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Saints Row developer: 'Sarkeesian is right'

Since the latest episode of feminist gaming series Tropes vs. Women was released a couple of weeks ago, gaming sites and forums have hosted a wide array of opinions, both defending and decrying the video. But what do you do if you're the developer of one of the games called out in this episode?In the case of Volition creative director Steve Jaros, the answer is simple: owning up to what he calls "a problem in the game industry." Speaking to The Escapist, Jaros said, "I actually think [Tropes vs. Women creator Anita Sarkeesian's] right in this case." He went on to say that he believes the Saints Row series developer has improved in its treatment of women over years but said they still have room to grow. Must Read Agent of mayhem: the life and near death of Saints Row's Volition ...
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Madden 15's outspoken cover star loses with grace in his very first game

On the same day he was named to the cover of Madden NFL 15 — the Wheaties box of the 21st Century — Richard Sherman sat down in an interview room in Los Angeles and was asked, by EA Sports, to star in his own humiliation in the game. Mike Young, the creative director who came up with this idea, wasn't sure how it was going to go with the Seattle Seahawks' outspoken defensive back. Young had flown out to Los Angeles on the day ESPN would announce the winner of this fan-voted contest. When he landed, Young didn't know if Sherman would win the fans' vote, or if it would go to Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers quarterback who also plays a starring role in the game's unique beginning. Newton, at least, is set up to win in the interactive opening Young had concocted for Madden NFL 15, which...
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Here's the first trailer for the new Resident Evil 1 remake

Capcom has released the first trailer for its upcoming remake of the original Resident Evil, unveiled early last month. The remake shares the same "early 2015" release window as the just-announced Resident Evil Revelations 2, and the same platform lineup of Windows PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. "We have been very careful to preserve the original atmosphere of the game," producer Yoshiaki Hirabyashi said in a video released last month. "And are ensuring that no unnecessary changes will be made. The tempo and flow of the original game are an inherent part of its scary atmosphere so we have made the decision not to disrupt this tempo." You can see the project looks so far in the video above, or watch the entire presentation from last month below.
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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round announced for PS4 and Xbox One

A surprise announcement at this weekend's Japan Gamer's Live event revealed Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will launch in spring 2015 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, in Japan. There's no word on any Western release, nor additional details on the game itself other than the teaser trailer above. The last full release in the series was Dead or Alive 5, which launched worldwide in September 2012. Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, an update to the game, launched a year later.
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Grand Theft Auto 5's PC version will get an updated soundtrack

The PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions of Grand Theft Auto 5 appear to be getting a soundtrack update, according to a voice actor for one of the game's fictitious radio stations. Yesterday, Cara Delevingne, who stars as the host of the Non Stop Pop FM channel in the game, tweeted a picture of herself arriving at Rockstar's studios "to update my GTAV radio station Non Stop Pop FM for new versions coming this Fall!" Rockstar Games' official account then retweeted the message. Earlier it posted its own picture of Delevingne (above), with the message "coming soon ..." The PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions of Grand Theft Auto 5 were announced at E3 2014; no release date for them has been given.
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Tales from the Borderlands lets you stop and smell the chaotic roses

Being terrible at first-person shooters is one of my worst-kept secrets. I'm uncoordinated, my reflexes are slow and I can move my in-game characters about as gracefully as a cat in a sack race. In my panic to try to not get shot and clear levels as effectively as I can, I often miss details of the game world. I gloss over environments. I don't pause to think of the backstory. From the moment I'm thrown into the game, it's go, go, go. According to Kevin Bruner, the founder and president of Telltale Games — the studio behind The Walking Dead game and The Wolf Among Us — I'm not alone. Bruner says that in first-person shooters like Gearbox's Borderlands, players tend to only experience a slice of the game world because they're moving so fast. When players are plunged into a world of...
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    • 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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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor trailer gets cozy with vile Orc

Ratbag is a sniveling, whining wretch, a scumbag, even by Orc standards. In this new trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor we get to meet Ratbag and learn about his relationship with heroic human protagonist Talion. In the Monolith game, due to be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on Sept. 30 for consoles and Oct. 2 for Windows PC, players create feuds with their enemies, even as they climb through the Orcish ranks. To find out more about the game, take a look at Polygon's new preview.
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Costume Quest 2's tricky twins are back on their beat

