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Xbox 360 spring sale discounts Batman games, Saints Row 4

Microsoft is cleaning out its digital shelves with a sizable sale on Xbox 360 games and add-ons this week. Ending April 21, the sale spans 11 games and hundreds of pieces of DLC. Five of the games feature popular DC comics superhero Batman in some capacity, such as 75 percent off both Batman:...

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MechRunner coming to PS4, Vita, PC, Mac in July

MechRunner, an endless runner/action game featuring mechs and a wonderfully suitable name, is coming to the PS4, Vita, PC and Mac in July, developer Spark Plug Games has announced. To help add additional polish to the game, Spark Plug is turning to Kickstarter with a campaign targeting $25,000. A...

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BurgerTime World Tour discounted ahead of delisting on April 30

Publisher MonkeyPaw Games is hosting a last-chance sale on BurgerTime: World Tour this month, discounting the game to just $5 before it disappears from digital storefronts forever on April 30. Starting today, amateur burger chefs can pick up the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and WiiWare...

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Reprogram your surroundings in Glitchspace, now on Early Access

First-person puzzler Glitchspace is now available through Steam's Early Access service for PC, Mac and Linux. The alpha version of the game from developer Space Budgie is available for $6.99 on Early Access and $6.49 through the game's official site. Described as a "first-person programming"...

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Half-Life world record speed run is fluid, frightening

I considered myself a pretty good Half-Life player, until now. This speed run video, which reportedly took four years of planning to execute correctly, proves I was completely wrong and should stop thinking so highly of myself. [Image: Valve]...

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Zomboss Down DLC drops today

PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare takes to the Wild West today with the launch of "Zomboss Down," a free DLC pack that introduces a batch of new multiplayer content on the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Zomboss Down adds eight new playable characters to Garden Warfare's roster and a new...

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Spelunky world record beaten with new high score of $3,109,825

Twitch user YamaYamaDingDong has earned the highest recorded score to date in Mossmouth's roguelike platformer Spelunky, shattering the previous record in a run that clocks in at over four and a half hours. YamaYamaDingDong's treasure hoard tips the scales at $3,109,825, besting the previous...

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Respawn to increase frequency of Titanfall updates

Respawn plans to improve its "update tempo" for future improvements to Titanfall, upping the frequency of announcements related to updates as well as the patches themselves. Game Director Steve Fukuda broke down the developer's update plans in a recent blog, noting that one part of the game's...

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Battlefield 4: Naval Strike now available to non-Premium masses

It looks like the Megalodon has a whole new batch of victims incoming. After being released an exclusive for Premium members, Battlefield 4's Naval Strike DLC is now available for purchase for all. The content is available on PC, Xbox One, PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360. Naval Strike adds four new...

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Crysis and Crysis 2 to lose PC multiplayer with GameSpy shutdown

The PC versions of Crysis and Crysis 2 will lose multiplayer functionality when GameSpy's matchmaking services go dark on May 31. The single-player campaigns as well as the multiplayer modes for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of both games will remain playable. "As of May 31 this year, the...

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UK boxed copies of Dark Souls 2 PC delayed by a week

Bandai Namco UK revealed it's pushed back the PC disc version of Dark Souls 2 to May 2, but the action-RPG will remain available to download in the territory starting April 25. In a statement provided to Joystiq, the publisher made it clear the delay only affects physical copies in the UK - don't...

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Trials Fusion day-one update increases resolution on Xbox One

The Xbox One version of Trials Fusion will require a day-one patch to increase the game's resolution to 900p, Ubisoft has confirmed. Prior to the application of the patch, Trials Fusion on Xbox One will run at 800p at 60fps. Ubisoft also confirmed developer RedLynx had originally targeted a...

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Joystiq Streams: Broforce brodown [UPDATE: Relive the stream!]

Hey! Where you going, Brosephine Baker? Got someplace better to be? Not when there's Broforce to play, you don't. Free Lives' shooter may look like a pile of pop culture references, pixel art, and 16-bit era run-and-gunning no different from legions of games put out by small developers over...

