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Ace Combat Infinity launching for free to PS3 on May 27

Free-to-play PlayStation 3 release Ace Combat Infinity launches May 27, publisher Bandai Namco confirmed today. The game is currently in development from studio Project Aces, best known for the flight simulation series. Ace Combat Infinity takes place in the near future and includes solo mission as well as up-to four-player multiplayer, pitting two teams of two players against one enemy to inflict the most damage. The game was first announced last year, with a tentative release window of late 2013. "The Ace Combat franchise has evolved dramatically over the years, but never before have we been able to offer its amazing graphics and tactical action for free," the publisher's Europe's senior vice president Olivier Comte said in a prepared statement at the time. "The team at Project...

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ilomilo developers reveal unreleased prototype Brisby & Donnovan

Game designers Simon Glesser and Magnus Gardeback have revealed prototype gameplay for a title the duo worked on at developer Southend Interactive before the studio shuttered. A video uploaded to the official YouTube account for canned project Brisby & Donnovan gives you a glimpse at the co-operative side-scroller that was in the works before the pair launched their own studio, Simogo, in 2010. The game stars Brisby, a small man in a bear suit, and Donnovan, a golem-type character made up of packages who can grow in size. Players control Brisby and toss boxes onto various objects and characters to bait Donnovan into eating them to increase in size and eventually eat larger objects. Southend Interactive shuttered last June, with staff later hired by Ubisoft's Massive game studio to...
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NES Remix 2 - Overview video

How fast can you climb the beanstalk mountain in the first level of Super Mario Bros. 2?NES Remix 2 is a fascinating test of some of your very specific classic gaming abilities, like how fast you can recover from a Punch-Out knock down, or how quickly you can blast fools in Kirby's Adventure's quick draw mini-game. It's genuinely exciting to exercise those long-dormant parts of my brain — the ones in charge of Kid Icarus pathing and Princess Peach-floating. Also, who doesn't love unlockable Miiverse stamps? Kids are absolutely bonkers about Miiverse stamps right now. In today's Overview, Justin and I run through a smattering of NES Remix 2's short-form challenges. Known high score champ and hot sauce magnate Billy Mitchell also swings by for a bit, and awards me a place alongside his...
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Train Jam 2014 offers up first batch of games

The first batch of games conceived out of Train Jam 2014, a 52-hour game jam held on a train travelling from Chicago to San Francisco, are now available on the event's official website. At the time of writing, the growing list currently offers 18 games available to freely download for Windows PC, Mac, Oculus or Android, or play online in a browser. Games include Android title Disconnect from Rami Ismail, Brice Puls and Benedict Fritz; Off the Grid by Matthew Hudgins; and, Oculus Team by Alicia Avril and Andrew Gleeson. The event, which took place March 13-15, offered a way to rally developers heading to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and create games whilst in transit. Train Jam was organized by Adriel Wallick, an indie game developer based in Boston and sister of...
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How Dragon Age: Inquisition's trailer opens up new story

Story has always been a central pillar in the enduring popularity of BioWare's Dragon Age series. A new trailer out today seeks to set the stage for Dragon Age: Inquisition, due to be released Oct. 7, 2014. Dragon Age: Inquisition begins with the events at a peace conference between the warring mages and templars. An explosion wreaks havoc on the tentative plans, while causing the extinction of many members of the world's ruling classes. The Inquisitor emerges from the chaos, ostensibly being blasted from metaphysical realm the Fade. The game's central character is given the power to fill the power vacuum, leading the Inquisition against invading demons, pouring through The Rift. "There's an interesting undertone here of people in the world believing that you have been sent as a...
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Riot Games reveals the next League of Legends Champion: Braum

League of Legends developer Riot Games has revealed the next playable Champion in its roster: Braum, The Heart of Freljord. The character is detailed in a new post on the studio's website, which describes Braum as being designed to fill a specific gap in League of Legends. Braum is the first legitimate tank support in the game, who is playable in the multiplayer online battle arena game's bottom lane. "While other supports focus on buffing, heals or disruption, Braum fills a unique role between the two teams, taking the brunt of the damage for his team and letting his damage dealers do their thing," the post explains. Braum is also capable of creating zones of safety behind him to protect his teammates. Additionally, while the character can only do a limited amount of damage, he can...
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Destiny website revamp offers more on enemies, classes, locations

