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Titanfall's newest game mode ditches the Titans and AI bots

The next update for Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall will introduce a new game mode that's surprisingly basic: no Titans, no AI infantry, just 16 human pilots going at each other in team-based deathmatch. Titanfall's sixth major game update will add Pilot Skirmish to the list of featured game modes. The mode is an 8-versus-8 battle between pilots and, due to the difference in player count, Respawn says, won't be among the modes playable in Titanfall's Variety Pack playlist. The update also makes Marked for Death — the mode introduced earlier this year in which one player from each team is targeted for assassination — a permanent game mode. Respawn says the "enduring popularity of the mode" convinced them to bring it on full-time and add a Marked for Death playlist and custom Marked...
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Assassin's Creed Unity delayed to Nov. 11

Assassin's Creed Unity, the current-generation entry in Ubisoft's open-world action series, has been delayed from Oct. 28 to Nov. 11, the publisher announced today. Ubisoft said the extra two weeks will allow the development team to add a bit more polish to the game. "This being a fully next-gen game, it requires a lot of work, a lot of production, and a lot of learning," said Unity senior producer Vincent Pontbriand. "It's always hard to be precise and to quantify exactly how much work is involved. So as we get close to the finish we often realize we're near the target but we're not quite there yet." Ubisoft says that the dev team will be spending the extra time to improve minor aspects of the game, and that a day one patch is in the works that will bring other improvements. The...
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Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King - A spoiler-free guide

Having a hard time with Dark Souls 2's latest piece of DLC? We do not blame you.In an attempt to help guide you through Crown of the Old Iron King without completely ruining the surprises lying in wait, we present the series of videos below, which showcase where to find the bonfires, doors and bosses included. There's no information on the bosses or treasures waiting for you in the new content — just some much-needed directions toward this new chapter's main points of interest. Finding the entrance to Crown of the Old Iron King Finding the Second Bonfire Finding the Third Bonfire Finding the Scorching Iron Scepter Finding the Final Boss Finding the Tower Key and First Optional Boss Finding the Second Optional...
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Madden 15 review: victory formation

EA Sports' Madden series celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. This year's Madden NFL 15 observes another important milestone: the 10th edition under the exclusive license of the National Football League. That deal fundamentally altered the relationship between sports gamers and developers. The exclusive license made the annual, iterative nature of sports video gaming a primary topic of criticism. With no alternatives on the shelf, skipping a year of a series was now a grave choice for a fan, between picking up something that didn't earn the money or going without that sport for a year. Ten years later, Madden NFL 15 validates its iterative process as a game that improves rather than repairs or attempts to reinvent itself. Too many times over the past 10 years, Madden's...
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Amazon and Twitch are the competitors YouTube needs

It's been a hell of a summer for Twitch.Reports that the game streaming giant was being bought by Google first surfaced back in May. By the end of last month, many were considering it a done deal. Then, out of nowhere, rumors hit this week that the Google deal had fallen through and Amazon, of all places, would actually be acquiring Twitch. Those initial reports were quickly confirmed via an official announcement. I'm sure it's been as tumultuous a roller coaster ride inside Twitch as it appears from the outside. But the good news is this: With the Amazon buyout, all of us got the best possible outcome. [image via @Julia_CaSsian] The Google problem Before I get into why I think Amazon is going to make for a great partner with Twitch, let me explain why I was so cynical...
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Help us choose the best reader-designed Sunset Overdrive character

It's finally time to share the results of our Be a Designer on Sunset Overdrive Contest! We had dozens of submissions, ranging from the confident (hey, guy who sent a selfie) to the incredible. See below for our eleven finalists!Here's how it works: We asked you to create a design for your dream Sunset Overdrive outfit and send it our way with a brief description. We narrowed your submissions down to 11 finalists, presented below, to be voted on by Polygon readers. The creator of the most popular design will be flown to Burbank. They'll be welcomed to Insomniac's HQ to help bring their design into the game, where it'll be made available as DLC post-launch. Some of the best submissions presented serious technical challenges, but both Insomniac and Polygon wanted to acknowledge their...
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    • Publisher: Ubisoft
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    • Developer: Bungie
    • Release Date: 2014-09-09
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'Doctor Who' is coming to Minecraft on Xbox 360

