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Roguelike JRPG Dragon Fin Soup introduces another mode challenge and aggravate you

Roguelike Japanese role-playing game hybrid Dragon Fin Soup will include an Endless Labyrinth mode designed to push players' skills and patience to the limits, developer Grimm Bros. announced this morning. Endless Labyrinth mode features just that — an endless labyrinth packed with high-level bosses and traps that can take players out for the slightest misstep. Players can share how long they survive with their friends, competing for high scores in this arena designed to test their mettle. Additionally, Dragon Fin Soup will be featured in Cologne, Germany, next month at Gamescom's first-ever Indie Megabooth. The show runs from Aug. 13-17. Dragon Fin Soup, which was funded through Kickstarter earlier this year and approved through Steam Greenlight, tells the story of Red Robin — a...
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Google Maps overhaul leaks ahead of I/O conference

It looks like Google is set to unveil a new version of Google Maps for the desktop at I/O this week. Droid-Life discovered a description on the revised service’s landing page that reveals what’s in store: a “tailored map for every search,” a new UI reminiscent of Google’s recent mobile apps, WebGL-powered overhead views borrowed from Google Earth, Flight Search integration, and the ability to compare multiple modes of transportation on the map itself. Google also hints at Google-Now-like interactions such as your map suggesting restaurants you might enjoy on the way to your destination. While the site has since been pulled, it looks like Google will have a lot to show off during its Maps session at this week’s developer conference.
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How to unlock Thanatophobia, the almost impossible trophy, in Rogue Legacy

Thought you had mastered the Castlevania-esque roguelike? Think again.When Rogue Legacy drops on Sony's platforms this week, it'll contain all the features that have already arrived on PCs and Macs via Steam. But there is one brand new trophy that's been added. And it's brutal. The trophy is called "Thanatophobia," or fear of dying. Here's the official description of how to unlock it: "WITHOUT using the Architect, complete the game dying 15 times or less." Fans of Rogue Legacy will recall that the Architect is able to lock down the castle, preventing it from randomly generating each time you die. So you've essentially got 15 lives to make it through a constantly-shifting hellscape. As a point of comparison, my first playthrough on PC required nearly 100 deaths before I made it through...
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Hulk, Tinkerbell and a flying bed make Disney Infinity's 'Toy Box' a whole lot weirder

Disney Infinity 2.0 may still be seen as a kids' game, primarily — but it will also let you put Tinkerbell and The Incredible Hulk in bed together. "That's the bed from Bedknobs and Broomsticks," said John Vignocchi, the game's executive producer, just so we were both clear. It's a vehicle, OK, in Disney Infinity's "Toy Box" mode, where gamers take all of their virtual toys and play with them together, regardless of what continuity or movie or product line they come from. (Bedknobs and Broomsticks was a Mary Poppins clone from 1971 starring Angela Lansbury. It featured a flying bed.) Disney Infinity is the latest money-printer in the toys-to-life genre, in which players bring heroes and other characters into the game by stacking a cool little figurine on a special controller. With...
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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham's Comic-Con trailer shows the Justice League in action

Warner Bros. shared a new Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham trailer in honor of San Diego Comic-Con this week, and boy there sure are a lot of super heroes in this game! The trailer above shows the famous Justice League in action against Batman's nemesis the Joker and a legion of other baddies hailing from the DC Comics universe. Of course, everything has been given that special Lego games-flavored brand of humor, so while the situation may look dire, it's not too dire for a few silly jokes. In addition to getting hands-on time with the game at Comic-Con this week, attendees of the show can stop by the LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham panel on Sunday, July 27 at 1 p.m. PT and get posters signed by the game's voice actors at 2:30 in the DC Comics booth. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will launch...
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Tour the next great Metroidvania with its developer

Bodie Lee has had an idea since he was a child — a strange, fantasy world where playing with time is just a part of every day life. Now Lee is bringing that idea into reality in the form of a gorgeous, exploration-heavy action-adventure game.Lee joined me to record a playthrough of his demo for Timespinner, which you can watch above. While the game is far from done — he's currently aiming for a November 2015 release — Lee already has the basics of gameplay down and a strong art style as demonstrated in the demo. If you like what you see, you can check out the Timespinner Kickstarter, which has just over a day left until completion.
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CounterSpy hits PlayStation platforms on August 19

