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Choo choo! Toy train builder Tracks chugging into early access in September

All aboard the nostalgia express! Free toy train set builder Tracks[official site] is getting a proper commercial release later this year, hauling a carriage-load of new features into the Steam Early Access station. Arrival date: September 28th. I‘m buying a ticket early for this one. The free version (which you can get here) is a []

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Quake Champions will bunny hop onto Steam too

I‘m eagerly following the progress of free-to-play shooterQuake Champions [official site]. I spent a good year of my life in the browser-based Quake Live bunny hopping, insta-gibbing and failing to rocket jump over the smallest of obstacles (seriously, I can‘t rocket jump in any game), and had a blast.I haven‘t had the chance to play []

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Titanfall 2 adding two new maps free next week

Titanfall 2 pilots you‘re in luck. The game‘s getting a free update next week (27 June) called The War Games, which adds two maps and a few new features. If that DLC title sounds familiar then that‘s because it‘s named after a map from the original Titanfall, War Games, which will now be available []

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PlayerUnknown‘s Battlegrounds sales pass 4 million

The incredible rise of PlayerUnknown‘s Battlegrounds[official site]continues. The early access Battle Royale ‘em up has surpassed 4 million copies sold, developers Bluehole Studio announced yesterday, which is er a lot. The game hasn‘t even come out yet and it‘s sold more copies than Zelda: Breath of the Wild (that‘s at 3 million, and Link had []

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GTA publishers are leaving OpenIV alone after all

Grand Theft Auto V [official site] developers Rockstar Games appear to have talked parent company Take-Two Interactive out of shutting down OpenIV, a modding tool for GTA IV and V. This is good news. The makers of OpenIV received a cease-and-desist letter from Take-Two earlier this month, prompting outrage from players, but Rockstar have confirmed []

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What are we all playing this weekend?

June is bustin‘ out all over, wrote Rodgers and Hammerstein, and bustin‘ makes me feel good. If summer could hold out just a little longer and last the weekend, ooh that‘d be grand. And if it doesn‘t, hey, we can shelter indoors playing video games. What are you playing this weekend? Here‘s what we‘re clicking []

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Thimbleweed Park gets in-game hint hotline

I‘m constantly getting stuck in Thimbleweed Park [official site], the old-school adventure game from the creators of Maniac Mansion, Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick. I always seem to have an inventory full of loose popcorn, soot, a t-shirt and some dynamite with no clue as to how to combine them in order to getice cream []

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered standalone release coming

Love a duck and stone the crows, Activision are finally going to sell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered [official site] seperately. Because they‘re a gaggle of silly sausages, they originally launched the revamped version of 2007‘s wildly popular Call of Duty 4 only as a bonus included in expensive editions of the wildly unpopular []

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Has Assassin‘s Creed managed to find itself during its gap year?

During the Assassin‘s Creed: Origins [official site] demo I played at E3, I pressed the wrong button and thought I‘d broken the game. I was trying to switch to my bow while sneaking and I accidentally meditated, causing time to fast forward. The sun wheeled around the sky, sank below the horizon, and night fell. []

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Homeworld: Cataclysm re-emerges as Emergence

Homeworld: Cataclysm, the standalone expansion to Relic‘s splendid spacefaring strategy game, has popped up on GOG after years of not being sold anywhere. Though the original Homeworld and its sequel were rereleased and remastered in 2015, playing Cataclysm has been the preserve of pirates and that physical media‘ rabble. No more! Homeworld: Cataclysm can be []

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20,000 Atmospheres is full of buttons to press

I do like games where I control machinery through a (virtual) physical interface, yanking on levers and tapping buttons on a control panel. The upcoming 20,000 Atmospheres [Itch page] adores fiddling too, putting players in the cockpit of a legged submarine-sort-of-thing walking across the surface of a planet with a crushing atmosphere (so a supermarine?). []

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Have You Played Beetle Crazy Cup?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. I was pretty new to games reviewing when cheery RPS Magazine tribute magazine PC Gamer handed me Beetle Crazy Cup to review in 2000. I‘d been at it for less than a year, and had pretty []

