According to Engadget, starting in September, Google Play will no longer allow games with in-app purchases to call themselves "free." Hearthstone's five-part expansion, Curse of Naxxramas, is free for a month for its first wing, and $7 or 700 gold for the remaining four. And Maxis (SimCity, The Sims) is hiring a senior designer to start work on a new IP that cites Minecraft, Project Spark and LittleBigPlanet as "creativity space" inspirations.
What are you playing this weekend?
Russell Archey, staff writer, @NeoScyther
This weekend will see my Wii U and I reunite as I attempt to finally finish up The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD. I played it a bit when I first got the Wii U and hadn't really touched it since. I recently finished up the Forest Temple (or whatever it's technically called in Wind Waker) and now I'm hoping to finally finish this one up.
Ben Berry, community manager, @Ben_M_Berry
I'm going to get a few minutes on the Destiny beta if I can pry the controller out of Chuck’s hands. And if I can bike like I did last week I might be able to pry that win in the triathlon out of Chuck’s hands, too.
Sean Colleli, staff writer, @scolleli
With the unveiling of the new Doom (formerly Doom 4) at QuakeCon, it's time for me to start the long replay of all the official Doom games. I just finished the original four episodes and started on Doom II. I should be able to get through Final Doom, Doom 64, Doom 3 and Resurrection of Evil by the time the new game comes out next year. I'm also still having more fun than should be allowed with Saints Row IV. Did you know there's a super power that lets turn people into solid gold just by bumping into them, and shooting them makes them explode into showers of cash? There is also a "They Live" mission where Roddy Piper and Keith David throw down in another epic fistfight. Dear God in heaven I love this game.
Jeremy Duff, senior staff writer, @Duff3c
This weekend will consists of more battles with wizards from the moon, meaning extended exploration trips into the world of Destiny. While Xbox One owners try it out with its sub-par resolution, I will enjoy it in its complete glory on the PS4. I am also going to dip my toes back into the world of Injustice: Gods Among Us since I picked it up super cheap for the PS4 in this week's PSN sale.
Charles Husemann, editor-in-chief, @chusemann
I'm going to be spending a lot of quality time with the Destiny beta on the Xbox One this weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays on the Xbox One as I still haven't figured out which platform I'm going to pick the game up on. At this point I think this is going to be the first game I buy two copies of so I can play with two different sets of friends. I'm also going to be digging into the new Hearthstone content, Curse of Naxxramas, so I can keep up with my fiancee who will be plowing through it as soon as it is released. We both have poured hours into the content, and given our competitive nature I'm sure there is going to be a race to see who can finish it first (spoiler: probably her). Outside of that, I'm going to be running a super-sprint triathlon with Ben on Saturday and hoping that I can once again beat him across the finish line.
Randy Kalista, staff writer, @RandyKalista
I’m the last person you’ll ever find roped into an online multiplayer shooter. That said, however, I’m all over this Destiny beta, too. While PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners are debating which version looks better, I’m over here playing on 360. Doesn’t matter. I can’t get enough of its Star Wars/Half-Life/Mass Effect/RAGE aesthetic and cleaner-than-an-Apple-product interface. Otherwise, I’m leaving every other staff member scratching their heads as I play the Adults Only-rated Seduce Me. Remember that sexy game that was so sexy it was banned from Steam Greenlight? That’s the one. Let’s just say that it doesn’t hide its Sexy Time™ intentions, unlike, perhaps, a BioWare or Witcher game might do.
Jeff Kintner, staff writer, @JKTerrezas
The first Legend of Zelda is my favorite game from one of my favorite franchises. And even though I've beaten it countless times, I recently realized that I've never gotten past the first dungeon of the second quest. Luckily my copy still has a fresh-off-the-first-quest save file that I never touched, so I was able to dive right in. Even though I don't really have a lot of time to play it, it's enough of a remix of a game I have completely memorized to give me that same sense of mystery and adventure that made me fall in love with it in the first place. It's like I got bored of my favorite game and put out an ad in the personals in the paper, only to have that same game answer my ad. Yes, I'm saying that Zelda's second quest is the Pina Colada of gaming. But It's also extremely frustrating. I've been bombing every wall and headbutting every rock to try to find that fourth dungeon. I would like that dungeon to know that I have a certain set of skills. Skills that I have acquired over a long career of gaming that make me a nightmare for levels like it. I will find it. I will plunder its treasures. And I will adorn its door with the head of its master when I am done with it.
Assassin's Creed Unity, like all Assassin's Creed games, takes place during a bloody chapter in world history. Developer Ubisoft, however, is pulling all the stops on the bloodiness. The French Revolution was very excited about removing people's heads from their bodies, and Unity is exploiting a bit of the ol' ultra violence.
