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Scary PSN Sales Discount Horror & Cross-Buy Games This Week

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Jonathan Lester
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Scary PSN Sales Discount Horror & Cross-Buy Games This Week

Halloween is fast approaching, that spooky time of year when the spirits return to the world of the living, and gangs of high-spirited youngsters turn up at your front door several days early demanding money in exchange for not keying your car or somesuch. Truly a scary season. At least Sony are getting into the spirit of things with a couple of themed PSN sales, one of which goes big on horror games while the other focuses on cross-buy Vita and PS3 titles.

There are plentiful savings to be had, such as the excellent Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut for £14.99 and the House Of The Dead Bundle for £7.99 (a massive discount). Amy is also less than a quid, but you still shouldn't buy it, ever. We've got the whole shebang below, complete with SEN marketplace links and asterisks for what I'd consider to be the smartest bargains, courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog.

Note that PS Plus members get an extra 15-25% discount.

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Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut Trailer Takes Aim At March 2013

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Access Games, Deadly Premonition, Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut, PS3 games, Rising Star Games Inc., SWERY65

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut Trailer Takes Aim At March 2013

Rising Star Games and Swery have confirmed that Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut will release in March 2013, by way of a new trailer. A new trailer that is, for want of a better word, unspectacular. Insofar as it's basically a selection of press cuttings on a white background.

The Director's Cut promises to tidy up some of the tatty and broken gameplay that made Deadly Premonition such a divisive cult classic. Personally, I love it to bits, but I know plenty of people who were turned off by its numerous rough edges (our senior editor amongst them). It also appears to be a PS3 exclusive, with Move support and stereoscopic 3D recently teased. More details here.

If you've yet to try out this sensational yet broken masterpiece, why not check out our Deadly Premonition review? So says Mr. Lester.

Click here to watch an animated selection of press cuttings >>

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut Coming To PS3 With Move Support

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Access Games, Deadly Premonition, Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut, FK? In the coffee?, Horror games, PS3 games, Survival Horror Games, SWERY65

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut Coming To PS3 With Move Support

SWERY's cult horror hit Deadly Premonition will arrive on PS3 in a revamped Director's Cut edition that supports the PlayStation Move peripheral and stereoscopic 3D. Better yet, it will hit Europe first when it releases in early 2013.

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SWERY Confirms Deadly Premonition Director's Cut, Hints At Sequel

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Access Games, Deadly Premonition, SWERY65

SWERY Confirms Deadly Premonition Director's Cut, Hints At Sequel

Deadly Premonition, one of the most divisive games of this generation, will be receiving a Director's Cut and potentially even a sequel according to its designer.

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Deadly Premonition Dev Behind Vita Launch Title

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Deadly Premonition, Lords of Apocalypse, Playstation Vita, PS Vita, SWERY65

Deadly Premonition Dev Behind Vita Launch Title

SWERY65 Working On Lords of Apocalypse

Remember in June when we told you Deadly Premonition director SWERY65 was looking for a publisher for his new project? Well, it appears he's found a suitable partner; none other than Sony, with SWERY65 behind PS Vita launch title Lords of Apocalypse. It's no surprise, really; SWERY65, whose real name is Hidetaka Suehiro, owns Access Games, developers of Lords of Arcana of which Apocalypse is a port.

The strength of the Vita's launch lineup is looking very formidable at the moment, and with Sony bagging talent such as SWERY65, Nintendo must be looking anxiously over their shoulder as Sony's sleek portable nears its release. But what do you think, Dealspwners? Has Sony pulled off a coup netting SWERY65, or are his, shall we say, unique sensibilities a bit of a gamble? [Siliconera]

Deadly Premonition Developer Seeks Publisher For New Title

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Deadly Premonition, Rising Star games, SWERY65, Xbox Live
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Deadly Premonition

Divisive Cult Hit Headed To Xbox Live

Deadly Premonition was one of last year's most outrageous, divisive and - in our opinion - best games. Developer SWERY65 has announced that his insane cult hit is headed to Xbox Live's Games on Demand so that more players can get involved with arguably the best story ever told by a videogame... but that he's also seeking funds to create a new title. We have the full details below.

Click here. So says Mr Lester.

Deadly Premonition | £9.85 | Zavvi | Xbox 360

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Deadly Premonition | £9.85 | Zavvi | Xbox 360

Deadly Premonition looks awful. It handles terribly. And is full of anachronisms and glitches.

And it got my vote for Game Of The Year 2010… along with winning our Most Overlooked Game Of 2010 award.

