Thursday, 17 April 2014


Konami has announced PES Manager– a unique player badge collecting football strategy title for App Store and Google Play.

PES Manager is a free app wherein users are charged with selecting a player from European clubs, and leading them to victory by assembling a strong, well-drilled squad. It is based on the popular ‘World Soccer Collection S’ service in Japan (below), and is now being rolled out across 55 territories worldwide.

In PES Manager users are initially given 14 players as the basis for their squad, and their individual abilities and strengths are detailed on each player badge. Using training sessions to improve their skills, players then face CPU and human-controlled opponents, with each summoning special moves and attacks during the course of a match. The winners are then given special power-up balls, which are used to enhance the abilities of the team.

The new game boasts more than 1,500 fully licensed player badges, with the best players and teams from around Europe represented. As players assemble their team from a player roster that includes the likes of Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Beñat Etxebarria, Carlos Vela and Giovani dos Santos, they must determine the formation and playing style of their side, and ensure that their given players are used to their best advantage. This is effected by a simple but intuitive ‘drag and drop’ system, while matches are played within stunning 3D recreations with the user changing players’ positions or exchanging players on the field, depending on the real-time situation of the matches.

As the player’s team improves within PES Manager’s league and cup competitions, new players badges can be obtained by clearing stages, winning matches or via ”Prize Draw”. Prize Draws are available by using user collected friend points or their Energy Balls. Energy Balls are obtained by in-App purchase, as a reward for stage battles, or as a gift via game administration. Also, additional Player Badges may be awarded depending on how entertained the crowds are by the teams’ efforts.

To celebrate its upcoming release, Konami has set in motion today a pre-launch campaign for PES Manager which is designed to help players gain an early advantage prior to the game’s launch date. Anyone registering ahead of launch will receive a one-player starter pack prior to the game’s release.

Campaign participants will receive a starter player badge by taking a shootout challenge which can be performed up to three times in a 24-hour period. After assessing the unlocked player badge, participants can either choose to keep the badge or try again to earn a better one. If the participant is still not satisfied with the badge they receive, they can unlock another shootout session by sharing the pre-launch campaign information via social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and earn a maximum of 12 attempts per day. Participants can also strive for the player badge of their choice until the game officially launches.

PES Manager has been designed as an open, yet engrossing football title. Its gentle learning curve will introduce users to its depths of play, with participants rewarded for good performance and able to invest in their side as a result. As the game progresses, players can build a team of genuine world beaters, developing their players and supplementing their side with exciting new signings. Konami will also offer regular users incentives throughout the season, with additional players and tactical cards. Likewise, friends can also share abilities and skills to assist each other, in turn rewarding them for their co-operation.

 


Konami will soon unleash the ultimate horror double bill for PlayStation Vita with Silent Hill: Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories set for release via the PlayStation Network service. A release date will be announced shortly.

Previously available for Sony’s PSP, the two games are priced at just £7.99/9,95 Euro each and offer a very different take on Konami's legendary Silent Hill series.

Silent Hill: Origins acts as a prequel to the series and follows Travis Grady, a truck driver, as he enters the mist-shrouded town to dig up information on a girl he rescued from a fire. Silent Hill: Origins uses the series’ famed third-person perspective to trail Travis as he explores the seemingly abandoned town, collecting items to help him in his search. As he ventures further into the town, however, memories of his childhood haunt him – and then the monsters come out…

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is widely regarded as the most innovative addition to the series, and adapts its gameplay to the decisions the player makes. Effectively a remaining of the first Silent Hill, Shattered Memories retains the premise of the first game – Harry Mason’s search for his missing daughter – but has a plot that changes dependent on the use. The game is framed by a visit to a psychotherapist, wherein the user is asked questions – while the characters Harry meets in the game will also react differently depending on how they are approached, the questions they are asked, or how Harry interacts with them physically.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories also removes all combat elements from the game, with players forced to flee when the town’s inhuman denizens give chase, adding a nightmarish quality to the game and the impression that danger lurks in ever dark corner.


Today sees the launch of Hitman GO, a simple to play, but difficult to master puzzle game set in an interpretation of the Hitman universe. The team at Square Enix Montréal has created a new and unique experience for iOS devices priced at $4.99 which can be found on iTunes here.

Hitman GO takes aspects of the Hitman universe to create a brand new and distinctive mobile gaming experience. This beautifully rendered diorama-style turn-based puzzle game focuses on forward thinking to progress through challenging levels and stylish freeze frame environments, to challenge even the most accomplished Hitman fan.

“We wanted to make something unexpected. Something that crystalizes everything ‘Hitman’ in the simplest way possible, while retaining the high class, cool attitude the famous assassin is known for,” said Karsten Lund, Creative Director at Square Enix Montréal.

“You have to consider your every move in order to solve the puzzles. It’s about being undercover, smart and stealthy. We boiled most of the core Hitman mechanics such as disguises, distractions and different weapons, down to the simplest possible game, without losing the fun and tension of its AAA counterpart.”


Yesterday, sources close to Activision brought to our attention The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Game has been delayed indefinitely on Xbox One. This news was further substantiated by the cancelling of my pre-order at local EB Games outlet. Today it appears that official websites have also been updated removing Xbox One from the list of available platforms for this title.

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Yesterday, sources close to Activision brought to our attention The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Game has been delayed indefinitely on Xbox One. This news was further substantiated by the cancelling of my pre-order at local EB Games outlet. Today it appears that official websites have also been updated removing Xbox One from the list of available platforms for this title.

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Ubisoft Montreal’s Watch Dogs will finally be out in May, culminating in more than six months worth of controversies including a delay and accusations of visual downgrade. It will be worth the wait in terms of visuals at least, as team lead programmer Francis Boivin confirmed that it would use enhanced subpixel morphological anti-aliasing (SMAA) for both the Xbox One and PS4 versions.