Enter Rob Zombie, musician and horror movie director, retelling Unity's premise. Also, enter Peter Moore, illustrator from The Walking Dead graphic novels. Put those two together, and you've got this video. It's not squeamish about the grizzlier details that go into literally cutting off the head of government.
Earlier today Sam Raimi and Neil Druckman took the Screen Gems stage at Comic-Con to discuss the upcoming film adaptation of The Last of Us. While they didn't reveal much, they did drop one major piece of news: that they are in talks to have Maisie Williams, otherwise known as Game of Thrones' Arya Starnk, play Ellie in the film. They haven't come to an agreement yet, but Maisie did tweet that she would not turn the role down.
I always felt that The Last of Us didn't need to be a game to work, so I wasn't surprised when the film adaptation was announced. Given its competition it is likely that it will be the best video game movie adaptation ever made. I think Maisie is a great match for Ellie, and hopefully they can find someone equally good to play Joel.
Unless you're cosplaying as Geralt himself, The Witcher doesn't inspire the most awe-inspiring costume players. Yes, The Witcher is a bold, unique take on the world of role-playing games when it comes to storytelling and world building. But its low-fantasy approach won't make you stand out much at a gaming convention.
No matter. CD Projekt RED will now award money and prizes for the top Witcher cosplayers. Starting now and running through October 30 (just in time to take your creation on the streets for Halloween), you can submit your Witcher cosplay to CD Projekt RED through thewitcher.com/cosplay.
First prize gets a thousand bucks, a chance to tag along to conventions, free of charge, in order to show off their award-winning cosplay, some replica Witcher jewelry, a collector's edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, signed by the development team, and a piece of signed, framed concept art.
Second and third place go down from there, of course, but most cosplayers do it out of love and aren't often rewarded, monetarily or otherwise, for their hard work. Unless you count routine sexual harrassment as a perk. (Remember: "Cosplay is not consent.")
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt releases the hounds on February 24, 2015, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Warner announced today that the console versions of Middle Earth:Shadow of Mordor will now be available in the US on September 30th (PC gamers will have to wait until October 2nd). This is good news for gamers as they game is no longer in direct competition with Alien:Isolation and a the other games that are hitting shelves that date.
The game looks great and I was impressed with what I saw at E3 this year. The concept for the game game does come off a bit like a "Middle Earth: Climbing the Corporate Ladder of Evil" at times but the combat, strategy, and graphics make this a game that you'll want to keep your eyes on.
The season finale of The Wolf Among Us is rapidly approaching, but if you're in need of a quick fix, then the trailer for the season finale is now available on Youtube. There isn't much information regarding it since it is the finale, so do yourself a favor and just log in and watch it! It is behind an age gate, so be sure you are of legal age in order to view it.
Long time reader of this site may be away of my love for BioWare. Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, Dragon Age, Mass Effect - those are all in the conversation that starts with "what's your favorite game of all time."
Starting today, there's maybe one more game to I'll have to add to that list. BioWare has sent out teasers for their newest IP called, apparently, Nightmare. At this point the only thing known about the game is that, based on the teaser trailer, is that it's set during modern times. That is a huge departure for BioWare. The teaser doesn't give much else away. There's a guy dreaming, a car (maybe hinting at a GTA-style open-world game), and a dude in a hoodie with a glowing face.
We know nothing else - no genre, no systems, and no release window - so pop some popcorn, pull up a chair, and get ready to watch BioWare unspool their newest IP over the course of the coming months and/or years.
Right now you can visit http://www.youve-been-chosen.com/watch-nightmare-teaser/ to sign up for email updates, and make sure you watch the teaser for yourself.
Sega has recently announced that the latest games in the Sonic franchise will hit stores this November. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric will arrive on the Wii U on November 18th will Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal will hit the 3DS a week earlier on November 11th. These games will be part of the new "Sonic Boom initiative" that will usher in new gameplay based on action-adventure combat, new characters, and new storylines that will carry through the franchises' first CG-animated series. Well, here's hoping it turns out better than the somewhat disappointing Sonic Lost World games.
Hi Rez continues to show how awesome they are as SMITE will be having more sales this weekend.
First up, from now until Sunday, July 27th, if you buy gem packs, you will get a free booster to go with it. Boosters will increase the amount of Favor, XP and Worshipers for each match.
Also, from now until Saturday all voice packs are 50% off. Normally voice packs cost 200 gems so for the next few days they will 100 gems.
Finally, on Sunday, July 27th, you have the opportunity to win some free gems. Every first win of the day bonus you receive 40 gems meaning you could win up to 320 free gems.