If there was one concern I had about Guild Wars 2 when I initially reviewed it in September 2012, it was the future. An MMO lives or dies by its updates, and since ArenaNet chose a non-subscription model for its game, it theoretically had less reason to provide consistent, free content updates.
I'm happy to report that if that temptation existed, Guild Wars 2 has dodged it completely. While the game had big updates monthly from the start, beginning in April of 2013 ArenaNet launched an ambitious plan to provide meaningful new content every two weeks for free. It sounded unbelievable — it still does! — but it has been pulled off almost flawlessly.
These updates run the full gamut of what's available in Guild Wars 2. They've included new zones, more story content and changes to the player-versus-player and world-versus-world systems. Most recently, ArenaNet introduced a major overhaul to character progression and some huge quality of life changes in a rare mechanics-focused update.
While Guild Wars 2's population has fluctuated, the mix of constant new content and no subscription fee has made it easier for players to jump back in whenever they feel like. And the additions to the game are, by and large, very good — whether it's wacky platforming challenges like the April Fools Day-themed Super Adventure Box or serious ongoing stories like the saga of the villainous Scarlet Briar and her effects on the whole world.
ArenaNet is not only matching the quality of update I'd expect from a subscription-based MMO, it is surpassing the quantity by leaps and bounds. Between the unmatched speed and the dedication to these updates, Guild Wars 2 has improved greatly from its already impressive launch.
Developed by FROM SOFTWARE, Dark Souls™ II is the highly anticipated sequel to the gruelling 2011 breakout hit Dark Souls. The unique old-school action RPG experience captivated imaginations of gamers worldwide with incredible challenge and intense emotional reward.
Dark Souls II brings the franchise’s renowned obscurity & gripping gameplay innovations to both single and multiplayer experiences.
Join the dark journey and experience overwhelming enemy encounters, diabolical hazards, and the unrelenting challenge that only FROM SOFTWARE can deliver.
Colin Graham from Ubisoft explains in an interview with Angry Joe that the Watch_Dogs 'downgrade' footage is from the PS4 version of the game, as opposed to the original footage, which was from the high end PC version.
Angry Joe gets some of the latest questions and concerns about the upcoming Watchdogs addressed in this new Interview!
Respawn Entertainment has posted a news article on its Titanfall website with details on the War Games map, which will be included in the first DLC map pack.
War Games is a new map for Titanfall, based in a virtual world where Pilots compete in simulated environments of Angel City, Rise and Airbase Sierra.
When brainstorming ideas for the first Titanfall DLC map pack, the concept of a level in the training mission simulator got a lot of people excited. Designers imagined a level that was smooth, clean and abstract - a perfect place to design easy-to-read battle spaces and wallrun paths. Artists had images of differently themed areas mixed with digital artifacts and colorful lighting. The concept maintained throughout development was "parkour playground".
Hey gang. The endless story of souls and swords marches forward. Starting today, PS3 owners will be able to download our latest Soulcalibur title, Soulcalibur: Lost Swords, for free.
That’s right, I said free! Soulcalibur: Lost Swords takes everything you like about the series — the fast and fluid, weapon-based combat, the beautiful graphics, the customization options — and wraps it all up in a free-to-play game worthy of the Soulcalibur legacy. We’ll also be bringing back some fan-favorite characters that missed the fight in Soulcalibur V, including Sophitia and Taki. Be sure to keep a look out for other returning characters as well as time goes on.
Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.
Watch how Aurora has been imagined and designed. Discover in this making of what the story of Child of Light has been inspired from!
Dive into the Ubisoft Montreal Studio and discover development team and artists who brought this playable poem to life.
Child of Light is the transformation journey of Aurora, a young princess who woke up in the world of Lemuria. She has to face with her destiny in an epic quest to find the Sun, the Moon and the Stars stolen by the Dark Queen.
Police descended upon a Long Island home Tuesday believing a man had shot several relatives inside. It turned out the 911 call they were responding to was a hoax and part of a game called “Swatting” that law enforcement officials say has become a nationwide epidemic.
A 17-year-old boy who was playing the video game “Call of Duty” inside the house was the apparent victim of the prank, Rincon reported. He had been playing against someone else online, police said.
In the game of Swatting, the losers of the video game get back at the winner by faking an emergency call from the winner’s house, Rincon reported.
PlayStation Plus membership includes free games with Instant Game Collection and online multiplayer on PS4 systems.* In May, PS Plus membership includes Stick It To The Man!, Puppeteer, Pro Evolution Soccer 2014, Skullgirls Encore, Limbo, Surge Deluxe, and more!
Twist that knife around a bit when you stab it in.
Project CARS is the most authentic, beautiful, intense, and technically-advanced racing game on the planet.
Create a driver, pick from a variety of motorsports, and shift into high gear to chase a number of Historic Goals and enter the Hall Of Fame. Then test your skills online either in competitive fully-loaded race weekends, leaderboard-based time challenges, or continually-updated community events.