Put simply, Deadly Premonition delivers one of the best stories ever told by a videogame, along with a cast of characters that makes Twin Peaks look boring and cliched. Seriously, Xbox 360 owners, you owe it to yourselves to give this a try. It's absolutely incredble.

Deadly Premonition | £12.99 | Amazon | Xbox 360

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Felix Kemp
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Deals
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Adventure Games, Deadly Premonition, Games deals, Xbox 360 games
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Xbox 360

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If you missed Jon's post earlier in February about his Game of the Year dropping to £12.99 at Amazon, don't fret; because it's still that price! Yes, Deadly Premonition is hovering just above sub-tenner territory, which suggests its shifting copies at a respectable rate. I've yet to play it myself, but judging by Jon and a fair few others' reactions, I really should. However, I'm a little confused by the whole 'best worst game' moniker. Kudos to HUKD's Abused By Jesus for giving it some heat.

Deadly Premonition | £12.99 | Amazon & HMV | Xbox 360

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Jonathan Lester
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Deadly Premonition | £12.99 | Amazon & HMV | Xbox 360

Deadly Premonition looks awful. It handles terribly. And is full of anachronisms and glitches.

And it gets my vote for Game Of The Year.

Well, in Europe anyway, as it took so long to get here. Deadly Premonition delivers one of the best stories ever told by a videogame as well as a fantastically quirky cast of characters. It outgrows its roots as a Twin Peaks homage and actually becomes more engrossing than Lynch’s show. It’s also frequently scary, cerebral and… ridiculously left field. As I said in the full review, every Xbox 360 owner should at least give this one a rental- and if you liked it, here’s the cheapest price around.

Deadly Premonition | £11.93 With Voucher Code | The Hut | Xbox 360

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Jonathan Lester
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Deadly Premonition looks awful. It handles terribly. And is full of anachronisms and glitches.

And it gets my vote for Game Of The Year... along with winning our Most Overlooked Game Of 2010 award.

Put simply, Deadly Premonition delivers one of the best stories ever told by a videogame, along with a cast of characters that makes Twin Peaks look boring and cliched. Seriously, Xbox 360 owners, you owe it to yourselves to give this a try.

Top Ten Tuesdays | Most Overlooked Games Of 2010

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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3D Dot Game Heroes, Blur, Deadly Premonition, Gaming articles, Just Cause 2, Nier, Singularity, Top Ten, Top Ten Tuesdays
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Singularity

Well now that our Game of the Year season has passed, let's take a look at some of the unsung heroes of 2010. We've drawn up a list of some of the most underrated and overlooked games of the last twelve months. We were going to include indie games in this list too...but quite frankly there'd be too many quiet gems to mention all in one go! Keep in touch with Jon's Wednesday XBLIG roundups and Dave's PC freeware collections every Monday though.

10. Metroid: Other M

Top Ten Tuesdays | Most Overlooked Games Of 2010

In amongst a sea of same-old Ninty titles, Metroid: Other M was a brave combination that refused to simply knock off a straight homage to a popular franchise. Encompassing elements of the original 2D side-scroller, the FPS action of the Retro Studios Prime trilogy and making the most of the Wii's control system that coupled a standalone Wiimote with gunslinging action, Team Ninja's effort was seriously worthy of note. It was far from perfect, and the name it bears gave it some attention at least (which is why it didn't place higher), but it tried something a little bit different. And, four years into the Wii's lifespan, that's quite damn impressive indeed.

9. Any Other JRPG

Top Ten Tuesdays | Most Overlooked Games Of 2010

We didn't really get on with Final Fantasy XIII here in the Dealspwn office, and I suppose it could have been something of a contender for this list, but we rather felt most had got that one spot on: it made a lot of noise, it looked very shiny, it took 20-30 hours to get going. But if you wanted a proper JRPG fix you were completely spoiled for choice, the difference being that most of them didn't get as much attention. Between Dragon Quest IX, Valkyria Chronicles II, Resonance of Fate and, of course, my personal favourite Infinite Space, there were whole days to be lost to these games. They all had flaws, often pertaining to over-complexity , but they were all of them incredibly rich affairs if you liked that sort of thing.

Click here to see the rest of Matt's list....

Best Video Games 2010 | Jonathan Lester

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Jonathan Lester
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Deadly Premonition, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Game of the Year, Halo Reach, Sniper: Ghost Warrior, Yuji Naka
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Halo: Reach

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It's been one hell of a year- and a fantastic time to be a games journalist. We've had scandals, hype and a ludicrous amount of controversy to sink our teeth into... but it's time to move past all that. We're here because we love games- so without further ado, I'd like to present my personal highs and lows of 2010.

