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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PS4 - Overview video

Very few games fill the chubby chocobo quotient that I've come to desire from the medium.Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn meets my obscure needs deftly, while also managing to deliver a surprisingly solid MMO experience. I've been waiting on the game's PlayStation 4 iteration before diving in, though, and I'm glad I did — A Realm Reborn performs sublimely on the console. It doesn't just tend to the interface issues MMOs run into on consoles, it almost comes up with a better solution for combat hotbars in the process. Not to mention Remote Play, which seems almost tailored for the slower pacing and canned animations of the genre. It's a match made in 7th Heaven. In this Overview, Phil Kollar and I talk about Final Fantasy XIV's PlayStation 4 version, and we also just totally kick it...

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OlliOlli developer Roll7's next trick, the kill combo-based shoot 'em up Not A Hero

Cover-based shooting is given a retro isometric slant in developer Roll7's Not A Hero, the London-based team's follow-up to skateboarding game OlliOlli. The PC action game combines shooting, sliding and reloading — and the occasional kitten bomb — for a combo-based affair that sits somewhere between arcade classics Rolling Thunder and Elevator Action and Platinum Games' hyper-fast shooter Vanquish. In Not A Hero, players lay siege to a building as a gunman, sliding into and out of cover, clearing rooms of enemy henchmen in an attempt to escape. In other missions, you'll have to hack terminals or paste up a series of political posters in support of BunnyLord, a purple bunny from the future with mayoral aspirations. As you pop in and out of cover and move from floor to floor, the...
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Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth videos detail damage-dealing Boost system

Atlus shared two new videos for upcoming Nintendo 3DS title Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth today detailing the game's combat system. In battle, players will have access to the Boost System, a tool allowing players to deal higher amounts of damage. When in Boost mode, characters will be able to attack opponents at no cost to personal resources. The more characters there are in Boost mode, the higher a chance of being able to execute a powerful All-Out Attack. But like in previous Persona games, players are going to want to suss out their enemies' weak points before making their moves. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, a dungeon-crawler featuring the casts of Persona 3 and Persona 4, will launch for 3DS in Japan on June 5 and later this year in North America.
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Why the makers of Guacamelee decided to make a touch game about a one-armed woman

In Severed, players take on the role of a woman who wakes in a desert with a missing arm and perhaps missing memory.The game, which uses swipes with a finger on a screen in combat, has players on the hunt for body parts and the story of how this unnamed protagonist woke in a desert. It's a compelling story coming from the creators of Guacamelee. It's also the first game in Drinkbox's history that won't be a platformer. "We've been making platformers for six years and Guacamelee for three years," said Drinkbox co-founder Graham Smith. "We're going to try something new, something different." So Drinkbox opened the floor to pitches from everyone at the studio to see what they could come up with. "When we opened it up to the studio to pitch new ideas, this happened to be the one that...
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State of Decay's Lifeline DLC is just the start of Undead Labs' 'long-term ambitions'

State of Decay: Lifeline, the second expansion and the first story-based add-on for Undead Labs' hit Xbox Live Arcade title, turns the tables on State of Decay by putting the player on the military side of humanity's efforts to repel the zombie threat. But as we saw during a demo of Lifeline at PAX East 2014, that doesn't mean that the DLC will shy away from what made the original game so special: exploring the psychological effects of dealing with the undead. Lifeline casts the player as a member of Greyhound One, a small platoon that's attempting to maintain order in the overrun city of Danforth. Unlike in State of Decay, you start out with plenty of rations and support from the larger military. But all of it dwindles over time in the face of the zombie outbreak: Your supplies...
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Play Mass Effect 3's ultimate space battle with this Homeworld 2 mod

The climactic space battle between the Reapers and all others in the galaxy was largely played out through cutscenes in Mass Effect 3, a role-playing game and not a space combat simulator. Well, a team of modders have seen fit to recreate that showdown in Homeworld 2. Mass Effect Reborn is the work of Phoenix Interactive; it released in a beta earlier this month and should make a full release by early May. The 429MB download is free, available through moddb.com. Mass Effect R works for Homeworld 2 on Linux, Mac OS and Windows PC.
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A look back on Harvest Moon, the unlikely console farming simulator

