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.
- Infinity Ward Swings The MW3 Banhammer: Not to be outdone by DICE on any front, Infinity Ward have started eliminating cheaters from their virtual battleground, and employed some of the most wonderful language in the process. "Every ban unique to the level of douchiness of the offense. The greater the douche the greater the length. PermaDouche possible." Poetry.
- Blockbuster: Rentals Getting An 'Awful Lot of Support' From Publishers: Game publishers' ears have been pricked by the sound of money cascading through the tills of rental giant Blockbuster, who claim that rentals are an effective way of preventing trade-ins, which deny game developers their rightful profits. On the surface of it, I agree.
- Beyond Good & Evil 2 Is Not Dead: The headline alone should be enough to excite you, but if you need more, then a leaked video from an invite-only BG&E2 event has surfaced online, and can be viewed via the link. Guess there'll be one less invite sent out next time...
- New Dizzy Game Is Prince Of The Yolkfolk iOS Remake: The revelation that Dizzy would be making a comeback was the kind of event that will go down in Twitter history. For a whole 24 hours the Internet was ablaze with speculation and excitement. Now we know it's a remake of an old title for the iOS, and we're left feeling cold and alone. Still, at least we'll have some Dizzy to keep our idle hands busy.
- Sony Announce Impressive EU launch Lineup For Vita: On a personal level, the Vita is yet to impress me. What certainly has impressed me is the enormous number of titles that will be available on (and shortly after) launch day. We've got the full list for you, just follow the link.
- I Am Alive Not Coming To PC: Yep, I Am Alive is not coming to the PC platform, because of piracy issues.Except that now it might. Not really sure where I was going with this.
- PS3 Battlefield 3 Players Getting Free Battlefield 1943 After All: It seems that if you really want something for free, all you have to do is file a class action lawsuit against the people not giving it to you. That's not actually true at all, and I'm entirely on the side of the people on this one. PS3 owners can now have the free game they were promised from the very beginning. Take that, 'The Man'!
- WoW: Mists Of Pandaria Talent Calculator Now Live: I genuinely can't think of a less interesting way to spend an evening than pondering hypothetical World of Warcraft Talent progressions. Other than watching Sunday-night telly. Go for it.
- Saints Row: The Third Review: Those sneaky chaps at Rockstar might have tried to steal Saints Row's thunder with their recent GTA 5 reveal, but thankfully we gaming journos aren't as fickle as all that. Brendan proves this by giving The Third an impressive 8 out of 10. Your move, Mr. Star...
- Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Review: Jon questions the value of this hero-worshipping anniversary package, but applauds 343 Industries' dedication to recapturing what made Combat Evolved such an incredible accomplishment all those years ago. Makes you feel old, don't it?
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations Review: Following firmly in the footsteps of its predecessors, Revelations rounds out Ezio Auditore's story, but brings little else of note to the table. That 'annual Assassin's Creed title' suddenly doesn't seem like such a good idea...
- Serious Sam 3: BFE Review: I almost feel bad that Jon has finally been given the chance to play and review the final build of this game. Now he has nothing else to get quite so excited about. In all seriousness(!), Serious Sam 3 is wonderfully nostalgic fun, harking back to the days when shooters were shooters and men were simply tools with which to unleash virtual carnage. Nothing changes.
- WWE ’12 Review: THQ claimed that the WWE formula was getting a little stale. Brendan claims that they've done very little to address it. Not a bad game, and there aren't exactly a wealth of wrestling titles to choose from these days, but how the mighty have fallen.
- Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 Review: Not really much to say on this one. It's everything you've come to expect from a LEGO game. Great fun, nothing truly spectacular. A solid 7.
- Grotesque Tactics 2: Dungeons & Donuts Review: Videogames parodying videogames? A dangerous formula indeed, but thankfully one that seems to have paid off, at least in this instance. 'Worth a punt', is probably the colloquial recommendation I'd give.
- The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Review: Matt reviews that flaming Lord of the Rings game that's been advertised absolutely everywhere for the last week. 'Below average' is probably not the result Snowblind were hoping for. Maybe if they'd spent a little less on advertising and... [Stop right there -Ed]
- Top Ten Tuesdays | Worst Video Game Characters To Take On A Date: Tired of being lonely, but always seem to take the wrong virtual character home to meet your mum? Lucky for you, Matt has compiled a handy list of the ten worst videogame dates. It includes useful visual references, just in case you begin to suspect that the gimp sitting across the table from you is the one they call 'Voldo'.
- Christmas Buyer's Guide | Games For Dads: Also compiled is a list of perfect videogame gifts for dads. Wait, if I want all of the titles on this list, does that mean... Egad!
- Christmas Buyer's Guide | Games For Mums: And don't go thinking we're forgetting about the mums either. Enclosed: a list of Christmas gifts so fine even our own mums would be pleased with them. Wait, if I want all of the titles on this list, does that mean...
- Christmas Buyer's Guide | Games For The Family: Just because I detest spending time with my family, doesn't mean you have to as well (I jest, of course). Here are some games to get gran involved in.
- Christmas Buyer's Guide | Games For Kids: And finally, one for the young'uns out there. Or not, actually. Quick, add them to the Christmas list while they're distracted by simple things like candy. Wait, if I want all of the titles on ah, forget it.