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Murdered: Soul Suspect was the final coffin nail for Airtight Games

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Airtight Games

Murdered: Soul Suspect was the final coffin nail for Airtight Games

Airtight Games has had a rough old time of it recently. Their Creative Director Kim Swift (one of the co-creators of Portal) jumped ship to team up with Amazon Fire, their OUYA exclusive released onto a floundering system and layoffs have been reported over the course of the year.

Sadly, it appears that the critical drubbing visited upon Murdered: Soul Suspect was the straw that broke the camel's back, so to speak, resulting in the beleaguered studio closing their doors today.

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GAME brings back console rentals

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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UK retail

GAME brings back console rentals
Remember how Blockbuster used to rent consoles as well as games, so you could play a couple of major exclusives without having to buy the system outright? GAME definitely seems to, because their new promotion lets you do just that for £19.99 -- and a big deposit, mind.

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Nintendo finally reveals the first 3DS/Wii U cross-buy game... with a couple of kinks

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Nintendo, Wii U games

Nintendo finally reveals the first 3DS/Wii U cross-buy game... with a couple of kinks

After several years of being shown up by Sony's PS Vita/PS3 'cross-buy' initiative, Nintendo are finally ready to follow suit on their own hardware. From tomorrow, buying SQUIDS Odyssey on 3DS will instantly unlock the Wii U version for free.

As we noted in our 7/10 review, it's a solid, lighthearted and seriously enjoyable tactical hybrid, though Nintendo still hasn't quite grasped the cross-buy concept yet.

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Activision promises "photorealistic" visuals for Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, FPS, Sledgehammer Games

Activision promises "photorealistic" visuals for Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Their words, not mine. Sledgehammer Games have released a new video that doesn't pull its punches, proclaiming that Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be the most profound visual update the series has ever received. Packing "photorealistic" assets to painstaking facial and performance capture, apparently the next-gen shooter will make us say, "oh my God that's a game, that's crazy!"

Again, their words, not mine. Here's hoping that Advanced Warfare will deliver, partly because we love the futuristic premise, but also because Ghosts failed to push the franchise forward in any meaningful way. We're due an overhaul and, to their credit, Sledgehammer are making all the right noises.

We'll find out if they can also make a decent game come November 4th.

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The new Dreamfall Chapters trailer welcomes us back to Stark & Arcadia

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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Dreamfall Chapters, Episodic content, Red Thread Games, Trailers

Now in Episodic form, coming later this year

The fine folks at Red Thread Games have released a brand new trailer this afternoon for the long awaited Dreamfall Chapters ahead of its now-episodic release later this year. Giving us a sneak peek into the stunningly realised twin worlds of Stark and Arcadia, as well as an early listen to its rather atmospheric soundtrack, there are some hidden easter eggs for eagle-eyed fans to ponder over according to creative producer Ragnar Tørnquist.

While the Kickstarted project was expected to be delivered in full in November, it was explained in an open letter last week that the game - and more to the point its story - had "turned out to be bigger and more ambitious than first envisioned." To that end, the game will now be split into five episodes, with the first releasing "before our originally announced November date." It was also made clear that current backers would receive all five episodes as part of their pledge as they are released at no extra cost.

"As a team, we believe we’re making the right choice — organisationally, financially and creatively," Tørnquist explained. "As writers, storytellers and artists we get to work in a format we love. And with every release, we will gather your feedback and improve on subsequent releases. In return, you’ll be getting a bigger, longer, more ambitious and more polished game."

Frankly, the change to an episodic form is probably the best thing in the long run (from a personal perspective it means I won't binge the entire thing in one sitting and then barrage the devs with calls of "MOAR NOW PLEASE") and the trailer has the TLJ fan in me very excited for the return of protagonists Zoë Castillo & Kian Alvane. As it says in the trailer itself, Dreamfall Chapters is certainly one of our most anticipated games of this year, and if you want to learn more about it you can check out my interview with developers Dag Scheve and Ragnar Tørnquist here, but stay tuned to the site as we'll be keeping a close eye on Red Thread Games' upcoming title in the coming months.

Dreamfall Chapters Book One: Reborn will release on PC, Mac and Linux later this year.

What is Microsoft's secret Halo spin-off?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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343 Industries, Halo, Microsoft

What is Microsoft's secret Halo spin-off?

Halo is coming to Xbox One in a big way, starting this year with the Master Chief Collection, then flanked by live-action TV shows and Halo 5: Guardians. Fans of Spartans and Scorpions have plenty to look forward to.

However, it appears that Microsoft Studios are working on yet another Halo-related project, this time a collaboration between 343 Industries and another as-yet-unknown company. What could it be?

Hold onto your helmets and HUD, because it's time for some wild theorising.

