Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3: Round 29

Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Test Drive Unlimited 2, Fight Night Champion, Stacking, de Blob 2.

Digital FoundryStacking PS3/360 Performance Analysis

Double Fine's PSN/XBLA efforts vs. Digital Foundry tools.

Digital FoundryStacking PS3/360 Face-Off

Double Fine's PSN/XBLA title compared on both consoles.

Key events

Psychonauts, Stacking, and Costume Quest to see retail release

After Double Fine regains publishing rights.

Double Fine's downloadable adventures Stacking and Costume Quest may have been published by the now defunct THQ, but the boutique developer has just regained their publishing and distribution rights. Better yet, it's partnered with Nordic Games to release retail versions of Stacking, Costume Quest and Eurogamer's 2005 Game of the Year, Psychonauts, for PC and Mac in 2014.

Double Fine announces Stacking for PC

Double Fine announces Stacking for PC

Russian to your computer "soon".

Matryoshka doll adventure Stacking will "soon" be getting a release on PC, developer Double Fine has announced.

No specific release date was mentioned.

Studio boss Tim Schafer revealed the news in a video aired on G4TV (thanks, RPS).

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Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3: Round 29

Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3: Round 29

Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Test Drive Unlimited 2, Fight Night Champion, Stacking, de Blob 2.

All killer, no filler - there are five top-rated titles in this instalment of our ongoing Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3 comparison comparison, covering off the cream of the crop from the latest cross-platform releases.

It's a huge article backed up by hundreds of supplementary screenshots alongside 11 high-definition videos, so let's move swiftly along to the line-up, complete with handy links to get you to the right page and the right game as quickly as possible.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

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A funny thing and I mean that in both senses of the word 'funny' happened to me this week. I got plagiarised by a weird website (posting to another website) which is run buy a guy who was Dana Carvey's double in Wayne's World. (He has also written and directed an awesome movie called The Suitcase. "IT HAS ITS OWN BAGGAGE")



Welcome to the dollhouse.

If you enjoy Stacking, you probably have amnesia to thank for it. It's a condition games have been exploiting for years, but with Double Fine's latest, the connections are a little more imaginative than usual. In most games, memory loss simply means that your grunty protagonist has woken up in a motel room and forgotten how to double jump. This time, however, the roots lie a lot deeper.

Actually, they lie with something called Amnesia Fortnights, an idea Double Fine boss Tim Schafer came up with to motivate his team during the endless slog of long projects. The concept's simple (and you can try it at home, if you're peculiarly motivated and have access to your own game engine and pipeline): put aside what you're working on right now, split into creative little groups, and spend two weeks building a prototype for a brand new game.

It can be whatever you would like it to be, the odder the better: just clear your mind and make that one thing you most want to make. Oh yes, and try to forget everything you know about how games should work.

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EU PlayStation Store update 9th Feb

EU PlayStation Store update 9th Feb

Stacking! Plants vs. Zombies! Explodemon!

Today, PlayStation Plus comes of age. Free to subscribers are Tim Schafer's potentially fantastic downloadable Russian doll game Stacking (usually 9), and a Killzone 3 single-player demo.

Eurogamer's Stacking review is in the works, by the way. It'll be with you by tomorrow lunch time. Stacking offers a free trial, incidentally.

For everybody else, the PlayStation Store cupboards are heaving with content.

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Stacking: "Farts and Chopin"

Double Fine's Lee Petty and Tim Schafer.

Contrary to popular belief, game developers like Double Fine do not live in ivory towers surrounded by moats of blood, snorting the crushed bones of children through your hard-earned 10 notes. Not since they've left Activision, anyway. (Too much?)

PS Plus members get Stacking for free

UPDATE: Offer applies in Europe too.

UPDATE: The European PlayStation Blog has confirmed the offer will be available on these shores. A post on its Twitter feed reads, "Not sure if you know this yet, but I'm hearing the PS Plus members can download Stacking, the new game from Double Fine, for free next week."


The pile-high club.

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Mid-morning something like that. Poor little Charlie Blackmore and his family were sitting at home shivering in their Dickensian surroundings of bare, splintering floorboards, thin soup and Hounds of the Baskervilles, while their greased-up windows were busy framing bleak-looking chimneys. Outside, interminable Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals stalked the streets and factories. Then, all of a sudden, old man Blackmore burst into the kitchen-lounge-bedroom-refectory, and announced that he had secured gainful employment and the family was saved. There was much rejoicing.