Are you a bad cop or a worse cop?

Rather quietly, overshadowed by triple-A releases, comes a game worth noticing. Beat Cop is, in some respects, quite similar to Papers, Please, but in this case, we can choose between good and bad cop.

Not only This War of Mine and Frostpunk

We’ve talked to 11 bit studios’ Pawel Miechowski about Frostpunk. Aside from some details on the game, we’ve also learned that the studio is currently working on a new big project. The game’s release date may be as late as 2019.

Flowers ARE important

It's high time we moved from literature to something else! Although you might not be too excited when I tell you that this week's topic touches upon gardening, it's worth reading on.

First info on Frostpunk straight from the creators

After the highly acclaimed This War of Mine, 11 bit studios is ready to reveal the first batch of information about their newest project. It's time to let it go in the frozen land of Frostpunk!

Twelve Oscars for games based on movies

A dying breed as they are, video game adaptations of movies are still notorious for their quality, despite the fact that there were several shining examples that proved otherwise. Here’s a list dedicated to the best of them.

Reaching out to the dead

Polish Witcher Trivia Strikes Back. This time we tackle an ancient rite that Slavs used to perform long before Christianity settled in and see how it fits into the world of The Witcher 3.

Top 25 tactical RPGs

As hack’n’slash constitutes one extremity of the RPG genre, its other side are the tactical RPGs, emphasizing complex, strategic battles played in turns. Here's a ranking of the 25 best tactical RPGs, according to our staff.

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Pinstripe released on Steam with cameos from PewDiePie, Jacksepticeye and more

Today marks the release of Pinstripe, an emotional 2D platformer about a former minister who delves deep into the frozen Hell in search of his kidnapped daughter. The game is a work of a one-man studio Atmos Games, founded by Thomas Brush, the creator of renown indie games Coma and Skinny. Speaking of names, Pinstripe has some voice actors and cameo performance from PewDiePie, Dan Avidan, Rubber Ninja, Nathan Sharp, and Jacksepticeye.

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Play the original Tomb Raider in a browser

The 1996 original Tomb Raider is now playable via browsers, thanks to the OpenLara project by a modder nicknamed XProger. The current version only includes the second game level, the City of Vilcabamba, but other levels are to follow. OpenLara has unlimited frames per second, allows you to switch between TPP and FPP view at any time, and it features higher resolution and better graphics in general than the first Tomb Raider did in 1990s.

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Overwatch to get three new maps, likely this year

So far, we’ve only seen two new arenas added to Blizzard’s Overwatch since the game’s launch in May 2016. However, in a forum thread about the frequency with which new maps come out, Blizzard’s Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan said that Overwatch is going to get 3 new standard maps (i.e. available in Quick Play and Competitive Play modes), likely coming out this year. He also mentioned that they have 3 non-standard maps in development as well as a few other experiments.

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Be the Master Chef with Cooking Simulator

As the world has gone crazy about cooking TV shows, the universe has been missing a proper cooking video game. This may change soon, thanks to Cooking Simulator, currently on Steam Greenlight. The game has everything a master chef needs: a beautiful, realistic kitchen, well equipped with ovens, frying pans, pots, plates etc., as well as dozens of ingredients, such as vegetables and fruts, fish, steaks, poultry and more. With this you can prepare one of 30 real-life meals, or just experiment with your own ideas. Alternatively, you can go berserk and demolish the place using advanced physics simulation.

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Prison Architect dev's new game Scanner Sombre out this week

Introversion Software, creators of Prison Architect are returning with another game, entitled Scanner Sombre. It’s not a big project, but the good news is that it is coming out this week, on Wednesday, April 26. What makes the game stand out from the crowd is its unique artwork and gameplay. In-game world is totally invisible and you only look at it by means of a scanner, which mimics the way the LIDAR scanner works. Your role is to send thousands of points of colorful light dots that cover the environment, gradually revealing the shapes of objects around you.

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Investments into VR projects decline

Investments made into virtual and augmented reality startups have dropped as many as five times year over year, Crunchbase reports. According to their data, in the first quarter of 2017 there has been 26 VR or AR-focused companies which raised a total of $200 million, as contrasted with 29 companies and over $1 billion in Q1 2016. That difference is caused mainly by the much-hyped Magic Leap’s augmented reality project, whose stage of development turned out to be way behind what its first demo promised.

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Red Dead Redemption GTA V mod taken down by Take-Two

An interesting fan project to port Red Dead Redemption onto Grand Theft Auto V’s engine has been taken down by Rockstar Games’ publisher Take-Two. Entitled Red Dead Redemption V, the mod had been in development for three years before its authors were contacted by the IP’s owners. It seems that the only way you can ever play the game on your computer is by means of PlayStation Now.

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Roleplaying in turns – 25 best tactical RPGs

Another week, another "top 10". It's time for the best of the best among RPGs that make you devise plans and do the math to have a shot at winning, or sometimes even surviving. Tactical RPGs, or S(imulation)RPGs, as they are called in the Land of the Rising Sun, are somewhat niche in the West, their primary land of origin being Japan. That being said, the genre has a group of devoted fans all over the world, and some of its representatives, such as Fallout Tactics, Front Mission, or The Banner Saga are known to gamers, no matter the platform, in one form or another. We've assembled for you a list of top 25 games from franchises that have spawned noteworthy tactical RPG titles.

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Miracle of Sound and The Witcher 3 composer team up for this new trailer of SEVEN

SEVEN: The Days Long Gone has just got an impressive new trailer, featuring a song by Miracle of Sound and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt lead composer Marcin Przybylowicz. Developed by former creators of The Witcher series, SEVEN is a post-apocalyptic, isometric RPG set in a dystopian universe, which looks like a cross-over between Fallout and Borderlands’ wastelands. This new video shows off a few glimpses of combat as well as some stunning locations.

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Two Worlds II to get an expansion seven years after the game's release

Topware Interactive has announced than May 25, 2017 will be the release date of Two Worlds II: Call of the Tenebrae, the next story-based expansion for a warmly-received Polish action-RPG Two Worlds II. The interesting thing is that the game was published almost seven years ago – back in 2010. Call of the Tenebrae will have the original’s hero witness his friend murdured by a rat-like race, which is going to set in motion a chain of events that will bring a horrific, ancient evil upon the realm of Anatloor.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #4 – Forefather's Eve

Polish Witcher Trivia series aims at familiarizing international readers with some references and easter eggs that might be meaningful only to Polish people. This week we look at the rite of Forefather’s Eve – an ancient Slavic ritual involving spirits of the dead. To find out more about the rite and its connection to Polish culture, just read on.

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Get a free copy of Saints Row 2 on GOG.com

GOG.com online store has launched a sale of the Saints Row series, with its highlight, Saints Row 2, being given away for free until Saturday. Apart from this special offer, all Deep Silver games available on GOG.com are currently on sale (up to 75%). E.g. you can buy Saints Row IV for $4.99 and its standalone expansion Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell for $3.75. You should also get acquainted with the new GOG Connect feature, which allows you to connect your GOG.com and Steam accounts.

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X-Com: UFO Defense successor Phoenix Point showed off in the first gameplay video

The first gameplay footage from Phoenix Point – the upcoming tactical strategy game designed by Julian Gollop, the creator of the original X-Com: UFO Defense, and his team at Snapshot Games – has emerged, as a crowdfunding campaign went live on Fig. The game features classic turn-based tactical gameplay set in a dystopian version of the future, in which the Earth has been swarmed by human-animal mutants and the remnants of mankind fight for control over the devastated land. In this new video you can watch Phoenix Point in action as well as hear Julian Gollop himself explain the story and some gameplay mechanics.

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Outlast 2 PC specs revealed

If you are afraid that Outlast 2 may be too demanding for your good old PC, worry not. The official system requirements aren’t very high – you just need Intel Core i3-530, 4 GB RAM and GeForce GTX 260 to run the game in 720p at 30 fps. Outlast 2 is likely going to be a worthy successor of the first Outlast, which has become a paragon of what a modern first-person survival horror should be. While the first game and its expansion were set in an abandoned asylum turned into a hideous research facility, the sequel puts you in the shoes of a journalist stranded somewhere on the fields of Arizona, surrounded by lunatic cultists.

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The Witcher writer believes the games spoiled his sales; Metro 2033 author strongly disagrees

Andrzej Sapkowski, the creator of the Witcher universe, not only doesn’t like video games, but also fails to see how much popularity his novels have gained thanks to the electronic adaptations made by CD Projekt RED. Quite the contrary, in a recent interview with Waypoint, the Polish writer expressed a belief that for every reader he gained thanks to the games there is another he lost. Adressing that comment, Dmitry Glukhowski, author of the Metro books, called the man “an arrogant motherf***er”.

