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A video history of Crytek in two minutes

In light of today’s news about Deep Silver purchasing the Homefront IP from Crytek, and ongoing speculation about Crytek’s financial strains, we take a brief look back the history of Crytek games. Must Read The story of Crytek: From X-Isle through Redemption Crytek has made several industry-defining hits in its relatively brief history. From Far Cry to Crysis, the developer, publisher and engine-making house has pushed game technology forward, founded two successful franchises, and even released games without "Cry" in the title. You can read the detailed version of Crytek’s history here.
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Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas Plague Quarter - Overview Video

Last week, Blizzard kicked off Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas expansion with the introduction of the Arachnid Quarter. We conquered it. This week, we run into some technical difficulties accessing the Plague Quarter, but that's not going to slow us down. Griffin McElroy takes the wheel as we check out three new bosses, a bunch of new cards and some ridiculous hero powers that make us carefully rethink our strategies. We'll return next week to tackle the next wing of Naxxramas. Here's hoping the technical problems are figured out as well!
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We knew Dark Souls 2 was missing something (it's Rocky)

Dark Souls 2 is about overcoming impossible odds, rolling with the punches, training towards perfection, until one day the underdog climbs the steps of Majula and raises his or her hands as the heavyweight champion of Drangleic. Dark Souls 2 isn't the obvious candidate to be a Rocky simulator, but watching this video by YouTube user SomaVlog, I see the similarities. The combat, in which the player learns and exploits enemies' attack patterns, has long drawn comparisons to arguably the best unofficial Rocky game of all time, Punch-Out!!. And the player undergoes the arc similar to the world's favorite tomato can, getting pulverized by life and a bevy of oddball antagonists. I don't know about you, but I'm inspired to return to Dark Souls 2 as a brawler. Then immediately quit after...
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Sherlock Holmes shooting at Watson is just the beginning of this 25 minute gameplay trailer

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments is the latest in the Sherlock Holmes games from developer Frogwares, which have cultivated a loyal following, mostly amongst PC gamers. Those who haven't seen the series before, may be surprised by how polished it looks, rivaling many blockbuster games with larger budgets. The series has a knack for punching above its weight class. This footage begins with a bit of action, the player — inhabiting the role of Watson — dodges bullets, fired by a blindfolded Sherlock Holmes. But from there, the pace of the game slows and the conflict becomes more cerebral. The Sherlock Holmes games are unlike so much of what is released each year; an extended introduction like this is a fine  "test drive" of sorts for what the series has to offer. Sherlock Holmes:...
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Watch us freeze to death in The Long Dark

The Long Dark is a quiet, sometimes beautiful take on the survival genre; but that doesn't mean it's less lethal than its contemporaries. On the contrary — it may lack zombies, mutant bears and griefing players, but the wilderness you've crash-landed in has plenty of ways to dispatch you. Take the gameplay video above, captured from the game's early alpha version, as an example of that fact. It doesn't matter if you've got all the firewood and beef jerky in the world when you're thirsty, exhausted and nursing a sprained ankle.
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How to fight enemies in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition mixes real-time character combat with a more tactical approach in which players can make use of their party's strategic strengths. This new trailer from developer BioWare shows how the role-playing game's fighting systems work. The game, in which an Inquisitor battles through a fantasy realm, allows players to pile into combat situations while relying on party members to help out, using their particular powers, be they melee, magic or range weapons. Alternatively, the player can freeze the action and control a camera in order to weigh up the enemy, while individually directing party-members. Tactics can be changed at any time. Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released on Nov. 18.
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Velvet Sundown is like a goofy BioWare RPG, minus the combat

If you love stilted line readings, awkward character animation and the occasionally brilliant writing of a BioWare RPG, Velvet Sundown is your jam. Sort of. Velvet Sundown is a hilariously weird game. It’s an RPG of sorts — you take control of a character — one of several well-heeled partygoers on a fancy yacht off the coast of a fictional Caribbean island — and you have conversations with your fellow upper crust. Everyone has secret objectives, assigned at the beginning — you exchange drugs, money, information and the like from the get go. But for most of the game, you’re having conversations. Bizarre, surreal conversations. What makes this so interesting — and unpredictable — is the fact that each character on the boat is a real live human, attached to a keyboard somewhere on...
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Watch the hero of Assassin's Creed Unity save the life of Elise, a new character

The latest video for Assassin's Creed Unity, a CG trailer released today by publisher Ubisoft, reveals a new character named Elise. Arno Dorian, the main character in Unity, scampers across Parisian rooftops and sprints through a mob in a large public square to stop French government officials from beheading Elise. According to Ubisoft, she is a central character in the game's story, a young noblewoman who is keen to establish herself within the Templar order. Although she and Arno stand on opposite sides of an age-old conflict, a bond forms between them. Elise will also star in a new Assassin's Creed novel with the same title as the game, a book by Oliver Bowden that will be published in paperback by Penguin Random House. Written from Elise's perspective, the book Assassin's Creed...
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This Sonic and Cammy fan-film only gets weird after the S&M scene

