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Jack Black Confirmed For Broken Age Voice Cast

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Jonathan Lester
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Adventure Games, Broken Age, Double Fine, Jack Black, Voice actors

Jack Black Confirmed For Broken Age Voice Cast

Double Fine has revealed some of the voice talent signed up to Broken Age, their delayed and bisected adventure game Kickstarted back in 2012. VO veterans like Jennifer Hale, John Cygan and Richard Horvitz will be joined by Jack Black, who you can see in action in the video below.

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Microsoft: IllumiRoom Projector Concept Is Too Pricey To Market

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Jonathan Lester
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IllumiRoom, Microsoft

Microsoft: IllumiRoom Projector Concept Is Too Pricey To Market

Microsoft's R&D division revealed an exciting concept for a full-room gaming projector last year, codenamed IllumiRoom. Because it illuminates... well, I'm sure you got the gist. However, despite some impressive footage released back in April, the project is simply too expensive to become a marketable product as opposed to a fun laboratory experiment.

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EA: Microsoft Needs To "Cough Up" The Xbox One Release Date

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, Microsoft, Xbox One

EA: Microsoft Needs To "Cough Up" The Xbox One Release Date

Microsoft made some major strides at Gamescom 2013, and made a few of us think deeply about our next-generation console decision, but the lack of a firm Xbox One release date is starting to annoy even their stalwart friends at EA.

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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 Review | Gomu Gomu YES

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Brawler, Dynasty Warriors, Namco Bandai, Omega Force, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2, PS3 games, Tecmo Koei

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 Review | Gomu Gomu YES

Platform: PS3

Developer: Omega Force | Tecmo Koei

Publisher: Namco Bandai

Developing a Dynasty Warriors anime tie-in is a little like baking using one of those ready made kits. The simple yet empowering Dynasty Warriors ingredients come pre-mixed, so all Omega Force needs to do is sprinkle on some flavour from a beloved cult anime franchise, pour into a colourful cel-shaded mold and throw into the oven. It's foolproof, meaning that the end result should be delicious every time. Unfortunately, as we've often discovered, it's just as likely to be downright inedible... if not execrable poison.

Fist Of The North Star: Ken's Rage 2 was so atrocious that I actively encouraged potential consumers to watch an imported box set while pounding their knuckles to rags with a ball-peen hammer instead. To use my earlier analogy, it resembled a half-baked Arctic roll stuffed with human sewage rather than vanilla ice cream. There was no excuse for such a shoddy waste of a classic license.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 Review | Gomu Gomu YES

Luckily, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 finally washes that sour taste from our mouths. It's an enormous tasty gateaux, perhaps a little stodgy in parts, but covered with colourful icing and packed with varied chunky chips that makes each bite taste sweeter than the last. Before I get sidetracked and run down to my local bakery, let's make one thing clear: Omega Force have more than redeemed themselves with a tie-in that One Piece deserves.

Plus, you get to take the field as an afro-sporting skeleton rock star and kill legions of Marines with mid-air guitar solos. Which is nice.

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Hardware: Shipbreakers Becomes Official Homeworld Game

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Jonathan Lester
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Blackbird Interactive, F2P, Gearbox Software, Hardware: Shipbreakers, Homeworld, Homeworld: Shipbreakers, RTS

Hardware: Shipbreakers Becomes Official Homeworld Game

Gearbox Pledge Resources & IP

Having purchased the Homeworld IP from THQ's carcass several months ago, Gearbox Software has pledged to support the ambitious indie RTS from several ex-Homeworld developers. As such, Hardware: Shipbreakers will receive a cash injection and become an official Homeworld tie-in.

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UK Games Charts | 31st August 2013

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Rayman Legends, Saints Row IV, UK Games Charts, UK retail

UK Games Charts | 31st August 2013

Rayman Legends finally hit shelves last week following that excruciating delay, and the results were well worth the wait. Indeed, Matt awarded it a perfect ten in our Rayman Legends review. The sensational platformer has made its debut in sixth place, but predictably didn't quite manage to unseat the likes of Saints Row IV and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Impressively, though, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has stormed into third, doubly notable because UKIE's charts currently doesn't include PC downloads yet... and the servers have been struggling to keep up with demand.

Two new entries didn't fare so well, with mundane Lost Planet 3 and divisive Killer Is Dead scraping the lower twenties.

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COMMENT | I Want An Xbox One, But Really Wish I Didn't

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Comment, Microsoft, Next-gen, PS4, Sony, Xbox One

COMMENT | I Want An Xbox One, But Really Wish I Didn't

Or: How Xbox One Makes A Hypocrite Out Of Me

My name is Jonathan Lester. I'm a hypocrite. And I think I want an Xbox One.

