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The Unfinished Swan Devs Tease Next Game

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Edith Finch, Giant Sparrow, Indie Games, The Unfinished Swan

The Unfinished Swan Devs Tease Next Game

Having claimed a BAFTA for The Unfinished Swan, Giant Sparrow have teased their next game, codenamed Edith Finch.

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BAFTA 2013: The Winners

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
BAFTA, Dishonored, Far Cry 3, Journey, The Unfinished Swan, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

BAFTA 2013: The Winners

Journey Returns Triumphant

Those of you who weren't glued to the footy may well have watched the BAFTA Game Awards last night, where two PSN exclusives managed to clean up. Journey returned with no less than five awards, including game design, artisitic achievement and even online multiplayer (called it), while The Unfinished Swan managed to snag two shinies for innovation and best debut. Other worthy winners include Dishonored as Best Game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Best Strategy Game and The Room as best of British.

We've got all the winners and nominations after the jump, thanks in no small part to the inestimable Late who actually beat us to the punch this morning.

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Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Best Download/Marketplace Game 2012, Fez, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Journey, Mark of the Ninja, Minecraft: 360 Edition, The Unfinished Swan, The Walking Dead, Trials Evolution

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Once again, the virtual marketplaces had an absolutely barnstorming year. Even if you never bought a boxed game in 2012, you would have found yourself with an overwhelming array of quality to keep you entertained this year. One again, the highest of bars in this category can be recognised from those that didn't quite make the cut to the final shortlist. Exceptional honourable mentions must go to Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Joe Danger: The Movie, Papo & Yo, Sine Mora, Sound Shapes I Am Alive, Pid, and Awesomenauts.

It was a hard job, be it had to be done. Eventually we whittled down the shortlist to eight:

NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.

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Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Dust: An Elysian Tail

Dust: An Elysian Tail may have taken more than three years for Dodrill to create, but the result was truly time well spent. The great thing about indie games is that they don't follow convention and they refuse to be pigeonholed... but let's do it anyway in the broadest possible terms. If Fez was 2012's Braid, then Dust: An Elysian Tail was quite possibly its Bastion.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Fez

In many ways, Fez reminded us of Portal. Both create moments of supreme frustration in the player at the limits of knowledge and understanding, and both provide exceptional payoffs when the player finally overcomes those hurdles. If you were willing to play the game and truly get involved, Fez rewarded you time and time again. With its simple conceit (and fantastic execution), Fez took a commendably mature approach to letting you discover things for yourself. It was a flawed work of brilliance to be sure (*cough* patches), but brilliance nonetheless.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Journey

Gloriously life-affirming, utterly transcendental, Journey was one of those few games that not only provided a thoroughly unique experience, but also deeply personal one too. It didn't matter whether or not you considered it art, or even if you defined it as a "game", one thing was for sure: it was absolutely unmissable.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Mark of the Ninja

Shank was good, Mark of the Ninja was better. In ditching OTT action for graceful, shadowy stealth, Klei made a great game, not just a good one. It's rare to see true stealth embraced in such emphatic fashion these days, with publishers impressing on all parts of the industry that we gamers must be constantly stimulated and can't possibly appreciate games that require patience or, god forbid, thought. But this was a title that thrilled us with its clandestine delights. It's a bold, brave game to have placed so many of its eggs in one stealthy, shadowy basket, but it was undoubtedly one of the finest XBLA games of the year, and a stunning end to a somewhat flat Summer of Arcade because of it.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Minecraft: 360 Edition

It's Minecraft, opptimised for 360. And it was brilliant, but then, what did you expect?!

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

The Unfinished Swan

Who would have thought that you'd be able to produce a thoroughly compelling, utterly unique storytelling experience, with motion control at the very core. Well, that's exactly what The Unfinished Swan achieved this year. Dazzlingly original, The Unfinished Swan was a modern classic - a delightful interactive fairytale that finally gave us a resounding reason to pick up a Move controller.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

The Walking Dead

Telltale could perhaps have structured their releases a little better, and maybe fixed that infuriating cross-platform savegame bug, but otherwise there was little to complain about from The Standout Storytelling Experience of the Year. A cracking adventure game, with some utterly fantastic scripting and voice work, Telltale's take on Kirkman and co.'s zombie-ridden franchise was miles ahead of the TV series, and showed BioWare that it's possible to pull off a brave ending without compromise. There were tears. So many tears.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Trials Evolution

As well as being bastard hard, Trials Evolution was also enormous fun. Whether shaving nanoseconds off of your times, or enjoying the pick-up-and-play appeal of the multiplayer modes and racing your friends, Trials Evolution delivered ultimate satisfaction and boundless entertainment. Better yet, RedLynx took a leaf out of Media Molecule's book, providing a comprehensive level editor that has ensured that there's not been a week gone by this year without having engaged in some fast and furious motorcross platforming. Unmissable.

