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WRUP: BlizzCon news drop

Our buddies over at Massively and WoW Insider are at BlizzCon and they’ve been busy. More Hearthstone. New World of Warcraft pets. And a whole new game announcement with Overwatch.

What’s everyone playing this weekend?…
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We Convinced Our Horror-Averse News Editor To Play The Evil Within For Your Enjoyment

Yesterday, executive editor Andrew Reiner and I started to discuss this year’s Top 50 and the games we haven’t yet played. The conversation then turned to a recent release called The Evil Within, which somehow flew under my radar.

I hadn’t paid much attention to it, because as you might recall, I don’t always love the horror genre. Thankfully, Reiner convinced me that the game was just poorly named. In fact, he described it as “the spiritual sequel to Flower.” He even showed me a picture of lovely sunflowers from the game.

Given that I do enjoy Flower, especially after a stressful day, I thought that this might be a good fit. Reiner suggested that I liveblog the experience, too. (Admittedly, this seemed like a strange request, but he’s my boss, so I rolled with it.)

Later today, I’ll be live streaming my experience with this meditative game (at this link). Check back with us at 10:30 a.m. Pacific / 1:30 p.m. Eastern. What could go wrong? – The Feed

Tokyo Game Show 2014 News, Previews, Trailers And More Round-Up

The Tokyo Game Show isn't over yet, but that doesn't mean we can't start rounding up all of our coverage that has resulted from the show.

Below you will find everything we've published (so far) from our time at the show, organized in easy to follow sections.

As you might have assume from the name Tokyo Game Show, the show is in Japan and focuses mostly on Japanese games. Many of the games shown aren't not guaranteed to come to North America. Our TGS Localization Wishlist breaks down the ones we hope will be localized for the United States.

Photos of the Show
We try to put together Seen At features for every show we're able to attend, and Tokyo Game Show is no exception. In the galleries linked below, you will find pictures of cosplayers, the show floor, and more.

The Wondrous Sights Of TGS 2014 – Day One

The Wondrous Sights Of TGS 2014 – Day Two

The Wondrous Sights Of TGS 2014 – Day Three

The show revealed a glut of new information about games games we knew were coming, as well as new titles, one of the most notable being details being the current fate of Final Fantasy XV – a game we had not heard much about until the last few days.

Tetsuya Nomura No Longer Directing Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV Demo Coming In 2015

Square Enix Announces March Release Date For Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

Bloodborne Releases On February 6

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Releases In 2015

Shinra Technologies Is A New Cloud Gaming Company (Not Final Fantasy VII HD)

Much like comparable shows such as E3 or Gamescom, there are plenty of new trailers resulting from the event.

Take A Road Trip In Final Fantasy XV

Here's Why Everyone Is Fighting In Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

You Belong To The Evil Within In New TGS Trailer

Upcoming Historical Phoenix Wright Gets A TGS Trailer

Bloodborne TGS Trailer Drips With Action And Online Play

Past And Future Collide In Deep Down TGS Trailer

Dragon Ball Xenoverse Heading To PC, TGS Trailer Details Story

Watch Your Favorite Persona Characters Dance Their Heart Out

New Trailer Sets Up Persona Q’s Story

In-Depth Previews
Beyond just trailers or news, we had plenty of chances to play games at TGS, and below you will find our deeper reports on an assortment of games. Some highlights include Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Resident Evil Revelations 2.

What Is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’s Buddy System?

The Most Exciting Things We Learned About Resident Evil Revelations 2

Everything We Know About Tales Of Zestiria

Getting Your Emotions Under Control In Tales Of Hearts R

What To Expect From The Remastered Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

Sonic And Friends Remain Fun In Sonic Boom

First Disgaea 5 Details Revealed

Tokyo Sidequests
Our sidequests are tangentially related to video games, and offer more cultural looks at Japan. Check them out below.

The Studio Ghibli Museum

Capsule Toy Mysteries

Visiting Square Enix's Artnia Store

Check back on this story tomorrow. We'll have more to add before the show concludes. – The Feed

Twitch out-ranks cable news networks, MTV at times

Amazon certainly thinks that Twitch is a good investment, as it just spent nearly $ 1 billion to buy Twitch and all of its live-game-streaming accoutrement. It turns out Twitch stacks up well against a lineup of cable networks, drawing in more viewers…
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Prep for PlayStation, Xbox and EA news at Gamescom

Welcome to a week of Joystiq coverage from GDC Europe and Gamescom, the world’s largest game convention. We’ll be here all week bringing you the latest news, previews and random observation that may occur in our travels.

