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Shadowrun review
  Watch Video High fantasy, cyberpunk, and film noir collide in a way that makes you think they were meant for each other all along in Harebrained Schemes' appropriately, if not imaginatively, titled Shadowrun Returns. Based on the popular...   read
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GOG interview
It took a long time for me to be comfortable with digital distribution. I held onto my dusty boxes and physical media with grim determination, seeing no reason for me to move with the times. It was Space Quest that changed al...   read
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New releases
  Watch Video 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 ...   read

WoW subscriptions
I can't help but chuckle when Activision Blizzard releases subscription figures for World of Warcraft, because even when there are significant losses, the number of continuing subscribers remains astronomical. By the end of J...   read

Face Noir review

Review: Face Noir

I was on my second whisky when she walked into my office. With legs that went up to her neck, and ruby-red lips that were completely out of sync with her voice, I knew she'd be trouble. She wanted me to review her, and I was ...   read
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New releases
  Watch Video 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 c...   read

Firefall preview
  Watch Video Red5's sci-fi MMO Firefall has been in beta for a very long time, recently hitting that open-beta milestone. So long, in fact, that when I started playing the closed beta in earnest last month, it had transformed into an enti...   read
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Precinct Kickstarter
When I was scouring adventure game titan Sierra On-line's back catalog in the '90s, one title stood out from its generally light-hearted peers and demanded that I play it immediately: a game where instead of playing a space j...   read

Dragon Commander preview
  Watch Video Does slapping a jetpack onto a dragon sound ridiculous to you? Are you incredulous at such a prospect? You shouldn't be. How the hell does such a beast fly without mechanical assistance? Dragons are big, buff enough to make o...   read
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New releases
  Watch Video 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 rele...   read

New releases
  Watch Video 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...   read

400 Days review
  Watch Video The Walking Dead: 400 Days is the work of a studio clearly not resting on its laurels. Acting as a bridge between season one and the upcoming sequel, 400 Days retains all of the harrowing, human and undead drama that made Lee...   read
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Fist Puncher review
There are few things quite as cathartic as punching a nigh-endless horde of villains in their ugly mugs. I'm all for highfalutin, emotionally charged, wordy games where you are meant to care about people, but sometimes I just...   read
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Europa Universalis IV
  Watch Video Europa Universalis IV is but a mere month away from release, but Paradox isn't finished with filling you in on the game's many nuances. In the latest dev diary, Project Lead Thomas Johansson describes the complex religious m...   read

New releases
  Watch Video 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...   read

7 Grand Steps review
Board game, wheel of fortune, a vast narrative spanning thousands of years -- 7 Grand Steps is a strange beast. Through simple slot machine mechanics, choose-your-own-adventure scenarios, and eventually actual strategy, one b...   read
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New releases
  Watch Video 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...   read

New releases
  Watch Video 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 ...   read

Resident Evil Revelations
[Want to know how a developer handled the PC version of a multiplatform game? Check out the PC Port Report for the full scoop.] The 3DS version of Resident Evil Revelations was not the success it should have been. In my humbl...   read
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Marvel Heroes Impressions
The heroes of the Marvel universe have had some success when transposed from their comic pages to the click-fest of the action RPG (ARPG) genre. X-Men Legends and Ultimate Alliance -- both of which spawned sequels -- provided...   read
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Leisure Suit Larry
Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded - Land of the Lounge Lizards -- my, that's a big title -- threw some nostalgia my way immediately. Just as in the original '87 version of the game and its '91 VGA remake, Reloaded begins...   read
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EUIV preorder
  Watch Video After spending two whole days playing Europa Universalis IV in Stockholm last month, Paradox's flagship grand strategy title has become one of my most anticipated upcoming games. The Swedish studio recently announced a ...   read

Watch Dogs PS4
Aiden Pearce is up to his old tricks again, getting into all sorts of bother in the PlayStation 4 demo of Watch Dogs. Pearce is shown trying to keep a low profile as he makes his way to a chum who, like Pearce himself, is bei...   read
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PS4 music, tv, and films
Sony has a "brand new original programming plan" that they will be bringing to the PlayStation 4. PS4 and PSN users will have "unique" access to TV, film, and music content, tailored to gamers. Great films like Doom the ...   read

Rabbids Invasion
Joining Microsoft in making television extremely irritating, Ubisoft has revealed Rabbids Invasion, an interactive kids TV show for Nickelodeon. The show comes with daily missions, encourages children to throw eggs at animals...   read
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Need for Speed Rivals
  Watch Video EA showcased the open world of Need for Speed Rivals, where players can suddenly join races that can turn into pursuits -- with both the cops and the racers being controlled by players. With the All Drive mechanic, a single-...   read
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Max: Curse of Brotherhood
  Watch Video Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, the sequel to the puzzle platformer Max and the Magic Marker, had some gameplay footage to show off today at E3. After wishing his annoying sibling away, Max must embark on a doodling adve...   read

Dead Rising 3
  Watch Video Capcom's Dead Rising 3 has been revealed to be an Xbox One exclusive, containing an all new protagonist and open-world setting. Nick the mechanic finds himself in the middle of a zombie outbreak in the city of Los Perdidos. ...   read
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Forza 5
Turn 10 Studios was on hand to tout its new Drivatar feature in Forza Motorsport 5 at E3, allowing us all to revel in yet another ridiculous made up word. Taking advantage of cloud processing, the Drivatar removes the need fo...   read

New releases
  Watch Video 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 th...   read

 

About Fraser Brownone of us since 2:44 PM on 07.16.2010

Fraser Brown is that bearded, bespectacled Scotsman that covers PC gaming who is not Alasdair Duncan.

Got a splinter stuck in his hand nineteen years ago and just left it in there. True story.

He lives with this thorny burden in Edinburgh, Scotland, drinking a lot of whisky and playing a lot of video games to soothe the pain.

He has sexual feelings for strategy games, adventure games, and has been known to dabble in the murky world of MMOs.
 
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