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PS4 getting digital pre-loads & beefy DVR editor in next update

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS4, Sony

Microsoft have been busy ironing out the kinks in their new-gen machine over the last few months, but Sony's next PS4 firmware update is set to be a big one. Not only will players have the ability to download their digital games before launch, but the share functionality will be kicked up a notch by way of a fully-featured editing suite.

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Backlog by the numbers - 37% of all purchased Steam games have never been played

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC, PC games, Steam, Valve

Backlog by the numbers - 37% of all purchased Steam games have never been played

We've all got a Steam backlog. No matter how fastidious or frugal you are, those Humble Bundles and Christmas sales are just too tasty to resist.

Don't deny it - and don't worry, because you're in good company. In fact, it transpires that almost 37% of all Steam games ever purchased have never been played or even installed.

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"Cap 'em and shank 'em!" - Snoop Dogg will commentate on CoD: Ghosts in DLC voice pack

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, DLC, Snoop Dogg

"It's the coolest game in the hood"

Yo dawg, so we heard you like Call Of Duty: Ghosts and Snoop Dogg. So we put Snoop Dogg... inside your Call Of Duty: Ghosts! OHHHHHHH[that's enough lame Pimp My Ride references for one day - Ed]

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2014 is The Year Of The Vita

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Borderlands 2, Freedom Wars, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, PS Vita, PS Vita games, SCEE, Sega, Sony Japan Studio, Soul Sacrifice Delta

2014 is The Year Of The Vita

Sony Japan Confirms Three New Games For Europe

The PlayStation Vita received short shrift last year, especially here in Europe. A tiny handful of big hitters aside, Sony's handheld rarely found its way into our sweaty palms, completely outgunned and outgamed by the 3DS in ascendancy.

But 2014 could well reverse the Vita's fortunes. Over the last few months, Sony and third party partners have been bringing a huge number of fantastic localised titles to British shores, alongside some fantastic indie gems and cross-platform games, culminating in the announcement that three major Japanese releases are also headed West.

More than just a niche proposition, handheld gamers are going to have a lot to love this year - and so many reasons to keep Sony's portable powerhouse to hand.

2014 is The Year Of The Vita

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Looks like Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction is back on track... without Duke Nukem?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3D Realms, Duke Nukem, Interceptor, RPG

Looks like Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction is back on track... without Duke Nukem?

"No Gum Needed"

Interceptor Entertainment revealed Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction what feels like an eternity ago: an action-RPG starring the legendary hero developed in conjunction with original series creator Scott Miller. The countdown went live and we were all out of gum.

Unfortunately, Gearbox were having none of it and quickly unleashed the laywers.

A few weeks later and Interceptor are back with another countdown, suggesting that the two companies may have worked out their differences... most likely by replacing Duke Nukem with a legally distinct ringer.

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Xbox One April update is live, makes stuff better

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Firmware updates, Microsoft, Updates, Xbox One

Xbox One April update is live, makes stuff better

Microsoft has deployed the Xbox One's April firmware update, which contains a whole host of useful fixes and quality of life improvements. From Kinect fine-tuning and audio clarity to friends list tweaks and app updates, there are plenty of unglamorous yet very welcome improvements to be found here.

They've also promised beta previewers that the aggravating disc read errors have finally been squelched - we'll be the judge of that. You can see the headline features after the break (courtesy of Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb).

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Titanfall: Expedition DLC contains three new maps, count 'em

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, EA, FPS, Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall

Titanfall: Expedition DLC contains three new maps, count 'em

Titanfall's first DLC pack has been revealed. Expedition will be included as part of the season pass, offering three new maps set in uncharted territory. Hence the name, really. Runoff, Swamplands and Wargames should provide some temples, jungles and swamps to leap and stomp through - but we hope it's supported by new modes and content too.

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Last-gen Titans & next-gen Hobbits do battle in this week's UK Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Kinect Sports Rivals, Lego The Hobbit, Titanfall, UK Games Charts, UK retail

Last-gen Titans & next-gen Hobbits do battle in this week's UK Charts

Titanfall is now available on Xbox 360, and practically everyone bought it according to this week's UK charts. Respawn's shooter is back on top, with 71% of sales being the new... old... last-gen version. It's clear that we're not ready to say goodbye to generation seven just yet.

LEGO: The Hobbit has also released and is flying off the shelves, though word on the street is that TT Games have played things a little too safe this time, especially following the incredible Marvel Super Heroes. We'll have a review soon.

Kinect Sports Rivals also launched this week, straight into 14th place. Kinect's delayed killer app failed to ignite much interest, seeing as it's delayed and underwhelming, and frankly should have been a free pack-in. Meanwhile The Elder Scrolls Online is plummeting down the charts, though intensely enjoyable PvZ: Garden Warfare has leapt back into the top ten. See how the other familiar faces fared after the break.

