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EGM Weekly: March 1, 2014 Edition

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Posted on March 1, 2014 AT 08:00am

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

This week, major layoffs hit God of War developer Sony Santa Monica Studio, Ken Levine reveals a 1998 mode for BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode 2, Peter Molyneux calls Fable III a “trainwreck,” Ubisoft’s Jade Raymond confirms that Assassin’s Creed V will definitely not be set in Japan’s samurai age, and much more.

Plus, the EGM Crew reviews the new Thief, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, Ray gets hands-on with Wolfenstein: The New Order, and we speak up about the biggest annoyances in gaming.

Here’s this week’s best:

News Stories

Sony Santa Monica Studio hit with layoffs, open-world sci-fi project canceled

Sony Santa Monica Studio, the developer behind the God of War and Twisted Metal series, was hit with layoffs yesterday, Sony confirmed. READ MORE

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon writer says queer Triple-A protagonists still a ways off

Triple-A videogames featuring gay protagonists are a long ways off, according to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon writer Lucien Soulban. READ MORE

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode 2 will feature a non-lethal 1998 mode

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode 2 will feature a Thief-inspired 1998 mode in which players must complete the BioShock DLC using only non-lethal tools, creative director Ken Levine revealed. READ MORE

Developers can now discount their own games on Steam

Developers no longer have to work with Valve to discount a game on Steam, and now have the option to set up their own sales at any time. READ MORE

Trials Fusion launches April 16 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, and PC

Ubisoft has confirmed that Trials Fusion will be available April 16 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4. READ MORE

Fable III was a ‘trainwreck’ says creator Peter Molyneux

Looking back on Fable III during a recent interview with Develop, creator Peter Molyneux regarded the project as a “trainwreck. READ MORE

Konami lowers MGSV: Ground Zeroes PS4 and Xbox One prices to $29.99

The price of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes on PS4 and Xbox One is being lowered from $39.99 to $29.99 for both retail and digital versions, Konami announced. READ MORE

Atlus USA announces North American release of latest batch of Persona games

It’s finally official—the four new Persona games announced recently in Japan are all making their way to the States. READ MORE

Twitch game broadcasting coming to Xbox One March 11

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear has announced that game broadcasting will finally be available for Xbox One on March 11, just in time for Titanfall. READ MORE

Assassin’s Creed V won’t be set in medieval Japan

Assassin’s Creed rumor and speculation on the Internet continues to ramp up, and the only verifiable thing among them all is that ACV won’t be set in Japan’s samurai age, Jade Raymond confirmed to Adweek in a recent interview. READ MORE

Features

Hands-On: Wolfenstein: The New Order

Wolfenstein: The New Order is the videogame equivalent of a Michael Bay movie, and I’m OK with that. READ MORE

The Fast Five: Our biggest annoyances in gaming

Each week, the EGM Staff bring you The Fast Five—in which we choose a topic related in some way to the week’s news, and five editors pick their top answer to the question. READ MORE

Weekend Play: Underwater Gardens

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

Thief

If you’re looking to get robbed, look no further than Thief. READ MORE

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

There’s a strong core to Lords of Shadow 2 that should please fans of the first game, but MercurySteam’s inexperience with open worlds is evident everywhere. READ MORE

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

While some more content would’ve been nice, Garden Warfare is still a fun experience that’ll only grow on you. READ MORE

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

While it’s still a good puzzler, this latest Professor Layton chapter is a bit of a letdown.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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