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“The important thing to keep in mind: don’t read too much of the feedback. The negative reactions (and they are always amongst the first) are not helpful in keeping enthusiastic and telling the world about your game.” …


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PSA: PlayStation Network comes down temporarily on January 15

Owners of Sony gaming devices, take note: The console manufacturer has scheduled PlayStation Network maintenance for January 15, which will bring the online service down for approximately four hours.

During the downtime, PlayStation owners will not …
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Halo 4′s Spartan Ops comes to Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection received another update this week, improving the game’s matchmaking and other functions. The update also added Spartan Ops to Halo 4 in the collection, 343 Industries’ cooperative multiplayer mode. Teams of up to fou…
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The Suicide Squad comes to Lego Batman 3 in early 2015

Following Warner Bros.’ recent announcement that a film based on DC Comics’ Suicide Squad will debut in 2016, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced that Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will soon receive Suicide Squad-themed DLC.

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Dark Souls II Comes To Xbox One And PlayStation 4 In April

Souls fans have been eagerly anticipating this announcement. Bandai Namco has confirmed that the most recent entry in the franchise, Dark Souls II, will be headed to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, bundled with all of the existing DLC.

The Scholar of the First Sin edition will include the Crown of the  Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the Ivory King add-ons. It will also come bundled with the version 1.10 update that adds new features (enhanced item descriptions, better balancing) and new NPCs that augment the story and serve to guide players.

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The new iteration will also be arriving for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC (in both DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 varieties). Those that already own Dark Souls II will receive the version 1.10 update at no cost.

The new-gen and DirectX 11 versions include upgraded visuals, audio, and lighting, along with higher resolution textures and better performance. Those platforms will also see an increase in maximum online players.

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will be out on April 7, 2015. For more, check out our review of the original release.

 

Our Take
Dark Souls II is looking mighty fine in the new trailer (above). I need to try one more time to get into this series, as most people who have gotten over the hump seem to enjoy it. Perhaps 2015 will be my year.

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Iron Banner 2.0 comes to Destiny next week

Just when you thought it was safe to shoot other people in the face, Bungie has announced plans to launch a second Iron Banner event within Destiny at some point next week.

Like the first event, Iron Banner 2.0 strips gear requirements from…
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When it comes to game design, innovation isn’t job no. 1

Tadhg Kelly argued at GDC Next today that successful game design isn’t necessarily about reinventing the wheel, but embracing past successful game designs, extending them, and cross-pollinating with other designs. …


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When quality comes before making money: Developing Monument Valley

Monument Valleycreator UsTwo is primarily a UI and design firm, working for clients. They don’t usually make games. But Monument Valley, the company’s third game, sold over 1 million copies. …


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Hironobu Sakaguchi’s Terra Battle Comes To Mobile Devices October 9

During PAX in late August, we had a chance to sit down with Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi to check out his upcoming mobile game. Terra Battle is a new take on mobile RPGs, with a grid-based strategy system that will have your fingers dancing across the glass.

In order to do damage, you’ll need to flank enemy monsters. Thankfully, you can nudge your party members as you’re moving around and line up characters to include their attacks. 

It’s a unique systems that is perfectly suited for touch devices. You’ll be able to check it out for yourself on October 9, when the game comes to iOS and Android devices. It’s free-to-play, so you can give it a try without committing to it long-term.

The more people that download it, the more will be added to the game. Sakaguchi’s Mistwalker studio calls this a “download starter” (in the spirit of Kickstarter, but without the financial contributions). You can read more about that in our preview.

 

Our Take
I have some reservations about the game’s energy-based system, but the gameplay is clever enough that I will be giving it a try. It carries the aesthetic of classic Square Enix titles, but offers something new in terms of gameplay that I haven’t seen done before in mobile. 

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Yu-Gi-Oh Comes To 3DS With Zexal World Duel Carnival

The Yu-Gi-Oh series is available for the first time on 3DS.

The game has been available in Europe and Japan for quite some time, but it only released in North America, on the 3DS eShop, yesterday. You can find a launch trailer for the game below. The game is based on the first season of the newer Zexal series and features more than 40 duelists from the show.

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Our Take
I recall Yu-Gi-Oh being huge when it first arrived in the United States. Its reach was comparable to Pokémon. It has always retained a dedicated group of fans, but I am curious if it could see a resurgence in popularity as the collectible card game genre begins to gain more fans thanks to titles like Hearthstone and the upcoming Pokémon card game release on iOS devices.

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