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Rockstar: Lohan's GTA 5 lawsuit just Jonas-ing for publicity

Lindsay Lohan's Grand Theft Auto 5 lawsuit was "filed for publicity purposes" according to creator Rockstar and parent company Take-Two Interactive. Lohan sued Rockstar and Take-Two for damages back in July over the in-game character of Lacey Jonas, a troubled young actress who struggles with an eating disorder and dealing with the paparazzi.

The case claimed Lohan's image, voice and styles from her clothing label were all used to depict Jonas, forming an "unequivocal" reference to the Mean Girls star. As the Associated Press reports, Rockstar is having none of it. Manhattan court papers made public this week show Take-Two and its subsidiary not only want the suit dismissed, but the company wants Lohan to pay its legal fees. As far as Take-Two is concerned, Jonas only resembles Lohan in being a young, blonde woman.

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Mega Man X4, X5 zero in on PlayStations next month

Two of the PlayStation-era Mega Man X platformers are blasting their way onto PS3 and Vita in the next couple of weeks. The first mighty number to land is X4, which hits PSN in North America on September 2. X5 follows a week later on September 9. Capcom didn't announce prices, but hopefully the games won't cost a pretty zenny.

Mega Man X4 was the first of the series to ditch the SNES and take full advantage of the 32-bit Sega Saturn and PlayStation. Apart from PC versions from around the turn of the millennium and a mobile phone port in Japan, Capcom hasn't put out either game as a standalone on other systems until now (they did appear in the PS2 and GameCube Mega Man X Collection). Does this mean Mega Man X6-8 could be on the way too?

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Under Defeat HD hits Xbox 360 stateside after two years AWOL

So this is a bit of an odd one. Back in late 2012/early 2013, Under Defeat HD came to PS3 and Xbox 360 in Japan and Europe. In North America, Rising Star released the remaster of G.rev's Dreamcast and arcade helicopter shoot-em-up exclusively for PS3. Why? Well, we could speculate, but the answer's unknown. Then this week, around two years later and out of the blue, Under Defeat HD finally hit Xbox 360s stateside via Games on Demand.

Despite being a vertical shoot-em-up, Under Defeat is ideally suited for HD widescreen life, as former Managing Editor JC Fletcher explained back in 2012. That HD "New Order" mode - which sadly doesn't have anything to do bizarre love triangles or blue Mondays - is part of the new Xbox 360 version, which is available now to download for $20.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition 4-player co-op revealed, separate to campaign

BioWare revealed the third Dragon Age game mirrors the third Mass Effect by introducing four-player online multiplayer on top of the single-player experience. An IGN preview reveals the co-op in Dragon Age: Inquisition runs separate to the main RPG campaign, with players ditching their Inquisitor robes to team up in randomly generated mini-dungeons that take around 20 to 30 minutes to complete in total.

There'll be three multiplayer campaigns at launch, each generating a level made up from 5 of 10 smaller, pre-designed areas. Players will see different areas in different orders, with variables like the types of enemy encounter changing across different sessions. Also, rather than playing as the Inquisitor, you and your buddies are lackeys for the main hero. As Bioware's Mike Laidlaw told IGN, the studio's attempted to infuse the mulitplayer heroes with personality: "They're kind of like mini followers, and they banter among themselves."

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Mario Kart 8 DLC packs priced $8 each, $12 2-in-1 bundle

Nintendo of America confirmed the crossover Mario Kart 8 DLC packs spotted yesterday on the company's UK site, with the Zelda pack due to launch stateside in November and the Animal Crossing one in May 2015. Both packs will be available for pre-order starting today, each priced at $8. However, if you know you're going to get both, you can save 25 percent by ordering the $12 two-in-one bundle.

The saving doesn't apply if you buy both packs separately, unfortunately. On the flip side, anyone who buys both packs unlocks eight new colors of Yoshi and Shy Guy "immediately," in case you're in immediate need of some technicolor racing.

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10 new Rockstar Verified Jobs in GTA5 (That's What She Said)

We're probably not using that joke correctly. "That's What She Said" is one of the new Rockstar Verified Jobs in Grand Theft Auto Online. It's a Race for Sports Cars dealio featuring a broken-down trainyard and a "final huge leap from the freeway back to the finishing line," as Rockstar describes it. That's What She Said joins nine other new jobs in today's update.

