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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. 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 will be available for $4.99 a month or $29.99 annually. In a surprising move, retailers like GameStop...
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Watch the hero of Assassin's Creed Unity save the life of Elise, a new character

The latest video for Assassin's Creed Unity, a CG trailer released today by publisher Ubisoft, reveals a new character named Elise. Arno Dorian, the main character in Unity, scampers across Parisian rooftops and sprints through a mob in a large public square to stop French government officials from beheading Elise. According to Ubisoft, she is a central character in the game's story, a young noblewoman who is keen to establish herself within the Templar order. Although she and Arno stand on opposite sides of an age-old conflict, a bond forms between them. Elise will also star in a new Assassin's Creed novel with the same title as the game, a book by Oliver Bowden that will be published in paperback by Penguin Random House. Written from Elise's perspective, the book Assassin's Creed...
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Magic 2015 lead designer says Duels of the Planeswalkers is a yearly franchise 'like FIFA or Madden'

Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 has had a troubled launch from the perspective of many fans. But whatever problems he'll admit to, lead designer Nick Davidson also adamantly defends the game: "I think it is the best Magic experience that you're going to get at that price point pretty much in history."Davidson wants to clear up some of the misconceptions surrounding the latest Duels of the Planeswalker release and reveal some missing features that could be making a return. He begins by clarifying the different approaches Wizards of the Coast takes with Duels versus Magic: The Gathering Online. "Magic Online is trying to really replicate the tournament environment and be 100 percent authentic to all the cards and formats that exist," Davidson says. "Duels of the...
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Shadow Warrior takes Hotline Miami references to Europe in this exclusive content on Sept. 26

Shadow Warrior is heading to both digital and U.K. retail stores on Sept. 26 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, distributor Bandai Namco confirms. The new release is launching with content exclusive to the consoles, including a new wave-based arena mode, weapons including the sledgehammer from Serious Sam 3, the katana from Hotline Miami, the 'Zilla Enterprises Z45 katana and the classic Shadow Warrior katana, along with a new campaign featuring the head of the Zilla corporation. "Our fans have been very vocal about bringing Shadow Warrior to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One so we're absolutely thrilled to be working with our friends at Bandai Namco to have Wang bring a sword to a gunfight," said Devolver Digital CFO Fork Parker. Shadow Warrior was first released by Hotline Miami publisher...
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30-day P90X program comes to Xbox Fitness for $59.99

Xbox Fitness users can now buy a monthlong P90X workout program for $59.99, publisher Microsoft Studios announced today. Released today, P90X for Xbox Fitness is a 30-day version of Tony Horton's P90X regimen, which is traditionally designed for a 90-day schedule. Some P90X workouts are already available in Xbox Fitness, but today's offering includes five routines that are exclusive to Xbox Fitness and are custom-built for Kinect. (Xbox Fitness requires Kinect; the devices tracks elements such as the player's exercise form and heart rate.) In mid-August, the P90X program for Xbox Fitness will be supplemented with a downloadable calendar and nutrition plan to help individuals on their way to getting in better shape. For reference, the basic P90X plan from Beachbody costs $119.85. Xbox...
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Why Shadow of Mordor's undead Elven hero and sexy Sauron are such a big deal

Monolith Productions revealed that Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's mysterious Wraith character is Celebrimbor, the original forger of the Rings of Power in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. Celebrimbor does not appear in the The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, which means most of Tolkien's modern audience will be introduced to this Elven warrior through the game, not through Tolkien's work. Celebrimbor's time in Tolkien's world occurred long before Thorin and his Company of Dwarves challenged Smaug for Erebor, and his work is directly responsible for Bilbo Baggins being such an excellent burglar due to his use of the one ring. With this one character addition, this one plot point, Monolith Productions has proven the lengths to which they are willing to go to make M...
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Strike Suit Zero, Dishonored and more available free on Xbox Live Gold in August

