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The Week That Was…

23 Apr 2011  by   Paul Younger

Our weekly round-up of the biggest news, reviews, previews, interviews and features of the past seven days.
News has been coming thick and fast this week, not least because we’ve gone rather quote happy; Relic claim that their upcoming Warhammer 40K: Space Marine is the first game to make you actually feel like a Space Marine, Bethesda say that they would ‘like to see’ Skyrim mods on consoles, Mr. Ed Boon says that Mortal Kombat can be tweaked without patches and, perhaps most revealing, ‘anonymous sources’ claim that Sony and Microsoft do not want to release new home consoles until 2014.
Elsewhere we’ve got chart news, new trailers, fresh delays, refusals to provide sales data and confirmation of a new Telltale project (which is always a good thing).
The week’s biggest news stories:

Zumba: Dance Fitness leads UK chart for second week
Console edition of Alice: Madness Returns to include original Alice
In-game footage of id Software’s Rage
Telltale developing Law & Order: Los Angeles game
Bethesda would ‘like to see’ Skyrim mods on consoles
Metacritic users attack Portal 2
Team ICO titles delayed
Relic: Space Marine is the first game to make you feel like a Space Marine
Boon: Mortal Kombat can be tweahed without patches
CryENGINE SDK to be released for free in August
New L.A. Noire trailer ‘Rising through the ranks’
Driver: San Francisco will get September release
Valve refuse to provide Steam sales data
Fable III to be available via Steam
New home consoles still three years away?

Portal 2 was undoubtedly the week’s most anticipated release, as such it brings us great pleasure to provide you with the definitive verdict. We’ve held off on reviews for Mortal Kombat and Section 8: Prejudice to enable us to retain our lofty standards and our refusal to publish reviews until the game has been played extensively. Expect them both early next week.
The week’s biggest reviews:

Portal 2
Fate of the World
SOCOM: Special Forces (SOCOM 4) 

Our features and interviews department have been working overtime this week to provide articles of interest. Interview’s with Runic Games’ Max Schaefer about Diablo III and Relic’s Dan McGuffey about Warhammer 40K: Space Marine lead the way in the chat stakes while opinions and ‘evening’s with’ cap off the week’s features.
The week’s most interesting features and interviews:

Warhammer 40K: Space Marine InterviewRunic Games’ Max Schaefer Interview- Part 1
An Evening With: Gears of War 3 Beta
Opinion: Could Portal 2 Redefine Game Ownership?
A Communal Evening With: Magicka Vietnam 

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