Double Fine released a PAX trailer for Costume Quest 2 today, and announced an exclusive costume offer for anyone who pre-orders the game on Steam. Coming to Windows PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U this October, the creepy turn-based combat and exploration game puts players in control of twins Reynold and Wren as they set off on a trick or treating adventure. They'll fight evil characters in Halloween costumes that grant them superhuman powers. "It's probably our most requested sequel, besides Psychonauts," said Double Fine's Greg Rice in a recent Polygon interview. "People have been asking for it forever. I think it's that every Halloween you're reminded about the game. We have a lot of people who are coming back to us saying they replay it...
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Saints Row 4: Re-Elected coming to PS4 and Xbox One, $30 this January

Last year's Saints Row 4 is being ported to current-gen systems by High Voltage Software and branded as Saints Row 4: Re-Elected, it was revealed at a PAX panel this afternoon. The project was announced alongside a new Saints Row expansion titled Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, which is being developed by series creator Volition alongside High Voltage. The port will be available for $29.99 including all Saints Row 4 DLC, or for $49.99 as a bundle with Gat out of Hell. Both will be available January 27, 2015. The developer teased new features like voice commands (examples given: "motherfucker" and "son of a bitch") along with modding so players can create their own weapons. We'll have more on Saints Row 4: Re-Elected, as well as Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, in the next couple days.
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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell sends the Saints to Hell in 2015

Volition's next entry in the Saints Row series is titled Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell and sends the franchise to the afterlife in 2015. According to a trailer that debuted at PAX Prime today, the Saints' Johnny Gat and Kinzie are sucked into Hell via ouija board to battle demons and some "prominent historical figures," ultimately coming face-to-face with Satan. The game features online co-op for two players. Its version of Hell will be about half the size of Saints Row 4's Steel Port, Volition says. Players will get access to a handful of new weapons in Gat Out of Hell, including the Arm Chairmageddon (a La-Z-Boy recliner with guns), the Energy Caster, a Locust Gun and a weapon that fires a plague of frogs. Developed by Volition and High Voltage Software, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell...
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State of Decay coming to Xbox One in 2015

Undead Labs' zombie survival game State of Decay is making the leap to Xbox One in 2015, Microsoft announced today. The port, called State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition, will debut sometime next spring. State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will run at 1080p resolution, Microsoft said in an announcement, and include two add-ons for the game: Breakdown and Lifeline. The Xbox One release will also contain unspecified new content. State of Decay was originally released for Xbox 360 in June 2013. A Windows PC version was released through Steam the following September. For more on the original State of Decay, read Polygon's review.
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Here's one of Halo 2's best maps in 1080p, 60 frames per second

Lockout, a fan favorite multiplayer map from Halo 2, has been given the remastered treatment for Halo Master Chief Collection, according to an announcement on Xbox.com. Max Hoberman, the lead designer on Halo 2 and now the president of Certain Affinity, a collaborator on multiplayer for the Halo Master Chief Collection, writes on Xbox.com: "We're thrilled to be bringing this fan-favorite back, and are paying close attention to the details and subtleties that made the original great while also making a couple of very careful, very calculated enhancements. Most prominent among these are a bit of cover added to the ‘Elbow,' the long walkway connecting the grav lift to the sniper tower, and a dynamic element that should help counter an entrenched group of enemies. Of course this can be...
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How Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor turned me into a vengeful psychopath

In Monolith's Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, death might be temporary, but grudges last forever.I'm waiting less than patiently for the hero, Talion, to return to the land of the living — again. It's the third time I've died during my demo. I'm told this isn't unusual. But if persistence can be considered a virtue, I'm nearing saintly levels thanks to the game's Nemesis system. The Nemesis system is Monolith's way of making enemies more than faceless foes. Orcs have unique names and ranks that shift as the game progresses; if Talion fails to kill them in battle, they'll remember his face. Running into them again will trigger new tactics and taunts, and they're likely to have grown in strength. It's a system that provides an endless wave of foes that want to kill me, and I really,...
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Xbox One system update rolling out now, includes media player and more

