Archive for December, 2012

Slim PS3 news: How To Beat Your Backlog

GP writer Marcus Estrada discusses tips to help gamers beat their backlogs. is updated regularly per day with the very latest Slim PS3 news.

Posted on December 29th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

news: The Top 10 RPGs of 2012

2012 saw over 35 RPG titles release. It was a tough decision but the top ten were finally chosen to represent the best this year had to offer in role-playing. This site is updated frequently each day with the latest Slim PS3 news and games reviews.

Posted on December 29th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Saints Row-maker THQ goes bankrupt, sells upcoming games

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Videogame giant THQ has filed for bankruptcy, agreeing to flog all of its upcoming games and development studios to an investment firm.

It’s bleak news for the Saint Row publisher, which is entering bankruptcy with a host of anticipated titles unfinished, including Homefront 2, Metro: Last Light, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Saints Row 4 and Company of Heroes 2.

Currently it looks like those games will see the light of day however, as THQ insists that its day-to-day operation won’t be hampered by the sale of almost everything it owns. Buyer Clearlake reckons the ailing publisher’s collective worth totals $60m (about £37m), GameSpot reports.

The good news is that no additional job losses are expected as a result of the bankruptcy filing, with employees usual schedules and benefits remaining intact. While it may be business as usual, moving for bankruptcy is a sign that it’s tough times for the publisher, which has been churning out games since the early nineties.

THQ’s decline was predicted earlier this year, when Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two’s CEO said, “THQ won’t be around in six months”.

GameSpot UK Editor Guy Cocker told me, “It’s been a terrible year for games publisher THQ.”

“After exiting the kids games business in January, and therefore losing successful Disney franchises such as Cars, the company has laid off hundreds of staff, closed studios, cancelled games and continued to make losses,” Guy said.

“This month, the release of THQ’s Humble Bundle, whereby people could pay what they like to download some of the publisher’s big-name games, was a reasonable success, making the company $5m. However, it wasn’t enough and this week THQ was left with no choice but to file for bankruptcy, as it was the only way the company could carry on into 2013 in any reasonable state.”

THQ boss Brian Farrell is quoted as saying, “The sale and filing are necessary next steps to complete THQ’s transformation and position the company for the future.”

He goes on to say, “We remain confident in our existing pipeline of games, the strength of our studios, and THQ’s deep bench of talent.”

Were you a fan of THQ’s games? Or does the ailing publisher need to do something different in order to survive in the future? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.

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Posted on December 23rd, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: PS3 News: 2K Games Announces Release Date For Third Borderlands 2 DLC

The first two DLC releases for “Borderlands 2,”’s 2012 Game of the Year — “Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty” and “Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage” — were unqualified successes that expanded on the universe of this great game and proved to be well-worth the expense. Will the third time be just as much fun? 2K Games hopes so, announcing this morning that “Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt” will be released for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on January 15, 2013.

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Posted on December 22nd, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: PS3 News: Namco Bandai Announces Release Date For Star Trek: The Video Game

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Namco Bandai and Paramount announced a release date today for “Star Trek: The Video Game,” hitting stores on April 23, 2013, just in time for the May 2013 release of “Star Trek Into Darkness,” starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and Benedict Cumberbatch. The game contains its own story written by BAFTA Award winner Marianne Krawczyk and people who pre-order, starting tomorrow, December 22, 2012, will get access to the “Elite Officer Pack,” which includes:

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Posted on December 21st, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Games Workshop’s Space Hulk coming to iPhone, not Android

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A nail-biting game of survival horror set in the rotting spaceships of the grim far future, Space Hulk scared my pants off when Games Workshop released the board game in 1989. Now it’s licensed the game to Danish app developer Full Control, which is bringing it to PC, Mac and iOS next year.

You’ll control a squad of implausibly armoured space marines trying to escape one of the titular wrecks as you’re hunted down by the merciless Genestealers — multi-armed horrors that bear more than a passing resemblance to HR Giger’s alien.

Unlike previous PC treatments of the property, new Space Hulk won’t be a first-person shooter — it’s a 3D turn-based strategy game, in the vein of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. You’ll be able to play co-operatively or against each other with friends on different platforms, and even make your own maps. I’m absolutely delighted by this approach, because it stands the best chance of capturing what was so tense and thoughtful about the original.

Copenhagen-based Full Control have mainly released strategy games for the PC, Mac, iPhone and iPad previously. I asked CEO Thomas Hentschel Lund why Android wasn’t in the mix.

“We had to pick launch platforms, and we decided to go with the ones that had the right balance of ROI [return on investment], most team experience, least QA challenges and most users that are willing to pay for premium games,” Lund told me in an email.

