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Ubisoft Release Inauguration Trailer For Splinter Cell: Blacklist

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Stealth Games, Trailers, Ubisoft, Ubisoft Toronto, Videos

Ubisoft Release Inauguration Trailer For Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Now this is more like it. Sneaking around on the outside of buildings, defenestrating unsuspecting foes, rappelling down elevator shafts to avoid security-ridden stairwells, assassinating people from above like a triple-green-eyed Spider-man, and of course sneaking along a ceiling pipe to gain a vantage point.

This is the Sam Fisher we know and love. Except it's not Ironside. Hmm. Anyway, the latest Blacklist trailer looks suitably Splinter Cell-ish which is nice, after a somewhat confusing E3 reveal last year. Ubisoft blamed fan backlash on uninformed opinion-making...so it's nice they've finally decided to, you know, inform fans with a shadowy trailer.

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PS4 vs Xbox 720 Specs: Conflicting Rumours Hit The Net

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Durango, Microsoft, Next-gen, Orbis, PS4, Rumours, Sony, Xbox 720
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PlayStation 4

PS4 vs Xbox 720 Specs: Conflicting Rumours Hit The Net

The latest rumours about the next generation of Microsoft and Sony consoles suggest that the PlayStation 4 will have a computational power advantage over its rival, but will pack substantially less RAM. Or not, depending on who you listen to. For completeness' sake, here are the latest contradictory reports out of CES so you can make your own mind up.

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God Of War: Ascension Dev Diary - 'The Art Of Online War'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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God Of War: Ascension, multiplayer, PS3 games, Sony Santa Monica Studios

God Of War: Ascension Dev Diary - 'The Art Of Online War'

The latest developer diary from Sony Santa Monica Studios is much less about the history of GoW: Ascension's multiplayer than the practical realities of how it will work. Watch the new video for the multiplayer characters and discussion of how the new modes "bring the God Of War gore to killing your mates."

Sony are clearly keen to push God Of War: Ascension's multiplayer suite as hard as possible, but are you actually excited about it? If you're fired up or lurking on the fence, you can now download and participate in the beta, so long as you've got a PlayStation Plus subscription.

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Ni No Kuni Wizard Edition Unboxing Video Taunts Us With Swag We Can't Have

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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JRPG, Level 5, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, PS3 games, Studio Ghibli

Ni No Kuni's European Wizard Edition is set to include an adorable Drippy plush toy, an enormous 300-page art book and some exclusive DLC... but if you really want to torture yourself, this new unboxing video also shows off the extras included in the US version. American customers will net a bonus soundtrack CD, wizard coin and art cards thanks to the region-specific 'Ninostarter' swag campaign, so prepare to hold back a few tears or epithets.

Just focus on cuddly Drippy. Lovely Drippy. Nice, CALMING Drippy.

Either way, Matt is hard at work on our Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch review in advance of its February 1st release date.

TIGA: HMV/Blockbuster Downfall Driven By "Unstoppable" Digital Revolution

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Blockbuster, Digital Distribution, Digital vs Retail, GAME, HMV, TIGA, UK retail

TIGA: HMV/Blockbuster Downfall Driven By "Unstoppable" Digital Revolution

UK trade body TIGA have issued a statement in the face of a week that has seen a number of high profile high-street chains slip into administration - not least HMV and Blockbuster - saying that the decline in physical retail has been driven by consumers embracing a digital revolution that will only move forward with greater momentum.

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REPORT: Skype To Replace Xbox LIVE Chat For Next-Gen

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Microsoft, Next-gen, Skype, Video Chat, Voice chat, Xbox Live

REPORT: Skype To Replace Xbox LIVE Chat For Next-Gen

A new report suggests that Microsoft will be "consolidating all their communications technology" in the near future, meaning that Skype will take over from Xbox LIVE Chat and MSN Messenger to become the default communication service on the next-gen Xbox console, alongside PCs and tablets.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U To Launch Before The End Of March

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Demiurge Studios, FPS games, Sega, Wii U games

Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U To Launch Before The End Of March

Gearbox recently announced that Aliens: Colonial Marines had gone gold on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, but there was no mention of the Wii U version, with Nintendo's console seemingly left out in the cold.

Pah! said SEGA, responding to a query from Eurogamer, and saying that they had never announced the February 12th date for Wii U, before confirming that a Wii U version will be available at some point before the end of March 2013.

So that's that, then.

Feast Your Eyes On New Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory Vids

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, JRPGs, NIS America, RPGs, Trailers, Videos

Feast Your Eyes On New Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory Vids

NIS America have gone a released  published two new gameplay videos for Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory - the upcoming RPG from Compile Heart.

The game's out for PS3 in North America on March 12th, with a European release date penned in for March 15th. Nobuo Uematsu and his band, the Earthbound Papas, will provide music for the game.

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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Gets Japanese Release Date

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Capcom, Dragon's Dogma, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, RPGs

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Gets Japanese Release Date

Capcom have announced a Japanese release date for the HUGE expansion - Dark Arisen - that will  be arriving this Spring for Dragon's Dogma.

