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EA drops Mirror's Edge: Catalyst teaser video ahead of Gamescom

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Electronic Arts has tweeted the very first footage of Mirror's Edge: Catalyst in action, and although it's a very brief little snippet of the game's smooth free-running action, it's enough to get fans of the original excited.

Rather than the strict lines of the first game, Catalyst will offer players the chance to explore a huge open cityscape, with plenty of places for you to mistime a jump and fall a few hundred metres to land with a splat on an unfortunate civilian's car bonnet.

Here's a brief teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront's Fighter Squadron mode

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We'll see more of Star Wars: Battlefront's dogfighting Fighter Squadron mode during EA's Gamescom press conference tomorrow, but here's a little glimpse to tide you over.

Earn double cash and RP from GTA Online's Pacific Standard Job this week

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Play GTA Online from today through to the weekend, and you'll earn double cash and RP rewards from playing the Pacific Standard Public Deposit Bank heist.

The “grand finale” of Rockstar's bonus heist weeks challenges you to head to down-town Los Santos, steal motorbikes from the Lost M.C ( remember them?), destroy a Merryweather convoy, rescue a fugitive from police custody and more.

SMITE developer announces Paladins, a free-to-play team-based shooter

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SMITE developer Hi-Rez Studios has announced Paladins, a free-to-play team-based shooter with character classes and a card collection element.

It's hard to look at the initial images that have been released and not immediately think of Blizzard's upcoming shooter Overwatch, which is probably not what High-Rez would want, but Paladins does bring a few unique ideas to the table.

Latest Mad Max trailer takes a look at the game's Strongholds

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The open world of Avalanche's Mad Max game isn't just filled with deserts, crows and hollering War Boys. It also features a number of scattered Strongholds, places that offer a tiny slice of civilization amongst a whole lot of post-apocalyptic nihilism.

They're the subject of the latest trailer for the upcoming action game, which continues to look pretty good. The slightly dull-looking lead character's no Mel Gibson or Tom Hardy, but Avalanche seem to have nailed the insane stunts and gas-guzzling chaos of Fury Road pretty well.

Vega confirmed for Street Fighter 5

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Spanish ninja Vega has been confirmed for Street Fighter 5, and he's sporting a bit of a new look. By which I mean he has a shirt this time.

In addition to the new threads, Vega's move list has been expanded; he can now sheathe his trademark razor claws (which are cheating anyway, surely?) in order to switch over to a grappling stance.

Teaser trailer for Norse-themed RPG Jotun showcases a tense boss fight

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Developer William Dubé has just released a new trailer for his Kickstarted RPG Jotun, and it's looking very nice indeed. In it we meet the Storm Jotun Hagalaz, one of the game's oversized bosses.

Successfully funded to the tune $64,265 CAD last year, Jotun is a beautifully hand-drawn blend of Norse myth-inspired exploration and combat. It casts players as a warrior named Thora, who is trying to prove herself to the gods in order to enter Valhalla.

Metal Gear Solid 5's PC system requirements revealed

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With Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain looming ever closer on the horizon, Konami has revealed the recommended and minimum requirements for the PC version of the stealth action game.

As expected, they're much the same as for the game's playable prologue Ground Zeroes, though the RAM requirements are slightly higher. Nothing there that's going to tax medium to high-end PCs too badly, though.

Keiji Inafune's Red Ash Kickstarter fails, prequel The KalKanon Incident to go ahead regardless

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The Kickstarter campaign for Red Ash, Keiji Inafune's spiritual successor to his classic Mega Man action-platformer series, has failed to secure its funding target.

It ended up with a funding level of $519,999, some way short of the required $800,000. The project's not a total wash, though; a roughly eight-hour prologue called Red Ash: The KalKanon Incident will still go ahead, thanks to funding from Chinese producer FUZE Entertainment.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PC release date pushed forward to September 1

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Something of a mixed bag of news for PC players regarding the highly anticipated Kojima creation Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain – the PC version's release date has been pushed forward to match up with its console counterpart, but we'll have to wait a little longer to sink out teeth into the multiplayer component.

The Phantom Pain will now launch on September 1 across all platforms, instead of the September 15 date that was initially proposed, but the PC version won't get its online component until January 2016.

