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Watch Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's launch trailer two weeks early

Normally the "launch trailer," is something that launches on the launch date, which in the case of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, is Nov. 4, or Election Day in the United States. Activision apparently decided to roll its own early get-out-the-vote campaign, offering up this 90 second look comprising the story, characters and some gameplay of the latest entry in its military shooter. That's Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons (no relation to Jeremy), reminding you that "politicians don't know how to solve problems, but I do." So there you have it, vote Irons in this mid-term election. Except, as a mid-40s looking guy in the year 2054, he's probably not of eligible age for any elective office right now.
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Watch out for spoilers in this Borderlands visual timeline

Borderlands didn't trot out a reboot or a prequel for its latest edition; Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is something in between, and if you're wondering how that fits into the continuity — and can tolerate a lot of spoilers — here's a visual timeline. I suppose it's not a spoiler that Claptrap "spends most of [Borderlands] standing next to a frickin' bounty board." His brethren also spend much of that time missing some part deep in a cave populated by crabworms and bandits. This timeline also does not discuss the relationship of Lucky Zaford to Scooter's Mama in the original game, either. We weren't as sweet on the latest Borderlands as we were on its, er, younger? sibling Borderlands 2, scoring the Pre-Sequel a 7.0, calling it "a story filling in gaps," but adding that the...
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Vault of Glass boss gets a bug fix in Destiny's next patch

The next round of fixes for Destiny will address both Atheon, the final boss in the Vault of Glass raid, and the Mythoclast, the exotic weapon he drops, Bungie reported in its latest weekly update. Strengthening Atheon doesn't appear to be a result of this video, in which a six-man team drops him in 17 seconds, total. "Knocking a boss off a ledge is a bug," Bungie noted. "We will seek to address bugs like these as quickly as possible." The 17-second takedown didn't involve knocking Atheon from a ledge, just loads and loads of firepower from six high-level characters. So "baby bumpers" will be placed into the game to keep him and other bosses from going off a ledge. That said, Atheon's Timestream ability will be changed to address a bug in the AI's target selection. Instead of...
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PlayStation celebrates women with epic sale of movies and games. Interesting timing, huh?

The game industry is still sorting out its problems with helping women feel in the wake of some terrible harassment, and Sony is helping in at least a tiny way by offering a mammoth "flash" sale of games and movies. You can see the list of content for yourself, and there's some great stuff in there. Everything from Kill Bill to Bayonetta to Beyond Good and Evil to Mirror's Edge ... wait a minute, all of these games and movies star, or have leading roles for, women! It's a pretty great gesture, and it works as a wonderful celebration of the women characters in games and film. What's even better is the fact that Sony isn't doing much to comment on the situation; the company just put this out there trusting its audience would pick up on it. Bravo.
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The new Guilty Gear comes to PS3 and PS4 on Dec. 16

Arc System Works' fighting games Guilty Gear Xrd Sign will come to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in North America on Dec. 16, publisher Aksys Games announced on Thursday, two weeks after the game debuts in Japan. Guilty Gear Xrd Sign will come in both standard and limited editions. The premium versions of the game, which cost $20 more than their standard edition counterparts, include a special embossed and foiled box; the Guilty Gear Xrd Sign Vocal Collection, a 10-track song disc; the Guilty Gear Codex art book; and a keychain designed as a replica of Sol Badguy's belt buckle. The cast of the new Guilty Gear includes a range of returning characters, as well as new fighters Bedman — a character who battles with a bed — and Ramlethal Valentine. Another fighter, Elphelt, is available...
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Teleport all you want, Destiny players. The grenade will still kill you

The first Mythbuster video for Destiny was great, and the follow-up includes even more interesting details about what does and doesn't work in the game. Video games are just a bundle of interacting systems, and this sort of video works at the the edges of those systems to find what's permissible and what isn't. There is much fun to be had in the edge cases, and it's neat to find out what, if anything, you can use from these explorations in your daily play.
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Breaking down Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's classes and skill trees

If you've picked up Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel but can't figure out your gladiators from your lawbringers, we're here to help. Check out the video above to see our breakdown of every single class and skill tree in The Pre-Sequel, along with tips for which trees work best for which type of gameplay.
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Watch Destiny's Vault of Glass raid boss go down in 17 seconds

The Vault of Glass is the best and most challenging thing in Destiny right now, and completing it is the ultimate achievement. Doing so requires a team of six high-level players working in close coordination with each other, and the right mix of skill, teamwork and kick-ass gear can produce something incredible like this video. This is a clip of six members of the Destiny clan called "Legendary Crew" taking down Atheon — the final boss of the Vault of Glass — in just 17 seconds. That's on hard mode, by the way. How'd they do it, you ask? The group consisted of three Warlocks using the Sunsinger sub-class and three Hunters using the default Gunslinger sub-class, according to the video's YouTube description. Five members of the team were at level 30, Destiny's current level cap, while...
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Epic Shadow of Mordor: One warchief, 19 bodyguards and a battle for the ages

Players have been having a lot of fun manipulating the Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Nemesis system to produce some epic battles, but this may be the wildest yet: One warchief with nineteen captains serving as his bodyguards up against a single ranger (who happens to have a ghost elf living inside him). Be sure to stay for the mind-blowing clash of steel and flesh that ensues. It's a battle for the ages.
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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell's slothful lounge chair of death will arrive one week earlier

