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Angry Birds Star Wars gameplay tease, oh Rovio

November 8 is nearly here, which will fling forth the release of Rovio's Angry Birds Star Wars game. Today brings another gameplay trailer, showing off that the birds all look like characters from the Star Wars movies, all with Star Wars-themed abilities.

 

 

The red bird is capable of spinning with a lightsaber, taking down structures and deflecting fire from Stormpiggies (I never thought I'd ever type the word "Stormpiggies", but here we are). The yellow bird is a Han Solo-like character, capable of strafing runs over the course of his trajectory, while the Obi-wan Kenobi (the black bird) will be able to use a force push just before impact.

 

The egg-laying bird drops an R2-D2 unit now which electrocutes everything within a certain radius. There's also a pink bird at play that is dressed up as Princess Leia, who also has the ability to shoot some kind of laser.

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Samsung Smart TVs to receive some new games, Monopoly and The Game of Life as the first two EA titles

Samsung Smart TVs to receive some very cool games from EA, with two major digital board games found in Monopoly and The Game of Life. Each game costs $10.

 

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The games get an even better feature, are they are controllable with your Wi-Fi-enabled Samsung Galaxy S, S II, or S III, and you'll need to download the "mobile companion apps" for each game to enable the controls which also add some tilt sensor-based waggle.

 

Standalone games on Samsung's Smart TVs have now increased by two, to a whopping three, but there's always more on the way.


Command & Conquer beta coming early 2013

The free-to-play release of Command & Conquer is nearly here, and while the game being free-to-play is already a great thing, what can make it better? Well, beta access!

 

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Beta access to Command & Conquer is looking to open up in the first half of next year, reports Rock, Paper Shotgun. The information comes from a blog post, which states:

 

[The C&C franchise has been] more about fun to play, engaging, and high quality RTS experiences. And that's what we're aiming to deliver, just in a different way. Yes, the direction is new and many probably would say that this is not a "true" C&C, just as many did when the original Generals came out. For me, Command & Conquer isn't just about Tiberium, Kane and the crazy Yuri.

 

You can apply for the Command & Conquer beta right here.

Take a test drive of the new Wii U before buying at over 5,000 kiosks

Not sure if you want to shell out your hard-earned cash for the new Wii U? Nintendo thought you might feel this way, so they have announced plans to issue 5,000 Wii U kiosks to various retailers to that you'll be able to take it for a test drive before buying. This is a great way to win over those users who aren't sure its worth the money.

 

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It remains to be seen if users will like the tablet controller or not. Because it is a tablet, gamers will now have to focus on two different screens to play their games. This has both advantages and disadvantages and Nintendo is hoping the advantages outweigh the perceived disadvantages.

 

The kiosks will be spread out at Targets, GameStops, Wal-marts, and Toys R' Us. If you're not sure where the nearest kiosk is, you can use this Nintendo tool to find out.

Nintendo unleashes over 5,000 Wii U kiosks across North America to select retailers

Have you been one of the unlucky majority to not get your hands on the Wii U yet even though you faithfully preordered Nintendo's next console? Don't you fret as the company has just announced starting today, over 5,000 interactive Wii U kiosks will be making their way to select retail stores across North America to give you the hands-on you've been dying for.

 

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For your chance to get your hands on the Wii U before its official launch in under two weeks, you'll need to head down to one of the participating retailer stores including Target, GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart and Toys 'R' Us and hope no snot-nosed kids have gotten their hands on the Wii U first.

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Skyrim DLC 'Dragonborn' includes rideable dragons, original Dragonborn for 1600 MS Points on Dec. 4th

The next piece of DLC for Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been announced today by way of the unveiling of its official trailer. Are you ready to meet the first ever Dragonborn?

 

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"Dragonborn" will tell the tale of the first Dragonborn ever to make his way through the Elder Scrolls world who is only known now as the Dragon Priest. The Dragon Priest will be attempting to come back and rule over the land as he did in the past, and we're assuming it'll be your job as the current Dragonborn to snuff him out.

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Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 leaked onto torrent websites

One of 2012's most highly anticipated first-person shooters that isn't Halo 4 will soon be released next Tuesday, but seeing as gamers absolutely cannot wait for actual release dates, a pirated version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been leaked through various torrent websites.

 

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According to a number of reports, user "BAD 2 THE B0N3" published a leaked version of Black Ops 2 for Xbox 360 onto 360iso who was also behind the leak of Halo 4 last month.

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Sony has been approved to launch the PlayStation 3 in China, finally

In China, game consoles are technically illegal, which has stopped Sony's PlayStation 3 from launching in the country, until now. The company have been approved to launch their now ageing console in China.

 

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Authorities granted the PlayStation 3 a "China Compulsory Certificate" in July, but the PS3 has yet to have launched yet. Considering the PS3 launched in Japan close to six years ago, it is definitely behind the times in China. China pushed in a console ban in 2000 to protect the nation's youth, in turn, creating a booming grey-market for game consoles, and games themselves, pushing piracy numbers up considerably.

 

Consoles can be sold if they're labelled as home entertainment consoles, and thanks to Sony baking in a Blu-ray player into the console along with its many online capabilities, the PS3 is considered a home entertainment system anyway. Microsoft never released the Xbox 360 in China, and Nintendo didn't bother with the Wii, either.

Sony unveil redesigned PlayStation Store in the US

Sony's PlayStation 3 is getting a bit old in the tooth now, but the Japanese company have just unveiled a completely redesigned PlayStation store that has gone live in North America.

 

 

Finding, and navigating on the new PlayStation Store with its flashy new UI is much easier than previous iterations of the PlayStation Store. The updated Store has new releases displayed prominently with prices, thankfully no longer hidden away under a bunch of icons.

 

It looks much cleaner, fresher, is faster to load and searching is far better than previous Stores. The video above will give you a good idea of what to expect.

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Ace of Spades, an 8-bit, Minecraft-like team-based FPS

There's a new team-based first-person shooter on the block called Ace of Spades, and most of you (including myself) have probably not even heard of it.

 

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Well, the game is being made specifically with the gameplay found in Team Fortress in mind, wrapped in the 8-bit blocky Minecraft-like look, which also gives players in the game the freedom to build themselves a custom battlefield, on-the-go. Yes, while you're defending, shooting, and running away from bullets, you'll be making your own battlefield.

 

Ace of Spades supports up to 32 simultaneous players in a world that is completely destructible, and just like Minecraft, players are only limited by their own creativity in building their surroundings. Ace of Spades is a PC-exclusive (yay!) and has been in development since April 2011, with the beta sporting around 2.5 million players.

 

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Ace of Spades will reach Steam in December this year for a "small fee". You can check out the official website here, and also check out their Facebook page where you can register to win a free copy of the game.

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