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Army Of TWO: The Devil's Cartel Launch Trailer

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

Army Of TWO: The Devil's Cartel Launch Trailer

Army Of TWO: The Devil's Cartel is set to release next week (alongside that unknown BioShock underdog, whatever it's called), so naturally EA have released a launch trailer. You might have expected it to feature lots of slickly edited violence set to hip hop music, but surprisingly, you're absolutely right.

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Resident Evil Revelations Story Trailer Catches Up Newcomers

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Capcom, Horror games, PS3 games, Survival Horror Games, trailer, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games

If you haven't already played the superb Resident Evil Revelations on 3DS, this new story trailer will catch you up with the pertinent details. The home console version will pack plenty of new content and functionality when it releases in May on PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, but since Revelations was specifically designed for a handheld platform, we'll have to wait and see whether it survives the translation.

Jet Set Radio HD | £1.92 With Code | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Jet Set Radio Future HD, PC games, Sega

Jet Set Radio HD | £1.92 With Code | GamersGate | PC

Jet Set Radio was exactly what the Dreamcast needed: a funky, fresh exclusive with cel-shaded visuals and a soundtrack for the ages. It's still as vibrant and groovy as it ever was, but sadly, SEGA's decent HD port also demonstrated that the core gameplay hasn't held up anywhere near as much as the personality.

Either way, you could do a lot worse for less than two quid.

Steam Spring Sale Discounts Hundreds Of Indie Games

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, PC games

Steam Spring Sale Discounts Hundreds Of Indie Games

Steam are running one of the biggest and most delicious indie sales I've ever seen, which discounts literally hundreds of excellent titles over the next week.

Hundreds.

So, here's what we're going to do. I've linked to a selection of titles I can personally vouch for being utterly brilliant, mostly have reviews on-site (hit up the search bar), and are also available at a deal price. You guys, on the other hand, should definitely let us and other readers know what you're buying. Let's do this thing!

Galaxy On Fire 2 Full HD | £3.09 With Code | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Fishlabs, Galaxy On Fire 2 Full HD, PC games, Space Sim
Galaxy On Fire 2 Full HD | £3.09 With Code | GamersGate | PC

Galaxy On Fire 2 is one of the best games on the App Store: an entire galaxy to explore in a sumptuous space sim. On the PC, however, even a delicious HD makeover can't hide the few sacrifices necessary to make it run on phones and tablets. Thankfully it's still incredibly compelling and rewarding, despite feeling flimsy compared to some of the titans of yesteryear.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Review | Monstrous Depths

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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3DS Games, Capcom, JRPG, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Nintendo, Survival games, Wii U games

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Review | Monstrous Depths

Platforms: 3DS | Wii U (reviewed)

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

I've still got so much more Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate to play. There's always so much more Monster Hunter to play.

As I stride across the open plains in search of my quarry, pausing briefly to brutalise a flock of velociraptors with a pair of combat bagpipes, I can't help but wonder why I've put myself through all this again. With Monster Hunter 4 set for a summer release in Japan, Capcom's decision to revamp Monster Hunter Tri for the Wii U and 3DS initially feels like a stopgap, and an age old formula that hides its fun behind more grind than you'd ever think possible from something classed as 'entertainment.' The franchise has always been easy to love yet difficult to like, with near-infinite depth and replayability gated behind a sadistic desire to mire players in poorly-explained busywork.

And yet, I still can't stop playing the damn thing. The Monster Hunter formula is starting to show its age, but if it grabs you, it simply won't let go.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Review | Monstrous Depths

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Metro: Last Light Hands-On Preview | Next Stop: Despair

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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4A Games, Deep Silver, Metro: Last Light, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Metro: Last Light Hands-On Preview | Next Stop: Despair

Platforms: PC (previewed) | PS3 | Xbox 360

Developer: 4A Games

Publisher: Deep Silver

The terror's still here. Whether you're down to your last bullet against monstrous hordes of mutants, breathlessly sprinting through choking radiation to find a gas mask filter or seized by delusional hallucinations, Metro: Last Light has lost none of the atmosphere that made the original sleeper hit so compelling. But this time, you won't have to fight against its rougher edges.

