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Let's dive deep and nerdy into the new Dark Souls 2 trailer

Dark Souls 2 is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC next year in a new Scholar of the First Sin package, and publisher Bandai Namco released a trailer today to tease the expanded offering. Beneath the ominous voiceover, the announcement trailer shows a montage of gameplay footage from all ends of the action role-playing game. What did the publisher and developer From Software think was important to show when announcing the expanded game to the world? In short, it's a mix of memorable moments from the campaign and downloadable content. Let's see what we can identify. The trailer begins with 20 seconds of darkness, which fades into a shot of Memories of a Dragon, the grayscale campaign level where players discover the corpse of an enormous dragon...
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How EA Sports' FIFA is helping to spread soccer in the USA

As a Brit who lives in America and who loves soccer (to avoid confusion and boring conversions about etymology, I use the American name for the game), I'm always impressed by how many fans I come across.On Sundays, I play a pick-up game in Santa Cruz, and it's packed with players from all over the world, including many natives. Store clerks and coffee-shop workers, upon hearing my accent, will sometimes want to talk about the Premiership, and will often be genuinely well-informed and passionate. (There seem to be a lot of Arsenal fans in California, for some reason.) At my kids' games, moms and dads are super into strategies, tactics and "helpful" suggestions for the coaches. Electronic Arts reckons a fair amount of this passion can be sourced back to its FIFA series of video games....
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The Plan to Reinvent Call of Duty

Go behind the scenes to see how Sledgehammer Games spent the past three years building Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Quality Control
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Quality Control spins some Tales from the Borderlands

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 Ben Kuchera about his review of Tales from the Borderlands 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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Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Ivory King guide

Welcome to Polygon's guide for Crown of the Ivory King, the third downloadable content pack for Dark Souls 2. Just a couple of things before we gets started. HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE We've arranged the guide around the DLC's safest areas: bonfires. The (sometimes branching) paths we lead you through will generally take you from bonfire to bonfire, minimizing risk and maximizing your chances for survival. They're almost entirely sequential, too. You can't get to the Inner Wall bonfire without getting to the Abandoned Dwelling bonfire. And you can't get to the Abandoned Dwelling bonfire without visiting the Outer Wall bonfire. When the options aren't sequential, we've devised a path that will net you items and equipment you can use in sections that come later. We've tried to keep each...
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Far Cry 4's latest patch targets black and gray PC problems

Far Cry 4's patch 1.4.0 is out and tackling two colorful problems with the Windows PC version of Ubisoft's open-world game, according to a post on the game's official site. "The new patch should solve the problem causing users to encounter a black screen upon attempting to launch the game, as well as providing a remedy to those who saw a grey screen when reaching the end of an Outpost Master Mission," the post reads. Future Far Cry 4 patches could target problems with odd black shadows, key bindings and mouse acceleration. The PC patch is the latest in a series across multiple platforms that seek to fix crashes and corruption as well as co-op and stability. For more on the just-released PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC game, be sure to read Polygon's F...
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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions review: the other side

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is standing in the shadow of Technicolor giants. While the series began as a novelty time-waster in the in-game garage of Project Gotham Racing 2 on the original Xbox, it became the most critically acclaimed launch title of the Xbox 360 with the stand-alone Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved. Evolved was as close to a perfect expression of simple arcade design as I've ever played, and original developer Bizarre Creations followed it up in 2008 with Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2. Evolved 2 made some major changes to the series' design, but it was, at its heart, the same pure arcade shooter that Evolved was. Geometry Wars 3 has loftier ambitions. By introducing a campaign and customizable ship loadouts to the series, new developer Lucid ventures into strange new...
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Dark Souls 2 coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2015

