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Broken Age Embargo Decree Disrespects Press, Backers

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Double Fine’s email statement to Kickstarter backers dictating embargo information forgets players’ ownership of what they paid for, and the fact that the game wouldn’t exist without their money.

Creative Assembly: Colonial Marines Proved ‘Alien’ IP Still Viable

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The developers of Alien: Isolation say their game is so different from what came before it that it will stand on its own, despite recent failings in the “Alien” franchise.

Alien: Isolation Preview: Amanda Ripley’s ‘Parallel Story’

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The Creative Assembly explains why its Alien: Isolation will tell a story about Ellen Ripley’s daughter, and how it fits into the established canon of “Alien.”

Alien: Isolation Hands-On: Where Everyone Can Hear You Scream

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We spend some time hiding from the three-meter-tall creature in The Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation, and come back with some impressions.

Alien: Isolation is ‘The “Alien” Game We’ve Always Wanted to Play’

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Everything we’ve learned about The Creative Assembly’s upcoming survival-horror game, Alien: Isolation, based on Ridley Scott’s 1979 film “Alien.”

Kickstarter-Funded Unwritten Passage Suspended, ‘Out of Money’

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Despite raising more than $75,000, indie title Unwritten Passage seems to be all but canceled.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Freedom Cry DLC Review – Busywork

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A slave-freeing romp through Port-Au-Prince does more to highlight Assassin’s Creed 4′s reliance on tedium than to expand the game.

Deadpool, Other Activision Marvel Games Pulled from Steam, XBLA, PSN

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It appears as though Dec. 31, 2013, marked the expiration of several of Activision’s Marvel Comics licenses, with a number of titles disappearing from digital sales portals.

Game Front’s Top 5 Video Game Holy S–t Moments of 2013

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Game Front’s Mitchell Saltzman picks his five favorite cuss-worthy moments of 2013.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Ep. 1 Review: Clem’s Ghosts

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The second season of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead comes out to a great start, although there are a few areas of the story that could use tightening up.

Early Access Could Encourage Developers to Exploit Players

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Early Access is a cool idea that allows games that might not otherwise be to exist — but it also opens the door for developers to take advantage of players.

Red 5 Board Votes Out Co-Founder Mark Kern As CEO (UPDATE)

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The last of Red 5 Studios’ founding members, Mark Kern has been voted out as a member of the board of directors and the company’s CEO.

Game Front Podcast #14: Early Access, Walking Dead, Steam Sale

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We’re digging The Walking Dead, worried about Early Access abuse, and excited for the Steam Sale.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Review: A Seaworthy Slog

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Taking lessons from Assassin’s Creed III, AC4 might be the most rewarding game of the series in terms of gameplay and mechanics. In story and grind, however, not so much.

The Novelist Review: When Emotion Trumps Gameplay

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Though The Novelist stumbles in many game-specific ways and could take its narrative further, it’s still an emotionally engaging game that capitalizes on the power of empathy and profound, tough choices.

Tiny Brains Review: Putting (Evil) Brains Together

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Building a good party game is tough, because just about anytime you put four players together on the same couch,…

Knack Review: Out of Balance

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Knack has a weird problem — it feels like it’s both built to be played by two people in cooperative…

Playstation 4 Review: An Upgrade You Can Wait On

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The Playstation 4 is a pretty huge improvement over the PS3, but you might not need to make the plunge until there’s more to play and some bugs are ironed out.

Game Front Podcast #10: PS4, Killzone, Fallout 4, EA’s Used Games

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After a week with the PS4, we talk about our thoughts on the console and some of its games, as well as how awesome XCOM: Enemy Within is, what’s up with EA’s stance on used games, and the possibility of Fallout 4.

Tiny Brains Preview: Party of One

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Tiny Brains is meant for four players in local co-op, but you’ll still be able to enjoy its challenges alone.

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