Media Molecule teases PS4 project with trippy strobe-lit faces

Media Molecule, the U.K.-based studio that created LittleBigPlanet, is working on a PlayStation 4 game, and the company released a video today to give a shadowy glimpse of the title. "A rendering error on our new PS4 project caused this trippy sequence of colorful nonsense that begged to be shared," reads the video's YouTube description, which would seem to indicate that the strange footage is part of the game in some way. The brief clip appears to contain multiple faces illuminated by strobe lights in various colors, but then, that's the way it looks to us. Perhaps this is Media Molecule's version of a 21st-century Rorschach test. Media Molecule's most recent game was the PlayStation Vita title Tearaway, which launched last November. The studio has yet to reveal any details about its...

Here's what you're in for when Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty launches this week

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty launches this week for PlayStation 4, and developer Just Add Water shared one final trailer today detailing what players are in for. New 'n' Tasty is a recreation of 1997 platform Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, in which the titular Abe embarks on a quest to free the slaves of the Rupture Farms meat packing plant. The PS4 version will be available tomorrow, but those who purchase this version will unlock the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita version through Sony's cross-buy program once they are released. Just Add Water is still working to launch these latter two versions as soon as possible, and other versions are in development for Linux, Mac, Wii U, Windows PC and Xbox One. Check out the trailer above for a look at the game in action, as well as some of its...

The Last of Us will be performed on stage for just one night

Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic adventure The Last of Us will be coming to a new format next week: the theater. To commemorate the launch of The Last of Us Remastered, a live theatrical performance called The Last of Us: One Night Live will consist of a live reading of selected scenes from the game from actors Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, Merle Dandridge, Hana Hayes and Annie Wersching. It will be performed under the direction of creative director and writer Neil Druckmann from Naughty Dog. One Night Live will be performed only once, according to a PlayStation Blog post, at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Calif., on Monday, July 28 at 7 p.m. PT. The performance will be intercut with video from motion capture sessions filmed during the development of The Last of Us, and composer...

Destiny beta goes offline for two days

The Destiny beta for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 will be offline today and tomorrow, developer Bungie said this morning on Twitter. The beta will return Wednesday, when it will also launch on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. We are beginning the process of taking the Destiny Beta offline for maintenance. It shall return on 7/23 for all registered testers. — Bungie (@Bungie) July 21, 2014 Bungie launched the beta on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 last Thursday, July 17. Today and tomorrow, July 21-22, the beta will be down for maintenance as the studio prepares its servers for two new platforms. Bungie will bring the Destiny beta back to PS3 and PS4 at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 23, and will simultaneously launch it on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. From then, people on all four...

The Last of Us recreated as a PS1 game

The Last of Us will be available remastered on the PS4 by the end of the month, its graphics retouched to take advantage of the more powerful hardware. Now the experience of firing a shotgun into an infected human's skull from point-blank range will look even more realistic. Some will feast upon every gory giblet.Maybe you pine for the days when video games were blocky and rigid, when you struggled to suspend your disbelief. This isn't just a series of cubes covered in muddy textures, you'd think. This is a fungus-covered hallway in an abandoned apartment complex, barely standing after the fall of man. If that's you, perhaps you'll find comfort in The Last of Us reimagined as a PlayStation 1 game. The users at NeoGAF, never ones to back down from a Photoshop challenge, were inspired...

The Crew closed beta: A comprehensive look at what you'll play in Ubisoft's open-world racer

The closed beta for Ubisoft's open-world racing game The Crew kicks off today for PC. Here's an in-depth video explaining what to expect from the hands-on time with the game. The beta, which runs from today through to Friday, includes story missions, skills challenges, PvP missions and the ability to unlock new bits and pieces for your cars. The video goes through all of that plus a bit on car dealers, tuners and the different ways you can race and play. Not lucky enough to land a spot in the beta? It looks like Ubisoft is still taking applications, just hop over to the official site and sign-up.
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Killed Hitler yet? Now save Churchill in Sniper Elite 3's next DLC

Sniper Elite 3, which is now letting everyone shoot Hitler in the balls, will offer a new series of missions in which jut-jawed sharpshooter Karl Fairburne saves Churchill from the Nazis — presumably by shooting all of them in the balls, too. "Save Churchill" is the name of the three-part series, Chapter One of which is out now for the PC version on Steam (with console versions to follow later). It returns players to Siwa Oasis, the fifth mission of the game, with a different bend on events there. Tim Jones, the creative director for Sniper Elite 3, says "Save Churchill" is predicated on the run-up to the 1943 Casablanca Conference in Morocco, in which the Allies set forth their doctrine of unconditional surrender. In this alternate history, Nazis are trying to assassinate Churchill...

