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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.
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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.
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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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Breach & Clear: Deadline is PC exclusive and full of zombies

The next iteration of Breach & Clear will be PC exclusive. Called Breach & Clear: Deadine, the top-down tactical shooter will introduce zombies, hero units and other additional features while making the shift from turn-based to real-time action. Breach & Clear began life as a strategy game on iOS. Since then it's moved to PC through Steam's Greenlight platform. The game is a collaboration between Mighty Rabbit and Kentucky-based Gun Media, which was founded by Wes Keltner. Deadline will be published by Gambitious and Devolver Digital. Keltner says that the original Breach & Clear app launched in the number two slot on iOS and has since gained half a million players. The behind-the-scenes video features alpha footage, as well as a conversation with the game's composer. Last year...
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See your favorite hockey arena in all its glory in NHL 15

The latest NHL 15 trailer, released today by publisher Electronic Arts, shows off the work developer EA Canada is doing to try to bring hockey arenas around the league to life in the game. Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Rangers, appears in EA's NHL franchise for the first time this year; until this point, the Blueshirts' home ice was a generic rink known in the game as "New York Arena." Other venues featured in today's trailer include Joe Louis Arena — the center of Hockeytown for the Detroit Red Wings — and the Montreal Canadiens' Bell Centre. The fans inside NHL 15's stadiums are just as important as the rinks themselves. There's a greater variety in fan models than ever before, and they'll act more like real fans would, too. NHL 15 is set for release Sept. 9 on...
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Dark Souls 2's Crown of the Old Iron King DLC feels like Dark Souls 1

The best part about a Souls title isn't beating the game — it's beating the system.The series' entries are enormously difficult by design, so every advantage, every leg-up you could find in their unforgiving worlds was cause for celebration. Dark Souls 2's newest DLC, Crown of the Old Iron King, gives you more opportunities to exploit the environment and enemy logic than the base game ever did — and wow, are you going to need them. Check out the Overview above to watch Dave and I play through a bit of the DLC, and share some insight on how to not die as much as we have.
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It's like Meat Boy and Sonic had a baby

If you sit down with the people promoting Fenix Rage, that's what they say: it's like if Meat Boy and Sonic got together and produced offpsringAnd yeah, sure, if you look at Fenix, the main character in Fenix Rage, he really does kinda look that way, small and stocky but also fierce and spiky. There are also the similarities in terms of speed and accuracy of control. I played the game at a demo last week, and here's the thing about Fenix Rage. It's hard, but in a fun way, very much in the tradition of the best PC platformers of today, like Spelunky or Super Meat Boy. You try to get from one end of the level to another without getting killed. If you do get killed, you go straight back the beginning and start again. There was a time when this sort of punishing mechanic would have been...
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The first half-hour of Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King

Dark Souls 2's second piece of the Lost Crowns DLC trilogy, titled Crown of the Old Iron King, adds some of the prettiest vistas this franchise has ever seen, hands down. The content, which launches today, also adds approximately infinity axe-wielding infernal soldiers to the title, which makes appreciating those vistas kind of a challenge. Check out nearly a half hour of gameplay footage from the new DLC above.
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See how Pillars of Eternity builds on role-playing classics

You can feel the enthusiasm of developer Obsidian Entertainment just radiating out of Pillars of Eternity, the developer's Kickstarter-funded role-playing game. Every element of the game seems like a reconsidered facet of the studio's classic CRPGs, all brought up to date with modern advancements in technology and game design. There are so many stats, an overwhelming deluge of character creation options and countless methods to ... well, play your role. Even this early in the game's development, those core systems are so strong — enough so to make the numerous bugs embedded in Pillars of Eternity's recently released, backers-only beta build tolerable. Check out the preview video above to see how Pillars of Eternity's tactical combat, branching story quests and old-school pen-and-paper...
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NBA 2K15 trailer dazzles with dunks, mascots, cheerleaders and Shaq

