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Bethesda have announced the release dates of four multiplatform titles shipping in 2011: Brink, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge, RAGE, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are all slated for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Games for Windows.

Brink, an immersive first-person shooter under development at Splash Damage, will be available in North America on May 17th and in Europe, Australia and New Zealand on May 20th. Brink was named as the ‘Game of Show’ at Eurogamer Expo 2010, while declared “Brink takes shooters to a whole new level”. Blending single-player, co-op, and multiplayer action into one seamless experience, Brink features dynamic battlefields, extensive customisation options and an innovative control system. 

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Konami has released the first shots of the next iteration of its hugely popular horror series, Silent Hill: Downpour. The asset issue marks the first confirmation of the new game’s suffix.  Konami also announced that acclaimed composer, Daniel Licht (Dexter), is producing the game’s eerie soundtrack

Silent Hill: Downpour marks the series’ return to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and brings a completely original storyline which follows Murphy Pendleton, a convict stranded in the foggy, malevolent world of Silent Hill. Pendleton begins the game lost and alone in the woods on the outskirts of the fabled town, when his prison transport bus crashes… 

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The ability to record digital TV is nothing new, I’m just surprised that it’s taken so long to reach our consoles.  I had been hopeful that with the arrival of the XBox 360, there would be the ability to record TV programs onto your hard-drive.  But Microsoft had other plans for being the media center of your house.  Then the PS3 came along and still nothing.  It seemed like the two major players were content only to sell us content, rather than allowing us to harness the technology we had connected to our HD TV’s.

But then late last year Sony released Play TV for the PS3.  I admit I totally dropped the ball on this one.  I didn’t realise what it was, foolishly thinking it was something along the lines of eye toy.  That and I was caught up in all the hoopla over Move and Kinect.

Once I realised what Play TV was however, I had to have one. 

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When you’re done dismembering necromorphs, don’t forget to take the fight into Dragon Age II. Visceral Games and BioWare are working together to bring two of the year’s most highly anticipated action/adventure games together. Gamers who purchase the year’s first blockbuster entertainment release, Dead Space 2, can bring the terror to the sequel to 2009’s RPG of the Year, Dragon Age II with the exclusive “Ser Isaac of Clarke” armour set. Modelled after Isaac Clarke’s signature rig, the “Ser Isaac of Clarke” armour set can be activated with a one-time use, non-transferable code found in Xbox 360 and PC versions of Dead Space 2, including body armour, boots, gauntlets and a helm, all of which carry extra benefits for you to take on your rise from warrior to legend in Dragon Age II. PlayStation 3 owners can visit or look at the insert inside Dragon Age II for detailed instructions on unlocking the Ser Isaac Armour in the PlayStation 3 version of Dragon Age II. 

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L.A. Noire, the groundbreaking new crime thriller developed in a special partnership between Rockstar Games and Team Bondi, will be available on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 on May 17th in North America and May 20th in Europe*.

Set amid the violence and corruption of post-war Los Angeles, L.A. Noire seamlessly blends crime-solving, clue-finding, car chases and shoot-outs with revolutionary new interrogation-based gameplay that will allow players to read characters’ emotions in order to reveal the truth. Players will take on the role of Cole Phelps, a decorated World War II veteran who rises through the ranks of the LAPD, solving a series of gruesome murders and other crimes that bring him face to face with the dark heart of Los Angeles during Hollywood’s Golden Age. 

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A videogame based on the comic book and television series The Walking Dead may be in the works by a veteran adventure game developer. According to an invitation 1up received Wednesday, Sam & Max and Back to the Future episodic game developer Telltale will be announcing five new multi-platform projects

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dnf-360-fob-aus-2Mark your calendars, forever is nearly here. May 6, 2011 marks the launch of everyones favourite piece of vaporware: Duke Nukem Forever, the most anticipated game of all time.

Put on your shades and prepare to step into the boots of Duke Nukem, whose legend has reached epic proportions in the years since his last adventure. The alien hordes are invading and only Duke can save the world. Pig cops, alien shrink rays and enormous alien bosses can’t stop our hero from accomplishing his one and only goal: to save the world, save the babes and to be a bad-ass while doing it. The King arrives with an arsenal of over-the-top weapons, non-stop action, and unprecedented levels of interactivity. Duke Nukem was and will forever be immortalized in gaming history; this is his legend.

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topspin-4-360-fob-aus-22K Sports has revealed that Top Spin 4 will feature professional tennis athletes Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Roger Federer on its cover. Top Spin 4 is planned for release on March 18, 2011 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii consoles.

“It’s great to be on the cover of Top Spin 4 with athletes like Serena Williams and Roger Federer,” said Rafael Nadal, currently ranked World Number 1 after a stunning season. “It’s exciting to see 2K Sports giving gamers the chance to face-off against different pros in such realistic and detailed interactive matches.”

In development at 2K Czech, Top Spin 4 brings the competitive action of tennis to life like never before with redesigned controls, jaw-dropping player models and enhanced TV-style presentation elements. Each of the title’s top athletes and legendary pros will be equipped with 2K Sports’ Signature Style animations, including player-specific swing styles and behavioral AI, custom celebrations and outfits. 

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We gamers are a funny lot.  We spend our entire year in anticipation of a certain game or games.  But as soon as we get it and start playing and we’re back into looking forward for the next game that we just can’t wait to play.  There was a British researcher who likened two hours of gaming to have the equivalent addictive qualities of snorting a line of coke.  I think the dude was onto something – though I wouldn’t go as far as to say we’re all a bunch of crack addicts, but we do have an insane addiction to the next game.

It’s with this in mind that we present GameGuide’s Top Twenty Most Anticipated Games of 2011.  It’s time to stop doing drugs and get some cold sweats over the anticipation that this little list will bestow upon you.

The list, which will come later has been complied by a scientifically obscure method that we made up,  which resulted in the illegitimate child of a sordid Ménage à trois that combed our three personal most anticipated lists. 

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When you get an email from Rockstar, it pays to read the email carefully and not jump to conclusions.  I just assumed that yesterdays show and tell for L.A. Noire was going to be a hands on affair, just like Red Dead Redemption was.  Of course the email had clearly stated this was going to be a hands off demo.

After my initial disappointment of discovering I was not going to be handed the controller, I sat back to enjoy my first real experience with the world of L.A. Noire.  Our host would be taking us through a single mission – or case as is the, um, case with Noire – which starts out with the games main character going to investigate what is initially a traffic incident but turns out to be attempted murder.

Of course to get from traffic incident to attempted murder is the tricky part, and it’s what makes Noire the game it is.

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