Sonic and Cammy, a two-part video series by YouTube user David Orel, looks like yet another generic work of Sonic slash-fiction — so far as slash-fiction involving a talking hedgehog and a leotard-wearing British martial arts expert can be generic. But after a weird S&M gag — I can't believe I'm writing this — the story becomes a road movie, overloaded with wacky hijinks and soapy melodrama. The story twists and turns by the minute, adding and abandoning genres. One minute, Cammy adopts a cat. The next minute, everyone's in space. The next minute, there's a funeral. For milleniums, drama has relied on the three and five act structures; Sonic and Cammy operates on the infinite act structure. That this video went relatively unseen for over a year is proof YouTube must hire someone to...
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Scientifically Accurate Sonic is everything you never wanted to know about hedgehog poop

Hedgehogs are more weirdly scatological and cannibalistic than the Sonic the Hedgehog series has led us to believe, as clearly and cartoonishly illustrated by the latest episode of Scientifically Accurate from Fox's Animation Domination High-Def. In the incredibly catchy yet informative video, we learn about the least appealing traits of actual hedgehogs, which include creating a poopy froth and then rubbing that mixture on themselves to the bewilderment of science. The Scientifically Accurate Sonic video touches on the real-world relationship between hedgehogs, foxes and echidnas — and which of Sonic the Hedgehog's friends has the most unique penis. In light of the feces eating, hedgehog-on-hedgehog violence and cartoon genitalia under discussion in the above video, let's call this...
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30-day P90X program comes to Xbox Fitness for $59.99

Xbox Fitness users can now buy a monthlong P90X workout program for $59.99, publisher Microsoft Studios announced today. Released today, P90X for Xbox Fitness is a 30-day version of Tony Horton's P90X regimen, which is traditionally designed for a 90-day schedule. Some P90X workouts are already available in Xbox Fitness, but today's offering includes five routines that are exclusive to Xbox Fitness and are custom-built for Kinect. (Xbox Fitness requires Kinect; the devices tracks elements such as the player's exercise form and heart rate.) In mid-August, the P90X program for Xbox Fitness will be supplemented with a downloadable calendar and nutrition plan to help individuals on their way to getting in better shape. For reference, the basic P90X plan from Beachbody costs $119.85. Xbox...
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Here's the opening to that Bayonetta anime they've been talking about forever

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, the feature-length anime film starring Platinum Games' gun-toting witch, is slated to launch in North America on Oct. 21 — and if you're too impatient to wait until then, you can check out the English dub's opening below. The anime, led by Afro Samurai director Fuminori Kizaki and produced by animation studio Gonzo, was first released in Japan last year. The film follows Bayonetta through the events of the original game, a series of battles against angels as she unravels the mystery of her long-forgotten past. The Western version will see Hellena Taylor reprise her role as Bayonetta, as well as most of the game's voice actors returning for their own respective roles. Fans can currently pre-order Bayonetta: Bloody Fate on Blu-ray or DVD for $26.24 through...
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First footage of the 'Warcraft' movie is 10 seconds of its logo

Warcraft movie director Duncan Jones and Legendary Pictures brought a brief teaser of the forthcoming fantasy film to San Diego Comic-Con today, but that footage will likely remain exclusive to attendees of the con for the foreseeable future. Comic-Con attendees were treated to a look at the two sides of the Warcraft conflict, the Alliance and Horde, and the respective heroes for each faction, the human Lothar and the orc Durotan. The Warcraft movie will focus on the orcs versus humans conflict, and serve as an origin story for Blizzard's Warcraft universe. Publicly, Legendary released an animated look at the movie's logo — but that's it. So don't be too disappointed when you press play on the 10 second-long YouTube teaser that the studio released today. At last year's Comic-Con,...
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Watch the entire Halo: Nightfall panel from Comic-Con

If you didn't make the journey to San Diego for Comic-Con International this week, but deeply care about the fiction of Halo, you can still catch everything Halo: Nightfall-related from the con. Panelists at the Halo: Nightfall panel included 343 Industries executive producer Kiki Wolfkill, franchise development director Frank O'Connor, Scott Free Productions president David Zucker and two of the stars of Halo: Nightfall, Mike Colter and Christina Chong. With the assistance of moderator Geoff Keighley, they dive into the background of Nightfall and its ties to Xbox One game Halo 5: Guardians. During the panel, 343 Industries unveiled the first footage of Halo: Nightfall, which you can watch here.
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Freedom Planet - Overview video

If Treasure made a Sonic game, it would probably look a lot like this.Freedom Planet is just dripping with authenticity, with a presentation and indescribable feel that hearkens back to the Sega Genesis days of old. It manages to pull off a difficult balancing act, borrowing and transforming elements from games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Rocket Knight Adventures without coming off as derivative. It's got bipedal, talking animal hybrids — a staple of platformers from the era. It has so many things, which we try to outline in the Overview video posted above.
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Last of Us Remastered Photo Mode screens go from brutal to kawaii

If you've been curious about how The Last of Us Remastered's so-called "Photo Mode" works, Naughty Dog's Jeff Negus walks you through it in the above video. It appears to be off by default, but can be enabled through the game's pause menu. Once enabled, clicking L3 (the left analog stick) freezes the action, allowing you to compose your shot, accounting for things like camera (roll, dolly, orbit, etc.), field of view for "focusing on the little details on a character," color filter, frame and vignette for that perfect Instagram vibe. Our favorite? The film grain, granting The Last of Us that '70s cinema vibe it demands. From there, it's a quick click on the Dual Shock 4's "Share" button and it's available for everyone to see. At the end of the video, Negus teases an upcoming...
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