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.
- Gemini Rue To Get British Collector's Edition: British point 'n click adventure fans will be treated to a special Collector's Edition of Gemini Rue on February 10th, priced at £19.95
- REPORT: Microsoft Points To Be Discontinued By Year End? Word on the street is that Microsoft may be considering axing their virtual currency in favour of a more straightforward system, more akin to the system currently in place on the direct downloads section of the dashboard. They will apparently be retaining their redeemable code system.
- Modern Warfare 3 Elite DLC Drops Dated: Activision have released a list of upcoming content drops for that Modern Warfare 3 thing everyone's been talking about. Elite members can expect ten competitive maps, six spec ops missions, and two new game modes by September. Non-subscribers will have to wait for three content bundles.
- NimbleBit Angry After Zynga Launch Tiny Tower Clone: Casual game behemoth Zynga have released a clone of NimbleBit's award-winning Tiny Tower, without so much as a nod to the indie outfit. NimbleBit are justifiably peeved, and have written an open letter to Zynga that features more than a trace of irony.
- Rumour: Next Xbox to be Six Times More Powerful Than the 360? There's a lot of chatter about the possibility of a next-gen Xbox reveal this year, and now rumours abound that the NextBox will be six times as powerful as Microsoft's current console. Unfortunately, it's also suggested that Microsoft will be limiting power in favour of a more appealing price-point. It is also thought that Microsoft will be adopting Blu-Ray technology.
- Blaze Announce Release Date for GameGadget Console: British hardware developer Blaze have announced that their "iPod of retro gaming", the GameGadget, will be released on March 30th with a recommended retail price of £99.99
- Wii U To Release Worldwide This Holiday Season: Allaying fears that their Wii U console, which is set for a re-reveal at this year's E3, might not see the light of day until early next year, Nintendo have announced during an investor call that the Wii U will be released this holiday season. Specifics were omitted.
- Ubisoft: Next Assassin's Creed Will Be "The Biggest to Date": While reactions to Revelations were generally positive, it couldn't be denied that the formula was starting to grow a little tired. Ubisoft though, remain confident that they can challenge EA and Activision as the dominant force in publishing.
- Aliens: Colonial Marines Delayed Into Autumn: It's starting to feel like we may never get our hands on Gearbox's Aliens title, with it being pushed back yet again. This time, to Autumn. Patience Josh, patience...
- The Witcher II Dated for Xbox: April 17th is the date on which Xbox owners will finally get their calloused, battle-hardened hands on The Witcher 2. I can't wait.
- Iwata: New 2D Super Mario Title Coming to 3DS 'In Next Fiscal Year': 3DS owners have cause for celebration, with a new Super Mario title being announced for the handheld in the next fiscal year. For ages now, Mario has stood as a pillar of quality in a company all too happy to flood their own consoles with shovelware. We'll keep our eyes peeled for more.
- Amalur: Reckoning's Online Pass Locks Singleplayer Levels: Big Huge Games' Amalur will ship with an online pass that will reportedly unlock not just multiplayer access, but single player levels too. This could well be a very worrying precedent. Then again, it could also just be a substitute for launch-day DLC downloads.
- Defender's Quest Review: Jon gets stuck into tower defence masterpiece Defender's Quest. Not a reinvention, but an optimisation of a tried and tested genre.
- Crush3D Review: Pretty, it is not, but Matt has plenty of praise for the rest of this clever little puzzler.
- No Time to Explain Seasons 1 & 2 Review: This surreal platformer has finally been given the treatment it always deserved, with a huge post-release patch fixing all of the instabilities that has dogged it since release. Jon deems it a title worthy of your time, and with season 2 and a level editor being added, it'll take plenty of it too.
- Quarrel Review: I get stuck into Denki's wordy Srabbler Quarrel, a top-notch twist on the board-game's formula.
- PS Vita Preview: The Launch Lineup: Dealspwn's correspondent for everything Vita gives you a list of its launch titles and a summary of what to expect. What will you be picking up on launch day?
- Unstoppable Gorg Review: Another tower defence title review from Jon, this time with a stylish 50s aesthetic. Better on the iPad, but a solid game nevertheless.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Review: Finishing up his enormous review of The Old Republic's ins and outs, Carl gives us a final review of Bioware's much-anticipated MMO. Not perfect, but an undoubtedly brilliant take on the Star Wars license.
- Final Fantasy XIII-2 Demo Impressions: Matt gives us his impressions on the demo of the sequel to a sequel of a seminal JRPG title. Improving on Final Fantasy XIII but not fully correcting the problems the original was saddled with, Final Fantasy XIII-2 looks to be a worthy, if not essential addition to any fan's collection.
- Uncharted: Golden Abyss Hands-on Preview: Brendan gets his hands on potential platform-seller Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and finds it to be everything a full-blown Uncharted title should be.
- Xbox Live Indie Game of the Week: Jon gives us a rundown of the indie games he's playing on Microsoft's console at the moment, and awards Avatar Grand Prix 2 his coveted 'Game of the Week' trophy.
- Blast From the Past | Heroes of Might and Magic II: Matt takes a nostalgic look back at his "favourite strategy game of all time". An essential title then, an essential title now.
- Game Buzz | Rumour Control: Dissecting This Week's Biggest Reports: Jon has a look at everything that's currently flying out of the rumour mill, judging the likelihood of them becoming more than empty threats.
- Why We Love... Microsoft Points: Matt takes a look at the idea of Microsoft abandoning their (fake) virtual currency, and what it might entail for both them, and us.