PES 2016 demo kicks off on August 13

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If you're desperate to find out who triumphs in this year's episode of the eternal FIFA versus PES battle, you've not got long to wait. Both games are out are out this September, and a free demo for Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 will be available starting August 13.

"PES 2016 continues to lead the way in the recreation of ‘The Beautiful Game’," boasts Konami. "The new game strives to create a realistic yet always exciting match between users, and deliver quality gameplay as per KONAMI’s ongoing ‘The Pitch is Ours’ mantra. From further integration of the industry-leading Fox Engine bringing the on-pitch action to life, to the full commitment to creating the best gameplay experience, to the full redevelopment of Master League, every facet of PES 2016 has been enhanced to deliver yet another outstanding product."

DiRT Rally gets first of two World Rallycross content updates

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A bunch of FIA World Rallycross Championship content has been added to Codemasters' Early Access racing game DiRT Rally, including several new cars, drivers and tracks.

It's the first of two such content packs. The next one will add another new track, more new cars and, most importantly, online competitive play.

Total War Battles: Kingdom updated to Beta version 0.3

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Total War Battles: Kingdom, Creative Assembly's free-to-play city-builder which is currently available via Early Access, has just been updated to Beta version 0.3.

Based on player feedback, the devs have "dramatically reduced" timers, meaning that you can spend more time playing the actual game, and overhauled the water system and realm layout.

Latest Catacomb Kids update adds new Wanderer class

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Tricky roguelike platformer Catacomb Kids has just received a hefty new update, which adds a brand new character class and a couple of new stat boons.

Joining current heroes the Poet and the Bully is the Wanderer, a speedy class with "senses sharp as knives". There also new unique weapons and some "not insignificant changes" to the level generator, allowing for locked doors and new pre-made rooms.

CD Projekt releases patch notes for The Witcher 3's upcoming 1.08 update

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CD Projekt has released the initial patch notes for The Witcher 3's patch 1.08 update. There's no official release date just yet but the developer says it will be "arriving quite soon".

Major changes include restoration of achievements, which had stopped working properly, fixes to the map to stop things disappearing, and various other tweaks and improvements.

Reports of League of Legends character Gangplank's death were greatly exaggerated

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Riot killed of League of Legends mainstay Gangplank last week, as part of the ongoing Bilgewater event, which progresses the background story of the MOBA's key nautical characters.

The grumpy pirate captain was seemingly killed by fellow buccaneer Miss Fortune, but wait! - in fact, and to nobody's real surprise, he's not actually dead. His fate was revealed in the Bilgewater epilogue, though he didn't escape entirely unscathed. Here's a snippet.

The Long Dark's big new update changes nearly every survival mechanic in the game

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Hinterland's survival game The Long Dark has received a hefty new update, which makes several major changes to its survival mechanics, and packs in the usual mix of fixes and improvements.

“Abstract Foraging”, by which the team means rooting around in drawers and barrels for useful objects, has been replaced by a “Direct Harvesting” mechanic, which allows you to break down items in the world in order to get what you need.

Summer Games Done Quick earns over $1.2 million for charity

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Speedrunning event Summer Games Done Quick wrapped up yesterday, after a week's worth of high-speed gaming. The charity event racked up some pretty serious cash, too; $1,232,925.90 in total, donated by over 22,000 viewers.

There's a lot more information about the event over on the SGDQ tracker site. The average donation to chosen charity Doctors Without Borders was $43.29, while the max was $21,498, donated by an anonymous person who presumably has a lot of spare cash.

Nidhogg developer to release new game Flywrench next month

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Messhoff, the development studio behind addictive sword-fighting game Nidhogg, is about ready to release its follow up, trippy arcade puzzler Flywrench. It's set for release on Steam in one month's time.

It's certainly been a long while in the making – the initial crowd-funding campaign was completed back in 2009. Here's a description of what to expect, courtesy of Messhoff:

Superhot Beta out now for Kickstarter backers, new trailer released

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The team behind gun-slinging, time-slowing shooter Superhot have just released a Beta version of the game to Kickstarter backers, and to celebrate they've also released a snazzy new trailer.

In Superhot, time only moves when you move, so you've got plenty of time to line up some satisfying headshots and limb removals against your polygonal foes.

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