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UK-based Bayan Audio makes NA launch with new portable audio accessories

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Bayan Audio has officially made their jump into the North American markets with the release of three new portable audio products in the form of the Soundbook, Soundbook X3, and Streamport Universal.  All three products have collected various awards in their lifespan from publications such as AV Forums, Android Magazine, and Recombu.

The Soundbook and Soundbook X3 both give great options for bluetooth sound that is impressive, but also give extra options such as a speakerphone feature and integrated FM radio.  The X3 is the larger of the two devices and designed to take great sound to the next level.  These are Bluetooth 4.0 capable devices, meaning that compatibility shouldn't be an issue with any device that a consumer owns. The X3 also has a power share port to charge up an MP3 player or a smartphone, giving further versatility to a great product.

We look forward to seeing more from Bayan Audio and wish them the best of luck on their first major launch here in the North American market.  For further information, check out the press release and be sure to visit Bayan at www.bayanaudio.com.


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Multiplayer in Watch Dogs looks crazy good

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Ubisoft has put forth a video showing about 9 minutes of Watch Dogs' multiplayer aspect. The game actually seamlessly connects the single player and multiplayer game in a fun way. You can see the various ways you can get into multiplayer with a friend or friends in the video. 

I really love how your friends can appear as NPCs in your game and you can initiate a multiplayer game with them. You don't have to get into some other mode to do so and it's this smooth transition from single player to multiplayer and vice versa that has peaked my interest.

Both team and single player online portions are shown and each look fun in its own way. I'm really excited for this game to come out and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

The great XCOM: Enemy Unknown is coming to Android

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One of the great turn based games in the past few years is going mobile. The XCOM twitter account has announced the XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be coming to Android on both the Google Play Store and Amazon App Store. Sorry Windows Phone folks, you're still being left out. 

No word on when exactly it will hit the two respective digital stores, but if you didn't play it on the PC when it first came out, be sure to pick up the mobile version if you are on Android. Those who have an iOS device have been enjoying the mobile version of the game for about a year now.

Meet Peggle 2's Fairy Master

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I spent a year around 2007 nursing a truly tragic Peggle addiction.  Luckily, I was able to kick that habit despite PopCap's ability to tickle all the important parts of the human brain.  

I haven't yet given Peggle 2 a try because I'm just not eager to hop back on the multiball bus (that's the cool way to refer to a Peggle addiction).

If you are bolder (or, perhaps, weaker) than I am, maybe you have.  And if that's the case, then you should know that Peggle 2 has released new downloadable content including a new Peggle Master named Windy the Fairy.  The DLC comes with brand-new levels, trails, objectives, and costumes and will cost $1.99.  Peggle 2 is out now for the Xbox One and comes out on May 7th for the Xbox 360.  

To learn more, find Peggle 2 on the web and Facebook, and PopCap Games on Twitter.


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News Roundup - 04/22/2014

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IGN has the first screenshot from the next Call of Duty game

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This year's Call of Duty game is coming from the folks at Sledgehammer. This will be their first full fledged Call of Duty game and it's taken them three years to develop it. 

IGN has the first screenshot from the game and from what the developers were saying, this is an actual in game screenshot. The model looks really, really detailed. You can see the small imperfections in the skin and the light reflecting off the various parts of the face.

If this is an actual in game model, then the visuals should be pretty stunning. The big question though is, how will the gameplay be. 

Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Treyarch are now on a three year cycle to produce Call of Duty games so let's hope the extra time does allow for some better games as the series is starting to get a bit stale for those who have played them for a while now.


The Slow Mo Guys fire a cannon and channel their inner Black Flag

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See, the problem with destruction is that it often happens too quickly. Boom. Done. 

Quick is boring. Which is why I'm thankful for the Slow Mo Guys. Here they take a cannon—like, a cannonball cannon—and shoot a stack of fruity drinks, filming all of it with high-speed cinema cameras. It's lovely.

