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Next-Gen Xbox Rumour Roundup: Your Eleventh Hour Blowout

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Microsoft, Next-gen, Nextbox, Rumour control, Xbox, Xbox 720

Next-Gen Xbox Rumour Roundup: Your Eleventh Hour Blowout

Cometh the hour cometh the console. Following months of rumours, speculation and some megaton non-announcements that set the internet alight, we're now just one day away from the next-generation Xbox reveal, and learning exactly what Microsoft's new device has to offer.

Soon, dear reader, we can start to discuss facts rather than rumours, but there's no denying that many of us will be wondering which of the conflicting reports will come to pass, and which will be thoroughly debunked. So here, for your convenience, is a list of the most plausible, far-fetched and inflammatory rumours that have made headlines over the last few months.  Get ready to tick them off from 18:00 GMT tomorrow...

There'll Be Some Components In A Plastic Box

Next-Gen Xbox Rumour Roundup: Your Eleventh Hour Blowout

Exactly what components, and how powerful they are, has been the subject of many a futile debate. Bear with me, because the insane deluge of contradictory and conflicting rumours has become utterly baffling.

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New Batman: Arkham Origins Screenshots

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Batman: Arkham Origins, PC games, PS3 games, Screenshots, Warner Bros. Interactive, Warner Bros. Montreal, Xbox 360 games

New Batman: Arkham Origins Screenshots

Today's trailer might have been entirely CGI, but Warner Bros have also sent over some action-packed screenshots of Batman: Arkham Origins in action. The pre-Christmas Gotham setting makes for some atmospheric fights in the swirling snow (let us throw snowballs, please!), which will once again offer some brutal counters designed to simultaneously punish large groups of henchmen.

Batman: Arkham Origins releases in October, starring a younger and more reckless Caped Crusader. It's in development at Warner Bros. Montreal.

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GRID 2 Trailers Take Us To Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Okutama

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Codemasters Racing, GRID 2, PC games, PS3 games, Racing Games, Xbox 360 games

GRID 2 Trailers Take Us To Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Okutama

We've got three GRID 2 trailers awaiting your inspection after the break, one of which shows an 'Eliminator' race taking place in Dubai, while the other two focus on the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina circuit and touring cars in some glamorous globetrotting locations.

The rather pretty racer is out next week for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Batman: Arkham Origins Gets Full-Length CG Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Batman: Arkham Origins, trailer, Warner Bros. Interactive, Warner Bros. Montreal

Batman: Arkham Origins Gets Full-Length CG Trailer

Warner Bros. Montreal have released our first proper look at Batman: Arkham Origins in a lengthy new trailer... wait, sorry, false alarm. It's all CGI.

Still, if last week's brief snippet of Batman fighting Deathstroke got you hot under your cowl, this extended version will probably make your day. Batman: Arkham Origins is out on October 25th, and Kevin Conroy has been confirmed as returning voice talent [though won't play Batman, by the sounds of it - Jonathan]. Deathstroke will be a playable character if you secure the pre-order DLC.

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Shadow Warrior Reboot Announced For PC & Next-Gen Consoles [UPDATE]

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Devolver Digital, Flying Wild Hog, FPS, Next-gen, PC games, Shadow Warrior, Xbox 360 games

Shadow Warrior Reboot Announced For PC & Next-Gen Consoles [UPDATE]

Hard Reset Devs Working On "Total Reimagining"

1997 3D Realms shooter Shadow Warrior is getting the next-gen reboot treatment, courtesy of the team who brought us the outrageous Hard Reset. So far, only a teaser trailer and some oriental-themed concept art has hit the net, but we can expect some entertaining old-school blasting if the studio and series stick to their roots. Along with shuriken and the return of the original sticky bomb, perhaps.

We've got the screens and trailer below. An official website has launched, though there isn't much to see.

UPDATE: We've received some firm details courtesy of publisher Devolver Digital. Check out the premise, protagonist and release window after the break.

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Ubisoft: "Nintendo Will Take Steps To Ensure The Wii U Is Successful"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Nintendo, Ubisoft, Wii U
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Wii U

Ubisoft: "Nintendo Will Take Steps To Ensure The Wii U Is Successful"

Despite somewhat screwing the proverbial pooch by delaying the now-multiplatform Rayman Legends, Ubisoft has shown a renewed commitment to the Wii U, and is confident that Nintendo will turn things around for the slow-selling console.

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UK Games Charts | 18th May 2013

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dead Island: Riptide, Metro: Last Light, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity, UK Games Charts, UK retail

UK Games Charts | 18th May 2013

This week shows that appalling working conditions and tiny budgets can still lead to big sellers, in that Metro: Last Light takes the crown. 4A Games must be thrilled, while consumers clearly don't mind that Ranger Mode is locked off as pre-order DLC. We'll have some video content for you this lunchtime.

Elsewhere, the poxy yet inconsistently fun Dead Island: Riptide takes a strong second place, while the equally mediocre Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity romps into fourth. A newly-released retail version of The Walking Dead has also allowed Telltale's outstanding episodic series to enter the boxed charts, and well deserved too.