Game Of The Year: Deadly Premonition

Wait, what? WhaaaAAAAaaat?!

I can hear the incredulous shrieks from here. Sure, I've given games a higher score, but Deadly Premonition breaks every game design rule in the book and still manages to deliver a completely unique and worthwhile experience. The storyline is one of- if not THE- best ever told in a videogame to date, with perfect quirky characters and hilarious dialogue jarring with the overtly mature themes and horrifying exposition. Not to mention that Agent York is one of the most interesting and relatable protagonists in gaming history. There's nothing even remotely like it out there. It isn't so bad that it's good- rather, it's just damn good at what it does.

Put simply, Deadly Premonition is 2010's Killing In The Name Of; an alternative masterpiece that deserves to be lauded above the trendy coiffured hipsters that tend to dominate the scene at Christmas time.

Just go rent it already. So says Mr. Lester.

Favourite Game Of 2010: Halo Reach

With so many great Indie titles to consider as my favourite game of the year, I've been under a lot of pressure to come up with an experience that's genuinely monopolised most of my time and affection. I decided to spend some time in my comfort zone: tense games of Team SWAT on Halo Reach where muscle memory and reflexes could let my mind wander onto the subject at hand. And that's when it hit me. By becoming my go-to game, my home away from home on Xbox Live, Reach has become my favourite game of 2010.

Read on to find out WHY, as well as the rest of this year's picks

Deadly Premonition | £13.89 | Sendit | Xbox 360

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Deadly Premonition | £13.89 | Sendit | Xbox 360

Deadly Premonition looks awful. It handles terribly. And is full of anachronisms and glitches.

And it gets my vote for Game Of The Year.

Well, in Europe anyway, as it took so long to get here. Deadly Premonition delivers one of the best stories ever told by a videogame as well as a fantastically quirky cast of characters. It outgrows its roots as a Twin Peaks homage and actually becomes more engrossing than Lynch's show. It's also frequently scary, cerebral and... ridiculously left field. As I said in the full review, every Xbox 360 owner should at least give this one a rental- and if you liked it, here's the cheapest price around.

From Hybrid Games To GT5 Release Date? - News Roundup 4th November 2010

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Deadly Premonition, Game news, Kinect, Xbox Live Indie Games

Hybrid Kinect/Controller Games In Development

kinect sensor

Thank God for that. Despite Kinect being marketed as a controller-less gaming peripheral, many pundits and critics (including members of the Dealspwn community) have been bemused by Microsoft's reticence to look into the seemingly obvious move of creating games that use the new motion as well as a standard controller for fine inputs and tactile feedback. Luckily, it seems that Microsoft have been paying attention.

Kinect developer Alex Kipman has blown the lid off of the concept, stating that there are currently "hybrid" games in development that simultaneously use both input methods.

We'll continue to have controller-only games. We love controller-free games, we love Kinect experiences and we'll continue to grow our set of those as well. What we haven't really talked about, but exist, are hybrid games.

Games that are using the controller, which we know and love, and pieces, if not all, of the Kinect experiences to again make those experiences more immersive, more fun and more emotionally connected. - Alex Kipman to Gamesindustry

In other Kinect news, Microsoft is leaving Kinect retrofitting of previously-released titles squarely in the hands of their developers. It will be interesting to see whether many studios feel the need to add Kinect support to their lineups over the coming months.

Xbox Indies Consider Jumping Ship To Sony, Steam & Apple

indie no entry

As reported earlier this week, this latest Xbox 360 dashboard update has caused untold misery to the Indie scene by sidelining their wares as a speciality shop rather than a bonafide gaming marketplace. I've been in constant contact with a number of boutique independent studios and developers over the last few days, and the overall consensus is that even the established core may have to consider PSP minis, Steam and the iPhone as greener pastures if the situation isn't addressed or at least discussed in a mature fashion.

MStar Games head honcho and XNA community guru Mike "DrMistry" Bergenstjema has been staunchly outspoken on this issue over the last few days and has offered the following heartbreaking update in a recent email.

The saddest thing is that the [Indie developers] are getting very similar treatment from MS at the moment too – unanswered questions, problems with developer ID verification, problems with the submission/review process…and a lot of them are slowly getting up, walking out and heading back to Android and iPhone. It’s hard enough to write a good game without having your publisher stab you in the back.

