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Trials Fusion Review | Face(plant) Piles Of Trials With Smiles

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Jonathan Lester
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Trials Fusion Review | Face(plant) Piles Of Trials With Smiles

Platforms: PC | PS4 | Xbox One (reviewed)

Developer: RedLynx

Publisher: Ubisoft

Trials is as punishing and perfect as ever. It's a game of ludicrous excess and controlled restraint, as you scream over a ludicrous gravity-defying jump one moment and deftly feather the throttle to make it across a nasty gauntlet of overhangs the next. The interplay between speed, power, weight, balance, gravity and physics is one again spot-on, challenging us to excel through skill and perseverance, all while desperately attempting to shave miliseconds off our par time, beat our ghost and humiliate our friends.

Trials Fusion should be everything we want from a Trials sequel, then, but some new features and window dressing deserve a closer look.

Trials Fusion Review | Face(plant) Piles Of Trials With Smiles

We're in the future now, and Trials Fusion won't let you forget it. From the first second you boot it up, an annoyingly brain-worming theme song proudly proclaims "welcome to the future! Man! Machine! The futuuuuuuuuure!" while displaying a shiny armour-clad rider atop a slick skyscraper. It'd be a great excuse to introduce some futuristic new technology, but no, it basically boils down to a somewhat forgettable storyline involving two AIs (which features a few fun one-liners that you'll hear repeated ad nauseam each time you restart a checkpoint) and a vibrant colourful new aesthetic to punch up the tracks. We've come a long way since Trials HD's uninspiring collection of brown crates and grey pipes.

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PS4 getting digital pre-loads & beefy DVR editor in next update

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS4, Sony

Microsoft have been busy ironing out the kinks in their new-gen machine over the last few months, but Sony's next PS4 firmware update is set to be a big one. Not only will players have the ability to download their digital games before launch, but the share functionality will be kicked up a notch by way of a fully-featured editing suite.

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DualShock 4 PS4 Controller £39.85 at Simply Games

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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DualShock 4, hardware deals, PS4

DualShock 4 PS4 Controller £39.85 at Simply Games

DualShock PS4 Controller | Simply Games | £39.85 | Review

It makes us sad that £39.85 warrants a deal article for a control pad, but that's next-gen for you as most sites are selling the PS4 controller for around £50.  The new PS4 triggers are fantastic and the analogue stick grips are vastly improved. My only concern is the ongoing deterioration of the rubber on the analogue sticks, but apparently that was mainly an issue with the initial batches. Battery life is reasonable, but plugging headphones into the controller or playing games that use the built-in speaker can drain it pretty quick. Charging times seems quicker than the DS3 though. Note: you don't get an extra micro USB charging cable with extra controllers.

Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.

Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut Review | Space Combat Reborn On PS4 & Xbox One

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Arcade space sim, Born Ready Games, ID@Xbox, PC, PC games, PS4, PS4 games, Space sims, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut Review | Space Combat Reborn On PS4 & Xbox One

Platforms: PS4 | Xbox One (reviewed) | PC version incoming

Developer: Born Ready Games

Strike Suit Zero should have been brilliant when it released last year. A beautiful arcade space sim starring a wonderful transforming mech fighter, designed by Appleseed's Junji Okubo and scored by Homeworld's Paul Ruskay, it literally promised "space combat reborn." And it failed.

What ought to have been a revolution ended up as a solid yet shockingly derivative space sim that stubbornly looked backwards, not forwards, launching with numerous missing features and sidelining its eponymous war machine in favour of a billion frustrating escort missions. Having backed the Kickstarter campaign at not inconsiderable expense (well spotted, I was wearing a U.N.E. T-Shirt in our Rezzed 2014 interviews), I had to shelve my excitement while picking apart its flaws in our 6/10 review.

So I'm delighted to report that Born Ready Games have fixed it!

Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut Review | Space Combat Reborn On PS4 & Xbox One

Containing all the patches and improvements from several months of extra development, alongside fundamentally rebalanced gameplay and a visual makeover, the Director's Cut feels like a completely new game. Consoles may not be the space sim's spiritual home, but Strike Suit Zero feels more at home on PS4 and Xbox One than it ever did on PC.

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Vlambeer's Rami Ismail Talks Luftrausers Success, Microsoft Failures & Nuclear Throne - Video Interview

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Indie Games, Interviews, Luftrausers, Microsoft, PS4, Rezzed 2014, Sony, Videos, Vlambeer, Xbox One

Vlambeer's Rami Ismail Talks Luftrausers Success, Microsoft Failures & Nuclear Throne - Video Interview

Vlambeer's Rami Ismail is a bit of a legend, really. When he's not producing the likes of Super Crate Box, Luftrausers and Nuclear Throne, you'll find him championing indie games and speaking out against Microsoft's restrictive policies.

