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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…)
It’s a quiet week for the PlayStation Store, but players are now able to download…
- Anomaly 2, a “tower offense” game for the PS4.
- KickBeat Special Edition, a rhythm game with a kung fu kick for the PS4.
- Fairy Fencer F, another wild RPG from NIS America for the PS3.
- Murasaki Baby, a visually unique puzzle platformer for the Vita.
More information on all of these titles (as well as a few other new releases) can be found after the break. And a complete rundown of this week’s new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)
Two Point Five Billion Dollars. That’s how much Microsoft just spent to acquire Mojang, the developer behind the wildly popular Minecraft. To put that in perspective, Disney paid $4.64 billion for Marvel in 2009 and $4.05 billion for Lucasfilm in 2012. So the Minecraft community carries the same value as 19,000 characters from the Marvel multiverse or 60% of the entire Star Wars canon. That is unbelievable.
As expected, Markus “Notch” Persson will leave Mojang after the acquisition is complete to work on new projects. And, in a surprising move, Microsoft has confirmed that Minecraft will not become a PC/Xbox exclusive. The game will continue to be available on mobile devices, the PS3, the PS4, and the Vita.
“Minecraft is one of the most popular franchises of all time,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “We are going to maintain Minecraft and its community in all the ways people love today, with a commitment to nurture and grow it long into the future.”
To date, more than 50 million copies of Minecraft have been sold across all platforms, making it one of the best-selling games of all time.
Even 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…)
After months of waiting, Telltale Games has announced exactly when three of their most critically-acclaimed games (The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead Season 2, and The Wolf Among Us) will be available for the PS4 and Xbox One.
Posting on Twitter, Telltale has said they will release both The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead Season 2 for the PS4 and Xbox One (as a downloadable game and as a retail disc) sometime in October. In addition to The Walking Dead’s next-gen debut, Telltale will also release a retail disc version of The Walking Dead Season 2 for the PS3, Vita, and Xbox 360 in October.
In a second Twitter update, the publisher also confirmed that The Wolf Among Us will be available for the PS4 and Xbox One (again, as a downloadable game and as a retail disc) sometime in November. And just to make everything nice and official, retail disc versions for the PS3, Vita, and Xbox 360 will also be released in November.
With Telltale putting the final stamp on their Summer games, we’re that much closer to the Fall release of Tales From the Borderlands and the (eventual) reveal of Game of Thrones.
Square Enix has announced their Tokyo Game Show 2014 lineup (helpfully translated by Siliconera) and it looks like two of the publisher’s popular mobile titles will be making the leap to the PlayStation Vita.
Rise of Mana is the latest game in the long-running Mana series and it has been available for mobile devices in Japan since March. The free-to-play title includes full controllers support and in-app microtransactions. A North American release has yet to be announced, but perhaps the Vita version will spur Square Enix into action.
Meanwhile, Deadman’s Cross is a card-based battler that takes place during a zombie uprising which is currently available in English on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store for Android. Again, the Vita version was not announced for an American release, but with an English-language port already out there, it’s very possible.
Square Enix will showcase more than a dozen games at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, which begins on September 18. The list includes multiple new entries in the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy franchises as well as Bravely Second.
PAX Prime came to an end on Monday, but we’re still sorting through all the news to emerge from the expo and the latest Might No. 9 trailer is too good to pass up. Once again, Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune mesmerized a PAX crowd with new details of his beautiful platformer, including a look at several of the boss battles. It’s colorful, it’s polished, and it’s embedded above.
Mighty No. 9 will be available for the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in Spring 2015.
Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that Minecraft: Xbox One Edition would be released on Friday, September 5. A Mojang representative would later reveal that PlayStation players would get the chance to play a next-generation version of Minecraft “soon… or maybe sooner.”
Apparently, that was a subtle hint alluding to the fact that Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition was scheduled to launch today, a full day before the Xbox One Edition.
As with the Xbox upgrade option, Sony will also offer discounted pricing ($4.99) on Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition to anyone who has previously purchased Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition. All downloadable content for the PS3 Edition can be transferred to the PS4 Edition. If you’re a first-time player of Minecraft, the PS4 Edition will be regularly priced at $19.99. Finally, a retail disc version of Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition will be available before the end of the year.
As for Minecraft: PS Vita Edition, Sony hopes to have an update on the portable edition “soon.”