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Tales of Xillia 2 review: time sink

Tales of Xillia 2 is a downgrade from Tales of Xillia. This Japanese role-playing game serves as a follow-up to last year's Tales of Xillia and a return to the same world with a new hero. Buoyed by the nostalgic allure of both the Tales series and the first Xillia game, Xillia 2 has a lot to work with. Its promise of combining old characters with a new adventure is a strong one. But the game is drowned by a surface-level plot and puzzling additions that prevent it from escaping the shadow of its predecessor in coherent, meaningful way. Tales of Xillia 2 has a hard time proving its necessity. Where the first game felt fantasy-driven, with a story that revolved around spirits, Tales of Xillia 2 takes a decidedly more sci-fi approach: alternate universes. Hero Ludger Kresnik...

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How Dark Souls influenced Alienation, the next game from Resogun's developer

When Housemarque, the creator of Super Stardust HD and the particle-filled PlayStation 4 shooter Resogun, revealed its next game earlier this month, there was no way to know that the twin stick shooter Alienation was influenced by a series of Japanese action role-playing games — but a teaser was in there nonetheless. Mikael Haveri, director of public relations at Housemarque, told the PlayStation Blog that, like a lot of projects at the developer, Alienation began with technological experiments and tinkering, which were also influenced by games developers play. "We happily admit that we do borrow from what we think are some of the greatest games ever, but then we reinvent them in the Housemarque way," Haveri said. "For example, we play a lot of Dark Souls and Demon's Souls, and a lot...
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This college student turns Pokémon cards into handpainted art

Reddit user Lunumbra caused a stir earlier this month with her hand-painted Pokémon cards. The user, a college art student named Micah, started painting backgrounds and environments on the cards to add detail and life to the previous artwork. She currently has a tumblr where she sells her cards for $12 each, and accepts commission projects. We caught up with this Poké Artist to ask how she got started. Polygon: Where did your inspiration come from? Micah: I came up with the idea after seeing 3-D cards that a friend of mine had made using Magic: The Gathering. I thought they were cool, but my heart is with Pokémon cards, so I began searching for extended art Pokémon cards instead... and couldn't find anything. How did you get started making them? A few months after the initial...
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Pokémon Art Academy hits Nintendo 3DS Oct. 24

Pokémon Art Academy, a game that teaches players how to draw Pokémon, launches for Nintendo 3DS Oct. 24, Nintendo announced today. Pokémon Art Academy combines the instructional elements of the Art Academy series with creatures from the Pokémon franchise. The game will include 40 lessons on how to illustrate Pokémon such as Pikachu, Torchic, Fennekin and Charizard. Players can also use the game's Free Paint and Quick Sketch modes to draw Pokémon however they choose and share their creations via Miiverse galleries. "Drawing their way toward graduation — from the art basics of simple shapes and coloring, to exciting advanced techniques of shading and blending — players will wield a variety of tools, including markers, colored pencils, pastels and paints to illustrate popular Pokémon...
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Swing Copters, clones and the dismal failure of the 'open' app store

This morning I went to install Swing Copters, Dong Nguyen's latest iOS game, and the follow-up to Flappy Bird. I put the words "swing copters" into the search field on my iPhone, and the first hit was Tube Revenge - Swing Copters.This is how quickly individuals and companies now jump on games they want to clone. The idea is to get their version of the game out as soon as possible, and then try to piggyback on the success of the "real" game. They just need to backwards engineer something that looks a tiny bit like it, get the name close, and then release their product. If enough people are confused, the revenue from ads or even in-app purchases apparently makes it worth it. It's worse on other platforms. Hey @GooglePlay, you are a part of the problem. pic.twitter.com/VPPtCQM4nh —...
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Sony's secretive division is hoping to find the next PlayStation or Walkman

There was a time when the word 'Sony' wasn't just a consumer electronics brand; it carried meaning about innovation and modernity.But for the last 20 years ago, the company has declined, weighed down by its own success and by the ferocious innovation of competitors in the digital world, like Apple. As management-culture has superseded innovation-culture, Sony has sought to build on the success of brands like PlayStation, without really coming up with groundbreaking new ideas. Japanese newspaper Nikkei has looked into a new unit within the company that is aggressively seeking to create new products. Created by Shinji Odajima it invites ideas and applications from Sony employees. So far, he said, response has been overwhelming. A call for auditions was met with 800 replies. The unit is...

