Capcom is offering up a very limited Ganado Chainsaw action figure in its latest Resident Evil Revelations challenge. All you need to do is sign into the game with your Capcom Unity account and score more points than every other North American player.
The event, 2-Team Battle Killcount, tasks players with killing as many creatures as possible as a member of one of two event teams. The winning team members will get a special prize, but rewards will also be given based on the total number of monsters defeated.
The North American player with the most points will win. Data must be submitted on the Results screen at the end of the stage, and campaign mode is not supported. There are no other restrictions on character, weapon, parts, stage, players, creatures, or difficulty.
The event is available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC. For more information, head over to Capcom Unity.
[Source: Capcom Unity]
Our TakeI haven't seen this figure before, so winning this contest might be your best chance of getting one. Good luck!
A new domain registration related to a third Just Cause title gives us hope for Rico’s return. The domain name, JustCause3Game.com, was secured on April 22.
The WhoIs listing does not list Square Enix, but was initiated by a corporate registrar that the company has used in the past. We were able to find a number of the company’s websites that are listed under CSC Corporate Domains, Inc.
Websites for Nosgoth, Hitman, and Tomb Raider all show CSC as the registrar and are known to be official Square Enix sites. The same company is tied to JustCauseGame3.com.
We’ve reached out to Square Enix for comment. For more on the series, check out our review of Just Cause 2.
[Source: WhoIs via @Superogatory on Twitter]
Our TakeSquare Enix might want to think about using multiple corporate registrars to cover its tracks. When you only use one, it’s not very stealthy.
If you didn't have the opportunity to attend PAX East and see Wolfenstein: The New Order in action. You've got another chance right now.
Bethesda is streaming the game right now on its Twitch channel. You can head here to watch the latest from the title and chat with other fans and the team.
Wolfenstein: The New Order will be out on May 20 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC. You can read our latest preview here.
Respawn has given us a new look at the first of three maps coming in the Expedition pack. This virtual reality playground borrows from Angel City and Airbase Sierra with a healthy addition of fun traversal opportunities.
The map is set in the training simulator from the tutorial (which some players have been through multiple times). The IMC will begin in a part of the map similar to the airbase, though you’ll be able to see some artifacting that reminds you that it’s a simulation. The Militia begin in a nighttime version of Angel City.
In between the themed areas, the hallways and structures look like the sterile environments in the tutorial. The map also has Last Titan Standing in mind, but without much clutter. Expect heavy firefights.
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The map is designed for lots of wall running, but with consideration for titans. The hulking mechs can capture two of the hardpoints, though one of them will put them in danger thanks to a narrow hallway perfect for rodeoing.
The Expedition DLC will be out in May for $9.99, or as part of the $24.99 season pass. For more, check out our reviews of the Xbox One and PC version and the Xbox 360 version.
You asked for it, and we're pleased to deliver the 2014 Video Game Release Schedule. This will be updated throughout the year as more games receive confirmed release dates.
