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White Xbox One Sunset Overdrive, Madden bundles confirmed

Well, that was fast rumor turnaround. The white Xbox Ones have been confirmed by Polygon. The Madden 15 bundle will be priced at $399 without a Kinect in the box and is planned to launch August 26.

Actually, it won't have Madden in the box either, since the game will be delivered via a download code. It will also include "three Pro Packs for Madden Ultimate Team." $399 is the standard price of an Xbox One without Kinect.

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Resident Evil re-remake set for early 2015

The original Resident Evil is being reanimated once again in early 2015. That's not entirely precise. The original Resident Evil launched in 1996 and was put under the knife and remade in 2002. According to publisher Capcom, this HD remix is the "definitive re-visit of that iconic" remake from 2002.

Available on current and last-gen Xboxen and PlayStation systems, the remake will also be available on PC. Capcom says panicked running from demon dogs and annoying crows (the worst!) will be in 1080p on Xbox One and PS4. Resident Evil will also support 5.1 surround sound, 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios, along with classic and modern control schemes.

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State of Decay dev unveils mobile, multiplayer RPG Moonrise

Undead Labs' next project departs the open-world, zombie apocalypse of State of Decay in favor of optimistic, dreamy fantasy and Pokemon-style companions.

Dubbed "Moonrise," the multiplayer, mobile roleplaying game centers on the titular Moonrise, an event that causes creatures known as Solari to turn from humanity's peaceful pals to murderous beasts known as Lunari. As a Warden, it's your job to defeat the Lunari (which, helpfully, turns them back into Solari and adds a new ally to your cause). If you get bored of beating on computer-controlled critters, you can also use your squad of loyal Solari to battle other Wardens via online multiplayer.

Undead Labs plans to launch a Moonrise beta test on iPhone, iPad and Android devices this Fall. Assuming all goes to plan, Moonrise will make its official debut in "early 2015."
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Madden 15 gets a kick out of its top safeties

EA closed out its top athlete rankings for Madden NFL 15 this weekend with lists of the highest-rated safeties and kickers/punters in the game. Saints free safety Jairus Byrd (96 overall) as well as strong safeties Kam Chancellor of the Seahawks and the Steelers' Troy Polamalu (both 93 overall) topped the final lists for defensive players in the game. Likewise, Miami Dolphins punter Brandon Fields will be the highest-rated player in the game to boot the pigskin with his foot, thanks to his 96 overall rating.

This follows EA Tiburon's gradual ratings reveal in best-of list form, in which it covered defenders, offensive players like quarterbacks and running backs as well as the NFL's best rookies. EA Sports is now in the midst of unveiling its full team ratings on a division-by-division basis. It currently has spreadsheets loaded with ratings for players in the AFC and NFC North and South divisions available on the game's site. Madden 15 will launch August 26 for PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Square Enix bringing Chaos Rings 3 to mobile, Vita this year

A third entry in Media-Vision's mobile JRPG series Chaos Rings is due to launch for smartphones and the PS Vita in October in Japan, publisher Square Enix announced this week (via Gematsu).

Chaos Rings premiered for iOS devices in 2010, finding a niche with genre fans when JRPG-styled adventure games were still scarce in the App Store. A prequel, Chaos Rings Omega, and a sequel followed in the years afterward, and the original game was released for PlayStation Mobile-enabled devices (including the PS Vita) in 2013.

Chaos Rings 3 will be priced at 2,800 yen on mobile devices and 4,300 yen for PS Vita. A boxed, limited-edition Prequel Trilogy Special Edition is also coming to the PS Vita, confirming that the Vita version is a fully-fledged release for the platform and not a PlayStation Mobile port.

Chaos Rings 3 will launch in Japan on October 16. A North American release has not been announced.

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Gone Home developer rebrands as 'Fullbright,' just Fullbright

The Fullbright Company, development studio of Gone Home fame, is nixing the "company" part of its name and is now simply called "Fullbright." The developer released a new logo to mark the occasion – we feel a strange thirst for root beer for some reason.

Fullbright also announced that it's hiring. After Johnnemann Nordhagen left in June to form his own studio, Dim Bulb Games, the group requires a replacement programmer. Fullbright is also seeking a character animator. It would seem that, unlike Gone Home, future projects from the team will feature moving characters.

