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"ID@Xbox have been really great" - How Stealth Inc 2 sneaked around the Xbox Indie Parity Clause

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Jonathan Lester
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PC games, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Stealth Inc. 2

"ID@Xbox have been really great" - How Stealth Inc 2 sneaked around the Xbox Indie Parity Clause

Earlier today, we reported that Stealth Inc 2 will be launching on PC, PS3, PS4, Vita and Xbox One next month. It's great news and a great game, but it did set our minds racing.

See, Stealth Inc 2 already released on Wii U, meaning that it contravenes Microsoft's controversial indie 'parity clause,' which states that games must release on Xbox platforms before or simultaneously with other consoles. What gives? How did Stealth Inc 2 manage to sneak around it?

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World Of Tanks: Generals enters closed beta, takes aim at Hearthstone

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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CCG, Free to play, PC games, World of Tanks: Generals

World Of Tanks: Generals enters closed beta, takes aim at Hearthstone

'Free to play' may be a dirty term for some gamers, but Wargaming.net are in the business of doing it right. Having built an empire on quality multiplayer action games with fair balanced economies, such as World Of Tanks, World Of Warplanes and the upcoming World Of Warships, they've now decided to expand in a different direction with a CCG (Collectible Card Game).

World Of Tanks: Generals is the result: a turn-based collectible card game featuring World War II hardware, which has now entered into closed beta on PC.

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So this is Valve's VR headset

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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SteamOS, SteamVR, Valve, Virtual Reality, Vive

So this is Valve's VR headset

Or should that be HTC's VR headset?

Ahead of their GDC presentation on 3/03 at 3PM (seriously, you'd better announce it now), Valve have revealed the headset that will support SteamVR. A cooperative venture with HTC, the newly-christened Vive is set to release this Christmas, compatible with SteamOS and a range of games to be released "soon."

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Dying Light & Dragon Ball top the UK Games Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Dying Light, UK Games Charts

Dying Light & Dragon Ball top the UK Games Charts

All change, please! Two new faces have entered the UK games charts and both made a massive impact.

At the top we find Dying Light, Techland's superb parkour-infused zombie sandbox. The delay between digital and physical editions was annoying, but it seems that plenty of gamers were willing to wait! If you want to get involved you can get Dying Light on PC for £21.49.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse has also done remarkably well for an anime tie-in, debuting at third place, And quite right too. As explained in our Dragon Ball Xenoverse review, it "captures the brutal thrill of soaring aerial anime battles better than practically any game I've ever played, all while allowing us to genuinely enter the Dragon Ball universe as our own character by participating in key canonical events and crazy 'what if?' scenarios." The servers are being slammed, though, as we rather suspected. At least it has a ton of offline content!

As far as I'm aware, you can still buy Dragon Ball Xenoverse for £27.99 on PC. Latest reports indicate that the game has secured over 8999 sales.

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Stealth Inc 2 to sneak out of Wii U exclusivity and past Microsoft's parity clause - PS4, PC, Vita & Xbox One release confirmed

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Stealth Inc. 2

Stealth Inc 2 to sneak out of Wii U exclusivity and past Microsoft's parity clause - PS4, PC, Vita & Xbox One release confirmed

"Stealth Inc 2 is another magnificently frustrating bastard of pure stealth, brutal platforming and satisfying puzzles with a sadistic sense of humour," we wrote in our full review. "Though the new features and gadgets come with a few drawbacks, they ultimately expand on the gameplay experience in imaginative new ways, while exploration and content creation bulk out the challenge rooms into a cohesive package."

Great news for Wii U owners, seeing as Curve Studios released their stealth/puzzle platformer exclusively on Nintendo's console, but the exclusivity window will be up soon. Curve have now officially confirmed that the game will launch on PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita and Xbox One in "early April." Interestingly, it looks to have bypassed Microsoft's much-maligned "indie parity" clause, an increasingly common occurrence these days. Naturally we'll keep you up to date with the specifics.

Want to keep your Xbox Live account topped up? 12 Months of Xbox LIVE Gold now £23.99.

Hex: Shards of Fate teases new Frost Ring in new trailer

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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Free to play, Frost Ring, Hex: Shards of Fate, TCGs, Trading Card Games

In recent years, virtual Trading Card Games have certainly become more accessible. You only have to look at the popularity of Hearthstone and Scrolls to see how simplified gameplay can draw in the punters. However, for fans of the old Magic: The Gathering games (the physical one, not the computer games) the need for something more involved has never quite been satisfied. Arguments have raged for years that the Magic series of computer games hasn’t replicated the feel of playing the physical game, which is exactly why Cryptozoic Entertainment took to Kickstarter last year create a new free-to-play virtual TCG experience – Hex: Shards of Fate.

