Yakuza 5′s Haruka won’t take part in battles
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Yakuza 5′s Haruka won’t take part in battles

Yakuza 5 will have five main characters, but at least one of them won’t be hitting thugs over the head with chairs. Speaking to Dengeki, as reported by Andriasang, producer Toshihiro Nagoshi said Haruka won’t participate in the franchise’s celebrated street battles. Instead, she’ll have some other form of battle to face; Nagoshi isn’t giving ... Read More»
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Deus Ex is $2 in Green Man Gaming sale
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Deus Ex is $2 in Green Man Gaming sale

Green Man Gaming seems to be throwing some sort of massive sale, the highlights of which include the chance to grab Deus Ex – as in, the 2000 original, in its Game of the Year form – for $2. Get on that; it still sports some of the most fascinating sandbox gameplay you’ll find anywhere. ... Read More»
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The Elder Scrolls Online designed to be sandwich incompatible
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The Elder Scrolls Online designed to be sandwich incompatible

If the team at Zenimax Online has its way, you won’t be eating your lunch while you’re playing The Elder Scrolls Online “We want monsters to be a challenge to the player every single time you fight them, not a speedbump for the player. We don’t want fighting monsters to be boring or you can ... Read More»
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Amazon drops June 30 release on Dragon’s Crown
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Amazon drops June 30 release on Dragon’s Crown

Online retailer Amazon apparently expects to see Vanillaware’s side-scrolling Dragon’s Crown on Vita by the end of June 2013. The hack-and-slasher was originally expected to be published by Ignition this year, but was rescued by Atlus, which immediately delayed it into 2013 and jacked the price up, hinting at a hot mess behind the scenes. ... Read More»
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Soul Sacrifice fronts some seriously gory spells
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Soul Sacrifice fronts some seriously gory spells

Remember all those screens showing people on fire and vomiting organs and stuff? We finally know what that was all about: kicking arse, Soul Sacrifice style. Siliconera translated the details of several of the spells shown in the screenshots, which we’ve dropped in a gallery below. One called Excalibur was shown early in the Vita ... Read More»
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Blizzard explains Diablo III hotfix and nerf philosophy
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Blizzard explains Diablo III hotfix and nerf philosophy

Waking up one morning and finding your Diablo III monk is less of a powerhouse than yesterday is painful, yes, but Blizzard insists it’s for the good of the overall game. In a new developer blog post, Blizzard said hotfixes allow the developer to “react quickly to critical design and balance issues, bugs, and other ... Read More»
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Divinity: Original Sin announced, jettisons third-person view
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Divinity: Original Sin announced, jettisons third-person view

Larian Studios is going back to basics with the latest entry in the Divinity series, with a return to isometric view and traditional gameplay. PC Gamer reports the newly-announced RPG is inspired by Ultima VII – an interesting switchback from 2009′s Divinity II: Eco Draconis and its third-person action feel. Original Sin sounds much closer ... Read More»
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The Old Republic still has “one of the biggest” dev teams in the industry
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The Old Republic still has “one of the biggest” dev teams in the industry

Despite lay-offs at BioWare Austin, Star Wars: The Old Republic is still fielding a significant development team. Speaking to PC Gamer, SWTOR associate lead designer Emmanuel Lusinchi said fans don’t have to worry about the job cuts affecting future content plans. “We have a very large development team still, definitely one of the biggest in ... Read More»
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The Binding of Isaac expansion out now
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The Binding of Isaac expansion out now

The Binding of Isaac expansion Wrath of the Lamb is now available. Edmund McMillen’s hefty update adds in a swagbag of goodies, from enemies and items to room types and even a whole new final boss. Already sold? Hit up Steam to drop your ridiculously thrifty $3 on the table. Otherwise, hit the break to ... Read More»
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Rumour: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning 2 in pre-production, being shopped to publishers
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Rumour: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning 2 in pre-production, being shopped to publishers

Big Huge Games was working on Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning 2, Joystiq‘s rumouring this afternoon. The 38 Studios-owned developer was in the pre-production stage of the sequel following the release of the first game back in February of this year. Reckoning 2 was being shopped around by BHG and 38 to other publishers after EA, ... Read More»
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Witcher 2 player choice effects demonstrated side-by-side
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Witcher 2 player choice effects demonstrated side-by-side

If you didn’t have time to play The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings through more than once, check out this side-by-side comparison of how choices have profound effects on the story and environments. This pretty impressive system was introduced in the Enhanced Edition for Xbox 360 – but the additions and improvements were also rolled ... Read More»
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Star Wars: The Old Republic Q&A confirms ranked warzones in 1.3 update
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Star Wars: The Old Republic Q&A confirms ranked warzones in 1.3 update

BioWare has posted a lengthy Q&A session regarding plans for upcoming content updates, explaining why Legacy perks are character-specific; updating eager players on the arrival of ranked warzones; teasing threat changes for tanks; and hinting that... Read More»
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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning patch axed
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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning patch axed

It feels almost petty to mention it at this point, but the mass lay-offs at 38 Studios have had another casualty – an anticipated patch for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. In a (heart-rending) farewell post on the game’s forums, lead designer Ian Frazier explained the lack of updates. “I wanted to apologize for the lack ... Read More»
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38 Studios creative director expected “a little more help” from Rhode Island
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38 Studios creative director expected “a little more help” from Rhode Island

38 Studios was blindsided by Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee’s failure to extend assistance to the financially troubled developer, according to creative director Steve Danuser. Danuser told NECN the Kingdoms of Amalur developer thought Chafee would be a staunch supporter. “We just needed a little more help, and we thought the state would have our ... Read More»
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Dishonored blog launched, debuts stealth gameplay
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Dishonored blog launched, debuts stealth gameplay

Is Tumblr too cool for an official marketing blog? Nope! Dishonored fits right in; it turned up with an animated gif. The official Dishonored Tumblr has some fancy art, including not one but two animated gifs, but the one that you’re really going to like shows off a rooftop assassination, our first proper look at ... Read More»
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