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Lords of the Fallen offers a less punishing form of demon slaying

The tactical melee combat of <i>Lords of the Fallen</i>, CI Games and Deck13 Interactive's medieval fantasy action role-playing game, may draw some justifiable comparisons to From Software's Souls series for its weighty, deliberate combat encounters. Players must take care in both offense and defense when …

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The Elder Scrolls Anthology revealed

Today during QuakeCon, Bethesda announced The Elder Scrolls Anthology, an $80 PC-only bundle that includes all five Elder Scrolls titles and downloadable content.<p>Downloadable content for Morrowind (Tribunal, Bloodmoon), Oblivion (Knights of the Nine, Shivering Isles), and Skyrim (Dawnguard, …

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Mega Man creator's fictional niece seeks love in Sweet Fuse trailer

A new trailer for <i>Sweet Fuse: At Your Side</i> introduces the various characters appearing alongside protagonist Saki Inafune, the fictional niece of noted <i>Mega Man</i> creator Keiji Inafune.<p>Inafune (that is, the fictional Inafune) is trapped inside a theme park by the wicked Count Hogstein, where she and …

Catch more than 20 minutes of Murdered: Soul Suspect's E3 demo

Square Enix has released in full the E3 2013 demo for Airtight's upcoming paranormal investigation game <i>Murdered: Soul Suspect</i>.<p>In the approximately 25 minutes' worth of footage, we see protagonist Ronan O'Connor immediately after his death as he begins to investigate who exactly it was that murdered …

Replay – Second Sight

When it comes to last-gen psionic action, Midway's Psi-Ops is the preeminent example. However, Codemasters released a title with a similar premise in …

Breach and Clear distills the tactical shooter down to its essence

<i>Breach and Clear</i> is the freshman project from Lexington, Kent.-based think tank-turned-developer Gun Media, but it's enough to show the new studio's maturity in its approach to game design.<p>Breach and Clear is a game which wisely never extends its reach beyond the verbs in its title. The iOS title …

How one company hopes to transform physical space using video game principles

Nathan Mishler makes video games. But now he wants to make "non-games" that transform the physical world surrounding his audience.<p>"Game designers bring people together," Mishler told Polygon. "In real-world games, people have a lot of agency, and gaming is about agency, acting out and doing things. …

The Classics: 'Persona 3'

Buffy the Dungeon Crawler<p><i>Persona 3</i> is a video game where Japanese teenagers shoot themselves in the head with magical guns in order to summon powerful monsters into battle. And that's not even the most notable thing about it. <i>Persona 3</i> is sort of like what would happen if you mashed up a typical …

US visa bureau says 'League of Legends' is a professional sport

High-level <i>League of Legends</i> players can now be awarded the same visas as more traditional pro athletes, says publisher Riot Games. On July 11th, Riot e-sports manager Nick Allen told GameSpot that the company had convinced US immigration services to recognize <i>League of Legends</i> as a professional …

Super Street Fighter 4 getting five new characters in 2014 (update)

Capcom will expand the roster of <i>Super Street Fighter 4</i> by five in early 2014 with the addition of Hugo, Poison, Rolento, Elena and an all-new, never-before-seen fighter, the company announced at the Evo fighting game championships today.<p>The $15 add-on, coming to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and …

Games shine light on teen dating violence

The sixth annual Life. Love. Game Design Challenge, aimed at increasing awareness of teen dating violence, has announced its winning entries.<p>Overall winner is <i>Love in the Dumpster</i> by Jean Hehn of Belgium, followed by <i>Janie's Sketchbook</i> by Guts Rodsavas and Piti Yindee of GPTouch in Thailand. In third …

The U.S. Now Recognizes eSports Players As Professional Athletes

To the general public, the idea that those who play video games for a living have much in common with high level professional athletes might be laughable. But those involved with the scene understand the unique talent, skill and determination of the players mirrors that of “real” athletes, even if …

Riot Games scores in 'best tech employers' list

Which is the best company to work for in gaming? The answer, according to Glassdoor and Business Insider, is <i>League of Legends</i> maker Riot Games.<p>Glassdoor is a U.S.-based recruitment website that encourages employees to leave anonymous information about their workplace, rating bosses, company …

New Pokémon X and Y Legendaries detailed

The Pokémon Company has revealed new details about two Legendary characters set to appear in <i>Pokémon X</i> and <i>Pokémon Y.</i><p>Fairy-type Pokémon Xerneas will wield new move Geomancy, a rainbow-colored earth eruption, as well as Fairy Aura that gives power to other Fairy-types. Yveltal is a Dark- and …