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Ubisoft Montreal’s Watch Dogs will finally be out in May, culminating in more than six months worth of controversies including a delay and accusations of visual downgrade. It will be worth the wait in terms of visuals at least, as team lead programmer Francis Boivin confirmed that it would use enhanced subpixel morphological anti-aliasing (SMAA) for both the Xbox One and PS4 versions.

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Natsume has announced the upcoming launch of their very popular title, Bust-a-Move 4, on the PlayStation Network store. The game will be playable on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PSP. The game is expected to be available this spring.

“Bust-a-Move 4 was a very successful and popular title, and fans have been asking for a re-release for years,” said Hiro Maekawa, CEO of Natsume Inc. “We were very happy to bring this classic back to new systems as a digital download!”

Bust-a Move 4 features eight playable modes, including Puzzle Mode, Versus Mode, and Edit Mode, where players can create up to 25 of their own personal stages. Bust-A-Move 4 was the first title to introduce both the pulley and chain reactions. Pulleys require players to play the entire field so that the weights on each side of the stage don’t rise or fall too low.

Featuring the iconic anthropomorphic dinosaurs, Bub and Bob, this dino duo must rescue the seven shattered rainbow bubbles alongside a cast of series favorites. With ten playable characters and four additional characters that can be unlocked, there’s plenty of ways to chase after Madame Luna!


Today Naughty Dog detailed the Grounded Bundle DLC for The Last of Us, and Community Strategist Eric Monacelli also answered a few relevant questions about The Last Of Us: Remastered for PS4 in the comments sections of both the North American and European PlayStation Blogs. Monacelli mentioned on the European Blog that a business model to offer a discount to PS3 owners on the PS4 version is being considered, much to the joy of those that asked for it:

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Today Naughty Dog detailed the Grounded Bundle DLC for The Last of Us, and Community Strategist Eric Monacelli also answered a few relevant questions about The Last Of Us: Remastered for PS4 in the comments sections of both the North American and European PlayStation Blogs. Monacelli mentioned on the European Blog that a business model to offer a discount to PS3 owners on the PS4 version is being considered, much to the joy of those that asked for it:

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Charlie Brooker, a vocal fan of the tactical World War Two shooter series, was invited to visit games developer Rebellion’s studios to see first-hand how the game was created.

After a tour of Rebellion and 2000AD’s Oxford headquarters, and a hands-on session with Sniper Elite 3, the studio’s Creative Director Jason Kingsley proposed a novel ‘thank you’ to the television star for being a long time champion of the title – the chance to have his likeness, movement and voice appear in the game.

Charlie Brooker took Rebellion’s Sniper Elite 3 team up on the offer of appearing in one of his favourite games and put on a full body Lycra suit covered in tiny balls for an intense motion-capture session to act out the movements of several characters.

Rebellion is keeping quiet on Charlie Brooker’s exact role in Sniper Elite 3 for now, but the games creators have promised it will appeal to Charlie’s dark sense of humour, fuelling speculation he won’t just be the good guy.

An unapologetic gamer and a former video games journalist, Charlie Brooker most recently endeared himself to the gaming community with primetime Channel 4 documentary Videogames Changed the World which featured footage from Rebellion’s award-winning Sniper Elite: V2, a game he described in The Guardian as “The Rolls Royce of sniping games”.

As Rebellion founder and creative director Jason Kingsley explains, having such a high profile fan was too good an opportunity to miss:

“You can buy endorsement all you want, but gamers can tell the difference between a genuine fan and a celeb that is happy to get a payday. At one stage it seemed like Charlie mentioned Sniper Elite every few weeks in his Guardian columns and we’re incredibly grateful for his support, so this seemed like the perfect way to say ‘thanks’."

"It was also a great opportunity to reward our team who have worked so hard to get the game ready for its launch in June and we really appreciate Charlie championing a British-made game series. We had a fun time doing his motion capture scenes and in return have promised to give him one of the first copies of the game in June so he can shoot his character with a sniper rifle to his heart’s content.”

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


This rumour is from gameblog.fr, which cites good-old anonymous sources to state that it'll be a 32GB Black Wii U with a copy of the game and a 7-day trial to Wii Karaoke U. The same sources have apparently provided the following concept box art, too.

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This rumour is from gameblog.fr, which cites good-old anonymous sources to state that it'll be a 32GB Black Wii U with a copy of the game and a 7-day trial to Wii Karaoke U. The same sources have apparently provided the following concept box art, too.

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Sony has announced that it is selling all of the shares it currently holds in Square Enix. Sony has owned around 9.5 million Square Enix shares for a decade, making it the publisher's third-largest shareholder - but it will now be selling them to a global firm called SMBC Nikko Securities.

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Sony has announced that it is selling all of the shares it currently holds in Square Enix. Sony has owned around 9.5 million Square Enix shares for a decade, making it the publisher's third-largest shareholder - but it will now be selling them to a global firm called SMBC Nikko Securities.

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OUYA and Team Tripleslash today announced that Magnetic By Nature, a fast-paced adventure platforming game that gives players power over magnetism to traverse a machine-age landscape, is coming exclusively to OUYA first. The game is a total redesign of Magnetic By Nature: Awakening, a proof-of-concept demo for Xbox Live Arcade launched in 2013, and will be available on OUYA in early May.

Magnetic By Nature explores platforming without platforms, putting players in the role of the last remaining robot exploring the ruins of an advanced civilization. Using the power of magnetic attraction and repulsion, players must manipulate magnets – and themselves – through wickedly difficult puzzles. Success relies on carefully balancing pushing and pulling on the level itself - go too far in one direction, and you’ll meet a nasty end. With a striking art-deco style, atmospheric sound design, and more than 100 levels of magnetic mayhem to navigate, Magnetic By Nature is an engrossing single-player experience that platformer fans will love.


