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Game Watcher wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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It's only been a few months since we made the switch over from Strategy Informer to GameWatcher, but we've been thrilled with the response and want to thank everyone for their continued support and encouragement as we head into 2015.

Christmas is the best time of year to sit down and enjoy video games with the rest of the family as you celebrate the holiday period. If you haven't already read it, make sure you check out our Game of the Year piece, which is filled with all our personal choices to help recommend some of the games that we've enjoyed throughout 2014.

New gear set available to loot in Advanced Warfare this week

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Log in to play play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare this week, and you'll receive a brand new set of threads to show off with in multiplayer. Although I suppose everyone else will be wearing them too.

Called the The KVA Paramilitary set, the new outfit will have to be discovered by hunting down Supply Drops and hoovering up the contents within, as per usual.

Four-minute gameplay trailer for Etherium released

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Tindalos Interactive has released a bumper four minute gameplay trailer for its upcoming sci-fi RTS Etherium, showing off the game's three factions and key mechanics.

There's a few other interesting things in the game that you'll get to check out here; different weather events will pop up to disrupt the strategy action, while various sub-factions can be recruited to fight in your armies.

GSC Gameworld re-opens its doors, has a new project in the works

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After closing down back in 2011, the original creator of STALKER: Call of Pripyat GSC Gameworld has re-opened for business. It has a brand new website and even a new project in the works.

"We don't think free-to-play is the right model for the game we want to make. So we're making an old-fashioned, full price game, we think our audience will be happy about that. We're expecting a lot of our old audience!", spokesperson Valentine Yeltyshev told Gamesindustry.biz.

The Witcher 3 is content complete, delay will be used to bug fix and polish

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CD Projekt RED pushed back The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt a second time earlier this month, delaying the highly anticipated fantasy RPG into May 2015. That extra time won't be used to develop new content, rather the studio will use it to bug fix and add extra polish.

Talking to Nerdacy via email, CD Projekt RED CEO Marcin Iwinski revealed, ““The content is locked, so no content changes are being made at this point."

Bundle Stars offers affordable Arthurian action with the King Arthur Complete Bundle

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Fancy a bit of Arthurian monster-slaying? Bundle Stars has you covered - the company has just launched the King Arthur Complete Bundle, which packs up fantasy wargames King Arthur 1 and 2, alongside several pieces of DLC.

The games themselves are unspectacular but generally pretty decent strategy/RPG affairs, but for the set price of £3.89 you can't really go wrong. You've got two weeks to make use of the bundle deal.

Rumour: Release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain spotted?

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A retail worker posting on Reddit might have discovered the release date for Hideo Kojima's highly anticipated stealth-em-up Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. User mikefancypants posted an image of a stock listing with the street date set to February 24, 2015.

He claims that until recently the listing showed a place-holder date of December 31, 2014. The new date ties in with listings on Rakuten and several other online retailers.

Square releases new trailer for Final Fantasy 15 with snippets of in-game footage

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Square Enix chucked out another trailer for its upcoming RPG Final Fantasy 15 Jump Festa 2015, an annual anime convention in Japan. There's a little bit of gameplay, but it's mostly cutscenes shedding more light on the game's plot.

Which sums up Final Fantasy as a series pretty well, actually. As is traditional with the series, I spent most of my time watching this getting annoyed with everyone's haircuts. Though the open-world style gameplay does look intriguing.

PayDay 2 gets new playable class in Clover Character DLC

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PayDay 2's Diamond Heist DLC is out now, and if you fancy playing as the woman at the centre of the mission you can pick up a new character pack in order to unlock bad-tempered Irish burglar Clover.

The snappily named Clover Character Pack adds a whole new class, new melee and ranged weapons, and inevitably a new mask to wear while on the job.

Patch 0.52 for Day Z adds chainsaws and other weapons of zombie destruction

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Any zombie game worth its salt needs chainsaws. This is an immutable fact, and one that Day Z developer Bohemia has finally acknowledged with the release of the entertaining if impractical weapon in Patch 0.52, just in time for Christmas.

Actually there's a few interesting new items added in the new patch; if the primitive delights of the 'Stone Knife' don't sway you, perhaps the 'Long Sword' or the 'Meat Cleaver' will? And don't forget to top off your zombie-fighting look with the 'Full Ghillie suite'.

