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Jonathan Lester

Michael Biehn: Working On "Passionless" Aliens Colonial Marines Was "No Fun At All"

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Jonathan Lester
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Michael Biehn

Michael Biehn: Working On "Passionless" Aliens Colonial Marines Was "No Fun At All"

Terminator and Aliens star Michael Biehn has spoken out about his recent flirtations with gaming voiceovers, slamming the team behind Aliens: Colonial Marines as "just going through the paces." However, recording Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was apparently a bit of a laugh.

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Nintendo Files New Eternal Darkness Trademark, Hints At Digital Distribution

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Eternal Darkness, Horror games, Nintendo, Silicon Knights, Survival Horror Games

Nintendo Files New Eternal Darkness Trademark, Hints At Digital Distribution

Here we go again: Nintendo has filed a new trademark for Gamecube horror title Eternal Darkness, but with provisions for digital distribution. Could they be planning on bringing some Gamecube classics over to Wii U?

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Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness Screenshots Are Quirky & Beardy

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness, NIS America, PS3 games, Screenshots, SRPG

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness Screenshots Are Quirky & Beardy

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness is set to release in the tail end of September on PS3, acting as a ten-year anniversary for the quirky SRPG series. These latest screenshots demonstrate the classic blend of quirky dialogue, massive strategic depth and near-limitless item customisation in fine form, bringing Laharl, Fionne and the gang back together for an all-new adventure. And hundreds of procedurally-generated pirate ship levels, apparently.

Remember: spearmint is the most violent mint flavour. Important tactical advice for a demonic overlord.

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Soulcaster II | Pay What You Want | IndieGameStand | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, MagicalTimeBean, PC games, RPG, Tower Defence games

Soulcaster II | Pay What You Want | IndieGameStand | PC

Soulcaster II | IndieGameStand | PWYW (min: £0.16, RRP: £1.99)
Soulcaster II micro-review

I can personally vouch for this RPG/tower defence hybrid - it's nostalgic fun.

Tom Clancy Collection | £5 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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EndWar, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, H.A.W.X., PC games, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Tom Clancy, Ubisoft

Tom Clancy Collection | £5 | GamersGate | PC

Tom Clancy Collection | GamersGate | £5

Includes: Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Endwar & H.A.W.X.

F1 2013 Out In October

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Codemasters Racing, F1 2013, PC games, PS3 games, Racing Games, Xbox 360 games

F1 2013 Out In October

Codemasters Racing has confirmed that F1 2013 will release on October 4th for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, following its reveal last week. In preparation, they've released some new footage of the Hungaroring track, complete with technical advice from consultant Anthony Davidson. Check it out below.

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Planetside 2 Getting Retail Edition

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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MMOFPS, Planetside 2, Sony Online Entertainment

Planetside 2 Getting Retail Edition

Bear with me, because I'm not entirely sure how to explain this. Here goes: Planetside 2, the superb free-to-play MMOFPS that's currently one of the most intense shooters out there, will soon be available to buy in shops. Even though it's freely downloadable, for nothing, and you'll need to have a decent internet connection to play it.

At least you'll get a few bonuses, one of which might actually make it worth buying for existing players.

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Puppeteer Trailer: Heads Will Roll

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Platformer, PS3 games, Puppeteer, Sony, Sony Japan Studio, trailer

Sounds sinister, but this new trailer for PS3 exclusive Puppeteer is a jaunty look at the various powers you'll accrue as you explore the bizarre and colourful stage show. Matt recently got hands-on with Puppeteer, describing it as "absolutely bonkers in pretty much every way."

It's out in September, looking as charming and quirky as you'd expect from Sony Japan Studio.

PayDay 2 Dev Diary Is All About The Payoff

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dev Diary, Overkill Software, Payday 2, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

PayDay 2 Dev Diary Is All About The Payoff

Overkill Software have released a new developer diary showing the wealth of guns and upgrades players can buy with their ill-gotten gains in PayDay 2. We waxed lyrical about this massively entertaining cooperative heist 'em up in a recent PayDay 2 hands-on preview, and reckon that it could well be one of the most fun hits of the summer. Fingers crossed, masks on.

PayDay 2 is out next month on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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GOG Weekend Sale: Soviet Strategy Strike

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Strategy games

GOG Weekend Sale: Soviet Strategy Strike

The Soviets are invading GOG.com this weekend. IL-2 Sturmovik, the UFO series, Kings Bounty, Star Wolves, Eador and numerous other franchises have been slashed down to silly prices - click here to check out the splash page.

PS3 vs PS4 Sizes Compared In New Video

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS3, PS4, Sony

PlayStation Access has released a video to compare the launch PS3 and PS4 in terms of form factor. Which do you prefer: big and curvy or small and slanty?

