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Xbox One Design Team Talks Heritage, Form & Function In New Video

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Jonathan Lester
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Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One Design Team Talks Heritage, Form & Function In New Video

The Xbox One design team have starred in a new video discussing the creative process behind the entertainment system's looks, both in terms of the brand's heritage, utility and living room appeal. You'll get to look at some prototype units, controllers and Kinect sensors, along with commentary from the designers involved.

You'll also get a closer look at the controller and some of its new features, including force-feedback impulse triggers.

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Company Of Heroes 2 Trailer: "More Than Tanks"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Company of Heroes 2, PC games, RTS games, Strategy games, Trailers

Company Of Heroes 2 Trailer: "More Than Tanks"

Company Of Heroes 2's latest trailer is big on tanks, showing off how rolling thunder will be a key asset for its armchair generals. That said, the video also promises "more than tanks," which is probably a sly dig at a certain popular free to play title since the previous trailer took aim at modern military shooters. Not exactly classy, but expect plenty of gameplay footage for the anticiated Relic-developed RTS.

Game's out for PC on June 25th.

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GRID 2 Launch Trailer Is Fast & Stylish

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Codemasters Racing, GRID 2, PC games, PS3 games, Racing Games, Xbox 360 games

GRID 2 Launch Trailer Is Fast & Stylish

GRID 2 is out today on PC. PS3 and Xbox 360, so why not celebrate by looking at some fast cars, visiting glamorous locations and admiring the beautiful scenery? However, if you can't afford that frankly magnificent lifestyle, I guess this launch trailer will do at a pinch.

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RUMOUR: Prey 2 Picked Up By Dishonored Devs?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Arkane Studios, Bethesda, Prey 2, Rumour

RUMOUR: Prey 2 Picked Up By Dishonored Devs?

Prey 2 blew us away at E3 2011, to the extent that we crowned Human Head's bounty-hunting sequel as the second best game of show (behind a certain BioShock Infinite). However, the project quickly fell off our radar, with suggestions that the developers had effectively gone on strike and left the freeform shooter up the proverbial creek.

New reports, however, allege that Prey 2 might finally be back on track... and in the hands of none other than Arkane Studios.

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Killer Is Dead Gameplay Footage Shows Insane Combat, Tiger Bike Fights & Worrying Gigolo Missions

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Deep Silver, Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Kadokawa Games, Killer Is Dead, Oh that Suda, Suda51, trailer

Killer Is Dead Gameplay Footage Shows Insane Combat, Tiger Bike Fights & Worrying Gigolo Missions

Suda 51's Killer Is Dead has revealed more of its secrets thanks to two new gameplay videos captured by Famitsu Magazine [via Gematsu]. The first clip shows off some tight, colourful and furiously-paced combat that looks to be incredibly involving, along with a bike chase against a massive transforming tiger.

The second video, however, sheds some more light on the 'Gigolo Missions' that our protagonist Mondo Zappa will find himself pursuing from time to time. It's... a bit sleazy, to put things as mildly as possible. With luck, these sections will provide a meaningful gameplay experience that makes sense in context. Maybe?

See what you make of Killer Is Dead ahead of its August launch.

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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Studio Reveals Ravensdale

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Black Forest Games, Co-op, Indie Games, Ravensdale, Steampunk

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Studio Reveals Ravensdale

"Fuel Fantasy" Game In Development For Years

Black Forest Games, the outfit behind the superb Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, has finally revealed a title they've been working on for many a long year. Described as a "fuel fantasy" game, Ravensdale is a sidescrolling steampunk co-op title that tasks players with brawling over a "medieval oil rig city."

Sounds like a blast. More details below.

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Microsoft: Xbox 360 Will Remain "A Vibrant Part Of The Ecosystem"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, XBLA, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Microsoft: Xbox 360 Will Remain "A Vibrant Part Of The Ecosystem"

Partly Because Xbox One Isn't Backwards Compatible

Microsoft has suggested that players will want to keep their Xbox 360 around as a "vibrant" part of the Xbox ecosystem over the next few years, not least because neither retail nor downloadable games are backwards-compatible with the Xbox One. However, they also plan to reveal a "huge" current-gen announcement at E3.