Jobs include the racers Code 13-91, Rebel Rodeo, Brand's Snatch, Hit the Apex, Tittie Twister and That's What She Said, plus the capture maps Hold: Operation Interrupt and Raid: Claustrophobia, and deathmatches Urban Jungle and Rail Yard, Railed Out. Read run-downs of the new jobs on the Rockstar Newswire.
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PSN Tuesday: Infamous First Light, Madden 15, Metro Redux

Sure, the PlayStation Network has been updated with a whole host of new games like the neon fest Infamous: First Light, the Necessary Roughness adaptation Madden NFL 15, and a prettier version of what Moscow would like look after the apocalypse in Metro Redux, but clearly the big hit is a demo for NHL 15.

Full disclosure, I am in fact a Canadian so my opinion on this matter may be colored, but it's worth giving NHL 15 a shot to check out the franchise's new presentation – even if you have concerns about the final game.

Also joining the PSN data center family is both OlliOlli and The Golf Club on PS4, Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth1 on Vita and more. For the cross section of Call of Duty and bargain fans, a variety of games and add-ons in the series are on sale.

For more information on releases and discounts, check out the official PlayStation Blog.

OlliOlli kicks, pushes, coasts to PS4 and PS3

OlliOlli, Roll7's endless runner-meets-skateboarding game, is now available on PS4 and PS3. The game originally launched in January for Vita, and was previously targeted for other PlayStation systems in July. While it missed the mark for Sony's platforms, it did reach Steam last month. The game is 10 percent off for its first week on PS4 and PS3, and 20 percent off for PlayStation Plus members. It is also Cross-Buy and Cross-Save compatible, so those that own the Vita version can freely download it on PS4 and PS3 starting today.

Roll7 may have created OlliOlli, but BlitWorks provided the PS4 and PS3 ports for the game. The studio also brought roguelike Spelunky to Vita. Our review of the original Vita version of OlliOlli found the game a bit difficult, but that for every "ten failed attempts" at a trick, each success felt like we earned it. In June, Roll7 introduced a fix for a game-crashing bug in addition to leaderboards, which are included in the other PlayStation versions.
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Play all of the 'Connected World' Ludum Dare 30 games

But be warned: There are a lot of entries to play.

Ludum Dare 30 is in the bag, and so are a bunch of cool new games and prototypes from developers worldwide. Ludum Dare 30 includes the 48-hour Compo and the 72-hour Jam, both with the theme "Connected Worlds." This all went down over the weekend, from August 22 - 25.

With a theme like that, a lot of entries involve space, planets, shadow play, puzzles and death, oddly enough. A few (of the many) eye-catching Jam and Compo entries so far include Line Crossing, Star LORD, Collect Worlds, Starpiercer, Racer Death Derby, Ice Box, Nature Trial, Zanlings Match, Present & Future, Godshunter, Shrodinghost, Dominions'n'dominoes, Cablage and The Salt Pleeease.

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EA Sports UFC taunts three new fighters

EA Sports UFC received a new content update today that expands the game's roster and offers a few tweaks to its gameplay formula. The mixed martial arts game now includes heavyweight fighter Stipe Miocic as well as welterweight fighters Matt Brown and Mike Pyle. The game's first content update arrived just over a month ago, and also added three fighters to the mix: TJ Dillashaw, Takeya Mizugaki and Tyron Woodley.

As for gameplay changes in today's update, players will now be able to manually taunt their opponents mid-fight by pressing left or right on the d-pad. They will have the ability to counter their opponents' kicks during parries by catching their legs, which can lead into a single leg to half guard takedown. Also, the referee will put an end to the match if a submissive fighter "blocks too many strikes without trying to improve their position during ground and pound," which will keep fights from stalling. EA also adjusted the stamina lost from successful strikes. Head past the break for a trailer that shows EA Sports UFC's three new combatants.
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The Crew races at 30FPS, 1080p on Xbox One, PS4, PC

An Ubisoft representative has let slip the graphical benchmarks the team behind open-world racer The Crew is currently aiming for: 30 frames per second at a resolution of 1080p on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

This revelation comes in response to a forum member's complaints that the PC beta test of the game is locked at 30 frames per second. An Ubisoft community manager stepped in to respond with a succinct rebuttal: "The final game will run in 1080p with 30 frames per second on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, and will support up to 5760 x 1080p on PC for triple screen set-ups," the response reads. "Right now the team is focusing on providing an optimal experience for all players."