See anything that we missed? Let us know in the comments.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PC) - January 9Wii Fit U (Wii U) - January 10Assassin's Creed Liberation HD (360, PS3, PC) - January 14The Banner Saga (PC) - January 14OlliOlli (Vita) - January 21Broken Age: Act I (PC) - January 28Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (360, PS3) - January 28Rekoil (PC) - January 28Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (Xbox One, PS4) - January 28The Castle Doctrine (PC) - January 29 Rekoil: Liberator (360) - January 29 Octodad: Dadliest Catch (PC, Mac, Linux) – January 30
Fable Anniversary (360) - February 4The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 – Smoke and Mirrors (PS3, 360, PC, Mac) - February 5Bravely Default (3DS) - February 7The Lego Movie Videogame (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, 360, PS3, 3DS, Vita, PC) - February 7DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Vita) - February 11Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (360, PS3) - February 11One Piece: Romance Dawn (3DS) - February 11Toukiden: The Age of Demons (Vita) - February 11World of Tanks (360) - February 12Inazuma Eleven (3DS) - February 13Steel Diver: Sub Wars (3DS) - February 13The Last of Us: Left Behind (PS3) - February 14Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry - Standalone (PS4, PS3) - February 18Earth Defense Force 2025 (360, PS3) - February 18Nascar '14 (PS3, 360, PC) - February 18Ragnarok Odyssey Ace (PS3, Vita) - February 18Rayman Legends (Xbox One, PS4) - February 18Strider (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC) - February 18Tengami (iOS) - February 20Weapon Shop de Omasse (3DS) - February 20Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) - February 21Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry - Standalone (PC) - February 25Basement Crawl (PS4)- February 25Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (360, PS3) - February 25Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (Xbox One, 360) - February 25Tales of Symphonia HD Collection (PS3) - February 25Thief (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC) - February 25Pac-Man Museum (360, PS3, PC) - February 26Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (3DS) - February 28Resident Evil 4 HD (PC) - February 28
Awesomenauts Assemble! (PS4) - March 4Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition (PS4) - March 4Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F (PS3, Vita) - March 4Master Reboot (PS3) - March 4South Park: The Stick of Truth (360, PS3, PC) - March 4The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 2 (PS3, PC) - March 4The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 2 (360) - March 5The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 2 (iOS) - March 6Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PS3) - March 11Dark Souls II (360, PS3) - March 11Hearthstone (PC, Mac) - March 11Titanfall (Xbox One, PC) - March 11Towerfall: Ascension (PS4, PC) - March 11Vessel (PS3) - March 11Yoshi's New Island (3DS) - March 14Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, Vita) - March 18Luftrausers (PS3, Vita) - March 18Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3) - March 18SteamWorld Dig (PS4, Vita) - March 18Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (360, PS3) - March 18Pokémon Battle Trozei (3DS) - March 20Infamous: Second Son (PS4) - March 21Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (PC) - March 21Betrayer (PC) - March 24BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Part 2 - March 25Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma (PS3) - March 25Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 - Revelations DLC (360, PS3, PC) - March 25Deception IV: Blood Ties (PS3, Vita) - March 25Destiny of Spirits (Vita) - March 25Deus Ex: The Fall (PC) - March 25Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PC, Mac) - March 25 Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends (PS4, PS3, Vita) - March 25Ether One (PC) - March 25Fez (PS4, PS3, Vita) - March 25Mercenary Kings (PC) - March 25The Witch and the Hundred Knight (PS3) - March 25Shovel Knight (Wii U, 3DS, PC) - March 31
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC) - April 1Mercenary Kings (PS4) - April 1MLB 14 The Show (PS3, Vita) - April 1Ragnarok Odyssey ACE (PS3, Vita) - April 1Call of Duty: Ghosts - Devastation DLC (Xbox One, 360) - April 3FTL Advanced Edition (PC, iOS) - April 3The Elder Scrolls Online (PC, Mac) - April 4Kinect Sports Rivals (Xbox One) - April 8Lego The Hobbit (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PC) - April 8Strike Suit Zero (Xbox One, PS4) - April 8Titanfall (360) - April 8The Wolf Among Us Episode 3 (PC, Mac, PS3) - April 8The Wolf Among Us Episode 3 (Xbox 360) - April 9Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms (PC) - April 10Trials Frontier (iOS) - April 10Warlock II: The Exiled (PC) - April 10Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4) - April 14Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (3DS, Vita) - April 15Moebius: Empire Rising (PC) - April 15War of the Vikings (PC) - April 152014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (PS3, 360) - April 15Trials Fusion (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - April 16Wargame: Red Dragon (PC) - April 17Batman: Arkham Origins - Cold, Cold Heart DLC - April 22The Walking Dead Season 2 - Episodes 1 and 2 (Vita) - April 22Dark Souls II (PC) - April 25NES Remix 2 (Wii U) - April 25The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PC) - April 29Daylight (PS4, PC) - April 29Child of Light (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 360, PC) - April 30
Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS) - May 2Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS) - May 2Borderlands 2 (Vita) - May 6God of War Collection (Vita) - May 6MLB 14 The Show (PS4) - May 6Stick it to the Man (PS4, Wii U) - May 6Peggle 2 (360) - May 7Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure (PC) - May 7Bound By Flame (PS4, PS3, 360, PC) - May 9Killer is Dead: Nightmare Edition (PC) - May 9Minecraft (PS3 - Retail) - May 16Drakengard 3 (PS3) - May 20Mugen Souls Z (PS3) - May 20Transistor (PS4) - May 20Wolfenstein: The New Order (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - May 20Always Sometimes Monsters (PC) - May 21The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II (PC) - May 22Tropico 5 (PC) - May 23Mind Zero (Vita) - May 27Watch Dogs (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - May 27Sly Cooper Collection (Vita) - May 27Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) - May 30
Hyper Dimension Neptunia PP (PS3) - June 3Murdered: Soul Suspect (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC) - June 3Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection (Vita) - June 3Wildstar (PC) - June 3Enemy Front (PC) - June 10EA Sports UFC (PS4, Xbox One) - June 17GRID Autosport - June 24 (PS3, 360, PC) - June 24
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, Wii U, 3DS) - June 24Sniper Elite 3 (PC) - June 27
Sniper Elite 3 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) - July 1
Tales of Xillia 2 (PS3) - August 19Sacred 3 (PS3, 360, PC) - August 26The Evil Within (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - August 26
Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3) - September 9Fairy Fencer F (PS3) - September 23
Skylanders: Trap Team (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS) - October 5Alien: Isolation (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - October 7Dragon Age: Inquisition (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - October 7Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC) - October 7Batman: Arkham Knight (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC) - October 14Raven's Cry (PS4, PS3, 360, PC) - October 14
The featured blogs in this week's Blog Herding edged up
slightly as some familiar names and one or two newcomers make the list. What we
are witnessing very well could be the calm before the storm, because with E3 less
than two months away, things are likely to get very busy in the coming weeks.
Period Reviewed: April
14, 2014 – April 20, 2014Number of User Blogs: 52Number of User
Bloggers: 31Number of User
Blogs Herded: 9
Accessibility In The "Old" Console GenerationLetMeGetToACheckpoint reflects
back on the last generation of consoles and how some of the games from that era
addressed accessibility concerns for gamers affected by these issues.
10 Puzzle GamesThe Master of the Top Ten List,
thegodofwine7's latest list focuses on his picks for the best puzzle games with
a collection you'll probably agree with but one or two that might surprise you.
Stuff I Want To Do Before I DieDo you have a geek-inspired bucket list? Well, Cru Hunter
does, and he shares his list which includes a number of achievements we hope he
is able to unlock without having to use any extra lives.
To Turn HollowSupersnake pens a short blog admitting he has been consumed
by Dark Souls and how it has evolved into one of his favorite games. If you
haven't played it, perhaps you should give it a try.
Ten Towers In GamingOne of the most popular blogs of the week, The Destroyer
lists his top ten towers in gaming, which really inspired the community to leave
some comments and join in on the discussion.
Best Enemy A.I. In GamingMost of us can list games that
are fine examples of bad Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) implementation but what
about games that get it right? Check out xl9's blog for his picks of games with
the best enemy A.I.
Mercenary: Botzone Soldier Training DLC ImpressionsTrenchmace plays Killzone
Mercenary, a first-person shooter for the PlayStation Vita, and then
shares his thoughts about the game including a discussion about the Botzone
5 Favorite Quotes From The Legend Of ZeldaThe latest Legend of Zelda-inspired post from Vannah Fox The Triforce Wielder selects five memorable
quotes from different characters and different games in the series, with a
brief summary for each.
Complicated Relationship With Samurai WarriorsEnuo describes his loving but
complicated relationship with the Samurai Warriors franchise, a hack-and-slash
series of games developed by Omega Force with the latest episode only available
Walking Dead: Season 2 – Episode Two: A House DividedJohn Wrek's
reviews are always insightful and informative, so it's no surprise this
analysis for The Walking Dead: Season 2- Episode Two: A House Divided
demonstrates these characteristics too.
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Video Game Quote of the Week From Twitter:"Looks like if we counted 'war' and 'wars' as one word, it'd be the most popular word in a video game
There’s still one more week of April’s Instant Game Collection left, but Sony has already unveiled what we can expect next month. As usual, there are six titles: one for PS4, three for PS3, and two for Vita.
