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Latest trailer for COD: Advanced Warfare details Exo Zombies

The latest trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is out, showing off the latest DLC pack which features Exo Zombies. The first part of the new DLC is called Havoc, which sees some pretty great voice talent stepping up to the plate.

 

 

We have John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan and Jon Bernthal in the latest DLC. The Havoc DLC will go live on January 27 for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, with the new DLC sporting four new multiplayer maps, the AE4 assault rifle, and Widowmaker custom variant. You can grab Havoc for $15 separately, but season pass owners will receive it for free.

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Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies, underwear not counted

SEGA and Creative Assembly have announced that Alien: Isolation is a success, selling over one million copies across the world. This might not keep up with the insane sales of the latest Call of Duty or Battlefield, but for a game like this, it's big news.

 

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Horror games generally don't sell anywhere near as well as established franchises, especially first-person shooters like Call of Duty. But, Alien: Isolation has been received very well both with critics, and gamers. Let's hope we see the two team up for another outing in the Alien universe, cranking up the scares once again. Maybe with the launch of the Oculus Rift?

DirectX 12 will deliver up to 50% more performance in CPU-bound games

During its Windows 10 event, Microsoft teased so much that we've had to cover it in multiple stories, but one of the more PC centric talks was about DirectX 12.

 

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DirectX 12 will ship with Windows 10 later this year, and will provide developers with more power and control over their games, which will provide them with the ability to give gamers more complex, and better performing games. Microsoft's Phil Spencer teased that DX12 will reduce the power consumption of DX11 by 50%, which will allow many more mid-range mobile devices to run "high-end" mobile games.

 

Spencer also announced that Unity has adopted DirectX 12, which is big news in itself. This will allow games like Fable Legends to use DX12 to work between Windows 10 and Xbox One owners, and even cross-platform play, which is super exciting.

Elder Scrolls Online scraps subscription for PC, Xbox One, PS4

The Elder Scrolls Online video game from Bethesda will be released for the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One on June 9. Bethesda also announced the game won't require a monthly subscription to play, so PS4, Xbox One, and PC gamers will be able to save a few bucks per month.

 

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The PC version of the game will be released on March 17, with current players migrated to The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.

 

However, those interested in ESO Plus will still have access to "exclusive in-game bonuses, a monthly allotment of Crows to use in the store and access to all DLC game packs while a member."

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Xbox games will stream, and be controlled, with any Windows 10 device

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will allow users to stream any Xbox One game onto any Windows 10 PC or tablet, and play it from there.

 

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The demo included the presenter playing Forza on the Surface, Microsoft's tablet, but the game was actually running on an Xbox console. This will allow the power of the console's graphics on small devices that would not be able to play the games.

Professional gaming group caught rigging $10,000 Counter-Strike match

eSports are on the rise worldwide, and competitive leagues are beginning to see problems that plagued traditional sports in the past. A recent Counter Strike: Global Offensive match organized by the CEVO gaming league was rigged, with the losing team placing over $10,000 dollars in bets that paid off if they lost.

 

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The fixed match was apparent as it unfolded, members of the iBuyPower team were laughing as they were blown up by the other team and went for knife kills in an unusual fashion. The team chalked the loss up to jet lag and being unfamiliar with the map, but two pro members on the team spilled the beans on the match fixing.

 

Gambling on the matches is quite popular, and the betting site CS:GO Lounge did some digging to see if they could ferret out evidence of the thrown match. They confirmed that all nine accounts, which each placed the maximum bet, were all from a single user, or people on his Steam friends list. Every one of the bets won $1,200, for a total of $10,800.

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Battlefield Hardline will reach the Xbox One first thanks to EA Access

Xbox One owners will get a four-day head start on Battlefield Hardline thanks to the preview program EA access offers, which should have owners of Microsoft's now current-gen console very happy.

 

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The previews themselves are limited to just six hours of gameplay over the four days, but any of the save games and other files generated over that time will transfer over to the full release on March 17. The preview is free, but EA Access costs $5 per month, or $30 for the year.

 

Battlefield Hardline will launch on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC on March 17. But before the full launch, we are to expect another open beta, which there are no specific dates for just yet.

Too many Steam games? Spiral into depression with this time calculator

Remember the pang of regret and depression you felt deep in your chest when typing /played into your pre-Burning Crusade World of Warcraft account? Experience this wonderful feeling yet again when you see how long it would take you to complete every game in your Steam library from start to finish.

 

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SteamLeft will tell you exactly how long it's going to take to finish every game that you currently own, letting you know that continuous Seam sale binging probably wasn't the best idea - but who cares, right?

 

We've seen a few users hit the 1,000 hour mark - please submit yours below and let us know how many hours you need to slog it out for.

Robotoki shuts its doors, leaves Human Element on 'hiatus'

Robert Bowling, who used to be the Creative Strategist with Infinity Ward, has confirmed with Polygon that he has shut down his new game studio Robotoki. This has left their game in development, Human Element, on hiatus.

 

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Bowling said in an e-mail to Polygon: "This week we have ceased operations at Robotoki and the development of Human Element is on hiatus. We were actively negotiating a new publishing deal for the premium version of Human Element but unfortunately I was unable to continue to self-fund development until a deal was finalized".

 

It's quite unfortunate, as South Korea-based Nexon made a 'strategic investment' into Robotoki in 2013, and many people were looking forward to seeing what Robotoki were going to do with Human Element.

Upcoming patch for Dragon Age: Inquisition should fix heaps of bugs

BioWare has taken to a new blog post, stating that the third patch for the PC version of Dragon Age: Inquisition is nearly ready, and that it is "close" to release. Mark Darrah, an Executive Producer with BioWare spread the news on Twitter over the weekend.

 

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The upcoming patch will fix up some of the issues with the multiplayer problems, balance issues, and adds fan-requested features like key binding that will allow walking on PC, armor upgrade menus and a new push-to-talk option in the multiplayer end-of-match summary. BioWare wrote on its blog post: "Based on feedback from our players, we tweaked the banter system to be less random in order to prevent extra-long periods of silence".

 

The studio continued: "We fixed quest blockers in the personal quests of Dorian and Sera as well as a spawning issue in Solas's personal quest (I won't elaborate to avoid light spoilers). [...] We continue to listen to feedback from our players, and we thank everyone for working with us to create an even better Dragon Age experience".

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