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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 heading to consoles, 3DS

A sequel to Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures will launch for Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, Bandai Namco announced today. Like its predecessor, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 takes inspiration from the animated show of the same name. The game introduces a new storyline featuring characters Pac, Spiral and Cylindria in their quest to defend PacWorld from Lord Betrayus and his army. Players will also have the chance to explore the ocean floor and space. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 will be available in Fall 2014. Its accompanying show begins airing this year and will extend into 2015. For a look at the game, watch the trailer below. A price for Ghostly Adventures 2 has not been announced. The first game, which launched last year, was available for...
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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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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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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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GameSpy shutdown taking Borderlands, Civilization titles offline 'temporarily'

The impending shutdown of online-service provider GameSpy Technology will "temporarily" take Borderlands and some Civilization games offline as publisher 2K Games moves them from GameSpy to Steamworks, while nearly 20 other titles will lose online support, 2K announced today. GameSpy Technology, which provides the online back-end for dozens of games, announced earlier this year that it would close May 31. On that date, 2K said today, online service for eight different games will "temporarily" be halted as the publisher migrates support from GameSpy to Valve's Steamworks platform. The titles in question are Sid Meier's Civilization 3, Civilization 3: Conquests, Civilization 3: Play the World, Sid Meier's Civilization 4, Civilization 4: Beyond the Sword, Civilization 4: Colonization, C...
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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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Destiny developer Bungie enters its 'final approach' before Sept. 9 release

Destiny, Halo developer Bungie's upcoming massively multiplayer first-person shooter, is on track for its Sept. 9 release, and those creating it have the game's "final approach" in their sights. According to a post by community manager Eric "Urk" Osborne, that means that the studio knows what must be done to complete the game during the next several months. Destiny is running in a pre-alpha state, with two milestones to follow before its release. "Pre-Alpha itself is just a beginning," Osborne wrote. "It leads us into Alpha proper, and you into Beta, but it's already keeping us up late into the night. Though we're bleary-eyed and exhausted with the day-to-day challenge of keeping Destiny ON TRACK, the tiny sampling offered by our Pre-Alpha is already hugely motivating. For many of us,...
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The Last of Us lead artist leaves for The Unfinished Swan dev Giant Sparrow

Nate Wells left Naughty Dog for an art director position at The Unfinished Swan developer Giant Sparrow, the developer announced in a tweet late yesterday. Wells joined Naughty Dog in August 2012 following his departure from Irrational Games, where he spent 13 years and most recently served as art director on BioShock Infinite. Wells took up as lead artist on PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us and, according to his tweet, left for Santa Monica-based indie developer Giant Sparrow in early April — shortly before the announcement of The Last of Us Remastered for PlayStation 4. Wells' Twitter profile notes the Giant Sparrow affiliation, but his LinkedIn remains unchanged, stating that he is "currently between careers" at the time of writing. Hmmm....seem to be some threads here....
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This is how you get a lightsaber in Disney Infinity

There is a way to get Star Wars' iconic lightsaber in Disney Infinity — it just takes a bit of effort and a lot of cash. In the video above, Stephen Alva Wood of YouTube channel Nerdflip runs down how to obtain the coveted item. By using all 29 NFC figurines within the game and raising all characters to level one, players can unlock a green lightsaber, a weapon used in the space epic by Jedi including Luke Skywalker and Yoda. According to Wood, unlocking the lightsaber means players have spent at least $500 on Disney Infinity figurines at this point. In late 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm — and the rights to the Star Wars franchise — in a $4 billion acquisition deal. More recently, the Disney Store Facebook page responded to a comment from a fan that there were no plans to add Star...
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Two more videos show off Ultra Street Fighter 4's characters, opening cinematic

Two more videos for Ultra Street Fighter 4 reveal the update's new opening cinematic and another several minutes of game action (with Japanese subtitling). Ultra Street Fighter 4 is a large-scale update to the five-year old title that will add new stages and characters on top of a layer of balances and gameplay changes. It will be offered for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in June, and for Windows PC in August. It will be released as a new retail game, but those who own the original may buy and download it the update online for $14.99 For more on Ultra Street Fighter 4, see Polygon's preview of Decapre, one of the new fighters this game will introduce.
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Sniper Elite 3 will give British satirist the chance to shoot himself

