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NBA Live's executive producer on the future of the series: 'Guaranteed'

The case for NBA Live, the series, is also the case against NBA Live 15, the game hitting stores in 10 days. Sean O'Brien, the game's executive producer, knows this."I'm not selling you, or anyone, this game," he told me. He knows NBA Live's embarassing history, knows that everything he says sounds self-interested, knows that any claim he makes is pfft-worthy, especially with this year's game delayed three weeks past its announced launch date. Here is the guarantee O'Brien will make, though: NBA Live 15 will be better than NBA Live 14 by about this much, he says, holding one hand about a foot above the other. And then NBA Live 16 will be here, he says, sitting up to reach higher. "So, you're guaranteeing there will be an NBA Live 16," I say. "Guaranteed." O'Brien says. "We've already...
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Halo 2's high-definition remake gets a righteous look back

Fan of the game or not, this teaser trailer for a documentary about Halo 2 Anniversary should take you right the hell back to 2004, and ten years never seemed like so long ago. Lord, we are old. That's Peter Jennings on ABC's World News Tonight, framing a perfectly understandable lede on the importance of a video game for dinnertime viewers who never heard of the thing before. And not Halo as it is known today. Halo 2, on the day of its release. "It is a huge moment for the manufacturer." Yep. It was. "Remaking the Legend — Halo 2 Anniversary," will tell everyone how that came to be. Halo 2 is getting a long awaited high definition update within Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which arrives Nov. 11 on Xbox One. Xbox's longtime face Larry Hryb; the division's top boss, Phil...
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Sunset Overdrive has a special in-game message for reviewers

In the interest of journalistic transparency, here is a special message Sunset Overdrive is playing for those currently reviewing the game, before its release in 10 days. It comes via "Sunset TV," which is a weekly show that developer Insomniac Games is going to stream in-world. So for this first run, knowing that the only ones (mostly) who are playing it are reviewers, Insomniac has some Orwellian propaganda for those who hold its Metacritic'd fate in their hands. "Look I'm not trying to sway your review score either way," says Insomniac's Brandon Winfrey. "I mean your opinion is your opinion. But I advise you not to use the phrase ‘Sunset Overhype' because that's just lazy writing!" This video is via Forbes, so, we're not breaking embargo here, OK? They are. So, Sunset Overh- I...
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Watch Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's launch trailer two weeks early

Normally the "launch trailer," is something that launches on the launch date, which in the case of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, is Nov. 4, or Election Day in the United States. Activision apparently decided to roll its own early get-out-the-vote campaign, offering up this 90 second look comprising the story, characters and some gameplay of the latest entry in its military shooter. That's Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons (no relation to Jeremy), reminding you that "politicians don't know how to solve problems, but I do." So there you have it, vote Irons in this mid-term election. Except, as a mid-40s looking guy in the year 2054, he's probably not of eligible age for any elective office right now.
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Images of HBO Go on Xbox One slip out

Images of HBO Go on Xbox One have purportedly leaked out, indicating the service is ready to come to that console to hit an earlier announced timeframe of sometime this year. The images in question are said to be of a beta release of the HBO Go app, which has yet to release for Xbox One or PlayStation 4. (It's already available on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.) A link to the images were posted in the Xbox One subreddit yesterday, and has since been removed. HBO Go stands to get a huge boost next year as the premium television network prepares to make its service available to viewers without the need for a cable subscription. Right now, that subscription is necessary to use HBO Go on consoles, or on any of the other devices where it is available.
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Assassin's Creed Unity introduces its latest lineup of historical figures

Rubbing elbows with important personages of history, from Caterina Sforza to George Washington, is one of the unique appeals of the Assassin's Creed franchise. So now it's time to meet Assassin's Creed Unity's characters of revolutionary France, two of them fictitious, and three quite well known. The latter three would be the Marquis de Sade, Robespierre, leader of la Terreur, and a short guy by the name of Napoleon Bonaparte. They join player-protagonist Arno and his romantic companion Elise in enforcing an alternate view of the French Revolution. Note how many people carry around fully loaded and powdered duelling pistols that never misfire. Considering how many injuries occur from keeping loaded modern handguns in the home, this would seem to be an especially dangereux lifestyle...
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Vault of Glass boss gets a bug fix in Destiny's next patch

The next round of fixes for Destiny will address both Atheon, the final boss in the Vault of Glass raid, and the Mythoclast, the exotic weapon he drops, Bungie reported in its latest weekly update. Strengthening Atheon doesn't appear to be a result of this video, in which a six-man team drops him in 17 seconds, total. "Knocking a boss off a ledge is a bug," Bungie noted. "We will seek to address bugs like these as quickly as possible." The 17-second takedown didn't involve knocking Atheon from a ledge, just loads and loads of firepower from six high-level characters. So "baby bumpers" will be placed into the game to keep him and other bosses from going off a ledge. That said, Atheon's Timestream ability will be changed to address a bug in the AI's target selection. Instead of...
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The new Guilty Gear comes to PS3 and PS4 on Dec. 16

Arc System Works' fighting games Guilty Gear Xrd Sign will come to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in North America on Dec. 16, publisher Aksys Games announced on Thursday, two weeks after the game debuts in Japan. Guilty Gear Xrd Sign will come in both standard and limited editions. The premium versions of the game, which cost $20 more than their standard edition counterparts, include a special embossed and foiled box; the Guilty Gear Xrd Sign Vocal Collection, a 10-track song disc; the Guilty Gear Codex art book; and a keychain designed as a replica of Sol Badguy's belt buckle. The cast of the new Guilty Gear includes a range of returning characters, as well as new fighters Bedman — a character who battles with a bed — and Ramlethal Valentine. Another fighter, Elphelt, is available...
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The man who made that Hatred trailer says the game is all about honesty