Disgaea 4 heading to Vita in Japan

Nippon Ichi has confirmed that <i>Disgaea 4</i> is coming to Vita, according to reports. Representatives of the company announced development of the game at an event in Yokohama to celebrate the firm's 20th anniversary.<p><i>Disgaea 4</i>, a Vita remake of <i>Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten</i>, will arrive in Japan in …

Ultra Street Fighter IV brings five new characters in early 2014

Evo's over, but the next battle is coming in early 2014. Capcom revealed Ultra Street Fighter IV on Sunday, the next update to its flagship fighting …

Shin Megami Tensei IV Review – Changing The World Isn't Easy

How much willpower do you have? Can you jump from battle to battle hundreds of times, staying one step ahead of the enemy without slipping? Do you …

17 Times 'Pokémon Snap' Was Too Adorable For This World

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' launched with much excitement, and with some …

Twitch to stream Video Games Live concert from Comic-Con

Video game music concert series Video Games Live will come to San Diego, Calif. later this week for an event timed with San Diego Comic-Con, premiering all-new music from <i>Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag</i>, <i>Destiny</i> and <i>Dota 2</i>. Video game music enthusiasts unable to attend in person will be able to watch …

Dark Overview | Polygon

Latest Stories View all news<p>By Megan Farokhmanesh on Nov 12, 2013 11.12.13<p>Realmforge Studios' vampire-filled stealth action game, Dark, will receive its first downloadable content for Windows PC on Dec. 5, publisher Kalypso Media announced today. In Cult of the Dead,...<p>By emilygera on May 03, 2013 …

American McGee launches Kickstarter for Alice: Otherlands animated series

Alice: Otherlands comes to Kickstarter<p>Developer American McGee launched a Kickstarter campaign today to fund the acquisition of the film rights and development of a series of short animated films based on the Alice property.<p>Speaking in a video posted to the Kickstarter campaign (above), McGee said …

Sony hopes to expand the PS4's Playroom tech demo by launch

Part tech demo, part video game toy box, <i>The Playroom</i> for the PlayStation 4 and its HD camera continues to evolve, but its ultimate fate remains undetermined, Sony officials tell Polygon.<p>The collection of tech demos was originally designed by a collaborative effort between Sony hardware and software …

VR headsets for free? Oculus Rift CEO hopes so

<b>Oculus Rift, the famously Kickstarted virtual-reality headset, is currently just available as a development kit.</b><p>Obviously, the company wants to …

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The Dream Machine chapter 4 arriving Aug. 1

Cockroach Inc.'s cardboard-and-clay adventure game, <i>The Dream Machine</i> chapter four will release on Steam on Aug. 1, according Cockroach Inc. founder Anders Gustafsson.<p>"It ended up being far bigger than we originally anticipated, so large in fact that we had to split it up in two parts," Gustafsson …

Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day combines manga and sidescrolling action in new trailer

Namco Bandai has released a trailer for the upcoming PlayStation 3 sidescrolling game <i>Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day</i>, offering a closer look at the gameplay inspired by Katsuhiro Otomo's 1979 manga title <i>Short Peace</i>.<p>The title follows a schoolgirl assassin whose take-downs result in an explosion of …

Zerg attack Shanghai to celebrate Chinese launch of Heart of the Swarm

A fan-made live-action video showing an attack of the Zerg Swarm into China has release in celebration of the Chinese launch of <i>Starcraft 2</i> expansion <i>Heart of the Swarm</i>.<p>The nearly three-minute long video follows a couple during the early stages of a Zerg attack, starting with initial sightings and …

Child-like avatars cause players to perceive the world in new ways

When adults are placed in the virtual body of a child, they identify more closely with child-like attributes, according to a recent study published in PNAS and reported on by BBC.<p>Participants were placed in a motion capture suit and outfitted with a head mounted display. The study found that in …

Assassin's Creed II now free on Xbox Live

As part of Microsoft's Games With Gold promotion, the 2009 action game Assassin's Creed II is now free for all Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Gamers have until July 31 to download a free copy.<p>Along with the offer for a free copy of Assassin's Creed II, Microsoft has cut the prices of various …

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Diablo III to release on PS4 next year

Diablo III won’t release on PS4 until 2014, Blizzard has confirmed in an interview with DiabloFans. While the game was recently given a September 3 …