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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.


News Roundup - 04/15/2014

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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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Have a little spaghetti with your western PvZ: Garden Warfare

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The newest Plants VS. Zombies: Garden Warfare DLC, out today, is called Zomboss Down.

Zomboss has been shot down and now his zombie minions are roaming the desert. It's your job to stop them from accessing a nearby secret facility/golf course on brand new maps like Cactus Canyon Gardens and Graveyards. 

What else do you get?  Well, you'll get eight new playable characters like the Wrestling Star zombie and Lawn Pea, 200+ customization items, 10 more levels to achieve raising the cap from 20 to 30, and brand-new challenges.

For full details, follow the jump.  Also make sure you find Plants VS. Zombies: Garden Warfare on Facebook and Twitter.

Zomboss Down is free, but you do need a copy of the game to play it.  Not exactly CNN-level breaking news, I know.


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News Roundup - 04/14/2014

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Impressions: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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Every four years, the world of international football gathers together for a month long final tournament to determine the best team in the world.  Just like the 2010 World Cup, EA Sports has brought the tournament straight into our homes via console in the form of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, which is available today on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

We're not quite ready to do a review of the game, but we wanted to make sure some impressions of the game are available as we've had time to go through most of the game modes.  2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil brings the same fun game modes from the previous version of this game, including the ever-popular Captain Your Country mode, which allows players to create a pro from scratch or pick from an existing pro for a corresponding country and build them up during the qualification process, leading all the way to the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The mode has gone through some upgrades, including making it a bit easier to build up stats via the training mini-games that have been available in the FIFA franchise of games.  It may even be a little too easy to build those stats up, but considering that a player doesn't have access to a player's club team like they would in the regular title, this is the way to make sure that created players are competitive.

Of course, the regular World Cup mode is available, which leaves the choice up to a player as to whether to play the World Cup Final as is from the draw back in December, or to create their own fantasy version of the tournament and create some stacked groups in order to increase the difficulty.  The mode is straight forward, as expected, but stunning visuals of all the new stadiums that have been built or renovated for the tournament are shown off in all their glory.  Gameplay is fairly similar to FIFA 14, if not just a tad slower than its counterpart.

If a player feels like trying to re-write history, the History of the World Cup is available and allows players to replay some of the most exciting games in the history of the tournament.  Also included in the title is the Road to Qualification mode that allows a player to take on the managerial position of a country and try to take them from the early stages of qualifying all the way to Brazil. 

For a title that is somewhat truncated since it is only international matches leading to the World Cup, there is plenty of meat in this game, though there is a lot more to cover than what can be included in this.

We'll include more on 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil in our review, which is expected later this week.

World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition Update 1.1 has new map, tanks, and crew system

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World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition's Update 1.1 is here, and it's a game changer. Or at least a game deepener. Deepening maker. (I give up.) But I like the introduction of this crew system to Wargaming.net's competitive, online, free-to-play tank smasher.

Originally, you could buy upgrade packages for your tank. These packages improved certain aspects of your tank, like engine power, tank treads, or guns. But now, with the crew system, the non-player characters that run your tank, like the commander, driver, and gunner, can be assigned dozens of skills that further improve your overall tank. For example, you can assign your crew to train a camoflauge skill. Through battle experience, the camoflauge training bar goes up, and then, once fully trained, that specific crew—in that specific tank—gets better at camoflauging their tank on the battlefield.

Um, maybe you had to be there. But, trust me, it makes me regret selling back all my old tanks. I could've kept training on them, improving my crew's skills. Lesson learned, however. I'm at least very close to 100 percent on my Chaffee (a tier V American light tank). Once that crew reaches 100 percent, they can start training individual skills. Yes, in World of Tanks there's always another bar to fill up, apparently. Finish one progress bar and there's another one right behind it. But, hey, that's the nature of online games with role-playing components. It's the beautiful grind.

Now that I've bored you with too many crew details, the other aspects of Update 1.1 (which are also cool) introduce a lineup of five new medium tanks to the still-sparse U.K. family tree. And Update 1.1 reveals a new map, Himmelsdorf, with a massive castle on a hill to one side, and a maze-like run of urban European buildings over the rest of the map. Artillery and heavy tanks should be quite miserable there as the architecture will mess with artillery's trajectory, and medium and light tanks will seriously outmaneuver the slow-moving, slow-maneuvering heavies.

