Star Citizen trailer visits new galactic horizons and weird aliens

Beginning with a Stanley Kubrick riff, the new trailer for Star Citizen journeys through various space-fiction familiars, and is none the worse as a result. Presented as an ad for galactic travel outfitter Roberts Space Industries, it introduces us to the thrill of discovering new planets and weird new lifeforms, while crewing a sleek and shiny spaceship. Star Citizen has so far raised almost $50 million in crowdfunding. Created by Chris Roberts, it's a massive space-combat, trading and exploration adventure that is being released in modules. Other new trailers released in the last 24 hours tease the game's first-person shooting and racing modules as well as some new spaceship hangars.

Daughters of Mars brings women warriors to Total War: Rome 2

Total War: Rome 2 players are being offered a new unit pack, featuring various women warriors from the ancient world. The 'Daughters of Mars Unit Pack' costs $2.99 and offers female combatants to the faction rosters of Rome, the Lusitani, the Suebi and Sparta. These new units can also be hired as mercenaries from specific provinces, whichever faction you play as. They include Gladiatrices, Spearwomen, Gorgo's Skirmishers, Spear Gladiatrices, Cimbri Bow-Women and Mercenary Kushite Shieldwomen.

Now you can relive 'Guardians of the Galaxy's happiest end credits moment any time

Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy was a pretty feel good romp throughout, but the final pre-credits gag may have been its most heartwarming scene. Now, thanks to Marvel's YouTube channel, you don't have to go to the theater or turn to a bootleg copy for your fix of one of the better tracks from "Awesome Mix Vol. 1." Apparently, Marvel feels pretty comfortable putting up one of the funnier payoff moments from the film just a few weeks after release. The studio probably doesn't want you turning elsewhere to watch this special moment between Drax the Destroyer and Groot. Obviously, if you haven't seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet, don't press play on the above video unless you want a key plot point spoiled for you.

Life and death as a pirate in Risen 3: Titan Lords

When you're a pirate, there are no rules. Is that duck looking at you funny? Then you slice it. That's just the hard life you lead as a scoundrel sailing the seven seas. I may be prepared for such a tough life, but I'm sorry to say my buddy Griffin McElroy is not. You can watch our journeys in the world of new pirating RPG Risen 3: Titan Lords above, and see if you are left as aghast as him at my blatant hatred toward innocent birds.

Destiny goes to Mars in its newest trailer

The red dunes of the planet Mars will be one of the many battlegrounds players will explore in Destiny. Today, Bungie gives us a sneak peek at what threats players will face among the ancient ruins of a once-populated Mars. It appears that two of the primary species players will face on Mars are the Cabal and Vex, the hulking humanoids and time-traveling robotic aliens of Destiny, respectively. Destiny is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on Sept. 9.

What happens when 2D platforming meets tower defense?

I love Super Nintendo-era platformers. I love tower defense games. But do these two genres really fit together? According to Bryce Kho and Brian Ott of indie developer Guts Department, they absolutely do. I invited Bryce and Brian to show me their new game, Aegis Defenders, which combines 16-bit aesthetics and exploration with tough-as-nails, defend-the-safe-point gameplay. You can also swap between multiple characters to figure out what suits your preferred play style. Check out the full video above to see what's in store. If you like what you see, you can get more information on the Aegis Defenders Kickstarter page.

New Madden ad is expensive, idiotic and unmissable

Reveling in self-consciously moronic dudebro fireworks, the new Madden commercial is a 21st-Century ad creative's wet dream. Featuring Kevin Hart, Dave Franco and a hatful of athletes, it follows a grandiosely blokey video game sporting rivalry, festooned with low-hanging cultural references, stupid jokes and hilariously pointless surrealism. If I hadn't already grown weary of Old Spice's shenanigans, I'd rank it as a work of genius, rather than merely a greatly entertaining slice of testosterone-ish buffoonery. Madden NFL 15 will be released on Aug. 26 for Xbox and PlayStation consoles.

Pinball FX2 launches on Xbox One with Xbox 360 table import

Pinball FX2 is now available on Xbox One, and customers who purchased certain tables on Xbox 360 can import them for free, developer Zen Studios announced today. When Zen announced the original release date for the Xbox One version — July 31 — the studio said the game would not offer cross-buy support for tables purchased on Xbox 360. At the time, a Microsoft representative told Polygon that it was working with Zen to make that happen. A couple of weeks later, Zen happily announced a reversal: Players would be able to import tables from Xbox 360, although the Xbox One version wouldn't be available until August. Pinball FX2 on Xbox One is a free download, as it is on other platforms; customers buy individual tables or table packs from within the app. The Xbox One version includes the...

