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Mass Effect 3 leaked online

Pirates have struck the Normandy again. Just two days before Mass Effect 3 is due to land in shops in the U.S., Electronic Arts’ game has leaked via a number of torrent sites.

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Angry Birds gets gesture controls

Not content with being flung into space, the Angry Birds behemoth is evolving alongside the popularity of motion control. SoftKinetic, a leading developer of gesture-based platforms for consumer electronics, showed off a tech demo showcasing this experience in full flight.

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Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational is Vita’s surprise delight (review)

I’m not much of a golfer. I had one stint at making it as the next Tiger Woods 10 years ago, but I was better at cutting the grass with the club than hitting the ball. The constant walking, the occasional swimming…it wasn’t for me. Thankfully, the PlayStation Vita’s first golf outing quashes these nightmares with its simplistic and rewarding gameplay. World Invitational doesn’t do anything really unique compared to previous installments in the franchise. It’s just another Hot Shots game, but it’s still a good one.

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Reality Fighters: All style, no substance (review)

Reality Fighters is misleading from the start. I’ve yet to meet a Bavarian giant in the English countryside or stumble across a murderous ballerina on the way to the Taj Mahal. I’ve very rarely had to box an Irishman next to Chinese ruins (although there was that one time outside The Forbidden City…). Rather than offering a realistic fight as the name suggests, Sony’s PlayStation Vita augmented-reality fighting game does the complete opposite.

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Little Deviants is a complete pest (review)

Little Deviants fell into a trap. The release of Sony’s new hardware has triggered an influx of games that feel compelled to overuse the PlayStation Vita’s features. Bigbig Studio’s offering is the worst example of such forced design. As one of the cheapest PS Vita launch titles, this game is proof that you pay for quality.

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FIFA Soccer will make you love and hate your PS Vita (review)

EA Sports didn’t just drop a year number from the PlayStation Vita version of FIFA Soccer, a title that’s hugely important for the franchise’s success in portable form. While the developer made some omissions to simplify the intricacies of the console version, this is undoubtedly the most complete handheld iteration ever — not that the bar is set very high in this area.

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Iran sentences US-born developer to death

A man with both US and Iranian citizenship has been sentenced to death for allegedly producing video games that act as western propaganda. According to state media reports, this comes as part of a wider CIA effort to start a revolution within Iran.

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Top 5 sleeper hits of 2011

We’ve been thoroughly spoiled in 2011. One triple-A title after another has grabbed the headlines and, ultimately, the sales. But what about those in the background, without the budget to match their ambitions? Plenty of lesser-known titles have flaunted tremendous quality, yet may have slipped under the radar.