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Jimmy Fallon and Pierce Brosnan play GoldenEye 007 on Tonight Show

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play GoldenEye 007 against the real James Bond? Unlike most of the folks (myself included) who spent hours blasting their friends in the Facility with Proximinity Mines, Jimmy Fallon can actually make it happen.

Pierce Brosnan was on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last night to promote his new movie, The November Man. As the interview was winding down, Fallon pulled out an N64 and got to live out one of his childhood fantasies by battling Bond in a deathmatch. As you’d expect (especially if you’re Auric Goldfinger), Brosnan is not an expert GoldenEye player and Fallon wipes the floor with him.

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The Behemoth gives us our first look at Game 4

The Behemoth has released a teaser video for their next game, the still untitled Game 4, and this glimpse behind the curtain has revealed a few things about the in-development title. For example, we now know that the game is of a genre The Behemoth has never tackled before and that BattleBlock Theater‘s Will Stamper will return to narrate the action. We also learned that it takes place in the aftermath of an alien bear’s outer space swan dive into Earth.

However, after typing and re-typing that opening paragraph, I am left with several rather important questions…

1. Are they serious about the bear thing? They must be serious, right?
2. What’s up with the science-y hexagons?
4. Why can’t I play it now?

To answer that last question, The Behemoth has confirmed that we’ll all get a chance to play Game 4 at this year’s PAX Prime convention, which will be held from August 29 through September 1 in Seattle, Washington. Provided a giant space bear doesn’t crash into the planet.

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XBL Store Today: Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, The Golf Club

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The Xbox One received a pair of new games in this week’s Xbox Live Games Store… and both are all about relaxing.

For example, what’s more relaxing than choosing your character and then busting the heads of a horde of demons? It calms the nerves and it rewards you with copious amounts of loot. I speak, of course, about Diablo III. Blizzard’s action RPG comes to the Xbox One as part of the Ultimate Evil Edition, which includes the original game and the Reaper of Souls expansion.

Also available this week is The Golf Club, a brand new golf simulation from a brand new studio. HB Studios has created a golf game that offers procedurally generated courses for endless rounds of golf. Fore!

More information on both games can be found after the break. (more…)

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Sledgehammer confirms that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare won’t be released on Wii U

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Michael Condrey, the co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, has confirmed (via Twitter) that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare won’t be released on the Wii U. It looks like the decision came from Activision, possibly as a response to lower-than-expected sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Call of Duty: Ghosts, which were released on the Wii U in 2012 and 2013, respectively:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be released on November 4 for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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Atari is remaking Alone in the Dark and Haunted House

atarilogoAtari has announced plans to remake two games that are responsible for the rise of the survival horror genre, 1982′s Haunted House and 1992′s Alone in the Dark. Both games will be available this Fall, exclusively for the PC.

The Haunted House remake will simply be titled Haunted House and is in development at Dreampainters Software. The team is best known for the indie horror hit Anna.

Meanwhile, Alone in the Dark will be remade as Alone in the Dark: Illumination by Pure FPS. The team currently has no history and no official website, so they’re a bit of a mystery.

Both games will be playable at this year’s PAX Prime convention, which will be held in Seattle from August 29 through September 1. The publisher will also be showcasing their free-to-play FPS Minimum and a pair of upcoming RollerCoaster sims: RollerCoaster Tycoon World for the PC and RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile for mobile devices.

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PS Store Today: Diablo III: Ultimate Evil, Tales of Xillia 2, CounterSpy, many more

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Sony has pushed another massive update onto the PlayStation Store. Let’s take a look at what new releases we can find on the PSN this week…

  • Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition (PS3, PS4), The Reaper of Souls expansion to the action RPG is now available on consoles, bundled with the original game.
  • Tales of Xillia 2 (PS3), Bandai Namco’s action RPG finally makes it way to North America.
  • CounterSpy (PS3/PS4/PS Vita Cross-Buy), the final PlayStation Store Play is a funky spy game that is playable on all your PlayStation systems.
  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (PS3, PS4), the team-based shooter is now available for PlayStation platforms.
  • Hotline Miami (PS4), the wild shooter can now be purchased on your PS4.

More information on all of these games can be found after the break and a full rundown of this week’s new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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Disney Infinity 2.0 gets Marvel-less Toy Box Starter Pack

disneyinfinity20toyboxDisney Interactive’s big Marvel push begins next month with the release of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. The Starter Pack will include three Marvel figures (Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow) as well as the promise of many more in the future. But what if you don’t like Marvel characters and are just looking to explore the expanded Toy Box mode found in the game that is also known as Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition? Well, you’re in luck, Disney also plans to release a special Toy Box Starter Pack on November 4.

Set to be available for the PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, the Toy Box Starter Pack will come complete with two Toy Box Game Discs, a 2.0 Edition Base, two figures (Brave’s Merida and Stitch from Lilo & Stitch), and the same Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes game disc as the regular Starter Pack. Looks like you can’t completely get away from the Marvel content.

“Disney Infinity fans spend the majority of their time inside the Toy Box mode, and with our new Toy Box Starter Pack, we’re giving Disney fans an alternative entry point to the Disney Infinity sequel,” said John Blackburn, Vice President and General Manager of Avalanche Software. “We’ve completely re-tooled the Toy Box for this year’s version of Disney Infinity, and we want every Disney fan to experience it using their favorite Disney or Marvel characters.”

The Toy Box Starter Pack will be priced at $59.99, which is slightly cheaper than the $74.99 price tag that has been attached to the Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack.

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Ubisoft reevaluating Wii U because “Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed”

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Speaking to Game Informer, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has confirmed that the publisher is getting out the “mature games” business on the Wii U. But let’s face it, the writing has been on the wall ever since Ubisoft pushed back the Wii U launch of Watch Dogs. The open-world game launched for every other possible platform in May, but Ubisoft delayed the Wii U release to some indeterminate point in the Fall. However, Guillemot was firm in stating that the Wii U version will be released: “[Watch Dogs] is coming to Wii U. It will be the only mature game we publish on it.”

Guillemot’s “mature game” clarification was his way of saying that the publisher has no intention of completely abandoning the Wii U. The Just Dance series, for example, is still a big seller for Ubisoft and Just Dance 2015 will be released for the Wii U this Fall. So why do games like Watch Dogs (and the scrapped ZombiU sequel) get the axe? It’s just business, says Guillemot.

“It’s very simple,” Guillemot says. “What we see is that Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers.” In fact, across Ubisoft’s portfolio, Nintendo Wii U sales only represent three percent of the total for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.

Ouch, but it sounds like this is all part of a development restructuring that Ubisoft is implementing across the board. The CEO also revealed that all PS3 and Xbox 360 development will likely stop at the studio’s development houses in 2015. “After 2015, it will be hard for us to create games for those systems,” he said.

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