And if you've played Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, then you know the satisfying feeling you get when you launch a full broadside of cannons on an enemy and it cuts to that slow-motion third-person camera angle before you chew up the enemy's hull. That's the feeling the Slow Mo Guys' video evokes.

An MMA fighter will pound several EVE Online devs into the mat

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Nearly a dozen EVE Online and DUST 514 developers are about to commit suicide by taking on a mixed-martial arts fighter in the ring. In an exciting but ill-advised publicity stunt, CCP devs (the makers of EVE and DUST) will climb into a ring and face off against Gunnar Nelson, a black belt in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, ranked #14 among Ultimate Fighting Championship's welterweights. They'll fight him, one after another, with only enough pausing between fights to haul one busted fighter out of the ring and haul in the next one.

Gunnar Nelson often looks sleepy, but he's really just stone cold. He's an Iceland native, and you can tell he's got legit Viking blood in his veins. He's not flashy in the ring. He doesn't waste a lot of movement. But he knows how to demoralize and exhuast opponents during takedowns. I'm not sure how much CCP's internet spaceships are going to help them in this situation. A little, maybe?

The fight will take place on May 2, on the second night of the upcoming three-day EVE Fanfest 2014 in Rekyjavik, Iceland.

Fast forward to about the 10-minute mark if you want to see things start to get uncomfortable for Gunnar Nelson's opponent, Jorge Santiago. Santiago puts up a nice fight, but I can imagine those EVE devs are sweating bullets watching videos like these. I'm sure it's (very) little consolation for the devs to see that DUST 514 logo on Gunnar Nelson's shorts.

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Mario Golf: World Tour to offer DLC starting on launch day

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When it launches, Mario Golf: World Tour will offer ten courses with 126 holes as well as several playable characters.  However, if you feel that's not enough and need more, Nintendo has you covered.  Starting with the game's launch on May 2nd, Nintendo will be putting up three DLC packs in May and June, each pack consisting of a new playable character and two new 18-hole courses.  The new characters will be Toadette in the first pack on May 2nd, Nabbit in the second pack later in May, and Rosalina in the third pack in June.

Each pack will cost $5.99 but if you decide to pick up a season pass, not only will you save $3 by paying only $14.99, but you'll also receive Gold Mario as a bonus playable character.  You'll also receive Gold Mario if you purchase all three packs separately, but only once all three packs are bought.  Nintendo will also be offering Trial Tournaments where you can try out the DLC courses before deciding to purchase them.

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Aerena may be the turned based game I've been looking for

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I have never really been a fan of turned based games but then I discovered XComm Enemy Unknown and everything changed. I absolutely fell in love with XComm and wanted to seek out more games that are turned based but are also tactical in the same way. Then at PAX East this year I discovered Aerena and I think I found another turned based game I may fall in love with soon. 

In Aerena you put together a team of five characters, all with their own abilities and take to the battlefield against the AI or against other opponents. The battlefield you fight on is rather small but provides for some pretty intense battles. Like I mentioned before, the game is turned based so you will have to think carefully about how you will spend each of the moves in your turn. In one turn you may move a character to a square and then attack the enemy, or you may decide to not attack at all and move more squares to get a better advantage over the enemy. Every move is critical and I feel like this going to be a game that takes a short time to learn, but a long time to master. The ultimate goal of the battle is to take down your opponents gun ship so there are also some MOBA elements in the game as well for those who are into those games. 

I really wish there were more games of this genre around and I'm really excited to check out Aerena as it grows over time. The official launch of Aerena is scheduled for April 30th but you can download Aerena now on Steam on early access, Google Play and will be coming soon to the Apple App Store. The other cool thing about the game is that is features cross platform play and will allow you to play your game on all three devices. The mobile versions are free to play but the Steam version is paid. I am not sure how that works with the cross platform play but I am going to assume anything you buy or own is carried over between all three versions. 


