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Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Is Content Complete

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Jonathan Lester
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Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, Frictional Games, Horror games, PC games, thechineseroom

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Is Content Complete

Takes Aim At Summer Release

Frictional Games and thechineseroom have basically finished Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, which will only require some polish and optimisation before release.

I want to go home, mommy. Please don't make me review it.

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Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Renegade Ops & Sega Bass Fishing | £6.99 | GAME | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Sega
Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Renegade Ops & Sega Bass Fishing | £6.99 | GAME | PC

GAME are charging a decent price for four games: Avalanche's  impressive take on vehicular combat and three blasts from the past. Jet Set Radio still looks great, though classic Crazy Taxi and Sega Bass Fishing have received little in the way of a graphical update. It's a good saving for loads of gameplay time, though old-school SEGA fans should beware that rose-tined specs can't be repaired after they crack...

Cargo, Crazy Machines Elements, Helldorado, Mata Hari, Storm: Frontline Nation & The Whispered World | Bundle Stars | £3.94 | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC Games Indie Games

Cargo, Crazy Machines Elements, Helldorado, Mata Hari, Storm: Frontline Nation & The Whispered World | Bundle Stars | £3.94 | PC

  • What: Cargo: The Quest For Gravity, Crazy Machines Elements, Helldorado, Mata Hari, Storm: Frontline Nation & The Whispered World
  • Where: Bundlestars
  • Current Price: £3.94

This uncomplicated bundle has a set price and a decent games lineup, from a divisive adventure game to gravity-defying puzzling and fast-paced strategy. You'll get Steam codes and support SpecialEffect to boot.

Halo 4: Majestic Map Pack Dated & Trailered

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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343 Industries, DLC, FPS games, Halo 4, Majestic Map Pack, Microsoft Studios

Halo 4: Majestic Map Pack Dated & Trailered
343 Industries has officially blown the lid off Halo 4's Majestic Map Pack, which is set to release on February 25th for 800 Microsoft Points (or included in the season pack). This new multiplayer expansion promises to "hark back to classic Halo maps" with three "small scale arenas," a new Infinity Rumble game mode and ten new achievements.,

We've got a trailer and map details after the break.

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Guild Wars 2 Loot Drops Getting Fixed In Next Patch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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ArenaNet, Guild Wars 2, MMO

Guild Wars 2 Loot Drops Getting Fixed In Next Patch

ArenaNet will increase the amount of loot given out to Guild Wars 2 players, after brave heroes discovered a flaw in the way it's handed out.

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Activision: Destiny Will Miss 2013

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny

Activision: Destiny Will Miss 2013

Even though it was 'revealed' last Sunday, Destiny will not release this side of 2014.

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Rayman Legends: Online Challenges Mode Coming To Wii U This April

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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eShop, Rayman Legends, Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montpellier, Wii U

Rayman Legends: Online Challenges Mode Coming To Wii U This April

Ubisoft Montpellier plans to release a consolation prize for disgruntled Wii U owners to apologise for delaying Rayman Legends by seven months. The full online challenge mode will be released on the Wii U eShop this April, which includes support for up to five players and features online leaderboards to get some competition going.

"We know you guys just want to play the game as soon as possible," explains game manager Michael Micoloic. "It hurt us to see you guys so upset about the delay."

Trailer and narration from series creator Michel Ancel after the break.

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Super Scribblenauts | £2.79 | Amazon | DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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DS games, Games deals, Puzzle games, Super Scribblenauts

Super Scribblenauts | £2.79 | Amazon | DS

Amazon just can't give Super Scribblenauts away, and they've chipped yet another few pence of the price. This charming little thief of time lets you spawn objects into existence and lets you use the force of your imagination to solve some gentle puzzles... or just enjoy what happens when you summon Cthulhu and God to take care of a minor irritation. Thanks to BigSexy89 at HotUKDeals.