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Killzone Mercenary DLC adds offline multiplayer

Today, developer Guerrilla Cambridge will unleash a new DLC pack for Killzone Mercenary, which adds offline multiplayer to the Vita shooter. "With the purchase of the Botzone Soldier Training Pack, all of our multiplayer maps can be played offline in Mercenary or Guerrilla Warfare modes," a post...

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Blood Bowl 2 resurfaces with new teaser

Orcs and humans battle it out in an in-game teaser for developer Cyanide Studios' Blood Bowl 2, coming to PC from publisher Focus Home Interactive. The brief footage is the first look at the game, which features a "brand new graphic engine," since being announced in June 2013. Blood Bowl,...

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MLB 14: The Show review: Changeup

The term "simulation" is appropriate for MLB 14: The Show, but not just because of its beautiful presentation, a defining trait of the series that's become a benchmark for other sports video games. Rather, MLB 14: The Show earns its simulation stripes by continuing the series' tradition of...

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Super Joystiq Podcast Special: PAX East 2014 with Capy and Wadjet Eye

PAX East 2014 may be over, but we have still have plenty of fresh insight from the show to share. On this Super Joystiq Podcast Special, Ludwig and Xav sit down with Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye, as well as Nathan Vella and Sylvain Coutouly from Capy to discuss trends in independent development and...

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Terraria 1.2 update lands April 17; adds new bosses, sunnier sun

On April 17, Terraria will receive a "massive and free" update on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Vita. Update 1.2 makes numerous tweaks to the console version and adds plenty of fresh content, including four new bosses, additional NPCs, new pets, and "over 1,000 new items." The console version...

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Reign in the new Princess Peach Wii Remote Plus next week

It's not just the handhelds that are going peach and pink: A new Princess Peach Wii Remote Plus is floating onto retail shelves in North America next week. You can acquire the peachy Motion Plus controller starting April 24, at the suggested retail price of $40. To bask in its full regal splendor,...

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Humble Store Nordic sale discounts Red Faction, Darksiders series and more

Up to 80 percent off is on offer at The Humble Store this week on a large collection of Nordic Games-owned franchises, including old THQ-published favorites Red Faction and Darksiders. The Red Faction Collection is available for $9.99 (down from $60) and bundles each game in the series from...

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Stick out your arms and fly in pretend dogfighter Cult of the Wind

Sometimes you see a game and you immediately wonder why no-one had come up with it sooner. Cult of the Wind from Alex Allen's North of Earth is one of those games. Simply put in the words of the developer, it's "a game about people who pretend to be airplanes." If you've never turned your arms...

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Oculus Rift total sales around 85,000, dev kit 2.0 at 25,000

Oculus Rift told TechCrunch that sales of its second-iteration dev kit are at about 25,000, taking the VR unit's total sales to around 85,000. For the dev kit 2.0, that figure accounts for around a month's worth of sales since pre-orders went live on March 19. The $350 second-generation unit...

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Dark Souls 2 players aren't dog people, 110 million 'stray hound' kills

The "Stray Hound" is the foe Dark Souls 2 players are murdering the most, as revealed by the new Enemy page on the game's Beyond the Bonfire stats site. Between them, Xbox 360 and PS3 players have to date felled just over 110 million of the vicious canines, while the various varieties of hollow and...

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Conception 2: Children of the Seven Stars review: If you love a baby, set it free

A game doesn't need to be perfect in order for you to keep playing it, so long as there's some kind of tradeoff that provides something good in exchange for the bad. Maybe the voice acting is iffy, but you can deal because the combat is fast-paced and exhilarating. Perhaps the level design is...

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Xbox One April update rolling out shortly, features detailed

The Xbox One's long-teased April update rolls out in "a few hours," Microsoft spokesoldier Larry 'Major Nelson' Hyrb said tonight. Among other features, the system update adds notifications for when friends come online, improved quality for DVR capture, and tweaks to ensure Kinect better responds...

