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PSA: Ni No Kuni Demo Now Available

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Demos, JRPGs, Level 5, Ni no Kuni, RPGs, Studio Ghibli

PSA: Ni No Kuni Demo Now Available

Yes. Yes! YES!!!!

A demo for Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, a game which we're all salivating over here in the Dealspwn offices, is now live in Europe. The game released in Japan already, but we don't have too long to wait, as it'll be arriving on these shores come late January.

The demo features a couple of boss battles to help players get to grips with the combat system, and will allow you to soak up some of the delightful aesthetic goodness that has come about from the collaboration between Level-5 and Studio Ghibli.

We recently got a chance to play through a few hours of the game, so expect a fat preview soon.

Hawken Moving Into Open Beta on 12/12/12

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Adhesive Games, Hawken, Mechs, Meteor Entertainment, Open Beta, PC games

Hawken Moving Into Open Beta on 12/12/12

Carl has been feverishly waxing lyrical about Hawken since getting to grips with Adhesive and Meteor's free-to-play mech extravaganza, and it seems the game will be emerging from closed beta to provide a more inclusive experience in a matter of days when the open beta kicks off on 12/12/12.

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Dishonored Update 1.2 Out Now, Squashes Bugs

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Arkane Studios, Bethesda Softworks, Bug fixing, Dishonored, Patch

Dishonored Update 1.2 Out Now, Squashes Bugs

Arkane have released a new patch for Dishonored that fixes a number  of bugs, including a few rare crash instances, and have included support for multiple screen play.

Detailing Update 1.2 over on the BethBlog, the list of fixes is as follows, across all platforms unless otherwise specified:

  • Support for playing the game on multiple screens.
  • Game Settings are now saved and restored properly even when using Steam offline.
  • Fixes for some interactions with Granny Rags that invalidated nonlethal playthroughs under certain circumstances. (Note: These fixes work even for savegames AFTER the final Granny Rags encounter.)
  • Fix for a crash that could happen during loading/transition between areas – notably near Dr. Galvani’s house.
  • Reworked “Choke” interaction to make it more reliable in valid contexts.
  • Fixed minor localization issues (PS3/360).
  • Fixed global post-process that sometimes worked improperly during some missions.
  • Fix for a rare crash that could happen when killing a NPC with a possessed rat and spring razor (PS3/360)

You can find our glowing Dishonored review here.

Activision: Vita and 3DS Face "Challenging Market"

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS, Activision, Handheld gaming, Mobile gaming, Nintendo, PS Vita, Sony

Activision: Vita and 3DS Face "Challenging Market"

Greg Canessa, VP of mobile development at Activision, has added his voice to the growing number parties who believe that the future of handheld gaming is firmly under threat from mobile platforms such as iOS and Android. 

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New Wii U Firmware Update Available

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Firmware Update, Nintendo, Patch, Wii U

New Wii U Firmware Update Available

Nintendo has released a new firmware update for the Wii U, weighing in at 625MB. The patch promises to fix some "stability issues," though due to Nintendo's put-upon update servers, they've warned players to expect download times of approximately one hour. If your console is connected to the internet, however, it should automatically start to download in the background.

Some users are reporting that the update reduces the embarrassingly long application load times, which was a key criticism in our Wii U review. Once I've thoroughly tested these claims, I will update the article accordingly. UPDATE: load times for all applications save MiiVerse remain unchanged. No dice.

In our full review, I suggest that the Wii U is a nifty piece of kit that will be fantastic fun for early adopters, but will need more support and improvement in several areas to be considered a true console contender. The next few months will be very interesting indeed.

Halo 4: Crimson Map Pack Achievements Encourage Insane Stunts

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
343 Industries, Achievements, Crimson, DLC, Halo 4, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4: Crimson Map Pack Achievements Encourage Insane Stunts

Halo 4's first DLC map pack will encourage players to perform all manner of ridiculous shenanigans if its achievements are anything to go by. The Crimson pack is out on November 10th, offering three new maps and the new Extraction gametype.

