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Xenoblade Chronicles X Japanese Story Trailer Shows Off Plenty Of Cutscenes

The trailer is in Japanese, so you might not glean much in terms of actual content, but there is plenty to see.

You will see plenty of shots of new characters, new locations, new mechs, and lots of close-up shots of faces as people nod in agreement while piloting their flying robots. You can check out the video below.

Xenoblade Chronicles X releases in Japan on April 29, and though it doesn't have a locked release date in North America, it is planned for this year.

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For a more detailed look at Xenoblade Chronicles X's mechanics, specifically its doll and network features, head here.

[Source: Nintendo Japan]

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New Persona 4: Dancing All Night Trailer Shows How The Personas Get In On The Rhythmic Action

The latest trailer for Persona 4: Dancing All Night goes into the game's story, and shows how everyone's Personas will participate in the game.

You can check out the trailer below which, according to a translation from Siliconera, sets up the story that has to do with a rumored Internet video that if you watch it at night, it will take you to the other side and you will never wake up.

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You can also check out a new trailer focusing on Yukiko Amagi below.

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For more on Persona 4: Dancing All Night, you can check out trailers for Kanji Tatsumi, Chie Satonaka, and Yu Narukami by folowing the links. You can also find two additional trailers by heading here and here. Persona 4: Dancing All Night releases in Japan on June 25 exclusively for Vita. The game has an ambiguous 2015 release date for North America.

[Source: Atlus on YouTube, via Siliconera]

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Playtonic Games Shows Its Banjo-Kazooie Successor’s First Fully Animated Character

Playtonic Games has been offering small teases for its Banjo-Kazooie successor, code named Project Ukelele, and the latest shows a fully animated character.

It's not the game's main character, who we've only presumably seen hidden in some of the game's first pieces of art. Instead, it's one of the game's minions offered as a reward for the studio reaching 30,000 twitter followers. You can check out the character below.

If you're unfamiliar with Playtonic Games and Project Ukelele, it's a young studio made of former Rare developers who worked extensively on titles like Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64, among other Rare titles. Project Ukelele is the studios' still mostly shrouded in secret, self-defined Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor. You can learn more about the studio and its game here, here, here, and here. We will learn a lot more about the game next month, when the studio will launch its Kickstarter initiative to fund the game's development.

[Source: @PlaytonicGames]

 

Our Take
That  guy certainly looks like a Banjo-Kazooie enemy, which should be excited for those who want Banjo-Kazooie-flavored classic platformer from the folks who helped establish the genre. I'm looking forward to learning more about the game.

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CD Projekt Shows Us What Happens To Geralt When He Overdoses On Toxins

Recently, a neat detail about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was revealed for the first time. CD Projekt Red has figured out how to dynamically grow Geralt’s facial hair during the game.

While this may seem like a small feature revealed by German magazine Gamestar, details like this enhance the immersion and help sell the reality of a game world. And, if you’d prefer to style Geralt’s hair yourself, CD Projekt told Eurogamer the free “Beard and Hairstyle DLC” will let you do that. Once you download it, Geralt's beard will stop growing.

We reached out to the developer to find out if this bit of immersion would be extended to other parts of the game. It turns out that Geralt’s face isn’t just good for telling time between shaves.

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“Geralt's face actually changes the higher his toxicity is,” CD Projekt’s lead quest designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz tells us. “As you know, Witcher elixirs are highly toxic, and could kill a human if he/she drank one. Witchers are more resistant to this toxin, but it does influence them. In game you have this ‘toxicity bar,’ which shows you how intoxicated Geralt is.” 

The potions take a toll on Geralt, and you won’t need a bar on the user interface to monitor how he’s doing. “The higher the toxicity bar, the more those toxic changes show on Gerald’s face,” Tomaszkiewicz says. “His face becomes unnaturally pale, his veins become visible and seem to be black, dark circles appear under his eyes, etc.”

We're eager to see these nuanced systems come together, though I'm not sure I'd want to anger a strung-out, unkempt Geralt. You can find out more about The Witcher 3 in our recent hands-on demo from PAX East.

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Eidos Montreal Shows Off New Deus Ex’s Box Art

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was just announced yesterday alongside exclusive art on Game Informer's latest cover. Luckily for fans, Eidos Montreal has already revealed yet another look at Adam Jensen's continuing adventure via the game's official box art. Even though Eidos Montreal isn't ready to talk about a release window for the current-gen game, you can get a sense of what you'll eventually be holding in your hands at some unknown date in the future.

