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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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Destiny launch trailer shows combat readiness

Here's the launch trailer for Destiny. Activision released the trailer this morning, which pulls together many of the game's selling points; grand sci-fi adventure, player choice, fast combat, good looks and seamless multiplayer. Created by Bungie, the studio behind the original Halo series, Destiny will be released on Sept. 9 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Be sure to read Polygon's full Destiny coverage.
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With Han Solo, Leia and Chewie, Star Wars Commander is bringing back the force

On average, a Star Wars video game has been released once every 60 days for the past 30 years.Wikipedia lists about 180 games and full expansions stretching back to the early 1980s, for arcade, console, PC and mobile. That number only covers officially sanctioned titles and doesn't include pinball games or Flash titles. There's a new one out today, called Star Wars Commander. Like many before, its reputation and success will likely be built on its ability to deliver a solid and fun experience while evoking a fictional universe that, for decades, has held a particularly prominent place in popular culture. Although there have been exceptions, Star Wars games are rarely noted for innovation in gameplay. It's been a year since Star Wars' owner Disney shut down LucasArts and began...
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Caped crusader goes kinda nuts in new Lego Batman 3 trailer

A new trailer for TT Games' Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham today shows Batman in a freaky frenzy over his little buddy Robin. There's no explanation about the dark knight's weird behavior, but we do know that many characters in this game are subverted by evil Brainiac as he seeks to take over the world. It just so happens that this trailer is almost entirely focused on Brainiac and his incredible shrinking device, but we also get a song and dance routine from Joker. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and Windows PC this fall
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How Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition tricked us into playing Diablo 3 again

Once again, Diablo 3 has buried its brimstone claws into the gaming community — this time in the form of the Ultimate Evil Edition on consoles. What's changed since the action-RPGs last, insidious incarnation? Well, for one thing, the font looks far less menacing, falling far short of the "Ultimate Evil" designation promised on the box. For more insightful insight, check out the Overview video posted above.
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P.T.'s secret radio transmissions may point to a returning Silent Hill tradition

One of the mysteries in Kojima Productions' P.T., the playable teaser for the next Silent Hill game, wasn't much of a mystery to Swedish-language speakers. But those who aren't gifted in the Swedish tongue probably weren't aware of the radio transmission's possible implications. A video recording of the in-game transmission translated by Swedish speakers reveals that a familiar Silent Hill trope might be at play yet again: Everything that happens in P.T. could be the result of the involvement of aliens. Here's the English language translation of what's broadcast in P.T.'s ever-present radio. Close your eyes. Let your ears listen in to the radio. Do you hear my voice? Can you hear the screams of your own soul? Let us choose: my voice, which tells the future, or your tormented...
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Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas' Frostwyrm Lair embarrassed us in front of you

Never in my life have I felt more alone than I did facing off against the final two bosses in Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas.Mainly because, well, I was alone. Phil's on vacation, and his timing could not be worse. But there's also something about the nature of those final two bosses that instills a feeling of isolation within you. Like, for instance, boss number one, who only permits you to have two minions on the board at any given time. And then there's Kel'Thuzad, whose infinite supply of ice magic will freeze you until dead, like you're on some sort of solitary Antarctic expedition. There's a lot of failure in the Overview video posted above — but there's a little bit of hope in there, too. And sometimes, a little bit of hope is all you need. Also, a well-timed Divine Spirit draw...
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This is the next game from the developer of Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater

Developer The Behemoth, the creator of Alien Hominid, Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater, has a new game in the works, which it's tentatively calling "Game 4." That new game, set to be revealed soon, is the subject of a new teaser video released today. The Behemoth says development on its next game started shortly before the release of BattleBlock Theater in April 2013. While the studio doesn't provide any real gameplay details on the prototype it's been polishing for more than a year, it says the game "is of a genre we haven't covered before and seek to breathe a new flavor into." Hexagons are prominently on display throughout the teaser, which could point to a hex-based strategy game. Narratively, The Behemoth's new game appears to be about the aftermath of a galactic,...
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LittleBigPlanet 3's Oddsock cannot be stopped or contained

Oddsock, the tailless, bouncy member of LittleBigPlanet 3's playable quartet, is kind of an unstoppable force. With its wall-running, wall-jumping and wall-sliding capabilities, the very principle of what a "wall" is has been fully eroded. There are no boundaries for Oddsock — it simply cannot be contained. Also,  you can dress it up like a dragon. See Oddsock's awe-inspiring power in the preview video posted above.
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