If Metro 2033 was a rough diamond, Metro: Last Light is all about polishing up the experience to a mirror shine, and fixing some of the things that were flat-out broken. Stealth, for example, has been overhauled - and actually seems to work properly now. The 4A Engine is ready to deliver some surprisingly gorgeous eye candy, especially on PC. A slick new interface puts quirks like wiping your gas mask and drawing your lighter at your fingertips rather than obfuscating at every opportunity. Metro is still an intimidating beast, but dare I say it, may be better for a little more accessibility.

4A survived the fall of THQ relatively unharmed, and now under Deep Silver management, were keen to loose us journalists on a playable preview build. From my seventy minutes of uninterrupted play, it's clear that they're trying to flesh out a cult classic into a serious contender capable of taking on the AAA titans. And they're succeeding.

Metro: Last Light Hands-On Preview | Next Stop: Despair

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BioShock Infinite Dev Diary: Creating Elizabeth

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Games, Bioshock Infinite, Dev Diary, Irrational Games, PC games, trailer

BioShock Infinite Dev Diary: Creating Elizabeth

'The Women Who Brought Her To Life'

The latest BioShock Infinite video explains how four women brought Elizabeth to life as a human character, from voice acting to motion capture, level design and facial animation. It's an interesting eleventh hour look behind the scenes, since the hotly anticipated shooter is out next week.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Gets Another Console Patch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox, Patch, PS3 games, Sega, Xbox 360 games

Aliens: Colonial Marines Gets Another Console Patch

Hopeless botch job Aliens: Colonial Marines has received another major patch on PS3 and Xbox 360, which promises to "better protect save data," fix "some" of the erratic Alien animations and generally polish the turd a little bit more.

If you're interested, patch notes are after the break (courtesy of a Gearbox community update).

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Garriott Offends Industry, Explains 'Most Game Designers Really Suck' Comment

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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#iamthebestdesignerever, Lord British, Richard Garriott, Shroud Of The Avatar

Garriott Offends Industry, Explains 'Most Game Designers Really Suck' Comment

Ultima creator Richard "Lord British" Garriott ruffled more than a few feathers when he announced that "most game designers just really suck" earlier this week, and that he rarely meets someone who "is close to as good a game designer" as he is. However, he's since expanded on this somewhat inflammatory comment.

We've chronicled the whole thing below.

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Minecraft X360 Update 9 Trailer Unleashes The Enderdragon

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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4J Studios, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, Mojang, trailer, Update

4J Studios (and the inestimable Hat Films) have released a new trailer showing off the latest Minecraft 360 title update. The latest patch will add The End, a nightmarish plane ruled over by the seriously aggravating Enderdragon, just as soon as 4J have ironed out the last few kinks. Expect some extra goodies like climbable vines and a retooled tutorial too.

Mighty Switch Force 2 Officially Revealed For 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS eShop, 3DS Games, Mighty Switch Force 2, Platformer, WayForward

Mighty Switch Force 2 Officially Revealed For 3DS

2D sidescrolling masters WayForward have formally revealed Mighty Switch Force 2, a sequel to the excellent 3DS and Wii U platformer. Now that Patricia Wagon has left the police for the fire service, players will have to get their head around using water jets to advantage while they mess with dimensions.

Details and screens after the break.

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Skyrim's Legendary Patch Now Live On Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Bethesda, Level cap, Patch, PC games, Skyrim, Update

Skyrim's Legendary Patch Now Live On Steam

Level Cap? What Level Cap?

Just when you thought Skyrim couldn't get any bigger, the Legendary patch comes along and slays the level cap. Players can now make level 100 skills 'Legendary' by reading the Book Of Waking Dreams, returning skill points, perk points and allowing you to start grinding again from level 15. By doing this, you can now accrue character levels above 81 as many times as you want.

Patch 1.9 is now live on Steam and headed to consoles "later this month." Patch notes after the break, which includes a new difficulty setting dragons and yet more fixes.

