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.
- MechWarrior Online Finally Announced... And Free To Play! We all love smashing up big-ass mechs with bigger-assed mechs, and come the second half of 2012, we'll be able to do it absolutely free, thanks to Piranha Games and their announcement that Mechwarrior Online will be free to play.
- Silicon Knights: 'Returning To Its Roots' With Mysterious New Project: Following the apparent letting go of 75% of its workforce, Silicon Knights has announced that it will be 'working on one of its most requested titles for the next generation'. Colour me intrigued.
- New Max Payne 3 Screenshots: A handful of super-sexy screenshots for Rockstar's upcoming Max Payne 3 showcase everyone's favourite hard-boiled detective doing what he does best: running, gunning, and jumping sideways.
- GTA V Reveal Trailer: Speaking of Rockstar, that other franchise they have is causing quite the stir thanks to a comprehensive reveal trailer. You've probably already seen it. Don't really know why I'm bringing it up...
- Eidos Montreal: Blame Us For Deus Ex Boss Fights, Not Grip Entertainment: You hate the boss battles, we hate the boss battles, but Eidos Montreal have rather honourably stepped up to shield Grip Entertainment from the outpouring of collective bile that has been aimed squarely in their direction for the last few months.
- Batman: Arkham Asylum Hits Mac: It must be something of a kick in the pants for Mac users to have had to wait until the rest of us have our grubby mitts all over Arkham City before they got the chance to play Rocksteady's seminal superhero title, but we're sure they'll be too busy enjoying Arkham Asylum to complain too vehemently.
- Rainbow 6 Patriots Officially Announced: If there's one thing I find harder to swallow than Modern Warfare's convoluted plotlines, it's Tom Clancy's all-American Ruskie-hating fiction. Imagine the shiver then, when I read the subtitle 'Patriots'. Still, there's no denying the quality of Ubisoft's games, and having a new Rainbow 6 on the horizon is a good thing.
- SPOILER: MW3's "No Russian" Moment Revealed Online: Please, please, please note the spoiler warning attached to this article. I've refused to read it myself, and we'd hate to ruin anything for you, but if you absolutely must know what the papers will be writing about come MW3's release, then read on...
- Stronghold 3 Review: Jon fails to get on with the latest Stronghold title, and is a bit perplexed as to whether it's down to a hideously broken interface and awful gameplay mechanics, or just in dire need of a colossal post-release patch. Bad news for long-time fans either way...
- Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Review: One of the heaviest hitters in this run-up to Christmas period, Uncharted 3 proves that it is worthy of the hype that surrounds it. In Matt's own words: 'Pure blockbuster entertainment at its finest.'
- Battlefield 3 Console Review: And so it's finally here. The so-called 'Call of Duty-beater' has hit store shelves and Matt is on hand to try out the console version of DICE's latest Battlefield title. Was it worth the slanging-matches, the fanboy flamewars, the relentless marketing? Erm, not exactly. Far from a poor game, Battlefield fails to surpass Activision's behemoth in the single-player department, but is every bit as good as you'd expect in multiplayer.
- Battlefield 3 PC Review: And Carl takes on the graphically superior PC version, which also boast 64-player multiplayer modes and larger online maps. Without a doubt the definitive version, but you'll need a fairly decent rig to see it realise its true potential.
- BurgerTime World Tour Review: For a game that boasts an admittedly unimpressive conceit, Jon finds BurgerTime World Tour to be a rather satisfying Xbox Live Arcade title. Great in short doses, but don't expect it to -ahem- eat away entire weeks.
- Cars 2 PSP Review: We know what you're thinking: Why on Earth is a Cars 2 tie-in only just being released on a platform soon to be rendered obsolete? Unfortunately, we're still pondering the answer to that question. Rubbish game, silly timing, absolutely pointless.
- David Brown's Free Play | UFOs, Sweatshops and SIN: Fancy running a sweatshop in the third world? Good, because that's exactly the point Sweat Shop's awkward management mechanics and irritating soundtrack are trying to make. On the plus side: Aliens using chickens as propulsion weapons in Abduction Destruction.
- A Very Messy Christmas | Why The Holiday Rush Is Bad For Business: Jon tells us why the frankly ridiculous Xmas release schedule benefits no one. How many of these games are you actually going to be able to buy this winter? If it's not 'ALL OF THEM', I think he's probably right.
- Top Ten Tuesdays | Grand Theft Auto V Wish List: With the hugely exciting GTA V reveal still fresh in the mind, Felix makes a few reasonable requests of Rockstar, outlining some of the things we're hoping to see in their latest Daily Mail-flame-bater.
- Syndicate Co-Op Missions Preview | There's No 'Me' In 'Megacorp'... Hang On: Jon gets hands-on with Syndicate's co-op mode, which is shaping up to be as impressive as its single player outing. Fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief.
- Blast From The Past | Zool: It's frankly amazing that I loved Zool as a kid, yet never even considered the fact that it was just a marketing vehicle for Chupa Chups. Advertising at its most sinister. Good game though...
- Why We Love... Rayman! We love Rayman. There's no two ways about it. We can even forgive the ongoing 'Rabbid' ordeal, because we love Rayman. Jon explains why. Did I mention we love Rayman? Also Michel Ancel.