Clint Dempsey wears Xbox on his shirt — but not on FIFA 15's PlayStation cover

U.S. soccer hero Clint Dempsey has been named the cover star for North American versions of FIFA 15, requiring a different packshot for the PlayStation editions of the game. You see, Dempsey's professional club, the Seattle Sounders, is sponsored by Xbox. In an email to media announcing the selection (coming last night during Seattle's friendly vs. Tottenham), EA Sports provided only the Xbox One box cover (though both covers are provided on a corporate website). On PS4 and PS3, Dempsey will wear the rocket-pop style kit the U.S. men's national team wore at the recently concluded World Cup. FIFA 15 will publish for Windows PC and Wii as well. Polygon has asked what uniform Dempsey will wear on those covers and will update this story with any comment received. The FIFA series...

EA Sports explains the behavioral science behind FIFA 15

Having largely perfected and refined the fundamental actions in the game of soccer, EA Sports' FIFA 15 will experiment with other features that make the sport distinctive: A big one is the emotional tenor of every match and the players involved in it. Polygon previewed this "emotional intelligence" when it was shown before E3, but the best way to understand what's going on is by watching this video. Basically, all 22 players on the pitch have an attitude. Well, they have attitudes, about one another. These evolve as they interact, sometimes roughly, or as big moments occur, or big opportunities are missed. The point, as producer Aaron McHardy related to me, is not so much to serve up a series of different scenes during a stoppage in play, but to give the game a more organic feel and...

Survey hints at Harmonix getting the (Rock) Band back together

Harmonix is asking gamers how excited they'd be for a return of Rock Band to the current console generation — PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox One — in a survey that furthers the impression the rhythm game pioneers are serious about getting the Band back together. The survey doesn't give up any specific ideas Harmonix may have; it asks them how often they continue to play the legacy game, how many peripherals they still own, and the platform on which they play. Taken alongside recent remarks by Harmonix chief creative officer Alex Rigopulos, it sounds like they're eyeballing the PS4, Wii U and Xbox One. In June, Rigopulos told GamesBeat that Harmonix views the Rock Band franchise as "something we'll return to at the right point in time, and reimagine it as appropriate for its time." Earlier...

Destiny beta brings two new maps for a two-hour event running today only

A special event in the Destiny beta will be held today (Saturday, July 19) from 5 to 7 p.m. ET, Bungie announced in its weekly update. The event is called the "Iron Banner" and it includes two additional maps and a new gameplay type. Iron Banner debuts Mars with the Blind Watch map, and returns Rusted Lands, a fan favorite from the alpha, to service. "Iron Banner is the only way to see these maps in the beta," said Bungie's Lars Bakken. Additionally, Bungie confirmed that one's Guardian character is playable across both the current generation (PlayStation 4 or Xbox One) and past generation (PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360), within the same system. Bungie's David Shaw said this was planned all along. "Our service is built with flexibility in mind," he said. "As a player of Destiny, you have...

Madden NFL 15 hazes rookies by showing them their ratings

Training camp hasn't begun yet, so let Madden NFL 15 be the one to tell these rookies, who have been told all their lives how special they are, that they really aren't. This is a pretty smooth video. EA Sports set up first-round studs like Johnny Manziel, No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins, and No. 7 overall pick Mike Evans, asking them what they thought they'd be rated, then dumped a cold bucket of truth on them. No, Johnny Football, you're not "an 88 to a 92." In fact, in the latest Madden NFL 25 roster — this is the one reflecting players' ratings at the end of a full season, the highest rated rookies were Sheldon Richardson of the Jets and Star Lotuleilei of the Panthers, at 86. And Richardson was the defensive Rookie of the Year last season. Eddie Lacy of Green Bay, the offensive...

Voice of The Last of Us' Ellie rips Ubisoft over male-only cast in Assassin's Creed Unity

Ashley Johnson, the voice actor whose role as Ellie in The Last of Us earned her a BAFTA award, weighed in on Ubisoft's male-only cast of playable characters in Assassin's Creed Unity, chiding the publisher and its developers for not including women. "When I saw the gameplay and saw that [in] their multiplayer you do not have the option to play as a female. I was like, 'Give me a fucking break!'" Johnson told in an interview on Friday. "It's 2014! How many video games do you have to make to realize maybe have an option to have a female be in there?" However, her co-star, Troy Baker, cautioned that if this controversy means video games now include an obligatory female character, it risks tokenizing them and making the situation worse. "I think that's almost even more...

