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Gamescom Rise of the Tomb Raider footage features many dead guards

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Rise of the Tomb Raider, which it turns out actually is coming to the PC after several months of confusing back-and-forth from Microsoft, who initially claimed it was an Xbox exclusive, just got a neat new Gamescom trailer.

It shows of an extended slice of stealthy, stabby action, as our hero Lara steadily knifes her way through an entire battalion of hapless mercenaries.

World of Warcraft loses another 1.5 million subs

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World of Warcraft has lost another 1.5 million monthly subscribers since May, Blizzard has revealed in its second quarter financial report (.PDF link), knocking it down to a total of 5.6 million.

That's not quite as dramatic as the 3 million lost in the company's first quarter, but it's still a significant figure. The new total number of subscribers is the game's lowest since 2005, according to VentureBeat.

Homefront: The Revolution resurfaces at Gamescom

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After a rocky twelve months or so, during which Homefront: The Revolution changed hands from troubled firm Crytek to publisher Deep Silver, the sequel to the frankly pretty rubbish THQ effort re-emerged at this year's Gamescom.

They rolled out both a slightly overblown cinematic trailer, which introduces the game's main plot, and a brief section of gameplay, which looks competent if slightly unremarkable.

Creative Assembly is developing RTS sequel Halo Wars 2

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Creative Assembly is certainly a busy team these days; not only is the British studio hard at work on Total War: Warhammer, but at Gamescom yesterday it was announced that it's also handling Halo Wars 2.

Just Cause 3's Gamescom trailer is full of delicious chaos

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Rather than the slightly po-faced walkthrough video that Avalanche released for Just Cause 3 at E3 2015, the studio's Gamescom effort, first demoed during yesterday's Microsoft conference, is exactly what I want to see from a trailer for this game.

Namely; cheesy rock music, over-the-top accents, and plenty of inventive uses for hero Rico's grappling hook, parachute, and arsenal of explosive weapons.

Dark Souls 3 gameplay unveiled at Gamescom 2015

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Oh, baby. The general public got its first chance to see Dark Souls 3 in action at Gamescom 2015 today, during the Microsoft Xbox One press conference. Don't worry PC fans; the game's not a console exclusive, it'll be winging its way to Windows simultaneously next year.

Judging from the snippets of gameplay, Hidetaka Miyazaki, who returns to the series after missing out on Dark Souls 2, has learned some lesson from his Gothic PS4 hit Bloodborne. The combat looks faster than before, more visceral and aggressive.

Fan-made mod improves PC Resident Evil 4's HD textures

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The Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition sort of... wasn't, really. It was still Resi 4, of course, and therefore brilliant, but PC players who had been hoping to experience Capcom's action horror classic in the best way possible were left slightly underwhelmed by some fairly muddy texture work.

Leave it to the fans to sort things out. Two plucky modders simply known as Cris and Albert have been revising and polishing the game's graphics for the Resident Evil 4 HD Project. They're about 50% done right now, but as this trailer shows, things are looking good.

Layers of Fear is a psychological horror set in the mind of a crazy painter

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Layers of Fear is a horror game that focuses on the psychological; rather than playing as a grizzly soldier hacking zombies to death, you're instead trapped in the mind of an insane painter, where your surroundings can twist and change with each turn of the camera.

Developed by the excellently named Bloober Team, whose most famous game was probably the first-person horror Scopophobia (which also toyed with the player's vision, as they tried to outrun a fearsome basilisk), Layers of Fear aims to offer "insight into the madness that entwines a human being."

Trine 3 will move out of Steam Early Access next week

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Frozenbyte has announced that its fantasy puzzle prequel Trine 3 will move out of Steam Early Access next week. The game's been available through Steam since April 21, and will be feature complete and ready to roll on August 20.

"It’s been an amazing few months for our first 3D Trine game," writes the developer, "and we’ve learned a lot in this time. On behalf of all of Frozenbyte, I’d like to thank everyone who participated and helped us with your feedback. We’ve come a long way since the start of Early Access, and we’ve been cooking up some neat changes in the past couple of months after the latest update."

Turbine shuts down several Lord of the Rings Online servers

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Turbine is changing things up for venerable MMO Lord of the Rings Online, shutting down several of its world servers so that each region will only have five worlds to choose between from now on.

Characters currently live on any of the closing servers can be transferred for free, and there's a guide to doing so right here. There's no time limit for switching servers.

Advanced Warfare's next DLC pack takes Exo Zombies underwater

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Reckoning, the final DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is out today on consoles, with the PC version set to roll out in roughly a month. Publisher Activision has released a trailer for the final episode of spin-off mode Exo Zombies, Descent, which is included in the pack.

Starring Jon Bernthal, John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan and the mighty Bruce Campbell, the Zombies mode has gotten steadily more ridiculous over the last few episodes, and this one appears to take place in some kind of underwater palace.

Publisher Raw Fury reveals first gameplay trailer for side-scrolling strategy game Kingdom

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You may remember Kingdom, the side-scrolling browser game which had you stomping through your gloomy realm as a solitary monarch, flinging coins at peasants in order to get them building defenses and taking up arms against the vicious bands of trolls that emerged each night.

Even with the limitations of a browser-based game, it was a unique and enjoyable adventure, so I'm excited to see what developer Thomas van den Berg can do with the concept now that he's tamed up with indie publisher Raw Fury. Here's the first trailer.

Techland upgrades Dying Light mod tools to support custom models and terrain editing

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Techland has updated the modding tools for its open world zombie game Dying Light, allowing modders to mess around with terrain editing and custom models for the first time.

To celebrate, the Polish studio is holding another 'Beyond Dying Light’ contest. The modder who designs the most creative piece of custom content can win an Alienware rig, along with a bunch of other goodies.

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.

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