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Pokedex 3D Pro Gets A Classy Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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3DS, Creatures Inc., eShop, Nintendo, Pokedex 3D Pro, Pokémon

Pokedex 3D Pro Gets A Classy Trailer

Nintendo has released a new trailer for Pokedex 3D Pro: a premium version of the once-free 3DS applicaton that lets players look at some Pokemon. In 3D. Over 600 Pokemon will be included, along with footage of their moves, a wealth of stats and some quizzes.

It's a uniquely classy and tasteful trailer, but considering that this functionality will hopefully be built directly into the next generation of Pokemon games (when the franchise finally makes the much-needed jump to 3DS), I think that the jury's firmly out on whether or Pokedex 3D Pro will be worth buying. Still, since the free version will soon be retired, there may be little alternative for the time being...

Pokedex 3D Pro will be available on the 3DS eShop from November 8th. Stay tuned for our Pokemon Black version 2 and White version 2 review, which goes live at Midday.

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Disney's Project 'Toy Box' Will Merge Pixar & Disney Worlds

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Jonathan Lester
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crossover, Disney Interactive, Pixar, Project Toy Box

Disney's Project 'Toy Box' Will Merge Pixar & Disney Worlds

It looks like Disney Interactive are sneakily developing a landmark bridge between their and Pixar's movie universes. Described as "a console game with extensive mobile and online applications" by Disney Intertactive co-president John Pleasants, the mysterious 'Toy Box' has been outed as a crossover title "in which various Pixar and Disney characters will interact with one another for the first time." [New York Times]

Details about the enigmatic project are almost non-existent, but we're intrigued by the concept. That said, we'd also love to see some Pixar characters in Kingdom Hearts 3...

Epic Mickey 2 Oswald Vignette Sets Out To Make Friends

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Jonathan Lester
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Disney Interactive, Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two, Junction Point, trailer, Warren Spector

Epic Mickey 2 Oswald Vignette Sets Out To Make Friends

The latest Epic Mickey 2 trailer is all about player 2: namely, Oswald the rabbit. Warren Spector and Junction Point decided to give Mickey's monochromatic pal a complimentary set of skills, such as the ability to covert mechanical enemies into friends with his remote control. It will apparently be possible to complete the game without "defeating a single enemy in combat" by making lots of chums.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two releases on November 23rd for PS3 and Xbox 360, and will be available on the Wii U at launch.

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Favela Map Returns To Modern Warfare 2 Rotation

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Jonathan Lester
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Actvision, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Favela, Infinity Ward

Favela Map Returns To Modern Warfare 2 Rotation

PSA: After being retired for potentially offending Muslim gamers due to the indiscreet position of a painting frame, Activision is returning the Favela map back into public rotation. MP1st reports that the picture frame and Islamic text has been removed from the bathroom and the map has been restored on PS3 playlists. PC and Xbox 360 updates are likely to follow.

For those who still play Modern Warfare 2 - and actually noticed in the first place - this will probably come as a relief.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Live-Action Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, PS3 games, Sony, Superbot, trailer

Sony has been trolling us with mysterious teasers over the last view days, which we've been far too busy reviewing stuff/playing XCOM to bother posting. However, they've finally released a full-length live-action trailer and revealed what their campaign was for: predictably, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. If you enjoyed last year's Michael trailer campaign, you'll probably get a kick out of this one.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale releases next month, with some of our readers suggesting that it has come a long way since a seriously worrying Gamescom showing.

0x10c Taking Shape With Multiplayer Test

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Jonathan Lester
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0x10c, Markus Persson, Mojang, Notch

Mojang's upcoming space sim, 0x10c, seems to be coming along nicely. This new footage demonstrates multiplayer in action along with basic gunplay and lighting... in fact, it looks a lot like Marathon to us. In a good way.

"The bot character is a placeholder model, and the flickering is a bug," reads Markus "Notch" Persson's annotation. "Most of everything is missing, but it's a start! Also, there's sound!"

0x10c promises to let players explore a dying universe at the bitter end of its life, scripting their own AI and creating their own ships to tame the hostile edge of space. Sounds good to us.

