Private Beta Includes Access To Single Player Mode

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Atari announced today that by preordering the upcoming survival horror game Alone in the Dark: Illumination on Steam players can access a private beta starting tomorrow January 29th. The beta will give access to the Coal Mine section from the first campaign of the single player mode and let players try out the Hunter class. An additional beta period will arrive before the game releases and include new elements to expand the experience.

Alone in the Dark: Illumination features a 4-player co-op mode in the final game and also includes at total of four distinct classes. You can check out our preview of the game from PAX here

While originally scheduled for November of 2014, Alone in the Dark: Illumination will now be arriving in Spring 2015. Check out some new screens from Alone in the Dark: Illumination in the gallery below.

The Dangers & Wonders Of Final Fantasy XV's Open World

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A set of new screens for Final Fantasy XV offer a glimpse at the game's Active Cross Battle System, open world, and an impressive Behemoth.

Aspects of the combat system can be seen in the shots in the media gallery below. The Active Cross Battle System is a mix of real-time and pre-determined commands, with some actions mapped to the face buttons. Combat occurs throughout the game's open world, where there is no loading except to enter towns or cities.

For more on the game's story, check out this recent trailer.

Project Cars Puts You In The Driver's Seat

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Slightly Mad Studios' Project Cars – with its high visual bar, multi-series racing, and community involvement model – is an ambitious project. However, that doesn't mean the developer has lost sight of the little details that matter. We got our hands on an early build of the game on PlayStation 4 and took some videos showing the game's custom weather, time of day, and HUD options; culminating in one hot, wet six-lap shoot out.

The pre-race weather, field, etc. options for this solo practice race.

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Capcom Breaks Down Raid Mode

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Capcom Breaks Down Raid Mode

Resident Evil Revelations 2 producer Michiteru Okabe explains the assorted changes coming to Raid mode.

The run and gun mode that appeared in the first Revelations will be making a return. When the first episode launches, it will come included with a handful of offline Raid levels. Online will be added shortly after the game's final episode releases, and each new episode will add new levels. There will be 15 playable characters, new maps, and new weapons from the first Revelations' Raide mode. You can't find more details about the mode (along with gameplay) in the video below, or by heading here.

Episode one of a planned four episodes launches February 24.

Watch Our Hour Long Live Stream Archive

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Watch Our Hour Long Live Stream Archive

Yesterday, we streamed the first hour of The Legend of Zelda 3D side by side with the original Nintendo 64 version of the game.

You can watch the archived stream on Twitch by heading here, or you can check out the YouTube archive of the stream below. During the stream Andrew Reiner, Wade Wojcik, and myself played through the opening hour of the new Majora's Mask on 3DS and the original Nintendo 64 release simultaneously and shared our memories of our three days in Termina, talked about some of the changes for the remake, and commiserated over the poor shape of our Nintendo 64 vault copy of Majora's Mask.

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Magicka 2’s Destruction And Humor Seem To Be Intact

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Paradox has released a new trailer for the spell-weaving co-op sequel to 2011’s Magicka. The series gives players the chance to combine spells for catastrophic (and oftentimes hilarious) destruction.

The latest look combines Paradox’s familiar live-action giggles with new glimpses of the title. Mostly, there’s a fake vampire who misses his friends, though.

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Ghost Song Trailer Scares Up Metroid Style Gameplay

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Ghost Song Trailer Scares Up Metroid Style Gameplay

After a successful Kickstarter that raised over $54,000 against a $15,000 goal in 2013, Old Moon Games released a trailer for Ghost Song. The side-scrolling action game gives nods to past games like Metroid and Castlevania, with a decidedly desolate feeling to the environment.

In Ghost Song, players navigate the main character through gorgeous, ambient settings with the feeling of loneliness that is heavily inspired by Super Metroid. Matt White, the creator of Ghost Song, also claims to draw inspiration from Dark Souls.

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Dying Light’s Launch Trailer Is Full Of Blood, Sweat, And Fears

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Techland’s Dying Light combines first person zombie mayhem with new elements to keep the rotting corpses nice and fresh. The title features free-running (and jumping) along the lines of Mirror’s Edge and a trap system to keep the walkers from shambling.

This launch trailer gives us snippets of the human angle on the story. It’s not just all about decaying flesh, of course.

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Five Improvements In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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CD Projekt RED has made a name for itself by championing choice and consequence, and as such, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of our most anticipated games of 2015. Fans followed antihero Geralt of Rivia as he made sense of the vicious world while trying to regain his memories. At the end of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Geralt finally had some answers, leading him one step closer to the love of his life, Yennefer. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the finale of Geralt’s arc, and CD Projekt RED is letting him go out with a bang. For the first time, the series features an open world, complete with a second playable character and a new weapon: the crossbow.

CD Projekt RED has spent the last years meticulously crafting Geralt’s last adventure, listening to fan feedback and even delaying the game a few times to ensure it’s polished and meets expectations. “We have this certain standard,” says senior game designer Damien Monnier. “We want it to be the best game we have ever made.”

At a recent press event, CD Projekt RED provided hands-on time with Wild Hunt for the first time, and we saw a lot of improvements from past entries. Here’s what left us most impressed. 

New Trailer Reveals February Release

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The Gearbox remaster of Homeworld and its sequel has a new trailer and a release date.

You can check out the trailer below which showcases the impressive upgrade the game has received. It's barely recognizable. The game was rebuilt by Gearbox and original members of the Homeworld team.

Homeworld Remastered Collection, which remakes Homeworld and its sequel and will also include the original versions of the two games, releases February 25 on PC for $34.99. You can pre-order it on Steam by heading here.