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by Kat Bailey, shacknews.com, Jan 25, 2013 6:00AM PST

Having spent a day with SimCity, it's easy to leave some of the cynicism about the project at the door. The general impression is that the online-only integration stems in part from Maxis' desire to have as many tools at their disposal as possible. Inevitably, it will rub some long-time fans the wrong way. But one leaves with the sense that we're only scratching the surface with what Maxis can do with SimCity over the next several years, and that online integration is a big part of that. Read more

DC Universe Online is getting its sixth expansion, "Home Turf" on January 29. It adds home bases that house a "Mainframe" for research and boosts. Read more

Relic was purchased by Sega during THQ's auctions, but Homeworld seems to have been left out of the arrangement. App developer teamPixel has started a crowd-funding campaign to purchase the rights to Homeworld and continue development. Read more

Disney Infinity discs will contain assets for the next 12 months of content plans, which means hackers may spoil future movie PR plans. Read more

by John Keefer, shacknews.com, Jan 24, 2013 12:01PM PST

Dishonored for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is #3 in our Best of 2012. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 24, 2013 11:35AM PST

Dead Island Riptide debuted its first gameplay footage today, with a lengthy walkthrough guided by creative producer Alex Toplansky. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 24, 2013 11:10AM PST

League of Legends has produced a Mac beta client, currently in the Public Beta Environment and ready to go into open beta once PBE testing is done. Read more

The political aspirations of George Washington will start to become clear when the first of three Tyranny of King Washington DLC packs launch for Assassin's Creed 3 on February 19. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 24, 2013 8:15AM PST

With Tropico 4 developer Haemimont's gangster strategy game Omerta - City of Gangsters arriving on PC next week, publisher Kalypso has released a demo offering a taste of mobster life. Omerta is more action-oriented than Tropico, with turn-based tactical combat, so grab the 793MB download here at Shacknews and see how it shapes up. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 24, 2013 6:45AM PST

For times when you simply want to shoot men, the PC edition of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has added a deathmatch mode. Modders hacked such a thing into the game months ago, of course, but now it's all proper and official and shiny. Yesterday's patch also brought a whole heap of balance changes. Read more