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SimCity Server Status Page Now Live

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, Maxis, PC games, Servers, SimCity

SimCity Server Status Page Now Live

Just a quickie: Maxis have launched a real-time server update page for SimCity, which shows how well each server is holding up along with how full they are. Gosh, all those unbroken green lights sure are purdy.

It certainly wouldn't have looked like that a few days ago, but now that things are fast approaching what could be called 'normal,' Carl and Matt are hard at work designing a little slice of heaven against surprisingly restrictive size limitations. Look out for our full review soon, once Carl's put all the fires out.

Piston: Valve Has "No Involvement", Xi3 Says Product Built "Specifically For Valve"

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
Tags:
Linux, Piston, Small form PCs, Valve, Windows, Xi3

Following the Xi3 Piston's big show at CES, and the emergence of a rather hefty $1000 price tag, both Xi3 and Valve have been quick to try and clarify the situation surrounding what hass been dubbed the first third-party Steam Box.

However, it would seem that Valve are trying to distance themselves from the project, whilst Xi3 have reiterated that the product was built "specifically for Valve".

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Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Demo Trailer Is Super Brown

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel, EA Games, TPS games, Trailers, Visceral Montreal

Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Demo Trailer Is Super Brown

The name stands for Trans-World Ops. Visceral could have gone anywhere in the world for this game. Anywhere! But instead of being a little imaginative, Alpha and Bravo are held up in the middle of an existing (real-life) humanitarian crisis down in Mexico.

Moving that to one side, and trying to ignore the elephant in the room that is the boneheaded approach to a real-world conflict, it's so brown.

Still, this marketing trailer for a marketing demo will delight you if you get hot under the collar at a pleasing shade of ochre, or if you find tan tantalising, if you burn for bronze and salivate at the very thought of sepia.

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Payday 2 Details and Screenshots Blowout

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Matt Gardner
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News
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FPS games, Overkill Software, Payday 2, Screenshots, Starbreeze

Payday 2 Details and Screenshots Blowout

Overkill Software lifted the lid on some Payday 2 details last week at a hands-off introductory demonstration (look out for a write-up from our chat with the developers in a day or two), and have sent over a fat bunch of screenshots and an enormous sheet full of facts on the follow-up to Payday: The Heist.

Payday 2 will see players once again step into the shoes, and slip on the masks, of Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains, as they head over to Washington D.C. "for an epic crime spree."

We've got a whole bunch of details and screenshots after the jump >>

Halo 4: Castle Map Pack Goes Big On Vehicle Shenanigans

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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343 Industries, Castle Map Pack, DLC, Halo 4, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4: Castle Map Pack Goes Big On Vehicle Shenanigans

Halo 4's third multiplayer expansion promises to focus on vehicular combat in three large asymmetrical stages, bristling with Warthogs and Man Cannons to fling them off of. The Castle Map Pack will launch on April 8th for 800 Microsoft Points, or included as part of the War Games pass.

We've stashed more details and a trailer below.

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Zombeer: Zombies & Beers Announced For PSN

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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FPS, Indie Games, Moonbite, PC games, PS3 games, PSN, Zombeer

Self-proclaimed 'first-person-survival-horror-comedy-shooter' Zombeer: Zombies & Beers has been confirmed for PS3, developer Moonbite announced today. As you can see from the Dead Island parody trailer (and probably guess from its title and somewhat redundant subtitle), this indie project plans to remind us of the age-old saying: "sometimes the only answer to more zombies is probably more beer."

Zombeer is currently working on securing a PC release via Steam Greenlight, where you can read more about its boozy take on the undead apocalypse.

Black Ops 2 & FIFA 13 Dominate 2012 UK Entertainment Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Black Ops 2, FIFA 13, UK retail

Black Ops 2 & FIFA 13 Dominate 2012 UK Entertainment Charts

2012's biggest entertainment properties have finally been ranked in order of sales; encompassing the biggest movies and albums of the year. However, videogames have managed to secure the top two positions, while some of the most successful games of 2012 rub shoulders with the likes of Avengers Assemble, Prometheus and Twilight.

If you want to see how games stack up with other forms of entertainment in the UK, we have the entire top forty below for your perusal.

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DayZ Standalone Footage Demos Smarter Zombies

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DayZ, DayZ Standalone, Dean Hall, Dev Diary

DayZ Standalone Footage Demos Smarter Zombies

DayZ creator Dean "Rocket" Hall has released a new developer diary for DayZ Standalone, which gives us our first look at the all-important zombies. And brilliantly parodies Law and Order to boot.

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Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine For Pastures New

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Adventure Games, Double Fine, Ron Gilbert

Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine For Pastures New

Veteran adventure game designer Ron Gilbert has quit Double Fine following The Cave's release.

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OUYA Will Lack Online Chat & Friends Lists At Launch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Ouya

OUYA Will Lack Online Chat & Friends Lists At Launch

The OUYA will start shipping to Kickstarter backers on March 28th, but will apparently launch without a few online features.

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Blow Reiterates Reasons Behind PS4 Choice For The Witness

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Indie Games, Jonathan Blow, PS4, Soy, The Witness
Discuss:
PlayStation 4

"I've had a bad time working with Microsoft in the past"

Having Jonathan Blow leap onstage to present The Witness at the PS4 unveiling was something of a big deal for Sony, a move clearly designed to present the notion that the platform holder is serious about luring more indie talent to their next gen console.

