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Watch Hanzo wrap things up with a bow in ten minutes of unedited Overwatch gameplay

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Jonathan Lester
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Watch Hanzo wrap things up with a bow in ten minutes of unedited Overwatch gameplay

Overwatch's design document probably begins and ends with "Team Fortress 2 meets Overstrike 9" but Blizzard are really bringing a huge amount of unique flair to their in-development team shooter. This new video highlights the bowmaster Hanzo, who uses his signature weapon to devastating long-range effect. It's also another great opportunity to watch ten minutes of unedited footage.

Yesterday's video features the gunslinger McCree.

Overwatch will enter beta this Autumn and will be free-to-play. Check out our Overwatch preview and let us know what you think!

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New Overwatch gameplay shows off gunslinger McCree

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Blizzard, F2P, Overwatch, PC games

New Overwatch gameplay shows off gunslinger McCree

Overwatch, Blizzard's answer to Team Fortress 2, is looking better every time we see it. This new video shows us ten minutes of gameplay footage from the eyes of gunslinger McCree, who channels every Spaghetti Western you've ever seen as he fans the hammer and guns down his opponents.

Like what you see? Sign up to the beta.

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European Hearthstone players get two free card packs

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Jonathan Lester
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Android Games, Blizzard, CCG, Freebies, Hearthstone, iOS games, PC games

European Hearthstone players get two free card packs

By way of apology for connection problems last week, Blizzard are giving all European Hearthstone players some free cards. You'll get two classic Hearthstone packs in the "open cards" section of the game within 24 hours.

"We know access to Hearthstone in Europe was spotty last week," Blizzard acknowledged on Battle.net. "Sorry about that, and we really appreciate your patience as we worked to get the tavern back into shape."

Note that accounts must have been created prior to May 3, 2015.

Heroes Of The Storm London launch party: you're invited

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Jonathan Lester
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Heroes Of The Storm London launch party: you're invited

Heroes Of The Storm will release on June 2nd, heralding the official launch of Blizzard's long-awaited MOBA.

As per usual there'll be lavish launch events around the globe, including London, which you'll be able to freely attend for special guests, contests, prizes, developer interviews and cosplay.

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Get World Of Warcraft, all expansions & 30 days subscription for £9.99 at Battle.net

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Blizzard, MMORPG, PC games

Get World Of Warcraft, all expansions & 30 days subscription for £9.99 at Battle.net

WoW, all of it | Battle.net | £9.99

This isn't so much a deal as a new night-and-weekend job that you'll pay monthly for, but there's no denying that World Of Warcraft is still very much the Daddy in the MMORPG space. With the latest expansion looming, Blizzard have bundled the base game, 30 days of subscription and every single previous expansion (including Mists Of Pandaria) into a single £10 purchase.

Even I'm not sure I can resist this. Oh gawd. Thanks to rudy691 @ HUKD!

Can Destiny Be Fixed, And WTF Is Up With Spacebase? - Game Buzz #90

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Matt Gardner
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Can Destiny Be Fixed, And WTF Is Up With Spacebase? - Game Buzz #90

Our Game Buzz podcast this week sees us lament the death of the loot cave and argue that nerfing it solves the symptom rather than one of Destiny's biggest problems, we take a look at the omnishambles that has been Spacebase DF-9, and also deal with the news that Project Titan has, after seven years mired in development hell, finally been axed by Blizzard.

Game Buzz | Episode 90 - Can Destiny Be Fixed, And WTF Is Up With Spacebase? Recorded 26th September, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls only £15.95 at CDKeys (with Facebook voucher code)

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Jonathan Lester
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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls only £15.95 at CDKeys (with Facebook voucher code)

Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls | CDKeys | £15.95 (when you like them on Facebook)
Review | Here's their Facebook page

Diablo III was broken, but Blizzard have fixed it. Not only have the recent patches made grinding fun and rewarding, but Reaper Of Souls adds some great meaningful content (including the best act in the game and brilliant new class), alongside a new way to experience the game in Adventure Mode. Some of you have already abandoned Diablo III and frankly I can't blame you... but it's worth a second look to check out the free updates - then pay a competitive £15.95 for the expansion if you like it.

