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Entertainium Extra: Xbox One launch date, Dark Souls 2 beta, Hotline Miami 2 concessions, and more

Hello, and welcome once again to Entertainium Extra! Our weekly news round-up feature highlighting some of the bigger, interesting, or just plain weird stories from the past week. This week, Microsoft unveiled the release date for the Xbox One, Namco revealed the details on their forthcoming Dark Souls 2 beta, Hotline Miami 2 makes some concessions regarding its implied sexual assault scene, and Elementary, My Dear Holmes’ Kickstarter is suspended. Let’s get to it. Xbox One launches November 22 Finally! A release date! After much anticipation, Microsoft’s Xbox One’s launch date has been announced: November 22. The console will be arriving in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and New Zealand this year. Countries such as Belgium, Denmark, Finland, and more, however, will have to wait until 2014. Bit surprised they didn’t attempt to launch before Sony and...
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Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches Review

Dishonored was my biggest surprise of 2012. Prior to E3, very few people had heard of it at all. It was also my favourite game of the year, managing to artfully balance stealth, skill, and action to create a game reminiscent of the finest elements of Deus Ex and Thief. To top that, it set itself in the beautiful decaying grandeur of the neo-Victorian city of Dunwall, where futurist technology rubs shoulders with magic, flintlock pistols and long swords. The earlier Dishonored add-on, The Knife of Dunwall, took the story away from the core game’s Royal Protector Corvo Attano and instead focussed on Daud the Assassin, murderer of Empress Jessamine Kaldwin. The Brigmore Witches continues and concludes Daud’s story established in The Knife of Dunwall, rounding it off in suitable style and linking it neatly back to the main game. The Brigmore Witches is everything...
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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Review

Bringing XCOM to the third-person, tactical shooter realm seemed like a solid idea. A more action-y XCOM isn’t necessarily a bad thing, so long as the series’ trademark strategy remained in place. The Bureau: XCOM Declassified makes a strong effort to deliver on this premise, bringing all the staples of the series including the ever popular “permadeath,” along with plenty of focus on tactics. It even plays reasonably well, too. Only, despite its struggles, this is XCOM in name alone. Set in 1962, you play as William Carter, a CIA agent who finds himself swept up in a war against alien forces. The story goes that the government has suspected extraterrestrial activity for some time, the discovery of a new element known as Elerium fueling their suspicions. As such, hoping to learn more about the enemy, Carter was charged with delivering an alien artifact for...
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