Child of Light dev diaries: a living painting

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Nintendo might have less than a clue about keeping solid retail titles in the pipeline for Wii U, but the console's digital library is surprisingly robust. Even big publishers like Ubisoft are recognizing the console's strength for downloadable titles, like their upcoming RPG Child of Light. Inspired by classic turn based RPGs of the 16-bit era, the game is styled like a living watercolor. It's nice to see that Ubi hasn't completely abandoned Wii U, as I'm most excited to play Child of Light and future projects from UbiArt on Nintendo's home console.

Kirby Triple Deluxe gets dramatic in this TV spot

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This TV spot for Kirby Triple Deluxe is mostly footage we've seen before, but I don't think I've ever seen Kirby gameplay set to dramatic opera before. I've always liked the Kirby games so I'll probably be picking this up come launch day. For now the Wii U is a barren wasteland of confusion, but at least Nintendo realizes that a steady supply of quality 1st party titles is needed to keep the 3DS in the black.

Alien Isolation is a world where technology won't save you

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Creative Assembly keeps making me more confident about Alien: Isolation. They really seem to get what made Ridley Scott's 1979 film so terrifying: it wasn't about inexplicably stupid scientists making dumb decisions with trillions of dollars of technology, as in Prometheus. Rather, it was about a group of terrified space truckers, doing the best they could with the crappy tech they had on hand, making all the right decisions and still getting killed by the alien, which is precisely what made the movie scary.

Case in point: Creative Assembly is doing their best to reverse-engineer the work of Ron Cobb, the legendary concept artist who designed the look of both Scott's Alien and Cameron's sequel, Aliens. This very analog, push-button future Cobb created looked like it could actually exist and work, and Creative Assembly has taken that to heart in building their game. But once again, all of the tech in the world, advanced or 1970s clunky, won't save you from a literal force of nature like the xenomorph. This is something Aliens: Colonial Marines missed completely, so I still have high hopes for Isolation.


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Batman: Arkham Origins Cold, Cold Heart DLC release

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Today, Warner Bros. Montreal releases the story add-on Cold, Cold Heart for Batman: Arkham Origins. The story revolves around Victor Fries' first encounter with the caped crusader and gives players access to all new gadgets to take down the subzero villain, including Thermocharged Batarangs and Thermal Gloves. The DLC is available for $9.99 on PSN, Xbox Live, and STEAM. 

And in case you missed it, here's the trailer for the Mr. Freeze DLC:

Behold the first look at Dragon Age: Inquisition coming to you October 7th

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Yesterday the box art for Dragon Age: Inquisition popped up for everyone to see. Today, a new trailer is up with some gameplay footage for people to drool over.

Yes, the game does look absolutely stunning. It's running on the Frostbite 2 engine, which powers games like Battlefield 4. I was thoroughly surprised at how good the footage looks. The third person action looks amazing and some of the scenery is really well done.

There's plenty of action with dragons in the trailer and you get to see the Inquisition leaders as well. All told, the trailer does a great job at showing the power of the Frostbite 2 engine and how it's making Inquisition such a visually impressive game.

Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released on the PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 on October 7th.

News Roundup - 04/21/2014

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Amazon Deal of the Day: Titanfall for $36.99

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If you haven’t picked up Titanfall yet for the Xbox One, PC or Xbox 360, Amazon has a deal for you. The game is on sale today for $36.99, which is 38% off retail while supplies last. Titanfall lead all game sales last month according to NPD, so getting in now isn’t too late. Just head over to the Amazon Daily Deal section and grab your preferred copy while it is available.


Amazon Gold Box deals all video games today

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Amazon is running a very decidedly gold-box deal for video games today. It started this morning with Need for Speed Rivals for Xbox 360, and will include headsets, Skylanders figurines and other games throughout the day. Take a gander at the times and what products will be deeply discounted when they are on the clock.

 


Nurse costumes now available for the ladies of Dead Or Alive 5

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Halloween is still months away but you can dress up your favorite Dead or Alive 5 fighters today as a new set of DLC costumes is available. 

Nurse costumes for Helena, Ayane, Christie, Hitomi, Kasumi, Kokoro, Leifang, Mila, Momiji and Tina are now available and will cost $1.99 each. Or if you want them all, you can buy them all in a bundle for $14.99, which will save you around $5. 

