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FPS and tower defense hybrid Sanctum 2 hits PSN today photo
FPS and tower defense hybrid Sanctum 2 hits PSN today
by Steven Hansen

Sanctum 2 came to PC and Xbox 360 earlier this year. Our own Patrick Hancock reviewed it, ultimately enjoying the colorful sequel, which trends more towards first-person shooter than its tower defense leaning predecessor. Which sounds good to me because I shrink a bit at the mention of tower defense these days.

A friend of mine keeps bugging me to play Sanctum 2 with him, but I haven't found the time. Has anyone been waiting on a PSN release? It's available for $15, the same price it currently sits on Steam and XBLA.

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New releases: Scary, porcine machines photo
New releases: Scary, porcine machines
by Fraser Brown

I'm still recovering from last week's Outlast, and now we've got another bloody terrifying first-person horror title to scare our pants clean off in the form of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. I confess that reviews, such as our lovely Jim's, have cooled my excitement a bit, as The Chinese Room's love of story above all else has diminished the horrific terror found in the first game. 

On top of Amnesia, that Killzone: Mercenary thingymabob is coming out; Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix is dropping, so Squarephiles and Disneyphiles have something to get excited about; Arma III is finally leaving beta and becoming a big boy game, which is splendid, because it's rad; and everything Elder Scrolls gets collected in an anthology pack. All this and more is launching this week.

Anything tickling your undercarriage?

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New releases: Killers everywhere photo
New releases: Killers everywhere
by Fraser Brown

I'll be spending this week playing catch up, but there's no dearth of new releases. Killer is Dead is tempting me, because bloody hell it looks flashy, but I'll probably leave until I'm not drowning in games. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is notable too, if only because it was originally a shockingly poor MMO and had to be entirely rebuilt. I've not been impressed with the results, and found myself sick of it after a weekend. Others seem to be getting more out of it, however.

Also on the docket this week, we've got Lost Planet 3, which is nice if you're sick of the summer heat; Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons comes to the PC, which pleases me greatly; and some burly American fellows kick a ball around in Madden NFL 25. There's more too, but you'll have to scroll down for that.

Anything floating your boat this week?

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New releases: Purple is back in style photo
New releases: Purple is back in style
by Fraser Brown

Bloody hell, this week, calm down. A slew of games are clamouring for your attention over the next seven days, some of them really rather good. At the top of the pile, however, is Saints Row IV. I didn't think the series would ever reach the lofty heights of the purple gang's second outing again, but I was dead wrong. I have the tentacle marks to prove it. There just aren't enough games where you can slam into the ground with such power that you cause a nuclear reaction, especially not while dressed up as a giant eagle.

Other games that have the misfortune of fighting the Saints for the top spot are Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which is like Splinter Cell with different vocal chords; The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, which I'm sure we can all agree is a silly name and doesn't look as good as XCOM: Enemy Unknown; Disney Infinity, which looks like crack for children and the cause of bankruptcy for parents; and a whole bunch of other things, but I'm in a rush, so onto the lists and videos. 

What's tickling your fancy this week? Saints Row IV? Good choice.   

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Euro-in luck: Soul Hackers set for September 20 in Europe photo
Euro-in luck: Soul Hackers set for September 20 in Europe
by Steven Hansen

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is a game with a name hard to squeeze into a headline. It also released for the 3DS in April in the United States (August 2012 in Japan). It will finally be released in Europe on September 20. This is, notably, an entire week's delay from the original, promised upon September 13 release date. 

Don't take this lying down, European readers. First they think they can delay a release one week, next thing you know it will be months, maybe even years before you get a game already released to much of the world. I mean, that already happens sometimes (oftentimes), but, you know. Principles and that lot.

Actually, don't rise up against the publishing menace. Unless that truly is your moral imperative, I guess. But I hear Soul Hackers, the slightly gussied up (full voice acting) version of the 1997 cyberpunk and demonic JRPG is pretty good.

