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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas HD port confirmed for Oct. 26 release on Xbox 360

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas publisher Rockstar Games is re-releasing the game in a high-definition port on Xbox 360 that will include Achievements, the publisher confirmed on its support site today. The port will be available Oct. 26 — 10 years to the day after San Andreas' debut. Today's announcement follows a leaked list of Achievements and the disappearance of the Xbox Originals version of the game from the Xbox Games Store on Xbox 360. GTA: San Andreas will be sold as a Games on Demand title on Xbox 360 for $14.99. According to Rockstar, the port will run in 720p with an "enhanced draw distance." Save games from the older version won't be compatible with the up-rezzed re-release. Buyers of the Xbox Originals game will still be able to access that version through their Xbox Live...
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Assassin's Creed Unity trailer shows off all the side activities you can do

Assassin's Creed Unity offers plenty of side activities in addition to its story missions, and a new trailer released today by publisher Ubisoft offers glimpses of the variety of side quests available in the game's open-world Paris. "Each Parisian district has been brought to life, along with its own special character," says creative director Alex Amancio in the trailer. Murder Mysteries are one type of side quest in Unity. You can use Arno Dorian's Eagle Vision to investigate crime scenes, and will receive unique weapons as rewards for cracking cases. Contracts have been turned into Paris Stories, which are smaller bits of narrative that may or may not include assassinations. And if you're looking forward to climbing up 18th-century Parisian buildings and descending into the city's...
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Quality Control takes on our review of The Legend of Korra

In each episode of Quality Control, Polygon managing editor Justin McElroy talks to a critic after they review a new game and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong? In this episode, we talk with Phil Kollar about his review of The Legend of Korra which you can find right here. We'd love to know what you think in the comments below! Read the review Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe on iTunes Email: qualitycontrol at polygon dot com Music: Goodwill by The Custodian of Records
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Titanfall's four-player co-op mode now available on PC and Xbox One in new update

Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment released Content Update 8 today, adding a new four-player co-op mode to the shooter along with a host of additional features, the studio announced on Twitter. Respawn noted that Content Update 8 is currently available only for the Windows PC and Xbox One versions of Titanfall. The Xbox 360 version will get it later because it is developed by Bluepoint Games, not in-house at Respawn. The free update, which Respawn announced yesterday in a Twitch livestream, is highlighted by the addition of a four-player co-op mode called Frontier Defense. Content Update 8 also marks the debut of Ranked Play, and includes additional features such as a fullscreen mini-map; a new scoring system with three stars to earn for every mode on every map; and a long list...
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Dark Souls 2 not hard enough? Try this first-person mod

If you've ever caught yourself thinking, "Sure, Dark Souls 2 is tough and all, but what I really want is a way to trick it into believing it's a first-person shooter," then there's a mod just for you. The Dark Souls 2 first-person mod turns From Software's action role-playing game into … an FPRPG? As demonstrated by YouTube user Benzoin-Gum, it lets players freeze the camera in its zoomed state. There's a list of known issues with the mod, Benzoin-Gum admits, but the YouTuber believes the entire game should be playable. "simply freeze the camera zoom value, equip a bow/binoculars and zoom in," Benzoin-Gum wrote. "the camera will stay zoomed, allowing you to roam drangleic in first person. triggering a load screen (and possibly cutscene) will reset the camera, simply perform the above...
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Dead or Alive 5 Last Round hits PS4 and Xbox One on Feb. 17

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, the fourth and final iteration of Team Ninja's fighting game Dead or Alive 5, will come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Feb. 17, 2015, publisher Koei Tecmo confirmed today. The current-generation port of the game will cost $39.99 on disc and $29.99 digitally. As it did with Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, Koei Tecmo will also release a free-to-play version of the game on both PS4 and Xbox One. Called Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters, the free version will include four playable characters: Ayane, Hayate, Kasumi and Ninja Gaiden's Ryu Hayabusa. Players who download Last Round: Core Fighters will be able to expand the game by purchasing other characters. Strangely, the Xbox One version of Last Round: Core Fighters requires a $4.99 purchase — which adds...
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The Legend of Korra review: elementary