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The Unfinished Swan + Journey | £9.99 | PSN

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Journey, PS3 games, PSN, The Unfinished Swan

The Unfinished Swan + Journey | £9.99 | PSN

Two of the best games to emerge this year for under a tenner? Yes please. The Unifinished Swan gave us a delightful slice of PS Move-based artsy brilliance this year, and as for Journey...

...well...here's a blurb from  my review...

"Journey is a game that exhibits pure joy. It plays with it, subverts it, threatens to take it away at times, but the end result is something inherently euphoric, deeply personal and, dare I say, even a little bit spiritual as well."

Cheers ODB!

The Unfinished Swan Review | An Unfinished Classic?

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
FPS games, Giant Sparrow, Platform games, Platformers, PS3 games, PSN games, The Unfinished Swan

The Unfinished Swan Review | An Unfinished Classic?

Platform: PSN

Developer: Giant Sparrow

Publisher: Sony

Sony’s PS3 continues to lead as a platform striving to offer as many diverse experiences as possible. Admittedly, most have them have come from ThatGameCompany in the shape of Flow, Flower and Journey. So it’s good to see a new studio emerge from under Sony’s wing to show us such a visually arresting game.

While the game is a first person title, I’d hesitate to class it as a first-person shooter, although it handles that way. There are no bullets here though, only paint and a few platforming sections.

The Unfinished Swan Review | An Unfinished Classic?

The story plays out like a bedside fairytale complete with narrated and illustrated cutscenes. After the death of both of his parents, a young boy is told he can only take one of the hundreds of unfinished paintings left behind by his mother to the orphanage.

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The Unfinished Swan Gets A European PSN Date, Price & Dev Diary

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Giant Sparrow, Playstation Move, PS3 games, PSN, The Unfinished Swan

The Unfinished Swan Gets A European PSN Date, Price & Dev Diary

Giant Sparrow Studios has announced that gorgeous monochromatic puzzler The Unfinished Swan will arrive on PSN on October 24th, costing £9.99. PS Plus subscribers get early access on October 17th.

The Unfinished Swan is set to be an innovative adventure that challenges players to reveal intricate levels out of a blank canvas, featuring intuitive PlayStation Move support. I liberally gushed about the experience in our Unfinished Swan hands-on preview.

Giant Sparrow also released a new developer diary, which you can watch after the break.

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The Unfinished Swan Trailer Explores The Story

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Games accessories, Giant Sparrow, PS Move games, PS3 games, Sony, The Unfinished Swan, trailer

The Unfinished Swan Trailer Explores The Story

The Unfinished Swan has received a new trailer that shows off some of the heartbreaking story behind this breakthrough puzzler, chronicling the adventures of a young boy who enters a fantasy world after his mother's death.

Giant Sparrow's debut game was cannily snapped up as a PS3 exclusive by Sony, with PS Move support potentially adding another level of immersion to this intriguing monochromatic title. You can read our Unfinished Swan hands-on preview for more details.

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Postcards From Gamescom 2012 | Day One

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Borderlands 2, DMC, Gamescom 2012, Marvel Heroes, Postcards From Gamescom 2012, Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force, The Unfinished Swan, Xcom

Postcards From Gamescom 2012 | Day One

To step onto the show floor on Press Day at Gamescom is to experience the calm before the storm: the lull that comes ahead of a quarter of a million people over four days. Of course, up in the meeting rooms it was anything but calm, with journalists and suited businessmen scurrying frantically to and fro, desperately trying to remain faithful to a packed schedule of appointments on the first day of the show. We were no different in this regard. Having shared our highlights from the array of press conferences yesterday, here's a brief look at some of the best things we saw from Wednesday.