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Titanfall coming off a big week

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Last week was a big one for Titanfall, as the game launched on the Xbox 360, there was a panel dedicated to it at PAX East and an eagerly-awaited patch finally was applied to all platforms. The patch is extensive, but the key components are the Private Match Beta, Xbox One Party App shortcut for your Xbox One menu and plethora of bug updates.  Take a look at the complete list after the jump, as there are plenty of changes and a list of future updates that are being worked on:

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Weekend News Roundup - 04/13/2014

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  • Chop, shoot, and burn stuff in Bound by Flame combat video
  • Soda Drinker Pro for the Xbox One announced at PAX East

Chop, shoot, and burn stuff in Bound by Flame combat video

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Spiders Games details Bound by Flame's role-playing combat system in this recent video. Your bipolar, demon-possessed character advances three combat styles: fighter, ranger, and pyromancer. The fighter tree contains hand-to-hand martial skills, the ranger tree contains bow-and-arrow attacks, and the pyromancer tree lets you huck fireballs or set your weapon on fire. A bunch of customizations also change up the damage component—and physical appearance—of your blades; from the blade itself, to the hilt, to the pommel.

The bestiary lands halfway between eastern European fantasy and horror. It'll be interesting if your companions serve a greater purpose than as complements to your weapon sets. Those details may emerge in a later video. For now, here's what it looks like when you chop/shoot/burn stuff up.

Bound by Flame launches May 9 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

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News Roundup - 04/10/2014

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2K Games is heading to PAX and is bringing Big Guns, Big Monsters and Big News

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PAX East kicks off tomorrow and 2K games will be there giving everyone some hands on time with Evolve and the first look at the newest Borderlands game Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. 

Here is a rundown of their events running this weekend. 

  • Firaxis Games Mega Panel announcing next big AAA Firaxis game – Saturday at 11:30am in the DragonFly Theatre
  • Hands-on time with Evolve
  • Hands-off presentation of the just-announced Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • PAX-exclusive Borderlands Loot Pass Sweepstakes
  • Inside Gearbox Software Panel – Sunday at 10:30am in the Main Theatre

Booth Evolve and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available to pre-order at the booth and if you do pre-order you will receive a PAX exclusive Evolve Beanie and/or a PAX Borderlands exclusive t-shirt. 

A community party will also be held Saturday night by Gearbox and Firaxis games. It is invitation only and is 21+ only as well. Be sure to head by the 2K games booth to learn how to score an invite to the event. 

Be sure to check out their official blog post for all the details on the fun happenings this weekend. 


Now Loading from CD102.5 in Columbus

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We hit the airwaves this morning with CD102.5 in Columbus and Baltimore, Ohio to talk about both LEGO The Hobbit and Kinect Sports Rivals. In case you missed the segment this morning, you can check it out below:

News Roundup - 04/09/2014

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A new Borderlands is coming this year called the Pre-Sequel

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Want more guns and loot? It's coming with a brand new Borderlands game. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is set in a time before the two Borderlands games. Below we have some alpha footage of what 2K Australia is working on.

Yup, Gearbox isn't doing this one as they've handed development of this one to 2K Australia. The video shows some of the new classes and environments. Claptrap will be playable in the game, so let's hope we hear some nice quips while he's doling out punishment. 

One near feature is a ground pound where you can fly or float above someone in the low gravity environments, press the crouch button, and come down on them to stun or kill them.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is coming for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Yup, no Xbox One or PlayStation 4, which is kind of interesting. I wouldn't be surprised though if it does come out for the two consoles later on down the road.

News Roundup - 04/08/2014

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This week’s Xbox 360 Deals With Gold

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Looks like Microsoft is running a bit bigger sale this week for those that have an Xbox Gold membership. In addition to the usual weekly titles, MS is also running a Microsoft Studios sales wit Arcade titles, Games on Demand and Add-Ons between 50-90% off. Some of the MS Studios titles include all three Gears of War (67% off each), Crackdown (this is a must own at 67% off) and Castle Crashers (67% off). The regular sale encompasses games on demand titles such as the Devil May Cry HD collection and Resident Evil 5, both 67% off. Check out the images below for the entire list and sale discount.


Now Loading for the week of April 7, 2014

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This week is all about pressure... on Microsoft that is! It’s a given that the new LEGO The Hobbit game will entertain fans of Tolken’s classic franchise and gamers alike, but how will both a new generation of the Kinect Sports franchise and a last-gen version of Titanfall fare with fans? I can speak from personal experience that Kinect Sports Rivals is an admirable addition to the franchise, despite some speedbumps along the way. AS for Titanfall, we shall have to wait and see...

This week’s lineup:


Marvel heroes coming to Disney Infinity

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Disney Infinity does some cool things with the main thing being having a boatload of Disney characters from different movies interacting with each other. Disney picked up Marvel not too long ago and it looks like those comic book icons going to be coming to the game.

The preview shows Captain America's shield ricocheting around the town around various Disney characters. We'll have to wait to see what heroes the first wave brings us, but I'm guessing the entire Avenger's cast will be available in the first round.

Now with the Marvel heroes in the fold, how long before we see Star Wars characters in the game as well?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Kingpin trailer

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a new trailer out featuring some familiar villains we'll see in the movie, as well as some new ones with pretty cool teases. Check out Kingpin, Black Cat, Green Goblin and more including a tease at a possible Carnage cameo below.


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News Roundup - 04/07/2014

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