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by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 3, 2013 10:15AM PST

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 has (yet another) new release date: March 12, pushed back from January 15. Read more

Microsoft has reportedly acquired R2 Studios, a start-up said to have been working on mobile applications to automate control of entertainment services. Read more

Minecraft for Xbox 360 continues to rack up the sales numbers since its release in May, surpassing the 5 million mark on the last day of 2012. Those numbers were fueled by a 453,000-sales bump on Christmas Day alone. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 2, 2013 1:30PM PST

Why do single-player games need a multiplayer side bolted on? Because you, buying public, are reluctant to buy and keep them if they don't. This can interfere awfully with development, but thankfully many games hand this off to another studio so the main game doesn't suffer. Square Enix has confirmed that's what's going on with the shiny new Tomb Raider's recently-confirmed multiplayer side, which is good news. Read more

In Spoiler-Talk, we take a no-holds-barred look at some of the biggest games and discuss what the future holds for these franchises. Expect many, many spoilers. Today: Mass Effect 3. Read more

An in-depth (and spoiler-filled) chat with Borderlands 2 writer Anthony Birch. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 2, 2013 8:15AM PST

ACE Team's Zeno Clash had two main strengths: a delightfully weird world and a giddying simulation of beating the merry heck out of man and beast alike with your meaty fists. The announcement of Zeno Clash II focused mostly on the former quality, but some new screenshots give us a pleasing look at the latter. It's our first day properly back at work so we're easily excited by things like pretty pictures, see. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 2, 2013 6:45AM PST

The joys of adventuring in a 3D world as a 2D chap, not to mention scrawling pages of notes in an attempt to decipher cryptic symbols, are coming to new audiences this year. Much-beloved spin-o-jump 'em up Fez is shedding its Xbox Live Arcade exclusivity and coming to unspecified "other platforms" in 2013, creator Phil Fish has announced. Read more

"Oh," you gulp, reaching out to accept the present and trying not to notice it's wrapped in stained newspaper. Activision eagerly handed over the first gameplay trailer for The Other Walking Dead Game, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, on Christmas Day, smiling and staring in anticipation of your reaction. "You shouldn't have. Thank you. But you really shouldn't have." Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Dec 31, 2012 12:00PM PST

The editorial team at Shacknews outlines their most anticipated games of 2013 individually. Next up, we've got cuss word expert Alice O'Connor with her list of 2013 titles. Read more

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