British satirist and broadcaster Charlie Brooker has been so voluble in his praise of the Sniper Elite series that the game's developer will include him in a special Sniper Elite 3 level. Rebellion announced the inclusion in a news release last week, including that picture of Brooker, 43, in a full-body Lycra suit used for motion capture. "Rebellion is keeping quiet on Charlie Brooker's exact role in Sniper Elite 3 for now," the news release said, "but the game's creators have promised it will appeal to Charlie's dark sense of humor, fueling speculation he won't just be the good guy." Earlier, Brooker had toured Rebellion's headquarters and gotten a hands-on session with Sniper Elite 3 when creative director Jason Kingsley offered to put Brooker in the game as " a novel ‘thank you' to...
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MLB The Show's neatest trick was not as easy as it looks

Tuesday was Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball; on it, every player wears Robinson's No. 42, commemorating the anniversary of his first game for the Dodgers, which began baseball's desegregation in 1947. If you're playing MLB 14 The Show's career mode and the calendar rolls around to April 15, you'll see this happen there, too.In a video game, the layperson would assume that only requires changing a value in a database. But pulling it off is not as simple as it sounds. These things rarely are. "It's something that does seem trivial on the surface," Aaron Luke, a designer on the game, told me this week. "We have to put in code that takes a snapshot of the player, showing him as No. 42, and then restore him back to his old number when the game is finished. And if you don't do...
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PlayStation Store flash sale discounts Braid, Tokyo Jungle and more to just $0.99

Sony's PlayStation Store is holding a weekend-long flash sale featuring 30 games for PlayStation 3, PS Vita and PSP — including Braid, Plants Vs. Zombies, Tokyo Jungle and Everyday Shooter — marked down to just $0.99. Other PS3 titles featured in the sale include Gotham City Impostors, Echochrome 2 and Super Stardust HD. A handful of PS2 Classics and PSone Classics are also just $0.99, including multiple games in the Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon and Red Faction series. Some episodic Telltale Games titles, like Jurassic Park, Back to the Future and Tales of Monkey Island, are also part of the sale. For a full list of titles, refer to the PlayStation Blog. The PlayStation Store's flash sale comes to an end on Monday, Apr. 21 at 10 a.m. ET.
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Cel Damage HD out on Tuesday for all PlayStation platforms

Cel Damage HD will launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on Tuesday April 22, according to Sony. The Finish Line Games' cel-shaded vehicle combat game was previously slated for a general spring release. Priced at $9.99, it is a cross-buy title, meaning that purchasers pay once for access to all three versions. Sony is offering a 10 percent discount for PlayStation Plus members during the game's first week on sale. Cel Damage HD puts players in a cartoon racing world featuring 13 levels, with six drivers, 10 cars and more than 30 weapon power ups. The PS4 version also supports four-player split screen multiplayer. Pseudo Interactive originally released Cel Damage in 2001 for the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox. "As longtime developers, we've always...
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Skullgirls Encore getting its first male character April 22

Skullgirls Encore — a relaunch of 2D fighting game Skullgirls — will get its first male character, Big Band, for free on April 22, Lab Zero Games CEO Peter Bartholow announced today via the PlayStation Blog. Big Band, formerly known as Ben Birdland, was a beat cop who "got on the wrong side" of a corrupt police force. After a brutal attack, Dr. Avian and the ASG Lab 8 fixed him up and armed him with pneumatic weaponry. According to Bartholow, Big Band is a high risk, high reward character with power and versatility. He's also the only character capable of parrying incoming attacks. Although he'll still take some damage, Big Band's parry allows him to counter-attack his opponents with combos and special moves. "Many of his attacks will leave you vulnerable if you miss or misjudge your...
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PS3 bundled with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for $269 at Walmart

A new PlayStation 3 bundle with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is listed on Walmart's website for $269. The 500 GB system also includes the 2012 movie The Amazing Spider-Man, which is available to watch through Vudu's streaming service. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for an April 29 release in the U.S. on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Windows PC. A previously planned Xbox One version has been delayed indefinitely. For more on the game, be sure to read our interview with its developers at Beenox from earlier this month.
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