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Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones teaser trailer

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Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones teaser trailer

Well, I’m surprised it took Telltale Games this long to announce a Game of Thrones property.

Details on the ground are scarce so far, little more than a single twitter post:

It’s TRUE! We’re working with @HBO to create an all-new episodic game series based on GAME OF THRONES in 2014! #VGX pic.twitter.com/d5GkhS2MOw

It’s an understandable choice to adapt HBO’s dark-fantasy juggernaut, but one does wonder how they’ll be treading new ground. Will this be a narrative in the gray spaces of the map, or a retread of the series’ Big Events? It’s a peculiar choice to adapt the most-familiar Game of Thrones era when the Dunk and Egg prequels lie untapped.

Nonetheless, this is definitely one property to watch, especially after the much-acclaimed success of The Walking Dead. If anyone can pull off the bleak, cut-throat atmosphere of Westeros, Telltale can.

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Battlefield 4 is the best shooter of the next gen consoles so far

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Battlefield 4 is the best shooter of the next gen consoles so far

It seems like just yesterday that we were booting up our consoles and PCs and loading them up with “Battlefield 3”. But, alas, that was two long years ago. The good news, however, is that we have a brand new “Battlefield” game to sink tens of thousands of hours into. Now normally, there was a good stretch of years between “Battlefield” games. But in the case of “Battlefield 4”, it only took developer DICE two years to make it. So let’s see how they did.

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Tomb Raider Definitive Edition announced for next-gen systems

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Tomb Raider Definitive Edition announced for next-gen systems

The critically-acclaimed reboot of Tomb Raider is coming to next-generation systems as Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on January 28th, 2014 for $59.99.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition has been “fully re-built” for the XBox One and Playstation 4. “This was a continued labor of love,” said Crystal Dynamics Executive Producer Scot Amos.  We pulled the game apart and rebuilt it with painstaking detail to add enhanced visual storytelling but without changing the award winning tale. The end result is a cinematic living world.”

A remake may seem a little earlier, but it isn’t terribly surprising considering the game’s release date at the tail end of the PS3/360 era. The remake features revolutionary new graphics, a brand-new redesigned model for Lara with even more detailed effects, and all currently released downloadable content.

Want a hint of what’s to come?

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Titanfall – Ogre Reveal Trailer

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Titanfall – Ogre Reveal Trailer

You ever see a game that you know your are going to have to play? One that motivates you so much that you are even willing to buy a console just to play it?

I thought I could hold out, but it looks like I’m getting a Xbox One. Tempting trailers just keep coming, this time with the “Ogre Reveal Trailer” where we get a in depth look at the robot fun of Titanfall.

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Setting sail is more compelling than stabbing in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag

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Setting sail is more compelling than stabbing in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag

I’d guess I got halfway through Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, and I still couldn’t give you a succinct plot summary.

It’s not that Black Flag is lacking in interesting characters or topics. If anything, the game is crammed over-full with features and potential plot arcs, many maddeningly under-explored. Black Flag is overflowing with things that would, in a more restrained title, be enough to carry it on their own – naval battles! Stealthy assassinations! The story of the short-lived Pirate Republic of Nassau! The exploitation of the New World by imperial powers!

And let’s not forget the modern-day conspiracy drama, just in case there wasn’t already enough material in the historical narrative. Better still, let’s – it’s not bad by any means, but it’s mostly a cheeky tweak at the gaming industry itself.

Protagonist Edward Kenway is a layabout on a rambling mission: get rich quickly. Whenever you’re at the helm of his stolen Jackdaw, Black Flag picks up the pace. But whenever he gets dragged back into the hoary old conflict between smug Assassins and sneering Templars – usually after some bizarrely self-righteous criticism about following a higher purpose by carrying on an endless and to all appearances pointless clandestine war – Black Flag, well, flags behind.

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Playstation 4 is a step in the right direction, but doesn’t have games

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Playstation 4 is a step in the right direction, but doesn’t have games

Ladies and Gentlemen the next generation of gaming consoles is here. On November 15th, 2013, we were officially introduced to the Playstation 4 gaming console. With the advent of this new system, there are a few things we should ask ourselves: How is the control? How is the Home Screen? What about the games? Is it worth buying? Well, let’s answer these burning questions.

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[Xbox One] Hands on with Forza 5

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[Xbox One] Hands on with Forza 5

The first of the Next-Gen racers has arrived, and at about 120mph this game is a sight to be seen. As Forza 5 is Microsoft’s flagship racer and an Xbox One launch title, I couldn’t resist. I’m not much of a racer fan (unless you count F-Zero GX and the Mach 5) but I was hoping to truly see something astounding, something that could perhaps sell me on the Xbox One.

So what place does this racer come in? Is it a major selling point for the Xbox One and this next generation of gaming?

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Production tidbits and most recent trailer from the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series

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Production tidbits and most recent trailer from the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series

Castlevania: Lords of Shadows 2 is still quite a ways away from its February 25, 2014 release date. Hungry for some tidbits to tide you over? Producer Dave Cox has supplied ten bits of production trivia about the series. We’ve also included the most recent trailer, released on October 31st.

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[Xbox One] Hands On with Killer Instinct

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[Xbox One] Hands On with Killer Instinct

Twas the year of blood as the gaming industry switches to the fighting genre. After one title brought the Kombat and so much more, it seemed like there was an endless stream of fighting games. Then came a very Rare title, one that offered endless combos and an announcer yelling out just how good the combo was. I had the opportunity to sit down with Microsoft’s flagship launch title for the upcoming Xbox One. To paraphrase the fabled tv show Portlandia, “The 90’s are alive” in Killer Instinct.

If you haven’t ever played a Killer Instinct title, it’s totally worth a look, as it’s an unapologetic look at the 90’s. What really makes the series so fantastic was a combination of Combos, ultra violence, and getting to hear just how well you did.

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