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Game Buzz | Episode 18 - Delayman

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Matt Gardner
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Dreamfall Chapters, Game Buzz, Microsoft, Ouya, Podcast, PWNCAST, Rayman Legends, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Ubisoft, Wii U, XNA

Game Buzz | Episode 18 - Delayman

This week we take a look at Ubisoft's decision to delay Rayman Legends as well as their less-than-glowing remarks about the Wii U; we discuss Geralt's beardy return as The Witcher 3 is unveiled; we lament Microsoft's move to ditch XNA, and question their decision to not announce any hint off a replacement dev kit; we chat about the implication of yearly Ouya consoles; and we get very excited over Dreamfall Chapters.

Game Buzz | Episode 18 - Delayman. Recorded 9th February, 2013.

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.

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Opening Scenes | Dead Space 3 Gameplay - First 20 Mins

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Action Games, Dead Space 3, EA Games, Opening Scenes, PC games, PS3 games, Videos, Visceral Games, Xbox 360 games

Opening Scenes | Dead Space 3 Gameplay - First 20 Mins

Dead Space 3 is out today here in the UK and so we've got another episode of Opening Scenes for you, this time showcasing the first twenty minutes from Visceral's latest instalment in their award-wining action-horror series. As per usual, there's no cuts, no edits, and no waffle...just pure gameplay.

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RUMOUR: Xbox 720 Games "Will Ship With Activation Codes"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Activation codes, Always-on internet, Draconian measures, DRM, Microsoft, MILK US!!!, Nextbox, Pre-owned games, Xbox, Xbox 720

RUMOUR: Xbox 720 Games "Will Ship With Activation Codes"

"Will have no value beyond the initial user"

It's rumour time, folks. That means dust off your berets of scepticism and grab some large swathes of salt. We've got some large dollops of source-based speculation coming in that point towards the next Xbox's games shipping with activation codes that will render any purchased games useless "beyond the initial user".

Hilariously, the report also suggests that Microsoft will fully capitulate when it comes to physical media, and start shipping their games on 50GB Blu-Ray discs.

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Dynasty Warriors 8 Will Have Online & Offline Co-op, New Characters

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Co-op, Dynasty Warriors 8, hack and slash, Tecmo Koei

Dynasty Warriors 8 Will Have Online & Offline Co-op, New Characters

The Dynasty Warriors series occupies a special place in my heart, reserved for the laziest of rainy days, when you don't really want to have your dexterity put to the test or nerves stretched, but rather feel like decimating armies of hundreds of worthless peons with your masterful swordplay.

Of course, it's always better with a chum, so we're rather glad that news has hit declaring that Dynasty Warriors 8 will be bringing back story co-op.

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Rumour: Lucid Games Prepping PGR Reboot For Xbox 720

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Evolution Studios, Lucid Games, Next-gen, PGR, Project Gotham Racing, Racing Games, Sky Light

Rumour: Lucid Games Prepping PGR Reboot For Xbox 720

It looks like Lucid Games, the small team formed by a bunch of ex-Bizarre staffers back in 2011 might well be at work on a new Project Gotham Racing title for Microsoft's next-gen Xbox if a recent report is to be believed.

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Top Ten Tuesdays | Hack & Slash Games

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Top Ten, Top Ten Hack and Slash Games, Top Ten Tuesdays

We've been playing the MGR: Revengeance demo on repeat for the last week, and it made us think back to some of the other stellar hack and slash titles that the 3D era has gifted us. Time was when hack'n'slash referred to dungeon crawlers, but now it tends to encapsulate action titles fundamentally built around combat against multiple enemies at once. Here we shall find the industry's premier button mashers, reams of combo lists, and bushels of fast-paced, impossibly balletic, ego-boosting action...

10. Dynasty Warriors 4

Top Ten Tuesdays | Hack & Slash Games

Tecmo Koei will be pumping out Dynasty Warriors games for years to come, and that's fine. They're never going to be the finest games, nor titles with the most finesse. But for lazy weekends, spent catching up with friends, when talk was perhaps more important than teamwork, when instead of wracking your brains for button combos you simply wanted to dispatch hundreds of soldiers in the name of sheer badassery, Dynasty Warriors was perfect.

We revelled in its silliness, we cared not for its historical inaccuracies. We just wanted to deploy our superior Musou and watch the bodies fly.

