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Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 3DS Trailer Promises An "Epic 20 Hour Adventure"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Konami, trailer

The latest trailer for 3DS exclusive Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow - Mirror Of Fate pulls no punches, showing off plenty of gameplay footage while promising a meaty twenty-hour length (though the "extreme platforming" doesn't look particularly extreme, we must admit). We'll find out whether the portable precursor to Lords Of Shadow 2 delivers when it releases on March 8th.

HMV: Hilco Assumes Control Of Debt, Rescue Deal Possible

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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HMV, UK retail

HMV: Hilco Assumes Control Of Debt, Rescue Deal Possible

A deal to save HMV may soon be reaching a critical stage, as evidenced by Canadian restructuring firm Hilco assuming control of the ailing retailer's debt.

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Outrageous Capcom/SEGA/Namco Crossover RPG Confirmed For Europe

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Capcom, Monolith Soft, Namco Bandai, Sega, SRPG

Outrageous Capcom/SEGA/Namco Crossover RPG Confirmed For Europe

Project X Zone Coming To UK 3DS

The 3DS is set to get another big hitter this year in the form of Project X Zone, a Strategy RPG/fighting game hybrid featuring eighty usable characters from Capcom, SEGA and Namco Bandai franchises.

Yes, that does mean Dante, Ulala, Ryu, Heihachi, Jill Valentine, Morrigan and Frank West will be in the same story-driven game. For starters.

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Kaz Hirai On PS4 Reveal Timing: "Why Go First?"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Next-gen, PS4, Rumour, Sony
Discuss:
PlayStation 4

Kaz Hirai On PS4 Reveal Timing: "Why Go First?"

According to a suggestive statement from Kaz Hirai, Sony might wait for Microsoft to announce the Xbox successor before revealing the PlayStation 4... or perhaps even hold back their public release until the after Xbox 720 hits shelves.

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American McGee: EA "Wanted To Trick Gamers" With Disingenuous Marketing

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Alice: Madness Returns, American McGee, EA, Oh EA

American McGee: EA "Wanted To Trick Gamers" With Disingenuous Marketing

American McGee, of id Software and Alice fame, has accused EA of trying to deceive consumers about Alice: Madness Returns with a deceitful publicity campaign.

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Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable Review | EDF! EDF!

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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#EDF!EDF!EDF!, D3 Publisher, Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable, Namco Bandai, PS Vita games, Sandlot, Third Person Shooters

Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable Review | EDF! EDF!

Platform: PS Vita [PSN, £34.99]

Developer: Sandlot

Publisher: Namco Bandai (Europe)

Earth Defense Force 2017 is stupidly brilliant. Or brilliantly stupid. Or both. When it released on Xbox 360 back in 2007, this cut-price cult classic managed to capture our imaginations in ways that any number of AAA titans failed to do. As a member of the titular EDF (EDF! EDF!), it was up to us to annihilate the alien hordes with massive guns and destroy entire cities in the process. It was like playing a low-budget Japanese monster flick, complete with giant ants, massive robots, mecha-dinosaurs and hilariously poor voice acting, so even when it was awful we were having far too much fun to notice.

It makes even more sense on the PS Vita. This new portable version includes some extra weapons, a brand new playable character, online multiplayer and a performance boost. Better yet, the short replayable levels are a perfect fit for a handheld console.

But can it possibly be worth £35?

Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable Review | EDF! EDF!

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Suppliers Rally To 'Keep HMV On The High Street'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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HMV

Suppliers Rally To 'Keep HMV On The High Street'

With luck, high street mainstay (and massive employer) HMV might be saved from extinction thanks to a "surge of interest" from potential buyers and a rallying cry from their longtime suppliers.

UPDATEDivideByZero also informs us that HMV will start accepting gift vouchers from tomorrow. Thanks!

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Report: Atari US Files For Bankruptcy To Start Afresh

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Atari

Report: Atari US Files For Bankruptcy To Start Afresh

A Split, Not The End

According to a new report from the L.A. Times, Atari's American division has filed for bankruptcy in order to split off from its debt-wracked French parent company. The L.A. Times contends that Atari's American operation will aim to repurpose as a new company focusing on (you guessed it) digital and mobile platforms, escaping the disastrous share prices and financial millstone of Atari S.A.

