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Risen 3 teaser trailer is all teeth and swords

A new teaser trailer for Risen 3: Titan Lords offers a brief glimpse at one of the enemies sea-faring players will have to face once they step into the game's war-torn world. Risen 3: Titan Lords is the third game in developer Piranha Bytes' pirate-focused role-playing game franchise. Like in previous installments — players will be able to explore the world at their leisure and engage in combat with various foes. The story will focus on a young warrior whose soul is stolen; he then sets out on a revenge quest to reclaim it. The world, "abandoned by all gods" according to the Risen 3 website, is filled with different guilds that the player must align himself with in order to achieve his goals. "Like a carpenter with a hand-crafted piece of furniture, we put together the story, the...
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The modder who fixed Dark Souls' PC port scrutinizes Dark Souls 2

Peter "Durante" Thoman, the modder who took it upon himself to vastly improve the visual quality of the Windows PC port of the original Dark Souls, has weighed in on the technical merits of the game's sequel at PC Gamer, calling it "a better experience and a more beautiful game." In his look at the pre-release version of Dark Souls 2 for Windows PC, Thoman breaks down the forthcoming version's graphical options, its performance and the sheer size of its assets. He provides a handful of comparison screenshots, showing the PC version's leap in shadow, texture and model quality. "While it is not quite the (almost generational) leap which was initially shown in previews, Dark Souls 2 on PC is a better experience and a more beautiful game than even a fully modded Dark Souls 1," Thoman...
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Guilty Gear developer Arc System Works teases BloodRayne project

Guilty Gear and BlazBlue developer Arc System Works is teasing a new project that appears to be related to BloodRayne, the trio of action games starring a half-vampire protagonist created by Terminal Reality and published by Majesco. A simple teaser site featuring a character that looks like Rayne, the star of the BloodRayne series, features an April 23 date — when it's likely Arc System Works will reveal its plans — and the slightly modified Friedrich Nietzsche quote "She who fights with monsters might take care lest she thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." Arc System Works is currently working on a new entry in its Guilty Gear fighting game series, Guilty Gear Xrd Sign. Whether its BloodRayne teaser is related to a new...
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Defense Grid 2 and the refinement of tower defense

Hidden Path's Defense Grid 2 builds upon the well-established, but consistently addictive tower defense formula that has engrossed players for more than a decade. The crowdfunding-backed strategy game takes the creep-killing fun of the original game, Defense Grid: The Awakening, and further refines — rather than redefines — it with a bevy of intelligent changes. Using resources that are doled out over time, Defense Grid 2 tasks players with building a series of defensive towers in an attempt to stop aliens from plundering their base. A variety of towers are available in the game's arsenal, from long-range cannon towers to low-cost gun towers to lasers, which quickly fire but deliver a continued burn. The goal, as in most games in the tower defense family, is to build the smartest...
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Everquest 2's All Access benefits include loot bonuses and loyalty items

EverQuest 2 players with Sony Online Entertainment's All Access plan will receive seven character slots, members-only loyalty items and more, SOE announced today. All Access subscribers to the Windows PC massively multiplayer online role-playing game will also receive a 15 percent bonus to coin loot and a 10 percent bonus to mount speed. They'll earn double the amount of alternate currencies and have assess to broker, in-game mail, chat and spell tiers. All Access subscribers will also receive early access to content beginning next week when the program launches "on or about" April 23 with EverQuest 2's High Keep dungeon zone. Earlier this year, SOE announced that players will be able to subscribe to its catalogue of games for a single, monthly payment of $14.99. You can learn more...
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Curses 'N Chaos trailer is goblin-slashing pandemonium

Mercenary Kings developer Tribute Games debuted gameplay footage today of its arcade action title Curses 'N Chaos, showcasing how players will be able to defend themselves against the game's oncoming waves of enemies. In Curses 'N Chaos, players will take on hordes of goblins, ghosts and other nasty creatures, which will run in from either side of the screen. Players will be in the middle, punching, kicking, jumping and scraping by with minimal armor and weapons. The object of the game is to break the curse set on the players — the curse that attracts the monsters to them. Players can also purchase items and craft potions with the in-game alchemist, who can help players create the ultimate potion to help them take down the final boss. Check out our hands-on impressions of the title...
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PlayStation horror series Siren is getting a manga adaptation

SCE Japan Studio's survival horror series Siren is getting a manga adaptation, according to a tweet from PlayStation Japan. The manga, Siren: The Call of the Red Sea, will commemorate the franchise's 10th anniversary and will be drawn by horror manga artist Wataru Kamio. The Call of the Red Sea will feature a new storyline set in the Siren universe and is being overseen by series veterans, including longtime director and creator Keiichiro Toyama and scenario writer Naoko Sato. Both Toyama and Sato will have editorial conrtol over Kamio's work. This is the second manga adaptation of the series, the first being Siren: Eternal Siren, which was released in Japan in 2005. The Call of the Red Sea will be released periodically over the next several months, with the first issue launching in...
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JetGetters dev cancels successful Kickstarter, No Time To Explain to launch for Xbox One

The Kickstarter campaign for tinyBuild's "fighter hi-jacking game," JetGetters — which successfully completed funding earlier this week — was canceled by its creators due to a "delay" in the game's development cycle. TinyBuild announced the news officially via Kickstarter. The 517 backers that pledged money will get their funds back, as well as access to the tinyBundle — a promotion that gifts seven of the developer's games, of which three have been released. The game will still be released for Linux, Mac, Ouya, Windows and SteamOS, though it's expected next year, rather than this holiday season. Speaking about the cancellation, tinyBuild explained that it wanted to be "up front and honest." "During the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX East)," the...
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Call of Duty: Ghosts adding R. Lee Ermey as a screaming a drill instructor April 22

