Another Wave Of Skylanders Toys Is On The Way

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Good luck keeping tabs on all of the playable character types in Skylanders: Trap Team. Along with the standard assortment of characters, the new playable villains, the larger-sized Trap Masters, and all of the previously released figure types, Toys for Bob today announced that a new Skylanders Minis action figure will also be controllable in Trap Team.

Some of these miniaturized characters may look familiar to you. They were first issued as "Sidekick" pets that would follow your character into battle. They weren't released as retail items, and were only obtainable through promotions, such as Frito-Lay's giveaway. Come this fall, you'll have the chance to purchase them. The first series of Skylanders Minis consists of 16 characters, which will be sold in packs of two for $13.99. These characters function just like their normal-sized counterparts, and have their own upgrade paths and power sets.

[Source: Activision's One of Swords blog]

The Mysterious Character Is A Customizable Avatar

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The Mysterious Character Is A Customizable Avatar

It turns out the mysterious Dragon Ball Xenoverse character that Bandai Namco has been teasing since E3 is whoever you want them to be.

Male, female, Earthling, Majin, and Namekian – the character that we've been wondering about for months is completely customizable from race to accessories, to clothing. Since his (now its) unveiling, we were lead to believe the character was created for Xenoverse to be part of the Dragon Ball Z canon. It's technically not untrue, but it's definitely not what we were expecting (though we did have our assumptions). Now we need to learn more about the futuristic city that has been teased alongside the character. You can check out more of the customization options in the gallery below.

For more on Dragon Ball Xenoverse, head here and here. Dragon Ball Xenoverse is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. You can check out our E3 2014 coverage of the game here and watch an episode of Did You Know Gaming on Dragon Ball Z games by hitting the link.

A Surreal Multiplayer Crafting Simulator

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A Surreal Multiplayer Crafting Simulator

Yesterday Q-Games announced The Tomorrow Children, but we didn’t get a great sense for what the game was about. During a demo at Gamescom we got an extended look at the game, but the game has such a unique concept that we wouldn’t say we understand it.

Q-Games described The Tomorrow Children as a network-based game where everyone in the world works to build a town at the same time. Set in a divergent future after a failed Russian science experiment breaks reality and threatens to destroy the universe, players control one of a number of “projected clones” who mine “islands” across a horizontal white expanse that seems to stretch on forever.

These islands contain resources that players will need to collect to build out their town further. We watched as our clone used as shovel and pickaxe to dig into the side of a red mountain that was shaped like a face. Another tool, called an orb, was used to bore a hole directly through the side of the mountain, creating an instant tunnel. A jetpack will help players navigate up to hard-to-reach spots, while torches can be used to light up dark environments.

One Merciless Alien, Countless Bloody Deaths

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Creative Assembly had its work cut out for it with Alien: Isolation. Not only is it extremely challenging to transpose a 1979 horror film to the interactive medium, but the studio and publisher Sega have to win back fans turned off by Gearbox's 2013 Colonial Marines fumble.

I spent five hours and an uncountable number of deaths with Alien: Isolation, and while the title needs the remaining time for polish before the October 7 release, it's in good shape. Our demo begins mid-way through the game as Amanda Ripley needs to find medical attention for an injured comrade.

The Sevastopol is a station located in deep space that has fallen into disrepair and is desperately low on supplies. A ship that docked recently unleashed the Xenomorph menace, and Amanda must sneak through the corridors and solve puzzles while avoiding the predator.

It incorporates a hacking minigame, which fits within the retro aesthetic. When encountering a console or door that needs a technological nudge, you'll tune your portable device and then match pieces of a pattern against what's displayed.

See Playable Claptrap In Action In The Latest Trailer

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See Playable Claptrap In Action In The Latest Trailer

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's fourth playable character, Claptrap: The Fragtrap, finally gets some love in the latest trailer.

We've learned quite a bit about characters Nisha, Wilhelm, and Athena, but Claptrap has mostly been a mystery. In the newest trailer, seen below, we finally get a good chance to see him and his action skill amidst combat.

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Travel Guide For The Fallow Mire In Dragon Age: Inquisition

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As the Inquisitor, players have the opportunity to visit grand castles and deal with some of the most powerful people in the world. However, not every step of the journey is glamorous. Sometimes the Inquisition needs to assert its strength in unsavory places – and that’s what eventually brings your hero to the Fallow Mire.

Given the common complaints about the limited environments in Dragon Age II, BioWare seems determined to make each area of Dragon Age: Inquisition worth investigating, and the Fallow Mire is a great illustration of that point. It is one of many optional areas you unlock by spending the Inquisition’s power as currency to establish a presence and explore. Even though it isn’t story-critical, the list of tasks to complete in this stinking, undead-plagued bog is surprisingly large.

Don't let the lack of variety in the images fool you; in my time playing through the area, I made note of several ways to occupy my time. Of course, the game isn’t complete yet, so the exact activities (and numbers) can still change between now and release. But hopefully this list can help steer you toward something fun to do when your Inquisitor is knee-deep in the stagnant water.

Learn About The Importance Of Social Play

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Learn About The Importance Of Social Play

Forza Horizon 2's latest video explains, in detail, how important the game's social aspects are to the experience.

Alongside a montage of new gameplay footage, you will also learn about playing with your friends, even when they're offline, clubs, and some of the new and returning modes. Horizon 2's king and infected modes return with new customized arenas designed with jumps and breakable objects everywhere. In the Online Road Trip mode, you and your friends all vote on what activities to do and where to go next. In the Online Free Roam mode, you and your friends are free to do absolutely anything you want in the game's open world.

For more on Forza Horizon 2, which is coming to Xbox One and 360 on September 30, head here, and check out the video below.

You'll Be Fighting More Than Monsters And Competing Gangs

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You'll Be Fighting More Than Monsters And Competing Gangs

In Sunset Overdrive you will be battling the mutated monsters and roving gangs of Sunset City, and a new video reveals robots will also be part of the mix.

In its efforts to clean up its energy drink catastrophe that caused the mutant outbreak, FizzCo has sent in a legion of robots to "liquidate their assets," which basically mean it is destroying everyone that poses a threat to the city's quarantine.

You can check out the video below, hosted by Floyd – a former FizzCo scientist who was smart enough to leave the company, but maybe not quite as soon as he should have.

Craft Your Prison Break

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Craft Your Prison Break

The Escapists combines RPG elements, crafting mechanics, and careful escape plotting into one pixelated game.

Announced during Gamescom 2014, The Escapists places players in a prison they must break free from with a limited set of tools. In the gameplay trailer below, you will see a prisoner leveling up in the weight room to stay competitive, learning in the library, and crafting a shovel with a wooden log, some duct tape, and piece of medal. Using that shovel (created in a way that will be familiar to any Terraria of Minecraft players) the prisoner attempts to dig his way out of jail at night when the guards aren't paying attention.

It's The Shawshank Redemption video game that should have released in 1994 alongside the movie, and it's coming to Xbox One.

Play As A Stealthy Mouse

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Play As A Stealthy Mouse

Amongst Microsoft's many Gamescom announcements hides a little mouse.

You can check out the gameplay trailer for Ghost of a Tale below, which features a highly detailed mouse, sneaking his way through underground caverns taking on enemies like giant rats and crabs. It recalls the darker anthropomorphic animal tales of The Secret of NIMH, or Brian Jacques' Redwall series of books, which featured anthropomorphic animals fighting and participating wars in a medieval setting.

The game is headed to PC and Xbox One in 2015.