Coming to Sony’s new hardware is Stick it to the Man, a point-and-click game with a touch of platforming. Ray has a purple arm sticking out of his head, which he can use to manipulate his paper-like environment.
On PS3, it’s the trio of Puppeteer, Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, and Skullgirls Encore. On Vita, you can nab indie hit Limbo and Surge Deluxe (by Futurlab, which is currently working on Velocity 2X).
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Check back every Monday as we update you with the newest additions to the Instant Game Collection.
[Source: PlayStation Blog]
Our TakeI’ve got my eye on Puppeteer and Surge Deluxe (which I had the chance to play briefly at GDC). As great as PlayStation Plus is, I’m a bit concerned it’s reinforcing a sales-eroding waiting game. When Puppeteer came out last fall, many suggested they’d “just wait for it to be free with PlayStation Plus.” Only eight months later, that’s exactly what’s happening.
Bandai Namco has acknowledged ongoing problems with its new PlayStation 3 free-to-play fighter, SoulCalibur: Lost Swords. Users have reported significant issues connecting to the game, preventing them from playing game, which is single-player only.
There is a social aspect to the title that allows players to download their friends characters to assist in the quest-based format of the game. Despite technically having released already, Bandai Namco says that the issues have resulted in a “delay.”
“We have discovered that the issue requires a resolution across multiple parties and therefore our efforts to remedy the issue is taking longer than anticipated,” the company posted on its Facebook page. “Currently we are working feverishly with a key partner to implement a solution in the shortest amount of time possible.”
Thanks to reader Tony D. for the news tip.
[Source: Bandai Namco on Facebook]
Our TakeThe idea of a single-player only SoulCalibur game is odd enough, but forcing players to connect online just to play seems like a page from the SimCity playbook. This will no doubt get fixed, but it’s a big stumble out of the gate for Bandai Namco.
Mario Golf: World Tour introduces online tournament play to the series, and it's a key cog in the game experience.
Unfortunately, we haven't gotten to try out the online portion of the title – featuring local and worldwide online play – so we'll reserve our judgement on the game until we get to try it out.
We're sorry for the inconvenience, and appreciate your patience in the matter.
Mario Golf: World Tour comes out for the Nintendo 3DS on May 2.
Mark Pincus, the now former Chief Product Officer for Zynga, is stepping aside to take a non-executive role within the company.
Pincus' sideways move comes alongside Zynga's first-quarter financial report for 2014. The report also announced a new president for the company with Alex Garden. Garden is formerly of Microsoft where he was general manager of Xbox Live and Xbox Music, Video and Reading. Zynga also announced that it had hired Henry LaBounta for the role chief visual officer. LaBounta has a history with Electronic Arts and Microsoft and worked with DreamWorks on films like Minority Report and A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
According to a note form Pincus on Zynga's blog about the announcement, he will still retain an office within the company headquarters and will be active in supporting the company, but will no longer have an operating role.
[Source: Zynga, Zynga Investor Relations, via Joystiq]
Our TakeThings are being shaken up at Zynga, but not drastically. The company has certainly see its ups and downs recently (mostly the latter), and frankly I'm surprised that it hasn't resulted in more drastic changes for the company.
Chadtronic on YouTube, a channel which seems to specialize in playing Nintendo games on the Oculus Rift, recently took Mario Kart Wii for a spin.
In the past Chadtronic made a video of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as it translated to virtual reality. You can check out those videos here. In the Mario Kart video below you will see a Mario Kart race from the first-person perspective, and all the things that go along with it, like firing off turtle shells and picking up power-ups. It's a genre and game that seems especially well-suited to virtual reality.
[Source: Chadtronic on YouTube, via Reddit]
Android users with a desire to save the globe from extraterrestrial invaders are in luck. The official XCOM Twitter has confirmed the game is coming to Android devices.
Publisher 2K Games released an iOS version of the turn-based sci-fi game last year, which was met with strong sales. The official XCOM tweet didn't confirm a release date, but hopefully we'll learn more soon.