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At A Glance: Roundup 7th-13th April 2014

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 7th-13th April 2014

This was the week for new game announcements in the shape of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, the Day Z-esque H1Z1 and a PS4 port of The Last of Us. And they say originality in gaming is dying a death, I wonder why. We also saw the Xbox 360 version Titanfall in action and it made us question the need for a next-gen console, it's that good.

In the reviews section Jon's been busy with hammering out verdicts on Age of Wonders III on the PC, Strike suit Zero: Director's Cut on the PS4, Episode 3 of The Wolf Among UsBattlefield 4: Naval Strike and Invizimals: The Alliance. Matt took his addiction out of the house for Football Manager Classic 2014 on the Vita and I reviewed the previously handhelds-only game Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition on PSN.

The Rezzed coverage wraps up this week as Carl and Jon bring you a mix of articles and interviews for BroforcePrivate EyeBiome, Concursion and Sniper Elite 3. Elsewhere you can find pieces on XBL's 'Games with Gold' venture, Battlefield: Vietnam's birthday, the Naval Strike DLC for Battlefield 4, Square Enix's promise to shift their focus, an Elder Scrolls Online journal, a SingOn preview, a look at Nintendo's 'casual' audience and finally a look at why Matt thinks it might be worth holding off buying a next-gen console.

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Retro Gaming Expo Coming to Blackpool Next Month

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Events, Expo, Indie Games, Play Blackpool, Retro games

Retro Gaming Expo Coming to Blackpool Next Month

Replay Events are bringing all things retro to the Play Blackpool Expo event next month and tickets are on sale now. The expo will be packed with arcade cabinets from the deepest decades of gaming history along with every console you can think off, giving gamers old and new the chance to experience some classic titles on their original machines.

Over the course of the weekend there will be tournaments, cosplay events and a few showings of modern indie games too, including a few using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Naturally, there will lots of stalls selling merchandise, classic games and consoles too. 

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Game Buzz | Episode 71 - Rumble in the Crumble

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Game Buzz, H1Z1, Nintendo, Podcast, PS4 games, PWNCAST, Sony Online Entertainment, Super Smash Bros. 3DS, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, The Last Of Us, Wii U games

Game Buzz | Episode 71 - Rumble in the Crumble

This week on Game Buzz... We take a look at SOE's zombie survival game H1Z1, we chat about the recent Nintendo Direct and the upcoming Smash Bros. games for 3DS and Wii U, we have a bit of a natter about Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and The Last of Us coming to PS4, and we get a bit flustered over custard.

I can't explain, it makes more sense when you hear it.

Game Buzz | Episode 71 - Rumble in the Crumble. Recorded 11th April, 2014.

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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Divinity: Dragon Commander only £10.19 on Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Action Games, Larian Studios, PC, PC games, Strategy games

Divinity: Dragon Commander only £10.19 on Steam

Divinity: Dragon Commander | Steam | £10.19 (save £20)
Review

Dragon Commander is utterly bonkers and we really rather love it. Risk-style strategy and RPG depth meets RTS combat that lets you fly around as a dragon with a jetpack. Ridiculous, but it works. If you read our review and like what you see, Steam are flogging it for £10.19, a considerable saving.

Xbox One exclusive Below confirmed for Steam too

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Action Games, Below, Capybara Games, PC games, Roguelike, RPG, trailer, Xbox One Games


CapyGames' Below was one of the first indie games announced for the Xbox One: a stylish, haunting and mysterious action roguelike with no text or tutorials. However, they've always had an open relationship, and the timed exclusive has already been confirmed for a Steam release too. Which we couldn't be happier about. Choice is good.

The new trailer plays things close to its chest, giving us a lengthy if maddeningly obtuse idea of what to expect without giving much away. Considering CapyGames amazing past form -- highlights being Sworcery EP and Clash Of Heroes -- you'd best believe we've got high hopes for this one.

H1Z1: SOE's Smedley allays fears about pay-to-win, discusses monetisation and DayZ

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Matt Gardner
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News
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F2P, H1Z1, Monetisation, PC games, Sony Online Entertainment, Survival Horror Games, Zombie games

H1Z1: SOE's Smedley allays fears about pay-to-win, discusses monetisation and DayZ

Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley has outlined in greater detail the approach to monetisation that the company will be taking with upcoming free-to-play zombie survival title H1Z1.

As we reported yesterday, the game will be free when it launches, although players will be able to get stuck into Early Access for $19.99. But the announcement whipped up a little bit of confusion and anxiety, as do most ambitious F2P titles when they're announced, and familiar questions began to pop up: will it be pay to win? What sort of things can your money buy in-game? How will the game be balanced to ensure a good experience for those who don't want to drop a penny while still managing to make some money?

