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How Telltale handles loot and gore in Tales from the Borderlands

Tales from the Borderlands is shaping up to be a fascinating beast — something developer Telltale has proven itself capable of manufacturing en masse. Seeing a developer take up the reigns to another developer's franchise is bizarre, particularly when the developers are as disparate as Gearbox and Telltale; yet, the new series' first episode shows a tremendous amount of respect from the latter toward the former, particularly in how the series handles Borderlands' over-the-top violence and approach to unimaginable materialism. Check out the Overview above to see a few scenes from the game's first episode, and for our discussion on how Telltale's signature style fits on top of the bombast of Pandora.
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Telltale's Game of Thrones will arrive on Dec. 2

Telltale today announced release dates for the first episode in its highly anticipated Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series. In a tweet today, the company stated that the game will be released on Dec. 2 on Windows PC, Mac, and PlayStation 4 in North America. The Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions will be out on Dec. 3, with iOS arriving on Dec 4. The PlayStation 3 version will be out on Dec. 9. #GameOfThrones A @TelltaleGames Series Ep 1 #IronFromIce 12/2 PC/Mac; PS4 SCEA 12/3 Xbox One & 360; PS4 SCEE 12/4 iOS pic.twitter.com/dpIwlib6nl — Telltale Games (@telltalegames) November 27, 2014 The game takes place towards the end of season three of the HBO show and right before the beginning of season five and will explore House Forrester, a noble house from the Wolfswood...
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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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The Pillars of the Earth transforms from a novel into a video game

Ken Follett's best-selling novel The Pillars of the Earth is being made into a video game by developer Daedalic Entertainment, the company confirmed today. The Pillars of the Earth video game will be an adventure game based on author Ken Follett's acclaimed novel, which is set in 12th century England. The original novel follows conflicts between nobility, clergy and townfolk during a time of exploitation and famine; However, it's not clear just yet how closely the game will follow the earlier work. The upcoming project is slated to launch sometime in 2017 for Windows PC, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and iOS. The game will release alongside a new novel written by Follett and set in the same fictitious medieval town of Kingsbridge in South England.
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A few reasons why I'm thankful for video games

Gaming has suffered a tough year of culture hate-mongers, self-serving corporations, death threat nutters, broken games and derivative designers.So it's difficult to talk about gaming's sparkling orbs of goodness without sounding a tiny bit Pollyannaish. Even so, this is Thanksgiving, and gaming really does offer a host of joyful, life-affirming moments that ought to be celebrated. These are mine. GAMES ACTUALLY EXIST Last night my wife went out for dinner with her friends, so I put the kids to bed and settled in to relax and do whatever I wanted. I thought about watching some HBO or reading a novel but in the end, I decided to play Powerstar Golf on my Xbox One. It's not the greatest game ever made. It's not even the best golf game. But I like it. I shot my farthest...
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Metal Gear Online is coming back, Kojima to 'world premiere' at The Game Awards

Our first look at the new Metal Gear Online will happen next week at The Game Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, host Geoff Keighley announced on Twitter today. Series creator Hideo Kojima will be there to "world premiere Metal Gear Online," Keighley said. The original Metal Gear Online was part of PlayStation 2 game Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence. A follow-up of the same name was included in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots and was sold as a separate standalone game in Japan. It featured online multiplayer for up to 16 players across a variety of modes that included deathmatch, team stealth, capture and rescue. Metal Gear Online service was terminated in June 2012. The new Metal Gear Online will apparently be the online multiplayer component of next year's Metal Gear Solid 5: The...
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EBay Black Friday deals include Xbox One bundle, Alienware PC console

EBay's list of Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals is live, with a few offers that might be of interest to games fans. Right now, the Samsung Galaxy Note 32GB 12.2" tablet is on sale for $449.99, down from $749.99. A Dell HD 24" 1080p LED monitor is $119.99, down from $249.99 The Xbox One Armed Forces Wireless Controller is down from $64.99 to $49.99. Alienware gaming laptop, the 17 R1 i7-4700MQ, is down from $2,599 to $1469.99. And the new Alienware gaming console is down from $549.99 to $499.99. The Xbox One Forza Motorsport 5 bundle is down from $499.99 to $449.99. There are plenty of other deals of games, peripherals and controllers here.
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Amazon shows Black Friday 'lightning deals' calendar

