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You'll still get to customize your Dragon Age: Inquisition story, but later than expected

Dragon Age Keep, the companion web experience that allows players to tailor story choices from across the franchise for Dragon Age: Inquisition, will roll out later to accommodate for the game's delay, BioWare announced today. Originally expected to launch Oct. 7, Inquisition is now heading to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on Nov. 18. BioWare has adjusted the launch date, which is still unknown, for the Keep accordingly. Players are promised access to the service before the game is released. "We still plan to launch ahead of Dragon Age: Inquisition, giving you ample time to establish your world state ahead of time," the update reads. "The exact date is still to be determined and will depend on how the beta progresses. We'll continue to release...

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The International Dota 2 tournament watched by more than 20M viewers, Valve says

More than 20 million people tuned in to watch this year's annual Dota 2 championship tournament, The International 4, according to a release from Valve. Valve said that this year's International Dota 2 Championships had "well over 2 million" peak concurrent viewers, more than double last year's peak. This year's International tournament was streamed through online service Twitch in multiple languages, with channels tailored for newcomers and those who preferred to watch "spoiler-free" and at their own pace. The International matches were also viewable in-game and through ESPN. While this year's International Dota 2 Championships saw impressive growth, it lagged behind the most recent League of Legends season finals. One of Dota 2's chief rivals in the genre drew 32 million viewers...
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The Last of Us review update: Remastered on PS4

The Last of Us was already one of the most visually impressive games of the last generation, so the necessity of "remastering" it for next-gen hardware is arguable. The results, however, are not. The Last of Us Remastered is a lovingly curated package. In addition to a graphically improved version of the core game that looks better, runs smoother and loads faster, Remastered contains a number of bonuses — most notably, the excellent Left Behind single-player DLC. While I would have loved an option to slot Left Behind into its place in the timeline while playing through the game, just having it included at all is a blessing. While this is a great package for anyone who hasn't played The Last of Us yet, it also includes some nice elements for people who are already hardcore fans. A...
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Action Henk gets seven new levels and tricky challenges for 'die-hard players'

The first update for RageSquid's Early Access "toystalgic speedrunning platformer," Action Henk, adds seven levels and harder challenges for players seeking something a little more difficult, the developer announced via Steam. In Action Henk, players must master their momentum to successfully race against a collection of '90s action figures. The new levels, which include "The Drop," "Pro Skater" and "Leap of Faith," range from easy to hard; those seeking more of a challenge can also try for Rainbow Medals, challenges RageSquid say feature "extreme difficulty for the die-hard players." The update brings the game's total level offerings up to 25. Other updates include interface and control tweaks, which you can view in full on Steam. Action Henk is currently available for Linux, Mac...
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Pinball FX2 delayed on Xbox One, but you can now transfer tables you bought on Xbox 360

Zen Studios' Pinball FX2 will miss its original Xbox One release date of July 31, but it's for a good reason: Players who purchased tables in the Xbox 360 version of the game will now be able to transfer that content to Xbox One for free, the company announced today. When Zen announced the Xbox One launch date for Pinball FX2 two weeks ago, the company said that it began developing that version of the game in late 2013, and that at that time, Microsoft did not support cross-platform compatibility across Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Zen Pinball 2, the equivalent of Pinball FX2 on non-Xbox platforms, offers cross-buy functionality across PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, so tables purchased on any of the systems can be used in Zen Pinball 2 on all three. Microsoft has changed...
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Tell Us Your Story

So the other day me and several of the regulars over in the Plight thread were telling our stories. Our story of how we got into anime specifically. Lots of great stories, many different takes on the subject. I felt like maybe we should expand this storytelling into all of Polygon. So I encourage everyone to write up a story about why you got into something. It could be anime, movies, video games, or even a physical hobby like interpretive dance.Anything kind of story you want to write but as long as it has impacted your life in someway, well preferably. Let's go ahead and lay down some ground rules for posting here. There is no required length of story. It would be five sentences or five paragraphs. Write however much you need to tell the story. No insulting or making fun of...
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EA Access wants to be Netflix for video games, but it doesn't go far enough

