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Shacknews - Steve Watts

A European retailer has listed Dragon Age 3: Inquisition for the Xbox One. The listing has since been removed, but the brief error does provide the possibility of a new platform for BioWare's next game in the series.

The listing was found on Amazon Italy (via All Games Beta). The European Amazon sites have been especially leaky regarding EA lately. Two separate ones (Germany and Italy) made pre-order pages for Mirror's Edge 2 (though EA's own site hasn't helped). This listing is a bit different, since Dragon Age 3 has been announced since last year. Still, it seems to out a new platform, and points to some kind of impending announcement at E3.

EA and BioWare have been mostly quiet regarding Inquisition, but dropped a few tidbits after its announcement last year. You'll be a human character with customization more similar to Origins, and you can take control of castles. It's also said to be significantly larger than any previous BioWare games.

Shacknews - John Keefer

The next free expansion for Eve Online--number 19 if you are keeping count--is coming out next week, and developer CCP has released a new video detailing many of the changes in the Odyssey pack. Plug your ears, however, if bad music offends you.

The humorous trailer plays of the movie 2001, with the discordant strains of the theme song at the beginning and end. The video flips back and forth between parody and real life, all the while narrated by CCP developers imparting the modifications coming on June 4. Even if you aren't a fan of the space-based MMO, watching the video is a treat, in an offbeat sort of way as CCP has fun with it.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Scourge: Outbreak publisher UFO Interactive has has announced it's bringing the Japanese title Mamorukun Curse! stateside. It's set to release on PS3 via PlayStation Network on July 16 in North America for $19.99.

The announcement describes it as a (ahem) "cute-em-up" top-down shooter, which follows the hero Mamorukun and other Chosen Souls as they find themselves in the Netherworld. Before long they're ordered by Ms. Fululu to help bring balance back to the Netherworld with their Curse powers, which naturally express themselves as shooty bits.

The game features three play modes (Action, Arcade, and Story), seven selectable characters, online leaderboards, and all of the DLC from the original Japanese version of the game. It will also include two extra netherworld adventure courses, and two extra characters, for those who actually did play the original. It mentions screen-filling enemy fire, so you can expect this to be a cuddly bullet-hell shooter.

Shacknews - John Keefer

Who knew? Computer nerds can fight too! Watch Dogs protagonist Aiden Pierce may be a technical genius, but he's also quite the thug when it comes to combat, according to a new video focusing on the motion capture for the game. Man, who was the bully in his school?

"For Aiden, we tried to create a fighting style that's a lot more realistic than you normally see," said animation director Colin Graham. "We didn't want to do anything that was fancy or showy. We wanted to create a brutal street fighting style, all survival fighting. Every move that he makes is about trying to take somebody out ... Everything is just raw and fast and extremely violent."

Watch Dogs is coming to PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U on November 19. It will also come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, depending on when the consoles launch.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

It's the weekend again, and that means it's time to once again gorge yourself on the bounty of sales. This weekend's deals include BioShock Infinite, Batman Arkham games, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Tomb Raider, a big set of Telltale games, lots of indie deals, and DMC Devil May Cry, all on the cheap.

Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:

GameFly

Amazon

Amazon's huge sale continues to be bonkers:

Bitcon Bundle

Pay what you want with fictional moneys (Bitcoins) for a bundle of And Yet It Moves, Eufloria, a beta of Eufloria HD, Spirits, and World of Goo.

GamersGate

Get Games

Get any two of the following games for $10. All activate on Steam. It's still active through the weekend.

  • The Darkness 2

  • Spec Ops: The Line

  • Mafia 2

  • Borderlands GOTY

  • BioShock

  • Bioshock 2

  • Duke Nukem Forever

  • Civilization 5

  • Civilization 5: Gods and Kings Expansion

  • Civilization 5 Complete

GOG

GOG's Activision adventure sale includes:

Green Man Gaming

GMG offers 20% off most games with the code GMG20-JLKSA-7A8HA, which you'll need for most of (but not all) of the Weekend Deals. A few of them include:

Groupees

Pay at least a buck for Patrician IV, Slam Bolt Scrappers, Fairy Bloom Freesia, Paranutical Activity, Radical Roach, Karateka, Meem, The Autumn Film Collection, Patrician IV Rise of a Dynasty DLC, Eleusis, We Bang Collection, Fairy Bloom OST, and Constant C OST. Pay over $5 to also get Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition, Constant C, Blades of Time, Drakensang, and Guncraft.

