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This Week's Top Stories: November 12 - 17, 2012

18 November 2012

Welcome to another instalment in our weekly news digest where the team at PSU Towers picks our favourite slices of gaming gossip from the past seven days. See below for the week’s highlights.

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GTA V lets you play as the protagonist and antagonist

Rockstar has revealed that Grand Theft Auto V’s focus on multiple playable characters means gamers can take on the role of both the protagonist and antagonist. The hotly-anticipated crime sequel allows gamers to hop between three criminals; Franklin, Michael and Trevor.

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Next Mass Effect game is ‘in development,’ will use Frostbite 2

A blog post by the studio director of Bioware Montreal confirms that the next Mass Effect game is currently in development and will be something of a departure from previous entries.

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Crytek to change things up with future Crysis titles

Crysis 3 developers Crytek have come out to reveal that there will be a Crysis game after Crysis 3 but it won't follow suit to be named Crysis 4.

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Black Ops II sells 10k in just 5 minutes at Blockbuster

Call of Duty: Black Ops II sold 10,000 units in just five minutes at the U.K. branch of Blockbuster, it has emerged. The military shooter went on sale at midnight with Blockbuster opening 450 stores across the region to prepare for the game’s release

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Future Publishing closes PSM3

Last week we reported that Future Publishing would be shuttering the Official PlayStation Magazine in North America, and now it has emerged that a further two mags have suffered the same fate across the pond – PSM3 and Xbox World

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PS Plus coming to PS Vita with update 2.00

The latest system software update for PlayStation Vita will add the much-requested PlayStation Plus subscription service to the handheld, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has announced.

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Sony: Hack PS3, get banned for free

Sony doesn't take kindly to hackers, what with all those PSN issues and PSP custom firmware. With the release of the PlayStation 3 lv0 bootloader key leak comes the ability to hack Sony's black warhorse to play online with real, non-hacking users.

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Bend Studio job listing indicates unannounced AAA PS Vita title

Sony's Bend Studio today listed a job opportunity looking for a developer for another PlayStation Vita title. Known for developing the PS Vita launch title Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Bend Studio offering a position called Senior Staff Technical Animator at their offices in Bend, Oregon.

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Rumor: Modern Warfare 4 is next year’s Call of Duty

Fresh rumors pointing to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 as the next entry in the multi-million dollar selling FPS series has surfaced via Siliconera.

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GameStop sells one million copies of Black Ops II

Call of Duty: Black Ops II flogged one million units at U.S. retail giant GameStop for its midnight launch events earlier this week.

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First PlayStation All-Stars DLC announced

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will receive two additional characters via post-launch content, Sony has announced. The new brawlers are Gravity Rush’s Kat and Starhawk’s Emmett Graves.

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Team Bondi's Whore of the Orient to finish development in 2015

The team behind hit detective game, L.A. Noire, is working on a new game with a similar 1930's style, and according to some job postings, production should end in 2015.

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Global PS3 shipments hit 70 million

PlayStation 3 has shipped 70 million units worldwide since its inception in November 2006, Sony Computer Entertainment has revealed.

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Black Ops II 24-hour sell-through estimated at $500 million

Call of Duty: Black Ops II generated an estimated sell-through of over $500 million during its first 24 hours on sale, becoming the largest entertainment launch of the year, Activision has announced.

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