Remember to use the voucher code from liking their Facebook page! You can unlike and re-like them if necessary. Thanks to Trogador at HUKD for this burninating deal!

Reaper Of Souls Is Good & Pricey... But Diablo III's Free Updates Are Worth Reinstalling For

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Action RPG, Blizzard, PC, PC games

Reaper Of Souls Is Good & Pricey... But Diablo III's Free Updates Are Worth Reinstalling For

I reinstalled Diablo III the other day... and I'd suggest you do the same if you have the time.

It's my job, of course. Blizzard pinged us a code for the long-anticipated expansion, Reaper Of Souls, which launched last night with nary an Error 37 in sight. Offering a new class (the brilliantly cathartic Crusader), a new act with Blizzard's first attempt at procedural urban environments, some great new bosses and a massive adventure mode for item hunters, the new content is matched my a seriously hefty price tag. Naturally I reinstalled Diablo III well ahead of time to make sure that I could take several classes straight into Westmarch to test their tasty new level 70 skills - and our full review will be ready soon. Spoiler alert: it's pretty decent.

However, the last time I mentioned Reaper Of Souls on-site, readers suggested that we took another look at Blizzard's controversial dungeon crawler due to some utterly enormous patches. Update 2.0 revamped Diablo III in numerous key areas earlier this month, rebuilding its progression, loot, difficulty settings and the core gameplay experience in fundamental ways. Some early critics even appear to be giving Reaper Of Souls credit for things that are actually included as totally free updates.

The net result being that Diablo III is now a vastly superior game even if you don't spend a single extra penny. And definitely worth another look.

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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls scythed down to £22.99 on GMG

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Jonathan Lester
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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls scythed down to £22.99 on GMG

Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls pre-order| GMG | £22.99 (save £2 vs Gamestop)

Diablo III's first major expansion is now exactly a month from release, adding a new campaign and introducing a terrifying new enemy in the form of fallen angel Malthael. Unlike the fairly useless Tyrael (who transformed from an epic sword-wielding legend into a... bald guy), the Angel Of Death is at the height of his powers, and leads a horrific crusade to steal the Black Soulstone for himself. With new enemies, classes and environments to get to grips with, there should be a decent slab of game here, and Green Man Gaming are making with the savings. Note that you'll need the base game to play - and that the auction houses are set to close in a matter of weeks.

Thanks to ivandias @ HUKD!

Hearthstone open beta goes live, say goodbye to your productivity

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Blizzard, CCG, PC, PC games

Hearthstone open beta goes live, say goodbye to your productivity

After a lengthy closed beta and a month's delay, Blizzard have opened the floodgates for everyone to test out Hearthstone: their staggeringly addictive Warcraft CCG. It's already shaping up to be a compelling thief of time, which you can now download from your Battle.net account. Blizzard confirms that there won't be any more card wipes, so you can start amassing your collection without fear (though expect occasional nerfs, tweaks and potentially some technical hiccups as the entire internet descends upon their servers).

Perhaps in an unrelated note, productivity has been forecast to slump across the EU. Seriously, don't download it if you've got anything important planned over the next week or so. Perhaps Carl's Hearthstone video preview might be a better place to start if you're not currently sold on the idea?

Diablo III Only £18.00 On PC At Amazon & Tesco

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Jonathan Lester
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Diablo III Only £18.00 On PC At Amazon & Tesco

Diablo III | Amazon & Tesco | £18.00 (save c. £8)
PC price comparison | Diablo III Review

Diablo III was never going to please everyone, seeing as it was in development for so long, and it definitely didn't. Though not as expansive as its predecessor (or Torchlight II), it's still an enjoyable dungeon crawler with a versatile skill system. Shame about the always-on DRM, mind. If you don't want to buy it on consoles and plan to pick up the incoming expansion pack, this is the cheapest deal around and a considerable saving. Thanks to the always-epic Jas10 @ HUKD!