As for Blow, well the choice was simple. After all, he's never been particularly fond of Microsoft an their treatment of indie devs.

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Spin The Bottle Coming To Wii U This May, Have An Insane Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Indie Games, KnapNok Games, Party games, Spin the Bottle, Wii U games

"Pass The Badger"

Spin The Bottle, a bizarre (and ever so slightly phallic) party title from Knapnok Games, will release on Wii U this May. The action takes place solely on the gamepad, which commands players to perform increasingly odd and embarrassing acts on themselves and others. Since B.U.T.T.O.N. was so wildly innovative, we have high hopes for this one.

Anyway, enjoy the colourful, cheerful and just a tad disturbing trailer.

God Of War: Ascension Trophy Renamed Following Misogyny Backlash

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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backlash, God Of War: Ascension, PS3 games, Sony Santa Monica Studios, Trophy

God Of War: Ascension Trophy Renamed Following Misogyny Backlash

A trophy in God Of War: Ascension has been officially renamed following controversy over whether it was deeply misogynistic.

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Battle Trailer Is A Bit Epic

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Capcom, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, trailer, Wii U games

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is out next week, and this latest trailer is all about... well, hunting monsters. Up to four players will be able to get involved, both locally or online (with voice chat), while the 3DS and Wii U versions can be synced to let you take your progress on the move. Though I worry that the mechanics are still perhaps a little on the heavy and clunky side, especially on the 3DS without a Circle Pad Pro, we're definitely looking forward to this one.

LEGO City Undercover Trailers Show Vehicles & Cunning Disguises

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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LEGO City Undercover, trailer, TT Fusion, Warner Bros. Interactive, Wii U games

LEGO City Undercover Trailers Show Vehicles & Cunning Disguises

The Wii U seriously needs some more exclusives soon, and many gamers are putting their faith in LEGO City Undercover to deliver. These two TV spots trailers demonstrate the vehicular action and sneaky disguises, along with plenty of the series' trademark humour. And a chicken.

We hope that this is the game that cements TT Fusion (as opposed to TT Games) as a capable developer in their own right - and gives Wii U owners something truly exciting to play. We'll find out on March 28th.

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Download Mass Effect 3: Citadel's Soundtrack For Free

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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BioWare, Mass Effect 3, Mass Effect 3: Citadel, Soundtrack

Download Mass Effect 3: Citadel's Soundtrack For Free

Don't worry, it's legit. BioWare have freely released the soundtrack to Mass Effect 3's latest DLC pack, and you can pick it up on the BioWare Social Network. Note that you'll need to log into your Origin account (or existing BSN account) to do so.

If you're interested, I was utterly flabbergasted by how brilliant in our 9/10 Mass Effect 3: Citadel DLC review. It's like a holiday special that gets the whole cast back together, and gives you great new memories of Mass Effect 3 without compromising the ending in any way.

Black Ops 2 Getting Cosmetic Microtransactions Tomorrow

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Microtransactions

Black Ops 2 Getting Cosmetic Microtransactions Tomorrow

Because Why Not Pay A Little More?

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 will receive a line of 'micro-items' tomorrow, which will grant players some small cosmetic tweaks for 160 Microsoft Points a pop.

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Planetside 2 Road Map Video Gets Ready To Rumble (Seats)

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Jonathan Lester
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News
Tags:
MMOFPS, Planetside 2, SOE, Update


Planetside 2's next major update plans to add a massive amount of new content, not limited to flashy empire-specific rocket launchers, changes to accounts and cert gains, and new Rumble Seats for the Flash ATV. We'll now be hooning around with passengers on the back of our quad bikes, dishing out drive-by rockets, C4 and resurrections... it's going to be glorious. Anyway, this new video explains what to expect from GU04, such as being able to simultaneously equip rumble seats and mounted weaponry [you can probably shut up about those rumble seats now - Ed].

Planetside 2 fans should probably keep an eye on the official Roadmap page, where SOE lists their goals and ambitions going forward.

Endless Space Shifts 300,000 Copies, Gets Free Expansion & Steam Sale

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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4X games, Amplitude Studios, Endless Space, PC games, Strategy games

Endless Space Shifts 300,000 Copies, Gets Free Expansion & Steam Sale

Brilliant 4X strategy game Endless Space has managed to sell over 300,000 copies since its launch last year. To celebrate, Amplitude Studios have released a free update that adds new buildings, technology, heroes, events, fixes and more. Virtual Awakening will install automatically on Steam when you next log in.

If that wasn't enough, Endless Space is 50% off on Steam - starting now [UPDATE: This happened sooner than we predicted, which is no bad thing]. We described Endless Space as "Orion's new master" in our 9/10 review, and we've got more details about Virtual Awakening below.

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Killzone: Mercenary Dev Diary Promises "The Best-Looking Game On Vita"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dev Diary, FPS, Killzone: Mercenary, trailer, Vita games

Killzone: Mercenary Dev Diary Promises "The Best-Looking Game On Vita"

Sony released a new developer diary for Killzone: Mercenary over the weekend, which offers plenty of gameplay footage alongside some big promises. Creative director Tom Jones (no, not that Tom Jones) reckons that the handheld shooter will easily become "the best-looking game on Vita," and show players "a different side to the war." Ruthless covert missions will run in parallel to the events of Killzone 2, offering a new perspective on some familiar events.

We're rather excited to see how Mercenary turns out, since the Vita could definitely use a quality FPS after Resistance: Burning Skies and Black Ops Declassified failed to impress.

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