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Torment: Tides Of Numenera Reaches Final Kickstarter Push

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Jonathan Lester
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inXile, Kickstarter, RPG, Torment: Tides Of Numenera

Torment: Tides Of Numenera Reaches Final Kickstarter Push

inXile Releases New Screenshot

Torment: Tides Of Numenera, the spiritual sequel to Planescape: Torment, has reached the final 36 hours of its phenomenally successful Kickstarter campaign. To celebrate, inXile has revealed a new screenshot (embedded above, click to embiggen) showing off the Sagus Cliffs environment. Chris Avellone, one of the original Planescape designers and Black Isle veteran, will join the development team in an advisory role.

Currently just shy of $3.6 million, the Torment Kickstarter will go down as one of the most successful gaming Kickstarters of all time (even beating the Double Fine Adventure, Oculus Rift and Star Citzen). Unfortunately, all the accomplished stretch goals mean that we probably won't see it this side of 2015.

Blizzard To Improve Diablo III Co-Op In Patch 1.0.8

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Blizzard, Diablo III, PC games, RPG

Blizzard To Improve Diablo III Co-Op In Patch 1.0.8
Despite Diablo III's 'always-on' infrastructure making co-op a breeze, Blizzard have admitted that it's not "living up to its full potential." After all, you can pause the game, choose your own route and farm to your heart's content on your lonesome. Diablo III's next patch plans to make cooperative play much more rewarding.

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Code Of Princess Review | Royal Rumble!

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
3DS Games, Agatsuma Entertainment, beat-em-up, Brawler, eShop

Code Of Princess Review | Royal Rumble!

Platform: 3DS (eShop, £29.99)

Developer: Agatsuma Entertainment

Publisher: Nintendo

Solange Blanchefleur de Luxe is every inch the stereotypical JRPG princess. Having lead a sheltered life in the lap of luxury, she's more than a little naive and innocent in the ways of the world, and sees the good in everyone she meets. Idealistic and impulsive, she's keen to recklessly challenge wrongdoing wherever she sees it. And, as you've probably worked out from the title banner, she wears an outfit skimpy enough to make Soul Calibur's Ivy blush. So far, so depressingly cliché.

However, Solange also expertly wields an enormous claymore that would make Nightmare turn green with envy.

Forced into action by an invading army of monsters, the aristocrat-turned-tank meets a colourful cast of reprobates before facing off against ravening hordes of hostile soldiers, critters and bosses in tight side-scrolling combat. If you've ever played the sensational Guardian Heroes, you'll broadly know what to expect... and will be overjoyed to learn that it's actually a spiritual sequel created by the same developers.

Code Of Princess has finally made it to Europe courtesy of a £29.99 eShop download, and manages to deliver some suitably epic brawling on a handheld platform. Unfortunately, the months of delays and non-negotiable price tag makes it a tougher sell than it ought to be.

Code Of Princess Review | Royal Rumble!

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Disney Closes LucasArts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Disney, LucasArts, Star Wars

Disney Closes LucasArts

Star Wars 1313 In Jeopardy

Five months after their $4bn Lucas takeover, Disney has closed down LucasArts as a videogame developer and publisher. From here on out, Star Wars titles will be licensed out to other publishers and studios, while internally-developed Star Wars 1313 and First Strike have been left high and dry.

Though LucasArts arguably lost their way in recent years, we can't help but shed a tear for the company who brought us Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, TIE Fighter, Rogue Squadron and more. Details below.

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Retro Bundle | $1 Minimum | Groupees | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Indie Games, PC games

Retro Bundle |  Minimum | Groupees | PC

  • What: Dead Pixels, Smooth Operators, Forceline, Sylia, Love+ & Hit & Run chiptune album
  • Where: Groupees
  • Current Price: $1 (£0.66) minimum, $3 for extra games

Groupees' latest indie bundle contains some new takes on classic retro titles. An insignificant £0.66 will get you the surprisingly deep Dead Pixels, call centre sim Smooth Operators, an RPG, platformer, sidescroller and even a chiptune album. Big spenders can throw in an extra couple of quid for three extra titles, at the risk of adding to your colossal backlog.

