• Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review – PlayStation 4 (Also on PlayStation 3, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One)
  • Skara: The Blade Remains - Alpha Preview - Windows PC (Steam)
  • End of Serenity Review – PSP
  • World End Economica Episode 1 Review – Windows PC (Steam)
  • Watch Dogs Review – PlayStation 4 (Also on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC)

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare LogoActivision has released a new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer to share with you today featuring a behind the scenes look at the game’s sound design. The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Sound Design Behind-the-Scenes video is available to view here:

The development and delivery of sound is a strong focus in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Sledgehammer Games Audio Director Don Veca details an audio intelligence system that makes virtually every impact and explosion sound unique.

Pre-order Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now at http://www.callofduty.com/advancedwarfare/buy

Project Spark Makes Its Way to the Xbox One This October

Posted By Justin Lee On July 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm ADD COMMENTS

Project Spark Logo“Project Spark Starter Pack,” the Xbox One retail version of the game that has put the powers of creation and play in the hands of gamers, will arrive in stores on October 7 in the Americas, October 9 in Asia-Pacific countries and October 10 in Europe.

The retail package will deliver an incredible collection of premium content for $39.99, including the first sci-fi pack “Galaxies: First Contact,” the warrior champion Sir Haakon “Hawk” the Knight, “Champions Quest: Void Storm,” the first episode of an epic campaign adventure, and more. The “Project Spark Starter Pack” will provide immediate access to some of the best paid content, features and add-ons in a single package. All of the content included in the disc version will also be available digitally for Xbox One and Windows 8.1 on launch day.

“Project Spark” has made a name for itself as one of the most unique, innovative games available, and can be downloaded for free on Xbox One and Windows 8.1. Players can then expand their experience by purchasing additional in-game content. The beta has been going strong since December of last year, and with the launch of the “Project Spark Starter Pack” the game will officially move out of beta to full release.

Don’t fret, creators – if you’ve been playing, creating, unlocking and enjoying the existing beta on Windows 8.1 or Xbox One, the game will simply receive an update, so your credits, creations and favorite levels will remain intact. And if you haven’t been playing, what are you waiting for? Go download it today from the Xbox One marketplace or Windows 8 Store!

We have less than three months to go, so get those creative juices flowing!

Join millions of other creators and players in “Project Spark” at www.projectspark.com

End of Serenity Review – PSP

Posted By Eric Kelly On July 8, 2014 at 3:04 pm ADD COMMENTS

End of Serenity Screen 17For the last several years, Kemco has released JRPG title after title, with only recently a lot of them making it to Android and IOS devices in the West. Although, the in game translations done leave a lot to be desired. That’s where companies like Natsume come in. They take on the taxing job of not only localizing the various ports of some of these games, but they translate them in such a way that one wonders why they haven’t been hired to localize all the other smartphone games. Still, Natsume tackling the PSP port of End of Aspirations and rechristening it End of Serenity is interesting. Apparently PSP While the game is serviceable. The renamed title doesn’t provide much context within the game.
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destiny logo smallDestinyActivision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc., and Bungie today confirmed the calendar for the highly anticipated Destiny Beta, which will include a diverse sampling of major activities featured in the full game. Fans who pre-order Destiny at a participating retailer are guaranteed access into the Beta, which will commence as follows:

The Beta begins first for PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system (PlayStation Plus required for some features) and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system at 10:00am PDT on July 17

The Beta begins for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft (Xbox Live Gold required, subject to change) at 10:00am PDT on July 23

The Beta will be offline for scheduled maintenance on July 21 – July 22 and open back up to pre-order participants across all platforms until 11:59pm PDT on July 27

Fans can watch the brand new Destiny Beta trailer here:

“As we prepare to launch our first Beta on multiple console platforms around the world, we are excited and eager to open the flood gates,” said Harold Ryan, Bungie’s president. “We already love to play Destiny, and with your help we can be ready for our launch in September.”
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Leading up to Anime Expo 2014, BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. today released new information and screenshots for some of its highly anticipated anime game titles.

ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red (PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS)
· PlayStation Vita release date announced as July 14th (physical) and July 15th (digital)

To celebrate the upcoming ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red launch, BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. is proud to announce that the Red Stands Alone quest will be available for free as DLC via the PlayStation Network and Nintendo eShop.

Engage in combat once again against Red! Players will face some of the most familiar and toughest enemies in a completely new setup with a higher difficulty threshold.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (PlayStation Vita)
· Launch date announced as August 19th, 2014

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment presents a pseudo massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) element featuring a large roster of characters that players will be able to interact and quest with.

Three characters that will be key influences to the protagonist, Kirito’s, adventures and life in Aincrad include:

• Yui used to be the players’ Mental Health Counselling Program, MHCP0001. She was rescued by Kirito and Asuna and has been attached to them ever since and calls them “Papa” and “Mama”
• Agil is an indispensable and reliable player to the Assault Team. He supports Kirito as a merchant to collaborate with the Assault guild and recently opened a shop in “Arc Sofia” on the 76th Floor.
• Klein is the skilled leader of the guild, “Furinkazan” and participates in the Assault Team. He is also an old friend of Kirito ever since they first logged into “SAO” and is like Kirito’s elder brother.

