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Supergiant Games, the development team that brought us the ever-charming Bastion, has announced that their next game, Transistor, will be out on 20 May on PC and PlayStation 4. The news comes just as PAX East kicks off, exactly a year after Supergiant originally debuted Transistor.

In Transistor, players take on the role of Red, who finds a powerful weapon and must keep it safe while trying to find out why so many influential people are disappearing from the sci-fi city she lives in. The game will hit Steam and the PlayStation Store for $19.99.

If you’ve never heard of Transistor until now because you’re a slack-jawed slave suckling at the AAA teat, then you can check out a trailer after the jump. After that we’ll allow you to wallow in your own self-loathing for having ignored this game up until now. We’ll join you, because we actually haven’t shared news on Transistor since it was announced a year ago. Shame on us!

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Infamous: Second Son is the first big exclusive game PS4 owners can use as a weapon and shield against advocates of the other systems in the ongoing circus-act that is the gaming community. If you were a fan of the previous two games on the PS3, you might be wondering how there could be a sequel, when Infamous 2 ended so decisively. The answer to that is quite simple: Infamous: Second Son is practically a reboot of the franchise, with hardly any connections at all to the previous two games beyond the fact that it takes place seven years after the end of the second game. I was paying very close attention to all the story scenes and there’s nary a mention of Cole MacGrath, Zeke Dunbar, Empire City, New Marais, Kessler or The Beast.

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When I bought this game, I got a lot of uphill from my friends who work in the game store. “You don’t even like Metal Gear!”, they said in jest – but with a barb of accusation just barely visible beneath the surface. And I feel I’ve been misrepresnted a bit.

I’ll admit I take every opportunity to remind people of how awful Metal Gear‘s writing is every time it comes up, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like the gameplay. True, I think the story is more kitsch, over-written and melodramatic than the most ridiculous anime I’ve ever seen, but I also think the games are pretty reliable for presenting us with unique and innovative play mechanics. I guess you’re not welcome at the Metal Gear fan club unless you’re a blind devotee – and if that’s the case, I’m happy to just enjoy the game on my own terms, trying to tune out as much of the abusively-long cut-scenes and briefings as possible until I manage to dig out the mission objective from the caked-on melodramatic horseshit.

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You can feel the Ubisoft hype-train kicking into high-gear as we barrel towards 27 May and the release of Watch Dogs. In this latest piece of marketing, Ubisoft takes a leaf out of Rockstar’s book and puts together a trailer to highlight the open-world features of the game. This “Welcome to Chicago” is very reminiscent of the trailers that dominated the months leading up to the release of Grand Theft Auto V.

Not that that’s a bad thing: this newest trailer certainly makes for an impressive showing, and it looks like Ubisoft took extra care to ensure no graphical downgrades could be perceived. If you’re still upset by the last trailer then maybe this one will coax your anticipation back out into the open?

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Do you even PlayStation, brah? Because if you do, and if you’re planning on getting your calloused, grimy claws on a copy of Ubisoft’s NEXT BIG THING called Watch Dogs, then this new video is just for you. It’s for you because, well… the video contains footage of the extra bits you get for the PlayStation versions… so obviously the video is for you, IF you PlayStation, brah. We on the same page? Great; moving swiftly along.

The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of the game come with about an hour of extra mission content. That content plays out over four missions that involve protagonist Aiden Pearce working alongside the hacking group DedSec in order to take on a security network called Umeni Technologies. Once you complete those missions, you’ll get some bonus hacking skill points as well as a “White Hat Hacker Outfit”.

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Ubisoft’s new open world action title Watch Dogs was supposed to launch alongside the new wave on consoles during last year’s festive season. It got delayed for six months and will now be arriving (fingers crossed) on 27 May. While a lot of the time a game’s delay is for extra spit and polish, sometimes the game gets extra content.

In the case of Watch Dogs, that six month delay has resulted in new content for the game. The only reason we know about this new content is because it has resulted in Australia having to alter their rating for Watch Dogs. Under the Australian Classification Board guidelines, Ubisoft had to resubmit their game due to the fact that the content had been added to during the delay. That extra content warranted the ACB to bump up the game’s rating to R18+ from the less strict MA15+.

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Sucker Punch’s inFamous: Second Son is out next week Friday. There are rumours circulating that we’ll actually get it a day earlier due to the public holiday (Human Rights Day) falling on the 21st. We’ll update as soon as we know whether that’s a legitimate thing or not.

In the meantime, however, here’s eight shiny new minutes of gameplay footage for you to feast on. It shows an evil approach to a mission, which has always been a staple of the inFamous franchise: offering you the choice to use your powers for good or for awesome.

Super-hot-pink-neon gameplay with lots of explosions and dying people (because EVIL, remember?), after the jump.

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You’ve got to hand it to Sony: they really know how to put together live-action trailers. If all goes according to plan (and we don’t suddenly get another “LOL no, South Africa can’t have this game either!” scenario) then inFamous: Second Son will be exploding onto the PlayStation 4 on 21 March. With less than two weeks to go before our eyeballs are subjected to all that neon, Sony is ramping up the marketing starting with this live-action TV spot.

In InFamous: Second Son, society lives in fear of superhumans – probably because boring old normal society is super-jelly they don’t have awesome super powers as well. The DUP (Department of Unified Protection) is set up to hunt down and lock up all superhumans, which is a problem for you in Second Son because protagonist Delsin Rowe is one of these superhumans.

After the jump you can watch as Rowe baits the DUP forces, only the whole thing is live-action and very, very impressive.

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Last week we finally got a release date for Watch Dogs. That good news was overshadowed by the fact that the accompanying trailer showed footage of a game that looks a little different to the game Ubisoft showed off during E3 2012 and 2013. This obviously caused a ruckus – the origin of which could probably be traced back to the ever lovable denizens of that shining beacon of Internet vitriol, NeoGAF.

A few days later and YouTuber Jason Knothe gives us a very useful, side-by-side comparison video so you can decide for yourself whether there’s merit in getting all worked up about this. There are a number of things to bear in mind: first of all, the original 2012 and 2013 E3 trailers were running off PC, and the release date trailer from last week was all PlayStation 4 footage; secondly, a lot of the content that’s up for comparison is not identical content, and there are night time scenes being compared to day time scenes.

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We’ve certainly been spoiled by incredible trailers recently. The Crawl Greenlight trailer  is in a class of its own though.  If you ever need to make a trailer that grabs attention, this should be your first point of reference. It’s got everything you need. Intriguing looking gameplay. Mystery. Eye-catching visuals. A sexy, husky voice over.

Watch it after the break.

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