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Caped crusader goes kinda nuts in new Lego Batman 3 trailer

A new trailer for TT Games' Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham today shows Batman in a freaky frenzy over his little buddy Robin. There's no explanation about the dark knight's weird behavior, but we do know that many characters in this game are subverted by evil Brainiac as he seeks to take over the world. It just so happens that this trailer is almost entirely focused on Brainiac and his incredible shrinking device, but we also get a song and dance routine from Joker. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and Windows PC this fall
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Cold War cover-shooting in CounterSpy

CounterSpy isn't afraid to throw game mechanics at the wall in order to see what sticks.There's stealth, platforming, exploration, sidescrolling shooting, cover-based shooting and more — but not every mechanic is firing on all cylinders. For instance, maintaining a mission-long stealth combo is super satisfying, but to have it broken by a roomful of all-seeing grunts is about as frustrating as it gets. For more on what works and what doesn't in CounterSpy, check out the Overview video above.
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Watch Dogs will be 'the only mature game' Ubisoft publishes for Wii U

Ubisoft will shift its focus when it comes to publishing games for Nintendo's Wii U. While the company will continue to release types of games that are already doing well — like the Just Dance franchise — it will back away from more mature titles. Speaking with Game Informer, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Watch Dogs for Wii U will likely be the last mature game published for the console. One of the reasons for this is the poor reception for Assassin's Creed games on Wii U. Both Assassin's Creed 3 and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag received Wii U versions, but neither game appears to have done as well as the Just Dance games. "What we see is that they are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games," Guillemot said. "So what we are trying to do is to...
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CounterSpy review: arms race

CounterSpy offers a light-hearted take on the Cold War, but it probably needed some more time to cook. While the Cold War has appeared as the setting for a large swath of games, the conflict is generally portrayed as seriously as it happened. The world was, after all, on the brink of annihilation. It's pretty tough to make light of that. But, rather than playing it straight, CounterSpy goes another way, delivering a goofy, Pixar-esque take on the events that almost brought two superpowers to blows. Unfortunately, despite exemplary presentation values, CounterSpy's frequently-flawed gameplay brings the overall experience into the red. CounterSpy places you in the role of an agent of COUNTER, an apolitical spy organization whose simple goal is to prevent the planet from going...
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EA Access subscribers only get six hours with the new Madden, says EA

Subscribers to the new EA Access program will be limited to "six gameplay hours" with Madden NFL 15 once it is made available to them before release, according to EA Access' Twitter account today. EA Sports did not answer questions, from Polygon and elsewhere, to clarify what "gameplay hours" means — whether actually playing the game or if that includes time spent in menus adjusting rosters and the like. Still, this figures to be more restricted than the old Season Ticket program, which gave subscribers early access to upcoming EA Sports games like Madden, with unlimited use, on the Friday before their general release in North America. In both cases, early access is limited to a pre-release period; once the game launches in retail stores and elsewhere, the pre-release copy that has...
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Destiny's version of Venus is a lush, tropical warzone

The real planet Venus seems like a fairly inhospitable place to visit, with its 800 degree Fahrenheit temperatures and carbon dioxide atmosphere, but the version in Bungie's Destiny is described as "a paradise." In a new trailer for Destiny, we get a look at a team of guardians exploring the lost planet, doing battle with enemies like the Vex and the Fallen and what appear to be some pretty intimidating warships. Bungie and publisher Activision recently showed off what Destiny's version of Mars looks like — a red planet filled with alien terrors to shoot. Destiny is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on Sept. 9.
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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor DLC includes a mission playable as Celebrimbor

Downloadable content for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will include a story-based mission in which players control Celebrimbor, the original forger of the Rings of Power and the Wraith attached to protagonist Talion, publisher Warner Bros. announced this morning. The mission is part of the Shadow of Mordor season pass, which will give players access to a handful of additional missions, in-game challenges and runes and skins for Talion. These new missions include the above-mentioned Celebrimbor-focused story — The Bright Lord, in which players will battle against Sauron and his forces — as well as the Lord of the Hunt mission, in which players will stalk the beasts of Mordor to collect unique runes, discover hidden areas and fight more powerful creatures. Exclusive to season pass...
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Assassin's Creed Rogue lets you assassinate the assassins

