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We won't have to wait four months for The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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iOS games, PC games, PS Vita games, PS3 games, Telltale Games, trailer, Xbox 360 games

We won't have to wait four months for The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3

The lengthy delay between The Wolf Among Us: Episodes 1 and 2 was utterly interminable, but we're delighted to report that the third chapter -- A Crooked Mile -- is nearly upon us. Telltale have released a brand new reveal trailer, along with assurances that we'll be able to play it "very soon" - likely next week if not later this month.

Before you go any further, bear in mind that the video contains major spoilers for Episodes 1 and 2! Don't watch it if you're planning on completing the series as a single complete package in a few months' time.

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New Loading Human trailer showcases VR and motion control gameplay

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Loading Human, Motion Control, Oculus Rift, Razer Hydra, Sixense STEM, Untold Games, VR

New Loading Human trailer showcases VR and motion control gameplay

I called Loading Human the "future of the adventure game" back in my hands-on preview earlier this year, thanks to its implementation of both virtual reality tech in the form of the Oculus Rift, combined with motion control provided by the Razer Hydra or, when the game eventually emerges, the far more accurate Sixense STEM.

Untold Games are pointing the way forwards for adventure games with Loading Human; this is a tantalising possible future for the genre and for interactive storytelling in general. But whether or not it takes off sooner rather than later will all come down to execution. We're on the cusp of having the most immersive interactive narrative experiences any of us have ever seen; fingers crossed that the tech holds up.

It's that last line which is key: will the tech hold up? Well, my demo was one of the first conducted by any member of the press or public outside of Untold Games' internal testing, and it was a very, very early build that was clearly unfinished -- more a proof of concept than anything else. It had its fair share of problems -- Hydra tech is several years old at this point -- but the immersive qualities were key. It can be quite difficult to convey that through ambitious prose, though, and so Untold have released a new trailer for the game, showing off some gameplay and illustrating how the 1-to-1 mocon feeds into the experience.

Watch it after the jump >>

No hard feelings: Relic Entertainment "really happy" about Gearbox buying Homeworld

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Gearbox, Homeworld, Relic Games, THQ

No hard feelings: Relic Entertainment "really happy" about Gearbox buying Homeworld

"I don't think there's a better home for it"

We were all caught off guard when none other than Gearbox snaffled up the rights to Homeworld during the THQ auction last year, leaving original developers Relic Entertainment without their own IP. When I caught up with game director Quinn Duffy, he explained that the team are actually rather excited about the acquisition - and that Gearbox has their blessing.

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Phil Spencer becomes King Of Xbox - we approve

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Xbox

Phil Spencer becomes King Of Xbox - we approve

Well, technically "head of Microsoft's Xbox division," but that doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

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"Mass appeal" is ruining games... but publishers are waking up

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bravely Default, Hitman, Square Enix

"Mass appeal" is ruining games... but publishers are waking up

'You lose sight of who you're developing for'

Who's sick and tired of publishers chasing the idea of "mass appeal" with classic franchises and new IPs - and ruining them in the process? With the likes of Fuse and Resi 6 still leaving a sour (and diluted) taste in our mouths, I daresay all your hands are firmly aloft.

Luckily publishers are waking up to this fact, even including some of the industry's more intractable companies. Despite taking their sweet time about it, Square Enix have realised that staying true to your roots results in strong sales and better games, as the brilliant Bravely Default demonstrates that we're willing to pay for quality niche games - not watered-down drivel that's focus-tested to within an inch of its life. It's a phenomenon that's going to becoming increasingly important throughout this new generation, and one that deserves more attention.

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Xbox One preview firmware still causing disc errors, but fixes are forthcoming

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Firmware Update, Microsoft, Update, Xbox One

Xbox One preview firmware still causing disc errors, but fixes are forthcoming

Xbox One's preview programme allows console owners to get to grips with major firmware updates ahead of time, enjoying new functionality and tweaks weeks before they're officially deployed... but as with any beta there are always risks. Numerous participants have reported several worrying disc drive errors over the last fortnight, as a result of installing April's offering.

Luckily Microsoft have taken feedback on board and promise to squash these bugs in the official release, and the workaround reads like a scene from the IT Crowd.

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inFamous & Ground Zeroes deny Titanfall, Dark Souls II tumbles - UK Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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UK Games Charts, UK retail

inFamous & Ground Zeroes deny Titanfall, Dark Souls II tumbles - UK Charts

inFamous: Second Son is appropriately enjoying its second week in the sun; once again sitting pretty as the king of the UK charts and attended by Big Boss' short yet impressive next-gen debut. Titanfall may still be selling well, but it's pretty clear that the PS4's bigger install base is paying dividends - and paying out.

