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Microsoft To Shelve XNA Indie Development Toolkit

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Jonathan Lester
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Indie Games, Microsoft, XBLIG, XNA

Microsoft To Shelve XNA Indie Development Toolkit

Microsoft has confirmed that they don't plan to support the XNA Game Studio, the development suite designed to let indie developers create Xbox 360 and Windows Phone-compatible titles, with any new versions going forward. Could this be the death knell for the Xbox Live Indie Games scene, or perhaps the precursor to a new Windows 8-focused development environment?

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Trailer Spotlights Mooing Mecha

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Brawler, Kojima Productions, Konami, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Platinum Games, PS3 games, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Trailer Spotlights Mooing Mecha

Not all of Raiden's foes will be as squishy as his fellow cyborgs, since Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will also field hordes of deadly unmanned drones to slice into scrap metal. This latest trailer shows off some of the robotic foes that you'll face in Platinum's upcoming brawler, including the mournfully-mooing Gekkos that pack a wicked kick.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will release on February 22nd, and a demo is available to download on PSN and Xbox Live.

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UK Games Charts | 2nd February 2013

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Black Ops II, FIFA 13, Hitman HD Trilogy, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, UK Games Charts, UK retail

UK Games Charts | 2nd February 2013

In what can only be described as a massive coup for JRPGs, PS3 exclusive Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch has soared straight into the number one sales spot. This sublime collaboration between Level-5 and Studio Ghibli has haunted our dreams for months now, and the finished product is nothing short of spectacular. Check out our Ni No Kuni video review and in-depth written review for more details.

Elsewhere in the charts, Hitman's HD trilogy joins the same old faces jockeying for position, and the top forty is still bereft of Wii U exclusives. We've got the full UK top ten after the break.

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At A Glance: Roundup 27th January - 3rd February 2013

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance, February 2013, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, January 2013, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 27th January - 3rd February 2013

This week's been a bit glum for Nintendo as they slashed their projections and Tomb Raider said it didn't want to play with them. In more uplifting news, a large number of Vigil employees were picked up by Crytek and I finally pre-ordered Bioshock Infinite - everyone's a winner. GTAV got delayed, but nobody thought it was going to make that original release date anyway. Ni No Kuni, The Cave and Strike Suit Zero dominated our reviews section, while our features have a heavy focus on JRPGs and I look back over a few franchises I'd like to see make a comeback.

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Red and Blue PS3 Super Slim Consoles Coming Soon

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Brendan Griffiths
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Blue PS3, Games consoles, Hardware, PS3, PS3 Super Slim, Red PS3, Sony

Red and Blue PS3 Super Slim Consoles Coming Soon

Sony are releasing two new versions of their 500GB Super Slim console on February 15th. Consumers will have the option of picking up red or blue versions, both of which will come with two DualShock 3 controllers for £249.99.

Both the red and blue models are currently available to pre-order at Game, with the red one being an exclusive to the store. If the white slim PS3 is anything to go by, these will only see a limited release and will be much more expensive on eBay at a later date, so act fast if they take your fancy.

While the black model released late last year appeared to look a bit cheap and tacky, I think these versions look much better, or maybe I’ve just become indifferent to my original 60GB version. Only kidding, I get to play PS2 games in HD after all.

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments Announced

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Brendan Griffiths
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Adventure Games, Focus Home Interactive, Frogwares, Investigative gaming, Puzzle games, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments Announced

Frogwares and Focus Home Interactive have announced their latest Sherlock Holmes adventure, Crimes and Punishments. Something of a shakeup for the series is promised with the game being developed with the Unreal 3 engine instead of Frogwares in-house engine. Not that the last game was a graphical slouch by any means.

More freedom during investigations is one of the more intriguing claims made in the press release. Moral choices and decisions will influence the game and affect Holmes’ reputation. Whether this will lead to multiple endings is yet to be seen. Holmes himself has had a redesign, apparently to be more modern, but the time setting remains the same. Don’t worry it’s less inspired by Robert Downey Jr.’s version, it’s more of a let’s make him look less like a psychopath kinda look.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Story Trailer

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Brendan Griffiths
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Fighting Games, Injustice: Gods Among Us, PS3 games, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Injustice: Gods Among Us Story Trailer

Fighting games aren’t known for making an effort with their stories, but if this new story trailer for Injustice: Gods Among Us is anything to go by, that could be set to change. With such a rich heritage of DC Comics to fall back on, it makes sense that the developers should aim to give a little purpose to the action.