Long, long before there was FarmVille, there was Harvest Moon, which overcame a troubled development and skepticism of its appeal to become an enduring series, mostly on Nintendo platforms. Did You Know Gaming presents a comprehensive history of the origins of the series and what Yasuhiro Wada strove to create back in 1996. Wada wished to create a nonviolent role-playing game that reminded him of childhood memories of the countryside, and felt that despite giving players approximations of real-world chores, he still could find a level of engagement that kept them interested and involved. Evidently he did, as Harvest Moon's format spawned 17 successors, three of them on PlayStation platforms. Harvest Moon 64, launched in 1999, is said to be the closest to what Wada envisioned when he...
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Two more videos show off Ultra Street Fighter 4's characters, opening cinematic

Two more videos for Ultra Street Fighter 4 reveal the update's new opening cinematic and another several minutes of game action (with Japanese subtitling). Ultra Street Fighter 4 is a large-scale update to the five-year old title that will add new stages and characters on top of a layer of balances and gameplay changes. It will be offered for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in June, and for Windows PC in August. It will be released as a new retail game, but those who own the original may buy and download it the update online for $14.99 For more on Ultra Street Fighter 4, see Polygon's preview of Decapre, one of the new fighters this game will introduce.
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Easter eggs? Here are two in Garden Warfare — including the Slender Man

In the spirit of today's holiday, here are a couple of Easter eggs in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, including a cameo by that loathsome ghoul Slender Man. There also is an Easter egg, building on an earlier one discovered, that references Outset Island from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Slender Man is found on the Zomboss Estate map. This video, by YouTuber StrangeLuv, shows you how to find both. Polygon scored Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare an 8.5 when it launched in late February, saying it "takes the best parts of PVZ to make an experimental shooter that feels freed from tired conventions or compromise." The game launched a free expansion, "Zomboss Down," last Tuesday.
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See Star Citizen's dogfighting, and more, in action

For those who didn't get the chance to see Star Citizen's dogfighting presentation at PAX East 2014, whether in person or streamed on Twitch, Cloud Imperium Games has released this 30-minute video showing that demonstration and much more for the record-setting, crowdfunded space combat simulator. The presentation itself begins at 9:30 and lasts to about 22:30. It's followed by another 15 minutes of footage and interviews from the PAX East show floor, which details how to set up a dogfighting match in Arena Commander, the online multiplayer module that will be offered to backers before the full game is released in 2015. Polygon was at the event shown in the first half of the video, and had hands-on time with the game's dogfighting; our impressions of it may be read here. Star Citizen...
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A list of every video game ever made: 43,806 names, and counting

It's 43,806 names long, and it's not even close to being finished. It's a project to name every single video game, ever made, for every platform. Pastebin user Data_Baser is leading the project, with help from 4chan's /vr/ retro games board. And it aims to be comprehensive, including not just arcade, console or PC releases, but video games made for mobile platforms, browser-based games, and visual novels. So far, the oldest entries are for Computer Space and Galaxy Game (pictured), both class of 1971. Early examples of video games, such as Spacewar! (developed in 1962 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) or Tennis for Two (1958, at Brookhaven National Laboratory) are not in the roll call. Nor, curiously, is Pong. Though Computer Space is accepted as the first...
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Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot listed on Steam Greenlight

Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot, two MMORPGs both with tenures longer than a dozen years, both have appeared on Steam Greenlight, about a month after Broadsword Online Games assumed control of them. If approved through Greenlight, the clients themselves would be free, but both carry monthly subscription costs. Both offer 14-day free trials to new accounts. Ultima Online launched on Sept. 24, 1997, two years before Everquest, making it one of the longest-running MMOs of all time. Dark Age of Camelot launched in 2001. Broadsword took over production of both titles on Feb. 1 though it continues to partner with prior developer Mythic Entertainment for operations and support, and with Electronic Arts for billing and account support through Origin, an online competitor to Steam.
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Sniper Elite 3 will give British satirist the chance to shoot himself

