New Shadow Of Mordor Video Digs Into Voice Acting, Cinematics

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According to voice actor Troy Baker, he and cinematic director Christian Cantamessa felt an instant connection in their collaboration over the new game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. A new developer diary shows some of what they bonded over, including footage of their motion-capture sessions and the game itself.

The pair say everything in the game was included to drive the story forward. "There's not one scene in this game that is superfluous," Baker says. "Everything is incredibly purposeful, and if it wasn't, it got cut."

Cantamessa says his role on set was to work with Baker and the other actors to make sure that they were in an environment where they felt supported and were allowed to be creative. The video is a little touchy-feely, but there's enough gameplay footage in there to remain interesting for people who don't necessarily care that much about behind-the-scenes action.

I Killed A Dragon With Ice And Fire

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I killed a dragon. It wasn’t easy, even with the Dragon Age: Inquisition demo set to “Nope. We won’t kill you.” I’m sure if I could perish, I would have died from the burns, or the claws, or getting thrown by the giant beast’s wing sweep. None of that matters right now though, because I killed a dragon.

In preparation for my preview yesterday, I spent most of my recent vacation playing Dragon Age II (after a quick refresher of the combat and basic mechanics of Dragon Age: Origins). Like many of you, I am finding the sequel to be a full pendulum swing away from what shone brightest in Origins. 

It’s with that understanding that I am happy to report that BioWare seems to have found a smart middle ground. Dragon Age: Inquisition’s combat blends the tactical mastery required in Dragon Age: Origins with the tactile and responsive action introduced in Dragon Age II. 

Madden NFL 15 Wants You To Be A Student Of The Game

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Madden NFL 15 Wants You To Be A Student Of The Game

Nobody likes tutorials, but they can help you get better at the game. Madden 15 developer EA Tiburon knows this, and is trying to make its Skills Trainer mode more attractive as well as informative. The solution? Boss battles.

The Skills Trainer mode features 48 new drills, but beyond teaching you the controls of the game, they go deeper to teach you core football concepts like recognizing defenses. "When we playtested," says designer Danny Doeberling, "we found out that people call cover 2 defense, people call a smash route. They have no idea what that actually is. So, we're actually taking them through how to recognize a cover 2 defense. And once you actually see it on the field, we'll have you attack that. When you're calling different pass plays, what actually makes up a pass play? What's a cross? Outs? We basically teach you the foundation of the coverages, and we also [teach you] the most common pass concepts. We basically teach you football." Accordingly, there are also drills in the mode where you call red zone plays, for instance.

Skills Trainer minigames will also appear in your weekly game prep in career mode where you can assign players to drills to earn XP.

Girahim, Fi, And The Imprisoned Join The Battle

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Girahim, Fi, And The Imprisoned Join The Battle

Nintendo has released a batch of screenshots on its Facebook page characters from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Girahim "attacks with multiple knives in the air, or transforms himself into a giant blade to slash his enemy in a single sweep. He is skilled with swords of all kind, and also good at confusing his enemies with his teleportation ability and by summoning demons. When he loses his composure, he transforms to enhance his power and increase his attack abilities."

Fi floats around and transforms to attack. The Imprisoned shoots dark energy out of its mouth and can send shockwaves out with the stomp of its foot.

Early Access Available Now On Steam

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Early Access Available Now On Steam

Croatian developer Ironward’s Co-op focused tactical survival game The Red Solstice is available for early access right now on Steam, and it’s 40 percent off for a limited time. The PC title, published by Nkidu games, is also available in a “buy three get one free” four pack to encourage cooperative play.  

The Red Solstice takes place on the sci-fi inspired Mars of the distant future. The game is named after a great storm sweeping across the planet’s surface.

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Free With New Update In App Store This Week

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Free With New Update In App Store This Week

Ubisoft announced today that the Assassin’s Creed Pirates mobile game is the featured free app in Apple’s App Store this week. The deal coincides with Pirate’s fourth update, which will include new missions, ship customization, and a new daily reward system.  

The new missions added with the update take players to La Isla de la Juventud, where they will free slaves by destroying the jail fortress where they are held.

Ship customization has been added in the fourth update to make distinguishing between ships in naval battles easier and to give players a sense of ownership over their vessels. Ship combat itself has also been improved upon. New players should look for the Starter Pack in the store, as well as several new tutorials, which should help acquaint them with the game.

BioWare Takes On A Slew Of Questions In Dragon Age: Inquisition Q&A

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BioWare Takes On A Slew Of Questions In Dragon Age: Inquisition Q&A

Raptr recently hosted a developer Q&A with members of the Dragon Age: Inquisition team. BioWare answered dozens of questions, covering everything from romance, death, crafting, and more.

There's too much to repost here, but here are some of the highlights. Be sure to visit the Raptr page here for the raw Q&A.

If you'd like to see the game in action, take a look at the video below. It's a guided tour that provides a look at combat, navigation, and more.

2K Games Handsomely Rewards Us With Behind The Scenes Footage

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Now that Gearbox’s Battleborn is out in the open, it’s a bit easier to understand why the studio is teaming up with 2K Australia on this fall’s Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. In the first episode of a “making of” series, we get a look at how the two developers are working together, despite being on opposite sides of the world.

Co-development isn’t a new phenomenon, but there are certainly challenges when the partners are in Texas and Australia. Still, everything we’ve heard from both Gearbox and 2K Australia (formerly Irrational Australia) evidences a great working relationship. 

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New Trailer Details The Class Trial System

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New Trailer Details The Class Trial System

A new trailer for Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair shows off the game's class trial systems and the frantic nature of the whodunit mystery.

A murder has taken place, and it's up to the player to figure out who the culprit is. The class trial, where a player points out the guilty party, will either punish the criminal at fault, or punish everyone, but the guilty party.

For our review of the first Danganronpa, head here. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair will arrive in North America on Vita September 2.

New Madden 15 Defensive Moves Come Off The Edge

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This year's Madden game attempts to make playing as defensive linemen more exciting and impactful thanks to some tweaked controls. Take a look at what's in store on this front in this new trailer.

The video shows you the situations and exact control inputs to get a jump off the line, finesse offensive linemen, and more, and you'll also get a look at the new tackle cone.

For more on the game, check out this overview as well as Bertz's hands-on impressions from E3.