During the VGA’s over the weekend Naughty Dog revealed the new game its working on after the conclusion of the Uncharted trilogy in November. It’s called The Last Of Us and unsurprisingly (going by Naughty Dog’s history) it’s a PS3 exclusive.

Yes it’s zombies – and just when you thought we were done with them, but if anyone can put a new spin on things, it’s definitely Naughty Dog.

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Most gamers have experienced the terrible ‘movie tie in game’. But there is hope my fellow mashers. Producers working for Warner Brothers Interactive, the company who published the last two Batman games, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Have stated in an interview recently, that the days of DC Comic characters getting 3rd rate movie cash-in titles are over!

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Turn 10’s greatest racing game yet, and arguably the best racing sim available (certainly on the Xbox 360,) Forza 4 is a hit with the Mashers, and now you’ve got a chance to join them if you haven’t already (if you have, it’s a chance to score a sweet Christmas present for someone.) All you have to do is flick me an e-mail at wugga@buttonmasher.co.nz and attach a picture of you and your car. It doesn’t have to even be your car, you could just pose next to the Ferrari that the asshole down the road owns. Bonus points for getting creative with it, but our judging criteria will be a mystery even to ourselves, so just make sure you’re in it to win it, as we have two copies to give away.

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October was the beginning of a crazy couple of months of gaming, Gears of War 3 pretty much led the charge and became the title of choice for that moment. The game was a fitting and quite often breathtaking finale to the trilogy. Of course the adventures of Marcus may have understandably fallen by the wayside in lieu of Battlefield, Skyrim, Assassins Creed and many others currently demanding our time.

Being fortunate enough to try out the latest DLC a little early, I have to report that my Gears of War Mojo is well and truly back. Continue reading

Despite press releases saying the evening of the 6th, most of us who weren’t in the dashboard preview program had to wait until last night to struggle through mysterious network error codes and finally download it. But it’s here now, so let’s not dwell on the false-start. Kinect voice commands now work to control the regular dashboard for us lowly New Zealanders, although it doesn’t appear to extend into the Bing searching. Perhaps that’s the new truncation of the Xbox Live service and what we get. Full press release after the break. Continue reading

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The Run is an exciting new direction for the Need For Speed series. Ever since my early race-gaming days, the idea of a cross-country race has been an attraction that games were already targeting, with Test Drive and the original Need For Speed (though it also had circuits) having a focus on point-to-point tracks on populated American roads. Now, the divergence directive the the Need For Speed series has been under lately has dictated a return to this well in an attempt at a gritty, ‘edgy’ story-driven race from west to east. Continue reading

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Fifty-two weeks in a year. Three times fifty-two is 156. That means that excluding a couple of hiatus’s (hiati?), we’ve been doing this for three years. But there’ll be time to be sentimental later, after we’ve talked about Geneva and Hague conventions and their place in videogames! Also, I make a community reference that falls really flat. The more things change, the more they stay the same!

I’m not a big avatar ‘stuff ‘ fan, but between the 2nd and 16th of December feel free to drop a dollar on Modern Warfare 3 Xbox avatar items. Activision have announced that all proceeds from sales will go directly to "Call of Duty Endowment" a non-profit, public benefit corporation that helps Armed Forces veterans transition back to civilian life, find work and establish careers.

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The year update to the EA Sports FIFA title has arrived again, and comes at a time when the current generation consoles are beginning to start to show signs of aging. The FIFA team have done a decent job pushing the envelope on the Xbox 360 and PS3, and the graphics and physics of FIFA have been second to none as the game has ground out a clear victory in the FIFA vs. PES battle for supremacy. This leads to the inevitable – incremental updates becoming, well, increasingly incremental.

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