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Weekly wrap-up: After hours edition

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Another week in gaming has passed us by, and with that week came some good reviews, previews, and editorials. And despite the fact that it’s after hours, I’ve decided to stay up late anyway and bring you, the GameZone faithful, this week’s wrap-up. Check out the latest movies reviews, hands-on coverage, and opinionated pieces right here. Also, Ni no Kuni!

Reviews

Review: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is beautiful, grand and a shining example of a JRPG done right

Splendid gameplay and incredible art make Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch one of the best JRPGs to come along in recent memory.

Review: HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition is one of the best multi-purpose video capturing devices out there

If you’re looking for a device to capture some video of your favorite games, this one’s a great buy.

Review: Forge: A high-fantasy, high-octane combat zone for players of all backgrounds

It’s not exactly 100 percent complete yet, but what’s there is good, making Forge a fun game overall.

Review: Years of creative vision have chiseled The Cave crystal-fine

Double Fine delivers another great adventure and a platformer that just begs to be played.

DmC Devil May Cry Video Review

Intense action and a ton of style make DmC Devil May Cry one hell of a game.

Review: GREE's NFL Shuffle is the best football experience on iOS

If you’re looking for a great mobile football game, this is all you right here.

Review: Roccat Savu is an affordable gaming mouse for customization junkies

It’s not perfect, but its low price point and good functionality make this gaming mouse a worthwhile purchase.

Movie Review: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters eats too much candy

While the characters in this flick may be interesting, there’s more emphasis on the poor plot.

Movie Review: Movie 43 is bad YouTube comedy at the cinema

Seriously, what the f*ck is this sh*t?

Review: Tokyo Crash Mobs is the most extraordinary mediocre game ever

While this isn't necessarily a good game, its bizarre style makes it at least worth checking out. Maybe.

Previews

Preview: Dead Space 3 cranks up the action way past 11

GameZone continues to take a closer look at the upcoming Dead Space 3.

Preview: God of War: Ascension Single Player is a monster slaying good time

Kratos’ return is almost upon us, and we can’t wait to dig into this blood-soaked slice-fest.

Preview: Further Hands-On with the Oculus Rift

We look forward to seeing what the final build of the Oculus Rift will offer at launch.

Preview: MLB 13: The Show shows off its new Beginner Mode

It’s almost time to play ball with MLB 13: The Show.

Preview: Path of Exile is a free-to-play Diablo-style RPG to watch out for

If you’re looking for a promising action-RPG, check out the free-to-play Path of Exile, which is currently in open beta.

GZ Originals

Ten franchises we hope to see in Disney Infinity

What series from Disney should make appearances in the upcoming Disney Infinity?

Interview: Talking Marvel Heroes with Gazillion Entertainment

GameZone gets some insight on the Marvel-themed free-to-play MMO straight from the devs.

Nintendo Wii U Direct highlights: System updates, new games, and more!

What's coming up for adopters of Nintendo's Wii U? Quite a bit, actually!

Pros and Cons of a Steambox

What can we look forward to as far as a Steambox is concerned? What should we be dreading?

PSA for the Wii U haters: look at those games we're getting!

So there’s, like, some great stuff coming to the Wii U, you guys!

10 first-party GameCube games we'd love to see in HD

What GameCube favorites deserve an HD remake akin to Wind Waker?

Week in Mobile: Pantheon the Legends, Bumpin’ Uglies, and Ghostbusters

GameZone takes a look at the latest mobile titles to hit the scene including Bumpin’ Uglies and Pantheon the Legends.

Why Vigil and the Darksiders franchise deserved better

Both Vigil Games and its Darksiders franchise are stellar parts of the gaming industry. It would be a shame to see them both dissolve.

What did this week mean for Nintendo and for gamers?

Nintendo made some big announcements. What does it mean for fans of the Wii U and 3DS?

The five biggest no-brainers in gaming

It would be cool if some of this stuff happened. Will video game companies just get to it already?

Want to talk about indie games, Kirby, or cheap pizza? Follow me on Twitter @dr_davidsanchez.

Tags: Reviews, Previews, Movies, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

By David Sanchez

The Drowning brings a hardcore first-person shooter experience to mobile

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A new game is bringing high-end first-person shooter gameplay to mobile devices.

