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Creative Assembly releases beta Assembly Kit for Total War: Rome II

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Creative Assembly has released a beta version of their new Assembly Kit for Total War: Rome II. The suite of mod tools is a free download from Steam’s Tools section, and has been designed to allow for easier modification of Rome II’s databases as well as graphical assets—animations, models, textures—and initial campaign starting positions. The download comes packed with example data, including animation sets and soldiers, as well as the game’s entire database backend. Completed mods can then be uploaded to Steam’s Workshop, and are subsequently available for download from the game’s launcher. The release noted that there are already over a thousand mods.

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Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD launches online for 360, PC, PS3

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Assassin’s Creed Liberation has made the leap from handheld today with an HD re-release for 360, PC, and PS3. Set prior to the Revolutionary War, Liberation puts players in the role of Aveline, the first playable female Assassin, who must use her varied arsenal, including a whip, a machete, and poison darts, to take down enemies across the world, from the streets of New Orleans to Mayan ruins. The new version has been remastered in high definition and features “improved gameplay mechanics and missions.”

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Double Fine announces release, release date of Broken Age – Act 1

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Double Fine has revealed that the first act of their new point-and-click adventure game, Broken Age, is available for backers of its Kickstarter campaign and will be available for the general public on January 28. The Tim Schafer-led title features two characters, Vella Tartine and Shay Volta, who are worlds apart but experiencing similar events, and players will need to switch between the two as their stories unfold. Act 2 is set to launch later this year as a free update, and there are plans to bring both acts to Android, iOS, and Ouya.

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The Banner Saga launches for PC, mind the eyes and ears of the wild

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Would-be Vikings and adventurers, strap on your axe, secure the cart, and grab a cloak because it’s time to hit the trails. The Banner Saga, a Viking-themed strategy role-playing game from Stoic, is now available for Mac and Windows PC. The Kickstarter-funded title puts players amongst a caravan that must traverse vast tracts of dangerous wilderness filled with beasts and bandits to secure the survival of their people. Choices made during conversation and on the road will determine how the journey plays out, as players will meet fellow travelers along the way as well as take to the field in tactical turn-based battles when enemies attack.

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Steam’s Early Access version of Blackguards now available for OS X

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Daedalic has launched their upcoming role-playing game Blackguards on Steam’s Early Access for Mac. The first four chapters are now available for download, and new chapters will be added leading up to the game’s official release on January 24. As part of the program, gamers who participate are able to submit feedback to the developers regarding the areas open for play, which will enable them to make any necessary last-minute tweaks before launch.

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Raiden returns (again)! Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance hits Steam

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Konami and PlatinumGames’ Metal Gear action spin-off Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is now available for PC via Steam. This version includes all three of the DLC missions that were released for 360 and PS3 (Blade Wolf, Jetstream, and VR Missions) as well as several body upgrades for Raiden, including Commando Armor, Cyborg Ninja, White Armor, and his outfit from MGS4.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance now on Steam for pre-order

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The PC version of Konami and PlatinumGames’ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is now available for pre-order on Steam. Beginning at noon (central), players who put down their cash will receive 33 percent off; players who pre-order after the first 24 hours will still get a discount, but at a slightly lower 20 percent. The PC version includes all three DLC missions released for consoles—Blade Wolf, Jetstream, and VR Missions—as well as several body upgrades for Raiden, including the White Armor, Commando Armor, and his MGS4 outfit.

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Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension marches onto Steam

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Illwinter’s fantastically flummoxing strategy game Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension is now available on Steam for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. The latest entry in the 15-year-old series tasks players with leading a faction to victory in one of three different periods by having their pretender god become the one deity worshipped across the lands. Thrones of Ascension adds more spells, units, and a co-op mode, Disciples. It’s a daunting game to be sure, but it features an exceptional system of layered mechanics—thumbs up from us.

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Wasteland 2 enters beta for backers, Steam Early Access tomorrow

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inXile’s first Kickstarter-funded project, Wasteland 2, has entered beta. The post-apocalyptic role-playing game, sequel to 1988’s pioneering Wasteland, is now playable for campaign backers and will enter Steam Early Access tomorrow for everyone else. The sequel is set 15 years after the original with players taking control of a party of Desert Rangers who are out to protect the wastes. The beta includes four major areas, along with their side areas, plus the character-creation system, world map travel, and random encounters. Additional areas set to be added as development continues.

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Red alert! The Bureau: XCOM Declassified launches for Mac

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Mac gamers, it’s time to suit up and double check your gear: the aliens are here. TransGaming has ported 2K games’ The Bureau: XCOM Declassified for Mac OS X. The third-person shooter puts players on the frontline of an alien invasion as an agent for XCOM. Unlike its strategy counterparts, The Bureau is set in the past, at the beginning of the organization’s war against the aliens. As special agent William Carter, players will command a squad of agents in skirmishes around the country against the invaders.

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