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3:00 AM on 10.11.2013

XCOM for iOS gets multiplayer, on sale for $9.99

XCOM: Enemy Unknown on iOS has received a new update that brings in asynchronous multiplayer. Additionally the update brings in iOS7 optimization and a newly implemented leaderboard. The game usually goes for $19.99, but it's on sale for $9.99. Check out our review to see why the mobile version is worth picking up. 

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Defending earth against new threats in XCOM: Enemy Within photo
Defending earth against new threats in XCOM: Enemy Within
by Steven Hansen

If you haven’t played the eXcellent XCOM: Enemy Unknown, you should. However, now there is a caveat to that. You should play it, but you should probably wait until November 12 to do so because that’s when the Enemy Within eXpansion comes out

Those who own Enemy Unknown on PC or Mac will need to plunk $30 down on the expansion and start a new XCOM campaign to eXperience the content. Console owners can nab a bundle of Enemy Unknown, all its DLC, and Enemy Within for $40, which is a particularly lovely deal if you haven’t picked the game up yet.

While things like new enemy types and cybernetic/biological modifications for your soldiers are cool, I recently got to go hands-on with some meatier content that has me satisfied XCOM fans should enjoy this shadowy expansion.

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9:00 PM on 10.08.2013

Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition out today in NA

Back in August we learned that the Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition was on its way, and today it's out in North America. For those who have been able to hold out on the lootfest for the past year, this bundle includes...

Darren Nakamura



Watch the first five minutes of BioShock's Burial at Sea photo
Watch the first five minutes of BioShock's Burial at Sea
by Chris Carter

BioShock Infinite's Burial At Sea Episode 1 is on the way, and you can get a quick look at the first five minutes courtesy of Irrational Games above. Although there are obvious spoilers as to the setup of the DLC, not a whole lot is revealed, as the video is mostly just a walking and talking affair.

I still think it's weird to see the Elizabeth we know and love turned into a cold-hearted smoker (that based on this video, feels a lot more generic and less likeable), but we'll see if Irrational has a method to this madness when the DLC actually drops.

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New releases: Beyond, Pokemon X/Y, Disgaea  photo
New releases: Beyond, Pokemon X/Y, Disgaea
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

It's here! It's finally here! Pokemon X and Y is out this week for the 3DS and it's pretty much going to be the only thing anyone talks about leading up to the next-gen consoles. Oh, Beyond: Two Souls is also out this week. It has emotions and stuff. You like emotions, right?

Other biggies this week are two repacked re-releases: Borderlands 2 and Dishonored Game of the Year Editions. Oh, videogame industry. No wonder gamers love Steam sales so much.

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1:00 PM on 10.04.2013

Ken Levine on the evolution of Elizabeth in Burial at Sea

Warning: Minor plot/theme spoilers  BioShock Infinite - Burial at Sea: Episode 1 ends on an interesting note to say the least, and I'm curious to see what is in store for the next episode. When it was announced, Burial a...

Caitlin Cooke



Preview: BioShock Infinite - Burial at Sea: Episode 1 photo
Preview: BioShock Infinite - Burial at Sea: Episode 1
by Caitlin Cooke

Warning: minor plot spoilers

I swore hand over heart that I would not spoil the resolution of Burial at Sea, so that will remain a mystery until the rest of you fine citizens get to enjoy it before the holidays. However, to give you a sneak peek at Burial at Sea: Episode 1, some spoilers will naturally occur.

You're Booker, Private Investigator; your office exists in the heart of Rapture in 1958. Elizabeth walks into your office, reminiscent of a scene from the Maltese Falcon, and employs you to search for a missing girl named Sally. You tell her Sally is dead, but Elizabeth has reason to believe she's still alive.

And from here, your quest in a Rapture set before the downfall begins.

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7:30 PM on 10.03.2013

Rockstar has '45 years worth of ideas' for GTA

Despite the feeling that each Grand Theft Auto game might be the peak of the franchise, producer Leslie Benzies says that they have "about 45 years worth of ideas." Speaking to Develop, Benzies reveals that GTA V began develo...

Alasdair Duncan

5:00 PM on 10.03.2013

GTA Online update coming 'as soon as tomorrow'

Grand Theft Auto Online sounds like a good time -- if you can get in, and work past the first half hour or so of gameplay and its less-than-ideal design choices. Connection problems have been preventing some players from expe...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 10.03.2013

BioShock 2 drops GFWL, adds Minerva's Den on Steam

It's been a long time coming, but Minerva's Den for BioShock 2 is worth the wait. The beloved DLC is now yours if you already owned the core game on PC -- otherwise, it's on sale for $4.99. What's more, Steam Achievements, Bi...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 09.26.2013

Rod Fergusson heading up new 2K Games studio

Former Gears of War producer Rod Fergusson left Irrational Games earlier this year after joining the team during the tail-end of development on BioShock Infinite. The fact that he moved on is no secret, but he has only today ...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 08.28.2013

Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition out in October

And here's that confirmation we were waiting on. The Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition will see a North American release on October 8, 2013. Everywhere else gets it on Oct. 11. Unfortunately, it's not as complete as we ...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 08.26.2013

Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition on the horizon

Those of you who have remained strong and resisted Borderlands 2 knowing full well that 2K and Gearbox Software would eventually put out a "game of the year" version shouldn't have to wait all that much longer. At least, the ...

Jordan Devore



XCOM: Enemy Within announced for November 12! photo
XCOM: Enemy Within announced for November 12!
by Jim Sterling

2K Games has lifted the lid on XCOM: Enemy Within, an expansion to the wildly popular Enemy Unknown. It'll be available on November 12, and aims to bring a whole host of fresh content to the original game. 

New soldier abilities allow you to research Gene Mods to augment your fighters' physical capabilities, and the Mechanized Exoskeletal Cybersuit. MECs can use flamethrowers or grenade launchers, because it is cool when mechs use those things. New weapons and equipment will also bolster your assets. 

New enemies will also rear their ugly heads, with the Mechtoid the first to be unveiled. An alien resource known as MELD, fresh tactical challenges and a whole 47 new maps are also on the cards. You'll also get more multiplayer environments, units, and powers, as well as stuff yet to be announced. 

It would appear that Enemy Within plans to do the term "expansion" justice! We'll have some hands-on impressions coming soon, and will also be checking the game out at PAX Prime. Yay substantial expansions!

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Review: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified  photo
Review: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
by Jim Sterling

The press materials for The Bureau like to stress that, for 2K Games, this is considered a brand new intellectual property. It says this, even though the game continues to cling to the XCOM name it originally begun development with. It says this with the sore memory of angry fan reaction to the first-person shooter this was originally going to be. 

Too afraid to establish itself as a full XCOM game, yet terrified of losing a recognizable brand name, The Bureau seems unwilling to commit itself to anything. This initial impression is justified within moments of playing the game, and it becomes clear just how much this game strives to compromise with half measures, never possessed of enough courage to go all the way with anything it does. 

Now a third-person shooter/real-time strategy hybrid, The Bureau is a game that has twisted and writhed in a desperate bid to please everybody. The game we're getting is the third version of a game that just doesn't know what it wants to be -- a sense of indecision and timidness that permeates its stink throughout the whole product.

And yes, in this case, "product" is the best word to use.

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1:00 AM on 08.09.2013

A Civilization MMO is a thing that is happening

Civilization Online is an upcoming MMO being developed by XLGAMES and 2K Games. Unlike other Civilization games where you control entire empires, this one has you playing as an individual unit in one of four different cultur...

Hamza CTZ Aziz