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Mars: War Logs Trailer Is "Guaranteed 100% Dubstep-Free"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Focus Home Interactive, Mars: War Logs, RPG, Spiders Games, trailer

Mars: War Logs Trailer Is "Guaranteed 100% Dubstep-Free"

Spiders Studio has released a new trailer for Mars: War Logs, the upcoming Cyberpunk RPG set on the red planet. Assuming the role of colonist Roy Temperance, players will battle for control of water resources and explore the sprawling slum cities that dominate the ruined surface.

It's also "Guaranteed 100% Dubstep-Free," which is nice. Look out for Mars: War Logs in 2013 on PC, Xbox Live and PSN.

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Rayman Legends Gets A Firm Release Date

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Platformer, Rayman Legends, Ubisoft, Wii U games

Rayman Legends Gets A Firm Release Date

Rejoice ye Wii U owners, for Rayman Legends has finally been firmly dated for February 28th in the UK.

Originally billed as a Wii U launch title before an annoying delay, Ancel's latest platformer is set to provide lots more tight platforming action along with Gamepad-specific features, asymmetrical multiplayer and an irrepressible sense of fun. Perhaps even whimsy if we're lucky.

Since Rayman Origins was basically perfect, we expect great things from its sequel.

Platformines: The Trial Of Doom Demo Out Now

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Demo, Indie Games, Magicko Gaming, PC games, Platformer, trailer

Big Push For Steam Greenlight

A new demo is available for Platformines: the procedurally-generated action platformer that plays out like a mash-up between Borderlands, Metal Slug and Spelunky.

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The Creative Assembly Teams Up With Games Workshop

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Games Workshop, Sega, Strategy games, The Creative Assembly

The Creative Assembly Teams Up With Games Workshop

“We’ll Be Doing The Warhammer Universe Justice"

The studio behind Total War has entered into a multi-game deal with Games Workshop to produce several Warhammer (fantasy) strategy games.

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Suda51’s Black Knight Sword Bleeds Copiously Over XBLA Next Week

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Black Knight Sword, Digital Reality, Grasshopper Manufacture, Platformer, Suda51, XBLA

Suda51’s Black Knight Sword Bleeds Copiously Over XBLA Next Week

'Tis But A Scratch!

The latest project from Grasshopper Manufacture and Digital Reality (the Sine Mora dream team) will arrive on Xbox Live Arcade next week: a sidescroller that clearly pays homage to Monty Python & The Holy Grail. And looks like one of Terry Gilliam's animations.

Black Knight Sword certainly looks the part, full of blood and offbeat weirdness. Matt has some further gameplay observations for you, in which he may have used the phrase "Terry Gilliam on crack." We'll call it a draw.

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The Humble THQ Bundle Gets Even Sweeter

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC games, The Humble THQ Bundle, THQ, Titan Quest

The Humble THQ Bundle Gets Even Sweeter

What's better than paying what you want for five good games and two expansions? Paying what you want for six good games and three expansions, that's what. Sprawling RPG Titan Quest and Red Faction: Armageddon's Path To War DLC have been added to the Humble THQ Bundle, so long as you beat the measly average price (which is currently £3.50 at the time of writing). Reader lukeyboi89 reminds us that all previous customers will receive the games regardless of the amount they paid, with links appearing on their personal download page.

The Humble THQ Bundle will run for another five days, and is already helping THQ to dig themselves out of their current financial hole.

Nintendo Direct | December 5th Round-Up

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Carl Phillips
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News
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3DS Games, Fire Emblem: Awakening, LEGO City Undercover, Nintendo, Nintendo Direct, Pikmin 3, Release dates, Trailers, Wii U games

Nintendo Direct | December 5th Round-UpRelease Dates & Trailers Galore

Along with shows dedicated to American and Japanese gamers, yesterday saw Nintendo releasing a new edition of Nintendo Direct for European gamers, highlighting some of the games we can expect in the near future for Wii U and the 3DS. Once again hosted by Satoru Iwata (who was briefly a LEGO man) the show kicked off by taking another look at LEGO City Undercover, before showing off the latest builds of many other titles and announcing Fire Emblem: Awakening. We’ve got a full round-up, including trailers from the featured games, after the jump.

