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Child of Light's creators discuss the birth of Aurora and her fairytale journey

The third making-of segment for Ubisoft's Japanese role-playing game inspired Child of Light gives viewers a look at the heart of the title — the driving forces behind Aurora's story. In Child of Light, players will guide the pink-haired child Aurora on a quest to restore the world's light and defeat the evil Queen of the Night. Together with a ragtag band of heroes hailing from deepest corners of Lemuria — the strange world Aurora travels — and her firefly companion Igniculus, Aurora must save the day. This final video introduces the storytellers behind the game — writer Jeffrey Yohalem and creative director Patrick Plourde —  as well as actress Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal), who narrates Aurora's journey. Watch above for a look at the fairytales and themes that inspired Aurora's...
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Titanfall's Expedition DLC offers a 'parkour playground' with the 'War Games' map

Titanfall's first salvo of downloadable content, Expedition, will include a map called "War Games," which developer Respawn Entertainment detailed for the first time in a post today on the game's official site. Respawn unveiled Expedition earlier this month at PAX East, where its developers explained that "War Games" would take place inside the game's training simulator — a "parkour playground," according to today's post. Because it's built in a simulator, "War Games" allowed designers to create "themed areas" connected by the clean style of the simulator levels that Titanfall players explore when playing the first-person shooter for the first time. The IMC starts in a structure based on the "Airbase" map, while the Militia begins in an area based on the "Angel City" map. A middle...
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will include story DLC, RPG-like arena mode

Fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will include story-based downloadable content as well as an arena mode with role-playing game-like elements, according to the game's listing with Japanese media seller Rakuten. The scenario DLC will be available as bonus content when the title launches in Japan on Aug. 28. There is currently no information on what this scenario will be about. Ultimax will also include a Golden Arena Mode, which includes character progression elements familiar to role-playing games. Players will use the arena to level up — here they can earn extra experience points and items and learn new abilities by fighting through various stages. The game itself includes 150 different skills for players to unlock. Earlier this week, developers Arc System Works and Atlus...
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Metal Gear Ground Zeroes platform-exclusive missions go multiplatform in Japan May 1

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes' previously platform-exclusive missions will become cross-platform offerings May 1 in Japan, series creator Hideo Kojima announced during a recent Japanese language webcast. Kojima's personal assistant reiterated on Twitter that the Xbox-exclusive "Jamais Vu" mission, which follows the cyborg ninja Raiden, and the PlayStation-exclusive "Deja Vu" mission, which features PSOne-era Snake, will be available to download on their rival platforms. We've reached out to Konami to see if the content will follow a similar path in other geographical regions and will update this article with more information as we have it. For more on Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, be sure to read and watch Polygon's review. Press play below to watch an Overview video and...
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How Call of Duty: Ghosts' new Chaos Mode perks will level the playing field

A new developer diary from Call of Duty: Ghosts studio Infinity Ward details the new Chaos Mode added to the alien-centric Extinction campaign. The guide gives you an idea of the perks available to players when racking up combos against the ever-increasing number of enemies. Chaos Mode, described as a throwback to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's Spec Ops mode, was added to Windows PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360 hit games via a patch earlier this week. This follows the first Call of Duty 2014 screenshot released this week from developer Sledgehammer Games. A full list of combo perks is available below, which includes helpful bonuses to increase the speed of health regeneration, freeze players and gain unlimited ammo for 15 seconds, among other perks designed to balance the playing field. ...
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XCOM: Enemy Unknown is 'coming soon' to Android

XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Firaxis Games' turned-based strategy game that pits a human resistance against alien invaders, is headed to Android "soon," according to a recent tweet from the series' official Twitter account. The game will be available through Google Play and the Amazon Appstore, according to the tweet. XCOM: Enemy Unknown arrived on iOS for iPad and iPhone last June where it's available for $19.99. You can check out the launch trailer for the game's first mobile incarnation below. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is also available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Mac and Windows PC. XCOM: Enemy Unknown - The Complete Edition, a version that includes its major add-on content, was released last month for Mac and PC for $49.99. For on the game's original incarnation, be sure to read Polygon's X...
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See Skylanders Trap Team's new Trap Masters, villains and portal in action

