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EGM Weekly: July 6, 2013 Edition

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Posted on July 6, 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’s Don Mattrick leaves the company to serve as CEO at Zynga, Call of Duty devs defend linear storytelling, Club Nintendo gets hacked, Double Fine’s Tim Schafer splits up Broken Age, and much more.

Plus, the EGM Crew reviews The Walking Dead: 400 DaysNCAA Football 14, and Muramasa Rebirth.

Here’s this week’s best:

NEWS

Call of Duty Dev Explains Why the Series Will Continue to Employ Linear Storytelling

Talking to US Gamer, Call of Duty: Ghosts executive producer Mark Rubin discussed why the developers behind the popular first-person shooter series will continue to employ linear storytelling techniques for single-player campaigns. READ MORE >>

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Job Listing at Epic Reveals Competitive Multiplayer Game in the Works

A job listing on the Epic Games Careers page has revealed the Gears of War developer is working on “an unannounced competitive online action game.” READ MORE >>

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Club Nintendo Hacked, User Information Compromised

Hackers have managed to access the Club Nintendo website more than 23,000 times over the last month, Nintendo confirmed. READ MORE >>

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EA SimCity Survey Mentions Offline Mode, Terraforming, Bigger Cities, More

EA is measuring the fan demand for an offline mode in SimCity, as well as whether to add several other new features to the game, a leaked survey has revealed. READ MORE >>

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Double Fine Releasing First Half of Broken Age through Steam Early Access January

In order to prevent the need for more crowdfunding or publisher funding, Double Fine will be releasing the first half of Broken Age in January through Steam Early Access. READ MORE >>

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PS3, Vita Action-RPG Warrior’s Lair Canceled

Sony has put the kibosh on PS3/Vita action-RPG Warrior’s Lair (originally known as Ruin), the company informed IGN. READ MORE >>

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Mark of the Ninja Devs Announce Turn-Based Tactical Espionage Title ‘Incognita’

Mark of the Ninja, Don’t Starve, and Shank developer Klei Entertainment announced their next game, Incognita. READ MORE >>

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GTAV Shipping on Two Discs for Xbox 360, Requires Mandatory Install

Rockstar has revealed that Grand Theft Auto V will require a substantial mandatory install on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and that the Xbox 360 version of the game will ship with two discs. READ MORE >>

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Don Mattrick Leaving Microsoft for Zynga

Zynga has officially announced Don Mattrick as their new CEO. READ MORE >>

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BioShock Infinite DLC Information Coming Later This Month

Irrational Games has promised that the first details regarding Bioshock Infinite‘s first add-on content will be revealed later this month. READ MORE >>

REVIEWS

The Walking Dead: 400 Days

Is this experiment in storytelling enough to hold fans of the The Walking Dead over before finally getting Season Two? Check out our review of 400 Days to find out. READ MORE >>

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NCAA Football 14

Is this latest offering from EA Sports worthy of the Heisman? Check out our review of NCAA Football 14 to find out. READ MORE >>

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Muramasa Rebirth

Can Muramasa Rebirth find new life on the PS Vita? Check out our review to find out. READ MORE >>

FEATURES

Weekend Play: Dragons, Jewels, Bullets, and Fools

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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Assassin’s Creed IV Will Expand Storytelling Techniques, Says Lead Writer

Assassin’s Creed IV lead writer, Darby McDevitt, sat down with EGM to talk about his approach to storytelling with Black Flag. READ MORE >>

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Reader Response: How Do You Feel about Being Segregated in Multiplayer Based On Behavior?

How do you feel about Microsoft’s new Online Reputation system, which will be introduced with Xbox One? READ MORE >>

PODCASTS

Game Over Podcast 041: Happy Birthday, America!

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 >>

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