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You'll still get to customize your Dragon Age: Inquisition story, but later than expected

Dragon Age Keep, the companion web experience that allows players to tailor story choices from across the franchise for Dragon Age: Inquisition, will roll out later to accommodate for the game's delay, BioWare announced today. Originally expected to launch Oct. 7, Inquisition is now heading to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on Nov. 18. BioWare has adjusted the launch date, which is still unknown, for the Keep accordingly. Players are promised access to the service before the game is released. "We still plan to launch ahead of Dragon Age: Inquisition, giving you ample time to establish your world state ahead of time," the update reads. "The exact date is still to be determined and will depend on how the beta progresses. We'll continue to release...
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The International Dota 2 tournament watched by more than 20M viewers, Valve says

More than 20 million people tuned in to watch this year's annual Dota 2 championship tournament, The International 4, according to a release from Valve. Valve said that this year's International Dota 2 Championships had "well over 2 million" peak concurrent viewers, more than double last year's peak. This year's International tournament was streamed through online service Twitch in multiple languages, with channels tailored for newcomers and those who preferred to watch "spoiler-free" and at their own pace. The International matches were also viewable in-game and through ESPN. While this year's International Dota 2 Championships saw impressive growth, it lagged behind the most recent League of Legends season finals. One of Dota 2's chief rivals in the genre drew 32 million viewers...
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Action Henk gets seven new levels and tricky challenges for 'die-hard players'

The first update for RageSquid's Early Access "toystalgic speedrunning platformer," Action Henk, adds seven levels and harder challenges for players seeking something a little more difficult, the developer announced via Steam. In Action Henk, players must master their momentum to successfully race against a collection of '90s action figures. The new levels, which include "The Drop," "Pro Skater" and "Leap of Faith," range from easy to hard; those seeking more of a challenge can also try for Rainbow Medals, challenges RageSquid say feature "extreme difficulty for the die-hard players." The update brings the game's total level offerings up to 25. Other updates include interface and control tweaks, which you can view in full on Steam. Action Henk is currently available for Linux, Mac...
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Watch us freeze to death in The Long Dark

The Long Dark is a quiet, sometimes beautiful take on the survival genre; but that doesn't mean it's less lethal than its contemporaries. On the contrary — it may lack zombies, mutant bears and griefing players, but the wilderness you've crash-landed in has plenty of ways to dispatch you. Take the gameplay video above, captured from the game's early alpha version, as an example of that fact. It doesn't matter if you've got all the firewood and beef jerky in the world when you're thirsty, exhausted and nursing a sprained ankle.
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How to fight enemies in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition mixes real-time character combat with a more tactical approach in which players can make use of their party's strategic strengths. This new trailer from developer BioWare shows how the role-playing game's fighting systems work. The game, in which an Inquisitor battles through a fantasy realm, allows players to pile into combat situations while relying on party members to help out, using their particular powers, be they melee, magic or range weapons. Alternatively, the player can freeze the action and control a camera in order to weigh up the enemy, while individually directing party-members. Tactics can be changed at any time. Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released on Nov. 18.
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Here's what's in the $120 version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will ship with three versions later this year: the standard $59.99 version, a $79.99 limited version with extra content and a $119.99 version dubbed the Atlas Pro Edition which packs in the game's season pass add-on content. There are no night vision goggles, remote control cars or cameras this year; publisher Activision is sticking mainly to digital incentives. The standard version of Advanced Warfare is a no-frills release — it's just the game. For $79.99, players will get the Atlas Limited Edition, which includes the game, a SteelBook metal case, a physical manual and a host of digital goods: the game's soundtrack, two weapons, an upgrade for the military exoskeleton in single-player mode and more. The Atlas Gorge multiplayer map, a re-imagining of C...
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Watch the hero of Assassin's Creed Unity save the life of Elise, a new character

