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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).

Life Goes On launches on Steam

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Ever think about just pushing someone off of a cliff or maybe impaling them with a spike all for your personal benefit?  Actually, I certainly hope not because that would be pretty brutal and just downright wrong, but essentially that's what's going on in Life Goes On.  Throughout each of the game's fifty-two levels you have to occasionally sacrifice a knight to make a path for the next one.  For instance, if you have a large pit of spikes that you just can't cross on your own, throw your knight onto the spikes and then when the next knight appears he has a nice little platform he can use to cross the spikes.  That's just one of the ways you'll be using your knights to get through each stage.

For more ideas on just how to effectively use your knights to your advantage, check out the launch trailer below.  I'll also be posting a review of Life Goes On in the next couple of weeks, so be sure to keep an eye out for that if the game looks interesting.

 

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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Nintendo Download 4/18/14: Super Mario Bros. 3 is finally here!

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April has been a good month for the Nintendo Download, and the good news just keeps rollin' in. Here's some of the new releases and sales you can download this week.

  • Super Mario Bros. 3 has finally arrived for the Wii U and 3DS Virtual Console
  • Golden Sun for the Wii U Virtual Console
  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity for the Wii U Virtual Console
  • LEGO The Hobbit is now available in the eShop for the Wii U
  • Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure for the Wii U
  • My First Songs for the Wii U
  • Bit Boy!! Arcadeb for the 3DS
  • Smash Cat Heroes for the 3DS

Here's a few of the sales and price reductions going on now

  • Until May 1Classic Games Overload is 50% off in the eShop for the 3DS
  • Starting April 21, the price for Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is going to drop from $59.99 to $39.99
  • Starting April 21, the price for ZombiU is going to drop from $59.99 to $29.99

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QuakeCon 2014: register now and get your swag on.

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If you want to get in on QuakeCon 2014, you better do it while you still can. General registration and online pre-registration for the Swag Pack presented by Logitech G is now open. There are 500 packages available for the Swag Pack, for $120 you get:

  • An official QuakeCon 2014 T-Shirt
  • Two limited edition T-Shirts
  • A The Evil Within poster and exclusive drawstring backpack
  • QuakeCon 2014 Logitech G420 surround sound gaming headset
  • The Elder Scrolls Online mousepad
  • a 1-year Pro subscription to QUAKE LIVE

neat!

Unfortunately, all BYOC seats are accounted for, but there will still be opportunities to win seats if you follow QuakeCon on Twitter and Facebook.

QuakeCon 2014 will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas from July 17-July 20. To register for general admission and pre-register for a Swag Pack, visit the registration page. For more info on QuakeCon, check out their aforementioned Twitter and Facebook pages, or their main website.

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What We're Playing: Devil May Broforce Edition

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America watched the lunar eclipse of a blood moon on Monday night, and we're not talking Morrowind expansions. Windows' Cortana joined the digital-assistant war with Apple's Siri and Google Now. And PAX East quietly wrapped up, with little else but Civilization: Beyond Earth making any kind of splash.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey, staff writer, @NeoScyther
I've taken to playing another game that I hadn't even opened up and posting the results over on YouTube. This time around I'm finally playing the Devil May Cry series starting from the first game (for the record, I'm using the Devil May Cry HD Collection for the Xbox 360). Outside of playing a bit of Devil May Cry 2, the demo for DmC, and playing around with Dante, Virgil, and Trish in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, I have no experience with the series, so this should be interesting. Anyone wanting to keep up with my progress can check out the playlist here.

Sean Cahill, staff writer, @GN_Punk
I'm wrapping up review on FIFA World Cup 2014 for Xbox 360 currently. After that, I will dive back into Dark Souls II to wrap that up for review as well. I would imagine I'll start play on MLB 14: The Show by the weekend.

Sean Colleli, staff writer, @scolleli
I'm reveling in patriotic glory for my preview of Broforce. This has to be one of my favorite indie games in quite a while. Tense 16-bit action, excessive retro carnage, and a roster packed with how-did-they-not-get-sued action hero tribute bros. It's even better in co-op! Time to give those terrorists a taste of white hot democracy. Go 'Murrica.

Travis Huinker, staff writer, @travishuinker
I'm still recovering a bit from my recent trip to Budapest, home to developer Neocore Games, where I was able to play through the upcoming Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II. This weekend I plan to continue playing through The Elder Scrolls Online for my upcoming review. In addition, I hope to check out the recently-released alpha of ArcheAge.