The Twelfth Doctor, five of his colleagues, their companions and those treacherous Daleks are part of a Doctor Who-themed pack of avatars coming to Minecraft's Xbox 360 Edition beginning in September. BBC Worldwide, Microsoft and Mojang, the makers of Minecraft, reached an agreement to deliver multiple Doctor Who-themed skin packs to the game, releasing after the broadcast episodes of the upcoming Series 8. The first pack costs $2.99 (£1.99, €2.85 and AU$2.95) and will include a character inspired by the Twelfth Doctor, plus five other Doctors, their on-screen companions, and the Daleks. Subsequent releases will bring other characters from the past 50 years of the television series. Each will feature at least six Doctors.
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Check out Metro 2033's Redux-ed facelift

Actually, Metro 2033's improved Redux version is less like a facelift, and more like a full-body transplant.The original title in 4A Games' post-apocalyptic shooter has been completely redone in the developer's 4A Engine, enhancing the game's graphics, performance, level size and mechanics. Check out a few clips of gameplay from Metro 2033 Redux above to get an idea of what's been nipped, and what's been tucked.
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Escape Dead Island is really bloody…

Fountains of the stuff gush and spray across this trailer, which is designed to show the third-person shooter's distinctive art style, its basic story and, well, its propensity for visual extravagance. Due to be released on Nov. 10 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC, the Deep Silver melee-and-blast game seeks to tell the story of Dead Island's zombie-outbreak origins. Escape Dead Island is set after the events of the original Dead Island. The player's character arrives on the island weeks after the initial virus outbreak that turned everyone into zombies. He and his friends are tasked with finding out what happened.
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Destiny will pre-load on Xbox One (update)

Xbox One owners will be able to pre-order and pre-load Bungie's Destiny before the game officially launches on Sept. 9, according to an Xbox.com listing for the Destiny Digital Guardian Edition that has since been pulled. Pre-orders and pre-loads are currently unavailable, the page said before it was taken offline. But the Destiny listing indicated that the game would unlock on its release date at 12:01 am PT/3:01 am ET. The file size of Destiny's Xbox One download was not specified. We've reached out to Microsoft and Activision to confirm Destiny pre-loading on Xbox One. Microsoft announced at Gamescom earlier this month that game pre-loading was coming to Xbox One in September with the arrival of FIFA 15 and Forza Horizon 2. But publisher Electronic Arts was actually the first to...
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Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer trailer has four times the upgrade trees

Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare announced the game's four-player cooperative multiplayer mode yesterday, and publisher Electronic Arts released a trailer today to show off the dungeon-crawling action within. The mode is entirely separate from Inquisition's single-player story mode. Co-op partners can choose from 12 characters at the game's launch, and will complete quests in which they take down enemies, collect loot, craft items and earn gold. Progressing through the mode will unlock characters, weapons, armor, potions and more, and everything can be acquired by spending in-game gold, although players will also have the option of spending real money on in-game currency. None of the unlockable items will carry over to the story mode. Dragon Age: Inquisition is set for...
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Xbox One Kinect available by itself this October for $149.99

Microsoft will release a stand-alone Xbox One Kinect on Oct. 7 for $149.99, the company announced today. The package will include a copy of Dance Central Spotlight, which launches Sept. 2 for $9.99. The game comes with 10 songs; customers can purchase additional downloadable tracks and import music from previous Dance Central titles. The second-generation Kinect for Windows was released last month for $199. Must Read From integral to add-on: The troubled journey of Xbox One's Kinect Microsoft launched the Xbox One last November for $499 with a Kinect in the box. In June, the company unbundled the Kinect from the console and began selling the system itself for $399. At the time, Microsoft said it would release a stand-alone Kinect sensor this fall. Last month, the...
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Forza Horizon 2 offers Xbox One demo on Sept. 16

Forza Horizon 2 will provide a demo on Xbox One on Sept. 16, two weeks ahead of the open-world racer's Sept. 30 launch, Microsoft said this morning. The announcement did not provide details of what events or how many cars would be in the demo. Nor does it sound like any demo is planned for Xbox 360; Forza Horizon 2 launches for it on the same day. Playground Games, which is developing the Xbox One version, said the two versions are "different games inspired by the same ideas." The announcement includes a list of 60 achievements, which gives hints about the locations drivers will visit in the game. Forza Horizon 2 is set in southern Europe. For more, see Polygon's preview of the game from E3 2014.
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Multiplayer comes to Dragon Age with Inquisition's 4-player co-op mode

