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  • ‘Shigeru Miyamoto retiring’ clobbers Nintendo

    Shigeru Miyamoto, visionary godfather of Nintendo, and creator of The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong and Mario is not retiring, or stepping down to take “a smaller role in the company”. Miyamoto was quoted during a rant at the Nintendo offices where he was reportedly saying, “I'm going to retire, I'm going to retire.” In a clear indictment of perceptions that Nintendo has no creative depth left, stock prices for Nintendo instantly fell by two percent. Miyamoto quickly went on record to correct his mistake, "I'm not saying that I'm going to retire from game development altogether. What I mean...

  • Review: Infinity Blade II

    The gentle learning curve of mobile gaming is ever-present with Infinity Blade II, the sequel to the addictive, but repetitive, swords and sorcery adventure for iOS. Gone is the repetition (kind of), replaced by a branching structure which turns the once-linear cycle of death and rebirth into a whimsical, steel-plated action. Let me explain. A winning formula Infinity Blade II is all about death. Dying evolves your character, and each time you fight your way to the God King (or a similarly cool-looking boss) and are unceremoniously struck down, you begin again, but retain your items and statistics. Your nameless, gibberish-spewing...

  • The Ten Best Shooters of 2011

    2011 was an exceptionally strong year for shooters. The lineup below will be hard to top come 2012. OK, we say that every year: best game ever, how do you top THAT? And they do. But really, 2011 was an amazing year for shooters. How can they top these bad boys? Read on, for our top shooters of 2011: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Selling millions of copies and remaining as the number one cross-format videogame is no reason to call this “the best game ever”. It deserves that praise based purely on butter-smooth gameplay, razor-sharp multiplayer and addictive-as-crack...

  • Review: Skyrim’s an elephant of a game

    Big and clunky, awesome and funky - Skyrim poses a bit of a conundrum. Its sprawling size affords unparalleled immersion, but the game is hampered by performance and user interface issues. Its features definitely make it worth your time and money, but the mountainous road will be full of bumps along the way. Feature Length Skyrim is packed with features, some adapted or improved from the previous Elder Scrolls games, others completely new. Here’s a quick run-through of the most exciting features in the latest edition.   Dragon Souls In Skyrim, you don’t want dragon hides; you want dragon souls. Hide doesn’t go for...

  • Battlefield 3 banned in Iran

    “Battlefield 3 is banned,” says Iran. "All computer stores are prohibited from selling this illegal game.” The message was handed down by members of the country's security and intelligence department. The ban comes due to sensitivity over a fictional attack against Tehran in Electronic Art's latest instalment of the Battlefield franchise. An IT union based in Tehran said that all stores should honour the ban. The scenario which caused the Battlefield 3 ban is just one of many similar urban firefights which (virtually) devastate popular global locations such as New York and Paris. Battlefield 3 is one of EA's biggest hits...

  • Arkham City’s Paul Crocker spills the beans on Batman

    Paul Crocker, lead narrative designer for Batman: Arkham City sat down with Gearburn.com to discuss the deep, dark storyline of the latest smash release in the franchise and the challenges of bringing a driven but tormented superhero into the game environment. UPDATE Tweeted: "Brand new DLC coming December 20th with all new Batcave. Jokers carnival and the iceberg lounge also available to download then!" Ryan Gordon: As the story arc is different from the mainstream media version of Batman, do you find you can be more creative with the character? Paul Crocker: Creativity is a weird thing, because we can be...

  • Review: Art-ertainment in Ico & Shadow of Colossus HD

    In this age of mindless first-person shooters and endless chasing down of health packs, it’s refreshing to see a game like Ico and Shadow of the Colossus come around... again. They may be remastered, but they hold an important kind of currency in today’s gaming market: originality. Go ahead and look at other reviews for Ico and Shadow of the Colossus (SOTC), they’ll all focus on the same thing - how the PS2 versions have been improved from Team Ico’s original releases. You really only need one line to sum up the obvious changes... so here it is: improved frame...

  • ‘Cinderella Law’ curbs gaming zombie kids in Korea

    The endless midnight gaming sessions of South Korea's children are set to be curbed by stringent new laws. If children are 15 years or younger, they will no longer be able to log into the PlayStation Network from midnight to 6am.The sweetly-named "Cinderella Law" has been put into effect from now by the government's Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (MCST) and Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MGEF). Xbox Live, Microsoft's online service has been given a grace period of two months to comply with the law. Online providers have been tasked to create rules which track user age...

  • Mobile phone gaming kills casual gaming handhelds

    Is casual gaming, the supposed vampire sucking on the life-blood of the “hard-core” market, heading into a downward spiral? According to a report by analysts Cowen and Company, it is. The report states that 26% of the market is rocking out with the Sony PSP, 3DS or non-3D Nintendo DS, in a slow but steady decline. "Over the last five years, the penetration of dedicated handheld platforms into survey respondents self-identifying as casual...

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 smashes sales records

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has pulled in US$775-million in sales worldwide during its short five-day release period. This puts it in line to eclipse Call of Duty: Special Ops, which managed to rake in US$1-billion in sales. Robert Kotick, CEO of Activision was über-chuffed at the success of his shooter empire saying, "Life-to-date retail sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded US$6 billion worldwide, which makes Call of Duty one of the most valuable entertainment properties in the world." Comparisons paint a fuller picture of gaming success for Modern Warfare 3.Call of Duty: Black Ops earned US$650-million...