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Just a few minutes into my Dune: Awakening demo, the developers were flabbergasted. As they flew the Ornithoper into the desert, a piece of space junk came screaming down from above, smashing right into our vehicle and crashing us into the arid desert. I was told this was the first time anything like that had happened at Summer Game Fest, but I wasn’t bothered, it was hilarious.

That kind of emergent moment seems to be indicative of the world developer Funcom, the studio behind Conan Exiles, is trying to build. Dune: Awakening is shaping up to be the ultimate Dune fantasy that painstakingly recreates the beloved sci-fi world of Arrakis. It’s clear Awakening is engineered to be the ultimate immersive experience for fans, one where every gameplay mechanic and feature makes sense within the world of Dune. After seeing 30 minutes of the game, as well as the most recent Dune: Awakening Direct, I’m starting to feel like Funcom can pull it off.

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Over 50 years since its premiere, William Friedkin's The Exorcist casts a lengthy shadow over American horror. All films about demonic possession seem to speak its twisted language, and its influence becomes even harder to ignore in The Exorcism, a film whose title is just one letter removed. The new Russell Crowe-starring horror film also happens to be about a pseudo-remake of Friedkin's classic, and is even directed by Joshua John Miller, the son of actor Jason Miller, who played Father Karras in the landmark original.

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