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EGM Weekly: January 11, 2014 Edition

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Posted on January 11, 2014 AT 06:00am

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

This week, Titanfall‘s lead designer explains the 12-player cap, State of Decay developer Undead Labs signs a multi-year, multi-title agreement with Microsoft Studios, Kirby villain King Dedede is revealed as the latest Super Smash Bros. combatant, Left 4 Dead creator Turtle Rock reveals their next-gen debut: Evolve, and much more.

Plus, the EGM Crew reviews Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag‘s first story-driven DLC Freedom Cry, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, and Halo: Spartan Assault, plus we debut our latest weekly feature: The Rundown, in which five EGM editors offer their picks in answer to a weekly topic. This week, in response to Sony’s game-streaming service PlayStation Now getting a more specific launch window, the EGM Crew selects five classic PlayStation games they’d like to see have Trophies added into.

Here’s this week’s best:

News Stories

Titanfall Lead Designer Explains How a 12-Player Cap is the Best Balance for the Game

In an effort to assuage concern over Titanfall’s 12-player cap for 6-on-6 matches, lead designer Justin Hendry explained how the count is a carefully decided balancing choice in an interview with Polygon. READ MORE

State of Decay Dev Undead Labs Signs Multi-Year, Multi-Title Deal with Microsoft

Undead Labs, the studio behind State of Decay, has signed multi-year, multi-title agreement with Microsoft Studios, founder Jeff Strain announced. READ MORE

Kirby Villain King Dedede Announced for Super Smash Bros.

Nintendo has confirmed that Kirby villain King Dedede will be joining the Super Smash Bros. roster. READ MORE

No ETA for Twitch Direct Broadcasting on Xbox One

Xbox One owners looking to broadcast their gameplay via Twitch still have a long wait ahead of them, according to an update from the company. READ MORE

Killing Floor 2, Blackgate HD, and More Possibly Outed by Steam Stats Page

A fluke on the Steam stats page may have revealed several unannounced games, several users on NeoGAF report. READ MORE

MGSV: Ground Zeroes Lands Mature Rating in U.S., Contains ‘Sexual Violence’

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has received an M for Mature rating in the United States for all the usual reasons (blood, gore, violence, language) and one rare descriptor: sexual violence. READ MORE

Left 4 Dead Devs Reveal New Sci-Fi Co-op Shooter Evolve for PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Left 4 Dead creator Turtle Rock Studios’ next-gen debut will be Evolve, a sci-fi co-op shooter launching this fall, Game Informer revealed in their February 2014 issue.READ MORE

Alien: Isolation Officially Revealed

The Creative Assembly revealed their new Alien game, Alien: Isolation, a first-person survival horror starring Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda as the lead character. READ MORE

2K Confirms No MLB 2K Entry for 2014, Erases Connections to Franchise on Web

2K Games’ MLB 2K series had been on life support the past couple of years, and this week the publisher officially decided to pull the plug. READ MORE

Next Halo ‘Journey’ Begins This Year, According to Halo Franchise PR Manager

Players will get their hands on a Halo game in one form or another sometime this year, according to Microsoft’s senior PR manager for Halo and Forza Motorsport.READ MORE

Features

The Rundown: Classic PlayStation Games We’d Love to Have Trophies

The EGM Crew weighs in on their five picks for older PlayStation games they’d love to see receive Trophies. READ MORE

Commentary: 10 Ways to Fix VGX

VGX was supposed to be a new beginning for Viacom’s oft-mocked videogame awards. It was supposed to just be about the games and gamers. It was supposed to be different, and it was supposed to be better. Here’s some ways how to fix a show now synonymous with “trainwreck”. READ MORE

Reviews

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Freedom Cry

While its scope and scale pale in comparison to the main game, Freedom Cry still tells a story worth experiencing. READ MORE

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood exists in a weird, safe place in which nothing at all is bad about it, but nothing stands out, either. READ MORE

Halo: Spartan Assault

Spartan Assault is easily the worst release to ever carry the Halo brand, and fans of the franchise should try to forget this game exists as soon as possible. READ MORE
Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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