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Happy Spartan Ops Day Everybody! Episode 2 - Artifact Releases Today

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
343 Industries, FPS games, Halo 4, Microsoft Studios, Spartan Ops, Spartan Ops: Episode 2, Xbox 360 games

It looks like every Monday for the next ten weeks is set to be Spartan Ops Day, and that makes us very excited indeed. 343 Industries are to supplement Halo 4 with a new episode (containing five bitesized chapters of gameplay) every Monday for the next couple of months.

Episode 2 - named "Artifact" - releases today, no doubt dealing with the strange item that Crimson fought so hard to protect at the end of Episode 1.

We gave Halo 4 a big, fat 9/10 in our review, calling it "devilishly addictive, perfectly balanced, and [...] the most fun we've had with a shooter in a long time."

Get stuck in, Spartans!

Witness The “End Of An Era” In This Final Fantasy XIV Video

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
News
Tags:
Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, MMORPGs, PC games, PS3 games, Square Enix

Witness The “End Of An Era” In This Final Fantasy XIV Video
In Preparation Of A Realm Reborn

In an effort to lift your spirits on this rather gloomy Monday, we have here a video depicting the end of the world of Eorzea, the land where Final Fantasy XIV takes place. The cinematic, which concludes the storyline for the online game, provides closure for the existing player base before the much-publicised relaunch called A Realm Reborn. You can witness the (not surprisingly) epic and highly visual cutscene, sending the original incarnation of the much-criticized online game out with a rather large amount of style, after the jump.

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Having Your Curiosity Squashed By Server Issues? Now You Can Throw Money At The Non-Responding Cube!

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
22Cans, Cubism, Curiosity, Curiosity - What's Inside The Cube, Peter Molyneux, Server Issues, Step on my cubes, The Whiteboard Holds The Answer!

Having Your Curiosity Squashed By Server Issues? Now You Can Throw Money At The Non-Responding Cube!

Step On My Cubes!

Last week I wrote a little editorial piece on the nature of Curiosity: What's Inside The Cube?, and how my adventures in the world of jamming my fingers against the glass screen of my mobile phone were making me ruminate on the nature of gaming, and how no one apart from Molyneux would have the balls to do something like engineer a giant social mining experiment in the form of a huge virtual cube.

Of course, in rather typical Molyneux fashion, things aren't working properly; we've actually been unable to access the MotherCube for the last five days. Ironically, this is because exactly what Peter Molyneux said would happen actually happened. Millions of players jumped online, and the servers couldn't handle it.

But now YOU can help. Click here to find out how >>

Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition Looking At Summer 2013 Release

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Beamdog, PC games, RPGs, Tablet games, Trent Oster

Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition Looking At Summer 2013 Release

Trent Oster has reaffirmed his team's commitment to delivering an Enhanced Edition for Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, once the first game ships at the end of this month, of course.

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Newell Confirms Source Engine 2 Is In Development

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Gabe Newell, Ricochet 2, Source 2, Source Engine, Valve

As fans from 4chan's /v/ board descended upon Valve HQ for Gabe Newell's birthday, the Valve guru revealed that the company's hard at work on a full follow-up to the Source engine for "next-gen", also confirming that Ricochet 2 is in development.

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Capcom Officially Unveil DmC "Home Truths" Video

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Capcom, DMC: Devil May Cry, Ninja Theory, Trailers, Videos

Capcom Officially Unveil DmC "Home Truths" Video

Say what you will about how DmC looks, but we played it a little while back and had an absolute blast. This latest video from Capcom takes Dante back to a few satisfyingly Gothic locations, with a bit more of an emphasis on platforming and exploration in this video than the rather action-centric trailers we've been seeing.

Watch it after the jump >>

5th Cell: Wii U Has "No System-Wide" Accomplishments System

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
5th Cell, Accomplishments, Achievements, Jeremiah Slaczka, Nintendo, Trophies, Wii U

5th Cell: Wii U Has "No System-Wide" Accomplishments System

5th Cell’s creative director and co-founder Jeremiah Slaczka has shed a little light on the matter of whether or not the Wii U will have some form of universal accomplishment system to rival Achievements and Trophies on the Xbox 360 and PS3 respectively.