Halo 4 managed to narrowly edge out Far Cry 3 in our most fiercely-debated Game Of The Month nominations to date, mainly due to its fiercely addictive multiplayer and weekly Spartan Ops campaign drops that's become a Monday ritual for us editors.

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NCsoft's Seattle Studio Undergoing "Realignment"

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Layoffs, MMOs, NCsoft, Realignment

NCsoft's Seattle Studio Undergoing "Realignment"

Realignment: (n.) a dispassionately mechanical term referring to the restructuring of a company to suit unspecific future interests in which some unfortunate folk will almost always lose their jobs. Often damage control in relation to falling revenue.

Working from a tip that came in from an anonymous source, PC Gamer fired over a query to NCsoft's Public Relations Director Lincoln Davis, who apparently denied that the MMO publisher's Seattle studio was closing, bt did confirm that a "realignment" was underway.

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God of War: Ascension Dev Diary Discusses Multiplayer

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Dev diaries, God Of War: Ascension, SCE Santa Monica Studio, Videos

God of War: Ascension Dev Diary Discusses Multiplayer

Sony Santa Monica have been chatting about the trials and tribulations of putting God of War: Ascension together in their series of insightful developer diaries, and this latest one tackles a new element that's being introduced to the series for the first time: multiplayer.

In it, the devs chat about the difficulties that come with creating a mutiplayer element for a 3rd-person action title, the camera angles and animation techniques that have been used to try and create a compelling experience, as well as a bunch of environmental features, such as a marauding, one-eyed leviathan.

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Don't Get Too Excited About The Rumoured Spring 2013 Release Date For The Last Of Us

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Naughty Dog, PS3 games, Release dates, Sony Computer Entertainment, The Last Of Us

Don't Get Too Excited About The Rumoured Spring 2013 Release Date For The Last Of Us

American retail giant Walmart has been taking pre-orders for Sony and Naughty Dog's upcoming post-apocalyptic, brutal, action title - The Last of Us - with an eye towards a Spring 2013 release window.

This sort of thing tends to happen a fair bit, which is pretty unhelpful really, considering that release dates are more flighty than craven antelope, but interestingly Sony have moved rather swiftly to squash the rumours.

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Epic President Mike Capps Retires, Will Remain on Board of Directors

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Change of personnel, Epic Games, Mike Capps, Retirement

Epic President Mike Capps Retires, Will Remain on Board of Directors

Mike Capps has joined Cliff Bleszinksi and Rod Fergusson as another high profile member of Epic Games to step down from his position this year. Capps announced that he'll be retiring as president of the studio behind the Gears franchise and the  Unreal engine, though admitted that he has been "thrilled" to be asked to remain on the board of directors, and will cotinue to support the company in an advisory capacity.

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Hitman Absolution Game Crash Fix Coming Next Week

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Bug fixing, Crashes, Hitman: Absolution, Io Interactive, Patches, Square Enix

Hitman Absolution Game Crash Fix Coming Next Week

IO Interactive have announced that a patch is coming to help fix the seemingly random game crashes that have befallen a number of Hitman Absolution players.

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Graham: "We Will Never Stop Creating Humble Indie Bundles"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Humble Bundle, John Graham, The Humble THQ Bundle, THQ

Graham: "We Will Never Stop Creating Humble Indie Bundles"

Humble Bundle co-founder John Graham has moved to assure gamers that the company, who've become renowned for their pay-what-you-want packages of lower-key, independent titles that sees consumers choosing the amount and the distribution of their donations, will still be supporting smaller developers after recent backlash concerning their latest Bundle - a partnership with THQ.

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BioShock Infinite: Free Original BioShock On PS3 Offer Only For US

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Games, Bioshock, Bioshock Infinite, Irrational Games, PS3 games

BioShock Infinite: Free Original BioShock On PS3 Offer Only For US

Irrational Games has confirmed that only American PS3 owners will get the original BioShock for free with BioShock Infinite when it releases next February. Sorry guys.

