See Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal Gameplay In Action

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The blue hedgehog is back and he'll have to use his speed and friends to take down the evil Lyric.

Sonic Boom is a new extension to the Sonic the Hedgehog canon. A TV series debuts this fall on Cartoon Network along with two games: Lyric for Wii U and Shattered Crystal for 3DS.

Today, Sega put out some new screens and a trailer for Shattered Crystal that shows off the gameplay. As expected, Sonic still speeds through levels collecting rings, but in Shattered Crystal, you can also play as multiple characters all with their own distinct abilities. The trailer shows Sonic and Amy bantering, but it's short-lived when danger approaches Amy. Get a taste of what you can expect below.

An In-Depth Look At The New Harmonix Shoot-Em-Up

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Harmonix announced yesterday its latest game, a surprising departure from their current work on Dance Central and Fantasia that instead embraces the excitement of classic shoot-em-ups. A City Sleeps draws on the musical heritage of the development studio, but also integrates twitch shooting and strategic combat choices. I got a chance to see an extensive demo of the game in action, and came away excited about the game’s unusual premise.

As revealed yesterday, A City Sleeps focuses on the tale of a young woman named Poe, who awakens in her home city of SanLo to find its residents in a curse-induced slumber. Luckily, she happens to be a dream exorcist, and she sets out to free her city by confronting each person’s nightmarish dreamscape. 

Gameplay unfolds as a classic side-scrolling shoot-em-up. Poe fires off attacks and slashes nearby enemies with her koto sword, even as a bullet-hell-like spray of attacks steers her way. A hit box on Poe’s torso can take several shots before a loss state, so there’s some flexibility on taking some hits, unlike some shooters that involve a one-hit kill. 

In Dying Light, Movement Is Survival

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Today marks the start of PAX 2014 here in Seattle, which means the public will have a chance to go hands-on with a number of upcoming titles. Techland and WB have Dying Light here at the show, with a new trailer that showcases the game's movement through the undead-infested environments.

In this first developer diary, the team discusses how it evolved its design to allow player freedom. Techland makes big claims not only about what the movement in Dying Light does for the game, but how it will change the FPS genre.

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Dying Light is due out in February 2015 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC. For more, check out a recent preview from Gamescom.

Revamped Lockout Joins The Roster Of Classic Halo Maps

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Revamped Lockout Joins The Roster Of Classic Halo Maps

Halo 2 players will undoubtedly remember a familiar location from the game when they play the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Multiplayer developer Certain Affinity has announced that a revamped Lockout will be joining the roster of six returning maps.

"We're thrilled to be bringing this fan-favorite back, and are paying close attention to the details and subtleties that made the original great while also making a couple of very careful, very calculated enhancements," says Max Hoberman, president of Certain Affinity and a lead designer on Halo 2's original release. "Most prominent among these are a bit of cover added to the ‘Elbow,’ the long walkway connecting the grav lift to the sniper tower, and a dynamic element that should help counter an entrenched group of enemies. Of course this can be disabled in Forge for players who want a near-match of the original experience.”

Take a look at a flyby video below to see the updated level. You can also check out some of the original images from Lockout compared with the remade version in the screenshot gallery below.

Watch Sherlock Holmes Observe, Deduce, And Interrogate

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's master detective, Sherlock Holmes, has had a resurrgence in popularity in the last few years. While two television incarnations have brought the brilliant sleuth to the 21st century, Focus Home Interactive has left him firmly in the late 1800s.

A new trailer for Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments coinciding with its PAX appearance gives us a look at how interrogation works. Examining an interview subject for clues before asking questions will give you the information to know fact from falsehood.

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is due out on September 30 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC. For more, you can check out a recent video of over 20 minutes of gameplay.

NHL 15 Demo Impressions – Where It Scores And Where It Hits The Post

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NHL 15 Demo Impressions – Where It Scores And Where It Hits The Post

This week the NHL 15 demo dropped, and for the first time gamers could play a game of hockey on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (don't worry last-gen users; you're not left in the dust). The demo is by no means the complete game, and as we learned earlier because of this transition, new-gen versions will not include EASHL and GM Connected modes. Even so, we wanted to see how the game is shaping up, so we hit the ice and played numerous matches on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The demo offers just a match between the Rangers and Kings, but ee spotted some familiar problems and also some promising implementations.

Note: These impressions are entirely based on the demo and may not reflect the final release.

The Promising

A City Sleeps: Harmonix's New Shooter

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A City Sleeps: Harmonix's New Shooter

Harmonix has announced A City Sleeps – a twin-stick shooter that also combines music elements to rid the world of dream demons.

The game stars Poe, a dream exorcist who must clear the demons from the dreams of the residents of SanLo.

Poe uses both a koto sword (which also shoots bullets) and ghost familiars. Familiars can possess objects in the world to become idols. These are used for offensive and defensive abilities, and as you play the game's music changes around your actions. The music itself also influences Poe's projectiles and enemies' spawning and movements.

Only Evil Can Destroy Evil

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Only Evil Can Destroy Evil

The latest trailer for CI Games' Lords of the Fallen sets the backdrop for protagonist Harkyn – an evil man sent to destroy evil forces.

It sounds like Harkyn has his work cut out for him in not only defeating Rhogar and his armies, but also uncovering the truth behind the invading evil and saving the world.

Lords of the Fallen comes out on October 28 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Exclusive Multiplayer Menu Screens

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Exclusive Multiplayer Menu Screens

Admittedly, menus aren't the prettiest or most interesting part of the recently announced multiplayer mode in Dragon Age: Inquisition. However, for fans who are interested in diving into all of the details and items available, these screens provide fuel for excitement and speculation.

We saw quick glimpses of the interface in the multiplayer trailer, but these shots provide a closer look at the potions, skills, and other elements of your between-match activities. 

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See Dragon Age: Inquisition's Multiplayer In Action

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A new trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition shows off the game's newly announced four-player multiplayer mode, and provides some details about its customization and more.

At launch the standalone mode features 12 characters over three classes (Warrior, Rogue, and Mage), with plenty of loot to earn between them.

Think multiplayer in Dragon Age: Inquisition isn't for you? Check out Joe's recent article, "Five Incorrect Assumptions About Multiplayer."