Destiny heavy ammo bug fix incoming

A longstanding Destiny bug in which players lose valuable heavy weapons ammo is being targeted for annihilation by Bungie's engineers. In a Bungie blog update today, sandbox engineer Jon Cable offers a nice layman's look at how deep bugs get by the team, and why they can be so tricky to fix. This is a bug that's been irritating Destiny players for some time (no-one likes to see valuable ammo disappear), so why hasn't it been fixed? He said that it was a problem of mathematics and calculations. The game is basically trying to figure out the player's inventory after a death or loading screen, and getting into a muddle. So, it ought to be easy to fix, right? "Fixing bugs in a live game is always about managing risk," writes Cable. "What are the chances that the fix is going to cause an...

Life is Strange: Episode One - Chrysalis review: so-called life

Life is Strange is an episodic adventure game from Dontnod, whose previous game, Remember Me, was also its first. In the style of most episodic games, Life is Strange relies on a choice-and-consequence narrative in which players take on the role of high school student Max Caulfield - a young woman with the power to rewind time. While the game focuses on Max's school life, it also sheds a light on her relationships and the mysterious disappearance of a local girl. As Max, players navigate school life through a linear path, interacting with classmates, teachers and friends through choice-driven dialogue. But these decisions aren't set in stone; once a conversation is over, you can choose to "rewind" time. You can relive a scenario as often as you like with no consequence, though...
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An 18-part look inside Japan's game industry: Night Cry, Scalebound, Final Fantasy 15, Street Fighter 5, Summer Lesson and more.

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Ermac is back in Mortal Kombat X

NetherRealm Studios unveiled the latest returning fighter for Mortal Kombat X today, psychokinetic combatant Ermac. During a livestream for Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm's Tyler Lansdown, Derek Kirtzic and Paulo Garcia showed off Ermac in battle for the first time. Many of his trademark moves, like his telekinetic grab and teleportation-based attacks, will return. Like other Mortal Kombat X characters, he'll have three fighting variations that will mix up his move set. In the Master of Souls variation, Ermac is surrounded by three glowing green orbs. He can shoot those orbs like your typical fighting game projectile, but there's a twist. If Ermac fires that projectile while all three orbs are active, the first will momentarily stun his opponent. Throw an orb when only one or two are...

How Dying Light capitalizes on your fear of heights, rather than your fear of zombies

Zombies haven't been especially scary for a few years now — it's hard to be frightened of things you've seen eviscerated, burned and otherwise pulverized across countless comics, movies, TV shows and games. Heights, though? Those are still pretty scary; and Dying Light, the latest title from Dead Island developer Techland, wisely capitalizes on that all-natural fear. Of course, when you fall, you're usually falling into a zombies awaiting mouth, which boosts that scare factor a little bit. Check out the Overview above to see Arthur and I parkour the hell out of a traffic-congested bridge while sharing some early thoughts on Dying Light, which launched on Windows PCs, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this week.

Battlefield Hardline multiplayer beta confirmed for next week

Battlefield Hardline's open multiplayer beta will take place next week, according to an Electronic Arts announcement this morning, released alongside a trailer. The cops-vs-robbers multiplayer shooting game will run from Feb. 3 to Feb. 8 and will be available on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. In Battlefield Hardline, heavily armed cops are pitted against equally tooled-up criminals in a contest for terrain, loot and lives. The beta will feature three different maps including an urban downtown setting and a rural ghost town. Various modes will be available including Hotwire, in which both teams seek to possess stolen cars dotted around the map. Heist is based on a bank robbery, with various exits and entry points. Conquest is also available, offering...

Lego Avengers, Batman, Jurassic World and ninjas are set to star in games this year

Jurassic World and Marvel's Avengers will get the Lego game treatment in 2015, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today. Lego Jurassic World will encompass storylines from all franchise movies, including Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park 3, as well as the upcoming Jurassic World. Slated for a June release, the game will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Windows PC, PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS. Lego Marvel's Avengers will follow film stories including The Avengers and the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Slated for a June release, the game will also arrive for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Windows PC, PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS. WBIT and developer TT Games will...

Gameplay video shows more of The Witcher 3's world

Following a flurry of The Witcher 3 reveals earlier this week, developer CD Projekt Red released a new video showing protagonist Geralt of Rivia travelling through the world, interacting with quest-givers, fighting bad-guys and, of course, taking a nice bath. You can read Polygon's impressions of the game's first few hours here. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is due to be released on Windows PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on May 19.
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New video shows awesome progress in Game of Thrones Minecraft world

If you love Game of Thrones and the creative genius of Minecraft fans, this video is a must. It's the latest update on WesterosCraft, an ongoing project to meticulously recreate the fictional continent of Westeros, in Minecraft. This video is narrated by actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran in the HBO series. It shows off locations such as Castle Black, Dragonstone, The Wall, Gulltown, Lannisport, Pebbleton and Casterly Rock.

