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Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Sunken King gameplay video - 40 minutes of pain

After finishing a playthrough or two of Dark Souls 2's original content, your character was probably approaching demigod-esque levels of power. That might be enough for you up in Drangleic, but in Crown of the Sunken King, the game's first piece of DLC, you might find yourself totally eating it more frequently than you're used to. Check out the gameplay video above to watch our first 40 minutes playing the new content, and bask in the schadenfreude of our misery.
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Find out which experimental games excite Korean devs

Note: A few frames of the above video are not suitable for work. A group of Korean game developers were inspired by GDC's Experimental Gameplay Workshop to host their own curated games exhibition. The festival, called Out of Index, opened for submissions June 22nd and just a short month later the games were demonstrated at a small party in South Korea. "People say ‘There is nothing new under the sun,'" reads OOI's mission statement. "Does that mean there wouldn't be any new grammar [of gameplay] then? No! "We would like to inspire new energy to the Korean game industry through various experimentation [sic]." The showcase featured 14 games, including Western games like David OReilly's Mountain. Check out the video for the highlights. You can find information, including videos, about...
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Battlefield Hardline delayed to 2015

Battlefield Hardline has been delayed to early 2015, Electronic Arts announced today, saying that the development teams want to spend more time developing the game to ultimately deliver a better product. "Back at E3, we launched a beta for Hardline — we wanted to not only show you the game, but to let you play it for yourselves," Karl Magnus Troedsson, DICE vice president and group GM, wrote on the Battlefield blog. "Millions of you jumped in and had a great time. As a result, the Visceral Games team learned a lot from players about what they wanted in the game. We've been pouring over the data and feedback, and have already been putting a lot of it right into the game and sharing it directly with you. "This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and...
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Dragon Age: Inquisition delayed to Nov. 18

Dragon Age: Inquisition, the upcoming role-playing title from BioWare, has been delayed and is now set for release Nov. 18 in North America and Nov. 21 in Europe, the studio announced today. Publisher Electronic Arts had originally set the release date for Oct. 7, so the new date represents a delay of six weeks. In an open letter on the game's website, executive producer Mark Darrah said, "While this extra few weeks may not seem like a lot, I know the game you'll play will be all the better for it." Darrah added, "This last bit of time is about polishing the experience we want you to see. Ensuring that our open spaces are as engaging as possible. Strengthening the emotional impact of the Hero's choices. And ensuring the experience you get is the best it can be in the platform you...
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Walking Dead's momentum leads to this violent, brutal, shocking moment

The video above contains major spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 4, as well as some very intense violence. If either of those things concern you, you'd best click out of this story right away and don't read further.Last chance before we get into spoiler country! All gone? Okay. Early into "Amid the Ruins," Clementine is forced to kill a zombie up close and personal. This isn't shocking in and of itself. Clem has murdered lots of zombies throughout the season. What makes this especially harsh is that she's essentially "putting down" the zombified form of Nick, one of the companions she's been traveling with for a couple of episodes now. It's worth noting that it's possible to never see this scene. If Nick has died earlier in your playthrough of Season 2, he won't show...
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The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 4 review: existential crisis

Everyone you know and love will one day die. It's true for all of us, but Telltale's Walking Dead series — now nearing the end of its second season — has always done an especially powerful job of putting mortality at the forefront. In "Amid the Ruins," Season 2's fourth episode, that tension at the heart of the series is as loud and clear as it's ever been. Every moment of hope is contrasted by a devastating setback. Longtime companions fall before the episode is done, and protagonist Clementine finds herself in increasingly dire situations. This formula has done Telltale well in the past, but something is off in "Amid the Ruins." The normally brilliant characterization and writing of the series is less consistent. The plodding arc of the episode feels as exhausted and hopeless as...
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College football players want the NCAA Football video game back as much as you do

If you're bummed that EA Sports killed its NCAA Football series, know that the college football players it featured are bummed out, too. A few said they don't want money from any legal settlement — they just want the game back. EA Sports ended its long-running college series last September to settle lawsuits brought by former players — which became a class action involving current players — over the uncompensated use of their likenesses in the series. This particular case highlights the debate over the NCAA's amateurism rules, in that even if EA Sports was willing to pay for their likenesses (it even lobbied the NCAA for such permission) to do so would render any player appearing under his own name ineligible. Virginia Tech player Luther Maddy told CBS Sports' Jon Solomon that he...
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Your first look at Agent Locke in Ridley Scott's Halo: Nightfall

The first image from the upcoming Ridley Scott-produced Halo: Nightfall was released this week, introducing the new Spartan Agent Locke. The picture, which was leaked in an accidental post by Variety that has since been taken down, features actor Mike Colter, whose previous work includes roles in The Good Wife and The Following. Colter was previously confirmed as part of the cast; however, while initially the actor was believed to be playing a character called Marlow, sources confirm he's in fact set to play the new Spartan assigned a role in Halo 5: Guardians. Locke will play "a key role in Halo 5: Guardians," general manager and 343 Industries studio head Bonnie Ross said during a Halo-themed meeting at E3 2014. "We're using Halo Nightfall to basically tell his backstory and tell...
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Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Sunken King review: return of the king

Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Sunken King blends the old, the new and the even newer to form a mixture that fits perfectly alongside the levels that made the core game so damned good. The first of three downloadable content packs for From Software's action role-playing game grounds players in history by paying homage to the intertwined level design of its forebears. Crown of the Sunken King revisits the past but retains the refined play style of the sequel; it feels about as comfortable as a Souls game can alongside a level of challenge you can't get anywhere else. Most importantly, it introduces a new, puzzle-based exploration formula with great success. Crown of the Sunken King is an indispensable expansion to the Souls franchise. And despite some problems balancing difficulty, it...
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Everything you need to know about Abyss Odyssey in two minutes

Abyss Odyssey is many different things.It combines elements from the brawler, RPG, roguelike, platformer and fighting genres, mixed in with Chilean lore and popular mythology from around the globe. There are a lot of centaurs in this game. And sea monsters. But what does that actually look like? And play like? This video highlights all of Abyss Odyssey's features and how they cohere into a surreal whole.
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Xbox One gets off the ropes with a motivational quote from Rocky (Update)

Xbox One apparently sees itself as the console for the ultimate underdog — Rocky Balboa — in a 30-second YouTube spot it put out Monday. While "Xbox One: Best Games" probably was conceived, created and approved well before last week, it airs at a time when the console is figuratively on the ropes. Despite a hot holiday start, Xbox One has been outsold by its PlayStation 4 rival in North America for the past six months, according to the market research firm NPD. Further, Microsoft just announced the largest round of layoffs in company history, with the closure of the ambitious Xbox One Entertainment division — after little more than a year in operation — among the dismissals. So, here's Rocky Balboa to rally the troops. The quote comes from this scene in 2006's Rocky Balboa, in which...
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Destiny beta goes offline for two days

The Destiny beta for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 will be offline today and tomorrow, developer Bungie said this morning on Twitter. The beta will return Wednesday, when it will also launch on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. We are beginning the process of taking the Destiny Beta offline for maintenance. It shall return on 7/23 for all registered testers. — Bungie (@Bungie) July 21, 2014 Bungie launched the beta on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 last Thursday, July 17. Today and tomorrow, July 21-22, the beta will be down for maintenance as the studio prepares its servers for two new platforms. Bungie will bring the Destiny beta back to PS3 and PS4 at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 23, and will simultaneously launch it on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. From then, people on all four...
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Killed Hitler yet? Now save Churchill in Sniper Elite 3's next DLC

Sniper Elite 3, which is now letting everyone shoot Hitler in the balls, will offer a new series of missions in which jut-jawed sharpshooter Karl Fairburne saves Churchill from the Nazis — presumably by shooting all of them in the balls, too. "Save Churchill" is the name of the three-part series, Chapter One of which is out now for the PC version on Steam (with console versions to follow later). It returns players to Siwa Oasis, the fifth mission of the game, with a different bend on events there. Tim Jones, the creative director for Sniper Elite 3, says "Save Churchill" is predicated on the run-up to the 1943 Casablanca Conference in Morocco, in which the Allies set forth their doctrine of unconditional surrender. In this alternate history, Nazis are trying to assassinate Churchill...
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Clint Dempsey wears Xbox on his shirt — but not on FIFA 15's PlayStation cover

U.S. soccer hero Clint Dempsey has been named the cover star for North American versions of FIFA 15, requiring a different packshot for the PlayStation editions of the game. You see, Dempsey's professional club, the Seattle Sounders, is sponsored by Xbox. In an email to media announcing the selection (coming last night during Seattle's friendly vs. Tottenham), EA Sports provided only the Xbox One box cover (though both covers are provided on a corporate website). On PS4 and PS3, Dempsey will wear the rocket-pop style kit the U.S. men's national team wore at the recently concluded World Cup. FIFA 15 will publish for Windows PC and Wii as well. Polygon has asked what uniform Dempsey will wear on those covers and will update this story with any comment received. The FIFA series...
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EA Sports explains the behavioral science behind FIFA 15

Having largely perfected and refined the fundamental actions in the game of soccer, EA Sports' FIFA 15 will experiment with other features that make the sport distinctive: A big one is the emotional tenor of every match and the players involved in it. Polygon previewed this "emotional intelligence" when it was shown before E3, but the best way to understand what's going on is by watching this video. Basically, all 22 players on the pitch have an attitude. Well, they have attitudes, about one another. These evolve as they interact, sometimes roughly, or as big moments occur, or big opportunities are missed. The point, as producer Aaron McHardy related to me, is not so much to serve up a series of different scenes during a stoppage in play, but to give the game a more organic feel and...
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Madden NFL 15 hazes rookies by showing them their ratings

Training camp hasn't begun yet, so let Madden NFL 15 be the one to tell these rookies, who have been told all their lives how special they are, that they really aren't. This is a pretty smooth video. EA Sports set up first-round studs like Johnny Manziel, No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins, and No. 7 overall pick Mike Evans, asking them what they thought they'd be rated, then dumped a cold bucket of truth on them. No, Johnny Football, you're not "an 88 to a 92." In fact, in the latest Madden NFL 25 roster — this is the one reflecting players' ratings at the end of a full season, the highest rated rookies were Sheldon Richardson of the Jets and Star Lotuleilei of the Panthers, at 86. And Richardson was the defensive Rookie of the Year last season. Eddie Lacy of Green Bay, the offensive...
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