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Why Prey’s Gameplay Refuses To Hold Your Hand

All month long, Game Informer will be updating its hub of exclusive features covering Prey from Arkane Studios (the creators of Dishonored) to coincide with our new cover story on the game. In this video interview, lead designer Ricardo Bare explains what makes the gameplay in Prey different than what you've played before but also how it loosely compares to games like Metroid and Arx Fatalis.

Watch the interview below to learn how much freedom players will have in the space station and the extent that the game will have "survival" elements.

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Hand Of Fate 2 Is Now Coming To PS4, New Character Revealed

Defiant Development has revealed that Hand Of Fate 2, the sequel to the indie collectible card game/RPG hybrid from 2015, is now coming to PlayStation 4. The game was previously announced for both PC and Xbox One.

Defiant Development also revealed that a new companion character named Estrella Fiore (pictured above):

Captain Estrella Fiore will be a terror at range, and while her interests align with the player's, a fearsome companion. However, should the player find themselves on the wrong side of the Empire, Estrella will have some hard choices to make. On the tabletop, her unwavering persistence will also grant a second attempt during the new Pendulum minigame, designed to test precision and timing. 

Our heroine will lean on Estrella and other companions for support as she clashes with all-new enemy factions, including the new Greed and Frost suits. The Greed faction employs  deadly assassins and alchemists to hound the player with swift attacks and evasive maneuvers, while Frost’s Northerner Giants leverage brute force and deadly homemade weapons to deal massive amounts of damage.


According to Defiant, we'll find out more about Estrella during PlayStation Experience.

If you want to see a trailer showing off some of the game, you can watch it right here:

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The original Hand of Fate received a score of 8.75. You can read Daniel Tack's review of the game here.

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Star Wars Reminds Us That Rancors Are More Than Happy To Bite The Hand That Feeds

Special effects studio Industrial Light and Magic recently held a contest to find new Star Wars concept artists, and though this piece wasn't one of the winners, it's still pretty amazing.

The piece, from artist Adam Vehige imagines a scenario where Jabba the Hutt is killed not because of a chain around his neck, but instead by his own rancor that realized if it just reached a little higher, maybe it could finally see what's really going on with the dance floor constantly reverberating above his head.

To see some of the concept art winners, head here. And for all things sci-fi and often Star Wars, make sure to read Andrew Reiner's column, Science-Fiction Weekly.

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New Companion Revealed For Hand Of Fate 2, Playable At PAX West

Developer Defiant revealed a new companion available for its upcoming action RPG, Hand Of Fate 2. Colbjorn, will specialize in melee combat, with an emphasis on heavy attacks.

Colbjorn uses club-like short swords to knock enemies back with his brute strength. He will also grant the player an extra die roll in the game's tabletop minigames. The new character will make his debut at this year's PAX West. The expo takes place between September 2-5 in Seattle, WA.

Hand Of Fate 2 is the sequel to the successful and well lauded Hand Of Fate. In it, players explore a fantasy world based around a meta-board game, where collectible cards present the player with trials such as third-person
combat and "Dungeons and Dragons-style decision
making." Hand Of Fate 2 is expected to release for the Xbox One and PC early next year, though no specific release date has yet been announced. 
 

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Daredevil And Elektra Square Off Against The Hand In Season Two Trailer

When last we left Matt Murdock, Esq., he was surprised by a visit from ex-girlfriend Elektra Natchios. In the second part of the trailer released today, we see the two teaming up against the Yakuza.

But wherever Elektra goes, a group of ninjas known as The Hand, are sure to follow. With Punisher on the loose, the Hand and Yakuza threatening New York, and Elektra’s motives unclear, Daredevil will have his hands full.

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Daredevil season two arrives on Netflix on March 18. For the first half of this trailer, check out our previous coverage.

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UK broadcaster Channel 4 tries its hand as a mobile game publisher

United Kingdom TV broadcaster Channel 4 is slated to publish a few games from European indies this year under the aegis of its new All 4 Games mobile game publishing division. …


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How we made adorable pins to hand out at PAX

“Overall, it was a huge success. An exhausting, time-consuming success. It was a little pricey in the end but I believe it was worth it to put Station Stop on the map.” …


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[Update] Limited Edition Fallout 4 Watch Only Has One Hand

It's always important to know what time it is in the wasteland. How else will you know if the mirelurks are biting? Oh. Because they are probably biting you. Our mistake.

