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Report: Metal Gear fan remake featuring Hayter shut down



A remake of the original Metal Gear - not Metal Gear Solid, for clarity - that reportedly featured David Hayter reprising his years-long role as Solid Snake has been shut down, according to Metal Gear Informer. The site reports that a producer on the game told them that "the guys over at Konami couldn't agree on a decision so [they] had no choice but to shut us down."

Although fans of the 1987 MSX top-down stealth game won't get to relive Solid Snake's mission to take down Outer Heaven, they can still experience a sample of what the team had planned by checking out a recently-released trailer featuring David Hayter - or at least someone doing a spot-on impersonation of him.

Ah, the bitter taste of what could have been.
[Image: Outer Heaven Productions]

EA offers 72 free hours of Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare

Inexplicable yet surprisingly competent third-person shooter Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is the latest addition to EA's Origin Game Time service, a promotion that grants players free access to full games for a limited time.

Here's how it works: If you pay a visit to the Game Time website, you'll find a list of relatively recent EA games. At the top of this list is Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. If you have a valid Origin account, you'll be able to download the PC shooter at no charge. From the moment you start playing the game, Origin will start a countdown and once 72 hours have elapsed, the game will cease to function. Think of this as yet another timed demo from a publisher that is growing increasingly fond of the trend.

On the positive side, those who dip their toes into the world of vegetable-on-corpse violence via this promotion will be playing the latest version of the shooter, with all the DLC maps and characters that have been released for the game to date. And, if you'd like to continue gunning down sunflowers and the walking dead after your 72-hour trial has ended, you can purchase Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare from Origin for $30.

Claptrap learns new tricks in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

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Today's Xbox One update adds remote purchases, 3D Blu-ray support


Microsoft launched an Xbox One system update today, rolling out a collection of new features and interface tweaks in response to user feedback.

The Xbox One's August update reorganizes user activity feeds, adding text entry and expanded options for shared media. After applying the upgrade, players can purchase Xbox One content online and install it remotely without manually powering on the system. Media playback also gets a boost with 3D Blu-ray support and the ability to disable system notifications while watching video.

Other new features include notifications for low controller batteries and a "last seen" option that tracks friend activity. Microsoft plans to introduce additional improvements to the Xbox One's media player and other firmware components in the next system update due this fall.

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Video preview: Bayonetta 2

In the pantheon of video game absurdity, Platinum's Bayonetta franchise stands atop any other series. A witch with guns for shoes and hair that acts as both outfit and weapon trumps pretty much any other crazy concept ever concocted in interactive entertainment history.

Platinum brings its powerful action heroine back later this year in Bayonetta 2, exclusively on the Wii U. After spending time with the game, Joystiq Editor-in-chief Ludwig Kietzmann recounts the many monsters slain, snapshots taken of Bayonetta in action and puts an age-old debate to rest: long haired Bayonetta or short?
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EA Access offers six pre-launch hours with Madden NFL 15

Those who subscribe to EA Access will be able to take to the gridiron in Madden NFL 15 before the rest of the world, but only for six hours, according to a tweet from the program's official Twitter account.

It was recently revealed that prior to the August 26 debut of Madden NFL 15, EA would make the game available exclusively to Xbox One owners with EA Access subscriptions. Curious fans grilled the EA Access Twitter account for more information until it replied with the following: "EA Access memebers [sic] will have six gameplay hours with the full Madden NFL 15 game."

If this sounds familiar, that's because it's not the first time EA has attempted to sell access to its pre-release sports games. The $25 annual EA Sports Season Ticket once offered players access to EA's releases three days before they hit store shelves. Unfortunately, those pre-release games stopped functioning once their physical counterparts hit retail shelves, forcing players to go out and pick up a copy of the game just to continue playing.

Joystiq Deals: Game development tutorial bundle

This edition of Joystiq Deals is aimed at the budding game developer, with a massively-discounted seven course bundle designed to train even the most oblivious neophyte on how to develop games for iOS, Android and the PC.

Included in the Ultimate Game Developer Bundle are over 30 hours of instruction on topics ranging from iOS and Android development to crafting your own Flappy Bird or match-3 style game. Normally the bundle features a $989 price tag, but for a limited time you can grab all of this instructional material from Joystiq Deals for only $49.

If you're interested in taking advantage of this offer, you'd better hurry. When we said "limited time" we meant it: This deal is only available for the next 24 hours.


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You shall use this season pass for Shadow of Mordor add-ons

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is getting the season pass treatment, giving players bonus content when the game launches on September 30. Season pass holders will receive the exclusive Guardians of the Flaming Eye Orc Warband mission, early access to the Trials of War series of challenges and two story missions: Lord of the Hunt and The Bright Lord. Additionally, those that opt-in to the season pass program will be guaranteed access to future add-on content like runes and skins.

