It's time for your roundup of this week's news, reviews and features. The sun may have finally turned up, but that doesn't mean there isn't lots of gaming goodness to bring you from Dealspwn. Microsoft have spent another week providing guff marketing quotes in the face of some serious questions about their plans for preowned and we expect they'll continue in that vein until E3. Elsewhere, hype-machine Molyneux finally had the Curiosity cube cracked. The best news we got this week though was EA dropping online passes for their existing games as well as future releases. Could be a moot point by the time the Xbone (get used to that name, Microsoft) turns up though.
In the features, we've had some hands-on time with the latest Borderlands 2 expansion and Rugby Challenge 2. Jon's finally got his new Ouya console delivered and has provided his early thoughts ahead of a full review. A couple of Comment features look at whether or not Curiosity was worth all that effort and another at how timed exclusives won't cut it anymore for Microsoft.
We've been busy with the reviews too with shiny headphones and an overly-expensive mouse getting our verdicts. We didn't forget the games though as shown by the scores thrust upon the likes of Metro: Last Light, Pool Nation and The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing.
- Curiosity’s “Life Changing” Prize Is Finally Revealed: Molyneux lives up to the hype! Only kidding.
- Xbox One Will Be Region-Locked: Not that Japan will be making Xbone exclusives.
- UK Games Charts | 25th May 2013: A decent Resident Evil game at the top?
- Xbox One: German Data Protection Commissioner Brands Console A "Monitoring Device": Stalker box?
- #PS4noDRM Campaign Urges Sony To Adopt Open Used Game Stance: One horse raise if Sony play their cards right.
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Gameplay Footage Shows Environments & Beach Parties: Gorgeous looking MMO that really needs to go F2P.
- Rayman Legends Vita Trailer Shows Off Touchscreen Features: Another kick in the teeth for the Wii U?
- Sonic: Lost World Gets New Trailer, Features Wall-Runs: Why Sega? Why did you give this to Ninty!?
- Free Soul Sacrifice DLC Out Today: We like free Vita shiz.
- Report: All PS4 Games To Support PS Vita Remote Play: Great if you're likely to get booted off the TV.
- Insomniac: "We've Taken Some Heat" For Changing Overstrike To Fuse: And done nothing about it.
- SimCity Amusement Park DLC Out Today: Unleash the deathtrap!
- PSN Store Update | Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning, Demon's Souls & ICO HD Collection Free For PS Plus Subscribers: Need. Got. Got.
- Rain Gameplay Trailer: Two Silhouettes: Something to look forward to in the autumn.
- Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Rebublic Ported To iPad: And it's out already?!
- Xbox One: Microsoft Aware Of DRM Concerns, Are Listening To Feedback: Listening and sweating.
- Borderlands 2: Krieg DLC Gets Heartwarming, Disturbing Trailer: Meat bicycle!
- EA Officially Removing Online Passes From Existing Games: This is awesome! Time to add Battlefield 3 to the LoveFilm list.
- Double Fine Reveals Massive Chalice Strategy Kickstarter: I'm going to punch the next person that moans about paying upfront for DLC passes yet throws money at kickstarter projects based on 'celebrity' devs and marker pen presentations.
- Killer Is Dead Gameplay Footage Shows Insane Combat, Tiger Bike Fights & Worrying Gigolo Missions: Action looks much better than lackluster Lollipop Chainsaw.
- The Last of Us Demo Available Now - If You Own God of War: Ascension: It's short, but lets you know what you're in for.
- Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles Coming to PS3: The good times continue for JRPG fans.
- MadCatz R.A.T.M Hardware Review | RugR.A.T.: And you thought a DualShock 3 was expensive.
- Rush Bros. Review | Fun Guy, But Infected Mushroom For Improvement: Platformer misses a beat.
- Razer BlackShark 2.0 Hardware Review | Military-Grade Audio: Worth all that cash?
- The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing Review | Diabolical Delight: Lacks Hugh Jackman. Boo!
- Metro: Last Light Review | You'll Need To Mind More Than Just The Gap: He's not talking about the clothes store.
- Pool Nation Review | The Real Hustle King?: Cheaper than two pints at your local pub.
- Rugby Challenge 2 Hands-On Preview | Advantage, Sidhe: Posh eggchasing returns to consoles.
- COMMENT | Curiosity: Treasure Or Travesty?: Was it worth all that tapping?
- Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault On Dragon Keep Hands-On Preview | "Roll For Initiative, Suckas!": Gearbox's shooter continues to impress.
- COMMENT | Xbox One: Why Timed Exclusives Won't Cut It For Microsoft This Time Round: Early COD map access? Pffft.
- OUYA Pre-Launch Review & Impressions | Beautiful Inside & Out... But Will It Be Ready?: Urgh, look at that pad.
- Blast From The Past | Knights of the Old Republic: Relive those memories on your iPad now too!
- Game Buzz | Episode 33 - No DRM Please, We're Gamers: Microsoft's craziness discussed yet again.