Hear this, Microsoft. Actually listen to your Indie developers before they slip through your fingers. They're your main unique selling point- so it's high time to treat them with some respect. Otherwise your loss will be Sony and Apple's gain.

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Has MGS Rising Cameo

raiden brotherhood

Following the appearance of Altair's outfit in Metal Gear Solid 4, Konami and Ubisoft have collaborated on some more crossover clothing. Gamers can expect to don Raiden's cyborg ninja outfit in the upcoming Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, which should put the fear of God into the primitive Templars. [Thanks, Eurogamer]

We'd also love to see Raiden's signature HF Blade as an unlockable weapon... but maybe that's asking too much.

No Plans For PS3 Deadly Premonition

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Deadly Premonition is one of the most divisive games to have ever received a UK release. As I stated in the full review, it's an insane mix of archaic game design with a truly incredible storyline and characters that will stick with you forever. Many members of our community have been wondering about whether it will be making a European PS3 appearance, but I'm afraid that it's not likely to happen in the near future. After getting in touch with Rising Star Games, Digital Communications rep Tristan DeFries had the following to offer:

Unfortunately I'm not aware of any plans to publish the PS3 version. I can't add anything to that - sorry.

All hope is not lost, though. Remember that, as with all cult hits, overwhelming fan demand could well tip Deadly Premonition onto the PS3. Want it? Let them know! Otherwise, you'll have to import.

News Update: GT5 Dated For November 30th?

gt5

My latest retailer rumours place Gran Turismo's launch date squarely on November 30th, meaning that yet another anticipated title could be making its debut later this month. We'll keep you posted.

Update: New info from official Sony outlet sonystyle.com seems to back this up, stating that it will be available "on or about" the 30th. Consider this as solid as it gets for now.

Deadly Premonition UK Review: It's Creepy And It's Kooky

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Jonathan Lester
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Deadly Premonition UK Review: It's Creepy And It's Kooky

Deadly Premonition is a supernatural psychological thriller that draws heavily on David Lynch's Twin Peaks for inspiration. Players assume the role of Zach, the split personality of the irrepressible FBI Agent York who's been drawn into a remote rural community during the hunt for a deranged serial killer. Solving the case requires hunting for clues for Zach to assemble into a profile of the killer, exploring the town of Greenvale, meeting its diverse inhabitants and frequently engaging in survival horror action stages against hordes of nightmarish creatures.

York and Zach are a quirky and charismatic crimefighting duo rolled into a single person, with the wacky investigator frequently talking to his analytical alter ego about the case, 80s film trivia, and everything under the sun. He reads the future in his coffee- and can influence gameplay depending on his predictions. He suffers from bizarre dreams and hallucinations. He frequently needs to shave, sleep, smoke, chow down on bizarre foodstuffs (Pickles and Smoked Salmon, anyone?) and change his clothes to function effectively. York/Zach is a deeply flawed and witty human being rather than an implacable cardboard cutout, and is one of the most impressive lead characters that you'll ever command.

Deadly Premonition UK Review: It's Creepy And It's Kooky

Everything about Deadly Premonition is as left-field and bizarre as Agent York himself (himselves?), and this provides the main draw of the game. The cast of characters include a mischievous coroner, an masked old man who speaks in rhyming couplets and an overt reference to Twin Peak's Log Lady. Trust me, watching the interactions between Greenvale's denizens is hilarious, engrossing and frequently surprising thanks to brilliant scripting and capable voice acting. Players will be able to take a break from the timed investigation missions to explore the town and engage in a little fishing or darts to pass the time. A range of weirdly inappropriate sidequests are also up for grabs to earn players a little extra scratch for weapons, ammo and all-important pickles.

Don't expect that this cynical quirkiness hides a mediocre narrative, though. Whilst you'll delight in watching the colourful cast of characters and enjoying Agent York's hilarious rambling monologues, the storyline is absolutely incredible in its own right. The hunt for the Red Seed Killer is macabre, compelling and full of twists that continually challenge players to change their preconceptions of the case. Frankly it's one of the best narratives I've experienced in a videogame, ever.

Deadly Premonition UK Review: It's Creepy And It's Kooky

So far so good, but here's where things take a turn for the thoroughly divisive. The stonking storyline, kooky setting and masterfully-crafted characters would have conspired to create one of history's greatest cult television series (Twin Peaks included)... as well as an empirically great game if they were complimented with competent mechanics. Unfortunately almost every other aspect of Deadly Premonition is shoddy to the point of being completely broken.

