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Rumor: Zombies are coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

It appears that legions of the undead will return in this year's Call of Duty game, based on a leaked trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that's positively teeming with zombies. While the leaked trailer has since been pulled from sites like YouTube and DailyMotion, the unannounced mode for Sledgehammer Games' futuristic take on Call of Duty appears to feature a powerful strain of zombie that's equipped to take on Advanced Warfare's super soldiers. Unlike Treyarch's Call of Duty games, the zombies in Advanced Warfare are fast-moving, high-leaping creatures that travel in huge packs. The swarms of undead pile upon each other like the great zombie floods of World War Z... and they may even have the powered exoskeletons that players will wear throughout Advanced Warfare. Last...
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NBA 2K15's terrifying facial scans are perfect for Halloween masks

If you're looking for a last-minute Halloween costume, 2K Sports has you covered. The people behind NBA 2K15 are poking fun at themselves and their game with a collection of eight Halloween masks based on face scans gone awry. NBA 2K15 generated some bad publicity at its launch earlier this month for the grotesque creations that its new face scanning technology produced. The scanning engine, which works on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One using the PlayStation Camera or Kinect, respectively, is a temperamental piece of software that can be difficult to use in less-than-ideal conditions. My colleague Owen Good, for example, spent a lot of time in a futile effort to get the scan to work in his living room, and was so frustrated that he called the scanning feature a "tedious, painful disaster."...
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Oct. 27, 2014

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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Best Buy ignores time zones for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launch

Like many retailers, Best Buy is opening up a bunch of its stores at midnight on Nov. 3 for the launch of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. But the company is pulling a fast one on the whole notion of time zones. Because, even if you are in Central, Mountain or Pacific time zones, the stores are opening at midnight Eastern Time. That means, anyone buying Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare from a Best Buy on the west coast can get it at 9 p.m. on Nov. 2. The electronics retail giant is opening 800 stores. Buyers do not need to have placed a pre-order. Best Buy is also offering a special Call of Duty trade-in on old titles in the military shooter series, worth up to $30 in value. Specific details are here.
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Assassin's Creed Unity time-warps into World War II craziness

As everyone knows, Assassin's Creed games aren't just historical fiction, they're also about time anomalies. Assassin's Creed Unity is no exception, as this bizarre time travel trailer shows. Basically, main character Arno warps out of revolutionary Paris right into the thick of a World War II air-raid. Assassin's Creed Unity will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC on Nov. 11.
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DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition officially postponed 'until further notice'

Evolution Studios' PlayStation 4 racing game DriveClub has been out for close to a month, but its online component has been rocky and unreliable. Today, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida issued a formal apology for the game's technical problems and confirmed that DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition is now postponed "until further notice." DriveClub launched on PS4 on Oct. 7, and developer Evolution Studios hasn't been able to provide a reliable online experience since then. The game's PlayStation Plus Edition, a sampling of DriveClub's cars and tracks, was expected to hit alongside or near the retail release. But given the core game's flaky online performance, the trial version of DriveClub hasn't been delivered as promised. Sony Computer Entertainment...
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Shadow of Mordor's Dwarven hunter was inspired by Wolverine and 'Jaws'

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's first downloadable content expansion will focus on one of the game's smaller heroes — Torvin the Dwarf. Warning: There are spoilers for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor ahead. If you haven't finished the game, you may want to hold off reading. And if you forge ahead — remember, you were warned. Shadow of Mordor design director Michael de Plater told Polygon the decision to wrap the narrative DLC around Torvin stems from the team desiring equal air time for each of Middle-earth's races. De Plater explained that each major kind of being has a presence in the game — Celebrimbor is an Elf, the Wizard Saruman makes himself known through Queen Marwen, and we have the Maiar Sauron. In J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, Maiar are powerful spirits that aid the Valar,...
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Why Alien Isolation deserves to be as influential as the movies

I finished Alien: Isolation last weekend, after a glorious, 3-week slow burn with the game. Despite its issues (and it does have issues), I feel comfortable saying it's likely going to be my personal game of the year. More importantly, I think there's a lot to learn from it.Spoiler warning for Alien: Isolation ahead. Alien: Isolation is an intense first-person horror game set in the Alien universe, and it sets out to recreate the aesthetic — and the sweaty, tense experience — of the first film in the series. The best film in the series. It's a truly bold, risky, brilliant game that only fails when it remembers it's a video game. Alien: Isolation is a divisive game, for a number of good reasons. It's way too long, with obvious filler content. I put in around 28 hours. Most playthroughs...
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Glitches screw up 'Rest Mode' and YouTube sharing in PlayStation 4 update

