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Caped crusader goes kinda nuts in new Lego Batman 3 trailer

A new trailer for TT Games' Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham today shows Batman in a freaky frenzy over his little buddy Robin. There's no explanation about the dark knight's weird behavior, but we do know that many characters in this game are subverted by evil Brainiac as he seeks to take over the world. It just so happens that this trailer is almost entirely focused on Brainiac and his incredible shrinking device, but we also get a song and dance routine from Joker. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and Windows PC this fall
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Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas' Frostwyrm Lair embarrassed us in front of you

Never in my life have I felt more alone than I did facing off against the final two bosses in Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas.Mainly because, well, I was alone. Phil's on vacation, and his timing could not be worse. But there's also something about the nature of those final two bosses that instills a feeling of isolation within you. Like, for instance, boss number one, who only permits you to have two minions on the board at any given time. And then there's Kel'Thuzad, whose infinite supply of ice magic will freeze you until dead, like you're on some sort of solitary Antarctic expedition. There's a lot of failure in the Overview video posted above — but there's a little bit of hope in there, too. And sometimes, a little bit of hope is all you need. Also, a well-timed Divine Spirit draw...
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Which games company do developers most want to work for?

A survey of game developers recently asked which outfit they would most like to work for. The answer? Valve. In fact, the Independent Game Developers Association survey of more than 2,200 developers found that Valve was an even more popular choice than working for their own company. Other popular potential employers included Activision Blizzard, BioWare and Ubisoft. Privately-held Valve, which is best known for the Steam retail platform as well as the likes of the Half-Life and Team Fortress series, is well known for eschewing old-fashioned notions of hierarchy and management in favor of individual creativity and production. Here's the full list... Valve My own company Activision Blizzard BioWare Ubisoft Current employer Nintendo Naughty Dog Double Fine Bethesda Game...
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Wasteland 2 will be officially released Sept. 19

More than 25 years after Electronic Arts and Interplay Productions released the first Wasteland for PC, developer InXile Entertainment will officially release that game's sequel. Game director Brian Fargo announced on Twitter today that the game will hit Sept. 19. Wasteland 2 was crowdfunded primarily through Kickstarter, where InXile's campaign raised more than $2.9 million in pledges from backers in 2012. The developer released an Early Access version of the game on Steam last December for Windows PC, following that up with Mac and Linux versions. InXile planned to release the game officially in August, but recently delayed the game to September in order to fulfill physical rewards for Kickstarter backers. For more on Wasteland 2, read Polygon's feature on the game and its creator.
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Atari's bringing back Haunted House and Alone in the Dark this fall

Atari is tapping its back catalog for two new "re-imagined" horror games based on Haunted House and Alone in the Dark, the company announced today. Both are coming to PC this fall. The new Haunted House — the fourth game to be published by Atari under that name — is in development at Italian studio Dreampainters, creators of PC horror game Anna. Dreampainters announced last year it was developing a follow-up to Anna called White Heaven, which is set in the same universe. White Heaven was originally planned for release in early 2014, but the studio hasn't provided update on the horror adventure since May. Dreampainters founder Allesandro Monopoli said earlier this year that his studio was working on a "total reboot" of an older property from a major publisher. Atari released the...
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Diablo 3 performance comparison: Xbox One vs. PC

Today marks the launch of Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition, a bundle containing the original action-RPG and its expansion, Reaper of Souls, on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. How do these ports stack up to their PC predecessor? For an example of how the Xbox One version fares, check out the comparison video posted above.
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Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 packages seven games for cheap

