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UK Games Charts | 22nd September 2012

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Matt Gardner
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Borderlands 2, F1 2012: Formula 1, PES 2012, Sales, UK Charts, UK retail

UK Games Charts | 22nd September 2012

Silly season kicks off with a bang, with no fewer than four new games in the top  ten this week. Borderlands 2 rockets straight to number one, hotly followed by fellow newcomers F1 2012 and PES 2013. Previous incumbent Sleeping Dogs is down at #4, with another newbie - the excellent LittleBigPlanet Vita - coming in at 6th, the best perfermance from a Vita title since the consoel's launch.

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Game Providing Free Wi-Fi In All Stores By Christmas

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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GAME, GAME Group, High street, Martyn Gibbs, UK retail

Game Providing Free Wi-Fi In All Stores By Christmas

In a move to get more people into stores, Game are enhancing the digital experience on the high street by providing free access to Wi-Fi service in all of their shops.

A Game app will provide customers with information on products and stores will have QR codes to scan which will link to in-store promotions and products.

Here at Dealspwn we’ve often spoke about how high-street stores need to move towards providing something of a social hub experience, and while there’s no mention of them selling coffee and doughnuts and sticking a few chairs in, we’re liking the new direction the company is heading towards since the new retail boss, Martyn Gibbs, moved in.

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Castle Crashers PC Release Date Announced

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Beat 'em ups, Castle Crashers, PC games, The Behemoth

Castle Crashers PC Release Date Announced

How has it taken this long? Must surely be the questions on thousands of PC gamer's lips? Originally released on XBLA in 2008, I thought PS3 gamers had it bad waiting until 2010 to play this little corker.

This old school scrolling beat ‘em up features simple controls and basic levelling up elements, making it very accessible to all gamers. Four-player co-op is just a dream too, not to mention it makes the boss battles less frustrating.

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Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time Release Dates Announced

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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PS Vita games, PS3 games, Sly 4, Sly Cooper Thieves In Time

Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time Release Dates Announced

Sony have been way too quiet about the latest Sly Cooper game, but at least some release dates have been squeezed out of them. America will get the game February 5th, while Europe will have to settle for a vague ‘March’ date. Cheers.

We’d like to say that at least the game won’t get lost amidst all the Christmas releases, but so many big titles are going for that tactic now that we’re getting a second glut of games spilling over into the first quarter of 2013.

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At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 16th September - 23rd September 2012

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance, Game news, News Roundup, September 2012, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 16th September - 23rd September 2012

The Tokyo Game Show gave us plenty to shout about this week, mainly an eyeful of ace looking trailers. A few staff departures from Bioware made us sad though, unless they were responsible for the ME3 ending. For reviews we're starting to see the big names come in as the Christmas behemoth gets into motion, so look out for Tekken Tag 2, Pro Evo 2013, Guild Wars 2 and Torchlight II. We've been trying out a few unreleased games too with hands-on, hand waving and even singing proving what a versatile lot we are as we played Forza Horizon, Fable: The Journey, We Sing 80s, Arkham City on the Wii U and more.

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Play Expo Coming To Manchester

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Games expos, Hands-On, Manchester events, Play Expo

Play Expo Coming To Manchester

Live up North and don’t want to get ripped off for a train to London for the Eurogamer Expo? You’ll be glad to hear that a brand new gaming expo is heading to Manchester’s Event City near the Trafford Centre.

Taking place on the 13th and 14th of October, the event will see publishers including the likes of Nintendo, EA, Konami and Namco Bandai bringing their top titles for you to try out on consoles and handhelds. Nintendo have also recently confirmed that they will be bringing the Wii U with them.

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Borderlands 2 Box Art Accused Of Ripping Off Brit Artist’s Work, Pitchford Responds Admirably

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Brendan Griffiths
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Borderlands 2, Gearbox Software, Ollie Moss, Randy Pitchford

Borderlands 2 Box Art Accused Of Ripping Off Brit Artist’s Work, Pitchford Responds Admirably

Someone at Gearbox Software might be out of a job by Monday morning. The inside cover for Borderlands 2 features an image ridiculously similar to one created by popular UK artist Olly Moss.