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Star Trek Dev Diary Has Gorn Crazy

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dev Diary, Digital Extremes, PS3 games, Star Trek: The Video Game, Xbox 360 games

Star Trek Dev Diary Has Gorn Crazy

The latest 'making the game' video for Star Trek: The Videogame shows how the Gorn evolved from an extra in an unconvincing plastic suit to an militaristic race bent on utter domination. You'll get to see plenty of gameplay footage, several of the Gorn castes (read, enemy varieties) and some more of Pegg's forced Scottish accent. The film tie-in releases next month, and we've got more details in our Star Trek hands-on preview.

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Battlefield 4 Teaser Site Is Hot & Steamy

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Battlefield 4, DICE, EA, Tease

Battlefield 4 Teaser Site Is Hot & Steamy

A brand new teaser site for Battlefield 4 is as steamy as that scene from Titanic. No, not the bit with the iceberg, that car scene... look, it's a steamed-up window, okay? Once you're bored of wiping the virtual glass (and logged in for a unique Battlefield 3 dog tag), you can check back on the 27th for the promised gameplay trailer.

Apparently the 'Battlefield 4 art' will be unlocked when enough players log in, but I'll save you the trouble. See that picture above? Yeah. There it is.

White Knight Chronicles Servers Shut Down In June

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS3 games, RPG, Server cull, server shutdown, White Knight chronicles

White Knight Chronicles Servers Shut Down In June

If you still play White Knight Chronicles online (or have been putting off getting the last few trophies), your days are numbered. Sony confirms that servers will shut down on June 18th for both games, leaving this MMO-lite without a multiplayer component.

Brendan described White Knight Chronicles as "a friendly way to get into MMORPG style gameplay on/offline" in our ancient review.

Former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Devs Release Humans Must Answer Demo

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Humans Must Answer, Indie Games, Kickstarter, SHMUP

Fowl Shooter Needs Kickstarter Support

Ex-STALKER developers Denis Matveenko and Eugeny Yatsuk recently Kickstarted a sidescrolling SHMUP starring vengeful chickens, and have yet to receive even a quarter of their modest £5000 target. They've now put out a demo, so you can try before you pledge. Clucking marvellous.

You can download the demo on Kickstarter, and the campaign has 21 days to go. It's not often that you get to play a game before backing it, so this might be worth at least a quick trial.

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Build A Bundle 5 | Groupees | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, PC games

  • What: Any combination of Storm in a Teacup, Marvin's Mittens, Dawnstar, Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee + Exoddus. Nethergate: Resurrection, Spellforce Platinum, Lume & Dawning
  • Where: Groupees
  • Current Price: Roughly £0.47 each

Groupees' Build A Bundle is back, though the games aren't quite as heavy-hitting as we're used to. It's a good opportunity to check out some unknown quantities like Marvin's Mittens (an interactive children's book - one for the kids) and Lume, or stock up on some classic Oddworld games. Sadly, Dawnstar is a real mess and should be avoided even by space sim fans.

As per usual, you can buy any combination of these games (a minimum of 2 for $1.50), and the price will modify accordingly. Note that some games only register on Desura, however.

Indie MashUp Bundle | £3.94 | Bundle Stars | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, PC games

Indie MashUp Bundle | £3.94 | Bundle Stars | PC

  • What: Chrome, Crash Time 2, Jazz: Trumps Journey, StarDrone, Still Life, Still Life 2, Tank Universal & Vigil: Blood Bitterness
  • Where: Bundle Stars
  • Current Price: £3.94

Here's another deeply inconsistent indie bundle from Bundle Stars, who certainly have the 'quantity' part of the equation down. StarDrone is probably the highlight of the package, but Still Life and Vigil: Blood Bitterness are both divisive yet enjoyable horror games worthy of checking out.

Jazz: Trumps Journey is also a great little platformer, which you can get along with StarDrone for the reduced price of £1.00. Decisions, decisions.

The Unfinished Swan Devs Tease Next Game

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Edith Finch, Giant Sparrow, Indie Games, The Unfinished Swan

The Unfinished Swan Devs Tease Next Game

Having claimed a BAFTA for The Unfinished Swan, Giant Sparrow have teased their next game, codenamed Edith Finch.

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