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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.

Open weekend for Trials Fusion's online multiplayer kicks off today

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Trial Fusion's upcoming multiplayer component is free for PC players this weekend, if you fancy injuring a virtual motorcyclist in the company of some friends.

The free trial runs from December 19 at 10am CET to December 22 at 10am CET. You do need to have an existing Uplay account to sign in to the game's online mode.

Dennaton announce vinyl Collector's Edition of Hotline Miami 2

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Leave it to Dennaton Games to come up with a suitably cool Collector's Edition for its long-awaited murdering simulator sequel, Hotline Miami 2. The $60 edition will contain three vinyl discs with 28 tracks from the game's soundtrack.

If the sequel's music is anywhere near as excellent as the original's, that's quite the treat. There's no tracklist yet, as Dennaton wants to keep that a secret until the game's released.

Street Fighter 5 is being developed on the Unreal Engine 4

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Capcom has announced that its upcoming brawler Street Fighter 5 is being developed with the Unreal Engine 4, the first time in the series' history that Epic's powerful software has been utilised.

That might explain why the upcoming entry is looking so tasty. Capcom showed off a new and improved engine in an initial gameplay trailer released at this year's Capcom Cup event.

Spintires creator claims publisher Oovee has disappeared, "together with the loot"

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Developer Pavel Zagrebelnyj came up with the strangely addictive off-road sim Spintires, in which you try to make it through the churned-up roads and forests of Russia in a variety of heavy-duty vehicles. It had beautifully done mud physics, and a few months back it was something of a cult hit.

Since then, despite being very popular on Steam, the game's never really added a whole lot to that basic 'drive a truck through some mud' formula. Now Zagrebelnyj is accusing the UK publisher Oovee of taking the money and running, and preventing him from continuing development on the game.

Ubisoft details first piece of Far Cry 4 Season Pass content, the Escape from Durgesh Prison

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Far Cry 4 is set to get its first piece of Season Pass content in January, and Ubisoft has detailed exactly what players can expect. Namely the introduction of permadeath in the new Escape from Durgesh Prison solo and co-op mission.

It's based around a level from the core game's solo campaign, but this time Ajay can team up with his (annoying) co-op buddy Hurk to scavenge weapons and ammo, and complete a series of challenges in a vaguely roguelike structure in order to escape.

Co-op shooter The Red Solstice gets new map and extra missions in Pitch Black update

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The Red Solstice is an eight-player co-op game set on Mars, where you and your friends take on the role of burly space marine types with a penchant for heavy weaponry, tasked with cleansing the planet of unpleasant alien critters.

The Early Access shooter has just received a new update titled 'Pitch Black', which features a new industrial themed map, four new missions and an overhaul of several combat skills for the various classes.

December update for Clockwork Empires adds 100% more fishpeople

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Developer Gaslamp Games has released the December update for its steampunk colony management sim Clockwork Empires, and that means another round of brilliantly silly patch notes. My favourites this time include; "colonists will occasionally turn into fishpeople and run into the sea", and "FIXED: Listening to a sermon caused colonists’ bodies to explode."

Life is not easy for colonists in this game. The new Naturalist role for your civilians, along with the new found additions of Laboratories and Scientists you can put to work studying weird artifacts, can lead to new discoveries as well as the aforementioned fish transformations.

Prison Architect Alpha 28 released with video, features 'moving toilet' scripting

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The latest alpha release for Introversion Software's Prison Architect has gone live, taking the early access sim to Alpha 28. A new video is up highlighting the latest changes to UI and mod scripting.

There's been some UI streamlining though there's much more to do, and the game's script has been altered to help modders cut down on unseemly messes in their code, thanks to moving toilets.

Ubisoft's 'free game offer' for Assassin’s Creed: Unity Season Pass begins

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A special webpage for those who own the Season Pass to Assassin’s Creed: Unity is now online where you can take up Ubisoft's offer a free game to compensate for the disastrous launch.

Those eligible need only select their platform (the same as the one they own Unity), and then choose between a selection of Ubisoft's latest titles like The Crew and Far Cry 4.

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