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Saints Row developer: 'Sarkeesian is right'

Since the latest episode of feminist gaming series Tropes vs. Women was released a couple of weeks ago, gaming sites and forums have hosted a wide array of opinions, both defending and decrying the video. But what do you do if you're the developer of one of the games called out in this episode?In the case of Volition creative director Steve Jaros, the answer is simple: owning up to what he calls "a problem in the game industry." Speaking to The Escapist, Jaros said, "I actually think [Tropes vs. Women creator Anita Sarkeesian's] right in this case." He went on to say that he believes the Saints Row series developer has improved in its treatment of women over years but said they still have room to grow. Must Read Agent of mayhem: the life and near death of Saints Row's Volition ...
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Madden 15's outspoken cover star loses with grace in his very first game

On the same day he was named to the cover of Madden NFL 15 — the Wheaties box of the 21st Century — Richard Sherman sat down in an interview room in Los Angeles and was asked, by EA Sports, to star in his own humiliation in the game. Mike Young, the creative director who came up with this idea, wasn't sure how it was going to go with the Seattle Seahawks' outspoken defensive back. Young had flown out to Los Angeles on the day ESPN would announce the winner of this fan-voted contest. When he landed, Young didn't know if Sherman would win the fans' vote, or if it would go to Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers quarterback who also plays a starring role in the game's unique beginning. Newton, at least, is set up to win in the interactive opening Young had concocted for Madden NFL 15, which...
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VR school girls? When a Pokemon fighting game isn't the weirdest project from Bandai Namco

Tekken game director Katsuhiro Harada took to the stage at the Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia pre-TGS press conference earlier today to show off a new project being developed by "Tekken Team" and ... it's probably not what you're expecting. It turns out that curious Pokémon fighting game isn't the only unusual project Harada and team are working on. Summer Lesson is being built for Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality platform and — instead of a fighting game, per the team's pedigree — it's focused on "communication." You'll be communicating with a young Japanese schoolgirl in her room, using the VR headset to look around. It's not entirely clear what sort of interactivity will be available in the demo, which will be available at Tokyo Game Show later this month, but the...
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Here's the first trailer for the new Resident Evil 1 remake

Capcom has released the first trailer for its upcoming remake of the original Resident Evil, unveiled early last month. The remake shares the same "early 2015" release window as the just-announced Resident Evil Revelations 2, and the same platform lineup of Windows PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. "We have been very careful to preserve the original atmosphere of the game," producer Yoshiaki Hirabyashi said in a video released last month. "And are ensuring that no unnecessary changes will be made. The tempo and flow of the original game are an inherent part of its scary atmosphere so we have made the decision not to disrupt this tempo." You can see the project looks so far in the video above, or watch the entire presentation from last month below.
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Disgaea 5, Earth Defense Force, Ys, Gundam and Senran Kagura coming to PS4

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia unveiled a slew of new games — and some not so new games — coming to PlayStation 4, including Disgaea 5, Earth Defense Force 4.1 and a new Ys title. Disgaea 5 is coming to PS4 sometime in 2015. Earth Defense Force 4.1 appears to be an update to the most recent Sandlot-developed bug-slaying shooter. Also announced at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference was a new PS4 game from Bandai Namco based on the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise and a new game in the Senran Kagura series, subtitled Estival Versus, which is coming to PS4 and PS Vita. Tecmo Koei also re-confirmed that Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, a new version of its 3D fighting game, was coming to PS4.
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Themes are coming to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita

Sony will bring themes to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in future firmware updates, the company announced at its Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia press conference today. The ability to customize your PS4 and Vita will introduce game-themed wallpapers and icons for each platform. In the example shown for PS4, PlayStation mascots Toro and Kuro (above) were shown in animated form playing in a house — with nods to LocoRoco — alongside a user interface that featured theme-specific icons. On Vita, a theme for Danganropa series spin-off Zettai Zetsubo Shojo: Danganronpa Another Episode was displayed with custom wallpaper and icons.
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Dragon Quest Heroes brings the series back to PlayStation in Dynasty Warriors style

