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Black Ops 3 pre-order customers will get another Nuketown map

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Cramped, chaotic deathmatch map Nuketown is something of regular feature of Treyarch's Black Ops games, so it's not a huge surprise to see a new version on the way in this year's Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

Gearbox opens registration for Battleborn “technical tests”

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You can now sign up to take part in a “closed technical test” - basically an Alpha – for Gearbox's MOBA-flavoured team shooter Battleborn.

You'll need to have a Gearbox ShiFT account ( yeah, I couldn't remember what that was either), but other than that it's free to register.

Act of Aggression launch trailer is out all-out future warfare

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Eugen Systems' classic-style RTS Act of Aggression is out tomorrow, and if this adrenaline-pumping launch trailer doesn't get you in the mood for tank rushes and tactical nukes, nothing will.

There's all manner of cool toys on display here from among the game's three factions; the US Army, the UN task force known as Chimera, and the tech-happy, PMC bad guys known as the Cartel.

Blood Bowl 2 trailer shows a Dwarf versus Skaven throwdown

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Cyanide Studios' ultraviolent Warhammer sports game Blood Bowl 2 is out this month, and starting from next week pre-order customers can start tearing into the Beta.

As a little tease of what's in store, the developer has released a trailer showing two very different fantasy teams going up against each other, the rugged Dwarfs and wily Skaven.

Flying mounts return in latest Warlords of Draenor patch

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Blizzard's decision not to include flying mounts in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor didn't go down particularly well with players, so it wasn't too surprising to hear the studio reveal back in June that they were restoring the feature.

Starting from today with the release of the game's 6.2.2 patch, you can take to the skies once more - providing you jump through a few hoops first.

Guild Wars 2 to go free-to-play, expansion Heart of Thorns out this October 23

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ArenaNet has made its popular MMO Guild Wars 2 free-to-play. That doesn't necessarily mean it will descend into a microtransaction nightmare, however.

The core game will be fully playable for free, but new expansion Heart of Thorns will be sold at a premium price. The studio is hoping that the expansion's new Raid dungeons and story content will sway long-time players.

XCOM 2 has been pushed back to February 2016

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2K and Firaxis Games have broken my fragile heart by announcing that XCOM 2 has been delayed into February. I'm joking. Mostly.

Actually, considering the wealth of excellent titles out this year, a bit of a break might not be such a bad thing. Anyway, giving developers a bit of extra time to polish and refine is generally a good idea.

Metal Gear Solid 5 discs reportedly contain a Steam installer and nothing else

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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is released on PC today, digitally and in physical disc format. Or, as it turns out, just the former.

A Twitter user who got their physical copy of Hideo Kojima's latest action-stealth epic has posted a number of screenshots that suggest the only file on the disc is a Steam installer. We live in a very stupid era.

Bioware announces new story DLC and free patch for Dragon Age: Inquisition

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The final piece of DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition is called Trespasser, and it takes place two years after the events of the main game, serving as an epilogue to your party's adventures.

Those pesky Qunari are causing trouble again, and it seems like the world of Thedas isn't quite as grateful as you might expect for saving their collective backsides from a demonic invasion.

Techland takes a break from zombies with bike racer FIM Speedway Grand Prix 15

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Techland is taking a bit of a break from the undead for its latest game, FIM Speedway Grand Prix 15, which focuses on the most prestigious speedway tournament in the world.

Developed by Techland Games Warszawa, the company’s Warsaw-based subsidiary studio, the fully-licensed game will feature all of the motorsport's best riders from the current season, as well as authentic tracks located in Målilla (Sweden), Cardiff (UK), Horsens (Denmark), Toruń (Poland), and Melbourne (Australia).

Valve's Vive VR headeset will be sold in a "limited quantity" this year, with a full rollout in 2016

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Valve and HTC's Vive VR headset will only be available in limited supply this year, before it launches in full in 2016. Valve had originally claimed that we would see the device hit store shelves in 2015, and while that's technically still the case, it's not the full launch we were expecting.

