Tropico 6 preview: Building bridges to keep everybody happy — whether they like it or not

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Tropico 6 preview: Building bridges to keep everybody happy — whether they like it or not

After about 100 hours in Tropico 5, I learned that, as a dictator, I could be rich or I could be popular, but not both. That balance was really only useful in the game's story-driven campaign wrapper. In the sandbox mode, where I spent most of my time, popular acceptance didn’t require much work, outside of winning an election I had rigged anyway, and the only internal faction that could seriously threaten me was my own military. In short, as a dictator simulator, Tropico 5, launched in 2014, didn't really force me to be one.

Tropico 6, coming next year, is going to change that, says Martin Tosta, a producer with publisher Kalypso Media. Yes, there was a trailer a month ago showing off flashy new features — bridges, monuments, the return of political speeches and some additional role playing elements, while directly referencing current political events (such as Brexit, or walls at the border.).

Gundam Versus coming to U.S. in September

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Gundam Versus coming to U.S. in September

Gundam Versus is coming to North America on Sept. 29, good news for Western anime fans who want to see hu-jungus mechs beating the crap out of one other in a fighting game.

Bandai Namco gave the good word at Anime Expo 2017 yesterday evening. The title is arriving Sept. 29, and will offer more than 90 Mobile Suits for fighters spanning the range of Gundamia. Competition will include 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 matches.

Another look at Arms’ playable Max Brass

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Another look at Arms’ playable Max Brass

Arms’ first DLC character is Max Brass, who’s been in the game since launch, just not playable. We knew he was coming to the playable roster before the game even launched thanks to a livestream from E3 2017 two weeks ago. Nintendo today put out an official trailer that serves as a highlight reel for what he brings to the table.

Brass won’t flinch when he takes an attack while his arms are charged up. Moreover, his arms are permanently charged up when he’s below 20 percent health. If this makes him a tough customer as an NPC, he should be a lot of fun in the hands of a human player.

Video game releases for July 2017

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Video game releases for July 2017

Here are some of the big video game releases for the month of July 2017. Be sure to check out the list we put together of our most anticipated games of 2017 and subscribe to Polygon's YouTube channel for tons of gaming videos. Also, here are the free games you get with your Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus subscriptions this month. For your movies and TV fix, here's what is coming to and leaving your favorite streaming services next month.

What are you looking forward to playing? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

Pinball FX3 coming soon with focus on multiplayer and helping newcomers

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Pinball FX3 coming soon with focus on multiplayer and helping newcomers

Zen Studios' long-running pinball series is seeking to remake itself this summer with Pinball FX3, a suite that will be more focused on multiplayer interactions, while helping players understand tables' objectives, take a more strategic approach to the games, and become better players.

Pinball FX3 will launch on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One "this summer," said Mel Kirk, Zen's vice president of publishing. Three unnamed new titles "from a brand-new IP partner" will launch alongside Pinball FX3. Those will be revealed at a later date.

Puzzle Puppers is the dog-based puzzle game of your dreams

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Puzzle Puppers is the dog-based puzzle game of your dreams

Earlier today, we came across Puzzle Puppers, an adorable game reminiscent of Stephen’s Sausage Roll and Push Me Pull You. The game combines the grid-based puzzle solving of the former, while adding the adorably stretchy dogs of the latter.

The premise is simple enough: In each puzzle, you’ll have one or more puppers and you need to stretch their bodies to their color-coded food bowl. Along the way, there are optional hams you can collect to increase the difficulty of the puzzles. As long as your puppers get to their bowl, you’ll solve the puzzle, but completionists will want to get all the hams too, which will give you more hearts. The amount of hearts you get will allow you to unlock more stages.

R2-D2 sells at auction for $2.75 million

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R2-D2 sells at auction for $2.75 million

Well, now we know how much an Industrial Automaton R2 series astromech droid goes for: $2.75 million, at an auction this week in Southern California. That's about a million times more than they went for 40 years ago. Who says these things depreciate as soon as you take them off the lot?

Profiles in History, an auction house in Calabasas, Calif., reported on its Facebook page that an R2-D2 unit fetched $2.75 million. Luke Skywalker's lightsaber also brought in $390,000

At BitSummit, Castlevania creator gets hands-on with some of the games he inspired

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At BitSummit, Castlevania creator gets hands-on with some of the games he inspired

If there's one thing that gets the heart pounding, it's meeting your heroes for the first time — those few influential figures that have played prominent roles in your life, be it directly or otherwise, perhaps through their work or words they've shared.

Perhaps more palpitation-inducing than that, however, is having those same admired figures experience your own work — which was heavily influenced by that person — for the first time.