Charles Husemann, editor-in-chief, @chusemann
I'm chock full of new games this week as I picked up Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut for the Xbox One last weekend, and then took advantage of Target's buy-two-get-one-free deal and picked up Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, inFAMOUS: Second Son, and South Park: The Stick of Truth. I'm focusing on Strike Suit Zero right now, but I have a feeling I'll be firing up Reaper of Souls this weekend as I started getting back into Diablo III last week.

Randy Kalista, staff writer, @RandyKalista
I'm still reeling from The Wolf Among Us – Episode 3: A Crooked Mile. But World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition deployed Update 1.1, meaning the U.K. just got a medium tank line, the Himmelsdorf map—with its massive castle overlook—was added, and now I can customize crew skills to my playstyle (which, for me, is flexible and fast-moving...for a tank). Also maybe Hitman: Absolution. I can't help but compare it to Deus Ex: Human Revolution's brand of stealth, and I can't help but like Hitman's handling of that stealth much, much more.

Jeff Kintner, staff writer, @JKTerrezas
After previewing Grim Dawn, I've gotten a mighty hankering for some online mulitplayer role-playing games. And since Grim Dawn isn't online yet, I'll probably dive back into Torchlight II. It's been a while since I played. You don't need to feed your pets, right?

Matt Mirkovich, staff writer, @Stillmywords
I'm exploring the Magical Kingdom because Charles hooked it up with a copy of Disney Magical World. I'm also working on balancing out my bard in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn to make it more effective in runs of Bahamut's Coil. Beyond that, it's kind of a dry time for me. Not much on the radar that I care to play, so maybe I'll start digging through that massive backlog I've accumulated over the years.

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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Microsoft's sold-in numbers of the Xbox One now at over 5 million -Update-

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced that since the launch of the Xbox One, over 5 million consoles have been shipped to retailers. That's pretty good and are over what the Xbox 360 has done in the same time frame by more than 60%.

Microsoft's console also had the top selling game of last month with Titanfall. The game, which is out on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox 360, has garnered some solid reviews. It wasn't enough to push the hardware sales in North America to first place, but it was still a solid release.

Overall, Microsoft had a good month with both the Xbox One selling about 311,000 units with some Xbox 360's moving as well. We'll have to see what Microsoft has in store for E3 to try and really push the console this coming year.


 

-Update- Corrected to say shipped to retailers, not sold to customers as stated by Microsoft's wording of sold-in

Golden Sun now available on the Wii U Virtual Console

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Nintendo has been bringing great GBA games to the Wii U Virtual Console every week, and this week is no exception. This weeks Virtual Console update includes some big name releases, but Golden Sun is the one that excites me most. One of the best games on the GBA, Golden Sun is a modern classic of the genre with a great story and interesting combat system that revolves around Djinn, creatures that give you stats, abilities, and even powerful summons. If you have never played Golden Sun before it is a no brainer for only $7.99. 

This weeks other eShop and Virtual Console releases are as follows:

Super Mario Bros. 3 for Wii U and 3DS: $4.99

F-Zero: Maximum Velocity for Wii U: $6.99

Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure for Wii U: $6

My First Songs for Wii U: $9.99

Bit Boy!! Arcade for 3DS: $7.99

Smash Cat Heroes for 3DS: $3.99

LEGO The Hobbit for Wii U: $49.99

Source: ign.com

Sony plans to sell all 9.5 million shares of their Square Enix stock

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Sony's past fiscal year was rough, and in February they reported a loss of $1.1 billion for the period ending on March 31st, 2014. This loss resulted in a number of changes for the company including some company closures and layoffs. Today Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. announced that they will be selling all of their Square Enix stock (9.52 million shares) which will get they about $47.1 million in a trade with SMBC Nikko. The sale will take place on April 17th.

Sony and Square have had a strong partnership ever since Squaresoft made the move to Sony hardware shortly after the release of the PlayStation. Some of Square's most beloved games released exclusively on Sony hardware, but now Square Enix has started taking most of their big series multi-platform. Did that have an effect on Sony's decision to sell the stocks, or was it purely business? Will this affect their relationship? Only time will tell. 

Source: gameinformer.com

Take On Mars expands with Expedition One content update

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Bohemia Interactive has announced that Take On Mars has received a massive content update titled Expedition One. With the new update players are able to take part in a manned mission to Mars in which they explore the Red Planet and establish a colony habitat that is suitable for humans.

Other features of the update include a manned science buggy, interactive 3D interface, Cydonia Mensae location that measures 8x8 kilometers of the Martian terrain, and an in-game 3D printer that allows for construction of various colony parts. The next update to Expedition One plans to add resource extraction and transfer, habitat pressurization, and marsonaut vitals; which is scheduled for release this May.

