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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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Pre-order Lords of the Fallen for bonus weapons, story DLC

Square Enix announced a "Day One Edition" for Lords of the Fallen, the third-person action RPG developed by Deck 13 Interactive and CI Games. The limited edition version grants pre-order buyers exclusive story DLC as well as extra weapons and the game's official soundtrack. Those pre-ordering the game through GameStop will receive a free upgrade to the Day One Edition while supplies last. While there's no clear indication that the special edition of the game is limited to GameStop customers, the game's official pre-order page sure makes it seem that way at the moment.

The Lords of the Fallen limited edition includes the Monk's Decipher DLC and Demonic Weapons Pack. The latter features three items: The Margyr daggers, a Thehk hammer and the Ihir sword. The game was first shown off at Gamescom 2013 this past August and is scheduled to arrive on October 28 for PS4, Xbox One and PC courtesy of Bandai Namco. It can't seem to escape comparisons to From Software's Dark Souls series; at least that was a main takeaway from our time with the game at E3.
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Report: China Telecom opens Xbox One sales in September

Microsoft's Xbox One console will go on sale in China this September, thanks to a newly-announced agreement with the country's third-largest telecommunications firm China Telecom Corp Ltd.

According to Reuters, this arrangement will make the Xbox One the first gaming machine to be officially sold in China since the country lifted its long-standing ban on foreign consoles earlier this year. There's currently no word on what price point China Telecom will attach to the Xbox One, but the company plans to reveal more details on this arrangement at some point next week.

Strike it rich in Destiny with this Glimmer-farming loop


If you're enjoying the Destiny beta but feel you could be enjoying it a bit more if only you had a massive surplus of Glimmer and Engrams to trade for precious gear upgrades, the above video should help.

According to PlayStation MVP "tripleWRECK," one of the earliest locations players visit in the beta contains a circuit of Glimmer-stocked chests that can be harvested in a loop. Each time a chest is looted in Destiny, the game spawns another chest in a semi-random location. As there are a finite number of possible chest locations, if you know where the next chest is likely to appear you can simply follow this route collecting an effectively infinite supply of loot, and ignoring or battling enemies as you so desire.

While this might seem a dull way to spend your time in the futuristic shooter, it's undeniably lucrative. TripleWRECK claims that players can earn "10,000 Glimmer or more" in just an hour using this method.

Crimes And Punishments finds a gameplay trailer, my dear Watson

Image While it may lack the aloof, reptilian charm of Benedict Cumberbatch, this lengthy gameplay trailer for Sherlock Holmes: Crimes And Punishments seems to nail the crucial, super-sleuth aspects of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous character, right down to the borderline-sociopathic methods he... Continue Reading

Video preview: Nobody expects the Dragon Age: Inquisition


EA and BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition would like to go big and go home when it launches this November - which is to say it's getting ready to show off environments much larger than those seen in previous Dragon Age games, and it would very much like for you to buy it and take it home. The shelves of a store are so cold and lonely, you see.

In this Joystiq video preview, Editor-in-Chief Ludwig Kietzmann and Community Manager Anthony John Agnello explore the continent of Thedas in search of dragons and adventure, and find instead a game that teaches them the value of trying something new. Also, jumping.

Dragon Age: Inquisition begins its hunt November 18 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Have some more lore in new Shadow of Mordor trailer

October 7th's helmeted headbutt between prominent fantasy games is officially over: Dragon Age Inquisition is moving to November, while Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor gets an earlier debut, on September 30. According to developer Monolith Productions, the open-world orc-stalker is progressing well enough to reach PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 a week earlier than first announced, with the PC version coming in on October 2.

Warner Bros. has also released a new trailer to coincide with the game's promotion at San Diego Comic-Con. The spectral figure paired with Shadow of Mordor's protagonist, Talion, is revealed to be Celebrimbor, the long-departed Elven smith who forged the Rings of Power. Beyond their connection to Middle-Earth's notorious mind-control jewelry, both Talion and Celebrimbor have reason to venture into Mordor and hijack Sauron's army for their own purposes.

