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Halo 4: Majestic Map Pack Screens Leak Out

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Matt Gardner
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News
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343 Industries, DLC, FPS games, Halo 4, Majestic Map Pack, Microsoft Studios, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4: Majestic Map Pack Screens Leak Out

Halo 4′s Majestic Map Pack DLC is reportedly landing later this month, and some leaked screenshots showing off three new maps - Landfall, Monolith and Skyline - have popped up online to drool over. Is it just us, or do a couple of them look a bit familiar, SpOps fans?

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Put 45 Minutes of GRID 2 Footage In Your Face

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Codemasters, Codemasters Racing, Gameplay footage, GRID 2, Racing Games, Teatime, Videos

Towards the end of last week, Codemasters slapped a 45-minute video of upcoming racer GRID 2 onto the internet, showing off three tracks - Barcelona, Chicago and Red Bull Ring - and giving players a look at the game in action.

It's tea-time, so we've stuck it above so you can enjoy a spot of petrol-fuelled awesomeness with your battenburg and Earl Grey.

Yerli: "It's Impossible" For Next-Gen Consoles To Match PC

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Cevat Yerli, Crytek, Next-gen, PC vs. Consoles, POWER!!!!!

Yerli: "It's Impossible" For Next-Gen Consoles To Match PC

As well as confirming that he's currently under a Non-Disclosure Agreement regarding the upcoming next-gen consoles, Crytek boss Cevat Yerli speculated that it will be "impossible" for next-gen consoles to match the performance and power of high-end PCs.

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Vita Livestream Trailer Blowout | God Eater 2, Soul Sacrifice

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Dragon's Crown, God Eater 2, PS Vita games, Sony, Soul Sacrifice, Toukiden

Vita Livestream Trailer Blowout | God Eater 2, Soul Sacrifice

The sneaky bods at Sony delivered a livestream this morning for Japanese audiences, peppered with info on some upcoming games for the platform, not to mention a few trailers, news of a price cut, and some teasingly brief shots of Final Fantasy X for the handheld.

Anyway, we've rounded up the trailers for you into a convenient one stop roster that includes God Eater 2 and Keiji Inafune's upcoming title, Soul Sacrifice.

We've rounded up some highlights, click here to see the lot >>

Bungie: Destiny Will Require An Internet Connection

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, FPSRPG, Next-gen, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Bungie: Destiny Will Require An Internet Connection

More Details & Wallpapers Emerge

Following Destiny's official reveal/big fat tease yesterday, Bungie has confirmed that their ambitious 'shared world shooter' will require a constant internet connection in order to function. The ability to cooperate with loads of other players in a persistent and evolving battle to save the last city on Earth is definitely going to be one of Destiny's most impressive unique draws, with gameplay resembling a cross between Halo, Borderlands and World Of Warcraft, so we're not going to kick off about the online requirement. Yet.

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Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Wins 2013 Outstanding Writing Award

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, PS Vita games, Ubisoft, Writing

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Wins 2013 Outstanding Writing Award

Vita exclusive Assassin's Creed III: Liberation has received the 2013 Writer’s Guild of America’s 2013 Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing award, which we'll call the WGA from now on to speed things up.

It's a real coup for the portable powerhouse, but it's worth noting that the competition wasn't exactly fearsome. Fellow WGA nominees included 007: Legends (which totally butchered its source material with some of the worst writing I have ever seen, ever, ever), Halo 4, Epic Mickey 2, Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Assassin's Creed III. Also, games need to have at least one credited writer as a member of the guild to be eligible, meaning that any number of deserving alternatives were dismissed out of hand.

Still, this makes for a fun little jumping off point. What game impressed you the most with its dialogue, storyline and storytelling over the last twelve months?

Final Fantasy X Vita Footage & Screenshots Break Cover

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Final Fantasy X HD, JRPG, PS Vita games, Square Enix

Final Fantasy X Vita Footage & Screenshots Break Cover

After several months of worrying silence, we've finally got another look at (the totally not cancelled) Final Fantasy X HD. This Vita exclusive is certainly looking rather shiny, evidenced by some footage and screengrabs taken from a Japanese livestream presentation during the early hours of the morning.