RollerCoaster Tycoon World announced, coming to PC in early 2015

The RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise is making a proper return with RollerCoaster Tycoon World, which is in development on Windows PC at Pipeworks, publisher Atari Interactive announced this week. Atari released the brief teaser trailer above to offer a sneak peek at RollerCoaster Tycoon World, although it's unclear if the glimpse at the theme park near the end of the clip is actual in-engine footage. According to a press release from Atari, RollerCoaster Tycoon will feature the coaster-constructing action that fans of the franchise will be familiar with, as well as new elements such as a four-player cooperative multiplayer mode. Players will be able to share blueprints of the coasters they've created and visit theme parks other players have built. "Many of the new features in R...
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Rescuing an elephant egg-bird in a haunted water park in Hohokum

Absurd as that headline may be, it is also completely accurate, and an extremely concise summary of The Hohokum Experience.It's a game about exploring almost entirely for exploration's sake — which may not be everyone's cup of tea, as our review details. However, for dyed-in-the-wool explorers, Hohokum is an experience really unlike any other. Case in point: Sometimes there are water parks with customers who will hop astride you, and ride you like a slithering, soaring bicycle. Sometimes those water parks are haunted. Sometimes, in their haunted forms, they house endangered elephant egg-bird monsters. In the Overview video above, Russ and I visit one such water park, revive one such egg-bird ... thing, and then go spelunking with Lucario in a cavernous disco treasure vault.

Watch an 11-minute assassination mission in Assassin's Creed Unity

Assassin's Creed Unity publisher released a gameplay video from the Paris-based action title today, showing off an 11-minute mission early in Arno Dorian's adventure. Dorian is tasked with taking down a corrupt Templar named Sivert who is hanging out in the Notre-Dame Cathedral. According to commentary from Assassin's Creed Unity creative director Alex Amancio, assassinations in the game take place in a mission type known as the "black box," where players have complete freedom to carry out their task. This is aided by optional objectives that open up new paths. For example, the pre-mission cutscenes illustrate a few different characters who will prove useful to Dorian. The cathedral is locked, but Dorian can steal the keys; Sivert is supposed to meet someone in the confessional, but...

Geralt goes wolf hunting in The Witcher 3 gameplay video

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt Red dropped some gameplay footage of the title during Gamescom 2014 this week, and the action role-playing game appears to be shaping up nicely. Geralt talks to a resident of Downwarren, who tells him that villagers have been disappearing. The cause is unknown, but it appears to originate in the Whispering Hillock. "The war awoke an ancient power. An evil one that feeds on bloodshed. Nightmares haunt our nights and days," the individual explains. Geralt deals with a few enemies as he makes his way to the Whispering Hillock, where he encounters a powerful werewolf and some regular wolves. That's where the clip ends, leaving the mystery of the villagers' disappearance unsolved. For that, we'll have to wait until Feb. 24, 2015, when The...

Sonic meets his demise in the first minute of this new Sonic Boom trailer

"Not my finest moment," the blue hedgehog narrates as he tumbles down a cliff and we watch his unconscious body get buried until a pile of boulders. Certainly not, Sonic. Certainly not. The latest trailer for Sonic Boom, however, seems suggest that the game is the opposite of the hedgehog's lament: a new adventure for Sonic and friends to prove their mettle against an adversary other than their forever-nemesis, the bumbling Dr. Eggman. Borrowing objectives from the Mass Effect series' nefarious Reapers, new villain Lyric — a giant snake in a mech suit, basically —  wants to destroy all organic life on earth and replace it with robot people. Robot animals. Robot sentient animals? The trailer also gives a quick look at Sonic's new makeover, including a new sassy way of talking and a s...

Relive the Stanley Cup Final in NHL 15 demo Aug. 26 on PS4 and Xbox One

NHL 15 publisher Electronic Arts will release a demo for the game on Aug. 26, the company announced today during Gamescom 2014, alongside the release of a new gameplay trailer. The NHL 15 demo will feature the same matchup as the 2014 Stanley Cup Final: the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings. Both teams' home arenas — Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center, respectively — will be playable in a full game of three two-minute periods. Three new camera angles and three difficulty settings will be available, along with a practice mode for players to get their ice legs under them if they're new to the franchise. Today's announcement comes shortly after Madden NFL 15 developer EA Tiburon confirmed it won't be making a demo for that game. That leaves EA Access on Xbox One as the...

Watch us take on Hearthstone's toughest single-player boss yet

So far Griffin McElroy and I have been nothing but successful in defeating each wing of Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas expansion. The Arachnid Quarter? Crushed it. The Military Quarter? Brought to heel. And the Plague Quarter? Don't even get me started. This week, we face our biggest challenge in the most unlikely of places. How many tries will I need to take down a single boss? What poorly-constructed deck will finally do the trick? And what awaits us after that long struggle? Tune in to the video above to find out! And be sure to check back next week when we take on the fifth and final wing of Curse of Naxxramas.

Goalies get their day in FIFA 15's latest gameplay trailer

Goalkeeper play in FIFA 15 will be significantly improved over years past, developer EA Canada announced today during publisher Electronic Arts' Gamescom 2014 press briefing, alongside the release of a new trailer. EA Canada brought in Everton FC goalie Tim Howard, who earned the status of folk hero during this year's World Cup, to do motion-capture work for FIFA 15. According to the studio, goalies now are imbued with better AI that allows them to anticipate shots and passes, and react more realistically to them. Players will see new animations for saves and deflections, and goalies will also play more aggressively, moving around the box. Of course, that also means that attackers may have more chances to score. FIFA 15's Match Day feature, which ties the game to real-world soccer,...
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