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Rogue Legacy - Overview video

Still wondering whether you should jump on the Rogue Legacy bandwagon? Hopefully this episode of Overview will help you decide. Griffin McElroy and Russ Frushtick attempt to delve into the dangerous halls of Rogue Legacy, which mashes Castlevania with Metroid with a Roguelike. It is a fine stew indeed.
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Is your connection good enough for PlayStation Now?

The company line from Sony is that players need a minimum of 5 mbps to stream games from PlayStation Now. But we've had varying degrees of success even on the same connection. So we wanted to put the question to you: Have you been able to stream successfully from PlayStation Now? Today's the first day of the streaming platform's open beta on the PS4, so this could just be a case of a rush of first-time users gumming up the works. But with real money being charged for games, we figure it's worth finding out how well PlayStation Now is performing. Haven't tried it yet? Here's a video walkthrough of exactly what you can expect.
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How well does PlayStation Now work on PS4?

PlayStation Now promises an ambitious networking feat, hoping to bring select games not only across platforms, but across generations. But is it a promise Sony can keep?We gave PlayStation Now a test run after the launch of its beta on PS4 earlier today, and despite a perplexing pricing model and a minute or two of network wonkiness, the platform is performing surprisingly well. In the video above, you can watch our attempt to stream and play two PlayStation 3 titles — Just Cause 2 and Final Fantasy 13 — on our PlayStation 4. During the test, we experienced just one session-ending error while starting a new game in Just Cause 2. Initializing a game through PlayStation Now took us a little over half a minute; a pause we experienced only when launching a game, but not during play. That...
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Call of Duty: Ghosts' latest map pack lets you kill with mine carts, extreme Canadian weather

Nemesis, the fourth and final downloadable content pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, launches Aug. 5 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, giving players all-new ways to kill each other in multiplayer. From mine carts to evil Canadian blizzards to vertical take off fighter jets, there's no shortage of fresh opportunities for virtual killing. Included in Nemesis are the maps Dynasty, Showtime, Subzero and Goldrush. Dynasty is a hectic small to medium-sized map, according to Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin, set in a Chinese lakeside village. It has a map-specific killstreak reward, a nod to the harrier strike from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Showtime plays out like a game show in a tight, tiny map based on Call of Duty 4's Shipment. Things get a bit crazier in Subzero, which lets...
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Destiny doesn't end when its story does, and Bungie thinks you'll keep coming back

Destiny is designed to keep players coming back after its story concludes, developer Bungie's Luke Smith told IGN. The first part of the multiplayer first-person shooter will usher players and their character through a narrative, but the developer has a plan to keep players on our solar system's battlefields. "I think Destiny's endgame begins as soon as you see the way the story ends," Smith said. "As soon as you see the way we wrap up the sort of first piece of the adventure that we're going to tell … we want to set you back out into the world to keep going. We want to try to align your motivations as the player with the motivations of the character who you've been pushing around this world. So for us I think a bunch of the endgame starts right at level 20." Must Read D...
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If Sony wants PlayStation Now to succeed, it has to treat us better than GameStop

Dear Sony,Long time no talk. The comparable lack of opinions about your business speaks to both your competence in launching a video game console and your relative lack of ambition in doing so. Microsoft has been pulverized by press and fans the past couple years, partly because Microsoft has tried to do big things. Today, you are trying to do something big, launching the open beta of PlayStation Now. The service could be be humongous — the Netflix of video games that every other games company wants to own. The future could be bright. The present, however, is not. This could be huge The PlayStation Now service has tremendous potential. You will provide people with access to hundreds of PlayStation games through the black magic of streaming. From Metal Gear Solid 4 to Catherine, D...
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Here's how to make Uruks cry in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

The latest trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delves deeper into the powers of Celebrimbor, the ghostly Wraith accompanying Talion on his quest for vengeance against the Dark Lord Sauron. Talion's already pretty effective in combat because of his Ranger training, but the added mind-control powers of the Wraith make him all that more dangerous. Through Celebrimbor, Talion's skills are augmented, and with his new powers he can dominate and intimidate the Uruks of Sauron's Army. In this way, Talion (and Celebrimbor) can infiltrate the Dark Lord's forces as they slowly turn his own followers against him. Last week, developer Monolith Productions revealed the identity of Talion's Wraith companion as Celebrimbor, the forger of the Rings of Power and a personal enemy from Sauron's...
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PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 in Q1 2014, Sony financials reveal

Sony's latest financial report reveals PlayStation consoles outsold Xbox systems three to one in Q1 2014. The company does not confirm how many PS3 and PS4 consoles were sold separately, stating only that combined sales totalled 3.5 million units in the first quarter of this year. Comparatively, last year the company saw sales of 1.1 million in the same pariod. Microsoft's financial report for this first quarter was announced last week, revealing total combined shipping figures for Xbox One and Xbox 360 sit at 1.1 million, meaning during the first three months of the financial year PlayStation outsold Xbox 3:1. Sony has also confirmed ¥257.5 billion (or roughly $2.5 billion) generated in sales from Sony's Games & Network Services division, which is attributed to the launch of the...
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Turns out, Sony doesn't much care for EA Access

