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Watch 30 minutes of Metroid Prime: Federation Force’s first few missions


Metroid Prime: Federation Force, the multiplayer-focused Nintendo 3DS shooter, launches this week, letting players hop into the cockpit of their own customizable Federation Marine Mech. The game's a pretty big departure from the franchise, as it doesn't prominently feature series protagonist Samus Aran, and has a mission-based structure that eschews the gear gating mechanics that defined that series' genre. You can get a feel for how Federation Force works in the video above, which features 30 minutes of both single-player and multiplayer gameplay.

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Watch nine minutes of English gameplay from Zero Time Dilemma


With Zero Time Dilemma, the next entry in Kotaru Uchikoshi's Zero Escape series Zero Time Dilemma, only a few short months away, we took some time during a recent visit to Tokyo to check in with Uchikoshi himself and talk to him what sets his newest game apart from its predecessors. Above, watch nine minutes of brand new gameplay from the PlayStation Vita version of Zero Time Dilemma, and below, check our our full interview with Uchikoshi about the game's new visual style, why he's moved away from the traditional visual novel format, and some of the new game's surprising influences.

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Watch this amazing Tilt Brush video for a reminder of how talented you aren’t


Google made a game, sort of, for virtual reality and that game, sort of, is called Tilt Brush. Tilt Brush is the sort of game-meets-tool that looks amazing, but doesn't really deliver its potential unless it is in the hands of someone with genuine artistic talent. Drop me into the experience, which lets you literally paint the air around you with brush stroke and pen swipes, and I'll deliver dazzling 5-foot-tall stickmen and glittering phallic symbols that run the length of my room. But, drop any of the folks in this video into Tilt Brush and suddenly you're in the future, watching artists create fashion literally out of thin air. Tilt Brush

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Watch more than 20 minutes of Mirage: Arcane Warfare’s bloody, magical gameplay


Chivalry: Medieval Warfare was an intensely fun game to play, especially with my son who delighted in out-maneuvering me in swordplay and thwacking off an arm, leg or head in nearly every match. So we were both excited to try our hands at the next game from Torn Banner Studios, Mirage: Arcane Warfare. The game is a fast-paced medieval weapons and magic game played across a fantasy Arabian backdrop in first-person perspective. I chatted with the developers at GDC earlier this year to learn a bit about their inspiration and the sort of game they were trying to make this second title into. You can read all about that here. This time around, though, PAX East provided my son and me a chance to play the game. We both loved it. The mix of dexterous swordplay and body-bashing magic left us...

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Watch 20 frightening minutes of Dead by Daylight


Fans of horror games have lately had an embarrassment of riches to choose from. Games like Until Dawn, SOMA and Dying Light have done nothing but spark a greater interest in survival horror titles. Now two games are in the works that allow you take on the roll of a killer or one of several potential victims. Licensed title Friday the 13th: The Game is still in development, but seems to be shaping up nicely. Last month, we had a chance to check out the other big one-versus-many survival horror game: Dead by Daylight. Where Friday the 13th will have you take on the roll of Jason or one of his trope victims, Dead by Daylight is taking a less focused approach, planning to roll out a number of killers, all set free in dynamically created settings to hunt their player-controlled victims. Y...

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Do a barrel roll through 10 minutes of Star Fox Zero gameplay video


Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube Need a refresher on Arwing piloting before the launch of Star Fox Zero for Wii U this Friday? How about a primer on a few of the new vehicles you'll also hop into the cockpit of during the game's interstellar campaign, like the bipedal Walker and stealthy Gyrowing? In the video posted above, you can watch 10 minutes of Star Fox Zero gameplay, all pulled from the game's first few missions. Bear in mind that Star Fox Zero uses the GamePad for precise aiming, which doesn't show up on the main screen, which makes it look like we're straight-up using the Force in this video.

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Check out the drama of Bravely Second’s first hour


Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube Yes, I'm about to give you some vague spoilers for the first hour of Bravely Second, just in case you were wondering. Bravely Second: End Layer takes place two years after the first game, Bravely Default, and how the times have changed. Right off the bat, newly anointed Pope Agnès is kidnapped by the Kaiser, and her loyal knight Yew Geneolgia sets off to rescue her. He's accompanied by his friends Janne Angard and Nikolai Nikolanikov. And then it all goes so, so terribly wrong. Skip ahead to 36 minutes in to catch the moment where it all falls apart. Bravely Second owes its combat system to Bravely Default. You can "default" a turn in combat to build up brave points. You can spend the points to attack multiple times on a turn when...

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Carpe Lucem – Seize the Light is a VR game the surrounds you in puzzles


Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube Cue soothing music! Carpe Lucem drops you right into a pastoral scene, where you are confronted with colored beams of light and several mechanical flowers. The goal is to open each flower by shining the correct color of light onto it, using curved pipes to direct the light. The benefits of room-scale virtual reality are obvious in puzzle games like this. You can physically walk around the puzzle, examining it from every angle. At the beginning of the game, you might not need to make full use of this. The puzzles increase in complexity though, and later puzzles will completely surround you as only virtual reality puzzles can. In one puzzle which you can see in this video, I had to send beams of light criss-crossing through the play...

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Let’s punch the hell out of music in virtual reality with Audioshield


Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube Everyone's got their favorite way of consuming their favorite music, be it a live concert, a collected library of vinyl or an old, old cassette tape they've found lying in the street. Audioshield, the HTC Vive virtual reality follow-up to the Audiosurf rhythm game series, introduces a new idea into that age-old practice: What if you could kick your music's ass? What if the beats and notes of your music were represented by little bubbles, and then you could punch those bubbles for points? Thanks to Audioshield, these are no longer hypothetical questions. You can watch us play through a couple of tracks above. For those having trouble following the action, Audioshield lets you pick tracks from the community or on a local hard drive,...

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The Lab is Valve’s VR return to the Portal universe


Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube The Lab is a series of eight experiences that come free with the HTC Vive virtual reality platform, and we're going to go ahead and argue that it's the first thing you should play when your hardware arrives. Each short demo is connected by a hub world that's set in the Portal universe, and you'll unlock little toys and fun things to play with in that hub by going through each of the demos. It's a great introduction to the technology and controls of the HTC Vive, while showing off how versatile the hardware is in terms of the games and experiences it can provide. What's so interesting about The Lab is how excited Valve seems to get you to play inside of VR. There's very little point to any of this, but the act of throwing a stick to a...

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