Dark Souls 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next year in an enhanced version of the game called Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, Namco Bandai and From Software announced today. The re-release of Dark Souls 2 will come with the game's three downloadable add-ons and new enhancements. The PS4 and Xbox One versions of Dark Souls 2 feature updated graphics as well as new game content, including "an expanded story featuring additional in-game events and NPC character along with new deadlier enemies and gameplay improvements." Those improvements will also be available for the PC release of Scholar of the First Sin, which takes advantage of DirectX 11 for Windows. Dark Souls 2's new game content, augmented item descriptions and gameplay improvements, which From Software is...
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Activision declares war on 'cheating and unfair exploits' YouTube videos

Activision is calling in its crack team of elite copyright lawyers in take-down strikes against YouTubers who reveal cheats and exploits in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Eurogamer reports that YouTube network Machinima recently issued an email warning to its affiliates, that Activision is on the warpath. "Activision is being particularly vigilant about their Call of Duty videos lately; issuing strikes on videos showing glitches. If you post videos highlighting these glitches, your channel may be liable to receive a copyright strike so please be careful," stated the email. Activision says that it's focused on video posts that reveal unfair advantages and tricks to multiplayer competitors. "We're excited that so many fans are having fun playing the game and posting videos of their...
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Can an elephant carry too much C4? This and more in the Far Cry 4 episode of 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, Griffin McElroy talks with Justin about his review of Far Cry 4 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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Take a look at Destiny's first expansion, The Dark Below

Destiny's first expansion, The Dark Below, is just two weeks away. Today, Bungie gives us an in-depth look at what we'll see in that add-on, which includes a new strike, a new raid, three multiplayer maps and a fresh injection of loot. In the above video, Bungie shows off gameplay from Destiny's new six-player raid, Crota's End, and introduces Eris Morn, a maiden in black who serves as a vendor and the main quest-giver for The Dark Below's storyline. There's also footage of a new cooperative strike that's integrated into the expansion's storyline — PlayStation owners also get a timed exclusive strike, The Undying Mind — and a peek at the trio of new multiplayer maps: Pantheon, Skyshock and The Cauldron. The Dark Below is the first of two announced expansions for Destiny. It arrives...
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GTA 5 documentary shows Los Santos' mysteries of the deep

We all have those Grand Theft Auto 5 days when assaulting sex workers and murdering pedestrians seems humdrum and unmagical, don't we? Here then, is a documentary that highlights the majesty of nature, away from the mean streets of Los Santos. 8-Bit Bastard took the game's unlockable yellow submarine into first person mode, added a sprinkling of artistic license and came back with an Attenborough-esque exploration that plumbs the depths of GTA 5.
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Sony and Microsoft are giving you games, and GameStop isn't happy

Generally speaking, hardware manufacturers and games retailers are natural partners, seeking to create order and control in the universe. The console companies make the machines and the retailers sell the machines and both profit from the sale of games for the machines. But as the nature of retail shifts, so too does the relationship between the retailers and the hardware companies, a ripple that threatens the harmony tying these powerful forces together. As the digital era gets into full swing, it's Sony and Microsoft which become the chief beneficiaries, selling games directly to consumers without the need for mall store-fronts or even online retail hubs. The console companies become retailers. This puts them in direct competition with their chums at companies such as GameStop. And...
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Far Cry 4 review: such great heights

Far Cry 4 is easy to dismiss, if you're so inclined. "It’s just more Far Cry 3!" Well, yes, in a way, you're right. No wheels have been reinvented here: Kyrat, a mountain nation nestled in the Himalayas, is a sprawling piece of land for you to hunt, kill and climb your way through. There are outposts to conquer, towers to climb, a near-infinite supply of valuables to filch. But this convenient yet misguided shorthand becomes instantly less useful once you actually find yourself submerged in Far Cry 4: This is a bigger, better, braver version of an already fantastic thing and that’s awesome. So what's new, different and better? A lot of it tracks back to Ajay Ghale, the young man making his first journey home to Kyrat, which he fled as a child during a civil war. Far Cry...
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How to create Daenerys Targaryen in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Designing a great character in Dragon: Age Inquisition is the first step to kicking off a successful game, but why settle when you can play as the Mother of Dragons? Reddit user killerewok added a Game of Thrones twist to Inquisition by recreating Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke in the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin's novels. Not only is killerewok's recreation stunningly accurate, but it's also available to players everywhere, thanks to screenshots of the customization sliders. Check out the album on Imgur for directions on how to make your own Daenerys. Does your Inquisitor have a familiar face? Show us in the comments below. For more on Dragon Age: Inquisition, check out our review.
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Here are the nominees for The Game Awards 2014

