Commercial Shows Fatal Frame In Action On Wii U

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The Wii U seems like the perfect fit for a series like Fatal Frame, which pushes the player to use an in-game camera to photograph paranormal activity. In Fatal Frame 5: The Black-Haired Shrine Maiden, the Wii U gamepad is used to simulate this experience. A Japanese commercial gives us a brief look at this functionality in action: The player switches to the camera view, centers her shot by holding up the pad, and snaps a photo of a ghost.

The game hits Japanese store shelves and Wii U's digital shop on September 27. A U.S. release date has yet to be announced by publisher Nintendo or developer Koei Tecmo. For a longer look at Fatal Frame 5, check out the story trailer. You can also watch the Replay crew take a look at the series' origins.

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Fenix Rage Unveils Boss Trailer

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Upcoming action-platformer Fenix Rage has revealed a bit about the challenging boss encounters that will be featured in the game with a new trailer. The game features nine boss encounters and will launch on September 24 on Steam. Fenix Rage is expected to come to current-gen consoles in 2015.

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Evolution Studios Outlines DriveClub's Free DLC Schedule, Season Pass

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Evolution Studios Outlines DriveClub's Free DLC Schedule, Season Pass

Evolution Studios' PlayStation 4 exclusive racer DriveClub hits the road on October 8, and today we've learned it's towing a lengthy trail of DLC behind it. On PlayStation Blog, Jamie Brayshaw, the community development manager at Evolution Studios, outlined DriveClub's DLC strategy, which includes a photo mode, dynamic weather system, additional tracks, and one car a month spanning from the game's launch to June 2015. All of these updates are free.

Evolution Studios is also releasing a season pass for $24.99 that adds new campaign tour expansions, more vehicles, Trophies, and challenges starting in November. You can check out the full DLC strategy in the image below.

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City Planners Can Go Mobile In Upcoming Release

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City Planners Can Go Mobile In Upcoming Release

EA has announced a new entry in the SimCity franchise, a mobile game called SimCity BuildIt. Rather than trying to port a previous release to smaller screens, this upcoming game looks like it's being engineered for Android and iOS devices.

Details are relatively sparse at this time, but we know that players can develop their communities to ensure that Sims are happy or antagonize them from above like angry gods. EA is promising high-quality graphics and an intuitive touch-based interface. There's no word on a release date, aside from a vague reference that it's "coming soon."

We'll also have to wait and see how the game will be sold. We're crossing our fingers that EA has indeed learned from its Dungeon Keeper misstep, which was riddled with microtransactions. It's certainly possible that players will have to wait for larger structures to be built (or pay to accelerate the process, a la The Simpsons Tapped Out), but it's too early to say.

Troy Baker And Nolan North Discuss Their Imagined Rivalry

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Troy Baker And Nolan North Discuss Their Imagined Rivalry

Actors Troy Baker and Nolan North have appeared in significant roles in nearly every video game ever made, but the two rarely work so closely, as the duo discusses in the latest behind the scenes video for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Baker and North often appear in the same games, but rarely as interacting characters. Baker, for example, played Joel in the Last of Us, while North played David – two characters that did not interact. In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Baker plays protagonist Talion while North plays The Black Hand of Sauron. The two characters don't get along, but they definitely interact.

In the video below, Baker and North talk about their appreciation for Lord of the Rings and for the Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor script, and also talk about how most assume the two have a rivalry since they are both prominent performers in the world of video games.

The FIFA 15 Demo Is Impressive

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FIFA 15 doesn't come out until September 23, but today EA Sports and developer EA Canada released a demo for the title, and it will definitely get you excited for the full release.

The demo features one match at Anfield, letting you choose sides between Liverpool, Manchester City, PSG, Barcelona, Boca Juniors, Chelsea, Napoli, and Borussia Dortmund, and it also lets you play a little Ultimate Team. There isn't much to this mode in the demo, as it is mainly a tutorial about chemistry. It does, however, let you play with a couple different squad builds (like one that's a mix of Ligue 1 and Premier League players). This is similar to the Concept Squads feature in the full title where you can put together dummy Ultimate Team squads to test out players' chemistry.

Without further ado, here are some of my impressions from the demo. Be aware, of course, that things can change before the final game is released.

No Escaping From This New Trailer

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No Escaping From This New Trailer

Alien: Isolation has gone gold, which means that it is finished and getting prepared for its retail release on October 7. To mark the occasion, Sega and Creative Assembly have released a new short trailer to give you an idea of the terror that awaits you.

The video below, "No Escape," is the first in a planned series – so don't be disappointed that it isn't very long. You'll undoubtedly see more trailers in these last weeks before launch. 

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First Impressions Of The Final Game

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First Impressions Of The Final Game

Destiny is a big game, and the servers only opened up yesterday morning. Much as I’d like to offer a final score and full evaluation, there’s no way to fully evaluate all the game zones, the competitive multiplayer, three distinct classes, and hours of solo and cooperative gameplay after a single day. I should know, as I played from early yesterday morning and on through late into the night, and I still have lots more to see. Nonetheless, that first day is enough to reveal some clear impressions.

Sunset Overdrive Joins Season Pass Club

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Sunset Overdrive Joins Season Pass Club

With its October 28 release date barreling down the rollercoaster rails, today Insomniac Games revealed the season pass details for its Xbox One exclusive, Sunset Overdrive.

A $20 investment will get you two game add-ons that "each deliver new locations to explore." Each pack also includes new weapons, amps, traps, character outfits, and Chaos Squad objectives. Insomniac is also planning a pure weapons pack add-on. As a bonus, the early spenders will also get six more character outfits, two more amps, and two more traps you can use from day one.

Buying the season pass will save you 20-percent compared to buying each pack separately. 

Five Reasons To Get Excited For Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth

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Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth combines the old-school dungeon-crawling gameplay of Etrian Odyssey with the rich characters from Persona 3 and 4. Full of Persona fan service, diehards will smile through every punishing battle. We had some hands-on time recently and already were enamored with it. Here’s what struck us most.

Etrian Odyssey Meets Persona Gameplay

Etrian Odyssey is well known for its challenging gameplay, and that’s not changing here. You’re still mapping your way through every nook and cranny of mysterious, shortcut-filled dungeons. Dungeons have plenty of pitfalls, like spikes, to avoid along the way. Also, F.O.E.s, ravaging minibosses, still roam the world, leaving you best off avoiding them until you’ve leveled up your characters. In our hands-on time, we avoided the nasty enemy using the art of distraction; we wiped paint off a rose which caused them to investigate, leaving an open path to the next stage.