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Nexon Nabs Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex Game Rights

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Free to play, Ghost In The Shell, Nexon

Nexon Nabs Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex Game Rights

Free-to-play publisher Nexon has acquired the rights to Production I.G.'s outstanding anime series, Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, with a view to developing a new game based on the second season.

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Last Comet Stores Close Tomorrow (Barring Christmas Miracle)

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Comet, OpCapita, UK retail

Last Comet Stores Close Tomorrow (Barring Christmas Miracle)

Taxpayers To Pick Up £50M Slack

Unless a last-minute buyer can be found, all Comet stores will shut up shop from tomorrow (and we'll be paying for it).

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UK Games Charts | 15th December 2012

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Call of Duty: Black Ops II, FIFA 13, Hitman: Absolution, UK Games Charts

UK Games Charts | 15th December 2012

As expected, Black Ops II has held the top spot for a fifth consecutive week, with Agent 47 quietly garotting his way into second place. Otherwise, the chart remains full of the same old faces we saw last week.

Once again, it's worth noting that exclusive Wii U software is barely making a dent in the top 40. ZombiU and New Super Mario Bros. U have disappeared completely, while Nintendo Land clings to life in 39th place under the appalling 007 Legends. Doubtlessly Wii U sales figures have been factored into multiplatform ports like Just Dance 4 and Assassin's Creed III, but even so, it's a seriously worrying situation for the new console. Perhaps stock shortages, the lack of a true killer app (despite ZombiU being amazing) and a weak marketing campaign need to be addressed over the coming months. The Wonderful 101 and Rayman Legends can't come soon enough.

In better news for Nintendo, 3DS titles are selling well and populating the lower echelons of the chart, due in part to the competitively-priced 3DS XL topping several Christmas lists.

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At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 10th - 16th December 2012

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance, December 2012, Game news, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 10th - 16th December 2012

As Christmas draws near, the release schedule finally calms down, giving us time to go back and play some games without deadlines crushing our faces into our keyboards. Well, almost, we tortured Jon with the terrifying ZombiU and made him play Assassin's Creed 3 on his Wii U. Before we kick back with eggnog and a case of Pringles though, we decided to bring you a grand selection of hands-on write-ups for the games you'll be playing next year including, Strike Suit Zero, Defiance and Ni No Kuni. Our other features include some fond memories of City of Heroes and some of the team's individual picks for Game of the Year. A slow news week -aside from the slumping sales of anything with a Wii U label on it- was livened up with some new trailers for South Park: The Stick of Truth, Metro: Last Light and Metal Gear Solid 5 (sort of). As always, keep an eye on our Deals section for the cheapest games on the net for those last-minute Christmas pressie purchases.

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The Phantom Pain Trailer Fools Nobody, Reveals Metal Gear Solid V

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Metal Gear Solid V, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Spike VGAs 2012, The Phantom Pain, trailer

The Phantom Pain Trailer Fools Nobody, Reveals Metal Gear Solid V

The video premier from the VGAs showing the debut trailer for the ‘new game’, The Phantom Pain, essentially outs the Metal Gear Solid V. The internet took no time in dissecting the trailer that’s packed with references to the Metal Gear series.

The protagonist crawling along the floor is clearly sporting an eye patch and bears a similar scar to the poster image for Snake in the upcoming Ground Zeroes game. But it’s the end of the trailer with various angled lines above the logo that can clearly be pencilled in to reveal a logo for Metal Gear Solid V.

The company apparently developing this new game, Moby Dick Studios, seems to be made up and their CEO is one Joakim Mogrim, a name that can be jumbled up to produce Kojima (MGS creator and director) and it also contains the name Ogre, a long-standing codename for Kojima’s next project.

The more we watch the trailer it looks increasingly likely we’re watching some sort of playable dream sequence. The giant flaming whale probably nudged us that way. Volgin from MGS3 shows up too.

What is more exciting though is the atmosphere built up during the trailer that is unlike any other Metal Gear game. There’s more of a survival horror vibe, which is an unlikely direction for the series, but nonetheless, we wouldn’t mind playing through something like this for part of the game.

Take a look at the trailer and gear yourself up (sorry, had to) for what could be something very special.

Thanks to the posters at NeoGaf for pointing out some of the MGS references.

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South Park: The Stick of Truth Trailer 2

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Obsidian Entertainment, RPG Games, South Park: The Stick of Truth, THQ, trailer

South Park: The Stick of Truth Trailer 2

Now that the possessive minions have stopped deleting videos from Youtube we can bring you the remaining trailers from last week’s Spike VGAs. First up is the long awaited new trailer for South Park: The Stick of Truth.

