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PlayStation Financials Show Dwindling Sales, Forecasts 'Significant' Upswing

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Jonathan Lester
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PlayStation Financials Show Dwindling Sales, Forecasts 'Significant' Upswing

Poor Vita Performance Expected To Continue

Sony's PlayStation-specific FY2013 financial report is fairly unsurprising, in that the malaise surrounding the end of this console generation has lead to a major slump in sales. Still, the Yen's fluctuating value has contributed to the corporation's first annual profit in five years, and Sony predicts a major sales upturn in the next financial year. I wonder why?

It certainly won't be thanks to the Vita, which is predicted to bring home even less bacon.

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Avalanche Studios: Wii U Dev Kits 'Collected Dust'

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Jonathan Lester
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Avalanche Studios, Nintendo, Wii U

Avalanche Studios: Wii U Dev Kits 'Collected Dust'

Low Install Base Hurting The Console

The studio behind Just Cause were sent some Wii U dev kits, but haven't used them because they feel the audience is currently too small to make the extra work worthwhile.

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Project X Zone Capcom Characters Get The Trailer Treatment

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Jonathan Lester
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Capcom, Namco Bandai, Project X Zone, Sega, SRPG

Project X Zone Capcom Characters Get The Trailer Treatment
Project X Zone, the unprecedented three-way RPG collaboration between SEGA, Capcom and Namco Bandai has received a new trailer today in order to show off Capcom's roster of characters. Street Fighter cast members, Resident Evil heroes, Dante, Mega-Man, Frank West and more besides will all enter the same continuity, allowing players to take on a mysterious menace with an insane dream team.

Note that while the gameplay looks like a fighting game, Project X Zone is actually a strategy RPG with a real-time battle system designed to superficially resemble classic brawlers. It's out this summer on 3DS.

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No Multiplayer For Wolfenstein: The New Order

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Jonathan Lester
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Bethesda, MachineGames, Wolfenstein: The New Order
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Wolfenstein: The New Order

No Multiplayer For Wolfenstein: The New Order

Have A Trailer Too

Bethesda and MachineGames have revealed that Wolfenstein: The New Order won't include multiplayer so as not to dilute the essence of the original game.

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StarDrone | Pay What You Want | IndieGameStand | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Indie Games, Orb Games, PC games, StarDrone
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StarDrone | Pay What You Want | IndieGameStand | PC

StarDrone | IndieGameStand | $0.25 Minimum (RRP: £2.69)

Top Ten Tuesdays | Soul Sacrifice Survival Guide

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Jonathan Lester
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Action RPGs, Keiji Inafune, PS Vita games, Sony Japan Studio, Soul Sacrifice, Survival Guide, Top Ten, Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesdays | Soul Sacrifice Survival Guide

Soul Sacrifice may not be a true system-seller, but as far as handheld games go, Keiji Inafune's deadly monster-hunting title is a deep and involving experience when you take it online. Teaming up to bring enormous bosses to their knees while deciding whether to spare or murder your erstwhile allies at a moment's notice is a uniquely engaging proposition, and one that deserves to attract a hardcore following over the coming months.

However, as Brendan explains in our 7/10 Soul Sacrifice review, it's also rather difficult to get into and requires a huge amount of investment to fully appreciate. To this end, dear Sorceror, I've compiled a list of ten hints, tricks and tactics that will help you survive in this vicious demonic world. If this is child's play to you, be sure to drop in some sage advice in the comments!

10: Pack A Balanced Arsenal

Top Ten Tuesdays | Soul Sacrifice Survival Guide

Soul Sacrifice offers a truly staggering wealth of attack skills, healing abilities, summons and buffs to equip, and you'll likely discover a fair few powerful spells that can be leant on for ridiculous damage. However, one of the game's unique quirks is that each spell's usage is strictly limited, meaning that it's actually possible to run out of attacks in the longer battles if you don't sacrifice smaller enemies and abuse the rare renewal shrines.

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Sony Launches Indie Games Store Category

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Jonathan Lester
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Indie Games, PS3 games, PSN, Sony

Sony Launches Indie Games Store Category

Sony is continuing their big indie push by introducing a new Indie Games category to the PlayStation Store. This new shopfront should make some of the more deserving smaller titles and boutique offerings easier to find, and give the ever-growing market some extra publicity to boot. Compared to burying indie games away in the darkest recesses of the Metro Dashboard, this is a revelation, and another statement of intent for major independent support moving into the next console generation.

You can celebrate by purchasing Retro City Rampage at a 50% discount, after scrutinising Carl's detailed review of course.

GAME To Open 18 New Stores

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GAME, High street, UK retail

GAME To Open 18 New Stores

GAME are still in the process of paying off their debts, and plan to open 18 new stores over the next couple of months.

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Saints Row IV Trailer Meets The President

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Jonathan Lester
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Deep Silver, Saints Row IV, Sandbox games, trailer, Volition Inc.
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Saints Row IV Trailer Meets The President

Saints Row IV will allow players to assume the role of the President Of The United States, which will be light on paperwork and heavy on insane superhero shenanigans. You can catch up on your presidential (ir)responsibilities in this decidedly silly new trailer, while we've got more in-depth details in our Saints Row IV preview and extensive interview.

Saints Row IV is out on August 23rd in the UK.

