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Have 10 mins of Fable Legends offscreen gameplay footage

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Fable Legends, Gameplay footage, Lionhead Studios, Microsoft Studios, Videos, Xbox One Games

Gears of Fable? Oh go on then. Fable Legends has copped a fair bit of flak forits more action-oriented approach to the Fable universe, but there might just be space for a co-op TPS that leverages the IP for fresh purposes.

You can decide for yourself by checking out the 10 minute video we captured at a recent Microsoft showcase. There was no game sound to record due to the in-game audio being pumped out through headphones, so we've stuck in some favourites from the Fable OST.

Doom 4 is a double-jumping circle-strafing skull-crushing ultraviolent reboot

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bethesda, id Software

Doom 4 is a double-jumping circle-strafing skull-crushing ultraviolent reboot

id Software spills the beans at QuakeCon

Doom 4 is dead. Long live Doom!

id Software has finally revealed that their long-awaited Doom sequel is actually a full-on reboot that plans to overhaul more than the story. As opposed to a tense horror crawl, our marine sets out on a brutal fast-paced orgy of destruction complete with double jumps, no regenerating health, messy melee executions and slippery combat that harks back to the original classics.

We are, as they say, so ready.

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The final U-turn? Microsoft shuts down Xbox Entertainment Studios

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Xbox One

The final U-turn? Microsoft shuts down Xbox Entertainment Studios

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has spent the last few months reforming the Xbox One's image through a series of high-profile U-turns. Or, to put it another way, scraping the last slimy traces of Don Mattrick off the Redmond office walls. Kinect became optional, Xbox Live Gold dropped its entertainment paywall and the focus shifted from nebulous entertainment content to being "all about the games."

Today brings us the news that this cycle is almost complete as Microsoft plans to shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios, sadly as part of the largest round of layoffs in company history.

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The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 4 strolls out next week

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Adventure Games, Telltale Games

The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 4 strolls out next week

With The Wolf Among Us now concluded in spectacular bittersweet fashion, another grim Telltale Games series has reached the beginning of the end. The penultimate episode of the Walking Dead: Season 2, Amid The Ruins, releases next week; starting with a Tuesday 22nd launch on PC and US PSN, throughout Wednesday on XBLA and European PSN, followed by the iOS version on the Thursday.

Call me crazy, but I'm not entirely convinced that a happy ending is on the cards for Clementine and co. Either way, we've got some slightly spoilery blurb and a VERY spoilery trailer below.

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Jump high, dig deep in Titanfall's next map pack

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, EA, FPS, PC games, Respawn Entertainment, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Jump high, dig deep in Titanfall's next map pack

Titanfall's next season pass map pack -- Frontier's Edge -- has started revealing its secrets. The first of the three new maps is Dig Site, a deep quarry that gives Titans plenty of cover to negotiate while pilots leap overhead or brutally face off atop massive mining equipment.

We've got a first look at the new stage below.

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Firefall has fixed its killer flaw in time for overdue launch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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MMO, PC games, Red 5 Studios

Firefall has fixed its killer flaw in time for overdue launch

Remember Firefall? After years of development hell, numerous changes of direction, high-profile firings and a slide into obscurity, Red 5's massively multiplayer shooter is finally coming out of beta on July 29th. The patch notes are very promising indeed, adding new 'open world PvP,' campaign missions and enemies into the mix.

However, it also appears that Red 5 have finally corrected the one major flaw holding back their jet-boot enabled cooperative romp, which previously crippled the experience in a profoundly damaging way.

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Star Citizen gunning for $50 million, will make its own languages

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC games, Roberts Space Industries, Space Sim, Star Citizen

Star Citizen gunning for  million, will make its own languages

"Do you speak Banu?"

Star Citizen's astonishing crowd funding campaign shows no signs of stopping as Chris Roberts' space sim blasts through the $48 million mark, having finally released a playable component. We'll now get a fun new in-universe advert for the Retalliator ship line, but Roberts has bigger plans for what happens when the war chest hits $50 million.

