News
0 Comments

Xbox One will launch in China on Sept. 23

The Xbox One will launch in China on Sept. 23, Microsoft announced today. The hardware — the first game console approved for sale within China's Free Trade Zone in Shanghai — will cost 3,699 Chinese yuan (approximately $599.35). Pre-orders in the territory are available now through Microsoft and regional partner BesTV. Games for the Xbox One in China will cost between 99 and 249 yuan. On day one, the console will launch in China with Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, Powerstar Golf and Zoo Tycoon, among others. Games slated to launch in China later this year include Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Sunset Overdrive. Publishers including 2K, EA and Ubisoft have also pledged to bring their games to China in the future. China's ban on the sale...

A guided video tour of an Unreal Tournament map

  • Freedom Planet gameplay video

  • Adventure Time trailer

  • Hearthstone: Naxxramas Overview

  • Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty - Overview video

Opinion
82 Comments

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...
News
6 Comments

Roguelike JRPG Dragon Fin Soup introduces another mode challenge and aggravate you

Roguelike Japanese role-playing game hybrid Dragon Fin Soup will include an Endless Labyrinth mode designed to push players' skills and patience to the limits, developer Grimm Bros. announced this morning. Endless Labyrinth mode features just that — an endless labyrinth packed with high-level bosses and traps that can take players out for the slightest misstep. Players can share how long they survive with their friends, competing for high scores in this arena designed to test their mettle. Additionally, Dragon Fin Soup will be featured in Cologne, Germany, next month at Gamescom's first-ever Indie Megabooth. The show runs from Aug. 13-17. Dragon Fin Soup, which was funded through Kickstarter earlier this year and approved through Steam Greenlight, tells the story of Red Robin — a...
8 Comments
Polynauts

What games on the Hype Train exceeded your expectations?

Back in 2012 we asked the Polygon community a question: "What games on the Hype Train exceeded your expectations?" Since then we had a number of great responses from the Polynauts, all of which are listed below. The hype train is coming folks, and it's stopping at Kingdom Hearts, Castlevania, Skyrim, LBP2, Fallout 3 and Red Dead Redemption. - feel free to add more stops in the comments section below about the games you feel are hype-tastic. For me, my ‘Hype Train' was justified in the shape of the cowboy sim, Red Dead Redemption. A little background, I don't like GTA games. I never have, I probably never will. Something about the series annoys me, it might be the driving controls, it might be the "serious" business of crime, I don't know. Anyway, when I first heard about RDR,...
Opinion
8 Comments

Why I'm in love with this sweet game about a little girl in Alaska

The Inupiat, like many indigenous tribal peoples, hold the belief that all things are inhabited by a spiritual essence that goes deeper than their outward expression.I think that Never Alone, a game based on the Inupiat's stories and culture, is an example of this animism. On the face of it, the game is a simple sideways scrolling puzzle game, in which a sweet little girl and her sidekick arctic fox negotiate tottering ice floes, polar bears and fierce storms. There are many games like this one. But there is a spirit that inhabits Never Alone, that speaks of depths way beyond its basic mechanics. It feels like a game that is not only different, but is also seeking to make a difference. Created by Upper One Games in association with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, it is inspired by...
1498 Comments
8.0

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...
Culture
11 Comments

You can pre-order this beautiful $365 Metroid statue starting today

First 4 Figures, a maker of fine collectibles, opened pre-orders for one of its best-looking statues today, a one-quarter scale Samus Aran wearing her light suit from GameCube game Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. The price tag for this LED-lighted work isn't cheap: $364.99. The Samus statue, which stands 20 inches tall, is the first in a new series of Metroid Master Arts resin statues from First 4 Figures. The company has already released statues of Samus wearing her gravity suit, varia suit, phazon suit and zero suit, as well as recreations of her gunship. The light suit Samus is available in two options, the less expensive standard version ($339.99) and the "exclusive" light up version ($364.99). The standard version is limited to 2,500 pieces and the exclusive version is limited to 750...
News
33 Comments

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is 'the equivalent of four Hollywood movies' says Sledgehammer