Monolith's adventure based in the Tolkien-o-verse was previously expected to launch on October 7 before Warner Bros. moved the game's launch up last month to late September (October 3 in the UK). The publisher did not offer a price for the season pass, though it's not the only method of obtaining extra goodies for Shadow of Mordor; PS4 owners that pre-order the game will receive exclusive "PlayStation Legion Missions." Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is in development for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
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Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition strikes Steam this week

Drinkbox Studios' lucha libre-themed action-platformer Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition is scheduled to hit Steam later this week, the studio announced today.

Guacamelee's upgraded Super Turbo Championship Edition, which includes all previously released DLC and a batch of expanded storyline content, premiered for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U in July. The upcoming Steam port boasts Steam Workshop support and an in-game costume shop, along with other platform-specific features like trading cards.

Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition will make its Steam debut on August 21 for $14.99. Players who already own a copy of the previously released Guacamelee: Gold Edition can upgrade for $4.99.

[Image: Drinkbox Studios]

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Video preview: Alien Isolation

Alien: Isolation is just around the corner, launching on October 7 for PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3. After playing an Oculus Rift-powered preview of the game, Joystiq Senior Reporter Jessica Conditt described The Creative Assembly's take on the classic franchise as "pants-shittingly awesome." While the final game isn't being built with the Rift in mind, it's the A.I.-driven monster that does the heavy lifting, bringing the classic film series into a growing genre of escape-horror video games.

In a new video preview alongside Jessica, Joystiq Editor-in-chief Ludwig Kietzmann discusses his recent hands-on with the game, a few hurdles he thinks the Sega-published title will have to overcome and the many merits of breath management.
[Image: Sega]

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See Ninja Theory's canceled game, Razer, in action

Yesterday, we told you about Razer, a game in development at Ninja Theory that had no luck finding a publisher and was canceled in favor of the newly-revealed Hellblade. Today, we bring you internal footage of what could have been.

According to a series of Ninja Theory tweets, the trailer found below the break is "genuine pitch materials," meaning it depicts a game that is far from completion. Despite this, we can see a few novel ideas in play. Apparently Razer would have allowed for multiplayer cooperation between players within the game itself and those using tablets to observe the battle, not unlike the Commander mode in Battlefield 4. Where EA's game is a first-person shooter, however, Razer is closer to a third-person action game both gunplay and melee combat in close quarters.

Unfortunately, since no publisher agreed to fund Razer, it's unlikely the game will ever see the light of day. That said, if any budding developers want to take up the task of completing what Ninja Theory has begun, the developer has announced plans to release the game's development materials to the public.
[Image: Ninja Theory]

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PS3 hardware price drop announced for Japan

The PlayStation 3 will have its price slashed in Japan later this month, dropping the 500GB "Charcoal Black" model to ¥25,980 (approximately $253), Sony revealed this week.

The discounted CECH-4300C model replaces the PS3's current CECH-4000C "super slim" edition in Japan, Siliconera reports. The current 500GB model retails for ¥33,900 at Amazon.co.jp.

Following the price drop, Sony will discontinue Japan's current 500 GB (CECH-4200C), 250 GB (CECH-4200B), and 250 GB "Classic White" (CECH-4200BLW) PS3 hardware bundles. The discounted hardware goes on sale in Japan on August 28. Sony has issued no word regarding a PS3 hardware price drop elsewhere in the world.

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Disney Infinity 2.0's Toy Box pack stars Stitch, Merida

Following the recent news about Disney Infinity 2.0's Toy Box, Disney Interactive revealed a combo pack for the game that's centered on the mode. The Toy Box Combo Pack will be a new way to buy the game without all those pesky Marvel Super Heroes, as it stars Merida (Disney's Brave) and Stitch (Lilo and Stitch).

The Toy Box Combo Pack will include a copy of the game, the Disney Infinity 2.0 base, one poster, figures for both Merida and Stitch as well as two Toy Box game discs: "Stitch's Tropical Rescue" and "Brave Forest Siege." The starter pack will launch November 4 in North America and November 7 in the UK. Disney Infinity 2.0 will launch September 23 for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U.

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Watch one hour of The Evil Within, if you can

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Far Cry 4: Crouching tiger, hidden Blood Dragon

If there's one game that doesn't quite fit into Far Cry's exotic zoo of flammable locales, it's Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. The standalone spinoff (often confused for DLC) dragged the franchise's jungle-stalking into a neon cyber-parody of 1980s action, stripping off a serious face to reveal a toothy grin and bulging cheek. Players loved it, and some wondered why that couldn't have been THE Far Cry 3.

As much as I like what I've played of THE Far Cry 4, I wonder about a full surrender to Shangri-La, the strange, mystical reflection of the game's "real" Himalayan world. These excursions into Shangri-La are absolutely integrated into the main storyline – not DLC – and spread across five unreal episodes. There may yet be another Blood Dragon, but Far Cry 4 comes with weirdness built-in.

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