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New Steam Store features tackle discoverability problems

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New Steam Store features tackle discoverability problems

Valve has added new functionality to Steam’s Store homepage in a bid to make it easier for users to find games they are interested in.

According to Valve, the Steam Discovery Update came about due to the huge numbers of games being added to the service: 1300 titles have been added in the last nine months.

At the heart of the update is the Steam Discovery Queue – a new way of exploring the most popular new releases that you haven’t yet seen. You can browse through suggested games and choose to follow a game, add it to your Wishlist, purchase it, or indicate that you are not interested. The Queue is automatically refreshed each day with new, best-selling releases.

"The Queue is really more about making sure you can see the popular things that you haven't seen before," Valve’s Alden Kroll told Kotaku. "You can use it as a way of browsing through everything in Steam if you really want to make sure you haven't missed anything."

Steam Search has been updated with extremely detailed filters, including search by tag, description keyword, genre, features, or theme. "Now you can search for that Co-Op Dungeon Crawler with Steam Trading Cards you’ve been looking for," said Valve.

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Build a criminal empire in Triad Wars

Build a criminal empire in Triad Wars

As promised, United Front Games has drawn back the curtain on Triad Wars, and revealed an open world action strategy game.

Triad Wars is a PC exclusive in which players will build their own criminal empire in the Hong Kong underworld.

The game is built on technology and assets developed by United Front Games for Triad Wars' sister title, Sleeping Dogs. Triad Wars will include its open world, driving, martial arts, and shooting mechanics.

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Insomniac has "no plans" for a PC edition of Sunset Overdrive

Insomniac has "no plans" for a PC edition of Sunset Overdrive

Insomniac Games has no plans to bring Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive to PC, but the studio hasn't ruled out the possibility.

Former Xbox One exclusive Ryse: Son of Rome will be available on PC this spring, and former Xbox One exclusive Dead Rising 3 is available now on PC.

When asked by Videogamer whether Sunset Overdrive might also become available on PC within the year, Insomniac's James Stevenson said he didn't know what the future holds.

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9/11 mayor Rudy Giuliani drafted by Activision to fight ex-dictator Noriega

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9/11 mayor Rudy Giuliani drafted by Activision to fight ex-dictator Noriega

Activision has solicited lawyer and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani to defend it from a lawsuit by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega.

Noriega is suing Activision for using his name and likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Noriega features in the Suffer With Me level of Black Ops 2. In it, Alex Mason and Frank Woods track and capture the dictator in outer Panama City.

Activision seeks to have the case dismissed. Giuliani called Noriega's case "absurd", and asserted that Activision had the right to use his likeness.

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Ubisoft talks changes coming in Watch Dogs 2

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Ubisoft talks changes coming in Watch Dogs 2

Just four months after the release of Watch Dogs, publisher Ubisoft has discussed some of the changes it will make in the sequel.

Speaking with CVG, Ubisoft Montreal's vice president of creative Lionel Raynaud compared Watch Dogs' debut with that of the original Assassin's Creed.

"The reception has actually been pretty close to Assassin's Creed," said Raynaud. "With the first one we didn't have such a good reception, and it was fair.

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New-gen, PC GTA V has a new first-person mode - report

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New-gen, PC GTA V has a new first-person mode - report

Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC will include a new first-person mode, according to a post on the website of Rockstar, the game's developer.

The post has since been scrubbed from the Internet, but not before industrious Redditors took some screengrabs.

Among the changes the post outlined was a new first-person mode when driving that includes vehicle interiors, and a new first-person mode while on foot.

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AC Unity's Season Pass includes a standalone 2.5D game set in China

AC Unity's Season Pass includes a standalone 2.5D game set in China

Assassin's Creed Unity's Season Pass includes two completely new adventures: an epilogue to the Unity campaign, and a standalone 2.5D title.

The latter is called Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, and it will deliver a new story, setting, and gameplay type.

Developed by Climax Studios (Silent Hill: Origins, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories), ACC:C takes place in the 16th century, when the last remaining Assassin of the Chinese Brotherhood has returned to her homeland to avenge her fallen allies.

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Monday Briefing – New releases, farming loot in Destiny, and much more

Monday Briefing – New releases, farming loot in Destiny, and much more

◆ Curve (The Swapper, Thomas Was Alone, and Lone Survivor) is teaming up with Funktronic Labs to develop Nova-111, “a sci-fi themed adventure game that cleverly combines turn-based gameplay with real-time action, forcing players to utilise both real time decisions and turn-based strategy to fight enemies and solve puzzles”. It’s a Cross-Buy title coming to PlayStation Store in early 2015.

◆ Need for Speed Rivals Complete Edition will be available digitally on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC in Australia on October 23 and New Zealand on October 24. The Complete Edition includes the base game and all six pieces of released DLC, price TBA.