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Watch Dogs Developer Diary Shows Extensive Combat Motion Capture

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Developer diary, Ubisoft, Watch Dogs

The latest developer diary for ambitious cross-generation openworld hack-a-thon Watch Dogs takes us into the motion capture studio, where Ubisoft have been painstakingly making combat as realistic and fluid as possible.

I recently interviewed animation lead Lars Bonde, who told us that Watch Dogs will use next-gen consoles to push graphical boundaries and feature extensive motion capture for even everyday scenes - such as being splashed by a passing taxi. Judging by what I saw of the latest production build at a recent preview event in Paris, this versatile player-driven adventure is definitely one to watch ahead of its release on November 22nd.

Shadow Of The Eternals "Unlikely" To Release If Kickstarter Fails

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crowd Funding, Eternal Darkness, Horror games, Kickstarter, Precursor Games, Shadow of the Eternals, Silicon Knights

Shadow Of The Eternals "Unlikely" To Release If Kickstarter Fails

Precursor Games have warned that Shadow Of The Eternals (the spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness) probably won't come to fruition if their crowd-funding campaign fails to hit its lofty $1.5 million target.

Which, judging by the currently lukewarm reception, is looking increasingly likely.

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Double Fine Reveals Massive Chalice Strategy Kickstarter

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Double Fine, Kickstarter, Massive Chalice, PC games, Strategy games, Turn-based strategy games

Double Fine have taken to Kickstarter once again in order to crowd-fund a new title. Massive Chalice is described as the lovechild of "turn-based tactics and feudal fantasy," presenting players with a mash-up of Game Of Thrones, X-COM and Fire Emblem.

Once you've stopped drooling, we've got the pitch, premise and details after the break.

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EA Officially Removing Online Passes From Existing Games

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Jonathan Lester
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EA, Online Pass

EA Officially Removing Online Passes From Existing Games

"The Process Will Take Several Weeks"

Yesterday we brought you the news that online passes for older EA games were mysteriously becoming free to purchase, a move that EA have just confirmed as the first step towards completely removing the aggravating anti used game incentive.

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Borderlands 2: Krieg DLC Gets Heartwarming, Disturbing Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Games, Borderlands 2, DLC, Gearbox Software, Krieg The Psycho, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Borderlands 2: Krieg DLC Gets Heartwarming, Disturbing Trailer

"I Have The Shiniest Meat Bicycle!"

Borderlands 2's latest DLC vault hunter Krieg may be a psychopathic loon who liberally sets himself on fire at a moment's notice, but he's actually a bit of a softie according to a hilarious new trailer. He might need to work on his phrasing, mind...

I recently previewed the Krieg vault hunter DLC, which is designed to provide Borderlands 2 veterans with advanced new ways to play.

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Halo 4 Weapon Balance Patch Will Buff Pretty Much Everything

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Jonathan Lester
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343 Industries, FPS, Halo 4, multiplayer, Patch, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4 Weapon Balance Patch Will Buff Pretty Much Everything

Except The DMR

As previously reported, 343 Industries have been slaving away on a major Halo 4 multiplayer patch to balance the arsenal against the Designated Marksman Rifle. The kill time for practically every weapon has been reduced, along with sweeping damage and fire rate increases across the board.

We've got the patch notes below ahead of its deployment on June 3rd.

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Big Fat Telltale Games Bundle Including The Walking Dead (Full Seasons) | Pay What You Want | Humble Weekly Sale | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Telltale Games

Big Fat Telltale Games Bundle Including The Walking Dead (Full Seasons) | Pay What You Want | Humble Weekly Sale | PC

Well now, this is a bit of a coup. The latest Humble Weekly Sale contains loads of full seasons of Telltale Games adventures, from Hector to Sam & Max, Wallace & Gromit and Puzzle Agent. If you beat the average, you'll also get the entire Walking Dead series, which was our GOTY 2012.