The multiple changes don't mean a shift in attitude, though. In the announcement post revealing the news, it's stated that the company ... er, group ... will continue to focus on "creating immersive, unforgettable story exploration video games." We're okay with this.
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Humble Flash Bundle features Aaaaa! creator Dejobaan

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! what you might say upon learning that you can purchase the majority of Dejobaan Games' PC catalog for $8 as part of today's Humble Flash Sale.

Pay any amount for the package and you'll get Dejobaan's skydiving sim Aaaaa! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity and Katamari-like The Wonderful End of the World. Beat the average purchase price (currently $4.95) and you'll also get Aaaaa!'s Brutal Concussion DLC, sequel Aaaaa! for the Awesome, and Monster Loves You!

Buyers who pay $8 or more will additionally receive a copy of Dejobaan's latest game, Drunken Robot Pornography. The bundle will only be available through tomorrow, so jump on it fast if you want a safe outlet for your screamy skydiving fantasies.

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Double Action is a shooter dictated by the Rule of Cool

Do you long for the days of bullet-time and John Woo-style spontaneous dove-bustion? Are you a cool guy who doesn't look at explosions? Then friend, you just might be the type of cowboy boots-wearing, name-taking badass suited for Double Action, a game that's all about Newton's First Law of Ass-Kicking: coolness before physics.

Double Action is a multiplayer shooter focused not just on shooting up your opponents, but doing so with the kind of run-and-dive-in-slow-motion style that games like Max Payne popularized in the early '00s. Players choose one of five different styles (Marksman, Athlete, Bouncer, Reflexes and Nitrophiliac) to help them survive checkpoints, capture briefcases full of money and of course, take out the bad guys.

The game was built as a Half-Life 2 mod, and is a spiritual successor to The Specialists, a Half-Life mod created by several of the same architects. The first official release of the game, codenamed "Boogaloo," hit PCs earlier this weekend. If Double Action: Double Harder Boogaloo sounds like your bag, you can download it for free off the official website, or wait until it hits Steam - the game was one of the 50 greenlit this month.
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WWE 2K15 collector's edition has 24-inch pythons, brother

The special collector's edition of WWE 2K15 costs $100 and is exclusive to the game's PS4 and Xbox One versions, 2K Sports announced today. In addition to a copy of the latest wrestling game from Yuke's and Visual Concepts, the Hulkamania Edition features pre-order-exclusive Hulk Hogan and Hollywood Hulk Hogan playable characters for the game plus the two bonus versions of WCW star Sting, another pre-order extra for WWE 2K15.

WWE 2K15's Hulkamania Edition also features tangible goodies only found in the collector's box (and on eBay shortly after launch for what will surely be ludicrous prices). Hulkamaniacs will receive a collectible art card personally signed by the Hulkster himself as well as a piece of the ring canvas Hogan strutted on in his Monday Night Raw appearance on March 10, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee. Lastly, the special edition will include a vinyl figure of Hogan's "Hollywood" gimmick made by Funko.

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Mutant Mudds dev reveals Metroidvania-style Xeodrifter

Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham has announced that development on Treasurenauts is now on hiatus so that the studio can instead focus on Xeodrifter, an exploratory platformer set in deep space.

"I am a huge fan of Super Metroid, Metroid: Zero Mission, and Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, and have always wanted to develop a game in that sub-genre," Watsham writes in a Go Nintendo-exclusive developer's diary. "The day finally came where the desire to develop it got too strong and I just had to act on it. Xeodrifter was born."

According to Watsham, players take the role of an "interstellar drifter" attempting to explore desolate planets for the resources necessary to fix their ship. Of course, there are aliens that will need blasting and numerous power-ups and secrets areas to discover all within a labyrinthine, color-coded map, so despite Watsham's antipathy toward the "Metroidvania" descriptor, he admits it really is the most succinct way to describe Xeodrifter.

Though Watsham offers no release date or even vague window for when Xeodrifter might debut, he plans to keep fans updated on the studio's progress via a series of weekly developer diaries at Go Nintendo.
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Microsoft welcomes Madden 15 with dedicated Xbox One bundle

Just in time for the debut of Madden 15, Microsoft has unveiled an Xbox One bundle focused on the latest edition of EA's annual football sim.

