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Sometimes playing as the bad guy is fun. And what better baddie to take control of than an all powerful demon? The catch is that he has been summoned into a not-so-all-powerful imp body.

Expect devilish “demon-management, action-strategy” (their words, not ours) in Impire, Paradox Interactive’s latest title due to hit PCs soon this Q1.

Koch Media announced Wednesday that it had acquired the rights to the Saints Row and Metro franchises, and that it had put Deep Silver at the helm of these titles moving forward. The Austrian producer also announced the acquisition of Volition, the development studio behind Saints Row and Red Faction. This is the latest to come out of the dissolution of the once mighty THQ.

How Deep Silver will interact with Volition remains to be seen. However, in the announcement, Koch CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz said, “[w]ith more than 200 games on notable platforms globally, and its proven success creating renowned franchises like Dead Island, Deep Silver is perfectly positioned to lead these brands into the next generation of interactive entertainment for fans around the world.”

Here’s to the continued life of the two franchise and the development studio (with or without zombies).

I’m not really a fan of Sir Hammerlock — in fact, he’s probably the only character in the first game I didn’t like. I get that the game was going for an “old bean by jove” gentlemanly hunter type, but I felt like he was mostly just a walking trope.

Naturally, I was hesitant to get excited over a new DLC featuring Sir Hammerlock. But you know what? He’s probably the best part of it. Read more… »

Guild Wars 2 Flame and Frost: Prelude

Guild Wars 2 will receive an update entitled “Flame and Frost: Prelude” on January 28th. This update is being called the “prologue to a multi-stage narrative that will bring big changes” to the game in the coming months. Sounds exciting!

The update will also add improvements to the achievement system, new laurels which can be redeemed for Ascended gear and other such things, and the guesting system. Because Guild Wars 2 doesn’t have a monthly subscription, it’s one of the few MMORPGs I could see myself playing. It looks like I’ll have more of a reason to get started on January 28th.

[Destructoid]

Dead Space is a pretty interesting franchise. It started off as a decidedly survival horror series, then morphed into a survival-action hybrid, and now, Visceral Games seems to be taking the series into a more action oriented direction; not to mention the controversial addition of coop.

Having sufficiently tackled the single player and cooperative portions of the Dead Space 3 demo, I had a chance to speak with Dead Space executive producer Steve Papoutsis in a round-table interview and get some more information on the highly anticipated sequel. Read more… »

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Review: DmC: Devil May Cry
By: | January 16th, 2013

I was never a fan of Ninja Theory. Kung Fu Chaos was a muddled mess, Heavenly Sword felt like a short tech demo for the first God of War, and Enslaved, although a beautiful and astounding film-esque experience, was a very sub-par video game.

But whatever you think of their history, the time has come to judge Ninja Theory’s work on a much larger stage: the handling of one of the biggest (if not the biggest) action franchises of all time. Given their spotty past, of course I was skeptical going in.

Let’s see how they did. Read more… »

Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt

Got your blunderbusses ready? (That’s a gun in Borderlands 2, right?) Hope so because the third out of four planned DLC packs, Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt, hits Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC today!

However, PS3 Borderlands 2 players in Europe and Oceania will have to wait until tomorrow to sally forth in search of big game.

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Up until now, gameplay videos for Remember Me have sampled the unique ‘memory remixing’ mechanics, missions, and scripted events to be expected from Capcom and DONTNOD’s upcoming action adventure. The latest Kid Xmas trailer, however, is all about how the main character Nilin can kick some tail.

It’s time for the Christmas show! If we can steal the words of the boss highlighted in this video.

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THQ auction on Jan. 22

Things just seem to be getting worse for videogame publisher THQ. After months of financial losses, potential delistings, and general uncertainty, it was announced today that the company’s studios, assets, titles, and properties will be auctioned off “piecemeal” on January 22nd.

Originally, Clearlake Capital Group was going to buy all the company’s assets for $60 million, but according to Polygon companies like EA, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros. are interested in certain properties. EA has even conducted site visits to THQ’s headquarters. We wish the best for all those affected by the collapse of this well-known company.

[DDInvesting via Polygon]

The new DmC Devil May Cry trailer has Dante stomping down the easiest streets that you can walk on. It also has him smacking a soda can out of an innocent, little girl’s hand.

Mean!

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Review: Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Paper Mario: Sticker Star is the newest entry in the Paper Mario series and the first one on the 3DS. This latest entry plays up the series’ paper-based setting and humor to new heights. After Super Paper Mario on the Wii, at first glance, this game looks like a return to the RPG form created with Paper Mario and perfected with Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door.

However, even with everything polished to a flashy, shiny sheen, Paper Mario: Sticker Star is not an unequivocal step back when compared its predecessors. Frustrating design decisions and some questionable gameplay mechanics keep this from being considered among the top Mario RPGs.

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Embark on the most epic of epic quests. Live out the tale of the fabled black knight and slay all manner of grotesque beasts. Tarry an evening with a mad, macabre, evil queen. This is Black Knight Sword.

For anyone familiar with the brand, this latest title from Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture will surely satisfy one’s appetite for blood and derangement. For the uninitiated, it can be put another way; to play this game properly, you must let go your grip of reality and let Black Knight Sword tug you slowly into madness. You’ll be glad you did.

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