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Evoland Review

Evoland is a love letter to a genre long past its golden age. By combining your favorite elements from The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy and Diablo, it manages to act not only as a nostalgic trip through some of the best gameplay features of the last twenty years, but also as a decent game in its own right. You'll laugh at the jokes, you'll get the references, but you'll also question why so many classic franchises are finding it so hard to re-find their ...

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Kings & Warlords – Producer Interview

Kings & Warlords is a popular MMORTS game with tens of thousands of fans and many dedicated players. It's a genre that has grown in recent years, thanks in part to games like Farmville acting as a gateway to other, more fantasy-driven casual experiences. Today it's the genre of choice for film tie-ins - both The Godfather and The Hobbit have seen MMORTS games based upon them - and its popularity doesn't seem to be waning. We were lucky enough to be able to ...

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Dynasty Warriors 8 Announced, Released July

Dynasty Warriors 8, the latest in the popular beat 'em up franchise, will be making its way westward later this year, with an EU release date of 19th July. Dynasty Warriors 8 boasts an unbelievable 70 playable characters, including several that have been 'faceless' up until now. More characters, more modes and a return of the what-if? scenarios that were sure a big part of the earlier Xtreme Legends packs are sure to make this a must-play for fans. Since ...

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After All These Years, Harmonix Relives The Story of Rock Band

To celebrate years of DLC, and as a final farewell after the release of the final song for the platform, Harmonix have today released a video reliving some of the highs and lows of the very best plastic music franchise ever. And if that isn’t enough for you, there’s some pretty terrible singing as well! It’s hard to believe that the main Rock Band franchise only really encompassed six games, and that two of those games were band-specific, but ...

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Thief: Out of the Shadows Officially Unveiled

Square Enix have today officially unveiled the next Thief game. Subtitled Out of the Shadows, the new entry in the successful cult franchise will be released on PC, PS4 and “other next-gen consoles.” Aside from the trailer, very little was revealed about the game. It’s set in a city in which the poor are desperately waiting for something to change, and it allows the player to approach any given situation in a number of ways.  Of course, it ...

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Demo This Week For EU

Warner Brothers have confirmed that they’re releasing a demo for the long-awaited Injustice: Gods Among Us in EU territories and that it’ll be available to download from both the 360 and PlayStation 3 on April 3rd. US fans were told last week that a demo would be available. With Batman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor to choose from, you’ll get to see many of the game’s different features ahead of its mid-April release date. There’s no ...

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Final Fantasy Soundtrack Hits Third Place in Classic FM Hall of Fame

The Final Fantasy soundtrack has managed the impossible this year, beating out the likes of Beethoven and Mozart to come third in the Classic FM Hall of Fame for 2013. It managed to jump thirteen places over last year and stands both as a testament to the dedication of gamers to this particular body of music, and to a changing attitude towards the medium. There are still several comments asking why on earth video game music is allowed to be…

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Defiance Review

There have been a number of attempts to bring the MMO to consoles and they have, by and large, been unsuccessful. Instead of building a game to play with a controller in front of the TV from scratch, developers instead adapt a game built around dozens of keyboard keys and a mouse. They're often surprised when that doesn't work. Defiance is a game that brings together the spirit of third person multiplayer gaming and the massive, persistent world of the MMO, ...

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Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, Asia, Pan-Asia Dissolved, One Company Formed

Sony have today announced that it is closing Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Asia and Sony Computer Entertainment Pan-Asia, replacing all three companies with Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia. The one company will run across several territories, not entirely unlike SCEE has been doing for years. This will mean several big changes to the way these territories are run. Although it seems odd timing – what with it being ...

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Free Nintendo AR Cards with Pre-Paid Points Bring Favourite Characters to Life

Nintendo are adding a little bonus to the pre-paid points cards that they’re selling in Japan. They’ll now double as AR cards for the 3DS. With a variety of different characters to choose from and interaction between characters confirmed, wannabe photographers of all ages will have the opportunity to snap some of the most famous gaming characters in the world.  Announced yesterday (April 1st) in a mini-Nintendo Direct, you’re able to use ...

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