We've got the full shebang after the break.

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Wii U Mario, Super Smash Bros & Mario Kart To Be Unveiled Before E3

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Mario, Mario Kart, Nintendo, Nintendo Direct, Super Smash Bros, Wii U games
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Wii U

Wii U Mario, Super Smash Bros & Mario Kart To Be Unveiled Before E3

According to a new tweet from Nintendo, they plan to properly reveal three of their biggest first-party Wii U titles in a Nintendo Direct presentation before E3. "We will discuss new Smash Bros., 3D Mario game, Mario Kart and other Wii U titles in our #NintendoDirectNA before the start of E3," reads the missive, which is music to our ears since the console doesn't really have any confirmed system sellers on the horizon as yet (sorry Pikmin 3).

We'll naturally keep you posted with the date, links and on-site embed code for the presentation. There's less than a month to go until E3, so expect firm details soon. Also this.

Call Of Duty: Ghosts Gets Teeny Tiny Viney Teaser

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call Of Duty: Ghosts, FPS, Infinity Ward, Teaser
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Call Of Duty: Ghosts | PC | Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

Call Of Duty: Ghosts Gets Teeny Tiny Viney Teaser

Releasing short gameplay snippets on Vine has become very trendy these days, and Infinity Ward is the latest developer to jump on the bandwagon. A new short clip for Call Of Duty: Ghosts shows off some in-development footage ahead of its full reveal at the next-gen Xbox event tomorrow night.

Call Of Duty: Ghosts is described as a "brand new Call Of Duty experience," featuring a new storyline, characters and cross-generation engine. You can watch the spectacularly unhelpful reveal trailer here.

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The Last Of Us Dev Diary Explores Death, Choices & Epic Beards

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Naughty Dog, PS3 games, The Last Of Us, trailer
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The Last of Us | Playstation 3

The Last Of Us Dev Diary Explores Death, Choices & Epic Beards

Naughty Dog have released another behind-the-scenes look at The Last Of Us, this time exploring the themes of death and player choice, and how they translate into gameplay (along with some amazing beards from practically everyone on staff). The anticipated PS3 exclusive has now gone gold ahead of a June 14th launch.

More details in Matt's The Last Of Us hands-on preview.

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Daily Bite: Tobias Funke vs Capcom

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Jonathan Lester
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Funnies
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Daily Bite

When Tobias asked the internet to Insert Me AnywhereCapcom-Unity went all out. Oh Tobias... you blowhard.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity Review | It Hurt Itself In Its Confusion!

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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3DS Games, Dungeon crawler, Nintendo, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity, Spike Chunsoft

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity Review | It Hurt Itself In Its Confusion!

Platform: 3DS

Developer: Spike Chunsoft

Publisher: Nintendo

Pokemon and Rogue make for strange bedfellows, but I've always had a soft spot for the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series. There's something inexplicably compelling about becoming a Pokemon in a world where humans are just bedtime stories, and interacting with an adorable society run by the critters themselves. Chunsoft's spin-off (technically crossover, but we can argue semantics in the comments) marries the persistent levelling of the core Pokemon games with the dangerous randomly-generated dungeons of Rogue and its descendants, offering a mash-up of two disparate genres that typically overcomes cumbersome mechanics with playful personality and charm.

Gates To Infinity is the first Pokemon Mystery Dungeon title on 3DS, and as such, comes with some interesting new tweaks to the formula. Gorgeous 3D visuals, intriguing AR functionality and an exciting city-building element gave younger fans plenty to be excited about - and us older lapsed Pokemaniacs something else to look forward to.

Sadly, a confused attempt to simplify the dungeon crawling makes this the weakest series entry to date.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity Review | It Hurt Itself In Its Confusion!

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Pikmin 3 Dated For July

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Nintendo, Pikmin 3, Wii U games

Pikmin 3 Dated For July

Nintendo has finally put a firm release date on Pikmin 3, one of the Wii U's most anticipated (and annoyingly delayed) first-party heavy hitters. The approachable strategy game has been slated for July 26th, while a few new details about storyline and features were also outed by today's Nintendo Direct presentation.

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Project X Zone Pre-Order | £20.99 | Argos | 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Capcom, Namco Bandai, PC game, Sega, SRPG

Project X Zone Pre-Order | £20.99 | Argos | 3DS

Project X Zone pre-order | Argos | £20.99 (save £4)

Thanks to jaypr @ HUKD! Note that this is an SRPG, not a fighting game.

Borderlands 2 | £8.16 (With Code) | Green Man Gaming | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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2K Games, FPS games, Gearbox Software, PC games

Borderlands 2 | £8.16 (With Code) | Green Man Gaming | PC

Borderlands 2 | Green Man Gaming | £8.16
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Voucher Code:  GMG20-LLASD-D8WBQ

Thanks to Ruddy2007 @ HotUKDeals! Note that a 4-pack is also available on Steam, which will save you an extra few pence if you all chip in.