Volcano stage

Super Street Fighter IV got delayed for a week in Scandinavia because of Iceland's volcano.
 
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My instinctive reaction was to preorder the game from amazon.co.uk with priority shipping. The shipping costs are higher than the game itself - awesome!
 
Edit\ Game arrived in one day, so totally worth it. Now I just need all the costume packs to come out so I can spend more bucketfuls of money in totally justified ways.

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More time units

Due to the somewhat disappointing XCOM announcement from 2K, a team of developers called Goldhawk Interactive just unveiled their project Xenonauts ahead of schedule, which looks way more promising as a successor to the original X-Com games.
 
The few screenshots available actually look pretty nice. Check their website for some info on it!

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X-Shock

So people are comparing the negative reactions spawned from 2Ks " XCOM" announcement to the Fallout 3 uproar. The comparison does not hold water.

Fallout 1 and 2 were terrific games due to their setting, writing and roleplaying. Many believed Bethesda weren't up to the task of recreating that, but surely they did a fine job of making it work in first person. It was, after all, possible.

The original X-com games were terrific purely due to their gameplay mechanics, which involved isometric turn-based combat and whole range of features for base and team management. It was not due to a wildly compelling narrative - the gameplay mechanics crafted the story of each playthrough themselves. That's why many believe 2K won't be up to the task of making it work as a first-person shooter. It is, after all, not possible.

Especially not as an FBI agent on a "gripping narrative ride" that "will re-imagine and expand the rich lore of this revered franchise". What lore? Will they flesh out the details on the plasma rifle even further, when I upgrade it through a conveniently placed vending machine?

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Speedguts

I wonder if God of War 3 is utilizing some kind of middleware for efficiently generating guts.
 
If only they had optimized their dodgy double jump technology as well.

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Rise and shine, or not.

Risen for the xbox is probably the best game I've played, that constantly tries to convince me that it's horrible and that I shouldn't play it. Between the controls, graphics, animations and the user interface, I'm lead to believe that the ones responsible for this port actually haven't played a game on a console before.
 
Still doesn't change the fact that beneath all this grime, there's a great roleplaying experience to be had.

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