Dynamighty's stealth side-scroller CounterSpy is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on August 19, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. The title will cost $14.99 and is available as part of Sony's cross-buy promotion, meaning players can purchase CounterSpy once to obtain copies for all three platforms. CounterSpy is also cross-save compatible, allowing players to save to the cloud and pick up where they left off on any PlayStation platform. CounterSpy borrows elements from the 1950s and 60s Cold War and the ever-popular spy culture mythos. Players will join a rogue spy agency and work on the sidelines to keep the world's super powers from destroying everything. For more details on the title, check out our recent hands-on with the PS4 version and the...
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Find out which experimental games excite Korean devs

Note: A few frames of the above video are not suitable for work. A group of Korean game developers were inspired by GDC's Experimental Gameplay Workshop to host their own curated games exhibition. The festival, called Out of Index, opened for submissions June 22nd and just a short month later the games were demonstrated at a small party in South Korea. "People say ‘There is nothing new under the sun,'" reads OOI's mission statement. "Does that mean there wouldn't be any new grammar [of gameplay] then? No! "We would like to inspire new energy to the Korean game industry through various experimentation [sic]." The showcase featured 14 games, including Western games like David OReilly's Mountain. Check out the video for the highlights. You can find information, including videos, about...
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Here's what you're in for when Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty launches this week

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty launches this week for PlayStation 4, and developer Just Add Water shared one final trailer today detailing what players are in for. New 'n' Tasty is a recreation of 1997 platform Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, in which the titular Abe embarks on a quest to free the slaves of the Rupture Farms meat packing plant. The PS4 version will be available tomorrow, but those who purchase this version will unlock the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita version through Sony's cross-buy program once they are released. Just Add Water is still working to launch these latter two versions as soon as possible, and other versions are in development for Linux, Mac, Wii U, Windows PC and Xbox One. Check out the trailer above for a look at the game in action, as well as some of its...
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This Metrico video explains gaming on infographics better than words

Even Metrico's developer admits that it's difficult to explain the upcoming PlayStation Vita exclusive, which Digital Dreams describes as an "infographics action game." Rather than figure out how to convey gameplay in a trailer, the developers spent the last couple of years creating the game. But earlier this week on the PlayStation Blog, level designer Roy van de Mortel revealed not just an Aug. 5 release date but also an official gameplay trailer. Press play above to see what infographics action is, according to those who created Metrico — though van Der Mortel admits that it's still not the best way to truly understand the game. "In the end, actually playing the game, experimenting with all the different forms of inputs and getting direct feedback through playing is absolutely the...
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Data shows that infographic platformer Metrico comes to Vita Aug. 5

Metrico, the "infographics action game" from developer Digital Dreams, will arrive on PlayStation Vita Aug. 5, level designer Roy van de Mortel announced today on the PlayStation Blog. The game, which will arrive Aug. 6 in Europe, will also be released alongside a demo that includes Metrico's first level. "This demo consists of the entire first world," van de Mortel wrote. "In terms of gameplay time, the first world is about 5% of the entire game. Please note that this world merely touches the surface of what we're trying to do with Metrico. More inputs will be added in every world as complexity and difficulty increase. We sincerely hope you enjoy the demo and if you're up for much more exploration and mindbenders, it will only be a few inputs away." For more on Metrico, be sure to...
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With Invizimals, Sony renews efforts for kid-friendly games in US

Sony is bringing the Invizimals series back to North America later this year with Invizimals: The Alliance on PlayStation Vita and Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom on PlayStation 3. The kid-oriented franchise is very popular in Europe, particularly in Spain and Portugal. But it hasn't really taken off here in the states, and Sony is attempting to kickstart interest by launching two connected games at once. The original Invizimals debuted on PlayStation Portable in Europe in November 2009, and arrived stateside in October 2010. It was followed by two PSP sequels, Invizimals: Shadow Zone and Invizimals: The Lost Tribes, but the latter title has yet to be released in North America; both The Alliance and The Lost Kingdom launched last October in Europe. All of the Invizimals games, except the...
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The only way to keep peace in this Cold War game is to KILL

