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Team Fortress 2 To Be First Official Oculus Rift Title

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Oculus Rift, PC games, Team Fortress 2, Valve, Virtual Reality

Team Fortress 2 To Be First Official Oculus Rift Title

With Doom 3 no longer supporting the Oculus Rift when it launches next month, Valve have stepped into the breach with their evergreen shooter.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Gets A Big Fat PC Patch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox, Patch, PC games, Sega

Aliens: Colonial Marines Gets A Big Fat PC Patch

Get Away From Her You Patch!

Gearbox have released a titanic 3.8GB patch for Aliens: Colonial Marines, which promises to sort it out. Tweaking everything from texture resolution to friendly AI, this monolithic update may have come too late to help with the frosty critical reception, but early adopters might want to take a look.

We've got the full patch notes below, which illustrate how shockingly incomplete Colonial Marines was at launch. More details in our 4/10 review.

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Big Origin Sale Extends Olive Branch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, Origin, PC games

Big Origin Sale Extends Olive Branch

EA have launched a fairly large sale on Origin, perhaps to apologise for a certain shoddy launch and distract us from the Game Of Thrones that's currently taking place in their upper management (more on that later). Highlights include Crysis 3 for £19.99Battlefield 3 for £9.99 (download and physical), the Mass Effect Trilogy for £19.99 and Burnout Paradise's Ultimate Box for £2.49.

Whether you're willing to take advantage of this sale is another matter entirely. Some rumours of serious vulnerabilities notwithstanding (that could potentially provide a back door onto your PCs, though unlikely), there's still a lot of lingering resentment floating around the interwebs. Perhaps Moore or Gibeau will help to address that when they assume Riccitiello's Iron Throne?

PS4 Tech Demo Shows Next-Gen Lighting [UPDATE]

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Engine, Geomerics, PS4
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PlayStation 4

Geomerics, a game tool design company, has updated their real-time lighting tech to take advantage of the PS4. According to the founder and CEO, Sony's upcoming console allows them to develop without current-gen "compromises."

UPDATE: Geomerics have released the (more spectacular) second part of the tech demo, which we've embedded after the break.

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Fez Coming To Steam In May, Then "Pretty Much Everything" Else

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Fez, Indie Games, Phil Fish, Polytron

Fez Coming To Steam In May, Then "Pretty Much Everything" Else

"Working With Sony" On Vita Version

Now that Fez is no longer an XBLA exclusive, the gorgeous puzzle platformer will make the jump to PC as its first stop on a whirlwind tour of everything with a screen.

Apart from the 3DS.

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Battlefield 4 Reveal Trailer Coming Next Wednesday

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Battlefield 4, DICE, EA, FPS

Battlefield 4 Reveal Trailer Coming Next Wednesday

Just a quickie: According to a new tweet from DICE, we'll get our first look at Battlefield 4 next Wednesday. A brief clip on Vine contains some close-up shots of tank treads, and tells us to "Prepare 4 Battle" on March 27th.

Short and sweet, but with luck, we'll have much to discuss in nine days' time.

As Promised, Here's That BioShock Infinite TV Advert

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Games, Irrational Games, PC games, PS3 games, trailer, TV spot, Xbox 360 games

As Promised, Here's That BioShock Infinite TV Advert

After teasing a TV spot last week, Irrational Games have released the full length version. It's all CG, meaning that you're probably better off watching the latest gameplay trailer or Matt's hands-on preview, but this is still a decent mood piece for the anticipated shooter.

Not long now.

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FREE GAME! EA and Maxis Outline Their "Redemption Portal"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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EA Games, Freebies, Maxis, Redemption portal, SimCity

FREE GAME! EA and Maxis Outline Their "Redemption Portal"

Maxis are making good on their pledge of gifting a free game to anyone who's activated SimCity in the 13 days its been since the game first went on sale.

A new blog post has now showcased the freebies on offer, and delivered a little more info on how gamers will be able to snatch up EA's apologetic olive branch.

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Vlambeer: "Non-Evil Freemium Is Almost Impossible"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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F2P, Freemium, Ridiculous Fishing, Vlambeer

Vlambeer: "Non-Evil Freemium Is Almost Impossible"

The devs behind Serious Sam: The Random Encounter and the recently released Ridiculous Fishing have suggested that "non-evil" freemium games are "alost impossible" to deliver.

So they'll just stick to charging consumers a fair price and not "sacrificing the elegance" of any games they might make.

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New Lightning Returns Screens Show Off Dead Dunes

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Matt Gardner
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News
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JRPGs, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, RPGs, Screenshots, Square Enix

New Lightning Returns Screens Show Off Dead Dunes

The latest batch of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 screens show off a new area in the game called Dead Dunes. ccoring to Square Enix, "this region is covered with endless desert sands as far as the eye can see. Within it can be found the shanties which form a base for treasure hunters seeking their fortune in the arid wilderness, as well as ancient ruins said to conceal a divine treasure".

The screens also show of Lightning's Lightspeed power, which gies her the ability to slow down time and sneak in a few extra hits on her foes.

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The Phantom Pain Teaser Adds More Fuel To MGS Speculation

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Come on Kojima the jig's up mate, Joakim Mogren, Kojima, Moby Dick Studios, Teaser, The Phantom Pain

The Phantom Pain Teaser Adds More Fuel To MGS Speculation

The Phantom Pain, a Fox Engine project from Moby Dick Studios (or: almost certainly an elaborate publicity stunt for something Metal Gear Solid related), has received another weird teaser.

