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Microsoft adds murderous mummy Kan-Ra to Killer Instinct

Do you remember when you were a kid and you used a bunch of mismatched action figures to stage some kind of ultimate battle royale? It just dawned on me, but that is exactly what Microsoft and Iron Galaxy are doing with Killer Instinct. Long overshadowed by Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, the Killer Instinct reboot has taken the blender approach to new heights with the latest batch of characters.

Joining a roster of fighters that already includes a ninja, a werewolf, an ice monster, a Native American, a skeleton, a robot, and a boxer is a mummy known as Kan-Ra. Kan-Ra is available to download today for owners of Killer Instinct’s “Ultra Edition.” “Combo Breaker” edition owners and those who plan to purchase him as an individual download will have to wait until November 30.

As any good mummy would, Kan-Ra uses his bandages to attack his opponents as well as pummeling them with the mystical jars that hold his organs. You can see his full range of combat tricks in the trailer above… and keep your eyes peeled for a quick glimpse at December’s downloadable character: Riptor the dinosaur.

And don’t forget, Microsoft will make Cinder the fire monster a playable character in 2015.

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Turtle Rock: Evolve’s DLC maps will be free

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Turtle Rock’s Creative Director, Phil Robb, recently sat down with IGN and confirmed that all post-release maps for Evolve will be free. The consumer-friendly move is an attempt by Turtle Rock to keep the Evolve community from splitting into multiple different factions:

“First thing we [Evolve’s creative leads] said was we can’t break the community up, so all of our maps will be free. We never want anyone to get booted off of a server because they haven’t bought something.”

Robb also revealed that Evolve will receive paid DLC in the forms of additional Hunters and Monsters. However, players will still be able to join games featuring downloadable Hunters or Monsters regardless of whether or not they’ve purchased them:

“We’ll have characters and monsters, and even if you don’t buy them, if your buddy wants to buy the DLC, that’s cool, and your game will be enhanced through his purchase,” Robb said. “So, you won’t be able to play as those characters, but you will certainly be able to play with those characters.”

Evolve will likely be one of 2015’s earliest hits when it’s released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on February 10.

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Batman infiltrates Ace Chemicals in latest Arkham Knight trailer

Batman has a bad history with Ace Chemicals. It was there that an unnamed criminal known as The Red Hook fell into a vat of chemicals and emerged as The Dark Knight’s nemesis, The Joker. Harvey Dent suffered a similar disfiguring accident in Batman: The Animated Series, permanently damaging his psyche and transforming him into Two-Face.

With such a haunted history, you’d think supervillains would stop attempting to rob and/or take over the plant. But you’d be wrong as Scarecrow and the mysterious Arkham Knight make the factory a target in the latest trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight. The trailer includes a look at the Batmobile in action and new takedown maneuver, the “Fear Takedown.” WB Games also plans to release an extended version of the trailer (three-and-a-half minutes is clearly not enough) on December 1 through the game’s official website.

Batman: Arkham Knight will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on June 2.

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Ori and the Blind Forest has been pushed back to early 2015

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Moon Studios, the developers behind Ori and the Blind Forest, has announced that their side-scrolling Metroidvania-style game will not make its planned late 2014 release. Instead, the title, which made a big splash at Microsoft’s E3 presentation this past June, will be released for the PC and Xbox One in early 2015.

According to the developer, they need “just a little more time in order to add a final layer of polish” to Ori and the Blind Forest. We’ll probably never know what they mean by that exactly, but it does seem to be the go-to reason for delaying a game nowadays.

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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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Insert Quarter: Should Assassin’s Creed: Unity Be Recalled?

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

Can you recall a video game because it’s too buggy? It’s an interesting question. For the most part, a software purchase is considered an “as is” piece of property by publishers, retailers, and most of the general public. Whether you prefer to use “Buyer Beware,” or the classier sounding “Caveat Emptor,” a software program is considered yours as soon as you break the seal. But the bugs found in Assassin’s Creed: Unity aren’t like the average glitches found in your average game. And Erik Kain of Forbes wonders if it’s time Ubisoft issued a full recall instead of resorting to patch after patch after patch:

At this point we sort of take it all for granted, however. Another buggy game release? Color me surprised. We’ve done this so many times before it hardly makes us bat an eye.

But we wouldn’t stand for it in any other industry.

The full article is available at Forbes.

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Xbox Store Today: Thomas Was Alone, Pier Solar and the Great Architects

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Two new indie titles have made their way to the Xbox One today thanks to the ID@Xbox program.

First up is Thomas Was Alone, Mike Bithell’s strangely compelling story of rectangles and squares. You might not think that a platformer starring a “sentient AI” represented by a rectangle could be compelling, but then the narration hits you. Also available today is Pier Solar and the Great Architects, Watermelon’s Genesis-era RPG that was originally released in 2010 and is now available for new-gen consoles.

More information on both games can be found after the break. (more…)

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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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