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Free-to-play shooter Warface visits Siberia with a friend

Fans of Warface (not to be confused with Warcraft, Warframe, Faceball 2000 or these abominations) should invest in warm clothing for two, as the game's next setting is a cooperative mission in the snowy Altai Mountains of Siberia.

"The stunning new Co-op setting, Operation Cold Peak, will test experienced players to their limits as they target a secluded stronghold located high in Siberia's Altai Mountains," reads an official description from developer Crytek. "Teamwork will be key as players bid to crack Blackwood's icy grip and advance through three separate stages on their ascent. Along the way, they'll have to brave the elements as well as enemy fire, and stay on track when blizzards suddenly strike up to change the state of play."

According to Crytek, Operation Cold Peak will feature three new maps as well as new boss characters. Like all Warface updates, Operation Cold Peak will be available at no charge, though Crytek has yet to reveal when these new maps will debut. While you wait, have a look at the teaser beyond the break.
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Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed reaches PS4 tomorrow

Image If this launch trailer for Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed is to be believed, Simon Belmont could've saved everyone a few thousand years of Dracula-related hassle if he'd ignored the whip and holy water, and went straight for tickles and forcible underwear theft instead. [Image: XSEED]... Continue Reading

Atlus crawls back into the dungeon with Etrian Odyssey 5

Mere days after the North American debut of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Atlus is planning a return to lengthy, life-consuming dungeon crawls with the newly-unveiled Etrian Odyssey 5.

Little is known of the next entry in the long-running, cult-hit series, as Atlus has only revealed a teaser site and the Japanese-language trailer beyond the break. Presumably it will involve first-person dungeon crawling, powerful FOE enemies and stylized anime artwork, though these are just assumptions based on the history of a series that is known for clinging to classic, well-worn gameplay mechanics.

Unfortunately, along with a dearth of gameplay info, Atlus has also yet to reveal a release date or target platform for Etrian Odyssey 5. As a result, it's currently unknown if the game will reach Western shores or if it will remain exclusive to Japan.
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Ron Gilbert's new 2D adventure game passes crowdfunding goal

Last week we brought you word of Thimbleweed Park, a new yet classically-styled 2D adventure game from Maniac Mansion designers Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick. At the time the duo were seeking $375,000 to fund the game's development - a goal they reached just this morning.

Anticipating the possibility of a massive outpouring of support, Ron Gilbert updated the Kickstarter page over the course of the weekend to outline stretch goals for Thimbleweed Park. If, in its remaining 24 days, the fundraiser reaches $425,000 the developers will have the game translated into German, Spanish, French and Italian. At $525,000, Thimbleweed Park will appear on iOS and Android devices. The big one, full voice acting for Thimbleweed Park, comes available at $625,000.

Thimbleweed Park will appear on PC, Mac and Linux platforms. No release date has yet been announced.
[Image: Disney/Ron Gilbert/Gary Winnick]

Black Friday Week Joystiq Deals: 10' Lightning to USB cable

Today's edition of Joystiq Deals brings Apple devotees a 10-foot-long Lightning to USB cable (perfect for recent iPhone and iPad models) at prices far lower than you'd find on the tech giant's website. Normally priced at $40, this lengthy cable is available at $19 for the next six days. Sure, it won't offer any features not already available in Apple's own cables, but it is more than three feet longer than the largest first party Lightning to USB cable, and more than $10 less expensive.
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Joystiq Streams: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's wild ride on Wii U

Sick of living in the shadow of monarchs and plumbers, Toad and Toadette are striking out on their own. No more waiting in an angry turtle's castle just to tell you to look somewhere else for a princess! No more playing second fiddle in the platforming antics of Mario and his pals! Toadette and Toad seek only the thrill of the open road, the intoxicating rush of discovery. Their quest for independence and untold riches is irresistible, and so we must acquiesce: Today we stream Captain Toad:Treasure Tracker for Nintendo Wii U.

Join us as we dive into a smattering of levels from Nintendo's new puzzler adventure for Wii U on Joystiq Streams. Spoiler alert: We will, in the course of the game, be solving puzzles, so if you'd rather not see the solutions, avert thine eyes! We'll begin the action on at 4:00PM EST.

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Hatoful Boyfriend released from its cage: PS4, Vita in 2015

Finally, you can go to the park and feed the pigeons while simultaneously dating a handful of pigeons and discovering their bird-brained plot to overtake the world and enslave humanity. Finally.

Pigeon-dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend is due out on PS4 and Vita in early 2015 from Devolver Digital and Mediatonic. It'll be $10 (£7 /€8), and "a launch party is currently being planned in front of a bench in Central Park with a bar serving a range of high-end breadcrumbs," according to the press release.

The PC version of Hatoful Boyfriend launched in September, based on the visual novel by Hato Moa. "I never dreamt when I first made Hatoful Boyfriend I'd see it on PlayStation," Moa says. "Thanks to the amazing fans and Mediatonic, I hope now even more people will discover pigeon love. All you need is dove."

Hatoful Boyfriend is a surprisingly deep game about dating pigeons – yes, you really date pigeons – and uncovering the dark secrets of a new avian world. Our review describes the drop as follows: "The larger narrative kicks in and everything is suddenly colored with an awareness that something has gone horribly awry." For those just diving in, make sure to play through all of your pigeon-suitor options.
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Rayman Legends concept video showcases scrapped NFC features

While Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and its Amiibo army are currently dominating store shelves, Ubisoft's Rayman Legends was once slated to be the first Wii U game to offer figure-powered nearfield communication (NFC) features, Unseen 64 reports.