Perhaps more excitingly, Japan has also now received an official Vita price cut.

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Evolution Of PlayStation: Sony Releases PS3 Retrospective

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Playstation, PS3, PS4, Sony

Sony has released a video charting how the PS3 evolved throughout its lifespan, which would be a little bit arrogant were it not for the fact that we'll likely get a first look at its successor on Wednesday.

Was the PS3 a revolution, or did it spend this generation playing catch-up? What were your favourite games - and what are you still looking forward to? Let's talk PlayStation in the comments.

UK Games Charts | 15th February 2013

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Dead Space 3, FIFA 13, UK Charts, UK retail

UK Games Charts | 15th February 2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines has predictably found its way to the top of this week's charts due to its fantastic gameplay, wonderful authenticity, brilliant set pieces, awesome flamethrower-equipped power loaders... wait, what? Sorry, I was confusing the finished product with the demo they showed me last year. You know, the one that bears absolutely no resemblance to the finished product in terms of graphics or gameplay. Expect a bug hunt, not a stand up fight, and don't engage without finding a hefty deal first.

EA are having a great time of it, what with Dead Space 3, FIFA 13 and NFS: Most Wanted bringing home the bacon, and the excellent Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed continues to do well for SEGA. Sadly, Ni No Kuni and DmC continue to plummet towards the sales abyss... are singleplayer-only games in trouble?

As always, we've got the official UK top ten after the break.

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Dreamfall Chapters Hits Its Kickstarter Target

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Dreamfall Chapters, Kickstarted, Kickstarter, Linux games, Mac games, PC games, Red Thread Games, Stretch goals

Dreamfall Chapters Hits Its Kickstarter Target

First Stretch Goal Also Met

It’s been quite the eventful weekend for Red Thread Games with good news all round. The Kickstarter target of $850,000 for Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey was met after just 10 days of crowd funding, ensuring that the game will see the light of day. However, early this morning the first stretch goal of $900,000 was also hit, and as the title “Apples & Penguins” strongly suggests, it means that Dreamfall Chapters will also be releasing on Mac and Linux systems.

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Of Orcs And Men | £11.99 | Get Games | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Focus Home Interactive, PC games, RPG

Of Orcs And Men | £11.99 | Get Games | PC

It's not easy being green. Rather than typecasting orcs and goblins as stereotypical bad guys, this quirky RPG actually lets you play as them in what basically ends up being a buddy movie. It's not great, that's for sure, but it's certainly interesting enough if you want to save £3 thanks to Get Games.

At A Glance: Roundup 10th-17th February 2013

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance, February 2013, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 10th-17th February 2013

In the news we've seen Usisoft devs protest the delay of Rayman on the Wii U, potential first looks at the PS4 controller and the week ended with Bungie finally dropping some details about Destiny. Dead Space 3 heads up the reviews with a respectable score, while everything else got a royal shivving from our review team and those review don't even include the terrible Aliens: Colonial Marines (we've had to request new shivs). Features included Valentine's inspired pieces, podcasts, previews of Mars: War Logs and Silent Hunter Online and more. Click below for a handy selection of links for your viewing pleasure.

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Bungie Release Destiny Trailer

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Bungie, Destiny, PS3 games, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Bungie Release Destiny Trailer

Well, Bungie have finally dropped some details about their upcoming game, Destiny. We can finally confirm that the game will be an FPS, but it will also be something of an MMO. This mini documentary shows a few barely animated illustrations before some tasty looking glimpses of the game in motion. That's motion, not action mind. Also expect to see various Bungie members pat themselves on the back at every chance. Enjoy the video after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Bioshock Infinite's Columbia: A Modern Day Icarus Part 2 Documentary Warns of the Songbird

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Bioshock Infinite, Irrational Games, trailer

Bioshock Infinite's Columbia: A Modern Day Icarus Part 2 Documentary Warns of the Songbird

Irrational have released another documentary-style video detailing the background information about the floating city of Columbia, the setting of the upcoming Bioshock Infinite. We get an outsider’s perspective on sightings of the Songbird and even a few words on ‘The Lamb of Columbia’, which will surely turn out to be Elizabeth. Part 1 can be seen here, otherwise take a look at the new one after the break.