Following the disappointment of Call of Duty: Ghosts, a game that retreaded the shooting franchise's familiar themes, Activision knows it must deliver a genuinely fresh blockbuster with this year's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Its development studio Sledgehammer Games is viewed as wielding an opportunity to try something that feels original, without stepping away from the play-style that has made Call of Duty one of the most successful game series' of all time. Sledgehammer, formed in 2009, has been given three years and ample resources to do the job. The team was founded by some of the senior creators behind sci-fi horror shooter Dead Space, and is made up of 225 people from studios as diverse as Valve, Naughty Dog and Crystal Dynamics. According to co-founder Michael Condrey,...
Report
35 Comments

The industry is trying to resurrect GaymerX, $3,000 at a time

Earlier today, we reported on Devolver Digital's pledge to help support GaymerX, in the wake of yesterday's news about NIS America allegedly backing out of a sponsorship deal. We pledge $3,000 for a 2015 @GaymerX sponsorship and challenge other game companies that have the means to do the same. — Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) July 29, 2014 The giving spirit caught on with a number of other indie developers and publishers. Coffee Stain Studios — the maker of Goat Simulator, Bertil Horberg, creator of Gunman Clive, Stephanie Tinsley Schopp of Tinsley PR and Mike Bithell, creator of Thomas was Alone all followed suit with $3,000 pledges of their own. The $15,000 pledged is for hosting an event next year, which the GaymerX runners have not been able to commit to, since...
Top Games
  • Watch Dogs
    • Platforms: Win, 360, PS3, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One
    • Publisher: Ubisoft
    • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
    • Release Date: 2014-05-27
  • Destiny
    • Platforms: PS3, 360, PS4, Xbox One
    • Publisher: Activision
    • Developer: Bungie
    • Release Date: 2014-09-09
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
    • Platforms: Mac, Win, iOS, Android
    • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
    • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
    • Release Date: 2014-03-11
  • Dark Souls 2
    • Platforms: PS3, 360, Win
    • Publisher: Namco Bandai
    • Developer: From Software
    • Release Date: 2014-03-11
All Games
News
3 Comments

Animal Crossing chief celebrates greater diversity at Nintendo

Aya Kyogoku is one of the most influential women in Japanese gaming. As Animal Crossing: New Leaf director, she is responsible for one of the biggest hits of the last year. She is also that rarity; a woman in a position of seniority at Nintendo. Animal Crossing on 3DS was a huge hit with gamers of all kinds, allowing players to inhabit an alternative life and build their own character and surroundings. In an interview with US Gamer today, Kyogoku said that more inclusiveness is aiding game designers at Nintendo. "When I first got into the industry, into game development, it was at a time where overall, the ratio of men to women was very much in favor of men," she said. "I definitely noticed I was the only woman developer here. But it wasn't something shocking. It was something I had...
News
6 Comments

League of Legends has an adorable new champion, and a reworked veteran

League of Legends developer Riot Games made two champion announcements today, revealing the cute but deadly Gnar and a rework of the songstress Sona. Gnar, a fuzzy yordle born thousands of years ago (but then trapped in ice), comes in two forms: Mini Gnar, in which he is mobile and kites well, but dies quickly, and Mega Gnar, in which he becomes a hulking beast that's "tanky and surprisingly bursty." League of Legends game designer August "gypsylord" Browning wrote on the game's official website that Gnar is "a champion with identifiable strengths and weaknesses in both forms." "Mini Gnar's one of the most mobile champions in the game," Browning said. "He boasts good sustained damage and kites incredibly well, but when he does get caught, he dies fast. On the other hand, Mega Gnar is...
News
7 Comments

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...
News
4 Comments

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...
From SB Nation
18 Comments

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...
News
2 Comments

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...
News
6 Comments

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...
News
8 Comments

The original Killer Instinct 2 may be coming to Xbox One

Killer Instinct 2, the 1996 arcade fighting game from Rare, may be coming to Xbox One, according to a recent rating from Korea's Game Rating and Administration Committee. The rating lists Killer Instinct Classic 2 for Xbox One, and follows a similar naming convention from the previous release, Killer Instinct Classic, which was included as part of the Ultra Edition version of Double Helix's Killer Instinct reboot. Killer Instinct 2 introduced four new fighters to the franchise: Gargos, Kim Wu, Maya and Tusk. Maya will return as a fighter in the modern version of Killer Instinct in its second "season," developer Iron Galaxy announced at Evo 2014. A re-release of the arcade version of Killer Instinct 2 alongside the new Killer Instinct's second season hasn't been confirmed, but the...
Video
5 Comments

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.
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5353_tracker