Later, the community manager would edit the reply to note that the development team is working to reach 60 frames per second on the PC. "We can officially say that we're aiming for 60FPS on PC at launch," he wrote. "Our Beta build is still more performant at 30FPS, but you can expect to play at 60FPS on PC when the game is launched."

Whether or not Ubisoft's developers reach the hallowed realm of 60 frames per second remains to be seen. Editing a configuration file in the beta client will remove the game's 30 frames per second cap, but testers attempting that alteration have reported graphical issues, even on high-end PCs. Hopefully Ubisoft will have something more solid by the time The Crew debuts on November 11.
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The Last of Us Remastered update adds new weapons, multiplayer battlegrounds

Naughty Dog will launch a title update for the upgraded PlayStation 4 version of The Last of Us today, adding a batch of new content to the game's Factions online multiplayer mode.

Patch 1.08 for The Last of Us Remastered introduces the Variable, Scoped Semi-Auto, Scoped Full-Auto, and Scoped Burst rifles, along with a collection of loadout presets and weapon-specific missions. The update additionally lays the groundwork for two new Factions maps premiering later this week.

The PlayStation 3 version of The Last of Us will also see a new patch implementing a long list of fixes and balance tweaks, bringing it up to speed with the PlayStation 4 port.

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Lego Batman 3 goes Beyond Gotham on November 11

No longer content with striking fear into the hearts of superstitious criminals in the back alleys of his hometown, Batman is branching out to more exotic climes in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.

According to publisher Warner Bros. Interactive, the Dark Knight's latest blocky adventure sees our hero battling Superman villain Brainiac to prevent the destruction of Earth. It seems the hyper-intelligent alien has swiped a handful of Lantern rings and is using their power to shrink worlds for his creepy collection of tiny civilizations. Batman must join forces with the "greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains" to travel through the cosmos, collecting Lantern rings and eventually using their Oan might to topple Brainiac's plot.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will debut on November 11. As with all DC Comics/Lego mashups, the game will appear on myriad platforms, including the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PS3, Vita, Wii U, 3DS and PC.

Link revs up in Mario Kart 8 this November

Link is a playable character in Mario Kart 8 with the "Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8" DLC pack, due out in the UK in November for £7. We're contacting Nintendo of America for more information about a stateside release [Update: The packs are now confirmed for North America].

The pack includes Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach and Link as new playable characters, plus four vehicles and eight courses (that's two new cups with four courses each).

A second DLC pack for Mario Kart 8 is due out in May 2015, called "Animal Crossing X Mario Kart 8." It includes new playable characters in Isabelle, Villager and Dry Bowser, plus four vehicles and eight courses. Purchase both packs in a bundle or separately and snag eight different-colored Shy Guys and eight different-colored Yoshis. Score.
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Zen Studios latest pinball table summons the Walking Dead

The silver ball maestros at Zen Studios have unleashed another meticulously designed table, this time within the horrific universe of Telltale's The Walking Dead adventure game.

Despite its non-linear nature - pinball rarely adheres to a structured narrative - the table does a solid job of using skill shots and careful ball management to retell key story moments from the first season of Telltale's beloved The Walking Dead. Zen Studios was even able to get the original voice cast from the game to record new lines for the Walking Dead pinball table. Most crucially, the table is periodically littered with ambulatory corpses that, in proper Walking Dead spirit, must be avoided or, if you've got no other options, destroyed.

Like all Zen Studios tables, The Walking Dead is DLC content available on a number of platforms. Today marks the table's debut on the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita, while PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners will have to wait until tomorrow. Those playing Zen Studios' pinball games on Android and iOS will have a chance to relive the adventures of Lee and Clementine on August 28. While you wait, take a look at the trailer past the break.

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