Halo 2 remake documentary airs Oct. 31

The Halo 2 documentary that Microsoft announced last week has a launch date: Oct. 31 on Xbox and Twitch, followed by two rebroadcasts on Twitch the following Saturday and Sunday. To recap, that's Friday, Oct. 31. "Remaking the Legend — Halo 2: Anniversary" will be available for download on Xbox Video that day. It will also air at 2 pm ET on Twitch on Oct. 31, then at 9 p.m. ET on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. The feature will also be available on the Halo Channel on Nov. 11. The filmmakers shot more than 400 hours of footage and 80 interviews, Microsoft said on Friday. "It's pretty awesome to hear the original team from Bungie talk about the beginning of this franchise and it's something we think both new and old fans will appreciate," said Tina Summerford, director of programming for 343...

Xbox's boss skeptical Minecraft needs a sequel

Phil Spencer, the man in charge of Xbox, opened up about the company's acquisition of Minecraft and its maker, Mojang, announced last month, saying that he's not sure a sequel to the landmark title is "the thing that makes the most sense. "The community around Minecraft is as strong as any community out there," Spencer told an IGN podcast. "We need to meet the needs and the desires of what the community has before we get permission to go off and do something else." Spencer reminded IGN that the deal, valued at $2.5 billion, has yet to close, though all parties expect it to do so by the end of the year. So Mojang is still very much in charge of the game now, which just launched on PS Vita and is coming to Windows Phone. Still, Spencer says that not everything Microsoft chooses to do...

Watch 16 minutes of Quantum Break, Remedy's time-twisting Xbox One game

Remedy Entertainment offers a longer look at its time-manipulating action-adventure Quantum Break in a new video that highlights how the Xbox One exclusive uses cracks in time to mix up the third-person shooter. Some helpful narration from Remedy creative director Sam Lake provides a detailed breakdown of the game's mechanics. While some of the gameplay may look familiar to those paying close attention to Quantum Break, there's new footage of protagonist Jack Joyce using time-amplification powers to fight foes — he can use some objects trapped in time stutters as deadly weapons — and avoiding deadly time loops. There's also a whole lot of graphically impressive destruction on display, if that's your thing. Quantum Break will hit Xbox One sometime in 2015.

New Gears of War is getting back to basics

What is Microsoft planning for the next Gears of War game, currently in development with Black Tusk? Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has been offering up some clues, suggesting that he wants the game to get back to the tone of the early titles in the combat series, which dates back to 2006. "The thing that was great about the early Gears of War games, to me, was just the epic scale of the settings that I was in," he said in a podcast interview with IGN, transcribed by GameSpot. "The story, the setting was a lot more what I would call soulful and maybe even a little dark. I think the game over time became almost more of a parody of itself; not for any kind of horrible reasons. It's hard to continue to manage the IP." Earlier this year Microsoft bought Gears of War from Epic and handed...

Watch us run a polar bear/dog hybrid into a wall in The Legend of Korra

It's no secret that I didn't like The Legend of Korra very much. But maybe you still need convincing? Maybe, like my coworker Megan Farokhmanesh, you love the cartoon series it's based on and hold out hope that this could be the great game this franchise deserves. I was like you once. In the video above, I take Megan on a journey to the heart of my cynicism. Find out why I wasn't impressed with The Legend of Korra and take bets on whether or not I'll ever use the right terminology for Korra's pet Naga.

Assassin's Creed Unity trailer shows off all the side activities you can do

Assassin's Creed Unity offers plenty of side activities in addition to its story missions, and a new trailer released today by publisher Ubisoft offers glimpses of the variety of side quests available in the game's open-world Paris. "Each Parisian district has been brought to life, along with its own special character," says creative director Alex Amancio in the trailer. Murder Mysteries are one type of side quest in Unity. You can use Arno Dorian's Eagle Vision to investigate crime scenes, and will receive unique weapons as rewards for cracking cases. Contracts have been turned into Paris Stories, which are smaller bits of narrative that may or may not include assassinations. And if you're looking forward to climbing up 18th-century Parisian buildings and descending into the city's...
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Quality Control takes on our review of The Legend of Korra