So naturally we had to grab him for an interview at EGX Rezzed.

Over the course of ten minutes, the Vlambeer guru looks back at Luftrausers' success and reception, discusses some high-level tactics and plane builds, explains why Microsoft's indie parity clause is holding them back and looks forward to the upcoming release of Nuclear Throne.

BROFORCE BROtally BROdacious VideBRO Preview | BROfessional Journalism!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Action platformer, Bro, Broforce, Free Lives, Games previews, PC, PC games, PS Vita, PS Vita games, PS3, PS3 games, PS4, PS4 games, Rezzed 2014, Videos

BROFORCE BROtally BROdacious VideBRO Preview | BROfessional Journalism!

BROFORCE!

It's all in the name. This cooperative run & gun platformer is utterly outrageous in all the right ways, letting us control awesome homages to classic action movies and throwing us into massively destructible levels in the name of RIDICULOUS ACTION. BROchete? BRO Dredd? Indiana BROnes? Brade? BROdell Walker? The BROminator? They're all there, and more besides, all ready to make stuff explode in the most epic of ways.

As an example, Carl took down a helicopter with a katana. Not unlike a boss.

We'll bring you a more in-depth preview soon, but here's what happened when Carl and I got to grips with BROFORCE at EGX Rezzed. Forget professionalism, because we've got BROfessionalism. Which is just as good, except with 100% more high fives and naked from the waist up.

What do YOU want from PS4? Sony survey mentions reputation system & other features

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Sony

What do YOU want from PS4? Sony survey mentions reputation system & other features

Sony are currently canvassing PlayStation owners about what they'd like to see from the PS4 -- and the PS3 and Vita to some extent -- in terms of new features. Some of which are potentially rather exciting if they make the jump from brainstorming to firmware updates.

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Get a PS4 for £319.99 at Tesco Direct!

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4, Sony

Get a PS4 for £319.99 at Tesco Direct!

PS4 | Tesco Direct | £319.99 (save £30)
Voucher Codes: TD-FG6NTD-YWP4

If you're in the market for a PlayStation 4, Tesco Direct are in-stock and ready to offer some nifty savings courtesy of two voucher codes. You'll get £30 off if you enter both TD-FG6N and TD-YWP4 at checkout - with delivery costing an extra £3 unless you 'click and collect' from a local store. Thanks to Ninbox4 @ HUKD for this scorcher of a deal, and to johnthehuman for pointing out the extra voucher code!

The PS4 is a sensational machine, though its game collection lacks heavy hitters with the exception of inFamous: Second Son and the multiplats. Still, you know that Sony's first party studios are hard at work building plenty of exclusives, while PS Plus and F2P games offer tremendous value.

Alien: Isolation Hands-On Preview | Monstrous Potential, But With A Great Big "If"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Games previews, PC, PC games, PS3, PS3 games, PS4, PS4 games, Rezzed 2014, Sega, Stealth Games, Survival Horror Games, The Creative Assembly, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Alien: Isolation Hands-On Preview | Monstrous Potential, But With A Great Big "If"

Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 (tested) | Xbox 360 | Xbox One

Developer: The Creative Assembly

Publisher: SEGA

I'm going to die in a locker.

It was all going so well. My exploration of an abandoned laboratory was proceeding swimmingly until the motion tracker blared into life, catching me out in the open with nowhere to run. The Alien is coming. It's close. I can't fight it. I can't outrun it. But a winking green light on the other side of the hallway promised a safe haven: a locker big enough to hide in, only a short sprint away.

Alien: Isolation Hands-On Preview | Monstrous Potential, But With A Great Big "If"

And now I'm going to die. Following my footsteps, the Xenomorph stalks past the locker grille, and for a split-second I think I'm safe as I peer through the slats. No such luck. It wheels and thrusts its eyeless muzzle up against the door, all fangs and slime. I shrink back from the grille, willing myself to sink into the darkness and hold my breath -- both in the game and in real life. Please, please, please just walk away! After what felt like an eternity, the chitinous horror finally sloped back down the hall and I let out a sigh of desperate relief. I've survived... but the Alien is still out there. Waiting. Hunting me.

If The Creative Assembly can sustain this fear throughout the campaign, Alien Isolation could well become the best and most chilling survival horror game we've seen in some time, not to mention an outstanding tie-in. That's a seriously big "if," mind, and the uncomfortable question hanging over what is otherwise a very impressive debut.

