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Dark Souls 2 not hard enough? Try this first-person mod

If you've ever caught yourself thinking, "Sure, Dark Souls 2 is tough and all, but what I really want is a way to trick it into believing it's a first-person shooter," then there's a mod just for you. The Dark Souls 2 first-person mod turns From Software's action role-playing game into … an FPRPG? As demonstrated by YouTube user Benzoin-Gum, it lets players freeze the camera in its zoomed state. There's a list of known issues with the mod, Benzoin-Gum admits, but the YouTuber believes the entire game should be playable. "simply freeze the camera zoom value, equip a bow/binoculars and zoom in," Benzoin-Gum wrote. "the camera will stay zoomed, allowing you to roam drangleic in first person. triggering a load screen (and possibly cutscene) will reset the camera, simply perform the above...
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The Unfinished Swan hits PS4 and PS Vita on Oct. 28

A little more than two years after its initial release on PlayStation 3, Giant Sparrow's The Unfinished Swan will launch for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on Oct. 28, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. For those who already purchased the game on PS3, The Unfinished Swan is cross-buy compatible, meaning if you already have it you can download it on all available platforms. If you haven't purchased the game before, it will cost $14.99. This updated, 1080p version of Giant Sparrow's first-person paint adventure is made possible through a collaboration with Armature Studio, the team behind Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate and the PS Vita version of Injustice: Gods Among Us. The Unfinished Swan was first released on Oct. 23, 2012. Players will guide an orphaned young boy...
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The Legend of Korra review: elementary

Even in its best moments, The Legend of Korra is a nonstarter. Though it's created by lauded developer Platinum Games, The Legend of Korra lacks the depth of this team's best projects. It doesn't have the intense, combo-heavy combat of games like Bayonetta or Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. But it also doesn't have the style apparent in the studio's simpler brawling efforts, like 2009's MadWorld. Whatever your preconceived notions of a Platinum Games game, The Legend of Korra is not likely to live up to them. The studio's talent and track record aside, I found it adhering more to my expectations for a licensed title based on a cartoon. It's a shallow, short experience full of segments that feel poorly designed and ill-considered — albeit one with just enough fan service to tide over...
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PlayStation Experience tickets on sale this week

Sony today released a promo video and announced ticket sale information for its PlayStation Experience live event, due to take place in Las Vegas in December. Tickets for the two-day event will go on sale from this Friday. Sony describes PlayStation Experience as "a massive, two-day community event featuring over 400,000 square feet of PlayStation games, panels, contests, signings, giveaways, collectible memorabilia, and much more."
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Skullgirls Encore for PS4 supports PS3 arcade sticks — why that's good news for everyone

The PlayStation 4 release of Skullgirls Encore, Lab Zero Games' 2D fighting game, will let fighting game aficionados use their existing PlayStation 3 arcade sticks, thanks to a custom USB driver. And fans of other fighting games might benefit as well, as the developer says it will let others use its PS4 driver in their games, free of charge. "Lab Zero feels very strongly about this: we think it's better for the consumer and the industry that you be able to spend your hard-earned money buying games instead of buying a new fight stick," Peter Bartholow, CEO of Lab Zero Games said in a statement. Support for previous-generation arcade sticks and controllers on PS4 is not an official Sony feature, the Skullgirls developer says. Skullgirls Encore's support for PS3 sticks on PS4 will likely...
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Judge rules against shareholders who sued over Battlefield 4 fiasco

A federal judge has ruled against shareholders who claimed that Battlefield 4's disastrous launch and online performance directly harmed Electronic Arts' share price and that senior executives knew the game was unready and made or approved false claims about its quality. Judge Susan Illston of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said statements made by EA chief executive Andrew Wilson and chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen were "puffery," and "a vague statement of corporate optimism," that any company would make of its products, not "materially false and misleading statements," as the original lawsuit alleged. Wilson and Jorgensen were named as defendants in the lawsuit, brought by two shareholders, Ryan Kelly and Louis Mastro, in December 2013. B...
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Our review of NBA 2K15 is on fire in the new Quality Control

In each episode of Quality Control, Polygon managing editor Justin McElroy talks to a critic after they review a new game and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong? In this episode, we talk with Owen Good about his review of NBA 2K15 which you can find right here. We'd love to know what you think in the comments below! Read the review Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe on iTunes Email: qualitycontrol at polygon dot com Music: Goodwill by The Custodian of Records
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NBA 2K15 review: technical foul

Many fans of sports video games invent their own backstories and outside-the-lines intrigue for their teams and players. NBA 2K15 will do all of that for you, gloriously. A trade proposal unfolds as an actual conversation with another team executive. An opposing coach, standing outside his locker room after the game, calls you over and compliments your 30-point night — in his own voice. After taking down a division rival, you can talk smack on Twitter to the player who couldn't stop you. When it comes alive, NBA 2K15 is the new frontier of sports video gaming, developing role-playing elements and an online competitive/co-operative mode in ways no other licensed sports title does today. Yet that also exposes the game's greatest weakness: The intoxicating depth of gameplay NBA 2K15...
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Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn's new Heavensward expansion coming spring 2015

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn's upcoming expansion is called Heavensward, it was revealed during the Final Fantasy 14 Fan Festival this weekend. Heavensward will introduce a higher level cap, new quests and new adventures, among other things. More details on the expansion will be revealed at additional fan events to be held in London on Oct. 25 and in Tokyo Dec. 20 and 21. Heavensward is expected to launch in spring 2015. Check out the video above for a first peek at Heavensward. The trailer shows an unnamed man trudging through a snowy landscape, only to arrive at a city burned to ruins by a dragon. The unnamed man in then shown in what appears to be the armor of and carrying a spear designed for a Dragoon, a staple (and beloved) job class of the Final Fantasy series. Final...
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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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