The Assassins Creed series has long allowed players to assume the role of a stealthy assassin who tries to thwart the work of the Knights Templar. Now, the series' developer is giving players a taste of their own medicine by putting them in the shoes of the Templars. "In previous games you were performing all the assassinations," said Assassin's Creed Rogue's game director, Martin Capel. "Now we've developed characters that can assassinate you." Playing as a templar named Shay Patrick Cormac, players work with the British forces to try to remove the French from power and break the control and influence of the assassins. Where assassin characters in previous games had to follow the creed and approach most missions in a stealthy way, the templars don't live by rules. "If you want pure...
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Life and death as a pirate in Risen 3: Titan Lords

When you're a pirate, there are no rules. Is that duck looking at you funny? Then you slice it. That's just the hard life you lead as a scoundrel sailing the seven seas. I may be prepared for such a tough life, but I'm sorry to say my buddy Griffin McElroy is not. You can watch our journeys in the world of new pirating RPG Risen 3: Titan Lords above, and see if you are left as aghast as him at my blatant hatred toward innocent birds.
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Destiny goes to Mars in its newest trailer

The red dunes of the planet Mars will be one of the many battlegrounds players will explore in Destiny. Today, Bungie gives us a sneak peek at what threats players will face among the ancient ruins of a once-populated Mars. It appears that two of the primary species players will face on Mars are the Cabal and Vex, the hulking humanoids and time-traveling robotic aliens of Destiny, respectively. Destiny is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on Sept. 9.
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New Madden ad is expensive, idiotic and unmissable

Reveling in self-consciously moronic dudebro fireworks, the new Madden commercial is a 21st-Century ad creative's wet dream. Featuring Kevin Hart, Dave Franco and a hatful of athletes, it follows a grandiosely blokey video game sporting rivalry, festooned with low-hanging cultural references, stupid jokes and hilariously pointless surrealism. If I hadn't already grown weary of Old Spice's shenanigans, I'd rank it as a work of genius, rather than merely a greatly entertaining slice of testosterone-ish buffoonery. Madden NFL 15 will be released on Aug. 26 for Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
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Disney Infinity 2.0 comes with AI builders, game makers, interiors and more

Disney Infinity 2.0 brings with it a slew of new options for the open-world, build-it-yourself Toy Box mode of the toys-to-life game, the company announced this week. The new Disney Infinity, due out Sept. 23 in North America on PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Windows PC, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, includes a host of new options designed around some of the issues with the original game. Fans, myself included, found it frustrating to unlock the toys, pieces and characters they wanted to use in Toy Box mode. In the original game, things were unlocked randomly. In the new game, players can choose what they unlock. But that's the smallest of the changes coming to Toy Box. This time around players can easily control procedurally generated content on a map by simply choosing a theme they like and...
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Rescuing an elephant egg-bird in a haunted water park in Hohokum

Absurd as that headline may be, it is also completely accurate, and an extremely concise summary of The Hohokum Experience.It's a game about exploring almost entirely for exploration's sake — which may not be everyone's cup of tea, as our review details. However, for dyed-in-the-wool explorers, Hohokum is an experience really unlike any other. Case in point: Sometimes there are water parks with customers who will hop astride you, and ride you like a slithering, soaring bicycle. Sometimes those water parks are haunted. Sometimes, in their haunted forms, they house endangered elephant egg-bird monsters. In the Overview video above, Russ and I visit one such water park, revive one such egg-bird ... thing, and then go spelunking with Lucario in a cavernous disco treasure vault.
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Remember Me creator's next game looks like Gone Home with time travel

Dontnod Entertainment's upcoming episodic adventure game, Life is Strange, draws some parallels with The Fullbright Company's indie hit Gone Home. But it also has some major differences. For one, there's time travel.Speaking to Polygon at Gamescom, Life is Strange's creative director Jean-Maxime Moris and game and art director Michel Koch said they are fans of games like Gone Home, and Koch himself was even in contact with The Fullbright Company after the latter's game launched last year. But Life is Strange was in development six months before Fullbright released Gone Home, so it is a coincidence that both games feature coming-of-age stories set in Oregon, U.S., that also rely heavily on environmental storytelling. While there may be similarities in the games' setting and the way...
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Is Battlefield Hardline the next eSports darling?