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Ancient Space brings galactic RTS action back to PC

Hankering after some Homeworld-style real-time strategy? Ancient Space from developer Creative Forge is seeking to fill the void. Due to be published on Windows PC this fall, the game is a single-player RTS that places the player in command of a galactic fleet at the edge of the universe. Players must build and upgrade their fleets while doing battle with enemies. Various TV actors from action and sc-fi shows are featured including Dwight Schultz (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager) John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), Ron Glass (Firefly) and Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers, Star Trek: Nemesis).
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Welcome to Pokégon: our page dedicated to Pokémon

Welcome to Pokémon week at Polygon, or as our talented design team has cutely rebranded us, Pokégon.Visit Pokégon by clicking here! What is Pokémon week? Why is Pokémon week? When is Pokémon week? Let's start with when. Pokémon week is running from August 18th to August 22nd. After Gamescom, new game releases lull before gradually ramping up in September and into fall. A handful of us at Polygon thought we'd use this time to meet one of our most common requests: more Pokémon stuff. This week, we'll be posting Pokémon stories, videos, galleries and GIFs. We'll be talking about Pokémon glitches, Pokémon urban legends and Pokémon's unflagging popularity. We'll have opinion pieces about the cultural impact of one of the best-selling games of all time. And we'll have a debate to choose...
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Legend of Grimrock 2 now in beta, iOS port of first game shown

Almost Human's island-based dungeon crawler Legend of Grimrock 2 is now in a closed beta, the developer announced today, and in the hands of a select group of players. Legend of Grimrock 2 is somewhat larger than its predecessor, Almost Human co-founders Juho Salila and Petri Häkkinen said in an update — about 25 percent larger. And although the game has been playable from beginning to end for some time, they say, there's still plenty of work to be done to polish and improve upon the game. The developer didn't provide an updated release window for the game, but did provide the above teaser trailer for Legend of Grimrock 2. Almost Human also showed off a shot of the iOS version of the original Legend of Grimrock running on an iPad. "A friend of us and a coder extraordinaire, Juha...
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Watch 20 minutes of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain gameplay from Gamescom

In the event that you missed Konami's livestream of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain from Gamescom last week, now's your chance to correct that. Konami uploaded all 20 minutes-plus of its The Phantom Pain walkthrough, showing off all manner of new gameplay features. The new capabilities of Snake's cardboard box are explored in the video, as are some creative ways to use the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system. There's even a tactical horse excrement deployment. For the uninitiated, there's some helpful narration about what's happening in the latest Metal Gear Solid. At Gamescom last week, series creator Hideo Kojima announced that Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and its prologue, Ground Zeroes, are coming to PC via Steam. The Phantom Pain is also bound for PlayStation 3,...
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Netflix shows off experimental virtual reality interface

Netflix engineers are given the occasional hack day to see what they can put together for the service, and one video released shows an experimental way of browsing and viewing Netflix content through the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, along with what looks like a Leap Motion sensor for gestures. It's an interesting use of the technology, especially since it opens many interesting doors for how content can be arranged and shown to the user. Imagine a sort of virtual structure where every hallway was a themed genre, so you can walk down the horror hallway to pick a scary movie to watch, or go to the action corridor to suffer through the latest Transformers film. There could even be custom rooms filled with recommendations for each family member, so you can walk into your...
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Microsoft pulls plug on free-to-play Xbox 360 game Ascend: Hand of Kul

Microsoft is shutting down the Xbox 360 version of free-to-play action-RPG Ascend: Hand of Kul in November, the company announced today, and has already pulled the game from the Xbox Games Store. Developer Signal Studios said in an update on Wednesday that Microsoft discontinued support of Ascend and recently pulled the game from the Xbox marketplace. The change appears to have taken Signal Studios somewhat by surprise, as the developer said the discontinuation of Ascend "surfaced to us while investigating various issues players have been experiencing over the weekend." "We are deeply saddened by this decision and the impact it has on our community," Signal Studios said in a statement. Ascend: Hand of Kul is still available in beta on Steam for Windows PC, the developer explained, and...
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How Super III is super inspired by Super Meat Boy, Super Mario 64