“So while Android (and consoles and Windows RT) are not in the launch list, [that] doesn’t mean we do not want to do them in the future. But no promises. Let’s make Space Hulk first — then spread it out on a variety of platforms.

“We are not hating Android or Android users,” he says. “But it’s simply a more risky platform to launch on. Much less risky to go with solid platforms, get the game profitable and then port to more risky platforms once you see the performance of the given game.”

We’ve heard recently from the likes of the BBC and Sky that Android is harder to develop for than Apple’s iOS because of the different versions of the software and the many devices you need to support to make it worthwhile.

But Android is beginning to represent a better investment for app makers. A survey in August by app maker SwiftKey found Android users were narrowing the gap on iOS users in terms of the number of apps they had paid for. Meanwhile the number of Android users continues to skyrocket, with IDC estimating it took 68 per cent of the smart phone market in the second quarter of the year.

As Lund mentioned, however, the experience of developers is a key factor in deciding which platforms to launch on. As Apple has dominated apps for the last four years, it’ll be some time before dev teams build up sufficient experience to be confident of launching successfully on Android.

Space Hulk is due for launch sometime next year — check out the teaser trailer below, and you can find more details on the website. Do you remember the board game fondly? Are you annoyed it’s not launching on Android? Unload your comments below, or over on our hard as space-nails Facebook page. is updated several times each day with the very latest Free PlayStation 3 news and hardware reviews.

Posted on December 20th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Most Surprising Game 2012 | GameRevolution

Latest news: GR: We did not anticipate so many nominees for Game of the Year in 2012, but this just means that the quality of triple-A games have improved and become more consistently high. Of course, there were plenty of surprises along the way. is updated several times every day with the latest Slim PS3 news and games reviews.

Posted on December 19th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

news: Top 5 Black Ops 2 Weapons, Classes, & Loadouts

The latest PS3 news:’s own, Dr. Nikki, reloads with her Top 5 Weapons and Classes

After playing the game for about 40 hours at this point (prestige 3, level 36), I feel like I have used them enough to make a solid review and recommendations for the ones I like best. This blog is updated frequently per day with the very latest Slim PS3 news and games reviews.

Posted on December 19th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Windows 8 will get grown-up games as Microsoft backtracks

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Shield your eyes! Microsoft has decided to allow mature games into the Windows Store after all.

Grown-ups now get to decide for themselves whether they want to pollute their eyes, brains and other squidgy bits with whatever manner of smut and filth they desire from their Windows PC. Previously Microsoft announced it wouldn’t sell any game with a 16+ PEGI rating in Europe or a Mature rating in the United States.

Games that are rated PEGI 18 for violence or other content unsuitable for delicate sensibilities will be sold on the Windows Store, the app store for Windows 8 computers and tablets.

Adult games on their way to the Windows 8 store include The Witcher and Grand Theft Auto IV, pictured above. 

Microsoft will prevent nippers from getting hold of games that could warp their tiny minds using Microsoft Family Safety, a feature that allows parents to monitor their younglings user account on your Windows 8 computer or tablet. Family Safety sends you a weekly review of your kid’s PC use, allowing you to monitor them first rather than restricting their use right from the off. You can then set extra options for limiting what your little’uns can or can’t do or how long they can do it for.

In the Windows Store, you can set a game rating level to make sure nippers can only download and play games that are appropriate to their age. Games rated higher can’t be downloaded, so they’ll have to borrow them off their mates in the playground on a floppy disk like we had to. 

Do you think Microsoft should protect our delicate sensibilities? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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Posted on December 19th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 Slim news: All they want for Christmas…

The people behind the video games you love tell us what they’re looking forward to playing over the Christmas break.

Draw up a fantasy list of dream careers and the job of video games developer would surely feature. You get to make and play amazing titles all day long, right? Make them, yes, but play them? Not always. That’s why the people involved in creating the biggest video games of 2012 – some of the most passionate fans there are – look forward to the chance to down tools over Christmas and catch up on the games their fellow developers have crafted.

Discover what the talented minds behind the likes of Wonderbook: Book of Spells, Dishonored and Need for Speed Most Wanted are hoping to unwrap on Christmas morning.

“Given all the superb releases in the last few months I wouldn’t normally have any time to leave the house. However, this year I’ve got a few great games to play on my PlayStation Vita, including LittleBigPlanet PlayStation Vita, Assassin’s Creed III Liberation and Need for Speed Most Wanted, while on my PlayStation 3 must-play list this Christmas are Wonderbook: Book of Spells, Sleeping Dogs and Hitman: Absolution.” (Robert Karp, producer, XDev Studio Europe)

“Obviously, Christmas is the season of goodwill, but I also like to think of it as the time when Santa dumps a load of wicked games down the chimney, and I take time off work to blast through them.

