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SUNDAY INTERVIEW Blizzard on Diablo III: Reaper of Souls > When Diablo III was released in 2012, it quickly became the best selling PC game of the year, following in the footsteps of its two predecessors. However, it was not without its criticisms: fans were quick to voice their disapproval of the emphasis given to the auction houses, the manner in which loot dropped, and the lack of PvP, among other more individual gripes with the storyline. READ MORE
MONDAY REVIEW Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare > PopCap’s tower defence game has been transformed into a fun and accessible online multiplayer shooter. Players can choose from a handful of basic unit types and customise their characters with functional and cosmetic upgrades. The question is: who is this audience for this game? The solid mechanics are lifted by the goofy tone of the setting, but they may prove too basic for some shooter fans. READ MORE
TUESDAY NEWS Uncharted 3 director departs Naughty Dog > The Uncharted franchise is experiencing arguably its greatest period of upheaval and uncertainty. Naughty Dog (along with its parent company Sony) is preparing to bring the celebrated action adventure series over to the PS4, but it must now do so without the guidance of two of the saga’s chief architects. Having already lost creative director Amy Hennig, Sony has confirmed to Game Informer that Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception game director Justin Richmond has also departed the studio. READ MORE
WEDNESDAY REVIEW Strider > Less a remake than a re-imagining, Strider shows that old arcade games can live again. Double Helix manages to get the fast paced gameplay right, but the strange mix of easy and difficult sections does create some severe frustration along the way. Unfortunately, the repetitive gameplay runs out of steam before the final tricky foe. READ MORE
THURSDAY NEWS Amazon enters console race > Apparently unperturbed by the limited market penetration of the Ouya, online sales giant Amazon is preparing to launch its own Android based machine. The Amazon Fire TV set top box will support a range of popular entertainment services such as Netflix and Pandora, as well as a selection of Android-powered video games. The system will retail for US $99. READ MORE
FRIDAY REVIEW Infamous: Second Son > If you’re looking for a game to show off the power of the next gen then Infamous: Second Son is it. The graphics are simply breathtaking. Don’t fret about the gameplay, either. Beneath the beautiful exterior is the best Infamous gameplay yet. Despite being a little on the short side, this is a must buy for PS4 owners. READ MORE