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Dark Souls, how much do I love thee? Let me count the ways: the way you bash me into oblivion, swallow me whole, suck me into the endless abyss, and…wait.

Now that I think about it, this is a pretty one sided relationship. Still, I just can’t get enough, and now it’s time to dive right back in with Artorias of the Abyss, a new $15 DLC pack that’s sold piecemeal on consoles (but comes standard in the PC version of the game).

Despite all its transgressions, I’m pleased to say: it’s more Dark Souls. And that’s a great thing. Read more… »

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Slingshot Content Pack

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is getting two new DLC packs, and Firaxis and 2K Games revealed some details of the first one today. The Slingshot Content Pack will add three new singleplayer missions where you’ll meet a Triad operative in China. Also included in this pack is a new squad member with “a unique story.”

The release date and price of this content pack weren’t revealed, however 2K games said that it will be available for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. The second pack, the Elite Soldier Pack, is already available for $4.99/400 MS Points. Originally free for those who pre-ordered the game, it includes a Classic X-Com Soldier, Soldier Deco packs, and complete color customization.

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Joe Madureira, famed comic book artist and creative director for the Darksiders series, announced that he’s leaving Vigil Games. After seven years at the studio he co-founded, Madureira made his announcement on Twitter.

In a longer post on his Facebook page, he elaborated, “After 7 long years and 2 hit games ( Darksiders BABY! ) I’m afraid the time has come for me to move on to new adventures. I could not be more proud of what we achieved, or the awesome people who helped build up this studio.” I really liked the weight and heft to Joe’s designs in Darksiders and Darksiders II. I wish both him and Vigil Games success in the future. So long and thanks for all the skulls.

[Destructoid]

Aveline will have a few more toys to play with when Liberation launches soon on the PlayStation Vita, as a few cross-play items have been unveiled by Ubisoft. If you link up Liberation with your copy of Assassin’s Creed III, you’ll unlock a special New York mission, as well as Connor’s tomahawk, and the “French Agile” multiplayer character.

You’ll also earn an ammunition pouch upgrade, but it seems as if you need the PlayStation 3 version of the game to utilize this promotion. Personally, I can’t wait to try this out. For the first time, an Assassin’s Creed game is getting the console experience on a portable, with a fully fledged female assassin. There’s tons of reasons to be excited this October 30th.

[Examiner]

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BioWare revealed some new details and concept art for their upcoming Dragon Age III: Inquisition yesterday at the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo via Producer Cameron Lee’s tweets.

While the details themselves are fairly scant, and there’s only a few pieces of concept art available, it’s enough to keep me excited for the game. Though the second game in the series was good (depending on who you ask), I’m confident that BioWare will learn from their missteps.

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Like charity? Like games? Revision3 combines the two into a perfect marriage with a 24 hour marathon for charity through Extra Life. The marathon started at 8 AM PST, 10/20/12, and will run for…24 hours!

The marathon, ran by Rev3Games’ Anthony Carboni, Tara Long, and Max Scoville (with friends), supports children’s hospitals by way of playing through a ton of new games.

Among those that are headlining the marathon are XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Borderlands 2, but there’s plenty of other gems thrown in there for good measure, including special guests from Double Fine and Gearbox.

You can find the stream here (or below) — watch it, have fun, and donate! Read more… »

The first Season Pass incorporated DLC has arrived for Borderlands 2, and it stars…pirates. You know — yo ho ho, swashbuckling, rum, Johnny Depp and all that?

The star of our show this time around is Scarlett. Captain Scarlett, to be precise, and she leaves hardly a dull moment during the add-on. She’s an enigmatic, back-stabbing pirate who constantly reminds you that she may or may not backstab you during the course of the DLC.

Right away you can probably tell that a lot of the trademark humor from Borderlands 2 — thankfully, most of the other stuff translates, too. Read more… »

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Review: FIFA Soccer 13
By: | October 19th, 2012

One of the key elements of the FIFA series has always been iterative improvements. Taking the core gameplay elements and making tweaks to them – but always with realism in mind.

FIFA Soccer 13 is no different this year: but the series may be in need of something new and fresh in the coming years to keep an upgrade relevant. Read more… »

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Kotaku ran a live Q&A with an anonymous insider from one of those “cold, calculating mega-publishers” today. This is the second time this source has answered questions this year, and it was a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of the business side of things. Some of the topics the insider addressed included Kickstarter, day one DLC, why publishers don’t take as many risks on new IPs late in a console cycle, and more.

Their response when asked about what steps they take to get good review scores was particularly telling. “Reviews only have an impact if they’re 90+, and then the impact is huge. We don’t take steps to get good reviews, we take steps to make good games,” the source said. Of course then they ended by saying, “Then we invite [reviewers] to fancy promotional events to warm them up on the game before they play it on their own.” The whole Q&A is definitely worth your time.

[Kotaku]

Prey 2 "still in limbo, not canceled"

Despite Prey 2‘s troubled development history and missing its 2012 release window, one of the developers at Human Head tweeted today that the game still isn’t dead. Nathan Cheever tweeted, “P2 hasn’t been officially canceled, only in limbo.”

This isn’t a new statement, as it echos statements made by publisher Bethesda in April. The game has been in limbo because development was not proceeding in a satisfactory manner. This non-update which only reinforces the game’s previous questionable status doesn’t inspire confidence that Prey 2 will ever see the light of day.

[GamesRadar]

Call of Duty Black Ops 2

Today Activision announced that all of the Call of Duty Elite services will be free for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The Elite service launched last year with two tiers. While both tiers received stat tracking and social options, one of the biggest draws of the paid premium subscription was its monthly map updates.

Of course, there’s always a trade off. Instead of giving the premium Elite members early access to DLC, Activision is offering players the opportunity to purchase a season pass.

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Review: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
By: | October 13th, 2012

Although I was never a diehard X-COM fan (yes, there was a hyphen at some point!), I heartily enjoyed most of the games in the franchise, particularly the few in the early-mid 90s. What made the games so special was the fact that they combined both action strategy and resource management into one beautiful, tough-as-nails marriage. Well, now the time has finally come for the franchise to grace the console generation — and I have to say, I like what I see.

There’s really no other way to put this – XCOM: Enemy Unknown is one of the best games I’ve played all year.

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