The eagerly awaited THQ and Obsidian RPG is looking like a decent tie-in for a change. The crappy 2D animation has been left intact, rather than force the game into an unnecessary 3D model. The traditional turn-based battles draw from the frequently obscene history of the series to provide spells and summons that feature lots of familiar characters doing some nasty, nasty things. We’re looking at you Mister Slave.

Cartman is the star of the show once again and provides a bucket of laughs during this all too brief two minute look at the game. The game is currently pencilled in for a March release next year, we’re keeping our fingers crossed it won’t see any further delays.

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PSN Store Website Now Live

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Game news, Playstation 3 games, PSN, PSN Store, Sony

PSN Store Website Now Live

It’s taken long enough, but you can now access the PSN Store as a regular website instead of only via your PS3. This new service allows you to buy games and DLC or pick up free demos from your PC, laptop, netbook, smartphone or tablet. You can also access your account history to check previously downloaded items and add funds to your digital wallet. While a similar service has been available for years on the Xbox 360, Sony have been a little slow off the mark.

When buying items or grabbing demos they will be added to your download list, which you access on your PS3 either in the Store or under Account Management and manually start the download. It would have been better if it downloaded automatically the next time the PS3 was online to be honest.

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Microsoft & Sony Rivalry Blocking Defiance Cross-Platform Multiplayer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Action Games, Defiance, Microsoft, MMO, PC games, PS3 games, RPG, Sony, SyFy, Trion Worlds, Xbox 360 games

Microsoft & Sony Rivalry Blocking Defiance Cross-Platform Multiplayer

Having spent several hours getting to grips with Defiance, it's clear that Trion's ambitious cooperative MMO shooter currently allows for smooth cross-platform play between PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. However, Microsoft and Sony aren't willing to set aside their bitter rivalry for long enough to make it work at launch - if ever.

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Defiance Pricing Revealed: Trion Looking At "Dual" Pricing Model

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Action Games, Defiance, MMO, PC games, PS3 games, SyFy, Trion Worlds, Xbox 360 games

Defiance Pricing Revealed: Trion Looking At "Dual" Pricing Model

One-Off Purchase, Then Subscription OR Microtransactions

Massively multiplayer co-op shooter Defiance will potentially be a major earner for Trion Worlds and NBC, so long as they manage to attract enough players (and television viewers) with an attractive pricing model. Senior Producer Robert Hill has told us how Defiance will be monetised, suggesting that they're looking into rolling out a range of DLC packs, boosters and other microtransactions that can be bought separately or included as part of a premium subscription.

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New Elite: Dangerous Trailer Shows Live Gameplay, Brings Rain

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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David Braben, Elite: Dangerous, Frontier Developments, trailer

New Elite: Dangerous Trailer Shows Live Gameplay, Brings Rain

Frontier Developments are starting to get the hang of this whole Kickstarter business, in that they're ramping up the quantity and quality of the in-progress footage. This latest trailer shows live gameplay as players scurry to defend a convoy from attack

At the time of writing, just over half of the £1,250,000 target has been reached with 22/60 days remaining. Braben will need to step things up considerably over the run-up to Christmas, during which a lull in Kickstarter visitors will likely take place.

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See Gears Of War: Judgement In Action With Half An Hour Of Uncut Footage

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Epic Games, Gears of War: Judgement, People Can Fly, Xbox 360 games

See Gears Of War: Judgement In Action With Half An Hour Of Uncut Footage

Over half an hour of Gears Of War: Judgement has hit the net courtesy of four official gameplay trailers. The uncut footage gives us two sections of campaign to pore over, alongside Free For All and Overrun multiplayer modes.

Get it all after the break.

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The Humble THQ Bundle Ends On $5 Million

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Pay What You Want, PC games, The Humble THQ Bundle, THQ

The Humble THQ Bundle Ends On  Million

The Humble THQ Bundle has finally come to an end, closing on a whopping $5,097,373.06 to be shared between THQ, Child's Play and the American Red Cross. 885,284 bundles were sold in all.

Interestingly, THQ president Jason Rubin was the biggest contributor, though F2P juggernaut Wargaming.net and physics provider Havok also gave generously.

We hope that more major publishers will start to fully embrace the power of the pay what you want model, though whether this will be enough to dig THQ out of its $50m hole remains to be seen. Matt has explored some of the more controversial sides of the bundle in a recent article.

