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The first half-hour of Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King

Dark Souls 2's second piece of the Lost Crowns DLC trilogy, titled Crown of the Old Iron King, adds some of the prettiest vistas this franchise has ever seen, hands down. The content, which launches today, also adds approximately infinity axe-wielding infernal soldiers to the title, which makes appreciating those vistas kind of a challenge. Check out nearly a half hour of gameplay footage from the new DLC above.
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The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale review: can't go home again

The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale has all of the ingredients necessary to pull together an explosive ending. After a second season of dramatic highs and crushing lows, I still felt a strong connection to protagonist Clementine. I've been with her through so much, and I was invested in seeing where she ends her journey (for now, at least). Yet at the end, I was left feeling more empty than anything else. The Walking Dead's Season 2 finale is about as inconsistent as the season as a whole has been. It never stops striving for the depth and emotional impact of the first season, but it also never quite lives up to its own legacy. (Editor's Note: If you haven't played any of The Walking Dead Season 2 and are concerned about spoilers about the direction of this season, it may be best to...
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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham hits on Nov. 11

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will launch on Nov. 11 in North America and Nov. 14 in Europe, publisher Warner Bros. announced today. The third installment in Lego's video games featuring DC Comics' iconic heroes will see Batman and friends teaming up to stop the villain Brainiac from destroying the planet. Players will follow the band of heroes across many worlds, working together to thwart Brainiac's plans. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will launch for Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Windows PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One.
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The Evil Within's voice cast features 'Dexter' and 'Watchmen' stars

Tango Gameworks' psychological survival-horror title The Evil Within will feature a handful of actors known for their work on emotionally-driven TV and film, including Dexter and Watchmen veterans, publisher Bethesda Softworks announced today. Vocal talents in The Evil Within includes Jennifer Carpenter, best known for her seven-year run as Debra Morgan on Showtime's drama series Dexter. She also played the titular girl in 2005 film The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Carpenter will voice Juli Kidman, Sebastian Castellanos's junior detective partner, whom players will get to spend more time with in a post-launch DLC mission tailored to her perspective. Joining Carpenter is Jackie Earle Haley, who recently played Freddy Krueger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and was the grumbling,...
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NBA Live 15 cover features Damian Lillard

The cover of NBA Live 15 will feature Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, publisher Electronic Arts announced today. Lillard, a point guard, was the 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year and made his first All-Star appearance this past season. According to EA, Lillard has been working with NBA Live 15's developers at EA Tiburon for two years. The studio scanned his face and head to build a detailed in-game model of him, and along with doing motion capture work, Lillard has provided feedback on the game. Lillard also lent his voice to Learn Live, a tutorial mode that's new to NBA Live 15 and will help introduce players to the game — an onboarding process that was notably absent at NBA Live 14's launch. You can catch a glimpse of Lillard in NBA Live 15 in the video above, which EA...
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I owe my career to Halo 2

"How'd you get into that?"This is the first question people ask when I tell them I’m in video production. My default response has become to explain that it was just a hobby, and then it turned into something serious. I don’t tell people the truth until I’ve known them a while. A video game got me started. I’m not embarrassed that love for a video game has turned into a career. Quite the opposite, actually. It’s more the fact that people seemed to have a hard time understanding that playing a video game could lead into something substantial. "OK, but you must have gone to school for this, right?" That’s the second question. Nope. My only production experience before my first production job was three years of editing footage that I had captured from Halo 2. Learning by doing On...
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  • Watch Dogs
    • Platforms: Win, 360, PS3, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One
    • Publisher: Ubisoft
    • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
    • Release Date: 2014-05-27
  • Destiny
    • Platforms: PS3, 360, PS4, Xbox One
    • Publisher: Activision
    • Developer: Bungie
    • Release Date: 2014-09-09
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
    • Platforms: Mac, Win, iOS, Android
    • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
    • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
    • Release Date: 2014-03-11
  • Dark Souls 2
    • Platforms: PS3, 360, Win
    • Publisher: Namco Bandai
    • Developer: From Software
    • Release Date: 2014-03-11
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Platinum Games' The Legend of Korra coming this October

Bayonetta creator Platinum Games will release downloadable combat game The Legend of Korra — based on the animated show of the same name — for PC and PlayStation platforms on Oct. 21 and Xbox platforms on Oct. 22, IGN reports. The Legend of Korra is a follow-up to Nickelodeon's popular animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. Announced in June, the game follows the titular young avatar in between the show's second and third season. Players control Korra and her power to master the four elements — water, earth, fire and air — in different fighting styles. For more on The Legend of Korra, check out our hands-on preview. The game is being developed for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. A turn-based strategy game is expected to launch for Nintendo 3DS...
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NBA 2K15 trailer dazzles with dunks, mascots, cheerleaders and Shaq

