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Advertising Standards Authority Gets Involved With Aliens: Colonial Marines

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Jonathan Lester
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Advertising, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox Software, Sega

Advertising Standards Authority Gets Involved With Aliens: Colonial Marines

SEGA Admits Ads "Did Not Accurately Reflect" The Game

After receiving a complaint about misleading and unrepresentative trailers for Aliens: Colonial Marines, the Advertising Standards Authority has insisted that SEGA runs disclaimers going forward.

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RUMOUR: Next-Gen Xbox Controller Has No New Features

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Next-gen, Rumour, Xbox

RUMOUR: Next-Gen Xbox Controller Has No New Features

Since Microsoft are still remaining tight-lipped about their next-gen console, it's time for yet another 'anonymous sources' rumour! This latest report comes courtesy of Kotaku, who claim that the next Xbox controller will be broadly identical to the Xbox 360 version with no new inputs or features.

Though it might be "a little smaller."

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Epic Games: PS4 Is A "Really Perfect Gaming PC"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Epic Games, PS4
Discuss:
PlayStation 4

Epic Games: PS4 Is A "Really Perfect Gaming PC"

"It’s Like Giving You The World’s Best PC.”

Epic Games have been quick to jump on the PS4 train with Unreal Engine 4, suggesting that Sony's new console is akin to the "world's best PC."

Easy now, fellow PC gamers. Easy. Let's hear him out first.

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Intelligent Systems Keen To Make Another Advance Wars

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Advance Wars, Intelligent Systems

Intelligent Systems Keen To Make Another Advance Wars

Just a quickie: Intelligent Systems would be interested in creating another Advance Wars handheld strategy game. “Whether it’s Fire Emblem or the Advance Wars, we never want to put an end to any series we’re involved with," project manager Masahiro Higuchi wrote in a developer interview on the official site. "We always want to make games that provide a lot of fun to gamers, so if we have the chance, we’d certainly like to make another [Advance Wars] title.”

This is music to our ears, especially considering that their latest title - Fire Emblem Awakening - is utterly magnificent. I'm currently working on a review ahead of the April 19th EU release date.

BioShock Infinite: The Siege Of Columbia Board Game Announced

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bioshock Infinite, Bioshock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia, board games, Irrational Games, Plaid Games

BioShock Infinite: The Siege Of Columbia Board Game Announced

BioShock Infinite will receive a companion board game tie-in that lets 2-4 players vie for control of the floating city of Columbia, and explore the backstory behind the Vox Populi uprising.

Note that the following contains very, very, very minor spoilers.

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Gamestop: Next Xbox Is A "Hot, Compelling Device"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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GameStop, High street, Microsoft, Next-gen, Retail, Xbox

Gamestop: Next Xbox Is A "Hot, Compelling Device"

Game Prices Might Increase

Microsoft still haven't officially announced the Xbox 360's successor, but Gamestop reckon that it's a seriously impressive piece of kit. The major retailer is convinced that traditional retail will still have an important role to play in the next console generation, but also believes that publishers would like to see RRPs rise to absorb increasing AAA development costs.

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Torment: Tides Of Numenera Likely Delayed Into 2015

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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inXile Entertainment, Kickstarter, PC games, RPG, Stretch goals, Torment: Tides Of Numenera

Torment: Tides Of Numenera Likely Delayed Into 2015

Have A Screenshot To Make Up For It

Torment: Tides Of Numenera's Kickstarter campaign has been so successful that inXile are already behind their estimated schedule due to the massive number of stretch goals.

However, to tide you over, they've also released the first screenshot, depicting a glistening semi-sentient environment that's a character in its own right.

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Gears Of War: Judgment Gets Free Map, Mode & Patch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, Epic Games, Gears of War: Judgment, People Can Fly

Gears Of War: Judgment Gets Free Map, Mode & Patch

Gears Of War: Judgment has been expanded by a new free DLC pack that bolts on an extra map and gametype. Not to mention a slew of fixes.