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Turn the lights on and tune into these new Daylight trailers

Daylight is the opposite of nightlight. Nightlights are meant to keep you safe while tucked into bed in a dark, silent house. They're the glimmer of assurance that no, there's nothing hiding in your closet, under the bed or behind that door. Daylight's purpose is to drive you to paranoia,...

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The globe stops spinning in RPG Earthlock for PC, next-gen

Snowcastle Games recently achieved its funding goals on Kickstarter for Earthlock: Festival of Magic, the developer's turn-based RPG for PC, Mac, Linux, Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One. As the first of three chapters planned for the JRPG-inspired saga, Snowcastle earned $178,193 on the funding platform and...

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Square Enix shuts down its India studio after one year, no games

Square Enix has shut down its operations in Mumbai, India, former Square Enix India Vice President Atul Vibhandik confirmed to MCV. He didn't offer additional comments. Square Enix India was established in 2013 and employed six people, all of whom have been laid off. The studio didn't produce...

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Georgia passes law giving $25 million in video game tax breaks

Georgia governor Nathan Deal today signed a bill that will grant local video game developers $25 million in tax credits, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The legislation, part of House Bill 958, will give tax breaks to Hi-Rez Studios, Tripwire Interactive, and other Georgia-native...

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David Attenborough's next documentary aims for Oculus Rift release

Along with traditional video formats, Atlantic Productions has revealed plans to release its upcoming documentary, Conquest of the Skies, in a special edition designed specifically for the Oculus Rift VR headset. "We're now filming for the Oculus Rift, so when we filmed our recent flight in...

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Dead Nation's zombie hordes take a bite out of the Vita on April 15

Following a 2010 PlayStation 3 debut and a recent PlayStation 4 release, Dead Nation will complete the Sony trifecta by reaching the Vita handheld on April 15. Originally developed by Housemarque (the studio responsible for Joystiq-favorite shooter Resogun), Dead Nation drops players into an...

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Titanfall Mythbusters: A falling titan can destroy an evac ship

Titanfall isn't just the name of Respawn's popular online shooter, it's also one of the most satisfying attacks in said game. Drop a titan on a pilot and the pilot becomes bloody goo. Drop one on another titan, and that titan becomes burning scrap. But what if you were to drop a titan on an...

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GOG puts daily sale to a vote, discounts The Witcher games

GOG.com started its "Battle of the Games" promotion today, in which players can vote on which games they'd rather purchase at a cheaper rate. The sale offers two sets of three games every morning at 7:00 a.m. ET, accumulating votes throughout the day to determine which set receives a 75 percent...

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Tour the alluring world of Lemuria in this Child of Light trailer

It's not often we see a video game trailer best described as "enchanting," but if you can come up with a better descriptor for this Child of Light footage without resorting to made up adjectives and giddy swears, we'd like to hear it. [Image: Ubisoft] ...

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Nintendo 2DS and Pokemon X bundle currently $100 at Target

Target is offering a Nintendo 2DS and Pokemon X hardware bundle at a steep discount this week, pricing the set at just $99.99 while supplies last. The package includes a black-and-red Nintendo 2DS and a digital copy of 2013's Pokemon X. The bundle is regularly priced at $149.99, and the 2DS...

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Castle of Illusion free on PlayStation Plus this week

Mickey Mouse tackles a remade 16-bit classic this week on PlayStation Plus, as the PlayStation 3 version of Sega's Castle of Illusion is this week's featured entry in Sony's Instant Game Collection. Developed by Sega Studios Australia, Castle of Illusion expands on Mickey's classic platformer...

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Take a good look at the leading lady of Beyond Good & Evil 2 [update]

Update: Ubisoft claims the art is an early concept of Jade, pre-dating Beyond Good and Evil. Whether or not she'll appear that way in Beyond Good and Evil 2 is unknown, but this tease suggests a return of that old, graceful appearance (which matches leaked screenshots). The article below has been...

