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Ubisoft announces 2D 'Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China'

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Ubisoft already has not one but two Assassin’s Creed games planned for release, with Assassin’s Creed Unity for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC, and Assassin’s Creed Rogue for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. So, Ubisoft’s announcement of a season pass for Unity–a bundle of downloadable content available for purchase that will be released following the game’s launch–was no surprise.

The inclusion of an all new Assassin’s Creed spinoff game as part of that season pass, however, was an unexpected addition.

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Burning questions about 'Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor,' answered

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The world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings hasn’t left the same mark on the video game medium that it has in film, though many attempts have been made. The Battle for Middle-earth strategy games? Good, but the series lasted for only a few years. The Rings Lego games? Also fun, but the Middle-earth setting is just one of several major properties to be Legoized. Even the games connected to the original trilogy films have their upsides but were never critical darlings.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor hopes to change that. The game has received plenty of buzz leading up to its release on Sept. 30, promising an original story in Tolkien’s world that explores the deep lore while innovating on familiar gameplay mechanics.

So what exactly sets this adventure apart, and will it make Mordor the one game to rule them all—or at least rule the fall season? That question will be answered when the game debuts later this month, but there are plenty more worth asking about why Mordor is worth Rings fans’—and newcomers’—time. Here are answers to some swirling questions about the game, which should give players all they need to know going into the game’s launch.

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I get by with a little help from my friends: EW's 'Destiny' journal, pt. 2

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Destiny is, by most metrics, the biggest video game of the year. If you’ve read our primer, you know why it’s a big deal. But is it any good?

EW will be investigating that question in an ongoing Destiny journal. This post is the second entry—read the first entry from Joshua Rivera here, and continue on for more thoughts on Bungie’s new shooter.

9.12.14: To the beta and back again

I’m of two minds in my experience with Destiny so far. So far, I’ve had an absolute blast with the minute-to-minute gameplay. Bungie knows how to make a shooter, and whether in story missions or competitive matches, the gunplay shines through. But as I journeyed through the game’s story missions on Earth, levels I had already played in the beta, demonstrated the one major sin I was worried Destiny would commit in the early going—the lack of a driving force foryour Guardian. READ FULL STORY

'Grand Theft Auto V' for PlayStation 4, Xbox One to arrive in November

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Rockstar Games announced the release dates for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC versions of last year’s blockbuster Grand Theft Auto V. Console players will be able to return to Los Santos in just a few months, while PC players will have to wait until 2015 to raise hell in the fictional city.

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Saints Row franchise continues with 'Gat Out of Hell'

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As the Grand Theft Auto franchise went further down the road of depicting a real open-world setting as accurately as possible, the Saints Row series veered in a near opposite direction. The latest entry in the series, Saints Row IV, gave players control of a superpowered President of the United States as he or she fought their way out of a simulated city controlled by aliens. (It’s as delightfully crazy as it sounds.) The series’ insanity and irreverence know no bounds, and it appears the titular Saints will push the limits all the way to the underworld in a new expansion revealed at PAX Prime.

Titled Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, the standalone content focuses on franchise favorites Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington as they are thrown into hell. The two must fight their way through legions of demons and, according to the game’s trailer, “prominent historical figures,” before taking on Satan himself. READ FULL STORY

Eight intriguing games unveiled so far at Gamescom 2014

Gamescom is a Cologne, Germany-based annual video game trade fair that’s open to both the public and industry professionals. Like the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, it’s a great place to see new games announced and get closer looks at others on the way. At the halfway point of Gamescom 2014, here are some of the most interesting looking titles from this year’s crop:

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This Aaron Paul Xbox One commercial will mess with your Xbox One

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Microsoft made the bold decision to spend E3 pitching the Xbox One as a lovable videogame console — a notable shift from the company’s previous strategy of pitching the Xbox One as the Orwellian super-device that watches you when you sleep and costs a hundred dollars more than the PlayStation 4. But now comes a new wrinkle: a commercial for the Xbox One featuring Breaking Bad star and Need for Speed refugee Aaron Paul. Paul appears to love his Xbox One. He commands it to turn on using just his voice. “Xbox on!” he says. READ FULL STORY

Xbox E3 2014: Microsoft is very happy you told them to stop doing everything they were doing

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The corporate realities of the videogame industry operate on massive, mega, epochal levels. Release dates are planned out years in advance. New brands are built carefully over the course of years, with the implicit promise that they could run for decades. You could think of the major videogame companies as giants, skyscraper-size creatures who move at their own pace. Or you could think of them as creatures out of an HP Lovecraft story, unthinkable many-headed monstrosities who live in cross-dimensional space dreaming up new nightmares. Either way, it’s hard to imagine that the events of a single day can change everything.

But one year ago today, Microsoft woke up on top of the world, and then everything got ruined. Or maybe they ruined everything. Hard to say: Their media presentation was shaky enough, what with the rape-joke controversy and the backpedaling insistence that the Xbox One’s Orwellian Always-On requirement wasn’t a requirement, just a suggestion for cool people who aren’t lame. But then a few hours later, Sony basically made the subject of their presentation: “Here’s why we aren’t Microsoft.” The PlayStation 4 let you play any games you wanted to play. The Playstation 4 was a videogame console built for videogames, not for weird tie-ins to ESPN. Above all else, the PlayStation 4 was a hundred dollars cheaper. READ FULL STORY

'Halo 5': Master Chief's next chapter gets a name and release window

Following last summer’s teaser footage of a hooded Master Chief braving the desert, Halo fans have been clamoring for any info regarding the Spartan’s next alien-thwarting adventure. Well, the wait for fresh intel ends now, as Microsoft and Chief’s handlers at 343 Industries have revealed the name and release window for the upcoming entry in the popular sci-fi first-person shooter franchise. READ FULL STORY

Criminally underrated videogames from Respawn's Vince Zampella and Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann

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While EW’s gamer braintrust compiled our list of criminally underrated videogames, we also went out to some experts in the field. And we’re not kidding about experts: Vince Zampella (Call of Duty, Titanfall), CEO of Respawn Entertainment and Neil Druckmann (The Last of Us), creative director of Naughty Dog. Here’s their picks for some game titles you’re missing out on:

Vince Zampella:

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“I don’t think they sold very well and maybe it was because I played it with my kids, but these games were really good, just really fun and colorful.”

Descent (1995)
Everyone always talks about Quake 3 and Doom when they talk about first-person shooters from that era, for me it was Descent in there too. That was a great game I played a lot of.

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