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The new Skylanders game lets you trap and turn your enemies

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Yesterday, Toys for Bob announced the next game in the Skylanders series. Skylanders: Trap Team, coming October 5th, will let you trap enemies and in turn, you'll be able to use them your team to fight with you.

Kaos is back to cause havoc as he unleashes a whole slew of villains onto the world of Skylands. Using these new trap crystals you can set on a brand new portal, you'll be able to capture these villains complete with the voice of the captured one coming from a speaker on the portal. Once captured, you can switch between the villain or the Skylander by pushing a button.

There will be over 40 different villains that you can trap with crystals that are spread across the same elements as those designated in the previous games. In the preview, you can see even a version of Kaos will be trappable by the player.

As for Skylanders, over 50 will be available which range from new versions of old characters to a handful of new Trap Masters for you to collect. No new swappable characters will be introduced, it seems, with Trap Team but, you can use characters from previous games in the new game. 

So, it sounds like there's a nice new twist to the Skylanders gameplay. As mentioned earlier, the game will be due out on October 5th and it will be available on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, and 3DS.

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.

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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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 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

 


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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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News Roundup - 04/17/2014

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Final Borderlands 2 Headhunter Pack launched today

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For those looking to squeeze a bit more life out of Borderlands 2 (or if you're like me and can't stop playing it because it's so awesome), today saw the launch of the final DLC pack for the game: Sir Hammerlock vs. the Son of Crawmerax.

For those who are wondering who Crawmerax is, Crawmerax is a boss in the original game's The Secret Armory of General Knoxx expansion pack and was considered the first raid boss in the series.  Consider it the first game's equivalent of Terramorphous the Invincible, except Crawmerax was part of an expansion whereas Terramorphous can be fought without any expansion pack.  Anywho, Crawmerax takes Sir Hammerlock captive and wants to get his revenge on the original vault hunters for defeating his father in the previous outing.  Sir Hammerlock vs. the Son of Crawmerax is available now on Steam, Xbox Live Arcade, and the PlayStation Network for $2.99.

 


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