Welcome to the first weekly roundup of the new year. Is gaming off to a flying start in 2012, or is it still sitting bleary-eyed in bed, nursing a hangover from the festive period? Answers to that strained metaphor and more in this week's At A Glance...
- RUMOUR: Will The Next-Gen Xbox Be Tablet-Based? Everyone wants a piece of the Apple pie these days, and rumours abound that Microsoft's next iteration of the Xbox will be coming in tablet form. It's unlikely, but we like a good rumour to stir up the hornet's nest.
- Remedy: Max Payne 3 'Looks Absolutely Phenomenal':Max Payne creators Remedy don't seem too miffed about Rockstar taking control of their seminal series, reporting that from what they've seen, Max Payne 3 is looking 'absolutely phenomenal'.
- Twisted Metal Gets Firm UK Release Date:Twisted Metal fans will be able to unleash carnage afresh come February 17th, when the latest Playstation 3 smashathon lands on UK shores.
- Kinect For Windows Coming February 1st, Carries Hefty Price Tag: Are you tired of your Kinect gathering dust on top of your telly? Think that a Windows-specific version with a greatly increased price tag would restore your faith in Microsoft's much-touted tech? Then brace yourself, because I've got some good news...
- Superfrog Headed To GOG! The arrival of Superfrog on Good Old Games signals the beginning of a wave of classic Team 17 titles that will be making their way to the service over the coming weeks.
- PS3 Skyrim Lag Targeted By Patch 1.4: It's hard to argue with the idea that the Playstation 3 version of Skyrim is, well... broken. For many, unbearable framerate drops have ruined their experience of our Game of the Year, but Bethesda have promised to address the issue in the next patch. We'll have a release date for you as soon as we know.
- id Software Layoffs Confirmed By Bethesda: It's always upsetting when hard-working programmers and designers are forced to step up to the chopping block, but it's especially disheartening when they work for a studio with as rich a gaming heritage as id Software.
- Sony Categorically Denies PS4 At E3 Rumours: Responding to the rumours that Sony's next-gen console would be revealed at this year's E3 (thanks mainly to a report from MCV), Kazuo Hirai has flat-out denied the possibility of anything 'Playstation 4' emerging for a good while yet. They also stated that the kind of tech most suited to a future Playstation was still 'five years away'.
- Razer Unveils Project Fiona Gaming Tablet: This rather exciting piece of news seems to have flown somewhat under the radar since its reveal, but PC hardware specialists Razer have announced Project Fiona, a gaming tablet capable of running current-gen PC games without the need for developers to modify them specifically. At a "sub-$1,000" pricepoint, could this be a potential money-spinner for Razer? Time will tell.
- XBLA House Party Dated, Kicks Off On February 15th: Microsoft's 'XBLA House Party' will commence on February 15th, and showcase some of the biggest arcade titles to release so far this year, including Alan Wake's American Nightmare, and I Am Alive. Better start stocking up on those MS Points.
- Skyrim Wins Inaugural Dealspwn Readers' Choice Award: And now in a piece of news you at home created, Dealspwn readers crowned Skyrim as their favourite game of 2011 overall. A good choice, if I may be so bold...
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Is Still Alive! Turns out that GSC aren't half as dead as we suspected they might be, announcing as they did that they will be continuing work on the sequel to their left-field hit S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Good stuff.
- Sony: Move 'Could And Should' Have Been More Successful: Move's failure to set the world on fire has come as something of a shock, even to Sony, who have announced their intention to focus on the "family and social markets" as a way of reclaiming interest.
- Former Bodycount Dev Reveals "Unlawful" Treatment:Bodycount's troubled development has gone from bad to worse this week, with reports that programmer Semi Essessi was threatened with bankruptcy after 400 hours-worth of overtime (which he says he was owed) was 'mistakenly' paid to him. It's a worrying story, but Codemasters have stated their desire to 'remedy the situation'.
- SOPA Protests: MineCraft, Firefall & Others Going Offline Next Week: It has become pretty clear that SOPA is a terrible idea. So clear has it become in fact, that many sites have vowed to shut off their servers in protest. Your move, Mr President.
- FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction Review: Is FlatOut 3 a good game? No. Is it so bad it's funny? Erm, no. Just give it up already Team6. You can do so much better.
- Xbox Live Indie Game Of The Week: Jon's Xbox Live Indie Game of the Week makes a triumphant return, and sees EvilQuest walk away the victor.
- AMY Review: For a game that showed such promise at a time when horror games were so scarce, AMY has managed to successfully destroy any potential it may once have had. Awful, unfortunately.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Review Part 2: Carl brings you the second part of his epic review of an epic game set in an epic galaxy where every choice you make has, well, sort of big consequences I guess. The Old Republic seems to be a shining light in a month full of huge steaming [DELETED].
- Warlock: Master Of The Arcane Hands-On Preview: Jon gets his hands on Paradox Interactive's turn-based strategy game set in the Majesty universe, and finds it as deep and compelling as it is accessible. "One to watch" indeed.
- Gravity Rush Hands-On Preview:Gravity Rush is yet another title Sony hope to bolster their already impressive lineup with, but while showing promise, Brendan has concerns that it may be a little lacking in flair.
- Blast From The Past | Dungeon Keeper: Jon looks back dreamily on the days when Peter Molyneux was doing something other than Fable, and doing it in fine style too. Dungeon Keeper is still a firm favourite today, and with good reason *hint hint* Mr Molyneux...
- Why We Love . . .The Mako: Hey! Put those pitchforks down! Tom has an excellent point to make, so go and read why planetary exploration is so much better than firing probes at rocks.