[UPDATE] LA Cops Release Date is March 13th on PC and Xbox One

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For a good few months now we’ve been raving about LA Cops. An isometric shooter, LA Cops puts you in the shoes of two ‘shoot first, scarf a row of doughnuts later’ police detectives at a time and gives you a variety of levels to blast your way through.

The selling point here is that you can think strategically about the way in which you deal with the bad guys. Will you, for example, position one detective in a doorway and use the other to lure the bad guys towards them and then turn your foes into strawberry jam? Or will you go in all guns blazing and get turned into a gooey mess yourself? The choice will be yours when LA Cops launches on PC and Xbox One next month.

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Camp Dating Sim ‘Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker’ Gets First Trailer

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Just about everyone loves dating sim games, which is why there are so many of them. Sadly, most of them are likely to cause offense such as HuniePop (where the busty character designs are less of an occasional irritant and are more like the foundation of the entire game) or are miserably drab or entirely heterosexual.

Thank God that Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker is here then as “fabulous drag queen diva” Kitty Powers sets up her own dating agency to rescue an endless number of love lives and to save us from dating sim monotony. The game is also queer friendly, with opposite and same sex couples featured throughout. Watch the debut trailer of Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker after the jump!

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Steampunk Platformer ‘The Swindle’ Coming to PC, PlayStation and Xbox in 2015

The Swindle

Right, you’ve heard of Spelunky, haven’t you? In it, you ‘spelunk’ in randomly generated caves and go about hunting for buried treasure, exploring and saving damsels. If that sounds good to you then you’ll most definitely like The Swindle which is a roguelike platformer that its creator Dan Marshall describes as ‘Deus Ex meets Spelunky . In The Swindle you’ll be running and climbing around its procedurally generated levels, darting away from security guards or boffing them on the head as you attempt to steal all the money. Although that premise sounds mighty promising, Dan axed it back in 2011 because it didn’t feel right. Now, it’s back and better than ever and it’s coming to consoles. Find out more about The Swindle after the jump.

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Narrative Thriller ‘Sunset’ Gets New Trailer, Is Now Available for Pre-Order

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Sunset is a promising indie title that will be out soon. Why haven’t we covered it yet? Well there are no excuses for that, really, but with its three main characters all being people of colour it’s right up J Station X’s street. As the next game from award-winning developers Tale of Tales (who won the IGF Nuovo Award for sensual music game Luxuria Superbia) it’s probably right up your street too.

In Sunset we play as Angela Burnes, an American tourist who is stranded in a (fictional) South American city in the early 1970s as the country is conducting revolution against a notorious dictator. Once a week, one hour before sunset, she cleans the house of wealthy, anti-regime thinker Gabriel Ortega. Angela may only clean his house for a short amount of time, but the opportunities she faces could uncover far more than you ever expected. More on Sunset after the break.

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First Sims 4 Expansion Pack ‘Get to Work’ Announced

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As mentioned on the site before, The Sims 4 has struggled to strike a chord with Sims fans because of EA and Maxis’ decision to scrap a bunch of core features from the game. Fans were rightfully upset that all of their favourite features had been tossed in the garbage, especially as The Sims 4 costs a pretty penny when it’s not being offered at a discount. The game didn’t add pools until November, the toddler age group has been lost forever and they didn’t add family trees until earlier this week. And even then they decided to call it ‘Genealogy’. The only thing that could redeem the game is more content so thankfully the first Sims 4 expansion pack, called ‘Get to Work’, has now been officially announced.

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Woolfe Hits Early Access; PS4 and Xbox One Release Due Later This Year

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It’s been a busy few weeks for GRIN, the developer behind Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries. In the last fortnight they not only pushed a stonking great update to the alpha and beta versions of the game but they also revealed the Woolfe release date and announced plans to split the game into volumes. Naturally, that’s not all on the agenda between now and the final release and there’s still an awful lot of polishing to do on their fairy tale platformer. Red Riding Hood’s twisted reality isn’t going to find its own bugs and all that. As a result, Woolfe is now on Steam Early Access, giving fans a chance to play the game and help the developer iron out the kinks ahead of release.

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‘Iron Fisticle’ Update Adds Challenge Mode; Gets New Trailer to Celebrate

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One of the most difficult games we played last year, Iron Fisticle ruined thumbs, frayed tempers and got lodged in everyone’s noggins with its catchy retro soundtrack. A twin stick shooter with a total lack of checkpoints (death sends you right back to the beginning of the level), not even the extra health pips or the better weapons available in the in-game shop could save your genderless knight from being killed off. The game was immensely fun but for many that difficulty may have been off-putting. Good news then that in the latest Iron Fisticle update the game is adding a challenge mode and three new difficulties for masochists and those who want an easier time playing it, respectively.

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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell Launch Trailer Has Guns, Superpowers and William Shakespeare

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What’s nut-kickingly, skull-crushingly, pixel-countingly awesome? Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is, if its over the top trailer is anything to go to. This time Johnny Gat (and co-op character Kinzie Kensington) are forced to save The President of the United States from Satan’s clutches, as the ruler of Hell is forcing them to get married to his daughter. But Gat Out of Hell won’t be all cheese-plate sharing and diplimatic peace talks as Gat and Kinzie will be firing all manner of ludicrous guns, superpowers and armchair missiles at Satan’s hench-people. This one’s a standalone expansion but with all of that ridiculousness packed in, you know it’s still a Saints Row game through and through. Find out more after the break.

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Never Alone Launch Trailer Debuts; PC, PS4, Xbox One Release Next Week

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Never Alone really is a one of a kind. Combining puzzles and platforming with the culture and stories of the Native Alaskan Iñupiat people, it really is the only thing like it out there. Granted, Assassin’s Creed 3 featured a Native protagonist but that was a different Native culture and its portrayal was, to put it nicely, a total shambles.

Where AC3 stumbled, Never Alone succeeds as the team behind it are actually Iñupiat themselves and rather than being a gimmick or a back of the box feature – ‘made with real Iñupiat opinions!’ – it’s being made in order to preserve and tell their stories to a younger, gaming audience. How well it marries traditions with entertaining gameplay will be seen next week when Never Alone launches on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, but for now we have a fresh launch trailer.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Cassandra is a Tough Cookie With Heart in New Trailer

Dragon Age Inquisition Cassandra Pentaghast

What do we want? Well written, multi-dimensional female characters! When do we want them? Now! Bless you BioWare for paying attention to our peaceful demands, by giving Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s female characters actual character instead of being one note ‘strong’ women with more muscles than humanity. Returning character Cassandra Pentaghast is an extension of this, returning after a stint in Dragon Age 2 where she interrogated Varric until he began to sweat like a grizzly in a sauna. When we saw her last she was as hard as nails but this time Cassandra is tough, sympathetic and maybe love is on the cards for her too. Find out more after the break.

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