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by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Oct 24, 2012 6:45AM PDT

When your game is already about killing mutated monstrosities, you really need to push the boat out for Halloween. Killing Floor has always handled events with gusto and this year is no different, with zombie hillbillies after your blood and delicious brains in a new map. The Hillbilly Horror update also adds four new weapons, and the game and its DLC are on sale t'boot. Read more

Thursday's a big day Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3. As well as launching Mac, Android and iOS editions of its retro webcomic RPG, developer Zeboyd Games is belatedly releasing the second free DLC pack on PC and Xbox 360, Lair of the Seamstress. Read more

After completing the remarkable accomplishment of its King's Quest fan-sequel The Silver Lining, Phoenix Online Studios set out to make a new adventure game of its own, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller. The supernatural click 'em up's first episode will fittingly arrive just before Halloween, publisher Reverb announced yesterday, on October 30 for PC and Mac. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Oct 22, 2012 3:30PM PDT

When Blizzard introduced the Monster Power setting to Diablo III last week in patch 1.0.5, it was hoping to make things a little more difficult for flashy heroes decked out in the finest gear seeking a challenge. Thanks to a bug, that went a little too far, and now Blizzard's dialing the damage down in Inferno difficulty to fit its original goal. Read more

The ever-interesting Jason Rohrer has revealed his latest game, a "massively-multiplayer game of burglary and home defense" by the name of The Castle Doctrine. Beyond that little nugget and a few screenshots, though, the chap behind the likes of multiplayer storytell 'em up Sleep is Death and five-minute life simulator Passage is keeping schtum about this intriguing idea. Read more

With Nitronic Rush in the past, the team is now focusing on their latest racer, Distance. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Oct 22, 2012 6:45AM PDT

Revered industry veterans Brenda Brathwaite and Tom Hall launching a crowd-funding campaign to make an "old-school RPG" certainly seemed exciting, but they offered very few details on what they planned to make at Loot Drop beyond that it'd be, well, some sort of old-school RPG. Having only raised a quarter of the million dollars they were shooting for with two-thirds of the fundraising time gone, they've conceded that the pitch for Shaker was weak and scrapped the Kickstarter, vowing to return. Read more

Hey, remember when PopCap announced it was working on a sequel to Plants vs. Zombies? Well, it looks like it may be called Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. Read more

Diablo 3 patch 1.0.5 is out today, featuring a huge number of changes and additions, including Infernal Machine and Monster Power. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Oct 15, 2012 10:15AM PDT

Halloween has always been a merry time in Guild Wars, with the Mad King Thorn visiting the capital cities of Tyria to dole out tricks and treats. It seems he'll be returning in Guild Wars 2 as part of "the first major game release" for ArenaNet's subscription-free MMORPG, which shall also bring paid PvP tournaments and gobs of new stuff to see, do and kill. Read more