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At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 16th - 22nd May 2011

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Josh Clark
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At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 16th - 22nd May 2011
Trawling through blogs can be time consuming, so we thought we'd make it even easier by rounding up the hottest headlines, the most delicious deals and fantastic features each week in a handy, low-fat look at the previous seven days.

News

  • PSN Returns, Bears Gifts: With frustrated gamers the world over snapping at Sony's heels following the Playstation Network outage, the company have offered a selection of free titles as recompense, trying their darnedest to “offer something for everyone”.

  • Skyrim Details Spilled: Bethesda reveal a few tasty tidbits of info regarding their dragon-slaying RPG epic Skyrim. Looting, horse-riding and limb-crippling are the order of the day it seems...

  • Arkham City Forty Hours Long: A story that got me personally very excited, Rocksteady Studios claim that it will take players around forty hours to wade through everything Arkham City's plot has to offer. Batman's latest outing promises to be huge, in more ways than one.

  • Gears 3 Garners Over A Million Preorders: With the beta enjoying a hugely positive response across the board (including here at Dealspwn), Epic have even more reason to be happy as the preorder figures for Gears 3 shoot past the one million mark, making it the fastest 360-exclusive title to do so.

  • L.A. Noire 'Uninspired'?: Lucasart's Clint Hocking has been feeling the heat after one of his Twitter updates labelled L.A. Noire as 'derivative', earning him a whole heap of fanboy scorn. Paradox Interactive's Fredrik Wester has also attacked a competitor via the social networking site, comparing Ubisoft's 3DS lineup to 'the best typewriters in the world'.

    At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 16th - 22nd May 2011

Deals

  • Darwinia (PC) | £1.78 | Green Man Gaming: Introversion deliver a typically bizarre and beautifully sparse RTS in the form of Darwinia. This deal will save you 70% on a mesmerising and rewarding experience for a limited time.

  • Civilization 5 GotY (PC) | £17.99 | Play: Saving you £2 on even the standard version, you'll be given a healthy dose of DLC with this Game of the Year edition. There's a bit of a wait before the game will be shipped to you, but for this price the wait is worth it.

  • 2100 MS Points | £13.99 | HMV: Thanks to HMV's '20OFFHMV' code, you can make some decent savings on games and game-related items. How about 2100 point for £13.99? Just remember to enter the code when checking out!

  • Shift 2 Unleashed (PC) | £14.99 | Amazon: Not long out and already plummeting in price, Shift 2 is a capable racer that allows you to drive from the first-person in a totally unique new viewpoint, and it's now available on PC for less than fifteen quid!

  • Indie Sack Pack Vol. 1 | £12.95 | D2D: Fancy supporting some indie developers for a meagre £12.96, and get five top games in the process?  Head on over to Direct2Drive to do just that.

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 16th - 22nd May 2011

Reviews

  • Xbox Live Indie Game of the Week: Blocks That Matter takes this week's indie crown as Jon once agin goes sifting through the new releases and finds Ten Amazingly Awful Games that, thankfully, fail to live up to their title.
  • Darkspore Review: Dave takes a gander at Darkspore, and finds it to be more than a little disappointing.
  • Terraria Review: Jon takes a look at Re-Logic's sandbox world creation title Terraria.  More than just another Minecraft clone?  Absolutely.
  • Fallout New Vegas: Honest Hearts DLC Review: Hot on the heels of Dead Money, this mediocre downloadable content leaves Jon's heart a little more cynical.
  • Sega Rally Online Arcade Review: With Dirt 3 released this week, does Sega Rally's latest iteration have the horsepower to put up a fight?  Unfortunately not.

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 16th - 22nd May 2011

Articles

  • Top Ten Rogue AIs: We take a look at the Machiavellian machinations of a few wayward AIs in this roundup of ten machine minds you don't want to be messing with.
  • David Brown's Free Play: David offers up another batch of lunchtime larks, with Samegame Fighter stealing more than its fair share of free time.
  • Modern Warfare 3 Leaked Images; Real or Fake?: Flexing his sleuthing muscles in preparation for L.A. Noire, Felix sifts through the evidence to determine whether the latest batch of alleged CoD images stand up to scrutiny.
  • Blast From the Past | Tyrian: Jon travels back to 1995 and returns with Tyrian, a much-loved classic that deserves pride of place in every SHMUP fan's collection.
  • Why We Love... A Gap in the Fence: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.  is a merciless, haunting, and exhausting experience.  Jon then, explains his sense of elation when our hapless protagonist finally catches a break.

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 16th - 22nd May 2011

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