Specifically, he'll commission a team of linguists to create entirely new complete languages for each alien race. Qapla'!

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Devs want Early Access on consoles, but do we?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Early Access, Microsoft, PS4, Sony, Xbox One

Devs want Early Access on consoles, but do we?

A decade ago I'd have laughed in your face if you suggested that thousands of gamers would willingly pay to play unfinished games, but here we are. Alpha funding is now a big deal and a very good thing too in the main, allowing small studios to get investment, community and publicity while letting us into the development cycle first-hand. Huge advantages for everyone involved, despite the increasingly hefty drawbacks of a system that enables unscrupulous liars to make bank and buries quality Steam software under a mountain of utter crap.

It's clear that Early Access (alpha funding by any other name) is still undergoing some growing pains on PC, but developers and hardware manufacturers are now calling for a similar system to be implemented on home consoles. To be perfectly honest, I'm not convinced they're entirely ready yet.

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Gorgeous shooter Myriad targeting PS4: "it looks ridiculously cool"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Erlend Grefsrud, Indie Games, PS4 games, SHMUP

Gorgeous shooter Myriad targeting PS4: "it looks ridiculously cool"

Yesterday we previewed Myriad, a truly eyepopping indie game that elevates twinstick shooting into an artform in and of itself. Inspired by the works of Kandinsky, it allows us to reshape levels on the fly, creating dynamic unique masterpieces every time we play.

It's a fascinating concept and a ton of fun even at this early stage, and though the preview build was naturally running on PC, developer Erlend Grefsrud has designs on Sony's new-gen machine due to its unique streaming opportunities.

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Assassin's Creed: Unity trailers retcon the revolution

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC games, PS4 games, Ubisoft, Xbox One Games

Assassin's Creed: Unity trailers retcon the revolution

Do you hear the people sing, singing a song of angry men? No? Good, and that's just how we like it. Russell Crowe has been forcibly gagged and dragged out of the Parisian streets for a double bill of Assassin's Creed Unity trailers, which will probably make a reasonable substitute for actual news on what's shaping up to be another painfully slow week.

You'll see some intriguing exposition that blends real events with Assassin's Creed canon (which will be enough to tell you that my limp Les Mis joke is chronologically flawed!), followed by a gameplay trailer showing off fluid animations and enormous crowds.

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Valve VR Guru predicts a grim money-grubbing future

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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VR

Valve VR Guru predicts a grim money-grubbing future

VR specialist Fabian Giesen resigned from Valve back in 2012, having contributed to their Virtual Reality programme and prototypes. His reasons for doing so have now been made clear: a genuine concern that unscrupulous companies will use the tech to monetise your every waking moment.

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We're not super-excited about dressing up Pikachu in adorable outfits, honest

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Game Freak, Nintendo, trailer

We're not super-excited about dressing up Pikachu in adorable outfits, honest

We'll be able to make secret bases, transform Metagross into a powerful new form and dress Pikachu up in adorable outfits in this year's Pokemon remake. As a grown man, perhaps I ought to make some sort of dismissive comment here, but you know as well as I do that we can't bloody wait.

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FALCON PUNCH! Three new Smash Bros characters revealed

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS Games, Fighting Games, Nintendo, Super Smash Bros. 3DS, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Team Sora, Wii U games

Nintendo have unveiled three new characters who'll be starring in Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS later this year.

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Watch Dogs sells 8 million copies, now top dog 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

Watch Dogs sells 8 million copies, now top dog in the UK Games Charts

Watch Dogs is still one of the most divisive game releases of 2014, but there's no quibbling with the numbers. Love it or hate it, thrilled or disappointed, eight million copies sold is a huge start for a new franchise. Not to mention a chart success guarantee. What did you make of Aiden Pearce's debut?

On the subject of new franchises, though, Tomodachi Life has sneaked into the Top Ten this week. Nintendo's quirky life sim is is bizarre and banal, but surprisingly fun to dip into little and often. It's also screenshot gold, as you can see above. Yes, that is Reggie and The Cat from Red Dwarf X in the background.

