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At A Glance: Roundup 18th-24th August 2014

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, Gamescom 2014, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 18th-24th August 2014

Our extensive Gamescom coverage has continued this week, with Jon and Carl bringing you the hottest interviews, previews and videos for the likes of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Dead Island 2, Disney Infinity, The Order: 1886, Until Dawn, Super Smash Bros, Evolve, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Yoshi's Wooly world, Blood Bowl 2 and World of Speed.

Other features from the rest of the team include looks at Pillars of Eternity, P.T (Silent Hills) and Hohokum. I had a disastrous turn at the new PS4 version of Surgeon Simulator and recorded the evidence for your amusement. Matt discusses the dodgy nature of Season Passes in response to the news that Shadow of Mordor is getting one. Sony were the focus of multiple features this week too as Matt examines the excellent start they've had with the PS4, and the ins and outs of the PS4's new SharePlay feature, while conversely I ask if their VR headset, Project Morpheus, is doomed from the start given Sony's exceptionally poor support of the PS Move and Vita in the past. Finishing up the week I've put together a Sunday Seven beginner's guide for the new Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition.

All that and we still had time to slip in a few reviews amongst the Gamescom grind. Hohokum, which we're not sure is even a game. The Last Tinker: City of Color, a platformer without a jump button. And finally, Gravity Badgers, which really deserves a game as awesome as its name, but sadly doesn't get one.

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At A Glance: Roundup 11th-17th August 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, Gamescom 2014, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 11th-17th August 2014

Gamescom! It's the biggest consumer gaming event in the world, with even more visitors than E3 and we've been there again to bring you the hottest interviews and previews for the best up and coming games you've heard of and a few that you should get to know too. We don't let the fact it's all the way over in Germany put us off (ha, like we need an excuse to go to Germany, play games all day and eat schnitzel at night).

Highlights to enjoy so far include previews for the likes of Bloodborne, Battlefield: Hardline, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer and Hellblade (which I've become obsessed with linking to Heavenly Sword). We also got stuck into the impact (or lack of) the Vita made at the show and our Sunday Seven rounds up the very best of the Gamescom trailers you may have missed first time around. There are also reaction pieces to each of the pressers from Sony, Microsoft and EA along including deeper looks at Microsoft's killer Rise of the Tomb Raider timed-exclusive coup and the nightmarish combination of minds as Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro team up to make Silent Hills - Matt's pants will never be the same again.

The world doesn't just revolve around Germany this week though (leaves out a joke about the war) as we have a preview/interview from Jon's four-hour long hands-on with Alien Isolation. This week's Game Night video focuses on the finally-out-of-beta Firefall and Matt's flightstick arrives giving him the perfect excuse to dive into Elite: Dangerous. We even found some time to review the high-reaching (but average scoring) Mind: Path to Thalamus and the excellent miniature racing delights of Table Top Racing on the Vita.

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At A Glance: Roundup 4th-10th August 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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At A Glance: Roundup 4th-10th August 2014

It's nearly Gamescom time folks! Jon and Carl are jetting off early next week to bring you a horde of previews and interviews from the hottest upcoming games. And probably a refreshed addiction to schnitzel. In the news we've seen new teasers for as yet unannounced games, Assassin's Creed: Rogue was leaked/announced and some older games like Resident Evil and Sleeping Dogs are getting a new-gen reboot. 2K announced that Evolve will be delayed into 2015, which given the state of the game I played recently, is certainly a good thing.

Highlights of the reviews section this week include a HD remake of Abe's Oddysee, entitled Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty and the latest Titanfall DLC, Frontier's Edge. Less than impressed verdicts were handed out for EidolonSacred 3 and Lego Ninjago Nindroids.

Features this week include videos for ExpendabrosEidolon, the Landmark beta, Tango Fiesta, Mind: Path to Falamus and Road Not Taken. In the face of all the recent delays, we also ask if 'next-gen' itself has been delayed into 2015. We know you like lists, so be sure to check out Five Reasons You Need The Last of Us: Remastered in Your Life, 10 games that made Matt cry, Jon's collection of the best upcoming niche Japanese titles, 5 Essential Tips About New-Gen Releases and we're bringing back the Sunday Seven series with Why Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Deserves Your Attention.

