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DayZ Creator: 'Depressing' War Z Controversy Adding To Major Development Stress

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Jonathan Lester
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DayZ, Dean Hall, PC games, The War Z

DayZ Creator: 'Depressing' War Z Controversy Adding To Major Development Stress

"I Gave Serious Thought To Cutting My Losses"

DayZ creator and developer Dean Hall has spoken out on the continuing controversy surrounding competing zombie MMO The War Z, which has been removed from Steam after claims of fraud and false advertising. Apparently the continuing debacle has compounded the stress of his massive DayZ workload, causing his blood pressure to rise and even made him consider leaving the industry altogether.

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Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt DLC Trailered & Dated

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Borderlands 2, DLC, PC games, PS3 games, Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt, Xbox 360 games

Borderlands 2 will receive its third Season Pass DLC pack on January 15th 2013, Gearbox has announced. Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt adds on a new campaign set in the "savage continent of Aegris," in which the Vault Hunters will pursue all manner of exotic wildlife and terminate them with extreme prejudice. "Handsome Jack's legacy" will also play a part in the storyline.

A 2K rep has informed IGN that Borderlands 2's level cap will be increased in Q1 2013. Hopefully we'll soon have something to spend our surplus Eridium on soon, too.

The Second Wonder Of Crysis 3: 'The Hunt'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crysis 3, Crytek, EA, PC games, PS3 games, trailer, Xbox 360 games

The second of Crysis 3's seven wonders has been revealed as the thrill of the hunt, as players will be able to stalk targets with stealth camouflage and a massive honking compound bow before taking the perfect shot.

Or go loud with explosive arrows if things don't quite go to plan.

You can watch the first of the 'Seven Wonders' trailers - Hell Of A Town - here.

Black Isle Seeks Crowd Funding For Post-Apocalyptic Prototype Pitch...

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Black Isle Studios, Crowd Funding, Interplay

... And Their Resurrection

The recently-reformed Black Isle are seeking crowd funding for a new post-apocalyptic RPG entitled PV13, in order to create a prototype that will convince Interplay management to fully "resurrect" the studio.

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Elite: Dangerous Looses Another Trailer In Final Kickstarter Push

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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David Braben, Elite: Dangerous, Frontier Developments, trailer

Elite: Dangerous Looses Another Trailer In Final Kickstarter Push

"We Need Your Help Now And Over The Holidays"

Elite: Dangerous has managed to raise over £820,000 in Kickstarter pledges so far, with fifteen days left to secure the rest of the £1.25 million. Frontier Developments have opened direct PayPal funding for those having trouble with their cards on Kickstarter UK, and issued a brand new teaser trailer alongside a (slightly desperate) statement to backers.

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Debut Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, RPG, Square Enix, trailer

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Debut Trailer

Square Enix have released the very first trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, sort of. The Gamestrailers-exclusive video has mysteriously disappeared, but we've found another source for your viewing pleasure [thanks, PS3 Brazil].

This latest chapter promises to be the "final journey of Lightning," featuring massively improved traversal mechanics.

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A Virus Named TOM Gets Free Christmas DLC

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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A Virus Named TOM, DLC, Misfits Attic, PC games, Puzzle games

Cracking indie puzzler A Virus Named TOM is getting into the Christmas spirit with a free Yuletide-themed DLC pack. Basically, everything becomes a little more jolly and merry, while some Christmas costumes have been cunningly stashed into existing levels. Misfits Attic are slowly releasing hints to their location, and promise that the first player to send in proof of collecting all three will be some swag.

We described A Virus Named TOM as " an accessible fusion of brainpower and thumb-caning precision" in our 8/10 review.

THQ Selling Games & Assets, Files For Bankruptcy

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bankruptcy, Financials, THQ

THQ Selling Games & Assets, Files For Bankruptcy

In-Development Games & Jobs Are Safe

Embattled publisher THQ has put "all" of its games, assets and branding up for auction to a private investment firm. Though they've filed for bankruptcy to smooth the transition and make for an easier sale, they've assured shareholders and gamers alike that this move won't affect the games in development. Or the people making them.

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Xbox Live Daily Deals: Fez, Ninjas, Hedgehogs & Dead Rabbits

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Fez, Mark of the Ninja, Trine 2, XBLA, Xbox 360 games

Xbox Live Daily Deals: Fez, Ninjas, Hedgehogs & Dead Rabbits

Some seriously big savings are available on Xbox Live for today only, including 50% reductions for Fez, Mark Of The Ninja, Trine 2 and more. Here are the links and prices courtesy of Major Nelson.

Containment: The Zombie Puzzler | £1.01 | Steam | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Bootsnake Games, Indie Games, PC games, Puzzle games

Containment: The Zombie Puzzler | £1.01 | Steam | PC

This small yet surprisingly clever indie puzzle game plays with the tired old zombie formula to create something fresh, challenging players to surround undead with groups of similarly-coloured survivors to kill them in gory ways. Steam are selling it for a silly price until 18:00 today, saving you nearly twice as much as you'll pay.

Fallout 3: GOTY Edition | £2.49 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Bethesda Softworks, Fallout 3, PC games, RPG Games
Fallout 3: GOTY Edition | £2.49 | GamersGate | PC

For my money, Fallout 3 is probably the best RPG of this console generation and quite possibly the best game. Its enormous game world was both enormous, unpredictable and dense; while the story and gameplay armed us with more choice than any other game I can think of.

