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How to play Age Of Empires 2 as a hivemind, and why it’s incredible

Probably the most common woe, for all but the most unnaturally gifted players of real-time strategy games, is the feeling of being overwhelmed. Particularly in games from the genre's "golden age" in the late 90s, there's a relentless need to focus on several things at once, and endlessly jump back and forth between combat and economy. Age Of Empires 2, beautiful beast though it is,…

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Microsoft Flight has added snow and VR support

A white Christmas would be a lovely way to end a bit of a rubbish year, alas, I live in southern England, so it's unlikley I'll even get a peek at some real-life snow. I can, however, look at some lovely virtual snow in Microsoft Flight Simulator today. Asobo's open air fly 'em up adds the white stuff in today's free update, along with a…

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Microsoft Flight Sim will let it snow in next week’s free update

Microsoft Flight Simulator features some absolutely stunning weather. But as far as the ground's concerned it's always the height of summer, with even the northernmost parts of Scandinavia left remarkably snow-free. That changes with next Tuesday's free update, which adds a sprinkling of snow, ice, and virtual reality goggles to the planet-sized flight 'em up.

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Age Of Empires 2 is about to drop a new expansion full of wine-powered nightmare men

Age Of Empires 2 is about to receive its sixth expansion pack, Lords Of The West, just a casual 22 years after the base game first wololoed its way onto our screens. From January 26th in the year of our lord 2021, players will be able to take the knight-happy Burgundians and the castle-dropping Sicilians for a spin, as well as play through three new…

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Gears 5: Hivebusters DLC invites you to bust a hive today

I don't particularly like the idea of being purposefully captured by aliens in order to kill them from inside their big scary lairs, but this appears to be exactly what The Coalition will have you doing in the first story expansion for Gears Of War 5. The Hivebusters DLC arrived today, dropping players in with a familiar team ready to get going on their debut…

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Microsoft are making a new Perfect Dark

Surprise! Perfect Dark, the sci-fi spy-fi shooter series from GoldenEye devs Rare, is returning in a brand new game. Named simply Perfect Dark, it's being made by The Initiative, a new studio Microsoft announced in 2018. Bit of a surprise, considering it's been 15 years since the second (and last) Perfect Dark. Details are thin for now, but you can see some dramatic scenery in…

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Halo Infinite now due in autumn 2021

After announcing in August that they were delaying Halo Infinite's launch from November into next year, developers 343 Industries have now revealed quite how long we're talking: autumn 2021. That's a big'un - it could potentially be a delay of over a year. For such a long delay to happen at such short notice, something seems wrong. The devs don't explain the full scope of…

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Someone piloted a flight in Microsoft Flight Simulator while sitting on the same flight in real life

Players do the darndest things—especially when they're also game developers—and this sure is a thing that I feel silly for not seeing from miles off. Rami Ismail of former Vlambeer fame decided to really test out the accuracy of Microsoft Flight Simulator by piloting a flight in game while sitting on the same flight in real life. The future sure has arrived.

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Sea Of Thieves is switching to seasons and quarterly updates in January

Sea Of Thieves have dropped anchor on another monthly update but this one's a bit unlike the rest as it includes the news that updates won't exactly be monthly in the future. Beginning in January 2021, Sea Of Thieves will switch to quarterly seasonal updates and it's also getting its very own battle pass and new seasonal progression systems.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s co-op future may lie with modders

With Halo 4 done and dusted and dropped onto PC, you'd be forgiven for thinking 343's work here was done. But our big green pal still has some work to do, and the developers have been thinking of more ways to tinker with Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Speaking in a blog post this week, 343 laid out plans for cut content and future rewards,…

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Halo Infinite rumor claims battle royale mode launching in 2021

Ah yes, "Will they or won't they?", the now to be expected affair between ongoing FPS series and the popular battle royale format. Halo Infinite's developers previously expressed disinterest in plopping a hundred Master Chiefs into a last Chief standing mode but a new rumor has cropped up saying they will—and that it's coming in 2021.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator’s next update plots a course for the UK

See that blurry coastal mess up there? That's North Berwick, my one-time childhood home and the first stop in my jaunt across Microsoft Flight Simulator's painstakingly thorough recreation of planet Earth. It's been done dirty, I reckon, but that may be about to change. The next World Update for Asobo's jet-setter is heading to the UK, sprucing up ol' Britannia with improved landmarks, landscape resolution…

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Microsoft Flight Sim’s second world update improves the USA

Yee-haw, pilots. Lasso the young'uns to their seats, because Microsoft Flight Simulator's next stop is the grand old US of A. The massive aviation sandbox just pushed its second world update, granting a number of states with improved resolutions, laying down some hand-crafted airports and 50 spruced-up points-of-interest to make your stateside tours an absolute treat.

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343 Industries are planning an end of year status update on Halo Infinite

Earlier this year, 343 Industries announced that they were delaying Halo Infinite, originally planned as an Xbox Series X launch game, to 2021. They've been pretty quiet on Infinite since then, presumably adjusting to what the delay means for the game and the team. Now they say they're planning an end of year update and hope to be more communicative in upcoming months.

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Halo 4 is out now on PC, completing the Master Chief Collection

Halo 4 has just been released on the PC. After an eight-year-long beta test on the Xboxes, they’ve decided that it’s finally in a good enough state for us exacting PC nerds. With this deployment, the Master Chief Collection is considered complete for the PC. No Halo 5 for us.

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Grounded added a koi pond with swimming spiders

It's time to go swimming with the fishes in Grounded. I don't mean that menacingly, though. Yesterday, Obsidian added a big koi pond to their Honey I Shrunk The Kids-like sandbox, so you can literally go for a little swim with some aquatic lads now.Actually, wait, the pond does sound quite dangerous. "This boss of the pond might only have one good eye, but it…

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Halo 4 launches next week, capping The Master Chief Collection

The year 2020 sure has been full of game delays and surprises, but one thing we've been able to count on is the man in the big green getup arriving every couple months. That's right, The Master Chief Collection will finally be complete when Halo 4 launches next Tuesday, November 17th.

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Halo 4 gets a few more days of testing, adds crossplay to Reach

If there's been one small positive about this year, it's the reliable rollout of once console-locked Halo games on PC through Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With Halo 4 currently on the launchpad, 343 Industries have chosen to extend the game's testing ("flighting") period by another week, with the Insider client now testing crossplay support for Halo Reach.

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Sea Of Thieves is hunting shadow skeletons this Halloween

It's time to put on your scariest pirating gear, because the Sea Of Thieves Halloween update is here. This year's Fate Of The Damned event will send you on voyages to discover what happened to some missing Bilge Rat crews. Eerie shadow skeletons will be standing in your way on these adventures, however - it is the spooky season, after all.

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