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.
- Dragon's Lair Returns On May 18th: An animated adventure classic of yesteryear is set to make a return to our screens this month through Xbox's Live Arcade service, and will feature "unlockable avatar items, gamerpics" and "offline co-op for two players".
- Q&A Session Reveals More Playable Races For SWTOR Coming “This Year”: Despite its turbulent release, The Old Republic has become a true contender to the MMORPG crown. With that in mind, Bioware have revealed that the current roster of playable species will "expand... later this year" during a recent Q&A session.
- God Of War: Ascension To Feature Online Multiplayer: Santa Monica seem to be eyeing a piece of the lucrative multiplayer pie according to a recent USA Today report, which was later confirmed during a live Q&A session with game director Todd Pappy himself. The mode is set to feature "domination style" competition, with teams facing off against a massive boss for the win. Pappy stated a desire to "bring the big moments to multiplayer", and if the screenshots are anything to go by, that's exactly what he'll be doing.
- BioShock Developers Found New Indie Studio: 'Fullbright Studios' is the name of the new studio being founded by three key (and now former) members of the Bioshock team. Stating their desire to get back to "small projects" that "tell a personal story in a player-driven way", they have announced that their first project will be "an experience that gets away from the constraints of ossified game genres", and one with "a deep, personal story to explore at your own pace".
- Microsoft Dates Union Jack Xbox 360 & Kinect Celebration Pack: Makes you proud to be British, doesn't it? Doesn't it? No, you're right. It's horrendous.
- Bethesda Announces 'Dawnguard' Skyrim Expansion: Now that a sufficient amount of time has passed for at least some of us to have finished exploring the enormous world of Skyrim, Bethesda have seen fit to announce the first expansion for the fifth chapter of their Elder Scrolls franchise. Little is known, other than that it will be released during the summer as a timed Xbox exclusive.
- Black Ops 2 Reveal Trailer: There's very little I need to say about this that the trailer doesn't say with explosions and testosterone. Hats off to Treyarch though, who have thrown the fans a neat little curveball in the form of horses. Fighting helicopters.
- Valve: No New Announcements At E3: Valve prove that they're still one of the few developers that can still make the news by making precisely no news. No new announcements as this year's E3 I'm afraid. And the wait continues...
- Notch: 'EA Are Methodically Destroying Gaming':Minecraft creator Marcus 'Notch' Persson has lashed out at EA for a "cynical" attempt at emulating the success of the indie bundle by labelling one of their discounted bundle as "indie". He was quick to point out though, that he doesn't even consider his beloved Mojang and "indie" studio anymore.
- The Elder Scrolls Online Confirmed: So it's official: The Elder Scrolls is hitting the MMORPG world in a big way. Game director Matt Firor has announced that "the entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made". Them's fighting words.
- A Valley Without Wind Review: Jon brings us our weekly dose of cross-genre indie goodness, this week in the form of a PGFRPSRPSS (read the full review to see what this gem of an acronym means) entitled A Valley Without Wind. Vast amounts of content wrapped up in some genuinely beautiful presentation make this a must-have for PC owners.
- Fireburst Review: An only marginally less successful indie title comes in the form of Fireburst, an arcade racer that favours huge balls of flame over precise handling physics. Decent track design combined with impressive Unreal-powered graphics make for an enjoyable, and fiery racing experience.
- Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention Review: Brendan gets hands-on with another Vita-oriented RPG title, this one taking a much more hardcore slant on the genre. An excellent lifespan and in-depth combat provide enough reasons to pick it up for those looking for a true challenge, but many could find its steep learning curve too much to handle.
- Lone Survivor Review: An interesting new take on the survival horror genre this, as Superflat go for a pixellated palate with which to work. An oppressive atmosphere is achieved, according to John, through "impressive art and impeccable sound design".
- Prototype 2 Review: Perhaps a little bland for those that were hoping for a little more emotion following the hugely overblown live-action trailers, but it does what it does, and it does it well. Cathartic, if nothing else.
- Legend Of Grimrock Review: Another Roleplaying Game being thrown into the ring against the likes of Skyrim and The Witcher 2, Legend of Grimrock stands tall on its own. Clunky and awkward, but all the more authentic in its retro dungeon-crawler design because of it.
- FPS Fatigue: Are There Too Many Shooters? With the Black Ops 2 release trailer hitting the net this week, Matt asks the question lingering on some of our lips. Are we getting tired of the first-person shooter? Feel free to wade in on the debate in the comments section.
- Top Ten Tuesdays | FPS Series We Want Back: And in the same vein, we look back at the shooter franchises of yesterday that might well be able to reinvigorate the genre.
- Blast From The Past | Quake: And to complete the trilogy, we go back to an all-time favourite of the Dealspwn staff: Quake. Relive the brilliance of the level design, the eeriness of the aesthetics, and the responsiveness of the gunplay along with us by clicking the link.