In each episode of Quality Control, Polygon managing editor Justin McElroy talks to a critic after they review a new game and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong? In this episode, we talk with Phil Kollar about his review of The Legend of Korra which you can find right here. We'd love to know what you think in the comments below! Read the review Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe on iTunes Email: qualitycontrol at polygon dot com Music: Goodwill by The Custodian of Records

Titanfall's four-player co-op mode now available on PC and Xbox One in new update

Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment released Content Update 8 today, adding a new four-player co-op mode to the shooter along with a host of additional features, the studio announced on Twitter. Respawn noted that Content Update 8 is currently available only for the Windows PC and Xbox One versions of Titanfall. The Xbox 360 version will get it later because it is developed by Bluepoint Games, not in-house at Respawn. The free update, which Respawn announced yesterday in a Twitch livestream, is highlighted by the addition of a four-player co-op mode called Frontier Defense. Content Update 8 also marks the debut of Ranked Play, and includes additional features such as a fullscreen mini-map; a new scoring system with three stars to earn for every mode on every map; and a long list...

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round hits PS4 and Xbox One on Feb. 17

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, the fourth and final iteration of Team Ninja's fighting game Dead or Alive 5, will come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Feb. 17, 2015, publisher Koei Tecmo confirmed today. The current-generation port of the game will cost $39.99 on disc and $29.99 digitally. As it did with Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, Koei Tecmo will also release a free-to-play version of the game on both PS4 and Xbox One. Called Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters, the free version will include four playable characters: Ayane, Hayate, Kasumi and Ninja Gaiden's Ryu Hayabusa. Players who download Last Round: Core Fighters will be able to expand the game by purchasing other characters. Strangely, the Xbox One version of Last Round: Core Fighters requires a $4.99 purchase — which adds...

The Legend of Korra review: elementary

Even in its best moments, The Legend of Korra is a nonstarter. Though it's created by lauded developer Platinum Games, The Legend of Korra lacks the depth of this team's best projects. It doesn't have the intense, combo-heavy combat of games like Bayonetta or Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. But it also doesn't have the style apparent in the studio's simpler brawling efforts, like 2009's MadWorld. Whatever your preconceived notions of a Platinum Games game, The Legend of Korra is not likely to live up to them. The studio's talent and track record aside, I found it adhering more to my expectations for a licensed title based on a cartoon. It's a shallow, short experience full of segments that feel poorly designed and ill-considered — albeit one with just enough fan service to tide over...

Xbox One screenshot feature won't arrive until next year

PlayStation 4 owners have been able to grab and share screenshots from games since the console launched. But this social-friendly functionality still eludes the Xbox One. In an interview with IGN today, Microsoft's head of Xbox Phil Spencer said that the company's engineers are still struggling with the issue, which will likely be resolved with an update in 2015. "We can do video, how hard can it be to just grab a frame of the video?" he joked. "It's a little more technically challenging than I thought. Two weeks ago, they think they've found a good solution for screenshots. They're working on it. They know people want it. The team has a path to getting it done, and now it's just prioritizing." Earlier this month, Spencer said that "people beat me up on screenshots," and that the...

Titanfall getting four-player co-op mode, Frontier Defense, in upcoming update

Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment is adding a wave-based co-op mode called Frontier Defense to the game, the studio announced today in a Twitch stream. Frontier Defense is a Horde mode-esque battle that pits four players against increasingly difficult waves of AI enemies, including "a bunch of different enemy types" that are entirely new to Titanfall, said designer Jason McCord during the livestream. Frontier Defense will be playable on all 24 of the game's maps; the livestream consisted of a few rounds on Angel City. A Harvester was drilling for resources on behalf of the Militia, and the players had to defend it from IMC attackers. Players can place turrets around the map to assist them, and switch loadouts and replenish ammo in the middle of a match at loadout crates. And...

NHL 15's latest content update brings back more scuttled features

NHL 15 developer EA Canada released the third content update for the hockey game yesterday on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, continuing to add missing elements back in while bringing in some new items. Online team play leads the list of features returning to NHL 15 in the update. Support for full six-on-six online play (five skaters plus a goalie for each team) debuted in 2008's NHL 09, but at launch, NHL 15 only offered one-on-one games. However, like most other elements of NHL 15, even the implementation of online team play is half-baked. You can only partake in ranked games with matchmaking — no teaming up with friends — and you can only play with up to five skaters a side; goalies are controlled by the CPU. Yesterday's update also brings back the NHL Entry Draft between Be A GM...

