Blizzard ceases development on their Titan MMO and officially cancels StarCraft: Ghost
The Walking Dead Season 2: Amid the Ruins Review: The Dark Before the Dawn
Nintendo Download: Hyrule Warriors, Mario Golf: Advance Tour, more
New Releases: Super Smash Bros. 3DS, Shadow of Mordor, Forza Horizon 2, More
Xbox Store Today: FIFA 15, Slender: The Arrival, Defense Grid 2, CastleStorm
Harmonix shares first gameplay video of Amplitude HD
Pokemon Trading Card Game Online now available on iOS App Store
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F.E.A.R. Online will be released on October 17
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Four months after the completion of their wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, Harmonix is ready to give gamers their first look at the upcoming Amplitude reboot.
The video was unveiled within the game’s latest Kickstarter update and it is definitely an early look. Things are so preliminary that the levels don’t even have backgrounds yet. But for Amplitude fans, it’s an exciting look into the future of the franchise on the PS3 and PS4.
If all goes well, the Amplitude reboot should be released in Spring 2015.
Phase Two of Nintendo’s plan to dominate the Fall gaming season kicks off this week as Super Smash Bros. For 3DS, the first Smash Bros. game for a handheld system, will be available on Friday, October 3. New friends (Little Mac! The Duck Hunt Dog! Miis! Mega Man! Pac-Man!) and old favorites (Mario! Link! Samus!) give it one of the deepest rosters the franchise has ever seen, making Super Smash Bros. For 3DS even more of a must have.
Also available this week is WB Games’ latest foray into the Lords of the Rings universe, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PC, PS4, Xbox One). Set between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, Shadow of Mordor will tell a brand new tale within the franchise with assistance from Peter Jackson, J.R.R. Tolkien Enterprises, and the writer of Red Dead Redemption. Less epic (but still pretty epic) is Microsoft’s newest racing game, Forza Horizon 2, which will be released for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Finally this week, Atlus is going back to the arena to bring PS3 and Xbox 360 owners Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. Fight!
More new releases (including the return of one of the greatest PC games ever) can be found after the break. (more…)
While the big-time video game tie-in seems to be dead (or at the very least, on life support), the practice of turning faddish television shows into quickie game adaptations is alive and well. Case in point, Activision’s adaptation of A&E’s inexplicably popular Duck Dynasty. The game, which is also simply called Duck Dynasty, will ask players to “Become A Robertson” by hunting ducks (and using their duck calling skills), fishing, racing boats, and playing pranks. It sounds like the Robertsons are also providing voicework for the game, so fans should be pleased.
Duck Dynasty will be released on October 14 for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. A handheld version for the 3DS is also in the works and will be released on the same day. That’s right, we’re going from announcement to release in a little over two weeks. Even if you’re a fan of the show, that’s never a good sign.
After giving us another look at the game’s Kevin Spacey-led story campaign and the expansive new online multiplayer mode, the latest Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer introduces a new co-op mode to the word: “Exo Survival.”
In Exo Survival, players are able to team up with three other players to battle back against waves of enemy soldiers and drones. It doesn’t look like Exo Survival will feature a connected story like the Extinction Mode found in last year’s Call of Duty: Ghosts or the Zombies Mode from 2012’s Black Ops II. But one could always be revealed at a future date.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be released for the PC, PS3, PS3, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on November 4.
Sony pushed out another huge PlayStation Store update yesterday, adding 13 new games to their three platforms.
PS4 players can now look forward to owning EA Sports’ latest soccer sim, FIFA 15, as well as Defense Grid 2 (a tower defense game from Hidden Path), Flockers (a Lemmings-like puzzler from Team17), and CastleStorm: Definitive Edition (a catapult game from Zen Studios).
EA Sports has also graced the PS3 with FIFA 15, and its joined by Slender: The Arrival (the first video game to star the titular Slenderman), Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! (an all-girl fighter from Arc System Works), Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star (an RPG from Gust), Resonance of Fate (an RPG from Sega and Tri-Ace), and the PS2 Classic adaptation of WALL-E.
Finally, Vita owners can also download FIFA 15 and Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! as well as the futuristic tactical action of Frozen Synapse Prime.
In the television world, the finale is perhaps the most important episode of the season. It needs to be exciting and emotional. It needs to provide closure, while at the same time end on a cliffhanger and leave unanswered questions. How else could we remain interested in the show during that excruciating, seven-month wait until the next season? This rings true for the current season of The Walking Dead TV series. Rick and the gang are once again in a dire situation, and we don’t know what’s going to happen next. What happened to Beth? What do the residents of Terminus want? Will we riot if Daryl dies? See, now I’m getting anxious just talking about it. OK, back on track.
In order for the season finale to pack a punch, you need the prior episode to provide a good set up – which usually means a duller entry. This is not bad; it just slows down the momentum a bit. But it is necessary in order to make the finale that much stronger. A calm before the storm, if you will. Ergo, Season 2 of the The Walking Dead video game is no different from its television counterpart. As we draw ever closer to the conclusion of the season, we need to have the penultimate preparation episode – as we get ready for the end. Episode 4 follows this same mantra, giving us a notably slower episode, but still enjoyable in its own right. (more…)
Have you got Destiny out of system yet? If so, there are plenty of new releases to talk about this week includingHyrule Warriors, Nintendo and Koei Tecmo’s mashup of The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors for the Wii U. If nothing else, the game will let us play as Ganondorf and that just sounds amazing.
Also available this week is Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes for the PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Disney’s “2.0” attempt at a toy/game hybrid adds Marvel superheroes and an expanded Toy Box Mode. And speaking of games that appear on a lot of platforms… EA Sports will release FIFA 15 this week for the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Sorry, Wii U owners.
Even more new releases can be found after the break. (more…)
With its spreadsheets, massive drafting guides, and heavy emphasis on statistics, your average Fantasy Football league is run more like a role-playing game than a sports contest. So as we were putting together our Fall gaming preview, we thought, why not combine the two? And thus was born… the Video Game Fantasy League.
Warp Zoned’s staff got together and “drafted” eight games from this Fall’s release schedule in hopes of creating the best-reviewed team of games. The rules are simple. Each staff member was required to draft a PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U game. The final two positions were reserved for a handheld game (3DS or Vita) and a Wild Card slot that could be filled with a game from any platform. Points are scored based on how well-reviewed each game is and points are locked in based on a game’s Metacritic average a month after a game has been released. Any game delayed into 2015 will receive a big fat zero.
Our draft, and the games we’re most looking forward to this Fall, looks a little something like this… (more…)