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Escape Dead Island is really bloody…

Fountains of the stuff gush and spray across this trailer, which is designed to show the third-person shooter's distinctive art style, its basic story and, well, its propensity for visual extravagance. Due to be released on Nov. 10 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC, the Deep Silver melee-and-blast game seeks to tell the story of Dead Island's zombie-outbreak origins. Escape Dead Island is set after the events of the original Dead Island. The player's character arrives on the island weeks after the initial virus outbreak that turned everyone into zombies. He and his friends are tasked with finding out what happened.
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Destiny will pre-load on Xbox One, according to pulled Xbox.com listing

Xbox One owners will be able to pre-order and pre-load Bungie's Destiny before the game officially launches on Sept. 9, according to an Xbox.com listing for the Destiny Digital Guardian Edition that has since been pulled. Pre-orders and pre-loads are currently unavailable, the page said before it was taken offline. But the Destiny listing indicated that the game would unlock on its release date at 12:01 am PT/3:01 am ET. The file size of Destiny's Xbox One download was not specified. We've reached out to Microsoft and Activision to confirm Destiny pre-loading on Xbox One. Microsoft announced at Gamescom earlier this month that game pre-loading was coming to Xbox One in September with the arrival of FIFA 15 and Forza Horizon 2. But publisher Electronic Arts was actually the first to...
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Here are the free games for PlayStation Plus in September

Sportsfriends and the PlayStation Vita debut of Joe Danger lead the lineup of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers in September, Sony announced today. As usual, all six titles will be available free as of the first Tuesday of the month, Sept. 2. PlayStation 4 owners will be able to get FuturLab's Velocity 2X and Die Gute Fabrik's Sportsfriends for free. Velocity 2X includes cross-buy support with its PS Vita version, and customers who download Sportsfriends on PlayStation 3 will also receive the PS4 version at no additional cost. The two free titles for PS3 owners are PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale from SuperBot Entertainment and Hoard from Big Sandwich Games. PlayStation All-Stars is a cross-buy title, so PSN users can also pick up the PS Vita version. And on PS Vita,...
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Miyamoto signals Nintendo desire to focus on hardcore

One of Nintendo's mantras, for the past three decades, has been the desirability of expanding gaming into every corner of popular culture.But in a new interview published this week by Edge magazine, the company's talismanic creative leader Shigeru Miyamoto signals a strong desire to appeal to highly engaged consumers, aka the hardcore. In an unusually frank answer, Miyamoto seems to almost dismiss casual gamers. "[These are] the sort of people who, for example, might want to watch a movie. They might want to go to Disneyland," he said. "Their attitude is, 'okay, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me.' It's kind of a passive attitude they're taking, and to me it's kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to...
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Mega Man X4, X5 coming to PlayStation Store as PSOne Classics

Mega Man X4 and Mega Man X5, two PlayStation games that debuted in 1997 and 2000, respectively, will come back in September as PSOne Classics on the PlayStation Store, Capcom said today. Mega Man X4 arrives Sept. 2 and Mega Man X5 hits Sept. 9. Both will be available on the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita Stores, where other Mega Man titles, like Mega Man 9 and 10, the original Mega Man through Mega Man 4 and Maverick Hunter X also are available. Capcom's put six games from the Mega Man back catalog on the Nintendo 3DS eShop back in May.
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Xbox One Kinect available by itself this October for $149.99

Microsoft will release a stand-alone Xbox One Kinect on Oct. 7 for $149.99, the company announced today. The package will include a copy of Dance Central Spotlight, which launches Sept. 2 for $9.99. The game comes with 10 songs; customers can purchase additional downloadable tracks and import music from previous Dance Central titles. The second-generation Kinect for Windows was released last month for $199. Must Read From integral to add-on: The troubled journey of Xbox One's Kinect Microsoft launched the Xbox One last November for $499 with a Kinect in the box. In June, the company unbundled the Kinect from the console and began selling the system itself for $399. At the time, Microsoft said it would release a stand-alone Kinect sensor this fall. Last month, the...
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GOG.com launching DRM-free film initiative with 20 gaming-focused documentaries

Online digital game retailer GOG.com is extending its DRM-free philosophy to movies, kicking off the initiative today with 20 documentaries focused on video games and gaming culture. GOG.com's new DRM-free Movie section will launch with a handful of world premieres — documentaries including The King of Arcades, Gamer Age and Pixel Poetry — as well as award-winning films like Indie Game: The Movie. Two titles, Art of Playing and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard, will be available for free. All movies can be downloaded or streamed for viewing, and GOG.com is promising the addition of more titles every week. According to a statement from GOG, the company is now aiming to bring major Hollywood studios on board and add their movies to the DRM-free catalog. But most studios, said...
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Forza Horizon 2 offers Xbox One demo on Sept. 16

Forza Horizon 2 will provide a demo on Xbox One on Sept. 16, two weeks ahead of the open-world racer's Sept. 30 launch, Microsoft said this morning. The announcement did not provide details of what events or how many cars would be in the demo. Nor does it sound like any demo is planned for Xbox 360; Forza Horizon 2 launches for it on the same day. Playground Games, which is developing the Xbox One version, said the two versions are "different games inspired by the same ideas." The announcement includes a list of 60 achievements, which gives hints about the locations drivers will visit in the game. Forza Horizon 2 is set in southern Europe. For more, see Polygon's preview of the game from E3 2014.
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Gauntlet reboot release date pushed back to Sept. 23

