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New Flight School jobs propel GTA 5 into the danger zone

The latest round of jobs added to the open-world crime sandbox that is Grand Theft Auto Online will feed your need for speed, assuming you're old enough to understand that as a Top Gun reference and not a nod to EA's racing games.

Building on the recent, fan-favorite Flight School Update, Grand Theft Auto Online now features two new contact missions. The first, "Chop Chop," sees players hijacking helicopters from Merryweather Security before turning their airborne ordinance back on the the PMC's goons. In the second contact mission, "Effin' Lazers," players will fly the titular fighter jets on a mission to destroy similar jets owned by rival drug dealers. Obligatory Kenny Loggins anthem not included.

The remaining missions are a mixed bag of races, parachute jumps and a capture maps. Highlights include "Flying Colors," where players race jets mere feet above the scrub brush of East Blaine County, and the "Under The Bridge" event where brave souls leap from a helicopter 4,000 feet in the air before using their parachute skills to float to relative safety beneath a bridge. For full details on all of the new missions joining Grand Theft Auto Online visit the Rockstar Games blog.
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PSN Tuesday: Don't Starve, Velocity 2X

If Wednesday is Whacky and Thursday is Thirsty, what's left for poor old Tuesday? It's not alliteration, but we like to think of Tuesday as PSN Update Day: This week, grab Velocity 2X as a Cross-Buy on PS4 and Vita for $20 (free for Plus members), and Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate on PS4 for $60.

Vita gets Don't Starve: Giant Edition for $15, Joe Danger for $11 (free for Plus members), Danganronpa 2 for $40 and Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate for $40. On PS3, grab Mega Man X4 for $6 and Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate for $50.

Games discounted through September 9 include Alice: Madness Returns Ultimate Edition for $7, Battlefield Bad Company 2 for $7, the Mass Effect trilogy for $20 and Mirror's Edge for $7.
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New Assassin's Creed screens set sail for neck stabbin'

Image Through two galleries of upcoming Assassin's Creed entries - the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3-bound Assassin's Creed: Rogue, and the new-generation Assassin's Creed: Unity - two things remain constant: Everyone is unrealistically attractive given the hygiene standards of the period, and somebody... Continue Reading

Costume Quest 2 goes trick-or-treating with bigger worlds, goofier costumes

Double Fine's catalog is defined by eclectic variety, with its previous efforts ranging from alternate-history tower defense games to RTS-infused brawlers. To date, however, none of the studio's games has seen a sequel. What, then, made the Halloween-themed RPG Costume Quest a standout candidate for a follow-up?

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Take a tour of Destiny with Planet View

Image Destiny players can get an early look at the game's sprawling otherworldly environments with Planet View, a Google Street View-like feature powered by Google's technologies. In addition to offering combat-free tourism, Planet View catalogs the game's enemies and makes it easier to find hidden... Continue Reading

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round returns on last generation too

When it launches next spring, Dead or Alive: Last Round - pinkie promise - is going to be the second re-release of Team Ninja's fighter to hit Xbox 360 and PS3. In fairness to DOA5, Street Fighter 4 is already up to three on that count.

As revealed over the weekend, the new version is also coming to PS4 and Xbox One where Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi promises "the most graphically striking version of any Dead or Alive game ever." For returning players moving to PS4 and Xbox One, Koei Tecmo said previously bought DLC is transferable from last-gen consoles to the new ones.

For a first look at Last Round, check out the new trailer below the break.

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Mighty No. 9 starts backers-only beta

Early access keys for Mighty No. 9 have been sent to the game's beta-level backers, Comcept announced on the game's Kickstarter page Sunday. Those that pledged at least $80 to get a taste of Keiji Inafune's latest creation ahead of the rest of its community should have received their keys in the past few days. Additionally, backers will also receive a free copy of Mighty Gunvolt, the retro-style crossover of Mighty No. 9 and Inti Creates' Azure Striker Gunvolt.

Mighty No. 9 was announced during PAX Prime last year. It went on to earn over $3.8 million on Kickstarter, the most of any project during a full year that saw 340 other successful Kickstarter games. The developer also recently issued a new video, found after the break, that shows the Mega Man creator play-testing a competitive multiplayer mode in the game, online race battle.

Mighty No. 9 will launch in spring 2015 for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac, Linux, 3DS, Wii U and Vita.
[Image: Comcept]

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Globe-trotting with Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

It wouldn't be fair to Lucid Games to say that Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is "just more Geometry Wars," and then leave one's impressions at that. Announced just a few weeks ago, the game literally takes the series where it has never been, primarily thanks to new three-dimensional visuals (with a pun-tastic title to match). In all honesty though, calling it "more Geometry Wars" serves as a reassurance to the twin-stick series' devotees that its fast-paced action hasn't gone anywhere.