An updated website for Bungie's upcoming sci-fi shooter Destiny teases more information about its enemies, three character classes and locations. Destiny is set on a future Earth after it experienced a golden age introduced with the arrival of the Traveler who "breathed new life into our system." Its arrival brought rain to Mars and made the atmosphere of Venus habitable. Human colonies on planets within the solar system are now in ruins and colonized by interstellar visitors who are searching the ruined golden age settlements. Players are placed in the role of one of three Guardian types or character classes. New videos of the three character classes, detailed in Polygon's E3 in-depth interview with its developers, are available on the website. The character classes include the...
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Picross e4 hits Nintendo 3DS May 1

Picross e4, the latest iteration of developer Jupiter Corporation's picture crossword puzzle game franchise, will be available for the Nintendo 3DS in North America on May 1. Picross e4 was released in Japan last November in the Nintendo 3DS eShop and was previously reported to head to Europe and North America by the end of April. The fourth game in the Picross e series features new 20x15 puzzles, Micross and Mega Picross modes and more than 150 new puzzles. Picross e beginners have access to tutorials and rule options, while players with save data from previous games can play additional Special Puzzles. Pricing information isn't currently available. Picross e3, the series' previous entry, launched last October in North America for $5.99 through the eShop and Europe last November...
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Developers from CCP Games to wrestle MMA fighter during Eve Fanfest

This year's Eve Fanfest, the annual celebration of all things Eve, will include an event called "Eve of Destruction" in which 10 developers from CCP Games will face off against mixed martial arts fighter Gunnar Nelson, the studio announced today. According to a press release from CCP, the individuals will engage in "actual physical combat" against Nelson (photo above), an Icelandic UFC fighter who is a practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. During Eve of Destruction, Nelson will partake in 10 back-to-back bouts of one-on-one wrestling against members of the CCP team. There will be only one win condition: submission. The format is a gauntlet — each match will run for as long as it takes, and the breaks between the fights will last only as long as is required for the next combatant to...
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Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day launches today in Australia and Europe

Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day, a side-scrolling action game tied into manga artist and Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo's four-part animated film Short Peace, is available now for PlayStation 3 in Australia and Europe, Bandai Namco Games Europe announced today. The PlayStation 3-exclusive video game component is directed by Goichi "Suda51" Suda, whose credits include killer7, Lollipop Chainsaw, Killer Is Dead and the No More Heroes franchise, and tells the fifth and final part of Short Peace. Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day follows the titular hero, "an average girl by day and a deadly assassin by night," according to Bandai Namco. "For the first time in video game history, Bandai Namco Games Europe is pleased to bring to players this tremendous cross-media experience," said Herve Hoerdt,...
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Multiplayer coming to Injustice: Gods Among Us mobile

The mobile version of NetherRealm Studios' fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, is set to receive a multiplayer update, according to a teaser posted by DC Entertainment. Injustice: Gods Among Us was released last year. It features villains and heroes facing off against one other, while the mobile editions use collectible card mechanics. The trailer, which you can view in the video above around the 48-second mark, provides a brief look at the update. Players will be able to challenge their friends and participate in leaderboards; no other details were provided. A date for the update was not announced. Console and handheld versions of the game already include ad-hoc multiplayer and traditional multiplayer over wi-fi. The free-to-play mobile version of Injustice: Gods Among Us is...
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BloodRayne: Crimson Slayer is the Japanese version of BloodRayne: Betrayal

BloodRayne: Betrayal, the sidescrolling action game from WayForward Technologies, has been localized into Japanese and will be released May 1 on PlayStation 3, publisher Arc System Works announced today on the game's website. Last week, Arc System Works posted a teaser site featuring a countdown for the BloodRayne project. BloodRayne: Betrayal was originally published by Majesco Entertainment in September 2011 on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade, but never made its way to Japan. Arc System Works, the studio behind the Guilty Gear franchise, is publishing the Japanese localization of BloodRayne: Betrayal, which is known as BloodRayne: Crimson Slayer. You can check out a trailer for Crimson Slayer above.
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Xbox One arrives Sept. 4 in Japan

Microsoft's Xbox One will launch in Japan on Sept. 4, the company announced today, revealing a list of more than 40 games heading to consoles in the region. Pricing information was not revealed. According to the announcement, 48 game developers (listed in full below) in the region have expressed their interest in developing software for the Xbox One, which will add to the titles already available for the console. Games that will be available in the region include Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Sunset Overdrive, "Halo on Xbox One" and Dead Rising 3. A list of titles announced for release in Japan is available on Microsoft's website. According to a Famitsu interview with head of Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer, Microsoft is planning special announcements to...
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Accessibility Arcade for disabled gamers opens April 26 at the University of Toronto