Infinity Ward is launching DLC for Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox platforms that will add narration to multiplayer matches by the one and only Snoop Dogg. As you terrorize the battlefield, Snoop becomes your own personal hype man, which sounds like just about the most amazing thing in the world. Want something a little gruffer? A voice pack featuring Full Metal Jacket drill instructor R. Lee Ermey is also in the works. Each DLC pack is priced at $2.99.

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Infinity Ward is launching DLC for Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox platforms that will add narration to multiplayer matches by the one and only Snoop Dogg. As you terrorize the battlefield, Snoop becomes your own personal hype man, which sounds like just about the most amazing thing in the world. Want something a little gruffer? A voice pack featuring Full Metal Jacket drill instructor R. Lee Ermey is also in the works. Each DLC pack is priced at $2.99.

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Following on from the successful release we’re pleased to confirm that Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition will be available on disc from 14th May, 2014 in all PAL regions. That means you can go into a real-life store, buy it with your country’s currency of choice, then take it home in a little bag.

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Following on from the successful release we’re pleased to confirm that Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition will be available on disc from 14th May, 2014 in all PAL regions. That means you can go into a real-life store, buy it with your country’s currency of choice, then take it home in a little bag.

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Usually the Wii U isn’t associated with being a graphic powerhouse, so the fact that when Sonic Boom was announced to be using the Crytek 3 engine, people took notice. What was once considered “unbelievable” on the system, the trailer for Sonic Boom looked like it could easily be on the PS4 or Xbox One, but was exclusively for Wii U. Now, new details are emerging that the standard Crytek 3 engine actually couldn’t handle Sonic Boom.

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Usually the Wii U isn’t associated with being a graphic powerhouse, so the fact that when Sonic Boom was announced to be using the Crytek 3 engine, people took notice. What was once considered “unbelievable” on the system, the trailer for Sonic Boom looked like it could easily be on the PS4 or Xbox One, but was exclusively for Wii U. Now, new details are emerging that the standard Crytek 3 engine actually couldn’t handle Sonic Boom.

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The Last of Us Remastered, a PS4 remake of last-year's award-winning PS3 game, was originally slated for a "Summer 2014" release when it was revealed earlier this month. But it looks like we might have a potentially more precise date to tie to the game. Target, GameFly, and Best Buy are all listing the game as coming out June 20, 2014. However, Amazon lists the game's release date as December 31, 2014.

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The Last of Us Remastered, a PS4 remake of last-year's award-winning PS3 game, was originally slated for a "Summer 2014" release when it was revealed earlier this month. But it looks like we might have a potentially more precise date to tie to the game. Target, GameFly, and Best Buy are all listing the game as coming out June 20, 2014. However, Amazon lists the game's release date as December 31, 2014.

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Sony has revealed its latest-generation 4K Ultra HD Media Player – and it looks strikingly similar to a PlayStation 4. The FMP-X10 features the familiar stacked design of the PS4, but with a flat front and glossy finish. The FMP-X10 goes on sale this summer and lets users download and stream 4K films and TV episodes from Netflix and Sony's Video Unlimited 4K service. It also features 1TB of storage – twice the amount of PS4.

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Sony has revealed its latest-generation 4K Ultra HD Media Player – and it looks strikingly similar to a PlayStation 4. The FMP-X10 features the familiar stacked design of the PS4, but with a flat front and glossy finish. The FMP-X10 goes on sale this summer and lets users download and stream 4K films and TV episodes from Netflix and Sony's Video Unlimited 4K service. It also features 1TB of storage – twice the amount of PS4.

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Now you can play all of the Sly Cooper games on the go. The Sly Trilogy is a single purchase that features the original Sly Raccoon, Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly 3: Honour Among Thieves for just €29.99! All three games have been remastered in widescreen HD and look amazing on the Vita’s big screen.

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Now you can play all of the Sly Cooper games on the go. The Sly Trilogy is a single purchase that features the original Sly Raccoon, Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly 3: Honour Among Thieves for just €29.99! All three games have been remastered in widescreen HD and look amazing on the Vita’s big screen.

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Wargame Red Dragon, the latest episode in the spectacular RTS series created by Eugen Systems, will be available tomorrow in stores and to download. To celebrate this event, Focus Home Interactive has unveild the game’s explosive launch trailer.

Wargame Red Dragon is even more ambitious than AirLand Battle, and offers a vast array of content that is rich in new features. For the first time ever in Wargame, the ground and airborne forces will be joined by warships. The naval forces in Red Dragon are not merely extra units - they bring an additional strategic depth to the game that will unlock fresh tactical opportunities for any commanders smart enough to exploit their strength, particularly on the designated game maps.

Wargame Red Dragon retains the basic game mechanics that made the series so successful, but now shifts the theater of war to a more exotic setting: Asia. Over 650 new units (a total of 1,450) and meticulously detailed and varied battlefields provide an immense strategic depth and a new dynamic campaign system and intense multiplayer modes, where up to 20 players can compete simultaneously, making Wargame Red Dragon a worthy successor to AirLand Battle.

Wargame Red Dragon will be available tomorrow, so players of AirLand Battle have only one day left to pre-order the game and snap up the special 25% discount offer.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Paradox Interactive has today unleashed War of The Vikings, their all-new skill-based multiplayer combat game, on to digital retail portals across the world in three variants.

Developed by Fatshark, War of The Vikings is the next generation of close-quarter combat games as players design and customize a personalized warrior and take them in to glorious battle online with other warriors from all over the world. Choose from the Standard Edition ($24.99), the Blood Eagle Edition ($34.99) or the mythic Valhalla Edition ($174.99) that includes the lifetime Viking pass where all future content released for the game is automatically unlocked, a digital art book, digital strategy guide, deluxe soundtrack, and the brand new ‘Berserker King’ digital novel.

Five new maps are now also available across all three variants:

Stronghold – a Viking Village under siege featuring ferocious combat inside, outside, under and on top of buildings with a multitude of tactical options. (Available in Team Death Match, Conquest and Pitched Battle modes)

Tide – the Viking longboats have been stranded on a beach close to a large cave with a Saxon force nearby (Available in Team Death Match and Arena modes)

Ice Floe – Vikings and Saxons go toe-to-toe on a desolate ice floe surrounded by freezing water and icebergs. (Available in Team Death Match and Arena modes)

Ravine – located in the middle of a dense forest stands a monstrous ravine responsible for sending many a brave warrior to Valhalla! (Available in Conquest, Team Death Match and Pitched Battle)

Ruins – Tense and close-quarters battles set in remote forest ruins. (Available in Team Death Match and Arena modes)

Join the battle and purchase War of the Vikings by visiting www.warofthevikings.com/buy


Starting today, the hilarious shooter Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare heads to the Wild West in Zomboss Down, the brand-new free downloadable game pack.

The new pack will feature even weirder shooter fun with the new Cactus Canyon Gardens and Graveyards Map, eight new playable characters, over 200 wild customization items, an increased Level cap from 20 to 30 for each character, and all-new challenges to accomplish on the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

In Zomboss Down the plants have blasted down Dr. Zomboss’s blimp and unleashed packs of zombies, who are now roaming the desert and battling their way through the wreckage to reach the local golf course. This golf course doubles as a super-secret facility housing a Cactus army on the unbelievable new Gardens and Graveyards Map, Cactus Canyon. Players will also enjoy increased character levels and eight fun new characters like the Archeologist Zombie, the Wrestling Star Zombie, the Law Pea and the Sun Pharaoh. In addition, players will discover weapon upgrades and skins for new characters, new accessories, tattoos and facial hair, and even more.

 


This week's Deal of the Week isn't the Deal of the Week we deserve, but it's definitely the one we need. Well, unless you can find Batman: Arkham City for cheaper than £3-4 in a bargain bin somewhere. Or you don't like Batman games. Arkham Asylum, Gotham City Imposters and LEGO Batman 2 are among the other reductions, which apply till 21st April.

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This week's Deal of the Week isn't the Deal of the Week we deserve, but it's definitely the one we need. Well, unless you can find Batman: Arkham City for cheaper than £3-4 in a bargain bin somewhere. Or you don't like Batman games. Arkham Asylum, Gotham City Imposters and LEGO Batman 2 are among the other reductions, which apply till 21st April.

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Feral Interactive today announced that Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director’s Cut, the enhanced version of the action role-playing game Deus Ex: Human Revolution, is out now for the Mac, available exclusively through Steam. Deus Ex: Human Revolution was developed by Eidos-Montréal and published by Square Enix for games consoles and PC.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director’s Cut makes several improvements to the original version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution including overhauled boss fights, reinforced combat mechanics and improved enemy AI. Striking visual upgrades to the textures, lighting, fog and shadows make this the best-looking and most immersive Deus Ex experience available.

The Director’s Cut contains The Missing Link, Tong’s Rescue Mission and Tactical Enhancement DLC packs, which have all been seamlessly integrated into the narrative flow of the main game. Additional features include over eight hours of developer commentary and a 45-minute “Making of” documentary.

The Mac version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director’s Cut is a SteamPlay title that supports achievements, leaderboards and save game synchronisation.

“Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director’s Cut polishes an already fantastic experience,” said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive. “The overhauled boss fights give players even more choice about how they approach the most climactic moments of the game.”

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director’s Cut is available exclusively on Steam, priced at $19.99, £12.99 in the UK and €19.99 throughout Europe.


Tabletop Simulator will be available on Steam Early Access on April 18th for $14.99 and a 4-pack for $44.99. Berserk Games had a very successful Kickstarter last month raising over $40,000, which was 1200% over their original goal. Since then, they have received great support from their community and have released 5 updates with additional content. The game will be available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Tabletop Simulator is the only simulator where you can let your aggression out by flipping the table! There are no rules to follow: just you, a physics sandbox, and your friends. Make your own games and play how YOU want!

Tabletop Simulator has it all, board games, tabletop RPGs, custom content, playing cards, and much more. Features include:
  • Multiplayer physics with objects that collide and interact just how you would expect.
  • Play just like you do in real life; pick up, rotate, shake, and throw any object.
  • Up to 8 people can play together on the same table & talk on in-game voice chat.
  • The perfect “game night” fun due to seamless game loading & saving.
  • Admin tools to eliminate griefing in public games.
  • Multiple 360° panoramic backgrounds that change the mood.
  • Create your own custom game modes and decks.
  • Included game modes: Backgammon, Cards, Chess, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Custom, Dice, Dominoes, Go, Mahjong, Pachisi, Piecepack, Poker, Reversi, RPG Kit, Sandbox, Solitaire.


Summer is right around the corner. Thankfully, along with it, comes a line-up of new games such as Kirby Triple Deluxe, Mario Kart 8 and the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros.. Another game coming out though is Mario Golf: World Tour, and to celebrate the game's release – as well as to keep the angry sun out of your eyes whilst you play – Nintendo UK has released a pre-order bonus on its official store that let’s buyers take home Mario’s signature hat as a gift.