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H1Z1 footage shows off crafting, killing & driving in Sony's DayZ contender

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Gameplay footage, H1Z1, PC games, Sony Online Entertainment, Survival games

Will you survive? Such is the question posed by H1Z1, Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming F2P survival sandbox. We'll scavenge for supplies and crafting materials, desperately engage the 'infected' hordes and occasionally secure a vehicle for some post-apocalyptic green laning; all of which features in the brand new slice of gameplay footage.

SOE boss John Smedley has also assured us that snowy environments and dynamic weather are headed to H1Z1 and Planetside 2. It's looking cool, snow joke [you're fired - Ed]

Clearly already looking solid ahead of its Steam Early Access launch, H1Z1 has been picking up a publicity snowball over the last few months, especially since it's also slated to release on PS4 in due time. Let us know what you make of it!

Sony admits their E3 "mistake" - letting Powers run too long

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Powers, PS4, Sony

Sony admits their E3 "mistake" - letting Powers run too long

Sony can usually be relied upon to deliver a stunning E3 press conference that lasts roughly an hour longer than it should, yet still packs plenty of exciting announcements. This year, however, we found ourselves drifting off to sleep halfway through the event despite having ingested an irresponsible amount of coffee, once Brian Bendis took to the stage to about something called "Powers" for what felt like three weeks.

This, it turns out, was a "mistake" according to Sony's Shuhei Yoshida.

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Android TV Kills The Micro-Consoles, Cuts Out The Middle Men

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Android TV, Google, Microconsole

Android TV Kills The Micro-Consoles, Cuts Out The Middle Men

Google Gets Serious?

Android-powered micro-consoles seemed like a fantastic idea back when the word on everyone's lips was "OUYA," not "PS4." Cheap hardware, affordable games, ease of development, everybody wins. What a wonderful concept.

However, the reality of the situation didn't take long to dawn on us, especially after a few months of OUYA ownership. The problems were myriad, from Android's lacklustre gaming library to out-of-box obsolescence. Not to mention some borderline-psychopathic decisions made by Boxer8's top brass. Most importantly of all, microconsoles are stuck in a Catch-22 situation whereby they can't make money on software sold through the Google Play marketplace, yet Google Play is the only long-term Android marketplace developers will bother developing for.

Android TV Kills The Micro-Consoles, Cuts Out The Middle Men

Now they've revealed a gaming platform of their own -- Android TV -- which has pretty much made every existing contender using their operating system obsolete.

We've seen it all before, but don't start rolling your eyes just yet. The twist here is that Android TV isn't going to be a set-top box for long, rather that's just the first step in securing world domination. It's a service, not so much a piece of hardware, which will soon live inside your telly and other more versatile devices.

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The Sniper Elite 3 Steam Code Debacle: Theft Or Cash Grab?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC games, Rebellion, Sniper Elite 3

The Sniper Elite 3 Steam Code Debacle: Theft Or Cash Grab?

Have You Been Affected?

Sniper Elite 3 may be riding high in the UK charts this week, but Rebellion's sharpshooter has been making bigger and less savoury headlines over the weekend due to the decision to revoke a huge batch of Steam keys sold by a variety of resellers.

Leaving hundreds of gamers who bought the keys in good faith unable to play and in search of refunds, with a powerful yet vague accusation of "stolen" codes and dodgy third-party resellers as explanation.

What's going on? Who's in the right here? Much is still unknown, but it's high time we weighed in.

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Sniper Elite 3 assassinates UFC in the UK Games Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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UK Games Charts, UK retail

Sniper Elite 3 assassinates UFC in the UK Games Charts

One shot, one kill, straight to the head of the UK Games Charts for Sniper Elite 3. UFC didn't know what hit it as Rebellion's sharpshooter hit the top spot in its debut week, despite ongoing controversy and confusion about the decision to cancel hundreds of Steam Keys bought from third-party resellers. Rebellion claims the codes were stolen -- either leaked/intercepted or bought in bulk via a stolen credit card -- and then sold to resellers en masse, though the problem appears to affect over 50 retailers.

If you've been affected, be sure to claim a refund from the seller in question. The situation is still ongoing and deeply murky.

In better news, we have another new chart entry this week in GRID Autosport, which could well be one of the best racers of 2014 unless Driveclub and Forza Horizon 2 pull their socks up. And you don't count Mario Kart 8, which has sadly spun off the top ten and is in the process of Lakitu recovery.

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At A Glance: Roundup 23rd - 29th June 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance, E3 2014, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 23rd - 29th June 2014

Damn you Steam Summer Sale! Why must you make us buy more games than we can possibly play in one lifetime?! Ahem, in between all the splurging we've been working away to bring you the hottest news, features and reviews. This week we've seen new updates for the likes of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Battlefield: Hardline, Destiny, The Order: 1886, Batman, The Witcher III and Space Hulk: Deathwing. So many games on their way! So yeah, less temptation please, Steam.

