Trawling through blogs can be time consuming, so we thought we’d make it even easier by rounding up the hottest headlines, ripe reviews and fantastic features each week in a handy, low-fat look at the previous seven days.
- Fans Report EA To The FTC Over Mass Effect 3 Ending: The furore surrounding Mass Effect 3's controversial climax has reached boiling point this week, with fans going so far as to report EA to the US Federal Trade Commission. In an astonishing failure to stick to their guns, Bioware have since 'ruled nothing out' with regards to changing or amending said ending, despite having industry legend Ken Levine at their back.
- Braben: "Pre-Owned Has Really Killed Core Games": Frontier Developments founder David Braben has delivered a damning verdict on the pre-owned market, labelling it hugely detrimental to the industry, particularly the branches dedicated to 'core' single-player experiences.
- The Sun: Would-Be Jihadists Using Call Of Duty As A "Training Tool": The Sun has the Call of Duty brand in its sights once again, and has levelled a rather baffling accusation at Activision's flagship franchise. A glamorous and wholly unrealistic vision of war CoD is not, according to the paper, but instead a combat simulator capable of training Islamic extremists in the art of modern warfare. Fun Fact: The Sun actually charge people to read this drivel.
- UK Games Tax Breaks Finally Confirmed: Granted, it's taken far too long for the government to acknowledge the immense economic potential of our beloved game industry, but the good news is that they're finally starting to make amends by confirming tax breaks for UK game developers. The move has of course garnered a huge amount of support from British developers. Follow the link for their reactions.
- EA: GAME "Will Be A Phoenix Rising From The Ashes": EA haven't written GAME off just yet, according to EA's UK Managing Director Keith Ramsdale, who said that with a few major changes and a new direction, the retailer will be a 'phoenix rising from the ashes'. GAME recently filed for administration, and are currently awaiting a knight in armour made of money to restore them to their former glory. Here's hoping.
- Max Payne 3 PC Details Emerge Alongside Four New Screenshots: Rockstar have revealed that the PC version of the increasingly tasty-looking Max Payne 3 has been developed alongside its console brethren, and is not just a hastily coded port. They've also released a few new screenshots by way of proof that Max Payne 3 is going to blow minds across the board.
- Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition To Release On iPad As Well As PC: RPG goliath Baldur's Gate will see a release on the iPad and PC with an upgraded version of the infinity engine in the form of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. Better start exercising those finger tendons folks.
- Ubisoft Plans To Remove The Need For DRM With Added Value: Ubisoft have finally caved to pressure regarding their ridiculous DRM system and taken a leaf out of Gabe Newell's book by promising to offer added value as an incentive to buy instead of pirate their games. Still, it would be nice to see them remove the system completely.
- BioWare Announce Mass Effect 3 Face Import Bug to Be Fixed In Patch: Mass Effect 3's inability to import saved faces from previous titles in the trilogy was an annoyance felt by many as they fired up Bioware's controversial final chapter. The developer plans to address the issue in an upcoming patch, but have not announced a release date for the fix. For now you'll have to put up with a Shepard that looks like the ghost of a Sims 3 avatar you once trapped in a small room and watched starve to death. What do you mean I'm 'the only one'?
- BIT.TRIP COMPLETE Review: CommanderVideo returns to his cushy Nintendo home in the excellent BIT.TRIP COMPLETE, a compilation of every BIT.TRIP title with a whole host of added unlockables thrown in for good measure. And it's exactly as good as it sounds.
- Jak & Daxter Trilogy Review: Speaking of compilations, Jak and Daxter mark their return to a Sony home console with the Jak & Daxter Trilogy. If it's been long enough that you have forgiven Jak II for all of its faults, then The Precursor Legacy and the really rather great Jak 3 make this a worthy purchase.
- We Sing Pop! Review: A fairly self-explanatory one this. With a setlist that includes the likes of Hey Ya and the YMCA, you really should know what you're getting yourself into. Cheesy as hell and a whole lot of fun with a few mates, We Sing Pop! is a great addition to cider-fuelled party game collection.
- Sine Mora Review: This Digital Reality/Grasshopper Manufacture collaborative XBLA title blends a dieselpunk aesthetic with the neon hail-storm you'd expect from any great shoot 'em up. Capturing both style and substance, Sine Mora overcomes its minor faults to deliver a hectic and rewarding experience.
- Silent Hill: Downpour Review: Stand down Silent Hillians, this isn't the return to form we've been praying for. That said, the decent story and engaging side-missions add some value to the purchase, but Brendan advises a rental first. And now we return to the waiting game.
- Kingdoms Of Amalur: The Legend Of Dead Kel DLC Review:Kingdoms of Amalur was large enough in scope as it stood, but Big Huge Games have seen fit to release a rather lengthy chunk of downloadable content to boot. Great value for money, but with very little in the way of new and exciting things to do, The Legend of Dead Kel is probably suited to the most hardcore of fans.
- FIFA Football Review: FIFA lands on Sony's little bundle of tech in the form of FIFA Football. Unfortunately it doesn't quite live up to the standard we've come to expect from EA Sport's footie franchise, and you're probably better off waiting that little bit longer for a much better title to show up on the Vita.
- Frobisher Says! Review: More a tool to demonstrate the capabilities of the Playstation Vita than a bonefide gaming experience, Frobisher Says! is still an entertaining little piece of software, and for the generous price of sod all, it's one not to be scoffed at. No real lasting appeal here, but worth a download. Because, you know, it's free. Did I mention is was free already? Because it's free.
And Don't Forget...
The Dealspwn podcast episode six is now online. If you've completed Mass Effect 3 and are immune to the threat of spoilers, follow the image below to stream it straight to your computer. Right-click and 'Save As' to listen to it on the bus. Or the train. Or the aeroplane.