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Xbox Games with Gold for December announced - and it's a good one

Xbox Games with Gold for December announced - and it's a good one

Burnout Paradise! Sleeping Dogs! Outlast! More!

Finally! Burnout Paradise has Xbox One backward compatibility!

Criterion's open world racer arrives as part of the Xbox Games with Gold lineup for December. For Xbox One, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition is available from 1st to 31st December. First-person survival horror Outlast is available on Xbox One from 16th December to 15th January 2017.

On Xbox 360, and Xbox One through Backward Compatibility, Xbox Live Gold members get Outland from 1st to 15th December, and then Burnout Paradise from 16th December to 31st December.

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EU PlayStation Store update 2nd June

EU PlayStation Store update 2nd June

InFamous 2 demo! Dirt 3 online! Outland!

The first post-PSN hack Store update has arrived. More will follow, as Sony tries to catch up on a month of missed content.

Today's highlights are an inFamous 2 demo and the belated arrival of tasty download game Outland. There are a horde of special offers, including Noby Noby Boy for 2 and the God of War HD Collection for 15.

Owners of Dirt 3 on PS3 can now play the celebrated rally game online. Dirt 3 requires a VIP code to be played online. Said VIP code had to be redeemed or bought from the Store.

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PSN freebies could hurt new games

Dev worried Outland will be "old news".

Sony's apologetic PlayStation Network giveaway may cause further harm to studios whose games weren't released while the service was offline.

Mortal Kombat cracks XBL usage top 10

While Outland tops XBLA chart.

Mortal Kombat is the only game released in 2011 to feature in the latest Xbox Live usage top 10, according to last week's global unique user chart.

Game of the Week: Outland

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For the third time in four weeks, our favourite new release is one you won't need to go to the shops to buy. But if you own a PS3, that means you can't currently buy it at all.

Outland

Outland

Redshift.

Outland is pure design craftsmanship.

Housemarque's latest isn't particularly original. It's better at cleverly combining old ideas than minting fresh ones and, despite a luminous, bloomy shadow-play art style, it's actually not that huge on personality, either. Instead, what marks it out is the grace with which it spins out its mechanics, twisting and turning each new concept in order to get everything possible out of it, then introducing something complementary or contradictory and twisting and turning again. It's more fun than it sounds.

Actually, it's a lot more fun. Suggesting once more that it's Treasure's back catalogue and the Metroid template that really get downloadable developers excited, Outland combines the ability gates and intricate mapping of a Samus Aran adventure with the polarity-shifting bullet hell of Ikaruga. To fuse it all together, Prince of Persia's nimble wall-springs, ledge grabs and sword fights are employed as you navigate delicate silhouette environments taking on some distinctly non-delicate silhouette menaces. It's shooter flesh on a 2D platforming body, and it's an excellent graft job.

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Outland EU release date

Outland EU release date

Out at the end of the month.

Super Stardust HD and Dead Nation developer Housemarque's downloadable game Outland launches on the EU PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade on 27th April, Ubisoft has confirmed to Eurogamer.

It hits the US PlayStation Store on 26th April.

Outland's like a cross between old school Prince of Persia and cult classic shmup Ikaruga. Tapping L2 shifts you between blue and red energy alignments, allowing you to harmlessly absorb same colour projectiles. There's story co-op and co-op challenge rooms, too.

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Super Stardust HD dev unveils Outland

Super Stardust HD dev unveils Outland

Ikaruga meets Prince of Persia?

Super Stardust HD developer Housemarque has announced that its next game after Dead Nation will be a downloadable action game called Outland.

Published by Ubisoft and due out on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade, it's described by IGN as a cross between 2D Prince of Persia and Ikaruga.

In other words, it's a platform shooter set in branching jungle environments where you have to switch between light and dark forms to deal damage to light and dark enemies and dodge light and dark attacks.

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