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Mojang's Scrolls will be much cheaper on tablets

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Mojang's Scrolls will be much cheaper on tablets

Mojang's Scrolls will cost significantly less on tablets and phones than it currently does on PC and Mac.

The collectible card game from the studio behind Minecraft currently costs US$21, but Mojang recognises that it won't be able to charge that much on portable devices. When the game is released on iOS and Android, it will cost US$5.

"We’ve realised that our current price point is not feasible for flatter, more touchy, machines," said Mojang.

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Spending $50 million on Darksiders 2 was "ridiculous", says IP's new owner

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Spending $50 million on Darksiders 2 was "ridiculous", says IP's new owner

The new owner of the Darksiders intellectual property says he has no intention to spend as much as THQ did on on Darksiders 2.

Nordic Games boss Lars Wingefors said that his company could make the same game for less money.

"Darksiders is a top product," Wingefors told MCV. "THQ spent $50 million making Darksiders 2. We can produce a product of the same quality but for a lower cost."

Tuesday 23 September


Build a criminal empire in Triad Wars
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Build a criminal empire in Triad Wars
An open world action strategy game.
Triad Wars - Welcome to the Triad trailer
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Triad Wars - Welcome to the Triad trailer
From the makers of Sleeping Dogs.
Insomniac has "no plans" for a PC edition of Sunset Overdrive
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Insomniac has "no plans" for a PC edition of Sunset Overdrive
Ryse and Dead Rising 3 not precedents.
New Steam Store features tackle discoverability problems
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New Steam Store features tackle discoverability problems
Upgraded search, recommendations, more.
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Ubisoft talks changes coming in Watch Dogs 2
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Ubisoft talks changes coming in Watch Dogs 2
Compares trajectory to Assassin's Creed.
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New-gen, PC GTA V has a new first-person mode - report
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New-gen, PC GTA V has a new first-person mode - report
Page goes up, page goes down.
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Assassin’s Creed Unity – Season Pass trailer
Trailer
Assassin’s Creed Unity – Season Pass trailer
Extra content detailed.

Monday 22 September


Monday Briefing – New releases, farming loot in Destiny, and much more
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Monday Briefing – New releases, farming loot in Destiny, and much more
Your weekly dose of bite-sized news.
Costume Quest 2 gameplay trailer
Trailer
Costume Quest 2 gameplay trailer
Cute RPG coming next month.
Battleborn – Cooperative Campaign Gameplay Walkthrough video
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Battleborn – Cooperative Campaign Gameplay Walkthrough video
18 minutes of gameplay.
Mojang's Scrolls will be much cheaper on tablets
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Mojang's Scrolls will be much cheaper on tablets
Existing users to be compensated.
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Age of Wonders III: Golden Realms gameplay trailer
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Age of Wonders III: Golden Realms gameplay trailer
18 mins of expansion gameplay.
Spending $50 million on Darksiders 2 was "ridiculous", says IP's new owner
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Spending $50 million on Darksiders 2 was "ridiculous", says IP's new owner
We could do the same for less - Nordic.
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The Order: 1886 Tools of The Trade BTS trailer
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The Order: 1886 Tools of The Trade BTS trailer
A weapon and combat-centric trailer.
Frozen Synapse Prime – Multiplayer Tutorial trailer
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Frozen Synapse Prime – Multiplayer Tutorial trailer
Modes and tactics detailed.
Scalebound not as hardcore as other Platinum Games titles
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Scalebound not as hardcore as other Platinum Games titles
Wider audience targetted.
Sony's VR project is 85 percent complete
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Sony's VR project is 85 percent complete
No release window mentioned.
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Killer Instinct – Season Two Maya trailer
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Killer Instinct – Season Two Maya trailer
Killer Instinct 2 character returns.
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Endless Legend launch trailer
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Endless Legend launch trailer
A 4X fantasy strategy title for PC and Mac.
World of Warships – Class-by-Class dev diary
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World of Warships – Class-by-Class dev diary
A deep dive on ship types.
Sleeping Dogs spin-off Triad Wars to be unveiled tomorrow
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Sleeping Dogs spin-off Triad Wars to be unveiled tomorrow
PC, online, free-to-play.
Wasteland 2 launch trailer
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Wasteland 2 launch trailer
The long wait is over.
Super Exploding Zoo – Gamescom trailer
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Super Exploding Zoo – Gamescom trailer
A meat apocalypse.
Kickstarter creators now required to complete projects
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Kickstarter now requires creators to complete projects
Or face possible legal action.
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Oculus unveils new Rift prototype, app store, and more
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Oculus unveils new Rift prototype, app store, and more
Claims massive improvements over Crystal Cove.
Cannon Brawl launch trailer
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Cannon Brawl launch trailer
A bonkers 2D action-RTS for PC.