Destiny doesn't have cross-platform play so last-gen players aren't at a disadvantage

Destiny doesn't support cross-platform multiplayer because Bungie didn't want players with more powerful consoles to have an advantage; When it comes to things like shooting, a difference in a pixel or two could making the playing field uneven, engineer Roger Wolfson told Digital Trends. The decision to not let PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 players participate together and Xbox 360 and Xbox One players together goes back to the initial game design. Bungie determined how many players they want roaming each space, and from there balanced the experience so it translated well across all four consoles. The decision to do this is because Bungie wants to provide the same multiplayer experience for each machine. "I'll speak for the hypothetical player," Wolfson said. "I have a disadvantage...

Madden NFL 15 videos show why playing defense might actually be fun this year

Madden NFL 15 developer EA Tiburon is putting a heavy emphasis on improving defense this year, and publisher Electronic Arts released two new videos this week to show off the changes in tackling and coverage. Attempting to tackle someone in Madden 15 is a less confusing and less nebulous endeavor than in years past. An on-screen vision cone indicates the direction your player is aiming, as well as the approximate "ranges" of your standard tackle and dive. And tackling is enhanced by the new behind-the-defender camera angle. According to gameplay creative director Rex Dickson, Tiburon worked to make defensive backs much smarter in coverage in terms of taking better routes to the ball, anticipating throws, disguising coverage schemes and more. This applies to all areas of the field,...

Destiny producer rediscovers emotional 17-year-old secret on beta's launch

The production team at found a secret message coded into the executable of the original Dungeon Keeper that hasn't seen the light of day in nearly 20 years, much to the delight of Jonty Barnes, Director of Production at Bungie. Barnes stepped away from the Destiny war room late last night, on the first day of his new title's official beta, to tell Polygon how happy he was that someone had finally found it. "That is my message," Barnes confirmed via direct message on Twitter. "17 years ago. I remember writing it but have not seen it since." At 4 a.m. one day in June 1997, Barnes was putting the final touches on the classic Dungeon Keeper, a title on which he shared design credits with Peter Molyneux. Just before the master was sent off, he took a moment to stash these lines in...

'No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no' — Nathan Drake

Nathan Drake is one of the smoothest talkers in video games, a mish-mash of Harrison Ford characters tucked into a thermal sweater. Or should I say, half-tucked — sweater humor! But this video is different. It's special. It doesn't represent the real Nathan Drake. This is the scared Nathan Drake. The neurotic Nathan Drake. The negative Nathan Drake. The Nathan Drake who just says no, to drugs and to everything else.

Special edition The Last of Us and Destiny-themed PS4 consoles coming to Japan

New images revealed by Sony this week show off two new PlayStation 4 models themed around the upcoming releases of Destiny and The Last of Us Remastered, with both models coming to Japan soon. The white-colored Destiny console looks quite a bit like the Destiny console planned for Europe, with the addition of a Destiny logo on the Japanese version. You can check that out below. The other upcoming bundle, The Last of Us Remastered PS4, also includes the game's logo as well as silhouettes of protagonists Joel and Ellie on a black console. You can check that out above. Both consoles will ship with a copy of their respective game. The Last Of Us console will cost 47,980 yen (or roughly $473) and be released on Aug. 21. The Destiny-themed console is priced at 46,980 yen (or rouhly $464)...

Bye, moon wizard: Destiny's most awkward line of dialog vanishes from the beta

The alpha for Destiny came with a charming bit of bad dialog from Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage. It was so bad that it became a meme, a meme that game developer Bungie slapped onto a t-shirt and put up for sale. But along with the tongue-in-cheek shirt came a promise that the game's dialog would improve as the game went from alpha to beta to retail. When the beta hit this afternoon, the first thing we did was race to find that mission, the one with the moon wizard. While the missions remains, the line of dialog has changed. I'll leave it to you to decide which is better. The video above kicks off with the alpha footage of the end of the mission and then pops into the beta version of the same mission's ending. Interested in seeming more than half-a-minute of Destiny beta...

The new Doom game is just titled 'Doom,' runs on id Tech 6, and more details

The new Doom is a return to the franchise's roots, executive producer Marty Stratton revealed during the game's QuakeCon reveal event — which is why the game has officially been named, simply, Doom. "As you've probably noticed from the teaser, the game is called Doom, not Doom 4, and not something like Enemy Territory: Doom Wars," Stratton said. The game will launch on PCs, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and will be running on id Tech 6 — or "id Tech 666," as the dev team calls it, Stratton joked. The game's development, and its reveal presentation, has focused mostly on the tenets of the series' fast-paced combat. Stratton outlined the different "ingredients" that went into their favorite series installments, including a cast of over-the-top demonic enemies, huge and inventive weapons...
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