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Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days gets a release date and a new trailer

Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days, another video game based on Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 movie, is going to launch on Steam on May 18, 2017, as revealed in a new cinematic trailer. Unlike the previous adaptation of that film, this game is a top-down shooter, somewhat similar to Hotline Miami, but with a twist. Using original time reversal mechanics you can plan the actions of all your characters and design perfectly coordinated sequences.

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The first DLC to NieR: Automata incoming

NieR: Automata, a successful Japanese third-person action-RPG, is soon to get its first DLC, entitled 3C3C1D119440927. The uniquely titled piece of extra content is going to introduce three new colosseums to fight on, plus additional sub-quests. Completing new quests is rewarded with a bunch of goodies, including new costumes for androids, extra music tracks, new equipment and cosmetic asscessories. Before the DLC arrives, you can watch the first official gameplay footage.

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Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy Episode 1 arrives today

In just several hours Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is going to launch on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with iOS and Android versions coming up later this year. Next to today’s digital release, the PS4 and XONE versions are also going to be available in boxed editions, including the disc with the opening episode plus the season pass, on May 2, 2017.

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New processors no longer supported on Windows 7 and 8.1

Users of new processors running on Windows 7 or 8.1 are reporting that they are no longer receiving security updates. This follows the Microsoft’s previous announcement of its plans to block updates for operating systems older than Windows 10 on the grounds of unsupported hardware. CPUs affected by the block are: Intel 7th generation “Kaby Lake”, Intel 6th generation “Skylake”, AMD “Ryzen”, AMD “Bristol Ridge”, and Qualcomm 8996 “Snapdragon”.

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Get the first Endless Space for 1 dollar

While fans are waiting for the upcoming release of Endless Space 2, scheduled for May 19, 2017, new players have just received a perfect opportunity to jump into the series at an unbelievably low cost. You can now buy the original Endless Space bundled with the Disharmony expansion for just $1 on Steam – that’s a 97% drop from the original price set at $34.99. The offer runs until Monday.

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Twelve Oscars – the best video games based on movies

Remember Uwe Boll? You know, the man behind many “memorable” movie adaptations of video games? Well, things looked similar the other way around – video game adaptations of movies are almost by definition considered bad. But is the reputation completely justified? Were there really no good games based on the things created for the cinema? Wrong. We have prepared a list of twelve at least solid video games that use the license of a movie project. Among them, you will find many noteworthy titles, some of them recent, some other a bit nostalgic, but all of them memorable.

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Windows 10 and Xbox One game refunds soon in Microsoft Store

It seems that Microsoft intends to follow the example of Steam and Origin when it comes to game refunding policy, an Xbox Insider participant reported on Reddit. Players will soon be able, under certain conditions, to return digital products purchased in Microsoft Store for Xbox One and Windows 10. The conditions are pretty universal: “games and apps are eligible for self-service refunds within 14 days of purchase if you have less than 2 hours of play across all accounts”.

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Yakuza Kiwami is coming West on August 29 – watch the new story trailer

SEGA has revealed the Western launch date of Yakuza Kiwami to be August 29, 2017, which is six months after the release of the Japanese version. The remake of the first game in this popular “Japanese GTA” series is going to be available on PlayStation 4 in digital and physical versions for $29.99 / €34.99 / £29.99. Pre-orders and limited first-run copies will be packed in an elegant SteelBook. For those who wish to learn more about the universe, the publisher has prepared an interactive timeline and character map as well as the first chapter of a 10-part comic book series “The Dragon’s Path”.

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Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition has launched

Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition is already available on PC and mobile platforms. The new version of the cult classic features mainly technical improvements, namely: higher resolution (up to 4K on PC), reworked user interface, remastered audio, tweaks, and patches. Unlike other enhanced editions prepared by Beamdog - including the two installments of Baldur’s Gate and Incewind Dale - this one leaves the original content as it was, without introducing any changes or additions.

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Star Wars: Battlefront II trailer leaked

The first teaser trailer from Star Wars: Battlefront II has leaked online, prior to its official reveal at Star Wars Celebration on April 15. The 30-second video shows off an outset of the in-game campaign, apparently set between The Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens telling an untold story of an Imperial soldier. We also get to see famous heroes, such as Rey, Kylo Ren, Yoda and even Darth Maul, as well as a couple of well-known locations from the films.

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Frostpunk – age of ice and steam from creators of This War of Mine

While there are many ways the world may end, be it bangs or whimpers, a worldwide glacial period is a rare theme to appear in video games. We’ve talked to Pawel Miechowski and Kuba Stokalski from 11 bit studios, the devs behind the highly acclaimed This War of Mine, and we've learned that their team is preparing a true snowstorm to keep us stuck at our monitors. Their latest work, Frostpunk, which draws inspiration from 19th-century industrial world, games such as Dishonored and Banished, and ambitious Polish sci-fi novel, is shaping up to be an original game that might just make you freeze to death. Check out everything we now so far about Frostpunk.

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Another Serious Sam to be a retro shooter published by Devolver Digital

Devolver Digital has announced that they are going to publish another brutal, full-blooded retro shooter, which also represents one of the most famous IPs of its kind. It's Serious Sam's Bogus Detour, arriving to PC this summer. In development by Hammerwatch creators and the authors of the Serious Sam franchise, Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is going to feature classic arcade gameplay combined with some modern mechanics.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda is now using the latest version of Denuvo

Despite the fact that Denuvo anti-tamper technology didn’t prevent Mass Effect: Andromeda from being cracked – it failed within the first 10 days on the market – BioWare isn’t dropping it. Instead, the studio decided to upgrade it to the latest version, which is currently being used by three games besides Mass Effect: Andromeda. Players noticed that that since the release of the most recent update Mass Effect: Andromeda’s executable file contains strings of data that can only be found in all games powered by the latest version of Denuvo.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #3 – Alceas and their role in Poland's rural landscape

In the third part of Polish Witcher Trivia it’s time to leave literature behind and instead move to painting… or rather a certain element of every old Polish village. Basically, this week it’s all about flowers. If you want to find out what an alcea is and realize that you actually pass it by every few minutes in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – read on.

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New game from the creators of This War of Mine at "prototype stage"

Our interview with Pawel Miechowski, Senior Writer at 11 bit studios, has confirmed some interesting facts – the developer is currently working on a new title. The project is currently in initial development stages, but there are some acclaimed names involved in the process. The new game is expected to become the developer’s second major project in development apart from Frostpunk, but it may take it a while to pick up steam as the game is expected to be released 2 years from now.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. to be recreated in CryEngine by a fan

Imagine S.T.A.L.K.E.R. getting modern graphics powered by CryEngine. Actually, you don’t have to, because a project like this is already in the making by a fan. Dubbed S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Noises of the Zone, the game has been presented on a new gameplay video, which gives a glimpse of the zone in high quality. Sadly, the project has currently no release date, so there is no telling when we will get to play it.

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Quake Champions gets a pure gameplay trailer

Bethesda Softworks shared a 2-minute long video of uninterrupted gameplay from Quake Champions, the upcoming new incarnation of id Software’s classic first-person shooter series. Although sporting modern graphics powered by id Engine 6, this really looks like the fast-paced, over-the-top experience that fans fell in love with back in the 1990s. This video comes just before the closed beta kickoff planned for this Thursday, April 6. If you haven’t yet, you can still sign up for the beta on the game’s official website.

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Warner Bros. to make Unreal Engine 4 AAA RPG rooted in British culture

Warner Bros. Games is hiring for an Unreal Engine 4 AAA game, most likely an RPG, deeply rooted in British culture, as noticed by Reddit users. It’s hard to say whether this is going to be an original IP or an adaptation of an existing brand. Some fans speculate that this could be a Harry Potter or a Doctor Who game, but really, those guesses are as good as any. The studio co-working on the project is Avalanche Software, a team that used to make games for Disney, including Disney Infinity and Toy Story 3: The Video Game.

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Beat Cop review – everyday fun on the force

The debut work from Pixel Crow is blatantly vulgar and deliberately poignant, but at the same time it manages to maintain a level of absurdity that allows you to swallow the crude language and appreciate the true value of this game: its style, the awesome depiction of NYC in 1986, its flimsy morality and, last but not least, the humor. If you’re willing to take a step back and look from a distance, the game will provide some great entertainment, matched by few recent releases. Hop in if you’re not afraid of dirty business, dirty language and dirty streets – time to show Brooklyn who runs these streets (hint: it’s not the protagonist).

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Play PayDay 2 for free until April 12

All those interested in PayDay 2 can now play it for free through April 12 on Steam. Within this time frame you can also grab the sequel of the popular online heist game and all its DLC packs at a 75% discount, which means $4.99 for the base game. This is to celebrate an ongoing community event called The Search for Kento. Apart from a couple of story-based missions, players can count on free goodies, new features, community challenges and other surprises.