Our only major top ten entry comes in the form of Diablo III's long-awaited expansion pack, Reaper Of Souls. Though pricey, I'd argue that it's worth every penny. Phoenix Wright vs Professor Layton may be a tag team for the ages, yet languishes down in 15th.

Dark Souls II's rise to prominence and two weeks in the chart was seriously impressive considering that it's a niche proposition, but From Software's brutal new masterpiece is now slipping down the pecking order. Whether it's just a blip, or a perfectly natural sign that most of the hardcore fanbase now owns a copy, remains to be seen. That said... who's holding out for the PC version?

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Predator hunts down Call Of Duty: Ghosts in next map pack

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Devastation, DLC, FPS, Infinity Ward, Predator

Predator hunts down Call Of Duty: Ghosts in next map pack

Call Of Duty: Ghosts' upcoming map pack -- Devastation -- is another downloadable dollop of four arenas, an Extinction mode scenario and a foldaway assault rifle that moonlights as an SMG.

Both of which have been thoroughly upstaged by none other than the freaking Predator, who's set to make a cameo at the very least.

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At A Glance: Roundup 24th-30th March 2014

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
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At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 24th-30th March 2014

Titanfall had a slightly rough week with a quick tumble down the charts courtesy of Infamous: Second Son and it also caught some flack for making teamwork less rewarding during multiplayer matches. Microsoft lifted the lid on details for cutting features for online griefers and we saw a few new screen for Arkham Knight. So yes, a quiet week. Not for Facebook though, who came out of nowhere and bought VR studio Oculus for an insane amount of money.

In the reviews, Cloudbuilt turned out to be well worth the wait and Mercenary Kings was a fine throwback to our retro years. Diablo III's Reaper of Souls is hella expensive, but Jon's going to tell you if it's worth the cash. We'd love to tell you that the medieval Sin City-stylings of Betrayer makes it worth your time, but a 5/10 says otherwise.

In our features we have fresh video coverage of Dark Souls IICarmageddon ReincarnationTitanfall and Betrayer. Articles include a look at why graphics are super important, a piece on why a free title update may mean you don't need the new Diablo III DLC, Chris weighs up safety vs surprise in gaming and Matt assures us that Facebook buying the Oculus isn't a bad thing at all and also tells us which games he'd like to see get a FFX-style HD makeover. Stay tuned next week too as Jon and Carl bring you the best from the Rezzed Expo in Birmingham. Rezzed? It's like the Eurogamer Expo but with added nerd. Yeah, I went there.

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Xbox One: No cross-play, no War Thunder

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Actin games, Combat Flight Sims, Cross-Play, F2P, Gaijin Entertainment, Microsoft, War Thunder, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Xbox One: No cross-play, no War Thunder

War Thunder will not be coming to Xbox One any time soon. Why? Well, apparently because Microsoft won't allow cross-play between PC and Xbox One, according to the game's publisher Gaijin Entertainment.

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PS4: Every announced 2014 title so far, but where are the big hitters?

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Matt Gardner
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News
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PS4, PS4 games, Sony, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Worldwide Studios

PS4: Every announced 2014 title so far, but where are the big hitters?

This week, Sony released a list detailing every PlayStation 4 game announced for 2014 so far, along with expected release windows. Still no idea when the hell Driveclub is coming, mind; and there's no sign of The Last Guardian either, unsurprisingly.

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Watch the entire Project Morpheus reveal right here

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Project Morpheus, Sony, Virtual Reality, VR

Watch the entire Project Morpheus reveal right here

Want to know more about Sony's plan to bring Virtual Reality to the living room? Have a spare hour on your hands, sweet Alt-Tab skills or a very hands-off boss? If so, you might be interested to know that Sony have posted their entire Project Morpheus reveal presentation online including the full Q&A session.

It's clear that Morpheus is a serious contender when it comes to VR, and is currently receiving extra attention after Oculus Rift's controversial buyout. Are you ready for the Virtual Reality revolution, or will you take some serious convincing first?

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So Batman isn't the 'Arkham Knight' after all

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC, PC games, PS4, PS4 games, Rocksteady Studios, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

So Batman isn't the 'Arkham Knight' after all

Rocksteady creates new canonical character

When Rocksteady revealed their next-gen Batman sequel, many of us assumed that "Arkham Knight" referred to the Caped Crusader himself. Right?.

Well, wrong, actually. Rocksteady are introducing a brand new character -- The Arkham Knight -- who'll antagonise Batman and become part of the wider continuity after the credits roll.

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Watch out, Xbox One griefers - Microsoft's gunning for you

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Reputation, Xbox One

Watch out, Xbox One griefers - Microsoft's gunning for you

No Twitch For Twits

Griefers, quitters, trolls and other aggravating online denizens can make Xbox Live a much more toxic place than it ought to be... but apparently this might be about to change.