BattleBlock Theatre Launch Trailer & Editor Tutorial

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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BattleBlock Theatre, The Behemoth, trailer, XBLA games

Have At It!

BattleBlock Theatre, the latest multiplayer party game from the creators of Castle Crashers, released yesterday on XBLA... but we've got a couple of videos that might be of interest. If you haven't already bought it, the launch trailer delivers some hilarious incentive to do so, while a new tutorial walkthrough explains how players can assemble and upload new levels to the community.

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Ubisoft: Next-Gen Xbox Hardware Will Be "Aligned With" PS4

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Next-gen, Ubisoft, Xbox

Ubisoft: Next-Gen Xbox Hardware Will Be "Aligned With" PS4

"It's Going To Be Connected. It's Going To Be Social"

According to Ubisoft, Microsoft's next-gen console will be fairly similar to the PS4 in terms of hardware, features and social connectivity.

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Doom 4 Development Rebooted Following Disappointing First Attempt

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bethesda, Doom 4, id Software

Doom 4 Development Rebooted Following Disappointing First Attempt

Bethesda has confirmed that development on Doom 4 has been restarted after the original build failed to live up to expectations.

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Etrian Odyssey IV Coming To Europe This Summer [UPDATE]

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Atlus, Etrian Odyssey IV, JRPG, NIS America

Etrian Odyssey IV Coming To Europe This Summer [UPDATE]

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends Of The Titan will release in Europe this summer, NIS America announced today. The pretty yet hardcore dungeon-crawler is yet another strong localised title that's hitting Europe in 2013, joined by the likes of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Project X Zone, Code Of Princess and more. 3DS owners are going to be in for one heck of a year.

UPDATE: Following the earlier story courtesy of Gematsu, we've just received confirmation from NIS America, along with some new screenshots and details. Check it out after the break.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Gets First Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, Square Enix, Straight Right, trailer, Wii U games

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Gets First Trailer

Square Enix have released the first trailer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution's Wii U director's cut, which shows off some of the new features and graphical improvements in action. You can read more about the definitive port job here, ahead of its launch later this year.

Developer Straight Right recently confirmed that the new content and upgrades won't make it to other platforms, but will it sell? We'll find out soon enough.

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EXPIRED | Sniper: Ghost Warrior Gold Edition | £1.00 With Code | Steam | PC

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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City Interactive, FPS games, PC games, Sniper: Ghost Warrior

EXPIRED | Sniper: Ghost Warrior Gold Edition | £1.00 With Code | Steam | PC

tehwabbit at Hot UK Deals has spotted an exciting way to nab the fiercely mediocre Sniper: Ghost Warrior for a fiercely impressive price, but it requires a little bit of faffing about. You'll need to create an Alienware Arena account to grab a 90% off coupon that's redeemable on Steam, so to avoid any confusion, I've included all the prerequisite steps and links below.

It's likely that stocks are limited, though the voucher lasts for several weeks.

  1. Create or log in to an Alienware Arena account.
  2. Claim your Sniper: Ghost Warrior 1 key.
  3. Make sure you have the Steam desktop client installed or you can download it here.
  4. Create or log in to your Steam account and click the "Games" menu.
  5. Choose "Activate a Product" on Steam. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process.
  6. The 90% can be found in the coupon section, and will apply to your purchase on check out.

A Game Of Dwarves | £2.70 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
aradox Interactive, PC games, Strategy games, Zeal Game Studios
A Game Of Dwarves | £2.70 | GamersGate | PC

Paradox Interactive deals tend to get thrown around digital retailers like a hot potato, and A Game Of Dwarves has currently ended up with GamersGate. This relatively entertaining dig'em up sometimes feels like Dungeon Keeper Lite, but several issues with AI and pacing stop it from measuring up to genre classics.

Note that you can save an extra 5% with voucher code 'elder-geek.com'.

