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Destiny website revamp reveals more about enemies, classes, locations

An updated website for Bungie's upcoming sci-fi shooter Destiny teases more information about its enemies, three character classes and locations. New videos of the three character classes, detailed in Polygon's E3 in-depth interview with its developers, are available on the website. Referred to as the Guardians, the character classes include the Titans, The Warlocks and the Hunters. Based on the three Guardians, Bungie will offer a numerous number of skins, armor, weapons and other items for players to work with to create highly customized avatars. New screenshots, videos, more information about the locations and images of the four alien opponents - Fallen, Hive, Vex and Cabal - can be found on the revamped website. Polygon also visited Bungie recently, so check back next Monday for...
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Call of Duty 2014 first look teased by Sledgehammer Games

Developer Sledgehammer Games teased a first look at this year's Call of Duty at last month's Game Developers Conference, offering a split-second peek at the 2014 entry in Activision's popular shooter franchise. Thanks to the GDC Vault, which hosts video recordings of the conference's talks, those not in attendance at Sledgehammer's panel can get a taste of what this year's Call of Duty game will look like. "We can't talk at all about Call of Duty for this year," Sledgehammer's Michael Condrey said at the start of the talk he delivered with fellow studio co-founder Glen Schofield. "[Activision] said you can't show anything from Call of Duty this year, and you certainly can't show in-game rendered characters from this year's game." Condrey then briefly showed an image from the game...
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The Walking Dead for PS4, Xbox One listed at GameStop

The Walking Dead, Telltale Games' episodic adventure game series based on Robert Kirkman's post-apocalyptic comic book, may be headed to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One June 17, according to product listings on GameStop's website. The retailer's website lists $29.99 Game of the Year editions for PS4 and Xbox One. Telltale's The Walking Dead Game of the Year Edition was released last November for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC and included all five of Season One's episodes plus the 400 Days downloadable content that bridges the gap between the first and second seasons. The game is also available on Mac, Ouya and PlayStation Vita. We've reached out to Telltale for confirmation and will update this article with more information as it becomes available.
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Royce Gracie joins EA Sports UFC roster as unlockable fighter

Brazilian mixed martial artist Royce Gracie will be featured in EA Sports' upcoming mixed martial arts title, EA Sports UFC, the company announced today. Players will be able to unlock Gracie by beating the game on Pro difficulty or higher, or by pre-ordering the game for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Participating retailers are available on EA Sports' site. Gracie, now retired, is the winner of 11 consecutive UFC submission victories and holds the record for the longest MMA match, clocking in at 90 minutes. The fighter was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2003. Gracie joins the roster along with recently announced contenders Glover Teixeira, Marku Munoz and Roy Nelson, as well as martial arts legend and action film star Bruce Lee. For more on why Lee will appear in EA Sports UFC,...
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Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within trailer shows Masters of the Force in action

Zen Studios' is preparing to launch the final round of tables for Star Wars Pinball later this month, sharing a trailer today showing the Masters of the Force table in action. Masters of the Force — a table featuring Force-wielding heavy hitters like Yoda, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine — is part of the Heroes Within DLC pack, which launches on April 29 for PlayStation 3, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows PC via Steam and Xbox 360. The pack includes four tables for $9.99 on console and PC and individual tables will be available for $1.99 through the iTunes App Store, Google Play and the Amazon App Store. "The past two years of Star Wars Pinball development have been tremendously rewarding," reads a press statement from Zen Studios. "Masters of the Force feels...
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Octodad review update: PS4 and more

If you haven't played Octodad: Dadliest Catch since it was released on PC, you'd be forgiven for initially assuming the PS4 version was just a straight port. It looks the same, it plays the same; it was, at least for the first half hour or so, the exact experience I remember from my first playthrough. That began to change once I reached the supermarket and found that the mango soda I needed to retrieve for my family had been perched not atop a free-standing pyramid of crates but a sort of half-pyramid flush with one of the supermarket walls. With the added support to crawl up, the once highly-irritating climb had become about 100 percent less infuriating It's a minor change, but representative of the several tweaks that have been made to make the paternal cephalopod's outing so much...
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How Dragon Age: Inquisition's trailer opens up new story

Story has always been a central pillar in the enduring popularity of BioWare's Dragon Age series. A new trailer out today seeks to set the stage for Dragon Age: Inquisition, due to be released Oct. 7, 2014. Dragon Age: Inquisition begins with the events at a peace conference between the warring mages and templars. An explosion wreaks havoc on the tentative plans, while causing the extinction of many members of the world's ruling classes. The Inquisitor emerges from the chaos, ostensibly being blasted from metaphysical realm the Fade. The game's central character is given the power to fill the power vacuum, leading the Inquisition against invading demons, pouring through The Rift. "There's an interesting undertone here of people in the world believing that you have been sent as a...
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Destiny developer Bungie enters its 'final approach' before Sept. 9 release

Destiny, Halo developer Bungie's upcoming massively multiplayer first-person shooter, is on track for its Sept. 9 release, and those creating it have the game's "final approach" in their sights. According to a post by community manager Eric "Urk" Osborne, that means that the studio knows what must be done to complete the game during the next several months. Destiny is running in a pre-alpha state, with two milestones to follow before its release. "Pre-Alpha itself is just a beginning," Osborne wrote. "It leads us into Alpha proper, and you into Beta, but it's already keeping us up late into the night. Though we're bleary-eyed and exhausted with the day-to-day challenge of keeping Destiny ON TRACK, the tiny sampling offered by our Pre-Alpha is already hugely motivating. For many of us,...
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The Last of Us lead artist leaves for The Unfinished Swan dev Giant Sparrow