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Leaked Agents of Mayhem trailer points to a release date

According to a leaked Agents of Mayhem trailer, the next game from Saints Row creators at Volition is slated to launch this August on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Agents of Mayhem is a third-person open-world action game set in the universe of the Saints Row series. Players will form 3-person teams made up of the eponymous M.A.Y.H.E.M. agents. So far, we’ve met only four of all twelve playable characters, but several more are presented in the new trailer.

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CD Projekt wants to trademark the term "cyberpunk"

It seems that CD Projekt, the owner of the Witcher video game franchise and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, wants to secure trademark rights for the term “cyberpunk”. A Reddit user shared a screenshot of the trademark application dated November 3, 2016 as well as an interesting comment reportedly made by Bruce Bethke, the American author who coined the term. Assuming the remark is authentic, he has confirmed that every few years there is someone trying to trademark the word “cyberpunk”, but these attempts always fail due to a large number of titles using it.

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The Witcher 3 is not the last we've seen of the franchise

It is unlikely that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the last big game set in this fantasy universe. Although Geralt’s trilogy is over, CD Projekt RED admitted there is a good chance that they will create another AAA Witcher title in the future. That’s not surprising, especially when you consider that the series moved 25 million copies so far. As much as we'd like to see another Witcher game though, it probably won’t happen very soon. While this year belongs to Gwent, the next big project for CDPR is Cyberpunk 2077.

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25 million copies of The Witcher games sold by the end of 2016

The Witcher video game trilogy sold 25 million copies worldwide by the end of 2016, CD Projekt revealed in their yearly financial report. The overwhelming majority of this number comprises The Witcher 3 and its two add-ons: Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. In 2016 alone the publisher noted the revenue of about USD 148 million, and USD 203 million in 2015, when the third game and its first expansion launched.

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Steel Division: Normandy 44 with a new trailer and a bunch of info

Paradox Interactive shared some new materials from Steel Division: Normandy 44, an upcoming World War II real-time strategy from Wargame creators. First, there is an in-game trailer showing off a spectacular battle of infantry, tanks and, planes raging near a small town in Normandy. You may also be much interested in the recent Twitch stream, in which the developers explained how does the battlegroup creation work. On top of that, Eugen Systems has revealed details on another division: the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.

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PSN cancels South Park: Fractured But Whole pre-orders

A NeoGAF user reported today that his pre-order for the PlayStation 4 version of South Park: Fractured But Whole has been canceled and the money refunded to him. The PlayStation Network team explained that they had been unable to confirm a release date and decided to cancel players’ pre-orders. If you happen to have pre-purchsed the PlayStation 4 version of the game you will get your money back soon as well as a free copy of South Park: The Stick of Truth for free. This, however, still doesn’t answer the burning question: what is going on with the sequel?

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Train Mechanic Simulator 2017 Review – I like trains

I like trains... Yeah, not really. Somehow, though, I spent my childhood playing games that revolved around them. This year, thanks to the Train Mechanic Simulator 2017, I finally had the chance to look "under the hood" of an railway engine. That's the latest rendition of the so-called "mechanic simulator" genre, which has been making waves recently. The visuals are not their strongest point, and if you lack patience, you'll simply get bored to death. If, however, mechanical things are just your cup of tea and/or trains are your life-long passion, you'll be more than pleased with this game. There will be some technical issues along the way, but all in all it will be a decent ride for anyone who's aware what they're signing up for.

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Attentat 1942 is a WWII story seen through the eyes of survivors

On the horizon there is yet another game incoming that approaches war from the perspective of civilians. Attentat 1942 tells the story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, a high-ranking Nazi official, killed in 1942 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. The tale is told from the perspective of the now old participants of these dramatic events, who survived brutal repercussions during the WWII. Apart from its unique art style, Attentat 1942 also has a great historical value as it conveys real stories and historical facts and materials.

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Playerunknown's Battleground earns $11 million in three days

In just three days since its Steam Early Access launch on March 23, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds earned USD 11 million, Bluehole Studios announced. In the hottest moment there were over 67,000 people playing it at the same time. According to SteamSpy data, the game has sold more than 332,000 copies so far. It has even been briefly the best selling game on Steam – until Grand Theft Auto V went on a 50% sale. The title is also very popular on Twitch, where over 150,000 viewers were spotted watching videos from the game at the same time.

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Call of Duty: WWII rumored to be this year's installment

Sources close to Eurogamer have reported that the next installment in the immensely popular series of first person shooters is called Call of Duty: WWII. Of course, these revelations haven’t been confirmed by Activision Blizzard just yet, but that’s not the first we’ve heard about that. A couple of days ago a few graphics were shared on Reddit showing off the game’s box cover art. Besides, not so long ago Activision teased fans by saying the next game will take Call of Duty back to its roots.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 release date possibly leaked

Red Dead Redemption 2 could be launching on October 3, 2017 – such information appeared on the product page in an online store of a popular Polish retailer Media Markt. The date was soon changed to an obvious placeholder, but before that happened a Polish game news website reported that they had received a confirmation of the date from the store. Later on, however, the store retracted that original statement. Could that have been due to a fear of an NDA violation?

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StarCraft Remastered confirmed; original StarCraft to be released for free

So the rumors are true, StarCraft Remastered really is coming, and Blizzard Entertainment confirmed the news. The enhanced version of the cult real-time strategy game is coming out this summer. While offering the classic experience, StarCraft Remastered is going to feature re-recorded audio and upgraded graphics with 4K resolution support. The original expansive multiplayer will also be enriched with all the modern online features, including advanced matchmaking, cloud saving, easy access to fan-made maps, replay system, friends data base, etc. What’s more, the original StarCraft will be released for free this week.

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Kona Review – spooky Canadian survival

Around this time last year, the awe after the release of Firewatch – a walking simulator in which, according to some, nothing ever happened – was slowly wearing off. That game met with great critical acclaim thanks to its story, characters and mechanics, no doubt, but perhaps even more important was its unique atmosphere. A year and a month later, we get Kona – a game in many respects similar to Firewatch (except the snow) and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (except there are no astronauts to chase). But does it actually have the legs to stack up against these classics of survival/walking sims?

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Andrzej Sapkowski, the creator of The Witcher universe, didn't believe in success of the games

Andrzej Sapkowski, the creator of the Witcher universe and the writer of the original book saga released back in the 1990s, didn’t believe that video game adaptations would achieve a great success when he made the deal with CD Projekt, the author admitted in an interview for Eurogamer. That’s why he chose to get a full payment immediately rather than have a percentage of the games’ profits.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #2 – Hearts of Stone and its plot built around a Polish legend

Today we dive once again into the world of The Witcher. My main goal is to familiarize the international audience with Easter eggs that are tailored specifically for Polish players. Two weeks ago I focused on Brunwich and its relation to Polish literature. This time around we’ll take a look at the first expansion, Hearts of Stone, and analyze how its main plot theme is built around a character taken straight from a Polish legend. Enjoy the second part of our Polish Witcher Trivia series.

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Battle.net transformation begins now

Battle.net’s rebranding has now begun, as the official app changed its name to Blizzard App and got rid of the Battle.net logo. That shift was announced by Blizzard Entertainment six months ago, but so far no changes have been noticed. The official website still exists as Battle.net with no visible changes, but that is probably going to end in the near future. Note that at its core, Blizzard’s online service will remain unchanged – the only thing that’s going to be different is the name.

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Facebook Live Stream feature expanding to PC

Facebook team have announced that they are enabling users to broadcast live video to Facebook from their desktop and laptop computers. Previously, this has only been possible from mobile devices since 2016, but now you can also stream from your PC. The “Live Video” option is available on the top of your News Feed or Timeline. Besides, specially for gamers, Facebook made it easier to use streaming software and external hardware – you can go live from News Feed, profile, or from the Live page.

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Arma III Jets DLC and more discussed in this new video

Arma III developers at Czech-based Bohemia Interactive Studio shared a video, in which they talk about details on several upcoming DLC packs. One of them, called Jets, is to introduce three new fighters, a combat drone and improved flight mechanics. Other add-ons - Orange, Tac-Ops and Tanks - were discussed too, as were the free Malden DLC and future free platform updates.

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Want to unlock all base content in For Honor? Forget it!

In a recent live stream Damien Kieken from For Honor team plainly admitted that Ubisoft never had the intention for the players to be able to unlock everything in the game. He compared the system to a MOBA or an MMORPG, like World of Warcraft for instance, in which no one would ever reasonably hope to get all items for all characters. With the current prices of in-game cosmetic items it would take an ordinary player about 2.5 years to unlock them all. Alternatively, they could spend $732.