The love we bore Atari has been waning throughout this generation, with the once-great company reduced to dredging up old IP in the most shameless ways imaginable. We hope that this move will result in a much leaner and more dynamic company.

PS4 vs Xbox 720 Specs: Conflicting Rumours Hit The Net

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Durango, Microsoft, Next-gen, Orbis, PS4, Rumours, Sony, Xbox 720
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PlayStation 4

PS4 vs Xbox 720 Specs: Conflicting Rumours Hit The Net

The latest rumours about the next generation of Microsoft and Sony consoles suggest that the PlayStation 4 will have a computational power advantage over its rival, but will pack substantially less RAM. Or not, depending on who you listen to. For completeness' sake, here are the latest contradictory reports out of CES so you can make your own mind up.

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Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt Review | Savage

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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2K Games, Borderlands 2, DLC, Gearbox Software, PC games, PS3 games, Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt, Xbox 360 games

Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt Review | Savage

Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developer: Gearbox Software

Publisher: 2K Games

Borderlands 2 season pass holders have had a pretty good time of it thus far. Scarlet offered us adventure and plenty of buckles to be swashed. Mr. Torgue revelled in EXPLOSIONS AND SHOUTING, while paradoxically delivering the best writing of the series in BLOCK CAPITALS. Critically, there was something for everyone, and we've been looking forward to the third instalment with high expectations.

Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt is slightly different, however, in that it seems to be designed for a particular kind of Borderlands 2 player. Specifically: level 50, Bee Shield-toting, raid boss farming, cooperative hardcore Vault Hunters craving a stern new challenge to break up the grindy 'item hunt.' Gearbox have given game complete players some meaty end-game content to get stuck into, especially with a few friends along for the ride. Some truly intimidating bosses await the intrepid adventurers who dare enter the savage continent of Aegrus, while the powerful new Witch Doctor enemy is good and ready to work you over.

Which, of course, means that solo players who boot up Borderlands 2 to unwind after a stressful day are in for a world of pain.

Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt Review | Savage

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God Of War: Ascension Dev Diary - 'The Art Of Online War'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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God Of War: Ascension, multiplayer, PS3 games, Sony Santa Monica Studios

God Of War: Ascension Dev Diary - 'The Art Of Online War'

The latest developer diary from Sony Santa Monica Studios is much less about the history of GoW: Ascension's multiplayer than the practical realities of how it will work. Watch the new video for the multiplayer characters and discussion of how the new modes "bring the God Of War gore to killing your mates."

Sony are clearly keen to push God Of War: Ascension's multiplayer suite as hard as possible, but are you actually excited about it? If you're fired up or lurking on the fence, you can now download and participate in the beta, so long as you've got a PlayStation Plus subscription.

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Ni No Kuni Wizard Edition Unboxing Video Taunts Us With Swag We Can't Have

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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JRPG, Level 5, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, PS3 games, Studio Ghibli

Ni No Kuni's European Wizard Edition is set to include an adorable Drippy plush toy, an enormous 300-page art book and some exclusive DLC... but if you really want to torture yourself, this new unboxing video also shows off the extras included in the US version. American customers will net a bonus soundtrack CD, wizard coin and art cards thanks to the region-specific 'Ninostarter' swag campaign, so prepare to hold back a few tears or epithets.

Just focus on cuddly Drippy. Lovely Drippy. Nice, CALMING Drippy.

Either way, Matt is hard at work on our Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch review in advance of its February 1st release date.

10000000 PC Review | Dungeon Run

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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EightyEightGames, Indie Games, iOS games, PC games, Puzzle games, RPG

10000000 PC Review | Dungeon Run

Platforms: iOS | PC (reviewed)

Developer: EightyEightGames

Time makes fools of us all. She's a harsh mistress, and she spanked me red raw last summer with a veritable smorgasbord of cracking PC indie games and the brutal expo circuit. This sadly meant that I wasn't able to review 10000000 for our sister site Mobot.net, a crying shame since tiny London-based developer EightyEight Games delivered one of last year's most addictive apps. Hectic match-3 mechanics and persistent character development interlocked in profoundly wonderful ways, giving us one of the most solid puzzle/RPG hybrids since the original Puzzle Quest.