Slated to debut alongside Madden 15 on August 26, the Xbox One Madden NFL 15 bundle includes a console, a digital copy of Madden 15 and three Pro Packs for use in Ultimate Team mode. That may seem meager, but by reducing the amount of extraneous content Microsoft can offer this bundle at $400 - the same price attached to a Kinect-less Xbox One - for those people who want a new console purely for its ability to play EA's latest football offerings.

According to Microsoft, these bundles are only available for a limited time. If you want to ensure you've got one coming, you can pre-order the console from Amazon or the Microsoft Store.
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Rogue Legacy review: An addictive family business

"Six generations ago the Barbarian Queen Chun Li slew the eyeball beast Khidr. Given her extreme glaucoma there was a nice irony in that moment, but she never saw it. Of course, her offspring were a total disappointment. Her son couldn't stop swearing and his daughter was a dwarf with a fear of chicken. What kind of loving god would make a little girl fear the universe's only food source? Things only got worse from there: Scorpio had Alzheimer's, Grandpa Marvin was a hypochondriac and my dad had somehow reversed his personal gravity - we suspect a gypsy's curse.

Now it's come down to me, Sir Johnny III, intrepid (if clumsy and gassy) Shinobi. I've climbed the Tower and am moments away from slaying Ponce de Leon. On the very good chance that I'm about to die screaming, tell my child I love them, and to buy some health upgrades with all this cash I've swiped."

And so it goes in Rogue Legacy, Cellar Door Games' PC hit turned PlayStation adventure. One generation leads to another generation leads to another, as a family of nimble warriors gradually explores an enchanted castle that randomly changes its layout each time an adventurer walks through the door. Despite an unending litany of congenital defects, this clan plumbs the castle's dank depths, hopping from platform to platform, collecting gold, slaying monsters (with both steel and magic) and dying in the hope that the next generation might do exactly the same but slightly better. If it wasn't for an exceedingly thoughtful progression system and the tightest platforming controls this side of Nintendo it might seem repetitive, instead of addictive, engaging and frustrating in all the right ways.

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Twitch Plays Pokemon has beaten all Pokemon generations

We did it, everyone. Humanity has reached the highest state it will ever achieve, the pinnacle of our societal evolution. This week, Twitch Plays Pokemon completed Pokemon X, meaning that every generation of the Pokemon series has been conquered by the schizophrenic hivemind that is the TPP audience. Truly, we are ready for ascendance.

The social experiment where thousands of Twitch viewers input commands to control a single character has gone on for nearly six months now, and though the main series has been mastered, the madness continues. At the time of writing, the TPP Twitch channel was still active, with audience members battling each other in Pokemon Stadium 2.

Will Twitch Plays Pokemon return to the Hoenn region when Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire hits shelves on November 21? We'll have to wait and find out. In the meantime, let us never forget this all started with a boy named Red and his Charmander, named ABBBBBBK(. Praise Helix.
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'Bomb Gaza' among controversial games found on Google Play store

The Google Play store is under criticism for recently hosting multiple games centered around the Israel-Gaza war. Apps such as Bomb Gaza and Gaza Assault: Code Red recently appeared on the Android marketplace before eventually being removed today.

A cached version of Gaza Assault's store listing said players could "take control of an Israeli UAV equipped with powerful weapons in an attempt to secure the region" in the game, which was added to the store on July 21. Likewise, a cached page for Bomb Gaza noted that players in the game "drop bombs and avoid killing civilians." It was added to Google Play on July 29 by PlayFTW, a developer with two other apps on the market, Piano and Space War: New Era.

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Joystiq Deals: Sensordrone Bluetooth Sensor

For those moments when you need to figure out ambient light and humidity but only have what's available in your pocket, comes today's Joystiq Deal, the Sensordrone Bluetooth Sensor.

This keychain-sized gadget packs 11 diverse sensors (including multiple gas sensors, a lux meter and both infrared and ambient temperature sensors) alongside an expansion slot for gadgets such as external printers and even Electrocardiogram machines. The Sensordrone includes Bluetooth compatibility, allowing it to easily send gathered data directly to your smartphone for dissemination via your favorite social network.

Normally priced at $199, Joystiq Deals is offering the Sensordrone at $149 for the next nine days.
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