Our TakeXCOM: Enemy Unkown was my personal Game of the Year for 2012, and I'm thrilled that more folks will be able to check it out.
Ever since the gorgeous Resident Evil remake revitalized the original classic on the GameCube, fans of the series have been clamoring for the same treatment for RE2. One dedicated fan has created a proof-of-concept video showing off a remake project.
YouTube user Rob Lima has repurposed character models and environments from the Resident Evil 2 sections of the Wii shooter Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles. The new clip below shows Claire running through the halls of the Raccoon City Police Department. Lima has even stitched in classic sound effects, cutscenes, and a functioning inventory system.
This older clip features a run through the streets of Raccoon City and shows off Resident Evil 4-style third-person aiming.
Capcom has gone on the record saying if fan support is high enough, it will consider remaking Resident Evil 2. Support doesn’t get much stronger than a fan beating you to it.
Our TakeFan remakes are always exciting at first but rarely come to full fruition. These projects are generally abandoned due to limited resources or legal troubles with license-holding companies. Lima’s project is an awesome experiment, though, and hopefully Capcom takes note of his enthusiasm.
Nintendo's NES Remix and Remix 2 for the Wii U combine a number of classic 8-bit Nintendo games and transform them into a series of challenges and minigames. So far only NES games have gotten the remix treatment, but if fan support is strong enough SNES titles could be next.
In an interview with IGN, NES Remix director Koichi Hayashida said whether or not SNES or Game Boy games could be remixed depends on fan support. “If we get a big enough cry for that, with a lot of people saying, 'Hey, we'd love to see more of these perhaps for the SNES, Game Boy or Game Boy Advance,' then it would be something we can take a look at,” Hayashida says.
Hayashida also discussed the possibility of Remix versions of third-party Nintendo games like Mega Man and Castlevania, saying once again it all depends on fan support. NES Remix 2 releases Friday. You can check out our review of the first NES Remix here.
Our Take:If NES Remix and Remix 2 prove successful for Nintendo, I see no reason why they wouldn't seek to continue putting new spins on classic SNES and Game Boy games. Whether that becomes a reality all depends on sales, so vote with your dollars.
Update: A Bandai Namco representative has responded saying that the bizarre trailers are unofficial fakes.
Rise Kujikawa from Persona 4 played the role of the announcer for Persona 4 Arena, but it looks like the sequel is changing that. She has been confirmed as a playable character in Arena’s sequel, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, according to Gematsu via Famitsu.
Earlier this month a Best Buy listing stated that both Rise and Ken Amada (from Persona 3) would be joining the roster of playable characters for Arena Ultimax. The listing has since been taken down. Gematsu’s report also mentions a new mode that will include character growth and social link building elements – main features of the Persona franchise.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is one of four Persona games that Atlus confirmed for a US release back in February. It is expected to release this fall on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Our TakeSome people were likely disappointed when they couldn't play Rise in Persona 4 Arena. She's a fairly popular character from Persona 4, even though she can't battle as a member of your party. It will be interesting to see how they work her into the fighting game.
Awhile back former Rare composer, Grant Kirkhope (Banjo Kazooie, GoldenEye 007), said he hoped former Rare employees would start work on a spiritual follow-up to the Banjo Kazooie series. Today, Kirkhope confirmed the project’s early demise.
Reddit user Twisty_Tie asked Kirkhope about the likelihood of the Banjo Kazooie spiritual successor during an Ask Me Anything thread on the site.
Kirkhope says, “The other guys actually had a secret meeting in a pub near Rare and we even got as far as having a character drawn up and a demo level type thing but it all fell to bits .... everyone's got other jobs etc”
Kirkhope’s recent projects include Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Desktop Dungeons, and Kingdom’s of Amulur: Reckoning.
Our TakeI’m a huge fan of the Banjo Kazooie games and the rest of Rare’s classic catalog, so this news comes as a hit to me. Hopefully Kirkhope and other Rare alum will come together creatively in other ways. Until then, we can only hope Microsoft does something interesting with the official Banjo Kazooie license.
