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Elite Dangerous Hits Kickstarter Target

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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David Braben, Elite: Dangerous, Frontier Developments, Mac games, PC games, Space sims

Elite Dangerous Hits Kickstarter Target

Less Than 2 Days Left For Those Stretch Goals

We were a little concerned the pledges would slow down over the end of December, but David Braben and the rest of Frontier Developments are now safely over the finish line with time to spare. As of this morning, upcoming space sim Elite: Dangerous passed its crowdfunding target of £1,250,000 on Kickstarter, guaranteeing its development for an intended 2014 release. With around 38 hours left on the clock, the aim now for Braben and his team is to break a few stretch goals to add more content to the game.

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Fire Emblem: Awakening Teaser Trailer Whets The Appetite

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
3DS Games, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Teaser, Trailers, Videos

There's actually not that much to see here, just a reminder that the game is out for 3DS on February 4th. Still, there's fifteen odd seconds of pleasing anime, so we're happy.

We'll be happier when the game's out, mind.

Catch Up With The Story So Far In A New Dead Space 3 Vid

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Dead Space 3, EA Games, Trailers, Videos, Visceral Games

Catch Up With The Story So Far In A New Dead Space 3 Vid

Confused as to why a lowly engineer is all tangled up in  battle with some truly disgusting Necromorphs that spans the universe? Well EA have helpfully dropped a 'Story So Far...' video that'll introduce newbies to the Dead Space canon, and refresh memories for those who've been with Isaac every step of the way.

Game's out next month for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

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The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Gets Gameplay Vid

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Activision, FPS games, Gameplay footage, Terminal Reality, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Videos

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Gets Gameplay Vid

Having essentially had to preview the game off of the back of a glorified PowerPoint presenation at Gamescom, it's nice to see some gameplay footage for The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct - Terminal Reality's first-person take on AMC's hugely popular TV series, rather than Robert Kirkman's comic-book opus.

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UK Games Charts | 29th December 2012

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Far Cry 3, FIFA 13, Sales, UK Charts, UK Games Charts, UK retail

 

UK Games Charts | 29th December 2012

Christmas week saw a last sales spurt from Ubisoft's hugely impressive Far Cry 3, which helped the jungle tumble outstrip FIFA 13 and Black Ops II to take Christmas #1. Forza Horizon sneaked into the top ten, having climbed eleven places from the week before.

There was precious little good news for the Wii U, though, with none of the platform exclusives making an impression on the top forty.

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Pikmin 3 To Be More Like Original Game

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Nintendo, Pikmin, Pikmin 2, Pikmin 3, Shigeru Miyamoto, Wii U games

Pikmin 3 To Be More Like Original Game

Miyamoto Eager To Stress Players Out

Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that he wants Pikmin 3 to be much more like the original game rather than Pikmin 2.

Talking to Games Master, the Nintendo development guru described an early meeting he'd  had with the dev team to discuss the direction they wanted to go in for this third game, and which of the two preceding games would form the basis from which to start.

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PlayStation 2 Discontinued In Japan Nearly 13 Years After It First Released

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Discontinued, Playstation 2, PS2, Sony, What an innings!

PlayStation 2 Discontinued In Japan Nearly 13 Years After It First Released

A round of applause please, folks. After twelve years and nearly ten months, the PlayStation 2 - globally, the best-selling console of all time - has finally had its production stopped by Sony Japan.

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War Z Producer Blames Problems On Game's Success, Was "Too Focused On How Great We Are"

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Apology, PC games, Sergey Titov, Steam, The War Z, Zombies

War Z Producer Blames Problems On Game's Success, Was "Too Focused On How Great We Are"

It would seem that the season of goodwill has touched Hammerpoint , with Sergey Titov, the executive producer for The War Z,  sending out a long open letter to the controversial MMO's playerbase, seeking to apologise for some of the game's issues, not to mention the behavioural practices of the studio itself.

Titov reckons that the overwhelming success of the game had something to do with the bad reputation the game garnered, tracing his "arrogance" back to early stats, and admitting that he was so focused on hitting the big-time, that he failed to listen to the community.

Titov also addresses his team's rather rather poor record of communication and community management, saying that Hammerpoint will be hiring additional staff to respond to future issues.

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Black Ops II: Revolution DLC Leaked, Slated For Late-Jan Initial Release

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Call of Duty: Black Ops II, DLC, FPS games, Revolution Map Pack

Black Ops II: Revolution DLC Leaked, Slated For Late-Jan Initial Release

A promotional poster for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, seemingly pointing towards the first DLC of the year for the game - titled “Revolution”, has revealed that the content drop will feature five maps in total, along with a new weapon.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Story Trailer

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, FPS games, PC games, PS3 games, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Aliens: Colonial Marines Story Trailer

Not long to go now until the February 12th release of Aliens: Colonial Marines. Sega and Gearbox’s game is following up directly after the events of the Aliens movie, meaning we’ll be revisiting the Sulaco and the apparently still quite infested planet below.

Check out the brand new story trailer after the jump to hear more, including some details from the briefing of the new grunts.

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Edge of Twilight Is Alive and Coming Summer 2013

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Edge of Twilight, FuzzyEyes, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Edge of Twilight Is Alive and Coming Summer 2013

Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with horrendous acting and glittery vamps. Instead, Edge of Twilight is an unreleased steampunk action-adventure title that’s been missing since 2009. Developers FuzzyEyes laid off most of the workforce a few years ago, but a few remained along with a few new hires and it would seem development continued as they have just announced the game will be ready on PS3 and Xbox 360 in summer net year.

The fantasy steampunk setting will feature day and night worlds, both with different civilisations to explore. Using the main character, Lex, you will be able to switch between night and day at will. There’s little other information available at this time, but take a look at this trailer from 2009 and think of all the extra polish that has been potentially added to what was looking like an already promising prospect. Think a Dishonored-esque setting paired with something like God of War.