Battlefield 3 | £9.99 | Origin | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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DICE, EA, FPS games, Origin, PC games

Battlefield 3 | £9.99 | Origin | PC

If you haven't picked up Battlefield 3 yet, Origin's £9.99 deal is pretty good going. You'll save a couple of quid on the definitive version of this multiplayer masterpiece - considering that you can enjoy 64-player battles and push the Frostbite 2.0 engine to the full, don't accept the stripped-back console substitutes unless you absolutely have to. Thanks and credit to danhufc at HotUKDeals.

To The Moon | £2.37 | Steam | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Freebird Games, PC games, RPG, To The Moon

To The Moon | £2.37 | Steam | PC

  • What: To The Moon
  • Where: Steam
  • Current Price: £2.37
  • RRP: £9.99

To The Moon tells a truly exceptional story, one that's life affirming, tragic, uplifting and utterly memorable. If you haven't bought it already, you really should, but do be aware that it's more like an interactive novel with a retro RPG aesthetic rather than a gamey game full of gameplay.

What's the problem? Afraid you might feel something?

Naval War: Arctic Circle | £3.74 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Paradox Interactive, PC games, Strategy games, Turbo Tape Games
Naval War: Arctic Circle | £3.74 | GamersGate | PC

Turbo Tape Interactive's debut game is absolutely stonking. A niche title, to be sure, but one that seriously delivers on tense, stealthy maritime strategy with an exceptionally user-friendly GUI. GamersGate are asking for less than four quid, which will save you more than you'll pay.

A Valley Without Wind 2 Review | One Step Sideways, Two Steps Backwards

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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A Valley Without Wind 2, Arcen Games, Indie Games, Mac games, PC games, Platformer, Turn-based strategy games

A Valley Without Wind 2 Review | One Step Sideways, Two Steps Backwards

Platform: PC

Developer: Arcen Games

Was I too generous to A Valley Without Wind? My peers seem to think so, but I saw massive potential in Arcen Games' recklessly ambitious side-scroller. It tapped into our fundamental urge to explore, to continually venture into a brave new world to gradually improve our characters and build a civilization over the course of countless hours. Its rough edges were thoroughly eclipsed by a wealth of hidden depth and genre-defying content, to the extent where I wholeheartedly nominated it as one of the best indie games of 2012.

The sequel is a very different proposition. A Valley Without Wind 2 refines and distils the gameplay of the original instead of expanding on its ambitious ideas, with Arcen describing the change as "the difference between Zelda and Zelda 2." Ruthless streamlining abounds, while new turn-based strategy elements challenge players to lead a ragtag band of resistance fighters through a randomly-generated world in a desperate retreat from evil overlord Demonaica. The sandbox has become a fight for survival.

This could have worked brilliantly were it not for one major problem. Even at its very best, A Valley Without Wind 2 is simply not fun to play.

A Valley Without Wind 2 Review | One Step Sideways, Two Steps Backwards

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Bungie: Destiny Will Require An Internet Connection

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, FPSRPG, Next-gen, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Bungie: Destiny Will Require An Internet Connection

More Details & Wallpapers Emerge

Following Destiny's official reveal/big fat tease yesterday, Bungie has confirmed that their ambitious 'shared world shooter' will require a constant internet connection in order to function. The ability to cooperate with loads of other players in a persistent and evolving battle to save the last city on Earth is definitely going to be one of Destiny's most impressive unique draws, with gameplay resembling a cross between Halo, Borderlands and World Of Warcraft, so we're not going to kick off about the online requirement. Yet.

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Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Wins 2013 Outstanding Writing Award

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, PS Vita games, Ubisoft, Writing

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Wins 2013 Outstanding Writing Award

Vita exclusive Assassin's Creed III: Liberation has received the 2013 Writer’s Guild of America’s 2013 Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing award, which we'll call the WGA from now on to speed things up.

