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Breach & Clear: Deadline is PC exclusive and full of zombies

The next iteration of Breach & Clear will be PC exclusive. Called Breach & Clear: Deadine, the top-down tactical shooter will introduce zombies, hero units and other additional features while making the shift from turn-based to real-time action. Breach & Clear began life as a strategy game on iOS. Since then it's moved to PC through Steam's Greenlight platform. The game is a collaboration between Mighty Rabbit and Kentucky-based Gun Media, which was founded by Wes Keltner, formerly of Infinity Ward. Deadline will be published by Gambitious and Devolver Digital. Keltner says that the original Breach & Clear app launched in the number two slot on iOS and has since gained half a million players. The behind-the-scenes video features alpha footage, as well as a conversation with the game's...

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The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale review: can't go home again

The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale has all of the ingredients necessary to pull together an explosive ending. After a second season of dramatic highs and crushing lows, I still felt a strong connection to protagonist Clementine. I've been with her through so much, and I was invested in seeing where she ends her journey (for now, at least). Yet at the end, I was left feeling more empty than anything else. The Walking Dead's Season 2 finale is about as inconsistent as the season as a whole has been. It never stops striving for the depth and emotional impact of the first season, but it also never quite lives up to its own legacy. (Editor's Note: If you haven't played any of The Walking Dead Season 2 and are concerned about spoilers about the direction of this season, it may be best to...
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GOG.com launching DRM-free film initiative with 20 gaming-focused documentaries

Online digital game retailer GOG.com is extending its DRM-free philosophy to movies, kicking off the initiative today with 20 documentaries focused on video games and gaming culture. GOG.com's new DRM-free Movie section will launch with a handful of world premieres — documentaries including The King of Arcades, Gamer Age and Pixel Poetry — as well as award-winning films like Indie Game: The Movie. Two titles, Art of Playing and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard, will be available for free. All movies can be downloaded or streamed for viewing, and GOG.com is promising the addition of more titles every week. According to a statement from GOG, the company is now aiming to bring major Hollywood studios on board and add their movies to the DRM-free catalog. But most studios, said...
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Forza Horizon 2 offers Xbox One demo on Sept. 16

Forza Horizon 2 will provide a demo on Xbox One on Sept. 16, two weeks ahead of the open-world racer's Sept. 30 launch, Microsoft said this morning. The announcement did not provide details of what events or how many cars would be in the demo. Nor does it sound like any demo is planned for Xbox 360; Forza Horizon 2 launches for it on the same day. Playground Games, which is developing the Xbox One version, said the two versions are "different games inspired by the same ideas." The announcement includes a list of 60 achievements, which gives hints about the locations drivers will visit in the game. Forza Horizon 2 is set in southern Europe. For more, see Polygon's preview of the game from E3 2014.
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Gauntlet reboot release date pushed back to Sept. 23

Arrowhead Game Studios reboot of the classic co-op dungeon crawler Gauntlet, initially slated to launch on Sept. 3, has been pushed back to Sept. 23, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today. The reboot — announced this past March — will launch for Linux Windows PC through Steam for $19.99. Gauntlet will include full support for the Steam OS software in preparation for the 2015 launch of Steam Machines. According to a statement from the publisher, the reason for the delay is so the team can fine-tune Gauntlet's multiplayer mode. As a thank you for support, Warner Bros. is including an in-game bonus item with all pre-orders — a Wizard's Robe called the The Spawn of Kerthull, crafted from dead imps. Players will be able to get hands-on time with Gauntlet during...
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The Wii U is actually worth buying now

My colleague Dieter Bohn is wondering whether to buy a Wii U. I'm here to convince him that he should. Nintendo's Wii U launch was the company's biggest disaster since the Virtual Boy. The console was slow and clunky, with very little to play upon release and a barren line-up of games for the next several months. It's a cliché, but after I bought mine upon its Japanese launch, it quite literally gathered dust for the best part of a year. (It does that pretty easily because it is glossy and black.) Just look at the chart above — the Wii U has posted terrible retail figures ever since its initial burst of sales, and there's little chance of that changing even with blockbuster titles like Mario Kart 8. Many third-party publishers have abandoned the platform. Nintendo seems to have...
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OlliOlli now available on PS3 and PS4