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Fallout 4 VR "is going to blow your mind" at E3 2017

Visitors at this year’s E3 will get to try out a playable version of Fallout 4 VR, Pete Hines from Bethesda Softworks confirmed in a conversation with HipHopGamer at PAX East 2017. According to him, Fallout 4 virtual reality edition is doing incredibly well. Although Pete himself doesn’t play VR games very much due to motion sickness, he recently talked to Todd Howard about Fallout 4 VR, and teased that the latter was very enthusiastic about the state of the project.

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CD Projekt is the highest-ranking public company in Poland

The publisher and owner of The Witcher IP, CD Projekt, is the highest-ranking public company in Poland as of 2016, according to the noted GSB ranking by Puls Biznesu newspaper – that, by the way, is the fourth time in a row. CD Projekt’s market value is now well over PLN 7.3 billion (or USD 1.84 billion). Interestingly, the second place on the list is also occupied by a video game developer: 11 bit studios, creators of This War of Mine and publishers of several promising indie titles.

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Syberia 3 gameplay footage emerged

A six-minute long gameplay footage from the upcoming third part appeared on YouTube. The video presents a fragment of the story early into the game, soon after Kate Walker wakes up from a coma and tries to leave an asylum where she has been taken to in unclear circumstances. No big spoilers in the video, however, if you want to experience the full story completely unspoiled, think twice before launching it.

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Cyberpunk 2077 likely out by June 2019

We are likely to play Cyberpunk 2077, the next open-world RPG from The Witcher 3 creators, within the next two years. A Reddit user dug out some interesting details about the conditions of the governmental grant that CD Projekt RED has recently received for several gaming technologies, including seamless multiplayer, cinematic feel, animation excellence and city creation. Although the title of the game was not specifically mentioned, we can safely bet that these projects are designed with a view to creating Cyberpunk 2077.

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Tactical twin-stick shooter Solstice Chronicles: MIA incoming; last call to support it on Fig

It is the last call to support Solstice Chronicles: MIA, an upcoming tactical twin-stick shooter from The Red Solstice creators, indie developer Ironward. There are only three days left until the end of the game’s Fig crowdfunding campaign, but it seems it’s going to be successful, as it has already reached 98% of its funding goal. Set in a distant future in an infected Mars colony, Solstice Chronicles: MIA has you play as a Marine trying to escape this deathtrap with the help of an AI drone. The key to success is using the drone’s special abilities wisely and thus managing the threat level – an orginial mechanic lying at the core of gameplay.

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Sniper Elite 4 Deathstorm three-part DLC is going to take you up north

The first story-based DLC for Sniper Elite 4 has been announced to launch on March 21, 2017 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Sniper Elite 4 Deathstorm Part 1: Inception is the opening chapter of a three part mini-campaign, set after the events in the original game. After having helped liberate the southern part of Italy, Karl Fairburne heads to the icy northern regions the country, to a recently bombarded Nazi naval base. Along with that comes a skin pack plus a free game mode and map.

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This is the end for PlayStation 3

After 11 years on the market, PlayStation 3 will soon be no longer produced, Sony announced at the official Japanese PlayStation website. To be more precise, they were referring to the 500 GB model, but that’s the only one currently produced. While no specific date was given, a game shop in Japan suggested that PS3 production is going to end this month. This is close to what Ken Kutaragi expected back in 2005, when he said that the console would have a 10-year life cycle. PS3 launched in November 2006.

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Gamedev in the time of revolution – how Euromaidan changed the Ukrainian gaming industry

The Ukrainian Revolution of 2014 was an event of significant political consequences, among them the following unrest in Eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. Among the many people and organizations affected were the Ukrainian video game developers. They witnessed the revolution, often participated in it, and later, long after the dust had settled in Kiev, had to face the new economic realities – lost business contracts, lack of investors’ trust, and various other impediments. And yet they kept on working. We’ve talked to several Ukrainian devs, listening to their experiences and hopes, and learning about the current state of the gaming industry in the country that gave us Metro, Cossacks, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

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You won't screw this up – build your PC in PC Building Simulator

Are you thinking of building your own PC yourself, but you don’t know exactly how it's done? Or maybe you’ve built a PC some time ago and want to relive the fun of doing that? Then PC Building Simulator is for you. As the title suggests, the game lets you build a virtual PC from the ground up. This includes installing authentic components of your choice, plugging the cables in the right spots, and also checking the final price of the full rig. If you’re interested, you can now download PC Building Simulator pre-alpha demo for free.

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Meet Sailaway, the most accurate sailing simulator ever

Meet Sailaway, a game that aspires to be the most accurate sailing simulator there is on PC and Mac, featuring realistic trimming, wave physics as well as authentic weather and sky. In it you will find all the world’s oceans in their actual scale. During a months-long transatlantic crossing, you will often have to check on your boat, as the weather will be changing dynamically based on actual data. Sailaway will also make it possible to communicate with other players, meet them on the seas, travel together, or even organize races.

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Diablo III female Necromancer revealed; watch gameplay

DualShockers shared a hands-on video showing off some female Necromancer gameplay in the upcoming content pack to Diablo III. This type of character will have some fitting (read: gory) abilities, which include summoning a huge spiritual scythe, creating a Blood Nova blast, and consuming the corpses of slain enemies. They can also spawn a Blood Golem that not only fights for them, but can also sacrifice itself to heal its master. Along with the seventh playable character class, Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer is going to introduce two new zones, Challenge Rifts, and more.

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CD Projekt co-founder hasn’t played The Witcher 3

Michal Kicinski, the co-founder of CD Projekt – the Polish company that gave the world The Witcher series – admitted that he never played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Although he is one of the main shareholders in the Polish company, Kicinski hasn’t been actively involved in the company’s works for several years now and has lost much of his former interest in video games. Instead, he runs a couple of other businesses, including a vegan restaurant and a meditation retreat in Peru.

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Ex-Blizzard employees working on competitive online survival game Rend

A group of ex-Blizzard employees formed a new development team, Frostkeep Studios, and have already announced their debut project. It’s called Rend and it's a competitive online survival game designed for PC. In Rend, players will join one of the three factions competing for lost souls in a fantasy world, starting up with little more than their own hands as weapons. Rend is due out on PC in early 2017.

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Watch 15 minutes of gameplay from Get Even, an upcoming thriller shooter

First 15 minutes of gameplay from Get Even, an upcoming mix of exploration, horror, first-person shooter and adventure game, have emerged online. The title developed by Polish studio The Farm 51, a team whose most notable projects are Chernobyl VR Project, Deadfall Adventures, and Painkiller Hell & Damnation. Apart from an involving mystery and innovative narrative, Get Even features great audio and nice visuals, created using environmental 3D scans. The game is coming out this May on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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StarCraft: Remastered reportedly coming this May

New rumors have emerged about a potential remastered version of the good, old StarCraft. The revelations come from South Korea, via Sports Seoul, which claims that Blizzard Entertainment is planning to release StarCraft: Remastered this year, around May or June, and that the project is going to be officially announced as soon as next week. StarCraft: Remastered is rumored to offer high-resolution graphics and original StarCraft: Brood War gameplay.

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Northgard hands-on – Did The Settlers finally find their heir?

Early Access games are a tricky thing. On one hand they allow an insight into the features of a given title way before it hits the shelves, providing a great opportunity for the developers to mend their title before the fans are outraged. On the other hand, those versions are sometimes so half-baked that the whole concept becomes questionable. In the case of Northgard, we’re fortunately speaking about a game that is on the cutting-edge of Early Access done properly.

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy may be coming to PC

A video from PAX East 2017 emerged online, in which a reporter claims that Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will also be available on PC, where it’s going to offer 4K resolution displayed in 60 frames per second. Although this isn’t confirmed news, it sounds plausible. After all, the franchise is no longer in Sony’s hands – it now belongs to Activision Blizzard. Besides, not earlier than a couple of weeks ago PlayStation Ireland twitted that the game “will be coming to PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro first”. First, but not last.

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Tale of Ronin is pretty much Japanese Banner Saga

Tale of Ronin is a newly announced turn-based RPG, which looks like a Japanese counterpart of The Banner Saga series. Set in a world resembling feudal Japan with elements of fantasy, Tale of Ronin will tell a story of the human side of the samurai, as presented from the perspective of masterless warriors, journeying accros dangerous lands in a quest to regain lost honor. Interestingly, the game features permadeath – when your character dies you continue as another warrior, who resumes the adventure in a world shaped by the consequences of his predecessor’s actions.

