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Destiny doesn't end when its story does, and Bungie thinks you'll keep coming back

Destiny is designed to keep players coming back after its story concludes, developer Bungie's Luke Smith told IGN. The first part of the multiplayer first-person shooter will usher players and their character through a narrative, but the developer has a plan to keep players on our solar system's battlefields. "I think Destiny's endgame begins as soon as you see the way the story ends," Smith said. "As soon as you see the way we wrap up the sort of first piece of the adventure that we're going to tell … we want to set you back out into the world to keep going. We want to try to align your motivations as the player with the motivations of the character who you've been pushing around this world. So for us I think a bunch of the endgame starts right at level 20." Must Read D...
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Watch 'Sharknado 2: The Second One' a second time in Xbox One's new Syfy app

Xbox One owners can now experience the pop-culture phenomenon that is the Sharknado series in the Syfy Now app that is now available on the console, Syfy and parent company NBCUniversal announced today. Subscribers of supported cable providers (a full list is available on the network's website) can log in to Syfy Now to watch full episodes of most Syfy shows, such as Defiance and The Wil Wheaton Project, the day after they air. Full seasons of some shows are available as well. The app also offers a selection of movies — including, for a limited time, the 2013 B-movie Sharknado and its sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, which debuted on Syfy last night. NBCUniversal also released its USA Now app on Xbox One today. Similarly to Syfy Now, the app features a mix of full seasons and...
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Here's how to make Uruks cry in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

The latest trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delves deeper into the powers of Celebrimbor, the ghostly Wraith accompanying Talion on his quest for vengeance against the Dark Lord Sauron. Talion's already pretty effective in combat because of his Ranger training, but the added mind-control powers of the Wraith make him all that more dangerous. Through Celebrimbor, Talion's skills are augmented, and with his new powers he can dominate and intimidate the Uruks of Sauron's Army. In this way, Talion (and Celebrimbor) can infiltrate the Dark Lord's forces as they slowly turn his own followers against him. Last week, developer Monolith Productions revealed the identity of Talion's Wraith companion as Celebrimbor, the forger of the Rings of Power and a personal enemy from Sauron's...
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Defiance game will continue, even if the Syfy TV show ends

When Defiance launched in 2013, it carried the promise of a cross-media franchise where TV was more deeply integrated into a game than we'd ever seen before. The game was introduced alongside a show on the NBC-owned channel Syfy, and, we were promised, things that happened in the game would impact the show and vice versa.Over a year has passed, and we're now in the midst of Defiance's second season — the TV show, that is. Both ratings and critical reactions are solid, and a third season renewal seems likely if not exactly guaranteed. But modern-day Syfy isn't particularly well-known for long-lasting shows. What happens to the game when the show inevitable comes to a conclusion? I posed this question to Defiance's current lead designer, Trick Dempsey, and he expressed confidence in the...
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Turns out, Sony doesn't much care for EA Access

Sony has responded to Electronic Arts' announcement of a subscription-based service for its Xbox One games, by claiming that the Netflix-style deal offers poor value. EA Access offers up a slew of EA games for one flat rate of $4.99 a month or $29.99 annually. Members can gain access to FIFA 14 (pictured), Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, via the service's beta, as well as discounts and early access offers. Must Read Owning games is coming to an end Like Microsoft, Sony offers its own subscription service to owners of its console. PlayStation Plus charges a subscription fee in return for access to certain full games and special offers. Sony is also preparing to launch PlayStation Now, a streaming service offering older games. The company said it was offered...
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Neverwinter MMO is coming to Xbox One next year

Perfect World Entertainment, in partnership with City of Heroes and Star Trek Online developer Cryptic Studios, is bringing its massively multiplayer online role-playing game Neverwinter to Xbox One next year, the company announced today. The game will launch in the first half of 2015 for North America and Europe and be free-to-play with an Xbox Live Gold membership. The game will also hit the Xbox One in China when it launches later this year under the title Neverwinter Online. Neverwinter is set in the world of Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons and Dragons franchise, where players will create a character and explore the Forgotten Realms. The game will get its fourth module, or expansion, on Aug. 14 — Tyranny of Dragons. Neverwinter will be Cryptic and Perfect World's first...
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    • Platforms: Win, 360, PS3, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One
    • Publisher: Ubisoft
    • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
    • Release Date: 2014-05-27
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    • Platforms: PS3, 360, PS4, Xbox One
    • Publisher: Activision
    • Developer: Bungie
    • Release Date: 2014-09-09
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    • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
    • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
    • Release Date: 2014-03-11
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    • Release Date: 2014-03-11
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Homefront: The Revolution devs to move to Deep Silver as Crytek scales back two studios

