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First World War shooter Verdun officialy launches, "merciless trench warfare" exits Early Access

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Multiplayer first-person shooter Verdun - set during the trench warfare days of World War One - is now fully released on Steam. The tug-of-war battle for the Western Front gets a new map that's unspoiled by war.

Verdun has "a lot of historical depth" and has taken on a lot of community feedback during Early Access. Now it's finally making the big push with 10% off until May 5th.

Watcher Think? Crypt of the NecroDancer

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'Roguelike' is a word being used quite a bit these days, and now Crypt of the NecroDancer has come along to plant its flag in the genre. It's got generated dungeons, permadeath, stubbornly retro pixels, and dance moves.

No roguelike hero has suffered until they've been enslaved to the rhythm of the beat quite like in NecroDancer, where every thump could be your last. It's a dance off, Dungeons and Dragons style.

Warner Bros. unveils £32.99 Season Pass for Batman: Arkham Knight

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Ouch. In a move that surprises no one, Warner Bros. IE has announced a Season Pass for Batman: Arkham Knight, and it's an eye-watering £32.99 for "six months post-launch" content.

The Premium Edition includes the Season Pass, and is £67.98 for PC. New story missions, super-villains invading Gotham, Batmobile skins, challenge maps, character skins and race tracks.

3D Realms Anthology includes 32 titles, arrives on Steam May 5th

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Next week there are 32 'new' games coming to Steam courtesy of the bulging 3D Realms Anthology that'll explode with PC gaming nostalgia May 5th, "and the price is absolutely killer," says 3D Realms director Frederik Schreiber.

It's an A to Z X of yesteryear and includes Balls of Steel, Duke Nukem, Shadow Warrior, Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Stargunner, Terminal Velocity and many more.

D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die 'will be released on PC'

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Access Games' episodic time-travelling adventure D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die will also be coming to PC, reveals game director Hidetaka 'SWERY' Suehiro. The initial release of the game will include three episodes.

It's unclear whether there'll be any more beyond the first season, as it depends on the fans. In D4 we play a private investigator who can travel back through time to specific moments.

Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer contains absolutely no explosions whatsoever

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Only joking. The first gameplay footage from Just Cause 3 (and developer Avalanche is at great pains to point out that this is all all unscripted and in-game) is one long ode to over-the-top video game carnage, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Valve pulls paid mods from Steam

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That didn't last very long. Valve has pulled paid mods from Steam after an outcry from the public, admitting that they "didn't understand exactly what (they) were doing" when they initiated the concept.

Five Nights at Freddy's 4 is on the way

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Given the insane speed at which the previous three games were released, it's not a huge surprise to discover that franchise creator Scott Cawthon is hard at work on Five Nights at Freddy's 4.

Described as "The Final Chapter" of the most popular animatronic puppet horror series in history, Freddy's 4 is due out, fittingly enough, this Halloween. That's October 31, to be exact.

Star Citizen's 'Grabby Hands' system will let you get to grips with your cargo

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Star Citizen creators Cloud Imperium are talking up a big new feature. Is it mass capital ship battles? Ship-to-ship boarding actions? Wookie co-pilots? No, it is none of these things.

It is a new 'Grabby Hands' system for moving cargo around. Okay, to be fair, the development team realises this isn't the sexiest subject to discuss, but they have good reasons for doing so.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will offer both male and female characters in its story campaign

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We're starting to build up a pretty clear picture of the recently revealed Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, and there's definitely some interesting ideas being thrown around in there.

Here's a relatively small change, but one that a lot of gamers will appreciate - Black Ops 3 will allow players to choose the gender of their characters, both in multiplayer and, for the first time, in the game's core campaign.

Test your computer before Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward launches with free benchmark software

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Hankering for some more Final Fantasy XIV action, but not quite sure your rig is up to the tasking of handling the enhanced DirectX 11 graphics of upcoming expansion Heavensward?

Spoilers: it probably will be. To make sure though, you can test it out using some new benchmark software that Square Enix has kindly made available for free. Said benchmark also lets you try out the expansion's new playable race, the Au Ra.