Electronic Arts has unveiled the next mode coming to Battlefield Hardline. Known as "Rescue," the company is describing this as its new "eSports-focused mode," suggesting tentative plans to court the eSports audience at release. "Rescue" is one of two modes unveiled by the company this week during a presentation attended by Polygon. At the modes centre are two opposing teams: Five criminals who have taken a group of hostages, and a squad of five cops whose aim is to get the hostages to safety. In this mode there is one life per round, which emphasizes safe, stealth play. It's a change in pace from the next newly revealed mode: "Hotwire." In "Hotwire," Hardline players will experience the cat and mouse antics of cops seeking out marked vehicles in a high speed chase. A new trailer for...
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Here's why I won't be playing Journey on PlayStation 4

Within one minute of playing the PlayStation 4 version of Journey, before the opening credits even came up, I understood that I would never download this game.I was attending a Sony event, where the company was showing off games that make up its Gamescom push. I put my name down to play the biggies, like Bloodborne and Until Dawn, and I was genuinely excited to see an updated version of Journey. Back in 2012, I had played thatgamecompany's gentle little exploration-puzzle adventure on PlayStation 3, and I had adored it. Journey is a perfect thing, a magical experience that whispers both inspiring and melancholy notions. Last year I spoke to Journey's director Jenova Chen. It was clear from talking to him that this was a carefully constructed work of art, that the feelings I and many...
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Hohokum review: all sizzle

Hohokum would be a fucking incredible screen saver. Growing up in the mid-90s, I remember being vaguely fascinated with early Windows screensavers, like that flying toasters thing and the ever-popular 3D maze. They almost looked like video games, and damn it, I wanted to play them. It turns out the dream was greater than the reality. It's a harsh comparison, but Hohokum only has just slightly more interactivity than those looping monitor programs. Developer Honeyslug has teamed up with Sony Santa Monica and artist Richard Hogg to create a game that's absolutely beautiful to look at. I just wish the playing of it would have connected with me on any level. Hohokum doesn't waste time building up context or telling you what to do In Hohokum, you take control of a...
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 launches Nov. 11, demo coming Sept. 17

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015, the first entry in Konami's soccer franchise to be developed on the new consoles, will be released Nov. 11 in North America, the publisher announced today during Gamescom 2014. The game will be available Nov. 13 in Europe. That's much later than its competition, FIFA 15, which is set to launch Sept. 23 in North America and Sept. 26 in Europe. Bayern Munich standout Mario Götze, who won the 2014 World Cup for Germany with a goal late in extra time, will appear on the cover of PES 2015. "Konami feels that Mario Götze is the player that truly epitomizes the pace, skill and moments of incredible brilliance that elevate modern football," reads a statement from the publisher. Konami also announced that it will release a PES 2015 demo Sept. 17. The demo will be...
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Relive the Stanley Cup Final in NHL 15 demo Aug. 26 on PS4 and Xbox One

NHL 15 publisher Electronic Arts will release a demo for the game on Aug. 26, the company announced today during Gamescom 2014, alongside the release of a new gameplay trailer. The NHL 15 demo will feature the same matchup as the 2014 Stanley Cup Final: the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings. Both teams' home arenas — Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center, respectively — will be playable in a full game of three two-minute periods. Three new camera angles and three difficulty settings will be available, along with a practice mode for players to get their ice legs under them if they're new to the franchise. Today's announcement comes shortly after Madden NFL 15 developer EA Tiburon confirmed it won't be making a demo for that game. That leaves EA Access on Xbox One as the...
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