The cutscene footage is looking impressive and it’s pleasing to hear some familiar voices behind the masks. Many of the outfits seem to be more armoured than the classic looks we’re used to, but when you look at the fighting itself, we can hardly blame them for wanting a bit of extra protection.

We’re really looking forwards to the game as it looks set to shake up the genre somewhat with the most impressive interactive environments ever seen in a fighting game, which should elevate it above the impression of a Mortal Kombat game with DC characters. Wait, they already did that one. Check out my Gamescom Preview for more information ahead of the April 19th release date. Details for the game’s Collector's Edition can be found here.

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Omerta: City of Gangsters Launch Trailer

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Brendan Griffiths
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Omerta: City Of Gangsters, PC games, Xbox 360 games

Omerta: City of Gangsters Launch Trailer

It may look like The Sims Murder Edition, but this is a turn-based combat game that places you in the prime gangster era of the 1920s. Classic gangster movie or Boardwalk Empire fans in particular will enjoy the setting that requires you to take out rival gangs to build up your empire.

The Mafia series aside, there are precious few games out there keen to use this setting, so any chance we get to don a sharp suit, fedora and tommy gun is just fine by us. Enjoy the launch trailer after the jump and don’t forget to check out Jon’s hands-on preview and his interview with the developers.

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WRC: Powerslide Trailer Shows Off Multiplayer

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Brendan Griffiths
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Milestone, PS3 games, PSN games, Racing Games, trailer, WRC: Powerslide, XBLA games, Xbox 360 games

WRC: Powerslide Trailer Shows Off Multiplayer

Milestone are taking a break from traditional rallying with their next game, WRC: Powerslide. This new trailer shows off the game’s multiplayer where we can see cars jostling for position with physical simultaneous racing instead of the usual ghost cars that the last three WRC games used.

This isn’t the first racing series to ditch its sim-like roots. Against the odds, Dirt: Showdown proved to be a lot of fun, but Codemasters then slipped up with F1 Race Stars. As long as Milestone or Codemasters get back to making a proper rallying game next, I think this one could turn out to be a lot of fun.

Powerups will help you succeed, such as a shield that spins out your rivals or a sudden personalised hailstorm that grinds them to a halt – which already looks like Powerslide’s Blue Shell. Some of the tracks look familiar, especially that vicious ninety degree right turn past the buildings, but hopefully the roads will be widened a little to avoid flipping over a cliff or nailing a tree teeth-first.

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Game Buzz | Episode 17 - Cattle

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Dead Space 3, EA, Game Buzz, Medal Of Honor, Nintendo, Podcast, PWNCAST, Wii U

Game Buzz | Episode 17 - Cattle

Things get a bit ranty on this week's Game Buzz. We pick apart all of the Nintendo news of the week, including the slashed revenue projections, Crystal Dynamics' excuses for not bringing Tomb Raider to Wii U, Iwata's conference call, and the lack of a price cut on the horizon. EA also come under fire for their Day 1 DLC policy and running Medal of Honor into the ground.

Game Buzz | Episode 17 - Cattle. Recorded 1st February, 2013.

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.

Click the banner at the top to play the file, or right click and select 'Save Link As' to download the file onto your hard drive.

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Skyrim: Dragonborn, Dawnguard & Hearthfire DLC Dated For PS3

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Jonathan Lester
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Dawnguard, DLC, Dragonborn, Hearthfire, PS3 games, Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim: Dragonborn, Dawnguard & Hearthfire DLC Dated For PS3

After months of wrangling with technical issues, Bethesda has finally given PS3 owners a release date for Skyrim's DLC packs.

Erm, American PS3 owners, at least.

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Trine 2: Director's Cut Gets Voice Chat & More In New Update

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Frozenbyte, Puzzle games, Trine 2: Director's Cut, Update, Wii U games

The Wii U's definitive version of Trine 2 has gotten a major new update, featuring voice chat, Pro Controller support and a rendering tweak that makesstops the colours from appearing washed out. Seeing as that was one of our few complaints in our Trine 2: Director's Cut review, we're rather excited about this.