Skylanders Trap Team features a new gameplay mechanic that lets players trap the action game's villains, thanks to an all-new portal accessory, and recruit them to fight alongside an all-new batch of Skylanders heroes. In Skylanders Trap Team's first trailer, how the new interplay between video game, action figure and accessories function is explained in a most fantastical fashion. The Toys for Bob and Beenox-developed Skylanders sequel is due Oct. 5 on a wide variety of console and handheld platforms. Skylanders Trap Team will support all of the existing Skylanders toys, and will add more than 50 playable heroes. The game will ship with a new base accessory, the Traptanium Portal, which is included in a starter pack that will sell for $74.99 and comes with two traps, a Trap Master and...
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Skylanders Trap Team coming Oct. 5 with a new twist and a new portal

Three years and three iterations into the short and absurdly successful lifespan of Skylanders, Activision and developers Beenox and Toys For Bob are hoping to reinvent the toys-meet-video game franchise with yet another twist. Where the original Skylanders game allowed players to place an action figure onto a toy portal and inject the character into a video game, the follow-ups brought over-sized action figures and figures that can be taken apart and mix-and-matched. In October, Skylanders Trap Team will bring the ability not just inject toys into a video game, but to take a video game character and drag him kicking and screaming into the real world, sort of. "We're going to leap forward once again and redefine how kids play," said Eric Hirshberg, president and CEO of Activision...
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Watch Dogs multiplayer video explores hacking and stalking other players

A video walkthrough of Ubisoft's upcoming action-adventure, open-world game Watch Dogs demonstrates how players can face off against others through hacks and more in multiplayer. The video is narrated by animation director Colin Graham, who explains that Watch Dogs' multiplayer takes place in the same world as its single-player options. Players will be able to connect with others through online hacking, a mobile companion app or through competitive decryption combat. As players explore the game's world, they'll have the opportunity to accept contracts and enter the games of other players. When players themselves are being hacked, they'll be notified that they're currently "being invaded." It's worth noting that when other players enter a world, targets will look like NPCs, rather than...
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Project Cars trailer touts photorealism and reveals a November release

A trailer released today for Project Cars, the upcoming racing game from Slightly Mad Studios, shows some photorealistic in-game footage. Press play above to see the game, which, according to the final seconds of the YouTube video, is headed for a November 2014 release. Project Cars is in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U and Windows PC. Its developers announced late last month that it will support Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality headset. You can watch our hands-on impressions of the headset below and read our interview with Shuhei Yoshida, head of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, to learn more about how Sony hopes to court indies with the technology. <img src='/images/manage/video-placeholder.png' width=640 height=360...
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Defense Technica arrives on Xbox 360 today

Defense Technica, developer Kuno Interactive's multiplatform tower defense/strategy game hybrid, arrives on Xbox 360 today. The Xbox 360 incarnation is available now in the Xbox Games Store for $9.99. A free demo of the game that tasks players with defending their core from "an onslaught of unrelenting biomechanical terrors" by using and upgrading tower defense weapons, is also available for download. Defense Technica was released last year for Mac and Windows PC and is available for $14.99 on Steam. You can watch a trailer released last year alongside the PC versions to see the game in action.
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Playing with privilege: the invisible benefits of gaming while male

Over the course of the past two years I’ve had the opportunity to serve as producer on the Tropes vs Women in Video Games web series. During that time, I have been taken aback by the intense and often abusive reaction to the project. This backlash, along with a number of other recent high-profile harassment incidents targeting women, has highlighted sexism in the gaming community and brought the issue to wider public and media attention. One particularly astounding theme I’ve noticed running through online discussions surrounding these incidents has been a consistent denial that there is any real problem with the way women are treated in gaming. Despite the abundance of evidence, I’ve seen many of my fellow male gamers, in comment thread after comment thread, dismiss the issue as...
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Persona 4 heroine Rise will be playable in fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Rise Kujikawa, one of the heroines from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 and its Vita re-release, Persona 4 Golden, will be a playable character in the upcoming fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Gematsu reports via Famitsu. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, also known as Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold, is the upcoming sequel to Persona 4 Arena. Rise, a teenage idol, made her debut in Persona 4 as a party member. Although Persona 4 characters such as Yosuke, Chie and Yukiko were selectable fighters in Persona 4 Arena, Rise appeared only as a non-playable character. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax was announced alongside Persona 5 and several other spin-off titles in November 2013; it was confirmed for a Western release in February. Currently, the game is expected to launch this fall for...
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Is Watch Dogs doing anything original?

