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Far Cry 4 review: such great heights

Far Cry 4 is easy to dismiss, if you're so inclined. "It’s just more Far Cry 3!" Well, yes, in a way, you're right. No wheels have been reinvented here: Kyrat, a mountain nation nestled in the Himalayas, is a sprawling piece of land for you to hunt, kill and climb your way through. There are outposts to conquer, towers to climb, a near-infinite supply of valuables to filch. But this convenient yet misguided shorthand becomes instantly less useful once you actually find yourself submerged in Far Cry 4: This is a bigger, better, braver version of an already fantastic thing and that’s awesome. So what's new, different and better? A lot of it tracks back to Ajay Ghale, the young man making his first journey home to Kyrat, which he fled as a child during a civil war. Far Cry...
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How to create Daenerys Targaryen in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Designing a great character in Dragon: Age Inquisition is the first step to kicking off a successful game, but why settle when you can play as the Mother of Dragons? Reddit user killerewok added a Game of Thrones twist to Inquisition by recreating Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke in the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin's novels. Not only is killerewok's recreation stunningly accurate, but it's also available to players everywhere, thanks to screenshots of the customization sliders. Check out the album on Imgur for directions on how to make your own Daenerys. Does your Inquisitor have a familiar face? Show us in the comments below. For more on Dragon Age: Inquisition, check out our review.
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Oct. 27, 2014

The Plan to Reinvent Call of Duty

Go behind the scenes to see how Sledgehammer Games spent the past three years building Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Here are the nominees for The Game Awards 2014

The Game Awards 2014 creator Geoff Keighley announced the nominees for the awards yesterday, and there's an eclectic mix of titles up for the top honor: Bayonetta 2, Dark Souls 2, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. No game was nominated more than three times, with four titles tied for that number of nods: Dark Souls 2, Hearthstone, Shadow of Mordor and South Park: The Stick of Truth. Nintendo was the most-nominated publisher, with 12 selections. Staff members from a group of 28 publications, including Polygon, voted on the games of 2014 to put together the list. Games had to have a release date of Nov. 25 or earlier in order to be eligible. While Keighley is producing The Game Awards himself, without the involvement of Spike...
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Plants vs. Zombies are in Dragon Age: Inquisition

People who write background stuff in fantasy video games have the most fun. Thanks to Twitter user FioraAeterna for digging up this codex from Dragon Age: Inquisition. The story of "Plants vs Corpses"  concerns a "peculiar" story of reanimated corpses ranging in Ferenden, in the land of Thedas. Only a magician with the ability to turn plants into warriors can halt their deathly advance. Plants vs Zombies games are, of course, published by Electronic Arts, which is also the company behind Dragon Age. It's probably worth repeating that we really like Dragon Age: Inquisition.
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Play Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor as a woman

A free "Power of Defiance" update for Warner's Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor features a new character skin that allows players to tackle the adventure as a woman. The skin puts players in the skin of Lithariel, daughter of Lady Marwen, Queen of Nurn as she faces down the forces of evil. Developed by Monolith, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is a highly regarded action role-playing game set in Tolkien's fantasy universe. The original setting for the game features a male lead, Talion. Similar to the other skins released (Black Hand and Dark Ranger) you can play the full game with the Lithariel skin, during gameplay. The story itself and cut-scenes won't change. As well as the character skin, available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and via Steam today, the digital bundle comes with a...
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This sex scene in Dragon Age: Inquisition is full of good humor

Warning: Dragon Age: Inquisition Romance SpoilersWarning: Scenes of an Adult Nature When Dragon Age: Inquisition's Qunari character Iron Bull is part of a romance scenario, sparks fly. This very special section from BioWare's role-playing adventure is full of good humor and the sort of human touch generally missing from sex scenes in video games. Thanks to YouTube user DestinStrider for posting.
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Check out Dying Light's monstrous Night Hunter in action

Dying Light is an unusual sort of game. It's a zombie survival game from the folks behind the original Dead Island that seems to buck the trend when it comes to development.Originally announced in May 2013, the free-running, open-world game shifted its launch not backwards, but forwards. Initially aiming for a February 2015 release date, the game is now set to hit Jan. 27. Last month, developers Techland made another unusual decision. They announced that they would be cutting the last-gen versions of the game to concentrate on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a move they said would allow them to focus on delivering the full and best experience regardless upon which platform the game is played. "Much of this 'next-gen feel' is tightly connected to the technological side of Dying Light,"...
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Telltale's Game of Thrones will feature some of the show's stars, first trailer here

