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In a parallel universe, BioShock Vita is a tactics game that's real

Ken Levine stoked laments for what could have been when he took to Twitter last night to discuss the now-fabled BioShock Vita game. When asked what he had in mind for his pet project that never got off the ground, the Irrational Games president said, "I was thinking a Final Fantasy Tactics-style thing set in a pre-fall Rapture."

Well, damn.

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Hand of Fate deals out Early Access


Tabletop roguelike deck builder Hand of Fate is now available through Steam Early Access. Players collect equipment, enemy and item cards, then play them out in a 3D RPG setting. Defeating the boss in a particular scenario earns more cards.

"Anyone who falls in the cross section of PC gamer and board or card game enthusiast will have more fun playing Hand of Fate than a Game of Thrones fan reading the manuscripts of the two unreleased books," said Morgan Jaffit, director of Defiant Development.

The game was quietly funded this past winter through Kickstarter. Hand of Fate is also coming to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita in Q4 2014 and Q1 2015, respectively.
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Driveclub joins the PS4 bundle club in Europe

Driveclub is gearing up for its October launch with a newly unveiled PS4 bundle, as if to cement over the chances of another delay. The package is only confirmed for Europe so far, where it's priced 440 euros and includes the game, console and a DualShock 4 controller.

It's the second PS4 bundle of recent that Sony's unveiled for Europe but not North America (yet) the first being for The Last of Us Remastered. It would be more than a little surprising if neither bundle was headed stateside, even if Naughty Dog's polished-up horror is only a few weeks away. Well, at least the shiny white Destiny PS4 is definitely on the way.

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Dragon Quest X coming to 3DS, streams game onto system

Square Enix announced it's winging Dragon Quest X to the 3DS in Japan, with the MMORPG due for landing on September 4. As Siliconera reports, the port streams the game from a server onto the 3DS rather than running it natively, similar to services like PlayStation Now and OnLive, and in the same vein of the mobile versions released last year.

While the streaming tech means the handheld's 3D capabilities aren't usable, the game should look comparably strong on 3DS, similar to Remote Play on Vita. That all depends on the tech working as planned, but Square Enix does have the iOS and Android ports to draw experience from. Meanwhile, a prototype screenshot shows Wii U controls tied to the 3DS touchscreen, including the ZL and ZR buttons, the right analog stick and keyboard inputs.

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Achievements Snap update rolls onto Xbox One in 'coming days'

Microsoft announced it's rolling out the July Xbox One update in the "coming days," which sounds a bit vague but the timing suggests it could begin this week. The update's biggest addition is Achievements Snap, allowing players to view their GamerScore progress on the right-hand window while they hunt down more Gs on the main side.

The July update also introduces a Get Help web search option for individual Achievements, and the option to launch the Snap Center by double-tapping the Xbox button. Check out a fuller rundown of the update's new features here.
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Original Spelunky gets online co-op mod

Before Spelunky became a household name on XBLA in July 2012, it arrived on PC in late 2008 in its original low-res state. Source code for the original game was made available one year later, and just now received a new mod called Spelunky SD courtesy of Ukrainian developer Vadim. The mod adds, among other things, online cooperative multiplayer to the first version of the game.

In what started as a weekend project, the developer spent three months fine-tuning the mod for its first public release late last week. He tweaked the original game in a few ways, adding elements such as "sounds fading off-screen" or making enemies blink when they're about to get up off the ground. Vadim fixed a few bugs as well and made input precision "slightly more forgiving" in the game. The Spelunky SD mod is available to download through GameJolt.
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Pokemon had a baby with Attack on Titan and it's awful

Image Some things we never wanted to see. Some things we never knew we never wanted to see – and Pokemon mashed up with Attack on Titan is one of those things. Ugh. Today's dose of nightmare fuel comes from zsparky on DeviantArt, as spotted by Tiny Cartridge. The only thing creepier than waking... Continue Reading

10 Years, 10 Great Games: Richard's picks

Throughout the week, Joystiq celebrates its tenth anniversary by revealing each writer's favorite - not "best" - games of the last decade. Aside from selecting a number one, each list is unordered.

For his number one selection, Reviews Content Director Richard Mitchell surprises all by picking The Behemoth's multi-player brawler, Castle Crashers, before diving into other games he loved over the last ten years.