OUYA: 27% Of Buyers Have Spent Money On Games

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Jonathan Lester
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Free to play, Ouya

OUYA: 27% Of Buyers Have Spent Money On Games

Every OUYA game is free to play in some capacity, and it's clearly resonating with the user base - just over a quarter of whom have actually spent money to buy or unlock a game on the marketplace.

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Killzone: Mercenary Campaign Hands-On Preview | The First Great Vita FPS?

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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FPS, Games previews, Guerilla Cambridge, Killzone: Mercenary, PS Vita games, SCEE, Sony

Killzone: Mercenary Campaign Hands-On Preview | The First Great Vita FPS?

Platforms: PS Vita

Developer: Guerilla Cambridge

Publisher: SCEE

The Vita's second thumbstick has been crying out for a truly great handheld first person shooter, but so far, even the biggest franchises have stuttered and choked. Resistance: Burning Skies ended up wasting its licence on a lacklustre tech demo, while the abominable Black Ops: Declassified was utterly awful in every conceivable way. Indeed, opening the box released swarms of biting insects and clouds of noxious gas that set off the office smoke alarm. I sometimes catch my Vita's analogue nubbin crying itself to sleep at night; alone and desperate for a game to keep it company.

Killzone: Mercenary wants to change all that.

This full fat shooter aims to deliver a triple-A quality FPS experience on Sony's handheld. Promising expansive levels, exhilarating combat, impressive visuals and a copious shedload of guns and gadgets to support multiple play styles, Vita fans have been getting excited about this ambitious franchise tie-in. Now that I've bloodied myself on its singleplayer campaign, I can report that their excitement is probably justified. Whether you want to blast through the Helghan hordes or stealthily thin their ranks, Killzone: Mercenary has you covered, and rewards you with plenty of hard-earned cash in the process.

Killzone: Mercenary Campaign Hands-On Preview | The First Great Vita FPS?

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Ryse: Son Of Rome Vidoc Shows Off Lavish Motion Capture

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crytek, Dev Diary, Ryse: Son Of Rome, Xbox One Games

Ryse: Son Of Rome Vidoc Shows Off Lavish Motion Capture

Crytek have released a 'making of' video that shows the painstaking motion capture behind Ryse: Son Of Rome. The brutal hack & slasher has been pilloried following a lacklustre E3 debut, but Crytek has assured players that the full game will be deep as well as visceral.

Ryse: Son Of Rome will be an Xbox One launch exclusive.

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Liege Confirmed For PS4, Vita & Wii U

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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John Rhee, Kickstarter, Liege, PC games, PS4 games, SRPG, Vita games, Wii U games

Liege Confirmed For PS4, Vita & Wii U

Sumptuous hand-drawn SRPG Liege has utterly smashed its $15,000 Kickstarter target and $52,000 stretch goal, meaning that it will definitely release on PS4, Vita and Wii U.

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Microsoft: Indies Will Have Full Access To Xbox One RAM, Better Search Tools

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Jonathan Lester
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Indie Games, Microsoft, Self-publishing, Xbox One

Microsoft: Indies Will Have Full Access To Xbox One RAM, Better Search Tools

Microsoft's Phil Spencer has been busy tweeting following yesterday's Xbox One self-publishing revelations, doing his best to assure some of the more vocal critics that indie developers won't be treated as second-class citizens.

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Veteran Xbox Live Indie Devs Cautiously Optimistic About Xbox One Self-Publishing

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Self-publishing, XBLIG, Xbox Live Indie Games, Xbox One

Veteran Xbox Live Indie Devs Cautiously Optimistic About Xbox One Self-Publishing

"We Really Need More Details"

Robert Boyd (Cthulhu Saves The World, Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 3 & 4) and Nathan Fouts (Explosionade, Serious Sam: Double D) have spoken out about the Xbox One's potential for self-publishing, having been heavily involved with Xbox Live Indie Games over the past few years.

The gist? Great idea, but go big or don't bother showing up to Gamescom.

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Dead Rising 3 Screenshots Bring Back The Silly Outfits

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Jonathan Lester
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Blue Castle, Capcom, Dead Rising 3, Screenshots, Xbox One Games

Dead Rising 3 Screenshots Bring Back The Silly Outfits

Did anyone else pass out through boredom while watching Dead Rising 3's brown E3 debut? Luckily Blue Castle haven't forgotten the most important thing about Dead Rising - running around in hilariously inappropriate clothes - and have issued a few screenshots to prove it.

Dead Rising 3 is out this year as an Xbox One launch title, featuring a seamless open city that's larger than both previous games combined. And servbot hats.

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