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DICE Looking Forward To "Many More Hours" Of Battlefield 3 Yet

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Matt Gardner
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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 3: Armored Kill, Battlefield 3: Close Quarters, Battlefield 3: End Game, Battlefield 4, DICE, DLC, EA Games, FPS games

DICE Looking Forward To "Many More Hours" Of Battlefield 3 Yet

In the wake of the rather limping Battlefield 4 confirmation, DICE have been swift to reiterate that there's still lots more to be had from Battlefield 3.

Lots more DLC. Lots.

"Battlefield 3 story is still just the beginning," read a post from the devs on the Battlefield website.

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Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance Trailer Visits New Worlds

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS Games, JRPGs, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, RPGs, Square Enix, Trailers, Videos

Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance Trailer Visits New Worlds

Square Enix have dream dropped a new Kingdom Hearts 3D: DDD trailer today, showing off a couple of the new Disney worlds that Sora and Riku will be visiting in the upcoming 3DS game, along with some boss footage too.

"New worlds await Sora and Riku in KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance]," say Square. "Journey through magical Disney worlds never seen before in the KINGDOM HEARTS series, such as La Cité des Cloches (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), and “The Grid” (TRON: Legacy), uncovering mysteries, meeting new friends and battling awesome bosses as you go."

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance launches for 3DS this Friday 20th.

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Put 15 Mins Of Sleeping Dogs In Your Face

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Gameplay footage, Sleeping Dogs, Square Enix, United Front Games, Videos

Put 15 Mins Of Sleeping Dogs In Your Face

G4TV have gone live with a video showing off the first 15 minutes of Square Enix's upcoming paean to Hong Kong crime cinema. We're very excited for Sleeping Dogs's release this August, and this video should give you some insight into exactly why.

Plus, when you're done, you can read Jon's Sleeping Dogs E3 interview with United Front for some tasty developer quotes.

Hit the jump for 15 minutes of Sleeping Dogs goodness...

PES 2013 Video Heads Onto The Pitch

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Football games, Konami, PES 2013, Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, Sports Games, Videos

PES 2013 Video Heads Onto The Pitch

Konami have released the latest instalment in the PES Team's series of informative, in-depth videos, which deals with the on-pitch action players will find in Pro Evolution Soccer 2013.

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BioWare Reveal HK-51 Assassination Droid For SWTOR

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Matt Gardner
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News
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BioWare, DLC, EA, Hk-51, LucasArts, Meatbags, Star Wars The Old Republic

Time's up meatbags! BioWare have revealed that the citizens of the Old Republic will soon be joined by a rather familiar-looking droid.

A new video has outed HK-51's arrival in SWTOR, with the ETA a vague-but-promising "very soon".

Let's hope you can break its programming.

CONFIRMED: Battlefield 4 Beta Access Available With Warfighter Pre-Orders

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Battlefield 4, Beta, Epic fail, Fart not fanfare, FPS games, Leak, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter, Pre-order bonus

CONFIRMED: Battlefield 4 Beta Access Available With Warfighter Pre-Orders

Well it was only a matter of time. After a somewhat embarrassing slip-up the other day, EA have finally formally announced that those who pre-order the limited edition version of this year's Medal of Honor: Warfighter will receive entry into an exclusive early beta for Battlefield 4.

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Go Behind The Scenes With The New Hitman: Absolution Trailer

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Matt Gardner
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News
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E3 2012, Hitman: Absolution, Io Interactive, Square Enix, Videos

Go Behind The Scenes With The New Hitman: Absolution Trailer

We're pretty sold on Hitman: Absolution now. It was touch and go for a little bit as IO Interactive refused to show anything but seemingly incongruous videos full of action and suspiciously conspicuous violence. However, if Jon's E3 Hitman preview is anything to go by, it'll be exactly what we've been waiting for.

Hopefully.

Anyway, this new little video gives some insight into what actually goes on at a big expo like E3, taking viewers behind the scenes at Square Enix's booth, and lifting the lid on the dev team's preparation for such a large event. There's plenty of gameplay footage in there too.