Fuse: 18-Minute Guided Tour Hits The Net

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Jonathan Lester
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EA, Fuse, Insomniac Games, third person shooter, trailer

Insomniac Games president Ted Price talks us through over eighteen minutes of gameplay footage in this whopping progress update for Fuse. The cooperative shooter once known as Overstrike 9 is looking more promising every time we see it, with this video shedding new light on the characters, weapons, mechanics, storyline and the mysterious Fuse substance itself.

Stay tuned for "fuse-powered wrecking balls."

BioShock Infinite: Industrial Revolution Puzzler Will Unlock In-Game Rewards

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Jonathan Lester
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2K Games, BioShock Infinite: Industrial Revolution, Irrational Games, Pre-order bonus, Puzzle games

BioShock Infinite: Industrial Revolution Puzzler Will Unlock In-Game Rewards

For Pre-Order Customers, Natch

Irrational Games has revealed an interesting perk for BioShock Infinite pre-order customers, in the form of an exclusive browser game that unlocks content in the full version. Entitled Industrial Revolution, players will participate in "nearly sixty" Flash puzzles after choosing between the ultra-nationalist Founders and the anarchist Vox Populi faction.

You can check out BioShock Infinite: Industrial Revolution at the new Fink Manufacturing site, but you'll naturally need a pre-order code to access it.

Assassin's Creed Movie Screenplay In Production

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Jonathan Lester
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Assassin's Creed Movie Screenplay In Production

Michael Fassbender To Star

Ubisoft has announced that work has begun on the Assassin's Creed movie screenplay, which will feature the acting talents of Michael Fassbender (300, Prometheus). Shooting begins next summer.

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PS3 Firmware Update 4.30 Syncs Vita Trophies, Retires Life With PlayStation App & Folding@Home

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Jonathan Lester
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Firmware Update 4.30, Folding@Home, Life With PlayStation, PS3, PS3 firmware, PSN

PS3 Firmware Update 4.30 Syncs Vita Trophies, Retires Life With PlayStation App & Folding@Home

Gamified Research Might Lead To A "Viable" Alzheimer's Drug

Sony has announced that PS3 firmware update 4.30 will bring Vita trophies into your main profile when it releases tomorrow. However, it will also retire the Life With PlayStation app to a close, bringing an end to the Folding@Home initiative that saw gamers solving puzzles to actively unravel complex disease protein chains.

Excitingly, a new research paper based on this data might well "bear fruit in terms of a viable drug" to combat Alzheimer's disease.

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Team Meat Reveals Mew-Genetics

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Jonathan Lester
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Indie Games, Mew-Genetics, Team Meat

Team Meat Reveals Mew-Genetics

Will Be "Randomly Generated, Strange And Involve Cats"

Team Meat, the two-man indie developer behind Super Meat Boy, has announced their next game as Mew-Genetics: a game featuring genetically altered moggies.

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Ice Cream, You Scream For New BioShock Infinite Screenshots

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Jonathan Lester
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2K Games, Bioshock Infinite, FPS, Irrational Games, Screenshots

Ice Cream, You Scream For New BioShock Infinite Screenshots

BioShock Infinite dominated last weekend with its spectacular Beast Of America trailer, which has now been augmented with a trio of new screenshots (one of which showcases some delicious ice cream). You can check them out below, and gasp/coo/salivate/faint as appropriate. We'll have to wait for February to buy Irrational's anticipated FPS, but pre-orders for the outrageous Ultimate Songbird edition will be open soon.

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Trailer Rocks Out With New Features

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Jonathan Lester
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FPS games, Nordic Games, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, PC games, The Farm 51, trailer

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Trailer Rocks Out With New Features

Are you ready to rock it old-school? Nordic Games and The Farm 51 certainly hope so, since Painkiller: Hell & Damnation is set for a Halloween launch. This latest extended cut trailer shows the revamped graphics and fully-redesigned enemy models to advantage, accompanied by suitably raucous metal.

Our full review is scheduled for October 29th, but before then, why not check out our interview with producer Reinhard Pollice?

