Endweek News – Assassin’s Creed lawsuit not quite finished yet, What is this E3 thing?, a new Gears of War and some truly awesome videos!

It is that time of week where once again I delve into the grim and gritty business of video game news. It’s a cut-throat world out there, a game eat game world. A world in which only the fittest and most awesome games survive. And Call of Duty of course (OOoooh! ZING!). But seriously, it’s not really that bad (well not for everyone) and we’ve got some pretty interesting bits and pieces of news to regale you with today. Also I want to make it clear that the above video is indeed sort of relevant to this post as you shall find out later (if you read through this!)

So, what’s new Gamers?

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Midweek News – 0 x 10^c, SimCity, Halo Stats and some Demon Hunting

If you noticed Tim’s post yesterday you’ll know that we’ve been making a few plans to change the way we do things here. Most of it comes down to we will be posting less often but will try and make each post count more. As part of this I won’t be posting News every day now, instead I will be combining all the cool news stories of each week into two separate posts. One on Wednesdays and one on Sundays. The Midweek and the Endweek News posts. This is the first post of that layout, so let’s hope it goes well! As always make sure to comment here or via Twitter or Facebook to let us know of your opinions on the change!

So, what’s been in the news since Sunday? Well we’ve got a whole lot of interesting stuff that you can check out after the jump! We’ve got some stats from Bungie about Halo now that they are no longer making the games, gameplay footage of Diablo 3 featuring the Demon Hunter, some game announcements and some trailers. There’s even some stuff about GAME as well!

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Kingdom’s of Amalur: Reckoning Review-pressions

I think that before I go into any great detail about Kingdom’s of Amalur: Reckoning  I should explain that this is an awkward mixture of both a review and an impressions. You see I have experienced the majority of gameplay that KoA has to offer, but where it apparently scores a lot of points is in it’s story and unfortunately I’m only about 5 hours into the main story (there are A LOT of side quests). Thus while this will function as our official MMGaming review of KoA it also will be open for change should the story impress me enough to change it.

Okay now that’s out of the way I can say another thing. I’ve been thinking of and planning this article since I was about 6 hours in at level 7. I’m now around 16 hours in and level 15. However in that space of time my opinions of the game have changed rather dramatically. I put this down to the whole “no pain no gain” clause that is inherent with large singleplayer RPGs. You have to spend a fair bit of time getting into your character and the story and the game world before you actually properly start to enjoy yourself. And it took a little bit longer than expected in KoA. However I persevered and now I’m pleased to say I AM into it!

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The Legend of Dead Kel – now with 15% more houses

That title up there is in fact a very clever play on the fact that the second batch of DLC for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, the Legend of Dead Kel, not only apparently features 15% more space on what is already a world rivalling that of Azeroth in size, but also will allow you to own a gigantic castle/home/place on an island.

There will be the usual DLC features you would expect for a fantasy game as well: news quests, NPCs, enemies, bosses and loot. As far as I can tell the most interesting thing is that you now own a castle to go back to and drink mead in with the other adventurers when they stop being so serious all the time.

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A period of silence

Hey folks just a bit of news about me personally (Seb) which will affect MMGaming just a little in the next couple of weeks. As you are possibly aware, if you keep up to date with us and any other gaming news sites, earlier this week (on the 14th to be precise) Crusader Kings 2 was released by Paradox Interactive. As well as that the week before (on the 10th) Europe saw the release of Kingdom’s of Amalur: Reckoning by 38 Studios and Big Huge Games.

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Kingdom’s of Amalur: Reckoning – radio silence much?

38 Studios in conjunction with Big Huge Games and EA today released Kingdom’s of Amalur: Reckoning in North America and it will be coming to stores in Europe on the 10th. If you haven’t heard anything about it it’s a massive fantasy RPG which looks to have gameplay similar to that of Dragon Age (in the position of the camera at least).

Supposedly your character starts of as a “blank slate” and, like Fable you can level up whatever talents and skills you want. Also apparently the game is absolutely massive with well over 200 hours of gameplay. In fact supposedly there are 200 hours of gameplay in doing a speed run of the game, where you already know how to do everything and have done it before.

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