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Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze: Go bananas again

Jason Hill Much has been written recently about Nintendo's financial woes and the failure of the Wii U to attract a significant audience. Can DK help?

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James Dominguez It's Friday, so let's have a little fun making up jokes about a slightly odd image.

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Friday Question: What do game developers need to stop doing?

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James Dominguez Despite being universally loathed, there are some game design features that developers keep on using. Which ones are you most fed up with?

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Wolfenstein The New Order: A new kind of old-school shooter

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James Dominguez Wolfenstein is the game that kicked off the shooter craze over 20 years ago. Now it's coming back, and it's learned some new tricks.

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Beta code giveaway lets you get into Elder Scrolls Online early

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James Dominguez Screen Play has been provided with some access codes to the Elder Scrolls Online beta, and you can get one for free.

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Titanfall preview: The online shooter gets super-sized

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James Dominguez Last week's Titanfall beta attracted two million eager players. Today, we have an interview talking about the design process behind this upcoming blockbuster.

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The Novelist: A haunting family tale

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Jason Hill The Kaplans are a family in crisis. You can try to help, but some failure is inevitable when faced with impossible decisions...

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Caption This! #12

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James Dominguez Even a game as pretty as Titanfall can look a little weird if you get a screenshot at just the right moment.

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Friday Question: What are your favourite totally unoriginal games?

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James Dominguez While innovation and revolutionary gameplay are nice, sometimes a great game can be built out of well-used components. Which are your favourites?

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Your Turn: A look inside the engine of the hype train

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Screen Play reader Leigh Martin For better or worse, marketing defines gaming to a large degree. Today, reader Leigh Martin takes a look at the arcane process of announcing and marketing a major game release.

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Free-to-play mobile games will not destroy the industry

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James Dominguez EA's mobile reboot of Dungeon Keeper has many old-school gamers predicting the end of video gaming as we know it.

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The Last of Us addresses some unanswered questions in Left Behind

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James Dominguez Several big questions were left hanging in The Last of Us, and Left Behind, its first story-based DLC, fills in some blanks.

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OlliOlli: Grinding made fun

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Jason Hill 15 years after Tony Hawk's first virtual ollie on PlayStation, a new dog learns a new trick...

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Caption This! #11

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James Dominguez The Last of Us gets its first story-based DLC today, so what better time to make fun of it?

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Friday Question: Terrible games containing great ideas

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James Dominguez What are the best concepts, moments, and mechanics you've ever seen in an otherwise terrible game?

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Your Turn: Steam burns - How well is Valve managing's Steam's power?

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Screen Play reader Ryan Linegar Steam has become a juggernaut in the PC gaming space, but reader Ryan Linegar questions if they are using this power as wisely as they could.

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Evolve: the natural next step after Left 4 Dead

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James Dominguez Turtle Rock, creators of the seminal co-op shooter Left 4 Dead, are set to return with Evolve, a hybrid of co-op and competitive gameplay that honestly feels like something new.

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Flying too close to the sun: the rise and fall of Flappy Bird

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James Dominguez Viral iPhone hit Flappy Bird is a fascinating example of how too much success can be a bad thing.

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Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy: Hat's all, folks

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Jason Hill Scholar, gentleman and puzzle solver extraordinaire Professor Layton is hanging up his top hat for good. Fortunately, his final handheld adventure is one of his best...

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Friday Question: What would it take to make you go next-gen?

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James Dominguez The new Xbox and PlayStation are out, but both lack compelling games. What would it take to convince you to buy one?

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