Is Hatred a cynical and gratuitous work of stunningly poor taste? Or is it an honest and uncorruptible take on the shooter genre, shorn of all unnecessary flim-flammery?These were just a few of the questions raised by the release of the Polish game's trailer yesterday. The game features a protagonist who despises humanity and wants to kill as many people, indiscriminately and gleefully, as possible. It was a clear departure from other violent games in which the narrative point is something other than merely murdering people for fun. The trailer was criticized by some for its brutal portrayal of a mass-murderer delighting in the slaughter of innocents. Others saw it as an opportunity to reignite the dying embers of a debate about freedom of expression, despite the fact that no one of...
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Halo: The Master Chief Collection up for digital preload, Spartan Ops delayed to December

You can now pre-order and preload Halo: The Master Chief Collection from the Xbox Games Store, developer 343 Industries announced today — and you might want to go digital in order to save yourself a bunch of time. The full game is 45.63 GB, which is close to the limit of a dual-layer Blu-ray Disc. And 343 will release a day-one content update that weighs in at an additional 20 GB with "some features and multiplayer content," according to Dan Ayoub, studio head for Halo external development at 343. He added, "You'll be able to start playing campaign and more as the content is installing." Ayoub said the patch will be released "at launch," but a Microsoft representative confirmed to Polygon that customers who preload The Master Chief Collection from the Xbox Games Store will also be...
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The next game from the Surgeon Simulator team lets you role-play as bread

The next game from the creators of Surgeon Simulator is a role-playing game in which you are bread, developer Bossa Studios announced today in a tweet. I Am Bread looks like a glutenous cross between the ideals of roll-em-up Katamari Damacy and the challenging control scheme of Octodad, in which is appears players have to get the bread to the toaster without damaging it too much. According to the above trailer's YouTube description, the game tells "the beautiful story of one slice of bread's epic and emotional journey as it embarks upon a quest to become toasted." The trailer shows "edibility" and "deliciousness" meters in the upper corners of the screen, possibly measuring just how badly you'll actually want to eat the bread after it's taken a trip around your house and gotten...
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Reviving Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers after 20 years

For longtime game designer and writer Jane Jensen, adventure game series Gabriel Knight has been a defining work.Jensen, under the umbrella of Sierra Entertainment (formerly Sierra On-Line), released the first game in 1993. Called Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, the point-and-click adventure game followed the titular writer as he investigated a series of murders. It was steeped in mystery, murder and the paranormal — just a few themes that Jensen adores. But though the game itself was well-received, spawning two sequels and establishing Jensen as a master of her craft, it was part of a fading genre. By the time Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned launched in 1999, the gaming landscape had changed. Sierra was on its way out. Adventure games, it seemed, were...
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Super Smash Bros. Wii U may have stage creation and board game modes

An update to the Amazon listing for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U suggests that the title will include a stage creation mode and a board game mode not present in the 3DS version. The listing mentions both the Master Hand — a longtime final boss of the Super Smash Bros. series — and Crazy Hand, the more erratic and unpredictable counterpart to Master Hand first introduced in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It looks like one of the new modes will include both Master and Crazy Hand setting up objectives for players to complete. Not much is revealed about the board game mode, other than that it will be competitive. "Whether you're creating stages on the GamePad, competing in challenges crafted by Master Hand and Crazy Hand, or outwitting your opponents in a brand new board game mode, there's no...
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Project Cars delayed to March 2015 (update)

Project Cars, the crowdfunded simulation racing game from Slightly Mad Studios, has been pushed back to March 17, 2015, in North America, and March 20, 2015, in Europe, the studio announced today. The new date, which applies to the game's PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, represents a delay of four months — publisher Bandai Namco had previously set a release date of Nov. 18. In a press release today, Slightly Mad and Bandai Namco said they decided to push back Project Cars to move it out of the crowded fall 2014 release window, and to allow for additional development time. "Whilst a tough decision to make, the change in release date allows the game the greatest chance of success and visibility, and the opportunity to polish the game even further to the high standards that both...
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Teleport all you want, Destiny players. The grenade will still kill you

The first Mythbuster video for Destiny was great, and the follow-up includes even more interesting details about what does and doesn't work in the game. Video games are just a bundle of interacting systems, and this sort of video works at the the edges of those systems to find what's permissible and what isn't. There is much fun to be had in the edge cases, and it's neat to find out what, if anything, you can use from these explorations in your daily play.
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République Episode 3 launches for iOS on Oct. 23 as full series hits Android

The third episode of République — indie developer Camouflaj's episodic stealth action series — will launch on Oct. 23, the studio announced today. Episode 3: Ones and Zeroes will launch for iOS through the iTunes App Store. At the same time, the full available series — including Episode 1: Exordium and Episode 2: Metamorphosis — will launch for Android for the first time thanks to a partnership with Darkwind Media. These three episodes will be available through Google Play and the Amazon App Store. Episode 3 will be available for $4.99 and requires having purchased both previous episodes to play. During the new episode's launch week, Episode 1 will be reduced to $2.99 on both iOS and Android. Alternatively, players can purchase a season pass for $14.99 that grants access to all five...
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