Survarium update changes up Factions, adds ranked game mode

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Update 0.28a for Vostok Games' post-apocalyptic shooter Survarium is now live, bringing big changes to the game's faction system, and a new 'Ranking Match' game mode.

In this latest build the reputation required to unlock a rank in each specific faction has been increased, while each faction has also been given new beginner and maximum level items. Existing items have also been reshuffled between ranks, so some are purchasable earlier on while other s have been shifted back.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's 'loading times' limited to game start, death and fast travel

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CD Projekt RED's Jonas Mattsson has assured RPG fans that pesky loading times in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt are an endangered species, unless you die a lot. The entire open world is free of loading screens and bars.

The only parts they'll obnoxiously interrupt is initially loading the game, recovering from a Witcher-related demise, fast-travelling long distances, and visiting the isles of Kaer Morhen.

Paradox hosting Magicka: Wizard Wars pre-launch event, "bad-ass streaming" runs 5:00pm CEST - 8:00pm CEST

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Tonight Paradox Interactive are celebrating their pre-launch event for free-to-play Magicka: Wizard Wars, and they're live streaming the antics through the official Twitch channel. It's the Pros vs. the Devs in an all-new game mode.

There are even prizes up for grabs with Paradox's Escher and TotalyMoo hosting the event. Tomorrow Magicka Wizard Wars officially releases tomorrow, leaving Early Access behind.

Starbound gets 'suicidal' bug fix update, addresses missing NPCs and teleport glitches

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Chucklefish has just issued another update to Starbound, weighing in over 500MB. This fixes some of the bugs introduced by the latest big update, which added teleporters, planet bookmarking and ship-bound pets.

The teleporters were on the fritz and getting players stuck, so now that shouldn't happen! Also, an output quest NPC has gotten unlost, and ship upgrades shouldn't misplace doors. Plus, you can now suicide.

Techland tease "major updates" to Dying Light Developer Tools, announces 'Beyond Dying Light' contest

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Dying Light developer Techland is now teasing their plans to "further extend the capabilities" of their Developer Tools for the zombie-parkour action adventure. There's "terrain creation & editing, custom models import" and multiplayer support coming.

What's more, they've teamed up with Nvidia to dangle a tasty ASUS GTX 980 Strix graphics card in front of mod creators. They offer the card to winners of the Beyond Dying Light contest, which closes May 11th.

DiRT Rally arrives on Steam Early Access, to stay "until the end of 2015"

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Codemasters are skidding onto Steam Early Access with DiRT Rally, and there it'll be staying "until the end" of the year. They want the "experience absolutely right" with Rally and need community feedback for that.

New cars, environments, and rally stages will be added as time goes on. At release it will have 36 rally stages "across Monte Carlo, Greece and Wales." We also manage our engineer team, who can research part upgrades.

Broken Age's "special backer preview" for Act 2 out today

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Tim Schafer has signalled the arrival of the "special backer preview" for Broken Age Act 2, which officially launches tomorrow. However those who backed the project get it today, alongside a poem.

The Double Fine big cheese recommends starting the game over to jog our memories of everything that's happened, and to snag achievements. This has been a "long and crazy journey" we've shared.

Orion: Prelude, "one of the worst games of all time", still supported three years after launch

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"In 2012 we released one of the worst games of all time," says developer Spiral Game Studios, with an odd sort of pride, "And now you can try and play it for free for an entire week starting May 4, 2015."

The game in question is dinosaurs versus space marines shooter Orion: Prelude, which was received with about as much enthusiasm as a condom full of wasps when it launched three years ago.

Black Ops 3 coming this November, includes four-player campaign co-op and a full Zombies storyline

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Some meaty chunks of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 info leaked over the weekend, along with the official launch of the game's reveal trailer, shedding some light on what to expect from Treyarch's futuristic shooter.

Discovered by the eagle-eyed chaps over on NeoGAF, a promotional pamphlet for the game promises a new movement system similar to Advanced Warfare's, a revised 'Specialist' system for multiplayer, and full four-player co-op support for the main campaign.

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