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Project CARS release date moves to March 17, 2015 to avoid holiday competition

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In order to avoid the stiff competition from this Fall’s “household names,” Slightly Mad Studios and Bandai Namco have announced that the release of Project CARS has been pushed back to March 17, 2015. This new release date will allow the developer to provide an extra layer of polish to the game.

“Our goal has always been to deliver a landmark title that encompasses the wishes and desires of racing fans from all around the world; something with features and content powered by the community that provide a truly unforgettable and pioneering experience” said Ian Bell, the Studio Head at Slightly Mad Studios. “Whilst a tough decision to make, the change in release date allows the game the greatest chance of success and visibility, and the opportunity to polish the game even further to the high standards that both ourselves and our community demand and expect. We’re eager for you all to see what we’ve been working on in just a few months.”

Project CARS’ new release date applies to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One editions of the game. It is also in development for the Wii U, and will be released for Nintendo’s console sometime in 2015.

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Insert Quarter: Why Developers Still Make 2D Games… Because They Love Them

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Insert Quarter is our showcase for some of the best and most interesting writing about video games on the Internet.

Why do developers still love to make 2D games? In this installment, USgamer’s Tyler Ohlew examines the relationship between developers and the two-dimensional worlds they create (often by hand). Speaking to developers behind modern 2D classics such as Shovel Knight, Guacamelee!, and SteamWorld Dig, he discovered that this relationship actually comes down to a love of the style and a universality that goes beyond simple nostalgia.

3D development is easier than ever now, with tools like Unity and Unreal Engine 4 available for very little cost or even free. So, in a landscape dominated by these 3D games, what compels a developer to look back and continue the work that was forced to take a back seat? Why does any developer work in 2D anymore?

You can read the rest of the article at USgamer.

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Destiny was destined to be the best-selling game of September 2014

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After selling more than five million copies in its first week of availability, Bungie’s Destiny easily took the top spot as the best-selling game of September 2014. New releases ruled last month as The NPD Group’s latest report revealed that seven games cracked the top ten.

At #3, EA’s FIFA 15 challenged Destiny for the crown, but came up short. It was followed by Super Smash Bros. For 3DS (#4), Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (#5), NHL 15 (#6), The Sims 4 (#8), and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (#9). The only holdovers were Madden NFL 15 (#2), Minecraft (#7), and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (#10).

According to Joystiq, despite Destiny’s massive success, game industry sales only grew by 2% over September 2013. Of course, September 2013 featured the release of Grand Theft Auto V, a singularly special event, and downloadable titles are constantly eating into retail’s market share. But good luck getting The NPD Group to admit to that.

This months top ten can be found in a handy list format after the break. (more…)

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Pure Pool Review: It Is Definitely A Video Game About Pool

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Every time I sit down to play a game based on some sort of real life sport, the same dilemma runs through my head… why am I playing the virtual version of something I can do out in the real world? I may not be able to putt like Woods, score like Beckham, or run absurdly fast like Bolt, but I can head down to the nearest playing field and make a decent go at it. However, those games allow a form of wish fulfillment to take place on the part of the player, giving them the chance for the sport to be recreated at its highest level. Pool, on the other hand, is a more two-dimensional sport. There is only so much you can do standing around some green felt, holding a stick, and smacking around some balls. There is no management simulation, no on-the-fly formation changes and tactics, no real pop culture icons of the sport. On top of that, pool has that ease of access that American football and the like do not. When you can head down to a local drinking hole, pop a few coins into a table, and play, why does virtual pool need to exist? That’s the question VooFoo Studio attempts to answer with Pure Pool.

And you know what? It’s answered startlingly well. (more…)

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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell moved up a week; “7 Deadly Weapons” revealed in new trailer

The Saints Row franchise has never been afraid to get a little crazy. After an alien invasion in Saints Row IV, even developers at Volition were asking, “Where do we go from here?” I think that’s why the idea behind Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell seems so inspired. Fighting the Devil is a total cliche, but it’s also the perfect playground for Volition and the Third Street Saints. Case in point… in this new trailer, Johnny Gat headbutts the devil in the face.