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REPORT: City of Heroes Closure A "Strategic Decision", Still Profitable As Plug Was Pulled

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Matt Gardner
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News
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#SaveCOH, City of Heroes, MMOs, NCsoft, Paragon Studios

REPORT: City of Heroes Closure A "Strategic Decision", Still Profitable As Plug Was Pulled

A recent report from the Korea Times, in which outspoken City of Heroes campaigner and US novelist Mercedes Lackey terms NCsoft's decision to shut down the MMO's serves "unethical", suggests that the game was closed by NCsoft for "strategic reasons". However, analysts point towards figures that suggest the game was still turning a profit even as the curtain fell.

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PSA: Ni No Kuni Demo Now Available

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Demos, JRPGs, Level 5, Ni no Kuni, RPGs, Studio Ghibli

PSA: Ni No Kuni Demo Now Available

Yes. Yes! YES!!!!

A demo for Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, a game which we're all salivating over here in the Dealspwn offices, is now live in Europe. The game released in Japan already, but we don't have too long to wait, as it'll be arriving on these shores come late January.

The demo features a couple of boss battles to help players get to grips with the combat system, and will allow you to soak up some of the delightful aesthetic goodness that has come about from the collaboration between Level-5 and Studio Ghibli.

We recently got a chance to play through a few hours of the game, so expect a fat preview soon.

Hawken Moving Into Open Beta on 12/12/12

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Adhesive Games, Hawken, Mechs, Meteor Entertainment, Open Beta, PC games

Hawken Moving Into Open Beta on 12/12/12

Carl has been feverishly waxing lyrical about Hawken since getting to grips with Adhesive and Meteor's free-to-play mech extravaganza, and it seems the game will be emerging from closed beta to provide a more inclusive experience in a matter of days when the open beta kicks off on 12/12/12.

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Dishonored Update 1.2 Out Now, Squashes Bugs

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Arkane Studios, Bethesda Softworks, Bug fixing, Dishonored, Patch

Dishonored Update 1.2 Out Now, Squashes Bugs

Arkane have released a new patch for Dishonored that fixes a number  of bugs, including a few rare crash instances, and have included support for multiple screen play.

Detailing Update 1.2 over on the BethBlog, the list of fixes is as follows, across all platforms unless otherwise specified:

  • Support for playing the game on multiple screens.
  • Game Settings are now saved and restored properly even when using Steam offline.
  • Fixes for some interactions with Granny Rags that invalidated nonlethal playthroughs under certain circumstances. (Note: These fixes work even for savegames AFTER the final Granny Rags encounter.)
  • Fix for a crash that could happen during loading/transition between areas – notably near Dr. Galvani’s house.
  • Reworked “Choke” interaction to make it more reliable in valid contexts.
  • Fixed minor localization issues (PS3/360).
  • Fixed global post-process that sometimes worked improperly during some missions.
  • Fix for a rare crash that could happen when killing a NPC with a possessed rat and spring razor (PS3/360)

You can find our glowing Dishonored review here.

Activision: Vita and 3DS Face "Challenging Market"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS, Activision, Handheld gaming, Mobile gaming, Nintendo, PS Vita, Sony

Activision: Vita and 3DS Face "Challenging Market"

Greg Canessa, VP of mobile development at Activision, has added his voice to the growing number parties who believe that the future of handheld gaming is firmly under threat from mobile platforms such as iOS and Android. 

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New Wii U Firmware Update Available

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Firmware Update, Nintendo, Patch, Wii U

New Wii U Firmware Update Available

Nintendo has released a new firmware update for the Wii U, weighing in at 625MB. The patch promises to fix some "stability issues," though due to Nintendo's put-upon update servers, they've warned players to expect download times of approximately one hour. If your console is connected to the internet, however, it should automatically start to download in the background.

Some users are reporting that the update reduces the embarrassingly long application load times, which was a key criticism in our Wii U review. Once I've thoroughly tested these claims, I will update the article accordingly. UPDATE: load times for all applications save MiiVerse remain unchanged. No dice.