The Vault-Tec watch shown above is limited to 1,500 pieces. The watch is made of stainless steel with a leather band. It’s water resistant to 300 feet, and the crystal is scratch resistant. Each is etched with an individual number on the back.

Unlike traditional watches, this one features a single hand. Each segment represents 15 minutes. You can purchase it here for $ 150, with shipping scheduled for November 9.

Today’s new piece of Fallout 4 merchandise is a messenger bag designed in the style of a Pip-Boy. As you can see above, the bag is printed on the interior as well.

The bag includes a padded laptop compartment that can support up to a 17-inch notebook. You can purchase it here for $ 68, with shipment estimated for November 9.

Update: This week is a challenging one for Fallout fans, as Bethesda is revealing a number of new items for sale. In addition to the controller that was made available this morning (below), you can consider dropping $ 130 on a big bundle with the strategy guide at its heart.

In addition to the hard-cover guide with an exclusive “soft touch” dust jacket, the Ultimate Vault Dweller’s Survival Guide bundle comes with:

  • A Nuka Cola bottle opener
  • Five magnetic bottle caps
  • A Nuka Cola embroidered patch
  • Seven lithographs
  • A poster-sized map of the Fallout 4 world
  • The Art of Fallout 4 2015-2016 calendar

You can order the bundle from the Bethesda Store. As a bonus, your wallet will become lighter and easier to sit on (metaphorically, of course, as the Bethesda Store takes credit card and not cash). 

Update (October 20, 2015, at 11:51 a.m. Central): The Bethesda Store (and other retailers) are listing today’s Fallout item. As we reported yesterday, you can purchase a wired Xbox One controller decorated in Fallout colors with the visage of Vault Boy.

It’s designed by PDP, comes with a 10-foot cord, and it’s priced at $ 59.99. It’s compatible with PC and features a 3.5mm headphone jack with volume controls on the surface. Apparently, that’s what the mystery button by the right thumbstick is (working in tandem with the D-pad, which bears volume and balance symbols).

The Fallout 4 controller will be out on November 10. You can check out at Bethesda's store.

 

Fallout fans have less than one month before returning to the wasteland. While you likely don’t need any reminder, Bethesda’s merch machine is spinning up to get you hyped nonetheless.

This week, you’ll be able to grab extremely limited numbers of some very specialized swag. The week kicks off with a t-shirt commemorating the Great War (pictured above). It’s available to order now through October 26.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 20, you’ll have a shot at one of 5,000 wired Vault Boy-themed Xbox One controllers. These feature a powder blue and yellow design scheme, as well as the visage of Fallout’s famous mascot.

You’ll also be able to get a messenger bag printed to look like a Pip-Boy, a Vault-Tec watch (limited to 1,500 pieces), and then a limited version of the art book (limited to 5,000 pieces). Check back each day on Bethesda’s storefront for the new items.

We'll update throughout the week as more items become available.

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Spending A Day With My New Best Friend, The MGS V Collector’s Edition Hand

While I have largely weaned myself off the knick-knack poison of collector’s editions, I couldn’t resist the Metal Gear Solid V bundle. I’ve been a fan of the series since the NES days, and with this likely Kojima’s last hurrah (for real this time), I wanted to have something to remember this by.

When my package arrived yesterday morning, I rushed to unbox the included half-scale version of Big Boss’ hand. Is it (and the few other items included) worth the extra $ 40? Probably not, unless, like me, you adore the series.

My tiny Big Boss arm is my new best friend, and I’ve decided to start spending much more time with him. 

Earlier today, we decided we’d re-enact my favorite scene from the Metal Gear games. You know the one. A guard is nearby, so you pull out that man-sized cardboard box from your pocket and stay very still. Oh, Handsy. You’re such a cad!

After that, we decided to take the dog for a walk. Unfortunately, Holly is old and preferred to sleep. We spent time petting her instead. Handsy tried to feed her, and almost lost a plastic finger.

School is almost starting, and Handsy wanted to make sure to spend time with the kids, too. Paul was busy playing video games, so we just ducked in for a quick Handsy-five.

As we were leaving, Handsy told me I was an awesome Dad. It was so nice of him to mention my great parenting skills. Thanks, Handsy!

