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Resident Evil Revelations 2's opening features a hilariously bad TV ad

My main takeaway from this opening cinematic to Resident Evil Revelations 2 is that TerraSave needs a better ad agency. Capcom on Friday put out this video showing the opening four minutes of the game, which begins with marketing spot for TerraSave that barely rivals this cynically absurd one for Halliburton back during the Iraq war. That catch phrase is just ... breathtaking. Claire Redfield doesn't even get any of the hors d'oeuvres at this party (who paid for it?) before a helicopter and some heavily armed guys crash it. She's being kidnapped, along with Moira Burton. Capcom-Unity, which posted this video on Friday, says the two wake up on a prison island. I was hoping they'd abduct her into a focus group working around the clock to come up with a better TV ad for TerraSave. R...
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Claim a free game and give up the right to sue over Assassin's Creed Unity

Those who bought the season pass for Assassin's Creed Unity are off and downloading their free game now, a make-good for Ubisoft shipping broken game that needed four patches in its first month. Game Informer offered a useful reminder that's worth repeating here: You're giving up legal rights by accepting the free game. It basically says in 200 words what Ubisoft wants you to say in five: "I will not sue you," whether for the busted game or the fact giving away free DLC devalues the season pass you bought. The waiver is buried in the mile of legal text that no one ever reads, but they're required to say they have before they can get their stuff. This makes it a little more clear why Ubisoft (or any publisher) would do something this. It's not because it's an apology or good PR. As...
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Dec. 9, 2014

The fall of THQ

Former employees explain what went wrong for the once-strong game publishing empire.

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Someone made the Star Wars trailer in GTA 5, and they actually pulled it off

There have been some ... less-than-worthy remakes of the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but this is not one of them. Even working within the limitations of Grand Theft Auto 5, Powerlight-13 of YouTube gets the job done thanks to superb aerial choreography. If you need a frame of reference (like you haven't watched it 6,237 times already), here's the original: Powerlight-13 has a slew of other in-GTA remakes, ranging from Godzilla to Breaking Bad to Back to the Future. Enjoy them here.
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Lords of the Fallen's mobile game will be a new adventure

When Lords of the Fallen arrives on Android and iOS in 2015, it will be a new adventure, not a port of the existing game, developer CI Games CEO Marek Tyminski told Polygon. Tyminski first confirmed that a sequel to the Dark Souls-inspired action role-playing game is in development for the same systems that Lords of the Fallen launched on earlier this year. "I can confirm that the statements made recently to the local Polish media at a press conference earlier this week in Warsaw, and mentioned on Facebook by Executive Producer Tomasz Gop, are true: a Lords of the Fallen sequel is currently in development for PC, PS4 and Xbox One," Tyminski said. "The reaction from fans to the news has been tremendous so far, and we're eager to take on the challenge of improving upon the solid...
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Halo 3: ODST remaster coming to The Master Chief Collection for free as apology to players

Microsoft is giving Halo: The Master Chief Collection players free content, including an upgraded version of Halo 3: ODST and additional multiplayer content from Halo 2 Anniversary, in an attempt to make good on the technical woes that plagued the Xbox One game since launch. Bonnie Ross, head of Halo developer 343 Industries, outlined Microsoft's mea culpa today, writing that The Master Chief Collection's poor performance on Xbox One has been "a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can — and need — to do better for Xbox fans around the world." As part of its apology to Halo fans, Microsoft and 343 Industries will give current owners of the game some freebies. Xbox One owners who played Halo: The Master Chief Collection between the game's launch on Nov. 11, and...
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Hands-on with the new, drastically faster Halo 5: Guardians beta

Halo 5: Guardians is going to be the biggest change-up in the series' history, if the game's recently launched early access beta is at all representative of the final product. Earlier today, a bare-bones version of the beta went live, offering select members of the press and Halo die-hards a glimpse of the game's "Week One" content. That means just two maps and a handful of weapons are available to players, presenting a surprisingly early look at next year's installment in this mammoth franchise. The other big surprise? Halo 5: Guardians feels wildly different from the previous games in the series. It is, across the board, a faster game. Players have more mobility between their sprinting, climbing and dashing maneuvers. Weapons feel tuned to dish out kills just a bit faster; weapons...
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2014 in review: a great year for horror games

While many folks feel 2014 was somewhat lackluster overall, it was a fantastic year for horror games.In some ways, it felt like horror games, once so very much in vogue with the survival-horror style (think the Resident Evil and Silent Hill series) in the late 90s, have been making a slow-but-steady comeback in the gaming public's mindshare. Two of the best games of 2014, in any genre, were capital-H horror works (Alien: Isolation and P.T.), and developers working well under those budgets are consistently creating some of the most interesting work in the indie space, using horror tropes or horror themes as a catalyst. It certainly doesn't hurt that the popularity of streaming and YouTube playthroughs are just about perfect for the horror genre — it's fun to watch other people get...
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Best Buy offering $50 off PS4 and Xbox One

Best Buy is offering some late-season deals on certain PlayStation 4 and Xbox One console bundles for the rest of the year, the retailer announced earlier this week. In addition to Microsoft's ongoing Xbox One promotion, under which all consoles are selling for $50 less than their regular price, Best Buy will provide a $50 gift card to customers who buy one of two bundles: a $349.99 package that includes a console and copies of Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, and a $449.99 package that includes those pieces as well as a Kinect sensor. The gift card offer runs from today through Jan. 3, and is available only on Best Buy's website. During the same window, Best Buy is also offering a $30 gift card with the purchase of a 4 GB Xbox 360, either for the console...
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Exo Zombies mode, Hollywood talent teased in trailer

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Exo Zombies mode will bring more Hollywood actors to the first-person shooter when it launches next month, publisher Activision announced today. A teaser trailer released today offers some glimpses of the creatures players will be fighting. This time around, they're not regular zombies — they're Exo Zombies. The cooperative Exo Zombies mode will feature John Malkovich (Con Air), Bill Paxton (Edge of Tomorrow), Rose McGowan (Planet Terror) and John Bernthal (Fury). It's unclear if the actors will lend their voices to Advanced Warfare, or if their likenesses and performance capture will also appear in the game, like Kevin Spacey's starring role in the campaign as Jonathan Irons. (The trailer features narration from Malkovich.) The first chapter of Exo...
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Watch the Halo 5 multiplayer beta in action, as early access arrives on Xbox One

A Halo 5: Guardians trailer released this week highlights the new abilities, weapons and maps in the upcoming multiplayer beta, and you can check them all out above. The beta, which will be available to those who own Halo: The Master Chief Collection, is set to run Dec. 29 through Jan. 18. But if you're an Xbox One Preview participant, you can get your start today, according to an Xbox forum post this week. Early access will begin today, Dec. 19, and end Dec. 21. Preview program participants will receive an Xbox One message today with two codes to download the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta. An Xbox Wire post this week outlines what players can expect from the three-week beta. "Each week we will feature new content including 7 new maps, 2 new weapons, and new modes, plus a new...
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Far Cry 4's next DLC adds permadeath Jan. 13

Far Cry 4 will become more punishing Jan. 13 when the Escape from Durgesh Prison downloadable content adds permadeath to Ubisoft Montreal's open-world first-person shooter, Ubisoft announced this week. The $9.99 DLC will be free to those who purchased the game's $29.99 Season Pass. Escape from Durgesh Prison will team up Far Cry 4 protagonist Ajay Ghale and the half-crazy Far Cry 3 veteran Hurk. Naked, bereft of weapons and thrown into prison, the duo will have to compete in a series of time trials for a spot on the game's leaderboards. The DLC will be playable in single player or co-op modes. To amp up the challenge, when players die, they'll need to start over at the beginning and use what they've learned to try again. For more on the game, which was released last month for...
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Watch an amazing Destiny player finish Crota's End ... by himself (correction)

Players may rush to be the first to finish a new raid in Destiny, and then the competition to do it in the craziest way possible begins. While there are some major problems with the latest Destiny update, the raids remain one of the most challenging aspects of the game, designed to be played with a high-level team all working together. This player, who goes by "sc Slayerage" in a clan named "The Legend Himself," does the whole thing by himself. He's even able to keep a Peter Parker-style sense of humor about his own exploits. This is a pretty amazing achievement, and it's surprisingly fun to watch. Take a look! Oh, and be sure to read our review of The Dark Below expansion if you missed it. Correction: The player's Gamertag is "sc Slayerage," not "The Legend Himself" — that's the...
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD's Class Zero: Heroes, or traitors?

Two new trailers for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, the remake of one of the series' more mature titles, offer conflicting views of the game's heroes, known cohesively as Class Zero. The first, which you can watch above, sings the praises of the team. It highlights the team's member's strengths, from Seven's eagerness to jump into battle to King's talent with guns and Cinque's power with a mace. The second trailer has a different message to share. Decidedly darker, it labels Class Zero as traitors and dwells on their more questionable moments. Watch it below to see the class discuss death and responsibility. For more on Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, check out our hands-on impressions. Those who purchase the game on day one — March 17, 2015 — will also get access to a playable demo of Final...
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GTA Online now features adorable snowball fights and ugly sweater 'parties'

Grand Theft Auto Online players hoping to celebrate the holidays in Los Santos can download the "Festive Surprise" update to add snowball fights, Christmas sweaters and more, Rockstar Games announced today. A new homing missile launcher and proximity mines are available permanently, as are new vehicles Hot Rod Christmas Ratloader, Slam Van, and the Massacro and Jester sports cars. Players can now own a third garage to stash their cars, and weapons can be found at in-game store Ammu-Nation. Other additions include seasonal clothing items such as scarves, masks and holiday pajamas for free. These items will be available until Jan. 5. Special holiday crate drops will also begin dropping "frequently" until that end date. Check out the full update on Rockstar's site. For more on G...
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Time to choose your free game, Assassin's Creed Unity players

