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The dense history of Assassin's Creed starts humbly in 2007, with polarizing reviews seeing more potential than anything else in the first game. Still, big sales paved the way for Assassin's Creed 2, which took the franchise into 15th century Italy and along an unbroken streak of bigger, annual rel...

August 20th 2014 at 3:00am 0 Comments
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If there's one game that doesn't quite fit into Far Cry's exotic zoo of flammable locales, it's Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. The standalone spinoff (often confused for DLC) dragged the franchise's jungle-stalking into a neon cyber-parody of 1980s action, stripping off a serious face to reveal a toothy...

August 18th 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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Above: Goat Simulator, coming to Xbox One When mind-bender Braid came to Xbox Live Arcade in 2008, it felt emblematic of a curated platform: a boutique in which unique concepts and independent developers could gain exposure. Now the boutique is long gone and independent games are plentiful, mingli...

August 15th 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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There's little time for rest in Sunset Overdrive, a ridiculous game that whizzes by like a rock star drinking espresso on a skateboard. You must, must remain in motion – bouncing, sliding, flipping, grinding, hurtling and weaving through a rain of rockets and a gauntlet of gnarled mutants. An...

August 14th 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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You may be familiar with the Uncanny Valley, the idea that photorealistic human images can cause discomfort because they're the little bit off from the real thing. At GDC Europe, Sony Immersive Technology designer Jed Ashforth put forward what he called the "uncanny VR-alley," the thinking that the...

August 14th 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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"The recent decision to release the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider as an Xbox One exclusive alienates the majority of the fan base and will ultimately lead to the demise of the franchise." For a vocal group of fans it's not just a business move, but a killing blow. Microsoft's claim to Rise of t...

August 13th 2014 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Arma 3 was one of the first games to launch on Steam's Early Access program, releasing day-one with the service in March 2013, though the game had already been out in alpha form for a few weeks. For developer Bohemia Interactive, making something in the public eye, with most of its bugs and secrets...

August 13th 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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I played several hours of The Sims 4 and barely uncovered what it has to offer. There's been a lot chatter about what's missing from The Sims 4, but I think there's already a lot to learn about EA's latest round of cheeky life simulation. "We really invested in the Sims," said Rachel Franklin, VP...

August 13th 2014 at 6:00am 0 Comments
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Glum anti-heroes and glamorous automobiles could come together at Sony's PlayStation briefing in Germany later today. Sony has Evolution's glossy new racer, Driveclub, coming up in October, with several more exclusives – LittleBigPlanet 3, The Order: 1886, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End –...

August 12th 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Aer stands out even though it is accidentally, obviously on-trend: It's a low-poly exploration game set on a series of floating islands, it features a giant owl and it's devoid of combat. Some of these aspects appear in recent notable games, including Secrets of Raetikon, BioShock Infinite, Monumen...

August 12th 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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With Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection en route to the Xbox One in 2014, Microsoft is set to have a packed media briefing in Germany today. A focus on AAA exclusives is to be expected, though Microsoft may also strike a balance – much like the new and o...

August 12th 2014 at 9:09am 0 Comments
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It's time: PlayStation and Xbox have their Gamescom press conferences in Cologne, Germany, today. Xbox is at 2PM CEST (8AM ET, 5AM PT, 1PM UK), and PlayStation is at 7PM CEST (1PM ET, 10AM PT, 6PM UK). We'll have liveblogs and all the hot news from each show right as they happen. Day one of GDC E...

August 12th 2014 at 7:50am 0 Comments