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Valve & Capcom Collaborate On 'Resident Evil 6 x Left 4 Dead 2'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Capcom, DLC, Left 4 Dead 2, PC games, Resident Evil 6, Resident Evil 6 x Left 4 Dead 2, Valve

Valve & Capcom Collaborate On 'Resident Evil 6 x Left 4 Dead 2'

Free Crossover DLC Headed To PC Versions

Valve and Capcom sitting in a tree, making-some-free-DLC.

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Carbine Sneak Out Deradune Gameplay Footage From WildStar

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Carbine Studios, Gameplay footage, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC games, WildStar

Carbine Sneak Out Deradune Gameplay Footage From WildStar

Ahead Of PAX East This Weekend

Those wily folks over at Carbine Studios have stealthily updated last week’s WildStar Wednesday update with some in-game footage, showing off the Dominion starting zone of Deradune in all its pixelated glory. We get to see some of the landscape, the locals, and even get a look at the ferocious Metal Maw, a massive beast that was designed with input from the community. See it for yourself after the jump.

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Soule Symphony No. 1 Smashes Kickstarter Goal

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Jeremy Soule, Kickstarter, music

We love Jeremy Soule's music here on Dealspwn. We even have a little MP3-playing hair doll of the musical maestro in the office that busts out 'Dragonborn' on loop.

Well. Not really. That would be weird. But there's definitely a shrine. Maybe.

Anyway, the BAFTA-award-winning Mr. Soule recently began a Kickstarter campaign for his first, unrestricted foray in classical music: Symphony No. 1, "The Northerner" (Opus 1). And it's already quadrupled the modest $10,000 goal.

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Maxis: "Always-Connected Isn't A Clandestine Strategy To Control Players"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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EA Games, Lucy Bradshaw, Maxis, PC games, SimCity, Simulation games

Maxis: "Always-Connected Isn't A Clandestine Strategy To Control Players"

Maxis' Lucy Bradshaw would rather people stopped labelling the always-online requirement for SimCity as being essentially some form of draconian DRM.

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Missed Ken Levine's BAFTA Q&A, Watch The Full Thing Here

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Matt Gardner
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News
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2K Games, BAFTA, Irrational Games, Ken Levine

In a discussion titled From Shodan, to Big Daddy, to Elizabeth: The Evolution of AI Companions", Ken Levine chats to Simon Parkin at BAFTA about bringing companion characters to life in his games, as well as taking questions from te audience about past works and, of course, Bioshock Infinite.

Well worth watching over your lunch break. Well...starting...it's almost two hours long, but damn fine stuff nonetheless.

Go Behind The Scenes With The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Activision, Terminal Reality, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Videos

Terminal Reality and Activision's upcoming first-person survival-horror/action FPS based on AMC's The Walking Dead has gotten itself a dev diary going behind the scenes with actors Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker.

Survival Instinct is out on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U on March 22nd in Europe, and tomorrow in the US.

UK Games Charts | 16th March 2013

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Matt Gardner
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News
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God Of War: Ascension, Retail, Sales, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Tomb Raider, UK Charts, UK Games Charts

UK Games Charts | 16th March 2013

Tomb Raider is still rocking the number one spot in the UK charts as we hit mid-March, joined by new entries in the form of Starcraft: Heart of the Swarm, God of War: Ascension, and Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2.

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At A Glance: Roundup 11th-17th March 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, March 2013, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 11th-17th March 2013

It's been another busy news week for EA which means another week of SimCity not working properly, although it is getting better. Don't worry, for all of us not wanting to spend our free time working for a non-existent local council we can relish the craziness that Saints Row IV promises as it randomly turned up this week with a deranged look in its eye, a bulge in its pants and ramblings about the President taking on aliens. Hmmm, this or sorting traffic and arranging rubbish pick ups? Tough call.

Jon will be able to tell us more about the Saints' return next week. This week he's had a hands-on session with Dead Island: Riptide, Matt's played Divinity: Dragon Commander where lazy dragons get pimped out with jetpacks. There's also a preview and interview for Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons which is fast becoming one of the most interesting-looking titles to come to consoles on the digital marketplace. As it slowly becomes something approaching playable, Carl gives us his early impressions of SimCity and Chris winds back the clock 25 years to remember Chaos: Battle of the Wizards.

Just the two reviews for this week in the nod to Napoleon that is March of the Eagles and the ode to anger that is God of War: Ascension. It's all happening next week though with Sly 4, Gears of War: Judgment and some indie title called Bioshock: Infinite.

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First PS4 Menu, Share and Social Screens Revealed

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Playstation 4, Playstation network, PS4, Sony
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First PS4 Menu, Share and Social Screens Revealed

We're yet to see a price or even the physical console itself but we can now see what the day-to-day menu screens may look like. The screenshots Sony have just released show a selection of screens that have a heavy emphasis on the social side of gaming. The image above features many tiles informing you of your friends’ activities such as purchases or in game achievements.

Player profile screens have been spruced up and now feature photos and real names of players for the first time. We imagine you'll be able to tweak the privacy of these features. We can also see what may be the screen that appears upon pressing the new Share button in a menu asking if we'd like to share a screenshot or video, there's even a screen showing a video trimming feature.

Sony are looking to hook up some of the features to your tablet and mobile device too as shown in other screens. You can see all of them after the break. You can click them to get a full screen version too. So, what do you think?

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