PC, but today Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced that the remastered series up to Halo 4 is headed our way too. While there's still no date on it yet, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is PC-bound, including a planned Steam launch. Better yet, it will include a remastered version of Halo:…

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Dirty Bomb’s free design document is full of FPS engineering insight

Free-to-play team shooter Dirty Bomb never drew the crowds it deserved. Slightly wonky business model aside (now no longer an issue - the game is proper-free now), it was fast, satisfying and skilful stuff. Not surprising, as developers Splash Damage are as veteran as they come - they're the crew behind the excellent Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory back in 2003, and several iterations on the formula…

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Dirty Bomb removing microtransactions in final update

The final update of Dirty Bomb is almost here, the last before Splash Damage end development, and it's coming with a surprise: all the monetisation is being removed. Players will be able to get all characters, weapon skins, and rare doodads without spending a real penny. Splash Damage plan to keep Dirty Bomb servers up until at least the end of 2019, and it does…

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Dirty Bomb ending development, servers to stay online

Less than two months after finally launching Dirty Bomb in full, Splash Damage have announced they are stopping development on their free-to-play FPS set in merrye olde Londone tahn. The servers will stay up as long as enough players keep on playing, they say, but don't expect any big future updates. Splash Damage say that, despite a big effort to renovate and finish it, the…

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Free-to-play FPS Dirty Bomb officially launches after years in open beta

Free-to-play team shooter Dirty Bomb has been around for yonks now, so it feels weird to say that the game is 'out now', but after more than three years of open beta, the competitive FPS has finally reached version 1.0, although the changes in the launch version are surprisingly slight. Set in a nuclear-ravaged future London, this class-based shooter puts players in the boots of…

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Gears of War 5 isn’t the only new Gears game

Gears of War is coming back in a big way. Today's Microsoft E3 presser ended with a huge blast of Gears reveals. The first: a Funko based Gears of War game called Gears POP! which is... just bewildering? I don't know. Are any of you Gearheads also big Funko collectors? Seems like a weird place to start bridging games into the Funkoverse, but it is…

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Have You Played… Enemy Territory: Quake Wars?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. 10 years old! Splash Damage's attempt to transform Quake - then in the doldrums due to the unlovely Quake 4 - into a class-based team shooter felt like such a big deal at the time. Goodbye corridor-based Strogg-popping, hello open warfare in vast outdoor spaces. Surely…

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Splash Damage’s Brink is now free

Splash Damage's 2011 first-person shooter Brink [official site] is, out of the blue, now free. Swing by Steam and its yours for keepsies - it's not a free-to-play conversion, just Brink being set free. Publishers Bethesda don't say why they've done this (perhaps to celebrate QuakeCon this weekend?) but hey, thanks. Brink does Splash Damage's usual Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory sort of class-based and object-driven action,…

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Splash Damage working with World of Tanks company on something warnew

Splash Damage, the studio behind Enemy Territory and Dirty Bomb, have joined forces with the World of Tanks/Warplanes/Warships lords at Wargaming to work on "new gaming experiences". No specific game is announced yet but huh, I am always curious to see what Splash Damage do. It seems not impossible that Splash Damage might make some sort of objective-driven multiplayer FPS in the Enemy Territory mould,…

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Coo! Splash Damage Being Bought By Chicken Company

Splash Damage, the English studio behind first-person shooters like Dirty Bomb and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory as well as the multiplayer side of Batman: Arkham Origins, is being bought by an unlikely new owner. Splash Damage are selling to Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited, which is a name you're unlikely to know given that they're a Chinese company whose main business has been poultry. Looking to diversify…

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London Calling: Dirty Bomb Enters Open Beta Next Week

Dirty Bomb [official site] is Splash Damage's third game building on the wonderful Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, following the so-so Quake Wars: Enemy Territory and Brink. This time, the class-based, objective-driven multiplayer team FPS action is headed to my fair city of London, where the detonation of several dirty bombs means you can walk through Borough Market without having to literally punch the teeth out of…

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BOOM: Dirty Bomb Key Giveaway And Exclusive Video

Splash Damage's Dirty Bomb [official site] takes elements from Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Brink, and combines them to create a vision of mercenary squads scrapping across a distressed near-future London. We have some keys to give away, which provide access to the closed beta, and you can watch a video guide to teamwork below. You'll also get to see members of Splash Damage enjoying a…

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