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Zeboyd Kickstarts Cosmic Star Heroine: "Inspired By Chrono Trigger"

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Jonathan Lester
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Cosmic Star Heroine, JRPG, Kickstarter, PC games, PS Vita games, PS4 games, Robert Boyd, RPG

Zeboyd Games, the indie outfit behind the latter Penny Arcade Adventures and Cthulhu Save The World, are seeking $100,000 to create their biggest RPG yet. Cosmic Star Heroine is inspired by Chrono Trigger, Phantasy Star and Suikoden - promising to bring a mix of nostalgia and rebuilt combat to PC, PS4 and Vita next year.

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Xbox Live Gold Free For All This Weekend

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Xbox Live, Xbox Live Gold

Xbox Live Gold Free For All This Weekend

All Xbox Live members will be treated as Gold Members this weekend, starting Friday, letting us enjoy the diverse range of entertainment apps, premium features and... No, I couldn't keep a straight face either. We'll all be playing Grand Theft Auto Online, or perhaps the Battlefield 4 beta for flavour.

This might also be a good opportunity to grab some multiplayer-only achievements if you're so inclined.

Rockstar Working On Fixing Key Grand Theft Auto Online Issues

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Grand Theft Auto Online, PS3 games, Rockstar, Xbox 360 games

Rockstar Working On Fixing Key Grand Theft Auto Online Issues

Rockstar has identified a hit-list of bugs and issues to iron out in Grand Theft Auto Online, which many players found to be broadly unplayable at launch yesterday.

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Zeno Clash Ultimate Edition | £0.65 (Gold Members Only) | XBLA

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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ACE Team, First Person Brawler, XBLA, Xbox 360 games

Zeno Clash Ultimate Edition | £0.65 (Gold Members Only) | XBLA

Zeno Clash | XBLA | £0.65 - if you're an Xbox Live Gold member!
Zeno Clash UE Review

Thanks and credit to oioisaveloy @ HUKD!

Galaxy On Fire 2 Full HD | £2.60 With Code | Green Man Gaming | 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 | £2.60 With Code | Green Man Gaming | PC

Galaxy On Fire 2 Full HD | Green Man Gaming | £2.60 (RRP: £12.99)
PC Review | Voucher Code: GMG20-WS93W-R39MD

NB: This occasionally appears in PWYW bundles.

Reus | £3.49 | Steam | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Abbey Games, God games, Indie Games, PC games, Reus

Reus | £3.49 | Steam | PC

Reus | Steam | £3.40 (save £3.59)

 

Rain Review | Shallow Water

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Adventure Games, PlayStation C.A.M.P., PS3 games, PSN, Puzzle games, Rain, Sony, Sony Computer Entertainment, Stealth Games

Rain Review | Shallow Water

Platform: PS3 (PSN, £9.99)

Developer: PlayStation CAMP

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Sony should be congratulated for bringing a diverse and experimental range of gaming experiences to the PlayStation Network, and Rain was set to be their bravest and most innovative yet. This soulful adventure stars an invisible boy alone in a storm-swept world, chasing a mysterious girl who's always just out of reach through a sort-of-stealth puzzler, trying to get back home. As fans of innovative new experiences, suffice to say that we were more than a little excited about PlayStation C.A.M.P.'s latest venture.

So it's galling that Rain falls totally flat because, when it comes right down to brass tacks, it simply isn't brave nor innovative enough. In fact, it has a dirty little secret that undermines almost everything.

Rain Review | Shallow Water

We're getting ahead of ourselves, mind, so let's start by accentuating the positives: Rain is one of the most beautiful games I've played in years. The city, an impossible labyrinth of rain-drenched French architecture, is brought to life with a rich yet muted colour palette, melancholy practically dripping from every gutter and flowing down every drain. A real sense of loneliness and isolation is hammered home by a truly masterful soundtrack that applies the lightest touch: a light piano refrain here, an accordion there, and silence when necessary for maximum impact. It is truly a feast for the senses.

There are moments when you'll just stand staring at your television, gobsmacked and humbled, listening to the rain.

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Killzone Developer Guerilla Games Working On "Completely Different" New IP

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Guerilla Games, Killzone, Killzone: Shadow Fall, PS3 games, PS4 games, Sony, Tease

Killzone Developer Guerilla Games Working On "Completely Different" New IP

Guerrilla Games may be hard at work polishing up Killzone: Shadow Fall for its PS4 debut, but apparently key team members have transferred to a mysterious new project.

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Wii U & 3DS: Online Services Down For Maintenance This Evening

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS, Nintendo, Wii U

Wii U & 3DS: Online Services Down For Maintenance This Evening

The Wii U and 3DS' online services, such as multiplayer and MiiVerse, will be offline until 1am tomorrow morning to conduct network maintenance. This downtime is conspicuously being held a day before a global Nintendo Direct presentation, so it's possible that Ninty are laying the groundwork for a major new announcement - perhaps MiiVerse on 3DS or the ability to merge accounts across both platforms.

Or it's just a complete coincidence. Either way, don't expect to get stuck into any Wii U online multiplayer tonight (at least, on the few games that offer it).

Microsoft: Indie Games Can Sell Systems

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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ID@Xbox, Indie Games, Microsoft, Xbox One

Microsoft: Indie Games Can Sell Systems

The head of ID@Xbox - Microsoft's new indie initiative - is convinced that boutique digital titles can sell systems just as efficiently as bloated triple-A projects, citing Minecraft as an example.

