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Press Start: Secret developers, Lego Dimensions, and Tony Hawk faceplants

The week in the news:

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5's prolific wipeout was the biggest but hardly the only highlight of a week. Square Enix retreated on a likewise poorly conceived idea, the "Augment Your Pre-Order" con promotion for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. And a mini-foofaraw even blew up over the installation size of Fallout 4, but that's nothing to be concerned with yet.

In other highlights, Batman might get his act together on PC by the end of October, U2 makes its rhythm game debutin Rock Band 4a bunch of Pokémon asses are on sale and we reviewed Destiny: The Taken King.

Welcome back to Press Start, a recap of the big news, reviews, opinions and reportings of the past week in our corner of the world, getting you ready for the seven days ahead.

Last Week in Five Stories

  1. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is a broken, heartbreakingly bad game

    The headline above is a bit blunt, but I cannot stress this enough: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is a really bad game, and it's not worth the $60 price of admission on current-gen consoles. It is a miserable game, and you can watch Nick and I play it for a while in this video.

  2. The secret developers of the video game industry

    The development studio Hyde has been around since 2002, has worked on over 200 games and has had a hand in some of Japan’s biggest franchises, including Final Fantasy, Persona and Yakuza. It just can’t talk about most of them. The team often works in secret, doing its job but not appearing in the credits or mentioning the work publicly.

  3. Who approved this tacky Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 stunt?

    At 10 a.m. this morning, Current Events Aggregate (or Agg. for short) broke the news of an explosion in Singapore. It was the first in a series of updates on the increasingly dire situation. The account seemed to have the story exclusively. Except it wasn't real news.

  4. Lego Dimensions Review

    II'd like to say that the realization that Lego Dimensions was something wonderful hit as I guided The Wicked Witch of the West through a ghost-streaked Lego Manhattan to the music of Ghostbusters, with Batman, Scooby-Doo and Gandalf in tow. But that would be a lie. I made that discovery within minutes of starting Lego Dimensions, when the game asked my son and me to put down our controllers and build a toy out of Lego.

  5. Court's ruling mentions the return of the NCAA Football series, but it is far from likely

    Though a federal appeals court made a surprising reference to the return of college football video games in a ruling today, the decision it has rendered in no way guarantees such a thing will happen.

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