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At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 19th - 25th September 2011

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At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 19th - 25th September 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

  • Tell Gearbox What You Thought Of Duke Nukem Forever: This seems to me like a recipe for disaster, but Gearbox have opted to ask you what you thought of Duke's latest outing, thus opening the floodgates for a torrent of fan-boy bile.  Still, if you have a little constructive criticism you've been itching to get off your chest, then we wholeheartedly encourage getting in touch with Gearbox.
  • Binding Of Isaac To Release On September 28th: Team Meat's Edmund McMillen has announced that his new title - The Binding of Isaac - will release on the 28th of this month, and it looks suitably bats**t.  Naturally, we'll be all over it like a wet t-shirt and be bringing you a review as soon as possible.
  • Homefront Sequel in Development: I must admit that I've so far failed to summon the energy to play Homefront, with its all-American brand of hyper-patriotism turning me off somewhat.  Still, a sequel is in development under the less-than-subtle hands of Crytek.  Probably won't expect too much of a departure then...
  • Battlefield 3 Beta On September 29th: Despite a phenomenal lack of a sense of humour, I believe that Battlefield fans are genuinely excited about getting their hands on the game, and rightly so; it's shaping up to be a corker.  Well good news!  The Battlefield 3 beta opens on the 29th of this month.
  • Angry Birds Dev To Form Indie Publishing Label: Rovio, the masterminds behind Angry Birds (you know the one...) have alluded to an interest in indie publishing, a smart move given their obscene amount of success in that particular market.  We're all for the development of... indie development, so we'll bring you more if and when we get it.
  • RAGE Contains Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein Easter Eggs: We're all looking forward to RAGE.  id rarely put a foot wrong when it comes to first-person shooterings, and RAGE will surely be no exception.  Even more pleasing is the announcement that the game will act as a celebration of sorts for id's glorious career, with it tucking away a number of Easter eggs inspired by their previous gaming gems.  Bring it on.
  • Human Revolution's Boss Fights "A Big Disappointment": It's rare that game designers are so brutally honest about the shortfalls of their titles, but Eidos Montreal's Lead Designer has spoken out against the disappointing boss fights in Human Revolution.  Incidentally, we absolutely agreed, and found them a stumbling block in an otherwise cracking game.
  • Diablo 3 Pushed Back to 2012: We hate to be the ones to have to tell you this, Diablo fans, but you're going to have to wait just a little bit longer to finally get your hands on the game you've been waiting a decade to play.  Still, what's another couple of months?  Relatively speaking at least...
  • Star Wars The Old Republic Dated For December: For all of you Old Republic fans though, some good news:  Bioware have announced that their Warcraft-worrying Star Wars MMO will be released on 22nd December, and will come with one month's free subscription.  Awesome.

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 19th - 25th September 2011

Reviews

  • Gears of War 3 Review: Starting with a bang this week, Felix gets stuck into Marcus Fenix and co's latest locust-slaying adventure and gives it a perfect score.  Gears 3 is the most complete Gears experience to date, and if you're a fan, you owe it to yourself to give it a play.  Fact.
  • Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Hands-On Preview: Yes it's a game made for kids but, as Matt explains, that doesn't mean that it can't be quality.  Skylanders is looking excellent, and it's great to see a developer treating a game ostensibly aimed at the younger generation with respect.
  • Darksiders II Preview: Brendan finds out that Darksiders 2 doesn't actually pick up where the last game left off, which is a real shame, given the impact of [SPOILER REMOVED] as the [SPOILER REMOVED] and kicked him right in the [SPOILER REMOVED].  Still, there's a ton of extra content being crammed into the parallel storyline to satisfy even the most rabid fan's appetite for destruction.
  • Rune Factory 3: A Harvest Moon Fantasy Review: "Bizarre" seems to be the overriding theme in Rune Factory 3.  But it's also pretty good to make up for it.  Matt gets his romance on to bring you a complete review of this diverse and confusing RPG.
  • All Zombies Must Die! Preview: I know what you're thinking:  not another zombie twin-stick shooter...  But before you write it off completely, know that Carl deems it worthy of your time.  As is his preview.  Check it out.
  • Rotastic Review: Jon finally gets the chance to play through Rotastic, and unfortunately finds it lacking in a few areas.  Not a bad game by any means, but a number of mobile apps do the job so much better.
  • At A Distance Impressions: In a confusing turn of events, you're not actually supposed to read Jon's At A Distance article.  It'll ruin the game.  I know, I know, I don't get it either but there you go...  Don't.  Apparently.
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 Hands-On Preview: Brendan, ever the brave gamer, got hands-on with Final Fantasy XIII-2, and finds that it's not an absolute travesty.  Which is a good start.  Don't go expecting too much of a departure, but the team are making nips, tucks and tweaks to the system that seem to be improving things little by little.

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 19th - 25th September 2011

Features

  • David Brown's Free Play: David brings us his usual bounty of free online games, this week featuring beautiful watch-a-thon The King's League, RPG-puzzle hybrid Glissaria, and Plants vs Zombies rip-off homage Toys vs Nightmares.
  • Defending The Devil: Is Activision Really So Bad? Jon makes a case against the unfair labelling of Activision as 'evil', suggesting that while they're certainly not an innocent party in the industry, they perhaps don't deserve the bile that's thrown in their direction every day of the week.
  • Halo 4 | What We Want! Felix screams demands at 343 Industries in the hope that Halo 4 becomes everything long-term fans have been waiting for.  For the record, I think he's spot on.
  • Blast From The Past | No One Lives Forever: Matt revisits a game particularly close to my heart, and finds that while No One Lives Forever might have aged graphically, it's wonderful tone and beautiful script are as good as ever.  Go and buy this game.
  • PES 2012: Pro Evolution Soccer Hands-On Preview: Felix brings us a hands-on preview of PES 2012 direct from the Eurogamer Expo show floor.  It's got the monumental task of competing with Fifa 12, but Felix finds himself swayed by this spectacular demonstration.  The battle is already heating up...
  • Eurogamer Expo 2011: Quotes From The Crowd: Matt braves the throngs at the Eurogamer Expo in order to bring you opinions of the games on display straight from the mouths of the consumers themselves.  It makes for fascinating reading, and a huge thanks to everyone that contributed.

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 19th - 25th September 2011

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