Xbox Live's free February games: IDARB, Sniper Elite V2, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

The free games offered for February by Xbox Live's Games With Gold promotion will be IDARB (short for It Draws a Red Box) on Xbox One, and Sniper Elite V2 and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons on Xbox 360. IDARB (pictured; regularly $14.99) will be available free all month for Xbox One. For Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (usually $14.99) will be available free from Feb. 1 to Feb. 15, and Sniper Elite V2 (normally $29.99) will be available free from Feb. 16 to Feb. 28. IDARB is a competitive sports title featuring teams of up to four players trying to double-jump, shoot and dash their way to victory. For more, see Polygon's overview video below. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons was a critically acclaimed independent game from 2013 by Starbreeze...

This is why paid DLC is here to stay

Wall Street's favored news outlets are in a joyful lather today, following Electronic Arts' most recent financial statement. The company did better than expected for its third quarter revenues and profits, with chief financial bigwig Blake Jorgensen explaining that "our revenue keeps going up and our expenses keep going down." At the dead of night, this is just the sort of sentence CFOs whisper to their pillows. In the aftermath of the fiscals, shares jumped almost five percent. This isn't just a knee-jerk reaction to good news. It's the source of this extra income that is delighting shareholders: online. EA generated a record revenues from digital sources such as mobile games, subscriptions, full game downloads and, of course, downloadable content. More than half its revenues for the...

Reptile will return in Mortal Kombat X

Another Mortal Kombat fighter who's been around since (almost) the beginning, Reptile, will make an appearance in Mortal Kombat X. A new gameplay trailer from NetherRealm Studios shows how Reptile will play in the latest Mortal Kombat, with some familiar tongue, acid spit and invisibility moves. Reptile battles the recently confirmed Kung Lao in the new Mortal Kombat X gameplay video, showing that his lengthy tongue is stronger than ever. It could always rip a head clean off, but now Reptile can support the full weight of a grown man. The trailer ends with one of Reptile's fatalities, which pairs melted flesh with the gruesome squirt of a bursting skull. Mortal Kombat X will be out April 14 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

EA's Xbox One sale offers low prices on Titanfall, Battlefield 4, Peggle 2 and more

Xbox One owners looking for a deal on Electronic Arts games have a good opportunity to save on a handful of games right now, including Titanfall, Battlefield 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, EA Sports UFC and more. Some of the price drops for Titanfall are too good to pass up. The main game is just $10 on Xbox One right now with the deluxe version just $12.50. A season pass for the game is now just $6.25, if you already have Titanfall. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and EA Sports UFC are also just $10, while Peggle 2's Magical Masters edition comes in at just $4.95. The better deals appear to be games bundled with DLC. The deluxe edition of Dragon Age: Inquisition, Polygon's game of the year for 2014, is $41.99, down from $69.99. Here's the list of EA game deals on Xbox One. You may...

BioWare is giving away Dragon Age: Inquisition's tavern songs for free right now

Want to listen to the tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition at your convenience, perhaps in an attempt to make your drinking a bit more atmospheric? BioWare is making that easier than ever by giving away an album's worth of bard tunes for free right now. BioWare said on the Dragon Age website that due to popular demand, it has assembled 10 tavern songs — including hits like "I Am The One," "Grey Warden" and "Empress of Fire" — into an easy and free to download archive. The tunes are even accompanied by the sheet music to Raney Shockne and Inon Zur's songs, should your band be playing a tavern sometime soon. The music is separate from Inquisition's digital original soundtrack, which was made available to those who purchased the game. Dragon Age: Inquisition's tavern songs are...

These $300 gold controllers sold out in less than a week

A company called ColorWare recently released a limited run of these 24k gold-plated PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers, at an eye-popping $300 each, and sold out. Only 25 of the controllers were manufactured, described by the company as sporting "the most desirable finishing technique on the market." They were announced on the firm's Facebook page five days ago, and have all been sold. Colorware specializes in "the idea that electronic devices could be more appealing than the standard colors offered by the original manufacture." Of course, these are mere knickknacks compared to the gold consoles that were being sold last year, for $13,699.

Microsoft sold 6.6 million Xbox consoles last quarter, made $26.5B

Microsoft said it sold 6.6 million Xbox consoles during the holiday quarter in its quarterly earnings statement today, posting revenue of $26.5 billion. The company's net income was $5.8 billion. While revenues were up at Microsoft, net income and Xbox sales were down year-over-year. During the same period the previous year, Microsoft's fiscal Q2, the company sold 7.4 million Xbox consoles, split between 3.9 million Xbox One consoles and 3.5 million Xbox 360 consoles. Microsoft did not offer a similar breakdown of the 6.6 million it sold between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014. For comparison, Sony announced earlier this year that it had sold 4.1 million PlayStation 4 consoles during the same holiday shopping period. Microsoft's Devices and Consumer division, which is home to Xbox, Surface,...

