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It's a good job that Batman is a professional combat unit, because there's more logo than action in this first teaser for the upcoming Arkham Origins. Take out the splash screens, and he gets just 11 seconds to butt heads and pound fists into the sword-welding Deathstroke. How is he supposed to finish off a confirmed super-villain in that sort of time?

Oh, he's not. In fact, Warner Brothers are just teasing their extended trailer, due to be released on 20th May. Let's hope that one shows more than just the briefest of scuffles.

Batman: Arkham Origins is due for worldwide release October 25th.
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We're giving you an exclusive chance to spend a weekend in the closed beta of Dragon's Prophet - Infernum Productions' free-to-play MMO in which everything's a dragon. See a woolly mammoth? It's really a dragon. An angry looking fish? That's an underwater dragon. Another player? They're not a dragon, but there's a good chance they've got one with them.

Tame these scaley beasts, and you're getting an all-in-one mount, pet, scavenger and combat buddy. And you can use the dragons to define your role. Want to tank? There's a dragon for that, fighting alongside you as you execute combos through the direct action combat.

"Capture, train, ride and fight alongside over 300 dragons, and unlock their unique skills and abilities. With action based content, territory control, deep character development and an immersive game world, Dragon’s Prophet aims to break away from the current generation of MMORPGs and offer a truly evolutionary experience."

To participate in the beta weekend, head over to the Dragon's Prophet registration page, sign up for a free account, and enter the PC Gamer beta weekend key.


The beta weekend goes live Friday, 17th May from 3pm BST, and will run until Tuesday, 21st May at 11am BST.
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Shopping must be tough if you're a League of Legends champion. How are you supposed to pick out a nice pair of boots when an endless wave of creeps are sweeping forth to give you a knock on the noggin? Recognising the desire to browse in leisure, Riot will introduce Custom Item Sets into patch 3.7: item profiles that can be created and edited directly from the summoner profile.

Players will have the ability to create a tailored list of items, targeted at single or multiple champions, which then show up in a shop's Recommended tab during a match. As well as control over which champions can access each set, players will be able to specify between different maps too. And, as an added bonus, you'll be able browse the full item shop from PVP.net, even if you're not configuring a build.

Elsewhere, the patch provides another huge round of balance changes, specifically nerfing some champions that are considered too good in certain roles. You can see the full changelist here, or get a general overview from Riot's patch preview below.

Thanks, PCGamesN.
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Given the number of DoTA-likes being released, I can only assume the endgame is Meta Dota, an all-star version in which every hero is a different developer's attempt on the genre. It would be the most obtuse and complicated game ever created, and it's community would exist in a dark void of bile and anger. Here's another for its roster: Dawngate, which is EA studio Waystone Games' as-yet-unannounced game.

The Dawngate website was uncovered by Superannuation, who tweeted about its early release, while speculating that Waystone are the former free-to-play branch of Visceral Games.

"Dawngate is a new MOBA, built from the ground up to look and feel familiar while offering a whole new way to experience MOBA gameplay," states the site's cryptic description. "Dawngate empowers you to forge the champions you love for the roles you want in a competitive arena, shaped by ever-evolving, community-driven content and story."

Beyond that, details are non-existent. With the game's Twitter account locked and YouTube page empty, we're waiting on an official announcement to fill in the blanks. In the meantime, you can sign up for the beta at the Dawngate site.

Thanks, Joystiq.
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The launch trailer for tower-offence strategy Anomaly 2 shows the benefits of robot morphing. Definitely "morphing", and not, say, "transforming". The difference being that Anomaly's robots are deadly to begin with, switching from one form of destructive tower-bothering mech to another, more destructive form. It makes more sense than spending the majority of your time as a tape player.

Developer 11bit Studios promise "over a million tactical combinations to build your squad," which you can grow and customise over the course of the campaign. Anomaly 2 also adds a multiplayer mode, pitting your on-the-ground squad against a more traditional tower-defence style player.

For the next week, you can grab Anomaly 2 at 10% off on Steam, with owners of Anomaly: Warzone Earth securing an extra 10% discount until May 31st. Alternatively, buying the game through the official Anomaly 2 site grants a bonus copy of Anomaly: Korea, ported from iOS to Windows for the first time.
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It's safe to say that Online Passes are unanimously despised. Designed to stymy the value of secondhand games, the uptake of the initiative by major publishers has been met with scorn by consumers. So much so that EA will discontinue the program for all forthcoming titles, according to EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg.

