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Company Of Heroes 2 Screenshot Barrage: Ice & Firepower!

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Jonathan Lester
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Company of Heroes 2, PC games, Relic Entertainment, RTS, Screenshots, Sega

Company Of Heroes 2 Screenshot Barrage: Ice & Firepower!

SEGA sent us so many new Company Of Heroes 2 screenshots that they frankly deserve a post of their own. The World War II RTS has been delayed into June, but an multiplayer beta will be rolling out in the near future. Until then, here are numerous screenshots of snowy hell, brought to life by the bespoke ColdTech weather system.

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Lost Planet 3 Confirmed For June In New Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Capcom, Lost Planet 3, PC games, PS3 games, Spark Unlimited, Third Person Shooters, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Lost Planet 3 Confirmed For June In New Trailer

Lost Planet 3 holds a "dangerous secret" if the latest cinematic-packed (gameplay-light) trailer is anything to go by, but at least the launch date is no longer secret. Capcom have confirmed that the outsourced shooter will release on June 28th for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

The Lost Planet series has never quite managed to live up to its potential despite plenty of excellent mechs to control, so we hope that Spark Unlimited can redeem themselves for the likes of Legendary and Turning Point: Fall Of Liberty.

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Company Of Heroes 2 To Release In June

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Company of Heroes 2, PC games, Relic Entertainment, RTS, Sega

Company Of Heroes 2 To Release In June

Relic Praises New Publisher After THQ Collapse

SEGA, the new custodian of Relic Entertainment and the Company Of Heroes franchise, has wasted no time in dating the RTS sequel for June 25th (worldwide). It's a slight delay, but the extra time will apparently be used to polish and balance the multiplayer, with Relic speaking out to praise their new publisher.

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EA CFO Backtracks On Controversial Microtransactions Comment

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, Microtransactions

EA CFO Backtracks On Controversial Microtransactions Comment

EA's Chief Financial Officer has spoken out to amend a comment he made last week, wherein he suggested that "all" EA games will feature microtransactions from now on.

Apparently that should read, "all mobile games."

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Square Registers Deus Ex: The Fall Domains

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Deus Ex, Deus Ex: The Fall, Square Enix

Square Registers Deus Ex: The Fall Domains

Just a quickie: Square Enix has registered three more Deus Ex-related domain, this time for Deus Ex: The Fall. Superannuation reports that DeusExTheFall.comDeusExTheFall.net and DeusExTheFall.co.uk. are now all in Square's hands, which could mean that a new game is on the way.

Or not. The last time Square Enix filed a Deus Ex trademark, it was for the movie, and every publisher wants a piece of the transmedia pie. This could well be the precursor for a novel, ARG, iOS title, comic or practically anything else (perhaps even a rumoured Wii U port of Human Revolution), so don't hold your breath just yet. More as we hear it.

Thief Gameplay & Story Details Sneak Onto The Net

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Eidos Montreal, PC games, PS4 games, Square Enix, Stealth Games, Thief

Thief Gameplay & Story Details Sneak Onto The Net

Eidos Montreal's next-gen Thief reboot broke cover yesterday as part of Game Informer's April cover story, but as usual, the eagle-eyed staff of Gaming Everything [via NeoGAF] have already filleted the juicy article for gameplay and story info. We can expect expansive freeform levels, a new focus mechanic and upgradeable gear, along with a more believable setting that eschews supernatural elements for a more human experience.

We've got the prime cuts below.

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Mass Effect 3: Operation Lodestar Now Live

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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BioWare, EA, Mass Effect 3, multiplayer

Mass Effect 3: Operation Lodestar Now Live

BioWare are rounding off a year of support with Mass Effect 3's biggest multiplayer bounty event to date: Operation Lodestar.

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PSN Store Update | God Of War Deals, PLUS Mass Effect 3

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS Vita games, PS3 games, PSN, Sony Santa Monica Studios

PSN Store Update | God Of War Deals, PLUS Mass Effect 3

This week's selection of PSN deals is all about God Of War, in order to get us good and excited for Ascension.  Everything from the collections to the HD versions, PSP tie-ins and even LBP costume packs are on sale at a hefty discount - check out the promotions after the break.

Mass Effect 3 has also been added to the PS Plus Instant Game Collection, meaning that you can get to grips with Shepard's last stand without feeling any buyer's remorse over the ending. We're currently in the process of reviewing the new Citadel DLC pack, which lets players spend more time with their crew and even throw a lary pre-invasion kegger if they want to.