World of Tanks Update 9.5 adds ten British vehicles and three new maps

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You know what World of Tanks could really do with? More tanks. There's only around five million in the game already, which is such a paltry number. Developer Wargaming clearly agrees with me, which is why players will soon be able to get their hands on 10 new British vehicles in Update 9.5.

The new roster consists of light tanks, mediums and tank destroyers, and contains such famous lumbering metal coffins as the Sherman Firefly and Achilles Tank Destroyer. There's a new vehicle for each Tier from II to X.

Latest update for Interstellar Marines adds second co-op campaign map

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Developer Zero Point Software has released the second co-operative campaign map for tactical FPS Interstellar Marines, a stealth-based operation to retrieve vital research data from a heavily defended military base.

What could possibly go wrong? “Starcrown is all about stealth - using your brain, not just your trigger finger," writes creative director Kim Haar Jørgensen. Oh yeah. That.

Divinity: Original Sin is getting a new 'Hardcore' difficulty mode

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It must be pretty busy in the offices of Larian Studios these days. Not only is the development team working on new titles, they're also adding a bunch of new content to hit RPG Divinity: Original Sin.

One such addition that will please fans of the already rather tricky game is a new 'Hardcore' difficulty mode. This will give enemy mobs new skills and tactics to use against you in combat, forcing you to change up your existing strategies.

Space Pirates and Zombies 2 pre-alpha trailer highlights the undead menace and a new Strategic Starmap

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Space Pirates and Zombies 2 is the sequel to MinMax Games' fun little top-down space exploration game. The follow-up adds, amongst other things, a fancy new third-person combat viewpoint, and a Strategic Starmap upon which the game's randomly generated story plays out.

It's also, obviously, got lots of zombies in it. Spaceship flying zombies, which are even more dangerous than the fast-running kind. Here's a new pre-alpha trailer with one such undead infestation in process.

Blizzard unveil World of Warcraft's 2015 plans, "exploring the possibility" of in-game tradeable game-time

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What's in store for World of Warcraft in the new year? Blizzard has put together a post on Battle.net. One thing that stands out is the possibility of an in-game tradeable game-time economy popping up.

Blizzard likes the idea of "surplus gold to cover" some of the subscription cost, just like some other MMOs. Other things for 2015 include "more-direct routes" with flight masters.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris receives first PC patch, no co-op fixes

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Version 1.1 of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is now available through Steam for PC, but the changelog isn't all that impressive if you've been waiting for a fix or two for the game's co-op romps.

Sadly the latest Lara Croft spin-off isn't so good when it comes to multiplayer, which is rather odd considering one of its major selling points is up to four player co-op with your dearest chums.

Grand Ages: Medieval game world trailer with first in-game footage

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From humble villages to bloated kingdoms, Grand Ages: Medieval will be challenging us to whip those peasants into shape. A gameplay trailer gives us the first in-game footage of the real-time strategy.

We'll have to research the latest in medieval technology, expand our borders and set up valuable trade routes. It comes with a campaign or total free play to conquer and rule over Europe.

Rumour: Microsoft to unveil own VR headset at E3 2015

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It seems Microsoft doesn't want rival Sony to corner the VR headset market as the software giant is preparing to unveil their own VR gear during next years' E3 in Los Angeles.

Sources from the supply chain of components let slip the info, and say Microsoft's hardware team is behind the endeavour. Sony unveiled their Project Morpheus VR tech back in March.

New gameplay trailer for Tropico 5: Waterborne

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The 'declaration of war on the ocean' is well underway in Tropico 5: Waterborne, which features all-new water-based industry, homes and even new foreign power deterrents like a submarine.

A new gameplay trailer has been released by Kalypso Media showcasing some of the new floating real-estate El Presidente will be commissioning for his fellow Tropicans.

Chris Roberts congratulates 'rival' David Braben and Frontier for Elite: Dangerous launch

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Star Citizen is far from its launch day but Cloud Imperium's Chris Roberts has published a congratulatory letter to space sim rival David Braben and his Frontier Developments team for fully releasing Elite: Dangerous.

Roberts has been a supporter "since day one, and am thrilled to see it become a reality." He'll be firing it up over the holidays, and reminds the Star Citizen community there's no real rivalry.

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