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Battlefield 3 | £15.99 | Game | 360

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Battlefield 3, DICE, EA, FPS games, Xbox 360 games

Battlefield 3 | £15.99 | Game | 360

Some games just never have the decency to tumble in price, so this may be a good time to finally give Battlefield 3 a chance. The single-player side isn't much to shout about, but the multiplayer is amongst the highest rated FPS combat seen on this generation of consoles. We'd recommend this version if you know you probably won't be too bothered about the multiplayer DLC expansion packs. If you are though, you may prefer the Premium Edition of the game which gives you access to all of them. Game currently have that one on offer for £32.99.

Thanks to Jnoosh at HotUkDeals.

Mass Effect 3 | £7.48 | Gamersgate | PC

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Deals
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BioWare, EA, PC games, RPGs

Mass Effect 3 | £7.48 | Gamersgate | PC

As part of its EA week of deals, Gamergate have slashed their usual price for Mass Effect 3, making it the cheapest around. It beats the next best offers by around £2.50.

Debatable ending or not, Mass Effect 3 is an excellent game that is an action packed race to stop the Reapers, and anyone who has already played through the first two should definitely finish the tale of Commander Shepard. Along with an entertaining online co-op component, the overall package is worthy of your attention.

EA: Next-Gen Consoles Will "Likely Not Be Backwards Compatible"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Backwards Compatibility, EA, Next-gen

EA: Next-Gen Consoles Will "Likely Not Be Backwards Compatible"

Hints At Christmas 2013 Release

EA's Chief Financial Officer has dropped a few interesting hints about the next console generation, suggesting that neither Sony nor Microsoft's offering will support current-generation games.

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Crysis 3 Trailer: Sharp Dressed Man

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crysis 3, EA, trailer, ZZ Top

Suit Up & Swagger

Stop the presses: EA have finally managed to release a decent advert that's both humorous, effective, playful and only slightly disingenuous. With music aptly provided by ZZ Top, no less.

This scarcely-believable phenomenon aside, it's also a fun look at some of the cool stuff you can do with Crysis 3's Nanosuit. It's out on February 22nd.

Syndicate | £8.99 | The Hut | PS3

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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EA, FPS games, PS3 games, Starbreeze

Syndicate | £8.99 | The Hut | PS3

Watch enough trailers for Syndicate and you'd be forgiven for thinking it was DLC for Deus Ex: Human Revolution minus the gold paint on everything. It's a far cry from the old PC games as it's gone down the FPS route. Cool weaponry and fun co-op features make up for the linear campaign though. For under a tenner, you could do far worse.

Thanks to Snakeyes646 at HotUkDeals.

EA Takes Credit For Dead Space 3 Resource Farming Exploit

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Dead Space 3, EA, Exploit, Visceral Games

EA Takes Credit For Dead Space 3 Resource Farming Exploit

"We Encourage Players To Explore The Game"

EA has no plans to fix a recently-discovered exploit in Dead Space 3 that allows players to farm resources instead of shelling out for microtransactions... because it was apparently a purposeful design decision.

No, really.

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Second Sim City Beta Event Announced

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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Dr Vu, EA, Maxis, Maxisman, PC games, Sim City, Simulation games

Second Sim City Beta Event Announced

Heroes & Villians Make Their Way Into The Limited Edition Pre-Order

It’s not long until it finally hit our PC, but Maxis have announced that a second beta event for will take place on February 16th if you want to sample (and provide some last minute feedback) for Sim City. Those interested can head over to the official website to sign up.

As well as announce the beta event, Maxis have added a little extra incentive for prospective buyers to put money down for a pre-order. The Limited Edition will now come bundled with the Heroes and Villians set, adding in a superhero called Maxisman to defend your city, and a supervillian called Dr. Vu to cause havoc on your streets. We have a new trailer for your perusal after the jump.

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BioWare Elaborates On Next Mass Effect: Don't Call It Mass Effect 4

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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BioWare, EA, Mass Effect

BioWare Elaborates On Next Mass Effect: Don't Call It Mass Effect 4

But Player Choices Might Carry Over

BioWare doesn't want you to think of the next Mass Effect game as "Mass Effect 4, " instead cautioning players that it will be a very different game despite being set in the same universe. However, previous player decisions might be factored into the deep backstory, suggesting that a chronological sequel with a new protagonist may well be on the cards.

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"Fuse Is Just About Done" - Insomniac Details Last-Minute Changes

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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EA, Fuse, Insomniac Games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

"Fuse Is Just About Done" - Insomniac Details Last-Minute Changes

Cooperative shooter Fuse may have slipped from March into "Q2 2013," but Insomniac Games have explained that the time will be used to implement some last-minute tweaks to what is essentially a finished product.

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Dead Space 3 Players Flout Microtransactions With Infinite Resources Exploit

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dead Space 3, EA, Exploit, Microtransactions, Visceral Games

Dead Space 3 Players Flout Microtransactions With Infinite Resources Exploit

Dead Space 3 may have only released in the States yesterday, but players have already found a way to stick it to EA's myriad microtransactions with an exploit that lets them farm resources for free. Whoops. If you're interested in thoroughly spoiling it for yourself before Friday's European launch, we've embedded an explanatory video under the break. [Courtesy of Game Front via D'Toid]

Resources will be used to upgrade weapons as you progress through the campaign, with limited amounts designed to tempt players into buying more for real money. Until a fix is released, however, you probably won't need to bother (or, you know, if you don't want to ruin Dead Space 3's pacing).