Moss is known for designing movie posters for The Dark Knight and Moon amongst others and Resistance 3 on the PS3. He was also commissioned to create some posters for the Star Wars movies for the Mondo art house and it’s one of these images that’s causing the problem.

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Game Buzz | Episode 1: Doctor, Doctor

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Matt Gardner
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News
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BioWare, Dr. Greg Zeschuk, Dr. Ray Muzyka, Dragon Age III, Game Buzz, Halo 4, Podcast, PS3 Super Slim, PWNCAST

Game Buzz | Episode 1: Doctor, Doctor

Hello! Welcome to the relaunching of Game Buzz as a weekly half-hour podcast centred round the week's news. Every Saturday we'll be aiming to provide plenty of comment-laden wafflings and lashings of opinionated banter as we dissect the hottest stories of the week. We'll still be broadcasting the PWNCAST on Sundays, though that will maintain a focus on games themselves, gaming culture, and broader topics.

For our inaugural Game Buzz podcast we take a look at the good Doctors Muzkya and Zeschuk and ask what now for BioWare; we look at BioWare's future projects and discuss the potential of the now-officially-unveiled Dragon Age III; we chat about the impending release of the PS3 Super Slim; and get a bit nervous about Halo 4's campaign.

Game Buzz: Episode 1 - Doctor, Doctor, Recorded: September 22nd, 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.

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Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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Blizzard "Looking At Free To Play" For Starcraft 2 Multiplayer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Blizzard, Free to play, multiplayer, Starcraft 2

Blizzard "Looking At Free To Play" For Starcraft 2 Multiplayer

Just a quickie: during a panel at the Valencia eSports Congress (reported by PCGamesN), Starcraft 2 design lead Dustin Browder stated that Blizzard are "looking at free to play as an option for the multiplayer." However, getting the monetization balance right could be an issue.

"We don't know how we would monetise it," he elaborated. "While it might be good fun for me to play against someone with only half the units available to them, that's not going to be an enjoyable experience for them."

Starcraft 2 (and its predecessor, notably) is a legitimate eSport, but its competitors such as League Of Legends and DotA 2 are either free to play or relatively inexpensive; allowing them to reach a wider audience. Would you get involved if Starcraft 2's multiplayer went freemium?

Sony: PS3 Getting "High Interest" From Lapsed Xbox 360 Owners

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS3, Sony, Uncharted 3, Xbox 360

Sony: PS3 Getting "High Interest" From Lapsed Xbox 360 Owners

Sony exec John Koller believes that the PlayStation 3 is benefiting from "lapsed" Xbox 360 owners who are looking for a second console in the sunset of this generation.

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Dealspwn Playthrough | Borderlands 2 - The First 20 Minutes Of Gameplay

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Carl Phillips
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Borderlands 2, Claptrap, Dealspwn Playthrough, FPS games, Gearbox Software

Dealspwn Playthrough | Borderlands 2 - The First 20 Minutes Of Gameplay

In today's episode of Dealspwn Playthrough, Carl proves that he is capable of life beyond Guild Wars 2 as he guides us through the first 20 minutes of active gameplay in Gearbox Software's FPS sequel Borderlands 2. We get a look at the initial snowy area, listen to Claptrap go increasingly insane, and hear Carl get over-excited about the revolver he finds whilst playing as Zero the Assassin. See it all for yourself after the jump.

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Sleeping Dogs October DLC Dabbles In SWAT Missions and Street Racing

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Matt Gardner
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DLC, Sleeping Dogs, Square Enix, United Front Games

Sleeping Dogs October DLC Dabbles In SWAT Missions and Street Racing

Square Enix and United Front Games have revealed some DLC goodies coming next month for Sleeping Dogs (find out why you need to play this game here), with a number of content packs for players to choose from, and a community-oriented download that will be completely free of charge.

There's story-based DLC incoming on, with an official reveal set for Comic-Con International on October 14th, but if you're a petrolhead or wanted some more cop-based missions, hit the jump for some downloadable goodness.