The Game Awards 2014 creator Geoff Keighley announced the nominees for the awards yesterday, and there's an eclectic mix of titles up for the top honor: Bayonetta 2, Dark Souls 2, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. No game was nominated more than three times, with four titles tied for that number of nods: Dark Souls 2, Hearthstone, Shadow of Mordor and South Park: The Stick of Truth. Nintendo was the most-nominated publisher, with 12 selections. Staff members from a group of 28 publications, including Polygon, voted on the games of 2014 to put together the list. Games had to have a release date of Nov. 25 or earlier in order to be eligible. While Keighley is producing The Game Awards himself, without the involvement of Spike...
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Plants vs. Zombies are in Dragon Age: Inquisition

People who write background stuff in fantasy video games have the most fun. Thanks to Twitter user FioraAeterna for digging up this codex from Dragon Age: Inquisition. The story of "Plants vs Corpses"  concerns a "peculiar" story of reanimated corpses ranging in Ferenden, in the land of Thedas. Only a magician with the ability to turn plants into warriors can halt their deathly advance. Plants vs Zombies games are, of course, published by Electronic Arts, which is also the company behind Dragon Age. It's probably worth repeating that we really like Dragon Age: Inquisition.
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This sex scene in Dragon Age: Inquisition is full of good humor

Warning: Dragon Age: Inquisition Romance SpoilersWarning: Scenes of an Adult Nature When Dragon Age: Inquisition's Qunari character Iron Bull is part of a romance scenario, sparks fly. This very special section from BioWare's role-playing adventure is full of good humor and the sort of human touch generally missing from sex scenes in video games. Thanks to YouTube user DestinStrider for posting.
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Telltale's Game of Thrones will feature some of the show's stars, first trailer here (update)

Telltale Games' take on Game of Thrones will feature some of the main cast members from the HBO television series, the developer announced today while unveiling the first trailer for the episodic game. "Today we can announce that some cast members of the series will reprise their roles in the game," according to the press release. "While players will control five members of House Forrester in their story, the series will have them interacting with fan favorite characters throughout the season, including Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed by Lena Headey, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon. Additional cast members will appear in later episodes." Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series, which...
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Destiny's The Dark Below DLC cinematic leaks, watch it now

The opening cinematic for Destiny's first expansion, The Dark Below, has leaked online and is now available to watch, courtesy of YouTube user Mr. Jester6598. According to the video's description, it was leaked due to an error. Check out the cinematic above. The Dark Below is slated for launch Dec. 9. It's one of two current expansions planned for the game, the other being House of Wolves. The Dark Below raises the game's Light level cap from 30 to 32, adds five additional bounty slots and more endgame gear. It also includes a second raid, Crota's End, and three new competitive multiplayer maps. For more on Destiny, check out our review.
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Amazon begins Black Friday deals a week early with offers on games, tech and toys

Black Friday begins tomorrow for online retail giant Amazon, which is planning another blitzkrieg of deals to launch the holiday buying season. Running for eight days, Amazon will be throwing up new deals on a regular basis, with three "Deals of the Day" planned for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Current deals include up to 50 percent off portable speakers and printers and $100 off the Lenovo Flex touchscreen laptop. Significant discounts are also being offered on toys and games (I just scored a nice dinosaur play-set for less than $20). PC owners can get up to 40 percent off peripherals and components, such as an Intel Core i7-4790 Processor down from $384 to $249.99. On the video games front, countdown deals are currently being listed, with select console and PC games and...
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