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Competition: We've got six Vector Thrust keys to Giveaway

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Recently several key members of GameWatcher took part in a sweaty game of beach volleyball, and after a tough contest marked by repeated slow-motion high-fives, we managed to secure six Steam keys for Timesymmetry's arcade air combat sim, Vector Thrust.

So grab your flight-suit, come up with a cool call-sign (Badger? Mulch? Pomegranate?), and simply write "I'm in!" in the comments section below for a chance to win a key for free. We'll select six lucky winners at random.

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth 'didn't go far enough', Rising Tide 'opens up whole world'

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In our E3 2015 interview with Firaxis on Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth we chatted with lead producer Andrew Frederiksen about the Rising Tide expansion which 'addresses fan feedback'.

Specifically it's 'opening up the whole world' in Beyond Earth, which the team acknowledge "didn't go far enough" in its quest to conquer this alien planet. Rising Tide is not just about water gameplay.

Fugitive Games holding Reddit AMA today @ 4.00pm PST for Into the Stars

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We're a stone's throw from the Early Access release of Into the Stars from Fugitive Games but to help tide us over they'll be holding a Reddit AMA session today, July 7th @ 4.00pm PST. That's around midnight for Europe.

It begins technically July 8th for the UK @ 12.00am BST, and 1.00am CET for mainland Europe. What's important is that we get to ask the important questions like, Kirk or Piccard? Let's settle the argument.

Team17 and Skybound Entertainment accounce The Escapists The Walking Dead, control Rick Grimes

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Never mind escaping the joint, Team17 and Skybound Entertainment have just revealed The Walking Dead has infected The Escapists. There's only one thing for it; take control of Rick Grimes and 8-bit your way to safety.

The start of the new game has us as Rick Grimes in the Harrison Memorial Hospital, and we need to escape! This serves as our tutorial, conveniently, and we'll need all our cunning to defeat those walkers.

New 'Feature Spotlight' video dev diary for Crusader Kings II: Horselords expansion, launches July 14th

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Paradox Development Studio has released a new video developer diary for the impending nomadic invasion of the Horselords expansion for Crusader Kings II.

A new Nomadic style of government is part of the feature list, and with it come Clan politics. They can also muster hordes out of whole populations, which is bad news for trade on the new Silk Road route.

Free-to-play sci-fi MMO Skyforge enters Open Beta July 16th, new gameplay trailer released

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Obsidian Entertainment and Allods Team have dated the Open Beta for upcoming sci-fi MMO Skyforge. Those who fork out for a Founder’s Pack will get into the game a week earlier on July 9th, so the rest must wait until July 16th.

A new gameplay trailer teases the free-to-play MMO, which has us striking out to achieved 'Godhood' and to build our own Pantheons. Register an account with Skyforge to get ready for Open Beta.

Chaos Reborn gains single player realm quests in latest Early Access update

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Snapshot Games' turn-based strategy Chaos Reborn now features single player realm quests with version 0.28, which is fresh from the studio this week. There's co-op mode for certain battles if you need a hand.

This new Early Access update includes new battle environments and matchmaking now has multiple preferences. Items will no longer 'level up' and instead start at the maximum level. All old staffs and gear removed.

DICE were "scared" to take on Star Wars: Battlefront

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The hype machine seems to be rolling along quite nicely now, but when DICE was initially offered the job of making Star Wars: Battlefront, the team was a little intimidated at taking on such a well-loved property.

“When we were asked to do this we were really scared. We thought, no, this is too intimidating,” DICE general manager Patrick Bach revealed to The Guardian.

Mortal Kombat X players get classic Fatalities and a new Scorpion skin for free this week

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The big news this week for Mortal Kombat X players is the release of The Predator, the game's second crossover character, but those who don't want to splash their cash will still get a couple of new goodies.

NetherRealm and WB Games have announced that players will get the Klassic Fatality Pack 1 for free, adding three classic, gory moves from the franchise's history. They'll also net a free 'Kold War' skin for Scorpion.

DOOM's arenas are "almost like skate parks", according to exec producer

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Pulling sweet kickflips might not be what you naturally associate with the Doom franchise, so it's initially somewhat surprising to hear a member of the development team describe the upcoming DOOM's arenas as "like skate parks".

No you won't be challenging a demon to a skate-off. What executive producer Marty Stratton means is that the game encourages constant momentum, and gives players plenty of wide open space and options for vertical movement.