R. Lee Ermey, the actor best known for playing the drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket, will join the Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer voice cast April 22 on Xbox platforms, according to a video released today on the series' official YouTube channel. Press play above to hear Ermey's voice work in the upcoming Drill Instructor Voice Pack, which will arrive on other platforms after the Xbox Live release. True to his best-known work, Ermey informs players of their major malfunctions with phrases like, "A day without blood is like a day without sunshine!" and "When they drop weapons, take them you idiot!" Call of Duty: Ghosts won't be the Ermey's first foray into video games. The actor has lent his distinctive voice to games in the Toy Story series, where he plays the army man toy...
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Fantasia: Music Evolved won't support Twitch streaming, but will offer other sharing options

Fantasia: Music Evolved, the motion-controlled music game inspired by the 1940 Disney film, won't support broadcasting via Twitch because of music licensing restrictions, developer Harmonix confirmed to Polygon today. "We know that sharing with friends and streaming online is an exciting new feature of current-gen consoles, but there are some restrictions when dealing with licensed music," said a Harmonix representative in an email to Polygon. "We will be disabling Twitch streaming for the game, which is not uncommon for applications that might have restrictions on sharing licensed content like music, television or movies." Fantasia: Music Evolved includes classical music like Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik as well as licensed modern hits such as Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Peter...
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Xbox One surpasses 5 million units sold-in worldwide

Microsoft says it has sold more than 5 million Xbox One consoles to retailers since launch, according to an update from Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox corporate vice president of marketing, strategy and business. Citing NPD Data, Microsoft said it sold an estimated 311,000 Xbox One consoles in March. During the same month, Titanfall for Xbox One was the number one selling game in the United States, according to NPD estimates, though sales figures for Respawn Entertainment's first-person shooter were not provided. Xbox One's latest sales milestone follows an announcement from chief competitor Sony, who says it has sold more than 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles since launching in November 2013. A key distinction between the two sales numbers is that PS4 sales are reported as sold-through, or...
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Nintendo engaged in lawsuit over alleged Wii U patent infringement

Secure Axcess, a company "dedicated to monetization and management of Internet security patents," is suing Nintendo of America and Nintendo Co. for allegedly infringing on a patent concerning the Wii U, The Southeast Texas Record reports. The patent in question was filed in 2000 and published in 2003 for a "multiscreen personal computer display method and apparatus," or a computer which provides display capabilities on more than one screen. The Wii U supposedly infringes on this patent with the use of its GamePad. The company is also suing retailers such as GameStop, Target, Amazon and Best Buy for selling the console "without license or authorization." Secure Axcess is seeking compensatory damages, costs, interest and other relief. Judge Rodney Gilstrap will preside over the...
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TimeGate's Minimum resurrected by Atari and Human Head, hits PC this spring

Minimum, the minimalistic shooter originally created by the now-defunct TimeGate Studios, is now in development at Human Head Studios and is coming to Windows PC this spring, publisher Atari announced today. The initial launch will come via Steam Early Access. Minimum is a five-on-five third-person shooter that also includes a heavy focus on crafting, which brings in elements of the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre. Players gather resources and use blueprints to build bespoke weapons and armor that get stronger with each consecutive kill. In addition, each team has a Titan at its disposal, a large robot that players also have to power up by "creep farming" as they attempt to take out the other side's home base. It's similar to the original concept that TimeGate had when it...
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Silent Hill: Origins and Shattered Memories headed to PS Vita

Silent Hill: Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories are in development for PlayStation Vita and planned for a European release, Konami announced today. Each game will cost £7.99/€9.95 at its unannounced release date, according to a press release from the publisher. Developer Climax Studios' Silent Hill: Origins was first released on PlayStation Portable in 2007, and a PlayStation 2 port followed in 2008. The series prequel follows Travis Grady, a truck driver exploring a town after saving a girl from a fire. Climax's Silent Hill: Shattered Memories was first released on Wii U in 2009 and later made its way to PlayStation 2 and PSP. The game is perhaps best known for its psychological focus and lack of combat. We've reached out to Konami to see if the games are headed to other...
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Xbox One version 'TBD,' says Activision

The existence of the Xbox One version of upcoming action game The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been called into question, with Activision telling MCV its fate is up in the air. The game, slated to launch on April 29, is being published for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Windows PC and Xbox 360. All mentions of the Xbox One version have been removed from the game's official website, with Activision stating that version is "TBD." "We want to inform you that we are revising our release plans for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Xbox One," Activision said in a statement to MCV. "When and whether The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is released on Xbox One is TBD." When contacted for comment, a representative for Activision told Polygon that the company is "working with Microsoft in an...
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The Golf Club now available on PC via Steam Early Access

HB Studios released its simulation golf title, The Golf Club, on Windows PC via Steam Early Access today, with a 15 percent launch-week discount that brings the regular price of $34.99 down to $29.74. The company noted that, as with all Early Access titles, The Golf Club isn't a finished product; HB had been running a closed beta for the game since mid-February. "There are still bugs, missing features and content and more optimizations to be made — but we are working hard to continually update the game and improve the experience! If you're interested in getting in early and helping shape The Golf Club as a game — then Early Access is for you," reads a blog post from HB. At launch, the Early Access version of The Golf Club includes its defining feature: its course creator, which...
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