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X-Play has an exclusive look at XCOM: Enemy Unknown. It's a turn-based strategy game with RPG elements. If you're not familiar with the title, check out X-Play's preview of it. If you want to know even more, check out the First 15 Minutes of XCOM: Enemy Unknown or our XCOM: Enemy Unknown review. XCOM: EU comes out October 9!

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown asks gamers to take the role of commanders as an alien invasion threatens Earth. This turn-based strategy game is impressing old school fans of the series, and complete noobs. If you're not sure XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the game for you, check out the first 15 minutes of the game.

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And if you want more, check out our XCOM: Enemy Unknown review.




XCOM Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the turn-based tactical game from 2K Games that will have you fighting aliens around the globe in intense strategic combat. We got our hands on the game, and found that it's the perfect blend of action and planning. Here's a snippet from our XCOM: Enemy Unknown review:

"Another one of my main soldiers had a rocket launcher that had two different types of shots for taking out buildings or multiple enemies at once. If you put the time into researching and building new technology, there’s dozens of different items that you can equip throughout the game that make for cool upgrades to the regular weapons. Among my favorite was the Plasma Sniper Rifle, which did much more damage than the regular human rifle."

For more, read our full XCOM: Enemy Unknown review

The Walking Dead: Episode 4 "Around Every Corner" has a release date. You'll be able to continue your own zombie-filled adventure on October 9, 2012 on the PSN. (That's tomorrow!) Xbox and PC gamers will have to wait an extra day to play on the 10th. The Walking Dead: Episode 4 will cost $4.99 or 400 MS points.

Telltale has revealed the 5th episode will be called No Time Left.

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Dishonored

One of this Fall’s most talked-about new releases is Dishonored, and the word that crops up in almost every preview of the game is “steampunk.” The assumption is made that the audience at large knows what steampunk is, but it’s not a genre everyone may know by name.

With Bioshock Infinite, which could also be considered steampunk on the horizon we’re probably going to be talking about this genre very often in the near future, so what is steampunk and where did it come from?

Steampunk as a genre of fiction is generally predicated on alternate histories in which advanced technology exists in much earlier eras than the technology existed in the real world. Much of the fiction that’s considered steampunk is set in the 19th century when steam power was one of the primary sources of power for machines, hence the” steam” part of the name.

The origin of “punk” is less clear but usually understood as a reference to cyberpunk, another genre in which technology plays a central or defining role in the creation of fictional worlds, but where cyberpunk takes place in the future steampunk takes place in the past.

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If you're on the bubble about whether to purchase Dishonored, we've got just the video for you. Click play below to learn how Corvo Attano, the game's main character, became an infamous assassin.

I think you will agree that this video shows off the mood, tone and graphics of Dishonored extremely well.

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 If that's not enough convincing for you, check out our Dishonored review.


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Pokemon Black And Blue: Gotta Free 'Em All -- Peta Takes On Pokemon

Peta, never one to miss an opportunity for some media coverage, has released a Pokemon inspired flash game lambasting the pocket monster series for promoting animal cruelty. Pokemon Black and Blue stars everyone's favorite Pokemon, Pikachu, as he attempts to free his PokeBrothren from the grips of their evil PokeTrainers. The browser -based game's slogan is "Gotta free 'em all." Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 were released in the States yesterday, making the timing of this game ideal, if not 14 years too late.

Pokemon Black and Blue's gameplay style follows the same PokeStyle we're used to.  It's a turn based RPG where the Pokemon fight their trainers. The trainers use moves like "Tail-docking," and "Dissect," while the Pokemon have a mix of action moves like "Ember" and passive moves like "Group Hug." The point of each battle is to free the Pokemon from their trainers so they can join Pikachu's team of freedom fighters. After you beat a few trainers you get a treasure chest, insdie you'll find an embed for the saddest animal abuse video I've ever seen. It's about a million times sadder than the Sarah McLachlan dog commercial.

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World Of Warcraft Recreated In Minecraft: Crafting Azeroth

World of Warcraft has been recreated in Minecraft by an extremely diligent and creative gamer named Rumsey. The project, named "Crafting Azeroth" has been in development for a while and is a "a full-scale reproduction of the World of Warcraft environment." It spans 275 square kilometers and contains over 68 billion (with a B) blocks. To date, all of Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor are about done, and work has now started on the Outland and Northrend continents from the WoW expansions. 