Watch Dogs begins with a tutorial mission that heavily accentuates the game's aspirations as a thriller about modern surveillance. Set in a sports stadium, this sequence forces the player to make use of cameras and security servers in order to demonstrate power over the world. It is an overlay of semi-transparent lines, criss-crossing the physical realm, bending and warping reality; a conspiracy-theorist's fantasy user interface. The in-game goons who would harm me can be rendered impotent by the flick of a switch. Reaching that switch is a matter of following simple sequential puzzles and holding down a button on the joypad. It is a secondary weapon, a smart bomb that the designers have placed in the world in order to add an extra dimension to the combat and to give the game a gleam...
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Amazon, Media Molecule, Twitch to speak at Develop 2014

The 2014 Develop in Brighton conference confirmed its first round of speakers this morning, which includes developers from Amazon, Tearaway studio Media Molecule and streaming platform Twitch, among a dozen others. The Develop 2014 conference, currently in its ninth year, will be held July 8-10 in Brighton's Hilton Metropole. The three-day event will feature more than 100 speakers across 90 different sessions — including representatives from Crytek, Nickelodeon, Chillingo, Codemasters, Ubisoft Montreal and Aardman Studios. These speakers will discuss popular industry topics, including cloud and second screen gaming, the growth of virtual reality and new funding and publishing models, and the psychology of player-game interaction. A full list of confirmed sessions is currently...
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Destiny website revamp offers more on enemies, classes, locations

An updated website for Bungie's upcoming sci-fi shooter Destiny teases more information about its enemies, three character classes and locations. Destiny is set on a future Earth after it experienced a golden age introduced with the arrival of the Traveler who "breathed new life into our system." Its arrival brought rain to Mars and made the atmosphere of Venus habitable. Human colonies on planets within the solar system are now in ruins and colonized by interstellar visitors who are searching the ruined golden age settlements. Players are placed in the role of one of three Guardian types or character classes. New videos of the three character classes, detailed in Polygon's E3 in-depth interview with its developers, are available on the website. The character classes include the...
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Xbox One arrives Sept. 4 in Japan

Microsoft's Xbox One will launch in Japan on Sept. 4, the company announced today, revealing a list of more than 40 games heading to consoles in the region. Pricing information was not revealed. According to the announcement, 48 game developers (listed in full below) in the region have expressed their interest in developing software for the Xbox One, which will add to the titles already available for the console. Games that will be available in the region include Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Sunset Overdrive, "Halo on Xbox One" and Dead Rising 3. A list of titles announced for release in Japan is available on Microsoft's website. According to a Famitsu interview with head of Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer, Microsoft is planning special announcements to...
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Call of Duty 2014 first look teased by Sledgehammer Games

Developer Sledgehammer Games teased a first look at this year's Call of Duty at last month's Game Developers Conference, offering a split-second peek at the 2014 entry in Activision's popular shooter franchise. Thanks to the GDC Vault, which hosts video recordings of the conference's talks, those not in attendance at Sledgehammer's panel can get a taste of what this year's Call of Duty game will look like. "We can't talk at all about Call of Duty for this year," Sledgehammer's Michael Condrey said at the start of the talk he delivered with fellow studio co-founder Glen Schofield. "[Activision] said you can't show anything from Call of Duty this year, and you certainly can't show in-game rendered characters from this year's game." Condrey then briefly showed an image from the game...
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The Walking Dead for PS4, Xbox One listed at GameStop

The Walking Dead, Telltale Games' episodic adventure game series based on Robert Kirkman's post-apocalyptic comic book, may be headed to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One June 17, according to product listings on GameStop's website. The retailer's website lists $29.99 Game of the Year editions for PS4 and Xbox One. Telltale's The Walking Dead Game of the Year Edition was released last November for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC and included all five of Season One's episodes plus the 400 Days downloadable content that bridges the gap between the first and second seasons. The game is also available on Mac, Ouya and PlayStation Vita. We've reached out to Telltale for confirmation and will update this article with more information as it becomes available.
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Royce Gracie joins EA Sports UFC roster as unlockable fighter

Brazilian mixed martial artist Royce Gracie will be featured in EA Sports' upcoming mixed martial arts title, EA Sports UFC, the company announced today. Players will be able to unlock Gracie by beating the game on Pro difficulty or higher, or by pre-ordering the game for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Participating retailers are available on EA Sports' site. Gracie, now retired, is the winner of 11 consecutive UFC submission victories and holds the record for the longest MMA match, clocking in at 90 minutes. The fighter was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2003. Gracie joins the roster along with recently announced contenders Glover Teixeira, Marku Munoz and Roy Nelson, as well as martial arts legend and action film star Bruce Lee. For more on why Lee will appear in EA Sports UFC,...
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