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Halo 5 brings back Halo: CE's best grenade trick

<i>Halo: Combat Evolved</i> included a feature called "weapon launching" that allowed you to use the blast from a carefully thrown grenade to cause a weapon to fly towards you. With a bit of practice, and a knowledge of where to stand and look before throwing the grenade, it's possible to collect weapons …

2014 in review: the year that sucked for everyone but Nintendo

If I had to throw my stones on one side of the pond, I'd be inclined to agree with some of my colleagues: 2014 was a real armpit of a year.<p>But we're not here to dwell on game failures, or studio closures, or toxic culture, or any of the other negatives — no, none of that, not again. Instead, I'd …

Polygon's Games of the Year 2014 #1: Dragon Age: Inquisition

A good video game is one that you can think about while you are soaking in the bath.<p>You can steep yourself in the suds and allow your mind to float off into a particular game world, to solve its puzzles or strategize scenarios or merely imagine what might happen next in the story.<p>A good video game …

Polygon's Games of the Year 2014 #7: Far Cry 4

In a story called "Low Men in Yellow Coats," in Stephen King's <i>Hearts in Atlantis</i>, a mysterious, kindly retired man explains the best kind of literature to a young boy. Some books, Ted Brautigan tells little Bobby Garfield, get the story right. Others get the words right. And some books — rare and …

2014 in review: Our favorite costume and character designs of the year

Call us superficial, but a handsomely designed character can go a long way to making us appreciate a game a little bit more. If we're going to look at a video game character for dozens of hours, we want them to look good, whether they're the defined vision of a team of artists or the custom …

A Question of People Born As Walking Bombs

Dragon Age: Inquisition delves ever deeper into what it means for mages to exist.<p>Dragon Age lore is interesting in that, while it isn’t wholly unique …

See just how different Nathan Drake looks in Uncharted 4 on PS4

This weekend, developer Naughty Dog showed off the first gameplay from its PlayStation 4 exclusive, <i>Uncharted 4: A Thief's End</i>. The developer's artists also showed PlayStation Experience attendees the lengths at which they're going to to make protagonist Nathan Drake look increasingly photorealistic.<p>…

China's New Exoskeletons: Not Just For Call Of Duty Or Tom Cruise Anymore

Powered exoskeletons have long been a staple of future warfare visions, seen in everything from movies like <i>Aliens</i> and <i>Edge of Tomorrow</i> to the latest <i>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</i> video game. Their real world equivalents have been under development in a number of US programs, ranging from …

Robotics

Carve a Luigi Death Stare pumpkin for Halloween with this pattern

If you want to carve the Luigi Death Stare from <i>Mario Kart 8</i> into your pumpkin this Halloween, this link has the pattern for you to use.<p>It's one of a baker's dozen of pop-culture patterns for pumpkins this year. HalloweenCostumes.com puts them out annually as part of a big promotion for the biggest …

Mozilla plays with Humble Bundle to push Web games

Humble Bundles are no stranger to games, but the latest pay-what-you-want package of games is built for your Web browser.<p>Mozilla's not playing around when it comes to convincing you that the Web isn't dead. Its latest effort to showcase the power of modern Web technology comes in the form of a …

Software

How To Import Japanese Games

Across the ocean there is a magical land where some games debut months or even years before they do in the West—or sometimes never at all. But how do …

Fast-charging batteries will power your gadgets for 20 years

Fast-charging batteries are all nice and good, but the lifespan matters, too -- why should you have to replace power packs (or entire devices) every couple of years ? You may not have to give up performance <i>or</i> longevity if researchers at Nanyang Technology University have their way. They've …

Everything goes wrong in our Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Overview

All I wanted to do was impress my co-worker, Griffin McElroy.<p>Let's go take down a warchief, I said. It'll be fun and show off how badass you can be in <i>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</i>, I thought.<p>Well, I managed a couple of cool tricks in this short video tour of <i>Shadow of Mordor</i> with Griffin by my …

Dark Souls II - Crown of the Ivory King Trailer - IGN Video

The final chapter in the DLC trilogy is now available.

