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Rumor: Microsoft to waive Xbox Live Gold requirement for Netflix, Hulu


It's staggering this hasn't been done already
May 12
// Jordan Devore
[Update: Microsoft has confirmed that entertainment apps are being set free.] As much as I've gotten used to the idea that Xbox Live Gold is a requirement for certain entertainment apps, that's not to say Microsoft shouldn't ...

Dark Souls II disappointed, but I'm so ready for the next game

May 10 // Jordan Devore
[Warning: Light spoilers ahead. Boss and location names from Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, and Dark Souls II are named, but nothing too in-depth. The comments section will surely have detailed spoilers, though.] So, Dark Souls II. On the whole, I enjoyed it, but there were issues both big and small that prevented me from enjoying the game to the extent I enjoyed Dark Souls and Demon's Souls before it. The latter set the stage for many of us. It featured some truly inspired levels, like the still-gives-me-the-creeps Tower of Latria, and novel boss encounters, such as the Old Monk and Storm King. Then we had Dark Souls, whose often times mind-blowing interconnected world, memorable art direction, fascinating lore (if you were willing to dig for it), and all-around good game design I'll never forget. Gosh, Dark Souls is just the best. I was never going to like a sequel as much as it, I don't think. Not when that game had such a profound impact on me. It's funny, in retrospect, that one of the bigger concerns with Dark Souls II leading up to release was its difficulty (or perceived lack thereof). That actually ended up being one aspect I didn't have any major issues with. There's even extra challenge to be found in optional stuff like Bonfire Ascetics to permanently strengthen foes, and rings that can be obtained by not dying or resting at a bonfire once. Also, those damn Ogres (cyclops) still give me trouble as a melee build. Questionable hitboxes aside, I think From Software has mostly nailed down combat for the series. Online play -- whether it be through summons, PvP, covenants, or simply message writing -- is still fascinating, and I wonder why more single-player games don't attempt to blur the lines like this series has. Overall, the Souls formula works. I can't see me getting tired of it. But for all its upgrades and tweaks, I found Dark Souls II to be lacking in terms of world and boss design compared to its remarkable predecessors. The kingdom of Drangleic has its shining moments -- whether it be a pirate-y port town with shadowy creepsters lurking about, water-logged ruins with brilliant illumination, or sky-high resting grounds for dragons -- but they're simply outnumbered by areas which feel as if they weren't fully fleshed out. No-Man's Wharf, Shrine of Amana, and Dragon Aerie were among my favorites for the sense of adventure and sheer dread they inspired deep within me from the moment they first came into sight. But we don't need The Gutter and Black Gulch. One (or none) would've been fine. I liked the convenience of being able to immediately warp between bonfires in Dark Souls II, however travel wasn't problematic in Dark Souls given the way areas smartly weaved in and out, the way shortcuts flowed into one another. Lordran was full of memorable locales that were special on their own and made even more special due to the way they fit together. That setting was just so interesting to look at, from its lowest depths to its highest peaks, that I rarely found running through it to be a chore. Except for Blighttown. Fuck Blighttown. I'm hesitant to call out any specific areas in Dark Souls II as being bad, because I don't feel any are truly "bad" -- just not memorable. Not as exciting. They're lacking a certain imagination, a certain creativity that was prevalent in the prior games. Frankly, many of them are a blur. Perhaps I would've been more accepting of Drangleic if its demons were more interesting to look at and fight. Yes, the Demon of Song creeped me the eff out and I'm thankful for it. The Pursuer was a welcome wake-up call. The Looking Glass Knight intimidated me where many others could not. But for all of those memorable encounters, we had to fight rehash after rehash and I'm starting to realize that this was my biggest letdown. Ornstein minus Smough. More gargoyles. A giant rat that jumps around an awful lot like Sif. Prowling Magus, the equivalent of Dark Souls' Pinwheel. And my least favorite: Dragonrider, a bland encounter early on that isn't made more compelling when you have to fight two at once. From Software is capable of more than this. Even at its worst, this is still a tremendous series unlike any other. That said, after about 40 hours with the game and counting, I'm still unsure about initiating a new game plus. The preparations are made for round two, don't get me wrong, but part of me would rather just dive back into Dark Souls again. Or maybe even Demon's Souls; I've spent the least amount of time with it. My memory of its specifics, of its tricky spots and strategies, is fuzzy. The time is right, in other words. Although Dark Souls II may be rich in content, a not-insignificant chunk of said content is anything but rich. It's a step down -- maybe not a huge step down, but a step nonetheless -- and when it comes to quality vs. quantity, it's clear which I'd rather have. Souls has caught on in a way I'm not even sure From Software could have predicted. There's going to be more, and many of us want more -- I just hope it doesn't arrive too quickly, before it's ready. Will series creator Miyazaki return to lead the next game along with other notable From Software staffers who were absent from or less involved with Dark Souls II development? Will they save the day with imaginative designs and all-new concepts? Maybe! Probably. Even if they don't, I'm hopeful the studio as a whole learned a hell of a lot on the project and can tighten its focus. Yes, I was disappointed with some of the larger aspects of Dark Souls II, but it's still one of my favorite games released this year. As for the rumored current-gen take on Souls in which you can possibly wield a shotgun? Of course I want that. Of course I'm on board. Don't fail me, E3!
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Project Beast?
In the weeks leading up to E3, there have been some truly interesting leaks. Headlining that list is undoubtedly "Project Beast," rumored to be the working title for the next From Software game. The next (Demon's?) Souls. The...

