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Skyrim's Legendary Patch Now Live On Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Bethesda, Level cap, Patch, PC games, Skyrim, Update

Skyrim's Legendary Patch Now Live On Steam

Level Cap? What Level Cap?

Just when you thought Skyrim couldn't get any bigger, the Legendary patch comes along and slays the level cap. Players can now make level 100 skills 'Legendary' by reading the Book Of Waking Dreams, returning skill points, perk points and allowing you to start grinding again from level 15. By doing this, you can now accrue character levels above 81 as many times as you want.

Patch 1.9 is now live on Steam and headed to consoles "later this month." Patch notes after the break, which includes a new difficulty setting dragons and yet more fixes.

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Star Trek Dev Diary Has Gorn Crazy

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dev Diary, Digital Extremes, PS3 games, Star Trek: The Video Game, Xbox 360 games

Star Trek Dev Diary Has Gorn Crazy

The latest 'making the game' video for Star Trek: The Videogame shows how the Gorn evolved from an extra in an unconvincing plastic suit to an militaristic race bent on utter domination. You'll get to see plenty of gameplay footage, several of the Gorn castes (read, enemy varieties) and some more of Pegg's forced Scottish accent. The film tie-in releases next month, and we've got more details in our Star Trek hands-on preview.

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Battlefield 4 Teaser Site Is Hot & Steamy

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Battlefield 4, DICE, EA, Tease

Battlefield 4 Teaser Site Is Hot & Steamy

A brand new teaser site for Battlefield 4 is as steamy as that scene from Titanic. No, not the bit with the iceberg, that car scene... look, it's a steamed-up window, okay? Once you're bored of wiping the virtual glass (and logged in for a unique Battlefield 3 dog tag), you can check back on the 27th for the promised gameplay trailer.

Apparently the 'Battlefield 4 art' will be unlocked when enough players log in, but I'll save you the trouble. See that picture above? Yeah. There it is.

White Knight Chronicles Servers Shut Down In June

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS3 games, RPG, Server cull, server shutdown, White Knight chronicles

White Knight Chronicles Servers Shut Down In June

If you still play White Knight Chronicles online (or have been putting off getting the last few trophies), your days are numbered. Sony confirms that servers will shut down on June 18th for both games, leaving this MMO-lite without a multiplayer component.

Brendan described White Knight Chronicles as "a friendly way to get into MMORPG style gameplay on/offline" in our ancient review.

Former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Devs Release Humans Must Answer Demo

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Humans Must Answer, Indie Games, Kickstarter, SHMUP

Fowl Shooter Needs Kickstarter Support

Ex-STALKER developers Denis Matveenko and Eugeny Yatsuk recently Kickstarted a sidescrolling SHMUP starring vengeful chickens, and have yet to receive even a quarter of their modest £5000 target. They've now put out a demo, so you can try before you pledge. Clucking marvellous.

You can download the demo on Kickstarter, and the campaign has 21 days to go. It's not often that you get to play a game before backing it, so this might be worth at least a quick trial.

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Build A Bundle 5 | Groupees | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, PC games

  • What: Any combination of Storm in a Teacup, Marvin's Mittens, Dawnstar, Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee + Exoddus. Nethergate: Resurrection, Spellforce Platinum, Lume & Dawning
  • Where: Groupees
  • Current Price: Roughly £0.47 each

Groupees' Build A Bundle is back, though the games aren't quite as heavy-hitting as we're used to. It's a good opportunity to check out some unknown quantities like Marvin's Mittens (an interactive children's book - one for the kids) and Lume, or stock up on some classic Oddworld games. Sadly, Dawnstar is a real mess and should be avoided even by space sim fans.

As per usual, you can buy any combination of these games (a minimum of 2 for $1.50), and the price will modify accordingly. Note that some games only register on Desura, however.

Indie MashUp Bundle | £3.94 | Bundle Stars | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, PC games

Indie MashUp Bundle | £3.94 | Bundle Stars | PC

  • What: Chrome, Crash Time 2, Jazz: Trumps Journey, StarDrone, Still Life, Still Life 2, Tank Universal & Vigil: Blood Bitterness
  • Where: Bundle Stars
  • Current Price: £3.94

Here's another deeply inconsistent indie bundle from Bundle Stars, who certainly have the 'quantity' part of the equation down. StarDrone is probably the highlight of the package, but Still Life and Vigil: Blood Bitterness are both divisive yet enjoyable horror games worthy of checking out.

Jazz: Trumps Journey is also a great little platformer, which you can get along with StarDrone for the reduced price of £1.00. Decisions, decisions.

The Unfinished Swan Devs Tease Next Game

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Edith Finch, Giant Sparrow, Indie Games, The Unfinished Swan

The Unfinished Swan Devs Tease Next Game

Having claimed a BAFTA for The Unfinished Swan, Giant Sparrow have teased their next game, codenamed Edith Finch.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Wii U Screenshots Show Off GamePad Features

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, Square Enix, Straight Right, Wii U games

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Wii U Screenshots Show Off GamePad Features

We recently learned that the Wii U will receive a Director's Cut version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which promises a raft of new features, overhauled bosses, "striking visual improvements," developer commentary and more. However, Square Enix have released some new screenshots showing some of the new GamePad functionality, including an interactive map, hacking interface and social information during dialogue.

Developer Straight Right describes Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut as the "ultimate version." You can read more details here.