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Summer is right around the corner. Thankfully, along with it, comes a line-up of new games such as Kirby Triple Deluxe, Mario Kart 8 and the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros.. Another game coming out though is Mario Golf: World Tour, and to celebrate the game's release – as well as to keep the angry sun out of your eyes whilst you play – Nintendo UK has released a pre-order bonus on its official store that let’s buyers take home Mario’s signature hat as a gift.

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Back at E3 2013, the PS Vita version of Dead Nation was announced, and today I’m pleased to confirm that the game will be launching on 16th April. So you will finally be able to carry the zombie apocalypse in your pocket. For those of you who still aren’t in the know after the launch of the PS4 game last month, Dead Nation is a top-down shoot ‘em up style game, set in an apocalyptic zombie infested world.

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Back at E3 2013, the PS Vita version of Dead Nation was announced, and today I’m pleased to confirm that the game will be launching on 16th April. So you will finally be able to carry the zombie apocalypse in your pocket. For those of you who still aren’t in the know after the launch of the PS4 game last month, Dead Nation is a top-down shoot ‘em up style game, set in an apocalyptic zombie infested world.

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Massive Entertainment, developer of Ubisoft's promising next-gen shooter The Division, has hailed the publisher's decision to delay Watch Dogs last year as "tremendously important". The Division has faced rumours it will be given a similar delay after a January report claimed that Ubisoft's initial 2014 release was now "laughable" due to the amount of work still needed on the game.

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Massive Entertainment, developer of Ubisoft's promising next-gen shooter The Division, has hailed the publisher's decision to delay Watch Dogs last year as "tremendously important". The Division has faced rumours it will be given a similar delay after a January report claimed that Ubisoft's initial 2014 release was now "laughable" due to the amount of work still needed on the game.

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Blood Bowl 2, published by Focus Home Interactive, is the sequel to Blood Bowl, the video game developed by Cyanide studios based on the famous board game created by Games Workshop that combines American football with the fantasy world of Warhammer. The latest series of screenshots unveiled the first game stadiums, but we can now present the frenetic action of the very first match of Blood Bowl 2 on video!

The commentary is provided by the double act and undisputed kings of the mic, Jim Johnson and Bob Bifford, and this first Blood Bowl 2 video sees two iconic Blood Bowl teams enter the pitch; the Humans of the Reikland Reavers and the Orcs of Gouged Eye will kick the next season off that promises to be sensational! This video highlights the impressive and scalable stadiums in Blood Bowl 2, previously only seen in screenshots, and now showcases the meticulous team modelling and animations along with the dynamic cameras that will pack more punch to the matches.

Blood Bowl 2 is even more ambitious than its predecessor in all aspects of the game, with numerous extra features and the highest production values. Its brand new graphic engine has been specifically developed for this sequel and displays the game's high-quality visuals and superb graphics and sound effects that raise the license to the next level. The animations, the dynamic cameras enhancing the brutal atmosphere of the matches, the "Cabalvision" identity and the commentator duo of Jim Johnson and Bob Bifford faithfully convey the thrills and fury so typical of the intense clashes in Blood Bowl.

Blood Bowl 2 includes a host of new features in both Solo and Multiplayer mode that also make the game more accessible. The ambitious Solo campaign puts players in charge of one the most famous teams in the world of Blood Bowl to compete in some unconventional and truly unique matches to take their team to the top, while "League" mode allows you to manage your own team, club and even stadium! Finally, the game achieves a greater tactical depth in Multiplayer mode with fabulous innovations that will be released very soon and which guarantee to drive the players wild!

More details of Blood Bowl 2, including additional game screenshots and videos, will be revealed over the coming months!

Monday, 14 April 2014


Watch Dogs has a confirmed May 27th release date for PlayStation 4 and 3, Xbox One and 360, and PC, but the Wii U version's release has been a mystery. The Wii U version of the game showed up recently on Ubisoft's official online store with a Fall 2014 release window, and Ubisoft has confirmed the accuracy of the window for launch.

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Watch Dogs has a confirmed May 27th release date for PlayStation 4 and 3, Xbox One and 360, and PC, but the Wii U version's release has been a mystery. The Wii U version of the game showed up recently on Ubisoft's official online store with a Fall 2014 release window, and Ubisoft has confirmed the accuracy of the window for launch.

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A newly discovered bug may be the cause of some of those inexplainable moments of frustration that you sometimes experience in Battlefield 4. Ever fire a bullet, throw a grenade, or launch an RPG at an enemy only to experience a negative effect, despite a clear hit? As it turns out, that particular instance may be linked to a game breaking bug with Battlefield 4′s revive system.

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A newly discovered bug may be the cause of some of those inexplainable moments of frustration that you sometimes experience in Battlefield 4. Ever fire a bullet, throw a grenade, or launch an RPG at an enemy only to experience a negative effect, despite a clear hit? As it turns out, that particular instance may be linked to a game breaking bug with Battlefield 4′s revive system.

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2K Games has released new details about Civilization: Beyond Earth, in addition to the first screenshots. Announced by Firaxis at PAX East over the weekend, the science fiction-themed entry in the turn-based strategy series will cost £39.99 when it launches on PC this autumn. It will also be released on Mac and Linux by Aspyr Media.

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2K Games has released new details about Civilization: Beyond Earth, in addition to the first screenshots. Announced by Firaxis at PAX East over the weekend, the science fiction-themed entry in the turn-based strategy series will cost £39.99 when it launches on PC this autumn. It will also be released on Mac and Linux by Aspyr Media.

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Today we’re really happy to announce a trio of brand new PS Vita games from our JAPAN Studio: Soul Sacrifice Delta, an expanded edition of last year’s acclaimed dark fantasy adventure; dystopian action RPG Freedom Wars; and stunning JRPG Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines. Soul Sacrifice Delta will be first to arrive on 14th May, and we’ll confirm more details around Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines and Freedom Wars in the coming months.