Take On Mars is available now through Steam.


World of Tanks Update 9.0 is live today.

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Update 9.0 brings the first of the brand new high-res textures to World of Tanks.  To start, 10 tanks get the new graphical upgrades included the obvious heroes like the M4 Sherman, T-54, and Tiger I.

Update 9.0 also brings the new Historical Battles game mode to tankers worldwide.  The three available right now are Operation Spring Awakening, the Battle of Kursk, and the Ardennes Breakthrough.   

To learn more, visit Wargaming.com, and Wargaming.net.  You can register for World of Tanks in North America here, and finally, make sure you find World of Tanks on Twitch.


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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.


PSN Update 1.70 lets you create and share videos easily and allows for pre-loading of games

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The PlayStation 4 will be getting update 1.70 soon and Sony has given some details on what's in release on their blog. Coming to the PlayStation 4 is the Share Factory. This little piece of software will let you edit your saved video clips with features such as transitions, commentary, and music. The software looks fairly intuitive and will allow you to use your own music as well as the included ones as well. 

Finally, the update will allow people who pre-order games to pre-load the game onto their system ahead of time. This feature is something that's a god send on platforms like Steam allowing people to play the game the second it's launched. Being able to purchase a game and have it pre-load days before is an extremely helpful feature and one I'm glad to see come to the PlayStation 4.

Wake up Kumbakharna, It's time for battle!

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New patch for SMITE and with it brings the first Hindu Guardian, Kumbakharna, to the game. 

Kumbakharna has an interesting passive as when he runs out of health, he doesn't die. Instead of dying, Kumbakharna sleeps. If he is hit with 6 basic attacks, he will die. If not, he awakens with 25% health and mana. This can only happen every 240 seconds to keep it balanced. 

Here is a rundown of his abilities. 

  • Kumbhakarna does not die when he reaches 0 health, instead he falls asleep. He will awaken after 8s at 25% health and mana, unless hit with 6 basic attacks (+1 every 5 levels) while sleeping. This passive has a 240s cooldown.
  • Throw Back
    Kumbhakarna sleepily runs forward. If he hits an enemy he stops and deals 70/140/210/280/350 +50% of his magical power as damage. If the enemy is a minion, he throws them, and the flying minion deals 90/160/230/300/370 + 60% of his magical power as damage to each enemy it passes through. Cooldown 15s. Cost 60/65/70/75/80.
  • Groggy Strike
    Kumbhakarna rears back for a heavy smash that roots enemies for 1.5s and deals 50/90/130/170/210 +50% of his magical power as damage. Cooldown 10s. Cost 50/55/60/65/70.
  • Mighty Yawn
    Kumbhakarna lets out a mighty yawn that mezes all enemies in range for 1.5/2/2.5/3/3.5s. If awakened early from mez, enemies are slowed 40% for 1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2s. Kumbhakarna may use this ability while asleep. Cooldown 15s. Cost 70/75/80/85/90.
  • Epic Uppercut
    Kumbhakarna moves forward a short distance, stopping at the first enemy god he encounters, and delivers a massive melee swing that knocks the enemy directly up into the air for 2.2s. When the enemy god lands, it deals 300/400/500/600/700 +50% of his magical power as AOE damage to itself and Kumbhakarna’s foes, and causes Knockback. Cooldown 60s. Cost 100.

Also included in this patch is the Scarlet Coven skin for Isis, and as a Isis player, I am very excited about this. 

Finally, the new free god rotation is Aphrodite, Sobek, Chaac, Apollo and Thanatos. 

To check out the full patch, be sure to check out the patch notes on their official website. 

Wargame Red Dragon combat will make you dizzy in this pre-launch day video

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This video is nuts. Just ahead of tomorrow's launch day, Wargame Red Dragon doesn't pull any punches in this frightening showcase of global military machines. It's jets, it's helicopters, it's tanks, it's ships—it's straight up mayhem. Doomsday might look something kind of like this video. And while the trailer would run too long if it featured all 1,450 of the game's unit types, it does its level best to give you a runner's high of modern warfare imagery.

Wargame Red Dragon launches tomorrow, April 17, on PC, leaving you only a few hours to snag that 25 percent off sale on Steam.

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PlayStation 4 hits the 7 million units sold mark

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It's been just over a month since the PlayStation 4 hit 6 million units and the system is showing no signs of slowing down as Sony announced today that the system has hit the 7 million unit mark worldwide.

That's a pretty impressive feat and it's nice to see the system continuing to sell so well.  I imagine that the release of Infamous: Second Son helped keep things going for Sony.  At this rate the system will hit 10 million units right after E3.


