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Ben Taylor

Well, after 4 years lurking in the darkest corners of YARS, it's probably about time I updated this profile. I'm Ben, one of the senior editors here, and outside of scribbling on here, editing and finding pwetty pics to put in reviews, I'm studying 'Game Cultures' at uni. That's...that's game development in simpler terms, I don't spend my time analysing pixelated toes to determine whether they're 'art' or not. Anyway, I generally write to either save people money on utter crud or at least make them smile in some wry way with my bitterness and general disdain. If you're not laughing with me, you're laughing at me, and hey, that's progress in my books. :)

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Take a more practical approach to the zombie apocalypse with 'How To Survive' - clipboard01

Take a more practical approach to the zombie apocalypse with ‘How To Survive’

505 games are launching ‘How to Survive’ on XBLA, PSN and Steam in a bid to not only release a unique IP, but teach us something practical in the process…about weapon crafting. Featuring a robust crafting system, unique survival guide and a host of playable characters, How to Survive strands players on a remote archipelago off the …

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Ultra crossover 'Project X Zone' has a demo out now. GO GO GO. - bmUploads 2013 01 21 899 PXZ Title Logo Final

Ultra crossover ‘Project X Zone’ has a demo out now. GO GO GO.

Namco Bandai, Sega and Capcom have joined forces to make possibly the craziest crossover title known to man. With a demo released today, we can see whether such a bizarre mix has paid off. Try today this first demo, “A lethal surprise”,  featuring Sakura Wars, Cyberbots, Space Channel 5 and Valkyria Chronicles characters in the Imperial …

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Need for Speed makes its next-gen debut with 'Need for Speed: Rivals' - need for speed rivals koenigsegg cop car

Need for Speed makes its next-gen debut with ‘Need for Speed: Rivals’

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), today announced Need for Speed™ Rivals, an action/racing game created by an inspired new development team, using a powerful engine and delivering next-generation gameplay. Need for Speed Rivals is being developed by EA’s newest studio Ghost Games, who bring new thinking and innovation to the Need for Speed franchise in partnership with the expert racing team …

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'Thief' stayed elusive in last nights 'Xbox One' event, but it's on its way. - 20130521 new in game thief screenshot

‘Thief’ stayed elusive in last nights ‘Xbox One’ event, but it’s on its way.

Eidos-Montréal®, the award winning studio behind the critically acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution®, is excited to announce today that THIEF™ is being developed for  Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. “The team at Eidos-Montreal is thrilled to confirm that THIEF is coming to Xbox One. The next generation of home consoles allow us to create …

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Xbox One. At Best: A nifty multi-functional device. At Worst: A MIND-READING KILLING MACHINE. - X1

Xbox One. At Best: A nifty multi-functional device. At Worst: A MIND-READING KILLING MACHINE.

Why is this little opinion piece a tad late? I threw my laptop straight into the bin as soon as Microsoft’s ‘Entertainment will grow a brain’ promo came on. Xbox One is HAL 9000. Seeing as I spend a gazillion hours a year sitting in front of my console, I grew concerned that it would …

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The bizarre (and slight hazard brazen) world of Coaster Crazy Deluxe rolls onto Wii U (WIIU) -

The bizarre (and slight hazard brazen) world of Coaster Crazy Deluxe rolls onto Wii U (WIIU)

Coasters! Pandas! Zombies! Crashes! Explosions! From Frontier Developments, the creators of RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3 and LostWinds®, comes a rollercoaster game unlike any other – ‘Coaster Crazy Deluxe’ for Wii U on Nintendo eShop. Coaster Crazy Deluxe’s innovative blend of Crazy character gameplay challenges and Frontier’s incredible, easy to use 3D coaster construction system has players …

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Get locked in participating GAME stores…for a chance to play GRID 2.

Leading videogames retailer GAME is partnering with Codemasters to host an amazing GRID 2 experience more than a month before the game launches on May 31st. Gamers will be treated to a first look at the eagerly-awaited racer and the opportunity to experience GRID 2 in replica racing seats for players to become totally immersed …

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Mewtwo gets new hairstyle for ‘Pokmon X and Y’…or it’s a new Pokmon’ (3DS)

New images have been released of an odd looking addition to the Pokmon roster. We’ll call it Mewtwo Jr for now. This new Pokémon shares many traits with Mewtwo and its suspected that the newly discovered Pokémon has a connection with Mewtwo —a powerful Pokémon that debuted in Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue. What is this new Pokémon? …

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Defiance stands strong in the charts...but is it strong enough to knock Bioshock Infintite of the top spot? - charts arrow down

Defiance stands strong in the charts…but is it strong enough to knock Bioshock Infintite of the top spot?

…no. No it’s not. Lack of witty retorts aside, Defiance tackles the charts and takes the number 3 spot, whilst pretty much everything else in the top five stays put even more defiantly. With ‘Gears of War: Judgement’ kicked off the number three spot though, will it take its revenge next week? …I’m still rooting …

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