Admittedly, since then they’ve had to face law suits from a certain bunch of Wizards, but that hasn’t stopped development from continuing or the community from growing. With the base game reportedly improved by leaps and bounds since its initial closed Alpha last October, Cryptozoic is now in the final stages of Hex’s first PvE content drop. Titled the Frost Ring, it presents players with a four tiers of AI opponents to best, each tier ending with a boss fight for riches and glory. New cards exclusively for use in the PvE content will be available to win, alongside the usual loot of equipment and gold.

Although no firm release is available, the Frost Ring arenas are expected to land in March, according to the official website. In the meantime, you can register to join the Closed Beta by heading over to the official Hex website. We’ll be giving you hands-on impressions of the Free-to-Play TCG in the near future.

EA & GAME join forces for augmented reality Battlefield Hardline shenanigans

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Battlefield: Hardline, EA, GAME

EA & GAME join forces for augmented reality Battlefield Hardline shenanigans

EA and GAME have joined forces to launch an in-store promotion that lets gamers get a free T-Shirt and 1000 bonus GAME reward points if they pre-order Battlefield Hardline.

To do so, however, you'll need to head into your local store, download the mobile app and then scan the shop for evidence first. Augmented reality funtimes!

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Mortal Kombat X story trailer - Adding sense to the violence?

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Fighting Games, Mortal Kombat X, PC games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Check out the brand new story trailer for Mortal Kombat X one of our most eagerly awaited titles of 2015. Just like the studio's last game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, the story will see you controlling multiple characters which is a great way to try out a wide variety of the roster rather than settling on an old favourite for the entire game.

The story will take place over a period of twenty years, so prepare for some epic scenes and find out why everyone's so keen to get their hands on that stone. The trailer also promotes the exclusive special edition at Game where you'll get Goro as a playable character for £47.99 (ouch indeed).

Or you could order at these much cheaper prices below. Stay tuned to our game deals page for regular discount on the hottest games.

Get a COD: Advanced Warfare PC freebie as apology for Havoc DLC delay

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, DLC, FPS, PC games

The PC version of Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Havoc DLC pack has been delayed until March 3rd, but in better news, Sledgehammer Games want to make it up to you.

"Please pardon today's delay, and accept this KVA Paramilitary Exo as a small token of our appreciation," reads a contrite post on the Sledgehammer blog. "The KVA Paramilitary Exo's unique look matches the exclusive AE-4 Widowmaker directed energy Assault Rifle. This Rare Enlisted Loot will be contained in the next Supply Drop you open and Double XP has been activated through the PC launch of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare HAVOC DLC on March 3rd."

So that's a free EXO and double XP. Not bad.

The Havoc DLC pack is already out on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and releases on PSN today. You can still buy Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare for £23.85 on PS4!

Former Final Fantasy XIV subscribers get week-long free access, as subs reach 4 million milestone

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Former Final Fantasy XIV subscribers get week-long free access, as subs reach 4 million milestone

It's good news for the folks at Square Enix, as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has bucked the recent trend and seen an increase of subscribers, hitting the 4 million mark. To celebrate, it has granted all former players who currently have inactive accounts access to the game for a full week/ Having kicked off at 8am this morning, the access will continue until Monday, March 9 at 8am GMT.

Considering the continued support for the game, which includes new additions such as in-game Triple Triad and the tribute to FF7's Gold Saucer (complete with Chocobo Racing) it's quite clear that franchise fan service is helping to keep subscribers happy. Well, that and the fact it's a pretty fun MMO to boot. If you're looking to try out the game for yourself, we've rounded up all of the best offers, although PS3 players are absolutely the winners, bargain wise.

Final Fantasy XIV on PC is currently £12.09 from Base

Final Fantasy XIV on PS3 is currently £2.85 from The Game Collection

Final Fantasy XIV on PS4 is currently £17.86 from Amazon

If you do decided to jump into the virtual world of Eorzea, don't forget that, beyond the initial 30 days, a subscription fee is required to continue playing the game.

Fable Legends becomes Free To Play... so we might actually play it now

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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F2P, Free to play, Windows 10, Xbox One Games

Fable Legends becomes Free To Play... so we might actually play it now

Stop the presses. Microsoft has announced that Fable Legends, the asymmetrical multiplayer next chapter of Lionhead's parody RPG franchise, will be free to play on Windows 10 and Xbox One.

No, not just available as a demo. F2P.

"You’ll be able to play Fable Legends from beginning-to-end without spending a penny," proclaims the announcement. "That means you’ll have access to the entirety of Fable Legends’ storyline and all of the quests we release this year and forever. Everything in Fable Legends that affects gameplay can be earned by simply playing the game."

There will of course be a premium currency, but otherwise you're free to take on the role of hero or villain for nothing.

Which is absolutely fantastic news, because to be perfectly honest we'd completely lost interest.

