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Bethesda Teases New 2013 Reveals

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Jonathan Lester
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Bethesda Teases New 2013 Reveals

"You'll Sit Up And Take Notice"

Bethesda plans to "make more noise" this year with several new game reveals.

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Project Eternity Video Shows Off New Engine

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Obsidian Entertainment, Project Eternity, RPG

Project Eternity Video Shows Off New Engine

Obsidian Entertainment's Project Eternity may have been overshadowed by Torment: Tides Of Numenera recently, but the Kickstarted RPG is coming along in leaps and bounds. The latest footage shows off the new Eternity Engine, which is designed to feel like almighty Infinity Engine while delivering plenty of modern eye candy like water effects, day/night cycles and dynamic lighting.

Project Eternity is due in April 2014.

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Europa Universalis III: Chronicles | Free | Gamefly | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Paradox Interactive, PC games, Strategy games
Europa Universalis III: Chronicles | Free | Gamefly | PC

Gamefly are literally giving away Europa Universalis III, along with its DLC packs, which is probably worth adding to your backlog for strategy fans. The experience is extremely intimidating to newcomers, but given time, its blend of national scale politics, finances and the occasional war make for a compelling menu-driven proposition.

Flotilla, Air Forte & Atom Zombie Smasher | Pay What You Want | Humble Weekly Sale | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Blendo Games, Flotilla, Indie Games, PC games
Flotilla, Air Forte & Atom Zombie Smasher | Pay What You Want | Humble Weekly Sale | PC

The latest Humble Bundle Weekly Sale focuses on Blendo Games' back catalogue; offering up the excellent Flotilla (a cross between Homeworld and Strange Adventures In Infinite Space), hectic cull 'em up Atom Zombie Smasher and surprisingly entertaining edutainment effort Air Forte. As always, you can choose how much to pay, and how much of a combined saving you want.

Shattered Haven Review | Happy FamilieZ

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Arcen Games, Indie Games, PC games, Puzzle games

Shattered Haven Review | Happy FamilieZ

Platform: PC

Developer: Arcen Games

I've said it before and I'll say it again: established genres mean nothing to Arcen Games. From the sublime fusion of 4X and RTS mechanics in AI War to A Valley Without Wind's compelling mix of exploration, strategy and platforming, the innovative indie outfit always attempts to create something new and exciting rather than falling back on staid convention.

For their next trick: a score attack environmental retro-styled action survival puzzler with an intimate family storyline set during a zombie apocalypse. Ta-da!

Shattered Haven certainly has all the right pieces to create another cult classic, and though they sometimes don't fit together as elegantly as they should, this recklessly avant-garde experiment is much more than just another zombie game.

Shattered Haven Review | Happy FamilieZ

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The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing Gets A New Gameplay Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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Neocore Games, PC games, RPG, The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing, trailer, XBLA

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing Gets A New Gameplay Trailer

NeoCore Games (of King Arthur: The Role-Playing Wargame fame) have released another trailer for their vampire-themed isometric action RPG. The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing will offer multiple branching skill trees and a visceral Rage Mode when it launches on PC and XBLA later this year.

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Miyamoto: The Wii U Needs Time To Prove Itself

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto, Wii U

Miyamoto: The Wii U Needs Time To Prove Itself

Nintendo's legend-in-residence Shigeru Miyamoto believes that the Wii U will come into its own given time, as consumers and retailers gradually come to appreciate its unique features.

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Pitchford Apologises For Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U Cancellation

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox, Sega, Wii U games

Pitchford Apologises For Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U Cancellation

Just a quickie: Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has apologised to Wii U owners who were looking forward to the recently-canned Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines.

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Harmonix Sites Shut Down Following Suspected Intrusion

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dance Central, Hack, Harmonix, Rock Band

Harmonix Sites Shut Down Following Suspected Intrusion

Harmonix' network of Rock Band and Dance Central websites went down over the weekend to investigate an intrusion into their network. No evidence of any compromised user account details have yet been found, but at the time of writing, the sites are still closed and passwords have been suspended.

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Ragnarok Odyssey Ace Confirmed For Western Vita Release

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Game Arts, GungHo Online Entertainment, JRPG, PS Vita games, Ragnarok Odyssey, Ragnarok Odyssey Ace

Ragnarok Odyssey Ace Confirmed For Western Vita Release

Just a quickie: GungHo Online Entertainment have confirmed that Ragnarok Odyssey Ace will be localised for Western audiences following the Japanese launch in July. This extended version will contain all the features of the capable Vita-exclusive JRPG, all DLC, a new ACE Skill system and an epilogue episode that continues the game beyond the original ending.

We have yet to find out exactly when the Western version will release, but don't hold your breath, since it took many months for the original to make it from Japan to the US and finally to the EU PlayStation Network. For now, why not check out our Ragnarok Odyssey review for more details?

More Next-Gen Xbox Rumours: May Reveal, November Release

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

More Next-Gen Xbox Rumours: May Reveal, November Release

Entertainment-Centric Model Cancelled

To fill the void left by Microsoft's deafening next-gen silence, we've got some more rumours to discuss regarding the Xbox 360's successor. Prolific tech blogger Paul Thurrott posits that Microsoft are set to finally announce concrete details next month, and plan to release in time for Christmas.

