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Dust 514 To Enter Open Beta Next Week

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Matt Gardner
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News
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CCP Games, Dust 514, EVE Online, FPS games, Free to play, MMOFPS, Open Beta, PS3 games

Dust 514 To Enter Open Beta Next Week

More beta-tastic goodness upon this snowy Monday: CCP have announced that Dust 514 - the free-to-play MMOFPS integrated into the EVE universe - will enter open beta on January 22nd.

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Blizzard Details Diablo III's PvP Duelling

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Blizzard, Diablo III, PC games, PvP, RPG

Blizzard Details Diablo III's PvP Duelling

Blizzard have issued a preview of upcoming Diablo III patch 1.0.7., headlined by the brand new duelling mode. This new "minimalist" take on PvP plans to provide an uncomplicated and above all safe way to battle against other players, free from Diablo II's all-too-familiar griefing. More details below.

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Defiance PC Beta Code Giveaway | Register Now For Advance Mission Beta 1

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Closed beta, Defiance, Giveaway, MMOs, PC games, SyFy, Trion Worlds

Defiance PC Beta Code Giveaway | Register Now For Advance Mission Beta 1

In fact, if you imagine a massively multiplayer third-person version of Borderlands 2 backed up by a television show, you might be somewhere close to what Trion Worlds are trying to achieve. Except that you need to think bigger. - Sir Jonathan of Lester.

It's beta time again, folks, and this time Trion Worlds have handed us a fat heap of PC codes for their incredibly ambitious, upcoming MMO shooter - Defiance.

"Join a futuristic online open-world shooter where thousands of players scour a transformed Earth competing for alien technology," Trion's sergeant majors are calling. "Hunt alone or with others as you improve your skills and level up, unlocking powerful weapons that will help you survive the massive battles that await."

Advance Mission Beta 1 starts January 18th at 4pm GMT, and ends January 21st at 5am GMT, so get your skates on, hit us up for a code, and ensure you're fully registered before the weekend kicks off. You can whet your appetite with Jon's hands-on Defiance preview.

Click here for instructions on how to get a code for the Defiance beta >>

Steel Storm 2 Seeks Crowd Funding Capital

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Indie Games, Kot In Action Creative Artel, PC games, Steel Storm 2

Steel Storm 2 Seeks Crowd Funding Capital

New Footage Shows Plasma Flintlock In Action

Kot-in-Action Creative Artel are looking to crowd-fund the sequel to Steel Storm: Burning Redemption on IndieGoGo, promising to reinvigorate the vehicular combat with a new manga inspired art style, on-foot gameplay and a rich storyline. We've got some brand new footage... and the all-important pitch... after the break.

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UK Games Charts | 12th January 2013

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Anarchy Reigns, Black Ops II, Far Cry 3, FIFA 13, UK Games Charts

UK Games Charts | 12th January 2013

No change, please. A cursory glance at this week's UK games charts might make you wonder whether we've just copy/pasted the last one, with only a couple of titles shifting position in the bottom half of the top ten.

Anarchy Reigns, the only new major release, has charted at a fairly respectable 16th place. In what's becoming a worrying trend, you won't find even a single Wii U exclusive bothering the top forty - so here's hoping that the Q1 release schedule will shake things up a bit for Nintendo.

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At A Glance: Roundup 7th - 13th January 2013

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

At A Glance: Roundup 7th - 13th January 2013

Despite the world telling us that dedicated gaming handhelds are on the edge of extinction, the PC world seems to have gone a bit mental this week, drunkenly gatecrashing the market with two new handheld(ish) devices from Nvidea and Razor. One of them looks a bit cheap and the other one costs so much mulah it will only be sold in Harrods and tech stores where if you have to ask how much you clearly can't afford it. In other news, Dyson dude says young engineers just want stripper-time via games development (slight reinterpretation), 343 say sorry for nothing, Play.com says balls to your face to the UK tax office and Nintendo have a delayed eureka-moment and finally decide to bring the Pokemon universe to the 3DS.

As such, our features went a bit Pokemon crazy with a Blast From The Past dedicated to the Red & Blue games and a look of what we want from the new X & Y games. One podcast looks ahead to this year's releases while another and our Comment article look at all the new hardware news that emerged this week.

Our reviews cover Arkham City and the ridiculously pretty Trine 2: Director's Cut on the Wii U. There's also Drox Operative, which as a console gamer gives me a nosebleed every time I try and understand what the fuck it is. There's also Anarchy Reigns' long-awaited European release, which Jon rather enjoyed. All over its face.