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PSA: King of Fighters XIII is on Steam, on sale  photo
PSA: King of Fighters XIII is on Steam, on sale
by Steven Hansen

Last week, we reported on some leaks that suggested SNK Playmore's King of Fighters XIII would follow the trajectory of many contemporary fighters and end up on Steam. That has in fact happened.The Steam release touts, "vastly improved netcode," to abet online play and all comes bundled with all previously released DLC.

The gorgeous 2D fighter is listed on Steam at $29.99, though you can pre-purchase until September 13 for $24.99. While the game isn't slated to release until September 13, a lucky 300 users can also get in on a closed beta for the game by entering here. The website notes the drawing will be a lottery, "if the number of applicants exceed 300 people." I guess they're not expecting demand to be all that high. At least not out of the gate.

Any PC-only people looking to pick this one up? I'm terrible at fighters, but dug the heck out of King of Fighters XIII when it was release free on PS+. The animation and sprite work are phenomenal. It's also plenty fun, despite my lack of skill.

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New releases: Get your dragon on, and then do it again photo
New releases: Get your dragon on, and then do it again
by Fraser Brown

Apparently it's shark week in the US, but more importantly, it's also dragon week. Dragon's Crown and Dragon Commander -- two extremely different scaley games -- are dropping, and fans of winged reptiles are likely rejoicing. Chris is a big fan of the former, and I've been playing the heck out of the latter for quite some time, and loving every second of it.

Other games are also launching this week, but without the aid of dragons, does anybody really care? Ports, a JRPG, something called Superfrog -- all of these pale in comparison to our graceful dragon overlords. 

Anything tempting you this week?  

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New releases: Force adorable Pikmin to kill, you monster photo
New releases: Force adorable Pikmin to kill, you monster
by Fraser Brown

We're bidding farewell to an extremely hot July with a bang: Pikmin 3 is here, or it will be come Sunday. Of course, if you have the good fortune to be living in the UK or other, less important parts of Europe, then this is old news and you're probably already enslaving plant-folk and slaying beasties. 

As if a good game on the Wii U wasn't cause enough for celebration, Rise of the Triad is also dropping this week. I'm in the process of downloading it now, and as soon as I'm done informing you lovely people about this week's offerings, I'll be running around like a headless chicken, blowing shit up.

What's making you quiver with anticipation this week?

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New releases: You had me at isometric cyberpunk fantasy photo
New releases: You had me at isometric cyberpunk fantasy
by Fraser Brown

New releases is a day late this week, as my ISP got so excited by all of these games coming out that they decided to screw with my connection. Well, that's what I pay them for. This week's actually a bit quiet, with only a couple of standouts. Shadowrun Returns finally arrives after a short delay, and it all sounds a bit too good to be true. Like someone dug up my youth and pumped it full of electricity. An arcane cyberpunk tactical RPG? I'm drooling.

Also launching this week, we have Teleglitch: Die More Edition, an upgraded version of the delightfully cruel sci-fi roguelike; Runescape 3, which launched today, and seems like a substantial improvement over its forebearer; and The Smurfs 2, because bad sequels of bad films need bad games too. 

And although New releases only covers US launches, Pikmin 3 arrives in blightly this week, and that's definitely something I'll be celebrating.

Anything titillating you?

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New releases: Demon slavery is back in style photo
New releases: Demon slavery is back in style
by Fraser Brown

It's Monday and I almost forgot. Here was me assuming it was still the weekend, but no, the new week has began and we've got a bunch of new releases to look forward to, or not. Shin Megami Tensei IV is the stand out new release this week, making 3DS owners appropriately smug. Dale's a fan, to put it lightly. 

Also dropping during the squishy middle part of July is Dynasty Warriors 8, the latest title in a series that I'm sure is now only being churned out for Jim; Time and Eternity drops on PS3, and is a game I know nothing about save that it deals with time travel and looks pretty; and the Italian adventure game with a silly name Face Noir launches on PC. 

What's got you all hot and bothered this week, chums?