Xbox One's September update is rolling out a few days early. The system update, which introduces a new media player app for Microsoft's current-generation console, is going out to console owners over the next few days. Microsoft began testing the latest update earlier this month. In addition to the new media player app, which will support formats like MKV, animated GIFs and DNLA by the end of the year, the system update adds new party features, new SmartGlass features, the option to boot directly to TV and more. Here's the full list of changes, from Microsoft. A new Media Player app: Play media files from an attached USB device or a network connected home media server with the new media player app - DNLA support coming soon. Xbox One will support more formats than Xbox 360,...
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Halo: Reach, Super Time Force and Monaco are September's Games with Gold perks

Microsoft's Games with Gold lineup of free games for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in September is strong: Bungie's Halo: Reach, Capy Games' Super Time Force and Pocketwatch Games' Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine. Xbox One owners get Super Time Force starting Sept. 1 via Games with Gold. Xbox 360 owners get Monaco on Sept. 1 followed by Halo: Reach on Sept. 16. Xbox Live Gold subscribers currently have access to download Crimson Dragon, Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut and Dishonored at no charge until Aug. 31. You can read Polygon's reviews of Super Time Force and Monaco for details on those upcoming freebies.
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How one indie got Sony and Microsoft to support cross-platform content

Cross-platform play: It's the feature gamers always ask about, with Xbox fans wishing they could play with PlayStation people and vice versa. That doesn't appear to be something either Microsoft or Sony is interested in, but the companies' new attitudes on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One allowed one indie studio to deliver the next best thing — cross-platform sharing of users' creations.User-generated content, like custom maps for a shooter, can often be uploaded to the internet and shared with other players — but only if they're on the same console as you. That has been standard for the past decade, with rare exceptions such as Unreal Tournament 3, where players on PlayStation 3 could use maps, mods and skins that others had created on Windows PC. But games in which you can create...
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Creators of Metro 2033 say PS4 is more powerful, tease open-world game

4A Games chief technical officer Oles Shishkovstov says the developer behind the Metro series is working on an open-world title. In a lengthy interview with Eurogamer, he also goes into great detail about programming for both of the current gen game consoles and discusses how ongoing improvements to their toolsets will contribute to their next game. 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver recently released updated versions of both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light. Each is being sold separately and bundled together in a package called Metro Redux. The updates represent a total remaster, a kind of director's cut, and have taken the Ukrainian studio more than a year to complete. Metro Redux is available on PC, as well as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. While both console versions of Metro...
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Titanfall's newest game mode ditches the Titans and AI bots

The next update for Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall will introduce a new game mode that's surprisingly basic: no Titans, no AI infantry, just 16 human pilots going at each other in team-based deathmatch. Titanfall's sixth major game update will add Pilot Skirmish to the list of featured game modes. The mode is an 8-versus-8 battle between pilots and, due to the difference in player count, Respawn says, won't be among the modes playable in Titanfall's Variety Pack playlist. The update also makes Marked for Death — the mode introduced earlier this year in which one player from each team is targeted for assassination — a permanent game mode. Respawn says the "enduring popularity of the mode" convinced them to bring it on full-time and add a Marked for Death playlist and custom Marked...
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Assassin's Creed Unity delayed to Nov. 11

Assassin's Creed Unity, the current-generation entry in Ubisoft's open-world action series, has been delayed from Oct. 28 to Nov. 11, the publisher announced today. Ubisoft said the extra two weeks will allow the development team to add a bit more polish to the game. "This being a fully next-gen game, it requires a lot of work, a lot of production, and a lot of learning," said Unity senior producer Vincent Pontbriand. "It's always hard to be precise and to quantify exactly how much work is involved. So as we get close to the finish we often realize we're near the target but we're not quite there yet." Ubisoft says that the dev team will be spending the extra time to improve minor aspects of the game, and that a day one patch is in the works that will bring other improvements. The...
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Madden 15 review: victory formation

EA Sports' Madden series celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. This year's Madden NFL 15 observes another important milestone: the 10th edition under the exclusive license of the National Football League. That deal fundamentally altered the relationship between sports gamers and developers. The exclusive license made the annual, iterative nature of sports video gaming a primary topic of criticism. With no alternatives on the shelf, skipping a year of a series was now a grave choice for a fan, between picking up something that didn't earn the money or going without that sport for a year. Ten years later, Madden NFL 15 validates its iterative process as a game that improves rather than repairs or attempts to reinvent itself. Too many times over the past 10 years, Madden's...
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