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EGM Weekly: January 4, 2014 Edition

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Posted on January 4, 2014 AT 08:15am

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

This week, BioWare sheds some light on Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s Keep system, Sony files a patent for modifying emulated games, the co-founders of Criterion part ways with the company, a teaser image posted to Twitter points to Batman: Arkham Origins DLC that revolves around Mr. Freeze, and much more.

Plus, the EGM Crew wraps up their Best of 2013 awards with our top ten, as well as the top five games as voted by you, the reader, and the Tobias Bruckner Memorial awards.

Here’s this week’s best:

News Stories

Dragon Age: Inquisition Keeps Add Additional Management, Unlocks Quests

According to a preview from Playstation Official MagazineDragon Age: Inquisition will introduce a new metagame system to the series that revolves around castle keeps.READ MORE

Sony Files Patent for Modifying Emulated Games

Sony has filed a patent for modifying content in games when they’re being emulated remotely, presumably for use with the Gaikai cloud service headed to PS4 and Vita sometime this year. READ MORE

Co-Founders of Criterion Games Leave Studio

Criterion Games co-founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have decided to leave the studio to form a new games company. READ MORE

Grand Theft Auto V’s Three Protagonists a ‘Leap of Faith’ According to Art Director

The decision to implement Grand Theft Auto V’s three-character system—now regarded as one of the best additions to the series—was a “leap of faith,” according to art director Aaron Garbut. READ MORE

Microsoft Thought about Releasing Xbox One with No Disc Drive

Not that long ago, Microsoft considered releasing the Xbox One without any support for optical media whatsoever. READ MORE

Deadpool and Other Marvel Activision Titles Removed from Steam, Xbox Live, and PSN

High Moon Studios’ Deadpool and several other Marvel titles published by Activision have been removed from Steam, the PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live. READ MORE

Batman: Arkham Origins Teaser Image Suggests Mr. Freeze Story DLC Coming

Batman: Arkham Origins’ first story-driven DLC looks to revolve around Mr. Freeze, a screenshot teased on the game’s official Twitter account indicates. READ MORE

Naughty Dog Dev Challenges Assertions That The Last of Us Is Male-Oriented

In response to the New York Times’ review of The Last of Us, Naughty Dog user interface designer Alexandria Neonakis wrote a rebuttal challenging claims that the game is male-oriented. READ MORE

Devil’s Third ‘About 80 Percent Complete,’ Set for 2014 Release Says Itagaki

Despite not hearing about or seeing much of the project since its E3 2011 debut,Devil’s Third is on schedule for a 2014 release, creator Tomonobu Itagaki told 4gamer in a recent interview. READ MORE

Ten News Stories from the Tail End of 2013

For your consideration, here are 10 interesting news stories EGM did not previously report on from the last leg of 2013. READ MORE

Features

Weekend Play: Andrew’s Ready for Some Football!

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

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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) before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. You can follow his rants about storytelling on Twitter @manadrive.[Meet the rest of the crew]

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