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At A Glance: Roundup 28th July - 3rd August 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance: Roundup 28th July - 3rd August 2014

Earlier this week, EA unveiled a new subscription service that allows gamers to play a large range of their top titles for what seems like a very tempting price. But it will only be available on the Xbox One as Sony snubbed their noses at the apparent "poor value" of the service, which seems to us that they're not keen on PS Plus having any competition. Sony have been tooting their horns with some impressive sales figures that saw them recently shifting considerably more hardware than Microsoft, although these figures are possible inflated by including all of the PS branded consoles, rather than just the PS4. Michael Ancel teased us again about Beyond Good & Evil 2 (the swine). Finally, there was some positive news for Homefront: The Revolution as the troubled game and dev team were bought from Crytek by Deep Silver, who worked wonders when they picked up Saints Row IV from THQ.

In our reviews we have verdicts on a range of PC titles including: Gods Will Be Watching, Neil Gaiman's Wayward Manor and So Many Me. I know, summer release schedules are truly an awful thing, especially for console gamers. Still, there's always The Pile.

In the features we have a hands-on preview from Lords of the Fallen as it looks to step out of the looming shadow of the Dark Souls series. There are also two hands-on reports for Turtle Rock's Evolve as I try out both the Kraken monster and the hunters' medic class. There's an Opening Scenes video for Wayward Manor and The Last of Us Remastered gets the comparison treatment and an Opening Scenes one too. With the beta of PlayStation Now recently launching, Matt gets stuck into Sony for the gob-smackingly awful prices. Microsoft aren't safe though, as he also thinks it's time they thought about a releasing a trimmed down version of the Xbox One if they want to catch the PS4. We imagine you've been pining for Destiny since the beta finished last weekend, so be sure  to check out Matt's Top 10 for a list of things to do while we wait for the full game next month.

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At A Glance: Roundup 21st-27th July 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance: Roundup 21st-27th July 2014

Talk about a slow news week. Not to worry though, we're pretty sure it's because half the planet has been hammering the Destiny beta. There's just the one review this week in the shape of Unrest. Our features section is as packed as ever though. There's a hands-on preview for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel from my visit to Manchester MCM Comic Con and Matt plays an early access build of The Forest. There's a look at why the recent Battlefield: Hardline delay is no bad thing at all.

Videos include Opening Scenes for UnrestThe Forest, The Crew (beta), Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty and a look at a spectrum match in Arena Commander. Jon leafed through the release schedules to bring you lists of the hottest console exclusives for the PS4, Xbox One and Wii U. We're not saying the PS4 exclusives are a bit slim this year, but Samurai Warriors made the list...

There's tonnes of Destiny coverage and videos for you as Matt and I dive into the story missions, competitive multiplayer and Iron Banner events. Our comparison video shows the difference between the PS4 and Xbox 360 versions of the game too. Written pieces discuss ten things we love and hate about the game and Matt takes a look at how Sony are using the shooter to poach Halo fans away from Microsoft. Sadly, the beta is due to finish today, so I'm off for one last blast before the full game lands in September.

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At A Glance: Roundup 14th-20th July 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance: Roundup 14th-20th July 2014

Amidst all the cancelled Kickstarter news from the Yogscast team there were some tasty new trailers to get us in the mood for upcoming releases like Assassin's Creed Unity, Project Zero 5Super Smash Bros and The Walking Dead. There was also a trailer for the newly announced Tekken 7, but it failed to show us any gameplay whatsoever, instead focusing on the batshit mental family feud that's been torturing cutscenes throughout the series' history. Bad Bandai! And bad Microsoft, who fired 18,000 people this week (very bad) and shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios (not so bad).

Our Divinity: Original sin review may have been a long time coming, but this is a game that was well worth the wait as you can see with Matt's review of the RPG. Also racking up a high score this week is the Sokoban-inspired, Sokobond.