The concept trailer above, intended for internal use within Ubisoft, shows players summoning new elements into levels by placing figures (including a Rabbid toy) on the Wii U gamepad. The footage features a prototype Wii U controller that hadn't finalized its NFC technology, so figures are placed on the gamepad's screen, rather than on the NFC badge present in the final version. Ubisoft eventually scrapped its plans for NFC support, and Rayman Legends figures never made it to retail.

Unseen 64 additionally shows off concept art for levels that didn't make the cut for the final version of Rayman Legends, including a recently unearthed "Dracula's Castle" world. A concept video showcasing these levels is available here.

[Video: Ubisoft / Liam Robertson]

Fox loses his head in Super Smash Bros. glitch video

Image Something strange is going on in the world of Super Smash Bros. for Wii this one bugged copy of the game, anyway. Player Terrence Boykin has taken to Miiverse to post screenshots of misshapen Marios, Yoshis, and Zero Suit Samuses, but the newly-released video above is the real kicker.... Continue Reading

Batman glides into Arkham Knight gameplay trailer

Warner Bros. offered the first in a series of three gameplay trailers for Batman: Arkham Knight today, showing the caped superhero rescuing workers from a chemical plant. Found after the break, the video features a healthy dose of gliding and Batmobile action, as well as some good old-fashioned ass-kicking by the dark knight.

Batman: Arkham Knight will launch on June 2, 2015 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The final installment in Rocksteady's Arkham trilogy was delayed this past June. The game is "five times larger," and is set one year after the events of Batman: Arkham City, the developer's 2011 entry in the series. With a little help from the developer, diligent players recently unearthed an Easter egg in Arkham City with a special message from Calendar Man.

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Halo: MCC re-adds Halo 2: Anniversary Rumble playlist

The Halo 2: Anniversary Rumble playlist is live in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, after 343 Industries stripped it out on November 14 to help ease matchmaking issues. Still, the playlist isn't finalized – it currently allows up to 10 players and doesn't feature ranking, and 343 says it will continue tweaking the playlist to eventually support up to eight players with ranked play.

"Once we've ironed out existing matchmaking issues," 343 writes.

Matchmaking continues to be problematic in The Master Chief Collection, and even before the game's launch on November 11, 343 had to make changes to the announced lineup of playlists. Our review noted that matchmaking was "barely functioning." On November 20, 343 released a patch aiming to fix many matchmaking issues.

New trailer for Destiny's The Dark Below glances at gameplay

After Destiny's cinematic introducing the story of the game's upcoming DLC, The Dark Below, leaked, Bungie opted to issue a more explanatory video. As seen on Game Informer, the developer diary-style trailer discusses the "one way trip" nature of The Dark Below's design. The trailer also introduces Eris Morn, the merchant and primary quest-giver that failed to defeat the DLC's main villain Crota in the past.

The Dark Below will launch on December 9 and adds new gear and maps to the game, which are also shown in today's video. The DLC will cost $20, and it is also part of the Destiny's $35 season pass program. Those that buy the expansion will also receive a new Sparrow vehicle capable of performing some fancy tricks.
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Quantum Break motion-captures Iceman, Meriadoc

Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break features a hobbit and an ice-man in the form of Lord of the Rings and Lost's Dominic Monaghan and X-Men's Shawn Ashmore. As Digital Trends reports, developer Remedy confirmed the news after Monaghan inadvertently revealed he was filming for the project with Ashmore. It's unknown which role either actor plays, but given the nature of the game's intertwined connection with its TV show accompaniment, we may see the stars both in live-action and in-game form.

Remedy's time-manipulative shooter launches on Xbox One next year, along with a TV companion series that comes with the game. As Creative Director Sam Lake told us back at Gamescom in his wonderful accent, how you play the game impacts the TV show, including alternate scenes based on the way you react to in-game events.

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Game of Thrones' Steam page brings screens, prices, Dinklage

If you're hoping for Telltale's Game of Thrones to debut this month, you're probably out of luck. While the first episode of the six-part series is due before the end of this year, a new Steam listing pins it for December rather than November. Still, the Steam page does bear fruit in the form of official screens, a series price of $30, and 10 percent off pre-purchases.

So far Telltale has confirmed appearances from four stars of the TV show: Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Snow) and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister). For all the attention he received for his voice work in Destiny, deserved or otherwise, it'll be good to see Dinklage bringing one of his best characters to gaming. And hopefully, more of his best gifs (head below the break).

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Grand Theft Auto 5 becomes the UK's all-time bestseller

The new king of Britain is Grand Theft Auto 5, after it claimed the crown for the most units sold in the nation in the ever of ever. On the back of hitting PS4 and Xbox One, Rockstar's latest crime circus usurped the former rule of Call of Duty: Black Ops, according to data-bods Chart Track. While Chart Track didn't report specific sales figures, MCV claims GTA 5 was at "almost 4 million" units sold in the UK ahead of its arrival on the newest systems.

As per other re-releases, GTA 5 offers enhanced graphics on PS4 and Xbox One. In its case, however, there's also the undoubted showpiece of the new first-person camera.

"Rather than lowering the camera and shoving it in the chests of its three protagonists, GTA 5's first-person mode adds detailed animations that give the perspective a feeling more akin to simulation than a shooter," said Joystiq's Xav de Matos in our updated review.

GTA 5 isn't the only rock star in this week's UK charts, so head below the break to see how well Far Cry 4 and Dragon Age: Inquisition did, and just how badly Sonic Boom flopped. You'll also find the UK top ten and, as ever, the minimally-beloved customary music video.

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