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One-handed riding looks easy in Road Redemption alpha footage

Alpha gameplay footage of Road Redemption shows off the high-speed brutality players can enact on fellow motorcycle-riders on a strip of desert highway. We're not sure if the sound effects are final, but that thump when the player hits an enemy rider is already quite satisfying. Road...

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Guacamelee dev trades chicken powers for amputation with Severed

Drinkbox Studios displayed its knack for 2D sidescrolling adventures in last year's Guacamelee!, but its next project will bring its audience a little closer to the action. Severed is a first-person, gesture-controlled adventure game planned for release in 2015. Platforms remain a mystery for...

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Slugcat lives: Rain World coming to Vita courtesy Adult Swim

Crowdfunded stealth-platformer Rain World is headed to the PlayStation Vita as part of a newly established publishing agreement with Adult Swim Games, developer duo Joar Jakobsson and James Primate announced this week. Initially announced for Windows, Mac, and Linux, Rain World is a...

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Fantasia: Music Evolved adds Rocket Man and Ffffff-orget you

Harmonix's Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved wants you to rock out with your Amadeus out. The Kinect rhythm game has revealed that Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes," Gorillaz'zs "Feel Good Inc," Cee Lo Green's (sanitized) "Forget You," Elton John's "Rocket Man," and the original rock star Wolfgang...

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Vita online combat game Freedom Wars makes a break for the West

A year after being announced for Japan, multiplayer action game Freedom Wars gets a surprise confirmation that it's coming to North America and Europe later this year. Co-developed by Devil Dice and God Eater 2 studio Shift and Sonic veteran Dimps, Freedom Wars blends unusual sci-fi with...

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Soul Sacrifice Delta confirmed for North American Vita release

SCE Japan Studio's PlayStation Vita action-RPG Soul Sacrifice Delta is headed stateside in May, Sony announced today. Delta is an enhanced and expanded version of Sony's Monster Hunter-like Soul Sacrifice, adding a number of new quests, explorable areas, and magic spells to the game's core...

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Xbox France goes soccer crazy with Paris Saint-Germain Xbox One bundle

Microsoft is looking to tempt French soccer fans to the Xbox One with a new bleu bundle tied to the country's leading team, Paris Saint-Germain. The package includes the system, a subscription to the club's TV channel, a special jersey, and some unique stickers to adorn your Xbox One with so your...

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OlliOlli eyes up JulyJuly for jumps onto PlayStation consoles, PC

Roll7 says the plan is to kickflip OlliOlli onto PS3, PS4, and Steam in mid-July, bringing the Vita 2D skateboarder to other platforms for the first time. Speaking to Den of Geek, Roll7 Director Simon Bennett said "We are looking at July 22nd, [which is] my birthday!" The ports aren't in...

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Five Nintendo 3DS games receive permanent price cuts

Beginning April 22, Nintendo will permanently cut the price on five of its stand-out 3DS games. Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario Kart 7 and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will all be $29.99, a 25 percent drop. If you've missed out on any of these...

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Capcom investing around $80m into two new R&D buildings

Capcom announced it's spending approximately 8 billion yen, which converts to just under $79 million, on two new research and development buildings located near its head office in Osaka. The investment is part of Capcom's ongoing focus to make more of its development internal and centralized with...

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Titanfall reclaims UK No. 1 after landing on Xbox 360

Titanfall became the second game to return to the top of the UK charts in 2014, after forcing FIFA 14, the first game, to eject and drop into third. Respawn's mech-crammed shooter saw a 220 percent boost in sales following its arrival on Xbox 360, and that was enough to see it keep Lego: The Hobbit...

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Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn PS4 launch trailer is simply the bestiary

There's no messing around with fancy CGI for FF14: A Realm Reborn's welcome on PS4; just some big ol' monsters - lots of them - and the game's flashy combat and sci-fi fantasy backdrops. Square Enix's MMO launches in full on PS4 today, and PS3 players can transfer across for free. [Image: Square...