The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 is available now and includes seven PC games on a pay-what-you-want scale. Anyone who purchases the bundle at any price can pick up The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Complete Pack — which includes the Blue Blood, Thaumaturge and Arcane Mechanic packs — as well as Deadlight and Galactic Civilizations 2: Ultimate Edition. Those who pay more than the average price will get Terraria, The King of Fighters 13 Steam Edition and Crusader Kings 2, in addition to the aforementioned titles. Buyers who pay more than $15 also get Age of Empires Legacy Bundle; the bundle includes Age of Empires 2 HD, Age of Empires 3: Complete Collection and Age of Empires 2 HD: The Forgotten. The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 will be on sale until Sept. 2. Buyers have the choice to split...
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Watch Dogs will be 'the only mature game' Ubisoft publishes for Wii U

Ubisoft will shift its focus when it comes to publishing games for Nintendo's Wii U. While the company will continue to release types of games that are already doing well — like the Just Dance franchise — it will back away from more mature titles. Speaking with Game Informer, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Watch Dogs for Wii U will likely be the last mature game published for the console. One of the reasons for this is the poor reception for Assassin's Creed games on Wii U. Both Assassin's Creed 3 and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag received Wii U versions, but neither game appears to have done as well as the Just Dance games. "What we see is that they are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games," Guillemot said. "So what we are trying to do is to...
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Pigeon dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend delayed to Sept. 4

Players eager to learn what it's like to date a pigeon will have to wait a little longer. Mediatonic's remake of pigeon dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend has been delayed to Sept. 4, publisher Devolver Digital announced today via Twitter. The title — originally slated to launch this Thursday, Aug. 21 —is an upscaled HD remake of the 2011 original by manga artist Hato Moa. In Hatoful Boyfriend, players are the last human woman in the world and enroll in a high school for pigeons, searching the campus for their one true love. Mediatonic's version will also includes a new scenario and ending designed by original creator Moa. Hatoful Boyfriend will be available for Windows PC, Mac and Linux and is currently available for pre-order through Steam. Hatoful Boyfriend has been delayed...
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Shadowgate gameplay video - Torches, tomes and tentacles

Later this week, Zojoi's remake of the classic MacVenture title Shadowgate launches on Steam. The game has received a significant visual upgrade in the decades since its original release, but it hasn't lost any of its characteristic difficulty — as seen in the gameplay video above, which features no fewer than four gruesome deaths. For more details on what you're seeing in that video, check out the Overview below, in which we discuss what's new in the upcoming remake.
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Looks like Team Fortress 2 characters are coming to Super Time Force on Steam

The Windows PC version of Capy Games' run-and-gun, time-twisting side-scroller Super Time Force is coming to Steam on Aug. 25, bringing with it new challenges, new powers and new playable characters. Two of those new characters look like they're from Valve's Team Fortress 2. Super Time Force Ultra will expand upon the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of the game with 50 new Helladeck challenge levels, the Ultra Force alternate dimension power and three new playable characters. Capy hasn't revealed officially what those characters are, but two of the silhouettes seen in the above trailer are unmistakable: the Pyro from Team Fortress 2 and Saxton Hale, star of Team Fortress comics and proprietor of TF2's in-game store. The third, wielding dual pistols and a ponytail, bears a striking...
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Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition lands on Steam Aug. 21

Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition will arrive on Steam Aug. 21 with a discount for those who already own the game, developer Drinkbox Studios announced today. Must Read How Drinkbox Studios' grit raised an indie developer and got Guacamelee funded The upcoming $14.99 version will include support for a costume shop through Steam Workshop, Trading Cards and "plans for future updates." It will launch at 10 percent off for new players and a 66 percent discount for those who already own Guacamelee Gold Edition on Steam. Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition includes Guacamelee's downloadable content and new aspects like areas, a new boss, new abilities and new enemies. Guacamelee is available now on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox...
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Shadowgate is back, will still kill you repeatedly

