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Joystiq Streams: Killzone Shadow Fall Intercept brings us together [UPDATE: Relive the stream!]

Joystiq Streams simply can’t stop shooting things on Joystiq.com/Twitch. We tried not to, we really did. First we tried to play The Crew beta, but technical issues forced Anthony John Agnello and Xav de Matos to retreat to the warm climes of Far Cry…
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Akiba’s Trip 2 brings the full monty, including PS4, to North America

Akiba’s Trip 2 AKA the helpfully named Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed is confirmed for PS4 in North America. Acquire’s action-RPG leaves its hat on the PS4 sometime this holiday season, after arriving on PS3 and Vita on August 12.

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Ubisoft Brings Collectible Card Game Might & Magic: Duels Of Champions To Console

With all the buzz around Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering, Ubisoft decided to broaden the audience for its own collectible card game. Might & Magic: Duels of Champions has been out in a free-to-play format on PC and mobile devices since last year. Today, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers can dive in.

Ubisoft has announced a new version of the game, sub-subtitled Forgotten Wars, for Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. The $ 9.99 title includes 30 single-player missions, local competitive play, online play, and 650 cards. 

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The title does include in-game transactions that allow players to purchase more gold (for acquiring cards), competitive decks, and expansions (of which four are available now). The game includes a full deck-builder, and there are no random packs (what you see is what you get).

The gameplay is similar to the PC and iOS version, but the monetization and progression are different. If you want to see what the gameplay is like before putting down your $ 10, you can setup a PC or iOS account for free and learn to play.

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Ratchet & Clank Collection brings lombax memories to Vita this week

Sony quietly announced the Ratchet & Clank Collection is coming to Vita tomorrow, July 22, as a PSN downloadable. The publisher unveiled Insomniac’s compilation for European and Australian Vitas in May before finally ending the radio silence over…
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Hot Wheels Forza 5 DLC brings cars, lacks bendy orange roads

Sometimes it’s hard to find an excuse to play with the toys and properties you enjoyed as a kid. However, Forza 5 is about to reunite you with your long-lost Hot Wheels collection. Well, sort of. A new car pack, brought to you by Hot Wheels, is now…
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Bounden brings its dancing charm to Android next week

Following a short delay, developer Game Oven has revealed that Bounden will dance its way onto Android devices on July 3.

Though Bounden prompts players to dance, it can’t properly be described as a traditional rhythm game. Game Oven has worked in…
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Dead Rising 3 brings death, limbs and fire to PC in September

Dead Rising 3 flays again on Windows PC starting September 5, Capcom announced this week. The news follows the formerly Xbox One-only zombie massacre headlining the new Steam summer sale, in which it’s currently a quarter off as a $ 37.49…
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Plants vs. Zombies brings the turf war to K’NEX

K’NEX is making a line of Plants vs. Zombies toy sets, ranging from adorable mystery figurines to large battlegrounds.

The following Plants vs. Zombies K’NEX sets are available now: Mystery Figure Bags, a Pirate Ship set, Wall-nut Bowling set, Cone…
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Heavy Bullets Brings Roguelike Sensibilities To First-Person Shooting

At first glance, Terri Vellmann's Heavy Bullets might look like your average shooter-meets-indie. The first-person gameplay functions exactly like you’d expect, and the aesthetic is definitely the super-polygonal stuff we’ve come to see from many small teams.

Heavy Bullets charm doesn’t come through in screenshots, though. The title eschews the speed-heavy bent of so many modern shooters by infusing elements of the now-prevalent rogue like movement.

Players start with six bullets, which can be recovered after discharge (even if they destroy an enemy). The game only has eight levels, and it’s possible to get through them quickly once you understand the title, but the learning curve is steep.

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Erasing years of run-shoot-die-respawn thinking takes a bit of time, and until you do, you’ll find yourself staring at the Game Over screen often. Because Heavy Bullets’ levels are procedurally generated with a variety of enemy types, taking things slowly is the smartest course of action.

Peeking around corners to see if turrets lie in wait, listening for the telltale hiss of a hidden snake (which can poison you), and smartly using the very limited items, all contribute to Heavy Bullets genre-bending uniqueness. Like some roguelikes, you can purchase life insurance with in-game currency, preserving some of your money for your next play.

Vellmann tells us that he expects the speedrun community to latch onto Heavy Bullets given its easily digestible level structure and intense difficulty. Heavy Bullets is currently in early access on Steam with release planned for the near future on PC, Mac, and Linux.

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Master Chief Collection brings previous Halo games to Xbox One

Microsoft and 343 Industries announced today at E3 that, while Xbox One owners will not get their hands on the next installment in the Halo franchise until next year, they will still have the chance to whet their appetites with The Master Chief Collection.  This collection will offer revamped versions of the numbered Halo games, each utilizing the power of the new system to run in 1080p and at 60 FPS.  In addition to the games as well as all their DLC, a new prologue and epilogue will be included in the collection as well, connecting all the games together in a more close-knit fashion.  With the exception of fixing a few major bugs in the first games, the gameplay mechanics and physics engines will be almost exactly like the ones found in the original games.

A copy of The Master Chief Collection also grants you access to a multiplayer beta for Halo 5, as well as access to episodes from the the video series Halo: Nightfall as they are released, created in collaboration with Ridley Scott (of the Aliens franchise fame).  The Master Chief Collection is slated for a November 11, 2014 release, so you will be able to play through the series all over again, with enough time to leave you ready for Halo 5: Guardians.


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