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PAX East 2014: Hands on with Project Cyber

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I have always been a fan of futuristic, cyber punk style sports. Smash TV, Super Monday Night Combat, Blast Chamber, Deathrow, The Grid, hell even TV show American Gladiators could somewhat fit into that category, it's its a genre and art style that I have always loved, so whenever I see a game of that style come along, I gotta check it out. 

I got a chance to play a few games of Project Cyber at PAX East and while the game is still early in development, I had a lot of fun and see tons of potential in the game. 

The game is almost a futuristic version of foosball and pits two teams of three against each other in an arena where you have to get the disk into the opponents goal to score points. Each team has three different characters. A goaltender that can throw up a wall and block incoming shots, a character that can use a gun to move the disk and a striker who can make key plays. It's simple but team coordination will be key if you want to win. You can't just run in and make a ton of goals, you will need to use the skills of everyone on the team in order to make those goals. Within a few moments of playing the game I was having a blast, but then something happened that made the game more intense. At about halfway through the match an event will take place. The event that occured during my match was that the map started to split apart, creating a giant hole down the middle. You can dash across it but if you fall it, you will be sitting out for about 5 seconds or so. Those seconds are critical as it allows the enemy team to make a power play before you get back into the action. 

All in all, I had a blast with Project Cyber and I cannot wait to see how the game grows over time. I can easily see this game be part of E-Sports in the future as it has plenty of action and I think this is a game that people would love watching. 

The other thing that I absolutely loved about Project Cyber is how Spearhead Games is going to make the community part of the developmental process. You can go to their website and sign up for a free Steam key right now you can see Spearhead constantly working on the game everyday on their Twitch.TV stream. Spearhead will constantly be in contact with the players everyday through all forms of social media, their Twitch stream and their official forums. I absolutely love when developers do this. Having a relationship with the developer where your feedback and the feedback of others make it into the game really makes the game feel more personal and I wish more developers were open to this idea. 

Enter the Wu-Tang, Sun and Moon, and House Tong in Swordsman

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Free-to-play MMO Swordsman looks like the next best thing to the Jade Empire sequel I dream about.  In the following trailer, we see three of the 10 schools of combat you can choose to follow.  They are Wu-Tang, Sun and Moon, and House Tong.  One of them seems to involved gauntlets that shoot bullets.  So those are gun-gloves, I guess.  The other two seem to involve more traditional swordplay and magic.  It all looks pretty sweet.

If you want to learn more, you can find Swordsman on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.  Also, you should check out Swordsman's official webpage, and Gaming Nexus's previous coverage of Swordsman.

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News Roundup - 04/15/2014

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Princess Peach Wii Remote is pretty in pink

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Nintendo previously released Mario and Luigi themed Wii Remotes but now they're adding a royal touch to the collection. The new Princess Peach Wii Remote is styled in the princess's signature colors, with a crown icon silk-screened on it instead of Mario's customary "M" logo. I particularly like the color of the buttons and D-pad. Now all they need is a blue Toad-themed controller so you can host a color-coded Mario 3D World party.


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Pepsi augments reality, throws meteors, aliens, and attacking robots at bus commuters

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If you'll pardon the shameless Pepsi Max plug, this is actually pretty cool. Pepsi took a busy London bus stop, installed a screen and a camera, then injected some augmented reality into a few pleasantly surprised commuters' lives. I think the dodgy tiger would've absobloodylootely made me get my knickers in a twist and take off down the motorway in my trainers, as they might say in the U.K.

War of the Vikings launches (axes at your forehead) after half a year in Steam Early Access

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After six months in Steam Early Access, War of the Vikings launched today. If you like your Vikings depicted with a little more historical accuracy than, say, a Skyrim, or if you appreciate a laser focus on close-quarters combat more in the vein of Mount & Blade, then War of the Vikings might be the online multiplayer combat game you've been waiting for.

New maps coincide with the launch, bringing team death match, conquest, pitched battle, and arena modes to scenes like Stronghold, Tide, Ice Floe, Ravine, and Ruins. The base game is $24.99, but variants run all the way up to the $174.99 Valhalla Edition, complete with digital art book, digital strategy guide, digital novel, a lifetime pass giving you all current and upcoming downloadable content, and more.

Here's our preview from the Steam Early Access period, plus we interview War of the Vikings Community Manager John Rickne, one of only 13 members making up the Fatshark crew in Stockholm, Sweden.

War of the Vikings looks great—I love the no-nonsense historical-fiction approach—and is available on PC through digital platforms like Steam, GamersGate, and Green Man Gaming.

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