Telltale Games' take on Game of Thrones will feature some of the main cast members from the HBO television series, the developer announced today while unveiling the first trailer for the episodic game. "Today we can announce that some cast members of the series will reprise their roles in the game," according to the press release. "While players will control five members of House Forrester in their story, the series will have them interacting with fan favorite characters throughout the season, including Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed by Lena Headey, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon. Additional cast members will appear in later episodes." Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series, which...
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Destiny's The Dark Below DLC cinematic leaks, watch it now

The opening cinematic for Destiny's first expansion, The Dark Below, has leaked online and is now available to watch, courtesy of YouTube user Mr. Jester6598. According to the video's description, it was leaked due to an error. Check out the cinematic above. The Dark Below is slated for launch Dec. 9. It's one of two current expansions planned for the game, the other being House of Wolves. The Dark Below raises the game's Light level cap from 30 to 32, adds five additional bounty slots and more endgame gear. It also includes a second raid, Crota's End, and three new competitive multiplayer maps. For more on Destiny, check out our review.
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Amazon begins Black Friday deals a week early with offers on games, tech and toys

Black Friday begins tomorrow for online retail giant Amazon, which is planning another blitzkrieg of deals to launch the holiday buying season. Running for eight days, Amazon will be throwing up new deals on a regular basis, with three "Deals of the Day" planned for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Current deals include up to 50 percent off portable speakers and printers and $100 off the Lenovo Flex touchscreen laptop. Significant discounts are also being offered on toys and games (I just scored a nice dinosaur play-set for less than $20). PC owners can get up to 40 percent off peripherals and components, such as an Intel Core i7-4790 Processor down from $384 to $249.99. On the video games front, countdown deals are currently being listed, with select console and PC games and...
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HBO Go now available on Xbox One (update)

HBO Go's Xbox One app is finally rolling out today in the U.S., Microsoft and HBO announced. Microsoft apparently jumped the gun on the news earlier this week, when a tile on the Xbox 360 dashboard and a video on the Xbox YouTube channel both claimed that the Xbox One app had been released. The company eventually removed the dashboard advertisement and the video. That followed a leak last month of purported images from an early version of the Xbox One app. HBO Go on Xbox One requires authentication with login information from an HBO subscriber. The Xbox One app supports the following pay-TV providers at launch: AT&T, Bend Broadband, Blue Ridge Communications, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast's Xfinity, Cox, DirecTV, Dish, Grande Communications, HTC Digital Cable, Massillon Cable/Clear...
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This new Halo patch promises to fix your miserable matchmaking queues

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is getting a new content update today that will address matchmaking performance, as well as user interface, gameplay and title-specific issues, developer 343 Industries announced. One of the primary fixes includes an update addressing the extended matchmaking times and low matchmaking success rates. Likewise, the developer says "you'll see beter, more frequent and more informative status updates throughout the matchmaking flow — so "Players Found" for example will be displayed to let players know where they are in the matchmaking process instead of simply wondering if it's going to connect." As was previously reported, owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection have complained of issues connecting to the game's online matchmaking servers, according...
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare fix tackles multiplayer cheaters

Sledgehammer Games today rolled out fixes and updates for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The fixes came as a result of players being "vocal about exploits and cheaters," according to a post on the developer's community site. They focus on problems identified in multiplayer and Exo Survival. Here's the list: MULTIPLAYER: Atlas Gorge - Momentum - Adjusted spawn locations. Biolab - Crane Wash - The Aerial Assault Drone out of world. Biolab - Hallway - Player out of world . Biolab - Jutting piece of collision - Player out of world . Defender - Security Gate Area - The Aerial Assault Drone and Recon Drone out of world. Defender - Laser Center - Care Package invalid location. Detroit - Jimmy's Diner Corner - Player out of world. Detroit - Lower...
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Titanfall gets a 'Deluxe Edition,' reaches 7 million players