Several PlayStation 4 users have gone to forums to report problems with new features offered by the new PlayStation 2.00 firmware update, most troublingly an issue restarting the console from its new "rest mode." Sony has acknowledged the problems in a statement and through its official Twitter account but their number of users affected, and what is causing the problems, remains unknown. Users in this thread on PlayStation's official forums say that they can't boot up their consoles once they enter "rest mode" — a renamed version of the PS4's "standby mode" — and that their PS4 controllers and buttons are unresponsive. The console's multicolored light flashes orange for them, indicating a problem. Sony told Game Informer that it is "aware of issues reported by some PS4 users"...
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Final Fantasy Type-0's magical war could tear its world apart

Coinciding with the opening day of Paris Games Week, Square Enix released a new trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, introducing players to a new world and a new war. In the realm of Orience, a bloody and brutal war between nations could literally tear the world apart. The newest trailer for Type-0 showcases Orience and the various areas players' journey will take them through. As Class Zero fights to keep the peace (and stay alive), can they also keep their world intact? Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will launch on March 17, 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game will be accompanied with a demo for Final Fantasy 15.
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Destiny's first expansion, The Dark Below, hits Dec. 9 and raises level cap to 32 (update)

Destiny will get its first drop of post-launch content Dec. 9, when the game's first expansion, The Dark Below, launches worldwide, developer Bungie announced today. As announced previously, The Dark Below is one of two expansions that Bungie currently has planned for Destiny; the other is House of Wolves, which will be available in 2015. Each one costs $19.99, and players can pick up Destiny's Expansion Pass to save $5 and get both for $34.99. The Dark Below will raise the Light level cap from 30 to 32 — with, of course, more endgame gear to earn in order for Guardians to get there — and add five additional bounty slots. Bungie said yesterday that a future patch will increase the number of bounties a Guardian can hold, so it's unclear if Destiny players will need to buy the expansion...
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Want your key to the Evolve Big Alpha? We've got 20,000

Here's how to get access to the Evolve beta: 1. Head to this link 2. Fill out the form using the code from our Facebook page (now live) and referral code "PolygonGoneHunting" 3. Keep an eye on your email for the code in the coming days If you're among the first 20,000 to complete those steps, you're in! ——- The multi-platform Evolve Big Alpha is going to be the hottest ticket in gaming this weekend, and we have 20,000 invitations to join in on the fun. Getting one is going to be simple, but you may have to be quick. We'll be publishing a code on our Facebook page that you'll need to grab, along with the referral code "PolygonGoneHunting," and the first 20,000 readers to redeem the offer right here will be let in on the console of their choice, or the PC. The only thing you need...
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YouTube PS4 sharing detailed

PlayStation 4 owners now have access to a YouTube app following the release of firmware update 2.0. YouTube software engineer Richard O'Grady confirmed the news earlier today on the PlayStation blog. PS4 owners can now share gameplay directly to YouTube by hitting the Share button on the DualShock 4 controller. Likewise, console owners can now check out videos uploaded by PlayStation Network pals by checking in the "What's New" section of the PlayStation 4. Videos are available in up to 1080p resolution and 5.1 channel audio, O'Grady confirms. Sony first announced direct access to YouTube prior to the launch of the PS4. The company confirmed late last year that users would not be able to share videos via YouTube at the console's launch.
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Walmart ramps up used game offers as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare arrives

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be available to buy a day early at 3,600 Walmart stores, the retail giant announced today. Walmart also announced it would begin selling used games in 1,700 stores. The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition will be available to customers starting at 12:01 a.m. local time on Monday, Nov. 3. The game is scheduled to fully launch on Nov. 4 although the "Day Zero Edition" is also available via other retailers, when pre-ordered. Earlier this year, Walmart began accepting video game trade-ins. On Nov. 3 and Nov. 4, the company will offer 50 percent more for customers trading in any used video game when they purchase Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Customers can also receive double trade-in value when trading in any used video game and...
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's season pass gets you an extra multiplayer map at launch

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare publisher Activision announced the game's season pass today, releasing a trailer that shows off a bonus multiplayer map included in the package. The season pass comes with four add-ons — Havoc, Ascendance, Supremacy and Reckoning — for $50, which represents a $10 savings over buying each $15 DLC pack individually. Customers who purchase the season pass will receive instant access to an additional multiplayer map, Atlas Gorge, which is featured in today's trailer. The season pass also offers early access to bonus DLC weapons. Atlas Gorge is a reimagined version of the Pipeline map from 2007's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, although it takes place at a dam rather than a Ukrainian railyard. The map is also included in both of Advanced Warfare's special...
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Lords of the Fallen is up on our game review podcast Quality Control

