2K and Turtle Rock have put out the call; will you answer? As details begin to emerge for the 4th monster for Evolve, their upcoming 4 v 1 - hunter v monster mash up, the latest beast is yet without a name. This is the same monster that will be unlocked for free for those who pre-order the game. The name will be decided by voting on one of the following names (unfortunately no write-ins, so my dream of seeing Tyrannosaurus Flex will have to live on unfulfilled):
Votes will be collected through the weekend, until 12:00 PST on Monday, December 1st. More details on the vote is up on the Evolve website: http://evolvegame.com/news/help-evolve-name-that-monster
Or you can skip all that and go directly to Survey Monkey to cast your vote: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NameThatMonster
If this video is any indication, the Batmobile is going to be a hell of a fun toy to play with in Batman: Arkham Knight. The video shows Batman attacking a chemical factory and how he can use the Batmobile in all sorts of ways to help him.
Another cool thing to notice in the video is the increased usage of the environment when fighting. Batman attacks a guard and in smooth motion uses a hanging light to dispatch the enemy.
Yeah, this video has me amped up for June 2nd when the game releases on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Finally, we (along with our wallets) can breath a little bit this week as things slow down. The big holiday rush is officially over and now we finally have time to begin playing through the massive backlog that most of us have built up over the last couple of months. Just because things are slowing down, it doesn’t mean that that are coming to a stop. There are still games crawling out of development and into stores, including the return of Sierra and Geometry Wars!
User Generated Content is a digital marketing term describing the process where your customers generate marketing materials for you. This is done through blog posts, social media, or other forms of word of mouth. It's especially powerful since it's consumers talking to other consumers without the company in the way (which makes it more authentic and also cheap).
MMO's are by their nature user generated content as the game developers create a framework for people to play in and then the players breath life into that world by their actions. EVE Online is the probably the best example of this as illustrated by this new trailer for EVE Online which is all player generated content.
The trailer features real player voices and real situations that were submitted to CCP for the trailer that have been beefed up with some music and some fantastic visuals. It's a pretty cool experience but it does kind of gloss over some of the tedium and grinding that leads up to a lot of these moments.
After a weekend filled with intense action, Cognitive Red defeated Cognitive Prime to win the SMITE NA Regional Championship and earned themselves $25,000 and the #1 seed in the NA Region.
Next stop? The SMITE World Championships.
Here are the results for all the games played this weekend.
Quarter Finals (Best of 3)
Team Dignitas (2) / Fat Chunks Assemble (0)
compLexity (2) / The Rambozos (0)
Semi Finals (Best of five)
Cognitive Red (3) / Team Dignitas (0)
Cognitive Prime (3) / compLexity (0)
Grand Finals (Best of 3)
Cognitive Red (2) / Cognitive Prime (1)
you can catch a full replay of the event at Twitch.tv/smitegame
Telltale Games has carved out quite the niche for themselves with their episodically-delivered character-driven adventure titles mostly based on other people's franchises.
With the release date of Tales from the Borderland: Episode One, called Zer0 Sum, nearly upon us, Telltale has released a new trailer called The Gearbox Interview. Gearbox, of course, is the developer behind the Borderlands franchise.
Hopefully Telltale can capture the trademark humor that is one of the reason the franchise is special.
Find complete details after the jump.
Defiance is still unprecedented. Defiance the game and Defiance the SyFy TV show had a (near) simultaneous launch in early April 2013. The show feeds plot points to the game, making it the first major network television program and video game to do so—at least to my knowledge.
That didn't matter much, however, because critics from both sides gave them an overwhelming meh. Average TV meets average game.
I hope developer Trion ramped up its server capacity, however, because the game just went free-to-play on Xbox 360 for Gold subscribers. It's about time, too. It launched a year and a half ago, which is a lifetime for video games, but it's two lifetimes for a C- video game. It's unlikely Trion made back the money it spent developing Defiance over a five-year period (from 2008–2013).
If you already bought Defiance, then you've earned yourself some extras:
I'm downloading the hours' worth of patches for Defiance as we speak. Starting from a place of middling expectations, I'll see if Defiance holds my attention longer than the 360's other third-person online shooter, Warface.
Defiance had a full retail launch on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on April 2, 2013. It went free-to-play on PC in early April 2014. It missed its July 2014 conversion for 360 and PS3, but here we are now with the 360's free-to-play launch. The PS3 free-to-play conversion is still in the works.
The beta period for Elite: Dangerous has now closed and the Gamma phase has begun. The launch of the game is three weeks away, but there's still plenty of work to be done.
Right now, I'm installing the Gamma build of the game. Restrictions to areas that you want to go have now been lifted. Kickstarter ships are now in place. The Python and the Orca are now flyable. Of course, a few bug fixes have been thrown in there.
Oh and the big thing? Players can now visit Sol. Yes, take a trip to Earth if you like. Should be a fun place to visit don't you think?
Elite: Dangerous will hit PCs on December 16th.
Alienware and Dell has announced that you can now pick up their SteamBox, the Alienware Alpha. Select Walmarts and Fry's will have them today or you can order them online from various online vendors.
The Alpha starts at $549 and at the base level, it has an Intel i3-4130T dual core processor with 4GB of ram and a 500GB hard drive. The max setup will cost you $899 and feature an Intel i7-4765T quad core processor and 8GB of ram with a 2TB hard drive. All variants use the NVIDIA GTX 860M, which is based off of the Maxwell architecture. That's NVIDIA's latest.
Alienware has built a UI on top of Windows 8.1 that can be navigated completely without a keyboard. One can then boot into Steam's Big Picture mode to access more games or have the console boot up in that mode on start up. If you want to use the Windows 8.1 GUI, you have that option as well.
Packed in with the console PC is a wireless Xbox 360 controller so you can play from the comfort of your couch without being attached to the system with a wire.
Dell and Alienware is throwing in a bunch of free games such as PAYDAY 2, Metro: Last Light, and Awesomenauts. There's a good amount of free content that comes with each machine so content isn't going to be short when you pick one up.