In our reviews Jon takes one for the team as Matt and I unofficially avoided reviewing Outlast on PS4, but Jon manned up for the Xbone version. Matt reviews the latest update for Company of Heroes 2The Western Front Armies. There's also a review for Codemaster's excellent Grid: Autosport. Carl brings his epic WildStar review to an end this week too. Ending the week, I had the pleasure of Valiant Hearts: The Great War, a unique and endearing look at World War I through the eyes of regular people instead of the usual one-man-army approach.

Features this week include comment pieces on the proposed pricing for Sony's PS Now services, Jon makes his point for picking a Wii U over the PS4 or Xbone and we also ignore the haters and confess our love for the Steam Sale. Our regular video features for WildStar are here to keep you up-to-date on the hottest MMO right now and our weekly Top 10 contains the games that broke our hearts by not turning up at E3 this year and I take a look at how single-player DLC needs to change the way its tethered to the original game.

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Game Buzz | Episode 81 - Battlefail

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Assassin's Creed: Unity, Battlefield, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, DICE, Game Buzz, Podcast, PWNCAST, Razer, WildStar

Game Buzz | Episode 81 - Battlefail

On this week's Game Buzz we tell DICE exactly why people love the Bad Company games and stop just short of calling them idiots, we check in with WildStar now that the massive review is complete and try to determine if that subscription is justified, we wonder aloud why on Earth Razer are making an Android microconsole, and we applaud the introduction of a dedicated stealth button in Assassin's Creed: Unity.

Game Buzz | Episode 81 - Battlefail. Recorded 27th June, 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.

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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Be advised: Titanfall's second map pack is inbound...

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC games, Titanfall, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Be advised: Titanfall's second map pack is inbound...

...in September?!

Expedition was a fun little jaunt containing one of the best maps in the entire game thus far, but with players still clamouring for content despite a major pending update, Titanfall's second map pack can't come soon enough. Especially for season pass holders who already (and ill-advisedly) parted with their cash ahead of time.

Respawn boss Vince Zampella has some good and bad news for you.

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Hopefully Space Hulk: Deathwing will vaguely resemble its gorgeous "in-game" trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Focus Home Interactive, PC games, PS4 games, Screenshots, Space Hulk: Deathwing, StreumOn Studio, Xbox One Games

Hopefully Space Hulk: Deathwing will vaguely resemble its gorgeous "in-game" trailer

The latest trailer for Warhammer 40K-themed FPS Space Hulk: Deathwing is turning heads and raising eyebrows. Both on account of it being astonishingly pretty, but also because it claims to be entirely comprised of "in-game" footage.

To put this in perspective: each Storm Bolter shell casing is individually embossed.

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Not sold on Battlefield: Hardline? A fresh beta kicks off in Autumn

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Beta, DICE, EA, FPS, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Visceral Games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

"It's something different and we're fired up about it"

Battlefield: Hardline's beta has come to an end, raising more questions than it answered. Is it too similar to Battlefield 4 to be worth buying? Should it be released and priced as DLC? Will you ever behold a more gloriously epic motorbike jump?

The jury is most definitely out, but we'll get another chance to sample Visceral and DICE's controversial collaboration later this year.

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The Order: 1886 reveals its smarter, scarier Werewolves

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS4 games, Ready at Dawn

The Order: 1886 reveals its smarter, scarier Werewolves

The Order: 1866 didn't exactly cover itself in glory during Sony's E3 press conference. One could argue that it covered itself in something else entirely.

Despite boasting exceptional world-building, gorgeous steampunk art direction, lore and cinematic gameplay, Ready At Dawn decided to show off a few minutes of tedious Quick Time Events set in a basement. Unless you're a fan of basements and QTEs -- you decidedly odd individual -- the wait for the delayed PS4 exclusive suddenly became a lot easier to bear.

Thankfully Ready At Dawn are now ready to give us a proper introduction to the new Lycan enemy we met in that dingy demesne, by way of an explanatory video that details how the team looked at traditional werewolf legends to create an enemy with both bestial ferocity and cunning intelligence. All worth bearing in mind as we gun them down by the packload with thermite rifles in the seamy Neo-London streets.

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Destiny beta finally dated for Xbox - roughly a week after PS4

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Bungie, FPS, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Destiny beta finally dated for Xbox - roughly a week after PS4

The Destiny beta releases on July 17th for PS4 pre-order customers, but Bungie's new timed-exclusive relationship with Sony left many Xbox One owners unsure of when to expect the same treatment.

"Late July," it transpires, at least according to a new trailer on the Xbox dashboard spotted by Videogamer. Not long to wait, then! Click below to watch Matt blast through the alpha.

Sony has managed to secure exclusive Destiny content, however, which may well remain exclusive until August 2015.

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