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PS4 Console £329.99 at Gamestop. Add an EA Game for £34.97

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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PS4 Console £329.99 at Gamestop. Add an EA Game for £34.97

PS4 Console | GameStop | £329.99

If you have your own plans for picking up some games, then this 500GB solus console deal may be for you as GameStop are currently selling it for £20 cheaper than the RRP. However, if you fancy bundling it with either FIFA 14, Need for Speed: Rivals or Battlefield 4, you can for an extra £34.97, which is on average £5 cheaper than buying any of those game separately. Go on, buy Battlefield 4. It's pretty awesome.

Thanks to bumbaclart at HotUkDeals.

PS4: Every announced 2014 title so far, but where are the big hitters?

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Matt Gardner
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News
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PS4, PS4 games, Sony, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Worldwide Studios

PS4: Every announced 2014 title so far, but where are the big hitters?

This week, Sony released a list detailing every PlayStation 4 game announced for 2014 so far, along with expected release windows. Still no idea when the hell Driveclub is coming, mind; and there's no sign of The Last Guardian either, unsurprisingly.

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So Batman isn't the 'Arkham Knight' after all

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Jonathan Lester
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PC, PC games, PS4, PS4 games, Rocksteady Studios, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

So Batman isn't the 'Arkham Knight' after all

Rocksteady creates new canonical character

When Rocksteady revealed their next-gen Batman sequel, many of us assumed that "Arkham Knight" referred to the Caped Crusader himself. Right?.

Well, wrong, actually. Rocksteady are introducing a brand new character -- The Arkham Knight -- who'll antagonise Batman and become part of the wider continuity after the credits roll.

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Mercenary Kings Review | Metal Slug Meets Monster Hunter!

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Action platformer, PC, PC games, PS4, PS4 games, SHMUP, Tribute Games

Mercenary Kings Review | Metal Slug Meets Monster Hunter!

Platform: PC (reviewed, £14.99) | PS4 version incoming

Developer: Tribute Games

Mercenary Kings is amazing, but we already knew that months ago. Tribute's early access blasterpiece was worth buying since last summer and has only become more explosive, more ridiculous and... well, longer, since it first smashed onto our radar. Basically this review is just a formality.

Premise-wise, Mercenary Kings plunges straight into Saturday morning cartoon territory with a great big silly grin on its face. The evil CLAW organisation are up to no good on Mandragora island, so it's up to the best mercenaries in the world (the titular Kings) to kick down the doors, storm their fortresses and shoot henchman by the hundred. A perfect setup for a sidescrolling run & gun action platformer in the vein of Contra or Metal Slug, brought to life by the developers behind Scott Pilgrim's superb videogame tie-in. It's as nostalgic, tightly-designed, satisfying and gorgeous as you'd expect from the veteran retronauts at Tribute Games.

Mercenary Kings Review | Metal Slug Meets Monster Hunter!

However, not content to stop there, Mercenary Kings also channels the persistent progression, upgrades, hunting and exploration of the Monster Hunter series; resulting in a shooter that's truly enormous and great for hours of play. If perhaps a little too grindy for its own good at times.

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inFamous: Second Son smokes Titanfall in the UK Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS Vita, PS3, PS4, UK Games Charts, UK retail

inFamous: Second Son smokes Titanfall in the UK Charts

PS4 exclusive inFamous: Second Son has shot straight to the top of the UK Charts in its first three days on sale, hardly surprising considering that it's the major exclusive that many early adopters were waiting for. Fighting our way around Seattle with Smoke and Neon powers is fantastic fun, as Matt explains in our Editor's Choice review.

Sony will doubtlessly be delighted, especially when they look at the figures for this week's runner up. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes pushes Titanfall down to third, owing mainly to strong sales on PlayStation platforms. 58% of copies sold were on PS4, while 15% were PS3, meaning that Xbox owners only made up 27% of the install base.

Finally... ooh, that works on so many levels... Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD has debuted in at fourth place, showing that Square remakes 'em like they used to.

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Game Buzz | Episode 69 - Assassin's Creed: Les Mis

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Assassin's Creed: Unity, Game Buzz, Nintendo, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Sony, VR headsets, Wii U

Game Buzz | Episode 69 - Assassin's Creed: Les Mis

This week on Game Buzz, we chat about the rumoured news that the next AssCreed will take place in revolutionary France, we discuss Sony's VR plans now that the cat is out of the bag, and we suggest IPs Nintendo could bring back on Wii U.

Game Buzz | Episode 69 - Assassin's Creed: Les Mis. Recorded 21st March, 2014.

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.


