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Planetside 2 Expands Into Esamir

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Jonathan Lester
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Free to play, MMOFPS, PC games, Planetside 2, SOE

Planetside 2 Expands Into Esamir

Cold Shoulder

Planetside 2, the upcoming free-to-play MMOFPS from Sony Online Entertainment, will be rolling out a new continent to battle for this weekend. Esamir is a cold and frosty place, all ice flows and snowy plains, a potentially perfect canvas for massed vehicular battles and desperate defensive measures. We've got a trailer and details below.

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Incoming Transmission From Borderlands 2's Mechromancer...

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Borderlands 2, DLC, Gearbox Software, Mechromancer

Echo Log 01 activated. Transmission from Gaige received. Hilarity filter activated. Cross-referencing DLC details >> redirect.

The Unfinished Swan Gets A European PSN Date, Price & Dev Diary

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Jonathan Lester
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Giant Sparrow, Playstation Move, PS3 games, PSN, The Unfinished Swan

The Unfinished Swan Gets A European PSN Date, Price & Dev Diary

Giant Sparrow Studios has announced that gorgeous monochromatic puzzler The Unfinished Swan will arrive on PSN on October 24th, costing £9.99. PS Plus subscribers get early access on October 17th.

The Unfinished Swan is set to be an innovative adventure that challenges players to reveal intricate levels out of a blank canvas, featuring intuitive PlayStation Move support. I liberally gushed about the experience in our Unfinished Swan hands-on preview.

Giant Sparrow also released a new developer diary, which you can watch after the break.

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The British Are Coming To World Of Tanks In Update 8.1

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Jonathan Lester
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Free to play, PC games, Update 8.1, Wargaming.net, World Of Tanks

The British Are Coming To World Of Tanks In Update 8.1

"You Can Hear Their Tracks Rolling!"

It's about time: British tanks and tech trees will be storming into World Of Tanks in the next major patch. Update 8.1 will include 22 powerful British war machines, alongside overhauled visuals for five more maps. We've got screenshots and details below.

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Dishonored Has A Pacifist Achievement

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Achievements, Arkane Studios, Bethesda, Dishonoured, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Dishonored Has A Pacifist Achievement

The full list of Dishonored achievements and trophies has hit the net courtesy of X360A, and you can check it out through the link. Beware: potential spoilers abound.

There are naturally plenty of rewards for killing enemies in creative ways, but by far the most exciting achievement is a whopping 100G awarded for completing the game "without killing anyone." Gameplay choice is woven into Dishonored's DNA, and it's great to see yet another potential gameplay style supported by Arkane's anticipated First Person Stabber.

Dishonored releases next week, and you can get a taste of its freeform approach to assassination in the new interactive trailer.

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Episode 1 Now Live

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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343 Industries, Halo 4, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Episode 1 Now Live

The first episode of Forward Unto Dawn, the live-action Halo 4 web series, is now live over at Halo Waypoint. Following the training and deployment of UNSC cadet Thomas Lasky, this ambitious multi-part drama will explore the human side of the Halo backstory.

If you're looking for a good use of twenty minutes, you'll probably want to check this out. However, if you're more interested in gameplay details, Matt delivers the goods in our recent Halo 4 hands-on preview.

Assassin's Creed III: Connor's Story Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Assassin's Creed III, trailer, Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed III has received arguably its best trailer yet, showcasing both brutal gameplay footage and a look at protagonist Connor's motivations. It's worth noting that this video has been edited Stateside to remove scenes of Connor killing Revolutionary troops as well as redcoats, but here's the full European version in all its visceral glory.

Launch is set for October 31st. Who's in?

Bethesda Takes Full Responsibility For PS3 Skyrim DLC Delay

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Jonathan Lester
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Bethesda, Dawnguard, DLC, Hearthfire, PS3, Skyrim

Bethesda Takes Full Responsibility For PS3 Skyrim DLC Delay

"It's Our Problem, And It’s On Us To Solve It"

Bethesda has spoken out to take full responsibility for the delay in bringing Skyrim DLC to the PS3, stating that inconsistent "performance" issues are still holding them back without using the platform as an excuse.