Amazon has published its Thanksgiving and Black Friday calendar of "lightning deals" during which select games are discounted for a limited time period. The list of games is below (all times are Eastern). Actual discounts have not been published as yet, but the pre-Thanksgiving price cuts have been in the 20 percent to 30 percent range. Thursday - 8:10 AM - Need for Speed Rivals (Complete Edition) [X360, XboxOne, PS3, PS4] Thursday - 8:10 AM - Kinect Sports: Rivals - Xbox One Thursday - 9:10 AM - The Evil Within - Multiple Platforms Thursday - 9:10 AM - Thrustmaster VG Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel - Multiple Platforms Thursday - 12:10 PM - Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare - X360 Thursday - 12:10 PM - PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale - PS3 Thursday - 12:10 PM - South...
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December's PlayStation Plus game lineup adds three Hitman games, Deadly Premonition

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get access to more than just Secret Ponchos and Injustice: Gods Among Us next month as part of Sony's subscription service. They'll also get three Hitman games and Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut, Sony announced today. The Hitman HD Trilogy, which includes Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Contracts and Hitman: Blood Money, and surreal adventure Deadly Premonition — both for PlayStation 3 — join the two already announced PlayStation 4 games coming to PS Plus in December. PlayStation Vita owners will get access to two free games as part of PS Plus next month: tower defense game Final Horizon and arcade-style shoot 'em up Titan Attacks (which is also available on PS3 and PS4). Next month's PS Plus titles will be available to download starting Dec....
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare does right by women warriors

The biggest surprise of the fall's AAA season, for me, was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The game is well-designed and well-paced, with surprisingly diverse gameplay beats that borrow touches from the likes of The Last of Us and Deus Ex: Human Revolution as much as they recall the gung-ho gameplay of previous entries in the franchise. Advanced Warfare brought with it a series first, for me: a character I really cared about. No, I didn't give a shit about Mitchell, the blue-eyed soldier protagonist voiced by, naturally, Troy Baker. I'm talking about badass Atlas operative Ilona. Not just a boy's club In the game, Mitchell, an injured former US Marine, gets an invite to come work for Atlas, a super-powerful Private Military Corporation (PMC). There, the best and brightest soldiers,...
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Ubisoft shipped a broken game you can't return, free DLC doesn't make it right

The idea that Ubisoft somehow didn't know the condition of Assassin's Creed Unity doesn't just strain credulity, it snaps it in two and then sets the pieces on fire. The game's issues are blatant, and extensive. The manipulation of review embargoes adds an extra layer of shady behavior to the situation.So that's the context of the "free" DLC that's being offered, or a free game if you purchased a season pass. A company shipped a broken product, it used the embargo system to delay the news hitting, and are now offering more content for that game as a sort of apology. And that free game? It costs them next to nothing to open up their catalog as a way to try to make good on the horrific launch of Unity. The worse Ubisoft will suffer is a few lost Far Cry sales. We have to stop giving them...
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's super zombies arrive in January with its first DLC

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's futuristic take on zombies will arrive in January, Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games confirmed alongside a teaser trailer for the new mode. Dubbed Exo Zombies, the new cooperative multiplayer mode outfits the undead with Advanced Warfare's exoskeletons to make the shambling hordes deadlier than ever. "As things were wrapping up around launch, we started playing around with the idea of what happens when zombies were thrown into the mix with exoskeleton gameplay," Sledgehammer says. "What we came up with is Exo Zombies — an entirely new breed of zombies and an entirely new co-op experience that is truly unique to Advanced Warfare." The first chapter of Exo Zombies, Activision says, will hit alongside the game's first downloadable add-on pack,...
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Assassin's Creed Unity is broken, so Ubisoft is giving players free DLC, season pass holders a free game