Will this kill Deadly Premonition stone dead? Read on to find out!

Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st

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Matt Gardner
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New Releases
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Deadly Premonition, Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition, Fable 3, Fable III, New Releases, Rock Band 3, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, The SIms 3, Tony Hawk Shred, WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011
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Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st

Big hitters are starting to emerge from their developmental cocoons of late, and the trend continues this week too. Star Wars fans can rejoice as The Force Unleashed 2 hits shelves, THQ are back with their long running wrestling series, The Sims 3 finally comes to consoles, Scribblenauts gets a sequel that actually separates out the movement and interaction buttons (thank god!) and the polarising Deadly Premonition hits UK shores at last.

NB. As merchant calendars are often devoured by gigantic time-travelling dinosaurs, dates are often subject to change.

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BlazBlue Continuum Shift
29nd October 2010
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CSI Fatal Conspiracy
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st
Deadly Premonition
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st
Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st
Fable III
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st
FIFA Manager 11
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st
Grand Theft Auto 4 Complete Edition
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st
Ivy the Kiwi?
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st
Rock Band 3
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st
Super Scribblenauts
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st
The Shoot
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st
The Sims 3
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st
The Sims 3: Late Night
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st
Tony Hawk: Shred
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st
WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011
29nd October 2010
Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st Video Game New Releases: October 25th – 31st

From A Desperate Plea To A Deadly Premonition - News Roundup 20th October 2010

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bass Fishing, Deadly Premonition, Games news, phoenix wright, Professor Layton, Sega, Space Channel 5 Part 2, Xbox Live

Want Western Layton/Ace Attorney Crossover?

layton vs phoenix wright tell capcomYesterday Level 5 announced that they were assembling a DS Dream Team... but is seems that dreams don't come true as easily as we'd hoped. After dangling the Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright crossover in front of us, Capcom's Jgozno has cruelly snatched it away from  Westerners on his blog. Apparently there are currently no plans to bring this title to Europe or America, but a vocal enough fan petition might just swing it for us. A few comments on the blog might be a good start.

We hope this is just a publicity stunt... but just in case, I'd suggest dropping in a comment or seven.

Space Channel 5 & Bass Fishing Headed To PSN/XBLA

space channel 5 part 2

SEGA have confirmed that more Dreamcast classics are on the way to a downloadable marketplace near you. Space Channel 5 Part 2 and Bass Fishing will be hitting PSN and XBLA in early 2011; joining Sonic Adventure, Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio. Bass Fishing will be a perfect fit for Playstation Move (go on SEGA, you know you want to), but we're genuinely surprised to see Space Channel 5 Part 2 make an appearance. The second part of the funky rhythm game never made it outside Japan, so it seems an esoteric- if welcome- choice for a revamp.

Whilst it's great to be able to play these classic games again, we hope that SEGA will treat them to more polish than the lacklustre Sonic Adventure port.

Deadly Premonition Hits UK Next Week

deadly premonitionDeadly Premonition, the niche Canadian crime mystery that's received incredibly divisive critical reviews, will finally reach British Xbox 360s from Friday 29th October. Billed as the quirky sister to Heavy Rain, many fans have been lobbying for Ignition Entertainment's open world survival horror to receive a European release,  and they'll finally have their wish granted. Publisher Rising Star Games has issued the following challenge to fans and critics alike:

It’s been exciting to be publish a controversial release that fans demanded we bring to the UK. It’s been surrounded by contradictory review scores and now it’s time for the fans to decide. Next week Friday, UK gamers will be able to buy Deadly Premonition and come to their own conclusions. - Martin Defries, managing director, Rising Star Games

We certainly will!

Xbox.com Upgrade Delivers In-Browser Avatar Editing

xbox browser avatar editor

Xbox.com is currently undergoing a major upgrade to bring the browser service in line with the upcoming dashboard update. As well as better integration of friend lists, messages and gamerscore, the new update will allow us to customise our avatar in-browser. Naturally, this will also allow Microsoft to hawk us overpriced avatar gear while we're away from our consoles. Buy Indie games instead, people!

The entire service is currently suffering from limited functionality as the new features are being implemented- which is playing havoc with our XBLA roundups, Deal of the Week and XBL Indie Game of the Week. The disruption should only be lasting for a "short period of time," and we'll let you know when the service is up and running. [Major Nelson]

UPDATE: Life is now returning to Xbox.com. There'll probably be a few housekeeping glitches to iron out, but the marketplace is slowly regaining some semblance of functionality. Keep checking back over the next couple of hours.