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell will descend into the netherworld on Jan. 20, 2015 — a week earlier than its originally scheduled release date, publisher Deep Silver announced this week. Alongside the announcement, Deep Silver also released a new Gat Out of Hell trailer, based on the seven deadly sins. Christians, scholars and fans of the 1995 David Fincher film Seven may be familiar with them. Players of Saints Row: Gat out of Hell will soon be, too, though in a slightly different form than classically understood: Players will wield weapons based on envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth and wrath. Press play above to see the series' absurdist takes on sins as weapons. Series creator Volition revealed Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, a standalone expansion that sends the titular Johnny...
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Far Cry 4 trailer shows Himalayan adventure

If you want to get a sense of the style and detail of Ubisoft's Far Cry 4, this trailer serves up the goods. Set to release on Nov. 18 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC, it's a lush Himalayan adventure that allows players to freely explore the world, while also following a set narrative path involving a nasty war with a vicious dictator. We played the game last week, so take look at our impressions and our video overview.
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Watch The Evil Within's ridiculous final boss fight

First, a warning: If you're at all concerned with spoiling any portion of the end of The Evil Within for yourself, turn away now. Do not watch this video! You have been warned. For everyone else, sit back and get ready to enjoy some good old-fashioned absurdity. The Evil Within may be a horror game at heart, but that doesn't stop it from having a really over-the-top final boss encounter. A final boss encounter that takes place on top of a giant brain floating through a ruined city. I'm not joking. Watch it for yourself above. Apologies for the one death and couple of times that I paused the game. I...had to take a moment to myself to think about what was happening. I hope you'll understand.
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Dragon Age: Inquisition trailer delves into belief and heroism

This new trailer for BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition looks at the game's underlying story about the power of mythology. In the game, the central character is heralded as a savior against apocalyptic dangers, who must deal with the opportunities and pitfalls of adulation. Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released on Nov. 18 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. You can read Polygon's most recent interview with the game's developers here.
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How would an annualized Resident Evil actually work?

If you're a Resident Evil fan, this 10-minute video interview between key franchise developers and Game Informer is well worth a look. It's a glimpse into how Capcom is dealing with the significant challenges facing Resident Evil, as the survival horror series nears its 20th anniversary. At one point, Michiteru Okabe, the producer of Resident Evil Revelations 2 (due in 2015) addresses the question of Resident Evil becoming an annualized franchise, like Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed. It's a curious question, when you consider that there have been well over 20 different Resident Evil games since 1995, but pertinent, because many of them have been spin-offs. "I wouldn't be surprised if you saw the game settling into that sort of cadence eventually in the future," he said, according to...
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Destiny's 'haunted' loot cave makes me hopeful for the future of the game

Much has been made about Destiny's phenomena of the loot caves, and Bungie's response in patching them out of the game.The developer has also learned a hard lesson about what players want from loot-unlocked multiplayer events, and the game's overall loot system has already been adjusted. This is the state of the game right now: Bungie is learning. Which is a why a throwaway joke inside one of said loot caves is so interesting. What this means, and why you should care When you head into what used to be the loot cave in Skywatch you see a pile of remains, and then this spooky message: This is a piece of content that was added to the game after the loot cave was removed, a sort of Halloween-appropriate monument to the amount of time players spent farming engrams and bringing them to...
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Take a look at Far Cry 4 in action

Last week I attended a press event hosted by Ubisoft, during which I managed to get a solid five hours playing time with Far Cry 4. Here's a video showing some of the game's environments, action sequences, co-op play and driving, as well as lots of kill-shots. Far Cry 4 is out on Nov. 18 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.
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How unsettling can The Evil Within get in its first chapter? See for yourself

Since it's a modern horror title, you'd be safe to assume that The Evil Within is a pretty bloody game. But how bloody? And how quickly can it get there? Depending on your appreciation for gore, you may be impressed by those answers. You can watch the first chapter from our playthrough for yourself above, complete with some mistakes leading to awful, bloodbath game overs.
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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 gets Feb 2015 release date

Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be released on Feb. 17, 2015, according to a listing on Sony's PlayStation Store. The full season will cost $24.99 digitally. The four episode survival horror game will come with unspecified bonus content and a Raid Mode. Individual episodes will cost $5.99. Capcom announced at this weekend's New York Comic Con that pre-orders on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 will come with a Throwback stage pack. Capcom plans to release Resident Evil Revelations 2 episodes on a weekly basis, then bring the full game to retail at an unspecified date. When contacted for clarification, Capcom said it couldn't confirm the Feb. 17 release date for Revelations 2, sticking to its announced "early 2015" release window. Resident Evil Revelations 2 stars Claire Redfield and...
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A look at The Evil Within's blend of horror and action

The Evil Within isn't just a horror game. It builds off of the Resident Evil 4 formula, which means blending the spooky-scary stuff with full-on action and third-person shooting. It's a strange mix, and it can be difficult to pull off, as you can read about in our review of the game. To help show off these dueling tendencies, I summoned the ghost of Griffin McElroy. You can see our gruesome exploits for yourself in the video above.
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WWE 2K15 plans more than $50 worth of DLC

WWE 2K15 has DLC plans galore, and 2K Sports announced them today. The wrestling title will offer more than $50 worth of extras. A season pass gets most of it for $24.99. A news release from 2K Sports didn't give specific release dates for the DLC, only that the rollouts will begin in late 2014 and carry through to early 2015. WWE 2K15 releases Oct. 28 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but is delayed until Nov. 18 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This is what 2K Sports has planned, in ascending order of cost: • "The Accelerator" for $1.99, which unlocks all locked content in the game (except, of course, DLC) • A New Moves Pack featuring more than 30 moves, including an alternate version of Bray Wyatt's finisher Sister Abigail and Cesaro's "Multiple Gut Wrenches." That's $3.99 • "NXT...
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