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Rogue Legacy - Overview video

Still wondering whether you should jump on the Rogue Legacy bandwagon? Hopefully this episode of Overview will help you decide. Griffin McElroy and Russ Frushtick attempt to delve into the dangerous halls of Rogue Legacy, which mashes Castlevania with Metroid with a Roguelike. It is a fine stew indeed.
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Rogue Legacy survival guide: How to keep that family tree growing

So you're brand new to Rogue Legacy and you find that you've died, well, a lot? Worry not, we've got some advice for you.Although Rogue Legacy has been out for more than a year on other platforms, its arrival on PS4, PS3 and Vita means that plenty of newcomers are experiencing the pain of death and rebirth for the first time. We already gave some developer tips on how to survive the game's hardest trophy, but maybe some more general tips would be of use? Let's get it on! It's OK to Die It may be frustrating, but death is a part of Rogue Legacy just as much as life is. Early on in the game you're liable to die a ton, but that's ok. Every time you die, the game will get very slightly easier, as your character can be upgraded in the castle. The game also doesn't scale as you level up, so...
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PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 in Q1 2014, Sony financials reveal

Sony's latest financial report reveals PlayStation consoles outsold Xbox systems three to one in Q1 2014. The company does not confirm how many PS3 and PS4 consoles were sold separately, stating only that combined sales totalled 3.5 million units in the first quarter of this year. Comparatively, last year the company saw sales of 1.1 million in the same pariod. Microsoft's financial report for this first quarter was announced last week, revealing total combined shipping figures for Xbox One and Xbox 360 sit at 1.1 million, meaning during the first three months of the financial year PlayStation outsold Xbox 3:1. Sony has also confirmed ¥257.5 billion (or roughly $2.5 billion) generated in sales from Sony's Games & Network Services division, which is attributed to the launch of the...
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PlayStation Plus free games for August include Fez and Crysis 3 (update)

Fez and Crysis 3 lead the lineup of six games that will be available free to PlayStation Plus subscribers in August, Sony announced today. Polytron's Fez (screenshot above) will be free on PlayStation 4 along with Road Not Taken, the upcoming puzzle roguelike from Spry Fox. PlayStation 3 owners will be able to pick up Crysis 3 from Crytek and Proteus from David Kanaga, Ed Key and porting house Curve Studios. Vanillaware's Dragon's Crown and Digital Dreams' Metrico will be the two free titles on PlayStation Vita. Sony, in accordance with its recently overhauled strategy for its PlayStation Plus release schedule, will make all six aforementioned games free on the first Tuesday of the month, Aug. 5. That happens to be the release date for two of the titles in question, Metrico and Road...
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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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How to unlock Thanatophobia, the almost impossible trophy, in Rogue Legacy

Thought you had mastered the Castlevania-esque roguelike? Ha, not quite!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...
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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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