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At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 17th - 23rd December 2012

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance, December 2012, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 17th - 23rd December 2012

A Bioshock Infinite trailer dropped by this week trying to spoil the first few minutes of the game for us. We don't dare watch it, but we've posted a link if you do - apologies if it's just a video of keyboard cat. In more sombre news, THQ went into administration and looks like they will have to sell the rights to their existing and upcoming titles, although we're told this shouldn't affect development or staff jobs. All the same, it can't be easy there at the moment and we wish them all the best.

Elsewhere on the site, we've been reviewing Nintendoland on the Wii U, classic AM2 fighters that don't seem to have aged so well and PlayStation All-Stars, which won't be getting called Classic in ten years time at all and will have probably aged worse than the panel of Loose Women. Our features have been dominated with Game of the Year categories, including individual staff picks. Have a cracking Christmas everyone, and fingers crossed you get some belting games. Xmas hint: If you don't open the seals on your Wii U box you'll be able to take it back with a receipt.

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Game Buzz | Episode 13 - Surviving the Apocalypse

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Black Isle, Crowdfunding, Defiance, Game Buzz, Microsoft, Podcast, PWNCAST, Sony, The War Z, THQ

Game Buzz | Episode 13 - Surviving the Apocalypse

Just when we thought we were in for a quiet run up to Christmas, the zombie apocalypse happened! Sort of...

In the final Game Buzz of the season, Matt and Jon chat about the WarZ fiasco, Black Isle's unfathomable crowdfunding initiative, and THQ's bankruptcy. We also take a look at Defiance's cross-platform potential and ask why the hell Sony and Microsoft couldn't put aside their differences for the sake of their customers and consumers.

Game Buzz | Episode 13 - Surviving the Apocalypse. Recorded 20th December, 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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Battlefield 3: End Game DLC Gets First Details & Teaser

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 3: End Game, DICE, EA, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Battlefield 3: End Game DLC Gets First Details & Teaser

"High Speed Warfare"

Battlefield 3's next (and presumably last) downloadable content offering has finally broken cover. End Game will include four new maps, fast-attack vehicles and a menacing dropship that can carry troop transports to critical locations.

Details and teaser trailer below.

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Spoilery Dead Space 3 Achievements Hit The Net

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Achievements, Dead Space 3, EA, PC games, PS3 games, Visceral Games, Xbox 360 games

Spoilery Dead Space 3 Achievements Hit The Net

Dead Space 3's achievements have made their way onto the internet, featuring arbitrary numerical rewards for storyline progression, cooperative feats and various (gory) weapon-related shenanigans. Oh, and Peng's back. The list includes story-related achievement descriptions, so spoiler alert.

We were equally impressed and concerned by Dead Space 3 when we saw it in action at E3 2012. Game's out on February 5th, with pre-order customers netting a Limited Edition that includes some extra DLC content.

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Rumour: Ubisoft Wants To Buy THQ At "Bargain" Price

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Rumour, THQ, Ubisoft

Rumour: Ubisoft Wants To Buy THQ At "Bargain" Price

According to a new report, Ubisoft is planning to bid on THQ's IPs, studios and assets at a "bargain" price now that the publisher is effectively up for sale. MCV's sources report that the company is keen to acquire the rights to such franchises as Saints Row, Darksiders, Company Of Heroes, Homefront and WWE, and are currently in talks with temporary owners Clearlake Investments.

Ubisoft have previously expressed interest in some of THQ's properties, and are apparently willing to wait until the last minute to snipe the bid. Whether they actually do so - and what IPs they'd decide to add to their own portfolio - remains to be seen.

Dark Souls 2 Concept Art Is Dark, Soulful

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Concept Art, Dark Souls 2, From Software, Namco Bandai

Dark Souls 2 Concept Art Is Dark, Soulful

A bountiful harvest of Dark Souls 2 concept art has found its way online, showing off some of the twisted monsters, powerful gear and haunting environments we might encounter in the anticipated sequel. From Software have confirmed that Dark Souls 2 will be set in a different time period to the original, and will make pains to be more "understandable" to new players, but will still retain its ferocious difficulty.

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Earthbound Writer Teases 'Republication' Effort

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Earthbound, Mother, RPG, Rumour, Slow news day, Square Enix

Earthbound Writer Teases 'Republication' Effort

Shigesato Itoi, the writer and designer behind the Mother RPG series, has coyly spoken out to suggest that they're making progress on a "republication" effort. Since Mother 2 (better known as Earthbound) is one of the best RPGs ever made, we'd all love to be able to legally purchase it instead of, erm, you know.

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Star Trek: The Videogame Gets Firm Release Date & Pre-Order Bonuses

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Digital Extremes, Namco Bandai, PS3 games, Star Trek: The Video Game, Third Person Shooters, Xbox 360 games
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Star Trek: The Videogame Gets Firm Release Date & Pre-Order Bonuses

Namco Bandai have finally locked phasers on a release date for their Star Trek tie-in: April 26th, 2013. The cooperative third-person shooter will bridge the gap between both J.J. Abrams movies, and might actually be fun if they manage to build on what we saw at E3.

Pre-order customers will get a free DLC pack thrown in. Logically. Details below.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Trailer - From Concept Art To Hadley's Hope

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox, Sega, trailer

Aliens: Colonial Marines Trailer - From Concept Art To Hadley's Hope

The latest trailer for Aliens: Colonial Marines charts Hadley's Hope from concept art to in-game footage. It's a fascinating look into how meticulously authentic the anticipated shooter promises to be, but don't expect anything much in the way of Marine-on-Xenomorph action.

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