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'Low Violence Version' of Saints Row IV appears on Steam for Australian gamers

Saints Row IV was banned in Australia because of at least one reason: it featured an alien anal probe. After the ban, a "Low Violence Version" has appeared on Steam.

 

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This version is available to Australian customers, with an explanation of what was changed in order to become the "Low Violence Version" as well as escape the ban. Publisher Deep Silver will most likely modify the game enough so that the Australian Classification Board will accept it, but what exactly will they compromise on?

The Walking Dead: 400 Days arrives this week on Windows, PSN, Mac, XBLA and iOS

Telltale Games have announced the availability of The Walking Dead: 400 Days, the latest addition to the smash hit game. It hits PC, Mac, XBLA and North America's PSN this week. Next week, it'll arrive on iOS and Europe's PSN. If you're after some dates, we have them below:

 

 

  • Tuesday, 2nd July - PlayStation Network (North America)
  • Wednesday, 3rd July - PC/Mac (Steam, Telltale Games Store)
  • Friday, 5th July - Xbox Live (Worldwide)
  • Wednesday, 10th July - PlayStation Network (Europe)
  • Thursday, 11th July - iOS (Worldwide)

 

What is The Walking Dead: 400 Days? The new addition is set between season one and two of the game, covering five new characters in short vignettes. Each character's story can be played in any order you like, as they'll all cover the same terrain over the span of 13 months.

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Battlefield 3 leads July's PlayStation Plus list of free games

PlayStation Plus members are getting a good deal this month with the July list of free games available to Plus members. Sony Computer Entertainment announced through the PlayStation Blog that beginning on July 2, DICE and EA's first-person shooter, Battlefield 3, will join PS Plus' instant game collection.

 

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Four more games join BF3, and will hit the PS3, PS Vita and PSP in North America this month:

 

  • Battlefield 3 (PS3)
  • Metal Slug XX (PSP, Compatible on PS Vita)
  • Jet Set Radio (PS3)
  • Dokuro (PS Vita)
  • Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD (PS3)

Kickstarter-funded Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded hits retail later this month

The amount of hours I poured into this game as a youngster was ridiculous, and with the Steam version hitting last month, the retail copy will reach store shelves later this month.

 

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Publisher, Replay Games, said that the June release date for the retail version was "somewhat less certain". Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded was on Kickstarter, where it passed its $500,000 funding goal with the help of over 14,000 backers.

Minecraft 1.6.1 'The Horse Update' has gone live

The unstoppable Minecraft has a new update available, which is known as "The Horse Update". The Horse Update pushes Minecraft up to version 1.6.1, which - you guessed it - includes horses in the game now.

 

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Mojang have also provided donkeys and mules, which can be bred and spawned naturally. These animals do require taming before you can ride them, but once you do you can ride them around in the game world, adding chests to their saddles. You can also name your horses like other 'pets' and add all sorts of armor like iron and diamond.

 

The Horse Update also includes improvements, such as a conversion tool that lets you convert texture packs to resource packs, which will allow you to add sounds to different items. This update includes the usual performance and stability fixes, as well as improvements in riding mounts, respiration enhancements, extra tooltips, carpets in different colors which can be added on blocks, and like you can do stain wool you can now do stained clay.

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Don Mattrick, the head of Xbox for Microsoft, is leaving head up Zynga

Weeks upon weeks of bad publicity may have just taken their toll on one of Microsoft's top officers. This afternoon, reports are beginning to emerge that the man in charge of all things Xbox for Microsoft, Don Mattrick, is apparently leaving the company. AllThingsD is reporting that Mattrick will be headed to a top leadership role at Zynga, the once king of mobile gaming.

 

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This move is quite sudden and unexpected as we have seen Mattrick push the Xbox One console harder than he ever did for the Xbox 360. Some industry insiders expect Mattrick's resignation to be the result of weeks of negative sentiment and massive backlash generated by the Xbox One's previous DRM policies.

 

During his time at Microsoft, Mattrick molded the Xbox 360 from being just a gaming console into an entire home entertainment system. He jockeyed for the integration of Netflix as well as dozens of other streaming services. Mattrick also headed up the development of the groundbreaking Kinect sensor, but also had to deal with massive overheating issues and inherent console flaws that caused irreversible damage.

Steam Greenlight sees eight new games join its ranks

Valve have announced their next batch of games that have been approved through Steam Greenlight, as well as three software titles. The titles were selected with the usual criteria as past games.

 

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Votes were included, where games were counted for their press reviews, awards, crowd-funding success and performance on other platforms. The eight games are:

 

  • Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller
  • Day One : Garry's Incident
  • Guncraft
  • Homesick
  • In Verbis Virtus
  • Super Motherload
  • Vector
  • Verdun

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SimCity DLC takes to the skies, offers a few balloons that will cost you $9

Just when you thought DLC couldn't get any worse, EA and Maxis have unveiled some new downloadable content for SimCity. It'll cost you $9, and I think at least two or three people in the world will buy it.

 

 

The new SimCity DLC includes "Airships", which add two items: a hot air balloon park and an airship mass transit option - all yours for $9. The video above will show you just what you get, so prepare your wallets!

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Ellen Page wants her ID back, says Ellie from The Last of US is a direct knock off of her likeness

It's no secret, actors and actresses from Hollywood like to keep a tight rein on their likeness, and rightfully so. It is after all how they make their living. Canadian actress Ellen Page has accused popular PlayStation 3 horror title, The Last of Us, of stealing her facial likeness.

 

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During an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit, Page told fans that she was very much aware of the similarities between her and the games character Ellie and that she was not so pleased about it. "I guess I should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness, but I am actually acting in a videogame called Beyond: Two Souls, so it was not appreciated," she wrote.

 

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While I see the minute similarities, I personally feel that Ellie looks much more like Ashley Johnson, the actress who does Ellie's voice over for the game. In my opinion this is just a publicity stunt used for both Page's career as well as the upcoming game Beyond: Two Souls. TweakTown would like to offer Page a chance to tell her side of the story and we have reached out to her and are awaiting a response.

TrackMania 2 Valley has its engines revving for a July 4 launch

Ubisoft and subsidiary developer Nadeo have announced that TrackMania 2 Valley will be launching on July 4. TrackMania 2 Stadium launched just last week, which was a recreation of TrackMania Nations.

 

 

So we're going back-to-back with some TrackMania goodness here, and I'm sure that fans aren't complaining about that. TrackMania 2 Valley will be set in the great outdoors, featuring a 65-track solo campaign, as well as track creation and object import tools for those that want to create some insane courses.

 

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TrackMania 2 Valley will be available from both Steam and ManiaPlanet for WIndows PC.

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