"You will be surprised to hear we have intentionally left the decisions about what to monetize until we can hear from you," wrote Smedley in a second Reddit update. "This isn't some contrived thing. I'm being serious. It is a nearly blank slate."

SOE are seeking feedback, then, from the community on how to best proceed on this front, but Smedley did lead off with five pointers that'll underpin the basic monetisation mechanisms of H1Z1.

Hit the jump to see what Smedley had to say >>

Welcome to Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Australia, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, FPS, PC games, PS3 games, Trailers, Xbox 360 games

Trailer shows us around the moonbase

It's official: 2K Australia are indeed working on a "pre-sequel" to Borderlands, appropriately entitled Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Set on the Hyperion Moonbase, players will explore the low-gravity no-Oxygen environment at the behest of a younger Handsome Jack.

Or more accurately, just Jack, we suppose.

All the rumours were true; from the selection of characters (yes, we get to control a weaponised ClapTrap!) to limited Oxygen and a 2014 release on PC and last-gen consoles. We could elaborate, but for your convenience, 2K Australia and Gearbox' Randy Pitchford star in a new explanatory trailer that covers all the basics and then some.

Sony's H1Z1 - A new challenger to DayZ's crown?

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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H1Z1, John Smedley, MMOs, PC games, Sony Online Entertainment

If DayZ and PlanetSide a baby - SOE unveil new F2P survival sandbox H1Z1

It wasn't too long ago that SOE president John Smedley was teasing an upcoming reveal for a previously unannounced title, and last night the veil was well and truly lifted. It's called H1Z1, and it's a survival horror sandbox title that will utilize the Forgelight engine - the same engine used to power PlanetSide 2 - with some tweaks brought over from Landmark to provide players with the tools to build safehouses and fortresses.

So in short it's DayZ + Rust x PlanetSide 2. But there's going to be more to it than that, if the initial reports are correct, although we do know for certain that the entire game will be Free 2 Play. We've got the initial video reveal for you to watch above, but we've gathered up all the interesting bits of info for you to look over after the jump.

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Would you have bought a Darth Maul game from the creators of The Force Unleashed 2?

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Darth Maul, LucasArts, Red Fly Studio, Star Wars

Would you have bought a Darth Maul game from the creators of The Force Unleashed 2?

It's like everything I've wanted, combined with all of my worst fears.

I'd love a Darth Maul film. For me, seeing Ray Park cartwheel menacingly around Liam Neeson and Ewan MacGregor, smashing things up with his double-bladed lightsaber -- he was the best thing about The Phantom Menace. I wept tears of joy when Jedi Academy brought double blades in as an option.

And apparently everyone's favourite evil Zabrak was due to get his own game.

According to Game Informer (via Polygon), LucasArts and Red Fly Studio sunk eight months of hard work in a Star Wars game featuring a playable Darth Maul as the main character, before it got mightily canned by LucasArts and the publisher itself dissolved.

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Catch up with yesterday's Nintendo Smash Bros. Direct here

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS Games, Nintendo, Nintendo Direct, Super Smash Bros. 3DS, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Wii U games

A new Nintendo Direct broadcast went live yesterday, focused entirely on the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games for 3DS and Wii U. We've embedded the video above in case you missed it, but here a brief run down of the main points in super digestible form:

  • The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. is set for launch this summer. The Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. will arrive in winter 2014.
  • The 3DS version will run at 60 FPS in stereoscopic 3D.
  • Greninja -- Froakie's final evolution from Pokemon X/Y -- will join the roster as a playable character on both Wii U and 3DS.
  • Four classic, but as-yet unannounced characters were confirmed for the game: Zero Suit Samus, Sheik, Yoshi, and Charizard (previously a Poke-Ball character, you can now play as a fire-breathing dino-dragon).
  • The 3DS version will come with a new mode called "Smash Run". In this mode, four players will have five minutes to explore a dungeon area, fight monsters and seek out power-ups to enhance their fighters. Once the time is up, the players will duke it out in battle as per usual.
  • Sakurai went into enormous detail about the stages available in the game, saying there will be bosses on certain stages.
  • Online play will be available in both version of the game, and there are two modes: For Fun and For Glory.
  • There will be custom movesets, though not much was said about this.

Excited?

PS4: The Last of Us Remastered emerges accidentally, but will you buy it?

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Naughty Dog, PS4 games, The Last Of Us

PS4: The Last of Us Remastered emerges accidentally, but will you buy it?

Sony accidentally let slip that The Last of Us Remastered is A Thing that's coming to PS4.

A banner advertisement for a revamped PS4 version of Naughty Dog's survival-horror epic appeared on the US Sony Entertainment Network website (via NeoGAF), boasting a $59.99 price tag.

It's got a nice Day 1 Digital release badge as well, from which we can infer that there'll be a physical version of the game too.

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