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Stiq Figures, March 31 - April 6: Do we want more remakes edition

Welcome to Stiq Figures, where the sales data is after the break and the posts don't matter. Remakes can be a great excuse to revisit classic games, or they can serve as a second chance for people that missed out on the project's original release. There are plenty of recent ports that will help...

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Bound by Flame combat trailer is feeling hot, hot, hot

When possessed by a flame demon, you have to ask yourself a question. No, not "Why am I possessed by a flame demon?" You need to ask how to channel it. Thankfully, Bound By Flame's combat trailer breaks down how you can do just that. Spoiler: They all involve fire. [Image: Focus Home...

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The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot adds loot-fetching pets

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot's playerbase knows well the busywork of sorting heaps of loot to find great items, but now they can leave the task to a sidekick and focus on earning glory. Ubisoft Montreal has added four pets to the free-to-play dungeon crawler, which tag along for castle raids if...

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Microsoft announces Age of Empires: World Domination for mobile

We've known since last summer that Microsoft was looking to bring its Age of Empires series to mobile, but earlier this week we were given an official announcement and title. The game, which is being developed by KLab, is called Age of Empires: World Domination. It's coming to iOS, Android and...

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Zynga appoints former Best Buy strategist as CFO

Social-turning-mobile game studio Zynga has brought on David Lee, Best Buy's former senior vice president of enterprise finance, to serve as its Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer. Lee will work with Mark Vranesh, Zynga's existing CFO and CAO, over the next month to help the...

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Who's that Pokemon commentator? It's you (possibly)!

The Pokemon Company International has announced they're looking for the very best - commentator, that is. If you think you've got the Spark inside of you and are ready to make a Splash, you could tag along with TPCI for the 2014 Pokemon US National Championships and Pokemon World Championships....

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OnLive cuts price of CloudLift subscription fee nearly in half

OnLive launched CloudLift last month, a service that lets users stream its selection of games from capable machines to devices that wouldn't normally be able to play them - think tablets and underpowered computers. CloudLift used to cost $14.99 a month, but that subscription fee has been slashed...

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GaymerX2 will be final year for LGBTQ-focused con

A tweet from the official GaymerX Twitter account has announced that this year's GaymerX2, scheduled to take place in July of this year, will be the final year for the convention. The convention, which began just last year, was an event primarily focused on LGBTQ issues in gaming. "Based on...

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Grave's dynamic horror landscape shifting on PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One

Horror games tend to create chilling atmospheres, but the unsettling moments within them are often pre-meditated or scripted. The spooks in Broken Window Studios' Grave may be a bit more freeform than that - the Oculus Rift-compatible trek through an open-world desert environment on PC, Mac,...

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Single quarter lasts record-breaking 85 hours on Armor Attack

Armor Attack, an arcade game from 1980, was part of two record-breaking achievements this week when John Salter of Oakland, Ohio shattered not only the previous high score, but also the previous record for longest time played on a single credit. As reported by Patrick Scott Patterson, Salter...

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Gearbox reveals Homeworld Collector's Edition Mothership statue

A Homeworld Remastered Collector's Edition is prepping for landing, developer Gearbox announced at its PAX East 2014 panel today. The special edition will include, among other things, a replica statue based on the game's Mothership, pictured above. The figure stands at more than 12 inches tall, is...

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Report: LucasArts canceled Darth Maul origins game

Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to canceled Star Wars video games. Okay, so maybe it wasn't hate or the Dark Side that spelled the death of a Darth Maul-centric Star Wars video game, but rather a chaotic triangle relationship between developer Red Fly Studios, publisher...

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Motion-controlled rail shooter Blue Estate coming to Xbox One

HESAW, developer of the on-rails, motion-controlled shooter Blue Estate, is well aware that a Kinect is bundled in every Xbox One owner's purchase. The studio is bringing its adaptation of Viktor Kalvachev's comic book series to the gesture-friendly console, noting in a press release that they'll...