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Wii U Advert Banned By UK Regulator

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Advert, Nintendo, Wii U

Wii U Advert Banned By UK Regulator

The Advertising Standards Authority has pulled a Wii U advert off the air. Before you get too excited, no, it isn't for a gore-filled, sexually explicit, substance abusing, ultraviolent, potty-mouthed new game that makes Manhunt look tame in comparison. Rather, the offending advert just oversells the 'play on Gamepad' feature a tad.

Also, it's pretty terrible.

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Gearbox: Borderlands 2 Level Cap Increase Coming Soon

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Games, Borderlands 2, DLC, Gearbox Software, Level cap

Gearbox: Borderlands 2 Level Cap Increase Coming Soon

"It Will Be For Quite A Few Levels"

Borderlands 2 has now received several substantial (and rather excellent) pieces of downloadable content over the last few months, but despite constant pressure from players, the level cap still hasn't been raised since September. However, Gearbox are apparently planning a substantial level cap increase before the end of Q1.

So, March, basically.

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Persona 4 Arena Nearing European Release

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Fighting Games, Persona 4 Arena, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games, Zen United

Persona 4 Arena Nearing European Release

According to a new update from Zen United, perpetually-delayed fighting game Persona 4 Arena is finally getting close to a UK release.

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AMD Accuses Former Employees Of Stealing Trade Secrets For NVIDIA

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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AMD, Lawsuits, NVIDIA, PC games

AMD Accuses Former Employees Of Stealing Trade Secrets For NVIDIA

PC hardware manufacturer AMD alleges that four ex-employees stole over 100,000 sensitive documents and presented them to rival NVIDIA, who they now all work for.

It's lawsuit time.

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REPORT: Blockbuster Follows HMV Into Administration

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Administration, Blockbuster, UK retail

REPORT: Blockbuster Follows HMV Into Administration

Multiple news sources are reporting that Blockbuster UK is set to appoint administrators from Deloitte as their directors "pull the plug". Tweets from business editors at the Sun, the Independent, and Sky News have all pointed towards the high street rental chain slipping into administration, joining the likes of HMV and Jessops in the latest in a stream off high profile retail companies to do so.

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Suda51 Spills The Beans On Killer is Dead

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Killer Is Dead, Suda51

Suda51 Spills The Beans On Killer is Dead

Grasshopper Manufacture's Goichi Suda has revealed a bunch of new details regarding his upcoming game Killer Is Dead. Though not a direct sequel to either game, Suda described Killer Is Dead as "the first game in the 'assassin' series that Grasshopper Manufacture has worked on in a while, a title that picks up where Killer7 and No More Heroes left off."

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Bellard: "To Change The Industry Brave Souls Need To Make Controversial Content"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Controversy, Erotic Games, Miriam Bellard, No Reply Games, Seduce Me

Bellard: "To Change The Industry Brave Souls Need To Make Controversial Content"

Chatting to us recently about the difficulty in getting her erotic strategy title Seduce Me to market, No Reply Games' Miriam Bellard suggested that the only way negative and prudish perceptions of the erotic market will change in this industry is by more "brave souls"  making controversial content, arguing that "too much sex is better than too much violence".

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PlayStation Mobile Launches Free Game Promotion

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Android Games, PlayStation Mobile, PS Vita games, Sony

PlayStation Mobile Launches Free Game Promotion

Starting today, Sony are releasing a free PlayStation Mobile game once per week until the end of February. Vita owners can access can access the freebies on the PlayStation Store, while the app is available to download on PlayStation-certified Android devices.

Samurai Beatdown is the first free game - if you're rocking a Vita or Android phone/tablet, you might as well get it.

Iwata: “Once Miiverse Hits 3DS, It Will Be Huge”

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS, Miiverse, Nintendo, Wii U

Iwata: “Once Miiverse Hits 3DS, It Will Be Huge”

We're convinced that MiiVerse is by far the most innovative and exciting new feature that the Wii U has to offer, and Nintendo president Satoru Iwata plans to massively expand the social network over the next few months.

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MechWarrior Online Gets Spider Infestation & Double XP Event

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Double XP, Free to play, MechWarrior Online, PC games, Piranha Games, Update

MechWarrior Online Gets Spider Infestation & Double XP Event

Spider-Mech, Spider-Mech, does whatever a spider... wait a minute. Two legs? What a rip-off. Disappointing lack of legs notwithstanding, the newest mech to grace MechWarrior Online packs eight jumpjets and massive agility to run rings around slower opponents.

MWO's The first double XP weekend is also imminent, set for this Friday. We've got more details below.

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Star Wars & Marvel Characters Under Discussion For Disney Infinity

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity, Disney Interactive, Marvel, Star Wars

Star Wars & Marvel Characters Under Discussion For Disney Infinity

...But No Decisions Made Just Yet

Disney unveiled their new cross-platform gaming universe last night with Disney Infinity - ostensibly a sandbox titles that looks to take the action-adventure and collectible-snaffling shenanigans of Skylanders and combine them with the content creation of games like Minecraft and LittleBigPlanet.

We learned yesterday that the launch in June will see Play Sets from the worlds of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Incredibles, and Monsters University, with the presentation also showing off cameos from The Muppets, Aladdin, Toy Story, and The Nightmare before Christmas.

But what about larger, franchised acquisitions - Marvel and Star Wars to be precise?

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