"Later this year HTC will offer the first commercial Vive units via a limited quantity of community and developer systems, with larger quantities shipping in calendar Q1 2016," wrote the company, in a press release sent out to advertise the headset's presence at PAX Prime this weekend.

New trailer for Cities: Skylines expansion After Dark shows off the night-time sprawl

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Paradox Interactive and developer Colossal Order have just released a new trailer for Cities: Skylines' first expansion, After Dark. It shows off the new day/night cycle, some new buildings that urban planners can plop down to keep their population happy, and new transport options including taxis and coaches.

Skylines' urban sprawls look fairly lovely already, but an extra sprinkling of neon lights at nighttime goes a long way towards making them feel even more alive. New attractions and changes in civilian behaviour that only occur at night should offer some interesting new challenges.

Rocket League developer celebrates 1 million copies sold with 10% discount sale

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Rocket League made its name via the PS Plus free game initiative, but don't think it's just a one hit wonder that got lucky – the car football hit has now racked up 1 million sales on Steam.

Developer Psyonix is understandably pretty happy with that, and to celebrate it's holding a 10% off sale for the next forty-eight hours.

Top-down arcade shoot-em-up A Fistful of Guns is out this September

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Arcade pixel shoot-em-up A Fistful of Guns (one of my favourite video game titles, incidentally) is all set to launch on Steam, GOG, and Humble on September 24.

Developer Farmergnome originally created the game as a freeware project, but this full release features a total of 11 gunslingers, each tied to their own control scheme - some require a mouse, others a keyboard or controller - as well as Story and Arcade modes.

First gameplay trailer drops for Boss Key's free-to-play FPS LawBreakers

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Cliff Bleszinski announced his new game LawBreakers earlier this week, and now we have the very first gameplay footage of the team-based F2P shooter in action.

And it looks... fun, actually. My only concern is that in the last six months or so, I've seen roughly twelve thousand team-based first-person shooters with unique hero classes. Even Black Ops 3 is getting in on that action.

Original creator Games Farm regains rights to RPG Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms

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Indie developer Games Farm has regained the rights to isometric RPG Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms from publisher bitComposer Entertainment AG, which filed for insolvency last year, leaving the future of the game in jeopardy.

Not to worry, though. The IP is back with its original creator, and now that they're free of financial troubles, the team at Games Farm has some big plans for the future of Heretic Kingdoms.

Railway set simulator Train Valley moves out of Early Access this September

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Train Valley is a railway management sim with a bit of a difference. Rather than dryly recreating a rain-lashed commute through the greyest parts of Europe, the game looks more like a child's toy train set; colourful, lively and focused more on fun puzzle-solving than ticket prices and cost ratios.

It's been in Early Access since May of this year, but developers Alexey Davydov , Sergey Dvoynikov and Timofey Shargorodskiy are ready to release it in full on September 16.

Rainbow Mika returns in Street Fighter 5

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Fan favourite wrestler Rainbow Mika will be competing in Street Fighter 5, Capcom has announced. The cult character hasn't been featured in a core roster since 1998's Street Fighter Alpha 3.

She packs a tag-team partner for V-Trigger assists, a V-Skill move where she grabs a mic and revs up the audience, and one of the most NSFW outfits in the series' history. Team Ninja would be proud.

EA details all the content from next month's FIFA 16 demo

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EA has detailed the FIFA 16 demo coming to PC and consoles in a couple of weeks time, and they're certainly not skimping on the content.

Along with a basic kick-off mode, you'll be able to play El Clasico – Real Madrid versus Barcelona – try out FIFA Ultimate Team Draft, and check out the game's new FIFA Trainer, a kind of on-screen training mode that feeds you tips while you play.

Double Fine's next game is the cranium-swapping adventure Headlander

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The next game from Double Fine Productions is a 2D side-scrolling adventure called Headlander, developed in partnership with Adult Swim Games.

It's got a pretty neat concept; you play as the disembodied head of the last human being in existence, who finds himself lost in a galaxy ruled by sentient robots.

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