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Madden NFL 15 spikes the competition by outselling all games in August 2014

maddnenfl15-boxEven though his stance said, “stop,” Richard Sherman took it to the house as the cover athlete of Madden NFL 15. While it’s too early to be concerned with The Curse, EA Sports’ latest football sim, as expected, toppled the competition and emerged as the best-selling game of August 2014, according to The NPD Group.

Only a small number of new releases made their way onto store shelves last month and many of them were re-releases of older titles. This tactic helped Diablo III: Reaper of Souls reach the #2 spot as the “Ultimate Evil Edition” is now available for previous-generation and current-generation consoles. And thanks to its PlayStation debut, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare cracked the top ten for the first time at #7.

Joystiq posits that this lack of major releases is the reason why game sales were down when compared to last August. The eighth month of 2013 saw the release of Madden NFL 25 as well as Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Saints Row IV, and Disney Infinity.

A full look at the top ten best-selling games of August 2014 can be found after the break. (more…)

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Dying Light parkours to an earlier release date: January 27

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Previously pegged for a February release, Techland has announced the release date of Dying Light is moving up to January. January 27, 2015 to be exact. In development for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, Dying Light adds a free running/parkour element to evading zombie hordes, which you slightly get a taste of in this promotional image for the new release date released by Techland:

Techland has another unconventional first-person game planned for 2015, the medieval melee monster hunter known as Hellraid, which will be released digitally for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Hopefully, it’ll get an official release date soon as well.

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Microsoft rumored to buy Mojang, Notch himself may have initiated deal

20823568_minecraft_11414_1280Microsoft may be dealing with Mojang to buy the highly profitable company, which is a slight shock to many of Markus “Notch” Persson’s fans. Notch has famously criticized Microsoft in the past, though Games Industry International reports that Persson’s closeness with Phil Spencer, who heads Microsoft’s Xbox Division, is part of the reason why he sought to sell his company to Microsoft.

If you think about it, this isn’t really all that surprising. Mojang’s massive hit, Minecraft, practically prints money, and exclusivity of the game to Microsoft platforms would be a major win for the company. According to Bloomberg, Notch himself will likely leave Mojang once the acquisition is complete. This is also not that surprising, seeing as Notch thrives in smaller, independent situations, and probably yearns to get back to that.

What do you think about this story? Leave us a comment to let us know how you feel about this turn of events.

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Sega releases “No Escape” trailer as Alien: Isolation goes gold

Ash: You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.

The Alien (or Xenomorph, if you prefer) is one of film’s greatest killing machines. This October, it will turn it’s rage and hostility towards Amanda Ripley, the only daughter of Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), in Alien: Isolation. Developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega, the survival horror has terrified early players in a series of pre-release appearances at events such as Gamescom and PAX Prime. Today, Sega announced that the game has “gone gold” and will officially be in stores on October 7 for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

To make this final month a little more bearable, Creative Assembly has together a series of short trailers showcasing the many ways in which the Xenomorph can end your life. The first trailer, “No Escape,” is available above and it proves that running is definitely not the answer to the question, “How Will You Survive?”

A number of additional trailers will be released over the next few weeks ahead of the game’s launch. Maybe we’ll even get to the inevitable correct answer… nuke it from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.

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WB announces Lego Batman 3 DLC content, Season Pass

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Prepare yourself, a “Season Pass” will soon be available for a children’s game as WB Games has announced they are planning to produce six downloadable content packs that expand on Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. The first three packs (which are based on The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, and Batman’s early comic appearances) will be available on November 11 alongside the game’s launch:

The Dark Knight Pack
Experience the heart-pounding chase scene from the iconic film complete with cool vehicles and explosive action. Play as the legendary Dark Knight and Commissioner Gordon, as well as the Joker and his goons as they chase down Harvey Dent’s police escort. Bane and Catwoman from the third film are also playable.

