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New releases for April 21-27

New releases for April 21-27

This upcoming week is filled with a smorgasbord of fine games coming to various platforms, whether it be Trials Fusion on PC, Octodad: Dadliest Catch on PS4, NES Remix 2 on Wii U, or The Walking Dead: Season Two on Vita. But let's face it, people. If anyone's followed this site and its community for any amount of time, you know that there's only one new release that matters. That's right. This is the week that Dark Souls II arrives on PC.

Read more: Our full list of next week's new releases »

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Chatty Twitch Highlights 14: KSP, Dota 2, and Shackbattling in Battlefield 4

Chatty Twitch Highlights 14: KSP, Dota 2, and Shackbattling in Battlefield 4

It's time to go into space for this week's Chatty Twitch Highlights. Mercfox1 is ready to launch a rocket in Kerbal Space Program. It goes as well as you'd expect... and that's to say, not well at all. That's followed up with some community Chatty activity on Dota 2, along with the weekly Battlefield 4 Shackbattle.

Here's a compilation of some of the best Shacknews Twitch highlights for the week of April 19, 2014.

Watch: This week's streams »

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Frozen Synapse 'Red' DLC arrives on iPad

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Frozen Synapse 'Red' DLC arrives on iPad

Mode 7 may be preparing to hit the gridiron, but they haven't forgotten their original top-down strategy game, Frozen Synapse. The developer is bringing the game's Red DLC to the iPad version today, adding in co-op play and a slew of other additions.

Read more: Base game on sale for $1 »

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Weekend PC download deals: Flying into WonderCon weekend

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Weekend PC download deals: Flying into WonderCon weekend

It's Wondercon weekend! And I'm celebrating by spending today cosplaying as Clark Kent and searching tirelessly for the weekend's best PC download deals. Because there are plenty of deals to be found and this is as good a weekend as any to enjoy them!

Mode 7 is offering up Frozen Synapse to Steam users for a free weekend. Green Man Gaming is offering up different deals each day for the next couple of days, including some great discounts on Thief and Kerbal Space Program. Amazon has Borderlands content on sale. GameFly Digital has the best Tropico 5 pre-order offer to date, with their 20% coupon working on top of the free Port Royale 3 promo. And Get Games still has their primo pre-order deals on games like Watch Dogs and Alien Isolation. All this and more after the break!

Read more: Our wide selection of this weekend's deals »

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PSN flash sale includes Retro City Rampage, Braid, and more

PSN flash sale includes Retro City Rampage, Braid, and more

Sony is surprising many of its users with a sudden flash sale, offering discounts on a number of digital games for PlayStation 3, Vita, and PSP. Many of the games on sale are PS2 and PS1 classics, however, there are also some more recent games on the docket, including Retro City Rampage, Braid, and Tokyo Jungle. The sale is expected to last through the end of this weekend. The full list of titles can be found after the break.

Read more: The full list of games on sale »

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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition now on Android

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition now on Android

It's taken a while, but Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is now available on Android devices. It costs $9.99 (with some DLC that costs extra), and can run on any Android 4.0 or later.

Read more: Beaten to the punch by its own sequel »

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Big Band marches onto Skullgirls Encore on Tuesday

Big Band marches onto Skullgirls Encore on Tuesday

Skullgirls Encore has welcomed in all sorts of female combatants since its 2012 debut, but Lab Zero's fighting game is about to receive its first male combatant. And he can probably make his own theme music! The musical monstrosity known as Big Band will make his debut on Tuesday on PS3 and PC, free for a limited time.

Watch: 'Now that's just bassist' »

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Concursion demo lets you try out the genre-mashing game

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Concursion demo lets you try out the genre-mashing game

Earlier this year, we showed you Concursion, a game that attempts to blend five genres together in one. Players will have to switch between platforming, space combat, hack-and-slash action, aerial exploration, and Pac-Man-like mazes as rifts instantly switch players between the genres.

Play: the demo »

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Cel Damage HD releases on PS4, PS3 & Vita on April 22

Cel Damage HD releases on PS4, PS3 & Vita on April 22

Cel Damage HD is coming to PS3, PS4, and Vita on April 22 for $9.99. As promised, it will support Cross-Buy across all three systems.

Originally released on Xbox and GameCube, the car combat game includes the original six characters, three game modes, and 13 arenas, albeit with HD graphics. The PlayStation 4 version adds four-player split-screen as well.

Watch: First look at HD gameplay »

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Amazing Spider-Man PS3 Bundle coming to Walmart

Amazing Spider-Man PS3 Bundle coming to Walmart

The console most closely associated with Spider-Man is getting a hardware bundle to mark the wallcrawler's new movie. The PlayStation 3 "Amazing Spider-Man" bundle includes the console, Amazing Spider-Man 2 game, and a download of the first ASM movie.

Read more: $269 for the bundle »

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Trials Fusion review: ride along

Trials Fusion review: ride along

The Trials games have to find the perfect amount of frustration to entice gamers. Levels need to be challenging enough to have gamers say "just one more time," without having them burst a blood vessel. When you finally nail a level, it's incredibly liberating, whetting your appetite for more.

Developer RedLynx captured that sensation with both Trials HD and Trials Evolution. With Trials Fusion, they're able to maintain the status quo. While the game adds a few new features, the latest entry in the series is still all about staying on your wheels and finishing the race.

Read more: Ride onward and upward »

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Battlefield 1942 is free from Origin's On the House program

Battlefield 1942 is free from Origin's On the House program

Last month, EA gave away free copies of Dead Space on Origin. Today, they've made Battlefield 1942 free. Like before, there's no catch. Simply add the game to your cart and checkout, and it'll be added to your digital library forever.

Read more: Get your free download »

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Candy Crush publisher resolves legal dispute with Banner Saga and CandySwipe

Candy Crush publisher resolves legal dispute with Banner Saga and CandySwipe

Candy Crush Saga studio King has resolved its legal disputes with both The Banner Saga developer Stoic Studio, and CandySwipe developer Albert Ransom. Statements released by both developers indicate that the trademarks for all three games have come to an end that lets them keep their trademarks.

Read more: "Enables both parties to protect their respective trademarks" »

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Why Final Fantasy XIV's reboot needed to keep the original name

Why Final Fantasy XIV's reboot needed to keep the original name

Has there ever been a comeback story as dramatic as Final Fantasy XIV's? Launched to disastrous results, the game was rebuilt and relaunched as "A Realm Reborn," essentially a brand new game with the Final Fantasy XIV moniker. So, why didn't Square Enix simply cut their losses and shed the name? Game director Naoki Yoshida said it was important to preserve faith in the Final Fantasy brand.

"Even if we were to, say, shut down this game within a year and put out the next Final Fantasy game, that would lose the trust, and it would completely disappoint all of our fans," he explained. "I'm sure there would be a lot of players who would say, 'I'm never going to play Final Fantasy again,' or 'I'm never going to buy a Square Enix game ever again.' I, too, am a fan of the Final Fantasy series. I would have said the same thing, too."

Read more: No more concern over 'business or commercial success' »

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Minimum is back, features Titans in mech-on-mech battles

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Minimum is back, features Titans in mech-on-mech battles

Minimum is back. Originally announced as a free-to-play shooter by Section 8 developer TimeGate Studios, it's now in the works at Human Head--the studio that worked on the what-ever-happened-to-it Prey 2. Like the original concept, Minimum has two teams fight against each other, each equipped with a gigantic robot Titan.

Watch: Robot-on-robot crafting action »

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