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New Remember Me Walkthrough Video Emerges From TGS

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Matt Gardner
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Capcom, DONTNOD Entertainment, Remember Me, TGS, Trailers, Videos

New Remember Me Walkthrough Video Emerges From TGS

Capcom and Dontnod's intriguing sci-fi action title got a new walkthrough video at TGS, taking a closer look at the Combo Lab, a feature that will allow players to customise Nilin's fighting style to suit their own methods of gameplay. There are four combo slots, and four different types of "pressen" to augment your combos: regen, power, cooldown, and chain. There'll apparently be around 50,000 different combinations for the player to tinker with.

The game is out next May for PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Far Cry 3 "Top Of The Food Chain" Vid Looks At Volker's Private Army

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Matt Gardner
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Far Cry 3, FPS games, Trailers, Ubisoft, Videos

Far Cry 3 "Top Of The Food Chain" Vid Looks At Volker's Private Army

"You Thought Vaas Was Bad?"

CIA operative, Agent Huntley, spills the beans of Hoyt Volker and his extremely well trained bunch of private hire soldiers in the lastest Far Cry 3 video. Tasked with eliminating Volker and his goons, and busting his “depraved drug and human trafficking operations" wide open, the player must parachute in solo, without backup, and learn to survive in a jungle that really, really wants to kill you, shoot you, or eat you.

Far Cry 3 is out on November 30th for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360

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Okami HD To Brighten Up Halloween

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Capcom, Okami HD, PS3 games, PSN

Okami HD To Brighten Up Halloween

Sony has announced that Okami HD will release on Halloween (October 31st), costing £15.99 on the PlayStation Store. Not only will this conversion of Clover Games' cel-shaded adventure feature remastered HD visuals at 1080p, but it's also fully compatible with the PlayStation Move. Definitely a tasty sugary treat.

We've got a new TGS trailer after the break, just in case you weren't already going to buy it for some reason.

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Halo 4 Reveals Dominion Multiplayer Mode

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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343 Industries, Halo 4, Microsoft Studios, multiplayer, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4 Reveals Dominion Multiplayer Mode

Halo 4 will feature a new multiplayer mode that plays on Battlefield's Conquest gametype with a few exciting twists.

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Diablo III Patch 1.0.5. Adds Monster Power & New Event

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Jonathan Lester
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Activision, Blizzard, Diablo III, Patch, RPG

Diablo III Patch 1.0.5. Adds Monster Power & New Event

Blizzard have released the full patch notes for Diablo III v.1.0.5, which adds a new monster power system that allows players to control how challenging enemies are on different difficulty levels. Upping their health and damage to different "power levels" (over 9000?) will result in boosted XP, as well as increased magic find and gold find for Inferno players.

A new event for level 60 players will also be included, alongside a big fat nerf for the Trail Of Cinders skill rune and numerous tweaks. You can read the full patch notes on the Battle.net forums... unless you're too busy playing the exceptional Torchlight II.

Dynasty Warriors Producer: Wii U Capable Of "Better Graphics" Than Xbox 360...

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dynasty Warriors, Nintendo, Wii U

Dynasty Warriors Producer: Wii U Capable Of "Better Graphics" Than Xbox 360...

... But Has 'Less CPU Power'

Dynasty Warriors producer Akihiro Suzuki reckons that the Wii U can produce markedly better visuals than the Xbox 360, despite having a "little bit less" under the bonnet in terms of CPU performance. Dealing with the potential performance hit is apparently a "challenge."

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F1 2012 Launch Trailer... Launches

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Codemasters Racing, F1 2012, PC games, PS3 games, Racing Games, trailer, Xbox 360 games

F1 2012 launches today amidst stiff competition, so here's a launch trailer to celebrate. The latest iteration of Codemasters' officially licensed F1 series packs some new modes, improved visuals and all the new features of the 2012 season (which has been amazing).

On that note, I reckon I might quickly go have some launch myself. I'm starving, and there ain't no rest for the wicked today.

Spy Hunter Enemies & Weapons Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Spy Hunter, trailer, TT Fusion, Vita games

Spy Hunter Enemies & Weapons Trailer

Welcome Back, Agent

A reboot of classic vehicular combat game Spy Hunter is headed to the 3DS and Vita next month, from Cheshire-based studio TT Fusion. This latest trailer shows off the enemies you'll be hunting and the weapons you'll take them down with.

The G-6155 Interceptor definitely deserves another day in the sun. Fingers crossed that this will do the classic game (and its surprisingly good last-gen remake) justice.

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