Bungie looks to fix the mistakes of Destiny's first add-on with House of Wolves

With Destiny's next batch of downloadable content, the House of Wolves add-on, Bungie is hoping to right many of the mistakes the developer made with The Dark Below, game designer Luke Smith said in a recent post on NeoGAF. Smith, responding to another post that expressed concerns about changes to upgrading exotic weapons and purchasing new vendor gear in House of Wolves, wrote that "mistakes we made with the [The Dark Below's] reward economy will not be repeated." Smith said he was specifically referring to gear from vendors invalidating the efforts of Vault of Glass raids and exotic weapon upgrades resetting the item's talents. Bungie's philosophy on doling out loot to players will continue to evolve based on player feedback, Smith said. The developer aims to "lessen the grind and...

Super Bowl spoiler alert: Patriots beat Seahawks 28-24, says Madden NFL 15

Madden NFL's annual simulation has correctly picked the Super Bowl winner in 8 of 11 tries, but it missed horribly last year. EA Sports looks to rebound with its prediction of a comeback victory for the New England Patriots over the Seahawks in Super Bowl 49. The final score will be 28-24, says Madden NFL 15, which predicts a Seahawk lead of 24-14 before quarterback Tom Brady rallies New England. The whole thing culminates in a hail-mary pass from Brady to receiver Julian Edelman as time expires. The sim calls for Brady to throw all four touchdowns the Patriots score in a 335-yard, MVP-worthy effort. Notable plays the simulation predicts include a 58-yard interception returned for a touchdown by Seahawks safety Earl Thomas; an interception by Darrelle Revis to set up the Patriots'...

New Halo novel coming in March, starring ODST's main character

Halo will add to its canon with a new book, to be released digitally at first, called Halo: New Blood. It will explore the story of Gunnery Sgt. Edward Buck (pictured), one of the principal characters of 2009's Halo 3: ODST. Matt Forbeck is the author of the book, to be published by Pocket Star Books and Simon & Schuster. Forbeck also wrote Ghosts of Ascalon, a book set in the Guild Wars canon. Forbeck, in an interview on Halo Waypoint, noted that he's played through Halo 3: ODST twice, and studied cutscenes to make sure the dialogue written for Buck evokes the character voiced by Nathan Fillion. "I absolutely loved Halo 3: ODST myself, and I always wanted to know more about Buck and his teammates too," he said. "When you finish the game, there are so many unanswered questions about...

The Witcher 3's first three hours show off this sequel's changed attitude

I've never been a big fan of The Witcher.When I reveal this tidbit to CD Projekt co-founder and CEO Marcin Iwiński, at first I'm worried that I've upset him. Then he grins and makes a joke about kicking me out of the preview event I'm attending. It's not that I haven't tried, of course. I played both the original The Witcher as well as the Xbox 360 port of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. I was interested in the dark characters and what seemed to be fairly deep systems, but in both cases I found myself put off by confusing early hours that didn't seem to have a lot of regard for helping players get invested. The Witcher series has become a massive success for CD Projekt, but Iwiński acknowledges that I was far from alone in being intimidated by the first two games. The developer has...

Can gaming's great women characters be written by men?

When Life is Strange is released on Jan. 30, publisher Square Enix will also make a free playable demo available. It's a taster of the first 20-minutes or so of this Telltale-style episodic adventure. Life is Strange is the story of a high school student who returns to her hometown after a five-year absence, seeking to find her place in a complex social order, against the backdrop of a hunt for a missing teenage girl. I urge you to try the demo. It's good fun. Also, this is one of those rare games that presents a woman in the lead role and a woman in the co-star role. In the demo I played, there are a number of interactions between central character Maxine Caulfield and other young women, as well as men. Such a thing ought not be noteworthy, but it is. But here's the thing I want...

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel getting new DLC on Tuesday

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be getting a third downloadable content extension — The Lady Hammerlock Pack — Gearbox Software announced at PAX South today. The pack arrives on Tuesday. It introduces a new playable character — Aurelia, Sir Hammerlock's sister and heir to the family fortune. She comes with new skills and skill trees to upgrade. More details about her abilities may be found here. The Lady Hammerlock Pack runs $9.99, and is included in the game's season pass. At the "Inside Gearbox" panel at PAX South, the studio also revealed that it is working on downloadable content featuring Claptrap, the hyperactive rolling trashcan present in all of the Borderlands games going back to 2009, and that a forthcoming patch will make bosses respawn so plays can "farm" them for loot. ...
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