Otherwise expect plenty of familiar faces in the UK Games Charts, as detailed below.

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Tekken 7 will be "the final battle"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bandai Namco, Tekken 7

The Mishima family are up to their old tricks again as Bandai Namco announces Tekken 7 with grim predictability. The new teaser trailer promises "the final battle," presumably Kazuya squaring off against Heihachi, convinced that the powerful pensioner has killed his mother. Or something. Expecting anything less than a needlessly convoluted yet pointless story from the series is delusional.

However, we can expect Unreal 4-powered visuals, which means that Tekken 7 should be eminently scalable and headed to both new-gen consoles at the very least. Could it be time for a PC version? We'll find out later this month.

Still no Tekken X Street Fighter, mind.

At A Glance: Roundup 7th-13th July 2014

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

At A Glance: Roundup 7th-13th July 2014

Dragon Age: Inquisition proved to be a pleasant surprise this week with a couple of extensive gameplay videos that whetted our appetite for the fantasy RPG later this year. Ken Levine finally admitted that the Bioshock Vita game was dead, but given that he was planning on a Final Fantasy Tactics take on the series, it looks like we all dodged a bullet there. The upcoming Destiny beta got all the more exciting this week as Bungie announced that everyone involved would be getting codes for their mates too. Prepare for a quiet week from us lot next week then.

In the Reviews, The Wolf Among Us had an excellent finale and Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (not a Capcom game despite the title) made its way to Xbox One in style. Concursion was a confused mess and Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark raised itself just above 'don't bother' thanks to a fun online survival mode and a massive fire-breathing robot dinosaur. The prolonged years of development haven't been kind to Enemy Front as it effortlessly takes the prize for Stinker of Week. A shame.

In between playing non-stop Supraball matches for video/article coverage, the team has been hitting the road to bring you previews for Forza Horizon 2, Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality headset and Action Henk. As the year's half-way mark passes we have roundtable articles on our favourites for the year so far and what we're most looking forward to before the end of the year. Other articles look into GameStop's suspicious plans for getting involved with game development, how devs need to stop seeing the Wii U gamepad as a mere gimmick, the need for any more MOBAs and a look at how the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus compare.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition - 15 Minutes Redcliffe Castle Gameplay

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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BioWare, Dragon Age: Inquisition, EA, RPG Games

Dragon Age: Inquisition - 15 Minutes Redcliffe Castle Gameplay

Earlier this week we posted part one of EA's behind closed doors demo of Dragon Age: Inquisition, which saw expansive outdoor environments and a bloody massive dragon. Today's latest video takes the action indoors to Redcliffe Castle.

The latest gameplay demo gives us a better look at the extensive tactical options available for those of you that don't want to play the game like a button-bashing action title. Ordering party movement, creating choke points and using elevation for an advantage are all shown off. There are also a few story scenes to enjoy along with some of those trademark Bioware decisions to make on the fly and it looks like your group is just as unruly as ever.

The game's certainly proving to be a bit of a looker too -although we prefer the lush outdoors of the previous demo- especially when compared to the rather dog-eared first two games. Be sure to check outy the new video and let us know if you're going to give the game a chance or are you just working your way through the backlog until The Witcher III arrives?

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The Division 101: new interview explains Massive's anticipated RPG

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Massive Entertainment, PC games, PS4 games, Ubisoft, Xbox One Games

The Division 101: new interview explains Massive's anticipated RPG

The Division caused a massive stir at E3 2013, generating an enormous amount of excitement and an active community despite still being nebulously dated for next year. If you're wondering what all the fuss is about, Ubisoft has published a helpful interview with Game Director Ryan Barnard, who explains the premise, mechanics and vision behind the online action-RPG. Watch it below.

The Division looks to be a neat mix between cooperative gunplay and classless RPG customisation. Here's hoping that Massive Entertainment deliver on its potential -- and their promises -- next year.

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