In a note to GamesBeat, Reseburg confirmed the program will be scrapped, admitting that negative user feedback is to thank for the move. "Yes we're discontinuing Online Pass," he wrote. "None of our new EA titles will include that feature.

"Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn't respond to the format," Reseburg continued. "We've listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward."

This means that major EA titles going forward - including Battlefield 4 - will do exactly what they say on the tin, whether you bought secondhand or not. Meanwhile, Ubisoft and Activision - among others - have not made public any plans to remove the functionality.
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Sanctum 2

Sanctum 2 is here! This fully rebuilt sequel to the impressive smooshing-together of the tower defense and FPS genres has been on our radars for awhile, and today is its debut on Steam. Haven't you just been dying to find out why those adorable alien-dogs are so intent on munching on your Cores?

"We built Sanctum 2 from the ground up, creating stunning visuals while keeping everything that players loved from the original," says Anton Westberg, Coffee Stain Studios' CEO. "We then added more characters, more enemies, more bosses, more levels, more weapons and more towers to make Sanctum 2 bigger, better and badder than we ever imagined."

I'd almost believe him if those little alien mutts weren't so darn cuddly-looking.

Sanctum 2 costs $15/£12, with a four-pack for the price of three at $45/£36. (My best memories of the original revolve around playing with pals.) There's also a DLC Season Pass—no word on what those DLCs will actually contain yet, but there's a discount if you pre-purchase the whole lot of 'em now, with the last having an estimated release date of February 2014.
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Magicka: Wizard Wars

Turns out those faceless dudes from the Game of Thrones-spoofing announcement trailer aren't any less creepy when pulled out of the realm of live-action. I was hoping the hollow blackness of the wizards' heads might be downplayed a little in Magicka: Wizard War's art, but I guess I can forgive them when that much fire and lightning is bursting from their limbs.

As we detailed back in March, this is a 4v4 MOBA-influenced take on the Magicka series, involving teamplay and the tussling over of spawn points in a melding of hardcore mechanics and "instantly approachable" chaotic gameplay. Friendly fire is in full effect, so, try not to aim at your friends' faces, no matter how pretty those spells look.

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The Stomping Land

The Stomping Land is an open-world multiplayer dinosaur hunting game that, frankly, looks pretty incredible for being so early in development. Currently in the prototype stage, the game is being built by solo developer Alex Fundora, whose credits include Skyrim and Dungeon Defenders, and funded by an already-successful Kickstarter campaign.
Relying on basic tools and primitive technology, your hunter has to get out in the world and hunt some dinosaurs, or he doesn't get to eat. The smaller animals are no problem and make for easy pickings, but all that fresh barbecue goes out the window when an apex predator shows up and literally takes your lunch.

To help even the odds between you and the T-rex trying to eat you, more "sophisticated" technology like traps, ropes, and pole-vaulting poles will become available. And, as reported by Polygon, Fundora stated on Reddit that there will even be a wingsuit made from pterodactyls so hunters can take to the air.

With a multiplayer setup that will include player-created tribes and intertribal sabotage and, presumably, warfare, The Stomping Land is one to watch. Its Kickstarter is more than 200% funded with more than three weeks to go, so the question isn't if, but when, we will get our hands on some sweet, sweet dino meat.
If you'd like to help the game get made, there are some stretch goals in sight that would add other designers, dedicated artists, and even full Oculus Rift support.
The Stomping Land is currently scheduled for release in March 2014.
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Dragon Nest

I like to think that the story behind Dragon Nest's newest update is that the Sea Dragon, having scornfully watched the hyper-cute, anime-soaked denizens of Althea frolic about obliviously for too long, has finally decided to rise from the waters to show them what MMOs are really about. And so, with the latest patch introducing the Sea Dragon as a new boss, Dragon Nest's capacity for epicness now aligns approximately with that of a low-level WoW raid.

Level 40 players can now hitch a ride on a viking ship to Mare Oblivion, where they can face the dragon (and his delightful loot drops). In this harsh, new, dragon-conjuring world, it's also necessary for your twee characters to develop some self-sufficiency, so you can now go fishing and grow your own food. It's not entirely necessary—after all, when was the last time an MMO toon starved to death?—but preparing your own meals gives you useful buffs (and also the self-satisfaction of not having to stoop to eating at whatever Althea's equivalent of a fast food chain is).

As one of those players who actually enjoyed WoW's farming minigame, I'm always pleased to see the inclusion of crafting mechanics like these. Not all of us want to craft badass glowing swords for a living, okay? The update was applied to the free-to-play MMO today, so hop online to get cookin', or dragon-slayin'—whichever activity rocks your boat.