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Techland release interactive 'Test Your Survival Skills' video for Dying Light

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An excellent new video post from Techland lets us enjoy a mini interactive adventure in Dying Light, the upcoming dropkick-a-zombie-from-a-rooftop survival action game from the creator of Dead Island.

This new video is over 25 minutes long but cuts short because of the choices we make along the way. The first-person zombie slayer is set in a vast open world where night turns the tables on us.

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes' "definitive" PC specs due tomorrow, settings page 'leaked'

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Konami has confirmed that a "definitive" list of PC specifications for the imminently due Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes will be published tomorrow, but that hasn't stopped PC images leaking online.

A few screens have emerged revealing the PC version in action, along with the graphics and control settings pages. Apparently the menu can't be navigated by mouse, only by keyboard. Boo!

New characters, suits and villains in latest LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham DLC

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WB Games has released the Batman of the Future Character Pack today for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, which adds even more characters, along with new suits. This DLC includes Terry McGinnis.

That would be the 'Batman of the future' when Bruce Wayne's days are long gone. Villains include the radioactive Blight and Joker. The new character pack is priced at £1.69.

Dontnod's Life Is Strange releases first episode of five January 30th, 2015

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The episodic story-driven adventure Life Is Strange from Dontnod Entertainment, creator of the memory-tweaking Remember Me, has just been given a release date for its first episode in the series.

There will be a total of five episodes where a rewind time mechanic lets us alter our choices up to the last checkpoint, with consequences felt in short, mid and long term.

Turn-based zombie shelter Dead State updated, removes 'super hearing' undead

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DoubleBear Productions has released their latest update for Dead State, and most likely the last one of this year. It addresses a number of issues like quests looping, cars disappearing and pathfinding.

They've also increased "noise dampening" in multi-floor levels to stop zombies magically hearing everything. Perhaps one of the biggest changes is the addition of an autosave function.

Farming Simulator to receive dedicated peripherals in 2015 from Mad Catz

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Yes, as the appetite for Farming Simulator is apparently rabid, peripheral maker Mad Catz has decided it's time to get in on the action and work on some dedicated controller hardware for the series.

It'll be compatible with Farming Simulator 2013, 2015 and future games in the series. They want the "same level of engineering and realism" brought to farming as they already do for flight sims.

Fate of Arun, the first major expansion for MMO Tera, is available now

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Fate of Arun is the first major expansion for action fantasy MMO Tera, and it's live now. Expect new class skills, zones, and dungeons, as well as an increased character level cap to 65.

The update lets players explore the continent of Val Oriyn, an isolated 'lost world' filled with "savage jungles, colossal ruins, and the undiscovered homeland of the barakas." This is a baraka. In beach-wear, naturally.

World of Warplanes gets festive with snowballs, a Lapland map, and... flyable UFOs

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It's Christmas time soon, which means that every single game out there is planning some kind of festive event, or giving its NPCs reindeer antlers, or - in the case of World of Warplanes - letting you fly a UFO.

No, I'm not really sure about how festive that is either. Though to be fair, developer Wargaming.net has also added a new “Snowball” game mode on a dedicated Lapland map, and 26 dedicated missions for the holiday season.

CI Games producer confirms that "conceptual work" for Lords of the Fallen 2 is underway

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Despite some unfortunate bugs and unremarkable boss fights, CI Games' action fantasy RPG Lords of the Fallen was really rather enjoyable.

Here's some good news then; CI's executive producer Tomasz Gop has posted on Facebook to confirm that " conceptual work on Lords of the Fallen 2 is underway."

New careers and Christmas trinkets in latest content patch for The Sims 4

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The Sims 4 has received another free content patch, with another batch of features for budding demi-gods to mess around with. This time around there's a focus on Sim careers and, unsurprisingly, Christmas trinkets.

Two news career paths, the Business Career and the Athletic Career, offer new ways for your Sims to earn that sweet, sweet paycheque. Each contains new life goals, new outfits and new reward objects.

Harebrained Schemes teases another Shadowrun Kickstarter campaign for January 2015

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It looks like Harebrained Schemes is planning to return to Kickstarter for another round of crowd-funding next year. Hard to argue with that decision, considering they made over $1.8 million the last time.

