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At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 14th - 20th November 2011

Josh Clark
2011, At A Glance, November, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 14th - 20th November 2011

We know how precious your Skyrim time is, so we're going to give you a brief roundup of everything that's been happening on Dealspwn this week.  Then we can all get on with what's important and dive back into Tamriel...


  • Battlefield 3 Bans Cheaters:  DICE have already begun swinging the banhammer, throwing hundreds of miscreants from the servers in an attempt to keep the battlefield safe(?) for all.  You have been warned.
  • Xbox.com Redesign Lets You Cancel XBL Auto-Renewal:  A site redesign now lets Microsoft's Xbox users deactivate their Xbox Live auto-renewal function, meaning you won't be hit with any nasty debits from your account just because you forgot to phone through to a call centre and be put on hold for a half hour.  FINALLY.
  • Minecraft Goes Gold: You'd be forgiven for being unaware that until this week, Minecraft was still in its beta stage.  Notch could probably have left it as-is, considering the phenomenal takings he and Mojang have been enjoying.  Nevertheless, Minecraft has gone gold, so it's now officially 'a game'.  Which is good, I guess.
  • Humble Voxatron Debut Raises Over $900k: If you purchased the Humble Voxatron Bundle, then you helped them raise over $900,000, and should be feeling that warm tingle of pride right about now.  If not: for shame.  Don't worry though, we'll be shouting the next Humble Bundle deal from the rooftops as soon as it's announced.
  • Square Enix Hint At Action-RPG Future For Final Fantasy: It looks like Final Fantasy might well be getting what is, in my opinion, a much-needed makeover.  Square Enix have said that it would be foolish to ignore the successes of Western RPGs, and should look at incorporating some of their better features into any future Final Fantasy titles.
  • Saints Row: The Third PS3 Owners Getting SR2 For Free:Saints Row fans rejoice!  Well, if you own a Playstation 3 anyway.  If you buy Saints Row: The Third new, and redeem the code that comes with it (within 90 days), you'll get Saints Row 2 absolutely free.
  • City Interactive Spill The Beans On New FPS From Stuart Black: You remember how Stuart Black left Bodycount and then it wasn't very good?  Well we've now been told what he's been doing instead.  Enemy Front, which is a WW2 fps shooter described as a mix between Inglourious Basterds and The Dirty Dozen.  Okay so it doesn't sound all that innovative, but by God could it be awesome.

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 14th - 20th November 2011


  • Carnival Island Review: Need a Playstation Move title to make an ass of yourself with over the festive period?  Brendan might just have you covered.  Carnival Island is cheap and extremely cheerful, providing a decent party game at a decent price.
  • Waves Review: Jon delves into the twin-stick world of Waves and, if arcade's your  thing, you could be kept entertained by frenetic action, quirky humour and most importantly, a rather low expense.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review: After months of waiting for and reading about it, Bethesda's new Elder Scrolls title has hit shelves. How has it turned out? Are the dragons awesome? Have those random conversations gone far, far away? Yes. Yes, they have...
  • DanceStar Party Review: Brendan has been on something of a Playstation Move bender as of late, and dug up another top-class party title for you.  Dancestar Party is pretty much as it sounds.  Plus lots of awkward fun.  For the whole family.  If gran is feeling up to it after all of that sherry.
  • Sideway: New York Review: If you fancy some indie platforming greatness, you could do far worse than Sideway: New York, if Jon is to be believed.  And I believe he is.  Wonderfully inventive and pretty as hell, check it out on PC and the Playstation Network.
  • Rift Patch 1.6 Preview: Hal Hanlin Interview: Carl interviews Rift's Senior Design Producer Hal Hanlin about the latest patch for his team's World of Warcraft contender.  Part 2 can be found here.
  • Bang! The Spaghetti-Western Board Game Review: Niche though it may be, Bang! The Spaghetti-Western Board Game does makes a competent attempt at bringing the card game to PCs around the globe.  Nothing spectacular, but if you're in the mood, you could do worse.
  • Rochard Review: Ignoring the combat, Rochard is an undoubtedly excellent puzzle game from the folks at Recoil Games.  Available on the Playstation 3 and PC platforms, Jon recommends you give it a try.  And why on Earth not?
  • Girl With A Heart Of Review: Pretentious?  How very cynical of you.  Girl With a Heart of is massively experimental, but moving enough to get away with it.  Then again, it's entirely possible you'll hate it.  But Jon will be very upset.  Very upset indeed.
  • Tekken Hybrid Review: At the end of the day, if you own the original versions of these titles, it might not be worth forking out for a visual upgrade.  If not, the Tekken games have always been top-class brawlers, and this is certainly worth a look.

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 14th - 20th November 2011


  • Afterfall: InSanity Interview: Jon has a chat with gameplay designer Miki Majka on the subject of horror, independent game development, and where Intoxicate might be taking the Afterfall IP after InSanity.
  • Top Ten Tuesdays | Great Xbox Live Indie Games We Missed! In the absence of Jon's much-loved 'Indie Game of the Week' feature, he gives us a run-down of ten of the best indie gems you (and we) may have missed as of late.
  • Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer | Failing To Live Up To The Hype: Felix explains why he hasn't got on with Sledgehammer's latest iteration of Call of Duty's famous multiplayer feature.  Dodgy design choices have left him feeling cold, but do his opinions resonate with the rest of the community?  Well it certainly hasn't damaged Modern Warfare 3's sales...

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 14th - 20th November 2011

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