Xbox Live Gold subscribers will get four free games in August, including Dishonored on Xbox 360 and Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut on Xbox One, Microsoft announced today. Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut (screenshot above) is the console version of Strike Suit Zero, the space dogfighting title from Born Ready Games that debuted on PC in January 2013. The director's cut was released in April 2014 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It will be available free to Xbox One owners from Aug. 1-31, along with Crimson Dragon, the Xbox One launch title from Grounding and Land Ho. The two free games on the Xbox 360 side will be split up over the course of the month, as usual. Bongfish's Motocross Madness will be available free from Aug. 1-15, while Arkane Studios' celebrated stealth action title D...
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Loki and the Green Goblin introduce Marvel Villains to Disney Infinity 2.0

As promised at Comic-Con 2014, here is the video introducing the first three baddies in the Marvel Villains lineup that will join the Marvel Heroes in Disney Infinity 2.0 this fall. Loki, the Green Goblin and Ronan the Accuser (main bad guy of Guardians of the Galaxy) are playable figurines in the game. Disney Infinity 2.0 will bring more than just a roster of Marvel superheroes and villains when it launches Sept. 23 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS. A slew of changes are also coming to the game's popular Toy Box mode; read more about them here.
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See lots of gameplay for The Legend of Korra in this 10-minute video

At Comic-Con this week, IGN got a look at everything Platinum Games has to offer with its upcoming adaptation of the Nickelodeon animated series The Legend of Korra. The Legend of Korra, which began its third season on June 27, is a successor to the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender. In the game, Korra starts off with her powers blocked by a mysterious enemy; she slowly regains them through the first playthrough. Succeeding playthroughs begin with Korra fully powered; each playthrough is estimated at 4 hours in length. The game will be available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, with a turn-based strategy version coming for Nintendo 3DS as well.
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Hulk, Tinkerbell and a flying bed make Disney Infinity's 'Toy Box' a whole lot weirder

Disney Infinity 2.0 may still be seen as a kids' game, primarily — but it will also let you put Tinkerbell and The Incredible Hulk in bed together. "That's the bed from Bedknobs and Broomsticks," said John Vignocchi, the game's executive producer, just so we were both clear. It's a vehicle, OK, in Disney Infinity's "Toy Box" mode, where gamers take all of their virtual toys and play with them together, regardless of what continuity or movie or product line they come from. (Bedknobs and Broomsticks was a Mary Poppins clone from 1971 starring Angela Lansbury. It featured a flying bed.) Disney Infinity is the latest money-printer in the toys-to-life genre, in which players bring heroes and other characters into the game by stacking a cool little figurine on a special controller. With...
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Destiny's beta goes to the moon (Update)

Those who have Destiny's beta might want to hop on between now and 7 pm ET — Bungie just opened up a playable moon level for the first time. (Update:) The special mission is now over, but here's video of what it looked like for those who missed it. "For this one, you'll be glad you scrounged that jump drive from the wastes of the Cosmodrome," Bungie wrote in its Weekly Update. You don't need us to tell you where you're headed. We've marked it on the map since the moment when the Beta Build became a secret whispered about by only our friends and family. This new destination will be open to you for two hours." Those who played the lunar mission will unlock a special emblem for their Guardian when the full game launches.
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Watch the entire Halo: Nightfall panel from Comic-Con

If you didn't make the journey to San Diego for Comic-Con International this week, but deeply care about the fiction of Halo, you can still catch everything Halo: Nightfall-related from the con. Panelists at the Halo: Nightfall panel included 343 Industries executive producer Kiki Wolfkill, franchise development director Frank O'Connor, Scott Free Productions president David Zucker and two of the stars of Halo: Nightfall, Mike Colter and Christina Chong. With the assistance of moderator Geoff Keighley, they dive into the background of Nightfall and its ties to Xbox One game Halo 5: Guardians. During the panel, 343 Industries unveiled the first footage of Halo: Nightfall, which you can watch here.
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