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The Writers Guild of America has announced the nominees for this year’s Writers Guild Award. The award, which honors “Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Videogames,” will be given out on Saturday, February 1 during the 2014 Writers Guild Awards ceremony.
This year, the writers behind Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us, and Lost Planet 3 will all battle it out for the award. A full list of every nominated writer can be found right here:
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft)
Story by Darby McDevitt, Mustapha Mahrach, Jean Guesdon
Lead Scriptwriter: Darby McDevitt
Scriptwriter: Jill Murray
AI Scriptwriter: Nicholas Grimwood
Scriptwriter Singapore: Mark Llabres Hill
Batman: Arkham Origins (Warner Bros. Interactive)
Narrative Director: Dooma Wendschuh; Writer & Senior Narrative Designer: Ryan Galletta
Writer: Corey May
God of War: Ascension (Sony Computer Entertainment)
Written by Marianne Krawczyk
Additional Writing: Ariel Lawrence
The Last of Us (Sony Computer Entertainment)
Written by Neil Druckmann
Lost Planet 3 (Capcom)
Head Writer: Richard Gaubert
Writers: Orion Walker, Matt Sophos
Kratos returns (again) as God of War: Ascension is now available to download from the PlayStation Store. I could have sworn this happened months ago, but the weekly PlayStation Store update doesn’t lie. Also available this week is the first episode of Telltale’s latest episodic adventure series, The Wolf Among Us. The Fables spinoff stars The Big Bad Wolf and he’s going to huff and puff and…
…let you know that hunting sim Cabela’s African Adventures, horse racing sim Champion Jockey, and game show sim Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Special Edition are also available as PS3 downloads today.
Over on the Vita, Activision has added Angry Birds Trilogy to the PlayStation Store and XSEED has released their prison-set action RPG Valhalla Knights 3.
Are you in the market for a PS3? If so, Amazon has a great deal for today as part of their latest Gold Box promotion. Today only, he retailer has slashed the price of the God of War Legacy PS3 Bundle by $70. Regularly priced at $349.99, it can be yours for $279.99. The bundle, which includes a Garnet Red PS3 with a 500GB hard drive, God of War: Ascension, and the God of War Saga collection, is every God of War fan’s dream. And if you’ve already got a PS3 setup and all the other God of War games, Amazon has also taken 33% off the price of God of War: Ascension today ($39.99).
Ten “Lightning Deals” round out today’s sale, let’s see if we can guess what they’ll be:
EXPIRED 12:00 AM (Pacific) - Gears of War: Judgement
5:00 AM (Pacific) - Halo 4
7:00 AM (Pacific) - Agent 47 he takes on his most dangerous and personal contract to date. (Best Guess: Hitman: Retribution)
9:00 AM (Pacific) - Team up to take down the Necromorph threat. (Best Guess: Dead Space 3)
11:00 AM (Pacific) - Envelop yourself in a richly detailed, 3D sound field as you… (Best Guess: headphones)
1:00 PM (Pacific) - Give yourself an audio advantage! (Best Guess: more headphones)
3:00 PM (Pacific) - What choices will you make to escape alive? (Best Guess: Tomb Raider)
5:00 PM (Pacific) - Race on some of the best driving roads in the world (Best Guess: Forza Horizon)
7:00 PM (Pacific) - Put 13 great sports at your fingertips! (Best Guess: Kinect Sports or a similar minigame collection)
9:00 PM (Pacific) - Experience the LEGO The Lord of the Rings heroes come to life in a… (Best Guess: Lego Lord of the Rings)
Good news everyone! The NPD Group (via Game Informer) has released their report on the best-selling games of March 2013 and they’ve confirmed that total game sales saw a 2% increase over March 2012. That’s the first year-over-year increase since November 2011. So good job game-buying public!
BioShock Infinite was the top-selling game of the month, just ahead of Square Enix’s Tomb Raider reboot. New games dominated the list as eight of the top ten titles were released in March. Only Call of Duty: Black Ops II and NBA 2K13 managed to fight through the new release wave to earn a spot in the top ten.
Here’s the complete list of the top ten best-selling games in March 2013:
1. BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
2. Tomb Raider (Xbox 360, PS3)
3. Gears of War: Judgment (Xbox 360)
4. God of War: Ascension (PS3)
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
6. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
7. MLB 13: The Show (PS3, Vita)
8. NBA 2K13 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)
9. The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U)
10. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (Xbox 360, PS3)
Sony Santa Monica courted a mini-controversy (again) yesterday after Adam Sessler reviewed God of War: Ascension and registered his disgust for the game’s “Bros Before Hos” Trophy. Reacting quickly, the developer has informed Joystiq that the offending award will be renamed in a day one patch.
The Trophy will now carry the much-less-misogynistic name “Bros Before Foes.” In addition to being less likely to cause complaints, it also has the bonus of being funnier. The patch won’t change any other part of the game.
In the game, Kratos receives the “Bros Before Hos/Bros Before Foes” Trophy after defeating one of the Furies (read: ripping her limb from limb), a group of demonic vengeance spirits popular in Greek mythology. While it was likely unintentional, it’s not hard to make the leap from the Trophy name to charges of misogyny.
God of War: Ascension was released exclusively for the PS3 today.
A pair of dueling sequels highlight this week’s new releases.
Kratos returns in a God of War prequel that brings multiplayer to the series for the first time. God of War: Ascension is available as a standalone game and also as part of a new PS3 system bundle that include Ascension and the previously released God of War Saga. Also new on store shelves this week is StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, the first expansion in the StarCraft II trilogy saga.
And speaking of sequels, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is also available this week for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. And speaking of snipers, Sniper Elite V2 comes to the PC this week, almost a year after first appearing on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Finally, the 3DS will receive another Monster High game thanks to Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze.
Even though God of War: Ascension‘s release is still two weeks away, Sony has uploaded a launch trailer that shows a softer side of the Ghost of Sparta. Kratos kisses his daughter and hugs his wife in the opening frames of the trailer above and then he skips through a meadow, picks a few daisies, and laughs with a friend over a nice pot of tea.
Nah… Actually he guts a variety of beasties in the way that only he can! Though his daughter really does get a kiss.
God of War: Ascension will be available exclusively for the PS3 on March 12, but if you’re itching to give it a shot, the single-player demo can be downloaded from the PlayStation Store beginning today.
Super Bowl XLVII is less than 24 hours away, and with it, all those amazing commercials. I’m sure the game will be pretty good too. But back to the commercials…
Sony has produced a 2:09 live action spot to promote the release of God of War: Ascension during the big game. They’ve been teasing bits and pieces of the commercial all week, but if you’d rather not wait until tomorrow, you can watch it right here.
God of War: Ascension will be released for the PS3 on March 12.