The latest video for Assassin's Creed Unity, a CG trailer released today by publisher Ubisoft, reveals a new character named Elise. Arno Dorian, the main character in Unity, scampers across Parisian rooftops and sprints through a mob in a large public square to stop French government officials from beheading Elise. According to Ubisoft, she is a central character in the game's story, a young noblewoman who is keen to establish herself within the Templar order. Although she and Arno stand on opposite sides of an age-old conflict, a bond forms between them. Elise will also star in a new Assassin's Creed novel with the same title as the game, a book by Oliver Bowden that will be published in paperback by Penguin Random House. Written from Elise's perspective, the book Assassin's Creed...
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Magic 2015 lead designer says Duels of the Planeswalkers is a yearly franchise 'like FIFA or Madden'

Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 has had a troubled launch from the perspective of many fans. But whatever problems he'll admit to, lead designer Nick Davidson also adamantly defends the game: "I think it is the best Magic experience that you're going to get at that price point pretty much in history."Davidson wants to clear up some of the misconceptions surrounding the latest Duels of the Planeswalker release and reveal some missing features that could be making a return. He begins by clarifying the different approaches Wizards of the Coast takes with Duels versus Magic: The Gathering Online. "Magic Online is trying to really replicate the tournament environment and be 100 percent authentic to all the cards and formats that exist," Davidson says. "Duels of the...
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Borderlands PC multiplayer and DLC, lost with the GameSpy shutdown, is on its way back

After losing its multiplayer component earlier this year in the GameSpy server shutdown, Gearbox Software's Borderlands will have the service restored soon, according to a post on the Steam community forums. In April, publisher 2K announced that the impending shutdown of online service provider GameSpy's servers would "temporarily" take Borderlands' multiplayer offline, as well as online components for some Civilization games. At the time, 2K noted that the plan was to migrate these online components to Steamworks. An update released yesterday stripped the PC game of its SecuRom DRM and added a Granting Tool that transformed retail disc versions of Borderlands into Steam-compatible versions. The update also imported SecuRom DLC keys into the Steam version, so players who purchased B...
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PAX Prime 2014's featured indies include Mushroom 11, Duet, Framed

Each year, 50 industry experts sit down to discuss which 10 up-and-coming indie games to feature in PAX Prime's PAX 10 showcase. This year's selection includes a few you may have already heard about and a handful of unfamiliar newbies. This year's PAX 10 featured indie games includes: Duet, by Kumobius: Set to a soundtrack by Melbourne composer Tim Shiel, players navigate two orbiting spheres past mazes of falling obstacles that get increase in difficulty as players progress. Flickers, by DigiPen's Neat Snake: In this abstract 2D platformer, players become a dying flower escaping a world in "perpetual twilight." Jumping through hovering "flickers," players must reach the moon and change the surrounding landscape. Framed, by Loveshack: An interactive comic book that allows...
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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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Why Shadow of Mordor's undead Elven hero and sexy Sauron are such a big deal

Monolith Productions revealed that Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's mysterious Wraith character is Celebrimbor, the original forger of the Rings of Power in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. Celebrimbor does not appear in the The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, which means most of Tolkien's modern audience will be introduced to this Elven warrior through the game, not through Tolkien's work. Celebrimbor's time in Tolkien's world occurred long before Thorin and his Company of Dwarves challenged Smaug for Erebor, and his work is directly responsible for Bilbo Baggins being such an excellent burglar due to his use of the one ring. With this one character addition, this one plot point, Monolith Productions has proven the lengths to which they are willing to go to make M...
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Why Shadowgate's developers want you dead

Zojoi's Shadowgate remake isn't exactly a rehash of the adventure game released in the late '80s, but it does share one big similarity: death, death and more death.Shadowgate is Zojoi's crowd-funded game set to launch Aug. 21 for Mac and Windows PC, while Android and iOS versions are expected to follow. Like the original game, players are confronted with a series of rooms, a couple of commands and a vague idea of what to do. It's part puzzle game, part patience simulator. If you encounter something unfriendly, or find yourself on a rickety bridge, there's a good chance you'll pay for it with your life — depending on what level you've set your game at. New or shy players can choose a gentler experience, while the game's most advanced setting is happy to deliver a brutal playthrough, cr...
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Riot taught me League of Legends (and now I'm teaching you)