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BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma comes to Vita on June 24

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma started a new bout of 2D, combo-driven fighting on the PS3 last month. If you're more the type to fight in public, good news - Chrono Phantasma's wheel of fate will turn on Vita on June 24, according to a press release from Aksys Games. The Vita port hosts the full...

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Becoming the monster in Evolve: Lessons from Left 4 Dead

For all of the technical wizardry going on behind the scenes, Left 4 Dead was a simple game: four players versus seemingly endless hordes of zombies, peppered with the occasional, amped-up special zombie. Evolve, the latest game from Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock Studios, trims down the number...

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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup is philosophizing, killing mudcrabs

What to talk about this week here on Wrapup, huh? So many choices! There's PAX East 2014 going on, a Nintendo Direct earlier in the week gave us tons of new information regarding the upcoming Super Smash Bros. ... It's a tough call, but I think I'm actually going to talk about The Elder Scrolls...

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Watch Dogs Nvidia trailer offers a close look at pretty environments

The Steam listing for Watch Dogs told us what we'll need to make the game function properly on PC, but Ubisoft's recent trailer offers a glimpse of Nvidia's visual effects, which we'll see firsthand on May 27. Check out the damp, shadowy, breezy scenery from the Windy City above. [Image:...

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Harmonix's free-to-play Record Run planned for May release

Record Run, Harmonix's free-to-play, rhythmic runner that builds stages from the music library on a player's device, was announced yesterday at PAX East 2014. According to Polygon, project director John Drake announced today that the mobile game will reach Australia and Canada within a few weeks,...

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Bob Dylan DLC pack for Rocksmith 2014 will give you the blues (and the other colors the game uses, too)

Oh the times, they are a-changin'. Or rather, the times, they are a-stayin' the same, because once again, Rocksmith 2014 has new DLC for all aspiring guitarists on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. This time, it's rockabilly legend Bob Dylan's songs up for grabs. You can get "Like A Rolling Stone," "Just...

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Epic working to bring Unreal Engine 4 to Windows Phone, Windows RT

Windows Phone and Windows RT, the Microsoft operating systems for the company's smartphones and tablets respectively, could be getting a little more ... epic in the future. Epic Games co-founder and CEO Tim Sweeney told forum-goers that the company is working on implementing its Unreal Engine 4 on...

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Uplay store lists Watch Dogs Wii U for this fall

Wii U owners will eventually join the crowd of hack-savvy players roaming the streets of Watch Dogs, but they won't be there when the game launches on May 27 for other platforms. A Uplay store listing suggests that Wii U owners will have to wait until fall of this year to start handling personal...

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Titanfall free updates bringing 2v2 Last Titan Standing, Titan burn cards

Titanfall developer Respawn announced at their PAX East panel today that they'll be bringing new modes, among various other tweaks, to their heartwarming game about soldiers and the robots they so dearly love. One such mode will be a 2v2 variant of Last Titan Standing, where all players begin with...

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Get to know the Phil Spencer Xbox wants you to know

Phil Spencer is the new head of Xbox, and as he said multiple times last month, he's all about the games. But what does that mean? Where did Phil "Gaming" Spencer get his start at Microsoft? What's his favorite game? Gamer game gaming. Games? Games. Xbox spokesman Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb...

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Titanfall's first DLC map pack, Expedition, due in May

Titanfall pilots that are a bit fatigued from stomping around the same set of maps, take note - the game's first round of DLC maps is due in May under the title of "Expedition." Polygon reports that the three-pack of maps will include "Swampland," a stretch of alien ruins that offers trees for...

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Always Sometimes Monsters is surprisingly almost human

Always Sometimes Monsters doesn't play, look, or read as particularly human. Vagabond Dog's story about traveling across the United States to win back your first love, built in GameMaker, is a heady brew of visual novels like Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward and SNES-era Squaresoft role-playing...