British satirist and broadcaster Charlie Brooker has been so voluble in his praise of the Sniper Elite series that the game's developer will include him in a special Sniper Elite 3 level. Rebellion announced the inclusion in a news release last week, including that picture of Brooker, 43, in a full-body Lycra suit used for motion capture. "Rebellion is keeping quiet on Charlie Brooker's exact role in Sniper Elite 3 for now," the news release said, "but the game's creators have promised it will appeal to Charlie's dark sense of humor, fueling speculation he won't just be the good guy." Earlier, Brooker had toured Rebellion's headquarters and gotten a hands-on session with Sniper Elite 3 when creative director Jason Kingsley offered to put Brooker in the game as " a novel ‘thank you'...
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Teaser video suggests Grid sequel announcement on Tuesday

The announcement of a new game in the Grid racing series appears set for Tuesday, according to a teaser video posted by the game's YouTube account. Replying to a fan later via Twitter, the Codemasters community manager for the game promised on Friday that "Tuesday's announcement will NOT have the words Android or iOS in them." The first Grid was published in 2008, and its sequel, Grid 2, launched in May 2013. It earned a nomination from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for the best sports video game of 2013.
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SOE president says H1Z1 makers are 'fans and contributors' of DayZ

In an AMA on Reddit yesterday, John Smedley, the president of Sony Online Entertainment, was asked about similarities that SOE's upcoming MMO H1Z1 shares with DayZ, the tremendously successful ArmA 2 mod from 2012 set in a post-apocalyptic open world. Smedley acknowledged that he, and "most of the people on our team" are 'fans and contributors' of DayZ. "Not going to give some politically correct dodgy b.s. answer," he wrote. "H1Z1 is a survival in a Zombie Apocalypse game. So is DayZ. They have made a brilliant game (first I might add). So sure. We're another Zombie Apocalypse game. Call it what it is. But our goal is to make ours fun, accessible, hard core and super, super deep. "This is our take on the Zombie Apocalypse with a lot of friends and hopefully some great enemies both...
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Art exhibit blends video games with religious iconography

An art exhibit currently showing in New York imagines video game scenes as if they were religious frescoes from the late Middle Ages. The one shown here is "Defenders of Ataros," by Dan Hernandez, plainly referencing Atari's Missile Command. It's part of "Genesis 2014," showing now at the Kim Foster Gallery in Chelsea. Hernandez, notes the Gallery, mixes religion, mythology and pop culture in his work. "Hernandez blurs boundaries, rearranges hierarchies, and calls into question our notions of iconography, collectibles, violence and devotion," the gallery says. The show is running until next Saturday. Other paintings in the collection reference Street Fighter 2 and Space Invaders. See them at this link.
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Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam and Humongous Entertainment return to PC on Steam

Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam and Spy Fox, mainstays of Humongous Entertainment's 1990s line of edutainment titles for the PC, are now available on Steam, announced Tommo, the brand's parent company. The rollout began on Thursday with six titles — Putt-Putt Joins the Parade, Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds, Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside, Spy Fox in: Dry Cereal, Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-o-Rama, and Freddi Fish and Luther's Maze Madness. The trailer for Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside is above. Additional titles from all four series will be released May 1, May 15, May 29 and June 6. Humngous' line of video games are well remembered by gamers who grew up with them and now are in their 20s. Night Dive Studios, which...
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Tales of Hearts R to launch in North America late this year

Tales of Hearts R, the PlayStation Vita remake of 2008's Tales of Hearts for the Nintendo DS, will release in the west this year, according to this announcement from Hideo Baba, the producer of Namco's Tales series. A specific date was not given but the end of this video says Winter 2014. Tales of Hearts R launched in Japan last year. Gematsu reports that Tales of Hearts R's retail release in North America will be exclusive to GameStop, but it also will be available as a digital download on the PlayStation Store. The original video on Namco's YouTube channel was later set to private, though it remains up elsewhere. Polygon has asked a Namco representative for comment.
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See The Fifth Element imagined as a 16-bit video game

YouTube satirists CineFix have done about two dozen interpretations of popular movies as old-school video games, and their latest endeavor is delivering all the key scenes of The Fifth Element in 8-bit — "and a little 16-bit," they say — style. CineFix has a robust series of these movies, including adaptations of Fight Club, Inception and Pulp Fiction (though its recent Happy Gilmore parody was removed from YouTube on a copyright claim by NBC Universal.) Incidentally, The Fifth Element, which was released in 1997, did have a video game adaptation, for the PlayStation, and it was a critical failure.
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