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It takes 40 minutes to drive across country in The Crew, watch it happen right here

The Crew is a mammoth undertaking for Ubisoft, an attempt to blend the open-world nature of most of their new games with a touch of massively online multiplayer and then, of course, inject it into a solid racing title. One of the game's many selling points is that the entire country is, in some form, represented in the game. That doesn't mean it's a one-to-one recreation of the United States, just that the game allows you to visit regions and drive literally across country. How literally? Just watch the video below. In it, YouTuber Birds AT used the PC beta release of the game to drive from Miami Beach, Florida to Marina del Ray, California in a single take, with no loading screens. The entire 40-minute journey takes the player across three regions: The South, Mountain States and West...
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GTA 4 now looks as good as GTA 5 — if you have a PC

The best Grand Theft Auto 4 mod — arguably one of the best mods of all time — has been updated. iCEnhancer 3.0 further improves upon the mod that increases the graphical fidelity of GTA 4 to levels that rival and sometimes surpass its successor. But unlike GTA 5, the iCEnhancer mod has been developed externally, albeit with Rockstar Games' tacit support. Which is to say, they haven't shut down the mod with a cease-and-desist. The mod introduces a number of new features and tweaks some preexisting ones to improve the overall look, including depth of field, lens textures, post-effects, bloom, motion blur and color processing. And all of the features are customizable, allowing players to tweak the game's appearance, ideal for those who hate when bloom lighting makes the game look like a...
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A guided video tour of an Unreal Tournament map

Yesterday, we posted about Epic’s streamed reveal of brand new concept art for it's new Unreal Tournament. There was a lot of discussion and detail — 47 minutes worth of detail. We've cut out everything but the visual portion of the stream, so you can focus entirely on the environmental walkthrough. And here are the four juiciest bits from the walkthrough itself. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes are from Art Director Chris Perna. "The sci-fi industrial look" "This, in my mind, kind of represents the sci-fi industrial look. We can go grimier with this. But when we talk about visual clarity, and things like that, I think this kind of hits that mark." "Epic's creative process" "You start with a map that’s just kind of the basic shell, and we just focus on the gameplay....
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Tour the next great Metroidvania with its developer

Bodie Lee has had an idea since he was a child — a strange, fantasy world where playing with time is just a part of every day life. Now Lee is bringing that idea into reality in the form of a gorgeous, exploration-heavy action-adventure game.Lee joined me to record a playthrough of his demo for Timespinner, which you can watch above. While the game is far from done — he's currently aiming for a November 2015 release — Lee already has the basics of gameplay down and a strong art style as demonstrated in the demo. If you like what you see, you can check out the Timespinner Kickstarter, which has just over a day left until completion.
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Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty - Overview video

Many, many Mudokons died to bring you this Overview video.I mean, it's not really our fault; in Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty, those little guys are squirreled away all over the place. Also, if they step on one landmine, they're toast. Drop one crate on 'em, and they're goo. Shoot them just a few times with a possessed enemy, and they drop like a sack of bricks. It's like, come on, Mudokons! It's like you're not even trying to get rescued. To see our absolute failure as saviors in action, check out the Overview video posted above.
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Watch the first footage of Halo: Nightfall

343 Industries revealed first footage of Halo: Nightfall, the Ridley Scott-produced live action series coming to Xbox this November, at San Diego Comic-Con today. If you weren't present at the panel, it's now available for everyone to watch. Halo: Nightfall tells the origin story of Jameson Locke, a "a legendary manhunter and agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence." Locke is also the playable co-star of next year's Halo 5: Guardians and will be played by actor Mike Colter. The live action series is set between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5. For more on Nightfall, read our recap of the Halo: Nightfall Comic-Con panel.
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This robot will destroy you in Connect Four

When I think of Connect Four, I think of childhood. Of long summer days, Michael Jackson on the radio and, thanks to a new YouTube video, The Terminator at the box office, predicting a future where the technology we own winds up owning us. And our bleak future might begin with Connect Four. Massachusetts Institute of Technology student Patrick McCabe built a robot that plays Milton Bradley's dot-connecting game better than I could. There are difficulty settings, but it feels like just a matter of time before the robot stops humoring its human opponents, becomes self-aware and empties our missile silos. Before that inevitability, you can enjoy the video above and humanity's Earthly dominance while they last. For more on what makes our future overlord tick, you can check out McCabe's...
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The new Unreal Tournament looks incredible, see it in motion