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New releases: Civilization V gets a massive expansion photo
New releases: Civilization V gets a massive expansion
by Fraser Brown

Civilization V is pretty good, but Brave New World makes it wonderful. Launching in a couple of days, the latest expansion is filled with a bevy of new features, most of which improve the tiresome late game with new paths to victory and greater flexibility. The changes and additions are so expansive that this might as well be a new game, from the diverse civilizations -- including Venice, a civ that can't even generate settlers -- to the engaging trade system. It's really rather rad. 

A few other notable titles are also dropping this week. The Walking Dead: 400 Days snuck up on us last week, and now it's arriving the App Store. I found it to be a novel narrative experiment but not quite as affecting as the first series. On top of this, we've got the shooty, crafty Guncraft; the anniversary celebrating Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection; and men hitting each other as they try to hold a slippery pigskin

Anything grabbing your attention this week?

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New releases: It's Oh So Quiet  photo
New releases: It's Oh So Quiet
by Fraser Brown

Eagle-eyed readers might notice that none of the titles in the headline or subheader are the names of videogames, and are actually songs. This is because there's bugger all coming out this week. Okay, that's unfair, but it's certainly slim pickings. 

Dark apparently never launched last week, and quietly got pushed back to Friday; Blops II gets some new maps; another Mortal Kombat collection is launching on PC; and there's some DLC, I guess?

Anything exciting you this week? No, I suppose not.

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New releases: Fight in the snow in Company of Heroes 2 photo
New releases: Fight in the snow in Company of Heroes 2
by Fraser Brown

This week sees the return of Relic's superb World War 2 strategy series, Company of Heroes, with the bloody conflict in the Eastern Front being presented in a brand new engine. Though it adds little more than extreme weather and a new, explosive campaign to the tried and tested formula, it's really rather splendid.

On top of this, the Biker action game, Ride to Hell: Retribution finally drops, after a bit of a delay; the merc with the mouth, Deadpool, gets his very own game; Dark leaps out of the shadows with a smattering of stealth and vampire action; and that really rather awful looking Spartacus Legends game is a thing.

Anything tempting you this week?

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New releases: Luigi is in charge photo
New releases: Luigi is in charge
by Fraser Brown

With E3 behind us, it's time to get back to playing games that are actually out now. And this week we're being treated to the delightfully unexpected New Super Luigi U. Mario's just a boring old plumber, so it's no surprise that Nintendo are finally realising what we've all known for years: it's better with Luigi.

As well as New Super Luigi U, we're getting the bizarre action physics game, Magrunner; the D&D double pack, Chronicles of Mystara arrives; the first three Jak & Daxter games get squashed into one collection; and quirky meta-RPG Knights of Pen & Paper + 1 drops.

What's floating your boat this week?

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New releases: The Last of Us is here at last photo
New releases: The Last of Us is here at last
by Fraser Brown

There won't be many games threatening to draw your attention away from the spectacle of E3 this week, but what we are getting is rather splendid. 

The Last of Us seems to have impressed just about everyone, including the lovely Jim Sterling, and you can see what all the gushing is about come Friday. I certainly hope it can live up to the nearly universal acclaim. 

Animal Crossing: New Leaf dropped yesterday, but since I consider Sunday a complete write off (it's my hangover day) let's just pretend it came out this week, okay? Other than that we're getting Mighty Switch Force 2 for the 3DS and Zeno Clash II launches on Xbox Live. 

What are you splashing out on this week?

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Neverwinter out on June 20, first expansion revealed photo
Neverwinter out on June 20, first expansion revealed
by Joshua Derocher

You should go play Neverwinter -- it's awesome. Right now it's in open beta, but on June 20 it will be officially released. Part of this release includes a new end-game area that will combine "PvE, PvP and dungeon delving into one epic gameplay experience," which sounds completely amazing. Launch day will also feature a big patch addressing tons of balancing issues found during the beta period.

The first expansion, called Fury of the Feywild will come out this summer. All we officially know about it is right on that page. It's going to be green, have glowing trees, and Sharandar will be under siege. It's not much of an announcement, but it is comforting to know that new content will be coming out quickly after release. 

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