Some gamers don’t adopt new hardware when it first becomes available. There can be a lot of advantages to waiting to buy a new console. Not only is the hardware cheaper, but there is a greater wealth of content to explore. Sony’s PlayStation 3 doesn’t just play games; this entertainment system will let you play DVDs, CDs, Blu-rays, and stream a variety of content from the Internet through portals such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Pandora. If you spent the last eight years with another console or are new to gaming, here is everything you need to know to become an expert with the PlayStation 3.
Which Model Should I Get? Historically, if you wanted a console, there were usually one or two versions to get, and the updated models rarely functioned any differently than previous entries. However, the choice of a console model has gotten a lot more complicated over the years. Deciding which model to purchase depends on which one you want to hunt down, how much hard-drive space you think you need for downloading games and DLC, and how much you care about PS2 backward compatibility. Newer models generally have larger hard drives, but older models feature unique backward compatibly for PS2 games. Bear in mind, you can always upgrade the size of your hard drive, regardless of what model you buy. Here’s a breakdown of the many different PlayStation 3 versions.
What If I Really Care About Backward Compatibility?All PS3 models are backward compatible with PSone games. However, only the original model features backward compatibility with PS2 games. Even then, most original models are only backward compatible via software emulation, meaning that not every PS2 game is supported. However, the original 60GB version features internal hardware that allows it to run nearly every PS2 game without a hiccup, so if you’re really interested in backward compatibility, that is the version to hunt down.
Model numbers can be used to determine if a PS3 is backward compatible. These numbers are found on the bar-code sticker on the back of the console right after the serial number.
How Much Does A PS3 Cost These Days? The PlayStation 3 Super Slim model is the only model you can find new these days, and the 12GB version generally retails for $199, but you can also find various older models that are used and refurbished for around $200.
Perform well enough in a Call of Duty match and you can call in helicopters and other reinforcements to help keep your streak alive. One Call of Duty player took things a little too far by phoning in a fake call to police, which resulted in a SWAT team knocking at his opponent’s door.
The drama unfolded after a match involving New York resident Rafael Costillo and a disgruntled fellow player. The scorned anonymous player called the police claiming to be Costillo and said that he’d just killed his mother, and that he “might shoot more people.” The prank caller also provided the police dispatcher Costillo’s address.
Eventually helicopters, squad cars, fire trucks, and over 60 cops descended on Costillo’s home. A two-hour long standoff occurred between the authorities and the Costillo residence. The police eventually entered the home and confirmed that the supposedly at-risk family was fine. Costillo was unable to hear the entire episode go down due to the headphones he was wearing while playing Call of Duty.
“It was probably just an evil little kid,” said an police officer to the New York Post. “We went and checked out the place and there was nothing there … It sucked up a lot of resources, caused traffic problems, and turned out to be a hoax.”
Our TakeSore losers are bad enough after the match, but extending the bellyaching is even more pathetic. Hoaxes like these are what give gamers a bad reputation. Hopefully, Costillo’s pest will be tracked down and punished for wasting everybody’s time.
Ubisoft's upcoming RPG, Child of Light, taps the power of the same engine used for the beautiful Rayman games to deliver a nostalgic experience inspired by genre classics like Final Fantasy. To drive home the old-school sensibilities, Ubisoft is delivering a soundtrack filled with delicate, distinct melodies and rousing orchestral themes.
Canadian singer and pianst Cœur de Pirate is the brain behind Child of Light's soundtrack. In addition to partnering with Cirque Du Soleil to establish the game's visual style, Cœur de Pirate was integral in establishing the RPG's musical identity. The game will be available on April 30 for Xbox One, 360, PlayStation 4, PS3, PC, and Wii U, but you can download the soundtrack via Bandcamp a day earlier on April 29 to get an early taste. It's also available for pre-order now.
Check out the video below for a deeper look into Cœur de Pirate's composing process, a taste of the music, and a broader look at Ubisoft's audio philosophy.
Our TakeAny RPG fan knows that music is an important element of these extended time investments. Battle themes and exploration tracks will be on loop constantly, forcing composers to find a balance between creating something memorable without making it annoying. I look forward to hearing more of the soundtrack to see how Ubisoft and Cœur de Pirate went about it.