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 Phil Kollar about his review of Lords of the Fallen 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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Bungie makes Destiny's final Vault of Glass boss even harder

Destiny's latest patch, released today by developer Bungie, makes it tougher to take down the final boss of the raid — both for people who are trying to do it fair and square and for those who are using an exploit. Bungie previously announced its intention to fix what it referred to as a "bug" with the Atheon battle at the end of the Vault of Glass, the sole raid currently available in Destiny: the ability for players to defeat Atheon simply by knocking him off his platform. Patch 1.0.2.3 introduces "baby bumpers" to prevent that from happening. According to the patch notes, this update also changes the way the boss battle proceeds. Until now, Atheon periodically teleported the three players who were the farthest away from him through a portal. From this point forward, Atheon will...
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NBA Live 15 review: the rebound

Finding a fair standard by which NBA Live 15 can be judged is difficult. Holding this game to the standard of NBA 2K15 — which left it behind years ago — seems just as unfair as setting for it the low bar of NBA Live 14, which finally succeeded at simply getting something on shelves, but not by much. The series has been so badly mismanaged and EA Sports has broken so much trust that it makes calling NBA Live 15 a good game an uncomfortable statement. I went out on that limb two years ago after getting an early look at something that did appear intriguing; then we learned it was supposed to be a half-price downloadable title, and then it never even launched. NBA Live 15 is an understandable game with every mode of play I expect in a sports title, and nothing is broken. NBA Live 14...
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Final Fantasy 14's new content update is out today, time to tackle unfinished business

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn players now have the opportunity to wrap up several in-game storylines with the release of content patch 2.4, Dreams of Ice, Square Enix announced today. Dreams of Ice — the largest content patch to date — allows players to continue A Realm Reborn's main scenario as well as the final chapter in the Coil of Bahamut, which includes both story-based and raid elements. Additionally, players can begin assigning characters to the Ninja job and Rogue class. In keeping with the frozen theme, Dreams of Ice also introduces the ice-clad primal, the lady Shiva, as well as the Snowcloak dungeon and two new dungeon hard modes for the areas of Sastasha and the Sunken Temple of Qarn. New housing subdivisions are also available, freeing up more space for players'...
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GTA 5's returning players will receive this 'exclusive content' on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Grand Theft Auto 5 players returning to the game on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC will receive "exclusive content" for their loyalty, including new events, rewards, weapons and a murder mystery, developer Rockstar Games announced today. According to Rockstar, the events are "connected to activities designed for players to experience the game's massive world in new and exciting ways." GTA 5 will ship with new events across the open-world game that unlock new vehicles like the Dudo seaplane. New weapons include rail gun and a hatchet. Blaine County and Los Santos are also filled with new wildlife, and an accompanying Wildlife Photo Challenge will challenge players with cataloging the species. As a reward, they'll unlock the Kraken Sub. Compete in new Stock Car races, and...
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Destiny four-hour outage dropped PS4 players as console update rolled out

Some PlayStation 4 owners were having trouble signing into online-only shooter Destiny for about four hours this morning, according to Bungie officials who now say the issues are "resolving." The official Bungie Help Twitter account, wrote that they were "actively investigating issues impacting players' ability to sign in to Destiny on PlayStation 4" about 6 a.m. ET. About four hours later, the account tweeted that the issues preventing PS4 players from signing in were "resolving." It's unclear how widespread the issue was. The sign-in issues hit the PS4 on the same day that the 2.0 system update went live on the console. The update brings with it a slew of major new features including Share Play and YouTube integration.
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Evolve video explains what you're up against when 'Big Alpha' begins this week

Evolve's "Big Alpha" test kicks off this week, and developer Turtle Rock Studios anticipates 100,000 people will get involved, playing more games on its first day than have been played so far in Evolve's development. To get everyone acclimated, 2K and Turtle Rock have begun a video series called "The Evolution of Evolve" and, with host Adam Sessler, the first episode catches everyone up on the development of a pure multiplayer game with two radically different sides. It takes a lot of work to balance a game like Evolve. Design director Chris Ashton and creative director Phil Robb discuss that process and how the game has remained largely consistent since Turtle Rock's earliest visions for it. A ton of work has gone into balancing the game, to make sure that some combination of four...
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