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Dishonored 2's Emily "completely different" to Corvo

Dishonored 2's Emily "completely different" to Corvo

Dishonored 2's Emily Kaldwin presents a "completely different" experience to the first game's protagonist, says co-director Harvey Smith.

In the first Dishonored, Emily was a child, the daughter of assassinated empress Jessamine Kaldwin, but fifteen years later, she's an "empress outlaw on the run".

The sequel will see players controlling Emily for the first half hour, then making a choice between Emily and Corvo for the rest of their playthrough.

While Corvo's powers are approximately the same as in the first game, Emily "fights with a little more finesse than Corvo does,' sporting an array of new supernatural abilities, including Far Reach, Shadow Walk, and Mesmerise.

The tentacle grappling-hook Far Reach ability replaces Corvo's Blink teleportation, but "you can stick to walls, you can yank somebody toward you and assassinate them in mid-air [...] It begins to feel different, and it adds momentum. You can run and jump and it has rope physics to it."

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Vegas seeks to swap slots for video games

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Vegas seeks to swap slots for video games

Key Nevada gambling establishments are looking to replace slot machines with video games.

The goal is to attract younger audiences, who see slot machines as antiquated and boring, and make them waste their money in casinos instead of on freemium games.

Bally Technologies, the world's oldest manufacturer of slot machines, purchased Israeli Facebook and mobile developer Dragonplay for $100 million last month.

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The Witcher 3 patch 1.07 brings major gameplay changes

The Witcher 3 patch 1.07 brings major gameplay changes

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's latest patch brings about numerous significant and welcome gameplay tweaks.

Among the changes in the v1.07 patch, which will come instead of developer CD Projekt Red's usual weekly free DLC, are:

A new, alternative (optional) movement response mode for Geralt
A player stash for storing items, available in various locations throughout the game. Stash locations are marked on the player’s map.
Crafting and alchemy components no longer add to the overall inventory weight
Books are now placed in a dedicated tab in the Inventory and books that have already been read are properly greyed out
Multiple sorting options are now available in the Inventory
Alchemy formulas and crafting diagrams can be “pinned”, meaning all components and ingredients required to make them will be conveniently marked in the Shop panel
Dozens of fixes for quest related issues, both major and minor
A few performance enhancements, including the optimization of FX, scenes and general gamepla-
Various improvements to horse behavior
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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter hits PS4 next week

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter hits PS4 next week

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is set to hit PS4 next week on July 15th.

The PS4 version has been remade in Unreal Engine 4, and heralds a similarly rebuilt PC version of the game to come in "a few weeks".

Adrian Chmielarz, the game's creator, told Eurogamer the PS4 version is "close to what's on PC but it just plays better".

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Former Valve economist now former Greek finance minister

Former Valve economist now former Greek finance minister

Valve's former economist Yanis Varoufakis has left his post as Greek finance minister amidst continued financial worries.

Hours after Greece voted to reject further economic austerity measures, it seems Varoufakis was quietly shown the door by a government more fond of its creditors than he was.

"I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted 'partners', for my..."absence" from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful," he wrote in a blog post. "For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today."

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New PS4 hardware revision cheaper, more efficient

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New PS4 hardware revision cheaper, more efficient

Sony has updated its PS4 hardware with a new version that is cheaper to produce, quieter, and more energy-efficient.

Available only in Japan for the time being, the revision, labelled CUH-1200, sports numerous motherboard changes but no alterations to the chassis design.

The console's 8GB of RAM are now provided by eight modules instead of sixteen; circuit board chip placement has been optimised; and a new, lighter power supply has been added.

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Destiny's Ghost was almost a comic relief character

Destiny's Ghost was almost a comic relief character

Comedian David Cross says Bungie toyed with the idea of making Destiny’s Ghost more of a comic relief character.

Speaking with IGN, Cross said he and fellow comedian Brian Posehn were flown to Bungie headquarters to punch-up the script for the flying AI, which was voiced by actor Peter Dinklage.

"Brian Posehn and I got asked and jumped at the chance," he said. “We were both very excited about it.”

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Here are a ton of Star Wars: Battlefront PC screens

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Here are a ton of Star Wars: Battlefront PC screens

AllGamesBeta has uploaded 51 screenshots from the Star Wars: Battlefront PC alpha.

The first set were taken during the game’s co-op survival mode on Tatooine, while the second set are from a competitive multiplayer session on Hoth.

All screens were taken with PC settings on Ultra, and are available to view on AllGamesBeta at a resolution of 4K: Hoth, Tatooine.

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Extremely rare Nintendo PlayStation pops up online

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Extremely rare Nintendo PlayStation pops up online

An extremely rare Nintendo PlayStation prototype (also known as a SNES-CD) has been found in an attic in America.

As reported by Polygon, Dan Diebold found the console – one of only about 200 made – a couple of years ago, but has only now managed to get photos of it online.

The console came into the possession of Dan's father Terry when he worked as a maintenance man at a company called Advanta Corporation, whose president was former Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Olaf Olafsson.

Tuesday 7 July

Dishonored 2's Emily "completely different" to Corvo
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Dishonored 2's Emily "completely different" to Corvo
An all-new set of abilities.
Vegas seeks to swap slots for video games
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Vegas seeks to swap slots for video games
Getting 'em while they're young.
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The Witcher 3 patch 1.07 brings major gameplay changes
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The Witcher 3 patch 1.07 brings major gameplay changes
Movement, inventory management, and more.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter hits PS4 next week
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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter hits PS4 next week
New PC version coming soon too.
Mortal Kombat X – Predator trailer
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Mortal Kombat X – Predator trailer
One ugly mother****er.
Former Valve economist now former Greek finance minister
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Former Valve economist now former Greek finance minister
No end in sight for Greece's troubles.
Cradle pre-release trailer
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Cradle pre-release trailer
Adventures with a lady robot.
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New PS4 hardware revision cheaper, more efficient
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New PS4 hardware revision cheaper, more efficient
Fitter, happier, more productive.
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Monday 6 July

Broforce – Freedom Update trailer
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Broforce – Freedom Update trailer
New Bros, melee attacks, flexing.
The Division – The Dark Zone story trailer
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The Division – The Dark Zone story trailer
Walled in.
Indivisible announcement trailer
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Indivisible announcement trailer
From Skullgirls studio Lab Zero Games.
Batman: Arkham Knight closes the series in style
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Batman: Arkham Knight closes the series in style
On console, at least.
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Destiny's Ghost was almost a comic relief character
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Destiny's Ghost was almost a comic relief character
Comedian reflects on what might have been.
Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition is based on Pocket Edition
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Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition is based on Pocket Edition
Another announce out of Minecon.
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Patton Oswalt leads Minecraft: Story Mode voice cast
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Patton Oswalt leads Minecraft: Story Mode voice cast
Plot details revealed.

Friday 3 July