Pokémon episodes can be watched by several means: through Netflix, Hulu, or the official iOS and Android apps. Now, Kindle Fire users can join in with the Pokémon TV Kindle Fire app, which launched today.
The free app gives users access to tons of content from Pokémon’s 16 finished seasons, as well as trailers and movie events. Not every season is available to stream, though the app is updated weekly with new content.
If you’re interested in the Pokémon TV app, you can find it on Amazon’s App store.
Our TakeThis is great for kids who are interested in Pokémon and for those of us who are older now, but get nostalgic and want to watch some cartoons from our past. It's frustrating to not be able to find certain shows, and I'm glad that Pokémon is accessible beyond just what is aired on T.V.
Tripwire’s hardcore World War II shooter, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad, is available for free today. All you need to do, is head over to Steam and claim your copy.
The title is, unsurprisingly, set around the battle of Stalingrad. Both single-player and multiplayer are present, though the former serves largely as training for the latter. As long as you initiate the download, the game will be added to your library as an “owned” game.
You can do that here. The offer ends at 10 a.m. PST on April 24, 2014.
Facebook is clear to go through with its purchase of Oculus following Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice approval. The $2 billion deal was announced on March 25.
On March 25, before the deal was announced, Facebook stock closed at $64.89. It opened today at $63.43 (-$1.46) and is down to $62.06 at the time of publication.
Oculus announced pre-orders for its motion-tracking equipped developer kit at GDC just a week before the Facebook announcement. We spoke with founder Palmer Luckey and CEO Brendan Iribe at GDC and then again following the acquisition disclosure.
Our TakeThere was little doubt that the FTC and DOJ would approve the deal. For those hoping that this would be the safety valve to prevent the inevitable, it’s time to start getting used to a world where Facebook and Oculus are one and the same.
With free-to-play making a big push onto consoles, especially during the PlayStation 4’s launch, we’re curious if the format has found purchase. Have you spent money on Warframe, World of Tanks, or DC Universe Online? More importantly, are you still playing these games?
Free-to-play isn’t just surviving on PC and mobile, it’s thriving. The options are diverse, and the player base is willing. We’re curious about whether console players are as enamored of the business model. When we asked you about your favorite free-to-play games, most responses were focused on PC.
With Planetside 2 coming later this year, and Microsoft starting to welcome titles like World of Tanks and Warframe, it’s clear there is interest on the part of developers and publishers. But are you going to open your wallet? Let us know in the comments.
SOE's upcoming plans to umbrella all of its online games under one monthly fee has been delayed in order to make the program as seamless as possible.
Under the new plan, players would have access to Sony Online Entertainment's library of games including titles like DC Universe Online, PlanetSide 2, EverQuest, EverQuest 2, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, and Wizardry Online, and will eventually include EverQuest Next and EverQuest Landmark. By signing up for the plan, players gain top-tier membership bonuses in all applicable games, 500 Station Cash monthly from within the game marketplaces, a 10-percent discount on marketplace purchases, and access to exclusive promotions. The SOE All Access plan will be $14.99 a month, with added discounts for long-term commitments of three, six, and 12 months.
Community relations manager Collette "Dexella" Murphy shared the news on SOE's forum with the following statement:
In an effort to ensure that the transition to the new All Access membership plan is as seamless as possible, we are going to be taking a little more time to test. So, we will be pushing the launch date of All Access to Tuesday, April 29th. Because of the portfolio-wide nature of this plan, this may prevent us from doing any individual game updates in EverQuest, EverQuest II, Planetside 2, and DC Universe Online. These updates will resume normally after the All Access launch. We appreciate your patience and you’ll agree that our new membership offering is worth the wait.
The original date set for the SOE All Access program was early April, but is was pushed back and is now set to launch "on or about" April 29. You can learn more about the program by checking out this FAQ from Sony.
[Source: SOE Forums, via Massively]
Our TakeI like the idea behind the pass. It certainly seems like it will be worthwhile even if you only play a few of the games that fall under the SOE banner. It's not too much of a disappointment that it is delayed, however. There's no real rush to start giving Sony money every month, even if the benefits are attractive.