I should covet a PS4 more than anything on this planet, even if we ignore everything that happened before Gamescom 2013. By my own criteria, Sony's press conference was utterly perfect; cutting away all the hype, dubstep and bullshit that tends to rot most live shows to the core. Instead of a dubstep montage, Sony literally sat down and talked us through the user interface in a live demonstration, before showing us a cavalcade of great-looking games in a no-nonsense, matter-of-fact way. Not just stodgy AAA exclusives, but indie games, fantastic boutique titles, the type of innovative experiences I bang on about time and time again to anyone and everyone who'll listen. It was genuinely magnificent.

Then we bring back the last few months of staunch indie support and coherent communication, and the choice ought to be obvious.

And yet, gun to my head, I might choose the other One.

COMMENT | I Want An Xbox One, But Really Wish I Didn't

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Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends Of The Titan Review | Old-School Class

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Jonathan Lester
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3DS Games, Atlus, Dungeon crawler, Etrian Odyssey IV, JRPG, NIS America Europe

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends Of The Titan Review | Old-School Class

Platform: 3DS

Developer: Atlus

Publisher: NIS America Europe

Some of you will remember the days when a pen and paper were as important as a mouse or joystick. Ancient RPGs and text adventures didn't mollycoddle or patronise us, instead throwing us into staggeringly tough labyrinths designed to test our mettle, requiring us to fill reams of graph paper (if not the back page of the instruction manual) with home-made maps and annotations. These embryonic gaming experiences demanded much from their players, but a little imagination and a lot of hard work paid off in spades.

Atlus describe Etrian Odyssey IV as "gaming's best tribute to retro RPGs," and they're probably right.

The basics are present and correct, lifted straight from the likes of Dungeon Master. You'll create a team of dungeon adventurers from scratch, choosing their classes and even their names, before embarking into hellacious mazes stuffed with vicious monsters and secrets to find. All while sketching out your own maps on the lower 3DS screen. Etrian Odyssey IV is unquestionably a product of the old-school, but succeeds so emphatically because it romanticises everything we loved about the good old days without ever cracking our rose-tinted goggles.

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends Of The Titan Review | Old-School Class

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Guild Wars 2: Super Crate Box Goes Back To School In Next Update

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Jonathan Lester
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ArenaNet, Guild Wars 2, MMORPG, NCsoft, PC games, Update

Guild Wars 2: Super Crate Box Goes Back To School In Next Update

Guild Wars 2 players (active and lapsed) may be interested to know that Moto will soon return to Tyria with with his new and improved Super Adventure Box! The next twice-monthly update is entitled Super Crate Box: Back To School, offering another colourful parody of 8-Bit games along with plenty of new gear to strive for.

You can catch up with all the details on the official site, or glance at the crib notes below.

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Black Ops II: Apocalypse Map Pack Out Today On XBL

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Black Ops II: Apocalypse, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, DLC, FPS, Map pack, Treyarch, Xbox Live

The fourth and presumably final Black Ops II map pack launches today on Xbox Live, offering another four maps (two of which are "re-imagined") and zombie scenario for 1200 Microsoft Points... no, wait... £10.20. That's going to take some getting used to! Apocalypse is due out on PC and PS3 next month.

We've got the details after the break, though I daresay many of you will be more interested in the launch trailer embedded above.

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EA: Battlefield vs Call Of Duty Rivalry Is "Good For The Industry"

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Jonathan Lester
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Activision, Battlefield 4, Call Of Duty: Ghosts, EA, Smack talk

EA: Battlefield vs Call Of Duty Rivalry Is "Good For The Industry"

Battlefield 4 To "Lap" Ghosts With "New Technology"

According to EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau, the fierce holiday competition between Call Of Duty and Battlefield is good for the industry and consumers alike - but this year DICE's franchise has a fighting chance of claiming sales victory. With Medal Of Honor shelved for now, the likes of Titanfall and Star Wars: Battlefront will challenge Activision in its place.

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Monster Hunter 4 Opening Cinematic

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Jonathan Lester
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3DS Games, Capcom, Monster Hunter 4

Monster Hunter 4 Opening Cinematic

Monster Hunter 4's opening cinematic has been released in full to hype its impending Japanese release. We're looking forward to seeing whether the delayed 3DS exclusive can shake up the series, but without any confirmed Western release dates or import options beyond owning a Japanese 3DS, this is all purely academic.

Regardless, enjoy.

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Forza 5, Ryse & Dead Rising 3 Will Have Special Day-One Downloadable Editions

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Jonathan Lester
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Day One Edition, Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, Microsoft Studios, Ryse: Son Of Rome, Xbox One Games

Forza 5, Ryse & Dead Rising 3 Will Have Special Day-One Downloadable Editions

Early Xbox One adopters will be able to download special Day One versions of Forza 5, Ryse and Dead Rising 3, including extra DLC and bonuses.

