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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.

Spa Day DLC pack on the way to The Sims 4 this month

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Just in time for Summer, Maxis' omnipotent God-simulator The Sims 4 is getting a new Spa Day Game Pack pack, which will give your sims a chance to relax, wind down, and enjoy paying hundreds of pounds to lock themselves in an overheated steam oven (or sauna, as it's otherwise known) for a few hours.

The pack will include three new Maxis-created spas, as well as a new gymnasium. Hey, if you're going to avoid exercise and personal health at least your virtual minions should keep in shape. Enjoying the amenities will earn you a boost to happiness and your Wellness stat – raise the latter and you'll turn your sim into one of those irritatingly happy, New Age types, able to give massages to their fellow sims and learn new Yoga positions.

Sources claim Warner Bros was aware of Arkham Knight's PC issues since almost a year before launch

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Batman: Arkham Knight on the PC was such a broken, jagged mess of bugs and glitches that it's impossible to believe no-one at publisher Warner Bros noticed the state of the port until after the game had launched.

So it's depressingly unsurprising to read a new report that suggests they were all too aware. According to two separate sources that have been in contact with Kotaku, WB had been receiving warnings from quality for almost a year before launch.

Colossal to announce "big expansion" for Cities: Skylines at Gamescom 2015

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Today saw the release of patch 1.1.1b for Cities: Skylines, adding a number of excellent free updates as well as fixes for bugs. CEO Mariina Hallikainen of Colossal Order has revealed a "big expansion" will be revealed in August.

They'll announce the new major content during Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The studio will continue with both free and paid updates to Cities: Skylines, which Hallikainen sees as having many years of life.

Episodic cyberpunk adventure V.Next on Kickstarter, spread over "18 weekly-released narrative episodes"

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Vivienne Denue is missing her memory after having it wiped as "punishment for past crimes," but she wants it back. She'll be remastering her talents for hacking hardware and software in a darkly futuristic Seattle in V.Next.

SyncBuildRun has brought their 2D episodic adventure to Kickstarter where they're asking for $120k. The plan is to start releasing it across "18 weekly-released narrative episodes" for PC and Mac.

Cities: Skylines patch 1.1.1b adds 30 new buildings, pedestrian tunnels, auto-save option

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Colossal Order has just released a new patch for Cities: Skylines and with it comes 30 new growable buildings, which are those that sprout from zones. Another gem are Pedestrian path tunnels. OMG!

They've also 'unstuck' trains at map borders, though this may take a few minutes to kick in. Tiles should also stay de-zoned now and not magically reappear. There's also an auto-save option available.

NeocoreGames announce The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut, combines the trilogy with enhancements

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A 'definitive edition' of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is set for release this September as developer NeocoreGames announce the Final Cut. This will combine all three campaigns.

They've modified and added new content as well, with six playable classes from the start. They've reworked and extended the skill tree system, and raised the level cap to 80 for the campaign.

ICY coming to Steam July 21st, a frozen post-apocalyptic and "narrative-driven" survival RPG

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It's damn hot right now in the UK and many wouldn't mind being plunged into a 'post-apocalyptic frozen world' to cool off, and they'd probably like the 'narrative-driven, survival, RPG' bit too. ICY will deliver us this frozen paradise.

It's still got a way to go but we'll create our own character with an in-depth stat system that'll determine our skills as we lead a group across the White Wasteland. All manner of hardships will test our leadership.

Kerbal Space Program's 'official' Asteroid Day mod tasks you with defending Earth from vengeful space-rocks

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Squad, developer of slapstick (actually, I suppose that depends on how you play it) space programme simulator Kerbal Space Program, has announced the second 'Official Mod' for the game, called Asteroid Day.

The result of a partnership with the B612 Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to planetary defense against asteroids and various other bits of space debris that could theoretically crash into the Earth and snuff us out, Asteroid Day tasks you with setting up a space telescope in orbit near Venus to look out for errant space-boulders.

Minecraft has sold over 20 million copies on PC and Mac

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We all know that Minecraft has been phenomenally successful, but sometimes it takes a statistic like this to realise just how much money the voxel build-em-up must have made developer Mojang over the years - to date, the game's sold over 20 million copies on PC and Mac alone.

Mojang's Owen Hill captured the 20,000,005th sale as it popped up on the game's stat tracking site. That was yesterday, and another 7,992 people have snapped it up as of this post.

