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Football Manager 2013 Review | A One-Two Finish

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Matt Gardner
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Football Manager 2013, PC games, Sega, Sports Interactive

Football Manager 2013 Review | A One-Two Finish

Platforms: PC

Developers: Sports Interactive

Publishers: SEGA

It's been a good couple of years for sports fans. PES is back and firing on all cylinders; EA Canada have once again made considerable changes to  make sure FIFA offers up a truly comprehensive package for the socially connected; the NBA 2K franchise is still at the top of its game; and Football Manager has been scoring wildly for some time. But there comes a point with yearly iterative properties, particularly those that have secured critical and commercial success for consecutive years, when you wonder where the developers can possibly go next. Do you change things just for the sake  of it? After all, as the old adage goes,  if it ain't broke...

It's this quandary that has faced Sports Interactive for some time. When you're already the best in your division by a large margin, how do you go about consolidating and building? The answer has, for a number of years, been to up the level of micromanagement, to make the pre-eminent Ferguson/Mourinho/Guardiola sim ever-deeper, and more intricate. To offer up ever-increasing numbers of services, options, and minutiae. Graphics have been overlooked (although not completely in more recent iterations) in favour of expanding the ways in which you can tweak and tinker with the database at your fingertips, and further diversifying the ways in which you can leave a lasting legacy in virtual football management.

Football Manager 2013 Review | A One-Two Finish

But that has been both the greatest feature of the Football Manager series in recent years, as well as perhaps its biggest criticism, or at least that's what this latest game appears to say. It's the latter that gets firmly targeted with this year's offering from Sports Interactive, in a game that refuses to compromise for the hardcore, whilst opening itself up to an audience unwilling perhaps to sacrifice the days, weeks, and months on end that this franchise has claimed over the years with a new game mode that harks back to older times.

Football Manager 2013 is, for all intents and purposes, essentially two games in one.

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GIVEAWAY! Grab Yourself A Hawken Beta Code, Win A T-Shirt!

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Matt Gardner
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Dealspwn
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Adhesive Games, Beta codes, Closed beta, Giveaway, Hawken, Massive Badass Awesome Mechs!, Mech games, Mechs, Meteor Entertainment, PC games

 

GIVEAWAY! Grab Yourself A Hawken Beta Code, Win A T-Shirt!

I rather wish that the Oculus Rift demo I was privy to at Gamescom hadn't been Doom 3: BFG. I rather wish it had been this instead. Free to play, FPS, mech-wielding, badassery? Yes please, and with a side of mind-melting visuals that would have been perfect.

Probably for the best though; I had lots of interviews that day, and being turned into a stupified wreck due to awesomeness might not have been ideal.

Anyway, we're rather excited for the arrival of Hawken this winter, and so are Adhesive and Meteor. So excited, in fact, that they want a bunch of you to play it early and tell them what you think. We've managed to get our hands on a few hundred beta code keys for a beta play session lasting from November 4th-6th.

To nab a beta key for play session starting this Sunday all you need to do is drop us a line to comps@dealspwn.com with "Hawken Beta" in the title and we'll send you a key.

Here's what to do once you've received it:

  • Go to http://playhawken.com/enlist
  • Create your account
  • Enter your beta key code in the REDEEM CODE field
  • Follow Download instructions.
  • Log on in the beta session window: November 4th-6th

Furthermore, the first 100 to sign up for the beta will be placed into a random draw to win one of three Hawken t-shirts, so get those requests in sharpish!

Here are a few training vids to help prepare for what is to come. We'll be jumping into the fray as well on Sunday, so we'll see you on the battlefield.

Angry Birds: Star Wars Trailer Combines Lightsabers And Catapults

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Angry Birds: Star Wars, Rovio, Trailers, Videos

Angry Birds: Star Wars Trailer Combines Lightsabers And Catapults

Confused as to how Star Wars and Angry Birds might come together in meaningful fashion? Well, we can't testify to the latter part of that sentence, but the first gameplay trailer from Angry Birds: Star Wars does feature lightsabers. And Princess Leia's Danish swirls. And an AT-AT falling over.

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New Hitman Absolution Video Looks At Dynamic Audio And Sound Design

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Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Audio, Hitman: Absolution, Io Interactive, Sound design, Square Enix, Videos

New Hitman Absolution Video Looks At Dynamic Audio And Sound Design

We love good sound design  here at Dealspwn, but the audio side of things is often something that gets left by the wayside when it comes to the hype machine gearing up to a game's release. Not so for Square Enix, who've dropped a trailer title "Dynamic Audio", which takes a gander at the  processes that have been undertaken to flesh out the aural side of Codename 47's world of crisp assassinations, sharp tailoring, and killer nuns.

IO Interactive's Audio Director, Thomas Bärtschi, and the rest of his team explain and explore "the importance of immersive and dynamic audio in order to create a believable world".

Game's out November 20th.

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Iwata: Paid Animal Crossing DLC Would Be "Unwholesome"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS Games, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, DLC, Nintendo, Satoru Iwata

Iwata: Paid Animal Crossing DLC Would Be "Unwholesome"

Nintendo have been incredibly cautious in their approach towards paid DLC, and fans will be pleased to hear that Animal Crossing: New Leaf will only feature free downloadable content, with president Satoru Iwata suggesting that the effects of monetising a franchises such as Animal Crossing via paid DLC would be "unwholesome".