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Suda51's Liberation Maiden Out Now On 3DS eShop

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Jonathan Lester
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3DS Games, Crimson Shroud, Goichi Suda, Level 5, SHMUP, Suda51

Suda51's Liberation Maiden Out Now On 3DS eShop

Level-5 Announce Two More Western Titles

Liberation Maiden, an anime-inspired shooter from the legendary Suda51 and Level-5, has released today on the 3DS eShop. It's an intense 3D SHMUP that costs £7.19 - and we'll have a full review for you soon.

Level-5 has also confirmed that two more localised games will be headed to the European eShop soon: airport management sim Aero Porter and a Crimson Shroud: a new RPG from the creator of FInal Fantasy tactics. Guess which one we're more excited about? You can see all three games in action thanks to a new trailer, stashed below.

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Medal Of Honor: Warfighter Open Beta Deploys Onto XBL Today

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Beta, Danger Close, EA, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter, Xbox 360

Xbox 360 Gold Members will be able to freely download an open beta for Medal Of Honor: Warfighter today, featuring the brand new Hotshots mode, Sarajevo map, Battlelog support and twelve nationalities/classes to choose from. We'll update this story with a link when it goes live, but in the meantime, why not watch the trailer and investigate our recent hands-on preview for more details?

Retro City Rampage Hits PS3 & Vita This Month

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Jonathan Lester
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Indie Games, PC games, PS Vita games, PS3 games, Retro City Rampage, Vblank Entertainment

Retro City Rampage Hits PS3 & Vita This Month

WiiWare & XBLA To Follow

Retro City Rampage, a gleeful homage to all things pixelated, will be releasing on Sony consoles soon. Creator Brian Provinciano told Joystiq that PS3, Vita and PC owners can download the game later this month, with WiiWare and XBLA versions out before the end of the year. An October 9th US launch date was mentioned,so perhaps the 10th might be a good bet for us Europeans.

A one-off purchase will net you both the PS3 and Vita versions.

MyAchievements Birthday Gift Revealed: 20 Microsoft Points

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Jonathan Lester
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Achievements, Gamerscore, Microsoft, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

MyAchievements Birthday Gift Revealed: 20 Microsoft Points

Oh dear. Microsoft's mysterious birthday gift for Xbox Live Reward subscribers has been outed as a staggeringly generous twenty Microsoft Points. Which won't buy you anything save the odd gamer picture, unless you manage to save up four years' worth for an indie game or cheap avatar item. [NeoGAF]

MyAchievement awards were recently introduced, providing a small rebate for players who beat certain Gamerscore thresholds. Personally, we feel that the opportunity for themed avatar gear and bigger Gamerscore tiers was sadly missed, but it's always nice to get something for nothing.

Primordia Trailer & Screens Reveal A Gorgeous Cyberpunk Adventure

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC games, Point & click, Primordia, Screenshots, trailer, Wadjet Eye Games, Wormwood Studio

Primordia Trailer & Screens Reveal A Gorgeous Cyberpunk Adventure

Primordia is a Cyberpunk point & click adventure with hand-pixelled visuals, starring the narrator from Bastion who plays a lonely robot in a planet long abandoned by mankind. It's also being polished and published by Wadjet Eye, who don't mess about when it comes to the adventure game genre. So it's therefore the most exciting game of all time.

Well, perhaps. Either way, enjoy this new trailer and screenshot deluge which shed some new light on the upcoming project.

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Borderlands 2 Mechromancer Gets First Screenshot

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Jonathan Lester
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Borderlands 2, DLC, Gearbox Software, Mechromancer, Screenshot

Borderlands 2 Mechromancer Gets First Screenshot

Gaige the Mechromancer, Borderlands 2's fifth character class, has received her first in-game screenshot courtesy of "her" Twitter account. The spirited teen and her devastating Deathtrap robot will be available to download on October 16th, either for 800 Microsoft Points, $9.99 or free for pre-order customers.

