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New Bloodborne video explores underground dungeons and multiplayer

Sony has released a new video that looks at Bloodborne and its underground Chalice Dungeons which can be explored alone or cooperatively. "With the Chalice Dungeons players will be able to experience the excitement of sharing in communal exploration," said producer Masaaki Yamagiwa. "The Chalice Dungeons are underground ruins found beneath the city of Yharnam. It's a vast area with many different levels and layers. The concept we had is that they change depending whoever is looking at them, rather like procedurally generated maps." Bloodborne is coming to PlayStation 4 on March 24, 2015 in North America.
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Destiny heavy ammo bug fix incoming

A longstanding Destiny bug in which players lose valuable heavy weapons ammo is being targeted for annihilation by Bungie's engineers. In a Bungie blog update today, sandbox engineer Jon Cable offers a nice layman's look at how deep bugs get by the team, and why they can be so tricky to fix. This is a bug that's been irritating Destiny players for some time (no-one likes to see valuable ammo disappear), so why hasn't it been fixed? He said that it was a problem of mathematics and calculations. The game is basically trying to figure out the player's inventory after a death or loading screen, and getting into a muddle. So, it ought to be easy to fix, right? "Fixing bugs in a live game is always about managing risk," writes Cable. "What are the chances that the fix is going to cause an...
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Jan. 21, 2015

Life in Japan

An 18-part look inside Japan's game industry: Night Cry, Scalebound, Final Fantasy 15, Street Fighter 5, Summer Lesson and more.

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Life is Strange: Episode One - Chrysalis review: so-called life

Life is Strange is an episodic adventure game from Dontnod, whose previous game, Remember Me, was also its first. In the style of most episodic games, Life is Strange relies on a choice-and-consequence narrative in which players take on the role of high school student Max Caulfield - a young woman with the power to rewind time. While the game focuses on Max's school life, it also sheds a light on her relationships and the mysterious disappearance of a local girl. As Max, players navigate school life through a linear path, interacting with classmates, teachers and friends through choice-driven dialogue. But these decisions aren't set in stone; once a conversation is over, you can choose to "rewind" time. You can relive a scenario as often as you like with no consequence, though...
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Ermac is back in Mortal Kombat X

NetherRealm Studios unveiled the latest returning fighter for Mortal Kombat X today, psychokinetic combatant Ermac. During a livestream for Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm's Tyler Lansdown, Derek Kirtzic and Paulo Garcia showed off Ermac in battle for the first time. Many of his trademark moves, like his telekinetic grab and teleportation-based attacks, will return. Like other Mortal Kombat X characters, he'll have three fighting variations that will mix up his move set. In the Master of Souls variation, Ermac is surrounded by three glowing green orbs. He can shoot those orbs like your typical fighting game projectile, but there's a twist. If Ermac fires that projectile while all three orbs are active, the first will momentarily stun his opponent. Throw an orb when only one or two are...
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How Dying Light capitalizes on your fear of heights, rather than your fear of zombies

Zombies haven't been especially scary for a few years now — it's hard to be frightened of things you've seen eviscerated, burned and otherwise pulverized across countless comics, movies, TV shows and games. Heights, though? Those are still pretty scary; and Dying Light, the latest title from Dead Island developer Techland, wisely capitalizes on that all-natural fear. Of course, when you fall, you're usually falling into a zombies awaiting mouth, which boosts that scare factor a little bit. Check out the Overview above to see Arthur and I parkour the hell out of a traffic-congested bridge while sharing some early thoughts on Dying Light, which launched on Windows PCs, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this week.
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PlayStation Plus members get Transistor, Yakuza 4, Rogue Legacy and more next month

PlayStation Plus members will get access to six games as part of their monthly subscription in February, including Supergiant Games' Transistor, Sega's Yakuza 4 and Cellar Door Games' Rogue Legacy, across PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Vita. Alien Trap Games' Apotheon, a side-scrolling combat adventure with with an ancient Greek pottery aesthetic, will debut on PS4 next month as a PS Plus game. Here's the full lineup for PS Plus in February: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (Vita, PS4, PS3) Kick & Fennick (Vita) February's PlayStation Plus games will be available to download free for subscribers on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Members currently have access to Infamous: First Light, The Swapper, Prototype 2 and more.
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Battlefield Hardline multiplayer beta confirmed for next week