It's hard to believe our features section is so packed despite the Destiny beta landing this week. But land it did and we have our first wave of videos to prove it as Matt and myself work tirelessly to bring you the hottest content -ha, look at us pretending playing Destiny all day is work. You've probably been playing it too, if you haven't and you didn't enter our competition, then more fool you and keep an eye on the site in-case we have another prize draw next week. Jon has penned a careful reminder of what our expectations about kickstarter should actually be in the wake of the yogscast debacle. The team also have the latest previews for Sunset OverdriveRadial-GSplatoonMyriad and A Good snowman is Hard to Build. There are also videos and interviews for the likes of Star Citizen's Arena CommanderSunset OverdriveRadial-G and Supraball. Also be sure to check out our new Community Feedback video where things get a little bit, well you'll just have to watch it. Enjoy the links below and be sure to come back next week for more, including hands-on previews for Evolve and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel from my trip to MCM Comic Con Manchester earlier today. If I see one more Naruto headband or ill-advised corset...

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At A Glance: Roundup 7th-13th July 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance: Roundup 7th-13th July 2014

Dragon Age: Inquisition proved to be a pleasant surprise this week with a couple of extensive gameplay videos that whetted our appetite for the fantasy RPG later this year. Ken Levine finally admitted that the Bioshock Vita game was dead, but given that he was planning on a Final Fantasy Tactics take on the series, it looks like we all dodged a bullet there. The upcoming Destiny beta got all the more exciting this week as Bungie announced that everyone involved would be getting codes for their mates too. Prepare for a quiet week from us lot next week then.

In the Reviews, The Wolf Among Us had an excellent finale and Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (not a Capcom game despite the title) made its way to Xbox One in style. Concursion was a confused mess and Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark raised itself just above 'don't bother' thanks to a fun online survival mode and a massive fire-breathing robot dinosaur. The prolonged years of development haven't been kind to Enemy Front as it effortlessly takes the prize for Stinker of Week. A shame.

In between playing non-stop Supraball matches for video/article coverage, the team has been hitting the road to bring you previews for Forza Horizon 2, Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality headset and Action Henk. As the year's half-way mark passes we have roundtable articles on our favourites for the year so far and what we're most looking forward to before the end of the year. Other articles look into GameStop's suspicious plans for getting involved with game development, how devs need to stop seeing the Wii U gamepad as a mere gimmick, the need for any more MOBAs and a look at how the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus compare.

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At A Glance: Roundup 30th June - 6th July 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance: Roundup 30th June - 6th July 2014

Sniper Elite III has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons this week after an issue with game keys being cancelled for loads of customers. Despite the complete failure of the Ouya, Google are having a go too as they unveiled their own microconsole in order to convince us we want to play mobile games on our TV -we don't. EA briefly tried to charge us for demos, which turned out to be an honest mistake - or was it? With any luck we'll see some sensible logic in the news next week.

Sensible isn't how the games in the review section go though. Take a look at the rubber-limbed lunacy of One Piece: Unlimited World Red, the sex demons of The Secret World: Issue #9, the messy killcams in Sniper Elite III and everything in Squids Odyssey. Munin is a bit more normal, but it's also a bit rubbish. So maybe sense is over-rated after all.

In our Features, Matt has multiple Wii U hands-on reports for the likes of Bayonetta 2, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Hyrule Warriors. There are plenty of videos to enjoy too for WildStar, The Secret World: Issue #9 and Planetside 2. Don't forget to check out our podcast as the team discuss their favourite games of the year so far.

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At A Glance: Roundup 23rd - 29th June 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance: Roundup 23rd - 29th June 2014

Damn you Steam Summer Sale! Why must you make us buy more games than we can possibly play in one lifetime?! Ahem, in between all the splurging we've been working away to bring you the hottest news, features and reviews. This week we've seen new updates for the likes of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Battlefield: Hardline, Destiny, The Order: 1886, Batman, The Witcher III and Space Hulk: Deathwing. So many games on their way! So yeah, less temptation please, Steam.