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Uhrman: "Ouya Will Be Just As Secure As Any Other Android-Powered Device."

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Android, Digital Distribution, F2P, Games consoles, Indie Games, Julie Uhrman, Kickstarted, Oh yah!, Oooooh yeah!, Ouya

Uhrman: "Ouya Will Be Just As Secure As Any Other Android-Powered Device."

Ouya's Julie Uhrman has been putting out fires this week, with many commentators (including our own) observing the Kickstarter console project - which smashed its target of $950,000 in under a day - with no small amount of scepticism.

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EA: "We're Careful That Battlefield And Medal Of Honor Stay Differentiated"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Battlefield, Battlefield 4, EA Games, FPS games, Frank Gibeau, Medal Of Honor, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter

EA: "We're Careful That Battlefield And Medal Of Honor Stay Differentiated"

EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau has stressed the importance of having two separate brands - Battlefield and Medal of Honor - with alternating release patterns, suggesting that it lessens the risk of "annualized [sic] sequel fatigue".

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2's Bikini Bundle Puts Panda In A Swimsuit

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Matt Gardner
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Bikinis, Comic-Con, DLC, Fighting Games, Inappropriately clothed animals, Namco Bandai, Swimwear, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Trailers, Videos

Tekken Tag Tournament 2's Bikini Bundle Puts Panda In A Swimsuit

Namco Bandai have announced that the Bikini Bundle DLC will be available as a pre-order bonus for Tekken Tag Tournament 2. This delightful piece of additional content will provide over 150 bikini sets for your favourite Tekken characters, as witnessed in a new video that shows off a youthful and sprightly Heihachi romping about in Speedos, and Panda looking utterly bemused and getting beaten up in an old-fashioned one-piece.

It's pretty bizarre.

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Games Media Awards 2012 Voting Closes In A Week

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Matt Gardner
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Games Media Awards 2012 Voting Closes In A Week

There's only a week left to get your votes in for this year's Games Media Awards.

As per usual the nominations are all provided by YOU - gamers, consumers, readers, listeners, and beloved denizens of the internet. And as it appears to be de rigeur every year it, we figured we'd pimp ourselves out let you know how you can get involved, and nominate your favourites sites, mags, video streams, and podcasts this year.

Find out how to cast your votes after the jump...

First Spartacus Trailer Filled With Blood and Sand

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Matt Gardner
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Action Games, Fighting Games, Spartacus Legends, Starz Entertainment, Trailers, Ubisoft, Videos

First Spartacus Trailer Filled With Blood and Sand

The Spartacus series from Starz has thus far been filled with sex, violence, sexy violence, and violent sex, and Ubisoft's game tie-in certainly looks to be picking up on the visceral combat that's made the series so popular.

There's been no huge revelation on exactly how the game will play just yet, but we'll expect to learn more at Gamescom next month. Meanwhile, you can put the announcement trailer found below in your faces.

Game's set for a 2013 release.

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Daily Bite: X-Wing Beard

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Not strictly about video games, this one, but I'm going to justify it by stipulating that there have been many Star Wars games and that here on Dealspwn we love a good beard.

And this is a pretty damn epic beard...

Daily Bite: X-Wing Beard

[via Reddit]

2012 So Far: What Have We Learned?

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Matt Gardner
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2012, 2012 Half Time, 3DS, Blockbuster vs Indie, Digital vs Retail, Editorial, GAME, Highlights, Opinion, PC vs. Consoles, PS Vita

We've been glancing back over the past six months this week, looking at the best games that have emerged this year so far, and in tomorrow's podcast we'll take a deeper look at some of those decisions and look towards the next six months too.

But what have we learned from this year so far? When we look back on 2012, what will these early months have told us?

Retail's Feeling The Burn

2012 So Far: What Have We Learned?

One of the more consistent cries that has emerged from the press machine thus far has been the constant wave to folks debating current pricing models. Sales were down, high street chains felt the burn, and the UK saw its flagship specialist games retailer go under, eventually closing a massive chunk of its stores before it could even think about rising from the ashes. GAME is bouncing back, slowly but surely, but it took a huge hit.