The Collectors Strike Back In Mass Effect 3: Retaliation Multiplayer DLC

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Jonathan Lester
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BioWare, EA, Free, Mass Effect 3: Retaliation, Mass Effect 3. DLC, multiplayer

The Collectors Strike Back In Mass Effect 3: Retaliation Multiplayer DLC

Massive MP Expansion To Be Free Next Week

BioWare has unveiled their biggest Mass Effect 3 multiplayer expansion to date: Retaliation. Not only will this meaty content offering contain six new maps, characters, weapons and objectives, but it's also going to herald the return of the Collectors.

Oh, and did I mention that Retaliation is going to be completely free when it releases next week? Now I've got your attention...

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Trials Evolution: Origin Of Pain Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, RedLynx, Trials Evolution, Trials Evolution: Origin Of Pain, Ubisoft, XBLA

Trials Evolution is already superb value seeing as it's eminently replayable, contains a massive amount of content and packs a level editor, but its first premium DLC pack isn't pulling any punches. Origin Of Pain will contain 36 new tracks, a BMX bike and a world of hurt for a paltry 400 Microsoft Points - it's out on October 5th.

SimCity Gameplay Video Talks Us Through Planning The Perfect Town

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Jonathan Lester
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EA, Maxis, SimCity, trailer

SimCity Gameplay Video Talks Us Through Planning The Perfect Town

SimCity promises to give us the freedom to design our own metropoli and work with others to affect a growing connected world. In this nine-minute video, producer Stone Librande talks us through some of the basic tools and strategies that the Glassbox engine puts at our disposal.

Despite the 'always-connected' philosophy raising a few eyebrows, SimCity is set to be an absolute stunner if our early impressions are anything to go by. Just in case nine minutes of footage aren't enough to slake your curiosity, our multiplayer and hands-on previews are on hand with more info.

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City Of Heroes Players To "Increase Pressure" On NCsoft

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Jonathan Lester
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City of Heroes, MMO, NCsoft, Save Paragon City!

City Of Heroes Players To "Increase Pressure" On NCsoft

Fans Determined To Save Their MMO

Despite NCsoft recently reiterating their intention to close City Of Heroes on November 30th, the dedicated fan campaign to save the venerable MMO hasn't given up yet. After managing to attract celebrity support and over 20,000 petition signatures, the Save Paragon City initiative plans to 'increase the pressure' on the publisher, and imply that perhaps NCsoft isn't putting much effort into finding their virtual home a new home of its own.

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Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night Coming To Vita & PS3 Next Week

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Jonathan Lester
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Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night, Konami, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PSOne Classics

Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night Coming To Vita & PS3 Next Week

The headline says it all, really. Konami has announced that PSOne classic Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night is headed to the European PlayStation store next week, costing £9.99. Symphony Of The Night is generally considered to be the best in the series, boasting superbly-crafted environments, enemies and encounters, and I'm inclined to agree.

Vita compatibility has been confirmed, and we reckon that it will be a great fit for the portable platform, not to mention a great way to spend a train journey. That said, the £9.99 price tag becomes slightly less attractive when compared to XBLA's 800 Microsoft Points (£6.80) offering... that comes with achievement support and a beefed-up soundtrack.

Another Interactive Dishonored Trailer Illustrates Gameplay Freedom

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Jonathan Lester
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Arkane Studios, Bethesda, Dishonored, PC games, PS3 games, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Another Interactive Dishonored Trailer Illustrates Gameplay Freedom

Dishonored, the freeform assassination game from Arkane Studios, will grant us an enormous amount of gameplay choice when it comes to infiltration, reconnaissance and taking down our targets. This latest interactive trailer allows you to explore some of these options, even including a totally non-violent approach (until you find your mark, that is).

It's out next Friday. Hands-up: who's excited?

Click here to watch/play/experience the new interactive Dishonored trailer >>