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The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing Gets Launch Date & New Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing Gets Launch Date & New Trailer

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing will release on May 22nd for PC, Neocore Games announced today. This isometic action-RPG promises a smorgasbord of gothic enemies to throw down on, branching skill trees to explore and a ghostly assistant who can turn the tide in tough battles. A new trailer shows off some of the character creation options, which you can watch after the break.

We'll aim to have some impressions for you nearer the time.

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Two New Battlefield 4 Screens Dwell On Moody Interiors

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Jonathan Lester
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Battlefield 4, DICE, EA, FPS, PC games, PS3 games, Screenshots, Xbox 360 games
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Two New Battlefield 4 Screens Dwell On Moody Interiors

DICE have recently loosed two more Battlefield 4 screenshots as a reward for the community flocking to their social networks. They're both rather drab in terms of art direction, but grant a closer look at how Frostbite 3.0 handles interior environments, reflective surfaces and fine detail. Frankly, wake me up when someone's blowing up those walls with a well-placed HEAT round.

Recent rumours suggest that Commander Mode will make a return, along with Premium DLC.

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StarDrive Review | Space Bears Off The Starboard Bow!

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Jonathan Lester
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4X games, Iceberg Interactive, Indie Games, PC games, RTS, Strategy games, Zero Sum Games
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StarDrive | PC

StarDrive Review | Space Bears Off The Starboard Bow!

Platform: PC

Developer: Zero Sum Games

Publisher: Iceberg Interactive

Let's start with the great news. After a brave Kickstarter drive back in 2011, Dan DiCicco and his tiny studio Zero Sum Games have finally released StarDrive to an expectant PC audience hungry for eXploration, eXpansion, eXploitation and inevitable eXtermination. Not to mention Samurai Space Bears. 4X strategy games have received little love this generation, and DiCicco promised a title with genuine personality rather than glorified spreadsheets.

Now for the good news. Instead of copying existing 4X games, StarDrive aims to shake up the genre with extensive real-time space combat and ground battles that makes the action resemble a deep spacebound RTS. Though it shares similarities with classics like GalCiv and newcomers such as Endless Space and even AI War, Zero Sum's crowd-funded effort has an identity all of its own.

The bad news, unfortunately, is that StarDrive should have stayed in beta a while longer. Some of its more radical ideas end up falling prey to a slew of niggling issues, while missing gameplay elements will likely annoy customers who buy at launch.

StarDrive Review | Space Bears Off The Starboard Bow!

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The Sims 4 Announced For 2014

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Jonathan Lester
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The Sims 4 | PC

The Sims 4 Announced For 2014

Following years of DLC packs, EA have officially announced an all-new The Sims title for 2014.

Yes, you will be able to play it offline. I wonder why EA explicitly mentioned that?

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Krater Collector's Edition | £3.75 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Krater Collector's Edition | £3.75 | GamersGate | PC

Krater Collector's Edition | GamersGate | £3.75 (save £11)
PC Price Comparison | Krater Review

Strike Suit Infinity Review | Stripped Down, Strikes Harder

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Jonathan Lester
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Strike Suit Infinity Review | Stripped Down, Strikes Harder

Platforms: PC

Developer: Born Ready Games

Strike Suit Zero impressed and disappointed in equal measure (read the review here). The breakneck thrill of howling through the void in a transforming mech-fighter cannot be denied, yet the woefully derivative campaign was all too willing to marginalise its wonderful war machine. All too often, a cutscene would obnoxiously kick in just as a furball was getting interesting, or a pathetically underpowered capital ship required you to become a babysitter rather than ace pilot. Generic talking heads blithered through a cliched story that sidelined your role in the action, and bizarrely, you frequently had to leave your glorious Strike Suit in the hangar in favour of a boring factory edition fighter. "Space Combat Reborn" was the promise, but Space Combat Rehashed was the end result, a game that played it far too safe and conventional when it came to the crunch.

It's a shame, because SSZ had all the ingredients for a fresh and vibrant space shooter. Responsive and empowering action. Gorgeous visuals. Epic art design courtesy of Junji Okubo. And, you know, a space fighter that turns into a ruddy great mech at the drop of a hat.

Strike Suit Infinity Review | Stripped Down, Strikes Harder

Strike Suit Infinity repackages these core components into a tight score attack game where you, and your lovely Strike Suit, are always the star of the show.

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Molyneux: A Fable MMO Could Work "Reasonably Well"

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Jonathan Lester
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Fable, Lionhead, MMO, Peter Molyneux, RPG

Molyneux: A Fable MMO Could Work "Reasonably Well"

Now that Lionhead has an MMO veteran at the helm, series creator Peter Molyneux has suggested that a massively multiplayer Fable title could be successful, and the idea was thrown around the office back when he used to run it.

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Civilization V & XCOM: Enemy Unknown | £11.42 With Code | Gamefly | PC

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2K Games, Civilization V, Firaxis, PC games, Strategy games, XCOM: Enemy Unknown
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Civilization V & XCOM: Enemy Unknown | £11.42 With Code | Gamefly | PC

Civilization V & XCOM: Enemy Unknown | Gamefly | £11.42
Voucher code: GFDMAY20UK | Civilization V Review | XCOM Review

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Classic EA 60% Off Sale | GOG | PC

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Classic EA 60% Off Sale | GOG | PC

GOG's weekend deal takes aim at classic EA titles, granting us 60% off legendary games like Dungeon Keeper, Syndicate, Ultima and the Wing Commander series. SimCity 2000 will only cost less than £2, which [insert popular SimCity joke here].

As always, click the banner to browse the selection, or hit up this link right here.