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Halo 4 preview

Halo 4 preview

QUICKTAKE: Although the Halo franchise may be in new hands, 343 Industries is taking great care to surprise fans by expanding the lore of the universe they love. Launching with the game on November 6, the incredibly ambitious Spartan Ops mode will offer a new piece of fiction each week, with five new co-op missions with each release. In fact, 343 is planning to offer months worth of regular content to expand the world--free for fans.

Read more: Spartan Ops and episodic content »

"Back of the box quote "Master Chief now heavier then you remember!""
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Sacrilegium coming from Two Worlds dev

Sacrilegium coming from Two Worlds dev

The horrors still lurking in the shadows of our modern world are to be revealed in Sacrilegium, a survival horror from Two Worlds creator Reality Pump. Announced at E3 by publisher TopWare, it's coming to PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Read more: Monsters from San Francisco to darkest Europe »

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Nintendo undecided on making Nintendo Land a Wii U pack-in

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Nintendo undecided on making Nintendo Land a Wii U pack-in

At the conclusion of Nintendo's E3 press conference, many had concluded that Nintendo Land would be bundled with the Wii U, not unlike Wii Sports was included with Nintendo's last-gen console. As a collection of mini-games, it certainly seems analogous. Katsuya Eguchi, producer of the game, agrees that the comparison is fair, but admits that he doesn't know what the plan is.

"If you think of Wii U and Nintendo Land as having the same relationship as Wii Sports and Wii--the concept is sort of similar, so you may be able to imagine the scenario."

Read more: A cautionary tale »

"yeah but Nintendoland is basically a tech demo to show how the system works, somewhat like Wii ..."
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Dead Space 3 preview

Dead Space 3 preview

QUICKTAKE: The third chapter in space engineer Isaac Clarke's saga of terror is set to continue with Dead Space 3, and developer Visceral Games is bringing a few new tricks to the party. Besides being able to play the campaign cooperatively, things like a "lean-in" cover system and the inclusion of human enemies are new series additions--as is a new ice planet, which provides a stark presentational contrast with the series' traditional claustrophobic locales.

Read more: Dead Planet, perhaps? »

"I know the chance won't come, but if the game had the level of freedom-of-choice that I would ..."
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Dead Island Riptide announced, is a mystery

Dead Island Riptide announced, is a mystery

Sometimes publishers use E3 to spill their guts about a new game, blasting screenshots, fact sheets and trailers into our soft faces. Other times, they casually drop a small announcement then walk away, like a lout tossing an empty cola can on the pavement.

The latter's the case with Dead Island Riptide, Techland's sequel to zombie shooter-RPG Dead Island, announced at E3 by publisher Deep Silver for PC and consoles. And that's all we know.

Read more: A thrilling logo! »

"sweet!! i'm glad it's getting a full sequel and not just another expansion.... this and ..."
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This is what a next-gen Final Fantasy could look like

This is what a next-gen Final Fantasy could look like

What would a next generation Final Fantasy look like? That's the question Agni's Philosophy answers. Developed by Square Enix's Japanese team, it's the first public demonstration of the company's Luminous Studio engine. And it is incredibly impressive. Imagine, if you will, a pre-rendered cutscene from Final Fantasy XIII--but running in real time on DirectX 11 hardware.

See: Is this Final Fantasy for PS4? »

"Don't confuse "graphics engine" with "art direction" - most engines can all do the same stuff at ..."
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SiNG preview

SiNG preview

QUICKTAKE: FreestyleGames, the makers of DJ Hero, return with more music-based fun without all the bulky peripherals. The Wii GamePad is used by one player, but this game can entertain numerous players. SiNG has the potential to be a breakout hit and could be one of the best party games in years.

Read more: Getting the crowd in the mood »

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Pikmin 3 preview

Pikmin 3 preview

QUICKTAKE: The Pikmin series returns after an eight-year hiatus and helps launch Nintendo's next-gen console with its classic formula. Pikmin 3 shows off the HD prowess of the Wii U with a vibrant, colorful world. The Pikmin series also moves forward with the debut of Rock Pikmin (the first of several new variations) and new Pikmin abilities.