Featuring world-class graphics and handling, a ground-breaking dynamic time of day & weather system, and deep tuning & pit stop functionality, Project CARS leaves the competition behind in the dust.
Project CARS will be coming to the Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, Steam OS & WiiU starting November 2014.
Kaos has blown up the walls of the feared Cloudcracker Prison freeing the most notorious villains in Skylands. It's up to you and the Skylanders to find and capture them. Using Traptanium™, a magic material that can harness the power of the Elements , you have the amazing ability to trap the villains and return them to Skylands to fight for you! Begin the ultimate adventure as you explore Skylands in search of the escaped villains!
The gates of Hel Ra Citadel loom ahead of your band of 12 battle-hardened allies. Ancient Yokudan warriors, air atronachs, and even deadlier foes are prepared to repel your assault. All your careful planning, strategizing, and mastery of combat skills will be put to the test, and once the attack starts, you’ll have limited resurrections to use in an attempt to reach and defeat the Warrior. How will your group measure up in Trials?
Click on the headline for more info and the trailer.
Amazon and HBO announced Wednesday morning that they have entered into a multi-year content licensing agreement that will make Amazon Prime Instant Video the online-only subscription home for HBO scripted shows like Deadwood, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, The Wire, and many more. The two companies said that previous seasons of current HBO titles — like Girls, The Newsroom and Veep — will become available over the course of the multi-year agreement, approximately three years after airing on HBO. The cable network said that the programming will remain available on all HBO platforms.
Pretty sweet for those who don't have cable. Lots of great content on HBO.
Today, Tripwire Interactive is pleased to announce a special fan promotion in which users can download Red Orchestra 2, PC Gamer's 2011 First-Person Shooter Game of the Year (Multiplayer) on Steam free of charge for a 24 hour period! And, so long as you install it during that 24 hour period, it is free to keep. Permanently!
Oz awakens to find himself in Misrid -- a cursed land at the world's western frontier -- with a dark shroud covering his memories of the past. The land before him contains many labyrinths that hold both treasure and danger in equal volumes.
Without knowing where else to go or what else to do, Oz decides to take up arms in order to hunt down artifacts and eke out a living in this world that feels so new to him. One day, he will have to face his past, but until then, he has no choice but to trust those around him, and in his newfound abilities as a "Demon Gazer."
Warface, Crytek's explosive free-to-play first person shooter, is now available. Join your friends and master teamwork in intense co-op missions that refresh daily! Annihilate others in explosive versus modes in fast paced and tactical action. Battle within four theatres of operations and enjoy daily updates feeding your hunger for more!
LORDS of the FALLEN is coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC this Fall 2014!
The Champion Lord has always been a bit different from other commanders of the Fallen God's demonic army. For them, it was all about honor and discipline. For the Champion it was all about the intensity of a duel and the bloodthirsty satisfaction from defeating an opponent. Where other Lords would respectfully circle around their opponent, the easily enraged Champion will charge right into the fray with his pure brute force. He always likes to get his hands dirty, so his weapons of choice need to be close to his body, allowing him to smell the blood of his victims. Of course, at close range, his boiling bloodlust and reckless charges don't leave him much in terms of defense, but who would stand against a hulking brute like him? You?
Codemasters has announced its latest racing title, GRID Autosport.
While we were patching GRID 2 and releasing new content we were also busy gathering feedback. We listened to everyone who had an opinion on not just GRID 2 but our older games as well. This feedback was digested and ultimately it played a huge part in the early development of GRID Autosport.
The authentic handling model has been shaped by Community feedback but we haven’t just stopped there. Cockpit view makes a return, and with it a dashboard view too, yes, GRID Autosport will ship with two in-car cameras.
Click on the headline for more info and the trailer.
The Cold, Cold Heart Story Add-On introduces new locations including Wayne Manor and GothCorp, taking players on an ice-cold journey as Victor Fries encounters Batman for the first time. Players will have access to all new gadgets including Thermocharged Batarangs and Thermal Gloves. Batman is also equipped with his powerful Extreme Environment (XE) suit to take down Mr. Freeze and his Cryo-thugs in hours of new story content.
Tripwire Interactive has announced that Rising Storm Game of the Year Edition has been released on Steam and other digital outlets.
Today, Tripwire Interactive and Anti Matter Games are pleased to announce the release of the Rising Storm "Game of the Year Edition." Already awarded "Multiplayer Game of the Year" by PC Gamer for 2013, the Game of the Year Edition is bursting with new content for both Rising Storm and Red Orchestra 2 (Red Orchestra 2 Multiplayer is included in Rising Storm). Transports for the German and Russian factions, a new Tripwire map (Maggot Hill), 3 community maps now official and the new Search & Destroy gameplay mode, with 10 maps configured for it. That is a full 17 maps either new or with additional gameplay! We'd like to give a special thanks to the vehicle mod team whose work inspired and helped us implement transports into the update.