In our reviews Jon takes one for the team as Matt and I unofficially avoided reviewing Outlast on PS4, but Jon manned up for the Xbone version. Matt reviews the latest update for Company of Heroes 2The Western Front Armies. There's also a review for Codemaster's excellent Grid: Autosport. Carl brings his epic WildStar review to an end this week too. Ending the week, I had the pleasure of Valiant Hearts: The Great War, a unique and endearing look at World War I through the eyes of regular people instead of the usual one-man-army approach.

Features this week include comment pieces on the proposed pricing for Sony's PS Now services, Jon makes his point for picking a Wii U over the PS4 or Xbone and we also ignore the haters and confess our love for the Steam Sale. Our regular video features for WildStar are here to keep you up-to-date on the hottest MMO right now and our weekly Top 10 contains the games that broke our hearts by not turning up at E3 this year and I take a look at how single-player DLC needs to change the way its tethered to the original game.

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At A Glance: Roundup 16th - 22nd June 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance: Roundup 16th - 22nd June 2014

Post E3, there wasn't much news, mainly because anyone with a PS4 has been spending an immense amount of time playing the betas/alphas for Battlefield: Hardline and Destiny. Other games in the news include Metal Gear solid V, with a 30-minute demo. Namco released their latest schedule, but Tekken X Street Fighter was nowhere to be seen. Again.

In the reviews Jon lays down a pair of disappointed verdicts for the unfinished feel of Nether and the way too creepy PlayStation Vita Pets (couldn't bothered about thinking up a decent name hey, Sony). Carl emerged from the world of space bothering just long enough to give us his penultimate part of the WildStar review.

In our features section we have extensive previews of the hottest games, including Project SparkDestiny and Alien: Isolation. Videos to enjoy include our news roundup podcast and some more WildStar footage. We also take a look at '10 Things We Learned From E3', compare the new and old versions of The Last of Us and GTAV and Jester takes a look at how Nintendo won E3 for her, while I recover from a slightly disappointing set of press conferences in favour of some optimism with '2015's Hits Are So Far Away. But So What?'

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At A Glance: Roundup 9th - 15th June 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance: Roundup 9th - 15th June 2014

E3 has just hurtled past us once again and there were new games all over the shop. That long-rumoured Halo collection, new Zelda, Rainbox Six: Siege, Crackout 3, Scalebound, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Bloodborne, Little Big Planet 3 and more were officially unveiled. We also got to see some gameplay demos for the likes of Battlefield: HardlineAssassin's Creed Unity, The Division, Xenoblade Chronicles X and Mirror's Edge. So much to be excited for, it's just a shame that most of it won't be here until 2015.

We took some time to play some games this week too rather than just write about them until 4:30am. So be sure to check out our reviews for Mario Kart 8Borderlands 2 VitaEntwinedTomodachi LifeWildStar and -deep breath- Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition Ex Plus Alpha.

In our features section you can find multiple staff roundtable articles on how we think Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA and Ubisoft performed at E3, along with a few opinion pieces on the show. We've been able to play some of the hottest upcoming releases this week too, mainly the Battlefield: Hardline beta and the alpha test for Destiny - so be sure to check out our videos and articles on those two massive games. Matt brings the Noob back to the world of WildStar and in the wake of E3 also examines the controversial decision by Ubisoft to not include female assassin's in Unity's co-op mode. Other videos on site this week include footage of EntwinedTango Fiesta, the podcast and an interview for Alien: Isolation. Over the next seven days, we'll have more of the best news, features and reviews for you once again. It's a good thing this Destiny alpha ends tomorrow morning or you may be looking at a considerably slimmer roundup next week!

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At A Glance: Roundup 1st - 8th June 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance: Roundup 1st - 8th June 2014

E3 starts tomorrow but we've already seen the announcements of a few new games this week like Forza Horizon 2 and Mortal Kombat XHomefront 2 broke cover for the first time in ages and was rebranded as Homefront: The Revolution. Other news stories detail Watch Dogs becoming the best launch of a new IP and Mario Kart 8 gave the Wii U a devilishly hot kick up the arse by boosting sales 666%. It's not all celebrations though as Batman: Arkham Knight has been pegged back to 2015. Still, we might bother to finish Arkham Origins now. Maybe.

