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Savage Goliath roars as a pre-order bonus for Evolve in new trailer

2K Games wants you to know that you’ll receive the Savage Goliath skin if you pre-order Evolve The “4v1″ shooter will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on February 10 and you can catch a glimpse of the red-skinned brute in the brand new trailer above.

Pre-ordering Evolve will also unlock access (at launch) to an exclusive fourth Monster character as well as the upcoming “Big Alpha” test, which will begin on October 31 and run through November 2.

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New Releases: Bayonetta 2, Civilization: Beyond Earth, Just Dance 2015, More

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The third phase of Nintendo’s attempt to dominate the Fall gaming season arrives this week in the form of Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U. Platinum’s stylish witch has been given a second life by The Big N and the developer returned the favor by packaging the original Bayonetta with the sequel. Nintendo will also release a pair of smaller 3DS titles this week: Fantasy Life, an RPG/life simulation hybrid, and Pokemon Art Academy, a drawing game starring Pikachu.

Also available this week is the futuristic Civilization: Beyond Earth for the PC. Firaxis designed the game as a spiritual successor to the popular Alpha Centauri, which is something fans of the franchise have been asking for for a long time.

Speaking of franchises we haven’t seen in a long time… Ubisoft will bring Just Dance 2015 to the PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One this week. That “long time” comment was a joke, by the way. What’s not a joke is the return of Harmonix, who are back with a new music game of their own, the Disney-inspired Fantasia: Music Evolved for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Finally this week, Telltale Games will release The Walking Dead Season 2 for the PS4 and Xbox One. Get your cleaning cloth ready, those tear-stained controllers won’t clean themselves.

A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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Gearbox’s “Customer Appreciation” Debacle: A Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Non-Review

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This is where my review of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel would be, if I had received the game on time. I received a free code for the game – a “Certificate of Appreciation” – from Gearbox when I went to their panel at PAX East. PAX Prime attendees of their panel also got Certificates. But many people who received these Certificates are just now getting game codes – or still waiting for them – three days after the game was released. (more…)

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Project CARS release date moves to March 17, 2015 to avoid holiday competition

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In order to avoid the stiff competition from this Fall’s “household names,” Slightly Mad Studios and Bandai Namco have announced that the release of Project CARS has been pushed back to March 17, 2015. This new release date will allow the developer to provide an extra layer of polish to the game.

“Our goal has always been to deliver a landmark title that encompasses the wishes and desires of racing fans from all around the world; something with features and content powered by the community that provide a truly unforgettable and pioneering experience” said Ian Bell, the Studio Head at Slightly Mad Studios. “Whilst a tough decision to make, the change in release date allows the game the greatest chance of success and visibility, and the opportunity to polish the game even further to the high standards that both ourselves and our community demand and expect. We’re eager for you all to see what we’ve been working on in just a few months.”

Project CARS’ new release date applies to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One editions of the game. It is also in development for the Wii U, and will be released for Nintendo’s console sometime in 2015.

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Insert Quarter: Why Developers Still Make 2D Games… Because They Love Them

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Insert Quarter is our showcase for some of the best and most interesting writing about video games on the Internet.

Why do developers still love to make 2D games? In this installment, USgamer’s Tyler Ohlew examines the relationship between developers and the two-dimensional worlds they create (often by hand). Speaking to developers behind modern 2D classics such as Shovel Knight, Guacamelee!, and SteamWorld Dig, he discovered that this relationship actually comes down to a love of the style and a universality that goes beyond simple nostalgia.

3D development is easier than ever now, with tools like Unity and Unreal Engine 4 available for very little cost or even free. So, in a landscape dominated by these 3D games, what compels a developer to look back and continue the work that was forced to take a back seat? Why does any developer work in 2D anymore?

You can read the rest of the article at USgamer.

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Destiny was destined to be the best-selling game of September 2014

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After selling more than five million copies in its first week of availability, Bungie’s Destiny easily took the top spot as the best-selling game of September 2014. New releases ruled last month as The NPD Group’s latest report revealed that seven games cracked the top ten.

