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Tales of Xillia 2 hits PS3 Aug. 19, $129.99 Collector's Edition revealed

Tales of Xillia 2 will arrive Aug. 19 for PlayStation 3, Bandai Namco announced today. The role-playing game was announced last July and follows the adventures of two new protagonists, Ludger Kresnik and Elle Marta. A $129.99 Collector's Edition will be available and include Tales of Xillia 2, a Ludger figure, a replica of Elle's pocket watch, a Rollo plush charm, a CD with music from the game and an art book. Purchasers will also receive downloadable content with costumes from Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World's Emil Castagnier, Tales of Graces' Asbel Lhant and Tales of Vesperia's Yuri Lowell. Set a year after the first game, players with save game files from Tales of Xillia will receive bonus items in the sequel. You can check out a pair of trailers — one that hints at a...
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Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within trailer shows Masters of the Force in action

Zen Studios' is preparing to launch the final round of tables for Star Wars Pinball later this month, sharing a trailer today showing the Masters of the Force table in action. Masters of the Force — a table featuring Force-wielding heavy hitters like Yoda, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine — is part of the Heroes Within DLC pack, which launches on April 29 for PlayStation 3, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows PC via Steam and Xbox 360. The pack includes four tables for $9.99 on console and PC and individual tables will be available for $1.99 through the iTunes App Store, Google Play and the Amazon App Store. "The past two years of Star Wars Pinball development have been tremendously rewarding," reads a press statement from Zen Studios. "Masters of the Force feels...
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Soulcalibur: Lost Swords now available on PS3 in North America

Free-to-play brawler Soulcalibur: Lost Swords is now available on PlayStation 3 in North America, publisher Bandai Namco announced today. Players can choose from a roster of the Soulcalibur series' most popular characters and send them into combat. Lost Swords utilizes an item discovery and crafting system and elemental-based fighting mechanics to change up combat. Players can use weapons and armor taken from defeated enemies or build new ones from raw materials and imbue them with element-specific characteristics, such as fire and wind. Different weapon and element types will be stronger or weaker against certain foes in battle. Characters in Lost Swords can be customized through completing quests, which will unlock accessories and other items to equip to fighters. Player-built...
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Warface exits beta on Xbox 360 today

The Xbox 360 Edition of Warface, the free-to-play multiplayer shooter from Crytek Kiev, is now out of beta and is available to all Xbox Live Gold members, Microsoft's Larry Hryb announced today. Crytek launched Warface in closed beta on Xbox 360 this past February, and opened up the beta in late March. Players of the open beta won't need to re-download Warface; they'll just have to update to the full version the next time they launch it. According to Hryb, progress made and content purchased during the open beta period transfers over to the full game. Warface was released on Windows PC last October in North America, Europe and Turkey. It is also available on PC in China, Korea and Russia. For more on Warface, check out the launch trailer below, as well as our preview.
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Google game designer details promising paths for games for change

Developers who want to make games that are catalysts for social change should look to mobile development, neuroscience and "blue oceans" as possible paths, according to Google's chief game designer Noah Falstein. Speaking at the Games for Change Festival in New York, Falstein said as technology evolves and gaming fads come and go, developers should observe the direction the world is going in to find ways to maximize the impact of their games. He offered the audience what he described as "promising ingredients" for games for change — directions he believes are worth exploring. The first was embracing online functionality and mobile devices. Falstein said more than five billion people will be getting smartphones and going online in the near future, and many people who currently have...
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Batman: Arkham Origins Cold, Cold Heart launch trailer shows Mr. Freeze in action

The launch trailer for Cold, Cold Heart, a story-based add-on for Batman: Arkham Origins featuring Mr. Freeze, offers a look at Batman's melting moves against the chilly villain. Cold, Cold Heart tells the origin story of Mr. Freeze, a cryogenics researcher named Victor Fries whose wife was diagnosed with a fatal disease. Like previous teasers, the trailer begins on New Year's Eve at Wayne Manor, where things quickly spiral out of control as Mr. Freeze makes his explosive entrance. The DLC adds new locations Wayne Manor and GothCorp, as well as new gadgets — Thermocharged Batarangs and Thermal Gloves — and the Extreme Environment suit. To see some of the game's new levels and items, check out the trailer above. Cold, Cold Heart is available via the PlayStation Network, Steam and Xbox...
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Peggle 2's new add-on Peggle Master arrives today for $1.99

Puzzle game Peggle 2 on Xbox One is getting a new player-assisting Peggle Master today — a tiny fairy with the ability to transform the score properties of pegs, developer PopCap announced. Windy the Fairy's special ability is Fairy Flock, which turns low-scoring blue pegs into higher-scoring purple pegs, giving players a better shot at ramping up their tally. Windy is available today in her own downloadable content pack for $1.99, along with 10 new levels and 10 new Peggle puzzle trials. The DLC also includes 30 new stage objectives, three Peggle Master costumes and three more achievements for players to chase. There is currently no information on Windy's DLC being made available in the Xbox 360 version of the game, which is slated to launch in North America and Europe on May 7. P...
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BlizzCon 2014 is Nov. 7-8, tickets go on sale May 7