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Touch My Katamari | £9.99 | Zavvi | Vita

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Brendan Griffiths
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News

Touch My Katamari | £9.99 | Zavvi | Vita

Picking up this rolling oddity from Zavvi will save you a fiver over the competition. This strange little game has you rolling a sticky ball around that grows in size as you go, enabling you to collect larger items. You'll go from rounding up pencils and sweets into snowballing your way towards swallowing up people, cars and buildings. A natural fit for a handheld and it has some decent uses for the touchscreen, making this worth dusting off the Vita for. Have a look at Matt's hands on for more info.

Thanks to NOSAJ19 at HotUkDeals.

$2.3 Million Raised By World of Warcraft Players for Superstorm Sandy Relief

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Charity, Cinder Kitten, Superstorm Sandy, World of Warcraft

.3 Million Raised By World of Warcraft Players for Superstorm Sandy Relief

The World of Warcraft community have raised a mightily impressive 2.3 million dollars for the American Red Cross’s relief efforts for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. The storm ravaged America’s West coast late last year, leaving many people homeless, without food and with huge costs to rebuild their homes.

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Sly 4 Pulling the Heist Trailer

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Cross-Play, Platform games, Platformers, PS Vita games, PS3 games, Sly 4, Sly Cooper Thieves In Time, trailer

Sly 4 Pulling the Heist Trailer

The release date still hasn't been nailed down, but we're expecting the game around March. In the mean time, check out this new trailer which shows off the various parts that make up a mission for Sly and his fellow thieves.

Sly will be getting new skills depending which time period he's visiting, here we see him don a shogun-samurai suit of armour. Fans of the series will know what to expect as they go through Bentley's extravagant list of tasks before taking on the final heist mission for each area. Murray usually does the driving and muscle work, but his latest skill seems to involve enticing guards away with his feminine ways. Wait.. what?

Don't forget, buying the PS3 game gives you free access to the Vita version too, which supports cross-saves. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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McLovin's Far Cry Adventure Video in Full

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Far Cry 3, Far Cry 3 Live Action, Far Cry 3 Miniseries, McLovin

McLovin's Far Cry Adventure Video in Full

Back in November we posted an amusing live action video starring Christopher ‘McLovin’ Mintz-Plasse shooting a promo for Far Cry 3 that suddenly got very real. Think Tropic Thunder and you're on the right line. Well, after that teaser, we've found a video compiling all the episodes of The Far Cry Experience. Michael Mando (the voice of Vaas) stars in the video and steals the show, also proving he's a shoe-in if anyone decides to make the game into a proper movie.

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Resident Evil Revelations: Unveiled Edition Leak

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Capcom, PS3 games, Resident Evil Revelations: Unveiled Edition, Rumour, Xbox 360 games

Resident Evil Revelations: Unveiled Edition Leak

Back in November we heard Korean rumblings about console versions of the 3DS title, Resident Evil Revelations. Well, the evidence is mounting up again today despite no official word from Capcom. Exophase appear to have obtained a full list of the game’s Achievements for the Xbox 360 version of the game.

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Far Cry 3 Outpost App Now Live

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Far Cry 3, Far cry 3 App, Far Cry 3 Outpost, Ubisoft

Far Cry 3 Outpost App Now Live

Ubisoft have released a new free app on the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android-enabled devices. If you play Far Cry 3 online competitively or in co-op -and you really should- this is an essential tool. PC users can also gain access to the Outpost here.

Co-op players will be familiar with decoding found DVDs, data sticks and so on to unlock mods and boosts. Thanks to the app, you no longer have to be playing the game while they decode in the background as this allows you to decode and collect the rewards on the move.

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Game Buzz | Episode 14 - A Hint of Hardware

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Game Buzz, NVIDIA, Piston, Podcast, PWNCAST, Razer, Steam, Valve, Xi3

Game Buzz | Episode 14 - A Hint of Hardware

With the Xi3 Piston revealed this week, alongside the nVidia Shield, Razer's Edge, and Gabe Newell finally admitting that Valve are working on a Steam Box of their own (codenamed Bigfoot), we sit down to discuss the recent hardware news and touch on a couple of the other stories in the news this week.

Game Buzz | Episode 14 - A Hint of Hardware. Recorded 10th January, 2012.