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Today we’re really happy to announce a trio of brand new PS Vita games from our JAPAN Studio: Soul Sacrifice Delta, an expanded edition of last year’s acclaimed dark fantasy adventure; dystopian action RPG Freedom Wars; and stunning JRPG Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines. Soul Sacrifice Delta will be first to arrive on 14th May, and we’ll confirm more details around Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines and Freedom Wars in the coming months.

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Severed is the next game from DrinkBox Studios, the creators of Mutant Blobs Attack and Guacamelee! Severed follows a distraught warrior trying to piece together a mystery, such as how she wakes up missing part of her arm. You'll be exploring an open world, taking on enemies through gesture-based controls in first-person, and along your quest you'll gain new powers by severing and attaching your enemies' body parts to yourself.

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The latest Age of Empires release is a free-to-play mobile strategy game called World Domination that is slated to hit iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices this summer. Players can choose from more than 100 legendary heroes, allowing them to create distinct troop types from past civilizations. It features competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes, as well as a battle system designed for smartphones.

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The latest Age of Empires release is a free-to-play mobile strategy game called World Domination that is slated to hit iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices this summer. Players can choose from more than 100 legendary heroes, allowing them to create distinct troop types from past civilizations. It features competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes, as well as a battle system designed for smartphones.

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Square Enix has today announced the launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for the PlayStation 4. Already a major hit amongst critics and fans on Windows-PC and PS3 platforms, Final Fantay XIV: A Realm Reborn brings the classic elements of the Final Fantasy franchise to the online world.

Along with vastly upgraded graphics, this new version features PS Vita remote play functionality, which allows players to continue their adventure wherever they go. And with the PS4's Share feature, players can stream their favorite moments, and share memorable screenshots with friends and fellow community members. The PS4 version of A Realm Reborn also takes full advantage of the PS4's mouse and keyboard support.

The PS4 Collector’s Edition for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is available today and comes with a special collector box and art book, special music disc, as well as six in-game bonus items. Final Fantasy XIV players that own the original Final Fantasy XIV 1.0 Collector’s Edition or Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PS3 / PC Collector’s Editions will also be granted two new additional in-game items (Fat Chocobo Mount & Wind-up Moogle Minion).

The Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PS4 Collector’s Edition includes:
  • Exclusive Box
  • Art Book – The Art of Eorzea: A Realm Reimagined
  • Special Soundtrack – The Sounds of Eorzea
  • Art Card Set
  • Themed Security Token
  • Seventh Umbral Era Special Movie Content Disc – The Waning of the Sixth Sun
  • In-Game Items – Fat Chocobo Mount, Coeurl Mount, Behemoth Barding, Wind-up Moogle, Baby Behemoth, Helm of Light
The Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Standard Edition for the PS4 is available today for $39.99; the PS4 Collector’s Edition is available for $79.99 for the retail version and $59.99 for the digital version.

Players who own the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn can upgrade their accounts to the PS4 for free. Please note that, once upgraded, PS4 players will no longer be allowed access to the PS3 version. To play both versions, a player must purchase the PS4 version. Additional account transfer details can be found here.

Also, both PS3 and PS4 Standard Edition owners can upgrade to the digital-only Collector’s Edition for in-game bonuses via the Final Fantasy XIV: Mog Station. 30-days of game time is included for new accounts, with monthly subscriptions starting at $12.99.

 

Saturday, 12 April 2014


During Respawn Entertainment’s PAX East panel, the studio announced Titanfall‘s first paid DLC, as well as some of the new free content coming to the game in the future. Calling it “Expedition”, the paid add-on will included three new maps.

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During Respawn Entertainment’s PAX East panel, the studio announced Titanfall‘s first paid DLC, as well as some of the new free content coming to the game in the future. Calling it “Expedition”, the paid add-on will included three new maps.

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Friday, 11 April 2014


Firefly Studios has just released new gameplay footage of the Saladin, one of eight unique AI characters to feature in Stronghold Crusader 2 at launch. The new video includes developer commentary on Saladin’s backstory, choice of units, attacking style and weaknesses.

In a new blog post on the official Crusader 2 website Firefly expand on the video’s content, discussing the Arabic campaign and advances in AI that players can expect from the game:

“A classic character returning from the original Stronghold: Crusader, the Saladin is essentially the good guy in Stronghold Crusader 2. After blasting through the Crusader campaign you will be invited to play as Saladin in his fight to take back the holy lands from Richard the Lionheart and the invading Crusader hordes. Without spoiling anything you can expect to encounter a few familiar faces on your road to confront Richard. Some will be friendly with others out to get you, so keep your guard up and exact revenge when necessary!

Since the team is bringing Saladin back from the first game we don’t want to change too much with regards to his play style. As such when it comes to choice of units and AI behaviour it is largely business as usual, the difference comes when we start attacking Saladin and seeing just how he reacts. Our game’s AI has been built from the ground up with the classic level of Crusader difficulty in mind. Players can therefore expect to encounter a fair amount of resistance when playing against Saladin in skirmish mode, where the AI has free reign to expand its castle and harass the players as it deems fit.”


Find out everything there is to know about the combat system in Bound by Flame, the most ambitious RPG to date from developers Spiders studios. The highly tactical battles in Bound by Flame present a real challenge to players. so rashly plunging headlong into melee is the shortest way to the load saved game menu.

The video comprises numerous gameplay sequences and a detailed commentary describes the combat system and game mechanics that work in synergy: from the various options available to the player in the skill trees (Warrior, Ranger and Pyromancer) to choosing your companions, the variety in the impressive bestiary, the crafting system that enables you to customize your equipment and the player's human/demon duality, which will have a strong influence on your combat strategy.