Riot taught me League of Legends (and now I'm teaching you) By Alexa Ray Corriea @AlexaRayC Share Tweet League of Legends is a humbling game. I'm sitting in a cool room, the lights just low enough to keep my eyes comfortable as they dart from corner to corner on my monitor. My right wrist is an achy mess, resting on the table to support my fingers, which are always moving. But I'm calm. I'm collected. I'm about to lose my goddamn mind if I can't get away from this tower in time and — crap, it's over. I die and can lean back for a moment, waiting to spawn. League of Legends, as it would turn out, can be addictive. I rush to fill my inventory with new powerful items and health potions as my respawn timer ticks down, and by the time my character pops up at my...
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Here's advice for League of Legends first-timers from the people who make it

We asked Riot Games employees — all of whom are required to play the company's game, League of Legends — the best advice they can give first-timers diving into the MOBA. Here's what they said: Davin Pavlas, researcher: "Above all else, League is a team game. Team play is the key to victory: Use wards to give your team vision, move from lane to lane to help each other out on objectives and encourage each other!" Matt Manarino, creative design and writing: "Don't worry about killing champions during your first games, worry about killing minions first. Killing champions is just going to get you killed, because there's a complexity in killing champions. Worry about minions, worry about blasting minions and getting gold because once you have enough gold you can buy items that will help you...
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Shadowrun Returns gets a Director's Cut of its expansion this September

A standalone version of Shadowrun Returns expansion Dragonfall is set to launch this September, developer Harebrained Schemes confirms. The new release is being described as a Director's Cut by its creators, although the exact changes that have been made are still yet to be revealed. The studio promises more information to come next month. The good news is, if you already backed the game on Kickstarter or own its currently available expansion, then Dragonfall is yours for free. Shadowrun: Dragonfall, previously known as 'Berlin,' first launched in January for Windows PC, Mac and Linux. A bundled packaged with the original game was also made available. Shadowrun Returns was made by the original tabletop game's creator Jordan Weisman, following a successful Kickstarter campaign that...
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See lots of gameplay for The Legend of Korra in this 10-minute video

At Comic-Con this week, IGN got a look at everything Platinum Games has to offer with its upcoming adaptation of the Nickelodeon animated series The Legend of Korra. The Legend of Korra, which began its third season on June 27, is a successor to the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender. In the game, Korra starts off with her powers blocked by a mysterious enemy; she slowly regains them through the first playthrough. Succeeding playthroughs begin with Korra fully powered; each playthrough is estimated at 4 hours in length. The game will be available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, with a turn-based strategy version coming for Nintendo 3DS as well.
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Marvel is adding more Guardians of the Galaxy content to its games (Update)

In addition to a dedicated playset in Disney Infinity, Marvel is spreading Guardians of the Galaxy content across a handful of its other games, including Marvel Heroes and its social and mobile games, the company announced during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con today. (Update:) Additionally, in a surprise announcement, Marvel said a playable Green Goblin, Loki and more would join Disney Infinity 2.0 in a special Marvel Villains figurine set. The trailer for that set will be released on Monday. Villains had been seen in the original trailer announcing Marvel would join Disney Infinity's lineup, this confirms them as a separate set. Just in time for the launch of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy film in theaters on Aug. 1, free-to-play MMO Marvel Heroes 2015 will allow players to join...
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Watch what Grand Theft Auto 4's killer PC mod does for its original trailer

iCEnhancer, the mod that makes Grand Theft Auto 4's PC version look even more photorealistic, just launched its 3.0 version, and what better way to demonstrate what it does than to present the original Grand Theft Auto 4 trailer and the enhanced version? Here's the original Grand Theft Auto 4 trailer, "Things Will be Different," as it looked in 2007. And now here it is with iCEnhancer 3.0: iCEnhancer is the work of Hayssam Keilany, and it can be configured to accommodate lower-powered PCs. At full power it seems even to rival the game's successor — which, of course, has no PC version. (Yet.) Download iCEnhancer 3.0 here, but realize the site is getting pounded by traffic. The mod's Facebook page may have mirrors to try.
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