Two big games in our reviews section this week with Watch Dogs and Murdered: Soul Suspect -one of them turned out to be a bit rubbish, guess which. Worms Battlegrounds came out to play in the rain before Jon charged at them with a spade. Japan showed us the best and worst of its cliches this week with a standard so-creepy-you'll-get-put-on-a-list-for-knowing-its-name pop idol sim in the unlikely proportioned shapes of Hyperdimension Neptunia: Go Straight to Jail Edition (or something similar) and the also unintelligibly-titled (but thankfully fairly awesome) Inazuma Eleven GO: Light & Shadow footy/RPG/mania game. Finally, Carl has part one of his review for one of the most eagerly-anticipated MMOs in recent memory, WildStar.

With E3 just around the corner the team try and work out what to expect from the likes of Sony, Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Nintendo. If you're like us, you're feeling optimistic about the big surprises at E3 so check out our Top 10 Tuesday - Massive E3 Game Reveals We Want (But Don't Necessarily Expect!). Despite enjoying Watch Dogs, we felt compelled to write a comment piece on Ubisoft's impressive ability to make a character more boring than ACIII's Connor with Aiden Pierce. Jon's been trawling through the Early Access section again with a preview for Freaking Meatbags. Murdered: Soul Suspect smashed another nail into the coffin of the traditional adventure game and Matt's been pondering where it's been going wrong for the genre. Don't forget to vote in our poll for you think is going to win E3 too!

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At A Glance: Roundup 26th - 31st May 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 26th - 31st May 2014

New games dominated the news this week with Battlefield: Hardline ditching Generistan for bank jobs and Lego Batman 3, urm, probably doing much of the same as before, but in space! Watch Dogs caused an accidental bomb threat and Sony's Xmas lineup took a hit as The Order: 1886 slipped to 2015. Still, Dragon's Crown is coming to PS Plus! Swings and roundabouts.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is this week's big game in the reviews, making a glorious return to consoles thanks to MachineGames. We also have verdicts for Soul Sacrifice DeltaThe Wolf Among Us Episode 4The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II and Squids Odyssey.

Your first stop in our Features section should be to watch Carl's attempt to cross the world of Just Cause 2 without touching the floor! We also have videos for Magicka: The Evil Within, Carl's Reload show and interviews for WildStar and Company of Heroes 2. Elsewhere, we have previews and feature articles for the likes of The Evil WithinMagickaThe Order: 1886 and Watch Dogs.

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At A Glance: Roundup 19th - 25th May 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 19th - 25th May 2014

Half-Life 3 moved that little bit closer to reality this week thanks to some loose lips around Valve HQ. We'll believe it when we play it though to be honest. Batman is coming to the next-gen consoles though and there's a new gameplay trailer to prove it. Elsewhere, we have some new release info for Child of Light on the Vita and part 4 of The Wolf Among Us.

Transistor and Always Sometimes Monsters proved to be the big winners for the indie scene this week with a brace of epic review scores. While Mugen Souls Z managed an enthusiastic 'meh' in comparison to the truly awful Daylight on the PS4.

The Features section is packed with videos for the likes of Wolfenstein: The New OrderCosmic DJSerious Sam RevolutionBroForce and Carl's Reload. show. There's a preview for Heavy Bullets on the PC. Other articles include a Titanfall Top 10, a look at why third-parties need to let last-gen go, a piece of industry leaks, a mocking take on the ridiculous accusations of racism facing Far Cry 4 and six months on we look at how the new consoles are shaping up.

