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New releases of March 17-23

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will sneak in next week, then blow the gates wide open to release a militia of new games including inFamous: Second Son, Deus Ex: The Fall's PC edition, dogfight 'em up Luftrausers, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Men of War: Assault Squad 2, the HD remasters of Final Fantasy X and X-2, and loads more.

So long, suckers! Goodbye from Alice

On March 19, 2009, I wrote my first Shacknews post. It was terrible. My final Shacknews post will be Release List this Sunday, March 16. It'll be a little bit better. After almost five years, I'm leaving Shacknews.

Tale of Tales announces 'first-person exploration' Sunset

Once upon a time, The Path and Luxuria Superbia developer Tale of Tales' new games seemed so far away from mainstream gaming. Perhaps more because conceptions of games have shifted that the dev's focus has, its latest almost seems commonplace. The Belgian duo this week announced Sunset, a "first-person exploration" of a single apartment against a backdrop of civil war.

Satellite Reign pre-alpha gameplay looks awfully Syndicate-y

Satellite Reign was pitched as a "spiritual successor" to Syndicate Wars in its crowdfunding campaign, and by Jove, that's just what it appears to be. Developer 5 Lives Studios today released a 95-second snippet of pre-alpha gameplay from the real-time tactical cyberpunk megacorp murdersquad team and gosh, yes, it certainly does resemble Bullfrog's classic.

Alien: Isolation trailer extols unscripted AI

"As soon as the player can predict a pattern in the Alien, it stops being scary," Alien: Isolation designer Gary Napper says in a new video developer diary. "Depending on cautious players are, we've seen encounters ... last well over 30 minutes in some cases, and this just can't be done with scripted behavior." Gosh. The video also touches on how the creature looks, moves, and hunts dear young Amanda Ripley.

Surgeon Simulator now operating on iPad

There's a weird sensation in playing a game on public transport, knowing that another passenger is inevitably watching and judging you. So give them something to really judge you on, practising dentistry by smashing teeth out with a hammer. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios today released the iPad version of its bone-smashing, artery-severing, heart-tossing sim at $5.99.

Space Hulk DLC deploys Space Wolves forces

Space Hulk was more than a mite wonky at launch, but patching did fix up a fair few fan concerns. It still starred those boring old Blood Angels, though. A new DLC pack tackles that, adding the Space Wolves with their campy space-Viking weapons and powers. It chucks in a few icy extra missions too.

Diablo 3 PC on sale for $20; Crusader shown off

Diablo III may not have been quite what everyone wanted at launch, but after two years of patching, including a big revamp of loot recently, it's in pretty decent shape all right. With the expansion Reaper of Souls launching in a few weeks, now's probably the best time to buy the click 'em up yet, especially as Blizzard is selling it at half-price for a while, down to $19.95.

Play Hearthstone to get a shiny horse in WoW

Blizzard's collectible card game Hearthstone officially launched yesterday as free-to-play, with a little free-to-pony touch on top. Playing only a few Hearthstone matches will net you a special flying horse mount to gallivant around atop in World of Warcraft.

The Witcher 3 delayed into February 2015

Good things come to those who wait, a trite saying goes, and my, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt certainly does look good. Which is why the open-world fantasy RPG is being delayed from its planned 2014 launch, until February 2015.

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