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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

 


World of Warcraft has escaped into the real world and stolen a motorcycle

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You know, I'm not one for what I call "man drama" TV where burly, leather and denim-clad type As battle for dominance in a garage, a construction site, a forest, a far-flung truck depot, or whatever setting the luminaries on basic cable have decided real men work this year.  However, when one of those man drama shows decide to tackle something video game related then I'm on board.  I might not watch it on TV, but I'll definitely think it's pretty cool.

Enter Azeroth Choppers, which takes the top bike customizers that could be found and sets them competing against each other to make the best World of Warcraft-themed motorcycle the world has ever seen.  The winning design will show up in the game as a free mount.  You can find episode 1 below and find new episodes every Thursday.

To learn more, follow the jump and then visit http://us.battle.net/wow/en/choppers/, and http://us.battle.net/wow/en/choppers/#about.  

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Weekend News Roundup - 04/20/2014

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38 minutes of Arena Commander, Star Citizen goodness

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Chris Roberts and company was on hand at PAX to debut footage of Arena Commander, the dogfighting portion of Star Citizen. Presented below is about 38 minutes worth of footage from both Chris Roberts' presentation and some other video thrown into the mix.

You can definitely see how beautiful the game is looking. Attention to detail such as the directional changes in the small thrusters on the ships show how the team building the game is making sure even the tiniest of features get implemented and implemented well.

As a backer, I'm anxiously waiting to get my hands on the game and I'm really hoping to have Oculus Rift support in it as well. Yeah, dog fighting with that on would be amazing.

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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TownCraft is exactly what it sounds like, and as cute as it sounds

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We've seen TownCraft's formula before, but that doesn't diminish any of its charm. You start off as one person in the wilderness, then you chip away at resources, so you can mess around with inventory screens, so you can crafting bigger and more complex items, so you can chip away at more resources, so you can mess around with a bigger inventory screen...you know the drill.

Below is a 14-minute video demonstrating early gameplay. The narrating dev is able to move quickly by rote memorization, but the interface looks straightforward. Still, my concern is that—just like in Minecraft—I'm not seeing a screen with a convenient listing of crafting recipes. Alt-Tabbing between a gamescreen and a FAQ is so 2011.

TownCraft is coming to Mac and iOS this spring.

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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The Smash Brothers director Kickstarts a second Smash Bros. documentary

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Last year fans of Super Smash Bros. were treated to an amazing documentary detailing the history of the Super Smash Bros. Melee competitive scene, including interviews with the games' best players. The documentary was a huge success, and now its director Travis Beauchamp is using Kickstarter to raise funds for another one. For the second film Beauchamp wants to focus more on the modern Smash scene, and bring in the stories of international players as well. The Kickstarter is already halfway to its funding goal so if you are interested get over there and help them get that second half. 

I loved the first Smash Brothers documentary and will probably end up funding the second one as soon as I can decide which donation tier to go for. If the film reaches its goal it is expected to release in December of 2016. 

Source: kotaku.com

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.