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Dragonborn Trailer Is Now Live, Watch It Now

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Matt Gardner
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Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks, Chasing the dragon, DLC, Dragon Mounts, Dragonborn, Puff the Magic Dragon, Riding the Dragon, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Dragonborn Trailer Is Now Live, Watch It Now

"You Didn't Think That You Were The Only One...?"

As foretold earlier, Bethesda have dropped the reveal trailer for Skyrim's upcoming DLC pack - "Dragonborn". The trailer features some more chanting Nords as well as a host of new enemy types, some tourist shots of Solstheim, dragons with their bones picked cleaner than a KFC bargain bucket on a Friday night, and...wait...is he...is he riding the dragon?

Why yes, yes I do believe he is.

Watch it after the jump >>>

Square Enix: £20 Mobile Titles "Haven't Had The Negative Sales Response Some Would Think"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Android, Final Fantasy Dimensions, iOS, Mobile games, Mobile pricing, Sales, Square Enix

Square Enix: £20 Mobile Titles "Haven't Had The Negative Sales Response Some Would Think"

Square Enix have come under a little bit of fire for having the gall to release games on services such iOS and Android at comparatively super-premium rates. The recent Final Fantasy Dimensions, for example, hit the App Store at £19.99.

However, the company have suggested that such premium pricing has turned over more revenue than plenty of free-to-play titles, saying that the sales response has been far from negative.

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DONTNOD: Only Betting On Straight, White, Male Stereotypes Is "F**king Stupid"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Capcom, DONTNOD Entertainment, Protagonists, Remember Me, Stereotypes

DONTNOD: Only Betting On Straight, White, Male Stereotypes Is "F**king Stupid"

Jean-Maxime Moris, the creative director on Capcom's Remember Me, has slammed the prevalent use of the "straight, white, man" as a stereotypical central protagonist.

Speaking in a recent interview, Moris used the statement to highlight the differences that DONTNOD are striving for with Nilin - Remember Me's female, mixed-race, central character.

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FIFA 13 PC Patch Live, PS3 & Xbox 360 Treatment Coming Soon

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Matt Gardner
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News
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EA Canada, EA Sports, FIFA 13, Football games, Patch, PC games

FIFA 13 PC Patch Live, PS3 & Xbox 360 Treatment Coming Soon

EA Sports dropped a fat patch for FIFA 13 on PC on Saturday, fixing a number of issues with the game engine, invisible balls, a few physics-related bugs, and connectivity problems.

Already available on PC, the patch will be coming to the home consoles soon, though dates are yet to be confirmed.

Click here to see the full list of updates >>>

Daily Bite: Alphagames

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Matt Gardner
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Alphagames from Evan Seitz on Vimeo.

Thanks Fred J!

PWNCAST | Season 2: Episode 7 - Halo, Is It Me You're Looking For?

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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343 Industries, FPS games, Halo, Halo 4, Microsoft Studios, Podcast, PWNCAST

PWNCAST | Season 2: Episode 7 - Halo, Is It Me You're Looking For?

With Halo 4 just around the corner, we take a look at the new game from 343 as well as reflecting upon some of our favourite moments from the series to date.

You can check out our Halo 4 review here.

WARNING: Contains strong language from the start. We did try censoring the intro at one point, but it lost its musical flow.

PWNCAST | Season 2: Episode 7, Recorded: November 1st, 2012

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be quite a few instances of strong language.

Click the banner at the top to play the file, or right click and select 'Save Link As' to download the file onto your hard drive.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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Game Buzz | Episode 7 - Alleged Duplicity

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Denis Dyack, Game Buzz, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter, Podcast, PS Vita, PWNCAST, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Silicon Knights, Sony

Game Buzz | Episode 7 - Alleged Duplicity

Oh Silicon Knights, what have you done?! This week Jon and I take a look at the rumoured duplicity of Mr. Dyack when it came to X-Men Destiny, we discuss EA's "disappointment" at Medal of Honor: Warfighter and ruminate on those "mock reviews", and we ask what Sony can do to pull the Vita out of the depressing slump in which it appears to have found itself.

We also review the new Silent Hill film. Short Version: It's really, really bad.

