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12 Games Of Christmas - Hearthstone Vs DOTA 2

Written by Jon Sutton on 17 December 2014 at 18:00

The holidays can be a horrifyingly expensive time of year. Everywhere you turn there’s someone or something telling you to “Buy This”, or “Get That”. It can be a wallet sapping experience, but there is help at hand for those who love a bit of gaming.

The advent of Free To Play is often met with looks of disgust or tuts of disapproval, but it’s easy to forget that two of the biggest multiplayer games of this age are completely F2P. Yep, I’m talking about Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and Valve’s DOTA 2. Two F2P giants that show no signs of waning popularity, from two of the most beloved development outfits in the world of PC gaming. [More]

Shadowrun Returns Returns

Written by Sam Welch on 17 December 2014 at 16:29

Shadowrun Returns will be receiving a third campaign, as Harebrained Schemes have announced via a svelte Kickstarter update. An image with the legend “Shadowrun returns to Kickstarter January 2015”.

Harebrained’s first Shadowrun Returns campaign Dead Man’s Switch blasted through its Kickstarter goal in 2012 to achieve quadruple backing. The sophomore entry, Dragonfall, was funded by a million-dollar stretch goal. Harebrained Schemes haven’t been sitting on their hands in the meantime either, with “diabolical dungeon delveNecropolis also in the works and slated for a 2016 release and promising (or threatening?) a magical deathtrap that will change and restructure itself around you to prevent your escape. the Dragonfall campaign also saw a director’s cut release on Steam in September. [More]

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Grand Theft Auto Online Heists Revealed At Last In New Trailer

Written by Jon Sutton on 17 December 2014 at 15:20

The lesser spotted Online Heist is a rare beast. We’ve been camped out in the wilderness since September last year, keen for just the smallest glimpse of this elusive creature. 15 months later though and Rockstar has only gone and blown the bloody doors off its GTA Online Heists mode, revealing a substantial update that brings with it more than 20 hours of new content.

Online Heists is a four-player cooperative mode that has players working together in order to plan, prepare and execute complex Heists across Blaine County, in a similar manner to the core single-player experience. Coordination and communication is key to the success of these expansive Heists, which also come packing new vehicles, weapons, clothing, and an aircraft carriers. Yes, there’s now a mahoosive new aircraft carrier, complete with four jets looking readymade for high-speed robberies. [More]

Valve Brings Region Locking To Steam To Prevent Value Exploits

Written by Jon Sutton on 17 December 2014 at 14:00

Brace yourself, because this could come as a crushing blow to many of you, but Valve has announced that Steam is now region-locked in many territories, with immediate effect. The move has taken place in order to stamp out the low currency value exploits available on Steam, where users were purchasing games from countries such as Brazil and Russia in order to pick it up for a fraction of the price.

Ultimately it was the developers and publishers that were losing out when it came to said exploits, but clearly Steam users can’t be blamed for seeking out the cheapest deals. The number of territories the region-locking is said to affect is still undetermined, but it appears as if Russia and its neighbouring countries, Indonesia, and Brazil have all been affected. [More]

Hatred Returns to Steam Greenlight, With An Alleged Apology From Gabe Newell

Written by Sam Welch on 17 December 2014 at 12:45

Hatred, the unbound look at dissatisfaction (to put it mildly) from Destructive Creations had been up on Steam Greenlight for just a few hours when Valve’s service opted to remove it yesterday. But today the decision has been overturned, and the contentious game is back.

Whether this news is surprising or not, considering the continued availability on steam of comparable games like Postal 2 and Manhunt, is clearly a topic for debate, and we’re eager to let you get stuck back in. Perhaps the more surprising news though is that according to Destructive Creations, it was Valve boss Gabe Newell himself who reversed Hatred’s removal from Greenlight. [More]

More Assassins Creed: Unity Patch 4 Woes With Massive Download Size

Written by Sam Welch on 17 December 2014 at 11:29

The fourth patch for Assassin’s Creed: Unity is under fire again. After delaying release for “a few days”, the patch ended up arriving yesterday 16th December for Xbox One owners, with the PC version due later in the week.

The problem is that the patch, which was delayed in order to add more improvements to performance including a full refurbish of the city of Paris, was to be a portly 6.7GB download. WAS to be. Now that the patch has arrived 6.7GB is starting to look a lot more digestible, as the download size for Patch 4 for Xbox One players who have previously applied Patch 3 is currently 40GB. [More]

Stunning New Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Panoramic Screens Emerge

Written by Jon Sutton on 17 December 2014 at 10:33

The wait for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has grown exponentially longer since that recently announced delay until, gasp, May of next year. It means we've now now got a full five months to go until Geralt's adventure, like we've used a time machine and rather stupidly gone the wrong way.

Still, this stunning batch of new screenshots should help ease your woes and put to bed those rumours that The Witcher 3 was on the receiving end of a graphical downgrade. If you've got an absolute beast of a PC then it's safe to say that Wild Hunt is going to be one of the best-looking open-world titles we've ever seen, if not the best, if these gobsmacking new screenshots are anything to go by. [More]

12 Games Of Christmas - Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor Vs Dark Souls II

Written by Jon Sutton on 16 December 2014 at 18:00


We’ve been spoiled when it comes to action adventures during the past 12 months, but this pair are surely the cream of the crop. From Software can basically do no wrong at the moment, so it was little surprise when Dark Souls 2 came along and swept everyone off their feet, delivering the same punishing gameplay that made its predecessor such a success, but on a scale never before seen. Dark Souls 2 was a massive, incredibly deep sequel that expanded on well-known systems of the series, adding in some of the most incredible boss encounters we’ve ever seen. [More]

Super Cereal: Nvidea Shows Off PhysX FleX Fog And Liquid Simulation

Written by Jon Sutton on 16 December 2014 at 17:15

This one might have surfaced a few days ago but it appears we overlooked it. And besides, it’s jawdropping. The ‘it’ in question is a new PhysX flex trailer from Nvidia, showing off the exclusive graphical effects possible with its proprietary GameWorks features.

As most of us are aware the smoke and liquid effects used in games are often visual tricks, and don’t actually behave in a realistic manner. Enter real volumetric smoke and fully simulated liquid physics, demonstrating dynamic interactions created on the fly. Basically you need to see it action to understand what the fuss is all about, but it's jaw dropping stuff. [More]

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