The general message? Don't get your hopes up.

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At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 4th November - 11th November 2012

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
Tags:
At A Glance, Game news, News Roundup, November 2012, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 4th November -  11th November 2012

We finally got some solid GTAV details this week, making the wait until spring all the more painful. In other news, THQ delayed all the games we actually want, Peter Molyneux releases a hype-deflating product and a new Uncharted game breaks cover. Assassin's Creed III gets the review treatment along with When Vikings Attack, Doom 3: BFG Edition and more. Our features include an interview with Sim City's producer, a look at Peter Molyneux's latest project and our new feature The Sunday Seven, which this week gets us all excited for Black Ops 2.

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Sine Mora Out Now On PC, Have A Launch Trailer

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Digital Reality, Grasshopper Manufacture, Kalypso Media Digital, PC games, SHMUP, Sine Mora

Sine Mora Out Now On PC, Have A Launch Trailer

Sensational side-scroller Sine Mora is out now on PC, as evidenced by this launch trailer. Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture delivered a smooth and challenging take on traditional shoot 'em ups, and though I have some criticisms regarding its busy backgrounds as a SHMUP fanatic, I heartily agree with Matt's 8/10 review.

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Game Buzz | Episode 8 - Back to Los Santos

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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David Braben, Denis Dyack, Elite: Dangerous, Game Buzz, GTA V, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter, Podcast, PWNCAST, Silicon Knights

Game Buzz | Episode 8 - Back to Los Santos

All of the juicy news came in late this week. First there was the Game Informer GTA V reveal, which we discuss extensively. The Silicon Knights' lawsuit against Epic finally received a ruling, and it backfired upon Denis Dyack spectacularly. We recorded and uploaded just before the reports came in about the final, doubled fee levelled at SK, but you can read all about that here.

Elsewhere, we touch upon Medal of Honor: Warfighter's continuing bad press, and take a peek at Braben's Elite: Dangerous, and ask if it can stand up to the impressive pitch from Chris Roberts and Star Citizen, and if it even needs to.

Game Buzz: Episode 8 - Back to Los Santos. Recorded November 9th, 2012

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 banner at the top to play the file, or right click and select 'Save Link As' to download the file onto your hard drive.

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Halo 4: Spartan Ops Episode 2 Teaser

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
343 Industries, Halo 4, Spartan Ops

We're absolutely loving Halo 4's Spartan Ops mode: bite-sized missions designed for epic cooperative shenanigans. 343 Industries plan to release five per week that eventually add up to a fifty-mission storyline, with Episode 2 teased by this latest trailer.

Have you ever looked forward to the next episode of a particular TV show and invited mates round to watch it with you every week? That's what playing Spartan Ops is like, only with more hilarious Wraith betrayals [Sorry guys - Carl]. Roll on Monday.

Silicon Knights Found Guilty Of Code Copying, Epic Games Damages Doubled

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Epic Games, FUBAR, lawsuit, Silicon Knights, Too Human, Unreal Engine 3

Silicon Knights Found Guilty Of Code Copying, Epic Games Damages Doubled

Things have gone from bad to totally FUBAR for Silicon Knights, as the extent of their now-concluded legal dispute with Epic Games continues to come to light. Not only does the studio behind Too Human and Eternal Darkness have to destroy all unsold copies of their Unreal Engine titles, but a judge ruled that they're guilty of willfully copying a huge amount of copyrighted code while disguising it as their own.

As a result, Silicon Knights now have to pay out an extra $4.5m in damages and legal fees, which exceeds the original figure awarded by a Jury earlier this year.

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Peter Molyneux & 22Cans Apologise For Curiosity Server Problems

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
22Cans, Android Games, Curiosity, Curiosity - What's Inside The Cube, iOS games, Peter Molyneux

As many of you are doubtlessly aware, Peter Molyneux's new social experiment Curiosity - What's Inside The Cube? has been suffering from all manner of server and coin-related issues, stopping many people from getting involved and infuriating those who are.

