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2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
Review by: Sean Cahill
Can 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil be good enough to hoist the trophy? Sean hits the pitches of Brazil to find out. READ FULL REVIEW...
Super League Football
Review by: Nathaniel Cohen
Does Zen Studios lob the keeper from 30 yards or draw a straight red card? READ FULL REVIEW...
SteelSeries H Wireless Gaming Headset
Review by: John Yan
SteelSeries's top-of-the-line headset is in the labs today. READ FULL REVIEW...

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.

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.

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

 


Weekend News Roundup - 04/20/2014

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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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Risen 3: Titan Lords teaser trailer

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Set to release in August of this year, Deep Silver has released a Risen 3: Titan Lords teaser trailer. Check it out here:


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NorCal Regionals are underway

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The twelfth edition of NorCal Regionals are here as we continue the road to EVO 2014.  This years tournament features six main games, including www.twitch.tv/ and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, a sponsored Divekick tournament, and close to a dozen "community games" such as Skullgirls and BlazBlue: Chronophantasma.  More info can be found over on Shoryuken.com, and the tournament can be watched on one of the three streams below depending on the time of day and what game you wish to watch (the page I linked to on Shoryuken has the schedule).

The Walking Dead is reaching out it's cold, dead hands to more devices.

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Big announcement today in the world of mobile gaming. First and foremost, The Walking Dead Season Two is coming to PlayStation Vita next week. Episodes 1 and 2 will be available for download in the PlayStation Store in North America on April 22, and in Europe on April 23 for $4.99 each, or you can get 20% off by buying the Season Pass. No surprises there- just thought you Vita-users should know.

The BIG news is that the entire first season of The Walking Dead, including the DLC episode 400 Days is now available for Android-based devices through Google Play; as well as the NVIDIA Shield through TegraZone; and Amazon Fire TV and Kindle HDX through Amazon. Not sure if you'll like how it'll work on these new devices? Good news, because on all of them, you can get the first episode fo' free!

The second season isn't currently available for these new platforms, but it will be soon.

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Tropico 5 special edition announced

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If your thirst for simulated tropical despotism simply cannot be sated by anything and you're literally frothing at the mouth for your next fix, then you'll probably be thrilled to know that Tropico 5 is offering a Special Edition for those gamers that either pre-order the title or buy a boxed retail version at launch.

The Tropico 5 Special Edition will include a special avatar costume for El Presidente, the Bayo Del Olfato Sandbox Mode map, an authentic Tropico passport (not valid for international travel), and a Tropico postcard created by Penultimo himself.

You can also pre-purchase the game on Steam starting on April 17 for a 10% discount, the Businessman avatar for El Presidente, the Isla de Vapor Sandbox Mode map, and other, and as yet unnamed bonuses depending on the number of the pre-orders Tropico 5 gets on Steam. 

To learn more, follow the jump.  Also make sure you visit Tropico 5 on Twitter, Facebook, and the good ole' Interwebs.

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News Roundup - 04/17/2014

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News Roundup - 04/16/2014

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Read about the development and drama that went into Titanfall

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Geoff Keighley has produced another piece on the development of a highly touted video game. The Final Hours of Titanfall is a look at behind the scenes on what it took to get Titanfall out and all the pitfalls along the way the team experienced.

You'll get some more story on why one of the co-founders of Respawn Entertainment, Jason West, left the company. While the official word was for family reasons, the lawsuit brought forth by Activision and how it affected his relationship with the rest of the team was a big factor in his decision to leave. 

Also, the game was almost cancelled because Respawn ran out of money. It took Microsoft to come in to save the game from extinction. 

There's plenty more and you can pick it up for the iPad, PC/Mac, or a native Windows 8 app for $1.99. You can also check out Chuck's review of the game.