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Watch Dogs: DedSec Edition Unboxing Video Reveals Much Merch

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Jonathan Lester
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PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Ubisoft, Watch Dogs, Watch Dogs: DedSec Edition, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Watch Dogs: DedSec Edition Unboxing Video Reveals Much Merch

If you need some extra stuff with your copy of Watch Dogs when it releases in November, Ubisoft have you covered with a variety of special editions, the most comprehensive of which has now been unboxed in a new official video. The DedSec Edition contains a 23cm figurine, physical Chicago map, some AR cards, badges and soundtrack, alongside a code for three downloadable singleplayer missions and some extra digital content.

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The Witcher 3: CD Projekt RED Recaps Gamescom In New Video

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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CD Projekt RED, Gamescom 2013, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: CD Projekt RED Recaps Gamescom In New Video

If you weren't able to make it over to Cologne for Gamescom last month, CD Projekt RED have helpfully released a video designed to give you a taste of the event. Expect cosplay, pranks, swag, crowds and a few seconds of tantalising The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay to help tide us over until 2014.

Matt and Carl also delivered their own video postcards from Gamescom, one of which lavishes praise onto CD Projekt's upcoming RPG. Be sure to check it out here.

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Diablo III Console Review | The Hell Of It

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Activision, ARPG, Blizzard Entertainment, Diablo III, Dungeon crawler, Loot grinder, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games

Diablo III Console Review | The Hell Of It

Platforms: PS3 | PS4 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Publisher: Activision

Diablo III is now available on consoles, but I still can't work out exactly why.

There's no denying that it works, that it functions. Last year's dungeon-crawling experience has been faithfully recreated here in its entirety, save for the real money auction house and always-online connection requirement. The former of which we literally couldn't care less about, while the latter forced us to laugh and cry in equal measure. Blizzard should be congratulated for managing to successfully introduce a click-heavy dungeon crawler into a traditionally hostile ecosystem, but can it thrive away from its beloved mouse and keyboard?

Unless you're a Diablo fan who couldn't (or refused to) play Diablo III last year, you'll be thrown into a generic fantasy world with no attempt to explain where you are, what's going on or why you should care. Sanctuary has two games' worth of lore behind it, but the console version makes no effort to bring new players into the fold, making the setting feel flimsy and irrelevant. Still, this probably won't matter for many players, because we're here to get on the loot grinding conveyor belt as quickly as possible. For, dare I say, the hell of it.

Diablo III Console Review | The Hell Of It

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TimeSplitters Rewind Takes To Steam Greenlight

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC games, PS4 games, Steam Greenlight, Timesplitters Rewind

TimeSplitters Rewind Takes To Steam Greenlight

TimeSplitters Rewind, an "HD collection of all three games" designed by fans with Crytek's blessing, has hit Steam Greenlight in order to get support rolling. The project aims to enter a playable pre-alpha phase in December, and is also in development for PS4 (though Crytek will need to officially sign off on it, naturally).

Excited? We'll keep you up to date with its progress over the coming months. [via Polygon]

Thunder Wolves, Stellar Impact, DIVO, 100% Orange Juice & Apple Jack | Beat The Minimum | Indie Royale | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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100% Orange Juice, Apple Jack, DIVO, Stellar Impact, Thunder Wolves

Thunder Wolves, Stellar Impact, DIVO, 100% Orange Juice & Apple Jack | Beat The Minimum | Indie Royale | PC

The Back To School 2 Bundle | Indie Royale | Beat the minimum
Thunder Wolves review | Stellar Impact review

Be sure to note the differing platforms for each game (typically Steam, Desura or direct downloads).

Antichamber | £5.09 | Steam | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Antichamber, Indie Games, PC games, Puzzle games, Steam

Antichamber | £5.09 | Steam | PC

Antichamber | Steam | £5.09 (RRP: £14.99)

Gareth Bale Will Still Front FIFA 14 After Real Madrid Transfer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA Sports, FIFA 14, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Gareth Bale Will Still Front FIFA 14 After Real Madrid Transfer

Gareth Bale's record-breaking transfer to Real Madrid won't stop him from appearing on FIFA 14's UK box art, thanks to a hasty redesign. We've got it after the break if you're interested.

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War Designed With Episodic Release "In Mind"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Episodic content, PC games, PSN, Puzzle games, Ubisoft, Valiant Hearts: The Great War, XBLA

Valiant Hearts: The Great War Designed With Episodic Release "In Mind"

But Ultimately A "Business Decision"

Valiant Hearts: The Great War will tell five interlacing World War One stories based on real letters and events, tied together by a heroic dog who never takes sides. This might sound like a perfect framework for an episodic format, with each character a single episode, and the small internal Ubisoft team are apparently approaching development with that firmly in mind.

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Child Of Light Hands-On Preview | A Thing Of Beauty

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Adventure Games, Child Of Light, PC games, Platformer, PSN, Puzzle games, RPG, Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal, XBLA

Child Of Light Hands-On Preview | A Thing Of Beauty

Platforms: PSN | XBLA (current & next-gen) | PC

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Publisher: Ubisoft

Child Of Light was too big a secret to keep. As an interactive fairytale, respectful homage to classic role-playing games and a gorgeous use of Rayman Origins' UbiArt engine, Far Cry 3's creative director couldn't help but let the cat out of the bag at GDC.

You can hardly blame him, because after getting hands-on with Child Of Light at a Parisian preview session, I can report that it's shaping up to be something very special indeed.