 

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PS4 + Infamous: Second Son £346.50 at Tesco

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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hardware deals, inFamous: Second Son, PS4, PS4 games

PS4 + Infamous: Second Son £346.50 at Tesco

PS4 + Infamous: Second Son | Tesco | £346.50 (with code)
Discount Code: TDX-KH4C | Infamous: Second Son Review

Many are calling Infamous: Second Son the killer app that the PS4 has been waiting for, Matt certainly enjoyed it as you can see by checking out his review. Tesco are currently £40 cheaper than any other site thanks to the above discount code. Act fast though as the code is only good for the first 5000 uses.

Thanks to aronsimmo at HotUkDeals.

The worst kept secret in gaming is out - Sony unveil VR plans at GDC

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Matt Gardner
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News
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GDC 2014, Project Morpheus, PS4, Sony, VR

The worst kept secret in gaming is out - Sony unveil VR plans at GDC

The cat's out of the bag.

To be fair, the cat in question had been leaving all sorts of signs for the past year, and the Forbes sort of let it out for a bit before Sony could properly... (where the hell are you going with this metaphor Matt?).

Yes, Sony have VR plans. They have a prototype headset. They have a cool name for the whole shebang, and it's called Project Morpheus.

“At SCE we view innovation as an opportunity to build on our mission to push the boundaries of play,” said Shuhei Yoshida. “Project Morpheus is the latest example of innovation from SCE, and we’re looking forward to its continued development and the games that will be created as development kits get into the hands of content creators.”

So what is Project Morpheus?

Well, it's a work-in-progress VR headset that combines sensory immersion -- such as we've seen with the Oculus Rift (to whom Sony paid thanks for setting a fire under the industry in the form of accessible VR) -- with the potential for more expansive motion control, designed to work in conjunction with the PlayStation Move, PS Eye and PS4.

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Child Of Light deluxe edition £15.99 at Amazon (PC & PS3/PS4)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC, PC games, PS3, PS3 games, PS4, PS4 games, Ubisoft

Child Of Light deluxe edition £15.99 at Amazon (PC & PS3/PS4)

Child Of Light Deluxe Edition | Amazon PC/PS3 & PS4 | £15.99 (save £0.86 vs ShopTo)
Child Of Light hands-on preview

Child Of Light is halfway between a fairytale poem, inquisitive platformer and turn-based JRPG; and is absolutely shaping up to be a game to be reckoned with. Though a digital download, many retailers are selling a deluxe edition, which contains a download code alongside some merch. Amazon's £15.99 price is unlikely to be much more expensive than the base game, making this a bit of a steal. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!

I'm reliably informed that the PS3 and PS4 version is playable across either or both platforms.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes Review | New Boss

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Game reviews, Kojima Productions, Konami, PS3, PS3 games, PS4, PS4 games, Stealth Games, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes Review | New Boss

Platforms: PS3PS4 (reviewed) | Xbox 360 | Xbox One

Developer: Kojima Productions

Publisher: Konami

"Kept you waiting, huh?"

As soon as Snake opens his mouth and Kiefer Sutherland's soft voice growls out, it's clear that nothing will ever be the same again. Metal Gear Solid V is the biggest shakeup the series has ever received, a complete mechanical overhaul that brings the classic stealth gameplay into a new console generation, keeping the depth intact but making both stealth and action infinitely more intuitive. Everything has changed, from regenerating health to slick gunplay, but in the main it's a change for the good.

However, this ain't Metal Gear Solid V. Neither full game nor free demo, Ground Zeroes is a gaming oddity; a bridging point that acts as a graphical showcase, ephemeral tutorial, versatile replayable sandbox and shameless cliffhanger designed to whip the fanbase into a frenzy before The Phantom Pain's rumoured 2015 release. As such, what will delight some will deeply disappoint others, leaving its value very difficult to pin down.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes Review | New Boss

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"We're sorry to make you wait even longer" - The Witcher 3 delayed into 2015

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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CD Projekt, CD Projekt RED, PC, PC games, PS4, PS4 games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

"We're sorry to make you wait even longer" - The Witcher 3 delayed into 2015

"Quality determines a game's success"

When it comes to anticipated next-gen games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt tops many an RPG enthusiast's wishlist. Promising both exquisite storytelling, an open world to explore and serious graphical grunt, CD Projekt's upcoming sequel has us slavering like madmen.

However, we'll now have to wait until next year to play it, since CD Projekt has now delayed The Witcher 3 to thoroughly polish and playtest their baby. They apologised to both fans and shareholders in an open letter, but won't be budged on their mission to deliver a quality product by stockholder pressure.

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