Nintendo Finally Reveals 'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U' Release Date

Given the late hour, many assumed that when all was said and done, Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. for Wii U wouldn’t be able to squeeze into its long-promised 2014 release window. The lack of a release date for the Wii U’s Super Smash Bros. has become almost a running joke in the industry, but …

Scientists Have Found A Crystal That Can Let You Breathe Underwater

It’s a great scientific irony that water is full of oxygen yet none of it is breathable to humans. But that might be about to change, thanks to a research team in Denmark and a bizarre crystal they’ve discovered.<p>Carrying the catchy label of [{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O, and what we’re …

Violence is how we get ahead

"You must have noticed," Jedi Master Zez-Kai Ell told my Exile in <i>Knights of the Old Republic 2</i>, "as you fought across all these planets, killing hundreds, only to become more and more powerful. Why do you think that was?"<p>This moment in the game was meant to be part of a climactic revelation about …

Are We On The Cusp Of Another Video Game Industry Crash?

When I was a little boy of about 7 or 8, I was introduced to a games console that would change my life forever. I only ever had 6 games for it.<p>My …

PlayStation Now launches its PS3 open beta

Streaming old-gen games from the cloud isn’t just for the PlayStation 4 anymore.<p>Sony is launching PlayStation Now for PlayStation 3 starting today. The service enables customers to rent PS3 games and immediately start playing because they stream over the Internet. This Netflix-for-games technology …

Frozen Synapse's PS Vita version launches Sept. 23

<i>Frozen Synapse Prime</i>, the PlayStation Vita version of the turn-based strategy game <i>Frozen Synapse</i> by Mode 7, will be available on Sept. 23, developer Double Eleven announced on the PlayStation blog.<p>In development for nearly two years, <i>Frozen Synapse Prime</i>'s asynchronous gameplay allows players to …

The new Age of Empires is a fast-paced, touch-based game for Windows 8

The next entry in Microsoft's Age of Empires series is a fast-paced, touch-based multiplayer game coming to Windows 8. Called <i>Age of Empires: Castle Siege</i>, the new game will hit Windows PC and Windows Phone 8 in September.<p><i>Castle Siege</i> lets players choose from several civilizations — including the …

It Takes 5 Billion Years To Visit Each Planet In 'No Man's Sky'

<i>No Man’s Sky,</i> a proceduraly-generated space exploration game, and a timed-exclusive coming to the PS4, looks like a really neat game.<p>It’s also huge: It would take a player 5 billion years to travel to each of the game’s planets for just one second per world.<p>But I find the news a little …

P.T. is pure video-game marketing genius

Only just announced at the company's Gamescom briefing, P.T. or "playable teaser" is a horrifying and brilliantly ambitious effort to promote the relaunch of a classic horror franchise.<p>I've been playing games for over 25 years and I've never been as frightened as I was during P.T.<p>You simply cannot …

Marketing

One of gaming's most underrated RPGs is waiting for you to try for free

Origin is offering Electronic Arts' wonderful role-playing game <i>Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning</i> free for 48 hours, with the full price of the massive adventure now down to $9.99.<p><i>Amalur</i> was released in 2012 to generally approving reviews. Its Metacritic average is 81 percent. But the game was a …

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Zelda fans debate Sheik's gender, but here's Nintendo's final word

Shiek's gender identity is a surprisingly hot debate among Nintendo fans. But now the definitive word has come from the company behind Zelda.<p>Is Sheik — the mysterious character first introduced in <i>The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time</i> — a man or a woman? The debate has begun again after …

Grass cutting CONFIRMED for Hyrule Warriors

Cutting grass is an important part of <i>The Legend of Zelda</i>, you know, so we were overjoyed to hear series producer Eiji Aonuma confirm during tonight's …

The Wii U name is still hurting Nintendo

Dan Adelman used to be the head of Nintendo's indie program, and has since taken to social media to discuss his new business working with indie developers while also giving some thoughts on his old employer.<p>One answer to a question about Wii U sales on Ask.FM stood out.<p>"Wii U is not selling as well …

Researchers find first sign that tyrannosaurs hunted in packs

The collective noun is a terror of tyrannosaurs: a pack of the prehistoric predators, moving and hunting in numbers, for prey that faced the fight of its life.<p>That tyrannosaurs might have hunted in groups has long been debated by dinosaur experts, but with so little to go on, the prospect has …

Watch this parkour team go Assassin's Creed over Paris rooftops

Assassin's Creed fans have been filming themselves leaping over railings and vaulting walls since Ubisoft's series first began, but this new video …