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The Trouble With Robots | Pay What You Want | IndieGameStand | PC

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
CCG, Digital Chestnut, Indie Games, Strategy games
The Trouble With Robots | Pay What You Want | IndieGameStand | PC
  • What: The Trouble With Robots
  • Where: IndieGameStand
  • Current Price: PWYW
  • RRP: £9.99

IndieGameStand's latest promotion features addictive side-scrolling strategic card game The Trouble With Robots, which can be yours for any amount of money ($0.25 minimum, $1 minimum if you want to redeem it on GOG, Desura or Steam if and when they become available). It's worth £9.99 on Get Games or £6.99 on GamersGate, so I'll let you guys decide how much you're willing to give the hard-working indie developers.

Skydrift Complete Pack | £2.05 (With Code) | Green Man Gaming | PC

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Digital Reality, Racing Games, SkyDrift
Skydrift Complete Pack | £2.05 (With Code) | Green Man Gaming | PC

We frequently see this 8/10 arcade aerial racing game hit rock bottom prices, but Green Man Gaming have upped the ante by throwing in the entire DLC smorgasbord too. It's well worth checking out if you fancy the idea of going up tiddly up up and down tiddly down down in a flying machine. Not unlike some sort of magnificent man.

Hard Reset | £2.60 (With Code) | Green Man Gaming | PC

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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FPS games, Hard Reset, lying Wild Hog, PC games
Hard Reset | £2.60 (With Code) | Green Man Gaming | PC

If you didn't already grab Hard Reset in the Indie Royale Chosen Bundle last month, Green Man Gaming are currently running a midweek deal. This outrageously visceral shooter, created by a host of Painkiller and The Witcher developers, is a brutal old-school experience with an exceptionally stable bespoke engine to match. The story isn't up to much, mind, but that's not really why we're here. Note that this should automatically include the extended DLC when you redeem on Steam, which adds extra missions and a proper ending.

Far Cry 3 | £12.00 (With Code) | Green Man Gaming | PC

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Far Cry 3, FPS games, PC games, Ubisoft

Far Cry 3 | £12.00 (With Code) | Green Man Gaming | PC

Gamestop's hilarious misprice has practically ruined Far Cry 3 deals for us now, but if you didn't pick it up for a fiver (along with all of its predecessors to boot), Green Man Gaming are currently the cheapest on the market. You're probably well aware that it's one of the best games of 2013, and quite possibly the best shooter, so this is still a bit of a bargain.

Thanks and credit to pmorris at Hot UK Deals.

Red Orchestra & Red Orchestra 2 | Pay What You Want | Humble Weekly | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FPS games, PC games, Tripwire Interactive
Red Orchestra & Red Orchestra 2 | Pay What You Want | Humble Weekly | PC

This week's Humble Sale lets you pay whatever you want for some incredibly authentic WW2 shooters. Both Red Orchestra and its sequel can be tough to get into at first (be aware that the multiplayer community is already lethally proficient), but deliver tense and rewarding gameplay for FPS veterans.

If you beat the average - currently a paltry £1.93 - you'll also get Killing Floor, its eleven DLC packs and the soundtrack.

AI War: Alien Bundle | £3.00 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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AI War: Fleet Command, Arcen Games, PC games, RTS
AI War: Alien Bundle | £3.00 | GamersGate | PC
  • What: AI War: Alien Bundle (includes all DLC)
  • WhereGamersGate
  • Current Price: £3.00
  • RRP: £19.99

AI War: Fleet Command is a space RTS with challenging adaptive AI and a huge selection of spaceships with which to do battle, bolstered by a wealth of DLC. The 2.5D graphics are extremely capable, though the experience is much more fun with other human space cadets to battle against (hint: the titular AI will smash your fleets into dust and laugh in your face).

Note that you can pick up the latest DLC pack, Ancient Shadows, for a discounted £1 - and save a little extra by plugging in voucher code "elder-geek.com" (without brackets).

