Batman: Arkham Origins Cold, Cold Heart launch trailer shows Mr. Freeze in action

The launch trailer for Cold, Cold Heart, a story-based add-on for Batman: Arkham Origins featuring Mr. Freeze, offers a look at Batman's melting moves against the chilly villain. Cold, Cold Heart tells the origin story of Mr. Freeze, a cryogenics researcher named Victor Fries whose wife was diagnosed with a fatal disease. Like previous teasers, the trailer begins on New Year's Eve at Wayne Manor, where things quickly spiral out of control as Mr. Freeze makes his explosive entrance. The DLC adds new locations Wayne Manor and GothCorp, as well as new gadgets — Thermocharged Batarangs and Thermal Gloves — and the Extreme Environment suit. To see some of the game's new levels and items, check out the trailer above. Cold, Cold Heart is available via the PlayStation Network, Steam and Xbox...

Fract OSC review: dead or alive

Who knew club music could feel so lonely? Fract OSC, a hybrid of rhythm, puzzle and exploration games, abandons you inside a broken synthesizer. It's a dark and quiet cavern littered with orbs, boxes and planks that occasionally react to your existence. The environment is distant as it is cold. There are no characters, human or otherwise, and the architecture is sharp and alien. If your office copy machine could dream, perhaps this would be its fantasy: a Tron-like wasteland free of pesky humans. Your job — as the only living thing here — is to fix the synthesizer from within. Don't expect any help. There's no explicit instruction. At first, the goal appears to be find the stations plotted around the landscape, which once discovered, act like a web of futuristic monorail...

Starbound review: space jam

In its best moments, Starbound feels infinite. As a kid, I remember daydreaming about discovering a game that never ends. These days, that dream seems a lot less far-fetched thanks to the popularity of games based on procedural generation — that is, content that is made up by the game on the fly rather than painstakingly put together by level designers. Even within that growing space, and even in its current early access form, Starbound is one of the most impressive never-ending games I've ever played. Progression is sometimes gated in arbitrary ways, and some content is obviously unfinished, but any problems I had faded to background noise in the midst of my planet-hopping, universe-spanning adventures. Starbound is one of the most impressive never-ending games ever ...

Grid Autosport coming to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on June 24

Codemasters is bringing the next game in the Grid racing series — Grid Autosport — to PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Xbox 360 on June 24, publisher Bandai Namco announced today. The game will draw from Codemasters' TOCA Touring Car series and will incorporate features based on community feedback collected from fans of the Grid franchise, professional racers and experts from U.K.-based magazine Autosport. Like its predecessors, the game will be "all about the race," according to a press statement. Grid Autosport will feature a career mode in which players can dedicate themselves to one racing discipline or challenge themselves in all of them. This includes several different mini-modes such as endurance and tuner events, as well as touring cars and street races. The title includes 100...

Octodad review update: PS4 and more

If you haven't played Octodad: Dadliest Catch since it was released on PC, you'd be forgiven for initially assuming the PS4 version was just a straight port. It looks the same, it plays the same; it was, at least for the first half hour or so, the exact experience I remember from my first playthrough. That began to change once I reached the supermarket and found that the mango soda I needed to retrieve for my family had been perched not atop a free-standing pyramid of crates but a sort of half-pyramid flush with one of the supermarket walls. With the added support to crawl up, the once highly-irritating climb had become about 100 percent less infuriating It's a minor change, but representative of the several tweaks that have been made to make the paternal cephalopod's outing so much...

GameSpy shutdown taking Borderlands, Civilization titles offline 'temporarily'

The impending shutdown of online-service provider GameSpy Technology will "temporarily" take Borderlands and some Civilization games offline as publisher 2K Games moves them from GameSpy to Steamworks, while nearly 20 other titles will lose online support, 2K announced today. GameSpy Technology, which provides the online back-end for dozens of games, announced earlier this year that it would close May 31. On that date, 2K said today, online service for eight different games will "temporarily" be halted as the publisher migrates support from GameSpy to Valve's Steamworks platform. The titles in question are Sid Meier's Civilization 3, Civilization 3: Conquests, Civilization 3: Play the World, Sid Meier's Civilization 4, Civilization 4: Beyond the Sword, Civilization 4: Colonization, C...
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Titanfall is $37 on Amazon today

Gamers who have yet to snag Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall can grab it at a discount on Amazon today, according to the game's listing. Amazon's Daily Deal features the first-person mech shooter for $36.99 — 38 percent off its normal price of $59.99. Buyers have a choice between the Xbox One, Xbox 360 or Windows PC versions with this deal. The discount will be available until midnight tonight, 12:00 a.m. April 23, or until supplies last. During PAX East earlier this month, Respawn announced Titanfall's first downloadable content — Expedition, slated to launch this May. The story-driven DLC will chronologically take place after the title's multiplayer campaign. The DLC will feature three maps: one called "Swampland," riddled with ruins of "archaic alien technology" and in which...