A video game subscription service in the vein of Netflix Instant Watch will make a company very, very wealthy. But it probably won't be Electronic Arts. Today, EA announced Access, a subscription plan that provides "access" to a limited number of EA games, with the promise of discounts and early access to content, like the EA Sports slate and Dragon Age: Inquisition, down the line. Access will launch as a beta today on Xbox One and expand soon to all Xbox One users willing to pay $4.99 a month or $29.99 annually. Incentivizing players to buy digital copies is a smart business move, cutting into GameStop's billion-dollar trade-in market, which makes money for the retailer but not game publishers like EA. Access intends to cut into GameStop's billion dollar trade-in market But EA's...
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Watch us freeze to death in The Long Dark

The Long Dark is a quiet, sometimes beautiful take on the survival genre; but that doesn't mean it's less lethal than its contemporaries. On the contrary — it may lack zombies, mutant bears and griefing players, but the wilderness you've crash-landed in has plenty of ways to dispatch you. Take the gameplay video above, captured from the game's early alpha version, as an example of that fact. It doesn't matter if you've got all the firewood and beef jerky in the world when you're thirsty, exhausted and nursing a sprained ankle.
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How to fight enemies in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition mixes real-time character combat with a more tactical approach in which players can make use of their party's strategic strengths. This new trailer from developer BioWare shows how the role-playing game's fighting systems work. The game, in which an Inquisitor battles through a fantasy realm, allows players to pile into combat situations while relying on party members to help out, using their particular powers, be they melee, magic or range weapons. Alternatively, the player can freeze the action and control a camera in order to weigh up the enemy, while individually directing party-members. Tactics can be changed at any time. Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released on Nov. 18.
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Watch The Last of Us stars share their first meeting, discuss 'alternate' ending

To celebrate the release of The Last of Us Remastered for PlayStation 4, the PlayStation Blog released an interview with the stars of the game in which they recall the first time they met and the musical alternate ending. The video, which you can watch above, features Ashley Johnson (Ellie) talking briefly about working with the actor auditioning for Joel just before Troy Baker. In one cut, Johnson pushed the actor — only to be pushed right back, resulting in a tumble. After she regained her feet, Johnson reacted with some of Ellie's signature spirit. "Alright, we're gonna do this," she said of her thoughts at the time. "I'm totally gonna fight this motherfucker." The two never came to physical blows, of course, and Baker was ultimately cast for the part. But the pair fans know today...
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Velvet Sundown is like a goofy BioWare RPG, minus the combat

If you love stilted line readings, awkward character animation and the occasionally brilliant writing of a BioWare RPG, Velvet Sundown is your jam. Sort of. Velvet Sundown is a hilariously weird game. It’s an RPG of sorts — you take control of a character — one of several well-heeled partygoers on a fancy yacht off the coast of a fictional Caribbean island — and you have conversations with your fellow upper crust. Everyone has secret objectives, assigned at the beginning — you exchange drugs, money, information and the like from the get go. But for most of the game, you’re having conversations. Bizarre, surreal conversations. What makes this so interesting — and unpredictable — is the fact that each character on the boat is a real live human, attached to a keyboard somewhere on...
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Here's what's in the $120 version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will ship with three versions later this year: the standard $59.99 version, a $79.99 limited version with extra content and a $119.99 version dubbed the Atlas Pro Edition which packs in the game's season pass add-on content. There are no night vision goggles, remote control cars or cameras this year; publisher Activision is sticking mainly to digital incentives. The standard version of Advanced Warfare is a no-frills release — it's just the game. For $79.99, players will get the Atlas Limited Edition, which includes the game, a SteelBook metal case, a physical manual and a host of digital goods: the game's soundtrack, two weapons, an upgrade for the military exoskeleton in single-player mode and more. The Atlas Gorge multiplayer map, a re-imagining of C...
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LittleBigPlanet 3 launching Nov. 18 on PS3 and PS4

LittleBigPlanet 3, the latest entry in the charming platforming series created by Media Molecule, will be available Nov. 18 on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, publisher Sony Computer Entertainment announced today. A range of pre-order bonuses is available for LittleBigPlanet 3. All pre-order customers, regardless of whether they choose a physical or digital version of the game, will get the game's Day 1 Edition, which includes two add-on packs. The PlayStation 4 the Players Costume Pack features Sackboy costumes based on PlayStation characters, while the Dragon Age Costume Pack includes items inspired by Dragon Age: Inquisition. People who pre-order a digital copy on PS3 or PS4 from the PlayStation Store will receive the LittleBigPlanet 3 T-shirt Pack, a bundle of four Sackboy...
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FIFA International Soccer had two of the best glitches in video game history

Early FIFA wasn't as polished as modern FIFA, which led to these wonderful, classic screw-ups. FIFA is a miraculous game franchise. Modern versions of the game have incredible graphics, and are realistic enough to captivate you for hours and days and months while video game-y enough to be fun. You can lose yourself in a dynasty mode, you can kill away days playing friends. They are crowning achievements of what sports video games can be. They were not always that way. FIFA International Soccer (sometimes called "FIFA 94") was the first edition of FIFA. It only had national teams, and these teams had fictional players. It was a pretty good effort for an early rendition of a video game, but we're not here to praise it. We're here to talk about two of the most fun glitches in video...
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A global terrorist attack kicks off Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, watch the story trailer here

Just because Call of Duty isn't known for its storyline doesn't mean it doesn't have one. And the latest iteration in the franchise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, promises to double down on both story and character. The story kicks off in the wake of the first global terrorist attack in history, according to the new trailer. In response the world's governments turned to a private military contractor. You can imagine how that went, or you could just watch the video. Earlier this year, Glen Schofield of Sledgehammer Games told one fan that the game's story took 2 1/2 years to write. Set in the year 2054, the game will delve into the story of a private military contractor headed up by a man played by two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is due for...
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Legend of Zelda in virtual reality is both familiar and completely terrifying

The first Legend of Zelda game for the NES remains a classic.The sense of adventure and discovery in the game was a rare thing upon release, and the dungeon design still holds up in modern hands. A new version of the game, re-worked for a first-person view and playable in virtual reality, changes nearly everything about how you experience a Hyrule that is recognizable, but now much scarier. "This is a VR clone of The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The gameplay and artwork are virtually identical to the original NES classic, however in this version you see the world through Link's eyes, in all of it's virtual 3D 8-bit glory," the game's page states. "Explore the world, find weapons, kill enemies, collect items, discover secrets, buy upgrades, delve into...
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Watch the hero of Assassin's Creed Unity save the life of Elise, a new character

The latest video for Assassin's Creed Unity, a CG trailer released today by publisher Ubisoft, reveals a new character named Elise. Arno Dorian, the main character in Unity, scampers across Parisian rooftops and sprints through a mob in a large public square to stop French government officials from beheading Elise. According to Ubisoft, she is a central character in the game's story, a young noblewoman who is keen to establish herself within the Templar order. Although she and Arno stand on opposite sides of an age-old conflict, a bond forms between them. Elise will also star in a new Assassin's Creed novel with the same title as the game, a book by Oliver Bowden that will be published in paperback by Penguin Random House. Written from Elise's perspective, the book Assassin's Creed...
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This Sonic and Cammy fan-film only gets weird after the S&M scene

Sonic and Cammy, a two-part video series by YouTube user David Orel, looks like yet another generic work of Sonic slash-fiction — so far as slash-fiction involving a talking hedgehog and a leotard-wearing British martial arts expert can be generic. But after a weird S&M gag — I can't believe I'm writing this — the story becomes a road movie, overloaded with wacky hijinks and soapy melodrama. The story twists and turns by the minute, adding and abandoning genres. One minute, Cammy adopts a cat. The next minute, everyone's in space. The next minute, there's a funeral. For milleniums, drama has relied on the three and five act structures; Sonic and Cammy operates on the infinite act structure. That this video went relatively unseen for over a year is proof YouTube must hire someone to...
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