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Have A Couple of Helpful Hawken Training Videos

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Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
F2P, Hawken, Massive Badass Awesome Mechs!, Mech games, PC games, Videos

Have A Couple of Helpful Hawken Training Videos

Starting this evening, we'll be running a large giveaway for a couple of hundred Hawken beta codes for this coming weekend's session. We've had our eye on Meteor and Adhesive's F2P mech shooter for some time, and we're pretty damn excited about it.

However, getting to  grips with a giant mechanical suit of robotic battle ordinance can be a little tricky at times. Thankfully, though the developers have dropped a couple of videos to help newcomers become accustomed to the game.

Watch them here >>>

Assassin's Creed III To Feature Optional MP Microtransactions

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Assassin's Creed III, DLC, Microtransactions, Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed III To Feature Optional MP Microtransactions

A few updates went live on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and PSN over the weekend, revealing that Ubisoft have added in-game purchases to assist players in Assassin's Creed III who'd rather splash the cash than sink hours into the game's multiplayer.

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PSA: Football Manager 2013 Demo Now Available

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Demos, Football Manager 2013, PC games, Sega, Sports Interactive

PSA: Football Manager 2013 Demo Now Available

Sports Interactive's hugely addictive management sim is out this Friday, and a demo for Football Manager 2013 went live at the end of last week on Steam, giving payers the opportunity to  play out half a season for themselves and get to witness all of the new little tweaks and the streamlined interface features.

We'll have a review for you mid-week, but rest assured football fans, this year's game is utterly essential.

Miyamoto: Retro Studios-Developed Zelda "Could Be Possible"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Nintendo, Retro Studios, Shigeru Miyamoto, Zelda

Miyamoto: Retro Studios-Developed Zelda "Could Be Possible"

Shigeru Miyamoto has responded to fan suggestions that they'd like to see Retro Studios - the Texan-based developers responsible for the fantastic Metroid Prime - take on another Nintendo franchise: Zelda.

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PWNCAST | Season 2: Episode 6 - Halloween Special

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Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Halloween, Horror games, Podcast, PWNCAST, Survival Horror Games

PWNCAST | Season 2: Episode 6 - Halloween Special

With Halloween just around the corner, this week's podcast is all about games that scare the pants off of us. We chat about games that have given us the heebie-jeebies over the years, why true survival horror is less fashionable in the mainstream than it used to be, we discuss the changing nature of genre staples such as Resident Evil and Silent Hill, and look at some of the finest techniques that developers have used to creep their audiences out.

PWNCAST | Season 2: Episode 6, Recorded: October 24th, 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 6: Danger Close

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Dragon Age III, Game Buzz, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter, Nintendo, Planetside 2, Podcast, PWNCAST, Sony Controller

Game Buzz | Episode 6: Danger Close

This week is all about Gangnam Style again! Just joking...for episode six it's mainly about the first big drop in this year's FPS battle for supremacy. EA's Medal of Honor: Warfighter launch week has been anything but smooth, and we rip apart the mountain of gaffes, not to mention the game itself. Elsewhere, Carl details his holiday in Planetside 2, we grumble a little bit about Dragon Age III, and have a nervous giggle at some rather epic corporate trolling.

Game Buzz: Episode 6 - Danger Close: October 26th, 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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Watch Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Episode 4 Right Here

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Matt Gardner
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News
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343 Industries, Halo 4, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Master Chief, Microsoft Studios, Videos

The fourth episode in the live action Halo series - Forward Unto Dawn - is now live, and you can watch it above, courtesy of Machinima. This episode sees Sierra 117 stand shoulder to shoulder with the series' earnest cadets in the fight against the Covenant.

You can get up to speed here, and be sure to check out our Halo 4 hands-on preview too. We'll have the review for you next week.

Rayman Legends Gets New 5-Way Multiplayer Trailer

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Rayman Legends, Trailers, Ubisoft, Videos, Wii U games

Rayman Legends Gets New 5-Way Multiplayer Trailer

It's asynchronous multiplayer time, folks! Ubisoft have  dropped another trailer for Rayman Legends, showing off more of the co-operative action that will see up to four players platforming via Wiimote while another pokes, prods, sweeps, and strokes their way around a GamePad in a support role.
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Gangnam Style Coming To Dance Central 3

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Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Dance Central 3, DLC, Gangnam Style, Harmonix, Microsoft Studios

Well, we called it.

PSY's global extravaganza Gangnam Style is coming to Dance Central 3 as DLC, along with a host of other groovy tunes to get funky to, including Call Me Maybe .

According to Joystiq, there are also tracks from Justin Bieber, One Direction and LMFAO on their way. Harmonix have said that the latest DLC pack will feature "authentic choreography", so maybe we'll finally be able to perfect that awkward, leg-waggling, sideways moonwalk shuffle that PSY pulls off in his revolutionary music vid.

343 And Microsoft Announce Halo 4 Map Pass

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Matt Gardner
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News
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343 Industries, DLC, Halo 4, Map packs, Microsoft Studios

343 And Microsoft Announce Halo 4 Map Pass

Halo 4 arrives on November 6th November, and Microsoft and 343 Industries have unveiled the roadmap for post-launch content, outlining three large War Games map packs to be released across December, February and April, offering a Map Pass to get all three for 2000 MSP, at a saving of 15% against buying them separately.

In addition, Map Pass purchasers will receive two bonus in-game helmets, as well as a unique in-game emblem.

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