Assassin's Creed Unity players will be getting upcoming campaign DLC Dead Kings to make up for the glitch-packed launch of the game, developer and publisher Ubisoft announced today. The team continues to work on patches for remaining issues, according to the post. People who have already purchased the season pass, which includes Dead Kings, will be given a choice of one free game from the following list: The Crew, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Rayman Legends or Just Dance 2015. Ubisoft has also discontinued the sale of Unity's season pass. "The launch of Assassin's Creed Unity was a highly-anticipated moment for me and for our development teams around the world who dedicated a tremendous amount of energy, passion and skill to the game's creation," wrote...
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Nyko offers 30 percent off in Black Friday peripherals deal

If you're in the market for a controller-gizmo or console peripheral this holiday season, Nyko is holding a 30 percent-off-everything sale. The company announced today that all Black Friday purchases from its online store will be discounted by 30 percent (by using the code ‘FRIDAY30') on that day. A separate offer of 10 percent off everything will run through Saturday and Sunday by using the code ‘NYKOVIP' during checkout. Customers will also get free shipping during the long weekend (use the code ‘FREESHIP' at checkout). Discounts can be stacked. Nyko's range of goods ranges from charge stations and attachments to cables and camera zooms. You can check out our chart collecting the best Black Friday deals here.
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Check out Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' new campaign, customization options

The Geometry Wars series is the closest anyone's come to making a modern arcade game, with slick but simple gameplay and relentless leaderboard chases. The franchise's latest installment, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, adds a few complexities to the mix, however — things like a campaign mode, boss fights and customization elements. How are those elements layered on without disrupting that simplicity? Also, how quickly can the game send us into a rage spiral from which we will never, can never escape? We attempt to answer those questions, and more, in the Overview of Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions posted above.
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Assassin's Creed Unity's next big patch targets frame rate problems, crashes and other bugs

Ubisoft has detailed an extensive forthcoming patch for Assassin's Creed Unity that aims to fix more than 90 crashes, dozens of bugs and some specific frame rate drops in the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC game. That patch is due to roll out tomorrow, Nov. 26 on PS4, with other platforms following. In a forum post, Ubisoft details the hundreds of tweaks, fixes and changes coming to Unity, some of which are mission-specific. Some of those fixes are dedicated to fixing frame rate problems in certain areas. Here's the short list of fixes designed to make Unity smoother: Fixed specific framerate drops Improved general Framerate on PS4 by lowering the priority of the online services thread Fixed FPS drops while Arno climbs on the RHP building of Palais de Justice Fixed FPS...
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Tales from the Borderlands begins rolling out today, get introduced with this trailer

The launch of Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series kicks off today and continues over the next few weeks, developer Telltale Games announced today alongside the release of a new trailer. "Zer0 Sum," the first of five episodes in Tales from the Borderlands, arrives today on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in North America, and on Windows PC worldwide. The Xbox One version will be available tomorrow, while the Mac version will launch on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27. Next Wednesday, Dec. 3, will mark the launch of "Zer0 Sum" on PS3 and PS4 in Europe, and on Xbox 360 globally. And the Android and iOS versions are set to be released by the end of 2014. This is a busy time of year for Telltale — the studio is launching the first episode in the six-part Game of Thrones: A Telltale...
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The Dark Below trailer revels in Destiny weapons and combat

Here's a somewhat unusual trailer from Bungie in which a player called DrCrispy93 waxes bro-like about the merits of Destiny's expansion The Dark Below. It shows off the new quest-giver, weapons, loot information and salient details. The Dark Below is the first of two announced expansions for Destiny. It arrives Dec. 9 and will be followed by House of Wolves next year.
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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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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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Ubisoft warns players not to trust early reviews of The Crew

The Crew is an upcoming multiplayer racing title from Ubisoft, and no copies of the game were sent to the press ahead of its launch on December 2. The embargo will drop, and access to the game will begin for the press, on launch day. "While we fully anticipate that you might see some reviews immediately at launch — largely built around the preview sessions we facilitated during the past months or the limited content of the closed and open betas — they won’t be based on optimal conditions or reflect the finished game," Ubisoft posted on its official blog. "We sincerely hope everyone will take the time to customize their ride as they progress through all five regions, explore every corner of the map solo and with friends, dive into our competitive and cooperative mechanics, race...
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