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This Destiny beta footage came from the moon

Image For two hours on Saturday, Bungie opened the gates to the moon in the Destiny beta. Historian of all things moon related, Joystiq invites you to watch this footage of the mission. Spoilers: We found wizards! The beta has since ended, but Destiny launches on September 9 for PS4, Xbox One, PS3... Continue Reading

Give me a deluxe apartment in Destiny's sky

There are plenty of mechanical details that need to be tweaked before Destiny is ready for its full public debut, as this weekend's past stress test showed. There are balance issues and a few bugs, and the smart thing for Bungie to do is to really nail down the questing and shooting and matchmaking until they're all pretty much perfect. That's your core gameplay right there, and if that's not satisfying, nobody will really care all that much if you can dye your armor red. After all that's taken care of, however, what I want most next - before more content, even, is a house. Well, more like an apartment. The game says that the Tower is "where the Guardians live," so fine, let me live there.

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Visit scenic Twilight Gap, Destiny's latest Crucible map


With the Destiny beta now behind us, the developers at Bungie can resume teasing in-game content that the majority of us won't see in-person for months. Case in point, Twilight Gap.

According to this IGN featurette, Twilight Gap is a map that will be found in the final, retail version of Destiny's multiplayer combat component, the Crucible. As an abandoned military base set on the ruined Earth, it features foreboding, claustrophobic metal corridors, expansive outdoor vistas and mountainous, alpine terrain. As lead designer Lars Bakken explains, though relatively small, Twilight Gap offers combatants a multi-tiered battleground where vertical movement is as important as controlling the ground around your Guardian.

If this short tour has whet your appetite, we're sorry to report that you won't be admiring Twilight Gap first-hand until Destiny's September debut. In the meantime, why not have a look at our new list of those games that remind us of Destiny. Unlike Bungie's open-world shooter, those games can be played at this very moment.
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Waiting for Destiny: Games that remind us of Bungie's next franchise

Late last night, Bungie pulled the plug on the Destiny beta, forcing Guardians into hibernation until September 9. For those anticipating the game's multiplatform release, the server shutdown was like a swift tug of a band aid from healing wound: Quick and painful.

Were we patient, we'd say the wait to September 9 is no time at all – 42 days we could do standing on our head. But we're not patient and we need something to satiate our thirst. Luckily, Bungie's latest game seems to pull elements from a host of different franchises, so we have options for maintaining that buzz while we wait for the real thing.

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Excuse me while I kiss the skybox: Timelapse footage of Destiny's skies

Image If Ralph Waldo Emerson was right, and the sky is indeed the "daily bread of the eyes," then the gorgeous, multi-layered heavens found in the Destiny beta rate at least a spongecake (or a dozen especially flaky croissants). [Image: Activision]... Continue Reading

Guardians of the Galaxy Pinball dated for all systems



This past weekend the Guardians of the Galaxy pinball table was announced, bringing the crazy crew to Zen Pinball 2 in addition to their appearances in Disney Infinity 2.0 and Marvel: Avengers Alliance. The table was revealed for PS3, PS4 and Vita, available for $2.99 on July 29.

The table will also be available on the following platforms and dates:
  • Steam, Xbox 360 - July 30
  • Xbox One, Android, iOS and Amazon - July 31

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The Last of Us Remastered PS4 bundle headed to Canada

Our brothers and sisters to the north will soon have extra incentive to pick up a PlayStation 4, as Sony announced that it will ship a The Last of Us Remastered-themed PS4 hardware bundle in Canada this week.

The package includes a PlayStation 4 console, a DualShock 4 controller, and a digital copy of The Last of Us Remastered for $449.99 CAD. Non-bundled PlayStation 4 consoles retail for $449.99 CAD following a region-wide price increase earlier this year, giving the bundle added value over a standalone console purchase.

The Last of Us Remastered PS4 hardware bundle will hit Canadian retailers on July 29. A similar bundle is also slated to launch in Europe and Japan.

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Watch The Last of Us' Ellie reminisce about pushing around another Joel


Sony's pumping out the promos ahead of The Last of Us: Remastered's launch this week, but a new interview between actors Troy Baker (Joel) and Ashley Johnson (Ellie) covers some interesting ground.

The best bit is when Johnson talks about recording a heated scene with a different actor going up for the Joel part, giving us a glimpse into how motion-capture can get emotional, and quick. The video also touches on the very enjoyable "alternate" ending - if you've not seen that in full, that footage is waiting for you below the break.

The Last of Us: Remastered hits PS4 on July 29 in North America and August 1 in Europe.

