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EGM Weekly: January 25, 2014 Edition

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Posted on January 25, 2014 AT 09:11am

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

This week, Naughty Dog announces Left Behind will be The Last of Us‘ first and last story DLC, Ultra Street Fighter IV gains YouTube integration, Bethesda announces a star-rich voice cast for The Elder Scrolls Online, Dragon Age writer David Gaider talks romantic subplots, and much more.

Plus, the EGM Crew reviews Dead Rising 3‘s Operation Broken Eagle DLC, OlliOlliAssassin’s Creed Liberation HD, takes a second look at Thief, and previews Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Here’s this week’s best:

News Stories

No more single-player DLC planned for The Last of Us

Naughty Dog has confirmed that The Last of Us‘ Left Behind DLC will be the only single-player addition to the game. READ MORE

Ultra Street Fighter IV includes YouTube integration

Ultra Street Fighter IV players will have the option to post recorded matches straight to YouTube via a direct upload feature, Street Fighter community manager David Hinds announced. READ MORE

Dragon Age lead writer shares his thoughts on why BioWare includes romantic subplots

BioWare’s inclusion of romantic subplots in their games is a natural extension of their focus on character development and something that sets them apart from other developers, Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider wrote in a post on his personal blog. READ MORE

Bethesda reveals The Elder Scrolls Online’s star-studded cast

Bethesda announced the star-studded voice cats of The Elder Scrolls Online, which includes the likes of John Cleese, Kate Beckinsale , and Jennifer Hale. READ MORE

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and for 3DS will let players disrupt edge-hogging

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and for 3DS won’t allow players to camp out on edges to block recovering opponents, director Masahiro Sakurai revealed in a post on Miiverse. READ MORE

Microsoft paying YouTube video producers extra for non-negative Xbox One coverage

An arrangement between Microsoft and Machinima video partners in which positive or neutral coverage is awarded with extra pay has come to light via a leaked copy of the campaign agreement. READ MORE

Sony investigating PlayStation 4 error that corrupts save files

PlayStation 4 users have been experiencing a data corruption error on PlayStation 4, which has resulted in several hundred hours of gameplay being wiped, according to reports on the official PlayStation forum. READ MORE

Lionhead working on a new game that isn’t Fable

British developer Lionhead Studios is currently working on a new game that isn’t related to the Fable franchise, according to boss John Needham. READ MORE

Satoru Iwata says Nintendo is considering a new business model

Nintendo’s president and CEO reveals that a changing market may force Nintendo to rethink the way they do business. READ MORE

Star Wars 1313 trademark ‘abandoned’

The trademark for LucasArt’s Star Wars 1313 was “abandoned” on December 23, 2013, according to a note on the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s website.READ MORE

Features

Hands-On: Stealing a second look at Thief

Thief has improved immensely since the last time we saw it, but there are still a few major unknowns. READ MORE

Preview: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Monolith Productions’ upcoming Tolkien-inspired open-world adventure is as much Old West as it is Old Elvish. READ MORE

Japan Service: What’s New This Week in Japanese Gaming

This week on Japan Service: Monster Monpiece comes to the West (and gets edited), Conception II gets a release date, and 5pb shows off character models for Corpse Party: Blood Drive. READ MORE

Weekend Play: Definitive Edition

Welcome to EGM’s Weekend Play, 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

Reviews

Dead Rising 3: Operation Broken Eagle

Operation Broken Eagle is an inauspicious start to Dead Rising 3’s four-episode DLC schedule. READ MORE

OlliOlli

If you grew up on a steady diet of classic Tony Hawk and Skate, odds are good you’ll dig OlliOlli’s pared-down, 2D approach to skateboarding. READ MORE

Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD

Unable to hide behind the excuses the PS Vita originally offered, Liberation’s blatant flaws are revealed to the world in this console port. READ MORE

Podcasts

EGM Game Over Podcast 062: Conan the (Journalistic Integrity) Destroyer

The EGM crew brings you the Game Over Podcast, our end-of-the-week conversation where we discuss some of the biggest recent events in gaming. LISTEN HERE
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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