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Escape Plan preview: More than a touch of disappointment

[Ed. note: Fun Bits address some of our issues with controls, as you can see in this interview.] Can I tell you how excited I was to check out Escape Plan? 'Cause I was, like, really excited. It had potential game of the show written all over it, with its black-and-white aesthetic, quirky...

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Dance Central sales step up to 2.5M, Kinect Sports kickin' it with 3M

Kinect Sports and Dance Central have reached 3 million and 2.5 million unit sales, Microsoft's Michael Johnson, global marketing director for Kinect games, told us at Gamescom earlier today. Dance Central has performed stronger in North America, while Kinect Sports has found a larger audience in...

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Kinect Sports: Season 2, Kinectimals Now With Bears dated

Halloween gatherings are about to get a lot scarier. Kinect owners will be able to inject their world of furry friends with pure ursine terror when Kinectimals Now With Bears! launches on October 11, both as a standalone disc and DLC. What's that? You don't think bears are terrifying? We can only...

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Modern Warfare 3 Spec Ops preview: Walk slowly and carry a big gun

At first, I felt odd when I walked away from a hands-on co-op session of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 earlier today at Gamescom. My colleague Alexander and I had just spent the past 20 minutes carefully defusing IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices, for those of you who don't watch US broadcast...

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Gamescom awards announced, Battlefield 3 wins Best in Show

Though we're still very much in the thick of Cologne's premiere video game convention, Gamescom 2011, an "independent expert jury" has already picked out the cream of the crop from the titles in attendance. The big winner, pulling down the coveted Best of Gamescom award, is Battlefield 3, which...

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Konami media roundup: Silent Hill and so many Metal Gears

Konami's media offerings at Gamescom include a new look at the upcoming Silent Hill: Downpour. After the break, you'll find a gallery full of new screens that are creepy, dark, atmospheric, and dark. Konami also included new screenshots of all three updated games in the Metal Gear Solid HD...

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The Joystiq Show - Gamescom 2011 Day 1

The boys are back for round 2, which is technically day 1. Wrap your head around that! The big announcements may be over, but that just means more time for digging into the games on the show floor of Gamescom 2011. Joystiq alum, and current Square Enix EU blogmeister, Jem Alexander, sits in on...

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Portal 2 DLC coming in mid-September

Good news: the Portal 2 DLC hasn't been delayed. Instead of moving it out of its "summer" release window, Valve is releasing the DLC as late in that window as possible. Speaking to Kotaku at Gamescom, Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi said that the DLC, which includes new maps, leaderboards,...

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Xbox Live now topping 35 million users

Since last January, Xbox Live has grown by another five million users. That's what Xbox Live marketing manager for EMEA Robin Burrowes told me in a meeting this morning where he showed off the new Windows Phone 7 UI-inspired dashboard for the Xbox 360. "Our audience growth is up to 35 million...

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The Witcher 2 marked down to $30 on GoG

DRM-free digital distribution platform GoG has given us another reason to get excited about Gamescom -- a reason that doesn't include the near-constant stream of tasty German beers. For the rest of the week, CD Projekt's The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings has been marked down to $29.99 on the GoG...

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