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Xbox One to get Forza Horizon 2 demo on September 16

Forza Horizon 2 (360, Xbox One) Xbox One Demo Announcement - Screenshot 1

Forza fans will get their chance to try the upcoming Forza Horizon 2 in a few weeks. Microsoft has announced that a demo for the open-word racer will launch on Live for Xbox One on September 16. The Playground Games-developed entry has been making the rounds recently, at E3, Gamescom, and soon at PAX, but this will be the first time gamers will get the chance to whip around southern Europe in the comfort of their homes. The full Achievement list has also been released, and can be found here.

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Dark Souls II: Crown of the Old King launches for console, PC

Dark Souls II (360, PC, PS3) Lost Crowns Trilogy DLC Announcement - Screenshot 2

Crown of the Old Iron King, the second part in Dark Soul II’s The Lost Crowns downloadable three-part mini-campaign, is now available. The add-on is available for 360, PC, and PS3, supplementing the original game with new enemies, bosses, gear, and locations. Unlike its grim subterranean predecessor, Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old King takes place in the same type of lave-filled and ash-strewn environment as the foreboding Iron Keep from the original game. (Hint: the DLC might be accessible from there.)

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Dontnod returns with time-traveling adventure Life is Strange

Life is Strange (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Remember Me developer Dontnod is back with a new episodic adventure, Life is Strange. Square Enix will be publishing the title, set to launch for 360, PC, PS3, PS4, and Xbox One, which follows student Max Caulfield and the mystery behind the disappearance of another student, Rachel Amber. After returning to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon for the first time in five years, Max reunites with her old friend Chloe and sets out with her to look into what happened to Rachel. To her surprise, Max quickly discovers that she has the power to rewind time. The narrative-driven adventure will react to the player’s choices, malleable as they are with the time-warping powers, which will affect how the story unfolds from one episode to the other.

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Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King kicks off DLC trilogy

Dark Souls II (360, PC, PS3) Crown of the Sunken King DLC Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The first download pack for Dark Souls II, Crown of the Sunken King, has launched today. The release marks the debut of The Lost Crowns trilogy, a download-only expansion set that adds new enemies, locations, and bosses. Crown of the Sunken King is set in an underground cavern filled with stepped pyramids, within which will be found the first of several prized crowns that were previously owned by King Vendrick.

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En garde! Abyss Odyssey launches for 360, PC, and PS3

Abyss Odyssey (360, PC, PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Ace Team’s lovely 2D action-adventure title Abyss Odyssey has launched for 360, PC, and PS3. The side-scrolling release mixes elements of traditional one-on-one fighters, platformers, and role-playing games, making for another unique entry into the company’s library, following as it does the equally eccentric Rock of Ages and Zeno Clash. A combination of Art Nouveau aesthetics and Chilean folklore is mixed with three characters, persistent experience, and procedurally generated levels in an abyss ruled over by a shaman who gradually evolves to a final form as the community beats the game. The console versions are both on sale during launch week as well, with 30% off for PS3 and 33% off for 360.

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Ace Team details Abyss Odyssey features in new gameplay video

A new overview trailer has been released for Atlus’ upcoming beat ‘em up Abyss Odyssey. Developer Ace Team goes over many of the game’s features throughout the seven-minute-plus video, including the challenge rooms, ability to steal souls, and procedurally generated areas as well as multiplayer’s local and online co-op options.

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Valiant Hearts: the Great War goes over the top for console, PC

Valiant Hearts the Great War (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Valiant Hearts: the Great War, a new adventure from Beyond Good & Evil and Rayman Legends developers Ubisoft Montpellier, is now available for 360, PC, PS3, PS4, and Xbox One. As a party of four characters, players will attempt to navigate the battlefields of World War I, using each in turn to assisst the others, as they follow a friendly dog out of the warzone. The characters “are inextricably drawn together, and friendship, love, sacrifice and tragedy befall each as they help each other to retain their humanity against the horrors of war.”

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Abyss Odyssey launching online this July for console and PC

Abyss Odyssey (360, PC, PS3) PC Preorder Announcement - Screenshot 1

Ace Team’s 2D side-scrolling action title Abyss Odyssey will be available online on July 15 for PC and PS3, and on the following day for 360. Atlus also announced that the official website has gone live at AbyssOdyssey.com, and that they are running a pre-order program for the PC version through Steam offering 33% off the suggested price of $14.99.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts – Invasion now on Live for Xbox 360, One

Call of Duty Ghosts (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Invasion Live Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The third download pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, Invasion, has launched for 360 and Xbox One. The add-on includes four multiplayer maps, including a new version of Call of Duty 2’s Favela; the next and penultimate episode in the Extinction storyline, Awakening; and a host of new Field Orders. More info on each addition is available below.

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Ubisoft’s JRPG-inspired Child of Light launches for console, PC

Child of Light (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Ubisoft has launched their download-only role-playing game Child of Light. A reimagining of fairytales styled after classic watercolor art, Child of Light is Ubisoft Montreal’s take on traditional Japanese RPGs, with players taking on the role of the young princess Aurora in her quest to win back the heavens from the Queen of Night. In a twist on the formula, platforming has been added alongside a traditional turn-based combat system.

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