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MONDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Overwatch > It doesn’t get any bigger than this, or at the very least, any rarer. After relying on its Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo settings for well over a decade, Blizzard Entertainment has finally announced plans to launch an entirely new property. Unveiled at this weekend’s BlizzCon event in California, Overwatch is a class based (and fast paced) shooter in the vein of Team Fortress 2. The action in Overwatch will involve two teams of six. READ MORE
MONDAY JUST ANNOUNCED StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void > After what seems like an eternity, Blizzard is finally set finish its ambitious StarCraft II trilogy with Legacy of the Void. This single player component of this standalone expansion will see gamers taking control of a huge Protoss armada as they quest to take back their homeworld from the deadly Zerg Swarm. READ MORE
TUESDAY INTERVIEW BioWare on Dragon Age: Inquisition > Despite its adherence to some well-worn fantasy tropes, the original Dragon Age impressed with intriguing characters and cracking dialogue when it launched in November 2009. While Dragon Age II bobbed up only 14 months later, the third instalment has enjoyed a much more generous development cycle. When it arrives in stores later this month, more than three years will have elapsed since the release of its predecessor. READ MORE
WEDNESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Just Cause 3 > Square Enix has just offered a ray of hope to those of you waiting for a long dormant series to be revived. The last instalment of the Just Cause series of open world action games arrived well over four years ago, leading some to conclude it had quietly been retired. The truth, of course, is rather different, with Square announcing that it is working with original series developer Avalanche Studios to bring a new chapter to PC and current generation consoles in 2015. READ MORE
THURSDAY REVIEW Sunset Overdrive > Sunset Overdrive is a bold shot in the exclusivity wars. It exudes personality and bright colours with a genuinely refreshing take on the third person shooter. It may take you a while to warm to its over the top style and unrealistic gameplay, but after a few hours it all becomes addictive. Throw in a hectic multiplayer mode that lets you use your campaign character and you have a brash and hugely fun game. READ MORE
FRIDAY NEWS Halo launch woes > We’re beginning to lose count of the number of major titles launching with broken online components. High profile culprits have included Diablo III, Sim City, and Battlefield 4. More recently, Driveclub, a game sold on the strength of its online features, crashed and burned upon arrival. The latest horse to join this seemingly endless merry-go-round is the Xbox One exclusive Halo: The Master Chief Collection from developer 343 Industries. READ MORE