Super III, a new game from Super 91 Studios, aims to combine the "tight and responsive" controls of Super Meat Boy and the mission system of Super Mario 64 in its gameplay. In Super III, players control the alien III on a mission to save human survivors stranded after a galactic war. The game is a fast-paced 2D puzzle-platformer in which players can climb or quickly warp across the level to make their way through. "Controls are very tight and responsive, similar to Super Meat Boy's, making you feel it was your fault if when you make a mistake and not feel cheated by the game," Super 91 told Polygon via email. Players can choose new missions by entering different portals; like Super Mario 64, each level has several missions to be completed. Tasks include killing enemies, solving...
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Assassin's Creed Memories is available for iOS now

Assassin's Creed Memories, a free-to-play mobile spin-off title from Ubisoft's Assassin Creed series focusing on card battles, is available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch today via the App Store. Assassin's Creed Memories explores Renaissance Italy and Colonial America and adds new periods such as feudal Japan and imperial Mongolia. Players travel through time and collect cards while engaging in missions to hunt boss targets. Stats are boosted through the use of weapon or armor cards, while ally cards summon special characters to assist in combat. Multiplayer is available in the form of 20 vs. 20 player guild battles; participants build combos and choose their strongest to engage in front-line battles. The game is a collaboration between free-to-play mobile game developer PlayNext...
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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter trailer shows off murder scenes, idyllic countryside

Developer The Astronauts just released a 13-minute demo video for its upcoming mystery/horror game The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. The video shows off Ethan Carter's spooky atmosphere, massive environments and hard-boiled detective tropes. Protagonist Paul Prospero — introduced as an "occult-minded detective who receives a disturbing letter from Ethan Carter" — who has powerful (possibly supernatural) abilities, which are instrumental to solving puzzles. In the demo, Prospero encounters a nasty crime scene and has to put together the clues in order to form a picture of the murder. The game gained buzz after being shown at the PlayStation presentation at Gamescom. Ethan Carter will be available on Windows PC on Sept. 25, with a PlayStation 4 version due out next year.
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Jenny LeClue is a mystery adventure game influenced by divorce

Upcoming mystery-based adventure game Jenny LeClue draws influence from developer Joe Russ' experience growing up in a divorced family and the effects it had on his childhood, he recently told Polygon. Jenny LeClue tells the coming-of-age story of a young detective investigating a murder case involving her mother. In the game, Russ wants to explore choice and its responsibilities, he told Polygon. Choices are rarely wrong or right, and motives for making those decisions are important. "Growing up in a family of divorce is all about choices, and how your parents' choices can greatly affect you — at least as much as them," Russ said. "It's about accepting that sometimes the right choices have tough consequences. "These are the things I want players to be able to explore in the game and...
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Destiny launch trailer shows combat readiness

Here's the launch trailer for Destiny. Activision released the trailer this morning, which pulls together many of the game's selling points; grand sci-fi adventure, player choice, fast combat, good looks and seamless multiplayer. Created by Bungie, the studio behind the original Halo series, Destiny will be released on Sept. 9 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Be sure to read Polygon's full Destiny coverage.
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Game pre-loading comes to Xbox One early with Madden 15

Pre-purchasing and pre-loading of Xbox One games has come to Xbox One earlier than expected, thanks to EA Sports' Madden NFL 15. The Xbox One version of the game is now available for pre-loading to those who pre-purchase the game through the Xbox Games Store. Microsoft announced at its Gamescom press conference that game pre-loading would be available on Xbox One this September with the release of FIFA 15 and Forza Horizon 2. Microsoft was rumored to have pre-loading available on Xbox One earlier this year, when a page on Xbox.com hinted at a pre-load option for Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall. On Twitter, Xbox Studios partner studio manager Mike Ybarra said the move was in response to giving Xbox fans a feature they've been asking for. Xbox One owners who subscribe to Electronic...
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Clementine will make a stand as The Walking Dead Season Two closes next week

The fifth and final episode of The Walking Dead Season Two, No Going Back, will launch next week, developer Telltale Games announced today. No Going Back will be available for Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Windows PC on Aug. 26, Xbox 360 on Aug. 27 and for iOS on Aug. 28. The announcement was made alongside the release of the season's final trailer, which chronicles the emotional journey of protagonist Clementine and asks players to reflect on the choices they've made for her character. Be warned, the trailer is packed with spoilers for previous episodes in both seasons of Telltale's episodic drama — so you may want to hold off watching until you're all caught up — and includes an all-new scene created specifically for the trailer. The Walking Dead: Season Two episodes are...
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