Read more: Gathering your Pikmin »

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F-Zero appearing in Nintendo Land

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F-Zero appearing in Nintendo Land

Nintendo closed out its E3 press briefing today with Nintendo Land, a mini-game collection to show off the strengths of the Wii U control mechanism. Each of 12 areas is themed after a Nintendo property, but Nintendo is only making five available to play on the show floor. At a developer roundtable this evening, the company revealed one more appearance from a long-dormant franchise: F-Zero.

Read more: GamePad application unknown »

"Miyamoto said it wasn't a good fit for the Wii because of the controls or something. "
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E3 2012 Playstation Conference Highlights - Shacknews Daily: June 5, 2012

E3 2012 Playstation Conference Highlights - Shacknews Daily: June 5, 2012

Garnett is entrenched at E3 and offers insights into the Sony Press Conference, talking about the two new IPs from Sony, The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls, the later starring actress Ellen Page. Up next is quick looks at God of War: Ascension and PlayStation All-Stars. Unfortunately, Sony didn't offer too much for the Vita, although a female assassin for Assassin's Creed III: Liberation was entertaining.

Check out today's episode of Shacknews Daily.

Watch: Shacknews Daily: June 5, 2012 »

"I love every Weekend Confirmed! Really looking forward to this one though :)"
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Star Wars 1313 gameplay trailers enter Uncharted territory

Star Wars 1313 gameplay trailers enter Uncharted territory

After the genuine thrills of Kinect Star Wars, LucasArts has a long way to boldly go to win back fans who would've adored dancing as Han Solo when they were a child but now demand maturity from their favourite young adult entertainment franchise. Star Wars 1313 is a stab at this, and three short gameplay trailers have come out of E3 to show its take on bounty-hunting.

Watch: Clambering up a crashing spaceship »

"Yeah I definitely think it's more interesting to explore other parts of the universe. "
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The Old Republic 1.3 beta test starts tomorrow

The Old Republic 1.3 beta test starts tomorrow

The Star Wars: The Old Republic presentation at E3 didn't reveal too many surprises, other than an announcement that the 1.3 Allies patch for the game will be starting its public beta test tomorrow.

James Ohlen, senior creative director at BioWare Austin, told Shacknews that the public beta was green lit about two hours ago and they want to make it live as soon as possible tomorrow, barring any last minute glitches. They will let enough people into the public beta to replicate a fully populated server. Read more »

"Their plan is to supposedly merge into higher capacity "super servers." Why they didn't do this ..."
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Marvel Pinball hitting 3DS eShop

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Marvel Pinball hitting 3DS eShop

Between the blockbuster success of the Marvel movies and the moderate success of pinball, the force of Marvel Pinball can't be contained to consoles. Zen Studios announced today that the game will hit the 3DS eShop.

Read more: Four tables for $7.99 »

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SiNG music game announced for Wii U

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SiNG music game announced for Wii U

Nintendo announced a music game as part of its E3 press briefing, in development under the working title SiNG. The game has one player act as the main performer while the others follow on-screen prompts to dance, sing, and clap. The game is being developed by FreeStyleGames.

Watch: SiNG singers singing »

"Why hold the words in your hand? It seems rather pointless to me."
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Magic: The Gathering 2013 launching this month

Magic: The Gathering 2013 launching this month

Those pesky wizards are starting to gather again, loitering in pub doorways and looking to start fights, which can only mean its about time for Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 to arrive. Wizards of the Coast announced today that downloadable duelling will commence on June 20, across PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and, for the first time, iPad.

Watch: The dealing, duelling E3 trailer »

"And the controller support was completely half assed. Not button icons and I think I got stuck ..."
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Top Games

  1. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  2. Resistance 3
  3. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
  4. Space Pirates and Zombies 2
  5. DayZ
  6. MX vs. ATV Supercross
  7. Hearts of Iron IV
  8. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
  9. Frozen Synapse
  10. Trials Fusion

Most Anticipated

  1. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  2. Space Pirates and Zombies 2
  3. DayZ
  4. MX vs. ATV Supercross
  5. Hearts of Iron IV
  6. Batman: Arkham Knight
  7. Survarium
  8. Kerbal Space Program
  9. The Walking Dead: Season Two
  10. Frozen Endzone

Top Rentals

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Beyond: Two Souls
  3. Batman: Arkham Origins
  4. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  5. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  6. Battlefield 4
  7. NBA 2K14
  8. Diablo III
  9. Madden NFL 25
  10. The Last of Us