At #3, EA’s FIFA 15 challenged Destiny for the crown, but came up short. It was followed by Super Smash Bros. For 3DS (#4), Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (#5), NHL 15 (#6), The Sims 4 (#8), and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (#9). The only holdovers were Madden NFL 15 (#2), Minecraft (#7), and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (#10).

According to Joystiq, despite Destiny’s massive success, game industry sales only grew by 2% over September 2013. Of course, September 2013 featured the release of Grand Theft Auto V, a singularly special event, and downloadable titles are constantly eating into retail’s market share. But good luck getting The NPD Group to admit to that.

This months top ten can be found in a handy list format after the break. (more…)

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Pure Pool Review: It Is Definitely A Video Game About Pool

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Every time I sit down to play a game based on some sort of real life sport, the same dilemma runs through my head… why am I playing the virtual version of something I can do out in the real world? I may not be able to putt like Woods, score like Beckham, or run absurdly fast like Bolt, but I can head down to the nearest playing field and make a decent go at it. However, those games allow a form of wish fulfillment to take place on the part of the player, giving them the chance for the sport to be recreated at its highest level. Pool, on the other hand, is a more two-dimensional sport. There is only so much you can do standing around some green felt, holding a stick, and smacking around some balls. There is no management simulation, no on-the-fly formation changes and tactics, no real pop culture icons of the sport. On top of that, pool has that ease of access that American football and the like do not. When you can head down to a local drinking hole, pop a few coins into a table, and play, why does virtual pool need to exist? That’s the question VooFoo Studio attempts to answer with Pure Pool.

And you know what? It’s answered startlingly well. (more…)

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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell moved up a week; “7 Deadly Weapons” revealed in new trailer

The Saints Row franchise has never been afraid to get a little crazy. After an alien invasion in Saints Row IV, even developers at Volition were asking, “Where do we go from here?” I think that’s why the idea behind Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell seems so inspired. Fighting the Devil is a total cliche, but it’s also the perfect playground for Volition and the Third Street Saints. Case in point… in this new trailer, Johnny Gat headbutts the devil in the face.

The trailer also includes a first look at the “Seven Deadly Weapons,” an angelic arsenal of guns that can be used to battle Satan’s minions:

  • Armchair-A-Geddon (The embodiment of Sloth in the rifle slot) - Take a seat and watch the mayhem explode with dual-miniguns and heat-seeking missiles.
  • Gallows Dodger (The embodiment of Pride in the pistol slot) - Hurl arcane balls of energy from this mysterious embodiment of murder, which doesn’t hesitate to boast of his murderous history.
  • Last Supper (The embodiment of Gluttony in the special weapons slot) - Cover your enemies with hell-ish frosting and watch how hunger takes over the masses!
  • Uriels Edge (The embodiment of Envy in the melee slot) - Slash, blast, and disintegrate your enemies in a deadly ball of fire.
  • Ark of the Covenant (The embodiment of Wrath in the explosive slot) - Suck in the souls from your enemies and then launch them at the rest. It’s a win-win.
  • Boom Chicka (The embodiment of Lust in the shotgun slot) - Nothing says come hither more than Boom Chicka, the sexiest gun in existence.
  • Diamond Sting (The embodiment of Greed in the SMG slot) - This weapon propels wages at an incredible rate of fire, turning victims into a shower of wealth.

More Hell-themed weapons will be available to those who pre-order Gat Out of Hell or the PC/next-gen exclusive Saints Row IV: Re-Elected. The “Devil’s Workshop Pack,” available with Gat Out of Hell, will include angel wings for flight and Yorick, the Flaming Skull. Meanwhile, those who pre-order Re-Elected will receive the “Devil’s Workshop Pack” along with the “Plague of Frogs Pack,” which contains the frog-firing Lil’ Croaker gun and the Infernal Guard/Hellish Princess armor.

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) and Saints Row IV: Re-Elected (PC, PS4, Xbox One), which includes Gat Out of Hell, will be released on January 20, a full week earlier than expected.

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