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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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Dec. 9, 2014

The fall of THQ

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

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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

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 publisher 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 devices in 2015! p...
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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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Screwup means Assassin's Creed Unity's patch is the 40GB full game on Xbox One

The mishaps keep happening for Assassin's Creed Unity. The fourth major patch to fix a game deeply flawed at launch already weighed in at a chunky 6.7 gigabytes. But on Xbox One, a mistake means users will redownload the entire 40-gigabyte game. There's no timeframe for when this supersized download problem will be fixed, either. "Unfortunately, an issue with the patch downloading process is replacing the entire game instead of just the parts affected by the patch," Ubisoft wrote on the official Assassin's Creed site. "This is obviously not the expected behavior, and we apologize that many of you will have to wait longer than expected to complete this download. "We are working with Microsoft on a solution to reduce the total download to the intended size so that you can get back...
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Despite draft-week tragedy, NBA 2K15 makes rookie's hoop dreams come true

Isaiah Austin was projected to be a top pick in the NBA Draft this June, but then doctors discovered a potentially fatal condition that ended his real-life career. In NBA 2K15, though, he will make his pro debut this week. Less than a week before the NBA Draft, Austin, a 7-foot-1 center from Baylor, was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder affecting the body's connective tissue. His major arteries were found to be abnormally large and at risk of rupture, forcing his immediate and untimely retirement. Austin withdrew from the draft but was still invited to attend it as the guest of NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who then promised Austin a job with league upon completion of his college degree. 2K Sports, the maker of the NBA 2K series, recently rendered Austin in-game with...
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Assassin's Creed Unity's big patch is rolling out now on consoles

Ubisoft released the fourth major patch for Assassin's Creed Unity today, a little later than originally expected, for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game. The 6.7 GB update, Ubisoft says, is "mainly focused on alleviating performance issues and improving the overall experience." Assassin's Creed Unity Patch 4 is designed to fix some performance problems, like frame rate drops, game crashes and lost progression, as well as some gameplay nits and online connectivity issues with matchmaking and the game's companion app. A full list of fixes in the update is available in Ubisoft's patch notes. The fairly robust size of the patch is in part due to Ubisoft's rebuilding of Assassin's Creed Unity's version of Paris. The developer has replaced and updated portions of city map...
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Destiny update levels up The Dark Below's new raid gear

Destiny's latest update, released today by developer Bungie, makes gear earned in The Dark Below's new raid more worthwhile and more plentiful, the studio announced on its website. Many Destiny players complained about the weapons and armor they'd earned in Crota's End, the raid introduced in The Dark Below, because it wasn't as strong as the gear they had previously equipped to reach level 30. Today's hotfix, which brings Destiny up to version 1.1.0.2, addresses that issue: "Both existing and future Raid gear obtained in Crota's End now begins at Level 30 with an upgrade path to reach Level 32," said Bungie. Must Read Destiny's Dark Below expansion punishes the game's most important players Until now, it had been impossible to get the raid helmet in Crota's End —...
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Destiny is half price at Amazon today on PS4 and Xbox One

Bungie's Destiny is on sale for $29.99 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at Amazon today, as part of the retailer's Gold Box Deal of the Day. The half-price offer is a significantly better deal than most Black Friday specials for Destiny, which dropped the game down to $45. It doesn't apply to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the shooter, although they are still on sale — Amazon has discounted them by 33 percent to $39.99 each. Destiny launched in September, and Activision released the game's first expansion, The Dark Below, a week ago. For more, see our full review of The Dark Below, check out our full review, which may call itself an expansion, but which we say "doesn't establish any legitimate claim to the term."
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Report: Microsoft's 'Arcadia' service will stream games, apps

