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by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 22, 2013 7:30AM PST

Defiance has detailed its special editions and pre-order bonuses, ranging from standard $59.99 editions to a $149.99 "Ultimate" edition. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 22, 2013 6:50AM PST

Dead Space 3 will feature microtransactions, letting the player fork over some real money for the in-game currency to shortcut weapon crafting. Read more

The second chapter of the StarCraft II trilogy kicks off on March 12 with the launch of SC2: Heart of the Swarm, but you can have a peek at how that starts today as Blizzard has released the opening cinematic. Kerrigan may be de-Zergified now, but is she beyond the pull of the swarm? Read more

Stomping a round in a huge mech can be immensely gratifying. But to be honest, if could be even more exhilarating if that mech had a huge mace in one hand and a sword in the other. Right? Well, it appears the Hawken devs at Adhesive Games are thinking along the same lines. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 21, 2013 2:00PM PST

Thrills, chills, and gently rolling hills are coming on January 30 with the launch of dreamy explore 'em up Proteus on PC and Mac. For $9.99, the playable song will send you off on a lovely countryside stroll, playing with local flora and fauna to build a wonderful procedural soundtrack. Wear sensible shoes and bring a packed lunch. Read more

by John Keefer, shacknews.com, Jan 21, 2013 1:00PM PST

The Dead Space 3 demo rolls out today on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and to celebrate, publisher Electronic Arts is offering a perk for Mass Effect 3 fans. As long as you still have a save game from ME3, you can get some snazzy N7 armor for DS3 co-op pals Issac Clarke and John Carver. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 21, 2013 12:01PM PST

Mark of the Ninja for PC and Xbox 360 is #9 in our Best of 2012. Read more

Aliens: Colonial Marines Brian Burleson says they left some "dangling threads" for other story writers to pick up. Read more

BioShock Infinite creator Ken Levine says that he changed the portrayal of a character after speaking with religious team members who had concerns. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 21, 2013 8:00AM PST

UK and French versions of retail site Amazon have listed Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC, a hint that the game may be coming to the platform after all. Read more