Sony has responded to Electronic Arts' announcement of a subscription-based service for its Xbox One games, by claiming that the Netflix-style deal offers poor value. EA Access offers up a slew of EA games for one flat rate of $4.99 a month or $29.99 annually. Members can gain access to FIFA 14 (pictured), Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, via the service's beta, as well as discounts and early access offers. Must Read Owning games is coming to an end Like Microsoft, Sony offers its own subscription service to owners of its console. PlayStation Plus charges a subscription fee in return for access to certain full games and special offers. Sony is also preparing to launch PlayStation Now, a streaming service offering older games. The company said it was offered...
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PlayStation Plus free games for August include Fez and Crysis 3 (update)

Fez and Crysis 3 lead the lineup of six games that will be available free to PlayStation Plus subscribers in August, Sony announced today. Polytron's Fez (screenshot above) will be free on PlayStation 4 along with Road Not Taken, the upcoming puzzle roguelike from Spry Fox. PlayStation 3 owners will be able to pick up Crysis 3 from Crytek and Proteus from David Kanaga, Ed Key and porting house Curve Studios. Vanillaware's Dragon's Crown and Digital Dreams' Metrico will be the two free titles on PlayStation Vita. Sony, in accordance with its recently overhauled strategy for its PlayStation Plus release schedule, will make all six aforementioned games free on the first Tuesday of the month, Aug. 5. That happens to be the release date for two of the titles in question, Metrico and Road...
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Homefront: The Revolution devs to move to Deep Silver as Crytek scales back two studios

Crytek's ongoing transition from a game developer to an online publisher is resulting in the effective shutdown of two internal studios, Crytek UK and Crytek USA, the company announced today. Earlier today, Deep Silver parent company Koch Media announced that it is acquiring the Homefront intellectual property from Crytek. The next game in the franchise, Homefront: The Revolution, was originally being developed by Nottingham, U.K.-based Crytek UK. Deep Silver is founding a new studio in Nottingham called Deep Silver Dambuster Studios, which will handle the development of the Homefront series going forward. Once the Homefront acquisition is complete, the members of the Homefront: The Revolution development team will "transfer their talents" to Dambuster Studios and continue working on...
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Deep Silver buys Homefront from Crytek, moves Homefront: The Revolution to new studio

Deep Silver has acquired the Homefront intellectual property from Crytek, and Homefront: The Revolution is now being developed at a new studio, Deep Silver Dambuster Studios, Deep Silver announced today. "We are thrilled to see another great IP joining the Deep Silver universe," said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Deep Silver parent company Koch Media, in a press release today. "We strongly believe in the potential of Homefront: The Revolution and trust in the new team to continue the path they have been walking in the last years." According to Koch Media, the acquisition includes "the Homefront brand and all coherent assets." The company did not disclose financial terms of the deal. Homefront: The Revolution is the upcoming sequel to 2011's Homefront, which was developed by the...
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Defense Grid 2 enters the final stage of development.

The front lines: How a beta makes a game better

Stress. More than a year after it started, development on Defense Grid 2 is in the final stage. It is now May 2014. The Defense Grid 2 team leads at Hidden Path, Associate Producer Dacey Willoughby, Executive Producer Jeff Pobst, Programming Lead Steve Messick, Design Lead John Daud and self-described "dev support guy" Jon Lee are sitting around a table in a room between the kitchen and the rest of the office. There's a Neo Geo arcade cabinet in the corner, board games on shelves against the wall. This room is usually where the team gathers for fun. This meeting will not be fun. The Defense Grid 2 beta launched a week before this meeting. Thousands of players have been playing the game. Most of the feedback has been positive. (Too positive, Pobst thinks. He will obsess about the...
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Destiny beta: Over 4.6 million served

More than 4.6 million people played the beta for Bungie's Destiny, publisher Activision announced today. The beta began July 17 on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, then kicked off July 22 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One before concluding on the night of July 27. Across those four platforms, a total of 4,638,937 unique players explored the beta. That player base makes the Destiny beta the biggest one in this console generation so far, as well as "the largest console beta ever for a new video game IP," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, in a press release today. As a comparison, Respawn Entertainment's beta for Titanfall in mid-February brought in approximately 2 million players, although it was available only on Windows PC and Xbox One. "We were totally blown away by the...
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Roguelike JRPG Dragon Fin Soup introduces another mode challenge and aggravate you

Roguelike Japanese role-playing game hybrid Dragon Fin Soup will include an Endless Labyrinth mode designed to push players' skills and patience to the limits, developer Grimm Bros. announced this morning. Endless Labyrinth mode features just that — an endless labyrinth packed with high-level bosses and traps that can take players out for the slightest misstep. Players can share how long they survive with their friends, competing for high scores in this arena designed to test their mettle. Additionally, Dragon Fin Soup will be featured in Cologne, Germany, next month at Gamescom's first-ever Indie Megabooth. The show runs from Aug. 13-17. Dragon Fin Soup, which was funded through Kickstarter earlier this year and approved through Steam Greenlight, tells the story of Red Robin — a...
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Why I'm in love with this sweet game about a little girl in Alaska

The Inupiat, like many indigenous tribal peoples, hold the belief that all things are inhabited by a spiritual essence that goes deeper than their outward expression.I think that Never Alone, a game based on the Inupiat's stories and culture, is an example of this animism. On the face of it, the game is a simple sideways scrolling puzzle game, in which a sweet little girl and her sidekick arctic fox negotiate tottering ice floes, polar bears and fierce storms. There are many games like this one. But there is a spirit that inhabits Never Alone, that speaks of depths way beyond its basic mechanics. It feels like a game that is not only different, but is also seeking to make a difference. Created by Upper One Games in association with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, it is inspired by...
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