Former Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Scores Far Cry 4 Soundtrack

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Ubisoft has announced a collaboration with Cliff Martinez, former drummer for The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The musician, who has worked in film, television, and games is handling the score for Far Cry 4.

Martinez’s first film work was Steven Soderburgh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape in 1989. Since then, he was worked with Soderburgh a number of times, including on the films Traffic and Contagion. Martinez also composed the score for Drive.

Far Cry 4 won’t be Martinez’s first outing in games. His compositions are featured on the soundtrack to Maxis’ Spore. This will be Martinez’ first full-game score, though.

Warcraft III Was Almost A Non-Traditional RTS Called Warcraft Legends

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We had the chance to speak with Civilization IV lead designer and Mohawk Games founder Soren Johnson almost a year ago. Now, in addition to his work on Offworld Trading Company, Johnson is spending his time interviewing other notable developers.

He’s started a new podcast series called Designer Notes, which aired for the first time on October 30. He led off with Rob Pardo, former chief creative officer at Blizzard.

During the conversation, Pardo revealed that Warcraft III was almost a very different game. It would have been called Warcraft Legends (not to be confused with the graphic novel series or the canceled Warcraft Adventures game).

The Talos Principle Solves Philosophical Physics Puzzles In December

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The Talos Principle Solves Philosophical Physics Puzzles In December

Croteam is known best for over-the-top, old-school shooters. In fact, the studio is responsible for one of the most amusing enemies in gaming, the screaming, headless, exploding kamikaze soldiers. Imagine our surprise when we found out the team is making a “metaphysical puzzle game.”

The Talos Principle combines the first-person, physics-based problem solving of games like Portal with engaging storytelling. Tom Jubert, who penned the story for last year’s fantastic puzzle platformer, The Swapper, is handling the script.

The title is headed to PC, Mac, and Linux on December 11. It’s also coming to PlayStation 4 in 2015 as part of Devolver Digital’s arrangement with Sony. 

SEGA Announces More 3D Classics for Nintendo 3DS

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SEGA Announces More 3D Classics for Nintendo 3DS

Today SEGA announced a second run of 3D classics coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop. In the past SEGA has released 3D versions of popular retro titles like Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Harrier, Altered Beast, and many more.

The new batch, which consists entirely of SEGA arcade games, will begin with the release of 3D After Burner II in early 2015. Additional releases will follow on a monthly basis.

The other four classics are 3D Fantasy Zone, 3D OutRun, 3D Fantasy Zone II, and 3D Thunder Blade. SEGA promises that each game will retain the vintage arcade feel with the original sounds, modes, options, and musical tracks. All five games will be available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop for $5.99 upon release.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Available On November 13 For EA Access Members

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Available On November 13 For EA Access Members

Xbox One owners that have opted into EA Access will be able to start their Dragon Age: Inquisition adventure a few days early. While everyone else is waiting until November 18th to play, you’ll be able to get a head start.

EA Access members can start playing on November 13, five days early. Your early play is limited to six hours, so you’ll have to save the all-nighters until the game is available to the public.

The trial is available to all members, even if they’ve not pre-ordered the game. Progress will carry over to the retail version.

Sing Along With GTA V’s CD And Vinyl Limited Edition Soundtracks

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Sing Along With GTA V’s CD And Vinyl Limited Edition Soundtracks

To celebrate the upcoming release of Grand Theft Auto V on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, Rockstar is packaging up the soundtrack for collectors. You’ll be able to purchase the 59-track collection on CD or, if you prefer the pure sound of a phonograph, vinyl.

The CD bundle includes three discs, a gold-brick shaped USB drive, artwork, and a poster in special packaging. The vinyl edition includes six records, a booklet, and a poster. The total production run is limited to 5,000, with sales being conducted online and at retail.

The game’s original score is included along with the original music played in the game while cruising around Los Santos. The soundtracks will be available to purchase starting on December 9. We’ve inquired with Rockstar about pricing and the developer says it doesn't have anything to share at this time. 

Reader Discussion: Which Is The Best Call Of Duty Game?

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Reader Discussion: Which Is The Best Call Of Duty Game?

The Call of Duty series now has over a decade of games under its belt, including more than a dozen entries across various consoles and handheld devices. Which game is the best of all of them, and why?

Does the original win the award purely for its trailblazing approach to World War II combat? Or does the first Modern Warfare project from Infinity Ward win the crown? Maybe your choice is Treyarch’s World At War, for the introduction of the popular Zombie mode. If you’re feeling particularly excited about its release, maybe you’re already ready to declare that the new Advanced Warfare will be better than everything that came before. 

Share your choice in the comments below, and don’t forget to tell us why you made that call. Was it a favorite mode? A great scene in the campaign? Or pitch-perfect multiplayer? We’re eager to see what the GI community thinks. 

Inquisition Prequel, Dragon Age: The Last Court, Coming Soon To Dragon Age Keep

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In February, Failbetter Games announced it was working on a secret project with BioWare. The fruits of those labors have been revealed, with the announcement of Dragon Age: The Last Court.

Failbetter is known for a browser title called Fallen London, which plays out like a choose your own adventure game. The Last Court will work similarly, with players taking on the role of the new ruler of an obscure Orlesian fiefdom.

You’ll choose between two characters, the Huntress and the Scholar, and rule your land by making a number of choices. The Last Court is going to be integrated into Dragon Age Keep.

Pikachu Gets A Holiday Evolution For This Year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Those who watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade already expect to see a mammoth Pikachu soaring above the crowd. But this year, the Pokémon Company is debuting a new balloon for everyone's favorite Pokémascot.

Pikachu's no stranger to the iconic parade: this is his fifteenth outing and his third inflated iteration (the first saw him in plain figure and he brought a Pokéballoon with him for the second). He's also not the first video game character to take flight in the occasion – ever the speedster, Sonic beat Pikachu to it in 1993.

This third Pikachu balloon is more holiday-themed than previous years, with Pikachu donning a scarf and holding a snowman miniature of himself. The promotional poster below shows what Pikachu will look like when he takes flight alongside Paddington Bear, Thomas the Tank Engine, and the full skyward cast this Thanksgiving in New York City.

Some Of Destiny’s First DLC Pack Will Be Free To All Players

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Last week, we received a release date for Destiny’s first DLC pack. The Dark Below arrives in December and brings new story, PvP, strike, and raid content. It also includes new gear (including exotics).

In its weekly update, Bungie community manager David Dague discussed the contents of the first pack. A few of the things we mentioned last week will drop with The Dark Below, but aren’t expressly tied to ownership of that content.

Regardless of whether you pony up for the $20 DLC pack (or $35 content pass that includes the first two drops), you’ll get access to new weapons and armor. You’ll also be able to pick up new bounties and slot them into one of the five additional spots.