It's a real coup for the portable powerhouse, but it's worth noting that the competition wasn't exactly fearsome. Fellow WGA nominees included 007: Legends (which totally butchered its source material with some of the worst writing I have ever seen, ever, ever), Halo 4, Epic Mickey 2, Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Assassin's Creed III. Also, games need to have at least one credited writer as a member of the guild to be eligible, meaning that any number of deserving alternatives were dismissed out of hand.

Still, this makes for a fun little jumping off point. What game impressed you the most with its dialogue, storyline and storytelling over the last twelve months?

Final Fantasy X Vita Footage & Screenshots Break Cover

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Final Fantasy X HD, JRPG, PS Vita games, Square Enix

Final Fantasy X Vita Footage & Screenshots Break Cover

After several months of worrying silence, we've finally got another look at (the totally not cancelled) Final Fantasy X HD. This Vita exclusive is certainly looking rather shiny, evidenced by some footage and screengrabs taken from a Japanese livestream presentation during the early hours of the morning.

Perhaps more excitingly, Japan has also now received an official Vita price cut.

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Evolution Of PlayStation: Sony Releases PS3 Retrospective

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Playstation, PS3, PS4, Sony

Sony has released a video charting how the PS3 evolved throughout its lifespan, which would be a little bit arrogant were it not for the fact that we'll likely get a first look at its successor on Wednesday.

Was the PS3 a revolution, or did it spend this generation playing catch-up? What were your favourite games - and what are you still looking forward to? Let's talk PlayStation in the comments.

UK Games Charts | 15th February 2013

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Dead Space 3, FIFA 13, UK Charts, UK retail

UK Games Charts | 15th February 2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines has predictably found its way to the top of this week's charts due to its fantastic gameplay, wonderful authenticity, brilliant set pieces, awesome flamethrower-equipped power loaders... wait, what? Sorry, I was confusing the finished product with the demo they showed me last year. You know, the one that bears absolutely no resemblance to the finished product in terms of graphics or gameplay. Expect a bug hunt, not a stand up fight, and don't engage without finding a hefty deal first.

EA are having a great time of it, what with Dead Space 3, FIFA 13 and NFS: Most Wanted bringing home the bacon, and the excellent Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed continues to do well for SEGA. Sadly, Ni No Kuni and DmC continue to plummet towards the sales abyss... are singleplayer-only games in trouble?

As always, we've got the official UK top ten after the break.

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3079 | Pay What You Want (£0.16 Minimum) | IndieGameStand | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Phr00t Software, RPG
3079 | Pay What You Want (£0.16 Minimum) | IndieGameStand | PC
  • What: 3079
  • Where: IndieGameStand
  • Current Price: Pay What You Want (£0.16 minimum)
  • RRP: £9.99

3079 has graced many a pay what you want bundle, but now the procedurally generated voxel-based sci-fi RPG is going it alone on IndieGameStand. You can grab it for next to nothing ($0.25 is the absolute minimum), but we'd suggest that you give the developers more than that - after all, they deserve to be paid for their hard work. Multiple thresholds are available if you want some extra games and soundtrack.

Alan Wake's American Nightmare | £2.99 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, PC games, Remedy Entertainment
Alan Wake's American Nightmare | £2.99 | GamersGate | PC

Perhaps showing the future for slightly more niche singleplayer games, American Nightmare gives us all a tasty and well-polished snippet of creepy action for a bargain price. At £2.99, this twilight zone is well worth exploring, especially since Mr. Scratch is such a compelling nemesis.

Of Orcs And Men | £11.99 | Get Games | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Focus Home Interactive, PC games, RPG

Of Orcs And Men | £11.99 | Get Games | PC

It's not easy being green. Rather than typecasting orcs and goblins as stereotypical bad guys, this quirky RPG actually lets you play as them in what basically ends up being a buddy movie. It's not great, that's for sure, but it's certainly interesting enough if you want to save £3 thanks to Get Games.