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Vlambeer mutates Nuclear Throne with co-op live from PAX East

From the show floor at PAX East 2014, Vlambeer has unleashed an update that adds co-operative multiplayer to Nuclear Throne. The game is currently available via Steam Early Access for $12.99. "We launched it about an hour ago, I'm uploading it from the show right now. We're updating the website...

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Galak-Z blasts into PS4, Vita and PC this fall

Galak-Z will "have to be out by this fall," developer 17-BIT's CEO Jake Kazdal told us at PAX East. The new game from the Skulls of the Shogun developer, which also has a strong spiritual connection with Solar Jetman, will launch first on PS4, followed by Vita and Steam. The top-down...

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Soda Drinker Pro coming to Xbox One in September

The wild world of soda drinking simulation is finally making the leap to the next-generation. Soda Drinker Pro is coming to the Xbox One, Will Brierly, the game's creator, tells Joystiq. Harnessing the power of Kinect, Xbox One users can drink actual soda to complete the game's various soda...

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Below is a link between Dark Souls and Zelda

Below makes you feel small. Wonderfully, wonderfully small. Capybara Games' new adventure, a lush marriage of Dark Souls and the original Legend of Zelda, is a game of contrasts, encroaching dark and tiny lights with a wee character in a big, echoing world. "The idea of scale was the first thing we...

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You might hate Claptrap in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and Gearbox is fine with that

Claptrap as seen in the original Borderlands The next Borderlands isn't Borderlands 3, and it's not being developed by Gearbox. As we learned earlier this week, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (read our preview!) bridges the gap between Borderlands and Borderlands 2, it's only on Xbox 360, PS3 and...

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Joystiq Weekly: PAX East, The Last Of Us: Remastered, Super Smash Bros. and more

This week's reveal of Charizard in Super Smash Bros.' roster is a bit of a blow to our argument that Squirtle is the best starter from Pokemon Red/Blue. Yes, both pocket monsters were in the Pokemon Trainer's arsenal in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but Charizard flying solo is a whole different level...

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Civilization: Beyond Earth breaks free from history, heads to the final frontier

When I ask Firaxis lead designer why the studio decided to take the Civilization series to space with Civilization: Beyond Earth – just announced at PAX East – his answer is simple: "Why not?" Designer and programmer Anton Strenger offers a little more meat. "I think that one of the...

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Civilization: Beyond Earth announced, ready to colonize this fall

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth was just announced at developer Firaxis' panel at PAX East. It's not a sequel to Alpha Centauri (those rights are owned by EA), but 2K Games is finally giving fans the spiritual successor to the sci-fi strategy game they've been constantly nagging Firaxis...

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The Internet is your storytelling campfire in Storium [Update]

Ever tell ghost stories around a campfire? Or recount your life's adventures at a party? Storium by Stephen Hood aims to recreate those experiences, with the Internet acting not only as your audience, but your collaborators. You begin by choosing a world with a unique setting and history, and...

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PAX South in San Antonio announced for January 23-25

PAX Prime, PAX East, PAX Australia and now ... PAX South. The new show will take place in January 2015. The announcement was just made at PAX East by Penny Arcade's Jerry Holkins. PAX South will run from January 23-25 at an undisclosed venue. "We've been hearing for years that those in the south...

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Spearhead Games hosting first Project Cyber tourney at PAX East

Are you at PAX East this weekend? If so, you might want to stop over at the Unreal Engine Epic Booth #1447 to check out the first ever tournament for Tiny Brains developer Spearhead Games' upcoming Project Cyber. The game is a 3-on-3 take on soccer, with a distinct cyberpunk flair and...

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Super TIME Force arriving 'late May, early June'

Capybara Games co-founder and president Nathan Vella tells Joystiq that its next game, Super TIME Force, should be available in either late May or early June for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. "It's in QA, going into cert soon," Vella told Joystiq when we asked about the oft-delayed game's release....