In our full review, I suggest that the Wii U is a nifty piece of kit that will be fantastic fun for early adopters, but will need more support and improvement in several areas to be considered a true console contender. The next few months will be very interesting indeed.

Halo 4: Crimson Map Pack Achievements Encourage Insane Stunts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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343 Industries, Achievements, Crimson, DLC, Halo 4, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4: Crimson Map Pack Achievements Encourage Insane Stunts

Halo 4's first DLC map pack will encourage players to perform all manner of ridiculous shenanigans if its achievements are anything to go by. The Crimson pack is out on November 10th, offering three new maps and the new Extraction gametype.

Halo 4 managed to narrowly edge out Far Cry 3 in our most fiercely-debated Game Of The Month nominations to date, mainly due to its fiercely addictive multiplayer and weekly Spartan Ops campaign drops that's become a Monday ritual for us editors.

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NCsoft's Seattle Studio Undergoing "Realignment"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Layoffs, MMOs, NCsoft, Realignment

NCsoft's Seattle Studio Undergoing "Realignment"

Realignment: (n.) a dispassionately mechanical term referring to the restructuring of a company to suit unspecific future interests in which some unfortunate folk will almost always lose their jobs. Often damage control in relation to falling revenue.

Working from a tip that came in from an anonymous source, PC Gamer fired over a query to NCsoft's Public Relations Director Lincoln Davis, who apparently denied that the MMO publisher's Seattle studio was closing, bt did confirm that a "realignment" was underway.

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God of War: Ascension Dev Diary Discusses Multiplayer

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Dev diaries, God Of War: Ascension, SCE Santa Monica Studio, Videos

God of War: Ascension Dev Diary Discusses Multiplayer

Sony Santa Monica have been chatting about the trials and tribulations of putting God of War: Ascension together in their series of insightful developer diaries, and this latest one tackles a new element that's being introduced to the series for the first time: multiplayer.

In it, the devs chat about the difficulties that come with creating a mutiplayer element for a 3rd-person action title, the camera angles and animation techniques that have been used to try and create a compelling experience, as well as a bunch of environmental features, such as a marauding, one-eyed leviathan.

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Don't Get Too Excited About The Rumoured Spring 2013 Release Date For The Last Of Us

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Naughty Dog, PS3 games, Release dates, Sony Computer Entertainment, The Last Of Us

Don't Get Too Excited About The Rumoured Spring 2013 Release Date For The Last Of Us

American retail giant Walmart has been taking pre-orders for Sony and Naughty Dog's upcoming post-apocalyptic, brutal, action title - The Last of Us - with an eye towards a Spring 2013 release window.

This sort of thing tends to happen a fair bit, which is pretty unhelpful really, considering that release dates are more flighty than craven antelope, but interestingly Sony have moved rather swiftly to squash the rumours.

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Epic President Mike Capps Retires, Will Remain on Board of Directors

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Change of personnel, Epic Games, Mike Capps, Retirement

Epic President Mike Capps Retires, Will Remain on Board of Directors

Mike Capps has joined Cliff Bleszinksi and Rod Fergusson as another high profile member of Epic Games to step down from his position this year. Capps announced that he'll be retiring as president of the studio behind the Gears franchise and the  Unreal engine, though admitted that he has been "thrilled" to be asked to remain on the board of directors, and will cotinue to support the company in an advisory capacity.

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Hitman Absolution Game Crash Fix Coming Next Week

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Bug fixing, Crashes, Hitman: Absolution, Io Interactive, Patches, Square Enix

Hitman Absolution Game Crash Fix Coming Next Week

IO Interactive have announced that a patch is coming to help fix the seemingly random game crashes that have befallen a number of Hitman Absolution players.

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Graham: "We Will Never Stop Creating Humble Indie Bundles"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Humble Bundle, John Graham, The Humble THQ Bundle, THQ

Graham: "We Will Never Stop Creating Humble Indie Bundles"

Humble Bundle co-founder John Graham has moved to assure gamers that the company, who've become renowned for their pay-what-you-want packages of lower-key, independent titles that sees consumers choosing the amount and the distribution of their donations, will still be supporting smaller developers after recent backlash concerning their latest Bundle - a partnership with THQ.

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