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Dark Souls III to crush spirits on PS4, Xbox One in April 2016

As the Tokyo Game Show has now kicked off in full, a few announcements about upcoming big games are starting to be made. Today it was revealed that Dark Souls III, the latest entry in one of the most punishingly difficult series of all time, will be seeing release in April 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. That date applies to the North and South American, along with European release, while Japanese players can get their hands on Dark Souls III a few weeks earlier, on March 24th.

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Minecraft: Story Mode hits PS4, Xbox One on October 13

Good news for fans of either Minecraft or the excellent narrative titles from developer Telltale Games, as the latter's Minecraft: Story Mode is now confirmed to see release on Tuesday, October 13th. While Mojang's Minecraft proper is well-known around the world, its sandbox-style gameplay means there's no real narrative for players. Telltale Games changes that, adding a detailed storyline to the universe across five episodes, much like how the developer released the critically acclaimed Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us games.

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Scott Cawthon’s making a Five Nights at Freddy’s RPG spin-off

Five Nights at Freddy’s, the suspenseful mobile game series that is about to reach its end, will soon have its own spin-off...in the form of an RPG. First things first, Cawthon very explicitly states “there will NOT be a” fifth installment of the Five Nights at Freddy’s game series. That storyline is complete, he says, and the latest iteration coming this Halloween will spell the end. The characters, though? They’ll live on. Just not in a horrific way.

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PlayStation 4 gets price drop in Japan

In addition to revealing PlayStation VR as the official name for their virtual reality gaming headset, Sony used its pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference to announce a new price for the PS4 console in Japan. The console currently sells for 39,980 yen (about $334) in the region, but starting on October 1st its price will be 34,980 yen ($292). This is the first official price reduction on the PS4 from Sony since the console launched, and it could mean similar price drops in other parts of the world in the near future.

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PlayStation VR: Sony’s Project Morpheus gets official at Tokyo Game Show

Just a short time ago, Sony held its pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference, where it formally announced its PS4-compatible virtual reality headset as the PlayStation VR. Previously known by the codename Project Morpheus, Sony's headset is still said to be scheduled for release sometime in "early 2016," however the Tokyo Game Show announcement didn't narrow that timeframe down. The most exciting part of the press conference, other than revealing the official name, is that PlayStation VR will be on the show floor later this week to try out.

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Nintendo names Tatsumi Kimishima as new company president

On Monday morning in Japan, video game giant Nintendo announced the promotion of Tatsumi Kimishima to serve as the company's new president. Kimishima's promotion comes after the sudden passing of Nintendo's previous leader, the popular Satoru Iwata, who died at only age 55 in July of this year. Up until now, the company has been run by interim leaders Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of a number of Nintendo's largest franchises, and Genyo Takeda, a hardware architect.

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Dorm fridge transformed into a giant, functional Game Boy

If you still have your old dorm fridge, you could use it in the conventional way -- to store beer -- or you could get a little creative and follow Daniel d’Entremont's lead. The industrious fellow has transformed his miniature refrigerator into a giant, fully functional Game Boy console -- one that continues to work as a refrigerator, too. That means you can finish your game, open the door and grab a can, then close it can get back to gaming.

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GTA Online gets Freemode Events update next week

Rockstar Games has announced the Freemode Events update will be coming to GTA Online next week on September 15. The maker calls Freemode Events “a new advancement” when it comes to open world gameplay. The update will bring seamlessly integrated activities, says Rockstar, pushing gamers directly into the chaos sans lobbies, waiting for the game to load, menus, and other things. One will jump right into Freemode and be presented with different challenges and games as they start playing.

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Elite: Dangerous comes to Xbox One on October 6

We'd previously heard Elite: Dangerous was heading to the Xbox One, and now we know when it'll be arriving: on October 6. The information comes from Frontier Developments’ CEO David Braben, who was kind enough to answer a series of questions posted in an AMA on Reddit. Among the questions was an inquiry about when we’d see the full release for the Xbox One. Turns out there’s only about a month of waiting left.

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The FIFA 16 demo is here – this is how you play

Those anticipating the release of the next big video game based on the world's most popular sport, soccer (football if you're outside the US), are in for a treat: the demo for EA Sports' FIFA 16 should be available later today for the PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. Those in New Zealand can get to downloading now, while those in North America might need to wait until later in the day, with exact times varying based on console and region of the world.

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Batman: Arkham Knight PC patch finally available

Batman: Arkham Knight was released a mess and now, finally, is getting a PC patch that will maybe (hopefully) squash all those bugs. The patch was recently up for beta testing, and on Thursday it was announced on Steam that those who’d already grabbed the Arkham Knight for PC game could now get the patch. If you didn’t get the game when it was released (its sales were pulled a short while later), you’ll still need to wait. When the PC game will be going back up for sale is not clear.

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Destiny’s new multiplayer features go free to try for one week

On September 15th, the next big expansion to Destiny will see release. Titled The Taken King, it will of course feature a number of new player-vs-enemy (PVE) activities, including story missions, a raid, and lots of gear like weapons and armor. But it will also include new multiplayer content, like player-vs-player (PVP) maps and game modes. Destiny's developer Bungie has announced that starting September 8th, the week before The Taken King's release will see the new PVP content available for everyone to try for free.

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