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Alien Isolation designer defends pre-order DLC: 'We never set out to make the game of the film'

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Jonathan Lester
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DLC, PC games, Pre-order DLC, PS4 games, Sega, The Creative Assembly, Xbox One Games

Alien Isolation designer defends pre-order DLC: 'We never set out to make the game of the film'

Alien Isolation is shaping up nicely. Having spent four solid hours playing the latest Steam build, I can report that its adaptive AI and terrifying unpredictability makes for a very different kind of horror game.

However, the fact that sections starring the original Alien voice cast are only going to be available as pre-order DLC -- or paid DLC down the line -- has got many a hackle up across the internet. I naturally asked lead designer Gary Napper exactly why they'd taken the controversial move.

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Microsoft admits that Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity "has a duration"

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Exclusives, Microsoft, Phil Spencer, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Xbox One Games

Microsoft admits that Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity "has a duration"

Well, we thought this might be the case, what with the very specific wording of the announcement and the lack of clarification from any of Microsoft's senior management. But after a day of mulling it over, no doubt, Phil Spencer has finally come out and admitted that Rise of the Tomb Raider's exclusivity on Xbox One "has a duration".

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Rise of the Tomb Raider releases Holiday 2015 exclusive to Xbox One

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Crystal Dynamics, Gamescom 2014, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Square Enix, Xbox One Games

Rise of the Tomb Raider releases Holiday 2015 exclusive to Xbox One

UPDATE: Crystal Dynamics explain Xbox One exclusivity for Rise of the Tomb Raider

Darrell Gallagher, head of studio at CD, has elaborated on the decision to make Rise of the Tomb Raider an Xbox One exclusive.

Today’s announcement with Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming. Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past - we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.

Check out the full open letter here.

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Well, erm, we did not expect this.

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Football Manager is so awesome, real clubs will be using it to help scout players

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Football Manager 2015, Management sims, Sports Interactive

Football Manager is so awesome, real clubs will be using it to help scout players

No, it's not April 1st.

The notion that Football Manager has been used by professional staffers at major clubs to get the lowdown on wonderkids and burgeoning superstars has been something of a legendary, if rather fanciful, idea for some time. Except it's not a myth, it's coming true.

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Gamescom, Quantum Lake, and Kazoo Solos - Game Buzz #86

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Matt Gardner
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News

Gamescom, Quantum Lake, and Kazoo Solos - Game Buzz #86

This week's podcast is all about getting ready for Gamescom. We take a look at some of our pre-show picks before everything goes slightly off of the rails and Carl whips out his kazoo.

Game Buzz | Episode 86 - Gamescom, Quantum Lake, and Kazoo Solos. Recorded 7th August, 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.

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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It looks like Sierra Entertainment might be making a return, courtesy of Activision

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Activision, Gamescom 2014, Sierra Entertainment

Oh Activision, you big teases.

All we have to go on currently is a teaser website and a painfully brief video that recently went live, but it looks like Activision are preparing to announce something with regard to Sierra Entertainment -- the developer and publisher best known for games like Gabriel Knight, King's Quest, Space Quest, Homeworld, and Phantasmagoria.

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Casey Hudson leaves BioWare, suggests studio's new IP will "redefine interactive entertainment"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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BioWare, Casey Hudson, EA, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 4

Casey Hudson leaves BioWare, suggests studio's new IP will "redefine interactive entertainment"

After sixteen years at BioWare, Mass Effect's creative director, Casey Hudson, is departing the studio to get some perspective and work out what it is that he wants to do going forwards.

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BioWare will reveal a new game at Gamescom

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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BioWare, EA, Gamescom 2014

BioWare will reveal a new game at Gamescom

I can't get the phrase "Mass Effect MOBA" out of my head for some reason.

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"The name Wii U is abysmal" - Nintendo's former Indie guru ungagged

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Nintendo, Wii U

"The name Wii U is abysmal" - Nintendo's former Indie guru ungagged

"That cut sales in half right there"

Dan Adelman spent nine years courting indie developers for Nintendo, but his common sense controversial views on their region locking policy and marketing caused the company to effectively gag him on social networks.

Now he's decided to leave, and has a few home truths for the company.

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Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition all but confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS4 games, Square Enix, United Front Games, Xbox One Games

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition all but confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One

Excellent kung fu sandbox Sleeping Dogs has been available to buy at approximately four Quid for the last few years, but if you'd rather spend £40-50 on a "definitive" next-gen console version, Square Enix will happily take your money from October. Also, we should probably play cards at some point.

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What is Sony's creepy Gamescom teaser actually teasing?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Gamescom 2014, Sony, Supermassive Games

Place your bets, folks, but we reckon we have the answer. Or at least a theory.

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Evolve delayed - should we be worried?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Games, Delays, Evolve, PC games, PS4 games, Turtle Rock Studios, Xbox One Games

Evolve delayed - should we be worried?

Yet another game has fallen prey to a major delay, pulling it out of a holiday season release and shunting back into Spring 2015. Evolve, Turtle Rock's intriguing shooter that pits four humans against one nightmarish player-controlled monster, will now miss its October launch in favour of releasing next February.

2K claims that the game will benefit from four months of extra polish, citing an "overwhelmingly positive response from press and fans," but should we be worried that the asymmetrical multiplayer experience isn't shaping up properly at this late stage?

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Assassin's Creed: Rogue leaks out as last-gen sequel

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Leak, PS3 games, Ubisoft, Xbox 360 games

Assassin's Creed: Rogue leaks out as last-gen sequel

How many Assassin's Creed games do we need per year? Following Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD and Assassin's Creed; Unity, Ubisoft reckons that three is the magic number.