BioWare is bringing multiplayer to Dragon Age: Inquisition, a mode that the developer describes as "an action-packed dungeon-crawling four-player co-op experience" with fast-paced, strategic team gameplay. In a FAQ posted to the official Dragon Age website, BioWare explains that in Inquisition's multiplayer mode players will embark on missions given by specialists; acquire gold and loot; craft new items; and unlock new characters, weapons, potions, armor and more. The goal, BioWare says, "is to make a fun dungeon-crawling experience that you can play with your friends. There will be no pay walls in Dragon Age multiplayer. Everything is accessible with gold coins. You can use premium currency, but you don't have to." Dragon Age: Inquisition's multiplayer won't have an impact on the...
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See your favorite hockey arena in all its glory in NHL 15

The latest NHL 15 trailer, released today by publisher Electronic Arts, shows off the work developer EA Canada is doing to try to bring hockey arenas around the league to life in the game. Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Rangers, appears in EA's NHL franchise for the first time this year; until this point, the Blueshirts' home ice was a generic rink known in the game as "New York Arena." Other venues featured in today's trailer include Joe Louis Arena — the center of Hockeytown for the Detroit Red Wings — and the Montreal Canadiens' Bell Centre. The fans inside NHL 15's stadiums are just as important as the rinks themselves. There's a greater variety in fan models than ever before, and they'll act more like real fans would, too. NHL 15 is set for release Sept. 9 on...
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Dark Souls 2's Crown of the Old Iron King DLC feels like Dark Souls 1

The best part about a Souls title isn't beating the game — it's beating the system.The series' entries are enormously difficult by design, so every advantage, every leg-up you could find in their unforgiving worlds was cause for celebration. Dark Souls 2's newest DLC, Crown of the Old Iron King, gives you more opportunities to exploit the environment and enemy logic than the base game ever did — and wow, are you going to need them. Check out the Overview above to watch Dave and I play through a bit of the DLC, and share some insight on how to not die as much as we have.
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The first half-hour of Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King

Dark Souls 2's second piece of the Lost Crowns DLC trilogy, titled Crown of the Old Iron King, adds some of the prettiest vistas this franchise has ever seen, hands down. The content, which launches today, also adds approximately infinity axe-wielding infernal soldiers to the title, which makes appreciating those vistas kind of a challenge. Check out nearly a half hour of gameplay footage from the new DLC above.
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The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale review: can't go home again

The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale has all of the ingredients necessary to pull together an explosive ending. After a second season of dramatic highs and crushing lows, I still felt a strong connection to protagonist Clementine. I've been with her through so much, and I was invested in seeing where she ends her journey (for now, at least). Yet at the end, I was left feeling more empty than anything else. The Walking Dead's Season 2 finale is about as inconsistent as the season as a whole has been. It never stops striving for the depth and emotional impact of the first season, but it also never quite lives up to its own legacy. (Editor's Note: If you haven't played any of The Walking Dead Season 2 and are concerned about spoilers about the direction of this season, it may be best to...
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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham hits on Nov. 11

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will launch on Nov. 11 in North America and Nov. 14 in Europe, publisher Warner Bros. announced today. The third installment in Lego's video games featuring DC Comics' iconic heroes will see Batman and friends teaming up to stop the villain Brainiac from destroying the planet. Players will follow the band of heroes across many worlds, working together to thwart Brainiac's plans. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will launch for Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Windows PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One.
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The Evil Within's voice cast features 'Dexter' and 'Watchmen' stars

Tango Gameworks' psychological survival-horror title The Evil Within will feature a handful of actors known for their work on emotionally-driven TV and film, including Dexter and Watchmen veterans, publisher Bethesda Softworks announced today. Vocal talents in The Evil Within includes Jennifer Carpenter, best known for her seven-year run as Debra Morgan on Showtime's drama series Dexter. She also played the titular girl in 2005 film The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Carpenter will voice Juli Kidman, Sebastian Castellanos's junior detective partner, whom players will get to spend more time with in a post-launch DLC mission tailored to her perspective. Joining Carpenter is Jackie Earle Haley, who recently played Freddy Krueger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and was the grumbling,...
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