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Wii U Firmware Update Will Come Pre-Installed From Next Spring

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Firmware Update, Nintendo, Patch, Wii U

Wii U Firmware Update Will Come Pre-Installed From Next Spring

The Wii U's mandatory day-one firmware update that adds MiiVerse, backwards compatibility, internet browsing, online play and other core features will be pre-installed on consoles as of next year, Nintendo confirmed today.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Slingshot DLC Out Today

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Games, DLC, Firaxis, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games, XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Slingshot Pack

XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Slingshot DLC Out Today

The first piece of downloadable story content is now available for XCOM: Enemy Unknown on Xbox Live, weighing in at 560 Microsoft Points. The Slingshot Pack contains three new council missions telling a Triad-related storyline, a new special squad character and squad customisation options.

European PS3 owners can expect the Slingshot pack to appear in tomorrow's store update, while the PC version should release later today on UK stores (it's priced at $6.99 Stateside). We've quietly abducted a trailer and stashed it after the break.

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Lucasarts Source: Star Wars Battlefront III Was "Mediocre," "Misrepresented" & "Tested Poorly"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Free Radical, LucasArts, Smack talk, Star Wars: Battlefront III

Lucasarts Source: Star Wars Battlefront III Was "Mediocre," "Misrepresented" & "Tested Poorly"

Free Radical “Continually Missed Dates And Deliveries"

An anonymous ex-Lucasarts staffer has spoken out to counter Steve Ellis' recent claims that Star Wars: Battlefront 3 was "99% complete." Instead, the insider alleges that the project was only 75% finished, and that Free Radical misrepresented its quality and progress throughout the development cycle.

As you'd expect, Ellis has already made a retort. Get all the details below.

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Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken Coming To PS Vita

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
PS Vita games, Ratloop Asia, Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken Coming To PS Vita

Ridiculous action-platformer Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken will be flapping onto PlayStation Vita next year, featuring some new content and improvements.

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EVE Online: Retribution Now Available

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
News
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Bounty Hunting, CCP Games, Content Update, EVE Online, Eve Online: Retribution, MMORPGs, PC games

EVE Online: Retribution Now Available

Bounty Hunting System & New Ships Added

A heads-up for any Capsuleers in our community: The latest content patch for EVE Online is now live. Titled Retribution, the update sees rebalancing of many of the existing ships in the game, new Destroyer class vessels to pilot, upgraded AI for NPCs, and new Tactical Combat Features. However, the biggest addition is the inclusion of a new Bounty Hunting system, allowing players to monetise the online slaughter of their enemies, and provide PvP-ers with a new way to make a serious amount of ISK.

Like all of the other content updates, Retribution is free to all EVE Online players. You can find out more about the latest patch by heading over to the official website.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Trailer Showcases Stealth Brutality

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Konami, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Platinum Games, PS3 games, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Trailer Showcases Stealth Brutality

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance isn't just going to be about slicing up hordes of foes with an H.F. Blade and running up a helicopter's missiles like stepping stones before shredding it to shoebox-sized chunks. You'll also be able to enjoy some stealthy flesh topiary, armed with a selection of sneak attacks and lunges.

This latest trailer may be presented in Japanese, but it speaks a language we can all understand.

Revengeance is out on February 22nd, and after getting hands-on, we're basically sold. If a mash-up between Vanquish, Bayonetta and Ninja Gaiden set in the Metal Gear Solid universe doesn't sound fun to you, check your pulse.

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Steam Big Picture Mode Officially Released

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
News
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Big Picture Mode, PC, Release, Steam, Valve

Steam Big Picture Mode Officially Released

New Sale Begins To Mark Occasion

After almost four months of beta testing by its community, Valve has officially released Big Picture mode for all users of its gaming platform Steam. Providing all of the functionality of the usual Steam client, Big Picture Mode’s user interface has been designed with gamepad controllers in mind, with the ultimate aim of allowing Steam gamers to take their library of games away from their desks and to their living rooms. The new mode can be accessed by clicking on the BPM button in the top-left corner of the Steam client.

To celebrate reaching this milestone for Big Picture Mode, Valve have decided to unleash yet another sale upon us for all fully-controller-supported games on Steam. We’ll have a full round-up of the highlights from said sale in a separate post in the immediate future.