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Gaming Tax Breaks Delayed In Today's Budget

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Tax Breaks, UK

Gaming Tax Breaks Delayed In Today's Budget

I daresay that many of you have been following today's budget with considerable interest, but seeing as we're a gaming site, we'll ignore the wider discussion in order to focus on the ramifications for the UK games industry. Notably: that the long-promised tax breaks have been delayed yet again, but an extra £10 million will be invested into the creative entertainment sector.

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Tomb Raider DLC Will Be Multiplayer-Centric

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crystal Dynamics, DLC, multiplayer, Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider DLC Will Be Multiplayer-Centric

Just a quickie: Crystal Dynamics claim that upcoming Tomb Raider DLC will only be used to flesh out the multiplayer modes rather than the singleplayer campaign. "There are currently no plans in place for any single player expansions,"brand manager Karl Stewart wrote in a Reddit AMA. "All of our DLC is based around the multiplayer experience for now." [via Videogamer]

Matt praised Tomb Raider to the rafters in our 9/10 review, but with certain sections of the map mysteriously blank, many of us expected a few more tombs to raid.

Double Fine's Dropchord Gets First Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Double Fine, Dropchord, Leap, Motion Control, PC games

Double Fine's Dropchord Gets First Trailer

Trippy Music Game Designed For Leap Camera

Double Fine have unleashed the first footage of Dropchord, a game created specifically for the hyper-accurate Leap motion control camera peripheral. It's largely inexplicable (we posit that you'll use both hands to control a bar linked by two points on a circular gameplay grid), but since it's being developed by team behind Double Fine Happy Action Theater, it's probably going to be a psychadelic good time.

The Leap is set to launch in May for PC, so it's likely that Dropchord will emerge shortly thereafter.

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BattleBlock Theater Finally Dated For XBLA

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Party games, The Behemoth, XBLA games

Following nearly two years of delays and confusion, The Behemoth (Castle Crashers) have confirmed BattleBlock Theater for an April 3rd release date on XBLA. This multiplayer party brawler will set you back 1200 Microsoft Points, and is certainly colourful and personable enough to grab our interest. Here's hoping it's worth the wait.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Will Improve Boss Battles

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, Square Enix, Straight Right, Wii U games

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Will Improve Boss Battles

Wii U Version Gets New Game+, Commentaries & More

After Amazon spilled the beans yesterday, Square Enix have finally confirmed that the Wii U will receive a Director's Cut of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Apparently the port is being handled by Straight Right, who plan to deliver the "ultimate version" of the game on any platform.

And, better yet,  overhaul those awful bosses.

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Massive Square Enix PC Sale Is A 75% Bargain Bonanza

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC games, Square Enix

Massive Square Enix PC Sale Is A 75% Bargain Bonanza

Get Hitman: Absolution For A Fiver

Not to be outdone by Origin, Square have decided to discount pretty much everything on their online store by 75%. Which is great news for everyone, apart from the chump who has to round it all up. Oh.

Never mind, because there are some big savings to be had here. Hitman: Absolution is probably the belle of the bargain ball at less than a fiver, while Sleeping Dogs, Final Fantasy VII, Deus Ex GOTY, Just Cause 2, Quantum Conundrum and dozens of older titles are also on offer. Check out the whole shebang after the break, complete with links and prices.

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Carmageddon: Reincarnation Gets Massive Cash Injection

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bullfrog, Les Edgar, Next-gen, PC games, PS4 games, Stainless Games

Carmageddon: Reincarnation Gets Massive Cash Injection

Accelerates Towards Next-Gen Consoles

Stainless Games secured $625,000 for Carmageddon: Reincarnation during last year's Kickstarter campaign, but Bullfrog founder Les Edgar has now chipped in a whopping $3.5 million nitro injection into the war chest.

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SimCity Update 1.7 Improves Traffic Pathfinding

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, Maxis, PC games, SimCity, Update

SimCity Update 1.7 Improves Traffic Pathfinding

As promised, Maxis have issued a SimCity update that helps to alleviate the woeful traffic congestion. Patch notes below.

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Transistor Is Next Game From Bastion Creators, Looks Utterly Gorgeous

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Action RPG, So beautiful, Supergiant Games, trailer, Transistor

Transistor Is Next Game From Bastion Creators, Looks Utterly Gorgeous

Sci-Fi Action RPG Sounds Gorgeous Too

Supergiant Games have revealed their next game as sci-fi action RPG Transistor. As you'd expect from the creators of Bastion, it's looking really rather special indeed even at this early stage.

Hauntingly beautiful trailer, screens and details after the break.

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Mark Of The Ninja Special Edition DLC To Add New Level & Takedowns

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, Mark of the Ninja, PC games, XBLA

Mark Of The Ninja Special Edition DLC To Add New Level & Takedowns

Mark Of The Ninja was utterly stunning, and it looks like we'll soon have an excuse to revisit Klei's stealthy sidescrolling masterpiece. The 'Special Edition' DLC bolts on a new level, non-lethal takedowns and even a developer commentary. Details below.

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The Elder Scrolls Online Screenshots

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bethesda, MMORPG, PC games, Screenshots, The Elder Scrolls Online, Zenimax Online Studios

The Elder Scrolls Online Screenshots

Zenimax Online Studios have released a clutch of new screens for The Elder Scrolls Online, the MMO set in Bethesda's glorious RPG universe. It's colourful enough, but Matt Firor's team will have to work hard to differentiate TESO from WoW, Guild Wars 2 and competing MMOs. Interestingly, the latest previews seem to indicate that first-person gameplay will be supported.

You can currently sign up for the beta, and read our The Elder Scrolls Online preview while you wait.

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