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Destiny Box Art Revealed, Trailer Coming Tomorrow

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Box art, Bungie, Destiny, PS3 games, PS4 games, Tease

Destiny Box Art Revealed, Trailer Coming Tomorrow

Fans of boxes of things will be in their element today, now that Destiny has revealed its packaging on PS3 and PS4. Gosh. That certainly is box art. You can tell by the guys with guns looking off into the distance. Wait, is that main character's helmet on back-to-front?

However, in something more akin to actual news, Sony reports that a new gameplay trailer is scheduled to release tomorrow, "set in a destination a lot of fans have been asking to see for the first time." We'll keep you posted.

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Mikami: Resident Evil Introduced Action Because Of Weak Remake Sales

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Horror games, Resident Evil, Resident Evil 4, Shinji Mikami

Mikami: Resident Evil Introduced Action Because Of Weak Remake Sales

If you're not a fan of Resident Evil's action-oriented focus, you may be surprised to learn that Shinji Mikami actually took the move in reaction to sluggish sales of the GameCube's Resident Evil remake.

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Shadow Warrior Review | Slam-Bang Humdinger!

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Devolver Digital, Editor's Choice, Flying Wild Hog, FPS, Games reviews, PC games, Shadow Warrior

Shadow Warrior Review | Slam-Bang Humdinger!

Platform: PC

Developer: Flying Wild Hog

Publisher: Devolver Digital

If you miss the thrill of classic old-school shooters, the simple joy of blasting hordes of foes with oversized weapons and ferreting around for secrets, quicksaving and circle-strafing all the while, you should buy Shadow Warrior immediately.

Flying Wild Hog, FPS veterans who previously worked on Painkiller and Hard Reset, absolutely get what the genre is all about. Shadow Warrior has never heard of objective markers or regenerating health. It scoffs at ironsights, instead offering a totally optional zoom mode. This brazenly unapologetic experience is all about the raw visceral satisfaction of taking on entire demonic armies with an arsenal of massive guns, emerging victorious over ludicrous odds, then capping things off with a zinging one-liner. Before ripping off a demon's magic-suffused head and blasting his mates with it.

That's not to say Shadow Warrior is stuck in the past. Far from it, since new-school flourishes abound. Superb melee combat mechanics allow you to take on the demonic forces with katana in hand, lopping off limbs and ripping out hearts - a weapon in and of themselves - while numerous skills and powers come with their own upgrade systems. Some of these 21st century features don't quite work in this delightfully nostalgic romp, but a romp it is; a real, slam-bang, honest-to-goodness, three-fisted humdinger.

Shadow Warrior Review | Slam-Bang Humdinger!

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Beyond: Two Souls Special Edition Has 30 Minutes Of Extra Gameplay

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Beyond: Two Souls, DLC, PS3 games, Quantic Dream, Special Edition

Beyond: Two Souls will release as a standard and Special Edition next month, the latter of which includes an extra 30 minutes of gameplay by way of bonus DLC. The Advanced Experiments scene will challenge Jodie's (and hence, our) ability to make tough decisions against the clock. See it in action above.

A Beyond: Two Souls demo releases on PSN this week,including two full scenes from different points in the game. The full game is out on October 11th.

Pokemon X/Y | £28.49 | Grainger Games | 3DS

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

Pokemon X/Y | £28.49 | Grainger Games | 3DS

Pokemon X & Y | Grainger Games (X Version | Y Version)
£28.49 (save £2)

Note that you have to sign up to their newsletter at checkout to secure the additional discount, which can then be unsubscribed to if necessary. Includes free trading cards. Thanks to rachelsprules @ HUKD!

Batman: Arkham Origins Will Contain Ultra-Hard 'I Am The Night Mode'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Action Games, Batman: Arkham Origins, PC games, PS3 games, Warner Bros. Interactive, Warner Bros. Montreal, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games

Batman: Arkham Origins Will Contain Ultra-Hard 'I Am The Night Mode'

Batman: Arkham Origins will test its most seasoned players to the limit with a brand new difficulty setting that offers no saving and permadeath.

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Sony: The Format War Is A "Marathon, Not A Sprint"

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Jonathan Lester
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PS4, Sony

Sony: The Format War Is A "Marathon, Not A Sprint"

Gosh, we've been hearing that a lot lately. The latest executive to coin the phrase is Sony UK VP Fergal Gara, who's convinced that the PS4 "can and will evolve" over the coming years - and that Sony will work tirelessly to ensure that their console remains dominant after "coming out of the blocks in a strong position."

Indeed, apparently the PS4 will hit its stride in its second and third year.

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Xbox One Roadshows Announced, Coming To London & Dublin

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Jonathan Lester
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Microsoft, Roadshow, Xbox One

Xbox One Roadshows Announced, Coming To London & Dublin

Microsoft is hitting the road next month to bring Xbox One to the masses. The newly-announced 'One Tour' stops in London between November 21st-24th, and Dublin between November 14th-17th, letting attendees get hands-on with Forza 5, Ryse, Killer Instinct, Dead Rising 3, Kinect Sports Rivals, Crimson Dragon, Max: Curse of the Brotherhood, Zoo Tycoon, Minecraft and other upcoming exclusives.

Entry will be free of charge, but over 18s only. More details about exact venues and times will be announced over the coming days, so watch this space.

Armored Core: Verdict Day Launch Trailer Mechs It Rain

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Armored Core: Verdict Day, From Software, Mechs, PS3 games, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Armored Core: Verdict Day Launch Trailer Mechs It Rain

Armored Core: Verdict Day launched last Friday, somewhat caught up in the flurry of GTA and FIFA announcements, so let's redress the balance with a launch trailer for From Software's latest mech sim. Sporting hectic battles, in-depth customisation and numerous improvements, this mechtactular sequel will hopefully help to tide you over if you prefer great big stompy robots to football and crime.

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