After Disney shut down Lucas Arts we wondered what was next for any Star Wars games and this week we were slightly concerned to see they sold them to EA, so we've picked apart the possibilities in the news, features and the podcast. Elsewhere in the news we've got the usual rumours and quotes about the next-gen consoles and a few new games were announced from The Sims and one of the founders of the FPS, Wolfenstein.
Jon jumped across the channel to Paris when we weren't looking to bring us multiple reports and interviews from Ubisoft's Watch Dogs, but helpfully penned a survival guide for Soul Sacrifice before he went. Find out about Matt's obsession with NBA2K13 and don't forget to watch our team playthrough video of the new Fuse demo too.
Our reviews include my concluding part of the Soul Sacrifice review for the Vita, which turned out much better than I expected thanks to some very enjoyable multiplayer. Sadly, I also finally got round to reviewing Activision's The Walking Dead: Survival Instincts. Matt reviewed the enjoyable top down stealth game, Monaco and Jon took a hairy bear-pawed swing at the space RTS, Star Drive.
- Pratchett On Female Protagonists: "It's Not About The 'Pinking' Of Games": Don't divide, aim for everyone.
- David Cage Talks Up PS4 "Water Cooler Effect": Cage is all about the share button.
- "Inexcusable": Will Wright Weighs In On SimCity: Creator isn't happy.
- Star Wars: Disney and EA Sign Exclusive, Multi-Year Publishing Deal: Sigh? Happy? Given up?
- Meet The Infected In New The Last Of Us Dev Diary: Enemies explained. A bit.
- Amazon Germany Lists GTA V (PC), Special Edition Rumoured: I'd take this with a pinch of sauerkraut.
- Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Trailer Sings The Ballad of Silas Greaves: Johnny Cash inspired trailer.
- UK Games Charts | 4th May 2013: Riptide again? Shame on you, Britain.
- The Sims 4 Announced For 2014: Thankfully not always-online. Wonder why?
- Bethesda Announce Wolfenstein: The New Order: Lead hero still called BJ. Still funny.
- RUMOUR: PS4 Facing Mass Shipment Issues?: When? Where? Cost? Details!
- Saints Row IV Trailer Meets The President: Typically reserved.
- GAME To Open 18 New Stores: Is this a good idea? No.
- Blizzard On Diablo III PS3: "We Didn't Want To Emulate A PC Game": Dodge roll included. Suck it PC gamers.
- Patrice Desilets Fired From Ubisoft Less Than Two Months After Coming Back: More woes for Assassin's co-creator.
- EA Sports Extends FIFA Licence For Next Decade:Pro Evo fans face another 10 years of knock-off replica shirts.
- ShopTo & Activision At Odds Over Call Of Duty: Ghosts Release Date: ShopTo no longer stocking Activision titles.
- REPORT: Next Xbox WON'T Require Always-Online Connection: Just give us one official detail!
- Sony: "We Didn't Consider" Always-Online For PS4: Because you'd have to be collectively retarded.
- Project X Zone Capcom Characters Get The Trailer Treatment: Looks awesome. Makes no sense though.
- Avalanche Studios: Wii U Dev Kits 'Collected Dust': Much like everyone's I imagine.
- PlayStation Financials Show Dwindling Sales, Forecasts 'Significant' Upswing: PS4 could really turn it around after the Vita's failure.
- Saints Row IV Closed-Door Demo Now Open To All: It's all about the dubstep gun.
- Watch Dogs Will Have Superior Wind & Water Simulation On PS4: Prepare to sulk if you get the PS3 version for Xmas.
- Develop Awards 2013 Nominees Announced: The creative talent awards.
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Coming to PC and PS3 in Summer: Monthly fees? Free to play's the way today folks.
- Hellraid Gameplay Vid Shows Techland's Creative Range: Dead Island: Medieval Edition?
- John Carpenter Wants to Make a Dead Space Movie: We want you to make it too.
- Soul Sacrifice Review | Part 2 – Getting Slayed With Friends: Highly recommended when played online.
- StarDrive Review | Space Bears Off The Starboard Bow!: A solid if, slightly rough space RTS.
- Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine Review | The Heist Fantastic: Band of Thieves.
- MadCatz M.O.U.S.9 Hardware Review: It really does look like a Transformer!
- The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Review | Choose Death: This will make you hate games.
- Beyond Gaming or How NBA 2K13 Changed My Life: Ah videogames, explaining US sports for us since the 90s.
- Top Ten Tuesdays | Soul Sacrifice Survival Guide: Helpful tips from Jon for new hunters out there.
- Dealspwn Playthrough | Fuse Demo: Jetpack snipers. Our new nemesis.
- COMMENT: Can EA Possibly Make Star Wars Shine Once More?: If by shine you mean make shit games that sell loads anyway, then absolutely.
- Watch Dogs Preview | Sweet Home Chicago: Jon sees the game in action.
- The Science Of Watch Dogs | Lead Game Designer Danny Belanger Talks Next-Gen Gameplay: How the game's ambitions are being realised.
- The Art Of Watch Dogs | Animation Lead Lars Bonde On Bringing Watch Dogs To Life: We're buying a PS4 just for Watch Dog's water effects.
- Game Buzz | Episode 31 - Devil's Dance: EA and Star Wars, should be fine *snigger*