The trailer also includes a first look at the “Seven Deadly Weapons,” an angelic arsenal of guns that can be used to battle Satan’s minions:

  • Armchair-A-Geddon (The embodiment of Sloth in the rifle slot) - Take a seat and watch the mayhem explode with dual-miniguns and heat-seeking missiles.
  • Gallows Dodger (The embodiment of Pride in the pistol slot) - Hurl arcane balls of energy from this mysterious embodiment of murder, which doesn’t hesitate to boast of his murderous history.
  • Last Supper (The embodiment of Gluttony in the special weapons slot) - Cover your enemies with hell-ish frosting and watch how hunger takes over the masses!
  • Uriels Edge (The embodiment of Envy in the melee slot) - Slash, blast, and disintegrate your enemies in a deadly ball of fire.
  • Ark of the Covenant (The embodiment of Wrath in the explosive slot) - Suck in the souls from your enemies and then launch them at the rest. It’s a win-win.
  • Boom Chicka (The embodiment of Lust in the shotgun slot) - Nothing says come hither more than Boom Chicka, the sexiest gun in existence.
  • Diamond Sting (The embodiment of Greed in the SMG slot) - This weapon propels wages at an incredible rate of fire, turning victims into a shower of wealth.

More Hell-themed weapons will be available to those who pre-order Gat Out of Hell or the PC/next-gen exclusive Saints Row IV: Re-Elected. The “Devil’s Workshop Pack,” available with Gat Out of Hell, will include angel wings for flight and Yorick, the Flaming Skull. Meanwhile, those who pre-order Re-Elected will receive the “Devil’s Workshop Pack” along with the “Plague of Frogs Pack,” which contains the frog-firing Lil’ Croaker gun and the Infernal Guard/Hellish Princess armor.

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) and Saints Row IV: Re-Elected (PC, PS4, Xbox One), which includes Gat Out of Hell, will be released on January 20, a full week earlier than expected.

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Halo: Spartan Strike will be available for Windows platforms this December

For the gamers out there hoping to play an original Halo adventure this Fall, Microsoft’s got you covered… sort of. The publisher has announced (via IGN First) that Halo: Spartan Strike, a top-down shooter sequel to Halo: Spartan Assault, will be available for Windows platforms on December 12. Spartan Strike will be priced at $5.99 and one purchase will unlock the game on all platforms (PC, Surface, and Windows Phone).

Spartan Strike will be set during the events of Halo 2, and include a variety of improvements over the previous game. Fred LaPorte, the game’s Producer at 343 Industries, discusses some of these improvements in the video above.

According to IGN, Spartan Strike will also include “Achievements, rewards in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, 25 weekly challenges, leaderboards, and more.”

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Story Trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Rogue confirms PC release in early 2015

This November’s other Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, is in development exclusively for the PS3 and Xbox 360. But the game’s latest trailer, the “Story Trailer,” has revealed that it will also be released for the PC in early 2015.

Oh, and about that story. If you’re curious how the game’s main character, Shay Cormac, becomes disillusioned with the Assassins and joins the Templars, this is the trailer to watch. You might also want to check out a rather informative post on the UbiBlog, “Faces of Shay,” for even more insight into the character’s creed and creation.

Assassin’s Creed: Rogue will be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 11 with the PC version set for release early next year.

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Conan O’Brien, Kevin Smith, Stephen Amell discuss their roles in Lego Batman 3

Conan O’Brien agreed to play himself in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham because his eight-year-old son made him. Kevin Smith said yes because he is the world’s biggest nerd. And Stephen Amell reprised his role as the Green Arrow because he’s very protective of the character. These are just some of the things you will learn in this behind-the-scenes video for Lego Batman 3 recently released by WB Games.

You’ll also bear witness to the greatest Lego hairstyle ever. In case that whole spaceship thing doesn’t work out, the superheroes of Lego Batman 3 could reach the heavens by climbing Conan’s magnificent pompadour.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be released for the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on November 11.

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