HarmoKnight Review | Game Freak, C'est Chic

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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3DS eShop, 3DS Games, Game Freak, HarmoKnight, Nintendo, Rhythm games

HarmoKnight Review | Game Freak, C'est Chic

Platform: Nintendo 3DS (eShop, £12.99)

Developer: Game Freak

Publisher: Nintendo

Game Freak have developed a new IP.

It's actually a fairly big deal. Nintendo's first-party studio haven't made anything not Pokemon-related since Mario & Yoshi in 1991 (unless you count Drill Dozer, which never released in the UK), and have never attempted a downloadable title before, making HarmoKnight a bit of an anomaly to say the least.

But here it is: an eShop rhythm game where a young lad and his rabbit pal need to save a colourful musical world from ravening evil Noizoids. By smacking them in the face with a great big quaver. The premise is as gleefully daft as you'd expect from a studio who've spent years glossing over small children leaving home and engaging in brutal animal-on-animal cage fights, but it's also as fun and polished as Game Freak's pedigree suggests.

HarmoKnight Review | Game Freak, C'est Chic

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Stealth Bastard Coming To PS3 & Vita

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Indie Games, Platformer, PS Vita games, PS3 games, Stealth Bastard Deluxe

Stealth Bastard Coming To PS3 & Vita

Will Need Renaming (For Some Reason)

Sony's massive indie gaming push continues with the news that British sneak 'em up Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole will be making its paunchy, rock-hard way to PS3 and Vita. This outstanding platformer is so named because it's "bastard hard," but apparently the risky monicker is just too rude for the prudish PlayStation store. You can win a Vita if you come up with a decent alternative.

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XBLA Sale Discounts Two Of 2012's Best Games (And More)

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dust: An Elysian Tail, Mark of the Ninja, XBLA, Xbox 360 games

XBLA Sale Discounts Two Of 2012's Best Games (And More)

Microsoft's latest Xbox Live Arcade sale is actually worth taking a look at, since two of the best games of 2012 make the cut. First up, the exceptional Mark Of The Ninja is now a mere 600 MSP, a bargain considering that Klei crafted one of the best stealth games in recent years.

Gorgeous and deep MetroidVania platformer Dust: An Elysian Tail has also been slashed down to size. Since it's my favourite game of 2012, I'd recommend it without hesitation. The words 'shouting' and 'rooftops' come to mind.

There's more too - such as Retro City Rampage, Quarrel and the legendary Trials HD. Swarm is also a steal at a meagre 200 MSP - that's well worth splurging some loose change on. We've got the details after the break.

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SimCity Singleplayer: EA Reveals Offline Passes [APRIL FOOL]

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, SimCity

SimCity Singleplayer: EA Reveals Offline Passes [APRIL FOOL]

"Freedom Passes" Unlock Solo Play For One-Off Payment

After heeding calls for SimCity to feature an offline mode, EA have revealed that this functionality will soon be added to the controversial always-online title. However, you'll need to pay $10 for the privilege, to offset "associated transfer costs."

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Hotline Miami 2 Is Happening, Set In Early 90s

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dennaton Games, Devolver Digital, Hotline Miami, Hotline Miami 2, PC games, PS Vita games

Hotline Miami 2 Is Happening, Set In Early 90s

Dennaton Games are working on a follow-up to the ferociously addictive Hotline Miami, sporting a new setting and some "sweet tunes."

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Unreal Engine 4 Demoed On PC & PS4

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Epic Games, PC, PS4, Unreal Engine 4

Unreal Engine 4 Demoed On PC & PS4

Infiltrator & Elemental

Epic Games have released two tech demos of Unreal Engine 4 doing its shiny business, both on PC and PS4. Both real-time videos demonstrate the new high-end rendering features and tools that will doubtlessly play a key role in numerous next-gen multiplatform games over the coming years. Check it out below.

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