Bound by Flame will be available on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on May 9th, 2014.


Gameforge today announced they’ll be adding millions of carcasses to the orc pile with Orcs Must Die! Unchained, a raucous new multiplayer game in the award-winning Orcs Must Die! franchise. 

Orcs Must Die! Unchained is a fast-paced Fortress Siege game in which teams of heroes battle head-to-head to attack and defend ancient strongholds. For the first time in Orcs Must Die!, teams of players are responsible for both sides of the battle – building traps to stop the enemy assault AND summoning their own armies to lead against the enemy defence. The game will be available for free digital download on PC at launch in late 2014.

"We’re incredibly excited to greatly expand the universe and style of gameplay in Orcs Must Die!," said Robot Entertainment CEO Patrick Hudson.  "After the first game, fans told us they wanted cooperative gameplay, and we were thrilled to deliver it in Orcs Must Die! 2. After the sequel, we heard the cry for competitive gameplay. Orcs Must Die! Unchained is an answer to that and much more. It’s a realisation of Robot’s ambition for what the franchise could ultimately become. It’s bigger, deeper and meatier. We hope fans enjoy playing it as much as we have enjoyed testing it."

Fans eager to get into the throes of battle can sign up for access to the Alpha by using the Founder’s Packs. Founders will help Robot Entertainment shape the game with direct communication with the development team. Fans can purchase one of three Founder’s Packs at gameforge.com/founderspack

The “Master” pack grants immediate access to the Alpha that launches today. In exchange for their unwavering dedication to the slaughter, Founders will receive exclusive in-game content to kick off their starter deck, in-game Gold, and a special badge for use in the game and forums to proudly proclaim their exclusive Founder status.

Orcs Must Die! Unchained is set in the familiar world of its humorous fantasy predecessors, years after the finale of Orcs Must Die! 2. With the discovery of dozens of new rifts and magical worlds beyond them, heroes have come from far and wide to wage all-out war for control of these valuable gateways. In the years since Orcs Must Die! 2, the War Mage and Sorceress have rebuilt the once-mighty Order. Their new enemy, the Unchained, is not the mindless horde defeated twice before, but instead an organised army led by powerful heroes.

Features include:

Attack and Defend - White-knuckle Fortress Siege action puts you into the thick of competitive siege warfare. Unleash your minions, charge into the heart of the enemy stronghold and build an impenetrable gauntlet of traps to hack, grind, flatten, gibletise and incinerate your foes. Your team must master both tactics to triumph.

Choose Your Hero - Dozens of unique and powerful heroes offer deep gameplay options at all skill levels . Old friends the War Mage and Sorceress return to face new enemy heroes like Blackpaw, Midnight, Stinkeye, and Bloodspike. Whether players prefer might and majesty or scum and villainy, there’s a hero for everyone.

Collect & Customise - Collect and upgrade powerful heroes ,  over-the-top weapons, devious traps and fiendish minions. Build an arsenal from an enormous variety of options, and customise a strategy for every match. New heroes, weapons, traps, and minions are continuously added, and your collection will never stop evolving!

Orcs Must Die! Unchained will be published in Europe by Gameforge. The game supports up to 10 players (5 vs 5 multiplayer). Currently in development, Orcs Must Die! Unchained will be available exclusively as a free digital download on PC in late 2014. 


It's safe to say that Bravely Default went over pretty well in the world, even making publisher Square Enix take a second look at its strategy concerning JRPGs in the West. The sequel, currently referred to as Bravely Second, is a relative sure shot for localisation, but fans must first endure the agony of waiting for it to be made.

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It's safe to say that Bravely Default went over pretty well in the world, even making publisher Square Enix take a second look at its strategy concerning JRPGs in the West. The sequel, currently referred to as Bravely Second, is a relative sure shot for localisation, but fans must first endure the agony of waiting for it to be made.

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Turn 10 has added the famous Long Beach circuit to its Xbox One racer for free, and it's available right now. Plus, if you bought the year-long car pass get ready to strap yourself into five brand-new machines.

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Turn 10 has added the famous Long Beach circuit to its Xbox One racer for free, and it's available right now. Plus, if you bought the year-long car pass get ready to strap yourself into five brand-new machines.

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The next Orcs Must Die! game is something a little different. The original is a single-player-only hybrid of third-person action and tower defense with a great cartoony art style; the second is the same formula with two-player co-op and deeper customization. Both are amazing, and if you haven't tried them, you should! Now, developer Robot Entertainment is taking the series competitive and free-to-play with Orcs Must Die! Unchained, a 5v5 multiplayer game (with solo and co-op vs bots!) for the PC that fuses the OMD! action, strategy, and style with elements of both MOBAs and customizable card games.

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The next Orcs Must Die! game is something a little different. The original is a single-player-only hybrid of third-person action and tower defense with a great cartoony art style; the second is the same formula with two-player co-op and deeper customization. Both are amazing, and if you haven't tried them, you should! Now, developer Robot Entertainment is taking the series competitive and free-to-play with Orcs Must Die! Unchained, a 5v5 multiplayer game (with solo and co-op vs bots!) for the PC that fuses the OMD! action, strategy, and style with elements of both MOBAs and customizable card games.

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Voice-controlled RTS There Came an Echo will soon be released for PS4, Iridium Studios has announced.Players will take the role of the commander, issuing orders via a headset to the soldiers in the field. There's an element of X-COM Enemy Unknown about how the game looks.

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Voice-controlled RTS There Came an Echo will soon be released for PS4, Iridium Studios has announced.Players will take the role of the commander, issuing orders via a headset to the soldiers in the field. There's an element of X-COM Enemy Unknown about how the game looks.