The Secret World: Subscription No Longer Required

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, funcom, MMORPG, PC games, Subscriptions, The Secret World

The Secret World: Subscription No Longer Required

Funcom have abandoned mandatory subscription fees for The Secret World, allowing players to buy the game in its entirety for a one-off fee (£24.99 RRP, less if you find a deal). Money will be recouped from DLC, micro-transactions and an optional premium subscription that includes bonuses and accelerators.

If you buy the game before the end of December, you'll receive the first few DLC packs for free.

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Report: Superbot Hiring For PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Sequel

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, PS3 games, Superbot Entertainment

Report: Superbot Hiring For PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Sequel

Despite failing to make a dent in the UK games charts, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale seems set for a sequel if Superbot Entertainment job ads are to be believed.

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Fascinating Silicon Knights Research Reveals Cancelled Games

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Eternal Darkness 2, Silicon Knights, Too Human

Fascinating Silicon Knights Research Reveals Cancelled Games

Eternal Darkness 2, Silent Hill: The Box, Too Human Sequels & More

Following Silicon Knights' recent legal disgrace, NeoGAF member Mama Robotnik has compiled a comprehensive and utterly fascinating look into what the company has been working on over the past few years. An enormous list of cancelled titles includes the Eternal Darkness 2 prototype that torpedoed X-Men Legends, a Silent Hill sequel, follow-ups to Too Human and more.

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Nintendo Europe Wii U & 3DS Launch Schedule

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Nintendo, Wii U games

Nintendo Europe Wii U & 3DS Launch Schedule

The Next Three Months & Beyond

Nintendo of Europe have released launch schedules for the 3DS and Wii U over the coming months. It's set to be a big Spring for the handheld, with a massive glut of exciting games such as the next Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion 2 and Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow slated between February and April.

The Wii U's lineup is comparatively barren, however. LEGO City Undercover and Rayman Legends are both arriving early next year, but the anticipated Pikmin 3 currently holds a projected "Q2 2013" launch window. The Wonderful 101, oddly, is nowhere to be found.

Of course, this list is subject to change, and doesn't contain absolutely every game releasing for both systems from third-party publishers.

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Planetside 2 Trailers: Pledge Your Allegiance!

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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MMO, PC games, Planetside 2, SOE, Trailers

Planetside 2 Trailers: Pledge Your Allegiance!

You'll need to join one of three factions to get involved in Planetside 2's war for total conquest: the glorious and honourable Terran Republic, treasonous New Conglomerate or blasphemous Vanu Sovereignty.

Erm, not that I'm biased or anything.

Anyway, to make your choice even easier (TR, obviously), Sony Online Entertainment have released three videos showing off the three factions to advantage. Be sure to read Carl's 9/10 Planetside 2 review for more details on the massive-scale MMO shooter, before choosing duty, freedom or enlightenment.

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Up To 16 Cities In A Region For SimCity

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Cities, EA, Maxis, PC games, SimCity

Up To 16 Cities In A Region For SimCity

New Screenshot Shows Regions In Action

There has been plenty of talk up about how SimCity will be a connected experience when it releases in March, but up until now we had no idea how many cities could join together in a region. As of this morning we now have an answer – 16. This mean that whether you aim to play on your own, with friends, or with random players from around the world, you’ll be able to join up 16 cities in your city-planning escapades. To illustrate this, Maxis have released a new screenshot (which is above & can be embiggened) which highlights how the region view will work, how the social aspect is implemented, and how players will be able to see what resources are available in each city.

We’ve already waxed lyrical about the next iteration of SimCity, but in case you’ve missed it all you can check out all of our previous coverage by clicking here.

Metro: Last Light Trailer Gameplay Trailer Accompanies Metro 2033 Giveaway

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Metro 2033, Metro: Last Light, THQ, trailer

Metro: Last Light Trailer Gameplay Trailer Accompanies Metro 2033 Giveaway

Here Be Monsters

The latest gameplay trailer for Metro: Last Light reveals all manner of terrifying beasts that haunt the ruined subways. Entitled 'Genesis,' the three minutes of footage shows off lots of fast cuts set to biblical quotes, alongside some impressive lighting effects.

THQ are also giving away free Metro 2033 Steam Codes to anyone who 'Likes' their Facebook page while stocks last. With luck, the embattled publisher will stay afloat long enough to see the sequel released.

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SimCity Trailer Shows Us Multi-City Strategies

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, Maxis, SimCity, trailer

SimCity's 'always connected' philosophy will allow neighbouring towns to share resources, power and even populace, allowing players to fully specialise their cities in any way they see fit. This latest trailer demonstrates how one or more players can use multiple cities to advantage, including lending emergency services to friends in need, so be sure to mug up on some advanced strategies.

SimCity is out next March and has already cemented itself as one of our most anticipated games of 2013.