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The Wii U has taken a different path to the Xbox One and the PS4 - and the latest instalment of Nintendo's stalwart series shows how good this can be

Resident Evil 6 – Review

A schizophrenic blend of old-school gameplay with cutting-edge visuals.

Five PSOne games worth investing in for PS Vita owners

It's hard to decide where to start with such a huge array of PSOne titles to choose from, so we've gone ahead and chosen five games that are worth a look.

Darksiders 2 – Review

If you've ever played The Legend of Zelda, in any of its iterations, you'll know all of Darksiders 2's moves almost before it makes them.

Hybrid – Review

While perhaps not quite a total re-invention of the genre, it's certainly proof that there's room there for a bit of tinkering.

Akai Katana – Review

A shoot-em-up with gun-toting, jet-flying neo samurai no less.

Bayonetta – Retrospect

Why the recent rumours of Sega's cancellation of Bayonetta 2 spells bad news for gamers.

Dishonored release date confirmed

Arkane Studios' action title to arrive in October.

A game of Pawns? Dragon’s Dogma launch trailer released

See just why Dragon’s Dogma is raising so many eyebrows amongst fans of action games and RPGs alike.

Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami out to push the limits of fear

Bethesda Softworks has announced that Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami and his development team at Tango Gameworks are working on a survival horror game.

Katsuhiro Hirada talks Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Katsuhiro Hirada explains Tekken philosophy, catering to the full spectrum of fans and quite how you go about fitting 50+ fighters into one game.

Sleeping Dogs gets 17 August wake-up call

Limited edition pre-order extras also detailed.

Sport on TV: Fischer mind games show price to be paid for talent

During a week in which sport has searched its soul to understand the secret pressures placed on its heroes, Bobby Fischer: Genius and Madman (BBC4, Wednesday) showed how fame can destroy the most brilliant of talents. It's not just that a chess player has more possible moves to make in a single game than there are atoms in the solar system (that's 10 to the power of 45, in case you were wondering), which takes a certain type of mind in the first place. In fact it's the insatiable power of such talent which perhaps makes it more vulnerable. But Fischer was under far greater strain than a mere maths test.

Steven Gerrard has no intention of altering playing style

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is determined not to allow the fear of injury change his style next season.

They thought it was game over, but finally Duke Nukem is back

The Duke is back, but boy did he take his time. When Duke Nukem 3D hit the shelves in 1996 it revolutionised the computer games industry. The Duke, a muscle-clad, cigar-smoking alpha-male who stormed across the galaxy fighting hordes of mutated aliens, was the brashest, most controversial character to appear in pixelated form at the time. He swore like a trooper, paid for strippers and killed both the guilty and innocent alike in Tarantino-esque orgies of button-bashing violence.

Realtime in administration

A video games business founded by the creator of Grand Theft Auto has gone into administration amid lacklustre sales for its latest release.

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