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Humble 2K Bundle adds five more games in the XCOM Complete Pack

The Humble 2K Bundle is now five games bigger, thanks to the XCOM Complete Pack. Those who pay more than the average selling price ($8.14 as of this writing) will receive Windows PC versions of the first five original XCOM games. The package of DRM-free or Steam games includes XCOM: UFO Defense (aka UFO: Enemy Unknown), Terror from the Deep, Apocalypse, Interceptor and Enforcer. Announced last week, the bundle already offers BioShock, The Darkness 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Pay more than the average price, and you'll get BioShock 2, Mafia 2 and Spec Ops: The Line. Choose to pay $20 or more, and you'll receive  BioShock Infinite and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. For more on the latest XCOM games, be sure to read our reviews of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM: Enemy Within and The Bureau:...

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Humble 2K Bundle discounts BioShock, Spec Ops, XCOM games and more

You can name your own price for games in the BioShock and XCOM series and more through the Humble 2K Bundle, which is live now through July 22 at 2:00 p.m. ET. At its core, the Humble 2K bundle offers BioShock, The Darkness 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Pay more than the average price, and you'll get BioShock 2, Mafia 2 and Spec Ops: The Line. Pay $20 or more, and you'll also get BioShock Infinite and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The games are available through Steam for Windows, and "select titles" are also available for Mac and Linux, as is a DRM-free version of BioShock. As with each Humble Bundle, buyers can choose to split their spending between the game's creators and charities, here the American Red Cross and Action Against Hunger. For in-depth stories on the games above,...

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2K holiday deals include BioShock, Borderlands, XCOM bundles

2K Games is bundling and discounting several of the console games it publishes ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year. The $29.99 holiday 2013 packs are available now and include: 2K Essentials Collection, which contains BioShock, Borderlands, XCOM: Enemy Unknown and is available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 2K Power Pack, which contains BioShock 2, The Darkness 2, Mafia 2 and is available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 2K Definitive Strategy Collection, which contains XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Sid Meier's Civilization 5 and is available for Windows PC 2K Rogues and Outlaws Collection, which contains Borderlands 2, Spec Ops: The Line, Mafia 2 and is available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 You can pick up each at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Walmart, except for...

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Spec Ops: The Line landing for Mac

Gritty shooter Spec Ops: The Line is set to launch for Mac tomorrow. The Mac version is being handled by Digital Tribe Games and will be available in the Steam Mac Store for $29.99. First launched for Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in June 2012, the Yager-developed game found general favor with reviewers for its stark portrayal of warfare in a desolated Dubai.

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Press Select launches to publish long-form games criticism

The publishing company, which was funded after both Keogh and Golding won first place in Express Media's Young Writers Innovation Prize for their Press Select concept, is currently working with a diverse group of writers from around the world to produce digital books of game criticism. The first of the books are set to be published in early 2014. Some of the writers that will be published by Press Select in its first round have written for publications like Edge magazine, Kotaku, Kill Screen and personal blogs, including writers like Chris Dahlen, Michael Abbott, Jenn Frank, Jason Killingsworth, Maddy Myers, Tim Rogers, Patricia Hernandez and Robert Yang. Golding told Polygon that Press Select approached authors based on their experience with their previous work, and offered them the...

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Take-Two quarterly revenue drops 37%, still 'better than expected'

Publisher Take-Two Interactive reported "better-than-expected" results for the first quarter of its 2014 fiscal year today, and although the company lost money in the quarter, it expects very positive results for the second quarter and full year. Take-Two's revenues for the quarter ending June 30, 2013, totaled $142.7 million, a 36.9 percent year-over-year decline that was expected because last year, the first quarter of the company's 2013 fiscal year contained two major releases in Max Payne 3 and Spec Ops: The Line. The company recorded a first-quarter 2014 net loss of $61.9 million, an improvement on the $110.8 million loss it reported one year ago. That net loss included a $29.6 million "impairment of capitalized software development cost" related to an in-development 2K title. T...

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Nolan North on Nathan Drake: 'That character is me'

Nolan North, the ubiquitous actor who's played a host of notable video game characters including Uncharted's Nathan Drake, Assassin's Creed's Desmond Miles, Martin Walker in Spec Ops: The Line and many more, told Eurogamer that he "became a better actor" when he started adding a bit of himself to every role. North recounted the story of a failed audition that lead to his realization. In failure's wake, an acting coach friend suggested that he act as "Nolan the wedding planner, whose name happens to be Chet," rather than inventing Chet out of whole cloth for the audition. "I became a better actor — on camera, voice-over-wise [and] everything — when I stopped trying to play a character and played me as that character," North said. North used Nathan Drake, the character he's most...

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Demon's Souls, Malicious and more free to PlayStation Plus members in April

PlayStation Plus subscribers in North America will get free access to five games in April, according to an update on the PlayStation Blog — Demon's Souls, Malicious and Labyrinth Legends for PlayStation 3; and PSP game Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny and Zombie Tycoon 2: Brainhov's Revenge for PlayStation Vita. Those games will be made available for free to PS Plus members over the next month, starting with From Software's dark, challenging role-playing game Demon's Souls on April 2. The PlayStation Store update on April 2 will also bring with it discounts on games like Telltale Games' The Walking Dead, Söldner-X2 and Rainbow Moon. This month's free PlayStation Plus offerings will replace a trio of titles leaving the Instant Game Collection in April: Spec Ops: The Line, Super Street...

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Spec Ops writer thinks violence is too easy

The enemies in Spec Ops: The Line, however, were meant to have character. Killing them was supposed to feel weighty. It was intended to be a thing which would give you pause, even if you were enjoying it. Williams says he considers Spec Ops:The Line to have been an experiment, and one that he's still a little surprised by. What Williams and developer Yager set out to do with Spec Ops was prove that violence could be used as a core component of a game narrative, but not necessarily as an end to itself. They wanted to give the violence meaning. "It was a hard game to get out the door," he says. "[But] the reaction to it was quite wonderful." In most games, violence is the principle method by which a player interacts with the world. Shooting solves problems, whether those problems are...

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Spec Ops: The Line subject of critical, month-long playthrough at New York Public Library

As part of the NYPLarcade's game series, the Mid-Manhattan Library will host a "critical, chapter-by-chapter" play session of Spec Ops: The Line beginning on March 25. The inaugural event will cover "The Evacuation," "The Dune" and "Underneath," with five events total examining the game's 15 chapters. During each event, participants can play or watch before engaging in a guided discussion. The full schedule is as follows: March 25: "The Evacuation," "The Dune," "Underneath" April 1: "The Refugees," "The Edge," "The Pit" April 8: "The Battle," "The Gate," "The Road" April 15: "Riggs," "Alone," "The Rooftops"April 22: "Adams," "The Bridge," "Welcome" The NYPL event isn't the first time Spec Ops: The Line has been critically analyzed. In November 2012, academic Brendan Keogh published K...

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North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 06/26/2012
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Yager Development
    • Score 8
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 06/26/2012
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Yager Development
  • Windows
    • Released 06/26/2012
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Yager Development
  • Mac
    • Released 11/07/2013
    • Publisher Digital Tribe Games
    • Developer Yager Development
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