Just because you're gunning everyone down doesn't mean it's not for the greater good.CounterSpy, a side-scrolling action game coming to Sony platforms this summer, is all about preventing the apocalypse. Set during the height of the Cold War, players control an agent of C.O.U.N.T.E.R., a nationless spy organization attempting to prevent total nuclear annihilation. So how do you go about destabilizing unstoppable war machines like the United States and the USSR in the 1960s? Why you steal all their plans, of course. Structurally CounterSpy doesn't really resemble any other game I've come across. While the gameplay feels like a mix between Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell (with a focus on platforming and cover-based stealth), how those missions tie in with one another is incredibly...
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Big Fest puts concert management in the palm of your hands

Upcoming free-to-play PlayStation Vita title Big Fest isn't just entertainment for its players — it's a secret and smartly constructed exposure tool for the unsigned bands whose music features in the game. Big Fest, in development with On The Metal, gives players a shot at managing their own music festivals. It's similar to the Tycoon series of games, but this time the focus is music and propelling your concert venue into the spotlight. Players take on the role of a music promoter, sifting through a library of songs from real-world bands — all of them unsigned — and making them the stars of their shows. All music has been made available in the game through collaboration with digital music platform Jamendo, allowing players to give them real-world air time to both themselves and other...
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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham's Comic-Con panel will feature former Batman Adam West

This year's upcoming San Diego Comic-Con panel for Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham panel features special guest Adam West, best known for his starring role in the 1960s Batman television series, Warner Bros. announced. The Warner Bros. Interactive-hosted panel will also feature game director Arthur Parsons, producer Phill Ring and several members of the voice class, including Troy Baker. The game will also be shown during the event in its first public hands-on. An image of Adam West recording dialog next to a portrait of his own Lego Minifigure was released on the official Lego Batman Twitter account earlier today. You can check that out below. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is due for release this fall. The puzzles-and-combat game will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4,...
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OlliOlli pops onto PC July 22

OlliOlli will land on Linux, Mac and Windows PC July 22, developer Roll7 announced today. The skateboarding game's PC versions will be available for $12.99 in the Humble Store, GOG and Steam and include more than 250 challenges, 120 tricks and grinds and the RAD mode that unlocks after you've mastered all challenges. OlliOlli was released last year on PlayStation Vita and is also headed to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in late July. For more on the PlayStation Vita version of the game, be sure to read Polygon's OlliOlli review.
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Soul Saga development going well despite health complications, dev says

Soul Saga creator Mike Gale has recently had a few health problems, but the game is still "moving along great," according to a recent post on Kickstarter. Soul Saga is a Japanese role-playing game-inspired title that borrows elements from the likes of Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire and Suikoden. It's slated for launch this year. "My personal health took a dip a few months ago when I became bed ridden from a ruptured disc in my spine," Gale wrote. "I have barely been able to walk, and unable to sit for about three months now. The doctor says I will probably need surgery. "But don't worry, I won't do something like that until Soul Saga is done. I want to make sure I get a good game to you as soon as possible. I've acquired a laptop so I can work from bed since I can't sit at my normal...
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Why Sony is courting Wii owners and bringing old games to PS4

If you bought a Wii but not a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, Sony thinks you might want a PlayStation 4. "Our big opportunity is to welcome back an audience much earlier in the lifecycle that possibly bought into the Wii previously," Sony Computer Entertainment President and Group CEO Andrew House told Eurogamer. "Whether it's based on this is a really good all-round entertainment device for a family in addition to having great games, our consumer data suggests some of those people are already coming in now and that's what's contributing to the really great sales we've had." Must Read PS4 review According to Nintendo, the company has sold more than 101 million Wii units since its 2006 release. Sony's most recent sales figures date from early April and put the PS4 at 7...
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