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Watch a Clock Tower-inspired short film from the director of The Grudge

This past weekend, developer Nude Maker launched a Kickstarter campaign for its upcoming horror title NightCry, a spiritual successor to the Clock Tower series. And now to support that campaign, the team has released a short film that serves as a companion piece.The short, which you can watch above, comes from Takashi Shimizu, who has previously directed horror films including the Ju-On series and The Grudge. He's one of many collaborators who have come together to work on the game, a list that also includes Silent Hill creature designer Masahiro Ito and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night composer Michiru Yamane. In a story Polygon posted last week, NightCry director Hifumi Kono described Japan's game market as a challenging place to make original games. The former director of Clock...
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Reptile will return in Mortal Kombat X

Another Mortal Kombat fighter who's been around since (almost) the beginning, Reptile, will make an appearance in Mortal Kombat X. A new gameplay trailer from NetherRealm Studios shows how Reptile will play in the latest Mortal Kombat, with some familiar tongue, acid spit and invisibility moves. Reptile battles the recently confirmed Kung Lao in the new Mortal Kombat X gameplay video, showing that his lengthy tongue is stronger than ever. It could always rip a head clean off, but now Reptile can support the full weight of a grown man. The trailer ends with one of Reptile's fatalities, which pairs melted flesh with the gruesome squirt of a bursting skull. Mortal Kombat X will be out April 14 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
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How Dreadnought takes the class-based shooter, and slows it way, way down

Dreadnought, an upcoming competitive PC shooter from developer Yager, has a few interesting twists on the class-based shooter genre. The game's five-on-five matches take place in a fully 3D battlefield, where classes are represented by ships of varying size and function. Its neatest idea, however, is how slow and methodical the game is, thanks to the gargantuan scope of the ships players can pilot — none of which can turn on a dime. Some can turn on a half-dollar, at best, while the titular Dreadnought can turn on, like, three football fields. Check out the preview video above to see Dreadnought, which is currently in pre-alpha, in motion.
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Polygon's Griffin McElroy elected vice president of Earth

A round of applause, please, for Polygon editor and my close personal friend, Griffin McElroy. Surely you've heard the news? The most charming and affable of the McElroy Brothers has officially been elected vice president! ...in a video game, at least. Join in the celebration by watching our video of the wacky new RPG Citizens of Earth above. See Justin McElroy and Chris Grant make their video game debuts, and discover the legend of Butt Fartman.
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Get an early look at the Xbox App for Windows

Microsoft announced the Xbox app for Windows 10 earlier this week, a new feature in the company's next-generation operating system that will let PC gamers chat with Xbox Live users, save gameplay clips, check their achievements and more. In a new video, Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb and Richard Irving dive into the Xbox app for a look at how it's shaping up in the Windows 10 Technical Preview 2. The pair walk through a number of features that will be in the earliest versions of the app and discuss the prospect of monthly updates for the Xbox app. Here are some of the features you can expect in the current version of the app, from Microsoft. Your Profile - provides you quick access to your Xbox profile and recent activity and achievements.  With the initial preview build,...
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Awesomely '80s game trailer is the nerdiest thing you'll see today

Maybe '80s video game nostalgia is played out.Or maybe you just need to do it right. This very dorky trailer for Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic, an upcoming roguelike RPG, posits that the present is 1987, and that the game is the hottest new software coming from clunky "innovative" technology. You could roll your eyes, or you could marvel at just how the team got the details right. The awful sweaters. The NASA mug being held on an NES cartridge. The stupid nightly news B-roll and goofy soundtrack. The folks at development studio Headup Games have gone all-in on their vision of the nerdy '80s, and it's a beautiful sight to behold. Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic will launch on Steam for Windows PC, Mac and Linux on Feb. 6.
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Telltale's Game of Thrones' second episode hits next week, take a sneak peek

The second episode of developer Telltale Games' episodic adventure game based on HBO's Game of Thrones will arrive next week on eight platforms, the developer announced today. Episode 2 - The Lost Lords, will pick up where the first episode, Iron from Ice, left off. In the second installment, players will control five characters, whose actions can affect each other. Press play above for glimpse of the first and second episodes, where HBO fans will recognize characters like John Snow and Tyrion Lannister as well as locations like Castle Black and The Wall. Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series - Episode 2 - The Lost Lords will be released Tuesday, Feb. 3, on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Mac and Windows PC; Wednesday, Feb. 4, on Xbox 360 and Xbox One; and Thursday, Feb. 5, on...
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This Super Mario World glitch is fascinating, but does it count as beating the game?

