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Watcher Think? Mara

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Beyond its 2.5D platformer trappings Mara is supposedly, at its heart, a considered meditation of consumerism and modern excess. Taking control of a monk who must traverse an urban concrete jungle, players must simply reach the end of each of the three levels in order to complete the game.

The problem however, is that these high-minded ideals which revolve around such weighty subject matter are arguably lost among the game's uninspired platforming action and unpolished aesthetic.

Space survival sim Into The Stars coming to Steam Early Access July 9th

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The Unreal Engine 4 powered Into The Stars, which has us taking command of a starship exploring a vast star system, will be coming to Steam Early Access next week on Thursday, July 9th. Can you outrun the alien scourge?

We have a crew to manage, resources to scavenge, trade, mine for and spend wisely, as well as civilians to shelter and see to safety. Developer Fugitive Games also has composer Jack Wall scoring the space sim.

First chapter of Sierra's new King's Quest arriving July 28th

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The new point and click adventures of King's Quest begin July 28th reveals Sierra, as the first of five total chapters release to fans. A Complete Collection will include all chapters but hasn't been detailed much beyond that.

There's a bonus epilogue chapter for anyone pre-ordering King's Quest. This return of the series is described as a re-imagining of the original games that delighted and frustrated us.

First-person psychological thriller The Town of Light out this Fall

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Italian indie developer LKA.it has announced their first title as The Town of Light, a first-person psychological thriller set in the Volterra Psychiatric Asylum which was closed in 1978. It's based off real accounts.

We play as Renee in the present as she goes back to uncover forgotten memories. The team has "carefully recreated" around 7,000 square meters of the actual asylum. It natively supports Oculus Rift.

Troy Baker asks Metal Gear Solid fans to "reserve judgement" on Kiefer Sutherland's role as Snake

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The new Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain is going to sound rather different as the long-time voice of Snake is recast with Kiefer Sutherland lending his distinct vocals. Fellow actor Troy Baker asks fans to "reserve judgement".

He also joked he was 'glad not to be Snake', as he instead voiced Ocelot. Sutherland apparently "knocked it out of the freaking park" by Baker's estimation, and is as Snake as original actor David Hayter.

Star Citizen's FPS module hit with "technical blockers and gameplay issues"

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Chris Roberts has revealed in a new Letter from the Chairman on the official Star Citizen website that the FPS module, known as Star Marine, won't be arriving any time soonish because of problems.

It was intended to release to backers after PAX East in April, but "technical blockers and gameplay issues" are keeping it from rolling out. It hasn't delayed Star Citizen's overall schedule, he assures.

Compulsion Games’ surreal survival game We Happy Few fully funded on Kickstarter

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Compulsion Games’ odd, creepy little survival game We Happy Few has been fully funded on Kickstarter, with four days left to go on the campaign. Currently it's sitting pretty on $265,724 CAD, from a $250,000 goal.

That means, as the team at Compulsion subtly reminds us, that there's still time to get a few more stretch goals locked in.

Frictional releases underwater horror SOMA's E3 2015 gameplay trailer

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Frictional Games, the team behind cult scare-fest Amnesia: The Dark Descent, has released the brief snippet of gameplay footage from underwater horror SOMA that it showed off at E3 earlier this month.

"This showcases the player's first encounter with a type of creature that roams this part of the game," the team writes on its blog, "and gives some hints on how to best deal with them. This clip is a bit shorter than we wanted it to be and therefore misses some build-up and is a bit hurried. But one minute was all we were allowed for the show. Still, hope you all liked it!"

Mojang is closing down its strategy card game Scrolls

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Mojang is shutting down its collectible strategic card game Scrolls, which has been around in playable form since roughly 2012. The studio says that it "can no longer sustain continuous development".

It's hard not to think that the impressive success of Blizzard's Hearthstone stole some of Scrolls' thunder. The game, which had some interesting idea, and a neat, steampunk art style, never quite managed to build up the same loyal player-base as its fellow genre mates.

First in-game footage released for Bombshell, Interceptor's replacement for canned Duke Nukem project

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Danish developer Interceptor was on the cusp of creating the first Duke Nukem action RPG (no, I'm not sure that would have worked very well either), but legal issues between 3D Realms and Gearbox regarding the license put paid to that.

Nevertheless, the team has rebounded with respectable speed, and they've turned that scrapped project into a new game called Bombshell, set to release later this year. Here's the first in-game trailer.