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Catch this fancy bug in Pokemon X/Y

Fancy Pattern Vivillon is now available for Pokemon X and Y players to obtain for free, The Pokemon Company announced. The pretty bug can be downloaded through the Mystery Gift option in the game by connecting a 3DS to the Nintendo NT, then choosing to receive a gift via the Internet.

While the Pokemon itself isn't all that uncommon in the game, its colorful pattern usually changes based on the real-life location of its owner. In the case of the Fancy Pattern Vivillon, which was announced in late May, the special version of the creature was created to commemorate the 100 millionth Pokemon trade via the Global Trade Station. Now that the milestone has been met, all players can pick up their new teammate today, though the developer says it "won't be available for long."
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10 Years, 10 Great Games: Jessica's picks

Throughout the week, Joystiq celebrates its tenth anniversary by revealing each writer's favorite - not "best" - games of the last decade. Aside from selecting a number one, each list is unordered.

For her number one selection, Senior Editor Jessica Conditt reveals why the emotionally impactful and suspense-rich first season of Telltale's The Walking Dead was her favorite game of the last decade.

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A bevy of Xbox sales this week: Titanfall $20 off, Skyrim, Portal 2

Don't wait for some "big" sale, or even a "huge" or "blowout" sale – the Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale runs throughout July, offering up to 75 percent off on a lineup of Xbox 360 games, on sale on a daily and weekly basis. Up for grabs this week is Skyrim, Dishonored, Portal 2, Silent Hill: HD, Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, The Witcher 2, Fallout 3, Skate 2, Gears of War 3, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and every Walking Dead Season One episode except for the first. All of these sale games are available for Gold and Silver members.

On sale July 8 only is the Fable Trilogy, King of Fighters 13, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Zoo Tycoon, Halo Spartan Assault and TMNT Out of the Shadows.

Xbox One gets a few sales through July 14, too: Titanfall for $20 off, and the Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass for 40 percent off.
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10 Years, 10 Great Games: Sinan's picks

Throughout the week, Joystiq celebrates its tenth anniversary by revealing each writer's favorite - not "best" - games of the last decade. Aside from selecting a number one, each list is unordered.

For his number one selection, Contributing Editor Sinan Kubba battles his love between two of From Software's hellish action-RPGs, finally giving the nod to Dark Souls. That doesn't mean, however, that Demon's Souls has been forgotten in the rest of his ten favorite games of the last decade.

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Join Joystiq at GaymerX2 this weekend

What are you doing this weekend? If you have some spare time and live around San Francisco, you're invited to hang out with Joystiq Editor-in-chief Ludwig Kietzmann and Managing Editor Susan Arendt at GaymerX2! Our dashing managerial duo is hosting and speaking on a panel called "Yes, and? An improvised approach to inclusion," which introduces a classic improv technique as a way to better communicate about difficult subjects within our existing social structures.

As comedy writer and actress Tina Fey breaks down in Bossypants, saying "yes, and" is a trick to make sure an improv scene doesn't fall flat. First, you have to accept the given situation – say "yes" – and second, you have to add to it, or the conversation stalls out. For our purposes, if someone says an aspect of a game or story makes them uncomfortable, we don't need to debate that feeling – we can say yes, and then add our own perspectives to the conversation.

GaymerX2 takes over the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco from July 11 - 13 – this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. GaymerX2 has a host of guests and panels lined up, including appearances by WWE star Darren Young, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and BioWare writer David Gaider (who'll be joining Ludwig and Susan). This is the final installment of the GaymerX conference series, but as President Toni Rocca told us earlier this year, GaymerX isn't dead.
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Last chance to get Threes for frees at Starbucks

Threes! is available for free at Starbucks for a little while longer, maybe today and tomorrow, and it's worth grabbing. Since there are plenty of free clones like it - for example 2048 - here's the opportunity to get the premium press original at no additional cost.

It's always cool to pick up an award-winning game instead of spending two bucks on it ... while grabbing a caramel macchiato for $5.95.
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Sonic Adventure 2 cutscene recreation is no faker

Image YouTube animator Cameron Turner gives a brief but promising glimpse at what a Sonic Adventure 2 remake might look like in the fan-made scene recreation above, putting a new spin on a memorable clash between Sonic and Shadow. The recreation improves on the original scene in practically every way,... Continue Reading

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