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Edward Kenway At Your Service In Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Montage

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Edward Kenway, Ubisoft

Edward Kenway, ex-privateer and scourge of the seven seas, will be a very different kind of Assassin's Creed protagonist. He's ruthless, charming, utterly selfish and cruel; all skills you need when building a fearsome reputation among the pirate community. Not to mention his own crew.

Oh, and as Haytham's dad, you'd better believe that he's British. We approve.

We'll have a massive Assassin's Creed IV blowout going live soon, but for now, here's a pre-rendered trailer showing off his dual-wielding fighting style.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Debut Trailer

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Ubisoft

We're in a bit of a mad rush this morning, since Ubisoft have pushed the Assassin's Creed IV embargo forward from 5:00 PM to right now. My hands are untied. My lips are unsealed. I'll tell you everything I know about Edward Kenway and his magnificent naval sandbox later today, but for now, here's the debut trailer for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

More to follow...

New Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Screenshots

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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CD Projekt RED, PC games, PS4 games, RPG, Screenshots, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

New Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Screenshots

CD Projekt RED have released a veritable cornucopia of screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, showing off some of the environments and enemies we'll encounter in the chilly islands of Skellige. Note that these are work in progress, since the Polish studio are still hard at work on new shaders.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will offer around 100 hours of gameplay when it releases in 2014.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Will Offer 100 Hours Of Gameplay & Storytelling

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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CD Project RED, PC games, PS4 games, RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Will Offer 100 Hours Of Gameplay & Storytelling

Tough decisions, branching plotlines and massive replay value will be the order of the day in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, according to the latest update from CD Projekt RED.

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Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel Trailer Channels Michael Bay

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel, EA, PS3 games, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel Trailer Channels Michael Bay

Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel has aspirations to be a blockbuster action movie experience, as evidenced by this suitably macho new trailer. Matt reckons that the cooperative action is shaping up nicely in our hands-on preview, but we're worried that the drab (and incredibly complex) Mexican setting could well be a double-edged sword.

The Devil's Cartel is set to release on March 29th in the UK, scant days after BioShock Infinite. In the states, it will launch on the very same day. With news of potential layoffs at Visceral Montreal, we'll be very interested to see how the finished product turns out.

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Ouya Starts Shipping To Backers On March 28th

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Julie Uhrman, Kim Swift, Ouya

Ouya Starts Shipping To Backers On March 28th

Kim Swift To Debut "Funky, Unique" Exclusive

It won't be long until the first commercial Ouya consoles start wending their way to Kickstarter backers, several months ahead of the commercial launch.

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PS4 Ustream Isn't Console-Exclusive

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Livestreaming, PS4, Sony, Ustream
Discuss:
PlayStation 4

PS4 Ustream Isn't Console-Exclusive

The PS4's streaming tech, powered by Ustream, stole the show at Sony's New York reveal. Players will be able to share and stream live game footage to their friends and the internet at large, but Ustream have revealed that it's a ubiqutious service slated for multiple devices - perhaps even other next-gen consoles.

Like Durango, perhaps?

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Metro: Last Light Gets Firm Release Date

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Deep Silver, Metro: Last Light, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Metro: Last Light Gets Firm Release Date

Koch Media, the new custodians of the Metro IP, have finally put a firm release date on the anticipated sequel. Metro: Last Light will launch on May 17th for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, which includes a little delay for last-minute polishing.

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Crytek CEO: "The Notion Of Single-Player Has To Go Away"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crytek, Gface, Singleplayer, Warface

Crytek CEO: "The Notion Of Single-Player Has To Go Away"

"It Could Be Called Online Single-Player Instead"

Crytek are working on a social gaming platform that allows groups of friends to effortlessly jump between titles while remaining as a party... which might redefine singleplayer as we know it. Or, erm, lead to some extremely controversial soundbites.

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Anomaly: Warzone Earth 2 Revealed

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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11 bit Studios, Anomaly 2, Anomaly 2: Warzone Earth, PC games, RTS games, Tower Defence games

Anomaly: Warzone Earth 2 Revealed

11 Bit Studios have unveiled a sequel to Anomaly: Warzone Earth, which will expand the original 'tower offence' game with morphing war mechs, battle squads, branching storylines and more. We've got all the details, including gameplay features, premise, screenshots and announcement trailer, after the break.

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The Last Of Us Dev Diary: "Hush"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Naughty Dog, PS3 games, Survival Horror, The Last Of Us

Don't Make A Sound...

The Last Of Us is set to shock PS3 owners with enemies unlike anything we've ever seen before. Not zombies but decidedly inhuman, the vicious and cunning Infected will spread their parasitic fungus by any means necessary, and even use sonar to hunt you down in the dark. This new developer diary explains how Naughty Dog game up with the concept, and exactly why you need to stay quiet - so very quiet.