Leaked screenshots and trailer confirm that Assassin's Creed: Rogue is headed to PS3 and Xbox 360 as a semi-sequel to Assassin's Creed IV, allowing us to play as a Templar hunting Assassins throughout the icy Antarctic wastes.

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Resident Evil is getting an HD Remaster, but needs a reboot

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Capcom, HD remake, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Resident Evil is getting an HD Remaster, but needs a reboot

Still, Capcom has to start somewhere

We can all agree that Resident Evil has lost its way. Though I don't feel that Resi 6 was as atrocious as some pundits, it marked the illogical conclusion of a series that completely lost sight of what it was meant to be, and what its fanbase really wanted from the experience. Not to mention that the storyline has become so convoluted and bloated that Kingdom Hearts reads like Doctor Seuss in comparison.

Enough is enough. Capcom needs to step back and reassess their priorities before rebooting Resident Evil in its entirety; putting the focus back on survival horror and creating a nice stable story foundation for any future sequels.

However, what they're actually doing is remastering Resident Evil's Gamecube remake for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It's not exactly the treatment that Resi desperately needs, but personally, we reckon that this could be a great first step in putting the series back on track.

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Hyrule Warriors: Ganondorf playable, new nostalgic Adventure mode, co-op detailed

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Hyrule Warriors, Nintendo, Team Ninja, Tecmo Koei, Wii U games

We've not heard anything about Ganondorf being playable in Super Smash Bros this coming winter, and indeed Sakurai has managed to avoid clones where possible for the Wii U and 3DS title, but that doesn't mean we won't be able to get our hands on the ginger Gerudo badass.

Nintendo recently announced that Ganondorf will be playable in this year's button-masher extraordinaire -- Hyrule Warriors.

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No Man's Sky is definitely coming to PC, "always had PC in mind"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Hello Games, PC games, PS4 games

Procedural universe exploration simulator No Man's Sky is currently one of the PS4's most hotly anticipated titles, and quite right too. An infinitely huge expanse of planets and deep space randomised on the atomic level? 'Next-gen' rarely sounded more appropriate.

However, plenty of PC gamers became very excited after the January reveal, but were left spluttering after Sony swooped in to secure PS4 exclusivity. It turns out that Hello Games are indeed planning on bringing No Man's Sky to other platforms... but it's a matter of time.

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Sorry Vita, BioShock is coming to iPhone

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K China, Bioshock, iOS games, Irrational Games

Sorry Vita, BioShock is coming to iPhone

We're not getting that BioShock Vita game Ken Levine promised us back in 2011, but there's still some mobile Rapture to look forward to.

On iOS of all places.

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White Xbox One console might release this October - would you buy One?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Xbox One

White Xbox One console might release this October - would you buy One?

The snazzy white Xbox One model was previously only available to Microsoft employees, but you can always rely on  indiscreet retailers to accidentally jump the gun. By the looks of things, you'll be able to buy one in a bundle with Sunset Overdrive later this year.

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The Last Of Us is the First In Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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UK Games Charts, UK retail

The Last Of Us is the First In Charts

The Last Of Us may be old news, but its rebuilt Remastered version is proving to be a massive hit with dedicated PlayStation fans and new converts alike. Naughty Dog's cinematic thriller is once again sitting pretty atop the UK Games Charts, while also proving to be the fifth biggest gaming launch of 2014 (behind Watch Dogs, Titanfall, Wolfenstein and InFamous: Second Son).

Otherwise it's a slow old week for new releases, while even the familiar mainstays are just jostling for position. A lull, then, before the upcoming September-October storm. Make hey with your backlog while the sun shines, because Winter Is Coming.

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At A Glance: Roundup 28th July - 3rd August 2014

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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 28th July - 3rd August 2014

Earlier this week, EA unveiled a new subscription service that allows gamers to play a large range of their top titles for what seems like a very tempting price. But it will only be available on the Xbox One as Sony snubbed their noses at the apparent "poor value" of the service, which seems to us that they're not keen on PS Plus having any competition. Sony have been tooting their horns with some impressive sales figures that saw them recently shifting considerably more hardware than Microsoft, although these figures are possible inflated by including all of the PS branded consoles, rather than just the PS4. Michael Ancel teased us again about Beyond Good & Evil 2 (the swine). Finally, there was some positive news for Homefront: The Revolution as the troubled game and dev team were bought from Crytek by Deep Silver, who worked wonders when they picked up Saints Row IV from THQ.

In our reviews we have verdicts on a range of PC titles including: Gods Will Be Watching, Neil Gaiman's Wayward Manor and So Many Me. I know, summer release schedules are truly an awful thing, especially for console gamers. Still, there's always The Pile.

In the features we have a hands-on preview from Lords of the Fallen as it looks to step out of the looming shadow of the Dark Souls series. There are also two hands-on reports for Turtle Rock's Evolve as I try out both the Kraken monster and the hunters' medic class. There's an Opening Scenes video for Wayward Manor and The Last of Us Remastered gets the comparison treatment and an Opening Scenes one too. With the beta of PlayStation Now recently launching, Matt gets stuck into Sony for the gob-smackingly awful prices. Microsoft aren't safe though, as he also thinks it's time they thought about a releasing a trimmed down version of the Xbox One if they want to catch the PS4. We imagine you've been pining for Destiny since the beta finished last weekend, so be sure  to check out Matt's Top 10 for a list of things to do while we wait for the full game next month.

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