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Team Fortress 2: Mann at Work(shop)

Team Fortress 2: Mann at Work(shop)

It’s been a whole year since Team Fortress 2 opened up the Mann Co. store, dividing the player base into those that felt Valve were were placing too much emphasis on superfluous gubbins that had no impact on the game whatsoever and those that look awesome in a bowlerhatandohmygodIMUSTHAVEIT. Whatever you think of the store, it’s been an incredibly successful experiment, for both Valve and the model makers whose items now adorn the majority of games. To celebrate the one…

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Driver: San Francisco – The Verdict

Driver: San Francisco – The Verdict

I’ll admit, I didn’t have high hopes for Driver: San Francisco After the two most recent games in the series generally received as ‘mediocre’ and having never really gotten into the PSX-era games personally, the series wasn’t high on my radar. Joyfully, I’m pleased to say that the newest Driver game has proven me wrong in the best possible way.

CS:GO Game Modes a-Go-Go

CS:GO Game Modes a-Go-Go

While showing off the eagerly anticipated Counter Strike: Global Offensive at this year’s Eurogamer Expo, Valve today announced a new game mode that’ll come with the game when it releases on the PSN, XBLA and PC in 2012. We’ve got info along with some screenshots after the jump.

Batman : Arkham Slippy

Batman : Arkham Slippy

In a disappointing piece of news, Warner Bros Interactive today announced that the PC version of upcoming Batman biff-em-Up Arkham City is to sadly be delayed from it’s intended release date of 21st October to an indeterminate date in November.

Deus Ex Human Revolution – The Verdict

Deus Ex Human Revolution – The Verdict

Reviewing a game like Deus Ex: Human Revolution is tricky. How exactly do you review a game in which your experience can differ wildly from that of other people? Is it even possible to give a definitive answer on how you felt about the game when even somebody playing in the same room might make completely different decisions, and react entirely in their own way to those? Of course, I’m just being facetious but what’s obvious from the outset of…

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Syndicate Indicated by EA

Syndicate Indicated by EA

After being accidentally outed via EA’s download service Origin, a whole new game in the cult Syndicate series has been formally announced and revealed to the world by EA today along with some all-important plot details and screens which you can find after the jump…

Call of Juarez: The Cartel – The Verdict

Call of Juarez: The Cartel – The Verdict

You have to wonder if the voice actors for the latest instalment of the Call of Juarez franchise were paid in the form of a swear jar. If that was the case, the cast would likely be millionaires by now. Sadly, this is just the hairline fracture on a title that suffers from multiple flaws throughout a game that frankly brings down the series to a standard that the franchise just doesn’t deserve.

From Dust – The Verdict

From Dust – The Verdict

A game that wears its influences proudly on its sleeve, From Dust is the brainchild of Another World creator Eric Chahi. Playing as an unseen force known as The Breath you’re tasked with ensuring that the primitive tribesmen of the world manage to survive and thrive against the challenges of an unforgiving world. But behind an initially impressive concept and outward appearance, some cracks appear behind these relatively solid foundations.

Bastion – The Verdict

Bastion – The Verdict

The kid looked at his screen. The glow from the monitor taunted him as he began to type, filling up the white void with text about a game. A game with a narrator, commenting on his every move. He stopped, and thought back, back to the time he started playing the game…

Meet the Meet the Medic

Meet the Meet the Medic

Valve have lifted the lid on the process of making their hilarious Meet the Medic video in a blog post on the Team Fortress 2 website. In it, they describe the different concepts they went for before finally deciding on the finished product, including ideas of the Medic on a train, how they almost made the video Meet the Medigun and exactly where the Blu Spy head in the fridge came from, including some work-in-progress footage of the short. It’s…

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Game of Thrones – New Screenshots

Game of Thrones – New Screenshots

Focus Interactive have today released some new screenshots of their upcoming game based on the current hot property: Game of Thrones: Genesis. The strategy game, being developed by Blood Bowl developers Cyanide Studios, promises to take players “into the heart of the battles and intrigues between the Houses that shaped the Kingdom of Westeros.” Covering “more than 1000 years” of the history of the A Song of Fire & Ice Saga, we’re promised that victory will come from “more than…

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Terrariavision (Or Why Chris is Wrong About Terraria)

Terrariavision (Or Why Chris is Wrong About Terraria)

So you may have read yesterday that Chris didn’t think much of Terraria, the game that has seemingly taken Steam by storm in a relatively short amount of time. He stated his main problem with the game is that, in his words, he didn’t want to invest the time in the game to get the most out of it. By doing so, I think he’s caused himself incredible disservice. So in an effort to turn him around to the light…

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The Reticule (Not Quite At) E3 – Nintendo

The Reticule (Not Quite At) E3 – Nintendo

And so begins the final conference -that of Nintendo. Of course the big reveal is going to be Project Cafe/Nintendo/Wii HD or whatever they’re calling it, but obviously there’s going to be a few other announcements we’re hoping for, not least some more 3DS games and some form of response to Sony’s impressive reveal of Vita last night for their own 3DS – it certainly needs some more killer titles behind it if it hopes to keep up.

The Reticule (Not Quite At) E3 – Sony Conference

The Reticule (Not Quite At) E3 – Sony Conference

To say Sony have had a rough few months is a bit of an understatement. But hopefully with the incident now largely behind them, E3 is going to be the best opportunity to show how exactly the brand is going to win back fans and re-establish it’s position as a top player in the games industry. Whether it will actually manage that remains to be seen, but we do know the NGP and Uncharted 3 are two of the tools…

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