Crytek's ongoing transition from a game developer to an online publisher is resulting in the effective shutdown of two internal studios, Crytek UK and Crytek USA, the company announced today. Earlier today, Deep Silver parent company Koch Media announced that it is acquiring the Homefront intellectual property from Crytek. The next game in the franchise, Homefront: The Revolution, was originally being developed by Nottingham, U.K.-based Crytek UK. Deep Silver is founding a new studio in Nottingham called Deep Silver Dambuster Studios, which will handle the development of the Homefront series going forward. Once the Homefront acquisition is complete, the members of the Homefront: The Revolution development team will "transfer their talents" to Dambuster Studios and continue working on...
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Deep Silver buys Homefront from Crytek, moves Homefront: The Revolution to new studio

Deep Silver has acquired the Homefront intellectual property from Crytek, and Homefront: The Revolution is now being developed at a new studio, Deep Silver Dambuster Studios, Deep Silver announced today. "We are thrilled to see another great IP joining the Deep Silver universe," said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Deep Silver parent company Koch Media, in a press release today. "We strongly believe in the potential of Homefront: The Revolution and trust in the new team to continue the path they have been walking in the last years." According to Koch Media, the acquisition includes "the Homefront brand and all coherent assets." The company did not disclose financial terms of the deal. Homefront: The Revolution is the upcoming sequel to 2011's Homefront, which was developed by the...
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Destiny beta: Over 4.6 million served

More than 4.6 million people played the beta for Bungie's Destiny, publisher Activision announced today. The beta began July 17 on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, then kicked off July 22 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One before concluding on the night of July 27. Across those four platforms, a total of 4,638,937 unique players explored the beta. That player base makes the Destiny beta the biggest one in this console generation so far, as well as "the largest console beta ever for a new video game IP," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, in a press release today. As a comparison, Respawn Entertainment's beta for Titanfall in mid-February brought in approximately 2 million players, although it was available only on Windows PC and Xbox One. "We were totally blown away by the...
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We knew Dark Souls 2 was missing something (it's Rocky)

Dark Souls 2 is about overcoming impossible odds, rolling with the punches, training towards perfection, until one day the underdog climbs the steps of Majula and raises his or her hands as the heavyweight champion of Drangleic. Dark Souls 2 isn't the obvious candidate to be a Rocky simulator, but watching this video by YouTube user SomaVlog, I see the similarities. The combat, in which the player learns and exploits enemies' attack patterns, has long drawn comparisons to arguably the best unofficial Rocky game of all time, Punch-Out!!. And the player undergoes the arc similar to the world's favorite tomato can, getting pulverized by life and a bevy of oddball antagonists. I don't know about you, but I'm inspired to return to Dark Souls 2 as a brawler. Then immediately quit after...
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Xbox One will launch in China on Sept. 23

The Xbox One will launch in China on Sept. 23, Microsoft announced today. The hardware — the first game console approved for sale within China's Free Trade Zone in Shanghai — will cost 3,699 Chinese yuan (approximately $599.35). Pre-orders in the territory are available now through Microsoft and regional partner BesTV. Games for the Xbox One in China will cost between 99 and 249 yuan. On day one, the console will launch in China with Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, Powerstar Golf and Zoo Tycoon, among others. Games slated to launch in China later this year include Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Sunset Overdrive. Publishers including 2K, EA and Ubisoft have also pledged to bring their games to China in the future. China's ban on the sale...
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Why I'm in love with this sweet game about a little girl in Alaska

The Inupiat, like many indigenous tribal peoples, hold the belief that all things are inhabited by a spiritual essence that goes deeper than their outward expression.I think that Never Alone, a game based on the Inupiat's stories and culture, is an example of this animism. On the face of it, the game is a simple sideways scrolling puzzle game, in which a sweet little girl and her sidekick arctic fox negotiate tottering ice floes, polar bears and fierce storms. There are many games like this one. But there is a spirit that inhabits Never Alone, that speaks of depths way beyond its basic mechanics. It feels like a game that is not only different, but is also seeking to make a difference. Created by Upper One Games in association with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, it is inspired by...
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is 'the equivalent of four Hollywood movies' says Sledgehammer

Following the disappointment of Call of Duty: Ghosts, a game that retreaded the shooting franchise's familiar themes, Activision knows it must deliver a genuinely fresh blockbuster with this year's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Its development studio Sledgehammer Games is viewed as wielding an opportunity to try something that feels original, without stepping away from the play-style that has made Call of Duty one of the most successful game series' of all time. Sledgehammer, formed in 2009, has been given three years and ample resources to do the job. The team was founded by some of the senior creators behind sci-fi horror shooter Dead Space, and is made up of 225 people from studios as diverse as Valve, Naughty Dog and Crystal Dynamics. According to co-founder Michael Condrey,...
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Sherlock Holmes shooting at Watson is just the beginning of this 25 minute gameplay trailer