Battlefield Hardline's open multiplayer beta will take place next week, according to an Electronic Arts announcement this morning, released alongside a trailer. The cops-vs-robbers multiplayer shooting game will run from Feb. 3 to Feb. 8 and will be available on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. In Battlefield Hardline, heavily armed cops are pitted against equally tooled-up criminals in a contest for terrain, loot and lives. The beta will feature three different maps including an urban downtown setting and a rural ghost town. Various modes will be available including Hotwire, in which both teams seek to possess stolen cars dotted around the map. Heist is based on a bank robbery, with various exits and entry points. Conquest is also available, offering...
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Lego Avengers, Batman, Jurassic World and ninjas are set to star in games this year

Jurassic World and Marvel's Avengers will get the Lego game treatment in 2015, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today. Lego Jurassic World will encompass storylines from all franchise movies, including Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park 3, as well as the upcoming Jurassic World. Slated for a June release, the game will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Windows PC, PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS. Lego Marvel's Avengers will follow film stories including The Avengers and the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Slated for a June release, the game will also arrive for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Windows PC, PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS. WBIT and developer TT Games will...
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Watch the first trailer for Dragon's Dogma Online

Capcom revealed its next Dragon's Dogma game in the pages of Famitsu earlier this week, and today we get our first look at the free-to-play online action coming to PC and PlayStation in Dragon's Dogma Online. The new trailer shows a group of players teaming up in a variety of character classes and taking down drakes, dragons, cyclops and other giant monsters. There's also a peek at the social towns where players can gather. Dragon's Dogma Online will play much like other Dragon's Dogma games, but in an online environment. Players can group up in parties of four — including AI-controlled pawns — for roaming adventures and battles against giant enemies. Groups can be formed in town-based lobbies that can hold up to 100 players, and Capcom will provide a "quick-matching" feature to...
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Gameplay video shows more of The Witcher 3's world

Following a flurry of The Witcher 3 reveals earlier this week, developer CD Projekt Red released a new video showing protagonist Geralt of Rivia travelling through the world, interacting with quest-givers, fighting bad-guys and, of course, taking a nice bath. You can read Polygon's impressions of the game's first few hours here. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is due to be released on Windows PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on May 19.
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New video shows awesome progress in Game of Thrones Minecraft world

If you love Game of Thrones and the creative genius of Minecraft fans, this video is a must. It's the latest update on WesterosCraft, an ongoing project to meticulously recreate the fictional continent of Westeros, in Minecraft. This video is narrated by actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran in the HBO series. It shows off locations such as Castle Black, Dragonstone, The Wall, Gulltown, Lannisport, Pebbleton and Casterly Rock.
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The smoother, still occasionally terrifying world of Grim Fandango Remastered

Grim Fandango Remastered adds a fresh coat of paint and a few essential interface tweaks to one of the most memorable and original adventure games ever created. But what's more fascinating about Double Fine's renovation of the classic, noir-inspired tale is what it doesn't change — namely the game's patented sense of dark humor, its old-school (and frequently obtuse) puzzles and, of course, the game's inescapably horrifying interpretation of the Land of the Living. If anything, it's even scarier, despite the fact that we're now much older, and ostensibly much braver. Check out the Overview video posted above to see Grim Fandango Remastered in all its overhauled glory, but don't say we didn't warn you about those magazine-faced living nightmare people.
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Spotify coming to PlayStation, ending Sony's Music Unlimited

Spotify and PlayStation are teaming up to deliver a new service called PlayStation Music, which will come to PlayStation Network this spring. The new service will close down PlayStation's old offering, Music Unlimited, on March 29. PlayStation users may then link their accounts to Spotify and play its free, ad-supported streaming music or its $10-per-month premium service that runs ad-free and is playable offline. Eric Lempel, the vice president for Sony Network Entertainment, announced the partnership on PlayStation blog, mentioning that Spotify's music will be playable in the background of other gaming sessions. More features will be announced later. The service will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Sony's Xperia smartphones and tablets. No mention was made of...
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This is why paid DLC is here to stay

Wall Street's favored news outlets are in a joyful lather today, following Electronic Arts' most recent financial statement. The company did better than expected for its third quarter revenues and profits, with chief financial bigwig Blake Jorgensen explaining that "our revenue keeps going up and our expenses keep going down." At the dead of night, this is just the sort of sentence CFOs whisper to their pillows. In the aftermath of the fiscals, shares jumped almost five percent. This isn't just a knee-jerk reaction to good news. It's the source of this extra income that is delighting shareholders: online. EA generated a record revenues from digital sources such as mobile games, subscriptions, full game downloads and, of course, downloadable content. More than half its revenues for the...
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Grim Fandango Remastered review: from the boneyard