Ubisoft's website for selecting a free game as part of its mea culpa for problems with Assassin's Creed Unity is now live. In November, Ubisoft promised Unity's upcoming downloadable content, Dead Kings, free to players due to the game's many problems. Those who had already purchased the season pass were also promised The Crew, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Rayman Legends or Just Dance 2015 for free. To claim a game, players must select the same platform they used to play Assassin's Creed Unity — Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or Windows PC — and log into Uplay. Eligible players will be able to select a game until the offer expires on March 15, 2015. Following its launch in November, Assassin's Creed Unity was plagued with more than two dozen bugs and glitches....
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Lords of the Fallen will take over Android and iOS next year (correction)

Lords of the Fallen, developer Deck13 Interactive's Dark Souls-inspired action role-playing game, is going mobile and will arrive on Android and iOS in 2015, according to a tweet from the game's official Twitter account this week. Released in late October on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC, Lords of the Fallen was co-developed by CI Games. It's unclear whether the Android and iOS version will be ports of the existing game or a derivative version. We've contacted the developer and North American distributer Bandai Namco for more information and will update this story as we receive it. For those who don't want to wait for the mobile version, Lords of the Fallen is on sale at GameStop this week. UPDATE: Console and PC RPG #LordsoftheFallen will be released on iOS and Android...
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2014 in review: The sports video game of the year

Six months ago at E3, writers and critics previewed what looked like the year's best sports title. It completely remade its broadcast presentation. It brought in a guy who worked on the Large Hadron Collider to overhaul its physics. Already an acclaimed series, NHL 15 had the clearest path to being the sports video game of the year.Except it left out practically half of the modes and features that had made the series great over the years. Die-hard fans treated it as a betrayal. Polygon's review torched it. For a series with 26 sports video game of the year citations, this was the lowest-scoring NHL title in franchise history. This year, in which all licensed sports series were present on the new console generation for the first time, will be remembered by gamers as a collectively...
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Life is Strange's first episode arrives in late January, watch the debut trailer

The first episode of Life is Strange, the five-part adventure game from Remember Me developer Dontnod Entertainment, will be released Jan. 30, 2015, publisher Square Enix announced today. Life is Strange will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The episode will cost $4.99 by itself, and players who buy it will be able to pick up a season pass for the remaining four episodes for an additional $16.99. Those who want to get the entire package from the start can save $1.99 and purchase the complete season bundle, which will be sold on all platforms except Xbox 360, for $19.99. Dontnod expects to release the episodes about six weeks apart. The story of Life is Strange focuses on a teenage girl named Max Caulfield who lives in the fictional...
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Lords of the Fallen's sequel is in development

Lords of the Fallen, the Dark Souls-inspired action role-playing game from developer Deck13 Interactive, is getting a sequel, executive producer Tomasz Gop told Eurogamer. "We're now working on vision and concepts for Lords 2," Gop said in an email. Gop was a senior producer at CD Projekt Red who led the development on The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings before he joined Deck13 in 2012. Yesterday, CI Games, which co-produced Lords of the Fallen with Deck13, announced that Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is in development. In November, CI Games CEO Marek Tyminski told Polygon that the studio has two AAA games in development, though it's unclear whether the next Lords of the Fallen constitutes that second game. For more on Lords of the Fallen, which was released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and...
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Dragon Age: Inquisition offers 'Destruction,' a free expansion

Dragon Age: Inquisition is offering two expansions, one free and another for $9.99, available now on all platforms. The free upgrade, Destruction, "adds new paths to existing destinations," BioWare says on Dragon Age's official site. "The conflicts raging throughout the world have upset the balance of nature. Wild creatures now roam the battlefield, introducing chaos as they attack both friend and foe." The premium upgrade essentially delivers the special in-game content given to those who ordered the "Inquisitor's Edition" deluxe online version. For $9.99, the Deluxe Upgrade offers two unique mounts, the "Flames of the Inquisition" weapons and armor and a digital soundtrack. The full details are at this link, along with several screenshots. For more on Dragon Age: Inquisition, see...
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Bandai Namco changes its name for the second time this year

Bandai Namco Holdings' board of directors made another name change official today: As of April 1, 2015, 20 company subsidiaries will be rebranded from Bandai Namco Games to Bandai Namco Entertainment. "With the advance of technology and diversification of user preferences, the Group has expanded into new products and service domains that extend beyond its previous game business domain," a press release (PDF link) announcing the change explains. You can see the subsidiaries affected in the image below. This is the second name change for the company this year. In February, the parent company rebranded from Namco Bandai Games to Bandai Namco Games. Bandai Namco's latest decision is not without precedent. In January 2007, on the same day that Apple revealed the original iPhone, the...
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