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Day of Infamy to launch in full this month

Day of Infamy, a World War II online shooter from New World Interactive, creators of Insurgency and Insurgency: Sandstorm, is about to leave Steam Early Access and launch in full on March 23, 2017. For current players this will mean a complete reset of all ranks, units and items, but also a more stable, complete experience. During its eight-month Early Access period Day of Infamy has been receiving very enthusiastic Steam user reviews, praising its engaging gameplay, large variety of authentic weapons from the period, and the overall feel of being an old-school WWII shooter.

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Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy looks a bit like Borderlands on these screenshots

Telltale Games has revealed the very first screenshots from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, an upcoming Marvel Universe adventure game from masters of the genre. As you’d expect, the overall style is similar to what the fans know well from other games of the studio, including the most recent Batman: The Telltale Series and The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier. However, this next game seems to be less cartoonish and more Borderlands-ish.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #1 – Brunwich and its significance for Polish literature

It’s been almost two years since The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt came into our gaming lives and took them by storm. CD Projekt Red put a lot of thought into the game, taking inspiration from the original books by Andrzej Sapkowski and introducing their own ideas for Geralt’s adventures. However, since this is a Polish creation, there are some bits and pieces in the game that only the Poles will be able to notice and appreciate. Through our Polish Witcher Trivia series of articles, we’ll present some of these references and Easter eggs, so that you too might enjoy the game to the fullest.

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends has launched on PC

The Elder Scrolls enthusiast can now play the full version of The Elder Scrolls: Legends. With the release of Update 1.62.1 the card game has ended its beta period and officially launched on PC. If you are a beta tester, don’t worry, all progress and purchases you've done so far will carry over to the full game. In The Elder Scrolls: Legends players can challenge other living opponents for card duels for free, but the game is also going to feature paid single player content. The first expansion, called The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood, is coming out on April 5, and is now available for pre-orders.

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8874 is an Inside-inspired game from Poland

If you are a fan of games like Inside and Limbo, you should meet 8874, an indie game from Poland-based developer GroundUpStudio. Similarly to PlayDead’s projects, here you play as a boy - only his black silhouette visible - running across a 3D environment. What’s interesting, the setting for 8874 is an actual city in Poland, Walbrzych, which was faithfully recreated in the game, based on photographs. The backgrounds are built in full 3D in Unreal Engine 4, and right now they seem to be the game’s strongest asset.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War first gameplay video shows off a full-blown battle and some dragon mounting

As promised, Warner Bros. have revealed today the first piece of gameplay from their recently announced Middle-earth: Shadow of War. The video presents an assault of a player’s army at a stronghold controlled by a dragon master, somewhere deep in the Land of Shadows. The first thing you will probably notice, apart from some new abilities and tasty animations, is that the sequel to Shadow of Mordor will feature a much grander scale than its predecessor, letting you recruit unique followers, command armies and capture new fortresses.

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An update on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy story

A batch of new information on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – the upcoming story-based expansion to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – emerged online along with the release of the April issue of Game Informer. The protagonist of the story, Chloe Frazer, travels to a mountainous region of India in search for a legendary artifact known as Tusk of Ganesha. On her quest Chloe teams up with Nadine Ross, Nathan Drake’s rival. Together the women have to beat the mysterious Asav, the story’s new antagonist, in the race for the treasure.

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Unfinished stories in The Witcher series – loose ends swept under the rug

The Witcher 3 was released almost two years ago. I actually find this hard to believe – because it’s such a vast game and because it received such good support throughout the subsequent twenty months after its release, including two enormous expansions. The whole Witcher series, however, leaves a gap in the gaming world. In this article, we explore the unresolved threads and characters who never got any closure, and the possible reasons behinds the devs’ decisions not to pick them up in the final installment.

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Renovate old houses in House Flipper, a game by Car Mechanic Simulator dev

House Flipper is an upcoming video game from Car Mechanic Simulator creators (Polish studio Red Dot Games) made for fans of TV shows like Flip or Flop, Fixer Upper, and Property Brothers. In this game you can buy a ruined house and then renovate it step by step. This includes tearing down walls, fixing electricity, painting, decorating interiors, and more. When you’re done, you can then sell the virtual house back, turning some sweet profit. You can find House Flipper on Steam Greenlight.

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Cucco's Revenge Squad is back in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is finally out and all Nintendo fans rejoice since they’re finally able to go on a new adventure with Link. However, we found the whole adventuring boring and decided to hunt some cuccos instead. Since we never learn, we got our butts handed to us by the Cucco’s Revenge Squad. And you can watch it here.

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Elex pushed back to Q3 2017

The upcoming science-fantasy action RPG from Piranha Bytes, the creators of the Gothic and Risen series, was supposed to launch on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in early 2017, but that is no longer the case. In their PAX East line-up, THQ Nordic revealed that Elex has been delayed to Q3 2017. Other titles that the publisher is going to present at the Boston-based video games convention (running through March 10-12) are SpellForce 3, Battle Chasers: Nightwar, This is the Police (console versions), and Lock’s Quest.

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Outlast 2 gets a release date

The guys at Red Barrels have finally revealed the release date of Outlast 2, the upcoming sequel to one of the scariest horror action adventure games of the recent years. The second installment will start freaking us out on April 24, 2017. Like its predecessor, Outlast 2 is coming out on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Outlast 2 is going to be sold digitally or bundled with the original Outlast and its expansion Outlast: Whistleblower, dubbed Outlast Trinity.

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Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 delayed again, but still due in April

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, another installment in a first-person shooter series from Polish company CI Games, has been delayed once more. The game is not coming out on April 4, 2017, as we previously heard, but three weeks later – on April 25. Turns out that the development team needs a bit more time to implement improvements based on players’ feedback from the recent beta. This new date marks the simultaneous release on all platforms: PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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911 Operator Review – Emergency Dispatch Center Simulator

911, what is your emergency? The things that follow this single sentence have become many a movie scenario. The problem is, a significant portion of emergency calls are not good for a movie – who wants to see Emma Stone playing a cat-owner whose little friend got stuck on a tree…? OK, bad example. 911 Operator, the debut game from Jutsu Games, features not only thrilling events and life-threatening situations but also people who call to report things like a cat stuck on a tree. And it’s your job to navigate chaotic, sometimes biased reports and decide whether help is really needed or someone should simply calm down and wait for the hangover to pass. Despite some repetitions, or perhaps because of them, 911 Operator does a decent job of portraying the life of a dispatch operator, providing a good way to spend your free time.

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Bolivia ready to take legal action against Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Bolivian authorities aren’t too happy about how their country is depicted in the upcoming Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands. The game features a fictional modern-day story set in Bolivia controlled by a drug cartel. To be 100% precise, the Bolivians formally asked the French government to intervene before they take legal action. In response, Ubisoft explained that Ghost Recon: Wildlands is simply a work of fiction and Bolivia was chosen as a background for the open world action game only because of its landscapes.

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Orisa is a new tank character coming to Overwatch

Blizzard Entertainment presents a new playable hero joining the roster of characters in their team-based online shooter Overwatch, currently available on test servers. Orisa is a modified version of an OR-15 combat robot, which serves the role of an anchor tank. In combat she uses Fusion Driver, which is a sort of machine gun with high rate of fire and capacity. In its alternative mode, the weapon fires a pulse which pulls nearby enemies toward itself. Orisa can also briefly increase her defense and stability as well as put a protective barrier wherever she wants.

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Decide who lives and who dies in We, the Revolution, a game set in 18th-century Paris

Poland-based studio Polyslash announced We, the Revolution, an intriguing game set in the tumultuous period of the French Revolution. Here, you play as a judge of the Revolutionary Tribunal, who wields the power over the fate of many human beings, including enemies of the cause, criminals, as well as ordinary citizens. Having such responsibility in your hands, you will face many tough choices and your decisions will impact not only enemies and simple Parisians, but your friends and family as well. We, the Revolution is planned to launch on Steam in late 2017.

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Borderlands 3 tech demo showcased at GDC 2017

As the Borderlands franchise steps into the current generation of consoles, the next installment in this popular post-apocalyptic sandbox action games series is going to be powered by Unreal Engine 4. However, it does not mean that Borderlands 3 will sacrifise its predecessors’ unique non-realistic style of graphics. During Epic Games keynote at this week’s Game Developers Conference, Randy Pitchford from Gearbox Software showed off some experimental UE4 environments, which indicate what direction Borderlands 3 is likely to head in terms of visuals.

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War without victors – Pirates vs Denuvo

The history of anti-piracy software is long and turbulent, especially so in the video game industry. The ongoing war between publishers and warez groups and pirates, like any other conflict, often leads to situations in which bystanders get hurt. We’re taking a look at Denuvo – the most effective anti-piracy safeguard that supposedly wrecks your PC. But does it really?

