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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Assassin’s Creed III: Inside Assassin’s Creed

August 23, 2012 | | 2 Comments

Watch the first episode in a four-part video series for the making of Assassin’s Creed III. Developers behind the popular series take you on a journey inside Assassin’s Creed III in this episode, “Making a Masterpiece”.

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Sony Closes Studio Liverpool

August 22, 2012 | | 2 Comments

According to GI.biz, Sony has closed the doors on the WipEout developer, Studio Liverpool. Reliable sources have told Eurogamer that a new WipEout title was in the works for Sony’s next console, and had been in development for over a year. Another game that focuses around gangsters and stealth, using similar tech to the motion capture of LA Noire, was said to also be in the works. There isn’t word of any layoffs right now, as Sony is trying to move as many staff as possible to other studios internally.

You can read Sony’s official statement after the jump.

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Three More Screenshots from GTAV

August 22, 2012 | | 4 Comments

Rockstar has just released another three screenshots from GTAV. This time they are showing us Dirt Bikes, Parachuting, and Playing Tennis. This game just needs some Just Cause 2 “grappling hook” action, and it might be lined up to be … Read More

Dispelling the Myths of Videogame Piracy

August 22, 2012 | | 18 Comments


Art by psdeluxe

Hi, this is Russell, Englishman in Canada, and I want to take issue with video game piracy.

After having a polite discussion with one of our admin’s earlier this week about what was acceptable when it came to duplicating videogame software, I was encouraged to take to the stormy seas, otherwise known as the world wide web, to search out the legal ins and out of the subject at hand. As I began my search, I had all the laws and loopholes taught to me by my peers at a young age (the PSOne era) embedded firmly in my head and decided to start checking up on a few of these ‘facts’. I will tell you now that what I’ve found is a much tighter bind than I was even expecting, a lot of stuff users and gamers may do are in fact illegal in the eyes of the law.

Following are a few myths I was taught as fact that I am now going to dispel for you guys, in hope that I can inform and educate you and, in the immortal words of Ice-T, please, ‘Don’t hate the player, hate the game’.

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[PSN Review] Retro/Grade

August 21, 2012 | | 7 Comments

What happens when you a take side scrolling shooter, throw in a little Guitar Hero, and play it backwards? Well, you basically get Retro/Grade. Developed by 24 Caret Games, the premise behind Retro/Grade is that a temporal anomaly is tearing apart the space-time continuum after your pilot, Rick Rocket, defeated the the final Exnorian fleet boss, thanks, in part, to the destruction you caused. In order to save the universe, you have to go back in time and undo everything you did, from the aforementioned boss all the way back to chapter 1.

Basically, the game looks like a shooter, but it plays like a rhythm game. Everything is color coded, so if you’re good at hand and eye coordination or color association, you’ll likely be able to pick up and play this game relatively quick. What is really cool about it is that you aren’t confined to just using a regular controller, either. You know that old Rock Band or Guitar Hero controller you have sitting in the corner, collecting dust? You can use that, too.

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Releases for the Week (August 20th-26th)

August 20, 2012 | | 13 Comments

A new week, and a new round of releases!

The retail side is only kept alive by Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, a game we’ll hopefully be able to review shortly after launch, and on PSN we get the usual “was a retail game, is now available for download” games, as well as several new titles in a diverse range of genres (samurai, reverse shooter, dungeon crawler, something bizarre, something black, and even an experience!).

All in all, this seems to be a great week for gaming!

Oh, and we even get a new PS2 game added to the mix!

Full list of releases, as soon as you click!

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[PS3 Review] Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013

August 20, 2012 | | 10 Comments

Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 (released to PSN on June 19, 2012) is Wizards of the Coast’s latest entry in what is apparently becoming a franchise with yearly sequels. As with Duels 2012, the game’s release teases the release of the latest Core Set of cards in the world of paper Magic. Duels is ultimately a casual introduction to Magic that is designed to increase the audience for the Magic universe at large. Full disclosure: Duels 2012 performed precisely that role for me. I am now an avid player of paper Magic with a large library of physical cards and a few tournaments under my belt.

So how does Duels 2013 stack up to its predecessors, Duels 2012 and Duels 2009? (Click for our reviews of both of the aforementioned games, as well as for the major D12 expansion and deck packs.) In a word, D13 continues Wizard’s tradition of improving on these casual video games, making D13 a great purchase. Those who are curious about the world of collectible card games should absolutely check out the game, and even long-time aficionados of Magic should have fun with it (though they might experience some frustration as well). Are you new to Magic? D13 might just be your “gateway drug” to a new addiction, just as D12 was a year or so ago for me!

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Disney Princesses Pack’s Released for LBP

August 20, 2012 | | One Comment

Two Little Big Planet, Disney Princess Packs are now available from the PSN. These are a definite must buy for any little Princess!! My daughters love ’em!

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