Roll7's skateboarding title OlliOlli is now available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe, the developer has announced. The PS3 and PS4 versions are a straight port of the PlayStation Vita original — which launched this past January — includes an upgraded menu system and leaderboards that can be viewed among friends. These leaderboards have also been added to the PS Vita version and will allow players to compare scores. OlliOlli is also cross-buy and cross-save compatible, which will allow those who already own the PS Vita version to pick up and play their game on consoles. "[SCEE strategic content specialists] Shahid [Kamal Ahmad] and Spencer [Low] at PlayStation in London pretty much insisted we did the port after the first day's success, it was totally...
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Lindsay Lohan lawsuit against GTA 5 publisher was 'for publicity,' says court documents

Lawyers for Grand Theft Auto 5 publisher Take Two claim the recent lawsuit filed by actress Lindsay Lohan against the games company was done "for publicity purposes," according to court papers as reported by Big Story. Take Two aims to have the lawsuit dismissed and legal fees paid by Lohan. The Associated Press reported earlier this year that Lohan's legal team filed a lawsuit in a Manhattan court that alleges Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games based GTA 5 character Lacey Jonas on the actress, who has starred in Herbie Fully Loaded and The Canyons. The developer "incorporated her image, likeness, clothing, outfits, [Lohan's] clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses" and the jean shorts worn by Lohan without her permission, according to the...
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'Doctor Who' is now darker, stranger and more honest

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the first episode of the eighth season of Doctor Who."I’m not on the phone. I’m right here." The Doctor is more or less a god in the world of Doctor Who. He can go wherever he wants, whenever he wants and he carries a magic wand that can control everything around him. He’s immortal and, although he can shed his face like a snake’s skin and grow a new one, he will never grow old in the way we imagine it. He has to remind Clara that this is his face now, as she speaks to his younger self on the phone. He has to be seen for who, and what, he is. He needs people. That's what the final plea was about. He's unhinged at the idea that Clara doesn't recognize who he is due to the new face and body. We see two sides of the Doctor in this story: The god...
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The Pokemon fighting game won't play like Tekken (or feature Tekken characters)

Pokkén Tournament, the Pokémon fighting game in development at Bandai Namco with the involvement of the Tekken and Soulcalibur teams, may look like a Tekken game in some ways, but don't expect it to play like one, producer Katsuhiro Harada says. On Twitter, Harada said that Pokkén Tournament won't have a high-mid-low guard mechanic like Tekken, but will explore new gameplay mechanics, according to tweets translated by EventHubs. The game also won't include Tekken fighters as guest characters. Harada said the game's roster won't be limited to humanoid-style Pokémon. Responding to concerns that Pokémon Lucario and Machamp were representative of the characters we'd see in Pokkén Tournament, Harada said, "Technologically-speaking, we shouldn't face any problems in implementing whatever...
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A mad genius just created Minecraft — in Trials Fusion

We've seen other games created in Minecraft, now someone's gone and created Minecraft in Trials Fusion, of all games. Here's "TrialsCraft," an adaptation by PneumaticBog484 running on Xbox One. It's not a large-scale map — 17 blocks on a 10 x 10 x 10 creation grid, but the fundamentals of Minecraft gameplay are there. See for yourself in this video above. PneumaticBog says the skill challenge has since been shared cross-platform, so users can find it on any platform, PC included. Want to see something else neat, by the same guy? It's "FPS Target Range II," whose wall-running evokes Titanfall. It features 10 custom weapons — with reload animations — and 30 hidden targets on the course.
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Multiplayer comes to Dragon Age with Inquisition's 4-player co-op mode

BioWare is bringing multiplayer to Dragon Age: Inquisition, a mode that the developer describes as "an action-packed dungeon-crawling four-player co-op experience" with fast-paced, strategic team gameplay. In a FAQ posted to the official Dragon Age website, BioWare explains that in Inquisition's multiplayer mode players will embark on missions given by specialists; acquire gold and loot; craft new items; and unlock new characters, weapons, potions, armor and more. The goal, BioWare says, "is to make a fun dungeon-crawling experience that you can play with your friends. There will be no pay walls in Dragon Age multiplayer. Everything is accessible with gold coins. You can use premium currency, but you don't have to." Dragon Age: Inquisition's multiplayer won't have an impact on the...
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Palestinian developer tackles a game ... about sperm

