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SUNDAY TEST TUBE Vainglory > Vainglory caught my eye while I was idly browsing through the app store. It was in an editor’s choice list and the tag line proudly boasted that it was featured by Apple during their September 2014 keynote presentation. Although I am was not much of a MOBA player, I decided to check it out. READ MORE
MONDAY NEWS Xbox receives a boost > While the original Xbox was the 400 pound gorilla of the console world (both in terms of graphical power and physical size), Microsoft’s latest hardware offering is considered by some to be a relative lightweight. Industry insiders have long speculated that the machine’s focus on gesture and voice based usability left the Xbox One at a disadvantage. It has now emerged that Microsoft recently took steps to address this issue. READ MORE
TUESDAY NEWS Far Cry fan poll hints at future of series > While many developers remain passionate about pursuing their own artistic goals, there are also creative (not to mention financial) incentives to respond to the demands of an increasingly engaged audience. The notion that players have a real role to play in determining the output of major studios was reinforced this week with the emergence of the latest Ubisoft user survey, this time centred around the future of the Far Cry series of open world action games. READ MORE
WEDNESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Into the Stars > While some of the hype surrounding crowd funding has abated, Kickstarter continues to be a popular option for small and medium sized developers. Fugitive Games, which features veterans of the Battlefield, Lost Planet and Shadows of the Damned sagas, is the latest outfit to ask ordinary gamers to bankroll their endeavours. READ MORE
THURSDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Puzzle and Dragons: Super Mario Edition > Mobile phenomenon Puzzle and Dragons is on its way to the 3DS. A hybrid of match three puzzling and fantasy roleplaying, the game is among Japan’s most popular casual titles. An English language version finally made its way to iOS and Android devices in December 2014, but 3DS owners will soon have access to a little something extra. As reported by Polygon, and confirmed by the North American Puzzle and Dragons Twitter feed, a Super Mario Edition of the game is in the works. READ MORE
FRIDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Zombie Army Trilogy > Zombies are the cannon fodder villains of choice at the moment, but it wasn’t so long ago that the Nazis were clogging up our reticles. What would happen if these two insidious forces were drawn together? That’s an easy one to answer, actually. We’d get Zombie Army Trilogy from Rebellion. This forthcoming release bundles the first two Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army titles and adds an entirely new instalment for good measure. READ MORE