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Joystiq Deals: MacBook Air Giveaway, Killer Instinct

Like free stuff? Joystiq Deals is giving you an opportunity to join the Mac community with our 11" MacBook Air Giveaway. Simply submit your e-mail address for a chance to win, and be sure to share the offer on Twitter and Facebook for additional contest entries. A winner will be chosen on September 23.

Xbox One owners get a discount on Killer Instinct and Powerstar Golf as part of this week's Deals with Gold promotion. The Xbox Marketplace is also offering a number of temporary price drops on superhero-themed games this week, including Injustice: Gods Among Us, Marvel vs. Capcom Origins, Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. Sale prices remain in effect through next week.


Joystiq Deals is a partnership between AOL and StackSocial. A portion of sales goes to funding this site. Deals are curated by StackSocial independently of the Joystiq editorial team.

Joystiq Streams: Last licks in The Crew beta [Update: Watch the replay!]



Update: The live stream has ended. You can relive the magic in the stream archive above.

What in the world is in that STREAM, what you got in that STREAM?
Get up out ya hater, we're playing
The Crew beta, wait to take place at a similar pace
So shake, shake it
Roll out! Roll out! Roll out! Roll out!
Get out my business, my biznass


Unable to get the lingering sense of defeat from Tuesday's stream out of our collective heads, the Joystiq driving club is going to get in some last licks with The Crew beta on Joystiq.com/Twitch.

Starting at 4PM EST, we're going to roll back into the crime ridden open world of Ubisoft's new racer. Xav de Matos, Jess Conditt, and Anthony John Agnello will be racing across the land. Alexander Sliwinski will be chilling in the chat, relaying your many questions to, well, the crew.

Remember, that's Joystiq.com/Twitch at 4PM EST! Joystiq Streams broadcasts every Tuesday and Thursday at 4PM EST, but make sure to follow us on Twitch for when we decide to get brazenly weird like we're doing right now.
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Iron Banner challenges return to Destiny Beta

Heads up, Destiny level-cappers -- you've got a new challenge waiting for you. Bungie is reintroducing Iron Banner challenges in a series of special Crucible events throughout this weekend, giving Beta veterans an incentive to take on new competition.

To unlock the Iron Banner challenges, players must first visit Lord Saladin in Destiny's Tower hub area. Afterward, the Iron Banner can be accessed in a separate playlist within the Crucible. Make sure to hunt down some quality gear in the game's campaign mode first; Iron Banner matches do not place limits on player equipment, making your weapon and armor power levels key components to victory.

Matches take place across 'Rusted Lands' on Earth, 'First Light' on the Moon, 'Shores of Time' on Venus, and 'Blind Watch' on Mars, with special awards and gear available for players who advance in rank. Iron Banner events will be held today from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m PDT, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Challenges will also be available tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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Far Cry 4 promotional contest could send you to Mt. Everest


If you're so excited for Far Cry 4 that you'd risk death by avalanche, blizzard or grumpy yeti just to play the open-world shooter a few weeks early, Ubisoft has launched a PR stunt that may be right up your alley.

Officially dubbed the "Far Cry 4 Quest for Everest" contest, the promotion asks fans to submit a YouTube video explaining why they would be the best candidate to trek to the Mt. Everest base camp for a private, early hands-on session with the game. Ubisoft urges entrants to "be creative" with their videos, and cautions that only those in "very good physical condition" will be eligible to join the expedition. Further, the winner must have a valid US passport and be willing to travel to Everest during the month of October.

Assuming you meet all of these qualifications and can record something pithy and clever (but no more than two minutes in length), you can find details on where to submit your YouTube clip at the official contest website. Before you dash off to submit your entry though, keep in mind that the world's highest mountain has been particularly lethal this year.
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