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At A Glance: Roundup 12th - 18th May 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 12th - 18th May 2014

Microsoft dropped a few bombshells this week by removing the pay wall for streaming apps and putting it in front of their Games with Gold ownership policy instead. They also finally unveiled a Kinect-less Xbox One bundle and 'officially' announced Halo 5: Guardians, although the new shooter won't be here until next year. Much like The Division, which was pushed back for more dev time, but thankfully we will be playing the newly-unveiled Far Cry 4 later this year. Nintendo admitted they were already hard at work on new hardware, which doesn't inspire much confidence. Sony joined the collection of face-palm moments with more controversy over, you guessed it, DriveClub. Can we have some goddamned common sense in the news from the big three next week please?

It wouldn't be a Reviews section without something lunatic-flavoured from Japan, which is where JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle comes in. We also have verdicts on the infinitely more polite Sir, You Are Being Hunted. Activision slightly surprised us by releasing a not-rubbish movie tie-in with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and we also covered Titanfall's Expedition DLC and Super Time Force on the Xbox One.

This week was always going to be about our new video feature, Challenge Carl. This inaugural episode saw him trying to reach the top half of the leaderboard in a round of Titanfall... with a joystick.  More sensible video output this week saw the likes of NetherSystem Shock 2 and WildStar. Previews of the hottest unreleased games include Valiant Hearts and Always Sometimes Monsters. Other articles see the team pay homage to the late H.R. Giger with a Top 10 Unsettling Video Game Creations, a comment piece on the new Xbox boss, a look at how Mario Kart 8 may not be the answer to Nintendo's problems after all, a Sunday Seven on how Sony might win E3 2014 and the usual news podcast and Reload shows.

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At A Glance: Roundup 5th-11th May 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 5th-11th May 2014

This week DriveClub has been in the headlines again with Sony doing a bit of a Microsoft-style U-turn on a ridiculous policy for the upgrade of the PS Plus version. After the good times last week with their free game deal, Nintendo are back in the dumps this week (despite announcing new Pokemon titles) with poor financial figures and a disappointing approach to gay relationships in one of their upcoming titles. A new free Unreal Tournament game and some exciting new Sunset Overdrive footage cheered us right up though.

In the Reviews, Bound by Flame made a disappointing next-gen RPG debut for the Spiders studio and Hometown Story managed to bore Jon into a small coma. Fortunately we were able to remedy this status ailment with a strong JRPG dose in Etrian Odyssey: The Millennium Girl and a new take on an old classic with Titan Attacks.

In the Features section we have a celebrity-packed Top 10 Tuesdays, a look at some regular gaming favourites we always come back to and a few pieces on Nintendo's Tomodachi Life and  their dated approach to same-sex relationships. Ever keen to provide lots of video footage we have an Opening Scenes vid for Bound by Flame, a Let's Play for Lords of the Black Sun and an extensive series for Nether. Our podcast section includes the usual GameBuzz and Reload news roundups along with a chat about the resurgence of 4X games. There's also a hands-on preview of the awesome Oculus Rift from my trip to Play Blackpool. Don't forget to add your twisted suggestions to our new Challenge Carl feature too!

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At A Glance: Roundup 28th April - 4th May 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 28th April - 4th May 2014

Some big news stories hit the news desk this week causing varying degrees of emotion. Kevin Spacey's face is all over Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (cautious optimism), Nintendo are giving away a free game with Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U (super elated) and Evolution announced that the PS Plus Edition of DriveClub is much nowhere near the near-complete version promised in earlier interviews (super sad). Be sure to check out the links below for all these stories and more.

Japan's been deluging Jon with review code again this week (not that he's complaining) and he's hammered away at them to bring you verdicts on Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest DayCroixleur Sigma and Demon Gaze -the latter's name always makes me smirk childishly when said aloud. We also have some rather disappointed verdicts on the likes of Starlight InceptionWar of the Vikings and The Elder Scrolls Online. So, I felt rather smug when I didn't have to review any pap this week, instead getting to cover the exceptional, Child of Light.

In the busy Features section we have pieces on WildStarSecrets of GrindeaMurdered: Soul SuspectDisney Infinity 2.0 and videos for Nosgoth and Lords of the Black Son. A double whammy of podcasts this week sees the usual Game Buzz joined by a team roundtable on The Elder Scrolls Online. Elsewhere we've put together articles on the importance of the latest capture-liberating PS4 patch, the awesome Ninty Mario Kart 8 promo, a Top 10 Mario Kart items piece and a look at why gamers with memory capacities superior to a goldfish should perhaps be feeling a little misled by the new details of DriveClub PS Plus Edition.

