Here’s a look at Code Vein, Bandai Namco’s new anime vampire action RPG

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Here’s a look at Code Vein, Bandai Namco’s new anime vampire action RPG

Today, Bandai Namco Entertainment officially announced Code Vein, a third-person action role-playing game coming to consoles in 2018, giving us our first real look at the title.

As previously reported, Code Vein will put players in the role of a blood-sucking Revenant who, with the aid of an AI-controlled partner, will battle “vicious enemies and monstrous bosses” in an attempt to escape the region of Vein. As a Revenant, players can absorb the powers of their enemies via Blood Veils and use them to “increase their strength, weaken enemies, and utilize new weapon abilities with overpowered attacks.”

Grab your free copy of Saints Row 2 for PC

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Grab your free copy of Saints Row 2 for PC

Digital distribution service GOG.com is having a Deep Silver sale, which means you can pick up the amazing Saints Row 4 for only $4.99 or Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell for $3.74. The real steal is the free copy of Saints Row 2 that’s available to anyone with a GOG account for the next two days or so.

Saints Row 2 brings true freedom to open-world gaming,” the official description states. “Players can play as who they want, how they want, and with whomever they want in this sequel to the much acclaimed and tremendously successful Saints Row.”

Mario Kart 8 loses a hated speed trick on Switch

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Mario Kart 8 loses a hated speed trick on Switch

A speed boosting trick that many Mario Kart 8 players used to their advantage on Wii U is reportedly gone from the Nintendo Switch version. GameXplain test drove Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, out later this month, and found that the infamous “fire hopping” technique is no longer possible.

Fire hopping worked in Mario Kart 8 by using a mushroom item to apply a speed boost and then flipping the joystick rapidly in alternating directions right at the end. If done correctly, a racer will maintain their momentum until a player brakes or gets knocked off the track. The move was quickly polarizing when it was discovered shortly after the game’s launch, with many considering an unfair exploit that tipped the balance of competitive online matches.

This Kirby lingerie line transforms ladies into the pink puff ball himself

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This Kirby lingerie line transforms ladies into the pink puff ball himself

From the designers of the Pokémon lingerie collection comes one inspired by Kirby, a decidedly unsexy Nintendo mascot. Peach John collaborated with Nintendo to celebrate Kirby’s 25th birthday this year, with various girly things going on sale in Japan later this month.

Among the lineup are some extremely cute pajamas, which have the word Kirby written on them in Japanese. We wouldn’t necessarily pair the pajamas with this translucent Kirby backpack, but at the same time, if we owned one, we’d probably wear it with everything possible:

New Micro Machines game brings vehicular deathmatch to Hungry Hungry Hippos

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New Micro Machines game brings vehicular deathmatch to Hungry Hungry Hippos

There’s a new Micro Machines video game — Micro Machines World Series — coming to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One in June. It’s the first new entry in the game franchise since 2006’s Micro Machines V4, and it appears to capitalize smartly on its association with Hasbro, if only because players can fight each other to the death on a Hungry Hungry Hippos-inspired battle arena.

Micro Machines World Series will include cameos from Nerf, Ouija and G.I. Joe — you can play as a Cobra HISS tank, for example — and the aforementioned ravenous hippopotami. Of course, there will be non-Hasbro-themed environments as well, like an air hockey table, a workshop and a breakfast table, on which you jump over ramps made of toast.

PSA: Which battle simulator is right for you?

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PSA: Which battle simulator is right for you?

It has come to our attention here at the Polygon battle simulation desk that there is some confusion over the two leading battle simulation products currently available right now. With the launch of Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator flagrantly interrupting the ongoing alpha testing of Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, how can you, Sam or Susie Consumer, know which battle simulator is right for you? Here’s our advice.

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is a game you can play right now, but it’s not done yet. It’s not actually even for sale. The game has been in an open alpha state for some time, and developer Landfall appears to be sending codes out to anyone who asks.

Report: SNES Classic Edition is on the way

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Report: SNES Classic Edition is on the way

Eurogamer is reporting that a SNES Classic Edition is on the way to replace the recently discontinued NES Classic Edition.

“The SNES mini (or, to continue Nintendo's official branding, likely the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System) is currently scheduled to launch in time for Christmas this year,” Eurogamer states. “Development of the device is already under way, our sources have indicated.”

Why is The Disney Afternoon Collection so good? Because one of the devs helped pirate it as a kid

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Why is The Disney Afternoon Collection so good? Because one of the devs helped pirate it as a kid

Frank Cifaldi, head of restoration at developer Digital Eclipse, had a hand in restoring six classic Capcom games for The Disney Afternoon Collection. Today on Twitter, he let fly with a few choice tidbits from the game’s development process, including a whopper of an admission: Some of the behind-the-scenes extras exist in part because he helped to pirate them as a kid.

Personally thrilled to show off these prototype builds in an official capacity since uh

I was involved in dumping them in my pirate youth pic.twitter.com/4A8GQaQD1a

Titanfall 2 gets more free stuff next week

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Titanfall 2 gets more free stuff next week

Respawn Entertainment will release “A Glitch in the Frontier,” the next batch of free downloadable content for Titanfall 2, next week on April 25, the developer announced today.

The biggest additions coming to Titanfall 2 next week will be two new maps: Glitch, a “medium-sized map designed for objective modes and inspired by Captain Lastimosa’s home planet of Harmony,” and Deck, a Live Fire mode map that features “tight interior spaces, exposed courtyards, and watchful drones circling overhead.”