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Path Of Exile: Expedition has just launched its explosive challenge league

Hack and slash RPG Path Of Exile has just launched another one of its expansions, bringing lots of game updates, tweaks, and a new challenge league. Path Of Exile: Expedition is an explosive one, challenging you to detonate expedition sites and kill all the creeps that come crawling out of them. POE’s scheduled launch day maintenance has ended, so you’re now free to jump into the queue to take a crack at what’s new. Read more

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WoW players hosted a virtual sit-in to protest Activision Blizzard due to harassment lawsuit

Details of the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard by California’s State Department of Fair Employment and Housing were made public on Wednesday night. The lawsuit includes numerous accounts of harassment and discrimination against women within the company. While plenty of players, fans, and former employees reacted to the report online, a guild of World Of Warcraft roleplayers organised a sit-in protest in game while raising now over $9,000 for Black Girls Code. Read more

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Football Manager will incorporate women’s soccer into the game

Sports Interactive have begun a “multi-year project” to bring women’s football to Football Manager. The game will not be separate from the current title, but incorporate the players, coaches, leagues, and all competitions into one game. Miles Jacobson, studio director at Sports Interactive, said: “We have NO interest whatsoever in making a standalone women’s football version of FM. What we are doing is adding women’s football to FM… one sport, one game.” Read more

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Tokyo Olympic athletes are marching out to iconic video game music

I’m a sucker for an Olympics opening ceremony. I love the spectacle of it, with all the singing and dancing and references to historical things. Whenever the athletes march out, I often turn over the TV for a bit, though. It’s nice to see them happy and waving, but it’s usually a long one. But not this year! Since this Olympics are taking place in Tokyo, Japan’s decided to spruce up the atmosphere with an ambience game-likers will appreciate. Yes, each country’s athletes are entering the stadium to orchestral versions of music from classic Japanese video games. Read more

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Evertried is a little bit Into The Breach, a little bit Hoplite

It would be too much to call Evertried an Into The Breach-like, but it does seem to contain my favourite feature from that modern turn-based classic. It’s that enemies move after you do, but telegraph their attacks first. So I’ll dodge those attacks, set traps for those enemies, and climb Evertried’s isometric tower, when the game releases this autumn. For now, there’s a trailer below that shows it in action. Read more

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Valparaiso, the best Battlefield map, is in Battlefield 2042

Remember when multiplayer games would relese with a dozen or so maps to play on, instead of just a couple? Sure, players would coalesce around just two or three maps anyway, but Battlefield 2042 has offered a handy reminder of the benefits of variety. After so many games, it has a dozen classic and beloved levels, and six of them are going to be playable in its new Portal mode. Brendy explained Battlefield Portal in more detail after its announcement this evening during EA Play. I am here merely to celebrate that one of Portal’s six maps is Bad Company…

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Heist Simulator lets you craft your own capers and share them with the world

Heist Simulator has a plan. Look here. See that bit I’ve circled? That’s where your little team of reprobates break into a fancy mansion, or a bustling casino, and make off with the spoils. No fuss. Seems simple, yeah? Well, look over here. This is where the players will be able to set up the heists themselves. They create and publish their own missions, using complex tools to build the levels, hide the loot, and set traps. Not so simple after all. Things could get tougher than an overcooked steak that’s been marinated in diamonds. Read more

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Nvidia’s DLSS is now freely available to any developer who wants it

Until now, any game developer who wanted to access Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) performance booster had to apply for access. But Nvidia have chosen to be a benevolent graphics god and have released the latest SDK without any restrictions. AMD did the same thing last week, releasing their FidelityFX Super Resolution tech (or FSR to its friends) as a free download. That means the two biggest leaps in overall gaming performance are free for anyone to use (even me). I await the tweet from the first developer who implements both in their game at the same time, warning…

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Umurangi Generation and Hades are officially ‘the best’ at the IGF and GDC 2021 awards

The Independent Games Festival awards and the Game Developers Conference awards were held last night in cyberspace. Like a Zoom meeting for the soul, the ceremony hopped between the winning game developers’ living rooms, with host Victoria Tran (community director on Among Us) stitching it all together with a remarkable combination of enthusiasm, sincerity, and silliness. She gets an IGF from me. The big winner was Umurangi Generation by Origame Digital. The photography sci-fi game won the ‘Seumas McNally Grand Prize’ and the narrative prize at the IGF awards. Hades was also recognised as the game of the year at…

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The next Steam Next Fest is scaring up hundreds more demos in October

It looks like Steam Sales and Steam Next Fests are fated to be pals for the foreseeable future. Valve have announced that they’ll be hosting yet another big game demo bonanza in early October, which is almost guaranteed to be followed by the yearly Steam Halloween Sale. The next Steam Next Fest is scheduled to kick off on October 1, once again bringing hundreds of demos for upcoming games and livestreams from their developers. Read more