Molyneux and the tiny 22Cans dev team have been "eating yoghurts, eating Pizzas and sleeping on the floor" in order to fix these problems, and have issued a video to apologise. If you've yet to experience Curiosity (for whatever reason), Matt's recent writeup explains what it's all about.

Sir, You Are Being Hunted Adds Hot Air Balloon Stretch Goal

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Big Robot, Indie Games, Kickstarter, Sir You Are Being Hunted, Stretch goals, Tweedpunk

Sir, You Are Being Hunted Adds Hot Air Balloon Stretch Goal

'Tweedpunk' kill-or-be-killed FPS Sir, You Are Being Hunted smashed its Kickstarter target in only a few days, allowing Big Robot to add a selection of intriguing stretch goals. Two of which, the monocle-sporting Landowner hunter and wildlife to kill for sustenance, have already been achieved.

So it's probably time for 'Hot Air Balloon Spotter Patrols,' then.

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Portal 2 Getting PlayStation Move Support Next Week

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
DLC, Patch, Playstation Move, Portal 2, Portal 2: In Motion, PS3 games, Puzzle games, Sixense, Valve

Portal 2 Getting PlayStation Move Support Next Week

Portal 2: In Motion DLC Adds New Motion Control Campaign

Portal 2: In Motion is set to release next week on PSN, offering an entirely new campaign built for the PlayStation Move peripheral. However, a free patch will also add Move support to the original game.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Goes Free To Play November 15th

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
News
Tags:
BioWare, EA, Free to play, MMORPGs, Star Wars The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic Goes Free To Play November 15th

All 50 Levels Available, But With Some Restrictions

We’ve known this was on the cards for some time, but BioWare have finally announced a date for what you could call a re-launch for its MMORPG Star Wars The Old Republic – November 15th to be exact. Although all players will have the chance to experience every class storyline on the way to level 50, there are a number of restrictions in force for those wishing to hold onto their cash. We have all the details after the jump.

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Superbot: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Has "Hundreds Of Hours" Of Content And Unlocks

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Multiplayer Brawlers, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, PS Vita games, PS3 games, SCEE, Superbot Entertainment

Superbot: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Has "Hundreds Of Hours" Of Content And Unlocks

Superbot Entertainment reckons that PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will be good for "hundreds of hours" of playtime, due to numerous challenges, trials and character-specific unlocks.

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Braben Reveals Video & Concept Art For Elite: Dangerous

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
David Braben, Elite: Dangerous, Frontier Developments, Kickstarter, Splinter Cell

David Braben recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for Elite: Dangerous, a full sequel to the legendary space sim. However, the lack of any assets or video made it a bit of a hard sell for many potential backers. To put things mildly.

Thankfully, Frontier Developments have seen fit to rectify this slow start with a new video (presented by Braben himself) and several pieces of concept art. The team plans to raise $1,250,000 over the next two months - so now it's time to start getting excited.

Most of the concept art is included in the video, and you can see the rest on the Kickstarter UK page.

Star Citizen’s Crowd Funding Effort Breaks $3 Million

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
News
Tags:
Cloud Imperium, Crowd Funding, Kickstarter, PC games, Referrals, Space Combat Sims, Squadron 42, Star Citizen

Star Citizen’s Crowd Funding Effort Breaks  Million

Referral Program Added In For The Final Push

It appears the Space Sim fans can’t stop giving, as Star Citizen has now surpassed the $3 Million mark with 10 days left for pledges. In doing so, the community has ensured that not only will there be more community updates for the project, but that the story campaign for Squadron 42 will be extended from 30 missions to 35, as well as adding more star systems for players to explore in the persistent online portion of the game.

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Hitman: Absolution Trailer Introduces 'The Ultimate Assassin'

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Hitman: Absolution, Io Interactive, PS3 games, Square Enix, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Nobody does it better than Agent 47, so long as "it" refers to meticulously-planned acts of cold-blooded murder. This new Hitman: Absolution trailer highlights the blend of stealth skills, infiltration, gunplay, imagination and instincts that make him "the ultimate assassin," which we'll be able to tap into when it releases on November 20th. Our hands-on preview is quietly standing in a third story window, ready to deliver a precise burst of extra detail.