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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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News
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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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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?

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Launch Trailer Prepares For War

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Jonathan Lester
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2K Games, Firaxis, PC games, PS3 games, Strategy games, Xbox 360 games

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Launch Trailer Prepares For War

XCOM: Enemy Unknown releases next week, and we know you're excited about it. Turn-based strategy has never looked sexier and more visceral, yet Firaxis' reboot also packs in a massive amount of tactical depth and raw content. Savvy commanders will be "our last hope" when the aliens invade, and this latest trailer gives us some more footage to drool over.

Knowledge is power, so why not check out our XCOM: Enemy Unknown singleplayer preview, multiplayer hands-on preview and interview with producer Garth DeAngelis?

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Of Orcs And Men 'Buddy Movie' Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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Focus Home Interactive, Of Orcs And Men, PC games, PS3 games, RPG, Spiders, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Of Orcs And Men 'Buddy Movie' Trailer

Of Orcs And Men might look like a traditional RPG, but it flips a couple of things around. For starters, it focuses on a partnership between an Orc and a Goblin in the face of an implacable human army, granting us a completely different perspective.

Secondly, it's basically a buddy movie. Watch the new trailer below to find out why.

Of Orcs And Men releases on October 11th for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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UK PlayStation Store Charts: September 2012

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Jonathan Lester
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Playstation Store, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PSN, Sony, UK retail

UK PlayStation Store Charts: September 2012

Starting today, Sony will release monthly best-selling charts for the PlayStation Store: both for PSN trial & unlock titles, full PS3 games, PS Vita downloads and PSOne classics. We've often wondered how well download titles fare on Sony's online marketplace, and this should give us a fascinating (or interminably dull) insight into the inner workings of Sony's marketplace.

We'll naturally link to our reviews when appropriate, and call out anything we find interesting, pleasing or bizarre.

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Epic Mickey 2 Confirmed As Wii U Launch Title

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Jonathan Lester
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Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two, Junction Point Studios, Nintendo, Warren Spector, Wii U

Epic Mickey 2 Confirmed As Wii U Launch Title

The Wii U's November 30th release date draws ever closer, and its launch lineup continues to expand. Junction Point have announced that Warren Spector's latest title,  whimsical platformer Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two, will be available for Nintendo's new console on day one. Players will be able to view and annotate an interactive map on the GamePad screen, as well using touchscreen support for some of the artier gameplay elements.

"On the evidence of what I saw, Epic Mickey 2 is shaping up to be a joyful, colourful, and incredibly thoughtful and thought-provoking title," Matt wrote in our Epic Mickey 2 hands-on preview.

Derrick The Deathfin Gets Adorable Papercraft Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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Derrick The Deathfin, Different Tuna, Indie Games, Papercraft, PSN

Derrick The Deathfin is the world's first fully-papercraft game, but don't take my word for it. This new behind-the-scenes trailer shows how Different Tuna have slaved away over creating an entire origami world and brought it to endearing life using a 3D modelling studio.

If you like what you see (spoiler alert: you will), Derrick The Deathfin is out next week on PSN.

Black Ops: Declassified Gets Declassified With New Intel

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, FPS, Nihilistic Software, PS Vita games

Black Ops: Declassified Gets Declassified With New Intel

Nihilistic have dropped some new details about their fairly secretive Call Of Duty Vita tie-in. Apparently Black Ops: Declassified will feature new perks, attachments and maps... and will look much better than its seriously ropey Gamescom debut. Here's hoping.

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Eurogamer Expo: Booth Babes "Not OK" For 2013

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Booth Babes, Busting stereotypes, EGX, Eurogamer Expo, Sexism

Eurogamer Expo: Booth Babes "Not OK" For 2013

Ah, booth babes, the marketing throwback to the stereotype of the masturbating basement-dwelling pimply adolescent gamer that just won't go away. Well, until now.

Eurogamer MD Rupert Loman has announced that from next year, Eurogamer Expo will be implementing stronger formal rules and regulations restricting exhibitors from showering their stands in scantily clad women.

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Cliff Bleszinski Leaves Epic Games

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Jonathan Lester
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Cliff Bleszinski, Cliffy B, Epic Games

Cliff Bleszinski Leaves Epic Games

Unreal

In a shock announcement today, Gears Of War design director Cliff "Cliffy B" Bleszinski declared that he'll be leaving Epic Games to start the next stage of his career.

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