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Telltale unveils Launch Trailer for The Walking Dead: A New Frontier’s third episode

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 3: Above the Law will make its downloadable debut for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and mobile devices on March 28. Naturally, this is the perfect time for Telltale Games to unveil the Launch Trailer for the third chapter in their episodic series:

Javier struggles to find a role in his newly reunited family. Meanwhile, tension within the walls of Richmond grow. Will Clementine and the rest of the group turn against Javier? It may be time to choose between the family you’re born into and the family you’ve made…

In case you missed it, Telltale also released a short clip from “Above the Law” during this year’s PAX East convention.

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Super Mario Run Version 2.0 now available for Android and iOS devices

Even though the official release date for Super Mario Run‘s Android debut is March 23, Nintendo just announced that its now available download on the popular mobile platform a day early.

Along with launching Super Mario Run on Android devices, Nintendo has also updated the app to Version 2.0.0. Players new and old will now be able to unlock a quartet of new colors for Yoshi (purple, yellow, blue, and red), which they can use to better impress Toads of that particular color.

Version 2.0.0 includes a number of enhancements for players using the Free Version of Super Mario Run. It’s now possible to unlock World 1-4 in the Free Version by completing one of “Bowser’s Challenges,” and players who complete World 1-4 will receive access to additional courses in Toad Rally.

All players will be happy to learn that Nintendo has also made it easier to earn Rally Tickets, and new buildings will soon be available as part of an upcoming in-game event.

You can read the full update for yourself after the break. (more…)

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Uncharted 4 wins “Video Game of the Year” at the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards

Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was named “Video Game of the Year” at the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards last night, finally putting an end to Overwatch‘s winning streak. Nathan Drake’s final adventure also earned the big prize in the “Excellence in Narrative” and “Excellence in Animation” categories, and the treasure hunter himself won for “Most Memorable Character.”

However, don’t feel too bad for Blizzard, Overwatch took home three SXSW Gamnig Awards including “Esports Game of the Year,” “Most Promising New Intellectual Property,” and “Excellence in Multiplayer.”

The WWE’s Austin “Xavier Woods” Creed hosted the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards, and he also handed out statuettes to a wide variety of other games including Pokemon Go (“Mobile Game of the Year”), Doom (“Excellence in Gameplay” and “Excellence in Musical Score”), Battlefield 1 (“Excellence in Technical Achievement” and “Excellence in SFX”), and Dishonored 2 (“Excellence in Design”). And this year’s “Tabletop Game of the Year” award was given to Fantasy Flight’s Arkham Horror: The Card Game.

You can find all the winners from last night’s SXSW Gaming Awards show after the break. (more…)

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Super Mario Run Version 2.0 will be available on iOS and Android devices on March 23

Nintendo previously promised that Super Mario Run would dash its way onto Android devices in March… and now it’s official. Yesterday, the publisher announced (via Twitter) that Android users will be able to download Mario’s mobile debut on March 23.

Nintendo is also hard at work on the latest update for Super Mario Run, and it’ll also be available on March 23 for both Android and iOS users. “Version 2.0.0” will add new playable characters to the game, as well as a Bowser’s Challenges mode. Players who complete Bowser’s Challenges will be able to unlock World 1-4 in Super Mario Run’s free version.

Nintendo also said that Version 2.0.0 will include even more new content, but assured fans that more details will be revealed at a later date.

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The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time #38: Tomb Raider

Did you miss The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time’s Introduction? Catch up on how we decided to sort the games and the rest of the Top 100.

For better or worse, Lara Croft is the most famous woman in all of gaming. But all her fame might be a fluke, because the developers behind her creation claim it was all an accident.

Formed in the late 80s, Core Design was an unlikely candidate to be creating a wide open 3D title like Tomb Raider. The developer’s biggest claim to fame at the time was Rick Dangerous, a game that could charitably be called an “homage” to Indiana Jones. Other gamers might remember Chuck Rock, a platformer created by Core that starred a dimwitted caveman. But like many British developers of the time, they didn’t think about their limitations and just went for it. This definitely applied to Toby Gard, the artist behind Lara Croft’s original look.

Like Rick Dangerous, Lara began life as a man with no name that bore a striking resemblance to Harrison Ford. Fearing a lawsuit, Gard redrew the character as a woman and began tinkering with a number of different personalities. The artist told IGN in 2008 that the proto-Tomb Raider began life as a “sociopathic blonde” before morphing into a muscle woman, a “flat topped hip hopster,” and a “Nazi-like militant in a baseball cap.” None of these looks fit the game that Core envisioned, but Gard’s final pass at it proved to be the winner. Laura Cruz, “a tough South American woman in a long braid and hot pants,” was born. (more…)

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The Walking Dead: A New Frontier’s third episode will be released on March 28

In addition to discussing their upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy game, Telltale Games used this year’s PAX East convention to confirm The Walking Dead: A New Frontier‘s third episode will be released on March 28.

The episode will be known as “Above the Law,” and it’ll be available to download on the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and mobile devices. Telltale also premiered a new trailer for “Above the Law,” and it’s embedded above.

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Telltale reveals first screenshots, plot details, and cast for Guardians of the Galaxy

The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center will open the doors to PAX East 2017 in just a few hours, and Telltale Games is using the expo to more fully reveal their episodic series based on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

First, the developer announced a few details about the game’s plot, which won’t tie in to the first Guardians of the Galaxy film or the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2:

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is a brand new story of the universe’s unlikeliest heroes: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. In the wake of an epic battle, the Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power. Each of them has a reason to desire this relic, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind, and who will stop at nothing to tear it from their hands.

From Earth to the Milano to Knowhere and beyond, and set to the beat of awesome music, you wear the rocket-powered boots of Star-Lord in an original Guardians adventure, where your decisions and actions drive the story you experience.

Telltale also confirmed the film franchise’s cast won’t appear in the game, nor will the actors from the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series on Disney XD. Instead, Nolan North… naturally… will replace Bradley Cooper as Rocket, and he’ll be joined by Scott Porter as Star-Lord, Emily O’Brien as Gamora, Brandon Paul Eells as Drax, and Adam Harrington as Groot.

The cast will take the stage at PAX East, alongside several developers from Telltale, as part of the Telltale Games: Interactive Storytelling 2017 panel. The discussion will begin at 6:00 PM (Eastern Time), and if you can’t make it to PAX East, you’ll be able to follow along at home through the convention’s secondary Twitch channel.

Guardians of the Galaxy will also make an appearance at the 2017 SXSW Gaming Expo on Friday, March 17. The game will make its public debut in Austin as Telltale Games plans to host a Crowd Play night for an early version of the first episode. It seems likely that Telltale will release the first trailer for the game shortly after.

In the meantime, you can find the first four screenshots from Guardians of the Galaxy: Episode 1, which will be released this Spring, after the break. (more…)

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Zach Gage will release Typeshift on March 18

About a month ago, Zach Gage revealed to fans that he was working with Merriam-Webster to create a brand new word game. That’s right, Merriam Webster, the dictionary people. It makes a certain kind of sense, and it was certainly welcome news for the many fans of Gage’s first word game, SpellTower.

Today, the developer unveiled the fruits of that partnership… Typeshift is a letter-sliding word game, and it’ll be available to download through the iOS App Store on March 18.

Gage has uploaded a trailer to give fans a better look at how Typeshift will work, and he’s added a few sample puzzles to his official website that you can try out right now.

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