Even in its best moments, The Legend of Korra is a nonstarter. Though it's created by lauded developer Platinum Games, The Legend of Korra lacks the depth of this team's best projects. It doesn't have the intense, combo-heavy combat of games like Bayonetta or Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. But it also doesn't have the style apparent in the studio's simpler brawling efforts, like 2009's MadWorld. Whatever your preconceived notions of a Platinum Games game, The Legend of Korra is not likely to live up to them. The studio's talent and track record aside, I found it adhering more to my expectations for a licensed title based on a cartoon. It's a shallow, short experience full of segments that feel poorly designed and ill-considered — albeit one with just enough fan service to tide over...
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Xbox One screenshot feature won't arrive until next year

PlayStation 4 owners have been able to grab and share screenshots from games since the console launched. But this social-friendly functionality still eludes the Xbox One. In an interview with IGN today, Microsoft's head of Xbox Phil Spencer said that the company's engineers are still struggling with the issue, which will likely be resolved with an update in 2015. "We can do video, how hard can it be to just grab a frame of the video?" he joked. "It's a little more technically challenging than I thought. Two weeks ago, they think they've found a good solution for screenshots. They're working on it. They know people want it. The team has a path to getting it done, and now it's just prioritizing." Earlier this month, Spencer said that "people beat me up on screenshots," and that the...
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas achievements point to Xbox 360 re-release

A new set of achievements for Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas may point to a re-release of that game on Xbox 360, according to an update from website Xbox Achievements. According to the listing, the Xbox 360 version of San Andreas will come with 33 achievements tied to in-game activities and story-based goals. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was released as an Xbox Original game — Microsoft's name for original Xbox games downloadable and playable on Xbox 360 — in 2008. The title is no longer on the Xbox Games Store, according to Xbox.com. The title is still available as a PS2 Classic from Sony's PlayStation Store. San Andreas turns 10 years old this week. The game, first released on PlayStation 2 in 2004, has since been ported to Android, iOS and Mac OS X.
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Titanfall getting four-player co-op mode, Frontier Defense, in upcoming update

Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment is adding a wave-based co-op mode called Frontier Defense to the game, the studio announced today in a Twitch stream. Frontier Defense is a Horde mode-esque battle that pits four players against increasingly difficult waves of AI enemies, including "a bunch of different enemy types" that are entirely new to Titanfall, said designer Jason McCord during the livestream. Frontier Defense will be playable on all 24 of the game's maps; the livestream consisted of a few rounds on Angel City. A Harvester was drilling for resources on behalf of the Militia, and the players had to defend it from IMC attackers. Players can place turrets around the map to assist them, and switch loadouts and replenish ammo in the middle of a match at loadout crates. And...
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NHL 15's latest content update brings back more scuttled features

NHL 15 developer EA Canada released the third content update for the hockey game yesterday on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, continuing to add missing elements back in while bringing in some new items. Online team play leads the list of features returning to NHL 15 in the update. Support for full six-on-six online play (five skaters plus a goalie for each team) debuted in 2008's NHL 09, but at launch, NHL 15 only offered one-on-one games. However, like most other elements of NHL 15, even the implementation of online team play is half-baked. You can only partake in ranked games with matchmaking — no teaming up with friends — and you can only play with up to five skaters a side; goalies are controlled by the CPU. Yesterday's update also brings back the NHL Entry Draft between Be A GM...
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Watch the official trailer for 'Halo: Nightfall'

Microsoft just released a 2:30-long trailer for the upcoming Halo: Nightfall, starring Mike Colter as the new character Agent Locke. The video introduces you to his story in the live action feature from executive producer Ridley Scott. Much of what is shown above was seen in a 1:15 clip from San Diego Comic-Con in July. This trailer is longer and features more excerpts from the episodic series, which begins in November. Locke will be playable in Halo 5: Guardians, though 343 Industries, the developing studio, has stressed that Master Chief remains the main character of that upcoming game.
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Titanfall promises big update news this afternoon

At 1 p.m. ET today, Respawn Entertainment will reveal the "biggest update" so far for Titanfall, the Xbox and PC exclusive that launched back in March. The news will be carried live on Titanfall's official Twitch channel. No other details were made available, including whether this is a free update or premium DLC. Titanfall has seen three DLC updates since its launch more than six months ago, the last one being IMC Rising, which arrived for Windows PC and Xbox One (but not Xbox 360) in September. For more on Titanfall, see Polygon's review, and the overview video below.
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Judge rules against shareholders who sued over Battlefield 4 fiasco