As much as you love Grim Fandango, I promise that Grim Fandango Remastered loves it more. Double Fine (lead by Grim Fandango creator Tim Schafer) has taken every scrap of the beloved classic and transported it to modern platforms with the feather-light touch of a National Archives curator touching up the U.S. Constitution. If you're someone who was already in love with the adventures of skeletal salesman Manny Calavera, you're getting exactly what you'd want. If you've only heard the praise that had been heaped on Grim Fandango (like myself a few days ago), you may do well to keep your expectations in perspective. The real strength of Grim Fandango is its sweeping story As Grim Fandango opens in the Land of the Dead, Manny Calavera has...
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Dragon's Dogma Online coming to PS4, PS3 and PC as a free-to-play game

Capcom is bringing Dragon's Dogma Online to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC as a free-to-play online action game, according to a report from the latest issue of Japan's Famitsu magazine. According to a translation of Famitsu's report by Gematsu, Dragon's Dogma Online will play like other Dragon's Dogma games, but in an online environment. Players can group up in parties of four — including AI-controlled pawns — for open-world adventures and battles against giant enemies. Groups can be formed in town-based lobbies that can hold up to 100 players, and Capcom will provide a "quick-matching" feature to easily form groups. Dragon's Dogma Online will reportedly be supported by item-based microtransactions. Capcom previously experimented with free-to-play mechanics in another...
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BioWare is giving away Dragon Age: Inquisition's tavern songs for free right now

Want to listen to the tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition at your convenience, perhaps in an attempt to make your drinking a bit more atmospheric? BioWare is making that easier than ever by giving away an album's worth of bard tunes for free right now. BioWare said on the Dragon Age website that due to popular demand, it has assembled 10 tavern songs — including hits like "I Am The One," "Grey Warden" and "Empress of Fire" — into an easy and free to download archive. The tunes are even accompanied by the sheet music to Raney Shockne and Inon Zur's songs, should your band be playing a tavern sometime soon. The music is separate from Inquisition's digital original soundtrack, which was made available to those who purchased the game. Dragon Age: Inquisition's tavern songs are...
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These $300 gold controllers sold out in less than a week

A company called ColorWare recently released a limited run of these 24k gold-plated PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers, at an eye-popping $300 each, and sold out. Only 25 of the controllers were manufactured, described by the company as sporting "the most desirable finishing technique on the market." They were announced on the firm's Facebook page five days ago, and have all been sold. Colorware specializes in "the idea that electronic devices could be more appealing than the standard colors offered by the original manufacture." Of course, these are mere knickknacks compared to the gold consoles that were being sold last year, for $13,699.
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Super Bowl spoiler alert: Patriots beat Seahawks 28-24, says Madden NFL 15

Madden NFL's annual simulation has correctly picked the Super Bowl winner in 8 of 11 tries, but it missed horribly last year. EA Sports looks to rebound with its prediction of a comeback victory for the New England Patriots over the Seahawks in Super Bowl 49. The final score will be 28-24, says Madden NFL 15, which predicts a Seahawk lead of 24-14 before quarterback Tom Brady rallies New England. The whole thing culminates in a hail-mary pass from Brady to receiver Julian Edelman as time expires. The sim calls for Brady to throw all four touchdowns the Patriots score in a 335-yard, MVP-worthy effort. Notable plays the simulation predicts include a 58-yard interception returned for a touchdown by Seahawks safety Earl Thomas; an interception by Darrelle Revis to set up the Patriots'...
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A defense of Binding of Isaac from a former fundamentalist Christian

Why does The Binding of Isaac need a "defense?"It’s already wildly popular, and the biggest fans on the game's subreddit would laugh at the mere 70 hours I’ve logged on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. I would have logged more if I didn’t have articles to write to pay my bills.Its creator, Edmund McMillen, is one of the most successful gamedev graduates of the dark Flash-based underworld of Newgrounds. There have been numerous think pieces already published about The Binding of Isaac, including the controversy over its religious content and including people desperately trying to make sense of its surreal backstory and ending. The Binding of Isaac is credited with being one of the games that ignited the neo-roguelike revolution, paving the way for the current wave of innovative...
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The Witcher 3's first three hours show off this sequel's changed attitude

I've never been a big fan of The Witcher.When I reveal this tidbit to CD Projekt co-founder and CEO Marcin Iwiński, at first I'm worried that I've upset him. Then he grins and makes a joke about kicking me out of the preview event I'm attending. It's not that I haven't tried, of course. I played both the original The Witcher as well as the Xbox 360 port of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. I was interested in the dark characters and what seemed to be fairly deep systems, but in both cases I found myself put off by confusing early hours that didn't seem to have a lot of regard for helping players get invested. The Witcher series has become a massive success for CD Projekt, but Iwiński acknowledges that I was far from alone in being intimidated by the first two games. The developer has...
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