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More new 2D Prince of Persia hints on Twitter?


A tweet pulled
Apr 23
// Dale North
We heard some rumors of a new 2D Prince of Persia that could use the Rayman Legends engine a few days ago. And now a tweet from Drew James, a Ubisoft engineeer with the username @UbiDrew, shared above image, asking "What next...
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Prince of Persia

New 2D Prince of Persia will channel Rayman, weirdly enough


I'm not sure anyone thinks of Rayman when they think of the Prince
Apr 18
// Brittany Vincent
There's more Prince of Persia to come, although it may not be in the manner you've been expecting. According to the French site Le Portail du Jeu Video, there's a new 2D Prince of Persia in development using the Rayman Legend...
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Rumor: Wii U Mario Kart 8 bundle on the way


Box art leaked
Apr 17
// Dale North
Either this box art (found at gameblog.fr) is fake, or we're about to see a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle soon. Or at least Europe, as this features European ratings logos. We have no idea where they got the art from, but if it's...
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Smash Bros. 6

Bandai Namco reportedly recruiting talent for 'Smash Bros. 6'


e-Career FA's job posting shows a call for programmers
Apr 07
// Brittany Vincent
Nintendo may be hyping upcoming Smash Bros. titles for Wii U and 3DS, but according to Siliconera (via Game Jouhou) Bandai Namco has been sniffing around for talent to work on a "Smash Bros. 6" for a 2015 release. As posted o...
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The Walking Dead

Online stores list The Walking Dead for Xbox One


May be shambling its way to the new generation
Apr 02
// Conrad Zimmerman
Telltale's widely acclaimed series based on The Walking Dead may soon arrive on Xbox One. NeoGAF poster MauroNL spotted listings for the Game of the Year edition of the first season and the second season on the webs...
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Metro

Deep Silver confirms leaked Metro Redux as genuine


For current-gen consoles
Mar 31
// Jordan Devore
4A Games will bring its post-apocalyptic Metro shooter franchise to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (and PC, again) with Metro Redux, according to a pair of leaked images. Publisher Deep Silver has gone on record to say these are ...
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The Last of Us

The Last of Us reportedly shambling onto PS4


This is it, the apocalypse
Mar 27
// Brittany Vincent
While the idea of a possible sequel has done an admirable job of quelling the flames of desire for more, Sony has yet to announce an actual, honest-to-goodness follow up to Naughty Dog's 2013 blockbuster The Last of...
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Far Cry 4

Ridable elephants in the Himalayas rumored for Far Cry 4


Yes to all of this
Mar 21
// Jordan Devore
As much as I truly am down for more Far Cry, I don't have it in me to play through another tropical island setting. There's been talk before that the still-unannounced Far Cry 4 will travel to the Himalayas -- a much more com...
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Titanfall

Electronic Arts reportedly locked in for Titanfall 2


And PlayStation gamers will be invited this time
Mar 19
// Jordan Devore
I know, I know -- talk of a Titanfall sequel already. Go ahead: give us your best groan. Of course Electronic Arts would want to turn the property into a full-on franchise and it sounds like the game sold well enough for the ...
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Virtual reality

Sony expected to reveal its virtual-reality headset next week


Presumably during the 'Driving the Future of Innovation' talk on Tuesday
Mar 12
// Jordan Devore
Sources familiar with Sony's virtual-reality headset believe the company will showcase the device next week during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, reports Edge. A prototype is reportedly in the hands of some ...
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Mortal Kombat

Kiefer Sutherland says he worked on new Mortal Kombat


There was bound to be another one eventually!
Feb 21
// Jordan Devore
This is one of those stories that you come into with a confused look on your face and leave a moment later with that exact same puzzled expression. Speaking to IGN about voicing Snake in Metal Gear Solid V -- a role he's been...
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eReader

Microsoft allegedly working on an eReader for Windows 8


To augment Xbox Music and Xbox Video
Feb 10
// Chris Carter
According to sources close to The Verge, Microsoft is working on a new eReader system (books, magazines, comics, news) that will be integrated with Windows 8. It's not known yet whether or not this tech will show up on t...
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Disney Infinity

Marvel, Star Wars reportedly next for Disney Infinity


Significant layoffs at Disney Interactive also rumored
Feb 03
// Jordan Devore
The Wall Street Journal reports there are indeed plans for characters from the Marvel and Star Wars properties to be brought into Disney Infinity. That's the good news here. Take a moment to make the most of it and refle...
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Rumor