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Thursday, 10 April 2014


Ubisoft has released a new video showing off the PC version of open-world action game Watch Dogs. In the video, lead engineer Paul Vlasie discusses how Ubisoft Montreal has worked with graphics company Nvidia to add exclusive features to the PC version of the game.


Take all your preconceived notions about life’s possibilities, crumple them into a ball and toss them out the window. It’s time to enjoy a whole new life. On 6th June, visit the outrageously bizarre island world of Tomodachi Life for the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles.

Build a bustling fantasy population of friends, family and your favourite personalities from TV, movies and sports, as Mii characters come to life with their own voice and personality, all on one wild and hilarious island where there is something new to discover every time you check in. The real emotional connection you already share with your characters will keep you glued to the drama, intrigue and hilarity that ensues as everyone goes about their extraordinary daily lives, evolving and interacting in unpredictable and often uproarious ways. The Tomodachi franchise has already taken Japan by storm, selling more than 5.5 million games.

“Tomodachi” is the Japanese word for “friend.” After completely customising all your Mii characters (or simply scanning them into the game via QR Code), you’ll recognise them instantly – from their unique vocal traits and appearances right down to their personality quirks. But you can’t possibly predict what they’ll do next. For the first time ever, Mii characters behave based on the personality traits you select, playing out the drama you set in motion. A pop star might fall in love with your lookalike. Your mum might jump on stage to belt out heavy metal songs. Or you could become famous striking poses down the runway of a fashion show wearing cute and silly outfits. Best of all, you can document these unbelievable moments for posterity and share them all with your friends via the Nintendo 3DS Image Share service.

The plot of Tomodachi Life thickens with the addition of each character. As they deliver one gripping twist and turn after another, you can reward them with gifts and clothes, their favourite foods or special flourishes for their apartments. Together you can further broaden your Tomodachi Life horizons by expanding a wide variety of facilities on the island, solving characters’ problems and helping them with their needs.

Additional information about Tomodachi Life will be revealed in the future. The game will play on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS systems, and will be available on the Nintendo Store, in stores and on Nintendo eShop. Prices will vary between retailers.


Bohemia Interactive today released the free Arma 3 Zeus DLC for Arma 3. Announced two months ago, Arma 3 Zeus lets people assume the role of Game Master and curate the multiplayer experience of other players.

As a Game Master, you can view the battlefield from bird’s-eye perspective, and create, manipulate or expand a multiplayer scenario in real-time. An easy-to-use editor enables you to spawn units, set objectives, change the weather conditions, start music, and much more. The result is incredibly dynamic online combat - in which players have to rely on their ability to improvise and adapt.

Become Zeus
Assume the role of Game Master and curate the experience of other Arma 3 players. Wielding an intuitive real-time editor, you can manipulate or expand multiplayer scenarios on-the-fly, and create a surprising flow of challenges for the soldiers on the ground.

Enroll As Players
Form a squad, head into battle, and engage in truly dynamic combat. As one of Zeus' subjects, you need to react to varied objectives, and adapt to unscripted events on a constantly-evolving battlefield. Improvisation is your key to success.

MP Modes
Play Arma 3 Zeus across its distinctive 'Game Master' game type scenarios, where you start out with a blank canvas. Or visit familiar modes like 'Coop', 'Team Death Match', and 'Sector Control' in a completely new way. Zeus multiplayer also works with custom player-created scenarios.
The Arma 3 Zeus DLC has been added automatically to the Steam Library of all owners of Arma 3.

To celebrate its release, the Arma 3 development team will be hosting an official Arma 3 Zeus Launch Party Livestream this Saturday, April 12th. Starting at 17:00 UTC, they will present an hour-long Zeus MP session in which the developers take on the role of Game Master, while various members from the Arma community will fight as soldiers on the ground. The session will be streamed live from Bohemia Interactive’s HQ in Prague onto Arma 3’s Twitch.tv channel.


In time for PAX East, watch the newest gameplay trailer for The Evil Within. The terrifying new trailer shows never-before-seen gameplay and gives a first look at fighting one of the game's most terrifying villains, Boxman.


The latest video from the Rebellion team answers some of the communities' questions around multiplayer and co-op in Sniper Elite 3, which are both available from launch. Watch for a tiny sneak peek of the first co-op and multiplayer footage. Sniper Elite 3 will launch on June 27th in Europe and July 1st in the US on Xbox One, PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360. The PC version will be published by Rebellion.


In this exclusive clip from DC All Access, get an in-depth look at 'Cold, Cold Heart,' the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins DLC. Creative Director Eric Holmes and Game Director Benoit Richer answer questions and provide the first look at the DLC's gameplay. Cold, Cold Heart goes live on April 22nd for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


A new ‘Championship Mode’ inspired by the iconic Nintendo World Championship event - which took place in the US in 1990 - is making its way into the upcoming NES Remix 2, launching exclusively on Nintendo eShop for Wii U on 25th April.

Championship Mode challenges players to achieve the highest cumulative score in three specific games using a multiplier-based scoring system, with players required to have save data from the first NES Remix in order to enjoy this competitive new feature.

With the Championship Mode line-up comprising of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3 and Dr. Mario, players will take on a series of three successive score-based challenges in these games to achieve a cumulative total score. In addition, your score can also be posted to Miiverse, so you can compete with friends and other players.

NES Remix 2 is a mashup of classic Nintendo games that features challenges from many different NES games like Kid Icarus, Kirby’s Adventure and Metroid. Just like NES Remix, this sequel includes stages from NES games with added challenges, as well as modified stages that introduce new elements.

More information on NES Remix 2, releasing on 25th April on Nintendo eShop for Wii U, can be found by visiting the game’s new website.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014


The Last of Us Remastered is coming to PS4 in Summer 2014 in glorious 1080p.