Also, for those who play Dead Or Alive: Core Fighters, the Free To Play version of Dead Or Alive 5: Ultimate, Zack and Helena will be free until April 29th. 


Box art for Dragon Age: Inquisition

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BioWare's next will be the third game in the series, Dragon Age: Inquisition. Looking to bounce back from the lackluster second game, BioWare is really trying to make the third game stand out. Decisions should have a greater impact on the game and the world will be bigger for players to explore.

Today, the box art for the game has been revealed. Dragon Age III will be coming out for most platforms this fall after a year delay.


Now Loading for the week of April 21, 2014

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Things are slowing a bit this week but there are still a ton of new games to play. This week may lack the “big name” / “highly anticipated” titles that we have seen the last couple of weeks, but there are still plenty of new games to pick up. Personally, I am looking forward to the HD-remake of one of my favorite games of the last generation: Cel Damage. surely, the game was far from perfect, but I had a ton of fun with it when it originally launched and always hoped for a sequel, or at least an update.

This week’s lineup includes:

  • Cel Damage HD for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4
  • Dark Souls II for PC
  • Defense Technica for PlayStation 3
  • Demon Gaze for PlayStation Vita
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch for PlayStation 4
  • Soul Calibur Lost Swords for PlayStation 3
  • Starlight Inception for PlayStation Vita
  • The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 1 for PlayStation Vita
  • Warface for Xbox 360

 


World of Warcraft has escaped into the real world and stolen a motorcycle

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You know, I'm not one for what I call "man drama" TV where burly, leather and denim-clad type As battle for dominance in a garage, a construction site, a forest, a far-flung truck depot, or whatever setting the luminaries on basic cable have decided real men work this year.  However, when one of those man drama shows decide to tackle something video game related then I'm on board.  I might not watch it on TV, but I'll definitely think it's pretty cool.

Enter Azeroth Choppers, which takes the top bike customizers that could be found and sets them competing against each other to make the best World of Warcraft-themed motorcycle the world has ever seen.  The winning design will show up in the game as a free mount.  You can find episode 1 below and find new episodes every Thursday.

To learn more, follow the jump and then visit http://us.battle.net/wow/en/choppers/, and http://us.battle.net/wow/en/choppers/#about.  

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Weekend News Roundup - 04/20/2014

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38 minutes of Arena Commander, Star Citizen goodness

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Chris Roberts and company was on hand at PAX to debut footage of Arena Commander, the dogfighting portion of Star Citizen. Presented below is about 38 minutes worth of footage from both Chris Roberts' presentation and some other video thrown into the mix.

You can definitely see how beautiful the game is looking. Attention to detail such as the directional changes in the small thrusters on the ships show how the team building the game is making sure even the tiniest of features get implemented and implemented well.

As a backer, I'm anxiously waiting to get my hands on the game and I'm really hoping to have Oculus Rift support in it as well. Yeah, dog fighting with that on would be amazing.

Your Bound by Flame hero probably won't look like your friend's Bound by Flame hero

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Bound by Flame sounds a bit more ambitious with every press release. What deveoper Spiders Studios is saying about its upcoming action role-playing game is, your hero's appearance—which has a wide range of customization options from the beginning (including gender)—will continually have his or her appearance messed with throughout the story. Just like in Fable, doing bad stuff gives your skin a molten appearance and sprouts horns from your forehead. While doing good things apparently keeps you looking plainly human. (Perhaps a halo or some other kind of heavenly aura is called for.) All the while, of course, your armor and weaponry changes up with gear unlocks.

This widespread variety in appearance is great for gamers, but hell on marketing teams, since it becomes impossible to nail down a poster boy/girl to put on the front of your game box. It will be difficult—if they even try—to manufacture their own version of Commander Shepard, or Link, or Lara Croft. In other words, it will be difficult to pick Bound by Flame out of a crowd, simply because their mascot is so variable.

Bound by Flame is scheduled for a May 9 launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.


   
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