Respawn Entertainment's futuristic mech-powered shooter Titanfall now has a Deluxe Edition that's available for Windows PC today and will come to Xbox One next week. The Deluxe Edition release of Titanfall includes the main game and its three downloadable expansions: Expedition, Frontier's Edge and IMC Rising. The three add-ons bring nine additional maps to the multiplayer-focused game, which Respawn has been building upon and updating since its launch on Xbox One and PC this past March. In a new video released by publisher EA and Respawn, the developer looks back at Titanfall's many updates, which have added a variety of new modes and gameplay changes to the game. They also reveal that Titanfall has been played by more than 7 million people, to date. Titanfall producer Drew McCoy...
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Microsoft is giving away free games, movies and more for Xbox One's first birthday

Some Xbox One early adopters are going to get a bunch of free goodies from Microsoft as the console celebrates its first anniversary this weekend. Microsoft is giving away free movies, themes, games and consoles to its more dedicated fans. To celebrate the Xbox One's birthday on Nov. 22, Microsoft is handing the following digital goods: A Year One Gamer Picture New Xbox One backgrounds: A special Year One background as well as an exclusive Day One background for those who unlocked the Day One achievement A Year One background image A free rental of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn A free rental of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods movie and a sampler pack of Dragon Ball Z TV episodes (U.S. and Canada only) To receive those freebies, you'll need to have purchased an Xbox One...
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Modern games mocked in this video about simpler times

Video games today are great, aren't they? Better than ever. All those pretty graphics and huge open worlds. All the achievements and friend requests. All the opportunities to spend more money on DLC and collect pointless in-game stuff. All the server connectivity issues and download waits and patches and .... oh man ... just take me back to 1980.
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Grappling, wingsuiting and turning pigs into bags in Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4 has a lot of the same dynamic, wondrous beats that were introduced by its predecessor — beloved activities like setting an entire jungle on fire, accidental skydiving and taking skin from animals and turning that skin into containers for things. Like more skin! It's the circle of life, probably. It's also got grappling hooks and personal helicopters and soldiers who ask you politely not to kill them while you're killing them. So, you know. Highs and lows. Check out our Overview video above to see us take down a radio tower and an outpost in Far Cry 4. Also, we go to town on some pigs, all for the greater good.
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Destiny's new hoverbike lets Guardians do crazy freestyle tricks

There's a new Sparrow coming to Destiny that will let Guardians pull off some kooky tricks: flips, twists, can cans, supermans and more. No longer are players limited to simply sitting down as they hoverbike their way through Destiny. Now they can freestyle, as you can see in the dubstep-fueled trailer above. The new Sparrow, called the EV-30 Tumbler, features "advanced modifications that bypass standard safety systems, disabling the stabilization and gyroscopic-force dampeners designed to keep you grounded," Bungie says, while pointing out its sweet, flame-licked paint job. Destiny's new ride is coming to the game as part of its first expansion, The Dark Below, which hits Dec. 9. But Destiny players who have purchased the game's Expansion Pass can take control of the EV-30 Tumbler...
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Take a look at this visual comparison of Grand Theft Auto 5 on PS4 and Xbox One

Which version of Grand Theft Auto 5 looks better: PlayStation 4 or Xbox One? The general consensus is that there's really not much in it. But if you really want to get detailed, DigitalFoundry today posted a video comparison that specifically looks at each version's use of grass and foliage. The well-regarded tech commentary resource found that, while the Xbox One version carries plenty of verdant decoration, the PlayStation 4 is even more luxurious.
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You can now try Destiny with a free demo on all platforms

Destiny developer Bungie released a free demo for the game yesterday, giving interested players the opportunity to try the shooter and transfer their progress to the full game if they buy it. The free experience is now live for all platforms Destiny is available on — PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Bungie refers to the last-gen version as the Destiny Demo and the current-gen offering as the Destiny Trial. Both of them offer "a sampling of character creation and progression, story mission content, along with cooperative and social activities," according to an FAQ on Bungie's website. The Demo requires 6 GB of hard drive space, and the Trial needs 20 GB. Neither the Demo nor the Trial supports external hard drives, so the Demo won't work on an Xbox 360 Arcade, a 4...
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Here's what puzzles look like in Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

A new developer diary from the studio behind Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris offers up a look at some of the puzzles that can be expected in the upcoming four-player sequel. The video, which you can view at the end of this post, shows executive producer Scot Amos and lead level designer Jeff Wajcs work through the mirrors, time bombs, gears and falling platforms that need to be manipulated. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, the sequel to isometric action-adventure game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC on Dec. 9. In Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Lara and her rival Carter are cursed after breaking into an ancient temple. Along with demigods Isis and Horus, they set out to defeat the evil Set and break their bad...
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