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Capcom: Monster Hunter 4 Delayed, Resi 6 Sales Fall Short

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Capcom, Monster Hunter 4, Resident Evil 6

Capcom: Monster Hunter 4 Delayed, Resi 6 Sales Fall Short

Financial Forecasts Slashed

Capcom's latest financial projections make for a grim read, revealing two pieces of bad news. Resident Evil 6 sales were apparently much weaker than expected despite several weeks in the charts, while anticipated RPG Monster Hunter 4 has been shoved deeper into 2013.

In financial terms, this basically amounts to "less money."

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Witness The Unmaking Of Carthage In Total War: Rome II Dev Diary

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dev Diary, PC games, Sega, Strategy games, The Creative Assembly, Total War: Rome II

Witness The Unmaking Of Carthage In Total War: Rome II Dev Diary

The Creative Assembly has released the first behind-the-scenes dev diary for Total War: Rome II, in which you'll watch the Romans annihilate the city of Carthage with combined ground and naval assaults.

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Tomb Raider Survival Guide: Upgrades, Base Camps & Killer Instinct

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crystal Dynamics, PC games, PS3 games, Square Enix, Tomb Raider, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Lara Croft will need every shred of instinct and knowledge at her disposal to survive the events of Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot - and us players should probably mug up a bit too. The first in a series of Survival Guide trailers shows us how base camps, equipment upgrades and resource collection will work, while also giving us a look at the instinct system in action.

The Seven Wonders Of Crysis 3 Kicks Off With 'Hell Of A Town'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crysis 3, Crytek, EA, PC games, PS3 games, trailer, Xbox 360 games

The first of seven Crysis 3 trailers designed to show off the beauty of the game world (and engine, who are we kidding) takes us to the lush rainforest that used to be New York City. You'll see four minutes of gameplay carefully directed by Albert Hughes (From Hell, Dead Presidents) in order to show off the range of tactics and abilities at Prophet's disposal.

Crysis 3 plans to hark back to the broad levels of the original game, and seems to be on course to do so. I described an early build as "big, fat and tall" in our hands-on preview.

LEGO City Undercover: Did We Fire Six (Screen)shots? Or Only Five?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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LEGO City Undercover, TT Fusion, Wii U games

LEGO City Undercover: Did We Fire Six (Screen)shots? Or Only Five?

Fourteen, Actually

Most of us early Wii U adopters are eagerly waiting for Spring and the slew of big titles slated for the system. Open-world cop drama LEGO City Undercover has managed to get onto our radars due to its anarchic sense of humour, and despite being developed by the relatively inexperienced TT Fusion (an offshoot of TT Games who's only handled handheld games so far), it's looking neat if these latest screenshots are anything to go by.

Not only does the San Francisco-inspired map area look surprisingly diverse, but you'll also get to see the Gamepad map/scanner in action. We fervently hope for more Dirty Harry puns than you can shake a .44 Magnum at.

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Gearbox Give Away Golden Keys For Borderlands 2

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Borderlands 2, Gearbox Software, Giveaway, Golden Keys, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Gearbox Give Away Golden Keys For Borderlands 2

Five For Everyone, To Be Exact

In an effort to spread some festive spirit, the folks over at Gearbox Software have decided to give away a bunch of Golden Keys for Borderlands 2 over their Twitter account. By entering the SHIFT keys (found after the jump) you can claim a total of five keys to be used on the golden chest in Sanctuary. Each platform has its own key, and while they can only be used once the codes will remain active for the next few days, providing everyone with enough time to claim some “phat loot.”

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New War Of The Roses DLC Incoming: Winter Has Arrived

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, Fatshark, multiplayer games, Paradox Interactive, PC games, War of the Roses

War Of The Roses will receive another free update on December 19th, which ominously tells us that "Winter Has Arrived." It includes new armor and weaponry, plus two new snowy maps based on the historic battles of Wakefield and Towton.

If you're pious enough to pay, the Dagger and Sword of Mary for Christ’s Mass will be available to purchase on December 21st. They're covered in religious iconography, though whether that will stop your foe parrying them with a Pollaxe before stoving your armour in with the blunt end remains to be seen.

We were incredibly impressed by The War Of The Roses in our 8/10 review, likening its riotous yet skilful multiplayer to a "fifteenth century Battlefield."

Resident Evil 6 Dated & Detailed For PC

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Capcom, PC games, Resident Evil 6, Steam

Resident Evil 6 Dated & Detailed For PC

PS3 & Xbox 360 Versions Getting Another Free Update

Capcom has announced that Resident Evil 6 will be making its way to Steam on March 22nd 2013, packing a few new features to take advantage of the PC platform. We've got the details - including minspecs and a new console update - below.

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Dust 514 Trailer Is All About Guns, Lots Of Guns

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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CCP, EVE Online, Free to play, PS3 games

Dust 514 Trailer Is All About Guns, Lots Of Guns

You'll need some big boomsticks to survive in Dust 514's persistent battlefields when it releases on PS3 next year, and CCP are happy to oblige. Producer Thomas "Wolfman" Farrer walks us through an array of futuristic firearms in this latest trailer, which showcases such gems as the explosive Swarm Launcher "rail-based Forge Gun " alongside a host of customisation options.

Dust 514 will directly slot into EVE Online's universe as a free-to-play shooter, making for one of the most fleshed-out game settings on the market. We can't wait to see whether CCP pulls it off.

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

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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

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Jonathan Lester
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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

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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

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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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