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How to unlock Thanatophobia, the almost impossible trophy, in Rogue Legacy

Thought you had mastered the Castlevania-esque roguelike? Think again.When Rogue Legacy drops on Sony's platforms this week, it'll contain all the features that have already arrived on PCs and Macs via Steam. But there is one brand new trophy that's been added. And it's brutal. The trophy is called "Thanatophobia," or fear of dying. Here's the official description of how to unlock it: "WITHOUT using the Architect, complete the game dying 15 times or less." Fans of Rogue Legacy will recall that the Architect is able to lock down the castle, preventing it from randomly generating each time you die. So you've essentially got 15 lives to make it through a constantly-shifting hellscape. As a point of comparison, my first playthrough on PC required nearly 100 deaths before I made it through...
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Why Shadow of Mordor's undead Elven hero and sexy Sauron are such a big deal

Monolith Productions revealed that Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's mysterious Wraith character is Celebrimbor, the original forger of the Rings of Power in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. Celebrimbor does not appear in the The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, which means most of Tolkien's modern audience will be introduced to this Elven warrior through the game, not through Tolkien's work. Celebrimbor's time in Tolkien's world occurred long before Thorin and his Company of Dwarves challenged Smaug for Erebor, and his work is directly responsible for Bilbo Baggins being such an excellent burglar due to his use of the one ring. With this one character addition, this one plot point, Monolith Productions has proven the lengths they are willing to go to make Middle-earth:...
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Loki and the Green Goblin introduce Marvel Villains to Disney Infinity 2.0

As promised at Comic-Con 2014, here is the video introducing the first three baddies in the Marvel Villains lineup that will join the Marvel Heroes in Disney Infinity 2.0 this fall. Loki, the Green Goblin and Ronan the Accuser (main bad guy of Guardians of the Galaxy) are playable figurines in the game. Disney Infinity 2.0 will bring more than just a roster of Marvel superheroes and villains when it launches Sept. 23 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS. A slew of changes are also coming to the game's popular Toy Box mode; read more about them here.
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Here's the opening to that Bayonetta anime they've been talking about forever

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, the feature-length anime film starring Platinum Games' gun-toting witch, is slated to launch in North America on Oct. 21 — and if you're too impatient to wait until then, you can check out the English dub's opening below. The anime, led by Afro Samurai director Fuminori Kizaki and produced by animation studio Gonzo, was first released in Japan last year. The film follows Bayonetta through the events of the original game, a series of battles against angels as she unravels the mystery of her long-forgotten past. The Western version will see Hellena Taylor reprise her role as Bayonetta, as well as most of the game's voice actors returning for their own respective roles. Fans can currently pre-order Bayonetta: Bloody Fate on Blu-ray or DVD for $26.24 through...
Culture
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Custom rainbow 'Gaystation' is being auctioned to support an LGBTQ network

Swedish electronics retailer Webhallen is auctioning a custom-painted PlayStation 4 in honor of the Stockholm Pride Festival. The console is rainbow striped and emblazoned with a pixel heart. The 500 GB PS4, dubbed "The Sony Gaystation 4," also comes with four games. The description on Webhallen's auction page includes a comment on the company's inclusive stance on video games: "On Webhallen, we are gamers in heart and mind, keen that as many as possible have the opportunity to feel welcome and enjoy the world's largest and fastest growing interest: TV & computer games." The current high bid is 11,300 kr, roughly $1,659. The auction ends on August 3, 2014. 100 percent of the auctions proceed will be given to the RFSL Newcomers, a "network for LGBTQ refugees and LGBTQ migrants who have...
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The Last of Us review update: Remastered on PS4

The Last of Us was already one of the most visually impressive games of the last generation, so the necessity of "remastering" it for next-gen hardware is arguable. The results, however, are not. The Last of Us Remastered is a lovingly curated package. In addition to a graphically improved version of the core game that looks better, runs smoother and loads faster, Remastered contains a number of bonuses — most notably, the excellent Left Behind single-player DLC. While I would have loved an option to slot Left Behind into its place in the timeline while playing through the game, just having it included at all is a blessing. While this is a great package for anyone who hasn't played The Last of Us yet, it also includes some nice elements for people who are already hardcore fans. A...
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See lots of gameplay for The Legend of Korra in this 10-minute video

At Comic-Con this week, IGN got a look at everything Platinum Games has to offer with its upcoming adaptation of the Nickelodeon animated series The Legend of Korra. The Legend of Korra, which began its third season on June 27, is a successor to the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender. In the game, Korra starts off with her powers blocked by a mysterious enemy; she slowly regains them through the first playthrough. Succeeding playthroughs begin with Korra fully powered; each playthrough is estimated at 4 hours in length. The game will be available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, with a turn-based strategy version coming for Nintendo 3DS as well.
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Hulk, Tinkerbell and a flying bed make Disney Infinity's 'Toy Box' a whole lot weirder