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Gaystation 4 up for auction

In celebration of pride week in Sweden, retailer Webhallen is auctioning off a customized PlayStation 4 to support The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights (RFSL). Designated the "Gaystation edition," the auction for the $400 console is already up to $1,630 (as of this writing).

"For many young people, the world of games will become a refuge to escape the taunting or worse of real life. On Webhallen, we are gamers in heart and mind, and are keen that as many as possible have the opportunity to feel welcome and enjoy the world's largest and fastest growing interest: video games," notes the Webhallen post, with #thisisforthegaymers.

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Watch Dogs is still the UK charts' best friend

Watch Dogs continues to rise above the summer drought, notching its sixth week in total as the British No. 1. Again, there's not one new release in the UK top 40, so it's not shocking to see the country's games market drop another three percent in revenue this week.

The Last of Us: Remastered should reinvigorate the market, but until then we're staving off the tumbleweeds with more music below the break. This week, we're honoring Watch Dogs' achievement with a 1969 rock track that featured memorably in British gangster film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Woof!

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Luke, it was your Destiny beta, but now it's over

Almost as if it was fated to, the Destiny beta came to an end late last night. So, just in case you woke up this morning excited to carry on your space adventures, we're here to dampen your mood to a level more appropriate for a Monday. Still, it's only a six-week wait until the game itself launches for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS3 on September 9.

Now that the beta's over, let us know what you thought of your time with it. Has it sold you on the game proper, or do you see Destiny as a galaxy far, far away from your consoles?
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The Nostromo crew lives again in Alien: Isolation trailer

Image In this Alien: Isolation trailer, Sigourney Weaver, Yaphet Kotto, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright and Harry Dean Stanton return to the Nostromo to reminisce about the good ol' days, when men were men, women were women, and aliens didn't care, because human face is equally tasty. [Image:... Continue Reading

The Guardians of the Galaxy are pinball wizards in Zen Pinball 2



You're going to see a whole lot more of Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Gamora, Drax and Star-Lord - AKA The Guardians of the Galaxy - very soon. We already knew that the rag-tag group of renegades would bring daring adventures to theaters, Disney Infinity 2.0, and Marvel: Avengers Alliance, but now we can add virtual pinball tables to that list.

A Guardians of the Galaxy-themed table will be available for Zen Pinball 2 on PS3, PS4 and Vita starting July 29, and for $2.99 you can bring together all five of the starbound heroes as they battle Ronan the Accuser using the most powerful weapon in the galaxy: friendship a giant laser cannon pinball.
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Battlefield Hardline's story makes good cops bad cops

We can't uphold or defy the law in Battlefield: Hardline until 2015, but thanks to San Diego Comic-Con, we can get a sense of what will unfold in its single-player content right now. According to Polygon's report, Hardline's story follows a pair of straight-shooting cops as they're set up by another group. As a result of being framed, they land in prison, faced with fighting their way out before settling the score with the people who put them there.

Polygon notes a video shown to panel attendees depicted urban environments, as well as a scene following Hardline's lead cops as they storm a cocaine warehouse in a desert-like area. A crime lord named Roark owns the facility, and given his profession and choice of locale, we can't imagine he's receptive of any stop-ins from local law enforcement.

Eugene Byrd (Bones), Kelly Hu (Arrow) and Benito Martinez (The Shield) will have significant roles in Hardline's story, with Mark Rolston (The Departed) playing Roark. Wendy Calhoun, co-producer of Justified, is serving as a narrative consultant, with The West Wing editor Bill Johnson working as Hardline's performance director.
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Take the shot with The Last Of Us: Remastered's Photo Mode



When things get frantic in action games, the tension can make it tough to appreciate the scene unfolding at our command. The PS4's Share button has helped players capture moments in snapshots for a while, but The Last Of Us: Remastered's Photo Mode will offer extra filters and camera controls so players can really explore a moment and get the perspective they're most interested in. Once the feature is turned on in Remastered's pause menu, Photo Mode can be toggled with a click of L3.

In the video demonstration above, the narrator explains that players can "enter Photo Mode any time other than a cutscene, though sometimes you'll be restricted from moving the camera." While repositioning the camera might not always be possible, there are still options to adjust a shot's depth of field, brightness, surrounding frame or color. Vignettes and film grains can be laid over photos as well, to help emphasize the desired sort of mood. Once a composition is complete, tapping the Share button will share the snapshot as normal, with another tap of L3 returning players to actively dealing with Remastered's Clicker problem.

Maybe you can grab an exquisitely-gruesome frame of your future brick-on-the-head kills, or catch Joel mid eye roll as Ellie shares another kneeslapper from her joke book. Either way, you can give the photojournalist thing a go when Remastered ventures onto the PS4 on July 29.
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