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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…)
Surprise! Swery65, the demented genius behind the equally demented Deadly Premonition has unleashed the first two episodes (and a prologue) of D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die on the Xbox Games Store. The Xbox One murder mystery uses a striking cel-shaded art style and features another dose of the developer’s trademark sense of humor. Also available on the Xbox One Store today is Flockers, a Lemmings-like puzzler from Team17 (the creators of Worms).
Xbox 360 owners can finally download the Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition beginning today. The $39.99 package includes both the original game and the Reaper of Souls expansion pack.
More details on all three games can be found after the break. (more…)
Sega and Creative Assembly have big plans for Alien: Isolation after its October 7 launch. As part of a planned Season Pass, the developer will create five Survivor Mode add-ons that place players in direct opposition with the Xenomorph in a confined space and with limited resources. A bonus Survivor Mode demo, “Basement,” will be included with the game at launch.
Each Survivor Mode add-on will include “three new maps, each with their own set objective and challenges, a new playable character and a variety of enemy types between you and your escape.” New Survivor Mode packs will drop at a rate of about one per month and the first will be released on October 28. All five will be available by next March.
“At this year’s E3 and a number of subsequent events, we put the Survivor Mode demo into the hands of the world’s press and consumers and the reception was incredible,” said Al Hope, Creative Lead on Alien: Isolation. “This is the game in its purest form; it’s you against the creature and it’s against the clock. It was just fantastic watching players leave the demo with a strange mix of joy, terror and relief at simply surviving, before jumping back in and try to tackle it in a different way to beat their time!”
Can you escape the Xenomoprh? Don’t forget the cat!
The Xbox Games Store grew by one this when Bandai Namco added Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution to the Xbox 360 section. Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is the tenth game in the Naruto Shippuden series (there are more than 30 Naruto-branded games in all) and promises to include more than 100 playable characters:
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution ($49.99)
The latest Naruto game with 100+ playable & support ninjas, the most content in the series & evolved battle system with team based play mechanics. Select from three types of teams & depending on the ninja chosen, you can perform Combo Ultimate Jutsu or be in a state of True Awakening! A new mode called Ninja World Tournament lets you battle 3 other ninja & the last one standing wins! Enjoy 50+ minutes of new animation & learn more info about the Creation of the Akatsuki, The Two Uchiha & more!
Opinions on Bungie’s Destiny seem to be split (its average score at Metacritic is current in the high 70s), but publisher Activision is definitely pleased with how many copies they’ve sold. In its first five days of availability, Destiny grossed more than $325 million. At $60 a pop, that averages out to more than five million copies sold, obliterating the previous sales record for an original property, which was set by Watch Dogs back in May.
“Destiny fans played more than 100 million hours of the game in the first week. That’s on par with the engagement levels of our most popular Call of Duty games, which obviously is an industry leader,” said Eric Hirshberg, the CEO of Activision Publishing. “Millions of gamers are having a great time playing Destiny and can’t put down their controllers. And this is just the beginning. Destiny is a platform that will grow and evolve and we will continue to work closely with our partners at Bungie to bring a long line of new experiences and content to life in the game.”
Destiny is currently available for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Yesterday, Bungie launched “Vault of Glass,” a unique in-game event exclusively for players who’ve reached Level 26.
You’re going to have to wait a bit longer to slam WWE 2K15 into your PS4 or Xbox One. 2K Games has announced that the next-generation version of the wrestling title has been delayed. It will now be released on November 18, three weeks after its original October 28 release date.
WWE 2K15 will be the first game in the pro wrestling franchise to appear on the PS4 and Xbox One. No specific reason was given for the delay, though Visual Concepts’ Greg Thomas did say that the development team needed more time “to ensure the WWE 2K15 next-gen experience fully meets our expectations.”
However, there is some good news. The PS3/Xbox 360 version of WWE 2K15 has not been delayed and will be released as scheduled on October 28.
Ubisoft is putting out another Just Dance game this Fall and today they’ve unveiled the game’s complete soundtrack. The enture track list can be found after the break and you’ll probably be quite happy if you like musicians such as Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Icona Pop, and Charli XCX. Oh, and Pharrell’s “Happy” is on the list too.
Just Dance 2015 will be released for the PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on October 21. (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.