Kickstart This! Grood

It’s been an exciting time in the world of Kickstarter. In addition to prepping a campaign for a short film I am working on, a game that I backed ages ago, Inner Space, was finally released. It is only when you have tried to raise your own funds that you realise the near-impossible task of creating a crowdfunding project, and the endless hard work that goes in to making it succeed.

But some projects make it look effortless by doing a lot of the groundwork before they open their campaigns for donations. And with video games, it is easier to sell something that looks spectacular, or something that is a labour of love, rather than a product to attach microtransactions to. Which brings us to the frantic shooting extravaganza that is Grood

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Fable Fortune, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, more added to Xbox Store

Welcome to another Friday update for the Xbox Games Store. Here’s what Microsoft and their third-party partners have added to the online storefront today…

Exiting the Game Preview program today is Fable Fortune, a free-to-play collectible card game set within the Fable universe. Fable Fortune is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, and it’s now available to download for the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

Also available today is Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, the first game in Bandai Namco’s Action RPG series to appear on the Xbox One. Players will be able to interact with characters from the Sword Art Online anime and take part in massive gun battles in Fatal Bullet.

You can learn more about the rest of today’s additions to the Xbox Games Store after the break.

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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild wins “Game of the Year” at 2018 DICE Awards

Nintendo was definitely the big winner at last night’s DICE Awards presentation. The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences awarded 11 victories to the consolemaker, including “Game of the Year” for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Link’s newest adventure also received accolades for “Adventure Game of the Year,” “Game Design,” “Game Direction.”

Studio MDHR’s Cuphead received several awards for its outstanding sound and visual at the 2018 DICE Awards, including “Original Music Composition,” “Animation,” and “Art Direction.”

Developers for several other games strode to the stage to collect multiple awards during last night’s ceremony. That list includes Guerrilla’s Horizon: Zero Dawn (“Story” and “Technical Achievement”), PUBG Corporation’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (“Action Game of the Year” and “Online Gameplay”), Nintendo’s Snipperclips: Cut It Out Together (“Family Game of the Year” and the “D.I.C.E. Sprite Award”), and Oculus’s Lone Echo/Echo Arena (“Immersive Reality Technical Achievement” and “Immersive Reality Game of the Year”).

Congratulations to everyone who won big at the 2018 DICE Awards. A complete list of all the winners can be found after the break.

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Pac-Man CE 2 Plus, Payday 2, SteamWorld Dig 2, more coming to Nintendo eShop this week

I feel like I say this every week, but it’s another big week for the Nintendo eShop. Over the next seven days, 18 new games will be available to download for the Switch, including a few big games that have found a new home on Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid.

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus is one of those games, and Bandai Namco will bring the wild technicolor visuals of the Pac-Man Championship Edition sub-series to the Switch for the first time, while also adding an exclusive two-player co-op mode. Nearly five years after it was first released, Overkill’s co-op shooter, Payday 2, will also be released for the Switch this week

Switch owners interested in puzzle-solving will also have a few new games to choose from this week including Typoman, a wordy platformer, and Bridge Constructor Portal, a bridge construction game that takes place within the Portal/Half-Life universe.

Over on the 3DS side of the Nintendo eShop, Image & Form has launched SteamWorld Dig 2, their acclaimed MetroidVania, on Nintendo’s handheld current device.

You can learn more about all of this week’s additions to the Nintendo eShop after the break.

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EA’s E3-adjacent EA Play 2018 event will include Battlefield 6, Anthem, new EA Sports games, more

It’s beginning to look a lot like E3…

Even though it’s only February, Electronic Arts has announced the first details of this year’s EA Play event on their official website. As always, the event will run adjacent to the E3 Expo from June 9-11, and it’ll be open to the public.

Fans who visit the Hollywood Palladium during EA Play will get the chance to try out the upcoming Battlefield 6, this year’s slate of EA Sports games, and The Sims 4. An “inside look” at BioWare’s Anthem will also be on display, as well as “a few surprises”:

At EA Play 2018, you will have a chance to play our next Battlefield experience, new EA Sports games, and get an inside look at the stunning new action game, Anthem. The Sims 4 and our mobile games will be on hand, and of course, we have a few surprises as well.

If you are able to make it to Hollywood, we have a lot in store for you: hundreds of game stations, awesome game demos, lots of experiences for attendees and families, including music, art, food, and entertainment for everyone.

Tickets for EA Play 2018 will be available this Spring, and best of all, they’ll be free.

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Monster Hunter: World is king of the jungle… and the bestselling game of January 2018

The Monster Hunter franchise is an absolute phenomenon in Japan, and Capcom has been trying to replicate its success in North America since since Monster Hunter was released for the PS2 in 2004.

It might have taken more than a decade, but it looks like the series finally broke through with Monster Hunter: World, which was the best-selling game of January 2018. According to The NPD Group (via GamesIndustry.biz), Capcom’s unique Action RPG helped push the industry to its best performance in January since 2011.

However, Capcom wasn’t the only publisher to post a monster-sized debut in January. Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball Fighter Z fought its way to the #2 slot, beating out some of 2017’s biggest titles, including Call of Duty: WWII (#3) and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (#5).

All told, video game fans purchased more than $517 million in software, as well as $278 million in hardware. Microsoft’s Xbox One, Nintendo’s Switch, and Sony’s PS4 were neck-and-neck-and-neck, and total hardware sales crossed one million units during the month.

You can find the NPD’s recounting of January 2018’s top ten best-selling titles after the break.

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Free Luigi’s Balloon World expansion is now available for Super Mario Odyssey

Are you ready to play hide-and-seek across the world of Super Mario Odyssey? I hope so, because according to Nintendo’s official website, the Luigi’s Balloon World expansion is now available to download through the Nintendo eShop:

Luigi’s Balloon World
After downloading the update and beating the main story, Luigi will now show up in different kingdoms to give Mario a new challenge. To start Balloon World, seek out the green-clad bro and have a nice chat with him. There are two modes in Balloon World: “Hide It” mode lets you hide a balloon somewhere in that kingdom, while “Find It” mode challenges you to find balloons hidden by other players from around the world. If you get good at hiding and finding balloons, you’ll also move up the online rankings!

Luigi’s Balloon World is a free update for Super Mario Odyssey, and it also includes new Outfits for Mario and new Filters for Snapshot Mode.

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The Behemoth will launch Pit People’s “Full Version” on March 2

The Behemoth has announced that the “Full Version” of Pit People will be released for the PC and Xbox One on March 2. The turn-based strategy game originally launched in Early Access/Game Preview in January 2017, and the developer has been steadily adding new content to the game every few months.

This final update will be known as “Update 6,” and it’ll complete the story of Horatio and the Bear:

In the full release, the story is completed with cinematics and all, along with a whole new world map with 15 additional bonus missions. There will also be other changes, such as balancing improvements and polish, included in the update as well. An official changelist will be released with the launch of the full release.

A new trailer to celebrate Pit People’s upcoming launch has been embedded above.

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