Here's the haul: Back to the Future: The Game, Hector: Badge of Carnage, Poker Night at the Inventory, Puzzle Agent, Puzzle Agent 2, Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures... and The Walking Dead.

So, yeah. It's going to be a fun weekend. Thanks to aitk3n @ HUKD!

OUYA Pre-Launch Review & Impressions | Beautiful Inside & Out... But Will It Be Ready?

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Android, Boxer8, Crowd Funding, Games consoles, Kickstarter, Ouya

OUYA Pre-Launch Review & Impressions | Beautiful Inside & Out... But Will It Be Ready?

What a ride. The OUYA leapt onto the public stage thanks to one of the most successful crowd funding campaigns of all time, raising an extraordinary amount of money for an extraordinary device. Following months of development, several weeks of frenzied manufacturing and worldwide shipping, all backer units have now been dispatched, and our adorable little cube has finally arrived.

But now the dust has settled and we're able to get to grips with the shiny new hardware. We've exhaustively tested the OUYA to the point of disassembling it; keen to explore its interface, marketplace and potential as a disruptive game-changing platform. A thorn in the side of the big boys, perhaps.

Before we begin, we need to make one thing very clear. Not only are these backer units potentially different from the retail model in hardware terms, but the firmware and game selection will also be radically improving in the month before launch. As such, this is an in-depth look at the OUYA in its current state, features, hardware, interface, games and perhaps what to expect come the end of June. Not a value judgement or final verdict.

Which is a good thing too, because while the foundations are present and correct, Boxer8 have their work cut out over the next few weeks.

OUYA Pre-Launch Review & Impressions | Beautiful Inside & Out... But Will It Be Ready?

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Killzone: Shadow Fall Dev Diary Talks Next-Gen Development

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Jonathan Lester
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Developer diary, FPS, Guerilla Games, Killzone: Shadow Fall, PS4, PS4 games

Killzone: Shadow Fall Dev Diary Talks Next-Gen Development

A new Killzone: Shadow Fall video sees Guerilla Games praising the PlayStation 4 for providing raw power and "tremendous ease of development." The team suggests that they've been able to experiment with new gameplay features and graphical wizardry, though doesn't contain any new footage beyond snippets of the reveal demonstration.

We'll know more about Killzone: Shadow Fall and other PS4 titles after Sony's E3 media briefing, slated for June 10th.

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UK Retailers: Xbox One Pre-Orders "Extremely Positive," Microsoft "Unfairly Slammed" Over Reveal Event

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Jonathan Lester
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Microsoft, Pre-orders, UK retail, Xbox One

UK Retailers: Xbox One Pre-Orders "Extremely Positive," Microsoft "Unfairly Slammed" Over Reveal Event

Some British retailers have spoken out to suggest that Xbox One pre-orders are performing very well indeed despite the detail-light reveal event last week, which Microsoft are perhaps being "unfairly" lambasted for.

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Is EA Retroactively Declawing Their Online Passes?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bad Company 2, DLC, EA, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Online Pass

Is EA Retroactively Declawing Their Online Passes?

EA recently pledged to kill off the online pass (for whatever reason), and it seems that their promise might also be retroactive. NeoGAF users have spotted that several online passes for older games have become entirely free of charge, along with locked singleplayer content, allowing you to pick up a used copy without chipping in any extra.

Interesting stuff. More below.

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Blackwell Complete Collection, Pixelry, Hacker Evolution Untold & Super Tower Rush | Pay What You Want | Bundle In A Box | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Adventure Games, Blackwell, Blackwell Deception, Indie Games, PC games

Blackwell Complete Collection, Pixelry, Hacker Evolution Untold & Super Tower Rush | Pay What You Want | Bundle In A Box | PC

The latest Bundle In A Box contains the entire (and excellent) Blackwell adventure game series, along with Pixelry, Hacker Evolution Untold and Super Tower Rush. You can part with any amount of money, but if you're willing to beat the inexpensive average, you'll also get Hacker Evolution, Hacker Evolution Duality, Hamlet and Secret Of The Magic Crystals.

You know the drill. You set the price.