NBA 2K15's first full trailer, released today by publisher 2K Sports, travels around the NBA for a dizzying array of action on the court and off. The trailer begins and closes with a glimpse of an in-studio pregame show, new for NBA 2K15, featuring host Ernie Johnson and NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal of the NBA on TNT. Once the video shifts to the hardwood, you'll see other new elements like mascots for the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets. The crowd seems more lively than ever, shouting "three" as a shot from downtown arcs toward the basket. And cheerleaders come onto the court to keep the fans standing. Today's two-minute trailer follows the first gameplay footage of NBA 2K15, which arrived in a 10-second clip on Kevin Durant's Instagram account earlier this month. Durant, the...
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A mad genius just created Minecraft — in Trials Fusion

We've seen other games created in Minecraft, now someone's gone and created Minecraft in Trials Fusion, of all games. Here's "TrialsCraft," an adaptation by PneumaticBog484 running on Xbox One. It's not a large-scale map — 17 blocks on a 10 x 10 x 10 creation grid, but the fundamentals of Minecraft gameplay are there. See for yourself in this video above. PneumaticBog says the skill challenge has since been shared cross-platform, so users can find it on any platform, PC included. Want to see something else neat, by the same guy? It's "FPS Target Range II," whose wall-running evokes Titanfall. It features 10 custom weapons — with reload animations — and 30 hidden targets on the course.
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Microsoft's 'DeLorean' battles lag in cloud gaming by predicting your next move

Cloud gaming has considerable promise and will continue to grow in the future, but it does introduce the problem of latency even to offline games, and that can keep some skeptical gamers away. Microsoft researchers are working on a solution that doesn't necessarily reduce lag, but accounts for it in such a way that makes the game playable. The project they're working on is called "DeLorean" and in short, the software tries to predict what move you make next before a button is pressed or the stick is flicked. Servers running the software generate (and run) multiple scenarios based on what's going on in the moment, and send them to the player's device before their next move is made. When they do decide, it's all queued up and ready to go. Researchers say this predictive system made...
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Microsoft hosting ID@Xbox open house before PAX kicks off

For those in town as Penny Arcade Expo kicks off next week, Microsoft is staging an open house at its campus and offering more than 25 playable games coming to Xbox One under the ID@Xbox program. The event is Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. PT; it's free and open to anyone age 18 or older (those younger can attend if accompanied by a parent/guardian). A PAX badge is not required. Microsoft will be providing shuttle service — including on the infamous Sunset Overdrive bus that appeared at E3 — from and back to the Seattle convention center. There's also free parking at the Microsoft campus. For more on the games of the ID@Xbox program, see the above compilation video, which Microsoft aired at Gamescom 2014.
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That bucket came from the moon: Yep, Destiny took the ice bucket challenge

GameStop, Notch, Xbox boss Phil Spencer, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson, Bill Gates and just about everbody else have jumped on the Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon. So, why not the Ghost from Destiny too? And yep, his notorious catch phrase figures in, too. Apparently video game characters can challenge one another to this — in which people dump buckets of water on their head to raise publicity for ALS research (and/or contribute directly to said philanthropy). Warframe's developers took the plunge and nominated Destiny, which now is obligating Kevin Spacey's character from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Joel from The Last of Us and George Lucas, to take a soaking. Additionally, until Destiny's launch on Sept. 9, Bungie is donating 20 percent of the proceeds from sales at the...
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FIFA to crack down on Ultimate Team cheating and coin-farming

Despite banning "hundreds of thousands" of accounts in FIFA's Ultimate Team mode since February, EA Sports says cheating, bot use, and coin farming and selling remains such a problem that they have to warn users they face automatic and permanent bans for certain prohibited activities. FIFA 15, according to lead producer Marcel Kuhn, will deploy with automated systems that recognize these abuses, where in the past they were policed manually. A post today on EA Sports' official site prescribes a "straight red" card — that's a total account ban — issued for any discovered instance of coin selling or farming, or for using exploits to record false match results in FIFA Ultimate Team on PC. "In the past, this banning has been manual and labor intensive," Kuhn told Polygon. "That's part of...
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Watch 20 minutes of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain gameplay from Gamescom