A federal judge has ruled against shareholders who claimed that Battlefield 4's disastrous launch and online performance directly harmed Electronic Arts' share price and that senior executives knew the game was unready and made or approved false claims about its quality. Judge Susan Illston of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said statements made by EA chief executive Andrew Wilson and chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen were "puffery," and "a vague statement of corporate optimism," that any company would make of its products, not "materially false and misleading statements," as the original lawsuit alleged. Wilson and Jorgensen were named as defendants in the lawsuit, brought by two shareholders, Ryan Kelly and Louis Mastro, in December 2013. B...
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Sunset Overdrive gameplay trailer is a gross color riot

Zany action-adventure Sunset Overdrive will be released on Oct 28. The Xbox One exclusive's marketing campaign is currently well underway, with TV spots aplenty. Here's the official gameplay trailer, which also shows off the game's character customization tools, endearingly gross humor (man being sick at 0:11) and vibrant color palette.
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How Rainbow Six: Siege takes inspiration from real life hostage rescues

Ubisoft Montreal is using famous hostage extraction operations as inspiration for its forthcoming online team-based shooter Rainbow Six: Siege. In a blog post today, the developer revealed how team members have been studying recent-history examples of special operations teams saving hostages from terrorists. These include the Lufthansa Flight 181 hijacking (1977), the London Iranian Embassy siege (1980) and the Moscow theater hostage crisis (2002). Rainbow Six: Siege is an asymmetrical shooter in which two teams of five humans (one special ops and one terrorist) face off in a hostage situation. Both teams are seeking to keep an AI hostage alive, while eliminating their enemies. Various tricks are available to each team, such as recon drones and defensive gadgets. Ubisoft said it has...
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Sony advertises sale with font inspired by Xbox One exclusive ... whoops

Sunset Overdrive is an upcoming Xbox One exclusive from Insomniac Games with a very distinctive style. Everything from the characters to the font used in the game's logo is interesting and colorful, and the game's trailers have long poked fun at the staid design of many games. It looks like going in a different direction for your visuals was a good move, and others took note. Including Sony. Hey @Playstation. Nice font. Glad you guys are excited for @SunsetOverdrive too. https://t.co/Xb6qzqrN43 — Sunset Overdrive (@SunsetOverdrive) October 21, 2014 The idea that whoever designed the ad for Sony's sale just kind of stumbled across the Sunset Overdrive font and thought it looked the best is pretty funny. You can see the ad for yourself in the lead image of this article. The account...
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NBA Live 15 will offer a demo — but not before the game launches

NBA Live 15, delayed three weeks to Oct. 28, is getting a demo after all, but it won't arrive before the game's launch. The demo will be available on Oct. 28 on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Xbox One gamers will get the same six-hour trial that is promised to subscribers to the premium EA Access program, exclusively on that console. The EA Access trial begins on Thursday and it spans all modes of the game. PlayStation 4 gamers will get a more limited experience. One mode is an imagined NBA Finals matchup between Serge Ibaka and the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers of Anderson Varejao. The second is an on-boarding tutorial starring Portland's Damian Lillard, taking players through the game's basic controls and moves. Save files and progress made in the Xbox One...
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Our review of NBA 2K15 is on fire in the new Quality Control

In each episode of Quality Control, Polygon managing editor Justin McElroy talks to a critic after they review a new game and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong? In this episode, we talk with Owen Good about his review of NBA 2K15 which you can find right here. We'd love to know what you think in the comments below! Read the review Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe on iTunes Email: qualitycontrol at polygon dot com Music: Goodwill by The Custodian of Records
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NBA 2K15 review: technical foul

Many fans of sports video games invent their own backstories and outside-the-lines intrigue for their teams and players. NBA 2K15 will do all of that for you, gloriously. A trade proposal unfolds as an actual conversation with another team executive. An opposing coach, standing outside his locker room after the game, calls you over and compliments your 30-point night — in his own voice. After taking down a division rival, you can talk smack on Twitter to the player who couldn't stop you. When it comes alive, NBA 2K15 is the new frontier of sports video gaming, developing role-playing elements and an online competitive/co-operative mode in ways no other licensed sports title does today. Yet that also exposes the game's greatest weakness: The intoxicating depth of gameplay NBA 2K15...
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