Hidetaka Miyazaki talks Dark Souls 3, reveals weapon changes and speedier movement

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Like all fans of the Souls series, I pretty much revere creator Hidetaka Miyazaki as a saint/saviour figure, coming down from on high to test and ultimately reward us with his intricately designed masterpieces. All hail Miyazaki.

Still, even I was a bit surprised to see Dark Souls 3 announced at this year's E3, and even more so to see the big man himself return to the series after his absence from the previous game (he was busy with PS4 exclusive Bloodborne).

Check out eighteen minutes of No Man's Sky in action

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It seems like all we've seen so far from developer Hello Games' galaxy-hopping space sim No Man's Sky is brief yet enthusiastic snippets at E3 each year, so it's nice to get the chance to see a little bit more of what the game has to offer.

Eighteen minutes of gameplay, to be precise. Courtesy of IGN, the demo sees Hello Games founder Sean Murray take us on an extended trip through space, showing us how the game works in the process.

The Predator stalks into Mortal Kombat X today, non-Season Pass owners can pick him up next week

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I hereby swear will get through this entire article without making any tiresome, humourless references to the original movie – The Predator is now available in Mortal Kombat X for Season Pass (or Kombat Pack, as it's technically known) owners.

Those who just want to buy the big, loveable alien sod individually will have to wait until next Tuesday, July 14.

Patch 1.07 for The Witcher 3 adds "stash for storing items," weightless components, "sorting options", dedicated books tab

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By the unkempt beard of Geralt! CD Projekt RED has just released a highlight of the key changes coming in Patch 1.07 for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It's got a number of excellent goodies and is coming to all platforms.

Chief among the list is a player stash which can be accessed from various locations in the world, and will be marked on the map. They're also making crafting materials weightless, and player inventory gets sorted.

Cloud Imperium Games announce new development office in Frankfurt, Germany for Star Citizen

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Chris Roberts and his studio Cloud Imperium Games has just expanded again with a new development office in Frankfurt, Germany which numbers 21 staff and "many of whom" were behind Crytek's CryEngine technology.

That's great news considering Star Citizen uses the CryEngine, so these latest additions to staff will "pay huge dividends" to development, says Roberts. By the end of 2015 this new office should grow to 50 employees.

Square Enix end Mac sales for Final Fantasy XIV, issue refunds to those affected

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The Mac launch for MMO Final Fantasy XIV hasn't been smooth sailing for Square Enix as they've now pulled it from sale after serious technical problems have crippled the game. They are also issuing refunds to owners.

Compounding the issue, Square also released the wrong system requirements before launch. Director Naoki Yoshida has apologised and accepted "sole responsibility" for letting the Mac version release.

Hideo Kojima to provide 'alternate run' of Metal Gear Solid V's E3 2015 gameplay July 7th

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We're getting closer and closer to being the proud owner of an eye-patched wolf companion with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain due later this year on PC. Really that's all it's about - GOTY material right there.

Apparently it does have other features like hiding in boxes, shooting and global conspiracies. To prove it, HIdeo Kojima has teased an 'alternate run' of the E3 2015 gameplay demo is coming tomorrow.

Just Add Water 'still planning' Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus remake, figuring out 'special stuff' to add

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In an interview with PlayStation Access, Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning reveals his studio Just Add Water are still in the planning stages for the announced remake of 1998's Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus.

The team are trying to think what 'special stuff' they can add to improve it, much like Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! which infused the original Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee with features from Exoddus.

Ubisoft CEO admits Watch Dogs mistakes

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Back in 2012 Ubisoft's cyber spy thriller Watch Dogs raised quite the ruckus at E3, with a very impressive first trailer. It never really lived up to that initial hype, and players were left irritated by apparent graphical downgrades and a fairly tedious story when the game hit shelves in 2014.

After initial denials by the studio that anything had changed, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot (sort of) admitted at this year's E3 that the company had made mistakes when marketing the game.

Two new trailers showcase Sword Coast Legends' Campaign Creation editor

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Taken as a standard isometric RPG, Sword Coast Legends doesn't really grab me all that much. I mean, it's got some of the team behind Dragon Age: Origins working on it, but other than that it looks pretty mundane.

It's the game's DM quest creation tools that I'm intrigued by, and the team at developer n-Space has released two new videos showing the sort of thing budding overlords can cook up for their unsuspecting players.

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