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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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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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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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Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer trailer has four times the upgrade trees

Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare announced the game's four-player cooperative multiplayer mode yesterday, and publisher Electronic Arts released a trailer today to show off the dungeon-crawling action within. The mode is entirely separate from Inquisition's single-player story mode. Co-op partners can choose from 12 characters at the game's launch, and will complete quests in which they take down enemies, collect loot, craft items and earn gold. Progressing through the mode will unlock characters, weapons, armor, potions and more, and everything can be acquired by spending in-game gold, although players will also have the option of spending real money on in-game currency. None of the unlockable items will carry over to the story mode. Dragon Age: Inquisition is set for...
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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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See your favorite hockey arena in all its glory in NHL 15

The latest NHL 15 trailer, released today by publisher Electronic Arts, shows off the work developer EA Canada is doing to try to bring hockey arenas around the league to life in the game. Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Rangers, appears in EA's NHL franchise for the first time this year; until this point, the Blueshirts' home ice was a generic rink known in the game as "New York Arena." Other venues featured in today's trailer include Joe Louis Arena — the center of Hockeytown for the Detroit Red Wings — and the Montreal Canadiens' Bell Centre. The fans inside NHL 15's stadiums are just as important as the rinks themselves. There's a greater variety in fan models than ever before, and they'll act more like real fans would, too. NHL 15 is set for release Sept. 9 on...
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Dark Souls 2's Crown of the Old Iron King DLC feels like Dark Souls 1

The best part about a Souls title isn't beating the game — it's beating the system.The series' entries are enormously difficult by design, so every advantage, every leg-up you could find in their unforgiving worlds was cause for celebration. Dark Souls 2's newest DLC, Crown of the Old Iron King, gives you more opportunities to exploit the environment and enemy logic than the base game ever did — and wow, are you going to need them. Check out the Overview above to watch Dave and I play through a bit of the DLC, and share some insight on how to not die as much as we have.
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The first half-hour of Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King

Dark Souls 2's second piece of the Lost Crowns DLC trilogy, titled Crown of the Old Iron King, adds some of the prettiest vistas this franchise has ever seen, hands down. The content, which launches today, also adds approximately infinity axe-wielding infernal soldiers to the title, which makes appreciating those vistas kind of a challenge. Check out nearly a half hour of gameplay footage from the new DLC above.
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The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale review: can't go home again

The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale has all of the ingredients necessary to pull together an explosive ending. After a second season of dramatic highs and crushing lows, I still felt a strong connection to protagonist Clementine. I've been with her through so much, and I was invested in seeing where she ends her journey (for now, at least). Yet at the end, I was left feeling more empty than anything else. The Walking Dead's Season 2 finale is about as inconsistent as the season as a whole has been. It never stops striving for the depth and emotional impact of the first season, but it also never quite lives up to its own legacy. (Editor's Note: If you haven't played any of The Walking Dead Season 2 and are concerned about spoilers about the direction of this season, it may be best to...
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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham hits on Nov. 11

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will launch on Nov. 11 in North America and Nov. 14 in Europe, publisher Warner Bros. announced today. The third installment in Lego's video games featuring DC Comics' iconic heroes will see Batman and friends teaming up to stop the villain Brainiac from destroying the planet. Players will follow the band of heroes across many worlds, working together to thwart Brainiac's plans. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will launch for Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Windows PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One.
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The Evil Within's voice cast features 'Dexter' and 'Watchmen' stars

Tango Gameworks' psychological survival-horror title The Evil Within will feature a handful of actors known for their work on emotionally-driven TV and film, including Dexter and Watchmen veterans, publisher Bethesda Softworks announced today. Vocal talents in The Evil Within includes Jennifer Carpenter, best known for her seven-year run as Debra Morgan on Showtime's drama series Dexter. She also played the titular girl in 2005 film The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Carpenter will voice Juli Kidman, Sebastian Castellanos's junior detective partner, whom players will get to spend more time with in a post-launch DLC mission tailored to her perspective. Joining Carpenter is Jackie Earle Haley, who recently played Freddy Krueger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and was the grumbling,...
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Platinum Games' The Legend of Korra coming this October

Bayonetta creator Platinum Games will release downloadable combat game The Legend of Korra — based on the animated show of the same name — for PC and PlayStation platforms on Oct. 21 and Xbox platforms on Oct. 22, IGN reports. The Legend of Korra is a follow-up to Nickelodeon's popular animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. Announced in June, the game follows the titular young avatar in between the show's second and third season. Players control Korra and her power to master the four elements — water, earth, fire and air — in different fighting styles. For more on The Legend of Korra, check out our hands-on preview. The game is being developed for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. A turn-based strategy game is expected to launch for Nintendo 3DS...
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Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed review: clothing optional

Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed would work better as an anime. Japanese developer Acquire provides an intimate look at otaku culture, the fandom and fervor surrounding Japanese anime, manga, video games and fashion in Akiba's Trip. The graphics may not be the prettiest, but the semi-accurate scenery of real-world landmarks was a powerful nostalgia trigger for my memories of living in Japan. This wrapper is conceptually cool. Akiba's Trip is unapologetic of its weirdness, but the detail put into the game's aesthetic doesn't extend to its tedious combat and mission structure, detracting from some entertaining dialogue and stories about the characters' relationships. Loading screens and lengthy fights make side quests not worth it In Akiba's Trip, players enter the...
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NBA 2K15 trailer dazzles with dunks, mascots, cheerleaders and Shaq

NBA 2K15's first full trailer, released today by publisher 2K Sports, travels around the NBA for a dizzying array of action on the court and off. The trailer begins and closes with a glimpse of an in-studio pregame show, new for NBA 2K15, featuring host Ernie Johnson and NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal of the NBA on TNT. Once the video shifts to the hardwood, you'll see other new elements like mascots for the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets. The crowd seems more lively than ever, shouting "three" as a shot from downtown arcs toward the basket. And cheerleaders come onto the court to keep the fans standing. Today's two-minute trailer follows the first gameplay footage of NBA 2K15, which arrived in a 10-second clip on Kevin Durant's Instagram account earlier this month. Durant, the...
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A mad genius just created Minecraft — in Trials Fusion

We've seen other games created in Minecraft, now someone's gone and created Minecraft in Trials Fusion, of all games. Here's "TrialsCraft," an adaptation by PneumaticBog484 running on Xbox One. It's not a large-scale map — 17 blocks on a 10 x 10 x 10 creation grid, but the fundamentals of Minecraft gameplay are there. See for yourself in this video above. PneumaticBog says the skill challenge has since been shared cross-platform, so users can find it on any platform, PC included. Want to see something else neat, by the same guy? It's "FPS Target Range II," whose wall-running evokes Titanfall. It features 10 custom weapons — with reload animations — and 30 hidden targets on the course.
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PSN returns after daylong outage caused by DDoS attack

PlayStation Network is back online in North America following a daylong siege by hackers who even communicated a bomb threat to an airline in order to divert a flight carrying a top Sony executive. PSN and Sony Entertainment Network returned to service about 3 a.m. ET. A statement on the PlayStation Blog said the system was taken offline because of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. "We have seen no evidence of any intrusion to the network and no evidence of any unauthorized access to users' personal information," the statement said. Because of the outage, the regular maintenance scheduled for PSN in North America has been postponed. It was to have lasted from about 12 to 7:30 p.m. ET. The outage began sometime in the early morning Sunday; a hacker group claimed...
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PlayStation Network is down; hackers claim they did it (Update)

PlayStation Network is offline in North America, a day ahead of announced scheduled maintenance. A hacker group on Twitter is claiming its attack took the service offline. Update: The same hacking group claiming responsibility also Tweeted a bomb threat at an American Airlines flight carrying John Smedley, the president of Sony Online Entertainment. It was diverted to Phoenix from its route into San Diego. Users who try to log in to PSN or the PlayStation Store on their PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 consoles are given a message that PSN is down for maintenance. Sony announced Thursday that PSN would be offline for routine maintenance from noon to about 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday. Shacknews reported that the same hacker group claimed it was able to take down servers for Blizzard...
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The next Yakuza game is called Yakuza Zero

The only new detail we have right now about the next game in the Yakuza series is its name — Yakuza Zero — and a promise that more will be shared at Tokyo Game Show in September. Yakuza Zero is being developed for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Unfortunately for western Yakuza fans, that means there's no information on whether this will be available in their regions. The past two Yakuza games, Yakuza Restoration from earlier this year and Yakuza 5 in late 2012, have not been released in the west. The last two Yakuza games released in North America and Europe are the spinoff Yakuza: Dead Souls of 2012, preceded by Yakuza 4 in 2011.
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That bucket came from the moon: Yep, Destiny took the ice bucket challenge

GameStop, Notch, Xbox boss Phil Spencer, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson, Bill Gates and just about everbody else have jumped on the Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon. So, why not the Ghost from Destiny too? And yep, his notorious catch phrase figures in, too. Apparently video game characters can challenge one another to this — in which people dump buckets of water on their head to raise publicity for ALS research (and/or contribute directly to said philanthropy). Warframe's developers took the plunge and nominated Destiny, which now is obligating Kevin Spacey's character from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Joel from The Last of Us and George Lucas, to take a soaking. Additionally, until Destiny's launch on Sept. 9, Bungie is donating 20 percent of the proceeds from sales at the...
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FIFA to crack down on Ultimate Team cheating and coin-farming

Despite banning "hundreds of thousands" of accounts in FIFA's Ultimate Team mode since February, EA Sports says cheating, bot use, and coin farming and selling remains such a problem that they have to warn users they face automatic and permanent bans for certain prohibited activities. FIFA 15, according to lead producer Marcel Kuhn, will deploy with automated systems that recognize these abuses, where in the past they were policed manually. A post today on EA Sports' official site prescribes a "straight red" card — that's a total account ban — issued for any discovered instance of coin selling or farming, or for using exploits to record false match results in FIFA Ultimate Team on PC. "In the past, this banning has been manual and labor intensive," Kuhn told Polygon. "That's part of...
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