Ubisoft Provides Deadly Details Behind The Phantom Blade

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Assassins have been equipped with hidden blades since the outset of the Assassin's Creed series, but the devices have evolved over time. Most notably, initiates no longer have to remove a finger before strapping it on. Assassin's Creed Unity offers perhaps the biggest technological breakthrough for the order's signature weapon, the result of which is called the Phantom Blade. This new gadget allows Assassins to do their ordinary up-close work, as well as deal with enemies silently from afar.

As highlighted in a post on the Ubisoft Blog, the Phantom Blade cleverly gives players to use hidden blades as projectiles. Think of the weapon as a wrist-mounted crossbow, only with versatile bolts that can be used as daggers as well as silently fired at enemies.

If you like what you see, you can buy your own replica from McFarlane Toys. It fires soft darts, and you can preorder the $59.99 reproduction here. It's featured in a newly released video, where parkour experts in costume tear through the streets of Paris.

The Guardians Of The Galaxy Do Something Good, Something Bad This Fall

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The Guardians Of The Galaxy Do Something Good, Something Bad This Fall

The Guardians of the Galaxy might not be the most traditional of superheroes, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worthy of attention. Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and (of course) Rocket are coming to Disney Infinity 2.0 - Marvel Super Heroes.

The quintet have stolen a powerful artifact from Ronan the Accuser (our money is on one of the Infinity Gems, as the movies have been hinting at them), and now they’ll have to protect Knowhere from his fleet. The Guardians will also get to call in help from Iron Man (from the Avengers playset) and Nova (from the Spider-Man set) for some assistance.

Along with the five figures, there are six Guardians of the Galaxy-themed power discs. Players can get extra defense with Gamora’s Space Armor, call in Yondu for assistance with a team-up disc, and deck out their landscapes with two different pairings: Groot’s Roots and Groot’s View or Star-Lord’s Galaxy and The Rip.

Another Display To Grace Your Mantle

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Another Display To Grace Your Mantle

Disney and Sony announced today that Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) is getting a collector's edition for both PlayStation platforms as well as a PlayStation 3 bundle. The two products can be pre-ordered at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

The Marvel Super Heroes collector's edition comes with the Disney Infinity 2.0 starter pack, all six Avengers play set figures (Iron man, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Hulk), and a light-up display featuring the Avengers fighting off a frost beast. This edition, which is available for PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3, will set you back $179.99

Sony also plans to sell a 12GB PlayStation 3 bundle for $249 that includes a Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack (featuring Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow).

North American Release Date Announced, With Animated Opening

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Atlus has revealed the North American release date for Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. Fans of the series can look forward to first-person dungeon crawling and seeing their favorite characters from Personas 3 and 4 interact when the game comes stateside.

The 3DS RPG released in Japan on June 5, and is the first of four new Persona titles announced for North America earlier this year. Atlus teamed up with the developers behind Etrian Odyssey for Shadow of the Labyrinth to create a hybrid dungeon-crawling RPG that combines the map-making and first-person perspective of Etrian with the characters and style of Persona. 

Persona Q sees new characters join the cast members of Personas 3 and 4 as they team up to explore Yasogami High School’s eerie clock tower. Along the way, they battle shadows, talk to one another, and unravel a mystery. The game features a cutesy, chi-bi version of Persona’s signature artistic style, which you can see in the opening movie below. More importantly, the cinematic gives us a first glimpse of how Persona characters react to one another. Yu shakes Makoto’s hand, Rise seems to be helping Fuuka overcome her shyness, and Teddy turns into a real boy (!) to dance with Aegis. It’s very exciting.

Red 5 Reveals New End-Game Foes In Anticipation Of Launch

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Red 5 Reveals New End-Game Foes In Anticipation Of Launch

One week from now, after a lengthy time in development, we'll finally have our hands on Firefall, Red 5's free-to-play MMO shooter. In anticipation of the game's release, the studio unveiled two end-game monsters known as the Melding Titans, Baneclaw and Kanaloa the Destroyer.

The first of the giant enemies, Baneclaw, is a scarab who curls up and rolls around the battlefield to squash players. It also spawns smaller bugs known as hellclaw minions to distract its attackers.