In fact fans of the excellent cyberpunk RPG Shadowrun Returns will be excited to see that, judging by a teaser image released yesterday, we'll be hitting the streets in our finest leather trenchcoats and sunglasses once more.

Unknown Worlds' underwater adventure Subnautica hits Steam Early Access

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Unknown Worlds is the independent developer behind hectic (and very good) aliens versus marines shooter Natural Selection 2, and the studio has been cooking up something very interesting for its next game.

Subnautica is an open world underwater adventure, in which players must craft equipment and submarines in order to explore the oceanic depths of an alien world, fending off horrible fish-monsters with intimidating teeth in the process. It's just been launched on Steam Early Access.

Third beta update released for Sorcerer King, adding new Sovereigns and random maps

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The third beta update for Stardock's "asymmetrical" (that means you've already lost, and rather than building a mighty empire you're dragging one up from the rubble) strategy game Sorcerer King is out now, adding new sovereigns to control and random maps for that sweet, sweet 4X replayability.

The new guys are the divinely powered Priest and military-focused Commander, bringing the Early Access game's Sovereign roster up to a respectable five.

Hatred is now back on Steam Greenlight

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After popping up on Steam Greenlight earlier this week, Destructive Creations' controversial shooter Hatred was pulled by Valve, who said that based on what they'd seen of the game they "would not publish Hatred on Steam."

After two days of free publicity for Destructive Creations, and a tonne of debate about censorship and discussion as to what exactly Valve's criteria for deciding a game is too offensive to sell actually is, the company appears to have changed its mind. Hatred is back on Greenlight.

Two new content packs available now for Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Bioware has announced two new content packs for its colossal fantasy RPG Dragon Age: Inquisition. The free multiplayer Destruction pack lets bands of wild animals and monsters interfere with your mission, while the Deluxe Upgrade will net you all the pre-order DLC available for the game.

That's a pretty lengthy list of armour, weapons, mounts, thrones and bog unicorns. Because if there's anything better than a unicorn mount, it's a bog unicorn mount,

Transformers Universe plug gets pulled by Jagex on January 31st, 2015

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The previously announced "new stage of development" for free-to-play MOBA Transformers Universe is certainly taking hold as Jagex announces they're turning off the juice with Hasbro bowing out.

Jagex are now focusing on their own internal IPs moving forward, such as RuneScape, while Hasbro looks elsewhere to keep Transformers in the digital game space. Servers shut off January 31st.

Report: Microsoft gathers team under 'Arcadia' project, looking into streaming apps and games

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Something's afoot at Microsoft as something referred to as 'Arcadia' is increasing its team size. According to job listings it's a project looking into setting up a streaming platform possibly for Windows devices.

It's being built on Microsoft's Azure cloud, and could stream both games as well as apps. Apparently they considered letting users stream Android apps, but it seems they're unsure.

GTA Online Heists in early 2015 in time for PC?

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The very long-awaited addition of Heists for GTA Online, the free online counterpart to Grand Theft Auto V, has finally been given trailer by Rockstar. Even better is the early 2015 window for the events.

The PC version of Grand Theft Auto V is due in late January so PC gamers won't need to wait much longer hopefully. Our pain has already been to wait for Xbox One and PS4 to get theirs first.

Total War: ROME II - Wrath of Sparta Campaign Pack now out

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Creative Assembly has just launched the Wrath of Sparta Campaign Pack for Total War: ROME II, which adds a new "epic campaign expansion" which sees time crank back to 432 BC.

The new DLC deals with the Peloponnesian Wars that engulfed the city-states of Greece. The new pack includes "all-new technology trees" to represent Greek culture and disciplines.

Great Big War Game back on Steam, creator Rubicon reclaims IP rights

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The indie turn-based Great Big War Game is now back on Steam following a rather unfortunate and shady launch for Rubicon Development, who it seems were 'conned' by a so-called publisher.

However that legal drama is all over for now, and while those initial sales didn't fill Rubicon's coffers, the indie team has their IP rights back and their rightful claim to all their hard work.

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