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Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice is coming next week

We knew that the first episode from Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones adaptation was coming soon, but now we know that “soon” is actually next week. More specifically, Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice will be available on December 2 (PC, PS3, and PS4), December 3 (Xbox 360 and Xbox One), and December 4 depending upon your platform of choice:

While sooner is always better, I’m sure there was a very vocal contingent of people within Telltale who were tempted to launch the first episode on December 21 just so they could appropriate the “Winter Is Coming” tagline.

After you’re done groaning, you can also check out the game’s debut trailer, which has been embedded above.

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Insert Quarter: Remembering the Best Instruction Booklets Ever

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Creating a beautiful and engaging instruction booklet has become a lost art in today’s go-go world of downloadable games and extensive in-game tutorials. Some, like Yacht Club Games and their awesome booklet for Shovel Knight, are attempting to keep the practice alive. But it seems like a foregone conclusion that the instruction booklet will have breathed its last in the not-too-distant future.

Thankfully, Jason Dafnis of Game Informer took some time out of his day to honor ten of his favorite instruction booklets, manuals, and strategy guides:

Let me spin you a yarn. Times were, you’d open that brand-new cardboard (or plastic) box and there, nestled right next to your cartridge (or disc), would be a booklet. Yes, a booklet – paper pages stapled together that told you how to play the game (and sometimes more). Remember those?

Now the left (or right) side of your game case sits bare or thinly veiled with tie-in ads or DLC codes. Those clippies that once held your booklet are all but obsolete. Booklets might not be completely extinct, but they are on the way out. Here are ten of our favorites in no particular order.

The full article is available at Game Informer.

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The Exo Zombies invade in first Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC pack

Last year, Call of Duty: Ghosts included a new episode of “Extinction,” a multi-part mutant-hunting co-op experience, in each one of the its downloadable expansion packs. Beginning next year, Activision and Sledgehammer Games will attempt this strategy all over again with the new “Exo Zombies” co-op mode planned for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

The first “Exo Zombies” episode will be released as part of the Havoc Map Pack, with a new episode scheduled to be included in all four packs. Advanced Warfare includes a brief tease for “Exo Zombies,” but you can check out the newly released trailer above if you’ve yet to unlock it.

The Havoc Map Pack will be available to download through the Xbox Games Store for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 in January. If history is any guide, PC and PlayStation playerts will have to wait about a month to try it out.

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PS Store Today: Geometry Wars 3, Tales From the Borderlands, Speakeasy, more

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Most of this Fall’s biggest games have been released over the last few weeks, so today’s PlayStation Store update is home to just a handful of new games. But a few of them are definitely big in their own right.

For example, Sierra and Lucid Games have joined forces to bring Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions to the PS3 and PS4. The twin-stick shooter sequel adds three-dimensional levels, drones partners, and several new game modes. Also available this week for the PS3 and PS4 is Zer0 Sum, the first episode of Telltale’s Tales From the Borderlands episodic series.

A complete look at all of this week’s new releases (including the 1920s-styled fighter Speakeasy and the PS4 launch of Thomas Was Alone) can be found after the break. And a full rundown of this week’s new game add-ons and discounts can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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Dark Souls II plus all DLC will be released for PS4, Xbox One in 2015

When Bandai Namco and From Software released Dark Souls II last year, some fans were disappointed that the game wasn’t also released for the PS4 and Xbox One. But good things come to those who wait as the publisher has announced that a special edition of the game, known as Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, will be released for new-gen consoles and DirectX 11 PCs on April 7, 2015.

Bandai Namco will pack every piece of Dark Souls II content into the Scholar of the First Sin edition including the original game and all three DLC expansions (Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the Ivory King). An array of new content will also be produced for Scholar of the First Sin including “an expanded story featuring additional in-game events and NPC character along with new deadlier enemies and gameplay improvements.” Naturally, Bandai Namco plans to improve the graphics in Scholar of the First Sin.

Finally, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin on the PS3, Xbox 360, and DirectX 9 PCs will also receive a slew of improvements that will be part of a large game update. This update will include “an additional NPC to seek out along the treacherous quest through Drangleic as well as expanded story, in-game events, improved balance, and online matchmaking functionality.” This update will be available for current owners of the game as well.

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Check out the prologue from Destiny’s “The Dark Below” expansion

Bungie plans to release Destiny‘s first expansion, The Dark Below, on December 9. But if you want a sneak peek at the shooter’s first major addition, you should check out the Prologue video above. In The Dark Below, you’ll Crota and the Hive army in a variety of missions on the moon. The expansion will also include new gear and a level cap increase:

Expand your Destiny adventure with a wealth of weapons, armor, and gear earned in new story quests and missions, three new competitive multiplayer arenas, and a new Strike and Raid. Beneath the surface of the Moon, a long-forgotten enemy stirs. Survive the true depths of the Hellmouth, and stop its dark army from invading Earth.

The Dark Below will be available as part of Destiny’s Season Pass or as an individual download.

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Nominees for the 2014 Game Awards have been announced

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Geoff Keighley’s VGX Awards replacement, The Game Awards, got a little more real as the show’s advisory board announced its inaugural list of nominees. Dozens of games were nominated in 16 categories, with six titles (Dark Souls II, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Destiny, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare) notching three nominations apiece. Dark Souls II, Hearthstone, and Shadow of Mordor are all competing in the Game of the Year category against Bayonetta 2 and Dragon Age: Inquisition.

A complete list of nominees can be found after the break. The 2014 Game Awards will take place on December 5 at the AXIS Theater in Las Vegas. (more…)

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Insert Quarter: Video Game Titles Have Gotten Ridiculous

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Video game titles have gotten ridiculous. I think I really noticed it earlier this year when Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix decided use Rise of the Tomb Raider as the title of the next game in the series. I’d gotten my fill of the word “rise” (and its variants) after being subjected to The Dark Knight Rises, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Hannibal Rising, and many others at the movie theater. Especially because very few of the people or groups who are supposed to rise in those movies actually do!

Destructoid’s Steven Hansen shares my pain and has put together his own list of words that need to be stricken from game titles. Unsurprisingly, it all loops back to Call of Duty:

Lords of the Fallen and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare just came out and they should be laughed out the damn building for their horrible, generic videogames names.

I originally typed “Armored Warfare” and was confused when Google failed to bring up results for our “Call of Duty: Armored Warfare” review. Then I realized it was “Advanced Warfare” after remembering I kept getting it confused with Advance Wars originally.

DO YOU SEE THE PROBLEM?

You can read the rest of the article at Destructoid.

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