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Sam Prell serves as weekend editor for Joystiq. His previous work has appeared on Destructoid, G4, Dorkly, and the Penny Arcade Report. He holds both a Columbia Scholastic Press Gold Circle Award and Hearst Journalism Award.

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Sunset Overdrive review: It's my party

In developer Insomniac's world of Sunset Overdrive, it's not a typical post-apocalypse day unless you're grinding along the open city's railings, power lines and rooftops, bouncing off a truck hood, smacking a mutant with your special guitar that sends out a shockwave of miniature tornadoes and...

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How a green hostage named Gary shaped Rainbow Six Siege

In developing Rainbow Six Siege, with gameplay centered around protecting or rescuing a hostage, Ubisoft looked to the real world for inspiration and guidance. That's the subject illustrated by the latest edition of "Behind the Wall," a series of behind-the-scenes looks at the game, published by...

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Meet the followers backing you up in Dragon Age: Inquisition

There's no Twitter in Thedas, so it's no surprise players of Dragon Age: Inquisition will have a handful of followers rather than thousands. Still, if each of the nine potential allies are as helpful and have as much personality as the three shown here, we doubt the Inquisitor will...

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Whoa, Keanu Reeves is in Payday 2

Whoa. Keanu Reeves' character John Wick (of the new film, also called John Wick) is now playable in developer Starbreeze's Payday 2. The free DLC is the result of a partnership with Lionsgate, which also partnered with Devolver Digital back in August to create The Expendabros. "Lionsgate's entry...

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Xbox is teasing a Sunset Overdrive-related mystery

A tweet from the official Xbox account made earlier today seems to be hinting at something bigger than a television advertisement for the upcoming Sunset Overdrive. "On behalf of Fizz͊c͕o̳ ͐w̼e᷾'̪dͮ ̗ļi᷄k̚e̿ ̄t̐oͯ ͉a̮p᷁o͂logise for the █████ in our #SunsetOverdrive...

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PSA: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas HD now available for Xbox 360

Rockstar's recently-revealed port of open-world crime simulator Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is now eligible for release from the company's virtual, metaphorical prison system and is seeking rehabilitation on Xbox 360 systems. If you're looking to relive Carl "CJ" Johnson's adventures in sunny...

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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup has a costume ready to go

Alright guys, this coming weekend is the big one: Halloween. It's a beautiful excuse to nerd out, be someone else for a day and gorge yourself on candy. But you gotta play by the rules, and that means you need a costume. I've already got mine picked out. Can you guess who I'm going as? (Completely...

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Her Majesty's SPIFFING gives British space explouration another shot

Her Majesty's SPIFFING from BillyGoat Entertainment failed to meet its Kickstarter goal last November, but the "quintessentially British" adventure game about Captain Frank Lee English's quest to expand the British empire to the stars is back with a vengeance. If "a vengeance" is what you call a...

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Warcraft reaches max level in adorableness with Funko toys

Funko's Pop! Vinyl series of collectibles is recruiting heroes, villains and creatures alike for its second run of figures based on Blizzard's Warcraft universe, Toy News International reports. The series will include three standard, 3.75-inch tall figures: the Horde's former warchief, Thrall...

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Final release version of Scrolls set to unfurl in November

Mojang's card battle game Scrolls has existed in an open beta state since June, but it's nearly time to release the final version, according to a statement made by the developer to Touch Arcade. Er ... maybe. "The guesstimate is late November," Mojang's Owen Hill told Touch Arcade. "But we're not...

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