Nate Wells left Naughty Dog for an art director position at The Unfinished Swan developer Giant Sparrow, the developer announced in a tweet late yesterday. Wells joined Naughty Dog in August 2012 following his departure from Irrational Games, where he spent 13 years and most recently served as art director on BioShock Infinite. Wells took up as lead artist on PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us and, according to his tweet, left for Santa Monica-based indie developer Giant Sparrow in early April — shortly before the announcement of The Last of Us Remastered for PlayStation 4. Wells' Twitter profile notes the Giant Sparrow affiliation, but his LinkedIn remains unchanged, stating that he is "currently between careers" at the time of writing. Hmmm....seem to be some threads here....
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Sniper Elite 3 will give British satirist the chance to shoot himself

British satirist and broadcaster Charlie Brooker has been so voluble in his praise of the Sniper Elite series that the game's developer will include him in a special Sniper Elite 3 level. Rebellion announced the inclusion in a news release last week, including that picture of Brooker, 43, in a full-body Lycra suit used for motion capture. "Rebellion is keeping quiet on Charlie Brooker's exact role in Sniper Elite 3 for now," the news release said, "but the game's creators have promised it will appeal to Charlie's dark sense of humor, fueling speculation he won't just be the good guy." Earlier, Brooker had toured Rebellion's headquarters and gotten a hands-on session with Sniper Elite 3 when creative director Jason Kingsley offered to put Brooker in the game as " a novel ‘thank you' to...
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SOE president says H1Z1 makers are 'fans and contributors' of DayZ

In an AMA on Reddit yesterday, John Smedley, the president of Sony Online Entertainment, was asked about similarities that SOE's upcoming MMO H1Z1 shares with DayZ, the tremendously successful ArmA 2 mod from 2012 set in a post-apocalyptic open world. Smedley acknowledged that he, and "most of the people on our team" are 'fans and contributors' of DayZ. "Not going to give some politically correct dodgy b.s. answer," he wrote. "H1Z1 is a survival in a Zombie Apocalypse game. So is DayZ. They have made a brilliant game (first I might add). So sure. We're another Zombie Apocalypse game. Call it what it is. But our goal is to make ours fun, accessible, hard core and super, super deep. "This is our take on the Zombie Apocalypse with a lot of friends and hopefully some great enemies both...
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MLB The Show's neatest trick was not as easy as it looks

Tuesday was Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball; on it, every player wears Robinson's No. 42, commemorating the anniversary of his first game for the Dodgers, which began baseball's desegregation in 1947. If you're playing MLB 14 The Show's career mode and the calendar rolls around to April 15, you'll see this happen there, too.In a video game, the layperson would assume that only requires changing a value in a database. But pulling it off is not as simple as it sounds. These things rarely are. "It's something that does seem trivial on the surface," Aaron Luke, a designer on the game, told me this week. "We have to put in code that takes a snapshot of the player, showing him as No. 42, and then restore him back to his old number when the game is finished. And if you don't do...
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Cel Damage HD out on Tuesday for all PlayStation platforms

Cel Damage HD will launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on Tuesday April 22, according to Sony. The Finish Line Games' cel-shaded vehicle combat game was previously slated for a general spring release. Priced at $9.99, it is a cross-buy title, meaning that purchasers pay once for access to all three versions. Sony is offering a 10 percent discount for PlayStation Plus members during the game's first week on sale. Cel Damage HD puts players in a cartoon racing world featuring 13 levels, with six drivers, 10 cars and more than 30 weapon power ups. The PS4 version also supports four-player split screen multiplayer. Pseudo Interactive originally released Cel Damage in 2001 for the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox. "As longtime developers, we've always...
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The Elder Scrolls Online's guild bank disabled

The Elder Scrolls Online developer Zenimax Online Studios disabled the game's guild bank feature today on European and North American servers, according to a post on the game's official forums. The developers did not explain why the guild bank feature was disabled in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game or when players might expect it to return. The halt could be in response to a bug that Reddit user Mistress-Rarity described earlier today. "Some of you may already be aware," Mistress-Rarity wrote, "but a game breaking bug has hit ESO that allows characters to duplicate stacks of materials in their bank. It is so simple, in fact, that it is possible to do it by pure accident. I will not explain this exploit, but it is the first result of googling 'ESO Item Dupe.'" The...
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Fenix Fire launches Kickstarter campaign for arcade adventure Source

Indie developer Fenix Fire launched a Kickstarter campaign for its in-development arcade action game Source, which the studio debuted last week at PAX East. The campaign will end on May 11 and is seeking $50,000 to complete development on the title. At the time of writing the campaign has pulled in just over $8,700. According to the project page, Fenix Fire will use the crowdfunding money to develop the game's soundtrack and bring on an additional concept artist. All funding will go directly in the project, which the studio hopes to launch in mid-2015. Source is set in an alternate dimension in which players must fight back against a growing darkness by taking and using energy from other beings. The game includes puzzle-solving and combat scenarios, and players will have to budget how...
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PS4 - Overview video

Very few games fill the chubby chocobo quotient that I've come to desire from the medium.Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn meets my obscure needs deftly, while also managing to deliver a surprisingly solid MMO experience. I've been waiting on the game's PlayStation 4 iteration before diving in, though, and I'm glad I did — A Realm Reborn performs sublimely on the console. It doesn't just tend to the interface issues MMOs run into on consoles, it almost comes up with a better solution for combat hotbars in the process. Not to mention Remote Play, which seems almost tailored for the slower pacing and canned animations of the genre. It's a match made in 7th Heaven. In this Overview, Phil Kollar and I talk about Final Fantasy XIV's PlayStation 4 version, and we also just totally kick it...
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