As promised, Microsoft are preparing to roll out the Xbox One's revamped reputation system later this week, which is designed to punish serial offenders and scare potential griefers into perfect gentlemen. Whether it works is another matter entirely.

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"You know that team was crying" - Oddworld creator slams Battlefield 4 & big publishers

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Battlefield 4, EA, Lorne Lanning, Oddworld, Oddworld Inhabitants

"You know that team was crying" - Oddworld creator slams Battlefield 4 & big publishers

"F*&$ that business"

Lorne Lanning is not a big fan of AAA development and major publishers. At all. The foul-mouthed creator of Oddworld has explained why upcoming revamp New & Tasty was developed independently, using Battlefield 4's launch as example of bad business without mincing any words whatsoever.

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Steam & XBLA prices could rise after budget kills tax loophole

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Digital Distribution, Steam, Taxpayer, UK retail, Valve, XBLA

Steam & XBLA prices could rise after budget kills tax loophole

George Osborne's latest budget closes off a key tax loophole that Steam exploits to provide cheaper games.

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Titanfall update fixes bugs, but causes controversy

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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FPS, PC games, Respawn Entetainment, Xbox One Games

Titanfall update fixes bugs, but causes controversy

Titanfall's latest patch has squished several lingering bugs, which is always good to know, but some major rebalancing tweaks caused a bit of a stir over the weekend. Crucially, XP for defending capture points and flags has been massively reduced, meaning that there's now much less incentive to support your team by keeping your bases secure. Titanfall's generous rewards for playing the objective deserved special mention in our review, so we're actually rather disappointed by this new change of pace.

Otherwise, the smart pistol is now slightly less viable in ADS, while Dead Man's Trigger comes with a few caveats. You can read up on the full patch notes after the break, and be sure to tell us what you make of Respawn's changes.

No sign of custom matches. Though we absolutely love Titanfall, it's annoying that Respawn have had time to slightly worsen their XP system, but not address this oversight yet. Thoughts?

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inFamous: Second Son smokes Titanfall in the UK Charts

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS Vita, PS3, PS4, UK Games Charts, UK retail

inFamous: Second Son smokes Titanfall in the UK Charts

PS4 exclusive inFamous: Second Son has shot straight to the top of the UK Charts in its first three days on sale, hardly surprising considering that it's the major exclusive that many early adopters were waiting for. Fighting our way around Seattle with Smoke and Neon powers is fantastic fun, as Matt explains in our Editor's Choice review.

Sony will doubtlessly be delighted, especially when they look at the figures for this week's runner up. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes pushes Titanfall down to third, owing mainly to strong sales on PlayStation platforms. 58% of copies sold were on PS4, while 15% were PS3, meaning that Xbox owners only made up 27% of the install base.

Finally... ooh, that works on so many levels... Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD has debuted in at fourth place, showing that Square remakes 'em like they used to.

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At A Glance: Roundup 17th-23rd March 2014

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
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At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 17th-23rd March 2014

The biggest news this week was Sony finally officially unveiling their new Virtual Reality headset, Project Morpheus at GDC. Not far behind though was Ubisoft also giving into pressure from numerous leaks and admitting a new Paris-based AC game is in the works for PS4, Xbox One and PC in the shape of Assassin's Creed: Unity. The game will be set during the French Revolution, so there won't even be an Eiffel tower to climb. It's not like we all wanted to go to ancient Japan or China though is it? There's always 2015 folks.

There are tonnes of ace games to play right now though as shown in our reviews section. This week we have verdicts on Infamous: Second Son, Dark Souls II, Luftrausers, The Witch and the Hundred KnightHatsune Miku: Project Diva F and more shite Dead Rising 3 DLC. I dipped into some hardware reviews this week and checked out three of Orb's PS4 headsets - they're pretty good.

Titanfall and Dark Souls II dominate our features with lots of video coverage from Matt/Jon and Carl respectively - I know, poor Carl right? Chris put together a Dark Souls II survival guide, Carl took a break to check on WildStar's progress, Matt played an early build of Warlock II and we interviewed Dealspwn regular reader and developer Andy ford, about his upcoming Wii U game. That was the week that was then. We'll let you get back to Titanfall/Infamous/Dark Souls II now.

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Game Buzz | Episode 69 - Assassin's Creed: Les Mis

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Assassin's Creed: Unity, Game Buzz, Nintendo, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Sony, VR headsets, Wii U

Game Buzz | Episode 69 - Assassin's Creed: Les Mis

This week on Game Buzz, we chat about the rumoured news that the next AssCreed will take place in revolutionary France, we discuss Sony's VR plans now that the cat is out of the bag, and we suggest IPs Nintendo could bring back on Wii U.

Game Buzz | Episode 69 - Assassin's Creed: Les Mis. Recorded 21st March, 2014.

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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