BlizzCon, the two night gathering celebrating all things WarCraft, StarCraft and Diablo, will be held in Anaheim Nov. 7 and Nov. 8, Blizzard Entertainment announced today. Tickets will go on sale for $199 on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. PT and again on Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m. PT. Additionally, tickets for a pre-BlizzCon dinner benefiting Children's Hospital of Orange County, Calif. will go on sale May 14 at 7 p.m. PDT. They are $750 each and include BlizzCon admission. For those unable to attend, Blizzard is offering a "Virtual Ticket" that provides "comprehensive live coverage of the event via a multichannel Internet stream." Additional details on the Virtual Ticket, including its price and programming information, will be announced later. Ticketing is handled through Eventbrite a...
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The best of 2024 in gaming will reshape gambling, pro-sports and the food we eat

In the future, video games will have their own Oscars and the nominees for 2024's awards will include games that let you print 3D food, gamify a mash-up of gambling and savings accounts, and earn real-world power-ups for your favorite pro sports teams.Speaking to a packed auditorium at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University for the kick-off of this year's Games for Change Festival, author and game designer Jane McGonigal walked the audience through the idea of ten-year forecasting and how it impacts game design. The idea, she explained, is similar to how Jelly Belly jellybeans can be mixed and combined to create different flavors, like a banana split or candy apple. But with forecasting, researchers look at signals, things that have become important topics...
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Grid Autosport coming to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on June 24

Codemasters is bringing the next game in the Grid racing series — Grid Autosport — to PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Xbox 360 on June 24, publisher Bandai Namco announced today. The game will draw from Codemasters' TOCA Touring Car series and will incorporate features based on community feedback collected from fans of the Grid franchise, professional racers and experts from U.K.-based magazine Autosport. Like its predecessors, the game will be "all about the race," according to a press statement. Grid Autosport will feature a career mode in which players can dedicate themselves to one racing discipline or challenge themselves in all of them. This includes several different mini-modes such as endurance and tuner events, as well as touring cars and street races. The title includes 100...
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Museum acquires 'virtually complete' source code from Atari's arcade heyday

Acquiring the source code to virtually every coin-op game Atari made when it dominated the early 1980s arcade scene — Asteroids, Missile Command, Centipede — would seem to be enough of a coup. Yet for Jeremy Saucier, the most intimate contact with that era comes in the thousands and thousands of pages of paperwork, much of it routine. Test-market reports. Focus group results. Written intel on what someone at Atari, for example, thought of Williams' Joust, how that was going to do as a competitor, and what Atari should do in reply. "You see how this critical company worked at a critical time," Jeremy Saucier, assistant director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG), told Polygon, "and how they saw the industry." ICHEG and its home, the Strong National...
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Educational games are competing with Angry Birds says co.lab director

Making a game that is both fun and educational is one of the biggest challenges for developers in the educational tech space, according to co.lab executive director Esteban Sosnik. If the game is educational, then it's often dry and not engaging. If it's fun, then it's often lacking in educational components. Cue co.lab, an ed-tech accelerator formed by Zynga.org and NewSchools Venture Fund that is helping socially aware developers find a balance between fun game design and effective learning mechanics. "It's extremely hard to make a game that is both entertaining and educational," Sosnik told Polygon. "Making commercial games is tough enough, but on top of that you have to think about educational outcomes, maybe how to fit it into a class curriculum, how to market it to kids and all...
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New Ace Attorney title coming, set in Meiji period with Phoenix Wright's ancestor

A new Ace Attorney game for Nintendo 3DS is on the way under the direction of series creator Shu Takumi, according to leaked pages from the most recent issue of Famitsu magazine. According to the leaked pages, the game will be set in Japan's Meiji era (Sept. 1868 through July 1912) and star an ancestor of the series' famous lawyer, Phoenix Wright. His name is Naruhodou Ryuunosuke (pictured below in a tweet from Twitter user Light Agent). In the scan, he is pictured carrying a sword and the article describes him as having a keen sense of justice and quick to put himself in danger. The new game's full title is Dai Gyakuten Saiban — Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken, which translates to Grand Turnabout Trial — The Adventures of Naruhodou Ryuunosuke. Takumi has worked on the Ace Attorney...
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Mario Golf: World Tour season pass consists of three DLC packs for $14.99

Nintendo will be offering a season pass for Mario Golf: World Tour that bundles together three add-ons for $14.99, the company announced today. Mario Golf: World Tour, which launches May 2 on Nintendo 3DS, includes 10 courses with a total of 126 holes of golf. Six additional 18-hole courses, for a total of 108 extra holes, will be released in the three downloadable content packs Nintendo is working on. Each of the DLC packs will contain two new courses and one new playable character. The season pass will kick off with the Mushroom Pack, which comes with Toadette, on May 2. Later that month, Nintendo will release the Flower Pack, which includes Nabbit. And June will see the launch of the Star Pack, which features Rosalina. Each add-on will be sold for $5.99, which means the season pass...
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How Dragon Age: Inquisition's trailer opens up new story

Story has always been a central pillar in the enduring popularity of BioWare's Dragon Age series. A new trailer out today seeks to set the stage for Dragon Age: Inquisition, due to be released Oct. 7, 2014. Dragon Age: Inquisition begins with the events at a peace conference between the warring mages and templars. An explosion wreaks havoc on the tentative plans, while causing the extinction of many members of the world's ruling classes. The Inquisitor emerges from the chaos, ostensibly being blasted from metaphysical realm the Fade. The game's central character is given the power to fill the power vacuum, leading the Inquisition against invading demons, pouring through The Rift. "There's an interesting undertone here of people in the world believing that you have been sent as a...
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