The Drowning is a free-to-play title that releases for iOS in early 2013. The graphics compare to those found on current-gen consoles. Scattered Entertainment has designed a control scheme for the game intended to better suit touch-screen play and appeal to hardcore players. Ben Cousins, a longtime producer from the Battlefield franchise, heads the development team.

Players move around as a survivor in a post-apocalyptic world, where oil spills are changing people into zombies. The game emphasizes crafting and upgrading weapons.

Watch the trailer below.

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Tags: The Drowning, iOS, Scattered Entertainment

By Stephanie Carmichael

22.9 million iPads sold as Apple posts $54.5 billion quarterly revenue

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While on its way to a "record quarterly revenue" of $54.5 billion for Q1 2013, Apple sold 22.9 million iPads. This, in addition to the "record" 47.8 million iPhones sold, helped generate a quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion. In the same period last year, Apple sold just 15.4 million iPads and 37 million iPhones, so this is clearly a big improvement.

“We’re thrilled with record revenue of over $54 billion and sales of over 75 million iOS devices in a single quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re very confident in our product pipeline as we continue to focus on innovation and making the best products in the world.”

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer added, "We’re pleased to have generated over $23 billion in cash flow from operations during the quarter.We established new all-time quarterly records for iPhone and iPad sales, significantly broadened our ecosystem, and generated Apple’s highest quarterly revenue ever.”

As for other Apple devices, the company sold 4.1 million Macs and 12.7 million iPods, compared to the year ago quarter in which 5.2 million Macs and 15.4 million iPods were sold.

Looking ahead, Apple expects to generate revenue between $1 billion and $43 billion for Q2 2013.

Tags: Apple, iPad

By Matt Liebl

Theatrhythm makes its way to iOS, so it seems

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Two days ago, Square teased an announcement for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy on their site, without much information, though many speculated it would be an announcement of an iOS version of the same title. Looks like everyone was right on the money!

While Square Enix has yet to officially announce anything, it seems that the New Zealand iTunes page already has a listing for it. It will be completely free, will most likely include a few songs and the rest you'll have to purchase separately.

There are a few changes for the iOS versions. For one, it looks like EMS (Event Music Stages) have been cut entirely, most likely to save space since they were all essentially cutscenes. The iOS version will also include a revamped quest mode called Quest Medley which will randomly choose one BMS (battle) and FMS (field), a random difficulty, and various rewards for completing them.

While there is no listing on the North American iTunes yet, I can't imagine it will be long until we're able to play it. Not sure what this musical Final Fantasy title is? Check out our review!

Tags: Theatrhythm, Final Fantasy, iOS, iTunes

By Mike Splechta

Indie Royale’s Stuffing Bundle contains Layton-like puzzler

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Stuffing Bundle Indie Royale

Indie Royale's new Thanksgiving-themed Stuffing Bundle contains five games.

For about $5, you'll receive the first three episodes of the point-and-click adventure The Dream Machine, the Professor Layton-like game Puzzle Agent 2 from Telltale Games, the civilization-builder Children of the Nile: Enhanced Edition, the tower-defense title Anomaly: Warzone Earth, and the Metroidvania game Adventure Apes and the Mayan Mystery.

Pay $8 or more and you'll also get the Tree of Knowledge album from Yogurtbox on Bandcamp.

Indie Royale is currently supporting Streamlicious, a 100-hour indie game stream for charity. Tune in on Friday, November 23 to watch gameplay from these titles and for a chance to win one of 10 Stuffing Bundle keys.

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Tags: Indie Royale, Stuffing Bundle

By Stephanie Carmichael

The Recap – 01/02/2013 ‘Walking Dead, League of Legends, Diablo 3 Deathmatch, Aliens trailer and tiny OUYAs’

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Welcome to another Recap episode where we go over the days biggest headlines, making sure that you're caught up in all things video games.

First gameplay video of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

The Walking Deadis increasing its popularity and reach more and more every day. From the comics by Robert Kirkman spawned a hit TV series on AMC, action figures, aWalking Deadsocial Facebook game, and Telltale's adventure gameThe Walking Dead,

League of Legends developer working on secret 'Project 425'?

According to Fusible, domain name Project425.com was privately registered through the registrar Melbourne IT sometime in the mid-2000s; however, it wasn't until November 2008 that it was uncovered via the Whois record that Riot Games President Mark Merrill was the domain name's owner.