Blizzard Reveals New Beasties In Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Bestiary

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Jonathan Lester
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Blizzard Reveals New Beasties In Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Bestiary

Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls is set to throw us into battle against the fallen angel Malthael and his horrific twisted army, which contains all manner of disturbing mobs. You can mug up on them thanks to a new Battle.net blog post, which acts as a bestiary of sorts, containing both pictures and handy descriptions of the Death Maidens, Ghastly Seraphs, War Beasts and more.

Rather than perpetrating another horrendously-formatted copypasta job, I'll instead point you at the relevant link again. Reaper Of Souls is due next year on PC and PS4.

Blizzard Releases Classic Platformer Blackthorne For Free

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Jonathan Lester
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Blizzard Releases Classic Platformer Blackthorne For Free

Free stuff alert! Blizzard has released a totally free version of Blackthorne, their ancient SNES platformer, which you can download and play via your Battle.net account. Specifically at the very bottom of the Game Client Downloads section.

It seems to be a no-nonsense, warts-and-all port job beyond a little optimisation - meaning that it's still a shotgun-toting, rock-hard laugh.

Diablo III Auction Houses Closing Next Year

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Jonathan Lester
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"It Ultimately Undermines Diablo's Core Gameplay"

In drastic Diablo III news, Blizzard has decided to switch off both the gold and Real Money Auction Houses. In less drastic news, it's happening next March.

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Diablo III Won't Get Offline Play On PC

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Jonathan Lester
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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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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Gets Gameplay Teaser

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Jonathan Lester
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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Gets Gameplay Teaser

"The Reaping Has Begun"

Blizzard officially announced Diablo III's first major expansion pack yesterday, the grimly-titled Reaper Of Souls. Though we already brought you all the juicy details and entire opening cinematic, we now have a teaser trailer showing off some actual gameplay in very fast cuts. You'll get a look at the new Crusader class (who functions like a more aggressive version of Diablo II's Paladin) and the urban setting of Westmarch.

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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Expansion Announced & Trailered

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Jonathan Lester
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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Expansion Announced & Trailered

Crusader Class, New Environment & Endgame Content

Diablo III will indeed be getting a new expansion pack entitled Reaper Of Souls, following some expert teasing last week. As we suspected, the Angel Of Death will be our adversary this time around, throwing players into a battle against the End Of Days. At least we'll have a new class, artisan, loot drop system and more on our side.

We've got all the details and the entire opening cinematic below.

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GAME Holding Diablo III PS3 Lock-Ins Next Week, Win A Trip To BlizzCon

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Jonathan Lester
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GAME Holding Diablo III PS3 Lock-Ins Next Week, Win A Trip To BlizzCon

GAME will be holding eighteen after hours lock-ins to let eager demon hunters try out Diablo III's upcoming PS3 version. So long as you register a place by swinging by a participating store or picking up the phone, you'll be able to play it in co-op - and refreshments are provided.

Better yet, one attendee will win a trip to BlizzCon this November.

We've got the list of dates and particiating locations below. Diablo III releases on PS3 and Xbox 360 on September 3rd.

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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Teaser Site Opens

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Jonathan Lester
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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Teaser Site Opens

Expansion Reveal Imminent?

Blizzard has deployed a teaser site for something called Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls just in time for Gamescom, which currently only displays a mysterious quote from the Book Of Tyrael. Since Blizzard have already confirmed that we should expect some Diablo-related news at next week's convention, the smart money is on the first expansion pack getting a full reveal.

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Blizzard Details Incoming World Of Warcraft Class Changes

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Jonathan Lester
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Blizzard, MMORPG, Patch, PC games, Update, World of Warcraft

Blizzard Details Incoming World Of Warcraft Class Changes

If you're not a World Of Warcraft player, there's nothing for you here. Seriously.

If you are, however, you may be interested to know that Blizzard lead systems designer Greg Street has detailed a sweeping glut of class balance changes headed to the evergreen MMORPG in patch 5.4.

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