Man of Steel Pack
Help Jor-El, his wife Lara, and their robot Kelex send the infant Superman “Kal-El” into space towards the safety of Earth as Krypton falls into chaos. Find a way inside Jor-El’s home, fight General Zod’s invading forces and battle against Zod himself to save Superman.

Batman 75th Pack
Play as Joker and Harley, setting up a variety of celebration set pieces. Be the Batman and play as some of the most iconic faces of Batman through the years, including his first appearance in Detective Comics #27.

Each pack will be available for $2.99 apiece or as part of the Season Pass (which will sell for $14.99). The Season Pass will only be offered for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. It looks like players who planned on purchasing Lego Batman 3 on the 3DS, Vita, or Wii U are out of luck and it’s currently unknown if the DLC will even be available on those platforms.

Details and release dates for the final three packs will be announced at a later date.

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Metro Redux Review: A Great Return Journey

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Recently, the trend of re-releasing old games as shiny, new PlayStation 4/Xbox One versions has become the standard operating procedure for many video game publishers. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, The Last of Us Remastered, and Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition sit alongside titles like OlliOlli, Hotline Miami, and Escape Plan as games that straddle the console generations. With Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition and Grand Theft Auto V still to come later this year, it’s fair to say it’s not a short-term trend. This time, it’s Deep Silver’s turn to add to this big list of titles. However, give Deep Silver some credit, Metro Redux offers a lot of value with a significant amount of gameplay tweaks and graphical upgrades. (more…)

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Batman: Arkham Knight ventures into the light of day on June 2

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced that Batman will return on June 2, 2015. It looks like that’s the day that Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in three different versions.

A game disc in a flimsy plastic case is yours if you’re willing to spend $59.99 on the standard edition. But for $99.99, you can upgrade to the Limited Edition housed in a fancy SteelBook case. In North America, the Limited Edition will be available exclusively for the PS4 and Xbox One. Gamers in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand will have the option of picking it up for the PC as well as the PS4 or Xbox One. So what else do you get for your money besides a sturdier case? Well, the Limited Edition includes…

  • Limited Edition SteelBook – Unique SteelBook case and game disc.
  • Batman Memorial Statue – Imposing statue commemorating Gotham’s protector, The Dark Knight.
  • Custom Art Book – 80 Page, full-colour art book showcasing the concept art of Batman: Arkham Knight.
  • Comic Book – Limited Edition DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight #0 Comic Book.
  • Exclusive Character Skin Pack – Three unique Skins from DC Comics’ “New 52″ series.

But if you really want to get nuts, the $199.99 Batmobile Edition (PS4 or Xbox One only in all territories) may be for you. The Batmobile Edition includes everything from the Limited Edition, except the Batman Memorial Statue has been swapped out for a Transforming Batmobile Statue that is, according to WB, “realized in exquisite detail by TriForce.”

You can get a closer look at both special editions after the break. (more…)

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Square Enix: “We’d love to bring Dragon Quest X to the West”

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Square Enix has expressed interest in bringing Dragon Quest X to western countries ever since the game first launched in Japan in 2012. Originally available for the Wii, Dragon Quest X’s reach has expanded to include versions for the Wii U, PC, and 3DS (which just launched last week). But is Square Enix still interested in trying to bring the game west? The answer is most certainly yes.

Siliconera recently spoke to Yuu Miyake, Dragon Quest X’s Executive Producer, and has response was an enthusiastic, “We’d love to do it!” He further elaborated that cultural differences between Japan and western countries have made this a difficult process:

“In terms of this being an MMO, again, we have to consider the operation and logistics of how to make that feasible,” Miyake elaborated. “We also have to think about it from a business standpoint. With Final Fantasy XI and XIV, it’s a global-scale endeavor. In terms of Dragon Quest, the way it’s perceived in the different countries is very, very different. How it’s perceived in Japan is different than how it’s perceived in the United States.”

Finally, Miyake said that business considerations could further complicate a North American launch for Dragon Quest X as a new data center would have to be constructed to serve a North American playerbase. But with the success of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, this might not be as large a hurdle for the publisher as it has been in the past.

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