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How Super III is super inspired by Super Meat Boy, Super Mario 64

Super III, a new game from Super 91 Studios, aims to combine the "tight and responsive" controls of Super Meat Boy and the mission system of Super Mario 64 in its gameplay. In Super III, players control the alien III on a mission to save human survivors stranded after a galactic war. The game is a fast-paced 2D puzzle-platformer in which players can climb or quickly warp across the level to make their way through. "Controls are very tight and responsive, similar to Super Meat Boy's, making you feel it was your fault if when you make a mistake and not feel cheated by the game," Super 91 told Polygon via email. Players can choose new missions by entering different portals; like Super Mario 64, each level has several missions to be completed. Tasks include killing enemies, solving...
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Jenny LeClue is a mystery adventure game influenced by divorce

Upcoming mystery-based adventure game Jenny LeClue draws influence from developer Joe Russ' experience growing up in a divorced family and the effects it had on his childhood, he recently told Polygon. Jenny LeClue tells the coming-of-age story of a young detective investigating a murder case involving her mother. In the game, Russ wants to explore choice and its responsibilities, he told Polygon. Choices are rarely wrong or right, and motives for making those decisions are important. "Growing up in a family of divorce is all about choices, and how your parents' choices can greatly affect you — at least as much as them," Russ said. "It's about accepting that sometimes the right choices have tough consequences. "These are the things I want players to be able to explore in the game and...
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Clementine will make a stand as The Walking Dead Season Two closes next week

The fifth and final episode of The Walking Dead Season Two, No Going Back, will launch next week, developer Telltale Games announced today. No Going Back will be available for Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Windows PC on Aug. 26, Xbox 360 on Aug. 27 and for iOS on Aug. 28. The announcement was made alongside the release of the season's final trailer, which chronicles the emotional journey of protagonist Clementine and asks players to reflect on the choices they've made for her character. Be warned, the trailer is packed with spoilers for previous episodes in both seasons of Telltale's episodic drama — so you may want to hold off watching until you're all caught up — and includes an all-new scene created specifically for the trailer. The Walking Dead: Season Two episodes are...
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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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Which games company do developers most want to work for?

A survey of game developers recently asked which outfit they would most like to work for. The answer? Valve. In fact, the Independent Game Developers Association survey of more than 2,200 developers found that Valve was an even more popular choice than working for their own company. Other popular potential employers included Activision Blizzard, BioWare and Ubisoft. Privately-held Valve, which is best known for the Steam retail platform as well as the likes of the Half-Life and Team Fortress series, is well known for eschewing old-fashioned notions of hierarchy and management in favor of individual creativity and production. Here's the full list... Valve My own company Activision Blizzard BioWare Ubisoft Current employer Nintendo Naughty Dog Double Fine Bethesda Game...
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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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Arbitrator orders Bungie to restore Halo composer's stock in the company

An arbitrator has issued a preliminary injunction against Bungie, ordering them to return founders' stock to composer Marty O'Donnell, Venturebeat reports. O'Donnell was fired by Bungie's board of directors in April of this year. He joined Bungie in 2000 as audio director after working on Halo: Combat Evolved's score as a contractor, only to be brought on full time shortly thereafter. He is largely responsible for the soundtrack for the upcoming Bungie title, Destiny. In July, Bungie was ordered by the same court to compensate O'Donnell for unpaid wages, a sum totaling more than $95,000. Now, an arbitrator has ordered them to return stock to O'Donnell, specifically 336,375 shares of B-1 Preferred Stock as well as 48,000 shares of common stock. Bungie's lawyers "objected that if...
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Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 packages seven games for cheap

The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 is available now and includes seven PC games on a pay-what-you-want scale. Anyone who purchases the bundle at any price can pick up The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Complete Pack — which includes the Blue Blood, Thaumaturge and Arcane Mechanic packs — as well as Deadlight and Galactic Civilizations 2: Ultimate Edition. Those who pay more than the average price will get Terraria, The King of Fighters 13 Steam Edition and Crusader Kings 2, in addition to the aforementioned titles. Buyers who pay more than $15 also get Age of Empires Legacy Bundle; the bundle includes Age of Empires 2 HD, Age of Empires 3: Complete Collection and Age of Empires 2 HD: The Forgotten. The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 will be on sale until Sept. 2. Buyers have the choice to split...
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Pigeon dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend delayed to Sept. 4

Players eager to learn what it's like to date a pigeon will have to wait a little longer. Mediatonic's remake of pigeon dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend has been delayed to Sept. 4, publisher Devolver Digital announced today via Twitter. The title — originally slated to launch this Thursday, Aug. 21 —is an upscaled HD remake of the 2011 original by manga artist Hato Moa. In Hatoful Boyfriend, players are the last human woman in the world and enroll in a high school for pigeons, searching the campus for their one true love. Mediatonic's version will also includes a new scenario and ending designed by original creator Moa. Hatoful Boyfriend will be available for Windows PC, Mac and Linux and is currently available for pre-order through Steam. Hatoful Boyfriend has been delayed...
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Super Meat Boy creators tease their next project, a 'live action stealth game'