Kanaloa, the lava worm featured in the trailer below, spits fire and swims through its magma pits to kick up molten rocks, hurling them at players as they try to avoid falling into their flame-filled doom. It has only a handful of vulnerable areas on its body, so players will have to coordinate carefully to defeat the beast.

Launch Trailer Reminds You Of The Burden Of Your Decisions

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Launch Trailer Reminds You Of The Burden Of Your Decisions

Developer Deconstructeam’s tough decision-based point-and-click thriller game is releasing in just two days. Whether you think you’re ready or not, this intense launch trailer may make you question yourself.

Gods Will Be Watching is a point-and-click adventure-style game that features six distinct chapters, each with their own thorny ethical and logistical dilemmas. Expect to have to attempt to survive torture while awaiting a rescue that may or may not be coming, or decide what is and is-not essential while surviving on a frozen wasteland. 

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Ubisoft Hammers On The Anvil Engine In New Video

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Ubisoft Hammers On The Anvil Engine In New Video

Ubisoft is touting the latest version of its Anvil Engine, which powers the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity. According to creative director Alex Amancio, the new technology gives his team the opportunity to build more complex worlds.

Unity also features more complete interiors than we’ve seen in an Assassin’s Creed title. As you can see from the video below (and the previous gameplay run-throughs), the inside of buildings are as important for traversal and locomotion as the exteriors.

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Hasbro Rolling Out Telepod Figures, Packs This Fall

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Hasbro Rolling Out Telepod Figures, Packs This Fall

We’ve known about Rovio and Hasbro’s collaboration on Angry Birds Transformers for a while, but today Hasbro unveiled new information on the upcoming associated toy product line, including all the available packs and date of release, and even reimagined iconic Transformers posters with an Angry Birds twist.  

The plot of Angry Birds Transformers appropriately mimics the plot of the Transformers franchise. The mysterious Egg Spark crashes onto Piggy Island, transforming Red Bird into Optimus Prime bird, Chuck the Yellow Bird into Bumblebee bird, and the other island residents into Autobirds or Deceptihogs.  

Angry Birds Transformers will use telepods to incorporate the collectable, transformable figures available in the packs into the game. Each physical figure can be transformed into either vehicle or robot mode, and then placed on the telepod to be replicated in the Angry Birds Transformers game with all-new special powers to be used in racing and battle modes. 

Have Fayth In Your Musical Prowess And Win Various Prizes

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Have Fayth In Your Musical Prowess And Win Various Prizes

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy gave players the chance to orchestrate classic series anthems with their 3DS stylus, and Square Enix looks to capture that magic once again with Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call. Now, with the sequel's release upcoming, Square Enix wants fans to perform Final Fantasy's main theme for real, and will reward entrants for doing so.

As part of the Legacy of Music campaign, Square Enix revealed it'll be hosting a contest, judged by series composer Nobuo Uematsu, in which fans submit a video of themselves performing the Final Fantasy main theme. Participants can perform the theme in any manner of their choosing, but the video must be no longer than one minute and 30 seconds, and must also include some kind of signage indicating the participant's favorite Final Fantasy title.

The grand prize winner will earn a slew of themed prizes: a complimentary trip for two to a Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy concert, official soundtracks for each main Final Fantasy titles, a Final Fantasy Static Arts mini figure, a collector's edition of the game signed by Uematsu himself, and a limited edition Curtain Call Japanese 3DS LL. For full details, watch the video below.

Take A Look At The First 100 Cars You Can Drive

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Take A Look At The First 100 Cars You Can Drive

Microsoft is starting off its Forza Horizon 2 car reveals with a whopping 100 spoiled just today. This is nearly half of the over 200 cars promised to be drivable in the racing sim.

Forza Horizon 2 allows you to explore an open world three times as large as the previous iteration in all of the fancy cars your heart could desire. For more information, read our in-depth preview on what the title will offer.

Below is a list of the first 100 cars spoiled. Beneath that you will find an image gallery where you can see five of the brand new cars coming exclusively to this title. These five are the 1945 Jeep Willys MB, 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe, 2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR, 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE, and the 1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S.