Heroes Of The Storm Open Beta, Launch & The Tychus Ruckus

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Last week saw Blizzard’s take on a team brawler go from their rather lengthy Closed Beta phase into an incredibly short Open Beta just a couple of weeks before its impending full launch on June 2. No more hoping for key-codes arriving in your inbox, if you have a Battle.net account you can download Heroes of the Storm right now.

Even though launch is tantalizingly close the Open Beta is not the final release client, Blizz say they’re monitoring the game closely in this short open phase to ensure that the game is in great shape and players are having a great time before it gets the official stamp of approval. Queues are the only potential thing to fun-spoil your time in the Nexus, but no doubt Blizzard have planned for that eventuality in parallel preparation for June.

Also as part of the s...

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Endless Space Competition

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Do you like space? Of course you do, space is awesome. It has all those stars and planets and unknown stuff in it. But what if there were an endless amount of it that could be yours? No, I’m not talking about Elite: Dangerous (sorry!), though that does have an awful lot of space in it, I’m talking about Endless Space.

Made by Amplitude Studios, the studio that created Dungeon of the Endless and the critically acclaimed Endless Legend, their other title set in the same universe is Endless Space, a turn-based 4X strategy game. It covers the space colonization age in their Endless universe, where you can control every aspect of your civilization whilst striving for galactic dominion.

We’ve decided to give away a copy of Endless Space Gold, which includes:

  • Endless Space® – Emperor Edition
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To anyone playing H1Z1 it should be pretty apparent that it has systemic cheating problem. Wallhacks, speedhackers, aimbots, you name it, its running around the game; the zombies are the secondary, less worrisome and less persistent threat.

This proliferation of players using various cheats and hacks has presented a major problem for the newly independent Daybreak Studios (formerly Sony Online Entertainment), with their DayZ-esque zombie survival title still in Early Access and with currently a very mixed reception, the company needed to start taking drastic action to make the game a more tolerable place to play. They’ve been slowly closing the most obvious security flaws and had already been issuing bans, this week they decided to kick things up a notch.

Enter the ever vocal Head of Daybr...

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WildStar: Going The Way Of City Of Heroes?

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In a world where people are now more wary of MMO type games, we’ve gone past market saturation point into a space where you have to make smart choices fast to make sure that your title survives. Back in January WildStar was in a phase of reflection, despite receiving praise at the end of 2014 for their efforts, there were several areas identified that needed significant improvement if they were going to move forwards.

The game unfortunately suffered the most from a heavily grind-dependant structure, which isn’t unheard of in MMOs but it challenged even the most hardened fan with how mindlessly repetitive it could be...

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Yooka-Laylee: Rare-surrection Of The 3D Platformer

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If you hanker for the days of old (1998) when you used to be able to play as a bear and bird platforming duo vaguely named after musical instruments then you are not alone and may be in for a pleasant surprise. Banjo-Kazooie was easily one of the best games available for the Nintendo 64, spawning a series that endured right through to 2008 with the last release being Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. Fans loved them, critics loved them, but for some reason they never made a return to our consoles.

Under the Microsoft umbrella Rare have been languishing in the mostly ignored realm of Kinect games, releasing Kinect Sports (two seasons), Kinect Sports Rivals and a contribution towards the first season of the Killer Instinct remake for Xbox One. Gone are the cute and engaging Conker and Viva Piñata...

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Review: Toren

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Very rarely do you find a coming of age story intertwined with heavy themes of occultism and mysticism, however this game is exactly that. Made by Brazilian indie developer Swordtales and published by Versus Evil, Toren is a 3rd person dark fanstasy adventure game that focuses on the story of Moonchild, a young girl born in the confines of a vast tower and destined to scale its heights to unravel its secrets.

The roots of Toren, according to its developer, are firmly planted in Brazilian folklore however there are elements of other mythologies and esoteric traditions running though the game. The story features an angry sun deity and an imprisoned moon deity, figures typical of many South American pantheons...

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Copies Sold Early, Leaks Everywhere

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Poor CD Projekt Red, they just can’t seem to catch a break. After the vast majority of the major plot points and endings of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt were leaked last year after the developers had their files hacked from the Google Drive of an employee, now they’re facing a whole new leak. It seems that some retailers in the United Arab Emirates had started selling the game more than a week ahead of its official May 19 release date and a number of gamers have capitalised on that.

There are reports that there are a number of PS4 and Xbox One copies being streamed via Twitch, promptly being shut down by the service as quickly as they can manage, though not before obtaining a few thousand viewers at a time...

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Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate – Announcement Tomorrow

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(12/05/15 Edit: Check out the announcement video at the end of this post for more details)

You remember when we found out about the next Assassin’s Creed being in Victorian London, right? Well it turns out that Ubisoft are finally ready to make a proper announcement about it.

Rumours have been circulating that what was once thought to be called Assassin’s Creed: Victory, has now change its name. It seems Victory was only a codename, with marketing materials arriving with various media outlets (and after the inevitable insider sources chatting to Kotaku) it’s understood that the English-flavoured instalment of AC series is called Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate.

In Syndicate you will take on the role of an assassin named Jacob Frye, the marketing pack explains that the game will “transport mill...

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Tony Hawk Games Return With Pro Skater 5

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Skateboarding is clearly becoming popular once more. Beyond the Hipsters of Shoreditch and Hoxton carrying around their boards only using them as accessories, there’s real movement in the likes of Roll7‘s BAFTA award-winning OlliOlli and OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. The last new Pro Skater game we had was number four back in 2002/2003, yes there have been other Tony Hawk games since, with the likes of Underground and American Wasteland taking a lot of direction from their popular predecessor.

Unfortunately whatever was trying to be achieved with the revamp in the brand and then subsequently the change of developer didn’t pay off. Overall opinion of Tony Hawk branded games has slowly been plummeting, the most recent offering in the form of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, a HD remake of the or...

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Elite: Dangerous – Community Unravelling The Unknown Artefact Mystery

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After a recent Q&A session linked to the announcement of their impending 1.3 Powerplay update on the Frontier forums, with questions being fielded by Elite creator David Braben, Commanders were left with a lot more questions and the beginnings of a needle-in-a-haystack search on their hands. All prompted by someone asking what might seem a relatively innocuous question, trying to establish whether there were any non-celestial objects out there in deep space waiting to be discovered. Braben replied with the following: “There already are… ;-)”

Clearly the Commander that had asked the original question thought that it had been misunderstood, or that Braben was merely referring to the discovery some months ago of the Voyager probe, found roughly in the part of space that you’d expect if you pl...

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