Path of Exile expansion The Awakening drops on July 10

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Grinding Gear Games has announced that The Awakening, the biggest expansion yet for its free-to-play hack and slasher Path of Exile, will be released on Friday, July 10, after a relatively brief Beta testing period.

The expansion adds an Act Four storyline, wrapping up the game's main plot, as well as "new areas, monsters, six boss fights, five previously unannounced skills, 13 end-game maps, two challenge leagues and a climactic multi-stage encounter with Path of Exile's new end boss!" Crikey, that should keep you occupied for a while.

Team Ninja delays Dead or Alive 5: Last Round's online functionality after “major issues” during Beta testing

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Those of you with a PC copy of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round who were hoping to be able to actually play the game online at some point are going to be stuck waiting a little longer.

Developer Team Ninja has apparently found some “major issues” during its Beta testing phase, and as a result the full release of the game's online modes has been pushed back indefinitely.

Allison Road is P.T for the PC, and it looks terrifying

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Sadly, thanks to Hideo Kojima and Konami's epic falling out, we'll never see what the Metal Gear creator would have done with the Silent Hill franchise. Even his masterpiece in viral horror, P.T has been removed from circulation.

Fortunately, if you're a fan of mounting dread, the team at UK studio Lilith Ltd is creating a first-person horror game for the PC called Allison Road, which is heavily inspired by P.T. The studio's released the first gameplay trailer, and the whole thing looks absolutely horrible. In a really good way.

Orcs Must Die! Unchained gets new PVE focused update today

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Robot Entertainment will release a new update for the Orcs Must Die! Unchained Beta today, which will add additional PVE content that will set player teams up against hordes of "orcs, bears, ogres and other, newer creatures such as the dwarf grenadiers, forest giants and Cyclops mages."

It's basically like your regular Orcs Must Die!, but there's a new mechanic to play with, the 'Unchained' meter. This is filled by combo-killing enemies. Once charged you and your co-op buddies do extra damage. They'll also get more health and mana, and faster cooldowns for their skills.

Silence - The Whispered World 2 Official Cinematic Trailer

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Silence - The Whispered World 2 is set to be released in early 2016 for the PC and sees teenager Noah return to the dreamscapes of Silence where he hopes to find his sister Renie, who went missing in the hazardous real world.

Noah's quest leads to another emotional adventure, where players get to solve plenty of mysteries surrounding noah, his sister and the fictitious world of Silence.

Sorcerer King leaves Early Access on 16th July

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Stardock has announced that its fantasy turn-based strategy game Sorcerer King will leave Early Access and launch fully on 16th July via Steam for PC.

Sorcerer King is a little bit different from other traditional 4X games from StarDock, as rather than taking on various factions for supremacy, you're trying to stop the titular Sorcerer King, a powerful and nefarious villain, from destroying the world and ascending to godhood. In order to stop the Sorcerer King you must build a kingdom and raise a powerful army while dealing with rival factions who only care about conquering more land and resources. You must hurry though, as a Doomsday Counter keeps track of the Sorcerer King's progress toward godhood.

Abbey Games Launching Renowned Explorers in September

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Abbey Games has let us know that they'll be releasing their strategy adventure game Renowned Explorers for the PC, Mac and Linux in September on digital distribution stores like Steam and GOG.

Renowned Explorers is set in a fictitious 19th world during an Age of Discovery. Take control of an intrepid team of adventurers searching for gold and treasure and use their beauty, brains or brawn to resolve any encounters that get in your way.

Where's our Batman: Arkham Knight review?

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You take it on faith, you take it to the heart, the wa-a-aiting is the hardest part

Free-to-play dungoen crawler Devilian launching later in 2015, beta sign-ups begin

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Feeling half-devil? Free-to-player action RPG Devilian will be dragging Europe and North America through its dungeons later in the year, but right now you can sign-up for the Beta through the official Devilian website.

This hack 'n' slash has four half-devil character classes to choose from with demon-infested dungeons to carve through, not to mention PvP battlegrounds. It also has crafting, customisation, quests, trading and more.

Prison Architect Alpha 34 now available, gang members now supported

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A long sought after feature for Prison Architect has finally made the cut as Introversion introduces "part 1 of a larger feature" with Gangs. Incoming prisoners now have a chance at belonging to an organised gang.

They'll be tattooed and are usually among the dangerous / higher security prisoners. These gang members will aid each other in fights, are more likely to carry weapons, won't enter reform programs and won't work.

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