In the event that you missed Konami's livestream of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain from Gamescom last week, now's your chance to correct that. Konami uploaded all 20 minutes-plus of its The Phantom Pain walkthrough, showing off all manner of new gameplay features. The new capabilities of Snake's cardboard box are explored in the video, as are some creative ways to use the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system. There's even a tactical horse excrement deployment. For the uninitiated, there's some helpful narration about what's happening in the latest Metal Gear Solid. At Gamescom last week, series creator Hideo Kojima announced that Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and its prologue, Ground Zeroes, are coming to PC via Steam. The Phantom Pain is also bound for PlayStation 3,...
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Microsoft pulls plug on free-to-play Xbox 360 game Ascend: Hand of Kul

Microsoft is shutting down the Xbox 360 version of free-to-play action-RPG Ascend: Hand of Kul in November, the company announced today, and has already pulled the game from the Xbox Games Store. Developer Signal Studios said in an update on Wednesday that Microsoft discontinued support of Ascend and recently pulled the game from the Xbox marketplace. The change appears to have taken Signal Studios somewhat by surprise, as the developer said the discontinuation of Ascend "surfaced to us while investigating various issues players have been experiencing over the weekend." "We are deeply saddened by this decision and the impact it has on our community," Signal Studios said in a statement. Ascend: Hand of Kul is still available in beta on Steam for Windows PC, the developer explained, and...
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Destiny launch trailer shows combat readiness

Here's the launch trailer for Destiny. Activision released the trailer this morning, which pulls together many of the game's selling points; grand sci-fi adventure, player choice, fast combat, good looks and seamless multiplayer. Created by Bungie, the studio behind the original Halo series, Destiny will be released on Sept. 9 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Be sure to read Polygon's full Destiny coverage.
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Game pre-loading comes to Xbox One early with Madden 15

Pre-purchasing and pre-loading of Xbox One games has come to Xbox One earlier than expected, thanks to EA Sports' Madden NFL 15. The Xbox One version of the game is now available for pre-loading to those who pre-purchase the game through the Xbox Games Store. Microsoft announced at its Gamescom press conference that game pre-loading would be available on Xbox One this September with the release of FIFA 15 and Forza Horizon 2. Microsoft was rumored to have pre-loading available on Xbox One earlier this year, when a page on Xbox.com hinted at a pre-load option for Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall. On Twitter, Xbox Studios partner studio manager Mike Ybarra said the move was in response to giving Xbox fans a feature they've been asking for. Xbox One owners who subscribe to Electronic...
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Clementine will make a stand as The Walking Dead Season Two closes next week

The fifth and final episode of The Walking Dead Season Two, No Going Back, will launch next week, developer Telltale Games announced today. No Going Back will be available for Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Windows PC on Aug. 26, Xbox 360 on Aug. 27 and for iOS on Aug. 28. The announcement was made alongside the release of the season's final trailer, which chronicles the emotional journey of protagonist Clementine and asks players to reflect on the choices they've made for her character. Be warned, the trailer is packed with spoilers for previous episodes in both seasons of Telltale's episodic drama — so you may want to hold off watching until you're all caught up — and includes an all-new scene created specifically for the trailer. The Walking Dead: Season Two episodes are...
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Demos are dead, long live demos

A game demo is marketing. It's meant to get you to buy the game. The point of a demo is not to allow you to try the game. It's not meant to give you a taste of the whole experience. It's meant to sell you the game. It's a carefully culled slice of the game designed to leave you with a very specific impression of the game, one that may or may not match up with reality. That's the problem with demos, whether they're something you play at home or something the press plays at a show like E3. They should not, but not always are, a representative piece of the game to give you a sense of the whole thing. The industry calls that sort of video or playable section a "vertical slice," a piece of the game that gives you a taste of what it is and what it's offering. It slices through all the layers...
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Sexual conquest and emotional connections in Dragon Age: Inquisition

We've seen plenty of games in which romantic encounters are nothing more than sexual challenges. The player manages a character's actions in order to score, and this is counted as a relationship.It's a dynamic rooted in both the competitive, goal-driven nature of games, and the laddish perspectives of many of the people traditionally making games. But things are changing as games, and the people making them, take a more sophisticated approach. Dragon Age: Inquisition, BioWare's big fantasy role-playing game, focuses on the relationships between the character and the non-player characters he or she encounters throughout the story. Players have latitude about who they wish to spend time with, and how. Simply conquering another's affections, and notching a win on the bed-post, is not the...
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