If you haven't yet sampled Bethesda's exquisite take on the Fallout franchise, you can now get the GOTY Edition for less than a London pint.

Jet Set Radio HD | £2.03 | Impulse/Gamestop | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Jet Set Radio Future HD, PC games, Sega

Jet Set Radio HD | £2.03 | Impulse/Gamestop | PC

Jet Set Radio was exactly what the Dreamcast needed: a funky, fresh exclusive with cel-shaded visuals and a soundtrack for the ages. It's still as vibrant and groovy as it ever was, but sadly, SEGA's decent HD port also demonstrated that the core gameplay hasn't held up anywhere near as much as the personality.

That matters little, since SEGA seem to be desperate to give it away at silly prices on PC.

Final Fantasy VII | £4.99 | Square Enix | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Final Fantasy VII, JRPG, PC games, Square Enix
Final Fantasy VII | £4.99 | Square Enix | PC
  • What: Final Fantasy VII
  • Where: Square Enix
  • Current Price: £4.99

Final Fantasy VII's 'new' PC version comes with achievements, cloud saves and an optional (free) character booster - but doesn't really do much (if anything) with the graphics. Nevertheless, Square Enix saw fit to slash a fiver off the asking price, meaning that you can grab one of the best RPGs ever made for less than a fiver.

Note: I think this has SecuROM.

L.A. Noire: Complete Edition | £6.25 | Gamefly | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Adventure Games, PC games, Rockstar, Sandbox games, Team Bondi
L.A. Noire: Complete Edition | £6.25 | Gamefly | PC

If you still haven't picked up L.A. Noire yet, your apathy has been rewarded by another cheap price for the complete edition (including all of the DLC cases).

Hotline Miami | £3.49 | Gamefly | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Dennaton Games, Indie Games, PC games
Hotline Miami | £3.49 | Gamefly | PC

Hotline Miami is raw, sick and sleazy; the thrill of a desperate kill, the exquisite splash of crimson blood, the garish reflection of neon on your knife blade. It's shocking and depraved, the product of twisted minds in a world gone to hell.

I like it.

Dennaton's "f*ck 'em up" is back down to its sub-£3.50 deal price thanks to Gamestop Downloads. We rated it 9/10 in our full Hotline Miami review, and it's easily one of the indie highlights of the year.

Legend of Grimrock, The Binding of Isaac, Closure, Dungeon Defenders, Shank 2 & Snapshot | Humble Indie Bundle 7 | PC, Mac & Linux

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Dungeon Defenders, Humble Indie Bundle, Indie Games, Linux games, Mac games, PC games, The Binding of Isaac
Legend of Grimrock, The Binding of Isaac, Closure, Dungeon Defenders, Shank 2 & Snapshot | Humble Indie Bundle 7 | PC, Mac & Linux

Humble Bundle are keen to kick off Christmas with a bang, and firmly reaffirm their unwavering indie credentials to some of the noisier THQ detractors. This latest bundle contains some seriously impressive games including Legend Of Grimrock and the brilliant Dungeon Defenders... and DLC... and soundtracks... and Indie Game: The Movie... so long as you beat the negligible average price.

Have a very indie Christmas, everyone.

SPOILER ALERT: The First Few Minutes Of BioShock Infinite Revealed

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Games, Bioshock Infinite, FPS games, Irrational Games, PC games, PS3 games, SPOILERS!, trailer, Xbox 360 games

SPOILER ALERT: The First Few Minutes Of BioShock Infinite Revealed

Irrational Games have decided to release the first five minutes of BioShock Infinite, unedited, for your viewing pleasure.

Be very aware that - by its very nature - the following footage is a MASSIVE SPOILER CONSISTING OF NUMEROUS MINOR SPOILERS. You might be better off waiting until BioShock Infinite releases in March 2013 if you want to preserve the surprise.

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Capcom: Monster Hunter 4 Delayed, Resi 6 Sales Fall Short

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Jonathan Lester
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Capcom, Monster Hunter 4, Resident Evil 6

Capcom: Monster Hunter 4 Delayed, Resi 6 Sales Fall Short

Financial Forecasts Slashed

Capcom's latest financial projections make for a grim read, revealing two pieces of bad news. Resident Evil 6 sales were apparently much weaker than expected despite several weeks in the charts, while anticipated RPG Monster Hunter 4 has been shoved deeper into 2013.

In financial terms, this basically amounts to "less money."

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Spec Ops: The Line | £4.99 | Get Games | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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2K Games, Action Games, PC games, Yager Development

Spec Ops: The Line | £4.99 | Get Games | PC

We've seen Spec Ops slightly cheaper before thanks to a voucher code, but considering that you'll get a Steam code at a significant saving, we reckon that Get Games' latest offer is probably worth bringing to your attention. This dark and unflinchingly mature shooter delivers a superbly-told storyline (that subverts everything you thought you knew about military games), it's difficult to find a reason not to take advantage of this one. Many thanks to yurij666 at HotUKDeals.

Q.U.B.E. | £3.50 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Puzzle games, Q.U.B.E., Toxic Games
Q.U.B.E. | £3.50 | GamersGate | PC

Q.U.B.E. provides a reasonable amount of first person puzzling, distancing itself from Portal with a greater reliance on physics and gravity along with a minimalistic visual style. Some issues with a lack of real personality/context and a few obnoxious solutions aside, it's probably worth a punt for puzzle fanatics who didn't pick it up for £2.99 in the recent Steam sale.