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Portal 2 wins “Best Game” at 2012 BAFTAs

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts handed out the 2012 BAFTA Video Game Awards in merry old England last night. And like most other award shows this year, Portal 2 came away with “Best Game” honors. Valve’s teleporting sequel also won the “Design” and Story” awards.

Other big winners include Batman: Arkham City (winner of the the “Action” award and a “Performer” award for Mark Hamill’s role as The Joker), LittleBigPlanet 2 (which took home the “Family” and “Game Innovation” awards), and Battlefield 3 (which won the “Online – Multiplayer” and “Audio Achievement” awards). Battlefield 3 was also selected by fans as the winner of this year’s GAME Award, which is sponsored by the British retailer. But with all their financial troubles, this might be the last GAME Award ever awarded.

Hit the jump for the complete list of winners. (more…)

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XBLA Today: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

The Summer of Arcade continues to light up this dreary season with new Xbox Live Arcade games, but this week’s release is a bit on the somber side.

The almost monochromatic Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet from Fuel Cell Games drops players into the driver’s seat of a spaceship that needs to explore the titular planet. Some early reports even describe it as “Metroid, if Samus never left her ship.”

So if you want to get insane and twisted, you can download Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet for 1200 Microsoft Points ($15) now.

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Summer of Arcade 2011 release dates released

Microsoft has revealed the release schedule and price points for this year’s Summer of Arcade promotion. Beginning on July 20 and ending on August 17, five highly anticipated games will be added to the Xbox Live Arcade for your gaming pleasure. The full release schedule is as follows:

July 20: Bastion (1200 Microsoft Points)
July 27: From Dust (1200 Microsoft Points)
August 3: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (1200 Microsoft Points)
August 10: Fruit Ninja Kinect (800 Microsoft Points)
August 17: Toy Soldiers: Cold War (1200 Microsoft Points)

Like in years past, players who purchase every game during the Summer of Arcade will receive a free bonus. This year, Microsoft plans to reward the completist Summer of Arcade shopper with a free download of Crimson Alliance, a “fast-action RPG game from industry-leading Certain Affinity” that’ll be available through the XBLA on September 7.

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Summer of Arcade 2011 begins July 20; Toy Soldiers 2, Bastion, Fruit Ninja, more included

Microsoft has announced they’re bringing back the Summer of Arcade for a fourth go around this Summer.

Beginning July 20th, the promotion will last for five weeks and feature five of the biggest Xbox Live Arcade games in development. The full lineup includes:

  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War, the sequel to the popular Toy Soldiers, but now with a “G.I. Joe” twist
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, a side-scroller that reminds me a little of last year’s Limbo with a UFO
  • Fruit Ninja Kinect, the popular iPhone game comes to the Xbox 360 and your whole body becomes a slicing and dicing machine
  • Bastion, an action RPG that really impressed us at this year’s PAX East.
  • From Dust, a god game from the creator of Out of This World

Microsoft hasn’t nailed down the Summer of Arcade release schedule yet, so nobody knows what order the games will be released in just yet. Hit the jump for more details on all the games and be sure to check out the Summer of Arcade E3 trailer at (more…)

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