9. Shinobi

Top Ten Tuesdays | Hack & Slash Games

What a fantastic premise for a hack 'n' slash title: you have a sword that needs to feast on souls. If it doesn't get fed, it'll start to snack on you.

We loved the original Shinobi back in  the days of side-scrolling, bastard-hard action platformers. But the 2002 PS2 reboot brought with it super-slick 3D swordplay, a cracking protagonist in Hotsuma, and it still managed to be deliciously difficult.

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Dead Island Passes 5 Million Sales Milestone

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Dead Island, Deep Silver, FPS games, Koch Media, Sales, Techland

Dead Island Passes 5 Million Sales Milestone

Congratulations are in order to Techland, Deep Silver, and Koch Media today as they announce that Dead Island has passed the 5 million sales mark, with the number including sales from both the retail and digital editions since the game's release in  September 2011. 

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Dead Space 3: Awakening DLC Set For March

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Dead Space 3, DLC, EA Games, Visceral Games

Dead Space 3: Awakening DLC Set For March

Dead Space 3 released today in the US (we'll have our review ready for you soon), and to celebrate, Visceral have announced the first big bit of DLC for the game. It's titled 'Awakening' and it's due in March.

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Ni No Kuni Should Be Back In Stock Later This Week

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Level 5, Namco Bandai, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, PS3 games, Studio Ghibli

Ni No Kuni Should Be Back In Stock Later This Week

Been struggling to nab a copy of the JRPG extravaganza that is Level-5 and Studio Ghibli's Ni No Kuni? Well fret not, as Namco Bandai have announced that UK stock is due to be replenished this week.

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PS Vita Anniversary Sale Kicks Off Tomorrow

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Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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PS Vita, PSN, Sales, Sony

PS Vita Anniversary Sale Kicks Off Tomorrow

It's almost a year since the Playstation Vita launched and, to celebrate, Sony are running an enormous PSN sale for a number of their portable titles, with some games on the list discounted by up to 50%.

There'll also be a few further savings to be had for PS Plus subscribers.

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Notch-Fuelled Psychonauts 2 Dream A No-Go

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Double Fine, Markus Persson, Notch, Psychonauts 2, Tim Schafer

Notch-Fuelled Psychonauts 2 Dream A No-Go

Would Have Required $18 Million Investment

Remember last year, when it looked like, for a split-second, Tim Schafer and Markus Persson might team up to bring Psychonauts 2 to fruition? Apparently at the time, Notch was willing to match Schafer's valuation at $13 million.

Except it seems the number was wrong. And Notch is out.

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Kongregate Launch $10 Million Mobile Dev Initiative

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Development, GameStop, Kongregate, Mobile games, PC games

Kongregate Launch  Million Mobile Dev Initiative

Browser-based games portal Kongregate have launched a $10 million initiative designed to encourage mobile developers to release games through their platform.

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Iwata Remains Sceptical On Cloud Gaming, Importance of Graphical Performance

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS, Cloud gaming, Hardware, Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Wii U

Iwata Remains Sceptical On Cloud Gaming, Importance of Graphical Performance

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has reiterated his scepticism when it comes to the notion of cloud gaming, particularly in regard to action games, expressing confidence in the continued success of physical consoles.

The Nintendo head honcho also played down the importance of graphical prowess and improved console performance, citing cost recovery and "saturation" as serious issues.

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Dead Space: "There Is A Lot More Story To Tell"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Dead Space, Dead Space 3, John Calhoun, Visceral Games

Dead Space: "There Is A Lot More Story To Tell"

Dead Space 3 associate producer, John Calhoun, has hinted at the potential for subsequent Dead Space games beyond the third instalment, stating that "there is a lot more story to tell", remaining cagey on whether that will or won't involve a certain Isaac Clark.

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Crytek On Vigil: "Darksiders III Didn't Fit With Our Strategy"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Cevat Yerli, Crytek, Crytek USA, Darksiders, Development, Vigil Games

Crytek On Vigil: "Darksiders III Didn't Fit With Our Strategy"

Earlier in the month we reported that Crytek had snapped up around 30 or so ex-Vigil staffers, including founder David Adams, to help form the company's first US-based studio. Recently, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli discussed the move, expressing surprise that nobody made a bid for the studio during the THQ auction, and explaining why no-one should be expecting Darksiders III any time soon.

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