Game Buzz: Episode 7 - Alleged Duplicity. Recorded November 1st, 2012

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

Click the banner at the top to play the file, or right click and select 'Save Link As' to download the file onto your hard drive.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Interview | Julien Lamoureaux Talks Setting And Splitscreen

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel, EA Games, Games previews, Interviews, Julien Lamoureaux, TPS games, Visceral Games

Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Interview | Julien Lamoureaux Talks Setting And Splitscreen

Playing through the latest short demo of Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, there's an extremely strong sense of ambivalence. On the one hand, I'm in Mexico, in the present day, smack bang in the middle of one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. I know this because Visceral and EA have told me as much. It's also really brown, sandy, and dusty. On the other hand, the co-operative shooting has been tightened up immensely by new developers, Visceral Games. One side of my brain is quietly muttering, "This is wrong". The other half doesn't give a flying proverbial because it's quite a lot of fun.

At least those shades of brown look lovely. Frostbite 2 is once again the star of the show. Sandbags splutter and burst, pillars flake and crumble, and the dynamic lighting effects once inside are glorious to behold. It just seems a little bit of a shame that, given the TWO in Army of Two stands for Trans-World Ops, the developers settled here rather than, I don't know, anywhere else.

Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Interview | Julien Lamoureaux Talks Setting And Splitscreen

But I made these points in my post-Gamescom preview.

Getting hands-on with the game again, it's clear that Visceral have put in something of a shift. It's still really solid, and feels tighter than either of the previous games. The cover system is a simple, but crucially important feature, that feels snappy yet never sticky. The gunfire feedback, both aural and visual, is exceptional, and aiming mechanics and weapon handling feel responsive and yet also weighty and impactful, without being sluggish; Overkill yields its own reward.

After spending an inordinate amount of time blowing chunks out of pillars, I sat down with lead designer, Julien Lamoureaux for a swift chat.

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Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Will Not Have Competitive Multiplayer

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Matt Gardner
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Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel, Competitive multiplayer, EA Games, Julien Lamoureaux, Visceral Games

Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Will Not Have Competitive Multiplayer

Didn't Want To Lower Standards By Taking On Too Much

As reviewers we often come across games that have shoehorned in certain features of gameplay, be it a laughably short and bland singleplayer experience, or a woefully underdeveloped smattering of multiplayer modes. However, Visceral have decided that this is a bad thing, and therefore will not be including a competitive multiplayer element in Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, simply because they "didn't want to spread [themselves] too thin".

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Visceral: "Splitscreen Co-op Multiplayer Is A No-Brainer"

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Matt Gardner
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Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel, EA Games, Julien Lamoureaux, Local multiplayer, Splitscreen, TPS games, Visceral Games

Visceral: "Splitscreen Co-op Multiplayer Is A No-Brainer"

Thinking of making a co-operative shooter? Well, if you are, "it had better have splitscreen", according to Visceral Games, who've taken over development for Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel.

We sat down with Lead Designer Julien Lamoureaux for a brief chat at a recent press event to chat about the upcoming third-person shooter, and he told us flat out that for co-op games like Army of Two, "splitscreen is a no brainer".

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Daily Bite: Four Breasts

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Matt Gardner
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Daily Bite, PS Vita, Sony

Daily Bite: Four Breasts

We didn't really want to run this as news since it's so utterly ridiculous/sexist/offensive/laughable/idiotic/desperate/delete as applicable. So it's here. Suffice to say, Sony France's marketing department has been, well I don't really want to think about what they've been doing that led to this: an advert in which they liken the ailing PS Vita to a woman with four breasts.

Looking at the backlash across social media yesterday, we'd say it's all gone a bit tits-up.

[via Kotaku]

Prison Architect Alpha 3 Now Available

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Introversion, PC games, Prison Architect, Videos

Introversion have announced that Alpha version 3 of their incarceration simulator - Prison Architect - is now available. This little update will add in a "fog of war" feature that kicks in when guards leave their posts. A new CCTV feature help to remedy that, but as the developers themselves note, "prisoners have a habit of finding the blind spots".

Check out the video above for all of the new details.

REPORT: PS4 Chipset Based on AMD A10 APU Series, Has Optical BR Drive

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Matt Gardner
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Games consoles, Hardware, Next-gen, Orbis, PS4, Sony
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PlayStation 4

REPORT: PS4 Chipset Based on AMD A10 APU Series, Has Optical BR Drive

Fresh details have apparently emerged today regarding Sony's successor to the PS3, with "multiple sources" confirming that the PS3 - still being referred to by Sony solely under the codename "Orbis" - will once again feature Blu-Ray (rather than a purely digital setup), and will bring with it a revamped UI and a processor based on AMD's combined-chip A10 series.

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Game of the Month | October 2012

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Assassin's Creed III, Competitions, Dishonored, Forza Horizon, Game of the Month, Hotline Miami, NBA 2K13, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Game of the Month | October 2012

And the Game of the Month for October goes too...Warfighter!