There are three press…
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Obsidian’s Pillars of Eternity looks old, and that’s good news

Pitched as a return to the days of games like Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale and Planescape: Torment – isometric RPGs developed on BioWare’s Infinity Engine – Pillars of Eternity from Obsidian is decidedly old-school. Where other games may tout…
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Rebellion claims ‘huge news’ in addition to Sniper Elite 3 pre-order!

Just in case you fans of the Sniper Elite series weren’t already drumming your fingers and making room on your hard drive for Sniper Elite 3‘s release next month, Rebellion promises something just as big to come. Surprisingly, it doesn’t seem to be directly about SE3 at all. Rebellion’s CEO and Creative Director Jason Kingsley explains during an interview:

“We couldn’t be more excited about Sniper Elite 3’s launch on June 27th. Naturally, being on five platforms – including the new consoles – means it’s had more attention than anything we’ve made before. We’ve been taken aback with the interest and reception so far.”

“But there’s always more work to be done getting the Sniper Elite name in the hearts and minds of gamers who are new to the IP, or aren’t aware of the stealth and emergent gameplay that surrounds the core sniping mechanics”

“Next week’s news will be a huge step towards this goal.”

Soup, anyone?

Awwwww! Gross! Right in the f#cking eyeball!

Questions abound? Curiosity piqued? Same here. The only thing to do would be to kill some time by taking advantage of the team-up offers Rebellion and Steam have come up with until this news breaks. If you head over to Steam for the pre-order of Sniper Elite 3, you will get a 20% discount on the game’s launch price and the highly-anticipated DLC mission “Target Hitler: Hunt the Grey Wolf” will be included for free!

While Rebellion is handling the PC version, 505 Games will be responsible for distributing this unique sniping game on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for around £24.85 or $ 39.99 (standard edition), while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be around £40.85 or $ 49.99 (standard edition). Sniper Elite 3 is set to be released in Europe on June 27th, and in North America on July 1st. For more details or to have some questions answered, head over to SE3′s official site for more!

Just in case you’re completely unaware of the gameplay mechanics or feel of this series, watch the original cinematic trailer below and get ready for some eye-popping action! Sorry…couldn’t resist.


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Nintendo to forgo live event at E3 once more; will deliver news in a new format

It looks like Nintendo is going to skip a proper E3 press conference once again, instead going for a digital approach to deliver news about their upcoming titles.

Reggie will still be able to take names through the internet, though

At E3 2014, under a new banner they have dubbed “Play Nintendo,” Nintendo will announce their plans to the world in the following ways:

Nintendo Digital Event – last year, Nintendo decided to ditch their traditional press conference and delivered news about their upcoming products at E3 in the form of a Nintendo Direct video. This year the company will expand upon that idea with its “Nintendo Digital Event,” a new kind of video program that will reveal and provide further details about the upcoming games on the way for Nintendo platforms in 2014 and beyond. The Nintendo Digital Event will air at 9 a.m. PT on June 10th, which is a Tuesday.

Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3 – at E3 2014, Nintendo will show fans and press alike intimate details regarding their upcoming titles. Using the “Treehouse,” which is a Product Development department at Nintendo of America, Nintendo will provide in-depth game demos live and unscripted from their booth. This program will be streamed live throughout all show hours at E3, so you can see the games at home through your internet browsers and feel just a taste of what it would be like to be there (*SOB*).

Super Smash Bros. Invitational – to celebrate the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games hitting both the Wii U and 3DS this year, Nintendo is inviting 16 EXTREMELY LUCKY highly skilled Super Smash Bros. players to the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles to compete in a Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament. Fans at the event and those of us at home can all watch the tournament unfold live and get a chance to see the new titles in action. The identity of the 16 participants, the announcers of the event, and information on the live stream will be revealed shortly.

Dates, times, locations, and the actual games appearing at E3 2014 will be announced soon. For now, fans can check out more info at the Nintendo @ E3 2014 website and an announcement trailer below (with Reggie and the Mega 64 guys!). How do you guys feel about Nintendo keeping things purely digital at E3 once more?

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GI Show 198: News Round-Up, Smite, Rise of The MOBA

In this week's Game Informer show we have an in-depth discussion about some of the week's biggest news topics and chart the appeal and breakout success of the MOBA genre.

First up, GI news editor Mike Futter joins host Matt Helgeson to talk about some of the big stories of the week, including Uncharted creator Amy Hennig's new job at Visceral Games helming a new, unannounced Star Wars project, Amazon's foray into the Android console market, and new leader for Microsoft's Xbox division.

In the second segment, Matt is joined by GI PC editor Daniel Tack and intern Cameron Koch to talk about Hi-Rez Games' excellent Smite, and a deeper discussion about the rise of the MOBA genre, from its origins to its bright future.

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