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XCOM: Enemy Within trailer brings “War Machines” to the fight

“War Machines,” the latest trailer for Firaxis Games’ XCOM: Enemy Within, made its debut at this weekend’s PAX Prime. The trailer depicts many of the new abilities your XCOM soldiers will have at their disposal including biological augmentations (such as telekinesis), cybernetic enhancements, and massive mechs. The aliens will counter with two new enemy types including a hulking mech of their own (known as Mechtoids) and the ghost-like Seekers.

The PC version of XCOM: Enemy Within, which requires a copy of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, will be released on November 12. The expansion will also be available as a standalone release for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on the same day.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown invades iOS App Store this Thursday

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The iOS edition of XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be available to download (for a wallet-busting $19.99) this Thursday, June 20.

Perhaps that price isn’t too outrageous as Firaxis has taken the complete XCOM: Enemy Unknown experience and shrunk it down for iOS devices. XCOM: Enemy Unknown for iOS will include a new touchscreen control scheme, GameCenter integration, and iCloud support.

The game will be playable on the iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Mini, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPod Touch 5th Generation. Finally, the multiplayer head-to-head mode will be available for the iOS edition as a free download “at a later date.”

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Anarchy Reigns, Guacamelee!, more added to PS Store

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Today marks the beginning of Sony’s “Spring Fever,” which will highlight four new independent games on the PlayStation Network over the next four weeks. First up is Guacamelee!, a platformer where players take control of a famous luchador and battle Carlos Calaca for the hand of El Presidente’s Daughter (the most beautiful girl in the entire world). Also, there are chickens. Guacamelee! is also a PS3/Vita Cross-Play title, so buying one gets you both.

Firaxis Games’ alien invasion simulation, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, also comes to the PlayStation Store this week. It’s joined by Platinum’s multiplayer brawler, Anarchy Reigns, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X., and John Daly’s ProStroke Golf.

The PS2 Classics section grew by one as well yesterday, with the addition of Fatal Frame.

More details on all of these games, and a few PSone Imports, can be found after the break. A complete list of this week’s new game add-ons is available, as always, at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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Dishonored declared Best Game at 2013 BAFTA Awards

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The 2013 BAFTA Awards have just been handed out in merry old England and Dishonored has been named the “Best Game of 2012″ by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

However, the most impressive awards haul came courtesy of thatgamecompany’s Journey, which collected five awards (“Artistic Achievement,” “Audio Achievement,” “Game Design,” “Online Multiplayer,” and “Original Music”). The Unfinished Swan (“Best Debut” and “Game Innovation”) and The Walking Dead (“Mobile & Handheld” and “Story”) also took home multiple awards.

You can find the rest of the winners after the break. (more…)

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Journey, The Walking Dead clean up at 2013 DICE Awards

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A pair of downloadable games came away with almost half of all the awards handed out at last night’s D.I.C.E. Awards show. Journey, developed by thatgamecompany exclusively for the PS3, was the big winner of the night, nabbing eight awards including Game of the Year. Telltale’s The Walking Dead was also a multiple award winner, collecting four trophies.

Halo 4 (Visual Engineering and Connectivity) and XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Gameplay Engineering and Strategy/Simulation) were the only other games to win in more than one category.

Congratulations to the developers at thatgamecompany and Telltale Games. You can find a complete list of winners in all 25 categories after the break. (more…)

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Journey nabs six nominations at 2013 GDC Awards

gdcawardsJourney continues its amazing end-of-the-year award run with six 2013 Game Developers Choice Award nominations, more than any other game.

Journey is up for Game of the Year, as well as Best Audio, Best Game Design, Best Downloadable Game, Best Visual Arts, and the Innovation award. The four other nominees that Journey will be competing against for Game of the Year include Dishonored (four total nominations), The Walking Dead (three total nominations), Mass Effect 3 (two total nominations), and XCOM: Enemy Unknown (two total nominations).

The 2013 GDC Awards will be handed out on Wednesday, March 27 during this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. You can find the complete list of nominees after the break. (more…)

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Journey lands 11 nominations at 2013 DICE Awards

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The Interactive Achievement Awards will be sporting a new look in 2013, but they’ve managed to recognize the great games all the same. Now known as the DICE Awards, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences revealed their picks for the best games of the year this morning, nominating thatgamecompany’s Journey for an astonishing 11 awards.

The game is up for… deep breath… Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, Downloadable Game of the Year, Casual Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering, Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition, Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, and Outstanding Achievement in Story.

Other Game of the Year contenders include Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, The Walking Dead, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. All four of those games are up for multiple awards, along with other big hitters like Halo 4 (six nominations) and Dishonored (five nominations).

The 2013 DICE Awards will be given out on February 7 during the 2013 DICE Summit. Our host for the evening will be Chris Hardwick, best known as the host of The Nerdist and Telltale’s Talking Dead (hmmm…).

The complete list of nominees can be found after the break. (more…)

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The Walking Dead shambles away as the big winner at the 2012 Spike TV VGAs

The tenth annual Spike TV Video Game Awards have been handed out and The Walking Dead has come away the big winner, trouncing more ambitious (and expensive) titles such as Halo 4 and Mass Effect 3.

The episodic adventure game based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series won Game of the Year, Best Adapted Video Game and Best Downloadable Game. Developer Telltale Games also won Studio of the Year while Melissa Hutchinson was honored in the Best Performance By a Human Female category for her role as Clementine.

The other big winner of the night was thatgamecompany’s Journey, which nabbed three awards: Best PS3 Game, Best Independent Game, and Best Original Score. Gearbox’s Borderlands 2 also took home three awards: Best Shooter, Best Multiplayer Game, and Best Performance By a Human Male (Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack). The viewer-voted Best Character award was also given to Borderlands 2′s Claptrap.

Hit the jump for a complete list of winners from this year’s Spike TV Video Game Awards, which also includes XCOM: Enemy Unknown, New Super Mario Bros. U, Sound Shapes, and many others. (more…)

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