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System Shock reboot switched to Unreal Engine 4

Nightdive Studios decided to move the upcoming System Shock remake to Unreal Engine 4. They believe that this new technology is better suited for a first-person shooter developed with the current gen consoles in mind than Unity, which they had been using so far. Fans can already admire the early results of the shift in this gameplay video and screenshots. At the same time, the developers want to retain the spirit of the original game, but it will now be presented in a slightly different way.

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11 bit studios, creators of This War of Mine, now higher than CI Games in stock exchange ratings

Polish gaming industry is becoming more and more known all around the world thanks to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which was released in 2015. However, there are more Polish games (and what’s important – companies) that exist in our minds – CI Games and their Sniper: Ghost Warrior series, as well as 11 bit studios and their unique This War of Mine. A few days ago 11 bit studios took the runner-up position when it comes to market value of gaming companies on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. This definitely comes as good news, especially now that they’re currently hard at work with their mysterious project – Frostpunk.

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Cities: Skylines is getting new means of transport in the Mass Transit DLC

Paradox Interactive has announced another expansion for Colossal Order’s popular city-builder Cities: Skylines. This one, called Mass Transit, is going to introduce new means of transportation, such as ferries, blimps, cable cars, monorails, etc. Along with these come new transit service buildings, mass transit hubs, road types, landmarks, and additional scenarios, in which you’ll have to solve traffic problems like a pro. Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit doesn’t have a release date yet, but it does have a nice reveal trailer.

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Humble Bundle featuring Arma games

A new Humble Bundle started this week, featuring Arma games, a popular series of tactical shooters from Czech-based Bohemia Interactive Studio. As always, there are three tiers. For just one dollar you can get the original Arma: Cold War Assault, Queen's Gambit expansion pack, as well as turn-based strategy Arma Tactics. Pay more than the current average (which is now set at $13) to also unlock Arma II and its add-ons. And if you want to secure the third installment too, you can do this by paying $15.

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The Division free trial, Last Stand DLC and Update 1.6 all launching today

Ubisoft has released a free trial of Tom Clancy’s The Division on PC or Xbox One; the PlayStation 4 version will be available from March 9, 2017. The trial offers 6 hours of gameplay in any mode you like, including the campaign, Dark Zone and seamless co-op. Within that time you can advance your character up to level 8. If you decide to purchase The Division, all progress will be transferred over to the full game. Today also saw the release of the final piece of DLC, entitled Last Stand, as well as Update 1.6.

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Beat Cop and Thimbleweed Park both launching on March 30

New York of the 1980s, a cop framed for murder, and dozens of humorous references to old cop movies and TV shows – this is what you can expect from Beat Cop, an upcoming point-and-click adventure game from Polish indie studio Pixel Crow. The game’s publisher, 11 bit studios (the creators of This War of Mine) has announced that Beat Cop is going to hit Steam on March 30, 2017. Another old-school point-and-click that launches on the same date is Thimbleweed Park from the veterans of the genre: Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick.

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Here's a compilation of permadeaths in Torment: Tides of Numenera (because why not?)

Torment: Tides of Numenera is finally out in 1.0 version, so it’s high time you got into it. If you spent some time with 1999’s Planescape Torment, you know how things work in regard to death. So we made sure you can find out how to stay dead permanently. Although… we don’t really know what’s the point of that.

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Assassin's Creed: Empire alleged leaked screenshot emerged

Assassin’s Creed fans on NeoGAF and Reddit have dug out what seems to be a screenshot from Assassin’s Creed: Empire, the next installment to Ubisoft’s key action game franchise, reportedly set in ancient Egypt. Although the quality of the photo is very poor, we can clearly see an armed character taking a stance similar to what we’ve seen in previous Assassin’s Creed games, standing in something that looks like a pyramid entrance.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War confirmed after a huge leak [Updated]

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor sequel is going to be called Middle-earth: Shadow of War, according to the information prematurely posted by online store Target. The seller spilled the beans when they made a false start with the game’s description page for the PlayStation 4 version, not only showing the title and box cover, but also revealing the release date and some details about the content and DLC. Middle-earth: Shadow of War is supposedly coming out August 22, 2017.

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This week, this is how we roll!

Heroes are born, and entwined with experience. Some of them make up The Sims or Watch Dogs, some of them sell their ideas to Nintendo and mobile gamers, and some are among us, hidden like a bunch of automata. But if life is anything but the greatest of all RPGs, change remains imminent, and whoever appears like they are on a roll may as well end up flushed away.

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Return to Morrowind in this TESO new gameplay

Soon, fans of The Elders Scrolls series will have a chance to revisit Morrowind, the realm first introduced in The Elder Scrolls III and now coming back in the next expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG. Bethesda Softworks has shared a new gameplay video, which includes a couple of clips showing off some well-known environments and creatures, but now more beautiful than ever. The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind is coming out on June 6, 2017 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, but you can already pre-order the expansion.

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Killzone 5 reportedly in the works

Rumors around Killzone 5 have recently come from a leading Dutch online tabloid Parool.nl. In a story about the closing of Guerilla Games’s Cambridge Studio the newspaper plainly stated that the developer is currently working on the next Killzone game. There is no official confirmation of the news, but it is quite probable that now, having almost released Horizon: Zero Dawn, the studio will get back to work on their most recognizable IP.

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Nier: Automata PC may be delayed by only three days

A coupe of days ago Nier: Automata was said to be slightly delayed on the PC. However, the delay may be even shorter than most would think it to be. A leaked version of the game’s new trailer points to March 10, 2017 for the Steam release, which is only three days after the launch on PlayStation 4, set to March 7. Of course, there is no guarantee that this date is still accurate, but even if it’s not, Nier: Automata is unlikely to keep Steam users waiting very long.

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Diablo III 2.5.0 – colossus still waiting for revival

Maybe we are too quick to herald Diablo III’s demise, but there’s something uncanny going on. Subsequent updates fail to introduce any concrete changes, the conspicuous problems remain largely unsolved, and the monotony of the game is increasingly omnipresent. While the 2.5.0 update does introduce some rather major upgrades, it still doesn’t look like a game-changing patch. What’s even worse, some of the solutions introduced there don’t seem to work the way we (or at least I) have imagined.

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Total War: Warhammer - Bretonnia DLC details and new trailer

Total War: Warhammer players are going to receive another free DLC next week – on February 28 – featuring chivalrous Bretonnia as the new playable faction. Creative Assembly has recently updated its Steam page with a host of new information and detailed faction description. Total War: Warhammer - Bretonnia has also got a brand new cinematic trailer, which briefly introduces the faction’s history, heroes and types of armies and special powers.

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Ghost Recon: Wildlands DLC names datamined

A Reddit user has been tinkering with Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta files and found the names of two potential DLC packs for the upcoming open world action game from Ubisoft. These two DLC are codenamed: Smuggler and Fallen, but there is no more information about them. They might contain new pieces of story for the single player campaign or multiplayer modes. Datamining the GRW.exe file also revealed that the upcoming open beta is possibly going to offer some form of PvP gameplay.

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Styx: Shards of Darkness to launch on March 14; watch the new trailer

Focus Home Interactive revealed the release date for Styx: Shards of Darkness to be March 14, 2017. This information has appeared in a new behind the scenes video, which also discusses the main character and his abilities. The eponymous goblin assassin named Styx is a nasty little creature with a prickly sense of humor and a knack for dirty tricks (not to mention stabbing people in the neck). Styx: Shards of Darkness is now up for pre-orders on the official website, offering an exclusive outfit and dagger as a bonus.

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Dungeons 3 will let you expand your dungeon and conquer the surface world

Kalypso Media is collaborating with Realmforge Studios on Dungeons 3, another installment in the series of light-hearted strategy games inspired by Bullfrog’s cult classic dungeon manager Dungeon Keeper. With a new ally on his side – a dark elf priestess Thalya – the Dungeon Lord can now expand his dark empire from the undergrounds into the world above the surface. Dungeons 3 has been announced to come out this fall for PC (Windows, Linux), Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Kona, chilly adventure/survival to launch next month

Kona, an eerie adventure game with elements of survival and open world set in snowy Canada of 1970, is soon going to launch on Steam – its full release is planned for March 17, 2017. In this game you play as a private detective hired to investigate a case of vandalism in a small village in the north of the country. Upon arriving there, the protagonist gets trapped by a snowstorm and soon discovers that all inhabitants have vanished. Your job is to discover the mystery surrounding this place and survive against merciless elements.

