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Child of Light's creators discuss the birth of Aurora and her fairytale journey

The third making-of segment for Ubisoft's Japanese role-playing game inspired Child of Light gives viewers a look at the heart of the title — the driving forces behind Aurora's story. In Child of Light, players will guide the pink-haired child Aurora on a quest to restore the world's light and defeat the evil Queen of the Night. Together with a ragtag band of heroes hailing from deepest corners of Lemuria — the strange world Aurora travels — and her firefly companion Igniculus, Aurora must save the day. This final video introduces the storytellers behind the game — writer Jeffrey Yohalem and creative director Patrick Plourde —  as well as actress Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal), who narrates Aurora's journey. Watch above for a look at the fairytales and themes that inspired Aurora's...
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The latest Evolve trailer lets you control what you watch

A new trailer for co-op shooter Evolve gives you six different perspectives that can be switched between by viewers. The Evolve — 4v1 Interactive Trailer shows off the entirety of an Evolve match from the perspective of Griffin the Trapper, Markov the Assault, Hank the Support, Val the Medic, The Goliath Monster, along with a sixth channel combining each perspective while adding a commentary from the studio's co-founder and design director Aaron Chambers and Chris Ashton. Turtle Rock's previous works include Valve's Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and the Left 4 Dead games. The studio was originally developing Evolve to be published by THQ, but the IP went up for sale when THQ collapsed in December 2012. Evolve was purchased for $10.8 million by publisher Take-Two last January during...
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Botanicula ready for iPad on May 1

Charming point-and-click adventure Botanicula will be available for iPad on May 1, according to its developer Amanite Design. To mark the news, a new trailer was released today, featuring the game's central insect-like characters, which are seeking to rid their garden-home of an unwelcome infestation of spiders and other bugs. Players help the heroes by exploring environments and picking up useful items. Created in the Czech Republic by the makers of Machinarium, the Windows PC original picked up various awards, especially for its audio work, which won an Independent Games Festival Award in 2012.
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See Skylanders Trap Team's new Trap Masters, villains and portal in action

Skylanders Trap Team features a new gameplay mechanic that lets players trap the action game's villains, thanks to an all-new portal accessory, and recruit them to fight alongside an all-new batch of Skylanders heroes. In Skylanders Trap Team's first trailer, how the new interplay between video game, action figure and accessories function is explained in a most fantastical fashion. The Toys for Bob and Beenox-developed Skylanders sequel is due Oct. 5 on a wide variety of console and handheld platforms. Skylanders Trap Team will support all of the existing Skylanders toys, and will add more than 50 playable heroes. The game will ship with a new base accessory, the Traptanium Portal, which is included in a starter pack that will sell for $74.99 and comes with two traps, a Trap Master and...
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Project Cars trailer touts photorealism and reveals a November release

A trailer released today for Project Cars, the upcoming racing game from Slightly Mad Studios, shows some photorealistic in-game footage. Press play above to see the game, which, according to the final seconds of the YouTube video, is headed for a November 2014 release. Project Cars is in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U and Windows PC. Its developers announced late last month that it will support Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality headset. You can watch our hands-on impressions of the headset below and read our interview with Shuhei Yoshida, head of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, to learn more about how Sony hopes to court indies with the technology. <img src='/images/manage/video-placeholder.png' width=640 height=360...
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Will Watch Dogs live up to its original hype?

Welcome to Friends List!If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, News Editor Brian Crecente and Senior Reporter Colin Campbell ask: Will Watch Dogs live up to its original hype? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: How is Game of Thrones free-to-play TV? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast:...
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Check out Minecraft's upcoming terrain creator in action

An update headed to the PC version of Minecraft will allow players to create their own terrain down to the grittiest of details, according to a video recently shared by Team Mojang on YouTube. The video above demonstrates the terrain creation feature, which will hit with Minecraft update 1.8. The feature includes 16 different sliders for players to tinker with when building their environment — including biome depth, height and weight as well as the field's depth of noise. Players can use these sliders to play with these variables or input values directly, giving absolute control to creators in terms of how structures will be generated. According to the YouTube description, Mojang will provide seven pre-set terrain options in the update that they feel players will find "interesting,"...
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Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day launches today in Australia and Europe

Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day, a side-scrolling action game tied into manga artist and Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo's four-part animated film Short Peace, is available now for PlayStation 3 in Australia and Europe, Bandai Namco Games Europe announced today. The PlayStation 3-exclusive video game component is directed by Goichi "Suda51" Suda, whose credits include killer7, Lollipop Chainsaw, Killer Is Dead and the No More Heroes franchise, and tells the fifth and final part of Short Peace. Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day follows the titular hero, "an average girl by day and a deadly assassin by night," according to Bandai Namco. "For the first time in video game history, Bandai Namco Games Europe is pleased to bring to players this tremendous cross-media experience," said Herve Hoerdt,...
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BloodRayne: Crimson Slayer is the Japanese version of BloodRayne: Betrayal

BloodRayne: Betrayal, the sidescrolling action game from WayForward Technologies, has been localized into Japanese and will be released May 1 on PlayStation 3, publisher Arc System Works announced today on the game's website. Last week, Arc System Works posted a teaser site featuring a countdown for the BloodRayne project. BloodRayne: Betrayal was originally published by Majesco Entertainment in September 2011 on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade, but never made its way to Japan. Arc System Works, the studio behind the Guilty Gear franchise, is publishing the Japanese localization of BloodRayne: Betrayal, which is known as BloodRayne: Crimson Slayer. You can check out a trailer for Crimson Slayer above.
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New Spelunky world record set at $3.14 million

The latest Spelunky world-record score comes from YouTube user Buddy7heElf, who posted a complete play-through with a total of $3,140,325 last week. Buddy7heElf managed to hit that high score in a Spelunky run that took 4 hours, 10 minutes and 4 seconds, besting the previous world record — $3,109,850 from Twitch streamer YamaYamaDingDong earlier this month, which was accomplished in 4 hours and 45 minutes. YamaYamaDingDong's score surpassed the $3,105,850 score from Twitch's Bananasaurus_Rex, which had taken seven and a half hours in February. Bananasaurus_Rex previously achieved fame for becoming the first person to complete a "solo Eggplant run," a feat he pulled off last November; check out game developer Douglas Wilson's in-depth breakdown for more details. Scrub to about 7:32 in...
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NES Remix 2 - Overview video

How fast can you climb the beanstalk mountain in the first level of Super Mario Bros. 2?NES Remix 2 is a fascinating test of some of your very specific classic gaming abilities, like how fast you can recover from a Punch-Out knock down, or how quickly you can blast fools in Kirby's Adventure's quick draw mini-game. It's genuinely exciting to exercise those long-dormant parts of my brain — the ones in charge of Kid Icarus pathing and Princess Peach-floating. Also, who doesn't love unlockable Miiverse stamps? Kids are absolutely bonkers about Miiverse stamps right now. In today's Overview, Justin and I run through a smattering of NES Remix 2's short-form challenges. Known high score champ and hot sauce magnate Billy Mitchell also swings by for a bit, and awards me a place alongside his...
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How is Game of Thrones free-to-play TV?

Welcome to Friends List!If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Editor-at-Large Chris Plante and Opinions Editor Ben Kuchera ask: How is Game of Thrones free-to-play TV? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: What are harem games? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. D...
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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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Rise of Incarnates is the latest fighting game from Bandai Namco, coming this year

The latest franchise by the creators of Tekken and SoulCalibur is a free-to-play fighting game called Rise of Incarnates that is slated to release in the Americas for Windows PC later this year, Bandai Namco Games America announced today. Rise of Incarnates features two-versus-two gameplay, a slew of different 3D arenas set in cityscapes that allow players to run, jump and fly, and numerous fighters that offer unique skills and powers. According to Bandai Namco, the variety of characters and their respective skills and roles will accommodate a variety of playstyles in both close-quarters and long-range combat. Players take the role of humans who "command untold mythical powers as they vie to avoid tragedy and reshape the course of their world." Referred to as "Incarnates," they are...
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Monster Hunter 4G trailer is all about the monsters

The latest trailer for Monster Hunter 4G shows the game's deadly creatures in action, giving players a look at these beasties ahead of the Nintendo 3DS title's release. The trailer above features a desert-like environment packed with monsters, pockmarked by rocky structures and hidden caverns, all under the bright glare of the sun. The trailer shows a player character locked in heated combat with a handful of the creatures, which use attacks ranging from water streams to sand blasts to brute force with tooth and claw. 4G is an updated edition of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, which was released in Japan for 3DS in fall of last year. Monster Hunter 4G will launch in Japan in fall of this year while the original Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will launch in North America and Europe in early...
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What are harem games?

Welcome to Friends List!If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Reporter Alexa Ray Corriea and Editorial Coordinator Michael Moore ask: What are harem games? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: What makes a good console MMO? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. D...
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