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New Trademark File from Square Enix – Hints at New Deus Ex Game

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New Trademark File from Square Enix – Hints at New Deus Ex Game

We probably asked for this. A savvy user — miladesn — on the NeoGAF forums today noticed that Square Enix filed for a new trademark name yesterday under the name “Deus Ex: Human Defiance”. The trademark appears to hint that a new Deus Ex game might be coming along very soon, seemingly in direct relation to their critically acclaimed game Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Some of the forum users speculate that this might be a new port of Human Revolution to the WiiU. However, it seems unlikely that Square Enix would go so far as to change the name for a mere console port.

Human Revolution was released in the fall of 2011 to PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. It was later ported to Mac OS X.   The game featured protagonist Adam Jensen and his role in the ethical and political conflict with human augmentation — using cybernetic implants to enhance certain talents — in a futuristic dystopia. It was a prequel to the long-running Deus Ex series.

It sounds like, if this new trademark proves to be a new game, it might be a direct sequel to Human Revolution. Only time will tell, but it does pique my interest to see where Square Enix might be taking this.

Sony Announces Playstation 4

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Sony Announces Playstation 4

In a particularly detail-oriented Press Conference, Sony announced its next generation Playstation 4 in a particularly detail-oriented press conference, including such tidbits as its release date, technical specifications, and a slew of details surrounding its launch.

First and foremost, the Playstation 4 will launch during the 2013 holiday season (exact date TBD), and will feature a shiny, new touch-sensitive DualShock 4, as well as a brand new interface and a reimagining of the Playstation Network. Also absolutely earth-shattering was the announcement of a partnership with PC juggernaut Blizzard and the release of Diablo III for both PS3 and PS4. The degree to which this could skew the balance of the fight for the living room cannot be underestimated.

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Dead Space 3 keeps horror trappings but actionizes the tone

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Dead Space 3 keeps horror trappings but actionizes the tone

“Horror protagonist” is usually a life sentence. If you don’t get shuffled off in the last few minutes of your debut feature or job for the villain in the first few of the sequel, you’ll probably get dragged back, again and again, to deal with the latest threat du jour.

Having narrowly escaped both the first and second possibilities, Isaac Clarke is forced into the third in Dead Space 3, and the game’s tone and focus naturally reflect his growth. The man has been killing space zombies so long he’s now handing out the tutorial. An eerie tone is natural – but Isaac is almost unhealthily familiar with the situation by now, so it makes sense that he’s gotten the cowering, hallucinations, and terror out of his system and replaced it with violent rage.

Like Resident Evil 6 before it (and Aliens before that), DS3 combines the genre trappings of horror with a violent action tone. Comparisons to The Thing have been noted, but the strongest atmospheric influence seems to have been the Lovecraft classic At The Mountains of Madness, another largely secondhand tale of an isolated band of humans delving into the ruins of another civilization – and another story that uses elements of unease and suspense without necessarily being viscerally “horrifying”.

Review Score: 8.3

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The Walking Dead: Video Game – Xbox 360

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The Walking Dead: Video Game – Xbox 360

Rating: 8.5

AMC hit series The Walking Dead returns this Sunday, and I admit I am more than a little hooked on the show. I was looking to fill the void as I waited for February 10th to get here. So it was time to check out what TellTale had to offer in the Zombie department. Being more than familiar with TellTale, I wasn’t sure what to expect as Walking Dead seemed to be far different from the standard point and click.

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Games as Transformation #1 – James Trauben

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Games as Transformation #1 – James Trauben

How often do we hear games damned as bad influences upon children and the impressionable?

In light of this latest surge of gun violence, and the predictable storm of politicians and pundits who would find it easier to move against violent media than the tools of violence themselves, it’s more important than ever that gamers speak out about the ways our hobby has changed us for the better, not the worse. Below is the first of a series of videos by members of the Pixelated Geek staff on how games have wrought positive transformations in our worldview and behavior.

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2013 – The Future of Gaming?

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2013 – The Future of Gaming?

Is 2013 really the future of gaming? A lot of the major console developers would have you believe that, especially with the speculation of both the PS4 & Xbox 720 announcements right around the corner at E3 2013. Couple this with the Steam Box nearing production, and the rumor that the major consoles fear that Apple may join in the fun.

Not to be outdone, Nintendo has begun ramping up game development to save what’s left of the WiiU’s not-so-great launch.

Meanwhile, Sony has pulled from Apple’s playbook and decided to make an announcement before the big show.

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Looking Back: Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (PS3/X360)

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Looking Back: Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (PS3/X360)

Publisher:  Konami Digital Entertainment

Developer:  Kojima Productions

Original Release Date:  November 8, 2011

ESRB Rating: T-M

Over the last several months and years, there have been several games that for some reason or another slipped by us here at Pixelated Geek. So as a result of those games that ended up going un-reviewed, I welcome you to Looking Back, where for the next several weeks, yours truly will bring you all series of reviews of games past. And for the inaugural review, what better way to start things off than by taking a look at a personal favorite of mine?  I am talking of course about the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection.

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New Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Gameplay Trailer – Jack the Ripper

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New Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Gameplay Trailer – Jack the Ripper

With only a month left until release, Konami has released a new Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance trailer.

Titled “Jack the Ripper”, the new trailer showcases a new unmanned weapon type for Raiden to fight. Story-wise, the trailer focuses on Raiden’s descent into a more bloodthirsty persona, Jack the Ripper, his nickname from child soldier days during the Liberian Civil War.

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