UPDATE: davidpanik reminds us that you can get it for a similar price alongside extra games on Indie Gala for the next two hours.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Improvements Will Be Wii U Exclusive

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, Eidos Montreal, Square Enix, Straight Right, Wii U games

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Improvements Will Be Wii U Exclusive

Port specialists Straight Right have confirmed that the retooled boss battles and extra features promised by Deus Ex: Human Revolution's Director's Cut won't make their way to other platforms.

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Advertising Standards Authority Gets Involved With Aliens: Colonial Marines

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Advertising, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox Software, Sega

Advertising Standards Authority Gets Involved With Aliens: Colonial Marines

SEGA Admits Ads "Did Not Accurately Reflect" The Game

After receiving a complaint about misleading and unrepresentative trailers for Aliens: Colonial Marines, the Advertising Standards Authority has insisted that SEGA runs disclaimers going forward.

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RUMOUR: Next-Gen Xbox Controller Has No New Features

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

RUMOUR: Next-Gen Xbox Controller Has No New Features

Since Microsoft are still remaining tight-lipped about their next-gen console, it's time for yet another 'anonymous sources' rumour! This latest report comes courtesy of Kotaku, who claim that the next Xbox controller will be broadly identical to the Xbox 360 version with no new inputs or features.

Though it might be "a little smaller."

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Epic Games: PS4 Is A "Really Perfect Gaming PC"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Epic Games, PS4
Discuss:
PlayStation 4

Epic Games: PS4 Is A "Really Perfect Gaming PC"

"It’s Like Giving You The World’s Best PC.”

Epic Games have been quick to jump on the PS4 train with Unreal Engine 4, suggesting that Sony's new console is akin to the "world's best PC."

Easy now, fellow PC gamers. Easy. Let's hear him out first.

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Intelligent Systems Keen To Make Another Advance Wars

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Advance Wars, Intelligent Systems

Intelligent Systems Keen To Make Another Advance Wars

Just a quickie: Intelligent Systems would be interested in creating another Advance Wars handheld strategy game. “Whether it’s Fire Emblem or the Advance Wars, we never want to put an end to any series we’re involved with," project manager Masahiro Higuchi wrote in a developer interview on the official site. "We always want to make games that provide a lot of fun to gamers, so if we have the chance, we’d certainly like to make another [Advance Wars] title.”

This is music to our ears, especially considering that their latest title - Fire Emblem Awakening - is utterly magnificent. I'm currently working on a review ahead of the April 19th EU release date.

BioShock Infinite: The Siege Of Columbia Board Game Announced

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bioshock Infinite, Bioshock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia, board games, Irrational Games, Plaid Games

BioShock Infinite: The Siege Of Columbia Board Game Announced

BioShock Infinite will receive a companion board game tie-in that lets 2-4 players vie for control of the floating city of Columbia, and explore the backstory behind the Vox Populi uprising.

Note that the following contains very, very, very minor spoilers.

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Gamestop: Next Xbox Is A "Hot, Compelling Device"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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GameStop, High street, Microsoft, Next-gen, Retail, Xbox

Gamestop: Next Xbox Is A "Hot, Compelling Device"

Game Prices Might Increase

Microsoft still haven't officially announced the Xbox 360's successor, but Gamestop reckon that it's a seriously impressive piece of kit. The major retailer is convinced that traditional retail will still have an important role to play in the next console generation, but also believes that publishers would like to see RRPs rise to absorb increasing AAA development costs.

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Torment: Tides Of Numenera Likely Delayed Into 2015

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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inXile Entertainment, Kickstarter, PC games, RPG, Stretch goals, Torment: Tides Of Numenera

Torment: Tides Of Numenera Likely Delayed Into 2015

Have A Screenshot To Make Up For It

Torment: Tides Of Numenera's Kickstarter campaign has been so successful that inXile are already behind their estimated schedule due to the massive number of stretch goals.

However, to tide you over, they've also released the first screenshot, depicting a glistening semi-sentient environment that's a character in its own right.

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