In order to help with the heavy lifting, Rumsey created custom software that converts the continents of WoW in to Minecraft blocks. The project is simply breathtaking, and you if you want to explore it yourself, you can download the map for free. However, since it's such a massive project, be aware that the files are around 24 GB; you'd better make sure you have a lot of harddrive space before downloading.

If you want to learn more about Crafting Azeroth or download the amazing map, check out the Minecraft forums.

Angry Birds Star Wars Release Date Announced

Angry Birds Star Wars, a new edition of Rovio's irked avian saga, will be out November 8 for iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Mac, PC, Windows Phone and Windows 8.

In Angry Birds Star Wars, the birds and pigs we all know and love (or tolerate) from previous Angry Birds games, have taken on the guises and personalities of the iconic characters from Star Wars. As you might have guessed, the pigs will be represented by Darth Vader, his stormtroopers and other evil Star Wars characters, where the flying birds will look like Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and other iconic Star Wars characters.

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Borderlands 2

So you've finished Borderlands 2. Then you did it again on True Vault Hunter Mode. You ground your way to the level 50 cap with at least one of the game's four characters. DLC is coming, but it isn't here yet... so what's next? Farmville!

No, not that ridiculous Facebook sensation. At the moment, the endgame in Borderlands 2 is centered on one thing in particular: farming. There are orange-colored Legendary weapons, armor, shields, grenades, and relics to be gotten, and the best -- nay, the only -- way to do that is to farm the enemies that drop these rare items until they're actually dropped.

Equipping yourself with level 50 Legendaries serves two purposes: they'll help you prepare for the coming DLC releases and they'll also give you the tools you'll need to effectively squash the two big endgame boss creatures that can be found on Pandora. Read on for some farming tips that point you in the direction of some of the more useful Legendaries as well as individual boss strategies for the two invincible boss beasties.

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If you want to get on the "Most Wanted list" in EA's Need for Speed Most Wanted, you're going to have to pull off some impressive driving maneuvers. Fairhaven City is exactly the place you want to be in if you're going to show up the police in Need for Speed Most Wanted. This city is the perfect playground for racing, drifting, jumping, and causing all sorts of damage. Will you be able to escape the police?

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Need For Speed Most Wanted will be released on October 30, 2012.

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Serious Sam 3 Jewel Of The Nile DLC Arrives This Month

Serious Sam 3: BFE fans will get to explore more of the game's rather un-serious world in the upcoming Jewel of the Nile campaign add-on, which we now know will be coming to Steam on October 16, 2012. For $9.99 you get three campaign missions set in the middle of BFE's story that send Sam to the jerk-infested Temple of Isis.

Devolver Digital and Croteam first revealed the DLC details in July 2012, confirming that the expansion would add an XL2 Lasergun and RAPTOR Sniper Rifle in addition to the new campaign content. The Steam product page also makes reference to a new battle axe weapon, a tool that promises to make slicing and dicing Mental's forces all the more enjoyable.




Borderlands 2 Mechromancer Charms On Twitter

Gearbox Software will release the fifth Mechromancer class for Borderlands 2 on October 16, 2012, but you can learn more about Gaige and her Deathtrap robot right now on a newly launched Twitter feed. Gearbox will be teasing bits of the character's history and interacting with the community in the run-up to the DLC's release in two weeks.

There's some pretty funny posted already in Gaige's 16 tweets (at the time of this writing). A highlight: "Guys! I think Deathtrap just smiled at me!!!" she writes in one tweet, adding immediately after, "Nope. I confused "smiling" with "is currently on fire." I do that a lot, my bad." Don't we all make that mistake every now and again? She's just like us!


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Retro City Rampage

Brian Provinciano's NES-style, open world action game Retro City Rampage is finally ready to go for release, with the game hitting PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and PC next week on October 9, 2012. The confirmation comes from the latest PlayStation Blogcast, which also reveals that the WiiWare and Xbox Live Arcade version should arrive before the end of 2012.

Retro City Rampage will set you back $14.99 no matter which platform you grab it for. The Sony release is a cross-buy game, meaning one purchase gets you versions for your PS3 and Vita. PC purchases, on the other hand, include a DRM-free game download plus either a Steam or GOG product key.



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So grab some fava beans and a nice chianti and enjoy the show!

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