The inexorable march of digital continued into the new year. TIGA pointed towards startup figures that spoke for themselves. Studios like Remedy and Mojang espoused the joys of digital distribution, as others (particularly those who'd already left the home market and gone F2P or mobile) criticised the pressure retailers still exerted over platform holders.

Western pricing models came under fire as more and more games continued to go free-to-play, the most high profile "casualty" perhaps being the slow (yet inevitable?") descent of EA's latest blockbuster MMO - Star Wars: The Old Republic - into freemium territory. The game's first year has seen it haemorrhage subscribers, with BioWare unable to act swiftly enough to deliver the content it promised.

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PWNCAST | Season 1: Episode 21 – 2012 Half Time Retrospective

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Matt Gardner
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2012, Diablo III, Indie Games, Mass Effect 3, Max Payne 3, PC vs. Consoles, Podcast, PWNCAST

PWNCAST | Season 1: Episode 21 – 2012 Half Time Retrospective

This week we take a look at the past six months, some of the highlights, some of the disappointments. We talk about our recent top ten and some of the games that didn't quite make the list, and look forward to a future six months that are rammed with promising games.

PWNCAST | Season 1: Episode 21, Recorded: July 12th, 2012

Some of the things that get covered this week:

  • Best games so far in 2012
  • Disappointments in 2012
  • Max Payne 3
  • Good but not great: The story so far?
  • Retail vs. Indie - treading water vs. innovation
  • PC vs. Consoles - invention vs. stagnation?
  • A strong year for MMOs
  • Best of the rest - a look forward to the second half of the year

...and much, much more.

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.

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Why We Love... Kane

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Matt Gardner
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Command & Conquer, Joseph Kucan, Kane, RTS games, Westwood Studios, Why We Love

Why We Love... Kane

Video games have had many villains over the years, but perhaps none so charismatic as Kane - the megalomanical sociopath with an IQ of 192, who calls himself the Messiah and leads the Brotherhood of Nod.

Ah...the Brotherhood of Nod. Fiendishly difficult to define, depending upon who you speak too, and which games you take note of, the Brotherhood is part Abrahamic religion, part multi-national corporation, and part decentralized nation-state...or, indeed, none of these things.

It could, of course, just be an entity designed to fuel Kane's imperialist tendencies, but then he has as vague a past as his cult: reportedly several thousand years old, rumoured to be the original brother of Abel, or indeed an alien from outer space.

Why We Love... Kane

Which would make him Xenu. Hmmm....

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Quantum Conundrum Review | Inter-Dimensional Portal

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Matt Gardner
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Airtight Games, Kim Swift, PC games, PS3 games, PSN, Puzzle games, Quantum Conundrum, Square Enix, XBLA, Xbox 360 games
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Quantum Conundrum Review | Inter-Dimensional Portal

Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developers: Airtight Games

Publishers: Square Enix

I had rather hoped that I wouldn't have to bring up Portal. The knowledge that Kim Swift worked on Narbacular Drop, and then went on to help create Portal at Valve is really unnecessary information at this point. But I needn't have worried about that changing my perspective of Swift's latest game - the echoes of Valve's finest are written large across Quantum Conundrum.

"Is this done by the people that made Portal," my sister asks me one evening, glancing up from her book momentarily.

"One of the co-creators, yes." I tell her. "What made you say that?"

"Just the way that crate flew through the air off of that pad. Those laser emitters look awfully familiar." This from a woman who has never played Portal herself...though she has listened to "Still Alive" on numerous occasions.

Quantum Conundrum Review | Inter-Dimensional Portal

GLaDOS and co., it would seem, are inescapable.

But then again, Swift and her team invite comparisons.At its core, Quantum Conundrum ferries you from puzzle room to puzzle room, inviting you to manipulate the world around you through distorted physics, chucking boxes onto hard to reach switches, taking care to dodge laser beams and deadly drops. This is all done in the first-person, too, providing ample opportunity for some tricky platforming. There's even a humorous narrator in there as well, punctuating your puzzling journey with quips and criticisms.

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Daily Bite: God vs. Notch

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Daily Bite: God vs. Notch

Thanks DJB015.