The University of Toronto will open its Accessibility Arcade April 26 to showcase technology that allows disabled gamers to play, The Globe and Mail reports. Created in cooperation with the AbleGamers Foundation, the Accessibility Arcade's opening celebration will take place at the Semaphore Research Cluster, and potential attendees can register for tickets at Eventbrite. The grand opening will include an open house with demonstrations and "a master class on digital games and accessibility" by AbleGamers founder Mark Barlet. Staff will also be available to advise visitors on the best equipment to purchase. Thereafter, the arcade will be open to the public by appointment only. "This is a testament to the university's commitment to people with disabilities in Canada," Barlet said. The...
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Call of Duty 2014 first look teased by Sledgehammer Games

Developer Sledgehammer Games teased a first look at this year's Call of Duty at last month's Game Developers Conference, offering a split-second peek at the 2014 entry in Activision's popular shooter franchise. Thanks to the GDC Vault, which hosts video recordings of the conference's talks, those not in attendance at Sledgehammer's panel can get a taste of what this year's Call of Duty game will look like. "We can't talk at all about Call of Duty for this year," Sledgehammer's Michael Condrey said at the start of the talk he delivered with fellow studio co-founder Glen Schofield. "[Activision] said you can't show anything from Call of Duty this year, and you certainly can't show in-game rendered characters from this year's game." Condrey then briefly showed an image from the game...
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SOE All Access delayed again, rescheduled for April 29

Sony Online Entertainment's All Access pass has been delayed once again and is now expected to launch April 29, community relations manager Collette "Dexella" Murphy wrote on the company's forums. The All Access plan offers subscriptions to the company's entire catalogue for only $14.99 per month; the new plan is a replacement for SOE's previous pass, available for $19.99. "In an effort to ensure that the transition to the new All Access membership plan is as seamless as possible, we are going to be taking a little more time to test," Murphy wrote. "So, we will be pushing the launch date of All Access to Tuesday, April 29th. Because of the portfolio-wide nature of this plan, this may prevent us from doing any individual game updates in EverQuest, EverQuest 2, Planetside 2 and DC...
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The Walking Dead for PS4, Xbox One listed at GameStop

The Walking Dead, Telltale Games' episodic adventure game series based on Robert Kirkman's post-apocalyptic comic book, may be headed to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One June 17, according to product listings on GameStop's website. The retailer's website lists $29.99 Game of the Year editions for PS4 and Xbox One. Telltale's The Walking Dead Game of the Year Edition was released last November for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC and included all five of Season One's episodes plus the 400 Days downloadable content that bridges the gap between the first and second seasons. The game is also available on Mac, Ouya and PlayStation Vita. We've reached out to Telltale for confirmation and will update this article with more information as it becomes available.
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Royce Gracie joins EA Sports UFC roster as unlockable fighter

Brazilian mixed martial artist Royce Gracie will be featured in EA Sports' upcoming mixed martial arts title, EA Sports UFC, the company announced today. Players will be able to unlock Gracie by beating the game on Pro difficulty or higher, or by pre-ordering the game for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Participating retailers are available on EA Sports' site. Gracie, now retired, is the winner of 11 consecutive UFC submission victories and holds the record for the longest MMA match, clocking in at 90 minutes. The fighter was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2003. Gracie joins the roster along with recently announced contenders Glover Teixeira, Marku Munoz and Roy Nelson, as well as martial arts legend and action film star Bruce Lee. For more on why Lee will appear in EA Sports UFC,...
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New Spelunky world record set at $3.14 million

The latest Spelunky world-record score comes from YouTube user Buddy7heElf, who posted a complete play-through with a total of $3,140,325 last week. Buddy7heElf managed to hit that high score in a Spelunky run that took 4 hours, 10 minutes and 4 seconds, besting the previous world record — $3,109,850 from Twitch streamer YamaYamaDingDong earlier this month, which was accomplished in 4 hours and 45 minutes. YamaYamaDingDong's score surpassed the $3,105,850 score from Twitch's Bananasaurus_Rex, which had taken seven and a half hours in February. Bananasaurus_Rex previously achieved fame for becoming the first person to complete a "solo Eggplant run," a feat he pulled off last November; check out game developer Douglas Wilson's in-depth breakdown for more details. Scrub to about 7:32 in...
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