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Professor Layton And The Miracle Mask Gets English Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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3DS Games, Adventure Games, Level 5, Nintendo, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Puzzle games

Professor Layton And The Miracle Mask Gets English Trailer
Level-5 have localised the latest Professor Layton And The Miracle Mask trailer into English, showing off the characters and storyline while letting us Westerners understand what's supposed to be going on. As you'd expect from the first Professor Layton game designed specifically for the 3DS, it looks fantastic.

Professor Layton And The Miracle Mask is slated for an imminent October 26th launch.

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London Philharmonic Orchestra Covering Videogame Themes In New Album

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Jonathan Lester
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London Philharmonic Orchestra, Video Game Music

London Philharmonic Orchestra Covering Videogame Themes In New Album

The London Philharmonic Orchestra are releasing another videogame music cover album featuring arranged versions of Final Fantasy VII’s ‘One Winged Angel,’ Chrono Trigger's theme and the Coulton's Still Alive Portal theme amongst many others. You can view the weighty album on iTunes ahead of the November 6th launch, and download Halo's 'Never Forget/Peril' track for free as a taster.

We've got the full track list after the break. It's great to see videogame music getting serious recognition from established pillars of the classical community, which has been happening more and more regularly over the last few months.

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UK Games Charts | 20th October 2012

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Jonathan Lester
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Doom 3: BFG Edition, FIFA 13, Skylanders Giants, UK Games Charts, UK retail

UK Games Charts | 20th October 2012

It seems that giant toys definitely equate to giant sales. Newly-released transmedia RPG Skylanders Giants has smashed its way into 2nd place, edging out even the likes of Dishonored and Just Dance 4. The newly-released Doom 3: BFG Edition also debuts in a strong fifth place, though nothing seems capable of challenging FIFA 13 yet.

Pokemon Black & White 2 are still selling like hot cakes with a gooey black tar heroin centre. We'll have full review of the latest mid-generation titles this week.

As always, click below for the latest UK games charts and links to our reviews.

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Ubisoft Ships Rocksmith PC Batch Without DLC Codes

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Jonathan Lester
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DLC, seriously Ubisoft this is getting embarrassing, Ubisoft

Ubisoft Ships Rocksmith PC Batch Without DLC Codes

PSA: Ubisoft has shipped a batch of Rocksmith PC copies that don't contain a downloadable activation code for the Guitarcade minigame. Affected customers can apply for a replacement key online.

Though Guitarcade can be naturally unlocked through continued play, it's still another embarrassing gaffe in a stream of DLC and DRM-related mistakes. After outagesbotched online pass print runsidiotic activationsmass confusionpublic outcryutter futility and glaring vulnerabilities, it's tempting to suggest that Ubisoft should just stick to making games.

Borderlands Legends Outed For iOS

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Jonathan Lester
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Borderlands, Borderlands Legends, Gearbox Software, iOS

Borderlands Legends Outed For iOS

Borderlands will be blasting onto iOS this month in the form of Borderlands Legends, a mobile-optimised experience that features thousands of weapons, randomised missions and characters from the original game. Oh, and something called a "strategic cover stystem." Uh...right.

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Delayed PlayStation Store Revamp Is "Now Live"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Playstation Store, PS3, PSN, Sony

After an embarrassing setback, Sony has announced that the newly-redesigned PLayStation Store interface is "now live in all EU territories" The new front end promised easier searching, intuitive browsing and larger icons, but met with a number of crippling issues including an inability to distinguish between regular members and Plus subscribers.

Hopefully all of the creases have now been ironed out.

Gamestation.co.uk Closes Next Week

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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GAME Group, Gamestation, Gamestation.co.uk, UK retail

Gamestation.co.uk Closes Next Week

As of October 29th, Gamestation.co.uk will cease to exist. The long-running retail website will close as part of a move to absorb the Gamestation brand into GAME, in an effort to reduce brand confusion and self-competition.

MCV reports that all current Gamestation.co.uk accounts, pre-orders and Gamestation Elite XP Points will be transferred to GAME.co.uk automatically. Phew.