Blizzard cancels Diablo 3 Team Deathmatch because it "doesn't feel like a great addition to Diablo 3"

In a post by director Jay Wilson to theDiablo IIIwebsite, Blizzard announced that they're shelving Team Deathmatch mode and exploring other options to replace it and provide PVP with depth. There are a few issues that make Blizzard feel that Team Deathmatch mode isn't good enough.

Aliens: Colonial Marines story trailer brings the marines face-to-face with xenomorphs

The story trailer has us meet the marines that we'll be playing as and interacting with in the upcoming shooter from Gearbox Software

The first OUYA unboxing video showcases the tiny, android-based console

For those that were skeptical about the upcoming Android powered console, hopefully this 'official' unboxing video brought to us by the OUYA creator herself, will quell those fears.

Tags: Diablo 3 Pvp, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Ouya, wii u

By Thomas Adams

Grab Bastion for $1 on iOS

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Bastion

The critically acclaimed action-role-playing game Bastion currently costs $1 on the App Store.

This is a limited-time deal, according to developer Supergiant Games on Twitter.

As of November, Bastion is now optimized for iPhone as well as iPad. Supergiant found that the game played better than expected on devices such as the iPhone 4S, fifth-generation iPod Touch, iPad Mini, and fourth-generation iPad. It's now a universal app.

You can also play the game on PC, Mac, and Xbox Live Arcade for a regular price.

Follow @wita on Twitter.

Tags: Bastion, Supergiant Games

By Stephanie Carmichael

HTC and Apple come to agreement and drop all lawsuits

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Yay! The ongoing HTC and Apple law war has come to an end. Instead of ending in blood, the two companies have decided to drop all current lawsuits and to actually pick up a ten-year license agreement together. How sweet.

It’s good to see two crazy kids coming together like this and open up some potential future plans with one another. The terms of the settlement are confidential but something must have gone right.

“HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.

“We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. “We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation.”

Here’s to the next decade boys.

Historian, teacher, writer, gamer, cheat master, and tech guru: follow on Twitter @AndrewC_GZ

Tags: HTC, Apple, lawsuit, agreement, license

By Andrew Clouther

CES 2013: MOGA Pro controller announced for Android devices

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The Moga controller aimed to fix those pesky touchscreen controls by giving gamers a gamepad. We really enjoyed our time with it, even though it lacked a traditional d-pad and favored dual analog nubs instead of analog sticks. The good folks over at Power A are fixing this with more fully featured controller, titled the MOGA Pro.

The new controller will be a full-sized console style controller, have dual analog sticks, 4 action buttons, a classic d-pad, two shoulder buttons and two shoulder triggers. It will ditch regular batteries in favor of rechargeable batteries.

"The response to our MOGA pocket-sized controller from Android gamers has been fantastic, and we're now excited to give mobile gamers true, console-style control with MOGA Pro," said Eric Bensussen, President of PowerA. "Now more than ever, mobile gamers will feel at home with a traditional controller while playing the huge variety of games available on the MOGA Mobile Gaming System."

The exact release date and price haven't been revealed yet, however we can look forward to getting our hands on it in Springs 2013.

Tags: MOGA, Android, Controller, Phone, Tablet, Smartphone, Gaming

By Mike Splechta

World of Warcraft player base steady at 10 million thanks to Mists of Pandaria release

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Prior to the release ofMists of Pandaria, Blizzard's long-standing MMO was bleeding subscribers. With many leaving the game and flocking over to newer, flashier MMOs, it appearedWorld of Warcraft's days were numbered. However, thanks to the release ofMists of Pandaria which, I admit, I thought would be a disaster,World of Warcraft's subscriptions have seemed to steady out.

In the latest Activision Blizzard financial report it was revealed that subscriptions for the game have risen back beyond the 10 million mark, which is about where they were back in early October. During the same report it was said, once again, that the expansion sold through 2.7 million copies in its first week on sale.

The success ofMists of Pandaria coupled withDiablo 3's strong performance has helped Activision Blizzard hold its position as the "#1 publisher in the U.S. and Europe" for 2012. It was also reported that Activision Blizzard had a "better-than-expected" Q3 2012, with net revenues of $841 million.

Tags: Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft

By Matt Liebl