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Infinite Crisis open beta begins March 14

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 27, 2014 6:40am PST

The DC Comics-based MOBA, Infinite Crisis, will begin its open beta on March 14 with three new characters. Shacknews got to go hands-on with Turbine's game and try out the upcoming new map, Gotham Divided.


Microsoft exec pledges free-to-play support coming to Xbox One

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 24, 2014 12:30pm PST

In spite of their slow start, Microsoft promises that more free-to-play experiences are coming to their next-gen console.


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Warface gets two new game modes on PC

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 22, 2014 4:00pm PST

Warface has deployed a new update on PC that adds a new co-op mode called Tower Raid and a new versus mode called Capture.


"Tried playing this for an hour once, it was really really REALLY bad."

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PlanetSide 2 deploys Amerish update

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 21, 2014 1:30pm PST

PlanetSide 2's Amerish update has gone live, a few days later than originally estimated. It feature repositioned outposts, optimized performance, and some new base layouts.


"Yeah I'm really enjoying the changes to the continent so far. "

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How Nosgoth's in-game economy works

By Steve Watts, Feb 21, 2014 9:00am PST

Square Enix has outlined how the in-game economy of Nosgoth will work, outlining which kinds of items can be earned, purchased for in-game Gold, or real-money Runestones.


CastleStorm invades mobile with Android beta

By RiccĂ­ D. Kearney, Feb 19, 2014 2:30pm PST

Mountain trolls, stone golems and fire breathing dragons are invading mobile devices. The hybrid tower defense title CastleStorm is coming to Android and iOS devices after a successful debut on consoles and PC.


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French MMO Therian Saga launches English beta

By Steve Watts, Feb 19, 2014 1:45pm PST

French-language MMO Therian Saga has launched an English beta. The browser-based game is available through the official site.


Chroma is a music-based first-person shooter from Harmonix

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 17, 2014 9:00am PST

For many, Harmonix is synonymous with "music." Their games have defined the genre, with iconic hits like Karaoke Revolution, Guitar Hero, Rock...


"What an interesting trailer. Polished or not, I give them credit for trying something fresh."

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Hawken crashes onto Steam Early Access

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 15, 2014 2:00pm PST

The free-to-play Hawken has arrived on Steam Early Access and current players have been given Steam keys to make the transition easier. If you're looking to jump into the game for the first time, it's not going to be so much free-to-play for you.


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PlanetSide 2's Amerish continent and mission system updates detailed

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 15, 2014 11:00am PST

PlanetSide 2 has some major content updates planned for the next two weeks, including the upcoming Amerish update and the updated mission system. Creative director Matt Higby shared some details on what to expect in a phone call with Shacknews.


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Free-to-play Rusty's Real Deal Baseball announced for 3DS

By Steve Watts, Feb 13, 2014 2:19pm PST

Today during its Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo announced a unique take on free-to-play with Rusty's Real Deal Baseball.


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NFS Shift dev announces MMO racer World of Speed

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 10, 2014 9:05am PST

Need for Speed Shift developer Slightly Mad Studios is currently working away hard on its crowdfunded racer Project CARS, but oh, that's not all it has coming. The British studio today announced World of Speed, a free-to-play MMO drive' em up with cars and roads and, as one ...


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Plants vs Zombies 2 gets Zomboss update

By Steve Watts, Feb 06, 2014 3:30pm PST

Plants vs Zombies 2 has gotten a new update heralding the return of Zomboss. The brainy badguy is showing up in three weekly installments, one for each of the available worlds.


"My wife is obsessed with this game. I got her a 3DS for Christmas and she still just plays PVZ2 ..."

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Star Wars: The Old Republic 'Galactic Starfighter' expansion now available for all players

By Steve Watts, Feb 05, 2014 1:30pm PST

Star Wars: The Old Republic has opened up its Galactic Starfighter to all players, letting non-subscribers customize their fighter and take it for a spin in space battles.


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Warface Xbox 360 open beta launches today

By Steve Watts, Feb 05, 2014 12:00pm PST

Crytek has launched its open beta for Warface on Xbox 360, in preparation for the full launch this spring.