Thankfully, 10000000 has now made its way to Steam, which opens it up to a whole new audience and gives us the perfect excuse to talk about it.

Time makes fools of us all. In 10000000, it's going to do so more often than not.

10000000 PC Review | Dungeon Run

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Wii U Advert Banned By UK Regulator

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Advert, Nintendo, Wii U

Wii U Advert Banned By UK Regulator

The Advertising Standards Authority has pulled a Wii U advert off the air. Before you get too excited, no, it isn't for a gore-filled, sexually explicit, substance abusing, ultraviolent, potty-mouthed new game that makes Manhunt look tame in comparison. Rather, the offending advert just oversells the 'play on Gamepad' feature a tad.

Also, it's pretty terrible.

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Endless Space | £11.50 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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4X games, Amplitude Studios, Endless Space, Iceberg Interactive, PC games
Endless Space | £11.50 | GamersGate | PC

Endless Space is a truly brilliant 4X game: deep, addictive, infinitely customisable and (shock horror) actually easy to use. You can tailor every aspect of the experience to suit your whims, from the makeup of the galaxy to the traits and weaknesses of your own personal alien race.

Despite being unwilling to match their £7.82 deal from last November (that was probably a misprice considering how quickly it was changed), GamersGate are touting a £3 saving.

Hinterland, Project Aftermath, Resonance, RoboBlitz, RobotRiot & StarDrone | Beat The Minimum | Indie Royale | PC

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Indie Games, PC games, Resonance

  • What: The Snow Storm Bundle
  • Where: Indie Royale
  • Current Price: Beat the minimum (fluctuates)

Indie Royale's latest cheap bundle features another eclectic mix of games, with the excellent point & click adventure Resonance probably being the cream of the crop. You'll also get puzzles, shooters and an action RPG, which should keep you going for a while.

If you're new to Indie Royale bundles, here's how it works. All you have to do is match beat the minimum price, which gradually changes over time depending on demand. It's always a big saving.

Gearbox: Borderlands 2 Level Cap Increase Coming Soon

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Games, Borderlands 2, DLC, Gearbox Software, Level cap

Gearbox: Borderlands 2 Level Cap Increase Coming Soon

"It Will Be For Quite A Few Levels"

Borderlands 2 has now received several substantial (and rather excellent) pieces of downloadable content over the last few months, but despite constant pressure from players, the level cap still hasn't been raised since September. However, Gearbox are apparently planning a substantial level cap increase before the end of Q1.

So, March, basically.

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Deadly 30 | £0.78 | Green Man Gaming | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Iggy Zuk and Gonzossm, Indie Games, Meridian 4, PC games
Deadly 30 | £0.78 | Green Man Gaming | PC

If you missed Deadly 30's pay what you want stint on IndieGameStand, Green Man Gaming are on hand to practically give it away for less than a quid. This indie zombie shooter may initially appear to be simple, but extended play reveals an expansive and dangerous environment, multiple characters and terrifying night-long defence sections. Check out our Deadly 30 review for more details.

You can even use voucher code GMG20-PJFEW-Y16HK to knock a few extra pence off if you're so inclined - every little helps after all.

Persona 4 Arena Nearing European Release

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Fighting Games, Persona 4 Arena, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games, Zen United

Persona 4 Arena Nearing European Release

According to a new update from Zen United, perpetually-delayed fighting game Persona 4 Arena is finally getting close to a UK release.

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AMD Accuses Former Employees Of Stealing Trade Secrets For NVIDIA

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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AMD, Lawsuits, NVIDIA, PC games

AMD Accuses Former Employees Of Stealing Trade Secrets For NVIDIA

PC hardware manufacturer AMD alleges that four ex-employees stole over 100,000 sensitive documents and presented them to rival NVIDIA, who they now all work for.

It's lawsuit time.

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