Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor trailer gets cozy with vile Orc

Ratbag is a sniveling, whining wretch, a scumbag, even by Orc standards. In this new trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor we get to meet Ratbag and learn about his relationship with heroic human protagonist Talion. In the Monolith game, due to be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on Sept. 30 for consoles and Oct. 2 for Windows PC, players create feuds with their enemies, even as they climb through the Orcish ranks. To find out more about the game, take a look at Polygon's new preview.

Costume Quest 2's tricky twins are back on their beat

Double Fine released a PAX trailer for Costume Quest 2 today, and announced an exclusive costume offer for anyone who pre-orders the game on Steam. Coming to Windows PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U this October, the creepy turn-based combat and exploration game puts players in control of twins Reynold and Wren as they set off on a trick or treating adventure. They'll fight evil characters in Halloween costumes that grant them superhuman powers. "It's probably our most requested sequel, besides Psychonauts," said Double Fine's Greg Rice in a recent Polygon interview. "People have been asking for it forever. I think it's that every Halloween you're reminded about the game. We have a lot of people who are coming back to us saying they replay it...

Alone With You coming to PS4 and Vita, reveals its Hitchcockian twist

Among the games announced yesterday for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita is an interesting little title called Alone With You. Releasing in 2015 on both platforms, the game is developed by Benjamin Rivers, whose horror game Home received critical praise. Alone With You is a love story about an interstellar explorer trapped on a doomed colony. At this year's GDC Rivers talked with Polygon about the game, which was at that time very early in development. "I really wanted to make a romance-focused game — like a dating sim idea," Rivers said. "But dating sims are all kind of the same deal. They're all genre-specific, they're often culturally specific, and they don't vary a whole lot." Rivers had said he would play with existing romance game mechanics and tropes, but held back...

Watch 'Spider-Man 2' actor Alfred Molina discuss his role in Heavenly Sword movie

A new video from the upcoming film adaptation of Heavenly Sword features Spider-Man 2 actor Alfred Molina discussing his role and the challenges associated with voice acting. Heavenly Sword is a straight-to-video movie starring Molina, Fringe's Anna Torv, who voiced the heroine Nariko in the 2007 game of the same name, and The Punisher's Thomas Jane. Molina plays the part of King Bohan, portrayed by Andy Serkis in the game. According one of the film's creators, Molina was brought on to replace Serkis, who "was booked up pretty heavily" while the film was in progress. In the video above, Molina talks briefly about his experience in acting for animation and the challenges of acting only with your voice. "You've got all the skills you would associate with film making, gets really...

Here's one of Halo 2's best maps in 1080p, 60 frames per second

Lockout, a fan favorite multiplayer map from Halo 2, has been given the remastered treatment for Halo Master Chief Collection, according to an announcement on Max Hoberman, the lead designer on Halo 2 and now the president of Certain Affinity, a collaborator on multiplayer for the Halo Master Chief Collection, writes on "We're thrilled to be bringing this fan-favorite back, and are paying close attention to the details and subtleties that made the original great while also making a couple of very careful, very calculated enhancements. Most prominent among these are a bit of cover added to the ‘Elbow,' the long walkway connecting the grav lift to the sniper tower, and a dynamic element that should help counter an entrenched group of enemies. Of course this can be...

Here is how to become a genius detective in Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments

The latest gameplay trailer for the upcoming Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments gives you a glimpse at how the investigation process will work in the game. As part of the investigation, players will be able to analyze the face of those they interrogate for details that could lend themself to personality traits and clues. This ranges from details of what they are wearing, which could indicate how fastidious they are, to items they have on hand. The game features six cases that conclude in nine possible endings based on the choices Holmes makes throughout. Additionally, developer Frogwares has developed the game in Unreal Engine 3, a change from its typically used in-house engine, which will allow for greater detail in scoping out the crime scene and the characters Holmes meets. F...

How Salt and Sanctuary reimagines Dark Souls as a 2D action-platformer

To say Salt and Sanctuary, Ska Studios' upcoming 2D action-platformer, is inspired by the Souls series is a pretty big understatement.The game, which will launch next year on PS4 and PlayStation Vita, borrows, mutates and 2D-ifies countless mechanics from the ultra-punishing RPG series, from its equipment customization to its risk-reward structure. There's a lot of familiar (but transformed) ideas, but there's plenty of new designs as well, like a grid-based leveling system, a checkpoint customization mechanic and a unique art style, reminiscent of Ska Studios' prior work on the XBLA title Charlie Murder. There's a ton of concepts to explore in the game's PAX demo build, which we got our hands on earlier today. Check out the video preview above to see Chris Grant and I explain some of S...

Five Nights at Freddy's is a childhood-ruining nightmare factory

Part of me always thought I'd meet my end at the hands of the Rock-afire Explosion.That nightmare is realized in Five Nights at Freddy's, an indie horror title that launched on Steam earlier this month. You're the night manager of a Showbiz Pizza Place knock-off, tasked with protecting ... what, exactly? The pizza? Whatever your charge is, it's not worth the hazards that come with the position, like, for instance, psychological trauma and also death. Check out the Overview video above, and maybe don't turn your speakers all the way up.