My time with Geometry Wars 3 at PAX Prime in Seattle demonstrated that the game fits perfectly with its 2D brethren. Piloting the iconic, angular cruiser through galactic grids felt as tight as ever, while slipping past threats and rapidly firing laser-like bullets at geometric baddies is as chaotic as ever. It took a few attempts to get acquainted with the game's latest twist, though the enemy and bullet behavior is just that, a "twisted" version of the previous games.

The flat grid-like playing field fans are used to is now a sphere, tube, pill, peanut or one of numerous other shapes, depending on which of the single-player mode's 50 levels you jump into. Every element in play is stuck to the surface like Nintendo's iconic plumber in Super Mario Galaxy, but ultimately Geometry Wars 3 draws some appropriate comparisons to Super Stardust HD. Missiles rocketed past my ship and around the bend of some levels, but aiming for the more distant neon creatures never felt like a real shot in the dark, if I'm allowed to make my own puns here.

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Resident Evil trailer reanimates remake in horrifying HD

Image Capcom has released a brand new trailer for Resident Evil, the HD version of Shinji Mikami's survival horror classic remake which first hit Gamecube back in 2002. Due out in 2015, this new edition of Resident Evil will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Steam. ... Continue Reading

Sony Japan & Asia presser round-up: Fives alive on PS4

While some of you were snoozing, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan & Asia had a little shindig ahead of this month's Tokyo Game Show, and it was news-stuffed. If you want you can re-watch the whole shebang here, all two hours or so of it... on your precious day off. Just in case you'd rather not, we've compiled a list of the highlights below the break.

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UK takes Metro Redux to the top of the charts

Metro Redux - we can't believe they didn't go with Metro Revival - is the new UK No. 1 this week, overthrowing Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition after one week of glory. Meanwhile, Madden NFL 15 debuts 6th, which isn't bad given which version of football it is.

The PS4, Xbox One and PC bundle of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light is Deep Silver's first No. 1 of the year, but it's far from the first remaster to lead the way in 2014. Upgraded and enhanced versions of Tomb Raider, Diablo 3 and The Last of Us had already scored five chart-topping weeks between them before Metro Redux came along, and we could see a few other remasters at the top before the year's close.

In honor of the remasters, we're going to re-release our idea of music videos below the break for these posts. This week and with Metro in mind, we'll keep it Russian with 2000s duo t.A.T.u, who infamously caused great controversy with their awful capitalization.

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Persona 5 coming to PlayStation 4 [update: trailer]

Persona 5 is being summoned to PlayStation 4, Sony announced at this morning's pre-TGS press conference. It was previously announced for PS3, in line with recent entries which came to PS2 rather its already released successor. The next entry in Atlus' acclaimed role-playing series was originally due for the previous-gen console this winter in Japan, but it's now coming to Japan for both systems in 2015.

Atlus has already confirmed it's bringing Persona 5 to North America, and that's also due in 2015. While it's not yet confirmed, we expect the PS4 version to make the journey across. In the interim, check out Atlus' new trailer below the break.

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Yakuza Zero sets the calendar to 1988, coming 2015

Yakuza Zero, the recently-revealed entry in the Japanese crime sim series, will take fans back to the year 1988, developer/published Sega announced at Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference. Taking place years before the first Yakuza game, the new entry in the series will focus on two protagonists: Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima.

The game, which is coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, will feature cross-play with the PS Vita. Yakuza Zero is expected to start its crime spree in spring of 2015.
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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 confirmed for early 2015 [update]

Update: Capcom Unity and a press release confirm Resident Evil: Revelations 2 for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in early 2015. There's no mention of the 3DS, which the original Revelations debuted on. Check out a teaser below the break.

Capcom confirmed the development of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 during Sony Entertainment of Japan's press conference today. The publisher will launch the game in early 2015.

While the game's predecessor, Resident Evil: Revelations, featured series mainstays Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield as protagonists, Revelations 2 will star new heroes in a new story and setting. Box art for the game was leaked on Microsoft's official Xbox site earlier this month for Xbox 360. Capcom confirmed the game for PlayStation 4 during Sony's press event. A playable demo of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be available at Tokyo Game Show later this month.

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Watch Sony's pre-TGS press conference right here [update: it's over!]

Update: It's over! Check out all the news here. Or replay the conference below that break.

As the sun begins to set on PAX Prime in the West, it's also beginning to rise on the Tokyo Game Show in the East. While Japan's most major of games conventions doesn't begin for another two weeks yet, one of its most important precursors is under an hour away: Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia's 2014 press conference.

Last year's conference didn't disappoint in terms of big announcements, including the unveiling of the Vita 2000 and Vita TV, and the PS4 release date for Japan. Then again, 2013 was such an important one for Sony with the PS4 launch, so what are the chances we'll see an encore this year? Well, you can find out firsthand by joining us to watch the show.

You'll find the livestream below the break of this post, and the conference is scheduled to begin at 2AM ET (7AM UK, 11PM PT August 31.) As ever, we'll endeavor to bring you all the news on the site as soon as we can.

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