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Video Shows Canceled 2010 Crash Team Racing Game In Action

A video along with a handful of details have appeared online showcasing a canceled Crash Team Racing reboot that was in development in 2010.

Crash Bandicoot fan site Crash Mania posted the video online you see below. The game was originally being developed in tandem with another canceled Crash Bandicoot game, Crash Landed. The two were supposed to be follow-ups to 2008's Crash: Mind Over Mutant.

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The build of the game shown in the video features four characters, one race track, and shows off the ability to customize your kart with different animal-themed engines and wheels. The characters also appear to have distinct powers, like the shark's ability to snap people off the track in its jaws and Polar the polar bear's ability to ride a gigantic snow ball on the track. You can find more details on Crash Mania.

The Crash Bandicoot name is still owned by Activision. Activision clarified its ownership last year when rumors surfaced that the franchise may have been sold to Sony. When asked about the future of Crash Bandicoot, a representative from Activision said, "We continue to explore ways in which we could bring the beloved series back to life.”

[Source: Crash Mania, via Reddit]

 

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It's hard to say how fun a game is without playing it, but this Crash Team Racing game looks interesting. Seeing the shark attack another racer on the track was a surprise, and the animal-themed wheels and customizations are cool. It's disappointing to hear the game was canceled. There's a big demand for a new Crash entry and I hope Activision recognizes it.

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Infamous: Second Son live-action trailer shows a misunderstood artist

While this live-action ad for Infamous: Second Son is pretty cool, we think there may be a secret reveal going on here. Does Delsin have superhuman graffiti skills? How else do you explain spraying up a whole base of SWAT-like guys with armored…
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The Order: 1886 dev video shows knights of the revolving chamber

The Order: 1886 may take place in Victorian-era London, but as developer Ready at Dawn reveals in this behind-the-scenes video, its in-game history traces back to the age of King Arthur. The characters in The Order wield lightning-rifles instead of…
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Debut Trailer For Demon Gaze Shows Off Cast Of Characters

Demon Gaze is a new RPG for the Vita that should satisfy anyone with an itch for old school dungeon crawlers. The debut trailer does not reveal much about the gameplay, but judging from the screenshots this looks to be a no-nonsense RPG dungeon crawler of yesteryear, with a whimsical fantasy storyline to go along with it.

The main character is Oz, who awakens to find himself in Misred—a cursed land at the world's western frontier—with a dark shroud covering the memories of his past. The land before him contains many labyrinths that hold both treasure and danger in equal volumes. Oz, as any adventurer with amnesia should, decides to take up arms in order to hunt down artifacts and work together with the new characters he meets. He is a “Demon Gazer,” which is a mystery as of now to what that implies.

The new trailer shows off a wealth of the characters in the game, and also promises character creation, though it is not specified how that will be implemented yet. Demon Gaze will not be out until early 2014, so look for more information as it gets closer to release. 

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Xbox One shows off 65 new indies: Playdead, Behemoth, Ska, Fatshark

More than 200 developers currently have Xbox One dev kits through Microsoft’s indie outreach program, ID@Xbox, Director Chris Charla announced on Xbox Wire. He provided a list of 65 unannounced Xbox One developers, including the following…
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Video Shows Off Upcoming Xbox One Social Upgrades

A new Xbox One update is coming in March that will enhance the social features of the new console. Today, Xbox Live program director Larry Hryb has shared a video of the new friends and party features.

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In the video, you’ll get a quick look at improved party features (chat is on by default), improved friend sorting (favorites are at the top now), and the return of an important feature (now you can report those recently played-with griefers). The update also surfaces some of the functionality, like sending messages, and makes it easier to invite friends to parties and games.

For more on the March update, check out our previous coverage. Expect it to hit sometime before Titanfall’s March 11 launch.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

 

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While these features should arguably have been there from the beginning, I’ve always appreciated Microsoft’s ability to improve the user experience. I’m still not at home on the Xbox One like I am on the 360, but these updates will likely make things feel more comfortable.

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Blog: Twitch Plays Pokemon shows how you just can’t predict anything

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New Ultra Street Fighter IV Trailer Shows Hugo In Action

Ultra Street Fighter IV adds new characters, tweaks, and stages to the Street Fighting formula, and new video showcases new addition, Hugo.

The video showcases a battle against other newcomer, Poison (who was recently featured in her own video), as well as a number of his moves in the training mode.

Ultra Street Fighter IV will receive a retail release, but it will also be available as a DLC update for Street Fighter IV for $ 14.99.

For more Ultra Street Fighter IV videos highlighting some new mechanics and other characters, head here. The game (or DLC, depending on how you choose to buy) should be available before July.

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Atlus Shows Off Even More Conception Classes

The premise behind Conception II is bizarre, but the basic result is that players have 30 classes of "star children" to do battle in a labyrinth. Today, Atlus has revealed more details about some of these classes.

This batch highlights eight kinds of Star Children. Read the official descriptions from Atlus below, and check out the images in the gallery.

Archer
This early-to-mid game unit excels at hitting weak points with bows and tricky movement. Archers are good attackers that can add effects to their attacks, be it debuffs, status conditions, etc.

Blacksmith
This master of weaponry can wear down opponents with repeated smashing. Can break enemies' defense, and shatter enemy power. They're a fairly powerful unit to acquire early game, but drop off in mid-to-late game.

Bondsman
With dapper hats and tuxedo outfits, Bondsmen are late-game units that require maxing out your relationship bond with their mother. They wield lances and unlike most other units, they use Bond Points for their magic attacks and heals instead of mana.

Diva
This pop idol-like musician is a stronger version of the minstrel. This support unit requires an extremely rare item to create. But in addition to buffing allies and debuffing enemies, she can also revive her teammates.

Gun Saint
Take a paladin, give him a gun, and you get a Gun Saint. This late-game unit requires a special rare drop, but with gold armor and a powerful weapon, the GS can penetrate any armor.

Lancer
Strong attacking class that excels at building Chain gauge quickly to help immobilize units. Deals an incredible amount of damage in the right team composition, and are available mid game.

Merchant
This early game unit is great for wheeling and dealing, as well as axing monsters right in their face. In addition to strong attacks, Merchants also have the ability to summon a shop to buy or sell items, in case you find yourself mid-dungeon without enough health or mana potions.

Ranger
Rangers are quick to adapt to a multitude of roles within a party. They have effective heals, and debilitating debuff attacks. Their defense also allows them to be solid protectors. Rangers are a good mid-game choice for all but the most specialized parties.

For more info, you can read about some other classes, and watch a video.

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New research shows free-to-play on mobile isn’t slowing down

Is the F2P business model showing any signs of slowing down on mobile? Quite the opposite really, as most recently in-app purchases in iOS apps accounted for 81 percent of total revenue taken on the App Store. …


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