Microsoft is building a cloud-based service codenamed "Arcadia" to stream apps and video games, reports ZDNet. Arcadia is based on Microsoft's cloud computing infrastructure, Azure, and is being developed by a streaming technology team within the company's Operating Systems Group, according to ZDNet. The service is said to replace "Rio," the codename for the game-streaming technology that Microsoft demonstrated during an internal company meeting last September. The Verge reported at the time that the Rio demo streamed Halo 4 to a Windows Phone device with an Xbox 360 controller attached, and to a low-end computer running Windows. Microsoft had said previously that it was looking into using Azure-based technology to provide backward compatibility on Xbox One, similar to the way Sony's...
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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 aiming for PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2016

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 will bring modern, Eastern European combat to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC in the first half of 2016, developer CI Games announced today. Players will once again take on the role of a sniper and choose between taking out targets at ranged distances or sneaking in up close for the kill. "The Sniper: Ghost Warrior franchise is one of the most popular in the CI Games portfolio with over 5.5 million copies sold, so we're investing a significant amount of effort into the third installment," said CI Games CEO Marek Tyminski. "We're fully committed to creating a AAA franchise that gamers can rely on for the ultimate first-person sniper experience." The last game in the series, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, was released in 2013, and you can learn more about it in...
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Get a look at online heists in Grand Theft Auto 5, coming in 'early 2015'

Grand Theft Auto 5's online heists will finally arrive in early 2015, Rockstar Games announced via its website. Online heists add to the game's multiplayer mode with four-player missions in which players plan, prep and (hopefully) pull off a big job. The feature has already been delayed several times; an update last month promised heists after the re-release of the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last month. In an IGN interview with producer and lead mission designer Imran Sarwar, the developer explained that delays happen when content is "not at the level we expect of ourselves." Heists will launch with "five unique strands" that include more than 20 missions and around 20 hours of gameplay. According to Sarwar, heists have taken so long to build because they were more difficult...
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YouTube satirists put 'frustration simulator' Destiny in their crosshairs

Justin and John Grosjean, the satirists and filmmakers behind the ludicrous "Skyrim 2012" series two years ago, have set their sights now on Destiny, which they call a "frustration simulator." The duo put out this teaser video for the new series over the weekend, promising a new episode soon that "up[s] the game in every arena since the Skyrim 2012 days." John is the Guardian, Justin is Dinklebot. If this spoof is about frustration and boredom, then it's a solid bet the Cryptarch will feature prominently, in addition to Sepiks Prime. For the three-part Skyrim 2012 series, see this link.
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Watch Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's brand new Lord of the Hunt DLC in action

A trailer released this morning for developer Monolith Productions' Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor puts its Lord of the Hunt downloadable content in motion. Set for release today, the $9.99 DLC will offer new monsters, missions, runes and nemeses. Press play above for an overview of each, which are included with the game's $24.99 season pass. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was released this year for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC. For more on the game, be sure to read Polygon's review.
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Watch Killer Instinct's new Riptor in action and see a tease of who's next

Riptor the cybernetic dinosaur is the next fighter coming to Iron Galaxy's Killer Instinct on Xbox One. She's the subject of a new trailer that highlights how she'll fight and helps explain why a dinosaur is in the fighting game in the first place. As you can see in the trailer above, Riptor is the creation of Ultratech, the same company that developed Fulgore. The "Riptor Advance Combat Infiltration Unit" features a cybernetically augmented tail for extra reach and is further weaponized by her ability to breathe fire. She also has color and genetic modification options, the video says, showing that Riptor comes with a variety of skins and accessories, like feathers. At the end of the video, players will get a peek (of sorts) at the next Killer Instinct character who describes himself...
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Assassin's Creed Unity's major patch delayed as Ubisoft 'refurbishes' Paris

A major patch for Assassin's Creed Unity that was expected to hit today has been put on hold, the development team said in a live update. The game update, "Patch 4," which was being released "to rectify most of the remaining issues our players have been reporting," is now delayed for a few more days. "Rigorous quality control is of paramount importance to us, and your feedback over these past weeks has indicated that it is important to you as well," Ubisoft's live team said. "As stated last week, we'd expected to release the patch today (and we know that many are anticipating its release), but we are choosing to hold off until we can give you the improvements we've promised. "We are committed to delivering major performance improvements, which requires that we refurbish the Paris map...
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