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MONDAY l REVIEW l Xotic > Indie studio TikGames has announced its latest project. According to the developer, the creatively spelled Xotic will bring arcade sensibilities to the first person shooter genre. The game will challenge us to blast our way through levels as swiftly as possible, while building high scoring combos. READ MORE
TUESDAY l NEWS l Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning > What do you get when you cross toy and comic creator Todd McFarlane (Spawn), epic fantasy author R. A. Salvatore (The Forgotten Realms universe) and master RPG creator Ken Rolston (Morrowind and Oblivion). Well, according to this trailer you get Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, a new entry into the increasingly crowded action RPG genre. READ MORE
WEDNESDAY l NEWS l Rage > The latest trailer for id Software’s RAGE is likely to soothe any rager. The action heavy first person shooter happily deliver the guns, vehicles and monstrous adversaries that players expect, all set against the scenic backdrop of a post apocalyptic world brimming with detail and scripted events. READ MORE
THURSDAY 1 l REVIEW l Shift 2: Unleashed > There are two types of racing gamers out there. The first simply likes to go fast in a flash car, and this type of gamer is well catered for with a large number of arcade racers released every year. The second is the Sim racer, the type of gamer that could spend hours re-adjusting the gear ratios on their Aston Martin DB9 to improve their time on the Nurburgring by 0.01 of a second. Shift 2 is aimed squarely at these dedicated folk. READ MORE
THURSDAY 2 l NEWS l nanoBITES 38 > One of the year’s most anticipated games may well have slipped to 2012. Sony has confirmed that Team ICO’s achingly beautiful The Last Guardian will miss its holiday 2011 release date. Just to rub salt into the wounds, the HD collection of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus has also been delayed. Revised dates are yet to be announced. This is just one of the stories in this week’s edition of nanoBITES, our ongoing feature devoted to small but important news items. READ MORE
FRIDAY l REVIEW l Homefront > If you’re looking for a brief but competent shooter to fill the gap between Call of Duty releases, you could do a lot worse than Homefront. Highlights include superb level design, solid shooting mechanics and a strong multiplayer component. On the other hand, you’ll be forced to endure some truly moronic AI partners and one of the most jingoistic plots you’re ever likely to encounter in a video game. READ MORE