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Bethesda working on two big projects and a mobile game

Todd Howard from Bethesda Game Studios has confirmed that the company is currently actively working on three big projects. Two of them are more or less what Bethesda usually does, whereas the third one is being developed for mobile platforms. These two major games – most probably open-world RPGs – are going to be even bigger than anything the developer has done before, and a bit different, too. It is unlikely, however, that one of them is The Elder Scrolls VI. No more details have been revealed so far, but that may change at this year’s E3 in June.

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Two new World of Darkness interactive stories released

World of Darkness pen-and-paper RPG universe has spawned two new video games: Vampire: The Masquerade - We Eat Blood And All Our Friends Are Dead and Mage: The Ascension: Refuge. They both take the form of interactive horror stories written by skilled fantasy writers. You can get a package of the two text games sold on Steam together for $9.99 under the common title: World of Darkness Preludes: Vampire and Mage.

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PayDay 3 production has officially started

Starbreeze AB has proudly announced that the production of PayDay 3 has officially been initiated and it’s at a full design state. Obviously, the publisher said nothing about the release date, only that since PayDay is their most significant franchise, they intend to devote as much time and attention to the game as it needs. In other words, we won’t be seeing PayDay 3 any time soon and neither will we hear very often about it. Other upcoming games in Starbreeze AB’s publishing catalogue are: RAID: World War II, OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead, Crossfire co-op game and Geminose.

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The end of MMORPG? – we analyze the current and future condition of online RPGs

One swallow does not make a summer. What’s the biggest MMORPG right now? World of Warcraft, of course. Well, that’s our swallow right there. Name five more prominent Western MMORPGs. You’ve got two? Nice. In the meantime Asia has churned out dozens of titles. The current condition of Western online RPGs is bad and the market, being the market, prefers the cheaper option. That’s why instead of investing in new IPs, Western publishers tend to import games from the prolific Asian segment. Is that the best they can do? Let’s take a look at how it all began, and why Korea and China are successfully invading the Western market.

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Action RPG Vikings: Wolves of Midgard launching in March

Kalypso Media’s Norse-themed RPG Vikings: Wolves of Midgard has now an official release date. The game is first going to launch digitally on PC on March 24, 2017. A couple of days later, on March 28, Vikings: Wolves of Midgard will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles digitally and in physical retail versions across all plarforms. The latter are promised to come along with a bunch of goodies, such as digital soundtrack and artbook. Additionally, PC boxed versions will also include an exclusive DLC costume pack.

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Don't Starve devs' next game Oxygen Not Included is now in Alpha

Klei Enterteinment, the studio that gave us Don’t Starve, Mark of the Ninja, and Shank, have taken their next title Oxygen Not Included into a playable Alpha stage – you can get the early version of the game and play it right now on Steam for $19.99. Oxygen Not Included is a space colony simulation game with heavy elements of survival. While playing, you have to manage your community of space colonists and help them maintain their subterranean asteroid base, but also provide them with essentials, like water, food, warmth and oxygen.

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Phantom Hall is a Spelunky meets Worms squad-based shooter heading to Early Access

Phantom Hall – a spooky squad-based shooter from an indie studio – has headed toward Steam Early Eccess, where it’s going to launch on March 13, 2017. The game is said to combine procedurally generated experience of Spelunky with real-time Worms mechanics. The players will command a team of teenagers trapped in a haunted manor and try to fight with monsters dwelling in its dark corridors all the way to the villainous master of the house.

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Path of Exile is getting six new acts in The Fall of Oriath expansion

Grinding Gear Games have announced the biggest expansion so far for their free-to-play action RPG Path of Exile. The Fall of Oriath DLC is going to introduce six new acts, starting with the large Act 5 taking place in a brand new location. In Acts 6-9 you are to visit old, but reworked locations, and in the last one, Act 10, go back to Oriath for the final stand. Interestingly, upon defeating each new god boss you gain their special power. The Fall of Oriath is expected to launch this summer.

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My Memory Of Us is a nostalgic adventure game inspired by WWII Poland

IMGN.PRO has announced My Memory Of Us, a PC adventure game inspired by actual events that took place in Poland under German occupation during the Second World War, especially in the Jewish ghetto. The game tells a story of a friendship of two children in the times of war. The protagonists – a boy and a girl – will have different, complementing skills, and only using both of them together will let you overcome obstacles and solve logic puzzles. Similarly to Ubisoft’s Valiant Hearts, My Memory Of Us will carry a significant load of emotions and charm.

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Diluvion review – ugly duckling of underwater survival

Reviewing Deluvion by Arachnid Studios wasn’t easy for me. On one hand, this game could use some additional budget and a few more months of development – the glitches are numerous and some elements were clearly not given enough thought. On the other hand, though, the game really strikes a chord with me – the atmosphere of the underwater world is unique, the story’s pretty good and the mechanics work quite well. And then you can see the developers were true enthusiasts. Still, is it possible to get over all those deficiencies?

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The Bard's Tale original trilogy remaster unlikely to happen [Update: "It will" says dev]

inXile Entertainment expressed serious doubts about the remastered versions of The Bard’s Tale original trilogy ever seeing the light of day. Free copies of the games were supposed to be delivered to The Bard’s Tale IV Kickstarter backers. Due to the problems with communication between the game’s publisher and developer Olde Skuul, the former expressed a belief that the works on the remastered trilogy have been stopped and are unlikely to be resumed. Olde Skuul, on the other hand, went on to assure the fans that they still want to complete the games and will do everything they can to do it.

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Sniper Elite 4 and For Honor launch today

Today marks the release of two major games: Rebellion’s Sniper Elite 4 and Ubisoft’s For Honor – both are available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. According to some early reviews and players’ opinions, both games are pretty good, which is certainly great news. The new edition of the popular sniper game series is generally more of what fans know and like, with only some minor changes to gameplay. As for the Ubisoft’s original sword combat game, it lets players engage in spectacular battles between Knights, Vikings and Samurai, featuring satisfying direction-based combat.

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Morrowind Rebirth gets the biggest update so far

The Morrowind Rebirth mod has recently got a big update to version 4.0, featuring expanded and improved areas, new creatures, spells, textures, balance tweaks, bug fixes fixes, etc. This is the largest patch to this mod that has been released so far. One of the changes is the new appearance of Dark Brotherhood assassins, who now look different depending on their rank. You should also be more careful when dealing with bounty hunters, especially if you have a bounty on your head of 500 or more, as they will approach you in different areas, mainly taverns.

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Obsidian Entertainment is no longer working on Armored Warfare

Obsidian Entertainment is no longer working on Armored Warfare. All further development will be carried out by the title’s publisher, My.com. Although the official announcement has all the required courtesies, it is hard not to sense a sort of disagreement between the two parties, especially when you read the recent entry by the moderator of Armored Warfare’s official Reddit. In it, the moderator puts most of the blame on MailRU Group, the owner of My.com, who reportedly limited Obsidian’s development freedom and simply wanted a World of Tanks clone.

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Meet Stories Untold, a horror within a horror, coming out this month

Devolver Digital have announced Stories Untold, a horror game by indie studio No Code, co-founded by one of the creators of Alien: Isolation. The concept for Stories Untold is pretty interesting, as it’s a sort of a horror within a horror. The title is composed of four separate stories that take the form of text adventure games played on an in-game 8-bit computer. One of them is The House Abandon, which was originally created for the Ludum Dare game jam and released for free last year. Stories Untold is coming out on PC on February 27, 2017.

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This week, do the math!

First of all, stop counting on anyone, except for your father. Secondly, never travel to Syberia with your mouth dry. Thirdly, remember it’s the titles like Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption or Rainbow Six: Siege that make games seem magical. And last but not least – when it comes to fours, always take For Honor over Fallout 4.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole delayed to Ubisoft's next fiscal year

After its last missed release date – December 6, 2016 – South Park: The Fractured But Whole has been pushed to Q1 2017. Now, that time window has been moved to Ubisoft’s next fiscal year, i.e. from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. Of course, the team at Ubisoft San Francisco will use the extra time “to deliver the best experience possible”. Whatever its final launch date turns out to be, the plan is to release South Park: The Fractured But Whole simultaneously on all three platforms: PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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Gothic Sequel – the add-on that never was. A cancelled expansion for the iconic RPG

Unreleased games. I suppose we’ve all heard of at least one such case that made us feel genuinely sorry that it didn’t happen. Not often, however, is such a project revealed after having spent years on a shelf, somewhere deep in the devs’ HQ. Gothic Sequel was to become an expansion for the successful RPG from Piranha Bytes. It didn’t. It was left to rot in limbo and cannibalized, providing plots, mechanics, and names for many of Piranha’s subsequent games, mainly the full-fledged sequel Gothic II and its expansion. How much did it provide? Enough for us to say that had it been released as intended, the history of the Gothic series would have taken a different turn. Let’s take a closer look at Gothic’s lost expansion.

