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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

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 30, 2012 9:30AM PDT

Deathmatch is about the least interesting of all competitive multiplayer modes Aliens: Colonial Marines could offer, yet the first revealed. It's nice, then, that Gearbox and Sega today announced the objective-driven 'Escape.' The 4v4 mode sees marines fleeing various bad places, while the aliens try to scupper their plans. Yes, like Left 4 Dead's Versus mode. Read more

by John Keefer, shacknews.com, Aug 30, 2012 9:00AM PDT

The ArenaNet dev team has been spending a lot of time on Reddit recently discussing Guild Wars 2. Now, a list of issues with the game and the status of fixing said issues has appeared on the site. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 30, 2012 6:45AM PDT

Knowing what you do about Gearbox and the DLC it released for the original Borderlands, would you be happy paying $30 in advance for $40's worth of Borderlands 2 DLC? Publisher 2K Games certainly you won't feel a need for reviews, as it's launching an oh-so-trendy DLC season pass for the FPS-RPG. Read more

Ramblings and musings of occasional significance to the Shacknews audience. This is the morning edition for August 30, 2012. Topics include: Spec Ops has inoperable 'cancer'; PS3 users are mad about Hearthfire; more desertions hit Zynga. Wake up, scrubs, it's the Morning Caffeinated! Read more