You can now play BioShock on iOS for $14.99

BioShock is now available on select iOS devices for $14.99, publisher 2K Games announced today. The shooter from Irrational Games debuted in 2007 on Windows PC and Xbox 360, and was released on PlayStation 3 in 2008 and on Mac in 2009. The iOS port was developed by 2K China, which also handled last year's well-received mobile version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. It offers touch controls, and includes full support for Bluetooth gamepads as well as Apple's Made for iPhone (MFi) program. BioShock on iOS is a universal app, and will work on iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPad 4, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5, but not earlier devices. New to the game on iOS is a profile that tracks statistics and allows players to compare themselves to others on a leaderboard. The title also comes with an art book,...

A lightning tour of Infamous: First Light's scaled-down scope

It was less than six months ago that I was running through the streets of Seattle, blasting evil soldiers with superpowers in Infamous: Second Son. Now Sucker Punch is back with a stand-alone, downloadable add-on and a new playable character. Join Griffin McElroy and I for a quick look at what's new in Infamous: First Light. We check out the tinier, slightly different city, the new battle arena and more. You can also check out my review of Infamous: Second Son. A full review of First Light will be coming later this week.

Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King - A spoiler-free guide

Having a hard time with Dark Souls 2's latest piece of DLC? We do not blame you.In an attempt to help guide you through Crown of the Old Iron King without completely ruining the surprises lying in wait, we present the series of videos below, which showcase where to find the bonfires, doors and bosses included. There's no information on the bosses or treasures waiting for you in the new content — just some much-needed directions toward this new chapter's main points of interest. Finding the entrance to Crown of the Old Iron King Finding the Second Bonfire Finding the Third Bonfire Finding the Scorching Iron Scepter Finding the Final Boss Finding the Tower Key and First Optional Boss Finding the Second Optional...

What's exclusive to the PlayStation versions of Destiny?

Bungie's Destiny is a multiplatform game, but the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of the game are home to a handful of exclusives coming first to Sony platforms. In a new video released by Activision and Bungie, the publisher and developer lay out what PS3 and PS4 players will get access to first. The PlayStation exclusives highlighted in the above video include the Exodus Blue competitive multiplayer map and a strike — a cooperative game mode in Destiny — set on Mars named Dust Palace. There's also a trio of rare, class-specific gear sets: Vanir for the Titan, Argus for the Hunter and Manifold for the Warlock. Two weapons, the Monte Carlo exotic auto rifle and Hawkmoon exotic hand cannon, are also PlayStation exclusives. More details on those items are available at the...

Check out Metro 2033's Redux-ed facelift

Actually, Metro 2033's improved Redux version is less like a facelift, and more like a full-body transplant.The original title in 4A Games' post-apocalyptic shooter has been completely redone in the developer's 4A Engine, enhancing the game's graphics, performance, level size and mechanics. Check out a few clips of gameplay from Metro 2033 Redux above to get an idea of what's been nipped, and what's been tucked.

Escape Dead Island is really bloody…

Fountains of the stuff gush and spray across this trailer, which is designed to show the third-person shooter's distinctive art style, its basic story and, well, its propensity for visual extravagance. Due to be released on Nov. 10 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC, the Deep Silver melee-and-blast game seeks to tell the story of Dead Island's zombie-outbreak origins. Escape Dead Island is set after the events of the original Dead Island. The player's character arrives on the island weeks after the initial virus outbreak that turned everyone into zombies. He and his friends are tasked with finding out what happened.

Spacecom is 4X strategy, but fast and made for multiplayer

Space strategy games, often referred to as 4X games, can be extremely satisfying. But they can also take weeks out of your life. Not so with Spacecom. The upcoming PC, Mac and Linux game thrives on multiplayer, meaning that up to six players can duke it out in the hard vacuum of space in under an hour. The game is also clearly designed with tablet play in mind. Ben Kuchera joins Charlie Hall for an Overview. If you like what you see, grab one of the beta codes in the comments below and keep an eye out for another batch, coming to Polygon's Facebook page later today. The team at Spacecom is also running a tournament at this time.

Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer trailer has four times the upgrade trees

Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare announced the game's four-player cooperative multiplayer mode yesterday, and publisher Electronic Arts released a trailer today to show off the dungeon-crawling action within. The mode is entirely separate from Inquisition's single-player story mode. Co-op partners can choose from 12 characters at the game's launch, and will complete quests in which they take down enemies, collect loot, craft items and earn gold. Progressing through the mode will unlock characters, weapons, armor, potions and more, and everything can be acquired by spending in-game gold, although players will also have the option of spending real money on in-game currency. None of the unlockable items will carry over to the story mode. Dragon Age: Inquisition is set for...
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