Details below. Great big pinch of salt at the ready, lads and lasses.

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Pokemon X & Y: Mewthree Revealed?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Game Freak, Nintendo, Pokemon X/Y

Pokemon X & Y: Mewthree Revealed?

Game Freak have revealed a new, as-yet unnamed, battler for Pokemon X & Y. "That bears an intriguing resemblance to the Legendary Mewtwo."

So... yeah. Mewthree, perhaps? A different Mew clone? An evolution? Juvenile form? Dream world forme? Either way, check it out in battle after the break, and let us know what you make of it.

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NIS Bringing Black Rock Shooter To PSN This Month

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Black Rock Shooter, NIS America, PSP games, Vita games

NIS Bringing Black Rock Shooter To PSN This Month

One for the import fans: NIS America will release stylish PSN SHMUP Black Rock Shooter on April 26th. Based on a single character design by renowned artist Huke, and voiced by the synthetic diva Hatsune Miku, this PSP title certainly looks like a bit of a beast from the East. Though our robotic protagonist does look a bit chilly. Trailer and details after the break.

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Black Ops II: Uprising DLC Trailer Has Your Back

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, DLC, trailer, Uprising

Black Ops II's latest DLC pack, Uprising, promises to eat into your daily life if you like the idea of Aliens, Rock Concerts and zombie mobsters... so Activision have kindly offered to cover your shift* when the content releases on April 16th (Xbox Live).

If you want to know more, check out the announcement trailer, which actually shows gameplay throughout rather than shoehorned in at the end.

*Activision will not actually dispatch J.B. Smoove to cover your workload. Your job may be at risk if you decide to play Black Ops in your pants instead of turning up to work.

Indie Sale Hits Wii U & 3DS This Thursday

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Indie Games, Nintendo, Wii U games

Indie Sale Hits Wii U & 3DS This Thursday

Nintendo seem to have finally received the 'indies are the future' memo, so while they scrabble around to secure more downloadable offerings, they'll tide us over with a cross-platform sale starting this Thursday. The excellent Trine 2: Director's Cut will be available at a 50% discount, alongside savings on The Cave, Mighty Switch Force, Mutant Mudds and Nano Assault Neo.

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UK Games Charts | 6th April 2013

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bioshock Infinite, Defiance, FIFA 13, UK Games Charts, UK retail

UK Games Charts | 6th April 2013

This week's chart starts with a lighthouse, in that BioShock Infinite has managed to secure the top spot for a second week running. Well, it was always going to. However, newcomer MMO shooter Defiance has debuted in a respectable third place, impressive considering major launch issues for the Xbox 360 version. Elsewhere, Skylanders and Need For Speed: Most Wanted have re-entered the top ten, bothering the likes of Luigi's Mansion 2 and Assassin's Creed III.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Is "THE Kick-Ass Cyber Shooter," Due May 1st

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Jonathan Lester
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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Shooter, Ubisoft, XBLA

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Is "THE Kick-Ass Cyber Shooter," Due May 1st

Stars Cpl. Hicks/Kyle Reese

It's official: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a standalone XBLA shooter that allows players to "experience every cliché of a VHS era vision of a nuclear future." Expect every shlocky flourish from every single 80s straight-to-video action movie, even including Michael "Corporal Hicks" Biehn.

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Pid | Pay What You Want | IndieGameStand | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, Might & Delight, PC games, Pid, Platformer
Pid | Pay What You Want | IndieGameStand | PC

PID is an interesting indie oddity, a gravity-defying platformer packed with puzzles, but that also suffers from an insane amount of padding and an odd identity crisis between brainpower and twitch gameplay. However, IndieGameStand's pay what you want deal means that there's rarely been a better time to check out the excellent art direction and quality on show.

You can pay a minimum of $0.25 for a direct download, or $1 for Steam/GOG redeem codes. Remember, the whole idea is that you pay what you think it's worth, and can spare.

Warface Beta Preview | Show Me Your War Face!

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Crytek, FPS, Free to play, Gface, Trion Worlds, Warface

Warface Beta Preview | Show Me Your War Face!

Platform: PC (Gface, F2P)

Developer: Crytek

Publisher: Trion Worlds

Much has been made of Warface's deeply silly name, but we rather like it. It's fun to say. Go on, try it out: Warface. Show me your Warface. Gears Of Warface. Full spread of photon torpedoes, Lieutenant Worface. Crytek's monicker might have been slightly lost in translation, but it has a certain goofy charm.

However, beyond these cheap laughs, Warface means serious business. Crytek's first foray into free to play has a lofty mission statement: to deliver a triple-A quality multiplayer experience, both in terms of gameplay and graphics, within your humble internet browser. Team-based deathmatches, co-op, customisation and clans. No clients. No down-payment or subscription. Just war. Face.

Having sampled the closed beta, we can report that Warface is certainly on course to set a new graphical standard for browser games, and provide impressively solid shooting for the bargain price of absolutely no money whatsoever.

Warface Beta Preview | Show Me Your War Face!

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Notch: 0x10c "On Ice" Due To "Creative Block"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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0x10c, Markus Persson, Mojang, Notch

Notch: 0x10c "On Ice" Due To "Creative Block"

Markus "Notch" Persson has hit a stumbling block with vast customisable space game 0x10c, leaving the project's future uncertain.

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