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by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 31, 2012 10:00AM PDT

The announcement of Dead Island Riptide at E3 was unusually terse, merely saying that such a game was being made for PC and consoles. How mysterious! Publisher Deep Silver has since realised it might need to show something of the game, and today released the FPS-RPG sequel's first screenshots and along with a few details. The five shots show our zombie-slaying heroes returning to pootle around in boats, mostly. Read more

The grand unveiling of Splinter Cell Blacklist at E3 involved an awful lot of man-shooting for a game supposedly in a stealth series but fear not, Sam can be sneaky too. A new trailer plays through the section showcased before, only this time Sam doesn't fill every naughty man he can find with knives and bullets. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 31, 2012 8:20AM PDT

Borderlands 2, then. That's Borderlands with a 2 on the end, right? If you're a bit hazy on what exactly the sequel adds, you'll want to check out a new seven-minute trailer which employs a delightful moustachioed gentleman by the name of Sir Hammerlock to explain it all. Read more

PS3 players were not happy when it was announced that Xbox 360 would get the Hearthfire DLC for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim before they got their version of Dawnguard. Now Bethesda has admitted that the problems it is having with the PS3 version of the vampire lord DLC may not be fixable. Read more

Paying $50 for a collection of 17 Command & Conquer games seems excessive, given that you'll most likely never play many of them, but that's what EA hopes you'll do. Ah, but there's a bonus--its 'Command & Conquer the Ultimate Collection' bundle includes early beta access to the curious new free-to-play Command & Conquer thing C&C: Generals 2 morphed into. If you find that at all tempting. Read more

Ramblings and musings of occasional significance to the Shacknews audience. This is the morning edition for August 31, 2012. Topics include: Greenlight will mean more mail for journalists, will Whore of the Orient get past the ESRB, a pat on the back for ArenaNet. and Wake up, scrubs, it's the Morning Caffeinated! Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 30, 2012 4:15PM PDT

Goblins are a menace. We know this because Trine 2's DLC Goblin Menace says so in its name, and next week we'll get to find out exactly why they are a menace. But they definitely are. Developer Frozenbyte today announced that it'll launch on for PC and Mac on September 6 for $7, though if you own the Collector's Edition on Steam you get to to play a bit of it right now for free. Read more

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

You've pumped all of this money into Kickstarter projects, and what do you have to show for it? Some "exclusive" desktop wallpapers, a t-shirt, perhaps even a playable alpha build, but mostly wishes and dreams. Proving these can turn into actual games, developer Subset Games today announced that its roguelike-like spaceship sim FTL, one of the first big successes of the recent Kickstarter boom, will blast off on September 14 for backers and mere consumers alike. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 30, 2012 11:00AM PDT

Killing people is pretty important in Assassin's Creed III, it turns out, so Ubisoft has put a lot of work into the open-world murder simulator's killification. A new video developer diary features chaps from the fields of game design, animator, fight choreography, history, and, ah, military re-enactment all talking about killing those blasted lobsterbacks in the American Revolution. Read more

Whore of the Orient, the next title from the director behind L.A. Noire, will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720. A first image from the game was also revealed. Read more