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SUNDAY NEWS Kojima to question US political narrative > For all its outlandish characters, bizarre plot twists and questionable depictions of the female form, the Metal Gear saga has always been peppered with serious social commentary. Previous games have tackled hot topics such as the proliferation of seemingly amoral private military companies and the tragic role of child soldiers on the world’s battlefields. READ MORE
MONDAY NEWS Male centric Assassin’s Creed draws more criticism > Ubisoft may be impressively progressive when it comes to hiring parkour experts, but the company has again been targeted for failing to include playable female characters in the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity. Now a prominent video game voice actress has weighed into the debate. READ MORE
TUESDAY NEWS Last of Us sequel talk > There are rumblings of a future sequel to the critical and commercial success story of 2013 The Last of Us. In an interview with VideoGamer, community strategist for Naughty Dog Arne Meyer stated, “We’re just starting to explore ideas of what more could there be in this universe and starting that decision process. That doesn’t mean the end result is guaranteed.” READ MORE
WEDNESDAY REVIEW Valiant Hearts: The Great War > Valiant Hearts places an emphasis on storytelling over gameplay, but that’s okay when the whole experience is as enjoyable as this. You’ll feel the human impact of war on the characters as they strive to maintain family and friendship and delight in the beautiful art style and emotive music on offer. While simple to play and easy to complete, Valiant Hearts will stay with you long after you have reached the end of your first play-through. READ MORE
THURSDAY NEWS EA delays Battlefield and Dragon Age > EA knows its Battlefield fans are positively aching to get their gloves on its upcoming shooter, Battlefield Hardline. The bad news is that fans are now going to have to wait until early 2015 for it to hit shelves. While it would have been nice to receive it in October, the good news is that this will give EA’s Visceral team time to polish it until it gleams like a general’s boots before morning reveille. READ MORE
FRIDAY NEWS Bungie settles with disgruntled composer > Marty O’Donnell, the maestro behind the rousing musical scores of Halo and its sequels, has achieved victory in his efforts to claim compensation and back pay after his sudden firing. As reported by VentureBeat, a US court has approved a settlement that will see O’Donnell receive a little over US $95,000, which is broken up into back pay, damages and legal costs. READ MORE