You can watch the embedded developer diary for more details direct from Frozenbyte themselves, while we've stashed a graphical comparison after the break.

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Digital Resale: Steam Hit By First EU Complaint

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EU, Law, Pre-owned games, Steam

Digital Resale: Steam Hit By First EU Complaint

It begins. After the EU Court Of Justice ruled that European citizens have the right to resell digital content licenses (i.e. sell on digitally downloaded games) last year, a consumer action group is seeking legal action against Steam for not providing any means of doing so.

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REDengine 3 Screenshot Teases CD Projekt’s New Game

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Carl Phillips
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News
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CD Projekt, Cyberpunk 2077, REDengine 3, Reveals, Screenshot, The Witcher 3

REDengine 3 Screenshot Teases CD Projekt’s New Game

Hopes To Achieve "A Realistic Feel And Full Player Immersion"

Ahead of their upcoming presentation on February 5th, CD Project have released some details regarding to their new game engine for their upcoming titles. Named the REDengine 3, the folks at CD Projekt hope to “move gaming to a new level,” providing a first look at the graphical capabilities with a singular screenshot, which you can see above.

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Frozen Synapse Tactics Announced For Vita & PS3

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Jonathan Lester
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Double Eleven, Frozen Synapse, Frozen Synapse Tactics, Mode 7, PS Vita games, PS3 games, Strategy games

Frozen Synapse Tactics Announced For Vita & PS3

Double Eleven will be working with indie studio Mode 7 to bring Frozen Synapse to PlayStation consoles. Frozen Synapse Tactics will apparently be much more than just a port, packing brand new features and a "makeover."

Considering that Frozen Synapse was the best strategy game of 2011, and garnered a perfect store in our 10/10 review, Sony fans should be very excited indeed.

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New God of War: Ascension Unleashes the Manticore

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Dev diaries, God Of War: Ascension, PS3 games, Sony Santa Monica Studios

Kratos vs. a Manticore. That's all you really need to know. Put it in your faces and get ready to take control of the slapheaded, bloodthirsty demi-god once more.

The game's out for PS3 on March 15th here in the UK, with the US getting it on March 12th. Sony Santa Monica have also released a video of the first half-hour of the game for your delectation, but (as you'd expect) there will be spoilers.

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EDF 2025 Trailer Has A Lot Of Screaming

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Earth Defence Force 4, Earth Defense Force 2025, Namco Bandai, TPS games

EDF 2025 Trailer Has A Lot Of Screaming

EDF 4/EDF 2025 has gotten itself an English language trailer. It's a bit basic, involving lots of people getting messily eaten and trampled by hilariously awful, gigantic creepy-crawlies, whilst screaming. A lot.

However, also shows off the Wing Diver suit, which will carry you out from underfoot, and let you take the fight to the alien scum from the skies.

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Dead Space 3 Will Have 11 Pieces Of Launch Day DLC

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Day One DLC, Dead Space 3, DLC, EA Games, Visceral Games

Dead Space 3 Will Have 11 Pieces Of Launch Day DLC

Oh Dead Space 3. First you scared us by introducing a frat-heavy extra character; then you terrified us by telling us there'd be co-op because we were too scared to play it by ourselves; then we found out the game would be riddled with microtransactions; then we learned that the PC port would be no frills; and then you told us that we'd have to pay for the full ending. Now comes the news that you'll arrive with 11 pieces of day one DLC.

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Remember Me Dev Diary Focuses On Music

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Capcom, Dev diaries, DONTNOD Entertainment, Reember Me

Remember Me Dev Diary Focuses On Music

The London Philharmonic Orchestra take centre stage in his latest dev diary from DONTNOD's Remember Me. As well as delivering some interviews with composer Olivier Deriviere and recording engineer John Kurlander, there are also a few slivers of gameplay to enjoy as well, with Nilin generally exhibiting a high level of badassery.

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Chris Roberts Predicts Console Decline In Face Of PC Model

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Chris Roberts, Next-gen, PC vs. Consoles

Chris Roberts Predicts Console Decline In Face Of PC Model

Star Citizen dev Chris Roberts has cast doubt over the next generation of consoles, saying that although "they'll do decent business" he reckons that they won't be "as big" as they have been this generation, citing an increasingly rampant PC sector as a far more open, cost-effective platform.

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