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At A Glance: Weekly News Roundup 11th - 17th July 2011

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At A Glance: Weekly News Roundup 11th - 17th July 2011

Trawling through blogs can be time consuming, so we thought we’d make it even easier by rounding up the hottest headlines, the most delicious deals and fantastic features each week in a handy, low-fat look at the previous seven days.

News

  • Call of Duty Elite Beta Now Live: Activision have finally pulled back the curtain on the beta version of their "game-changing" online service Elite, allowing a number of registered users access to more stats and heat maps than they can shake the business end of an M40A3 at.  There's still time to register your interest but don't delay, the queue is already sizable to say the least.
  • Bastion Launch Trailer Released: Jon is excited about Bastion.  Very excited.  And the release of this trailer has done nothing to sate his appetite for the title that's set to headline Xbox Live's Summer of Arcade.  He wants it for its "luscious floating world" and "unique presentation"; we want it so that peace may once again be restored to the Dealspwn office.
  • Angry Birds Devs Looking at 'Every Console': The minds behind the furiously addictive iPhone sensation Angry Birds have set their sights on absolute domination, as they eye up potential platform candidates for the title.  The touch-screen enabled Wii U looks to be the most obvious mark, and one Rovio will no doubt be targeting in the coming months.  Still, you might just see Angry Birds on an Xbox near you soon.
  • EA Buy PopCap For Dr. Evil Amounts of Money: "One BILLION dollars" turned out to be a little off the mark, but $750 million isn't a bad day's work by any standards, and that's exactly what PopCap have been left with after selling their phenomenally lucrative creative minds to EA.  Plants vs Zombies 2, now with added level-based multiplayer anyone?
  • Sony Dubs Crash a "Really Good Time": Remember all that riotous fun we had with our Playstations a couple of months back?  No?  That's funny, because Sony's Tim Schaaff was apparently knee-deep in tequila and party poppers as the Playstation Network collapsed around his (and our) ears.  Sarcastically branding the downtime as "a great experience, a really good time", one can't help but wonder exactly how much Sony are paying their PR team, and whether it's entirely too much...

At A Glance: Weekly News Roundup 11th - 17th July 2011

Deals

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution | £19.96 (With Code) | PC:  Green Man Gaming are currently offering Deus Ex: Human Revolution for a seriously reduced price with the code GETYO-URWAN-DOUT1, so if you've been wary about Eidos Interactive's latest augment 'em up, now might well be the right time to jump in feet first
  • Yakuza 4 | £14.86 | PS3: Those fine folks over at ShopTo are offering Sega's commercially underwhelming but critically successful Yakuza 4 for less than fifteen pounds.  A beautifully realised setting to explore and solid combat make this an underrated gem you should probably get a hold of while it's cheap.
  • Drakensang | £1.69 | PC: Speaking of underrated titles, Impulse Driven are offering an in-depth, entertaining, and breast-filled RPG for less than the price of a pint (Dealspwn's official price comparison system).  Jon also points out that Impulse are good at both giving and taking away with equal swiftness, so it's best to dive on this while it's still there.
  • Darkspore | £8.86 | PC: Amazingly, at the time of writing, this deal is still available and sees ShopTo slashing the price of Darkspore to just under £9.  It may have been a little disappointing upon release, but there's plenty to like about Maxis' dungeon looter, including the excellent co-op play.  For well under a tenner (and just over the price of three pints, at least here in T' North), this is an early bargain.
  • Splinter Cell Trilogy HD | £19.85 | PS3: If, like me, you thought Sam Fisher's last-gen antics made Solid Snake look a right wuss, you'll be pleased to know that Simply Games are offering preorders on the HD remake of the first three Splinter Cell games for just under twenty quid.  Metal Gear who?

At A Glance: Weekly News Roundup 11th - 17th July 2011

Reviews

  • Star Fox 64 3D Hands-On Preview: Hot on the heels of Ocarina's 3D success comes Star Fox 64 3D which, as Matt found out, is as much fun as it was back in the day.  The 3D works, the tilt-motion controls work, but as always, are impossible to play with together.  Still, it's shaping up to be a worthy addition to the 3DS's rapidly expanding library.
  • Back To The Future: The Game Review: Tom finds out whether travelling back to a time when male body-warmers and bad guys called 'Biff' were the norm is as awesome in game form.  Unfortunately not, but the outstanding voicework ensures that there's a lot to love about Marty McFly's latest adventure.
  • Luigi's Mansion 2 Hands-On Preview: Matt gets his hands on another incoming 3DS title, this one starring Mario's titular brother and a hoover.  Quickly brushing over any questions that last sentence may have provoked, he finds out that it has the makings of a true gem.
  • Mario Kart 3DS Hands-On Preview: One more 3DS preview?  Oh go on then, I suppose it is Mario Kart.  And it.  Is.  Awesome.  I don't think I need to say too much more on the subject.  If you need more info than that though, Matt has it covered.
  • Xbox Live Indie Game Of The Week: Got a few Microsoft points burning a hole in your virtual pocket?  Find out the best way to spend them with Jon, who this week introduces us to the aptly-titled Lootfest, a beautifully made title that'll leave you with enough points left over to buy Aliens vs Aliens, which is precisely as awesome as it sounds.

At A Glance: Weekly News Roundup 11th - 17th July 2011

Features

  • David Brown's Free Play: Fat wizards and office workers take centre stage in David's Free Play, which will have you maneuvering platforms, erecting towers, and handling balls.  What more could you want from your work break?
  • F1 2011 Preview | Paul Jeal Interview: Jon gets some face time with Senior Producer Paul Jeal and asks him how this year's new rules will affect the official Formula 1 game, which is once again being handled by sublime British studio Codemasters.
  • Top Ten Tuesdays | Console Controllers: Jon examines the history of video game controllers and picks out his top ten all-time favourites.  How does the current crop of ergonomic controllers fare?  And is the Dual Shock finally beginning to falter?
  • Blast From The Past | RoboCop: Matt brings us another Blast From the Past, this time with Robocop, which proved that movie tie-ins don't necessarily have to single-handedly destroy a game company.  Which is good to know.
  • Game Buzz | Gamers, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: And finally, Jon shows us how to make our angry, angry voices heard when we don't like whatever scheme it is EA are planning on annoying us with next.  Namely, with money.  Or more specifically, not with money.  I've probably explained that badly.  Best to read the full article.

At A Glance: Weekly News Roundup 11th - 17th July 2011

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