Epic reveals the Gears of War Lancer prototypes it threw away

Behind the creation of the Xbox 360’s most iconic weapon.

Call of Duty might be the more popular shooter, but it’s hard to think of a Call of Duty gun that stands comparison with Gears of War’s laughably thuggish Lancer – the ultimate marriage of ranged and close-up carnage. Still, the Lancer wasn’t always so impressive. It used to have a pizza cutter glued to the barrel.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition team wants to make Dragon Age 2 “look antiquated and quaint”

Isn’t bothered by comparisons with The Witcher 3.

In a miraculous turn of events, BioWare’s Patrick Weekes sees no reason why Dragon Age: Inquisition and obvious comparison/rival The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt can’t both be "fantastic" games, worth buying and enjoying side by side. He’s also out to "crush" what the developer achieved with Dragon Age: Origins and its sequel.

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Microsoft won’t let developers “overwhelm” Xbox One games with post-release Achievements

"We are super-sensitive to people who are worried about wanting to get all of the Gamerscore.".

Xbox One allows developers to add Achievements to games post-release without bundling them up as DLC, but Microsoft has taken steps to ensure that players who want 100% Gamerscore aren’t "constantly overwhelmed" with new Achievements.

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How Microsoft’s “super-charged” Xbox One Achievements – Gamerscore 2.0, Challenges, Game DVR and more

A chat with Xbox Live’s program manager about the future of meta-rewards.

It’s hard to understate the impact of Xbox Live Achievements. Launched in 2005, the system is effectively a giant, platform-spanning meta-game that binds together your endeavours into one, easily understood measure of prowess: the venerated Gamerscore.

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White Xbox One development kit revealed

Microsoft developer posts shot of work-in-progress kit on Reddit.

An Xbox One developer has released a photo of a white Xbox One development kit on Reddit. It’s identical to the retail version, but is no longer crafted from the "blackest black creatable".

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EA: Battlefield 4 is “well-positioned” versus rivals, will “exceed expectations”

Do new tech, "innovative" online and "epic" single player add up to a COD-beater, finally?.

EA’s intensely proud of what it’s achieved with DICE’s Battlefield 4, company executives told investors in an earnings call last night. Following a strong E3 showing, preorders are apparently "stacking up well" against preorders of Battlefield 3.

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Xbox One Game Prices Announced For UK

Microsoft has announced Xbox One games in the UK will come with a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of £49.99.

OXM spotted the prices on the company's online store, which currently lists Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5 and Kinect Sports Rivals for that price.

Last month, Microsoft announced that first-party Xbox One games would be sold in North America for $59.99, which is the same price games are currently sold for there. In terms of the UK, it's worth remembering that retailers are likely to undercut Microsoft - in fact, Amazon is already listing Need for Speed Rivals at £43.99.

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The Witcher 3 new gameplay details: 5 “alternative” magic signs and 96 attack animations

Geralt’s combat to be slowed down, requiring more planning and thinking.

We all know by now that CD Projekt RED’s upcoming open-world RPG The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt looks rather good, but it’s heartening to hear that, going by early reports, it’ll be a lot of fun to play too.

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New Splinter Cell Blacklist trailer shows off three different playstyles

Choose to approach your missions as Assault, Ghost or Panther.

Snapping necks and taking names – it’s all in a day’s work for Sam Fisher in the latest Splinter Cell: Blacklist trailer, which has just gone live on Ubisoft’s YouTube channel for your viewing pleasure.

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Ghost, Panther or Assault Playstyle Trailer

Which playstyle appeals to you? Own the darkness as a Ghost, perfect predatory Panther skills, or opt for direct Assault.