A new Dragon Quest game is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3: Dragon Quest Heroes, a hack and slash, Dynasty Warriors-style action role-playing game from Square Enix, Tecmo Koei and Omega Force. Yuji Horii from Square Enix and Kou Shibusawa from Tecmo Koei unveiled the new Dragon Quest spin-off at today's Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia press conference alongside a trailer that showcased gameplay and pre-rendered cinematics. A group of heroes was shown dispatching scores of classic Dragon Quest enemies, like slimes, cyclopses, dragons, skeletons, wizards, golems and more. Dragon Quest Heroes will be out sometime in 2015. Sony will release a special edition version of the PS4 to commemorate the launch of Dragon Quest Heroes. Dubbed the Metal Slime edition, the silver...
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Persona 5 coming to PS3 and PS4 in 2015

The next game in the Persona series has been pushed to 2015, Atlus announced at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia's press conference today. The game, Persona 5, is now slated to come to PlayStation 3 as well as PlayStation 4 next year. Persona 5 was announced as a PS3 title last year and slated for a "winter 2014" release. Developer Atlus showed an animated teaser today, but no gameplay, and confirmed that the role-playing game was PS4-bound next year. Here's the game's latest Japanese-language teaser.
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Resident Evil Revelations 2 coming 'early 2015'

Resident Evil Revelations 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 — and other platforms — in early 2015, Capcom producer Masachika Kawata announced at a Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia press conference today. Revelations 2 is being developed by the core staff members of the previous entry, which hit Nintendo 3DS and previous generation consoles, but will be set in a new period and a new setting, Kawata said. The game's protagonists will not be Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield, Kawata noted, but no other game specifics were announced. The game was announced alongside a live action teaser with the tagline "Evil is watching," but no gameplay footage was shown. Kawata said Capcom will reveal new information about Resident Evil Revelations 2 next week, and a playable demo will be available at...
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Bloodborne comes to PS4 on Feb. 5

From Software's dark action-role-playing game Bloodborne will be released for PlayStation 4 on Feb. 5, 2015, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia announced today. The Japanese release of Bloodborne will come with a special art book for those who pre-order the game. A worldwide release date for Bloodborne was not announced, but Sony has said the game will come to PS4 in early 2015.
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New Hot Shots Golf coming to PlayStation 4

A new entry in the Hot Shots Golf series — or Minna no Golf, as it's known in Japan — is coming to PlayStation 4, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida announced today. The "New Mingol Project" will leverage the power of the PlayStation 4 and its social features, Yoshida said. The game was said to feature an open-world game design, though Yoshida did not elaborate on what that meant for the 17-year-old brand. The last game in the golfing franchise, Minna no Golf 6 or Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, was released for PlayStation Vita and PS3.
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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round announced for PS4 and Xbox One

A surprise announcement at this weekend's Japan Gamer's Live event revealed Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will launch in spring 2015 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, in Japan. There's no word on any Western release, nor additional details on the game itself other than the teaser trailer above. The last full release in the series was Dead or Alive 5, which launched worldwide in September 2012. Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, an update to the game, launched a year later.
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Grand Theft Auto 5's PC version will get an updated soundtrack

The PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions of Grand Theft Auto 5 appear to be getting a soundtrack update, according to a voice actor for one of the game's fictitious radio stations. Yesterday, Cara Delevingne, who stars as the host of the Non Stop Pop FM channel in the game, tweeted a picture of herself arriving at Rockstar's studios "to update my GTAV radio station Non Stop Pop FM for new versions coming this Fall!" Rockstar Games' official account then retweeted the message. Earlier it posted its own picture of Delevingne (above), with the message "coming soon ..." The PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions of Grand Theft Auto 5 were announced at E3 2014; no release date for them has been given.
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Tales from the Borderlands lets you stop and smell the chaotic roses

Being terrible at first-person shooters is one of my worst-kept secrets. I'm uncoordinated, my reflexes are slow and I can move my in-game characters about as gracefully as a cat in a sack race. In my panic to try to not get shot and clear levels as effectively as I can, I often miss details of the game world. I gloss over environments. I don't pause to think of the backstory. From the moment I'm thrown into the game, it's go, go, go. According to Kevin Bruner, the founder and president of Telltale Games — the studio behind The Walking Dead game and The Wolf Among Us — I'm not alone. Bruner says that in first-person shooters like Gearbox's Borderlands, players tend to only experience a slice of the game world because they're moving so fast. When players are plunged into a world of...
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Peggle 2 is coming to PlayStation 4