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Everything Is Going To Be OK gets early access PWYW

Experimental project Everything Is Going To Be Okay [Gamejolt link] is having an early access-ish period to help developer Nathalie Lawhead (who you may know from her 2015 IGF award-winning project, Tetrageddon Games) finish it off. I hesitate to use the word game because that doesn‘t really encapsulate anything about the project - instead let‘s []

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Farming Simulator 17 off to South America in expansion

The thrills, chills, and slurry spills of Farming Simulator 17 [official site] are off to South America in an expansion this November, publishers Focus Home Interactive have announced. The Platinum‘ expansion will add a new farm set in an unnamed pretty South American country, where sugar cane is a new crop to harvest. Supposedly that []

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Armarama! Bohemia launch Argo, add Malden to Arma 3

Because one launch isn‘t difficult enough, Arma devs Bohemia Interactive are going for one-and-a-half today. The big one is Argo [official site], their free multiplayer FPS spun off from Arma 3 [official site]. The half is an update for Arma 3 adding a new island to play on, the remake of Operation Flashpoint‘s Malden which []

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Daily Death #6: Caveblazers daily no more

The Daily Death is dead. Every day this past week I‘ve been playing the daily challenge in Caveblazers [official site], a roguelike platformer, and videoing it. Now the week is over. [visit site to read more]

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The Flare Path: Heard Through An Open Window

‘She comes down in the middle of the night and finds him on the sofa pleasuring himself with a plastic Ankylosaurus.‘ ‘Nietzsche was your radical Islam I get that but it didn‘t turn you into a mass murderer did it? You may have hated the human race for a year or two but []

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Paradox reverting recent regional price increases

Paradox Interactive, the gang behind games including Crusader Kings and Hearts of Iron, have pledged to undo their recent increases to regional prices across much of the world. While many of the price rises were minor, others were huge. For example, the price of Stellaris in Russia went from 699 to 1199. Paradox had said []

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Best PC gaming deals of the week

Oh, boy, the Steam Summer Sale has started. Alright, look, I know that time is precious and every moment spent reading this roundup of the best deals of the week is time not spent perusing Steam, so I‘ll just cut to the chase and get to the offers. We‘ve got deals that‘ll work in the []

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Beyond Good and Evil 2‘s in-engine demo of space flight

Ubisoft showed off the sweary monkeys and multicultural vistas of Beyond Good and Evil 2 [official site] at last week‘s E3, but the CGI trailer was light on details. It was a big explodey, gorgeous-looking spectacle with no solid information. Now they‘re showing some ‘in-engine‘ footage to the public, which was already seen by a []

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Steam summer sale: our giant recommendations list

The Steam summer sale is in full blaze. For a while it even blazed so hot that the servers went on fire and all the price stickers peeled off the games. At least, I am assuming that‘s what happened. The store probably just got swamped with cheapskates looking for the best bargains. Cheapskates like you! []

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Armarama! Bohemia launch Argo and Arma 3: Jets

Because one launch isn‘t difficult enough, Arma devs Bohemia Interactive are going for two-and-a-half today. The big one is Argo [official site], their free multiplayer FPS spun off from Arma 3 [official site]. The slightly smaller launch is Arma 3‘s Jets expansion, whose contents I‘m sure you can guess. And the half is an update []

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The strange story of the PC‘s not-death

Remember when the PC was dying-going-on-dead? Actually, it‘s still dying with analysts prognosticating a further five per cent slippage in PC shipments this year. And yet the PC gaming hardware industry hit record sales in 2016, busting the 30 billion barrier in the process. Meanwhile, the market for innovative PC technology that‘s at least ostensibly []

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Vive ‘Knuckle‘ controllers promise five-finger gestures

As much as I still have brief giggles with the occasional VR toy, it‘d take something close to a miracle to make me spend more large sums of money on anything goggle-related any time soon. Where once I might have gazed at details about Valve‘s upcoming second generation motion controller for the Vive with covetous []

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