'Tarmac Terrors' update for DiRT Rally, adds new race type and five new cars

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Codemasters has released the 'Tarmac Terrors' free update for its Early Access driving game DiRT Rally, adding the game’s first all-Tarmac rally at Baumholder, Germany, as well as five classic cars.

What's that? What exactly is the difference between tarmac rally and tarmac, apart from the fact one takes place on tarmac and the other... doesn't? I have absolutely no idea. Fortunately, the developers do.

Penultimate free Witcher 3 DLC adds another new mission

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Just the one free piece of DLC for CD Projekt's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt this week, in the form of a new quest for Geralt to take on in the wilds of Velen.

Titled 'Where The Cat And Wolf Play', the mission takes our favourite monster hunter to a village where the inhabitants have been murdered by a mysterious force. Odds are pretty good you'll end up hitting said mysterious force with a big sword.

Raven Guard Space Marines invade Warhammer 40,000: Regicide in 1.2 update

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If you'll forgive me the brief foray into nerdy fanboyism, the Raven Guard are the coolest Space Marines around, right? While their primary-coloured pals trudge into battle, bullets pinging off their armour, the Raven Guard prefer to ninja it up in the shadows, before popping out to ruin a heretic's day with some oversized power claws. That's style.

I confess I don't know much about the Snakebite Ork Clan, but those are the two factions coming to Hammerfall/url> 's Early Access sort-of chess game Warhammer 40,000: Regicide in its latest update.

Rebellion "working on a remaster" of Activision's 1998 Battlezone

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If the virtual reality remake of arcade classic Battlezone doesn't interest then Rebellion has just announced plans to remaster the 1998 release from Activision, which blends first-person shooter and real-time strategy.

This early tank simulator will be back in all its glory for PC but the studio isn't ready to show anything yet. The VR project is "very much a reboot" of Atari's original Battlezone, which has little resemblance.

Take-Two registered four Mafia 3 domains last week

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Could we be made an offer we can't refuse soon? Take-Two has registered four new domain names as of Thursday, June 25th. All of all them reference Mafia 3 - a series fans have been waiting to see a return of.

The publisher has had leaks before relating to a third major instalment, with an alleged casting call for actors pointing to Louisiana as a possible setting. Then there was silence again, a code of silence you might say.

Report: Visceral's unannounced Star Wars title 'like Uncharted and 1313' says actor Nolan North

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Amy Hennig, who helped create Naughty Dog's Uncharted series, is today over at Visceral Games working on a now-not-so-secret Star Wars title. What exactly it is and has us doing remains clouded by the Darkside of corporate marketing.

Actor Nolan North seems to have smuggled out some plans. He said at Metrocon 2015 that this new Star Wars is "in the style of Uncharted," clarifying that it's not a revival of Star Wars 1313.

Chris Avellone to join inXile for The Bard's Tale IV if $1.9 million pledged, Kickstarter with 11 days remaining

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There's just under two weeks left for The Bard's Tale IV to lighten our coin purses some more, having already achieved it's Kickstarter campaign goal of $1.25 million. A new stretch goal for RPG veteran Chris Avellone now dangles.

Should the heroic PC RPG community manage to throw enough into the inXile coffers then Avellone will join Brian Fargo and his team. He's already helped out on Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera.

Valve "provide enough information" to avoid Steam trading schemes, no longer returning 'scammed items'

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You're on your own with trading scams from now on, reveals Valve, as they will no longer be returning traded items that people feel have been 'scammed'. There's "enough information" to avoid becoming a victim they say.

While they "sympathize with people who fall victim to scams," it's down to us to spot when something is suspicious. Those identified as a scammer are banned from Steam Community features such as trading.

Closed Alpha test for Star Wars: Battlefront through Origin, inviting "small number of users"

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There's a technical test planned for DICE's gorgeous looking Star Wars: Battlefront as a special Origin exclusive Closed Alpha is planned for PC. There's only a limited number being invited and you can check if you're on the VIP list.

The actual content and start date for the Closed Alpha hasn't been disclosed. If you have been selected then there are some terms and conditions to agree to, like keeping your sneak peek away from Bothan spies.

Arkham Knight mod lets you explore Gotham as ten different characters

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There's every chance you're still waiting around for someone to whittle your PC copy of Batman: Arkham Knight into a vaguely acceptable shape (or you just got a refund), but if you're one of the lucky ones for whom the game is playable, you might want to check this mod out.

Basically, the Playable Characters Mod lets you loose on the streets of Gotham as one of ten different characters - that's either Red Hood, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Robin, Azrael, Bruce Wayne, Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, Joker or GCPD Officer Owens.

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