PopCap Games' addictive pachinko-style peg-smashing game Peggle 2 is ending its Xbox exclusivity soon. The developer announced today that the Peggle sequel is PlayStation 4-bound on Oct. 14. Peggle 2 was originally released for Xbox One in December 2013, followed by an Xbox 360 release in May. PopCap and publisher EA have released a handful of downloadable Peggle Masters for the game, including Jimmy Lightning and Windy the Fairy. The official Peggle Twitter account posted box art for the PS4 version of Peggle 2, pointing to a possible physical retail release. We've reached out to EA to confirm.
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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor trailer gets cozy with vile Orc

Ratbag is a sniveling, whining wretch, a scumbag, even by Orc standards. In this new trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor we get to meet Ratbag and learn about his relationship with heroic human protagonist Talion. In the Monolith game, due to be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on Sept. 30 for consoles and Oct. 2 for Windows PC, players create feuds with their enemies, even as they climb through the Orcish ranks. To find out more about the game, take a look at Polygon's new preview.
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Costume Quest 2's tricky twins are back on their beat

Double Fine released a PAX trailer for Costume Quest 2 today, and announced an exclusive costume offer for anyone who pre-orders the game on Steam. Coming to Windows PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U this October, the creepy turn-based combat and exploration game puts players in control of twins Reynold and Wren as they set off on a trick or treating adventure. They'll fight evil characters in Halloween costumes that grant them superhuman powers. "It's probably our most requested sequel, besides Psychonauts," said Double Fine's Greg Rice in a recent Polygon interview. "People have been asking for it forever. I think it's that every Halloween you're reminded about the game. We have a lot of people who are coming back to us saying they replay it...
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Alone With You coming to PS4 and Vita, reveals its Hitchcockian twist

Among the games announced yesterday for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita is an interesting little title called Alone With You. Releasing in 2015 on both platforms, the game is developed by Benjamin Rivers, whose horror game Home received critical praise. Alone With You is a love story about an interstellar explorer trapped on a doomed colony. At this year's GDC Rivers talked with Polygon about the game, which was at that time very early in development. "I really wanted to make a romance-focused game — like a dating sim idea," Rivers said. "But dating sims are all kind of the same deal. They're all genre-specific, they're often culturally specific, and they don't vary a whole lot." Rivers had said he would play with existing romance game mechanics and tropes, but held back...
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Saints Row 4: Re-Elected coming to PS4 and Xbox One, $30 this January

Last year's Saints Row 4 is being ported to current-gen systems by High Voltage Software and branded as Saints Row 4: Re-Elected, it was revealed at a PAX panel this afternoon. The project was announced alongside a new Saints Row expansion titled Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, which is being developed by series creator Volition alongside High Voltage. The port will be available for $29.99 including all Saints Row 4 DLC, or for $49.99 as a bundle with Gat out of Hell. Both will be available January 27, 2015. The developer teased new features like voice commands (examples given: "motherfucker" and "son of a bitch") along with modding so players can create their own weapons. We'll have more on Saints Row 4: Re-Elected, as well as Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, in the next couple days.
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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell sends the Saints to Hell in 2015

Volition's next entry in the Saints Row series is titled Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell and sends the franchise to the afterlife in 2015. According to a trailer that debuted at PAX Prime today, the Saints' Johnny Gat and Kinzie are sucked into Hell via ouija board to battle demons and some "prominent historical figures," ultimately coming face-to-face with Satan. The game features online co-op for two players. Its version of Hell will be about half the size of Saints Row 4's Steel Port, Volition says. Players will get access to a handful of new weapons in Gat Out of Hell, including the Arm Chairmageddon (a La-Z-Boy recliner with guns), the Energy Caster, a Locust Gun and a weapon that fires a plague of frogs. Developed by Volition and High Voltage Software, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell...
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