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Dragon Age: Origins is free on Origin until Tuesday photo
Dragon Age: Origins is free on Origin until Tuesday
by Jordan Devore

Many of you haven't seemed too thrilled with EA's free game offerings on Origin, which is understandable -- they've been hit or miss. This one should prove a bit more compelling.

The standard edition of Dragon Age: Origins is free to download on Origin now through Tuesday, October 14. To be clear, if you get the title in that time, it's yours to keep and play as you like. (Some of EA's other promotions don't function this way.)

Yeah, the promo is clearly timed as a lead-in to Dragon Age: Inquisition's impending release, but that's fine. Just glad it's the original we're getting here instead of the sequel.

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11:15 AM on 10.08.2014

I'm a sucker for a good Kingdom Hearts trailer: HD 2.5 ReMIX

That very first trailer for the first Kingdom Hearts game killed me. I still remember that first viewing, being completely overcome with goosebumps and trying to hide that I was tearing up. Moving? Oh man. Yes. I still love ...

Dale North

1:00 AM on 10.07.2014

Kingdom Hearts III will run on Unreal Engine 4 from now on

Tetsuya Nomura has revealed to a recent issue of Famitsu that Kingdom Hearts III will no longer be using Square Enix’s Luminous Engine going forward. Instead, it will be using Unreal Engine 4 while continuing developmen...

Brittany Vincent



Review: Natural Doctrine photo
Review: Natural Doctrine
by Kyle MacGregor

Natural Doctrine is a strategy role-playing game with a sadistic side. It's a brutal and uncompromising experience, one keen on taxing players and pushing them to their limits with its intense difficulty.

The architects behind the title invite comparisons with Dark Souls, and have certainly built a similarly steep hill to climb. Natural Doctrine is enigmatic and soul-crushing, but lacks execution and awareness. Simply being tough as nails doesn't make an experience rewarding.

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4:30 PM on 10.03.2014

Ten minutes of Claptrap ruining everything in this Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel video

Back when I spent way too much time playing with the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel interactive skill trees, I admitted that I was not really sure what to do with Claptrap's highly random play style. This video shows off some o...

Darren Nakamura



Terra Battle swipes to iOS and Android next week photo
Terra Battle swipes to iOS and Android next week
by Kyle MacGregor

Terra Battle launches on iOS and Android devices on October 9, Mistwalker announced today.

The tactical role-playing game is the latest brainchild of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, who drew inspiration from shogi to devise a combat system based around flanking enemies.

Mistwalker plans to continue adding new content as the install base grows. The studio's outlines for various milestones include new music from famed composer Nobuo Uematsu, co-op and versus battle modes, and a console game set in the same universe.

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2:00 PM on 10.03.2014

Rune Factory 4 is finally coming to Europe

It seems Rune Factory 4's journey across the pond was postponed more so than cancelled, and the role-playing game will be turning up on European shores fairly soon. Speaking with Siliconera, XSEED vice president Ken...

Kyle MacGregor



What gaming locations would you want turned into a Smash Bros. stage? photo
What gaming locations would you want turned into a Smash Bros. stage?
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

I was driving home from having lunch with Dale North the other day when I got to thinking about Super Mario RPG, aka the best game ever. I think about that game a lot, and it tends to pop into my head quite often for one reason or another. This time I was thinking about how fun it would be to stream the game. It's pretty stupid to say it like this, but I'm pretty MLG in that Super Nintendo classic. It's okay, I groaned at myself for writing that too. 

Then I got to thinking about the pseudo-sequels for the game, specifically the Mario & Luigi ones for the Game Boy Advance and beyond. The last one I played all the way through was Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Then it clicked. How awesome would a level set inside Bowser be in Super Smash Bros.?

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11:45 AM on 10.03.2014

Falcom Sound Team jdk library of music on iTunes

Game music fans, did you know about this?! I didn't until I wrote this piece about my dream racing game a few days back. While I was throwing out unrealistic wishes I daydreamed about the famed sound crew from Falcom making t...

Dale North





7:30 PM on 10.02.2014

Well, here are some more Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix screenshots

Just in time for the two new trailers that debuted in Japan, we've got a whole new bushel of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix screenshots for your viewing pleasure. There's about 30 here, of which Sora making a goofy face nex...

Brittany Vincent

7:00 PM on 10.02.2014

Hajime Tabata clears up some concerns about Final Fantasy XV's battle system

After the lengthy trailers and gameplay demonstrations of TGS 2014, Square Enix played host to a Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Extended Talk Show earlier this morning, during which Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata was on han...

Brittany Vincent

5:00 PM on 10.02.2014

Pillars of Eternity delayed for polish and feedback

Obsidian Entertainment's next big role-playing game, Pillars of Eternity, won't make it in time for a late 2014 release as previously planned. It's now set for an early 2015 launch, with the extended schedule going toward inc...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 10.02.2014

Mega Rayquaza looks far cooler than normal Rayquaza

It was all but guaranteed that Rayquaza would be among those Pokémon in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire to have a Mega Evolution -- or perhaps a Primal Reversion, like Groudon and Kyogre -- and as such it's nice to get ...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 10.01.2014

This Satellite Reign pre-alpha footage is looking pretty sharp

Brisbane-based studio 5 Lives recently announced that backers who pledged for alpha access during the Kickstarter campaign for Satellite Reign will be getting their playable build some time in early October. The rest of us w...

Rob Morrow

3:05 PM on 10.01.2014

Here's the Bloodborne alpha in action

Ah yes! If you weren't fortunate enough to go hands-on with Bloodborne at gamescom, PAX Prime, or Tokyo Game Show, this is the good stuff right here. It's footage ripped straight from the alpha. There are multiple videos her...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 09.30.2014

Dark Souls II's final Lost Crowns DLC chapter is here

After a brief delay, the Dark Souls II DLC trilogy has come to an end with Crown of the Ivory King. It's available today on Steam and Xbox 360 and tomorrow on PlayStation 3 for $9.99 -- or you can get all three add-ons bundle...

Jordan Devore