The story follows Aurora, a young girl marked by destiny in a fairytale world that toes the line between whimsical and thoroughly twisted. Packing a massive sword, fake crown and a hovering magical companion called Igniculus, our heroine sets out to bring light to the darkness in a hybrid between 2D exploration and classic turn-based battling.

Child Of Light Hands-On Preview | A Thing Of Beauty

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Diablo III Won't Get Offline Play On PC

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Always-online, ARPG, Blizzard, Diablo III, PC games

Diablo III Won't Get Offline Play On PC

'Diablo Plays Best With Other People'

Despite Diablo III's console version lacking an always-on requirement, Blizzard are adamant that their controversial online framework (or DRM, depending on your stance) is absolutely essential for the PC version. In terms of the spirit of the game, not just keeping the Real Money Auction House secure.

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Football Manager 14 Video Blog Details The Match Day Experience

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Developer diary, Football Manager 2014, PC games, Sega, Sports Interactive

Football Manager 14 Video Blog Details The Match Day Experience

If the recent transfer deadline drama had you champing at the bit for this year's Football Manager, you'll probably want to have a gander at the latest video blog for Football Manager 2014. This week's offering dwells on the match day experience and reworked tactics, explaining some of the new features and the total lack of sliders.

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Microsoft Promises Xbox One Stock Will Be Available At Launch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Xbox One

Microsoft Promises Xbox One Stock Will Be Available At Launch

Microsoft wants to make sure that you'll be able to walk into a shop and buy an Xbox One on launch day, as opposed to just relying on pre-orders, eBay or good-old fashioned waiting.

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MirrorMoon EP | £5.77 | Santa Ragione | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Adventure Games, Experimental games, Indie Games, PC games, Santa Ragione

MirrorMoon EP | £5.77 | Santa Ragione | PC

MirrorMoon EP | Santa Ragione | $8.99 (£5.77, RRP: £8.99)

Steam are currently running a launch discount, but you can get this abstract space adventure even cheaper directly from the developers. I'm currently working on a review, and frankly, have never played anything remotely like it. You'll need plenty of patience to make the most of it, though.

Massive Focus Home Interactive Sale Now Live On Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Farming Simulator 2013, Focus Home Interactive, MagRunner: Dark Pulse, PC games, Sherlock Holmes

Massive Focus Home Interactive Sale Now Live On Steam

Focus Home Interactive have discounted their entire lineup on Steam this weekend, cutting prices for MagRunner: Dark Pulse, the Sherlock Holmes series,Farming Simulator 2013, Of Orcs & Men, Confrontation and much more. Rather than bloating our front page with individual deals, I'll instead point you directly to the splash page.

Right here.

The smartest bargains seem to be for the recently-released Wargame: Airland Battle, MagRunner, Farming Simulator 2013, Rotastic and Yesterday, and there's plenty to choose from - though quality is somewhat inconsistent.

Brian Blessed Explains Total War: Rome II's Projectile Weapons In New Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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Brian Blessed, PC games, RTS, Sega, The Creative Assembly, Total War: Rome II, trailer

Brian Blessed Explains Total War: Rome II's Projectile Weapons In New Trailer

Effective use of ranged weaponry can be key to winning battles in Total War: Rome II, and you don't have to take my word for it. You can take Brian Blessed's word for it. The bearded one narrates a new video for the recently-released RTS that focuses on thrown projectiles and missiles, which you can find after the break.

Matt was generally impressed with The Creative Assembly's effort in our Total War: Rome II review, but reckons that a fair bit of patching is necessary to bring some ropey AI and bugs up to standard. A major feedback-driven update is scheduled to release today.

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Ryse: Son Of Rome Video Explores Combat

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Jonathan Lester
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Crytek, Developer diary, Microsoft Studios, Ryse: Son Of Rome, Xbox One Games

Ryse: Son Of Rome Video Explores Combat

Ryse: Son Of Rome seemed to be heavily-dependent on QTEs during the initial gameplay reveal back in May, but Crytek are keen to assure gamers that there's more to combat than button mashing. This new video delves into the brutal swordplay we can expect in the Xbox One launch title.

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DriveClub Footage Shows Off Supercars & Snazzy Lighting

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Jonathan Lester
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DriveClub, Evolution Studios, Gameplay footage, PS4 games, Racing Games

DriveClub Footage Shows Off Supercars & Snazzy Lighting

Sony has released not one, not two, but four separate DriveClub videos to show off its range of shiny cars and dynamic real-time lighting in action. You'll witness four different shiny machines hoon around the same Canadian time trial, but at different times of day.

One for the graphics junkies we suspect. DriveClub will be available on the PS4 at launch, both at retail and as a limited free version for PlayStation Plus members. Matt got hands-on with it earlier this year.

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Disney Infinity Toy Box Trailer Replicates Columbia

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Jonathan Lester
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Bioshock Infinite, Columbia, Disney Infinity, Disney Interactive, trailer

Disney Infinity allows you to assemble your own levels in Toy Box mode, and this latest trailer illustrates some of the more outlandish - and perhaps even litigious - results. While Star Wars and Tron both receive a homage, Disney have also assembled their very own version of BioShock Infinite's floating city of Columbia, odd since the franchise is owned by 2K. Still, we can't imagine they'll mind the free publicity too much.

Microsoft On Forza 5 & Ryse: There's 'Nothing Better On A Competing Platform'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Forza 5, Microsoft, Ryse, Xbox One

Microsoft On Forza 5 & Ryse: There's 'Nothing Better On A Competing Platform'

Microsoft's product director Albert Penello believes that the Xbox One's launch titles have no equal on any competing platform, while reiterating his argument that games are more important than on-paper specifications. Well, he would say that I suppose.

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