NBA 2K15's first full trailer, released today by publisher 2K Sports, travels around the NBA for a dizzying array of action on the court and off. The trailer begins and closes with a glimpse of an in-studio pregame show, new for NBA 2K15, featuring host Ernie Johnson and NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal of the NBA on TNT. Once the video shifts to the hardwood, you'll see other new elements like mascots for the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets. The crowd seems more lively than ever, shouting "three" as a shot from downtown arcs toward the basket. And cheerleaders come onto the court to keep the fans standing. Today's two-minute trailer follows the first gameplay footage of NBA 2K15, which arrived in a 10-second clip on Kevin Durant's Instagram account earlier this month. Durant, the...
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This new Titan Souls gameplay trailer is all about staying alive (and failing to do so)

Titan Souls developer Acid Nerve released a gameplay trailer for the action game today, offering a glimpse at its pixelated world and the fearsome titans within. Our hero has to fend for himself with a bow and a quiver with a single arrow, along with a dodge move for defense. Death is a certainty in Titan Souls; what's important is to glean some lessons from it. Titan Souls is set for release in Q1 2015 on Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Windows PC. For more, check out our E3 2014 interview with Acid Nerve below.
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Pokémon's Slowpoke has its own official reggae song

The notoriously sluggish Pokémon Slowpoke serves as the inspiration for a new official reggae-style jam published by The Pokémon Company — but the weirder part of the new song is its music video. The Japanese song "Donai Yanen Yadon" — Yadon is Slowpoke's name in Japan — comes complete with an animated video that shows the dopy Pokémon circling in an ouroboros-cum-The Human Centipede Slowpoke train. The lyrics, as translated by Kotaku, praise Slowpoke's best qualities: "Your big mouth is always open like a convenience store," singer Hiro says. Slowpoke is at the core of the latest confirmed Mega Evolution coming to 3DS games Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Slowpoke's evolved form, Slowbro, can evolve into Mega Slowbro in the upcoming remakes of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.
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Russian and German armor clash in Combat Mission: Red Thunder

Last week saw the release of the version 3.0 upgrade to the current Combat Mission engine, an upgrade that is reflected in the standalone title Combat Mission: Red Thunder, which introduces Russian forces for the first time. Dave Tach joins Charlie Hall in this Overview to take a ride with a German armor group and see first hand the awesome firepower that a 70-ton King Tiger can dish out. Just a little over a year ago Polygon profiled the team at Battlefront.com, makers of the Combat Mission series. Now well into its second decade, the series lets players take on the role of World War II commanders and fight out the great infantry battles of that conflict on their PC or Mac. What makes Combat Mission unique is something called a "WeGo" system, wherein each side issues orders to their...
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A guided tour of the 1 KB hard drive built inside Minecraft

You see a lot of crazy stuff built in Minecraft. With tens of millions of copies sold, the game has spawned a closet industry of builders, hackers and tinkerers. Minecraft communities have reconstructed the mines of Moria. They've placed a steampunk city atop a giant tortoise. Minecraft is even being used to teach. The possibilities inside Minecraft seem endless. One user, Cody Littley, went a step further recently. He made a hard drive inside Minecraft. Without any third-party crafting aides, he built one kilobyte of read-write storage. He joined me for a guided tour.
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Ancient Space brings galactic RTS action back to PC

Hankering after some Homeworld-style real-time strategy? Ancient Space from developer Creative Forge is seeking to fill the void. Due to be published on Windows PC this fall, the game is a single-player RTS that places the player in command of a galactic fleet at the edge of the universe. Players must build and upgrade their fleets while doing battle with enemies. Various TV actors from action and sc-fi shows are featured including Dwight Schultz (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager) John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), Ron Glass (Firefly) and Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers, Star Trek: Nemesis).
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Watch 20 minutes of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain gameplay from Gamescom

In the event that you missed Konami's livestream of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain from Gamescom last week, now's your chance to correct that. Konami uploaded all 20 minutes-plus of its The Phantom Pain walkthrough, showing off all manner of new gameplay features. The new capabilities of Snake's cardboard box are explored in the video, as are some creative ways to use the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system. There's even a tactical horse excrement deployment. For the uninitiated, there's some helpful narration about what's happening in the latest Metal Gear Solid. At Gamescom last week, series creator Hideo Kojima announced that Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and its prologue, Ground Zeroes, are coming to PC via Steam. The Phantom Pain is also bound for PlayStation 3,...
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