Arrowhead Game Studios reboot of the classic co-op dungeon crawler Gauntlet, initially slated to launch on Sept. 3, has been pushed back to Sept. 23, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today. The reboot — announced this past March — will launch for Linux Windows PC through Steam for $19.99. Gauntlet will include full support for the Steam OS software in preparation for the 2015 launch of Steam Machines. According to a statement from the publisher, the reason for the delay is so the team can fine-tune Gauntlet's multiplayer mode. As a thank you for support, Warner Bros. is including an in-game bonus item with all pre-orders — a Wizard's Robe called the The Spawn of Kerthull, crafted from dead imps. Players will be able to get hands-on time with Gauntlet during...
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OlliOlli now available on PS3 and PS4

Roll7's skateboarding title OlliOlli is now available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe, the developer has announced. The PS3 and PS4 versions are a straight port of the PlayStation Vita original — which launched this past January — includes an upgraded menu system and leaderboards that can be viewed among friends. These leaderboards have also been added to the PS Vita version and will allow players to compare scores. OlliOlli is also cross-buy and cross-save compatible, which will allow those who already own the PS Vita version to pick up and play their game on consoles. "[SCEE strategic content specialists] Shahid [Kamal Ahmad] and Spencer [Low] at PlayStation in London pretty much insisted we did the port after the first day's success, it was totally...
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Lindsay Lohan lawsuit against GTA 5 publisher was 'for publicity,' says court documents

Lawyers for Grand Theft Auto 5 publisher Take Two claim the recent lawsuit filed by actress Lindsay Lohan against the games company was done "for publicity purposes," according to court papers as reported by Big Story. Take Two aims to have the lawsuit dismissed and legal fees paid by Lohan. The Associated Press reported earlier this year that Lohan's legal team filed a lawsuit in a Manhattan court that alleges Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games based GTA 5 character Lacey Jonas on the actress, who has starred in Herbie Fully Loaded and The Canyons. The developer "incorporated her image, likeness, clothing, outfits, [Lohan's] clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses" and the jean shorts worn by Lohan without her permission, according to the...
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The Pokemon fighting game won't play like Tekken (or feature Tekken characters)

Pokkén Tournament, the Pokémon fighting game in development at Bandai Namco with the involvement of the Tekken and Soulcalibur teams, may look like a Tekken game in some ways, but don't expect it to play like one, producer Katsuhiro Harada says. On Twitter, Harada said that Pokkén Tournament won't have a high-mid-low guard mechanic like Tekken, but will explore new gameplay mechanics, according to tweets translated by EventHubs. The game also won't include Tekken fighters as guest characters. Harada said the game's roster won't be limited to humanoid-style Pokémon. Responding to concerns that Pokémon Lucario and Machamp were representative of the characters we'd see in Pokkén Tournament, Harada said, "Technologically-speaking, we shouldn't face any problems in implementing whatever...
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Multiplayer comes to Dragon Age with Inquisition's 4-player co-op mode

BioWare is bringing multiplayer to Dragon Age: Inquisition, a mode that the developer describes as "an action-packed dungeon-crawling four-player co-op experience" with fast-paced, strategic team gameplay. In a FAQ posted to the official Dragon Age website, BioWare explains that in Inquisition's multiplayer mode players will embark on missions given by specialists; acquire gold and loot; craft new items; and unlock new characters, weapons, potions, armor and more. The goal, BioWare says, "is to make a fun dungeon-crawling experience that you can play with your friends. There will be no pay walls in Dragon Age multiplayer. Everything is accessible with gold coins. You can use premium currency, but you don't have to." Dragon Age: Inquisition's multiplayer won't have an impact on the...
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Palestinian developer tackles a game ... about sperm

Ramallah in Palestine's West Bank is home to PinchPoint, a game developer that claims to be the first venture-capital-backed Palestinian video game studio.The New Yorker reports PinchPoint's first game, Spermania for Android, which covers a subject that is a long way away from the conflict that surrounds the game's makers. It is a mobile fantasy-platformer about the life of a sperm. But just making this game has been a struggle for the developers, who live in a city that is at the forefront of the long-standing conflict between Palestinians and Israel. "Local events here definitely affect our focus and stress us out," said PinchPoint developer Basel Nasr. "We have no airport or control over our land borders, so travel costs extra time and money. This makes it more challenging to plan...
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Link, F-Zero and Animal Crossing are coming to Mario Kart 8 as DLC

The Mario Kart franchise has always been about racing with characters from the Mario universe — until now. With two upcoming downloadable content packs, Mario Kart 8 players will be able to add The Legend of Zelda's Link and the villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing, according to a post from Nintendo's official UK store. The first pack of the two adds Link, cat-suit Peach and tanooki-suit Mario, as well as four vehicles and eight tracks. It will be available in November of this year. Pack 2, available in May 2015, adds Animal Crossing's Villager, Isabelle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the skeletal Dry Bowser, four vehicles and eight tracks. "Each Add On Content pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of available courses...
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Republicans launch platform game to aid election push

The Republican Party has released an 8-bit-style online platformer that the GOP hopes will aid its political fortunes in a mid-term election year. Starring an elephant with the name of Giopo, the game features enemies called "Job-destroying Taxers," who are described as having been sent by "Harry Reid and President Obama." Jumping on the bad guys releases sound clips that are hostile to the Democrats. "Hi, my name is Giopi," states the game's intro. "I'm one of the GOP's best volunteers for the 2014 midterms, and I'm here to show you how we can win back the Senate! There is going to be a lot of red tape and regulations in our way, but we need to overcome them in order to succeed." The simple run-and-jump platformer, called Mission Majority, requires a log-in via social media or...
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