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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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Killer Instinct Classic 2 for Xbox One outed by Game Rating Board

A Korean Game Rating Board submission (via NeoGAF) named "Killer Instinct Classic 2" as an upcoming release for the Xbox One, suggesting that Microsoft is planning a port of the 1996 arcade game Killer Instinct 2.

Microsoft previously bundled a port of 1994's Killer Instinct with its Xbox One reboot issued last year. The retitled Killer Instinct Classic was available as a free bonus for players who purchased Killer Instinct's Ultra Edition and boxed Pin Ultimate Edition.

Developer Iron Galaxy Studios revealed earlier this month that Killer Instinct 2 star Maya will join Killer Instinct's playable roster this fall as part of its second season of content. Microsoft has not confirmed Killer Instinct Classic 2's existence or a release date, but given the publisher's previous release schedule for Killer Instinct content, the port could surface as part of a second-season bundle.

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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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Xbox Games with Gold: Dishonored, Strike Suit Zero

The free games for Xbox 360 and Xbox One in August via the Games with Gold program involve a lot of flying, biking and sneaking. From August 1 - 15 on Xbox 360, Gold members can grab Motocross Madness for free, and then from August 16 - 31, pick up Dishonored for free. Available for the entire month of August on Xbox One, Gold members can get Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut.

Free games are good, but free Dishonored really is a great deal this time around. It may even be great enough that Xbox One owners will turn that old Xbox 360 back on.
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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

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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Who let the polar bear dogs out - Platinum's Legend of Korra did



We once lived in a world without hope of a Legend of Korra video game. But everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked Platinum Games announced that they would develop a game based on Nickelodeon's animated adventure series. IGN has the first gameplay footage from the upcoming project, which shows Korra using the elements to dispatch her foes.

Of course, if throwing water, earth, wind and fire at your opponents isn't quite exciting enough for you, it looks like you'll also get a chance to ride Korra's polar bear dog, Naga. The demo shown is running on PlayStation 4, though the final game will be available on PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC as well come this fall.
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Destiny beta players blast off to the moon for a limited time

The Destiny beta is underway, and we've already taken a spin and discussed what we think about Bungie's first project since departing from the Halo series. But remember, not everything is fun and games here - a beta is a test after all, and Bungie would like your help testing their servers.

The development studio has put out a call for all beta players who are able to log on today at 2 p.m. Pacific/5 p.m. Eastern to create an in-game flash mob. Those who accomplish this heroic feat will receive a unique nameplate to commemorate the occasion, a reward Bungie teased earlier this week.

The real treat, however, is that for two hours only, players will be able to travel to the moon - you know, the place where that wizard came from? The event starts soon, so get locked and loaded while you can.
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Halo 2: Anniversary's new cinematics are a Blur of beauty



Halo: The Master Chief Collection made an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con this week, bringing with it new screenshots of the re-imagined "Zanzibar" map and a trailer showcasing Halo 2: Anniversary's revamped cutscenes.

Blur Studio, which has had its hand in many of today's most visually spectacular cinematics and commercials - including those for Halo 4 and Batman: Arkham Origins - is the company to thank for Master Chief and friends' high-res makeovers, while 343 Industries and Certain Affinity can claim responsibility for the new Zanzibar.

Scope out the map and concept art below to prep yourself for the battles waiting for you on November 11.
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