Even if you've already thoroughly explored the living castle Shadowgate in its past incarnations, Zojoi's upcoming remake is still going to find ways to destroy you.The original MacVenture title, which was ported from PC to NES to Game Boy Color to countless other platforms, was fairly inaccessible, even by adventure games' standards. Shadowgate's modern remake, which launches this Thursday on Steam, doesn't pull any of those original punches. In fact, it layers on entirely new punches, in the form of multiple difficulty settings, new puzzles, new rooms, new spells and dozens of new ways to die. It might look familiar, but even diehard fans of the original (like myself) aren't in for a cakewalk. For more on how Shadowgate has changed, check out the Overview above, in which Russ and I...
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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor DLC includes a mission playable as Celebrimbor

Downloadable content for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will include a story-based mission in which players control Celebrimbor, the original forger of the Rings of Power and the Wraith attached to protagonist Talion, publisher Warner Bros. announced this morning. The mission is part of the Shadow of Mordor season pass, which will give players access to a handful of additional missions, in-game challenges and runes and skins for Talion. These new missions include the above-mentioned Celebrimbor-focused story — The Bright Lord, in which players will battle against Sauron and his forces — as well as the Lord of the Hunt mission, in which players will stalk the beasts of Mordor to collect unique runes, discover hidden areas and fight more powerful creatures. Exclusive to season pass...
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Riot Games isn't worried about Valve's $10M Dota 2 prize pool, here's why

Riot Games has no plans to match the latest prize pool offered in Dota 2's The International, head of EU eSports Jason Yeh told Polygon. The company's decision to continue offering a comparatively smaller prize pool of roughly $2 million each year is in part a way to future proof the professional gaming branch of League of Legends, says Yeh. According to the eSports head, the company is prioritizing investing in the League infrastructure as whole — a strategy that Riot believes will ensure the longevity of League of Legends as an eSport more than the offer of a giant pool of money each year could. Riot aims to emulate real-world sports events by eventually producing large-scale pro-gaming events on a weekly, not yearly, basis. Likewise, a Riot representative tells Polygon the...
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Max Gentlemen, a game inspired by penis pill spam emails, arrives this week

Organ Trail creator The Men Who Wear Many Hats will release its free, "old timey arcade action" game called Max Gentlemen on Aug. 21 for mobile devices and PC, the developer recently announced. The game was funded via Kickstarter last year. Although the core experience is free, players can choose to purchase extra characters and levels. It also offers cross-platform local multiplayer to compete against friends. In Max Gentlemen, players will collect and stack hats in a Victorian-era world, mixed with "the over-the-top, pile-drive-your-mom aesthetics of professional wrestling." "When you drink a beer, a hat will fly upon your head, because you deserve it (for being so manly)," the game's description reads. Max Gentlemen was inspired by a spam email for penis pills received by a member...
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Magicka 2's wizards are still the most unpredictable and unprofessional in fantasy

Four little wizards in colorful robes run around a map, waving their staffs and casting spells. They almost look like they know what they're doing. The giveaway that they don't (at least, not always), is that they keep accidentally zapping each other and, occasionally, themselves. Magicka's wizards have always been goofy, self-aware and dangerous to both others and themselves. The latest installment, Magicka 2, which is coming to PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, is not changing any of that. "We like to think of our wizards as the most unpredictable and most unprofessional wizards in fantasy," said producer Peter Cornelius. "We're not changing that." The game is the third in the Magicka series, following the original Magicka, which had a single-player and player-versus-player mode; and M...
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An Oculus Rift in every home

Palmer Luckey, inventor of the Oculus Rift VR gaming system, has a simple ambition. He wants to see one of his gadgets in every home. Luckey, the 21-year-old founder of Oculus VR, is readying his machine for launch in 2015 and recently shipped Version 2 of the Software Development Kit. Oculus Rift is a head-mounted virtual reality system that has won widespread praise, and backing from the likes of Jon Carmack and Gabe Newell. "We see one in every home," said Palmer, in a recent interview with Kotaku UK. "[But], just at launch we need to be realistic. The people who are going to be buying this initially are going to be gamers, probably hardcore gamers, and they're going to be the ones with PCs most capable of running it." He sees VR becoming something for everyone, once it spreads...
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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.
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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.
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