Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Closed Beta Set To Run Soon, Sign-Ups Open Now

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EA and DICE have announced that Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be getting a closed beta on the road to release. Specific timing hasn’t been announced, but sign-ups are open now.

In addition, a new story trailer reveals more of Faith’s origin story. The first of a new series of videos gives us a look at her motivations and the open city of Glass environment.

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Nintendo Outlines Twilight Princess HD Tweaks For New And Returning Players

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Nintendo Outlines Twilight Princess HD Tweaks For New And Returning Players

Chances are, if you're a fan of Nintendo's games you've probably already played through The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Whether you're returning to the game or checking it out for the first time, the upcoming HD version of the game on Wii U has several tweaks and additions designed to pull you into the world.

Returning players can start their game in hero mode, which adds a few punishing twists. Most notably, Link takes twice as much damage – which hurts even more considering that the mode also prevents health-refilling hearts from dropping, too. Link's wallet capacity has been increased, which is good; when he opens a chest containing rupees and his wallet is full, those extra rupees are now gone forever.

There's a new item in Twilight Princess HD, the ghost lantern. It glows when it's near a Poe, which should make one of the game's quests a little less frustrating. Other quality-of-life changes include having the map and inventory accessible on the GamePad's touchscreen, and the ability to turn into Link's wolf form with a single tap of the stylus. If you're in a household where TV time is at a premium, you can also play the game off-screen on the GamePad.

The Culling Is The Hunger Games With Lots More Blood

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In The Culling, you don’t get voted off the island. You get shipped off it… probably in pieces.

Building on the Battle Royale and Hunger Games concept that is beginning to permeate the gaming world in titles like H1Z1, The Culling is a tongue-in-cheek fight to the death. You’ll have time to get your bearings and gather supplies, and then it’s time to kill or be killed.

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Hitman Trailer Sets The Stage For Next Week’s Beta Kickoff

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Starting on February 12, PlayStation 4 players will get to dive back into Agent 47’s world. Hitman enters closed beta for those that pre-order.

In order to get in, you’ll need to lock in a pre-purchase on the PlayStation Store for the “full experience,” that includes all episodes coming down the line or the intro pack that offers the first part. If you pre-order the collector’s edition, you’ll get in, also.

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Heart Machine Talks Difficulty And Not Being A Roguelike

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In the world of 2D indie games, the roguelike is a popular genre. Randomized levels lead to new experiences every time you play, and the looming threat of losing all your progress at any moment is a powerful motivator. It makes games equal parts intense, rewarding, and incredibly frustrating. Games with comparable art styles and overhead perspectives like Nuclear Throne and the upcoming Below live in that genre, and it's understandable that Hyper Light Drifter would be compared to those games. When I first read of Hyper Light Drifter's announcement, I assumed it was a roguelike because it reminded me of those games. Hyper Light Drifter is not a roguelike, but the team at Heart Machine did toy with the idea for some of its initial prototypes.

Assassin's Creed Identity Announced, Coming Later This Month

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Ubisoft has formally announced Assassin's Creed Identity, the franchise's first action-RPG. The game will be coming exclusively to iOS on February 25.

After its soft-release in New Zealand and Australia in 2014, Identity will finally be launching worldwide this month. The game returns the series to the Italian Renaissance, and players can revisit the historic settings of Florence and Rome as they work to become a master assassin.

Players will start by creating and customizing their own Assassin in Identity, choosing from the four classes of Berserker, Shadow Blade, Trickster, and Thief. Embarking on various story missions and quests will bring you closer to solving "The Mystery of The Crows" and learning more about the First Civilization.

Check Out Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir’s HD Visuals In New Storybook Trailer

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Atlus and Vanillaware debuted a trailer for Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir today. The remastered 2D action-RPG is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita on June 7.

The trailer briefly introduces the game’s leading cast of characters while showing off its redrawn yet instantly recognizable HD visuals. Leifthrasir’s storybook-inspired visuals have been revamped to run at 1080p and a framerate of 60 FPS.  

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Expeditions: Viking Explores Norse Lore As Historical RPG

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When Expeditions: Conquistador was released in 2013 after a successful Kickstarter campaign, developer Logic Artists danced on the line between strategy and RPG. Since that title’s release, the studio has taken feedback from fans to ultimately make the bold decision to convert the series into a full-fledged RPG.

Viking won’t eliminate the strategy elements of its predecessor. Instead, Logic Artists has found a way to adjust those to fit its vision for the sequel.

“Conquistador always had about as many RPG elements as it had strategy elements, so our approach has been to extrapolate the major RPG elements and to make them bigger, deeper, and more compelling,” creative director Jonas Wæver told us. “Ultimately, Viking still has to feel like a sequel to Conquistador, even though it’s a much more focused game in some respects, so instead of just cutting all the strategy-features from Conquistador, we’ve tried to find ways to twist those features in a more RPG-ish direction.”

Timebending Shooter Superhot Will Warm Up Your Winter In February

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At a time when shooters are competing for the most realistic, grim dark visuals, it’s refreshing to see a developer go in the opposite direction. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign that closed in June 2014, Superhot is almost upon us.

The game’s conceit is that time only moves when you do. That means you’ll have the opportunity (and need) to think about where bullets are traveling so you can avoid them.

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More Final Fantasy XV Footage, Release Date Announcement Event Revealed

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Square Enix's latest Active Time Report ran for over an an hour and revealed key details about Final Fantasy XV, including gameplay footage and an announcement for an event where the release date of the game will be unveiled.

The event is called Final Fantasy Uncovered and will be taking place in Los Angeles on March 30 at 7 p.m. Pacific. The event will be hosted by KindaFunny Games' Greg Miller and Tim Getty and it will be open to the public. Those who are interested in attending will need to access the promo site for Final Fantasy Uncovered to reserve tickets starting on February 5. Final Fantasy Uncovered will also be streamed on Square Enix's YouTube channel and Twitch.

The gameplay footage shown off during the report focused primarily on stealth, with our heroes infiltrating a military base, warping around the complex and taking out enemies with backstabs and takedowns.  The action heats up shortly after, with the party becoming embroiled in a frantic, all-out battle against troops and a robot. At one point, protagonist Noctis grabs a gun turret and begins to mow down enemy troops. Here's the segment if you want to watch it separate from the Active Time Report: