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by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Oct 26, 2012 6:45AM PDT

Halo 4 is the most expensive game Microsoft's ever made, which isn't really surprising considering the surrounding marketing includes a feature-length live-action webseries with special effects up the wazoo. You can see more of the fruits of that big spending today, as fourth episode of Forward Unto Dawn is out now, introducing a real-life version of everyone's favourite chef, Petty Officer John-117. Read more

by John Keefer, shacknews.com, Oct 25, 2012 4:30PM PDT

If you haven't opened that special Borderlands 2 chest--you know, the one in Sanctuary that gives you free epic gear based on your level--because you have been lacking that magical Golden Key, Gearbox is giving you a heads up that it will be giving away free keys this weekend. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Oct 25, 2012 3:00PM PDT

Minecraft has topped the Xbox Live activity charts for the first time, beating out strong contenders like Modern Warfare 3 and FIFA 13. Read more

by John Keefer, shacknews.com, Oct 25, 2012 12:30PM PDT

Microsoft has put out a lot of big games, but none have had more riding on them than Halo 4 when it comes out on November 6. Microsoft Studios chief Phil Spencer said the next installment in the series is the most expensive game the company has ever made. Read more

Ubisoft has announced that Assassin's Creed 3 is the most pre-ordered game in the company's history--unsurprising given the extraordinary marketing efforts behind the game. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Oct 25, 2012 8:15AM PDT

Legendary Entertainment has found a new writer for its Mass Effect movie adaptation, a relatively unknown who has experience with action-espionage films and is a fan of the series. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Oct 25, 2012 7:30AM PDT

If you've been clamouring for more Dishonored, you're in luck, but you'll need to hold on a while longer. Publisher Bethesda today announced three DLC packs for Arkane's sneak 'em up, two "story-driven campaigns" and one challenge mode with online leaderboards. The latter, Dunwall City Trials, will be up first, arriving in December at a reasonable $5. Read more

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