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The first public demo of Star Citizen

Ever wonder what $41 million looks like? It's a lot more blue than we would have thought. This is the first public demonstration of Star Citizen, Chris Roberts' interstellar crowdfunded project. It's 14 minutes of pretty planes and space battles in a very early build. The yelling isn't part...

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Batman: Arkham Knight scored by Call of Duty: Ghosts composer

David Buckley, composer for Call of Duty: Ghosts, signed on to write the music for Batman: Arkham Knight. Buckley will co-compose the game's soundtrack with Nick Arundel, the composer that scored the other two games in Rocksteady's Arkham triology: Batman Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Aside...

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More players means more crashes in Trials Fusion trailer

Trials Fusion: Come for the camaraderie of four-person multiplayer races, stay because your pelvis was atomized by an oncoming tree. [Image: Red Lynx]...

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The Art of Naughty Dog from Dark Horse celebrates dev's 30 years

The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog has teamed up with publisher Dark Horse Comics to produce The Art of Naughty Dog, a compendium featuring rarely seen character designs, renders and concept artwork from the studio's back catalog. The Art of Naughty Dog will cover the studio's early days...

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WRUP: PAX to the future

Busy, busy weekend. No time. Go play games! What's everyone playing this weekend?...

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Dragon Age: Inquisition has Kinect voice commands a la Mass Effect 3

BioWare is building Dragon Age: Inquisition with voice controls via Kinect on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, similar to the voice commands in Mass Effect 3, Creative Director Mike Laidlaw told Xbox The Official Magazine. "We're expecting that Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions will ship with a...

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Report: Mercenary Kings runs, guns toward Vita release

Mercenary Kings, the recently-released retro 2D shooter with surprisingly complex crafting mechanics, is currently available only on the PC and PlayStation 4, though according to Destructoid, we can soon add Sony's Vita handheld to that list. The site spoke with developer Tribute Games at the...

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Star Wars game from Visceral, EA adds writer Todd Stashwick

Hollywood writer and actor Todd Stashwick is Amy Hennig's co-scribe on the Star Wars game coming from EA and Visceral Games. Hennig tweeted today, "Thrilled to announce that my friend @ToddStashwick will be joining me as co-writer on the Star Wars project for @VisceralGames @EA!" Stashwick has...

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Strategy game There Came an Echo voices PS4 support

Voice-controlled RTS There Came an Echo is headed to the PlayStation 4 alongside previously announced ports for Xbox One and PC, developer Iridium Studios announced this week. In There Came an Echo, players control an armed squadron using voice commands, issuing orders to the group and to...

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EA working to shift older Battlefield games from GameSpy to Origin

Following word that the GameSpy online matchmaking service will cease to be after May 31, EA has revealed plans to move its GameSpy games to the publisher's own online service, Origin. When asked specifically about the fate of online shooters Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142 and Battlefield: Bad...

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Magic 2015 deals in Xbox One, out in the summer

This summer, Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers brings the collectible card game series to Xbox One for the first time, but it looks like the game isn't coming to PlayStation platforms in the near future. Wizards of the Coast announced Magic 2015 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Steam, iPad, Android...

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The Behemoth's next game is an Xbox One exclusive

Castle Crashers developer The Behemoth is working on an unnamed project for the Xbox One, the studio announced at PAX East today. No further details were revealed regarding the untitled game beyond the bizarre teaser image seen above. The Behemoth notes that "Game 4" will be playable this year,...

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Shuhei Yoshida reflects on his time under 'The Father of PlayStation'

Though Shuhei Yoshida now serves as the head of Sony's PlayStation arm, he once worked under former PlayStation CEO Ken Kutaragi – a man who Yoshida praises, while also noting his mercurial nature. In a lengthy look back at the last two decades of PlayStation transcribed by Engadget,...

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Blizzard reveals Hearthstone single-player campaign

Blizzard announced its upcoming Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft single-player Adventure Mode at PAX East today, detailing the challenges players will face as they progress through the new Curse of Naxxramas campaign. Curse of Naxxramas features a series of unique enemy encounters and boss...

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