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments is the latest in the Sherlock Holmes games from developer Frogwares, which have cultivated a loyal following, mostly amongst PC gamers. Those who haven't seen the series before, may be surprised by how polished it looks, rivaling many blockbuster games with larger budgets. The series has a knack for punching above its weight class. This footage begins with a bit of action, the player — inhabiting the role of Watson — dodges bullets, fired by a blindfolded Sherlock Holmes. But from there, the pace of the game slows and the conflict becomes more cerebral. The Sherlock Holmes games are unlike so much of what is released each year; an extended introduction like this is a fine  "test drive" of sorts for what the series has to offer. Sherlock Holmes:...
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You'll still get to customize your Dragon Age: Inquisition story, but later than expected

Dragon Age Keep, the companion web experience that allows players to tailor story choices from across the franchise for Dragon Age: Inquisition, will roll out later to accommodate for the game's delay, BioWare announced today. Originally expected to launch Oct. 7, Inquisition is now heading to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on Nov. 18. BioWare has adjusted the launch date, which is still unknown, for the Keep accordingly. Players are promised access to the service before the game is released. "We still plan to launch ahead of Dragon Age: Inquisition, giving you ample time to establish your world state ahead of time," the update reads. "The exact date is still to be determined and will depend on how the beta progresses. We'll continue to release...
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Pinball FX2 delayed on Xbox One, but you can now transfer tables you bought on Xbox 360

Zen Studios' Pinball FX2 will miss its original Xbox One release date of July 31, but it's for a good reason: Players who purchased tables in the Xbox 360 version of the game will now be able to transfer that content to Xbox One for free, the company announced today. When Zen announced the Xbox One launch date for Pinball FX2 two weeks ago, the company said that it began developing that version of the game in late 2013, and that at that time, Microsoft did not support cross-platform compatibility across Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Zen Pinball 2, the equivalent of Pinball FX2 on non-Xbox platforms, offers cross-buy functionality across PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, so tables purchased on any of the systems can be used in Zen Pinball 2 on all three. Microsoft has changed...
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The original Killer Instinct 2 may be coming to Xbox One

Killer Instinct 2, the 1996 arcade fighting game from Rare, may be coming to Xbox One, according to a recent rating from Korea's Game Rating and Administration Committee. The rating lists Killer Instinct Classic 2 for Xbox One, and follows a similar naming convention from the previous release, Killer Instinct Classic, which was included as part of the Ultra Edition version of Double Helix's Killer Instinct reboot. Killer Instinct 2 introduced four new fighters to the franchise: Gargos, Kim Wu, Maya and Tusk. Maya will return as a fighter in the modern version of Killer Instinct in its second "season," developer Iron Galaxy announced at Evo 2014. A re-release of the arcade version of Killer Instinct 2 alongside the new Killer Instinct's second season hasn't been confirmed, but the...
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How to fight enemies in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition mixes real-time character combat with a more tactical approach in which players can make use of their party's strategic strengths. This new trailer from developer BioWare shows how the role-playing game's fighting systems work. The game, in which an Inquisitor battles through a fantasy realm, allows players to pile into combat situations while relying on party members to help out, using their particular powers, be they melee, magic or range weapons. Alternatively, the player can freeze the action and control a camera in order to weigh up the enemy, while individually directing party-members. Tactics can be changed at any time. Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released on Nov. 18.
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Here's what's in the $120 version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will ship with three versions later this year: the standard $59.99 version, a $79.99 limited version with extra content and a $119.99 version dubbed the Atlas Pro Edition which packs in the game's season pass add-on content. There are no night vision goggles, remote control cars or cameras this year; publisher Activision is sticking mainly to digital incentives. The standard version of Advanced Warfare is a no-frills release — it's just the game. For $79.99, players will get the Atlas Limited Edition, which includes the game, a SteelBook metal case, a physical manual and a host of digital goods: the game's soundtrack, two weapons, an upgrade for the military exoskeleton in single-player mode and more. The Atlas Gorge multiplayer map, a re-imagining of C...
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EA offers top games and big discounts for $5 a month

Electronic Arts has just announced it will launch a subscription service on Xbox One that offers up a slew of EA games for one flat rate. EA Access will launch into beta today but will soon be deployed to all Xbox One users, according to the publisher. Must Read EA Access wants to be Netflix for video games, but it doesn't go far enough Four games will be included during the beta: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, though others are in the works. EA Access membership includes a 10 percent discount on digital EA content, even full games, sold through the Xbox Games Store. Members will also get early access to trials of games such as Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA Live 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition up to five days before retail release. The service...
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