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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

by John Keefer, shacknews.com, Oct 22, 2012 6:00AM PDT

A panel at the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo over the weekend brought out some new details on Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, including such things as the scale of the game, character customization and making your castle feel like home. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Oct 21, 2012 8:00AM PDT

Next week is bulging with new releases, including Medal of Honor Warfighter, Hotline Miami, Forza Horizon, Elemental: Fallen Enchantress, The Unfinished Swan, King's Bounty: Warriors of the North, Frobisher Says, and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Oct 19, 2012 1:30PM PDT

This weekend's sales-o-rama includes Dead Island GotY for $8, Sleeping Dogs for $25, Mass Effect 3 for $15, Payday: The Heist for $5, Guild Wars 2 for $41, Metro 2033 for $4, and loads, loads more. And if you're looking for scary of spaceborne games, this is your lucky weekend. Read more

One of the greatest lures of an Aliens multiplayer experience is the chance to play as the franchise's iconic Xenomorphs. At a recent event for Aliens: Colonial Marines, I was able to do just that. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Oct 19, 2012 12:30PM PDT

Sure, we've got free-to-play fantasy MMORPGs coming out of our ears today, but how many of them let you fly dragons? Well, some. But how many let you capture, train, and then fly dragons? Dragon's Prophet will certainly let you become a dragonlord, and Sony Online Entertainment today announced it's bringing the MMO from Runes of Magic developer Runewaker to North America. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Oct 19, 2012 12:00PM PDT

The mysterious next Mass Effect game, whatever it may be, won't be a character who's essentially a "Shepard 2," BioWare has said. No, whoever takes those next steps in the franchise will be a different type of character in a different context, not another mere space-soldier. Beyond that small nugget of information, though, there's still everything to speculate and pontificate upon. Read more

Like Red Dead Redemption, Sleeping Dogs is turning its open world action game into a zombie kill fest. The upcoming "Nightmare at North Point" DLC will be available on Halloween, and yes, you will have to fight the undead. Read more

by John Keefer, shacknews.com, Oct 19, 2012 10:00AM PDT

The Assassin's Creed series has focused on Ezio, Altair, Connor and Aveline, but the real hero has always been Desmond, reliving their memories through the animus. Ubisoft has promised that Assassin's Creed 3 will make Desmond a key component in the trilogy's finale, and a new trailer hints at how it all ties together. Read more

After a faulty launch of its own crowdfunding campaign for Star Citizen, Cloud Imperium Games and developer Chris Roberts have added Kickstarter as an option for donations to relieve its beleaguered Roberts Space Industries web site. Read more