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At A Glance: Roundup 21st-27th April 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 21st-27th April 2014

Some good news for the Wii U this week as a new Fatal Frame game was announced as an exclusive title which could make great use of that underused gamepad screen. The new Dragon Age and Mad Max games got new launch date (well, a 2015 delay for the latter) alongside some slightly underwhelming new trailers. We saw our first screenshot of the new Call of Duty which was just a face, so um yeah. Busy news week.

Our weekly review lineup includes The Last Federation and Secrets of Raetikon on PC, the new free PS3 Karaoke app SingOn and the NES Remix 2. To end the week, I finally managed to say goodbye to Irrational Games by reviewing the Bioshock Infinite DLC, Burial at Sea - Episode 2.

After we finally stopped stuffing Easter Eggs and beer into our faces over the hols, we returned to bring you another top week of feature articles. There's a Top 10 Easter Bunnies in games (very creepy), a nod to the GameBoy's 25th birthday and a look at how gaming needs more variety for its lead roles. A couple of Comment features examine how Dragon Age: Inquisition still has a lot to prove and how emulating may be an important step in gaming preservation. If you need a new MMORPG in your life, take a look at Jon's feature as to why you should take another look at The Secret World. Or just watch him and Carl pillage everything in a War of the Vikings video.

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At A Glance: Roundup 14th-20th April 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 14th-20th April 2014

A good week for the Xbox One this week with a console update smoothing over the experience and some new maps were announced for Titanfall. PS4 owners can at least look forward to a free update that will seriously beef up the video editor. Elsewhere, we found out that 37% of all Steam sold games have never been played, not that this will stop us snapping up those bundles. Oh, and Snoop Dogg is going to be in COD. Just because.

Trials Fusion and Lego The Hobbit were the big hitters in our reviews section this week. but we also have the smaller games covered too in the shapes and sounds of Invizimals: The Lost KingdomWarlock II: The Exiled and Beware Planet Earth.

Just look at that previews section, it's all sorts of packed. We have previews for WildStarOrbitalisNosgoth (there's an interview too), Private Eye and Van Helsing 2. Video footage includes a Nosgoth playthrough, Carl's Reload show and Broforce. There are articles on VR's place in the living room (or potential lack of) and the recent firing of a respected Halo composer. Chris takes at look at some gaming Easter Eggs and the curse of continuing a gaming franchise. Matt's review journal continues with The Elder Scrolls Online and we ponder that Warner Bros may be taking the mick with the never-ending stream of Lego titles after the disappointing Hobbit game.

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At A Glance: Roundup 7th-13th April 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 7th-13th April 2014

This was the week for new game announcements in the shape of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, the Day Z-esque H1Z1 and a PS4 port of The Last of Us. And they say originality in gaming is dying a death, I wonder why. We also saw the Xbox 360 version Titanfall in action and it made us question the need for a next-gen console, it's that good.

In the reviews section Jon's been busy with hammering out verdicts on Age of Wonders III on the PC, Strike suit Zero: Director's Cut on the PS4, Episode 3 of The Wolf Among UsBattlefield 4: Naval Strike and Invizimals: The Alliance. Matt took his addiction out of the house for Football Manager Classic 2014 on the Vita and I reviewed the previously handhelds-only game Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition on PSN.

The Rezzed coverage wraps up this week as Carl and Jon bring you a mix of articles and interviews for BroforcePrivate EyeBiome, Concursion and Sniper Elite 3. Elsewhere you can find pieces on XBL's 'Games with Gold' venture, Battlefield: Vietnam's birthday, the Naval Strike DLC for Battlefield 4, Square Enix's promise to shift their focus, an Elder Scrolls Online journal, a SingOn preview, a look at Nintendo's 'casual' audience and finally a look at why Matt thinks it might be worth holding off buying a next-gen console.

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