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The Last of Us leads 2014 DICE Awards with 13 nominations


The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has announced the nominees for this year’s DICE Awards. This year, The Last of Us leads all games with 13 nominations, including “Game of the Year.” It will compete against four other games for the honor: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, BioShock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

Each of this year’s “Game of the Year” nominees has a chance to collect multiple awards as Grand Theft Auto V (seven), BioShock Infinite (six), and Assassin’s Creed IV (five), and A Link Between Worlds (three) were all nominated in multiple categories. With five nominations, Tearaway is also up a huge number of awards. All told, 61 games received nominations in 24 categories this year.

The 2014 DICE Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 6 during the close of this year’s DICE Summit. A complete list of nominees can be found after the break. (more…)

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CoD: Ghosts, Battlefield 4 march to the top of November 2013′s best-selling games chart


With the PS4 and Xbox One now available in stores across the country, the NPD Group is ready to talk about the financial health of the video game industry with their most recent monthly report. Total sales of $2.7 billion fueled the game industry in November, an increase of seven percent over November 2012′s sales numbers. The next-generation had a lot to do with the inflated number, as hardware sales were listed at $1.3 billion for the month, a 58% increase year-over-year.

But what about the games? Well, new releases Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag marched to the top three spots. Below that is a trio of non-November releases (Madden NFL 25, Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2K14) and below that is a trio of family-friendly titles (Skylanders Swap Force, Just Dance 2014, Disney Infinity). FIFA 14 rounded out the top ten.

The top ten brought with it an interesting comparison between the two next-generation consoles and there seemed to be no clear-cut winner. According to Joystiq, the PS4 versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV, Madden NFL 25, NBA 2K14, and FIFA 14 outsold their Xbox One counterparts. But the Xbox One can claim sales superiority with Skylanders Swap Force and Just Dance 2014 among multiplatform releases.

Finally, it was a bad month to be a platform-exclusive game as major releases like Super Mario 3D World, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Forza Motorsport 5, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds failed to crack the top ten.

You can find the complete chart of November 2013′s best-sellng games after the break. (more…)

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Cyber Monday Game Deals 2013: Amazon


Black Friday may be over, but Amazon always saves the best deals for Cyber Monday. And this year is no exception. I suggest swinging over to Amazon’s Cyber Monday Deals page and checking out some of the great all-day deals they’ve got going on (including The Last of Us for $35, Call of Duty: Ghosts for $45, Grand Theft Auto V for $40, and Batman: Arkham Origins for $40) as well as this interesting schedule of Limited Time Deals:

8:10 AM (Eastern)

  • Skylanders Giants – Portal Owner Pack (3DS)

9:10 AM (Eastern)

  • Rage (PC)
  • Family Party 30 Great Games: Obstacle Arcade (Wii U)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Legendary Edition (PC)

10:10 AM (Eastern)

  • Resident Evil 6 Archives (Xbox 360)
  • Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (Xbox 360)

11:10 AM (Eastern)

  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Vita)
  • Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii)

12:10 PM (Eastern)

  • Eve Online: The Second Decade (PC)

5:10 PM (Eastern)

  • Dead Space 3 (PS3/Xbox 360)
  • Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device (PC)
  • The Secret World (PC)
  • NCAA Football 13 (PS3/Xbox 360)

7:10 PM (Eastern)

  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (PS3)
  • Brave (PS3)

8:10 PM (Eastern)

  • Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure – Starter Pack (Wii)
  • Skylanders Giants Triple Pack

9:10 PM (Eastern)

  • TriMount (PS3/Xbox 360/Wii)

3:00 AM (Eastern)

  • Moshi Monsters: Moshings Theme Park (3DS)

I admit, the Limited Time Deals are less than stellar (though Amazon has promised to add more throughout the day), but the all-day deals feature some of the best prices you’ll see on some of the biggest games of 2013 this holiday season.

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New Releases: Xbox One, Super Mario 3D World, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, More


Are you ready for “Part Two” of this year’s next-generation console extravaganza? After months of hype, Microsoft is ready to deliver the Xbox One to store shelves this week. If you haven’t already ordered one, it’s unlikely you’ll find the system in stores, but it’s always worth a shot. However, there will be plenty of Xbox One game available, including:

If you’re not quite ready to hop on the Xbox One bandwagon, there are plenty of brand new current-generation games out this week including:

The complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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Grand Theft Auto V is October 2013′s best-selling game

grandtheftautov-box-largeOnce again, Grand Theft Auto V reigns supreme. The latest entry in Rockstar’s blockbuster franchise remains atop the NPD Group’s monthly tabulations of the best-selling games at retail.

It’s important to note that GTA5 didn’t pull off this repeat performance against a group of lightweights. The remaining spots in the top ten, all nine of them, were claimed by new releases. You can check out the rest of the top ten right here and, if you gambled that Pokemon X would sell more copies than Pokemon Y, it’s time to collect:

Bestselling Games in October 2013
1. Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3)
2. Pokemon X (3DS)
3. Pokemon Y (3DS)
4. Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
5. Batman: Arkham Origins (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
6. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U)
7. NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
8. Skylanders Swap Force (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)
9. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PC)
10. WWE 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS3)

According to Joystiq, GTA5 wasn’t the only big winner last month. The entire industry had a very profitable four weeks as last month’s software sales were higher than the same period from 2012, making October 2013 the third month in a row to see year-over-year sales gains.

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Nintendo Download: Mario & Sonic Olympics 2014, Adventure Time 2, more


Ready for another big batch of additions to Nintendo’s download services? Great, here we go…

  • Tomorrow, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be added to the Wii U eShop. The latest Olympics-themed character crossover will feature 24 events, including the brand new Snowboard Slopestyle.
  • On Tuesday, Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW!, the second game starring everyone’s favorite post-apocalyptic adventurers, will be released for the 3DS and Wii U.
  • Also on Tuesday, Zumba Fitness: World Party brings the exercise craze back to the Wii U.
  • But if you’re looking for something today, do check out the NES classic River City Ransom on the 3DS’ Virtual Console.

There’s more information on all of these games (and many more) after the break. (more…)

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Wii Mini (bundled with Mario Kart Wii) comes to US this month

wiimini-2If you live in the US and have been wondering what to get for the holiday season, or if you’ve always been curious to see why the Wii was the best-selling video game console of the seventh generation, then your chance has finally arrived.

Nintendo has announced that the Wii Mini, previously only available in Canada and the UK, will be arriving in the United States this month. The Wii Mini is a more compact and affordable version of the Wii that is perfect for families or friends who want a more economic experience. The console features an awesome black-and-red color scheme, and is set for a retail price of $99.99.

Unlike the Wii, the Wii Mini has no Internet capabilities (which means no online play, no Virtual Console, and no WiiWare), but it can play every disc-based game in the extensive Wii library. To get new players started, the Wii Mini comes bundled with Mario Kart Wii, so families and friends can take advantage of the game’s great local multiplayer instantly.

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The “AAA” Game: Where It’s Been, Where It’s Going, and Did It Kill the “Mid-Tier” Game?


With a new generation of consoles almost upon us, there is the worry that the spiraling budgets and massive teams required to create “AAA” games is hurting the industry. But for all the hand-wringing about how the “AAA” game is detrimental to mid-size developers, no one can seem to agree on what exactly a “AAA” game is or when the “AAA” designation was even first used. In attempting to solve this etymological mystery, I found that the “AAA” designation shares much in common with Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s obscenity test from a 1964 case: “I know it when I see it.” But I also found out that “Will the AAA game survive?” is probably the wrong question to ask. (more…)

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