Rumor: Nintendo's new system is Nintendo Fusion


Supposed technical specs of new handheld and console
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
As skeptical as I am about the rumored name of Nintendo's next game hardware, "Nintendo Fusion," the idea that the company would have a console and handheld that work hand in hand coming off of the Wii U does sound like an ob...
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Harmonix

Rumor: Harmonix has a canceled Xbox One Kinect game


Corgi fighter?
Jan 20
// Dale North
Kotaku (well, Superannuation) did some digging and found that there is an unannounced Harmonix Xbox One Kinect game that probably is laying in some desk drawer somewhere. Their lead level designer, Rob Stokes, ...
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Saints Row

Voice actor says he's working on new Saints Row


Tell us more, Jay Mohr
Dec 19
// Jordan Devore
Actor and comedian Jay Mohr said on Twitter yesterday that he was contributing to a new Saints Row. Not that anyone was expecting Volition to stop making these games all of a sudden. "About to do my voice over work for new Sa...
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Secret of Mana

Christmas album hints at possible new Mana game


Square Enix bringing secrets in their holiday melodies
Dec 14
// Wesley Ruscher
A recently released Christmas album from Square Enix suggests that a new game in the fabled Mana series may currently be in the works.  As seen in the track listings for the X'mas Collections II, track nine -- which...
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Alien

Alien: Isolation art seems to show Ripley's daughter


Needs more green
Dec 09
// Jordan Devore
Artwork for the trademarked but not-officially-announced Alien: Isolation has been discovered by NeoGAF. In addition to the image above, there's what looks to be the game's box art, viewable below. It's a miniscule picture, b...
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Fakeout 4

Fallout 4 teaser site was just a brilliant hoax


Too good to be true
Dec 07
// Joshua Derocher
The weird website thesurvivor2299.com seemed to be leading up to an announcement for Fallout 4, but now the site just has a video of a sad violin. Bethesda already said that they weren't going to be showing anything...
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Tom Raider

Tomb Raider sequel to be revealed at VGX?


Square Enix admits 'it's hard to keep a secret'
Nov 20
// Alasdair Duncan
Despite apparently "failing" in its publisher's eyes, it's no surprise that there's another Tomb Raider game on the way and we might see the first trailer at VGX. A Square Enix rep has told IGN that fans should "keep an eye o...
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Fallout 4

Fallout 4 might be announced next month


Also, we should open the hatch
Nov 15
// Joshua Derocher
Fallout 4 might be on the horizon, at least if you want to believe the discoveries of Reddit. The website, thesurvivor2299.com, has apparently been registered by Bethesda. Morse code beeps in the background, which translates ...
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inFamous

Rumor: inFamous: Second Son bundle leaked


Release date coming 'real soon'
Nov 14
// Abel Girmay
Hours away from the launch of the PlayStation 4, it look like a retail leak has outed Sony's first post-launch bundle. Oh boy! If true, it appears that Infamous: Second Son will have an accompanying system bundle. While Sucke...
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Rumors

Mad Max game might be coming out in April 2014


Just Cause 3 could be out in 2015
Nov 07
// Joshua Derocher
All Games Beta shared a picture of a Linkedin profile for the founder and CEO of Avalanche Studios, most notably known for creating the Just Cause series. The last two entries on his profile are very interesting, and could be...
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Steam sales

Steam sale dates might have leaked on Reddit


Christmas is all about buying games for yourself
Nov 06
// Joshua Derocher
A screenshot of an email to a Steam developer has made its way way onto Reddit, and the email shows that the Steam Holiday Sale will start on December 19th and run until January 2nd. The email clearly says that the developer ...
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Lionhead's new project

Lionhead is working on an unannounced project


Please let it be Black & White 3
Nov 06
// Joshua Derocher
A former employee for Lionhead, Franck Laurin, has a job on his Linkedin profile listed as "Senior animator- Fable Legends and Un-announced project. at Lionhead Studios". Lionhead is the studio behind ...
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Assassin's Creed

What is Assassin's Creed: Rising Phoenix?


An elaborate troll?
Nov 04
// Chris Carter
Earlier this year, an image for a project called "Assassin's Creed: Rising Phoenix" was uncovered, which Ubisoft promptly denied involvement in. Many speculated that this was a PlayStation Vita game with a release date of Oct...
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Rocksteady

Is Rocksteady's next game coming in 2014?


Job postings indicate Batman Arkham City dev busy at work
Nov 03
// Wesley Ruscher
Musings to what Rocksteady Studios' next project will be has been stirring in the minds of many after the lackluster reception of Batman: Arkham Origins. The London based developer, made famous for the first two Batman: ...
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Fake? Atlus site slip may have revealed Persona 5


A PS3 game, if true
Nov 02
// Dale North
[Update: It's not looking good for this one. Funny wording and some digging into the site's update history have us doubting this is real. ]Reddit's /r/MegaTen supposedly points us to an image from that Atlus teaser site we to...






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