Disney Infinity 2.0 may still be seen as a kids' game, primarily — but it will also let you put Tinkerbell and The Incredible Hulk in bed together. "That's the bed from Bedknobs and Broomsticks," said John Vignocchi, the game's executive producer, just so we were both clear. It's a vehicle, OK, in Disney Infinity's "Toy Box" mode, where gamers take all of their virtual toys and play with them together, regardless of what continuity or movie or product line they come from. (Bedknobs and Broomsticks was a Mary Poppins clone from 1971 starring Angela Lansbury. It featured a flying bed.) Disney Infinity is the latest money-printer in the toys-to-life genre, in which players bring heroes and other characters into the game by stacking a cool little figurine on a special controller. With...
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Destiny's beta goes to the moon (Update)

Those who have Destiny's beta might want to hop on between now and 7 pm ET — Bungie just opened up a playable moon level for the first time. (Update:) The special mission is now over, but here's video of what it looked like for those who missed it. "For this one, you'll be glad you scrounged that jump drive from the wastes of the Cosmodrome," Bungie wrote in its Weekly Update. You don't need us to tell you where you're headed. We've marked it on the map since the moment when the Beta Build became a secret whispered about by only our friends and family. This new destination will be open to you for two hours." Those who played the lunar mission will unlock a special emblem for their Guardian when the full game launches.
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Marvel is adding more Guardians of the Galaxy content to its games (Update)

In addition to a dedicated playset in Disney Infinity, Marvel is spreading Guardians of the Galaxy content across a handful of its other games, including Marvel Heroes and its social and mobile games, the company announced during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con today. (Update:) Additionally, in a surprise announcement, Marvel said a playable Green Goblin, Loki and more would join Disney Infinity 2.0 in a special Marvel Villains figurine set. The trailer for that set will be released on Monday. Villains had been seen in the original trailer announcing Marvel would join Disney Infinity's lineup, this confirms them as a separate set. Just in time for the launch of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy film in theaters on Aug. 1, free-to-play MMO Marvel Heroes 2015 will allow players to join...
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Sony Gamescom site outs Journey, The Unfinished Swan and Until Dawn for PS4

In a listing since taken down, Sony's official Gamescom site said that Journey, The Unfinished Swan and Until Dawn all are coming to PlayStation 4. The list of playable titles at the expo in Germany next month was posted by a NeoGAF user before Sony stripped them out. The list appears to confirm earlier rumors that all three were good candidates for Sony's latest console. In March, rumors had it that Until Dawn was no longer in development for PlayStation 3 (with Move support) and that developing studio Supermassive Games was working on bringing it to the newly announced Project Morpheus virtual reality headset for PS4. Nothing has been said so far about The Unfinished Swan or Journey coming to PS4, though bringing two acclaimed indie games to the platform is not a farfetched...
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Battlefield Hardline's single-player tells the story of a good cop framed

Previously ... on Battlefield Hardline: Visceral Games' cop-drama take on Electronic Arts' military shooter franchise was delayed into 2015, mainly over concerns with the online multiplayer experience that just went through a beta in June. What does that mean for the game's single-player story? While extra time is always useful for polishing things, it sounds as though Battlefield Hardline wrapped shooting in May and the story is basically finished. Wendy Calhoun (writer and producer of Nashville, Justified and other TV series) is aboard as a narrative consultant to the story, bringing along Bill Johnson as performance director (whose editing credits include The West Wing, and also Justified). Battlefield Hardline will be the story of a cop who gets framed and goes underground to...
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Last of Us Remastered Photo Mode screens go from brutal to kawaii

If you've been curious about how The Last of Us Remastered's so-called "Photo Mode" works, Naughty Dog's Jeff Negus walks you through it in the above video. It appears to be off by default, but can be enabled through the game's pause menu. Once enabled, clicking L3 (the left analog stick) freezes the action, allowing you to compose your shot, accounting for things like camera (roll, dolly, orbit, etc.), field of view for "focusing on the little details on a character," color filter, frame and vignette for that perfect Instagram vibe. Our favorite? The film grain, granting The Last of Us that '70s cinema vibe it demands. From there, it's a quick click on the Dual Shock 4's "Share" button and it's available for everyone to see. At the end of the video, Negus teases an upcoming...
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Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom announced, has kind of a Zelda vibe

Jake the Dog and Finn the human are looking very Link-like in this new teaser trailer for Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom, released today at Comic-Con. It definitely has a 2D Zelda vibe, like last year’s Link Between Worlds, with the wacky color palette and character design of the series. Lumpy Space Princess narrates the trailer, which is either a joy to behold or an annoyance, depending on whether you adore the surreal show or not. Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom is due in fall 2014 for Steam, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and 3DS. C’mon grab your friends!
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