Children are using Minecraft to redesign the real world

Minecraft is at the center of real-world re-design initiative Block by Block: a partnership between the United Nations Human Settlements Program and game developer Mojang that currently aims to construct a new design at Plaza Tlaxcoaque in Mexico City. Block by Block is a four year program that aims to allow young people to design and upgrade 300 public spaces by 2016. The initiative, which began in 2012, has resulted in a number of pilot projects across the globe, with the first pilot project in Kibera — an informal settlement in Nairobi — already underway. Other projects are taking place in Tikok, one of the poorest slums in Haiti, as well as Rwanda, India, Kenya and Ethipia. "For the Aldea Digital competition we have created 500 versions of Plaza Tlaxcoaque on a server," writes...

Heroes of the Storm is the fourth Blizzard project to launch in China

Heroes of the Storm will be the fourth Blizzard project to release in mainland China, the company announced today. The gaming behemoth is licensing the multiplayer online battle arena game to a NetEase, Inc. affiliate in China for a term of three years. Blizzard previously collaborated with NetEase to bring World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Hearthstone and to Chinese gamers. "We are very excited to be presenting another hotly-anticipated Blizzard game to Chinese players," said NetEase CEO William Ding in a prepared statement. "We believe Chinese gamers will enjoy the amazing content and quality of Heroes of the Storm and its focus on team battles. We're working closely with Blizzard to prepare everything needed for launching Heroes of the Storm in China, and we look forward...

Rise of Incarnates is the latest fighting game from Bandai Namco, coming this year

The latest franchise by the creators of Tekken and SoulCalibur is a free-to-play fighting game called Rise of Incarnates that is slated to release in the Americas for Windows PC later this year, Bandai Namco Games America announced today. Rise of Incarnates features two-versus-two gameplay, a slew of different 3D arenas set in cityscapes that allow players to run, jump and fly, and numerous fighters that offer unique skills and powers. According to Bandai Namco, the variety of characters and their respective skills and roles will accommodate a variety of playstyles in both close-quarters and long-range combat. Players take the role of humans who "command untold mythical powers as they vie to avoid tragedy and reshape the course of their world." Referred to as "Incarnates," they are...

Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure delayed until May

Adventure game Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure will now launch for Windows PC and Mac on May 7, the developer announced in a recent video update. Originally slated to launch April 22, the two week delay is to allow the game's creators to add more polish to the game. Tesla Effect tasks players with investigating crimes and questioning witnesses in post-apocalyptic San Francisco as "down on his luck" private investigator and series icon Tex Murphy. Tesla Effect starts after the events of 1998's Tex Murphy: Overseer, the game combines live-action with full-motion scenes and features interactive dialogue. Players can pre-order the game for $19.99 from GoG and Steam now. Those who pre-order Tesla Effect will receive the Tex Murphy Live Jazz soundtrack upon release and fourth Tex...

Survarium closed beta to be opened up for one day on April 25

Survarium developer Vostok Games is opening up the game's closed beta, but for one day only — this Friday, April 25, the studio announced today. For that 24-hour period, anybody will be able to download the beta of Survarium from its website and give it a go. Afterward, Vostok will close down the beta once again in order to ready the game for a full open beta. At this point, Survarium consists only of team-based competitive multiplayer; Vostok plans to add a player-versus-environment mode in the fourth quarter of 2014. Survarium is a first-person shooter that brings the STALKER franchise into a massively multiplayer online game. Vostok also prepared a lengthy video to give people an inside look into its preparations for the one-day open beta, as well as provide some details on the...

How Landmark forced Sony Online to change its usual development model

Sony Online Entertainment's Landmark, née EverQuest Next Landmark, left its relatively brief alpha phase for a closed beta less than a month ago. Dave Georgeson, director of development on the EverQuest franchise and a 25-year veteran of the game industry, told Polygon during an interview at PAX East 2014 that for many games, "alpha is a joke" — an almost meaningless internal milestone. Not so for Landmark, the build-anything sandbox title from Sony Online that is also a massively multiplayer online game: Because of the company's decision to give players early access to the project, Landmark had to be a playable game much earlier than usual. Landmark was announced last year alongside EverQuest Next, the ambitious next step in Sony Online's long-running fantasy MMO franchise. The...