“This year, while my family busy themselves exchanging gifts, eating mince pies and enjoying a little quality time together, I’ll be battering my friends’ high scores and driving my way to the top of my Most Wanted List in Need for Speed Most Wanted on PS3. And if my family insist on me making an appearance at the dinner table, I’ll bring my PS Vita version and just keep on scoring.” (Rob O’Farrell, producer, Criterion Games)

“I’m looking forward to playing Dishonored on PS3 and having the time to finally finish Rayman Origins on my PS Vita.” (Warren Spector, vice president, Junction Point Studios)

“I’m way behind so I am looking forward to finally playing Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. I’m also going to be catching up with The Walking Dead on my PS3.” (Paul Weaver, senior director, Junction Point Studios)

“I’ve started playing the adventure game, The Walking Dead, and I really like it. The branching choices are great and make it feel like my experience, my story. Harvey Smith [see below] and I are both playing XCOM: Enemy Unknown, along with people from the Dishonored team in Lyon and in Austin. There’s a good chance we’ll be starting it all over again during the holiday.” (Raphael Colantonio, president and co-creative director, Arkane Studios)

“XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I need to start again because my entire squad, in Iron Man mode, got slaughtered. All of them were named after friends and family. Raphael Colantonio and I died last, at least. Also, my wife is a PS Vita fanatic, so she will be playing LittleBigPlanet PS Vita and Sound Shapes. I love to watch her play and hear her commentary on what she likes in games and in the PS Vita system itself.” (Harvey Smith, co-creative director, Arkane Studios)

“I’ll be replaying Journey, squeezing in some fights on PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale and working my way through Papa & Yo. I love a good beat ‘em up, so I’m playing Double Dragon Neon which I got free through PlayStation Plus. I’m also travelling a lot over the holiday, so I have my PS Vita stocked up. I’m playing through LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, Gravity Rush and also Assassin’s Creed III Liberation.” (Brandon Laurino, executive producer, CCP Games) “My daughter and I have been discussing some themes and ideas for our next LittleBigPlanet PS Vita level. The plan is to get that up and running and play-tested (by Mummy), and then I have some serious catching up to do in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.” (Atli Már Sveinsson, creative director, CCP Games)

“I’m going away for the holidays with my family, so it’s all going to be about PS Vita. LittleBigPlanet PS Vita and Sound Shapes I’ve already started, and Christmas will be the perfect time to play them some more. Plus I’m really looking forward to playing two new exciting games, Surge and Big Sky Infinity, which I’m hoping everyone else picks up so I can challenge them on the leader boards.” (Paul Rustchynsky, design director, Evolution Studios)

“My stack of must-play games grows ever taller. I feel shame. But the annual mini-holiday grants me the opportunity to turn my attention to the pile. Beautiful, shiny, unopened PS3 versions of Far Cry 3, Dishonored and Deus Ex: Human Revolution (I am fully aware how long ago that came out) wait to be enjoyed with eggnog, turkey sandwiches and sometimes cake…in fact, most of the time cake.” (Matt Turner, scriptwriter, Ubisoft Montreal)

“Maybe I’ll put Heavy Rain back in the tray for a replay, or some XCOM: Enemy Unknown. As a lot of us are just taking a break after finishing Assassin’s Creed III, there’s also the threat of some four-player Borderlands 2 action, but the wife is already giving me the death stare and I’ve only just typed this.” (Alex Hutchinson, creative director, Ubisoft Montreal)

“I’ll be playing God of War Collection followed by God of War III as there’s nothing like a bit of Spartan spirit to warm up the festive period.” (Ben Walke, community manager, Codemasters)

“I’m hoping for a few new 3D Blu-ray movies from Santa to watch on my PS3. I’m also looking forward to Ratchet & Clank: QForce as it’s awesome in stereoscopic 3D and is good for all the family – I can buy it for the kids and play it myself when they’re in bed!” (Simon Benson, senior development manager, Evolution Studios)

“I can’t wait to play Assassin’s Creed III and FIFA 13, as well as watch trailers for Dead Space 3 and The Last of Us on my PS3 at home.” (Brian Hayes, creative director, EA SPORTS)

“2012 has been a busy year for London Studio – and this Christmas I fully intend to reap the rewards. My kids love Wonderbook: Book of Spells already and when their cousins are over at Christmas we will definitely be playing it. Let’s face it, everyone loves levitating a jar of eyeballs…

“I know that LittleBigPlanet Karting is on at least one wish list in our house as well as Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two and LEGO The Lord of the Rings. And we won’t forget our party favourites: SingStar and DanceStar Party Hits. Doubtless these will be a big part of our post-lunch afternoon. My niece has a grudge match with me on DanceStar Party as I beat her hands down last year. Merry Christmas everyone!” (Dave Ranyard, director, London Studio)

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Posted on December 17th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »