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Caped crusader goes kinda nuts in new Lego Batman 3 trailer

A new trailer for TT Games' Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham today shows Batman in a freaky frenzy over his little buddy Robin. There's no explanation about the dark knight's weird behavior, but we do know that many characters in this game are subverted by evil Brainiac as he seeks to take over the world. It just so happens that this trailer is almost entirely focused on Brainiac and his incredible shrinking device, but we also get a song and dance routine from Joker. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and Windows PC this fall

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Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas' Frostwyrm Lair embarrassed us in front of you

Never in my life have I felt more alone than I did facing off against the final two bosses in Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas.Mainly because, well, I was alone. Phil's on vacation, and his timing could not be worse. But there's also something about the nature of those final two bosses that instills a feeling of isolation within you. Like, for instance, boss number one, who only permits you to have two minions on the board at any given time. And then there's Kel'Thuzad, whose infinite supply of ice magic will freeze you until dead, like you're on some sort of solitary Antarctic expedition. There's a lot of failure in the Overview video posted above — but there's a little bit of hope in there, too. And sometimes, a little bit of hope is all you need. Also, a well-timed Divine Spirit draw...
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare isn't coming to Wii U

This year's Call of Duty is skipping the Wii U, developer Sledgehammer Games confirmed today. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was announced in May for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC, with PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions confirmed later. Sledgehammer Games is focusing its efforts on developing the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions, with an unconfirmed studio handling development on previous generation platforms. Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey said today that there won't be a Wii U version of the game, which he explained on Twitter was "an Activision decision." In previous years, Activision confirmed Call of Duty games for Nintendo platforms well after announcing each year's entry. The Wii version of Modern Warfare 3 was announced in Aug. 2011, months after other...
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Mad Max developer working on 'surprises,' possibly Just Cause 3

Avalanche Studios, the development house behind Just Cause 2 and the upcoming Mad Max, has just teased "several surprises" for 2015 on its website. In an update titled "we're moving" the studio announced that it's moving its Stockholm office to a bigger space, just a few blocks from the current digs. The post also notes the recent expansion in its New York City-based office, where it currently houses about 90 employees. The move will occur in the fall of 2015, and the new space will afford "greatly increased studio space and state of the art amenities along with all-important high tech infrastructure." Then comes the tease: "Avalanche Studios also has several surprises planned for next year. Keep your eyes on avalanchestudios.com." With all of this talk of gearing up and expanding,...
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P.T.'s secret radio transmissions may point to a returning Silent Hill tradition

One of the mysteries in Kojima Productions' P.T., the playable teaser for the next Silent Hill game, wasn't much of a mystery to Swedish-language speakers. But those who aren't gifted in the Swedish tongue probably weren't aware of the radio transmission's possible implications. A video recording of the in-game transmission translated by Swedish speakers reveals that a familiar Silent Hill trope might be at play yet again: Everything that happens in P.T. could be the result of the involvement of aliens. Here's the English language translation of what's broadcast in P.T.'s ever-present radio. Close your eyes. Let your ears listen in to the radio. Do you hear my voice? Can you hear the screams of your own soul? Let us choose: my voice, which tells the future, or your tormented...
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To win this board game you must become an anime character

One of the most popular games on the floor of this year's GenCon was a Japanese import called Tragedy Looper. First published by BakaFire Party in 2011, the English language version made its U.S. debut at the Z-Man Games booth last week in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tragedy Looper is a deduction game mixed with light role-play. One player takes on the role of the Mastermind, while the others take on the role of Protagonists. The Mastermind hopes to sow death and sorrow in the lives of the characters on the game board, while the Protagonists work together to prevent the same. What makes the game unusual is its time-looping mechanic. The game takes place inside one of 10 unique scenarios that come in the box. Each scenario lasts a certain number of days, which are represented by game turns....
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Real exoplanets inspire Civilization: Beyond Earth pre-order deal

A pre-purchase offer for Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is now available on Steam, offering early-bird buyers the Exoplanets Map Pack, which includes six custom maps, inspired by real exoplanets. The custom maps include the following exoplanets (list below), with added features from the imaginations of the development team at Firaxis. Publisher 2K Games is offering Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth for $49.99 and Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Classics Bundle, which includes three previous Civilization games, for $69.99. Civilization: Beyond Earth is a turn-based strategy game in which players settle an alien planet, while conquering or treating with neighbors and researching new technologies. It will be released on Oct. 24, 2014. ​Kepler 186f: One of the...
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The best Pokémon videos on the web

For a decade, Pokémon videos have been a staple of YouTube and pre-YouTube sites like Ebaumsworld.com. They usually mix the cute, the violent and the absurd aspects of the franchise into something new. We've collected some of our favorite Pokémon videos. Be sure to share your favorites, too. Our Favorite Pokemon Videos Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS Reveal Prepare to be trolled with three fingers. I'm OKAY with this. Watch Video → Snorlax Owns This video owns This video is not a Chinese myth dragon. Watch Video → Too Cute: Pokémon Wait till you see Bulby This is a video modeled after the Animal Planet series Too Cute but with Pokémon. ‘Nuff said. Watch Video → Showdown At Viridian Starter Squad If humans said "human human" ...
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Ghost-catching RPG Youkai Watch could come West next year

Popular Japanese role-playing game Youkai Watch could be coming West next year, developer Level-5's president Akihiro Hino told Japanese publication Zakzak. Youkai Watch launched for Nintendo 3DS in Japan in July, 2013. The game follows the player character — a young boy or girl — and their pet ghost Whisper throughout their quiet hometown, solving mysteries and capturing ghosts for use in battle against other ghosts. Speaking with Zakzak, Hino said Level-5 is currently evaluating Western markets in hopes of bringing the well-loved series to international territories. He noted that the popularity of Japanese culture could mean the game will be successful in non-Japanese regions. "Our plan for next year includes worldwide expansion," Hino said of bringing Youkai Watch West. "I believe...
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This is the next game from the developer of Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater

Developer The Behemoth, the creator of Alien Hominid, Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater, has a new game in the works, which it's tentatively calling "Game 4." That new game, set to be revealed soon, is the subject of a new teaser video released today. The Behemoth says development on its next game started shortly before the release of BattleBlock Theater in April 2013. While the studio doesn't provide any real gameplay details on the prototype it's been polishing for more than a year, it says the game "is of a genre we haven't covered before and seek to breathe a new flavor into." Hexagons are prominently on display throughout the teaser, which could point to a hex-based strategy game. Narratively, The Behemoth's new game appears to be about the aftermath of a galactic,...
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Get cyberpunks drunk in VA-11 HALL-A, the world's first dystopian booze 'em up

VA-11 HALL-A is an upcoming bartending simulator set in an Anime-style cyberpunk world, from Sukeban Games. In it, the player mixes drinks and chats with the clientele, all of whom live in a bleak, corporate-trampled dystopia. From the game's site: "You are a bartender at VA-11 HALL-A, affectionately nicknamed 'Valhalla.' Although it is just a small bar downtown, it attracts the most fascinating people this side of dystopia. Keep your clients lubricated and you will be made privy to the most interesting stories." Check out the trailer for examples of the drink-mixing, story-driven action. The prologue is available for free now on the game's website, though paying $4.99 nets you the full game when it comes out. The full version of VA-11 HALL-A is due out in December, for MAC, PC and...
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Driveclub was delayed due to a 'huge technical issue,' says Yoshida

The decision to delay Evolution Studios' racing game Driveclub from the PlayStation 4 launch window into 2014 was due to a large-scale technical issue, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer. Driveclub was announced alongside the PS4 console reveal in Feb 2013, with Sony touting the social-focused car title as a launch game. That October, with one month to go before the PS4's Nov. 15 launch, the game was delayed into early 2014. This past April, Sony announced that Driveclub had been delayed again, and instead of launching in "early 2014" the game will hit PS4 on Oct. 7. At the time, Evolution Studios' game director Paul Rustchynsky said the delay was due to problems with "primarily just one feature" — the game's dynamic menu system. "We're excited with what D...
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Interest in motion control may have waned, Sony says, but hold onto those Move controllers

The days of motion gaming are more or less behind us, but throwing away your Move controllers is probably not the best idea. "Motion gaming was a big thing but, like with social games, dance games, music or guitar games, I don’t think there’s a lot of appetite for another motion game at this moment," Sony's Shuhei Yoshida said in a recent interview with Pocket-lint. "However, what we are realising ourselves is that PS Move was a bit ahead of its time — a precise and accurate 3D input device. We were very excited about the possibility of using 3D positional tracking to make games, but it’s really hard to do so with a regular 2D screen." It may not be worth holding your breath for another Move-enabled game on the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4, but that hardware does have another...
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Two fish are playing Street Fighter 2 right now and you're missing it

Why are you reading this? Two fish are playing Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo on Twitch right now, and who knows how long this magic will last. Quick, click play! At the moment, Aquarius the fish is a dominant force, but hopefully there's still time for Robert the Bruce the fish to make a come back. Because this is the internet, the stream already has a Twitter account and a Reddit page, the latter of which can be used to submit fighter match-ups. So now we have fish playing Pokémon and Street Fighter 2. What's next, Earthbound? Watch live video from FishPlayStreetFighter on www.twitch.tv
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Xbox 360's 500 GB HD is cheaper than its 320 GB cousin but still expensive (update)

You'll soon have the option to upgrade your Xbox 360 with a 500 GB hard drive for $109.99, according to a product listing on the official Xbox website. Pre-orders for the device are "coming soon," and you can check out an image of the upcoming product below. The Xbox 360 is currently available in 4 GB and 250 GB configurations. The Xbox One ships with a 500 GB internal drive and support for external storage, while a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare model set for a Nov. 3 release will include a 1 terabyte hard drive. Microsoft's hard drives are the only officially sanctioned way to upgrade the storage in an Xbox 360, and the prices trend higher than naked 500 GB hard drives, which sell for around $50 on Amazon, New Egg and other retailers. Microsoft sells a 320 GB Xbox 360 hard drive,...
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Ukraine's 4A Games lands in Malta: 'We are not betrayers'

Less than 24 hours ago, the leadership of 4A Games landed in Malta, fleeing the ongoing conflict that ravages Ukraine. The studio announced the move in May, just two months after Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed the Eastern Ukrainian province of Crimea. "Malta offers fantastic incentives for game development, and we are confident 4A games will be able to attract the very best talent from Ukraine, Malta and beyond," said head of business development Dean Sharpe. Must Read STALKER Fallout: Polygon goes to Kiev In the months since their decision to move the leadership of the company abroad, tensions with Russia have increased. A passenger airliner was downed, killing hundreds and sparking global outcry. The Ukrainian government has reported that Russian forces are...
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LittleBigPlanet 3's Oddsock cannot be stopped or contained

Oddsock, the tailless, bouncy member of LittleBigPlanet 3's playable quartet, is kind of an unstoppable force. With its wall-running, wall-jumping and wall-sliding capabilities, the very principle of what a "wall" is has been fully eroded. There are no boundaries for Oddsock — it simply cannot be contained. Also,  you can dress it up like a dragon. See Oddsock's awe-inspiring power in the preview video posted above.
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Watch Jimmy Fallon gun down James Bond himself in GoldenEye 007

For a generation of gamers, GoldenEye 007 needs no introduction. Developer Rare's 1997 first-person shooter for the Nintendo 64 counts The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon among its devotees. When Pierce Brosnan, the actor who portrayed James Bond in GoldenEye and its video game counterpart, appeared this week on the late night talk show, Fallon took the opportunity to queue up a multiplayer match. Press play above to see a giddy Fallon take on the real James Bond and his video game counterpart at the same time.
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Wasteland 2 will be officially released Sept. 19

More than 25 years after Electronic Arts and Interplay Productions released the first Wasteland for PC, developer InXile Entertainment will officially release that game's sequel. Game director Brian Fargo announced on Twitter today that the game will hit Sept. 19. Wasteland 2 was crowdfunded primarily through Kickstarter, where InXile's campaign raised more than $2.9 million in pledges from backers in 2012. The developer released an Early Access version of the game on Steam last December for Windows PC, following that up with Mac and Linux versions. InXile planned to release the game officially in August, but recently delayed the game to September in order to fulfill physical rewards for Kickstarter backers. For more on Wasteland 2, read Polygon's feature on the game and its creator.
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