It used to be best to avoid games that use an already established intellectual property because they usually, quite frankly, sucked. Just look at Superman 64 as a prime example. There was a lot of hype for that title because of the name and then it launched with abysmal reviews. Sure there are exceptions like Goldeneye but then look at every single James Bond title thereafter. For the past decade though, we’ve finally seen the emergence of more and more mature and extremely competent games tackle existing franchises and succeed. One of these emergences has definitely got to be Batman with Arkham Asylum. It was then further refined in Arkham City. Both titles we’re critically acclaimed and very, very well received. This now brings us to the next title in the series, Batman: Arkham Origins. There is one slight difference this time around though, as the first two titles were developed by Rocksteady, this one was tackled by Warner Bros. Games Montreal. The Arkham franchise is undoubtedly great but in new hands, can it be just as good?
It’s been a long time since the Original Mario Party game came out for the N64, back in 1998. And it seemed that in more recent years, the series has become stale, and lacking in inspiration, merely just settling for being entertaining to those that still haven’t tired of the old formula. But Mario Party: Island Tour for the 3DS fails to even achieve that.
Being the third installment in the handheld Mario Party titles and the thirteenth overall in the franchise, it should come as little surprise that the game plays much like other entries. But the twist here is that the boards now have themes to them, and it’s not just in their presentation, but in their rule set. Some boards play like a traditional Mario Party experience where you move across a board to gain stars, to get their first, or even play boards where you need to play smart or take risks to advance. One boards rule is that the goal is to come in last rather than first. Outside of the boards, you can play any mini game at your leisure, or play Bowser’s Tower which is like a mini-game survival mode. It should sound like a good time to be had by a player and their friends, but this is the point where things falter.
Rocksmith hasn’t reinvented the riff, but they’ve reinvented the way you learn how to play guitar. In Rocksmith 2014, players are given all of the best from the original Rocksmith, along with new features to help with faster and more well-rounded learning. The game is teaching oriented, allowing for guitarists of various learning levels to jump in at a point best suited for them. Even if you’re a skilled musician, you’ll need to spend a little time learning some of the game basics. This means making new connections, such as learning to identify strings by color instead of their names. The game also offers a colorblind mode. Due to the open way that Rocksmith addresses all skill types simultaneously, learning comes in a myriad of combinations. Rocksmith provides the tools, and each individual player can create their own learning structure.
Today we would like to confirm that the critically-acclaimed season premiere of our new series, ‘The Wolf Among Us,’ based on Bill Willingham’s award-winning comic book series ‘FABLES’ and licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will be arriving for download on the iOS App Store later today.
We would also like to share an all-new behind the scenes video feature, ‘Exploring the World of FABLES,’ as we sit down with the team at Telltale to talk about the game series and the award-winning comic on which it is based.
The Wolf Among Us Season Premiere episode, ‘Faith,’ will be available later this evening in this week’s iOS App Store update for $4.99 USD.* Players can then also purchase the full season multi-pack for $14.99 USD from within the app, which will include access to Episodes 2 through 5 as they are released.
For more information on the game, visit the official website: http://www.telltalegames.com/thewolfamongus/
Ever since 2009, Sega, Nintendo, and the International Olympic Committee had teamed up to produce official Olympic themed video-games starring the various characters from the Mario and Sonic games. The series have often received mixing review, or just being middling, and with the latest game for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, you would think there has been some progression in quality. But this iteration proves otherwise that even marginal improvements can’t cover up its flawed ideas.
WWE 2K14 is the latest yearly entry into the WWE’s wrestling game series and the first to be done by 2k who acquired the license after the demise of THQ. While it’s no secret that THQ had their ups and downs with the series, they seemed to finally be on to something with WWE 12 and then 13 but does this year’s WWE 2k14 hold up, or does 2k drop the ball? Read on and find out.
Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced the next title for their Ultimate Ninja STORM franchise. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM REVOLUTION will be available in 2014 for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system. The ultimate anime fighting game from famed developer CyberConnect2 returns with new techniques and characters than ever before.
Stunning anime visuals and fluid 3D ninja fighting action come together once again for the largest and most explosive Ultimate Ninja STORM game yet. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM REVOLUTION features brand new gameplay mechanics including devastating Combination Ultimate Jutsu attacks, allowing characters to combine their honed powers to create powerful techniques to bring opponents to their knees. With a roster reaching 100 playable characters spanning the entire NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime arcs, there are sure to be characters that fit everyone’s play style. A brand new character designed by NARUTO manga creator Masashi Kishimoto also makes an appearance in NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM REVOLUTION.
“The Ultimate Ninja STORM series continues to be the pinnacle of anime titles with stellar graphics, exciting gameplay and a bevy of online modes for players to challenge each other from around the world,” said Chris Gilbert Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM REVOLUTION will continue that tradition with more characters, new attacks and the ability to connect with friends online.”
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NARUTO is one of the world’s best-selling manga series, with the hit anime TV series currently broadcast worldwide to massive audiences. Since 2003, NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. has been the leading company selling video games based on the NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN license.
For more information regarding NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM REVOLUTION and NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. please visit http://www.namcobandaigames.com
Tomorrow, Dec. 3, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will be releasing the Initiation Challenge Map Add-On for Batman: Arkham Origins on the PlayStation®Network, Xbox LIVE online entertainment network from Microsoft, Steam and Nintendo eShop for $6.99. The Initiation Add-On focuses on Bruce Wayne before he donned his cowl, and introduces a new challenge campaign with four unique challenge maps and two original skins – Initiation Bruce Wayne and Vigilante Bruce Wayne. Players who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass and are connected to the Internet will have instant access to the content.
Set high in the Paektu-San Mountains of North Korea, the Initiation Add-On follows a young Bruce Wayne as he faces his ultimate test. Players will embark upon a series of challenge maps that test their martial arts training across exotic locales, including a bamboo forest and a mountain top monastery. Fans will face fresh enemies along with an epic final test to prove their worthiness to Bruce’s greatest and most pitiless teacher, Kirigi.
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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was released back in 1991 just a bit over 13 years ago. When it released it was lauded as the greatest Zelda game to ever be produced, and while throughout the year and depending on who you talked to, other games were considered for that honor. But one thing no one could deny about the game was its outstanding quality. A Link Between Worlds is the direct sequel to a Link to the Past, and in Japan where the Super Famicom game was called The Triforce of the Gods, it’s sequel had a 2 in the title. But in the West, its name means more than just a sequel. The name not only signifies its status as a sequel, but also a game that can stand alone on its own merits, and it excels in both regards.
The next set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members in December will be Gears of War (*Germany and Japan will receive “Halo Wars”) and Shoot Many Robots. Starting Sunday (December 1st) Gears of War (Normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through December 15th .
Then on December 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Shoot Many Robots (Normally US $9.99) for free.
The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.