Matt

Postcards From Gamescom 2012 | Day One

Eagerly anticipating a behind closed doors action regarding Capcom's official announcement of Remember Me, one could have been forgiven a pang of disappointment at its no-show follow up in Cologne. However, visiting Capcom this morning did bring the opportunity to finally try out DmC and see if it actually warranted the suspicion/scepticism/vitriol/cautious appraisals that its been treated with ever since Ninja Theory relaunched Dante as a swaggering teen with the cheekbones of Eddie Redmayne.

Happily, a spot of hands-on delivered an impression that may hopefully allay the fears of some series fans out there: setting aesthetic opinion aside, the game really does play like in a manner befitting its title.

Ninja Theory have proven that they can do combat – Heavenly Sword was evidence of this. Unfortunately, Enslaved rather indicated that they could also create a game that, for all of its strengths, failed in the action department. A Devil May Cry game needs to be slick, it needs to be responsive, you need to feel both empowered, but constantly alert to the creatures around you – aware of your own substantial ability to deal out damage in a variety of cool and acrobatic ways, but also wary of the dangers that the demonic beasts around you can pose.

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E3 2012: Most Anticipated Upcoming Games

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Beyond: Two Souls, Dishonored, E3 2012, Hitman: Absolution, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Pikmin 3, SimCity, The Unfinished Swan, Top Tens

E3 2012: Most Anticipated Upcoming Games

Though this year's E3 may not have overwhelmed us with new material, or knocked us for six with left-field surprises, we can't deny that there are a lot of games that we'll be keeping our eyes on in the foreseeable future. Jon's already handed out a whole bunch of awards pertaining to this year's show, but here are our most anticipated games following this year's show. It might not have been all about the games every step of the way, but we'll hope you'll agree that these undoubtedly warrant a second glance.

Honourable Mentions: Quantum Conundrum, The Last of Us, World of Warplanes, Sleeping Dogs, ZombiU, Dishonored, P-100.

10. Dishonored

E3 2012: Most Anticipated Upcoming Games

Massive, intricate level design, and an emphasis on freedom has been what has firmly kept Arkane's Dishonored at the forefront of our excited minds since we first laid eyes on it last year. It's a game that destined to take on Skyrim's mantle in lunch break conversations, forum threads, and water cooler moments, as the emergent gameplay leads to innumerable approaches to objectives. Including the ability to possess a fish.

You can possess a fish!

9. Splinter Cell: Blacklist

E3 2012: Most Anticipated Upcoming Games

No it doesn't have Ironside voicing Sam Fisher (Which I'll have to get over sooner or later - Ed.), but what you didn't see in the trailers is the vast array of gameplay options available to Mr. Fisher. The sprawling levels and tiered objectives are back, but so is the utter freedom to be as much of a badass or ghost as you want. Ubisoft Toronto are taking on some brave choices, and they knew exactly the buttons they were pressing with those bright, action-packed trailers, but Blacklist looks as if it will cater to all comers very comfortably. And that suits us just fine.

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The Unfinished Swan Hands-On Preview | Minimalist Move Masterpiece

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
E3 2012, Games previews, Giant Sparrow, Playstation Move, PS3 games, Puzzle games, Sony, The Unfinished Swan

The Unfinished Swan Hands-On Preview | Minimalist Move Masterpiece

Sony knows a smart investment when they see one, and when they see a smaller title with massive potential, they're like as not to snap it up complete with their entire dev team. Case in point, Giant Sparrow Studios, who've been offered a three-game deal based solely on the strength of a single prototype build.

It's plain to see why. Ian Dallas' first title, Unfinished Swan, is easily one of the most mesmerising and memorable games of E3 2012: a minimalistic masterpiece that encourages exploration, discovery and puzzle solving through some simple yet powerful mechanics, bolstered by the immersive (arguably as-yet untapped) potential of the PlayStation Move peripheral. By throwing paint and other liquids, players will see an entire world take form around them.

Players assume the role of Monroe: a young boy whose mother is an aspiring painter, designing beautiful works but rarely finishing any of them. Sadly, she died when he was very young, and the orphanage only allows him to take a single portrait with him before selling the rest. Choosing a friendly swan as the only reminder of his tragically short childhood, our heartbroken hero settles into a miserable life in his new home. One day, however, he discovers his picture's frame empty, and webbed footprints leading towards a 'small door' which he never noticed before. Beyond lies a fairytale realm on the brink, a canvas world that needs to be brought to life - and ultimately, finished.

The Unfinished Swan Hands-On Preview | Minimalist Move Masterpiece

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