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Oops, 3DS browser exploit makes Pokemon Shuffle microtransactions free

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Pokemon Shuffle

Oops, 3DS browser exploit makes Pokemon Shuffle microtransactions free

Pokemon Shuffle released last month on 3DS as one of Nintendo's first (but not the first) forays into free to play gaming. It was... not entirely successful. Reviews are all over the shop (we haven't run one since you can download it for free), most of which criticise the game's microtransactions and 'pay to avoid waiting ridiculous amounts of time' monetisation strategy.

Now, however, it appears that the same 3DS browser exploit that allows Game Boy Colour ROMS to be loaded and played also allows people to bypass payment completely. Nintendo Life reports that a very similar method results in all the shop prices being set to zero, though it requires firmware v.9.0-9.5, which means that New 3DS owners are out of luck.

Naturally we'd suggest that you don't try it, or go out of your way to look for instructions, both for legal and ethical reasons. But either way, it's interesting, no?

"Gotham is mine!" - Batman: Arkham Knight gets sinister new trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Batman: Arkham Knight, PC games, PS4 games, Sandbox games, trailer, Xbox One Games

Batman: Arkham Knight may not be out until June, but chances are you're already champing at the bat. I mean, bit. To stoke the flames, Rocksteady have released a new trailer entitled "Gotham Is Mine," giving us another look at the gorgeous Gotham sandbox as well as the two deadly enemies trying to bring it to its knees.

Want to pre-order? You can currently buy Arkham Knight for £44.75 on PS4 and Xbox One (Amazon are a few pence dearer but are more likely to deliver on time). The Batman: Arkham Knight Amazon Exclusive Edition with Batman memorial statue is still in stock on Xbox One too.

Meanwhile, if you need to catch up on the previous games, you can still buy the Batman: Arkham Trilogy for £10 on PS3 or PC.

What did you make of the trailer? Excited for Arkham Knight? Be sure to catch up on our Batman: Arkham Knight hands-on preview and sound off in the comments!

The Morning Papers | Heists & Lows

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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The Morning Papers

The Morning Papers | Heists & Lows

Good morning!

Said the broken man, who discovered that Platinum Games weren't teasing Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 2 after all -- rather their mysterious "2" logo was just celebrating the game's second anniversary. I'm not crying. It's just raining... on my face.

Still, we had a big day yesterday, and it's time to crack on. Starting perhaps with Crowfall, the ambitious new MMO that is currently  doing the business on Kickstarter, then mentioning the fact that GTA Online's Heists finally have a release date!

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The Morning Papers | Heists & Lows

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The Morning Papers | Heists & Lows

BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider & Rayman Legends to be Xbox Live Games With Gold - rumour

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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#IDARB, Bioshock Infinite, Rayman Legends, Tomb Raider, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider & Rayman Legends to be Xbox Live Games With Gold - rumour

According to a new rumour-slash-leak, next month's free Games With Gold have been revealed for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

If true, BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider will both be free on Xbox 360 throughout March for Xbox Live Gold Members. Lara will take the first shift until March 15th, at which point Booker takes over for the rest of the month.

Meanwhile, on Xbox One, Rayman Legends will be free to download all March long, while #IDARB will remain free.

No official confirmation yet, but expect it soon. According to a purported screengrab of Microsoft's internal ExpertZone site, we'll also get double the number of Xbox Live Games With Gold in April, which suggests that Microsoft are trying to up their game and compete with PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection. Here's hoping.

BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider & Rayman Legends to be Xbox Live Games With Gold - rumour

Confirmed: GTA V Heists deploying March 10th on consoles, April 14th on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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GTA Online, GTA V, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Confirmed: GTA V Heists deploying March 10th on consoles, April 14th on PC

Better late than never. Rockstar has confirmed that GTA Online's heists will finally be deployed on March 10th for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions, followed by the PC version on April 14th.

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The Morning Papers | Crank Up The Valve

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Crank Up The Valve

Good morning!

Big news from Valve today, who've announced that they're going to be bringing a slew of hardware along to GDC. Not only will they be showing off the finalised Steam Controller peripheral and new "living room devices," suggesting that they might finally be ready to have another crack at the stalled Steam Machines initiative, but they'll also be debuting new VR technology. It will be interesting to see what their plans are, and whether they plan to go head-to-head with Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus.

Here's hoping, because VR needs multiple big players to become an industry as opposed to a community. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Crank Up The Valve

GTA Online Heists: new vehicles, weapons and gear leaked

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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GTA Online, GTA V, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

After more than a year of waiting, Grand Theft Auto Online will soon be receiving its long-awaited Heist missions, and a major new leak shows us what we'll be shooting, driving and using to complete our capers once Rockstar finally deliver the goods.

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