Tales of Hearts R (PlayStation Vita)
· Launch date announced as November 11th, 2014

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H1Z1 Releases New Gameplay Demo

Posted By Justin Lee On July 1, 2014 at 9:03 am ADD COMMENTS

H1Z1 LogoIn preparation for its upcoming Early Access launch, the H1Z1 team has released a new demo video showing off some of the latest features added to the game. In the video, Senior Designer Jimmy Whisenhunt demonstrates his survival skills and explains some of the features shown during E3, general survival tactics and new features, including crafting, the new bow weapon and dynamic weather.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, H1Z1 is a zombie survival MMO coming to the PC through Steam Early Access. Players must strategize in order to survive a worldwide infection, choosing to either band together or fight against one another in PvP combat.

Steam Celebrates Canada Day with a One Day Sale on Canuck Titles

Posted By Justin Lee On June 30, 2014 at 4:42 pm ADD COMMENTS

Steam LogoCanadian developers offer an increasingly large contribution to the game industry, and for Canada Day, Steam is showing off a slew of titles from across our gigantic country—all for crazy deals!

For this one-day-only sale on Canada Day (July 1), the following titles will be on sale on Steam:

Bleed, Boot Disk Revolution – 60% off
Contrast, Compulsion Games – 50% off
Dyad, ][ – 75% off
Fez, Polytron – 50% off
Guacamelee! Gold Edition, Drinkbox Studios – 80% off
Home, Benjamin Rivers – 50% off
Mark of the Ninja, Klei Entertainment – 60% off
Retro City Rampage, Vblank – 75% off
Rogue Legacy, Cellar Door Games – 50% off
Starseed Pilgrim, Droqen – 50% off
Sword & Sworcery, Superbrothers & Capy – 70% off
The Yahwg, Damian Sommer and Emily Carroll – 50% off
They Bleed Pixels, Spooky Squid Games – 75% off
TowerFall Ascension, Matt Makes Games Inc. – 33% off
Zombie Tycoon 2, Frima Studio – 75% off

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World End Economica Episode 1 Review – Windows PC (Steam)

Posted By Eric Kelly On June 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm ADD COMMENTS

World End Economica Episode 1-5While the first episode of World End Economica is up on MangaGamer, Sekaiproject has decided to raise a Kickstarter for a ‘Complete’ version of the game, which will include all three episodes. The game is a visual novel about Stock Trading, and the first episode doesn’t do much to make that concept seem too exciting.

The game’s plot is about a sixteen year old kid named “Haru” or “Hal” has a dream to make a lot of money to achieve his goals, which are revealed later in the story. To this end he has made money by becoming a whiz at stock trading. However, after a series of events, he ends up living at a church and continuing his trading his stock, while entering a mock trading contest. Along the way, his relationships with the residents of the church develop as they continue until the end of the contest. However, the actual development of the characters and their relationship to one another doesn’t grow all that much. It’s more like we learn about each character’s background. The plot mostly drags it feet through a great deal of the game’s about 14 hour run-time. Only near the conclusion of the episode does it begin to become interesting.
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July 2014 Games for Gold

Posted By Justin Lee On June 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm ADD COMMENTS

games-with-gold-promotionIn the mood for a little action this July? How about a little salsa? What about … blocks? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, we’ve got some good news for you: Games with Gold has you covered with three fantastic titles this month for Xbox One and Xbox 360. As usual, all games are available only for a limited time*, as part of the Games with Gold program, so jump on them while you can!

“Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition” by DrinkBox Studios for Xbox One available for download free all of July!
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Coming July 2, “Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition” is a challenging brawler/platformer, arriving via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program for Xbox One. You play Juan Aguacate, a masked Mexican wrestler on a quest to save the President’s daughter from the evil, skeletal Carlos Calaca – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll elbow-drop jaguars. More than just a meticulously balanced brawler, though, “Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition” features cleverly hidden secret areas, a vibrant world of wonderment built around the Mexican land of the dead, and a creative ability system that allows for ever-increasing exploration and rewards. “Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition” will replace June’s Xbox One Games with Gold title “Halo: Spartan Assault” so be sure to grab it while you can!

For Xbox 360:

“Gotham City Impostors” by Monolith Productions, Inc.
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Available July 1-15, we have “Gotham City Impostors,” a multiplayer, first-person shooter based on DC Comics’ Batman universe. Here, two teams of six players face off against each other using a variety of Batman- and Joker-themed weapons in good ol’ deathmatches. Raucous fun, and plenty of it to be had for fans of blowin’ stuff up.

“BattleBlock Theater” by The BehemothBattleBlock_screenlg15

Available from July 16-31, experience “BattleBlock Theater”! You’ve got nowhere to go but up … on stage. Play single player or co-op to free your friends and save Hatty Hattington! Jump, solve and battle your way through a mysterious theater inhabited by highly technological felines.

* Titles are available as free downloads for a limited time, for qualifying paid Xbox Live Gold members in all markets where Xbox Live is available. Some regions may offer different titles depending on market availability.

Razer Developing New Micro-Console

Posted By Justin Lee On June 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm Comments Off

Razer_MicroconsoleRazer, a provider of connected entertainment devices and software “for gamers, by gamers,” announced today plans to create a Razer micro-console. The new device, powered by Android TV, will stream movies, music and other apps for large-screen entertainment with an emphasis on gaming.

Android TV is an entertainment interface that allows users to find and enjoy content on their televisions. The Razer micro-console can be navigated with a special mobile application that operates from any Android tablet or smartphone. Voice control is built into Android TV, leaving access to entertainment just a few words away.

Enhancing the gaming experience on Android devices is a key focus for Razer. Razer’s experience in designing high-performance gaming systems, controllers, keyboards and mice will contribute beneficially to the device development. Gaming-related software is also an area Razer knows well. With 9 million active users registered on its platform, the company offers a range of applications for communication, performance optimization, and device personalization.
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