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Game Buzz | Episode 19 - Delayman Part II

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Game Buzz, Microsoft, Nat Brown, Nintendo, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Rayman Legends, Sony, Ubisoft, UK retail, Wii U, XBLA

Game Buzz | Episode 19 - Delayman Part II

This week we return to Ubisoft's decision to delay Rayman Legends, with the controversial reason behind the move and Ubi Montpellier's protest at the forefront of the week's news. Elsewhere, we take a look at UK retail's call for a Wii U price cut; we get excited over Nintendo's impressive 3DS showcase for the year; we take a look at the rumoured PS4 prototype controller; and finally we touch upon Nat Brown's criticisms of Microsoft.

Game Buzz | Episode 19 - Delayman Part II. Recorded 15th February, 2013.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

Click the video or the title link above to play the podcast, or right click and select 'Save Link As' to download the file onto your hard drive.

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Best Handheld of All Time

Another PS4 Controller Photo Leaks Online, Likely Genuine

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Controller, PS4, Report, Sony
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Another PS4 Controller Photo Leaks Online, Likely Genuine

Touchpad, Loudspeaker, Headphone Jack & Motion Control

Another photo of what purports to be an early prototype PS4/Orbis controller has hit the net, courtesy of Digital Foundry. As industry sources line up to confirm the images as legit, it looks like we could well be getting our first look at Sony's next-generation offering. Meaning, presumably, that touch controls and PlayStation Eye compatibility could well be built directly into core next-gen PlayStation experience.

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HMV Secures Key Releases With Supplier Agreement, But Games Take A Hit

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Jonathan Lester
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High street, HMV, UK retail

HMV Secures Key Releases With Supplier Agreement, But Games Take A Hit

Buyout Negotiations Making "Good Progress"

HMV will continue to stock major new DVD, Blu-Ray and music releases during the administration process thanks to a new arrangement with its key suppliers, while the business is receiving a "positive level of interest" from potential buyers.

However, it's possible that the beleagured retailer will move to massively downsize their videogame collection or even stop selling them entirely.

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Beta Kicks Off On February 25th

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Beta, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, MMORPG, PC games, PS3 games, Square Enix

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Beta Kicks Off On February 25th

Hmm, I might have overplayed my hand with that headline. Just in case you didn't get the message, the beta for Final Fantasy XIV's totally-overhauled new lease of life will start on February 25th, a week later than planned. You can register for it over at the European site and specify whether you're interested in testing the PC or PS3 version.

The beta will feature several story quests, an instanced dungeon and non-instanced Full Active Time Events (read: events) that randomly pop up around the Gridania starting area. We hope that the revitalised MMO will redeem itself when A Realm Reborn launches later this year. [Gematsu]

GOG Weekend Sale: 50% Off RPGs

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC games, RPG

GOG Weekend Sale: 50% Off RPGs

Though the newly re-released System Shock 2 is bound to be at the top of most GOG customers' shopping lists, the retro retailer is also offering some discounts on bog-name RPGs over the weekend. You can pick up The Witcher and its excellent sequel at a saving, while the quirky Divinity series and the entire Geneforge saga are also on offer.

As always, click the banner or this link right here to browse the selection.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity Dated For Europe

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Nintendo, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity, RPG

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity Dated For Europe

The 3DS will receive yet another big-brand exclusive this summer in the form of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity, which has been officially confirmed for May 17th here in the UK. As in previous Mystery Dungeon games, you'll lead your pocket monster through randomly-generated dungeons, some of which can now be accessed by finding portals in the real world using Augmented Reality. More details below.

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