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Throw Trucks With Your Mind Passes Kickstarter Goal, Does What It Says On The Tin

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Jonathan Lester
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Brainwaves, Gunless, multiplayer games, PC games, Throw Trucks With Your Mind

'Mental Combat Simulator' Uses Brainwave Tech

Throw Trucks With Your Mind will let players move onscreen objects using only brainwave power. Then throw them at each other.

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Dead Island: Riptide Hands-On Preview | Storm Warning

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Dead Island: Riptide, Deep Silver, PC games, PS3 games, Techland, Xbox 360 games

Dead Island: Riptide Hands-On Preview | Storm Warning

Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360

Developer: Techland

Publisher: Deep Silver

Dead Island was the centre or a perfect storm. That trailer. The hype. Our inexplicable love of shambling undead. The fact that it was an undeniably enjoyable romp, despite not even attempting to live up to the emotional heights of its debut, also didn't hurt. In many ways, then, the sequel has a tough act to follow, not least because we know what to expect from the franchise.

Escalation is the name of the game, and Riptide wants to make the perfect storm a very literal part of the gameplay. Enormous typhoons have drowned the Banoi archipelago, turning the tropical paradise into a dank swamp where every floating corpse could be a ravenous predator. The heightened stakes match the weather, with the military desperate to contain the situation by any means necessary. Techland have instigated several changes to the formula, both large and subtle (by Dead Island standards, at least), in an effort to give fans a tighter and more visceral experience.

Though as I found out during half an hour of contact time, you'll likely be too busy messing about with your mates to notice.

Dead Island: Riptide Hands-On Preview | Storm Warning

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Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger Reveal Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger, PC games, PSN, trailer, Ubisoft, XBLA

UPDATE: Now With Screenshots

As promised, Ubisoft have revealed the full-length reveal trailer for Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger. This downloadable shooter will see players facing off against some of the most vicious villains that the old west had to offer (such as Billy The Kid, John Wesley Hardin and Jesse James) - in brutal showdowns. You'll need to be quick on the draw, and deadly accurate with your big iron to boot.

Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger is out later this year on PC, PSN and XBLA. UPDATE: Screenshots and concept art after the break.

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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Hits XBLA Next Week

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Black Forest Games, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, Indie Games, Platformer, PSN, XBLA

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Hits XBLA Next Week

Excellent Kickstarted platformer Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams will arrive on Xbox Live Arcade next week, setting you back 1200 Microsoft points. A PSN version will follow "a few days later," but firm dates and pricing is currently TBA.

Twisted Dreams managed to absolutely shatter our expectations by totally redefining its maligned source material; allowing players to seamlessly shift between two versions of the game world at any time with gorgeous art direction and a satisfying amount of content. More to the point, it was also one of the first purely-Kickstarted titles to make it out of development, and a damn fine one to boot. You can read more in our Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams review.

Pokemon Rumble U Japanese Trailer Shows Skylanders-Style Toy Tech

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Japanese games, NFC, Nintendo, Pokemon Rumble U, trailer

Pokemon Rumble U Japanese Trailer Shows Skylanders-Style Toy Tech

Pokemon Rumble U may only be slated for a Japanese release, but it's noteworthy for two reasons. First of all, it's the first Pokemon game to release exclusively on the Wii U. Secondly, however, it will also launch with a range of collectible Pokemon figurines, who can be transported into the game using Skylanders-style Near Field Communications tech. It's all built into the Wii U Gamepad, meaning that no extra peripherals will be required.

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Bizarre The Phantom Pain Interview Confirms FOX Engine, GDC Reveal

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Come on Kojima the jig's up mate, Fox Engine, Kojima Productions, Moby Dick Studios, Tease, The Phantom Pain

Bizarre The Phantom Pain Interview Confirms FOX Engine, GDC Reveal

MGS Publicity Stunt Reaches Fever Pitch

In one of the most bizarre video 'interviews' I've ever seen, Geoff Kayleigh quizzed Moby Dick Studio CEO Joakim Mogren about The Phantom Pain, confirming that the mysterious title runs on Kojima Productions' Fox Engine. It's set for a full reveal at GDC, and not to put too fine a point on things, it's also definitely a publicity stunt for something Metal Gear Solid-related.