Executive game director Jean-Francois Dugas tweeted an image of the box, featuring Adam Jensen (of course), as well as Viktor Marchenko on the bottom-left corner. Marchenko is a high-ranking member of a pro-augmentation group that is featured prominently in the game's story. You might recognize the cluster of guys in the bottom-right corner – the scene pops up around the :53 mark in the game's reveal trailer. There's also a VTOL popping out of the background, right above Marchenko's head. These are the preferred way to move agents around the world in infiltration and extraction missions.


Our Take

If nothing else, this is certainly one of the fastest "game announce to box-art reveals" runs I've ever seen. Even though they were cagey about the release date (or even year) during our visit, this makes me think it's coming sooner than later.

 

Visit our Deus Ex hub page throughout the month for exclusive video interviews with the team, bonus features, a special-edition podcast, and more

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Lucas Comparison Video Shows The Newly Announced Smash Bros. Character Then And Now

Earlier in the week, we shared with you Master0fHyrule’s Mewtwo comparison. The video put the Pokémon’s Melee moves up against the latest video showing how it will fight in the Wii U and 3DS versions.

Now, the Smash sensei is back with another comparison. This time out, we get to see Lucas as he appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl alongside his introduction video on Wii U.

Take a PeeK at the footage:

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As you can see, Lucas will perform similarly to his past appearance in the series. The first two DLC characters don’t break the mold too much, but with voting open for even more additions to the roster, there’s hope for some new and different combatants.

For more on Super Smash Bros., check out our 10 suggestions for the character survey. Be sure to let us know who you’ll be voting for, too.

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New Trailer Shows Off Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker’s Demon Auction

Atlus has release a trailer detailing the new Demon Auction mode from Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker.

For Record Breaker, players will have to purchase demons through auctions, rather than just signing pacts and fusing. The auction option also allows players to access demons they wouldn’t normally have access to. Check out the trailer for an explanation of how the system will fit within the game.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker releases for 3DS on May 5. For more on Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker, check out the story and relationship trailers. 

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Alternate Halo 5 Spartan Locke Trailer Shows Master Chief’s Side Of The Story

It's still incredibly ambiguous, but at least we're getting both sides of not-yet-clear story.

Shortly after showcasing a trailer with Spartan Locke confronting Master Chief for his presumed treachery, another trailer appeared online with the roles reversed and new set of accusations being levied against a different soldier.

You can check out the trailer below, as well as the alternate trailer here. This new trailer also reconfirms Halo 5: Guardians' October 27 release date.

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New Star Wars Timeline Shows When Battlefront Takes Place

With the Expanded Universe jettisoned into space, Disney is moving forward with a streamlined canonical timeline for Star Wars. The paperback version of the novel Star Wars: A New Dawn gives us a look at how this timeline is shaping up. Included on the list is an ambiguous listing for "Battlefront." SW Books posted an image of the book's timeline on Twitter.

 

Our Take
As of now, Battlefront is slated between Heir to the Jedi and and The Empire Strikes Back. We know that there are over 20 new stories on the way leading up to the release of The Force Awakens, so it may not be the last story leading into Empire. Given how the timeline is formatted with the movies in black and the TV shows getting their own tag, the Battlefront listing may not necessarily be just for the game, and could indicate a novelization is on the way.

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Dirty Bomb Trailer Shows A Few Of The FPS’ Job Opportunites

Last week, Splash Damage released a tutorial video focusing on the game's controls, characters, weapons, and abilities. Learning how to play is certainly important, but today's new trailer gets right down to business. You might think that an abandoned city isn't the best place to find a job – and that's where you'd be wrong. While your character is a mercenary or a private-military contractor, there's room to explore a few part-time jobs, too.

These might not be officially sanctioned careers, but players can live out their dreams working with trains, throwing surprise parties, and more. You're in an evacuated London five years from now following the aftermath of a dirty-bomb explosion, so you can basically do whatever you want.

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Dirty Bomb is being published by Nexon, and it's a free-to-play shooter. Players can purchase things like starter packs that permanently unlock characters from the rotating roster, in-game credits, and equipment drops. Nexon insists that the game is "free-to-win," and that success is dependent on learning your characters and working as a team, not merely dropping a bunch of cash into it.

The game is due out later this year on PC.

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