We retired to play some games together. It’s hard for me to find a group of people to play a tabletop RPG with, but Handsy was totally up for it. I was the Dungeon Master and set up a scenario with which he was familiar.

You enter an enemy encampment. As you approach a building, you hear a menacing grumble. Soon after, you hear the whimpering and wailing of a man in pain.

Handsy decided to approach.

The moaning and grumbling are joined by the sound of something liquid being poured into a toilet, but from where you do not know. What do you want to do?

Handsy moved closer.

There is a terrible stench as you realize the moaning is a man in bowel distress. You are poisoned by the smell. Bad luck, Handsy. Johnny Sasaki has killed you with his butt grumbling.

He wasn’t happy about losing, but he decided he was up for one more game. We decided to play Cards Against Humanity. That Handsy is a lot funnier than you’d think a plastic, mouthless, expressionless hand might be.

We ended our day with two of Handsy’s most emotional moments ever. I had to break some bad news to him. He didn’t know that Silent Hills had been canceled. If he had eyes, he’d have cried. Instead, he just touched the screen for a moment, wistful and mourning.

Before we tucked in for the night, I decided to cheer him up. Handsy confided in me that he had a child he’d never met. It was always a regret of his that he couldn’t have held his son in his arm.

Their reunion made my cold heart grow three sizes. Handsy and Tiny Snake have been reunited, and papa rocked his little boy to sleep as we cuddled up for the night. 

Good night, Handsy. Good night, Tiny Snake. Good night, moon.

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Spending A Day With My New Best Friend, The MGS V Collector’s Edition Hand

While I have largely weaned myself off the knick-knack poison of collector’s editions, I couldn’t resist the Metal Gear Solid V bundle. I’ve been a fan of the series since the NES days, and with this likely Kojima’s last hurrah (for real this time), I wanted to have something to remember this by.

When my package arrived yesterday morning, I rushed to unbox the included half-scale version of Big Boss’ hand. Is it (and the few other items included) worth the extra $ 40? Probably not, unless, like me, you adore the series.

My tiny Big Boss arm is my new best friend, and I’ve decided to start spending much more time with him. 

Earlier today, we decided we’d re-enact my favorite scene from the Metal Gear games. You know the one. A guard is nearby, so you pull out that man-sized cardboard box from your pocket and stay very still. Oh, Handsy. You’re such a cad!

After that, we decided to take the dog for a walk. Unfortunately, Holly is old and preferred to sleep. We spent time petting her instead. Handsy tried to feed her, and almost lost a plastic finger.

School is almost starting, and Handsy wanted to make sure to spend time with the kids, too. Paul was busy playing video games, so we just ducked in for a quick Handsy-five.

As we were leaving, Handsy told me I was an awesome Dad. It was so nice of him to mention my great parenting skills. Thanks, Handsy!

We retired to play some games together. It’s hard for me to find a group of people to play a tabletop RPG with, but Handsy was totally up for it. I was the Dungeon Master and set up a scenario with which he was familiar.

You enter an enemy encampment. As you approach a building, you hear a menacing grumble. Soon after, you hear the whimpering and wailing of a man in pain.

Handsy decided to approach.

The moaning and grumbling are joined by the sound of something liquid being poured into a toilet, but from where you do not know. What do you want to do?

Handsy moved closer.

There is a terrible stench as you realize the moaning is a man in bowel distress. You are poisoned by the smell. Bad luck, Handsy. Johnny Sasaki has killed you with his butt grumbling.

He wasn’t happy about losing, but he decided he was up for one more game. We decided to play Cards Against Humanity. That Handsy is a lot funnier than you’d think a plastic, mouthless, expressionless hand might be.

We ended our day with two of Handsy’s most emotional moments ever. I had to break some bad news to him. He didn’t know that Silent Hills had been canceled. If he had eyes, he’d have cried. Instead, he just touched the screen for a moment, wistful and mourning.

Before we tucked in for the night, I decided to cheer him up. Handsy confided in me that he had a child he’d never met. It was always a regret of his that he couldn’t have held his son in his arm.

Their reunion made my cold heart grow three sizes. Handsy and Tiny Snake have been reunited, and papa rocked his little boy to sleep as we cuddled up for the night. 

Good night, Handsy. Good night, Tiny Snake. Good night, moon.

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