Earlier this week, YouTube user Minecraft SethBling did something unique: On a Super Nintendo, he performed a series of draconian actions in Super Mario World to evoke a glitch and arguably beat Nintendo's classic platformer. According to the YouTube video, those actions allowed him to "set up the console's memory in just the right way, then perform a glitch which will cause the credits to play without defeating Bowser." Press play above to watch the entire run, listen to Minecraft SethBling's commentary and work out for yourself whether or not this counts as beating Super Mario World.
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In H1Z1 watch us shoot a man in the back for a length of pipe and some coffee grounds

Sony Online Entertainment's H1Z1, the post-apocalyptic online zombie survival game, launched last week. After a virtual PR disaster on launch night, the game is up and running, with the Twitch community in particular fueling the hype engine. Charlie Hall invited Griffin McElroy to check out his first few hours with the game, and things turned grim pretty quickly. The game is available through Steam's Early Access program, and it's far from finished. Right now there are issues with loot spawning inside containers, and much controversy over for-pay loot drops. So is it time to buy a $20 license and join the fray? Find out in our Overview.
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Teaming up with Shakespeare to fight Satan in Saints Row: Gat out of Hell

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell, the standalone expansion to Saints Row 4, was given an impossible task: How do you out-bonkers a game where you control a super-powered virtual reality version of the President of the United States? The solution Gat out of Hell lands on is a peculiar mix. It puts you in an over-the-top rendition of Hades, gives you the power of flight and rocket-equipped armchair — but it drops series elements like customizable characters and almost all story-based missions. If you want to know what to expect from Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington's quest for redemption, watch the Overview posted above. For more on Gat out of Hell, check out our review.
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The Elder Scrolls Online loses subscription in March on PC, June 9 on PS4 and Xbox One (correction)

The Elder Scrolls Online publisher Bethesda Softworks is transitioning the subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game to a subscription-free model, the company announced today. Bethesda will relaunch the existing Mac and Windows PC game as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on March 17. The long-awaited, twice-delayed console version will be released June 9 on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, one year after its originally announced release window. Bethesda delayed the console version by six months in May 2014, and pushed it back to 2015 last month. All current Elder Scrolls Online PC accounts, open or closed, will be updated to Tamriel Unlimited upon its launch in March. New players will be able to make a one-time purchase and "play, without restrictions,...
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Learn how to play Evolve with this seven-minute explainer

Evolve pits four hunters against one monster in multiplayer combat to the death, with a specific progression of unlocking new hunters across four classes and some complicated interplay between the classes. It's a lot to take in, and new players will likely feel lost, so publisher 2K Games released a Survival Guide trailer today to help newbies out. The seven-minute video gives an overview of the four classes — Assault, Trapper, Medic and Support — and the three monsters that developer Turtle Rock Studios has announced to date: Goliath, Kraken and Wraith. The explainer also delves into the campaign, Evacuation, and three multiplayer modes: Hunt, Nest and Defend. Evacuation includes all modes and all 16 maps in Evolve, and every one of the game's modes can be played online with other...
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Our tour of the Resident Evil mansion goes horribly wrong

Resident Evil is out! Uh, again. See, it's a remake. Or, um, an HD remaster of a remake. Listen, it's complicated. If you want all the details, you can read Polygon's full review. But if you'd rather just see two idiots bumbling around the mansion that is the star of Capcom's survival horror classic, Griffin and I have you covered. In the video above, we show off what's new, what's the same and how fast can we die. Spoiler: pretty fast.
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See Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's new Exo Zombies, John Malkovich in action

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's first batch of downloadable content, Havoc, comes to Xbox 360 and Xbox One on Jan. 27. In addition to a quartet of new multiplayer maps, Havoc introduces Exo Zombies, undead soldiers outfitted with Advanced Warfare's superpowered exoskeletons. More importantly, it adds John Malkovich to the game. Malkovich, as maintenance man Oz, joins fellow actors Bill Paxton (Aliens, Big Love), Rose McGowan (Scream, Grindhouse) and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, The Wolf of Wall Street) in the cooperative multiplayer zombie mode, which you can see in action in the gameplay trailer above. The four characters will fight hordes of fast moving zombies in an invasion of the Atlas Corporation, the entity that supplies the futuristic military hardware in Advanced Warfare....
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Watch the post-game credits that will make you a nicer, more thoughtful person

IDARB, the upcoming competitive title for Xbox One, is pretty zany across-the-board. But the title's post-game credits sequence has a heartfelt message for those who best IDARB's single-player campaign: Think before you comment. Over adolescent pictures of the game's development staff and a parade of the game's user-generated characters, a moving ballad emphasizes to players that real people worked hard on the game, and to consider their feelings before providing any mean-spirited feedback. It extols the virtue of kind behavior, saying it might be rewarded with a PC port of the title — but not Mac and Linux, a decision the song also explains. You can watch the post-credits sequence above, or read the song's lyrics below. IDARB will be free with Games for Gold when it launches next...
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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection bringing two games to PS4 and Xbox One

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection will bring Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and all downloadable content for both to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One March 24 for $59.99, publisher 2K Games announced today. Both HD games will appear on current-gen consoles for the first time, and players will be able to transfer their saves from previous-gen consoles "within the same console family." On PS4 and Xbox One, Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel will be updated with a new 4-player split screen local multiplayer option. 2K is also creating 5,000 Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Claptrap-in-a-Box Editions. The limited edition package will also be available March 24, retail for $399 and include a remote-controlled, speaking Claptrap and 12 lithographs. Press play above to watch a...
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