Just kidding. The fact of the matter is that even though EA's flagship FPS for this year proved disappointing, there's simply been no time to really dwell on it thanks to a barrage of engrossing, outstanding releases this month that have included the likes of The Walking Dead: Episode 4, Hotline Miami, Forza Horizon, Pokemon Black/White 2, NBA 2K13 and Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams.

But we'd hypothesised that this month would come down to three big titles, and we were absolutely right.

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Halo 4 Review | New Masters, Same Chief

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Matt Gardner
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Reviews
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343 Industries, FPS games, Halo 4, Master Chief, Microsoft Studios

Halo 4 Review | New Masters, Same Chief

Platforms: Xbox 360

Developers: 343 Industries

Publishers: Microsoft Studios

Halo 4 is a little bit like Casino Royale. It's a more muscular reboot, everything from the sound design to the way Master Chief handles feels a little weightier, a little more impactful. It packs a somewhat surprising emotional punch towards the end, and there's a backstory to the bad guys that's a little hard to follow and ultimately easy to ignore. Like Casino Royale, you'll find that Halo 4 takes you on a wild ride, constantly teasing you with memories of what came before, but never quite giving you the musical payoff that you deserve, at least not until the credits roll.

And just like Casino Royale, this is a return upon which much rests.

Halo 4 Review | New Masters, Same Chief

The Master Chief is back, four years after the events of Halo 3, and he's woken from his deep sleep to find the ship he's on - the Forward Unto Dawn - about to disintegrate around him. Cortana has spent much of that time slowly going mad; being an AI, she has an expiration date, where she increasingly begins to split personalities, becoming a splintered artificial mind via a process called Rampancy that would invariably lead her to actively thinking herself to death. The only recourse is to locate Dr. Halsey, in whose neural image Cortana was made, in the hopes of restoring the latter to her former capable self.

Of course, things aren't quite that simple. The Covenant are abroad, and mean again, and the Master Chief has a new enemy to face in the form of the Prometheans. We might have been a little concerned at just how much fun fighting against the Prometheans might prove, but the fact of the matter is that Halo 4 absolutely nails the empowering-yet-challenging moment-to-moment gameplay that has made this franchise such an enduring prospect.

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COMPETITION | Win The Walking Dead - Episode 4

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Competition, Halloween, Telltale Games, The Walking Dead: Episode 4 - Around Every Corner, XBLA, XBLA roundup

COMPETITION | Win The Walking Dead - Episode 4

Happy Halloween folks! To celebrate Samhain, we've got two XBLA codes for Telltale' s The Walking Dead: Episode 4 to giveaway. We've been enjoying the series immensely, and here's what we thought of Episode 4 in our review:

It's tense, nervous, and a challenging experience, and the final few scenes come out of nowhere to raise  the expectations for the finale through the roof. There's a slower pace to this episode, but the last moments will make the wait for Episode Five absolutely unbearable. It's been such a fantastic  journey, and the thought of it coming to an end soon is almost heartbreaking, and when the final choice at the end of this episode comes, it's difficult to know who I'm doing it for. Is it for Lee? For the group? It's almost certainly for Clementine. In those moments, the way you've treated everyone, the way you've spoken  to those around you, your loyalties and betrayals, they all come flooding back. It might not be the rollercoaster ride of the previous episodes, but number four is just as excellent, engrossing, and deeply emotional as those that have come before it.

So...how do you go about entering? Easy. All you have to do is stick a comment in the box below telling us about the scariest experience you've ever had with a video game. The competition will close on Sunday 4th at 23:59, and the winners will be notified on the following Monday.

A few things to bear in mind:

  • No matter how many comments you post, you'll only receive one entry into the competition. We encourage discussion, but please no spamming.
  • Please use a real email address in case you prove victorious.

Good luck!

On a slightly different, but equally freebie-licious note, if you want a Hawken beta code for this coming weekend do let us know. We have loads left!

Save On The Go: The HotUKDeals App Is Now Live!

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Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Android, HotUKDeals, HotUKDeals App, HUKD, iOS, Savings

Save On The Go: The HotUKDeals App Is Now Live!

Christmas Just Got Easier

The mothership is now mobile! HotUKDeals have unveiled a shiny new app to allow thrifty consumers to impulse buy on the go. You can download the sleek and streamlined HotUKDeals app via the Apple Store or Google Play to make saving those pennies and pounds even easier on the move.

It's also completely free.

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