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Game Buzz | Episode 17 - Cattle

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Dead Space 3, EA, Game Buzz, Medal Of Honor, Nintendo, Podcast, PWNCAST, Wii U

Game Buzz | Episode 17 - Cattle

Things get a bit ranty on this week's Game Buzz. We pick apart all of the Nintendo news of the week, including the slashed revenue projections, Crystal Dynamics' excuses for not bringing Tomb Raider to Wii U, Iwata's conference call, and the lack of a price cut on the horizon. EA also come under fire for their Day 1 DLC policy and running Medal of Honor into the ground.

Game Buzz | Episode 17 - Cattle. Recorded 1st February, 2013.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

Click the banner at the top to play the file, or right click and select 'Save Link As' to download the file onto your hard drive.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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Medal Of Honor Franchise "Taken Out Of Rotation"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Battlefield, EA, FPS games, Medal Of Honor, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter

Medal Of Honor Franchise "Taken Out Of Rotation"

EA "Launching A New Battlefield Game Next Year"

As part of their latest financial postings, EA announced that the Medal Of Honor franchise has been dishonourably discharged from their active roster, following Warfighter's poor performance. This could potentially make room for a new Battlefield title, if not a debut from Respawn Entertainment.

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Zeschuk: Companies Need To Be Mature Enough To Survive "EA Bear Hug"

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Beer, BioWare, EA, Greg Zeschuk

Zeschuk: Companies Need To Be Mature Enough To Survive "EA Bear Hug"

BioWare co-founder and beer enthusiast Dr. Greg Zeschuk has spoken out, theorising on how he feels BioWare were able to survive being bought out by EA and discussed the lack of fire in his belly that led him to quit the video game industry.

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Dead Space 2 | £4.99 | Game | PC

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Dead Space 2, EA, PC games

Dead Space 2 | £4.99 | Game | PC

For anyone needing to catch up on the series before the third game lands on February 8th, this is a great price for the boxed PC version of the second game. It has less scares than the original; which should prepare you for the action-leanings of part three. There's loads of fun to be had with the game's awesome range of weapons that specialise in slicing limbs off the necromorph hordes that scuttle, slither and slice their way towards you. Whatever you do though, avoid the bloody awful Dead Space: Downfall DVD. Worst thing I've seen since I imposed a Uwe Boll ban on myself.

First Look At SWTOR’s New Planet Makeb

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
News
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BioWare, EA, MMORPGs, PC games, Rise Of The Hutt Cartel, Star Wars The Old Republic, Trailers

First Look At SWTOR’s New Planet Makeb

Preview Trailer For Rise Of The Hutt Cartel Expansion

We’re still waiting on a solid release date other than Spring 2013, but BioWare have released a new trailer for its upcoming digital expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic. The preview video gives us a first look at Makeb, a new planet with will be included in Rise Of The Hutt Cartel. See the it for yourself after the jump.

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American McGee Retracts EA "Tricks Gamers" Statement

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Alice: Madness Returns, American McGee, EA, Marketing, Spicy Horse

American McGee Retracts EA "Tricks Gamers" Statement

After suggesting that EA were trying to "trick gamers" with the  marketing campaign for Alice: Madness Returns - with the trailers making the game out to be rather more horrific and gory than it actually was - American McGee has moved to clarify his statement and amend his previous criticism.

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The Sims 3 | £7.50 | Steam | PC

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
EA, Maxis, PC games, Simulation games

The Sims 3 | £7.50 | Steam | PC

It’s rather impressive how this one has managed to retain such a high price point despite approaching its fourth year in existence, but thankfully the Midweek Madness sale on Steam sees their price reduced by 75%. As a result, it means that the saving over the next best offer currently sits at an impressive £8.50.

The third main outing in the franchise has the ability to go beyond your customisable home and around the town, allowing players to create their own city from scratch to place all their sims. In other words, if you dare get this deal there’s a good chance you’ll not be seeing daylight for a while. Thanks to Polarixs @ HUKD!

American McGee: EA "Wanted To Trick Gamers" With Disingenuous Marketing

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Alice: Madness Returns, American McGee, EA, Oh EA

American McGee: EA "Wanted To Trick Gamers" With Disingenuous Marketing

American McGee, of id Software and Alice fame, has accused EA of trying to deceive consumers about Alice: Madness Returns with a deceitful publicity campaign.

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"The Problem Isn't Sexism" - EA's Toledano on Women In The Industry

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
EA, Gabrielle Toledano, Industry, Women in games

"The Problem Isn't Sexism" - EA's Toledano on Women In The Industry

EA’s executive vice president and chief talent officer, Gabrielle Toledano, has suggested that blaming sexism for keeping "women out of game studios" is "misguided" and "a co-out". According  to Toledano, the solution starts with women themselves, rather than settling on the "easy" option of blaming men "for not creating an attractive work environment".

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Army of TWO: The Devil's Cartel Trailer Shows Off Co-op

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Army Of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, EA, PS3 games, Shooter, Trailers, Visceral Games, Xbox 360 games

Army of TWO: The Devil's Cartel Trailer Shows Off Co-op

Army of TWO is no longer about dudebro, folks. In fact, with The  Devil's Cartel, efforts are being made to make the franchise a little more serious, and perhaps a little more circumspect. This is an 18-rated game, after all, dealing with some mature themes, with a gritty narrative...but most of all, co-op gunplay. Which is why EA have released a new video for their upcoming TPS, showing off bits of the first level, situated in the middle of the Mexican drug war, and highlighting the split-screen co-op through the medium of skateboarders.

Yup...skateboarders.

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