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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Mars: War Logs Screenshots Splash Some Colour On The Red Planet

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

Mars: War Logs Screenshots Splash Some Colour On The Red Planet

Spiders Games-developed RPG Mars: War Logs has gotten a new bevy of in-game images, this time focusing on some of the more exciting visual elements we'll spy amongst the rusty sand and slum city grime.

Mars: War Logs will launch on PSN, Xbox LIVE and PC this Spring, telling the story of a struggling colony in the grip of a repressive government and terrifying indigenous creatures.

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The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Gets A Release Date & New Screens

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, PS3 games, Release dates, Screenshots, Terminal Reality, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Xbox 360 games

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Gets A Release Date & New Screens

The other Walking Dead game, Survival Instinct, has been dated for March 29th (in Europe) by one of the shortest and least worthwhile trailers we've ever seen. However, a clutch of new screenshots make this worth posting, giving us a closer look at the blighted environments and horrific zombies that Daryl and Merle will have to face.

Matt took a long look at Survival Instinct back in August 2012, ending up "intrigued" by the "choice, consequence, freedom, replayability and varied experiences" that Terminal Reality promise to deliver. More details in our The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Preview.

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Dragon Age Writer: Forum Fan Feedback Is "Increasingly Toxic"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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BioWare, Dragon Age II, Mass Effect 3

Dragon Age Writer: Forum Fan Feedback Is "Increasingly Toxic"

BioWare have weathered major backlash from fans following Mass Effect 3's controversial ending and the roundly disappointing Dragon Age II. Though the studio still looks to its community for feedback, Dragon Age's lead writer has spoken out to suggest that the BioWare Social Network forums are becoming "increasingly toxic" and needlessly negative.

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God Of War: Ascension Dev Diary Shows Two Years Of Progress

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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God Of War: Ascension, multiplayer, PS3 games, Sony Santa Monica Studios

God Of War: Ascension Dev Diary Shows Two Years Of Progress

The latest developer diary for God Of War: Ascension illustrates how the multiplayer has evolved over the last two years. It's great to see developers taking serious time and effort when it comes to adding multiplayer to a predominantly singleplayer-centric franchise, and here's hoping that it will be worth playing once the campaign's over.

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Major Planetside 2 Patch Incoming

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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FPS, MMO, Patch, PC games, Planetside 2, SOE, Update

Major Planetside 2 Patch Incoming

Fixes Experience, Defending, G2A & More

Planetside 2 may be an excellent free-to-play FPS, but a fair few major issues crawled out of the woodwork since its November launch. Because of the bizarre Christmas release date, SOE have been on holiday rather than patching their brand new MMO, so a major imminent patch will come as great news to the player base.

SOE has revealed that the January update will overhaul experience to shift the priority from farming to support, while defender spawn rooms will now be connected to other parts of the base via tunnels to get rid of some of the more egregious spawn camping. We've got the full list of planned patch notes below, many of which we feel are long overdue.

Carl described Planetside 2 as "most intense, and arguably exciting FPS experience available on the market today" in our 9/10 review, and we've both been crushing it for the TR.

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Happy Wars Offers Free Premium Currency To All Players

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Free to play, Happy Wars, Microsoft Game Studios, Toylogic, XBLA, Xbox 360 games

Happy Wars Offers Free Premium Currency To All Players

If you've yet to try out Happy Wars, the fun and colourful free-to-play team brawler on Xbox Live, you've now got two more compelling reasons to take the plunge. Anyone who signs in before 20th January gets 40 Happy Tickets (funbucks) that can be used to purchase premium items, and the netcode has also been substantially improved since launch.

Happy Wars also happens to be pretty damn fun. If you're a Gold Member, you might as well give it a go.

Cyberpunk 2077 Teaser Brings Slow Motion Carnage

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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CD Projekt, CD Projekt RED, Cyberpunk 2077, RPGs, Teaser

Cyberpunk 2077 Teaser Brings Slow Motion Carnage

Hidden Message From CD Projekt Red Talks Future Goals

Ever since the announcement that the fine folks from CD Project Red would be taking a stab at the Cyberpunk universe (with collaboration from the creator of the pen & paper RPG Mike Pondsmith) we’ve been rather excited to learn more about the venture. As it stands, all we really know  at the moment is that it will be an open world RPG, and there will be barely clothed cyborgs with giant bloody knife arms lurking within.

So, in preparation for a presentation event to be held on February 5th, CD Project has released a new trailer which also includes a hidden message from the team. We have both the trailer and the stealth communique for you to take a gander at after the jump.

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