Team Meat will show off its next game, titled A Voyeur for September, at the Indie Megabooth at PAX later this month. Today, the developer of Super Meat Boy started teasing that new project, which it describes as "a new live action stealth game." The teaser for A Voyeur for September consists of grainy live-action footage, including shots of someone peering into a house and black and white vignettes of flora and fauna. Team Meat is also working on Mew-Genics, a cat-breeding sim. That project has been put on hold, however, while Team Meat devotes time to another project, presumably A Voyeur for September. One half of Team Meat, Edmund McMillen, is also working on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. A listing for A Voyeur for September indicates a release on Android, iOS, Linux, Mac and...
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Enemy Starfighter's new trailer is frakking intense

The return of the flight sim genre keeps rolling along with the announcement that Enemy Starfighter will be playable at this year's PAX Prime. In Enemy Starfighter the player takes the role of the pilot of an elite fighter craft and the leader of a larger reconnaissance task force. The goal is to jump into systems, perform surgical strikes to cripple their defences, and pave the way for a larger invasion force. No release date has yet been set. Enemy Starfighter is a game in production by Marauder Interactive, a small studio led by Mike Tipul. Tipul is a veteran of Pandemic Studios (Full Spectrum Warrior 2, The Saboteur) and Bungie, where he was responsible for the space combat mission in Halo Reach. The PAX build will feature full Oculus DK2 support. The PAX trailer seems to be...
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Max Gentlemen, a game inspired by penis pill spam emails, arrives this week

Organ Trail creator The Men Who Wear Many Hats will release its free, "old timey arcade action" game called Max Gentlemen on Aug. 21 for mobile devices and PC, the developer recently announced. The game was funded via Kickstarter last year. Although the core experience is free, players can choose to purchase extra characters and levels. It also offers cross-platform local multiplayer to compete against friends. In Max Gentlemen, players will collect and stack hats in a Victorian-era world, mixed with "the over-the-top, pile-drive-your-mom aesthetics of professional wrestling." "When you drink a beer, a hat will fly upon your head, because you deserve it (for being so manly)," the game's description reads. Max Gentlemen was inspired by a spam email for penis pills received by a member...
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Now you can share a Coke with a League of Legends character

Thanks to League of Legends' enduring popularity and developer Riot Games' partnership with Coca-Cola, champions from the game are now appearing on packaging for Coke products in Korea. Marc Merrill, president and co-founder of Riot Games, tweeted the above photo today. As you can see, the image features three bottles of Coke adorned with the League characters Annie, Vi and Braum. Merrill also posted a second photo of a Coke can featuring Lux; you can check it out below. We've reached out to Riot to ask whether League champions are appearing on Coke beverages only in Korea, and will update this article with any information we receive. For more on League, check out our piece from Gamescom about how Riot is helping professional players who age out of competitive play.
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What happens when 2D platforming meets tower defense?

I love Super Nintendo-era platformers. I love tower defense games. But do these two genres really fit together? According to Bryce Kho and Brian Ott of indie developer Guts Department, they absolutely do. I invited Bryce and Brian to show me their new game, Aegis Defenders, which combines 16-bit aesthetics and exploration with tough-as-nails, defend-the-safe-point gameplay. You can also swap between multiple characters to figure out what suits your preferred play style. Check out the full video above to see what's in store. If you like what you see, you can get more information on the Aegis Defenders Kickstarter page.
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War Thunder in development for PS4's Project Morpheus

Gaijin Entertainment's War Thunder is in development for the still not-quite-real Project Morpheus PlayStation 4 virtual reality kit, the developer announced this week. The end result, the developers say, will be a game with stereoscopic 3D battles and a 360 degree panoramic view of the battlefield. WWII free-to-play massively multiplayer online game War Thunder has about 8 million players across Linux, Mac, PC and PS4. Check out their latest, Gamescom, trailer below.
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Prepare for Invisible, Inc. on Steam Early Access with this trailer

Klei Entertainment shared a new trailer today heralding the Aug. 19 arrival of its turn-based espionage title Invisible, Inc. on Steam Early Access. For the duration of its time in Early Access, Invisible, Inc. will be available for $15.99, 20 percent off its full price of $19.99. The game will be available for Mac and Windows PC, with Klei looking into a Linux version for later down the line. The developer also plans to make tweaks based on feedback throughout the Early Access period and encourages players to drop notes and suggestions on the game's official forums. For more details on gameplay, check out our recent hands-on preview and interview with the developers.
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