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Zeno Clash II Trailer Is Brutally Bizarre

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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ACE Team, Atlus, First Person Brawler, trailer, Zeno Clash II

Zeno Clash II promises to ramp up the crazy compared to its already bat-crap insane predecessor, throwing players into the bizarre world of Zenozoic and tasking them with punching everything that moves. Zeno Clash was one of the few first-person brawlers that actually worked, and by the looks of things, we can expect some RPG elements, progression and skill points this time around.

Along with enormous birdmen, a lion man with a paint palette for lips and all manner of chicanery that would make Guillermo Del Toro visit a psychiatrist. Zeno Clash II will be available in "early 2013" (so soon, then) on Steam, PSN and XBLA.

Fuse Co-Op Screenshots: Ain't That A Kick In The Head

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, Fuse, Insomniac Games, PS3 games, Screenshots, Xbox 360 games

Fuse Co-Op Screenshots: Ain't That A Kick In The Head

Insomniac plan to deliver a larger-than-life cooperative experience with Fuse, and this new clutch of multiplayer screenshots show all four team members working together to create enormous explosions. And kick goons in the face. Players will need to use cover, relocate and communicate effectively with their teammates in order to prevail, save the face kicker becoming the face kickee.

Anyways, enjoy. Matt described Fuse as "complimentary cooperative carnage" in our hands-on preview. Fuse was recently delayed from March into "Q2 2013," with Insomniac needing extra time for some last-minute polish.

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New Edge Of Space Trailer Makes A Convincing Greenlight Pitch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Edge Of Space, HandyMan Studios, Indie Games, PC games, trailer

Edge Of Space is an odd and rather exciting indie proposition that plays a little like a science fiction-inspired Terraria with enormous mechs and heaps of procedurally-generated weapons. It's currently in open (paid) beta, but if you haven't gotten involved, this new trailer shows off what you're missing.

If you like what you see, Edge Of Space is currently canvassing for votes on Steam Greenlight. Otherwise, it will launch on Desura later this year. I'll try and get some coverage up on-site soon.

Guild Wars 2: Flame And Frost - The Razing Will Forge An Unholy Alliance

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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ArenaNet, Guild Wars II, MMO

Guild Wars 2: Flame And Frost - The Razing Will Forge An Unholy Alliance

ArenaNet have teased the third part of Guild Wars 2s Flame & Frost living story event, that will see two enemy factions teaming up in an attempt to bring Tyria to heel.

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EA "Confident" About Stable SimCity EU Launch

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Jonathan Lester
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EA, Maxis, Origin, PC games, SimCity

EA "Confident" About Stable SimCity EU Launch

EA have apparently learned some lessons from SimCity's awkward American release, promising EU players that Origin servers will be ready for action on Friday.

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BAFTA 2013: The Winners

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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BAFTA, Dishonored, Far Cry 3, Journey, The Unfinished Swan, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

BAFTA 2013: The Winners

Journey Returns Triumphant

Those of you who weren't glued to the footy may well have watched the BAFTA Game Awards last night, where two PSN exclusives managed to clean up. Journey returned with no less than five awards, including game design, artisitic achievement and even online multiplayer (called it), while The Unfinished Swan managed to snag two shinies for innovation and best debut. Other worthy winners include Dishonored as Best Game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Best Strategy Game and The Room as best of British.

We've got all the winners and nominations after the jump, thanks in no small part to the inestimable Late who actually beat us to the punch this morning.

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Beat Hazard Ultra, Dynamite Jack, Solar 2, Nightsky HD, Dungeon Defenders & Super Hexagon | Beat The Average | Humble Bundle | PC, Mac, Linux & Android

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Android Games, Indie Games, Mac games, PC games

The latest Humble Android Bundle isn't pulling any punches, offering PC, Mac, Linux and mobile gamers the opportunity to grab six excellent games for a meagre asking price. Any amount of money will net you the extraordinary universe sandbox Solar 2 and music-powered shooter Beat Hazard Ultra alongside two other excellent titles - while beating the average will also throw the exquisite Dungeon Defenders (plus all DLC) and addictive Super Hexagon into the pot. You'll get access to all versions, though some of the Android ports are still in beta.

Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow - Mirror Of Fate Review | Fractured Reflection

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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3DS Games, Brawler, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, Konami, MercurySteam, Platformer

Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow - Mirror Of Fate Review | Fractured Reflection

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Developer: MercurySteam

Publisher: Konami

In the end, it always comes down to blood. The Belmont bloodline has always been a pivotal part of Castlevania lore, and with Gabriel's shocking character arc flooring players at the end of Lords Of Shadow, keeping the clan intact has never been more important. In an attempt to bridge the gap between the reboot and its impending sequel, Mirror Of Fate explores how numerous Belmont generations (and a certain platinum-blonde vampire) sallied forth against the powers of darkness, elevating what could have just been a handheld spin-off into a core part of the new canon.

The premise might be incredibly ambitious, but MercurySteam didn't stop there. Rather than copying wholesale from Konami's peers, Mirror Of Fate strives to emulate the visceral brawling from Lords Of Shadow on a 2D plane, all while providing just enough exploration and platforming to lend it that classic Castlevania flavour. Like a wayward son, Mirror Of Fate wants its own identity, and broadly manages to find it.

Unfortunately, the same lofty ambitions that made Mirror Of Fate stand out also cripple the experience in several surprising ways.

Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow - Mirror Of Fate Review | Fractured Reflection

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Wii U Gets System Stability Update Today

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Jonathan Lester
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Firmware Update, Nintendo, Wii U

Wii U Gets System Stability Update Today

The first in a number of Wii U speed and stability firmware updates is rolling out today, clocking in at around 30MB. It's a relatively small improvement, but it's just the vanguard of a wave of promised patches that will add new features and speed up that sluggish OS.

Remember that you can download firmware v2.1.3. U in the background - chances are your console will queue it up automatically.

Mass Effect 3: Citadel DLC Trailer Puts The Band Back Together

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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BioWare, DLC, EA, Fifty Shades Of Garrus, Mass Effect 3: Citadel, trailer

BioWare seems to be on a mission to give the fans the happy ending they've always wanted in Citadel: the last piece of Mass Effect 3 DLC. When mysterious soldiers aren't trying to kill Shepard, our hero will reunite with a dream team of familiar faces, enjoy expanded romance options with the likes of Jack and Ashley, bring the rain with Wrex, dance with Garrus and even pose for a Kodak moment.

"Everyone say... Normandy!"

Bizarre stuff, which reads a lot like my secret Mass Effect fan fiction. Citadel is out today on XBLA, and tomorrow on PSN. What would you want in your dream Mass Effect 3 DLC pack?

Crysis 3 Review | Compromise, Sacrifice & A Wonderful Wardrobe

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Crysis 3, Crytek, EA, FPS, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Crysis 3 Review | Compromise, Sacrifice & A Wonderful Wardrobe

Platforms: PC (reviewed) | PS3 | Xbox 360

Developer: Crytek

Publisher: EA

Considering that the original Crysis was built to push boundaries, it's odd that the series became a monument to compromise. The shift from PC to multiplatform saw enormous freeform levels become corridors and arenas in an attempt to cope with hardware limitations. Lush jungles and vibrant blue oceans gave way to the fashionable dull grey streets of Manhattan. Crysis 2 may have had its moments, but for many (myself included), it was a massive step in the wrong direction.

Crysis 3 is the ultimate compromise in many ways. To finish the series with a bang, Crytek wanted to marry the sprawling stages of the first game with the verticality of its sequel, while bringing the jungle directly into the city centre. The result is a bizarre mash of different art and gameplay styles that works much better than it has any right to - thanks mainly to an exceptional piece of clothing and the most low-tech of weapons.

Oh, and it's also a bit of a looker. To put it mildly.

Crysis 3 Review | Compromise, Sacrifice & A Wonderful Wardrobe

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ASDA Knocks £50 Off Wii U

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Nintendo, UK retail, Wii U

ASDA Knocks £50 Off Wii U

ASDA have slashed the Wii U's asking price by fifty quid, offering the basic edition for £199 instead of £249, and the Premium pack for... well... £249. It's still nowhere near as competitive as Zavvi's fleeting £224 deal, but it's potentially an interesting statement of intent.

British retailers have recently started clamouring for Nintendo to change their strategy and reduce the Wii U's asking price after an awkward few months - and perhaps this is just the start of a price war. Though a price cut may be an admission of failure (and difficult to implement for a number of reasons), is this extra £50 saving enough to tempt you into buying Ninty's new console?