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EGM Weekly: August 31, 2013 Edition

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Posted on August 31, 2013 AT 12:00pm

Welcome to EGM Weekly, a round up of the top news, reviews, and features from the past seven days.

This week, Microsoft rebrands the Xbox Live Marketplace as the Xbox Games Store, Nintendo announces the 2DS, Ghost Games assumes control of the Need for Speed franchise, and much more.

Plus, the EGM Crew reviews Rayman Legends, Spelunky, Killer is Dead, Lost Planet 3, the console version of Diablo III, and Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F, and previews Batman: Arkham Origins, Watch Dogs, and Total War: Rome II.

Here’s this week’s best:

NEWS

Nintendo Announces the 2DS, Coming This October

Nintendo has announced a new version of its 3DS hardware which is playable only in 2D. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the Nintendo 2DS. Seriously. READ MORE >>

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Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time ‘Nearly’ at 25 Million Downloads

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time is creeping up on 25 million downloads, developer PopCap announced. READ MORE >>

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Xbox Live Marketplace Rebranded as Xbox Games Store

The Xbox Live Marketplace has a brand new name to go with the upcoming release of the Xbox One. Please give a warm welcome to the Xbox Games Store. READ MORE >>

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Ghost Games Takes Complete Control of Need for Speed Franchise

Ghost Games, EA’s new Gothenburg-based studio, has been given complete control of the Need for Speed franchise. READ MORE >>

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PS4 Turns Itself On Remotely to Start Downloading New Game Purchases

The PlayStation 4 will turn itself on remotely to start downloading new content that players purchase on their smartphone, Sony confirmed. READ MORE >>

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Dragon Age Keep Allows Players to Tailor Their Own World in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Mass Effect 3 allowed new players to answer a few questions to fill in the decisions that were made in the previous two games, and BioWare has decided to take this one step further by offering players the chance to shape the entire world in Dragon Age: Inquisition. READ MORE >>

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Next Patch for The Last of Us Will Add New Multiplayer Mode ‘Interrogation’

A post on the PlayStation Blog confirms and details a new multiplayer mode coming to The Last of Us with its next patch. They also included a trailer, which I’ve embedded at the bottom of this news story.. READ MORE >>

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Wii U Deluxe Price Cut to $299

Nintendo has slashed the price of the Wii U deluxe version by $50. The deluxe version includes a 32 GB hard drive and will now set users back $299. READ MORE >>

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EA Planning a Battlefield, Titanfall, and Star Wars: Battlefront Release Rotation

Electronic Arts plans on rotating Battlefield, Titanfall, and Star Wars: Battlefront releases going forward, president of EA Labels Frank Gibeau told CVG. READ MORE >>

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Xbox 360 Update Begins Transition from Microsoft POints to Local Currency

The transition from Microsoft Points to local currency kicked off on Xbox 360s in North America, with a required update that’s now live. READ MORE >>

REVIEWS

Rayman Legends

Does Michel Ancel’s latest limbless adventure live up to 2011’s Origins, or could Rayman use some arms and legs to make his way through this platforming epic? READ MORE >>

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Spelunky (PSN Version)

Is Spelunky just as fun and punishing on PS3 and PS Vita as it was on Xbox 360 and PC? Check out our review and find out. READ MORE >>

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Diablo III (Console Version)

Does Blizzard’s first effort on consoles in more than a decade live up to the developer’s high standards? Read the EGM review to find out. READ MORE >>

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Hastune Miku: Project Diva F

What does Eric think of this strange, esoteric music & rhythm game featuring Japan’s premier Vocaloid? Check out his review to find out. READ MORE >>

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Lost Planet 3

Spark Unlimited’s attempt to revitalize Capcom’s Lost Planet franchise holds some legitimate moments of brilliance, and shines when it comes to character development and storytelling. Unfortunately, Lost Planet 3 then ends up sabotaging itself with gameplay so dull or tedious at times that it can’t begin to support the weight of its ambitions. READ MORE >>

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Killer is Dead

Is Killer Is Dead dead on arrival? Or does Suda51 successfully offer up another memorable experience? Check out our review to find out. READ MORE >>

FEATURES

EGM DoubleTake: Batman: Arkham Origins

Josh and Ray got a chance to see some more of Batman: Arkham Origins and now that Ray has finally calmed down and stopped singing “Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na BATMAN!” for five days straight, they’re ready to talk about it. READ MORE >>

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EGM DoubleTake: Watch Dogs

Last week, Ray and Josh took to the streets of Chicago with their elite technomancer skills in Watch Dogs. Did they walk away impressed? Read the EGM DoubleTake to find out. READ MORE >>

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Preview: Total War: Rome II Hands-On

The Creative Assembly’s Total War series has legions of well-trained soldiers among its fanbase. But why should new players give their latest, Total War: Rome II, a shot this September? EGM went hands-on with the game and spoke at length with the development team to find out why. READ MORE >>

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