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EGM Weekly: June 28, 2014 Edition

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Posted on June 28, 2014 AT 06:00am

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

This week, Neil Gaiman’s adventure game Wayward Manor finds a release date, EA announces a window for a second Battlefield Hardline beta, new publisher Versus Evil announces an Afro Samurai sequel, Platinum Games reveals a Legend of Korra third-person action title, the NHL slaps Boston Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron on the cover of NHL 15, and much more.

Plus, the Crew reviews Valiant Hearts: The Great War, Shovel Knight, Sixty Second Shooter Prime, Battle Princess of Arcadias, and Entwined, and close the book on E3 2014 with the Best of E3 awards.

Here’s this week’s best:

News Stories

Nominations for the E3 2014 Game Critics Awards announced

Every year, an independent selection of judges from a wide range of North American media outlets go hands-on with games at E3 to vote on their picks for the best games of the show. READ MORE

Neil Gaiman’s Wayward Manor officially dated for July 15

Acclaimed author Neil Gaiman’s Wayward Manor will launch on Steam for PC and Mac OSX July 15, developer The Odd Gentlemen announced on their Tumblr account.READ MORE

Second Battlefield Hardline beta coming to all platforms this fall

The Battlefield Hardline beta may be over, but that doesn’t mean that Visceral and EA are done testing the upcoming shooter. The developer announced that a second beta will be released for all platforms this fall. READ MORE

July’s Games with Gold will be Guacamelee!, BattleBlock, and Gotham City Imposters

July’s free Games with Gold titles will be Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship EditionGotham City Impostors, and BattleBlock Theater, Microsoft announced.READ MORE

Afro Samurai sequel in development for PC and consoles

Versus Evil announced a sequel to 2009′s Afro Samurai is in development over at Redacted Studios for PC and “next-gen consoles.” READ MORE

Here’s what PlayStation Plus members can look forward to in July

July is less than a week away, and a new months means a pair of free games per PlayStation platform for Plus subscribers, including TowerFall AscensionDead Space 3, and more. READ MORE

Rainbow Six: Siege will feature male hostages, too

While the E3 demo of Rainbow Six: Siege only featured a female hostage, the full game will let you rescue men as well. READ MORE

EA Sports announces Patrice Bergeron as NHL 15 Cover Athlete

Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins will be NHL 15’s cover athlete, EA Sports revealed during the annual NHL Awards. READ MORE

Legend of Korra game coming to consoles and PC and 3DS this fall

Legend of Korra third-person action game is coming to PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC this fall from Platinum Games and Activision, IGN reports. READ MORE

Microsoft lists Batman: Arkham Knight for February release

The U.S. Microsoft store lists the release date of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight as February 24, 2015. READ MORE

Features

EGM Presents: The Best of E3 2014

There was a lot of fantastic gaming to be found at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo—but which titles stood out as the best of the best? The EGM crew asks (and answers) that question in our Best of E3 2014 rundown. READ MORE

The Road to E3 2014: DoubleTake: H1Z1

A zombie outbreak recently hit Los Angeles, and while EGM editors Josh and Eric were able to avoid infection, they weren’t able to avoid some of the other deadly horrors of H1Z1. READ MORE

Reviews

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

For those tired of the sanitized versions of videogame war stories, Ubisoft’s Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a thoughtful, nuanced take on a forgotten conflict. READ MORE

Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight is a fantastic mash-up of elements from classic 8-bit gems, but it’s hard not to see their presence the whole way through. READ MORE

Sixty Second Shooter Prime

An arcade throwback that provides some great fun while it lasts. READ MORE

Battle Princess of Arcadias

While her crown may be somewhat tarnished, Battle Princess of Arcadias‘s titular heroine brings enough royal charm (and violent sword swinging) to make for an interesting action adventure romp. READ MORE

Entwined

Sony’s surprise E3 game release is less “I bought you a car” kind of surprise and more the “Your favorite uncle is dead” kind of surprise. 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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