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Battlefield 4 Will Launch With 7 Modes On 10 Maps

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Battlefield 4, DICE, EA, FPS, multiplayer, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Battlefield 4 Will Launch With 7 Modes On 10 Maps

DICE has revealed a couple of very important numbers: namely how many multiplayer maps and gametypes to expect from Battlefield 4 at launch. Two of these modes will be new to the series, including a tense infantry-only battle called Defuse.

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GTA V Collector's Edition Bonuses Detailed

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2K Games, Collector's Edition, Grand Theft Auto V, GTA V, PS3 games, Rockstar Games, Xbox 360 games

GTA V Collector's Edition Bonuses Detailed

Includes Playing As Niko Bellic's Offspring

Rockstar have released some firm details about what to expect from the Grand Theft Auto V Collector's Edition. Alongside some predictable extra weapons and outfits, players will also be able to create and customise Niko Bellic's child for use in Grand Theft Auto Online - courtesy of a "hereditary-based creation system."

We've got the info below ahead of the game's release next month. Who's excited?

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Halo 4 GOTY Edition Confirmed

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Jonathan Lester
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343 Industries, FPS, Halo 4, Halo 4: GOTY Edition, Microsoft Studios, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4 GOTY Edition Confirmed

Microsoft has confirmed that Halo 4 is getting a Game Of The Year edition in October, following a premature leak from IGN.

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The Witch And The Hundred Knight Heading West In 2014

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Jonathan Lester
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Nippon Ichi, NIS America, NIS America Europe, PS3 games, The Witch And The Hundred Knight

The Witch And The Hundred Knight Heading West In 2014

NIS America will be bringing PS3-exclusive RPG The Witch And The Hundred Knight to the US and Europe early next year, having dropped the 's' from the original title (The Witch And The Hundred Knights). This makes sense, because players will assume the role of the singular Hundred Knight as he obeys his mistress' demands, equipping numerous weapons and pulling off lengthy combos in the process.

The localised port will feature both English and Japanese dubs. We'll bring you more nearer the time. [via Gematsu]

Killer Is Dead Review | Style Is Substance

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Brawler, Deep Silver, Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Killer Is Dead, PS3 games, Suda51, Xbox 360 games

Killer Is Dead Review | Style Is Substance

Platforms: PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture

Publisher: Deep Silver

Killer Is Dead hits our retinas like a neon Picasso wrapped around the business end of a sledgehammer. No-one can accuse Goichi "Suda51" Suda of being anything less than a recklessly imaginative artist, and here he's painted what is quite possibly the most gorgeous ultraviolent brawler on the market. Exquisite cel-shaded visuals gel perfectly with insane themes and bizarre distractions, not limited to chasing a tiger-riding crime boss on a motorcycle and seducing nubile débutantes in 'Gigolo Missions.' While jazz music plays in the background. On the moon.

Sometimes, however, mediocre games can sneak past undercooked mechanics and half-baked ideas behind sensational visuals. I could certainly name one or two. It's all too easy for games to trick us into believing that retinal stimulation is the same as genuine innovation, so we were delighted to discover that we were given nearly a whole month to see past the stunning good looks.

Killer Is Dead is not one of those games. Suda51's latest effort harks back to the likes of Killer7 and No More Heroes, delivering both sensational style and undeniable substance.

Killer Is Dead Review | Style Is Substance

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Bethesda "Pushing" Microsoft To Let Xbox Live Silver Members Play The Elder Scrolls Online

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bethesda, Microsoft, MMORPG, PC games, PS4 games, The Elder Scrolls Online, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox One Games, Zenimax Online Studios

Bethesda "Pushing" Microsoft To Let Xbox Live Silver Members Play The Elder Scrolls Online

We recently learned that The Elder Scrolls Online will support a traditional monthly subscription model and microtransactions, which is going to be another expense on top of Xbox Live Gold fees. Bethesda are apparently lobbying Microsoft to make their MMO playable on Xbox One regardless of your membership tier.

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Project Phoenix Dev Diary Fleshes Out Tactical Combat

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Jonathan Lester
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Creative Intelligence Arts, Developer diary, JRPG, Kickstarter, Nobuo Uematsu, PC games, Project Phoenix, PS4 games

Project Phoenix Dev Diary Fleshes Out Tactical Combat

Project Phoenix is still drawing in the punters on Kickstarter, understandable since it's a revolutionary JRPG project from veteran AAA developers and Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu. Keen to attract even more extra funding above and beyond their original $100,000 target (which they've since sextupled) Creative Intelligence Arts have released a new developer diary discussing how terrain factors into the real-time strategy combat.

It will be interesting to see how many more pledges Project Phoenix attracts over the coming fortnight, especially since the initial target is notably low for a project of this scale. It's due out in 2015 on PC, with PS4 and Wii U ports under consideration.

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