Watch the official trailer for 'Halo: Nightfall'

Microsoft just released a 2:30-long trailer for the upcoming Halo: Nightfall, starring Mike Colter as the new character Agent Locke. The video introduces you to his story in the live action feature from executive producer Ridley Scott. Much of what is shown above was seen in a 1:15 clip from San Diego Comic-Con in July. This trailer is longer and features more excerpts from the episodic series, which begins in November. Locke will be playable in Halo 5: Guardians, though 343 Industries, the developing studio, has stressed that Master Chief remains the main character of that upcoming game.

Titanfall promises big update news this afternoon

At 1 p.m. ET today, Respawn Entertainment will reveal the "biggest update" so far for Titanfall, the Xbox and PC exclusive that launched back in March. The news will be carried live on Titanfall's official Twitch channel. No other details were made available, including whether this is a free update or premium DLC. Titanfall has seen three DLC updates since its launch more than six months ago, the last one being IMC Rising, which arrived for Windows PC and Xbox One (but not Xbox 360) in September. For more on Titanfall, see Polygon's review, and the overview video below.

Judge rules against shareholders who sued over Battlefield 4 fiasco

A federal judge has ruled against shareholders who claimed that Battlefield 4's disastrous launch and online performance directly harmed Electronic Arts' share price and that senior executives knew the game was unready and made or approved false claims about its quality. Judge Susan Illston of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said statements made by EA chief executive Andrew Wilson and chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen were "puffery," and "a vague statement of corporate optimism," that any company would make of its products, not "materially false and misleading statements," as the original lawsuit alleged. Wilson and Jorgensen were named as defendants in the lawsuit, brought by two shareholders, Ryan Kelly and Louis Mastro, in December 2013. B...

Sunset Overdrive gameplay trailer is a gross color riot

Zany action-adventure Sunset Overdrive will be released on Oct 28. The Xbox One exclusive's marketing campaign is currently well underway, with TV spots aplenty. Here's the official gameplay trailer, which also shows off the game's character customization tools, endearingly gross humor (man being sick at 0:11) and vibrant color palette.

How Rainbow Six: Siege takes inspiration from real life hostage rescues

Ubisoft Montreal is using famous hostage extraction operations as inspiration for its forthcoming online team-based shooter Rainbow Six: Siege. In a blog post today, the developer revealed how team members have been studying recent-history examples of special operations teams saving hostages from terrorists. These include the Lufthansa Flight 181 hijacking (1977), the London Iranian Embassy siege (1980) and the Moscow theater hostage crisis (2002). Rainbow Six: Siege is an asymmetrical shooter in which two teams of five humans (one special ops and one terrorist) face off in a hostage situation. Both teams are seeking to keep an AI hostage alive, while eliminating their enemies. Various tricks are available to each team, such as recon drones and defensive gadgets. Ubisoft said it has...

Sony advertises sale with font inspired by Xbox One exclusive ... whoops

Sunset Overdrive is an upcoming Xbox One exclusive from Insomniac Games with a very distinctive style. Everything from the characters to the font used in the game's logo is interesting and colorful, and the game's trailers have long poked fun at the staid design of many games. It looks like going in a different direction for your visuals was a good move, and others took note. Including Sony. Hey @Playstation. Nice font. Glad you guys are excited for @SunsetOverdrive too. — Sunset Overdrive (@SunsetOverdrive) October 21, 2014 The idea that whoever designed the ad for Sony's sale just kind of stumbled across the Sunset Overdrive font and thought it looked the best is pretty funny. You can see the ad for yourself in the lead image of this article. The account...

NBA Live 15 will offer a demo — but not before the game launches

NBA Live 15, delayed three weeks to Oct. 28, is getting a demo after all, but it won't arrive before the game's launch. The demo will be available on Oct. 28 on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Xbox One gamers will get the same six-hour trial that is promised to subscribers to the premium EA Access program, exclusively on that console. The EA Access trial begins on Thursday and it spans all modes of the game. PlayStation 4 gamers will get a more limited experience. One mode is an imagined NBA Finals matchup between Serge Ibaka and the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers of Anderson Varejao. The second is an on-boarding tutorial starring Portland's Damian Lillard, taking players through the game's basic controls and moves. Save files and progress made in the Xbox One...
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