The new Unreal Tournament looks fantastic. The design, at least in this map, is clean and well-lit, nothing like the muted, apocalyptic Gears of War series that Epic spent the previous decade developing, before eventually selling to Microsoft. It's been a few months since Epic made the surprise announcement that the next Unreal Tournament would be a moddable, free-to-play project developed with its players. Even though Epic Games is known for being at the tip of the spear for graphics technology, and even though the studio wants people to refer to the game simply as "free," the business strategy of Unreal Tournament set some fans' expectations to "restrained." Those fans might be surprised to see the quality of this "playable concept art," revealed and analyzed in a recent video on...
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Unturned - Overview video

Do you like games like Rust or DayZ? How about Minecraft or Minecraft? What if someone mashed them together and gave the result away for free? Then you'd have Unturned. Early Access for the Windows PC game hit Steam earlier this month, but there's already a ton to do in this zombie, survival, permadeath, blocky world. My 13-year-old son Tristan and I spent the weekend adventuring, exploring, killing zombies, tripping and dying, but mostly dying, in Unturned. Today we both hopped into the game to give you a quick sense of how it works, what it looks like and why it is so very fun to play.
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Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty gameplay video - The first 10 minutes

If you don't remember offhand just how punishing the original Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee was, let the recently released remake Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty serve as a stark reminder. The revamped title pulls no punches, tossing landmines, hostile wildlife and gun-toting monsters at you in generous quantities — often while you're attempting to jump over a buzzsaw-lined pit, or negotiating a maze of motion-sensor alarms. If you need a refresher, check out the gameplay video posted above, which shows off the game's opening 10 minutes. Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty is out now on PlayStation 4, and is in development for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U and PC.
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Destiny's beta comparison video: PS4 versus Xbox One

Now that both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have access to the Destiny beta we thought it would be fun to compare what the first few minutes of each looked like. Do keep in mind that while the PlayStation 4 beta runs at 1080p, the Xbox One beta is running at 900p. That will change at launch when both hit the 1080p mark. Both videos were captured using the console's built-in video capture app. Now drop into the video to have a quick look-see at how the two versions compare, and why I'm constantly mocked when I play shooters, no matter the platform.
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Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Sunken King gameplay video - 40 minutes of pain

After finishing a playthrough or two of Dark Souls 2's original content, your character was probably approaching demigod-esque levels of power. That might be enough for you up in Drangleic, but in Crown of the Sunken King, the game's first piece of DLC, you might find yourself totally eating it more frequently than you're used to. Check out the gameplay video above to watch our first 40 minutes playing the new content, and bask in the schadenfreude of our misery.
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Real-world adaptation of Watch Dogs retains what's gross about games

Director Thomas Falcon created a short film inspired by Watch Dogs. Two notes before you watch: 1.) If you're like me and only speak English (and what remains of my high school-level French (and yes, I'm aware this video isn't in French)), you will want to turn on closed captions. 2.) Like Watch Dogs itself, the short is a mixed bag of good and bad ideas. Feel free to skip the pick-up artist opening. It's awkward and plays the manipulation of a woman's privacy as a meet-cute. The interesting section begins about halfway through, when the short becomes an action film, recreating the gang hideout side mission. That's kind of neat. But come on, how does this happen? How does this gamification of women — this idea that the female character is a winnable object, if you play your cards...
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This is what the sheer intensity of an official Pokemon championship tournament looks like

If you ever wanted to know what the hardcore battles of the official Pokemon U.S. National Championships looked like, you're in luck. The Pokemon Company has begun releasing footage of this year's junior championship final which has seen its most successful year yet, according to the organization. The competition saw 2,166 players across both video game and trading card game tournaments, with nearly 800 gamers competiting in the video game tournament alone. The video game junior finals footage runs at just over 37 minutes long, featuring a head-to-head battle between Cory Connor and Miranda Burrows. Check it out above.
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The Crew beta gameplay video - From Detroit to Seattle

Earlier this week, Ubisoft's open-world driving game The Crew entered its closed beta testing phase, giving a few drivers access to the game's enormous, America-shaped playground. Check out the video above to see some of our experiences in action, including car shopping, customization, dynamic challenges and a few of the game's story-based missions. For more context on what you're seeing, check out our half-hour Overview on the game below, in which we take a road trip from Detroit to St. Louis in the very realistic span of about ten minutes.
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Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas Arachnid Quarter - Overview video

Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas single-player expansion has been a long time coming, but it's finally here! To celebrate the new content and the new cards, I invited fellow card game nerd Griffin McElroy to check out the freshly-launched Arachnid Quarter. We face down each of the new AI-controlled bosses on Normal mode, marvel at their crazy abilities and make all sorts of hilarious mistakes. Griffin and I will be back checking out each new wing of Curse of Naxxramas as they go live over the coming weeks.
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