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.
- Epic Hunting Source of Gears 3 Leak: Following the news that a rabid fan (or malicious pirate-enabler) had stolen a very early build of Gears the Third, Epic have released a statement vowing to bring the perp to justice, or words to that effect. I imagine that's how it would've read if the statement had been written by Cliffy B.
- Rockstar 'Saved' L.A. Noire, But Will Not Publish Next Bondi Title: Continuing, or perhaps ending the furore that came about after some internal emails at Team Bondi were leaked, Rockstar will apparently be severing ties with the developer after the release of L.A. Noire's DLC. It's hard to imagine the team having trouble finding another publisher for whatever their next title may be, but until then lets hope the accusations of terrible working conditions at Bondi prove to be unfounded.
- ESA Study Shatters Gaming Stereotypes: Next time your elderly relative pipes up over dinner to announce that 'that hobby you invest so much time in is for children', you can tell them (with all due respect of course), just how wrong their preconceptions of us gamers are. 80% of us are adults, and 42% are women, according to the ESA's latest study. So there.
- LucasArts' Hocking Slams Developmental 'Viking' Culture: Speaking of which, Clint Hocking has spoken out against the notion of a predominantly male industry amongst other things, blaming this 'Viking culture' for 'pent up aggression and an obsession with fart jokes' (thanks for the illustrative picture, Matt). While stating that there is a place for aforementioned 'aggression-release-valve' games, Hocking suggests that the games industry is in desperate need of a touch of class. Outspoken female game developer Quinn Dunki has since criticised the article for making gender an issue in the first place. Feel free to chip in with your thoughts.
- New Mirror's Edge Title in the Works: Exciting to a select group of gamers perhaps, but exciting nonetheless, EA have confirmed that they are working on a new Mirror's Edge title, providing a light at the end of the tunnel for those of us who really rather enjoyed Faith's first outing.
- Brink | PS3 & X360 | £14.98: Continuing to drop in price, Brink offers gamers a fluid free-running FPS with a wealth of character customisation to boot. It's not perfect, and Splash Damage are still being forced to iron out a number of bugs, but it's a solid game and for less than £15, well worth a look.
- Overlord: Dark Legend | Wii | £2.99: You're a Wii owner, and therefore the opportunity to indulge in your darker side is a rare occurrence. So how about nabbing Overlord: Dark Legend for the price of a pint, and enjoy lording it over your minion army atop your throne of evil for a few hours? Go on, we're not here to judge.
- DiRT 3 | PS3 & X360 | £19.98: I honestly can't recommend DiRT 3 highly enough. At full RRP you could rest safe in the knowledge that you'd grabbed plenty of bang for your buck, what with the multitude of game modes and cars to choose from. So at less than twenty quid it's an absolute steal. If you're in need of a top-notch racing title to tide you over until F1 2011, pick up DiRT 3. Go on, I'll wait.
- Child of Eden (Preorder) | PS3 | £19.99: Playstation owners are having to wait a little longer than their Xbox brethren to get their hands on Child of Eden, but almost as if trying to compensate for the fact, Amazon are offering preorders on the trip-tastic title at just £19.99.
- Puzzle Agent 2 Review: Jon gets his think on with Puzzle Agent 2, and finds an excellent storyline and unique art style help the title stand out from the crowd. It's bizarre, it's brainy, and it's pretty brill to boot.
- Star Trek Developer Demo Preview: Matt brings us another dose of nerdtastic action in this Star Trek preview. Polish your phasers (steady...) and get that redshirt washed, you'll be needing them, because Star Trek is shaping up to be absolutely awesome. At least as far as tie-ins go...
- Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Review: Jon is a little disappointed to find HMH's faux-retro pixel aesthetic replaced largely by a craptacular Facebook friendly art style, but finds the excellent gameplay very much in tact, and absolutely worthy of your precious MS points.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Review: And to finish off this week's reviews with less of a bang and more of a particularly sticky fart, EA present Matt with a steamer of a tie-in. Flinging Rowling's entire back-catalogue in a sack and beating yourself around the head with it for three hours would probably be more fulfilling. Avoid.
- David Brown's Free Play: David brings us another batch of frankly insane indie treats for you to enjoy absolutely free. This week sees David spreading disease, plummeting inevitably toward his own demise, and failing understand Russian.
- Top Ten Current Gen Sequels: Felix puts together this week's top ten, and is tasked with crowning one title king of this generation's sequels. Agree or disagree with the winner, there's no doubt his list is packed with top-notch sequels, and if you're looking for a safe title to spend your money on, any one of them should satisfy that need.
- Blast From the Past | Marathon: Ever heard of a small company called Bungie? Yeah, those guys. If you've enjoyed any of their Halo games, you owe to yourself to go back and play the precursor to Master Chief's space adventure (Kinect-based spin-off for you there 343...), especially now that it's free on both PC and iPad.
- Game Buzz: Could Mobile Gaming Kill the Next Handheld Generation? We're as excited about the Vita as you are, but there's no doubting that mobile phones are rapidly catching up in terms of graphical grunt, and with the massively successful app market to cement their position as a gaming machine, could the likes of Apple's iPhone be burying Sony's (and Nintendo's) chances of handheld success? Jon considers...