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EGM Weekly: February 16, 2013 Edition

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Posted on February 16, 2013 AT 09:04am

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

This week brings us even more next-gen rumors—which we should pretty much expect from here on out, until the consoles are formally announced—word of a new Batman: Arkham game this year, and a fistful of new titles from Nintendo Direct.

Here’s this week’s best:

NEWS

Lay Offs Abound at Vale, Won’t Affect Projects Says Newell

Despite the strong future painted for Valve during DICE 2013, reports indicate about 25 of their employees have been laid off. READ MORE >>

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Nintendo Announces Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, New Super Luigi U, and Mario Golf: World Tour

This week’s Nintendo Direct was a celebration of Mario’s younger, thinner, sometimes Latino (when portrayed by John Leguizamo) brother, Luigi. READ MORE >>

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Take-Two to Takeover WWE Franchise

Take-Two is set to take control of the WWE franchise following the recent bankruptcy of THQ. READ MORE >>

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Supposed Gearbox Dev Dishes about Aliens: Colonial Marines Issues

Posting on Reddit, user throwawayacm, claiming to be a Gearbox employee, touched upon the development hell Aliens: Colonial Marines suffered. READ MORE >>

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Naughty Dog Confirms The Last of Us Delay

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us has been delayed until June 14, Sony officially announced. READ MORE >>

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60% of Customers Won’t Buy a Console That Blocks Used Games, GameStop Says

While speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, GameStop’s chief financial officer Rob Lloyd claimed that over half of their customers wouldn’t purchase a console that blocked used games. READ MORE >>

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EA Exec: Backwards Compatibility on Next-Gen Consoles ‘Unlikely’

Next Generation consoles are unlikely to include backwards compatibility with current-gen software and will focus on cross-device connectivity instead, according to an EA executive. READ MORE >>

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G4 Becomes Esquire Network in April, Game Content Gone

G4 officially becomes the Esquire Network, “an upscale Bravo for men,” on April 22, NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazines officially announced. READ MORE >>

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RUMOR: Gears of War Kinect RTS Screenshots Leak Online

Screenshots believed to be from an alpha build of a Kinect-exclusive Gears of War RTS title have appeared online. READ MORE >>

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New Batman: Arkham Game to Release This Year

Warner sneakily confirmed in its latest financial call that a new game in the Batman: Arkham franchise would be releasing this year. READ MORE >>

REVIEWS

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Does Gearbox Software deliver an experience true to the Aliens universe or is it Game Over, man? Check out our review of Aliens: Colonial Marines to find out. READ MORE >>

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Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2

Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 convinced me that a Dynasty Warriors-style trip through one of manga’s more infamous worlds wasn’t as good of an idea as I had once thought it might be. READ MORE >>

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Special Forces: Team X

How does the latest online shooter from Zombie Studios hold up? Check out our review of Special Forces: Team X to find out. READ MORE >>

FEATURES

EGM Weekend Play: Of Marths and Marines

EGM’s Weekend Play is a weekly account of what games the editors of EGM are currently playing, and an open conversation with you, the reader, about what you’ve been playing. READ MORE >>

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