Ramallah in Palestine's West Bank is home to PinchPoint, a game developer that claims to be the first venture-capital-backed Palestinian video game studio.The New Yorker reports PinchPoint's first game, Spermania for Android, which covers a subject that is a long way away from the conflict that surrounds the game's makers. It is a mobile fantasy-platformer about the life of a sperm. But just making this game has been a struggle for the developers, who live in a city that is at the forefront of the long-standing conflict between Palestinians and Israel. "Local events here definitely affect our focus and stress us out," said PinchPoint developer Basel Nasr. "We have no airport or control over our land borders, so travel costs extra time and money. This makes it more challenging to plan...
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See your favorite hockey arena in all its glory in NHL 15

The latest NHL 15 trailer, released today by publisher Electronic Arts, shows off the work developer EA Canada is doing to try to bring hockey arenas around the league to life in the game. Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Rangers, appears in EA's NHL franchise for the first time this year; until this point, the Blueshirts' home ice was a generic rink known in the game as "New York Arena." Other venues featured in today's trailer include Joe Louis Arena — the center of Hockeytown for the Detroit Red Wings — and the Montreal Canadiens' Bell Centre. The fans inside NHL 15's stadiums are just as important as the rinks themselves. There's a greater variety in fan models than ever before, and they'll act more like real fans would, too. NHL 15 is set for release Sept. 9 on...
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Dark Souls 2's Crown of the Old Iron King DLC feels like Dark Souls 1

The best part about a Souls title isn't beating the game — it's beating the system.The series' entries are enormously difficult by design, so every advantage, every leg-up you could find in their unforgiving worlds was cause for celebration. Dark Souls 2's newest DLC, Crown of the Old Iron King, gives you more opportunities to exploit the environment and enemy logic than the base game ever did — and wow, are you going to need them. Check out the Overview above to watch Dave and I play through a bit of the DLC, and share some insight on how to not die as much as we have.
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Republicans launch platform game to aid election push

The Republican Party has released an 8-bit-style online platformer that the GOP hopes will aid its political fortunes in a mid-term election year. Starring an elephant with the name of Giopo, the game features enemies called "Job-destroying Taxers," who are described as having been sent by "Harry Reid and President Obama." Jumping on the bad guys releases sound clips that are hostile to the Democrats. "Hi, my name is Giopi," states the game's intro. "I'm one of the GOP's best volunteers for the 2014 midterms, and I'm here to show you how we can win back the Senate! There is going to be a lot of red tape and regulations in our way, but we need to overcome them in order to succeed." The simple run-and-jump platformer, called Mission Majority, requires a log-in via social media or...
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Woman says Wii dancing game saved her life

Britain's Daily Mail tabloid can usually be relied upon to run stories that are hostile to video games, revealing the "chilling truth" behind hit games and their "morally immature" imprint on young minds. But today, the newspaper is running a story about a woman who credits playing a Nintendo Wii game, with saving her life. Late last year, Emma White (36) was playing a Wii dancing game with her kids, on her daughter's birthday, when she suffered a loss of bladder control. Never having experienced incontinence before, she checked in with a doctor. After tests, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. "On my daughter's birthday, it's a tradition for our family to have a dance off on the Wii," she said. "I'd never had any accidents before so it was a complete shock." The Mail is running...
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It's like Meat Boy and Sonic had a baby

If you sit down with the people promoting Fenix Rage, that's what they say: it's like if Meat Boy and Sonic got together and produced offpsringAnd yeah, sure, if you look at Fenix, the main character in Fenix Rage, he really does kinda look that way, small and stocky but also fierce and spiky. There are also the similarities in terms of speed and accuracy of control. I played the game at a demo last week, and here's the thing about Fenix Rage. It's hard, but in a fun way, very much in the tradition of the best PC platformers of today, like Spelunky or Super Meat Boy. You try to get from one end of the level to another without getting killed. If you do get killed, you go straight back the beginning and start again. There was a time when this sort of punishing mechanic would have been...
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