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Payday 2 Teaser Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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505 Games, Payday 2, Starbreeze, Tease, trailer

"See You At The Safehouse"

Payday 2 was officially announced yesterday, and 505 games have issued us with an obligatory teaser trailer. The stealthy sequel will take players on "an epic crime spree" in Washington D.C., expanding on the original game with detailed heists, more open environments, an advanced AI director and fleshed-out stealth mechanics.

Matt recently got to grips with Payday 2 at a Starbreeze showcase, so we'll have more gameplay details for you soon. It's set to launch this Summer on PC, PSN and XBLA.

Maxis Pledges To Fix SimCity's Traffic Congestion & Pathfinding

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, Maxis, PC games, SimCity

Maxis Pledges To Fix SimCity's Traffic Congestion & Pathfinding

SimCity's Lead Gameplay Scripter has revealed some of the inner workings of the Glassbox engine in a recent blog post, specifically the pathfinding behind traffic and public transport. Many players are wondering how deep the rabbit hole goes, having noted numerous issues with cars and buses missing their destinations, and fixes are apparently on the way.

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Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen Trailer Showcases The Sorcerer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Capcom, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, PS3 games, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen Trailer Showcases The Sorcerer

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen will offer players new high level skills to slaughter their myriad foes with, and there's no doubt that Sorcerers will have some of the flashiest spells on the battlefield. This latest trailer shows a battlemage and her party laying waste to a horde of undead using copious amounts of fire and lightning.

Dark Arisen isn't so much an expansion as a Dragon's Dogma special edition, as it includes all of the content from the original game plus a new underground realm, gear, monsters and abilities. Existing Dragon's Dogma owners can transfer their save files over and receive some in-game rewards for their loyalty, but the decision to not release the new content as a traditional DLC expansion is proving controversial to say the least. I'll let you know whether Dark Arisen offers genuine value for money when it releases on April 26th.

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Kartuga Dev Diary Promises Personalised Pirate Playstyles

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Browser games, InnoGames, Kartuga, PC games

Kartuga Dev Diary Promises Personalised Pirate Playstyles

The latest video from InnoGames shows how F2P browser pirate 'em up Kartuga will allow for a diverse range of playstyles. Each of the three playable classes - Destroyer, Protector and Engineer - boasts a three-pronged skill tree with numerous active skills and passive buffs, making for a great deal specialisation within classes and freedom to experiment.

I emerged from my Kartuga hands-on preview broadly impressed with the mix of RPG action and MOBA-esque structured PvP, and it's currently in closed beta ahead of launch later this year. We still have beta codes available if you fancy buckling some swashes.

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Dishonored: The Knife Of Dunwall DLC Announced

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Jonathan Lester
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Arkane Studios, Bethesda, Dishonored, Dishonored: The Knife Of Dunwall, DLC, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Dishonored: The Knife Of Dunwall DLC Announced

Bethesda has announced a new story-focused DLC expansion for Dishonored, entitled The Knife Of Dunwall. In an interesting new perspective, players will explore new areas of Dunwall as the villainous assassin Daud, who's armed with "new powers, weapons and gadgets."

The Knife Of Dunwall has been dated for April 16th for all platforms (the European PS3 version will probably arrive a day later in line with the weekly update), costing $9.99 or 800 Microsoft Points. We've got all the details after the break.

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'Meet Kilo Squad' In Gears Of War: Judgment Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Epic Games, Gears of War: Judgement, People Can Fly, trailer, Xbox 360 games

The latest trailer for Gears Of War: Judgment puts us on first-name terms with Kilo Squad. You'll likely already be acquainted with the acerbic squad leader Baird and irrepressible Cole, but you'll also get to meet hardbitten Sofia and Paduk, who are both rather handy with a chainsaw in a pinch.

Judgment releases next Friday in Europe, and we'll bring you our full review of People Can Fly's prequel nearer the time.

New Pikmin 3 Screenshots Are Cold As Ice

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Jonathan Lester
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Nintendo, Pikmin 3, Screenshots, Wii U games

New Pikmin 3 Screenshots Are Cold As Ice

Pikmin 3 won't just take players through lush verdant gardens, as evidenced by this latest trio of screenshots. We'll encounter a frozen arctic stage on our quest to save Captain Olimar from an uncertain fate, controlling a new gaggle of pint-sized heroes who you can now have a closer look at.

Shigeru Miyamoto recently suggested that Pikmin 3 should have "ideally" released at launch on the Wii U, and it's clear that Nintendo's console needs more big-name exclusives. We still don't have a firm release date beyond Q2 2013 (April-June), despite being able to get hands-on with it at E3 2012.