Humble Bundle

Pay what you want for Telltale games including Back to the Future, Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse, Poker Night at the Inventory, Hector: Badge of Carnage, Puzzle Agent 1 and 2, and Wallance & Gromit's Grand Adventures. Pay more than the average for Walking Dead. DRM-free, with Steam keys if you want them.

Impulse

Steam

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

After our last go at it, we boldly proclaimed that The Last of Us is still good. Naughty Dog's survival horror game has been long-awaited, and if you want a taste before its June 18 release, you best dust off your copy of God of War: Ascension. Today, owners of the disc will be able to access a special early demo.

To get the demo, you'll need to pop the Blu-ray into your PS3. Then, select "The Last of Us Early Access" on the main menu, and you'll be able to download the exclusive demo from the PlayStation Store.

According to the PlayStation.Blog, the demo features the "Outskirts" level, which has Joel, Ellie, and Tess making their way through the Infected. Remember: Runners and Clickers respond to sound, and the latter will kill you in one bite. You may want to read up how I approached this very demo. And don't forget to craft some shivs. They'll come in very handy.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Sega's remake of Castle of Illusion is definitely banking on its legacy, but it's not stopping with mere homage. A behind-the-scenes trailer from the developer showcases the original game, and a few tweaks made for the new version.

Sega had apparently pitched this idea multiple times, and ended up showing a prototype to the original director, Emiko Yamamoto. She claims that the game has certainly changed, but its essence remains the same. The lengthy look talks about what set the original apart, and how Sega Australia has approached creating a similar feel for this game. Castle of Illusion is due this summer.

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

Metal Gear Solid 5 isn't the only game to use Kojima Productions' impressive new Fox Engine. Konami's taking the tech and bringing it to Pro Evolution Soccer 2014. It will be the first time a new engine has been used in the PES series since the PS2 era.

Konami's released a new teaser, offering just a glimpse of what football fans can expect from their next-gen take on the game. It looks impressive--but given EA Sports' use of pre-rendered CG for their latest FIFA trailer, do watch it with a grain of salt.

(via Polygon)

Shacknews - Steve Watts

New Super Luigi U, the large-scale downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros U that has now been announced as a standalone product to boot, runs the risk of all Luigi-related properties: being overshadowed by its brother. Nintendo of Japan has apparently recognized this, and produced a trailer that shows off a few of the differences between Luigi's adventure and last year's Mario title.

The trailer (via Siliconera) shows that the clock has been reduced to 100 seconds, to encourage quick run-throughs of stages instead of the more slow and deliberate pacing allowed by NSMBU's much longer timer. Luigi also jumps higher, accelerates faster, and slides longer when braking than his more famous brother. The trailer also shows off some of Nabbit, the invulnerable co-op character intended for less experienced players.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Shadowrun Online, which ran a successful crowdfunding campaign last year, has outlined the differences between its campaign and free-to-play model. Admitting that the model differences have been confusing, Cliffhanger Games attempted to outline it a bit more clearly.

In a blog post, the team notes that everyone will be playing on the same server. The main difference comes in currency. Campaign players will be able to buy items with the in-game currency nuyen, along with a boost to cash, karma, and loot chances. They'll also have a slightly heavier influence on plot development.

F2P players will get their own premium currency (exchanged for real money) and some items will be exclusive to it. If you buy a subscription, you'll get the boosted cash, karma, loot, and plot influence for as long as your subscription runs. If you want to upgrade to campaign, you can buy the box and all of your stats and items will carry over.

"This means campaign players can play with their free to play friends or with other campaigners and the other way round â€" there is no barrier at all," the blog notes. "For those who have donated in a tier which would give them both premium free to play and campaign access, we are looking into either simply giving two accounts (so you could give one away) or allowing you to flag characters within your account as being either/or, as the presumed barrier between servers does not exist anymore."

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