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Valve are running a $1 million CS:GO weapon skin design contest

Valve are challenging artists to create the CS:GO weapon skins of their dreams. Or someone else’s dreams. Any kind of dream or nightmare theme you like, really, so long as you slap it on a CS:GO weapon to enter. They’re launching a total $1 million contest tomorrow in which ten creators will win $100,000 and have their CS:GO weapon finishes added to the game. The contest runs through the middle of October, in part to celebrate and support the community of Steam Workshop creators, Valve say. Read more

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Last Stop review: half a really good Doctor Who episode

I was a fan of Virginia, Variable State’s first-person FBI thriller. It used unusual camera cuts to create a really filmic vibe, something that games are always trying to do but rarely succeed. Last Stop is Variable State’s new story adventure game, and adds two more fully voiced protagonists, three converging storylines, and a bunch of glowy green sci-fi light, while keeping the TV show style. With all the stories taking place in the same (fictional) borough of London, the result is somewhere between Black Mirror and Doctor Who. Read more

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Steam’s Big Picture Mode is being replaced by Steam Deck OS

The only time I ever used Steam’s Big Picture Mode, the UI Valve designed for when you’re playing your games on a TV from a sofa, was when I accidentally hit the button on Steam that launched it. Or in Steam VR, where it’s forced on the user. I didn’t use it on my living room PC, because it turns Steam into a dungeon that trapped you instead of easily letting you play your games. It won’t be long until it’s gone forever. Valve are going to replace it with the Steam Deck’s new UI. Read more

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The running animations in Final Fantasy XIV are my everything

As someone who proclaimed that they didn’t like MMORPGs anymore, I’ve somehow slipped into Final Fantasy XIV. Everyone says it gets really good eventually, so I’m standing resolute in the face of many a fetch quest to reach this famed ray of light. Progress is slow, though. Not slow as in, “I’m taking my time”, but slow as in, “I cannot stop creating characters, help me”. Seriously, help me. Right now my progress towards that light is slow because I cannot stop running. Let me explain. Read more

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Get this powerful RTX 3070 Ryzen 5600X gaming PC for £290 off

AWD-IT remain one of the best shouts for getting a next-gen graphics card at a reasonable price, so I thought I’d share what I think is their best deal of the moment – their TD500 build, which combines a bleeding-edge Ryzen 5 5600X processor and RTX 3070 graphics card for a system that can handle 1080p, 1440p or even 4K gaming in AAA titles. It’s been discounted from £1500 to £1210, a reduction of £290 from its list price and a great deal for a machine of this calibre. Read more

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District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is making a multiplayer online shooter

Neill Blomkamp has flitted around the periphery of the gaming world for a few years now. Even before he made his first, and best, movie District 9, he was working on a Halo film. He recently filmed a trailer for Anthem, too. But now he’s really getting into games. He’s joined Gunzilla Games as their “chief visionary officer”, and their debut first game will be an online shooter. There’s nothing else we know about the game right now, but least we know the trailer will be a banger. Read more

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Death’s Door review: a sturdy and often funny fable about death

If grimdark is a genre, then so must be cutedark. Death’s Door glides into this camp on gossamer wings. It’s got Hollow Knight‘s dimples but not its teeth. It’s lighter, an appropriately feathery game. For long stretches it is refreshingly untaxing with a few challenging battles. This lightness is its strength. The soulslike undertones are mostly a facade and it is less inspired by Lordran than it is by Hyrule. There are fluffy puzzles, curious dungeons and cute characters with JiGgLiNg diALoGuE tExT. I foresee any Nintendo likers out there immediately thinking: “I’ll get this on my Switch”. Sadly, you…

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Was Total War: Warhammer 2’s Silence & The Fury DLC designed by actual Beastmen?

“Right then,” I can imagine the Creative Assembly’s Ian Roxburgh saying, as he commenced the brainstorming session for The Silence And The Fury, the latest and last DLC pack for Total War: Warhammer 2. “We’ve got Taurox. Giant metal bull geezer. He needs a special campaign mechanic. Any ideas?” The rest of the team look at each other uncertainly. “Maybe give him some sort of anger meter?” suggests one poor soul, plaintively. “What if he’s got to assemble enough oxo cubes to make a big castle?” offers another, through a trembling cringe of fear. “Nah!” roars Ian, smashing his fist…

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Nvidia RTX 30-series graphics cards go on sale at Best Buy tomorrow

Nvidia’s RTX 30-series graphics cards offer a big performance uplift over their 10-series and 20-series competitors, but they’ve been nigh-impossible to find at a sensible price for months now. Best Buy has been one of the best bets to find a card in the US at a reasonable price, and tomorrow they’ll offer visitors to selected physical stores the chance to buy a single graphics card – without worrying about bots, scalpers and – hopefully! – price inflation. Here are all the details you need to know to get your hands on one of the best graphics cards. Read more