World of Warcraft's Noblegarden lays eggs for players April 21-28

World of Warcraft players can partake in the egg-filled feast of Noblegarden April 21-28, according to a post today. According to in-game lore, the annual Easter-like celebration traces its origins to ancient druidic festivals. Throughout Noblegarden, players can search low-level towns for brightly colored eggs, which can be hidden or sitting in plain view. Those eggs can contain prizes like chocolates, costumes, rare items and toys. The Noblegarden festival also offers daily quests, known as the Great Egg Hunt, as well as festival-appropriate clothing and merchants hungry for Noblegarden chocolate. You can check out the full list of seasonal items, including pets and mounts, in's Noblegarden 2014 page. For more on the future of World of Warcraft, be sure to...

Game of Thrones is the first 'free-to-play' TV show, and gaming is racing to catch up

Game of Thrones is a massive hit for HBO, both in terms of the raw numbers of people watching and the cultural impact the show has had on television in general. It maintains the cable channel’s status as the home of prestige television, as HBO is a place you go when you want to keep up with what people are talking about on Monday morning.It's also a giant "victim" of piracy. 1.5 million people reported downloading the episode "The Lion and the Rose" on its first day of availability online, with upwards of 200,000 people sharing the same copy of the episode. This is a record-breaking event in the world of media piracy, but HBO doesn't seem to care. Why does a cable channel get to sit out of the piracy discussion, and even crack jokes about the popularity of its content when the question...

Hearthstone Fireside Gatherings will help players meet in the real world April 26

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft developer Blizzard Entertainment is encouraging players of the collectible card game to meet in the real world with Fireside Gathering events scheduled for April 26. In Hearthstone, players gather around virtual tables for card battles. Fireside Gatherings invite players to assemble around real world tables to build decks, play tournaments and otherwise delve deep into the game. Those who do will unlock a special card back. You can see a list of April 26 events being held from Alabama to Hawaii on Blizzard's official Fireside Gatherings page, where you'll also find information on how to host your own event. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is available on Mac, Windows PC and iPad with Android device and iPhone versions to come. For more on the game and...

Wasteland 2 adds Linux support in major Early Access update

Wasteland 2's Early Access release now supports Linux, delivering on its Kickstarter promise to support that platform, Mac OS and Windows PC. The support arrived in a major update to the beta, inXile Entertainment said. In addition to Linux support, Wasteland 2 added another major area to its map, a new vendor screen, and about 400 other changes, all of which may be seen in these patch notes. Wasteland 2 added Mac OS support in late February "With these major systems implemented, Wasteland 2 is in the final stages of development," inXile said, adding that the Early Access release now includes more than 40 percent of what is expected in the final game. Wasteland 2 was one of the earliest major video game successes on Kickstarter, raising $2.9 million two years ago. A final release...

This is how you get a lightsaber in Disney Infinity

There is a way to get Star Wars' iconic lightsaber in Disney Infinity — it just takes a bit of effort and a lot of cash. In the video above, Stephen Alva Wood of YouTube channel Nerdflip runs down how to obtain the coveted item. By using all 29 NFC figurines within the game and raising all characters to level one, players can unlock a green lightsaber, a weapon used in the space epic by Jedi including Luke Skywalker and Yoda. According to Wood, unlocking the lightsaber means players have spent at least $500 on Disney Infinity figurines at this point. In late 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm — and the rights to the Star Wars franchise — in a $4 billion acquisition deal. More recently, the Disney Store Facebook page responded to a comment from a fan that there were no plans to add Star...

Political-based strategy game ReignMaker now available for PC via Steam

ReignMaker, a game built around political strategy and match-3 tower defense combat from indie developer Frogdice, is now available via Steam for Linux, Mac and Windows PC. The game was Greenlit last month. In ReignMaker, players build and defend a city against would-be usurpers. It includes four culture spectrums, 10 different troop types and 50 towers spread across three continents. According to Frogdice, political decisions made throughout the game will affect the story and culture of each player's kingdom. "As your capital city improves, you will have access to more powerful spells, mightier elite troops, and better battlefield gear and armaments," the game's description reads. "Along the way you will also earn achievements, complete quests, and fill your Bestiary with enemies." F...
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