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Expedition Sale Hits PSN

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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I Am Alive, Prince of Persia Trilogy, PS3 games, PSN

Expedition Sale Hits PSN

Alongside a fortnight of Resident Evil promotions, you can currently save money on some action-adventure games thanks to the PSN Expedition Sale. The highlight of the bunch is probably the Prince Of Persia Trilogy and Dead Island GOTY for £7.99 apiece (as brilliantly spotted by EXIE on HotUKDeals), but I Am Alive has also been reduced to £5.99 and Machinarium is available . Extra 10% PlayStation Plus discounts are available for every title, and Vita owners will be pleased to note that the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will be added to the Instant Game Collection this afternoon.

We've got the full list of offers below, courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog.

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Gemini Rue, Puzzle Bots, Resonance, The Blackwell Bundle & Blackwell Deception | £3.34 | Groupees | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Adventure Games, Blackwell Deception, Gemini Rue, PC games, Wadjet Eye Games
Gemini Rue, Puzzle Bots, Resonance, The Blackwell Bundle & Blackwell Deception | £3.34 | Groupees | PC

If you're hankering for some excellent point & click adventures, look no further than the latest Groupees bundle. A meagre £3.34 will net you the entire Blackwell series along with latest entry Blackwell Deception, all of which feature engrossing storylines and gorgeous artwork, while Gemini Rue is up there as a modern adventure classic with its Blade Runner meets Cowboy Bebop aesthetic. You'll even get Resonance and Puzzle bots too. It's worth noting that these games have graced many indie bundles before, but there's no arguing with the price.

Blizzard: Bringing MMOs To Consoles Will Be Tough, But 'Exciting'

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Jonathan Lester
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Blizzard, Diablo 3, MMO, PS4, World of Warcraft

Blizzard: Bringing MMOs To Consoles Will Be Tough, But 'Exciting'

World Of Warcraft lead systems designer Greg Street believes that making MMOs work on consoles would be a "huge challenge," but an opportunity that Blizzard are excited to explore.

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FTL: Faster Than Light | £2.67 | Subset Games | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FTL: Faster Than Light, Indie Games, PC games, Subset Games
FTL: Faster Than Light | £2.67 | Subset Games | PC

FTL: Faster Than Light is a true space odyssey, a trek into the wild black yonder in search of adventure. You'll die a thousand deaths and fail a thousand times, but the randomised universe and deep, addictive gameplay made Subset Games' Kickstarted project a proper modern classic.

Subset Games are so keen for you to love and enjoy their wares that they've slashed the price down to £2.67, one of the cheapest deals we've yet seen. You'll get a DRM-free copy that's also redeemable on Steam (and all your money goes straight to the devs without Valve taking their cut), so basically get on this fast and hard. UPDATE: Credit to gamestraderjames at HotUKDeals, who found this before I did.

Ken Levine On BioShock Movie: "I Killed It"

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Jonathan Lester
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2K Games, Bioshock, Films, Irrational Games, Ken Levine

Ken Levine On BioShock Movie: "I Killed It"

"You Know What? I Don't Need To Compromise"

Irrational Games' Ken Levine claims that he was personally responsible for 'killing' the in-production BioShock movie, stating that he was absolutely unwilling to compromise his vision after ideal director Gore Verbinski dropped out.

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Resident Evil Franchise Sale Shambles Onto PSN

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Capcom, PS3 games, Resident Evil

Resident Evil Franchise Sale Shambles Onto PSN

Capcom have loosed a nightmarish horde of Resident Evil deals onto the unsuspecting PlayStation Network... if seven deals can really be called a 'horde.' More like a gaggle.

Terminology aside, Resi 1-3 will set you back £11.99 for the three, Operation Raccoon City is £7.99 along with Resi 5, and there's even a great big super bundle that's definitely not worth buying for the majority of players. See what you make of it after the brains. Break. What did I say?

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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge Multiplatform Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, PS3 games, Tecmo Koei, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge makes a decent fist of polishing up the turd that was the original game, adding improved mechanics, gore, multiple weapons and three new characters - Ayane, Momiji and Kasumi. It's no longer a Wii U exclusive, so if you're thinking about picking up Razor's Edge in April, here's a taster of what to expect.

The PS3/Xbox 360 port will include all Wii U DLC as standard.