The Last Of Us is out on June 14th, and will likely be the biggest game of Summer 2013. Matt recently got to grips with it and will deliver some hands-on impressions soon.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 Headshot Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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City Interactive, PC games, PS3 games, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, Xbox 360 games

Believe it or not, much of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 will involve shooting bad guys in the head.

We'll find out whether the much-delayed sequel can improve on its mediocre predecessor on March 15th.

Deadfall Adventures Announced By Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Devs

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Deadfall Adventures, Nordic Games, PC games, The Farm 51, Xbox 360 games

Deadfall Adventures Announced By Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Devs

"Discover The Little Indiana Jones In All Of Us"

The Farm 51, the studio behind Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, have revealed their next project as Deadfall Adventures. This action adventure throws players into dark forbidding jungles in the search for loot and infamy, marrying traditional FPS combat with puzzle solving and exploration.

A little like a first-person Uncharted, if you will. More details and trailerbelow.

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate: Region Free Multiplayer & Off-TV Play Coming Post Launch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Capcom, JRPG, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Patch, Wii U games

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate: Region Free Multiplayer & Off-TV Play Coming Post Launch

Capcom will be patching region-free multiplayer and the ability to play on Wii U Gamepad into Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. According to the latest press release, a free software update will add the new features in April, a month after the game launches. Once deployed, European and American players will be able to team up online (while their significant others watch something else on the television).

"Free of charge downloadable quests" will also trickle out over the following months, which will hopefully help to keep the online community thriving - something that most Wii U games are struggling to do. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate launches on March 22nd for Wii U and 3DS, with cross-play compatibility betwee the two. What did you make of the recent demo?

Total War: Rome II Trailer & Screenshots Re-Enact The Battle Of Teutoburg

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC games, RTS, Sega, Strategy games, The Creative Assembly, Total War: Rome II, trailer

Total War: Rome II Trailer & Screenshots Re-Enact The Battle Of Teutoburg

Total War: Rome II is set to bring several new innovations to The Creative Assembly's winning RTS formula, including true line of sight mechanics, ambush scenarios and deployable battlefield technology that can turn an army's fortune. A new trailer and screenshots show off these features in action during the disastrous battle of Teutoberg, which saw three Roman legions slaughtered by Germanic forces.

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BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Review | Mindblowing

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, Gaijin Games, PC games, Wii U games

BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Review | Mindblowing

Platforms: PC (reviewed) | Wii U (eShop) | PSN & XBLA versions incoming

Developer: Gaijin Games

Jump kick slide jump jump block slide jump jump jump die.

Again. Again! Just one more go. I'll nail it this time. Or the next time.

Of all the BIT.TRIP games, Runner is usually the one we remember most fondly. Equal parts execution challenge and bold musical experiment, the original retro-tough retro-styled platformer battered our retinas and reflexes as we guided CommanderVideo through a maddening gauntlet of foes, pits and traps. Every jump, slide and spring fed into a dynamic and evolving soundtrack that tied into the gameplay rather than just accompanying it. And despite the masochistic difficulty level, we just kept on running... and running... and running... regardless.

BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend Of Rhythm Alien (we'll call it Runner 2 from now on) builds on its predecessor in every conceivable way. If the original BIT.TRIP Runner was just a component of a six-game synesthesia experiment, Gaijin's sequel stands on its own merits as a fully-fledged and exquisite gaming experience. It will blow your mind, in any sense of the phrase.

BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Review | Mindblowing

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Delve Deeper, Guns of Icarus Online, KRUNCH, Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior’s Rise & Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People | Beat The Minimum | Indie Royale | PC

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Indie Games, PC games

  • What: Delve Deeper, Guns of Icarus Online, KRUNCH, Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior’s Rise & Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People
  • Where: Indie Royale
  • Current Price: Beat The Minimum (fluctuates)

Indie Royale have sallied forth with another eclectic selection of games for a bargain price. Beating the constantly-fluctuating (but always tiny) minimum will net you Homestar-inspired adventure SBCG4AP, excellent sidescroller KRUNCH, a strategy game, a beat 'em up and more.

Sakurai: Chronic Arm Injury Might Affect Super Smash Bros. Development

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Masahiro Sakurai, Nintendo, Super Smash Bros

Sakurai: Chronic Arm Injury Might Affect Super Smash Bros. Development

Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai is worried that his crippling arm pain, diagnosed as calcific tendonitis, might be adversely affecting development of the next game in the series.

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Remember Me Gets Release Date & New Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Capcom, PC games, PS3 games, Release dates, Remember Me, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Capcom have announced that Remember Me will release on June 7th in Europe, by way of a new trailer that reveals more of memory hunter Nilin's backstory. Dontnod's third-person action game promises to deliver both a strong storyline, scope for exploration and combat with oversight from Street Fighter's Yoshinori Ono, set in the dystopian future of Neo-Paris.

It's slated to launch on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.