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by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 24, 2013 6:00AM PST

Defense Grid: The Awakening developer Hidden Path may have fell short of its Kickstarter dream of funding a sequel to the tower defense, but it did raise enough money to make new DLC. That expansion, Containment, is out now on PC for $4.99, bringing eight new maps with a new story, including voicework from Firefly’s Alan Tudyk. Read more

MechWarrior Online has updated with a new "Death's Knell" mech in the store, and the "Bitching Betty" start-up sound cue from the classic games. Read more

BioWare unveiled a first look trailer at the upcoming "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, and announced pre-order bonuses. Read more

In an auctioning process, THQ has sold many of its studios and upcoming games. Read more

by Jeff Mattas, shacknews.com, Jan 23, 2013 12:01PM PST

Far Cry 3 for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 is #5 in our Best of 2012. Read more

by Jeff Mattas, shacknews.com, Jan 23, 2013 12:00PM PST

Mass Effect 3 for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U is #6 in our Best of 2012. Read more

Activision released a new trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's "Revolution" downloadable content, in which it promises to take care of all the things you'll abandon while you play the new maps. Read more

To tie 2012 up all nice with a bow before burying it in the woods out back, Microsoft has revealed the most popular Xbox Live, Xbox Live Arcade, Xbox Live Indie Games, and Games for Windows Live titles from that dead year, dead dead dead dead. Unsurprisingly, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was the most-played Live game, while, you've guessed it, Minecraft topped XBLA. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 22, 2013 4:00PM PST

If you're looking for a new way to shoot faces this weekend, consider giving free-to-play shooter MMO Firefall a bash in its first proper public beta weekend. It's been running in a closed beta for a while, selling access and 'Founder' membership in tiers starting at $20, but all and sundry are allowed in over the weekend. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 22, 2013 12:01PM PST

FTL for PC is #7 in our Best of 2012. Read more