by Joseph Leray

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

The PlayStation 3 and 4 versions of "Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag" will be privy to a clutch of exclusive missions featuring Aveline de Grandpré, the mixed-race heroine of "Assassin's Creed III: Liberation," according to publisher Ubisoft.

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by Joseph Leray

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

In the grossest news of the day, Lightning's breasts will apparently jiggle in "Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII."

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by Joseph Leray

Fez II

According to posts on Polytron Corporation's website and Twitter account, "Fez II" has been canceled.

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Ultra Street Fighter IV

While "Street Fighter IV" producer Yoshinori Ono apparently doesn't have the budget or staff to make "Street Fighter V" for next-generation consoles, he would like to see more numbered versions of the series in the future.

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by Joseph Leray

Homeworld

Given all the intellectual property auctions going lately -- THQ just wrapped theirs up, only to be followed by Atari -- I've been a little curious about how it all even works. Is it a silent auction? Is there a cowboy-hatted Texan fast-talking, "1.35 million, 1.35 million for 'Homeworld'"?

According to a refreshingly frank Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox Software, it mostly happens over the phone.

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by Joseph Leray

Viscera Cleanup Detail

There are plenty of ostensibly funny games -- "Sam & Max" is always good for a chuckle, and "Borderlands 2" does clever, absurdist morbidity as well as anyone -- but nothing makes me laugh as much as "Viscera Cleanup Detail," a new first-person mopping sim from RuneStorm.

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by Joseph Leray
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

When we posted the most recent cinematic trailer for "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag," I mentioned that it'd be neat to be able to climb the rigging of the Good Ship Jackdaw and then swan dive into some unsuspecting mark or landlubber, which would unify the game's naval themes and its trademark combat mechanics.

Imagine my surprise when that's exactly what happens in a new, 13-minute (!) "Black Flag" gameplay walkthrough that shows off the game's ship combat, open world Bahamas, and stealth mechanics.

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by Joseph Leray

Saints Row IV

Deep Silver has announced a Season Pass and the first bit of downloadable content for Volition's exultantly juvenile "Saints Row IV": the previously canceled and apparently resurrected "Enter the Dominatrix" campaign.

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Well-produced, game publisher-supervised developer walkthroughs are fine and all, but I thought it would be just as insightful to get designers, producers, and creative directors in more candid settings.
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by Joseph Leray

Mass Effect

BioWare is no stranger to concept art -- they've collected massive amounts of it for the various "Mass Effect" and "Dragon Age" art books. But with a clutch of sprawling RPG series under its belt, there must be an untold number of sketches, paintings, storyboards, and 3D renders stacked in filing cabinets or in the dark corners of forgotten harddrives.

Yesterday, BioWare artist Matt Rhodes uploaded dozens of pieces of his own never-before-seen "Dragon Age" and "Mass Effect" art, ranging from scrapped character models to unused dungeon designs.

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