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Expeditions: Viking to launch on April 27

Announced two years ago by Danish indie studio Logic Artists, Expeditions: Viking is going to arrive at Steam on April 27, 2017. This historical blend of party-based RPG and tactical strategy with turn-based combat will let you play as a chieftain of a small Viking clan. Your task will be to expand your village and increase the clan’s influence by conquering rivals, establishing trade routes, making alliances, and sending raiding expeditions to the British Isles. The game will also feature a branching dialogue system and reputation system that will determine how others view your character.

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Insurgency: Sandstorm to feature story mode with female protagonist

Like it’s predecessor, Insurgency: Sandstorm – a sequel to a commercial version of a popular Half-Life 2 modification – is going to be a hardcore online shooter set somewhere in the Middle East and focusing on close-quarters infantry combat. This time, however, the game will feature an interesting story mode designed for 4-player co-op and single player gameplay, focusing on a female protagonist. Some other noteworthy innovations are: Unreal Engine 4 support, light vehicles and game modes designed for vehicle gameplay as well as new interactions with the environment.

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Syberia 3 to launch in April 2017; watch a new trailer

A new release date for Syberia 3 has been announced by Microids – the third installment in the classic adventure game series designed by Benoît Sokal will launch on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on April 25 in North America and on April 20 in Europe. Along with this announcement comes a new trailer, which is almost as exciting as that of a next Call of Duty. Apart from the aforementioned platforms, Syberia 3 is also to hit Nintendo Switch console, but there is no release date for this version yet.

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The Bard's Tale IV combat featured in this new video

As you probably already know, The Bard’s Tale IV by inXile Entertainment is going to be a purebred dungeon crawler. Although the game features free movement with first-person perspective, battles are still turn-based. The developers have decided it is time to share some more details on the combat system. In this new video we can see a few bits of dungeon exploration, use of magic, party chatter as well as a full battle against multiple foes.

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Why Square Enix may have actually pulled the plug on Deus Ex

The Deus Ex series might be in jeopardy. Gaming websites report that further development of the cyberpunk franchise has allegedly been suspended due to poor sales of last year’s Mankind Divided. Honestly, even before Eurogamer and Kotaku published news on the topic, I had thought that Mankind Divided wasn’t doing very well…

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Arma III Battle Royale mod creator's Battlegrounds to enter closed beta this month

PlayerUnknown, the creator of the Battle Royale mod to Arma III and co-designer of H1Z1: King of the Kill, has been preparing a new game for some time together with Bluehole Studios, the developers of TERA. This one, called Battlegrounds, is an online shooter based on the Battle Royal or Hunger Games rules – the last man standing wins the game. Battlegrounds is going to enter closed beta on Friday, February 24, 2017. After the testing period the game will go through an early access phase, where it is intended to stay for no longer than six months.

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Fallout 4 High Resolution Texture Pack available on PC

If you are a fan of the Fallout series and happen to own a monster PC, you are now free to download the official High Resolution Texture Pack for Fallout 4 from Steam. In order to enjoy a more beautiful version of the game, programmers from Bethesda Softworks advise that your PC is equipped with GeForce 1080 8GB, Intel Core i7-5820K and at least 8 GB RAM. Fortunately, players report that the game runs smoothly at less powerful configurations, including GTX 970 or even GTX 760 Ti.

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Ronin dev announces Immortal Planet, Dark Souls-inspired action RPG

The creator of the well-received turn-based 2D platformer Ronin, Polish indie developer Tomasz Waclawek, has announced his next game. Immortal Planet is going to be an isometric RPG with challenging combat that rewards patience and punishes recklessness. In the game you will play as an immortal hero, who awakens in an ancient tomb filled with other undying warriors. Similarly to the Dark Souls series, each time the protagonist dies, he gets resurrected, but also loses some experience. Immortal Planet is planned to launch on PC in Q2 2017.

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Elite: Dangerous dev's new game will be based on a Hollywood movie

Frontier Developments – the creators of space sim Elite: Dangerous and economic strategy Planet Coaster – have revealed that their third self-published game franchise is going to be based on an “enduring movie franchise of global renown” from an unnamed Hollywood studio. No exact information has been shared so far, but more details are to come later in 2017.

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Rainbow Six: Siege Velvet Shell DLC details and plans for year two

Recently, the developers of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege have laid out their plans for the second year of the game. Some of the things they want to improve is the matchmaking system and the main menu, meant to increase players' comfort. What’s more, players will now be receiving free loot for simply playing the game. As for the next DLC – Velvet Shell, coming out on February 7 – it is going to bring two Spanish operators, a map, and a portion of updates. See a video that explains the details.

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This week, make friends

What do Fallout 4 and Haxball have in common? They both require that you use the Internet to unleash their full potential. Which developers go wild most often? Those who can’t keep their promises. And finally – is the past what connects all of us? Definitely hope so.

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New Mexico is the next State available in American Truck Simulator

American Truck Simulator creators, SCS Software, have announced that the next State available in the game will be New Mexico. No details have been revealed so far, but we can expect to drive across many roads and streets of New Mexico as well as visit some of its most important cities, including Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The creators posted some screenshots featuring some of the places we will see in the add-on.

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XCOM-inspired tactical strategy Xenonauts 2 gets a public demo

As you probably know, Xenonauts, turn-based tactical strategy heavily inspired by XCOM: UFO Defense, is getting a sequel. Now, Xenonauts 2 is available as a free playable demo. This early pre-alpha build features a skirmish, in which a squad of soldiers takes on some aliens somewhere on the surface of our planet – you can also watch a gameplay video on YouTube. Note that the demo is available only temporarily and will be remved from your GOG Galaxy account when the paid phase of Early Access starts on GOG and Steam.

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Gwent: The Witcher Card Game hands-on – Nilfgaard marches on, reveals the rough plot of Gwent’s first story campaign

The black ones are coming! CD Projekt RED presented the fifth playable faction in Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. This gave us a chance to visit their HQ, learn something new on the anticipated standalone expansion to one of the most addictive minigames ever presented in an RPG, and spend some pleasant time testing the forces of the Empire in battle. The closed beta-tests are still in progress, so many things can change when it comes to balance and details, but we’ve managed to secure some new, interesting facts concerning Gwent’s unique feature – single player story campaigns.

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Become a 911 Operator on February 24

911 Operator has now got a release date and it’s this month – February 24, 2017. It will be available digitally on Steam. This game will let you find out what sort of challenges emergency lines operators around the world face every. When put against a variery of emergencies yoy will have to respod correctly in order to save people’s lives and not to waste needed resources. What you choose to say or do will have real consequences, especially when someone needs first aid instructions or their life is in danger.

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 – free season pass for preorder owners

Polish studio CI Games has announced free season pass for all preorders of the game. The free season pass is available only for PC and PlayStation 4. Users of Xbox One will receive only some of the DLCs. The season pass will run throughout 2017, and it will include single-player scenarios, weapons, maps, and other additions. The game’s PC beta tests will begin this Friday.

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Disgaea 2 review – tactical RPG with a touch of craziness

Some may raise an eyebrow at a port release (as opposed to a remaster) of a game from 2006. Yet in the case of Disgaea 2, this decision is absolutely justified. Owners of PCs can finally become acquainted with the second iteration of the ludicrous universe full of contradictions and surprises, which somehow manages to expose some equally absurd – yet less obvious – truths about our own world. Ten years is a lot of time for a game, and an eternity for its graphics, though. Whether Disgaea 2 PC comes out on top despite being seemingly outdated is just one of the questions that we will try to answer in our review.

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Bandai Namco games featured in the new Humble Bundle

The latest Humble Bundle features several games published by Bandai Namco. For just one dollar you can get digital copies of Pac-Man 256, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West for PC. If you are feeling a bit more generous, you can also get yourself Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade, Project CARS, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst, and some other games. This offer expires on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 10 A.M. PST.

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands PC specs revealed

Ubisoft has revealed PC requirements for the upcoming beta of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands. If you are planning to upgrade your hardware before the release of the game, note that Nvidia is giving it as a free bonus with GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards. The beta is launching on February 3, 2017 and will run through February 6. Those of you who have been selected for the beta can pre-load the game today in order to start playing without any unnecessary delay.

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Nilfgaard coming to Gwent: The Witcher Card Game next week

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, which is currently on beta, is about to get the fifth playable faction, Nilfgaard, on February 6, 2017. Their mechanics will be further expanded for the standalone version of Gwent, featuring not only spies, but also characters able to reveal cards in opponent’s hand as well as disloyal units that can change sides when your rival least expects it. This will be a part of a large update, which is also going to include 60 new cards for the remaining factions: Northern Realms, Scoia’tael, Skellige and Monsters.

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