The Street Fighter® IV series evolves to a whole new level with Ultra Street Fighter® IV for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Continuing the tradition of excellence the series is known for, five new characters and six new stages have been added for even more fighting mayhem, with rebalanced gameplay and original modes topping off this ultimate offering.
Available via retail, full download, or digital upgrade, users who purchase the retail or full download version of the game will also receive all previous costume DLC released for the series (a $40 value), making this the definitive version of Street Fighter IV to check out!
The cameras are better in MLB 14 The Show. New to MLB 14, dynamic batting cameras will change the way you see the game from the batter's box. The new camera is designed to add more perspective, more action and more excitement to your ABs.
Devour trees, obstacles, and just about everything else with Kirby’s brand-new Hypernova ability in his new adventure, Kirby™: Triple Deluxe. He's also got epic new copy abilities, like Archer, Bell, and Circus. Plus, a new multiplayer battle mode, Kirby Fighters, lets you challenge up to three friends at once.
Add in fun extra game modes, dynamic stages, and collectible keychains, and you've got the biggest, most "deluxe" Kirby game ever.
Multiple sites have noticed that Activision has removed the box art of the Xbox One version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from the official website.
“We are working with Microsoft in an effort to release The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game on Xbox One," an Activision spokesperson told us. "Currently, the game will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and the PC on 2nd May, 2014 as previously announced."
Rumor I'm reading is that it is possible the Xbox 360 version has also been cancelled.
A video of Star Citizen's Dog Fighting Module (in-game name Arena Commander) was just released containing footage from the development office, the rocky PAX reveal and most importantly, around fifteen minutes of DETAILED FOOTAGE of the what the team has made so far. With backers mostly at the edge of their seats waiting for this module to be released, this video provides good proof of what has so far been accomplished.
This special Star Wars Rebels preview clip, which premiered at WonderCon 2014, features an introduction from voice actress Vanessa Marshall and an exciting sequence from the upcoming animated series.
Hera, captain of the Ghost, pilots her starship during a battle with two TIE fighters. Chopper delivers a message from Kanan, currently engaging the TIEs in the top turret. The Jedi is apparently displeased with Hera's maneuvering. In response, she takes matters into her own hands...
A former soldier is taken captive and awakens in the back of a van to learn he only has a few moments to figure out how he got there. It's a unique concept set in the near future that explores the idea of mind control.
The Digital Foundry puts the PS4 version of Square Enix's MMO, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, under the microscope in their latest face-off article.
The PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy 14 is an impressive port that comes close to delivering a PC-quality experience on a console. The PC version is still the best option overall, but the crisp 1080p visuals, more detailed artwork, longer draw distances and the possibility of having hundreds of characters on-screen at once without that big a dip in performance are all fantastic achievements for this next-gen console release, and people who simply prefer doing their gaming on console will get a good deal out of this version - while still getting to play along with their friends on PC.
InXile Entertainment has announced the addition of Linux support and more content to Wasteland 2 on Steam Early Access.
Today inXile is proud to add Linux support to Wasteland 2 Early Access, making it available on all three platforms promised in the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter: Windows, OSX and Linux.
Along with Linux support, the beta version of Wasteland 2 has seen a major update, adding another major area in Arizona, the new vendor screen, and numerous tweaks, fixes and optimization passes. The full patch notes list roughly 400 such changes: http://wastelandrpg.tumblr.com/post/...te-39080-notes
With these major systems implemented, Wasteland 2 is in the final stages of development. The Steam Early Access Release now includes over 40% of the game.
A few years ago I really enjoyed the 12" Star Wars figures made by Sideshow Toys. They are super-detailed collector quality figures that I would say have more in common with a high-end statue than an action figure.
When I started collecting them they were $49.95. Over time they got more and more expensive until the new figures are running in the range of $185.95. That's more than a little outside of my budget.
I sold off all the Sideshow Star Wars figures a few years back and I'm in the process of selling off some of the other Sideshow figures I picked up along the way.
Now my new obsession is NECA figures. NECA makes adult collector figures out of all the popular movies & video games including Terminator, Aliens, Predator, Planet of the Apes and games like BioShock Infinite and Gears of War. They are only $20.00 each and take up a heck of a lot less space than the 12" Sideshow guys.
The newest figure in my collection is the above prototype figure of Markus Fenix in the Theron disguise. This is probably a bootleg figure, but it was only $10 including shipping so I bought it anyway.
In Summer 2014, the world's most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure "Godzilla." From visionary new director Gareth Edwards ("Monsters") comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.
Bound by Flame, the new RPG developed by Spiders studios, is set for release on PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, Xbox 360® and PC on May 9, and a series of exclusive images now provides another tantalizing glimpse of what’s in store! The game hero takes center stage in these screenshots, and players can create and play him before launching into an epic quest in pursuit of the Ice Lords. All your choices in Bound by Flame will therefore impact on your adventure and also on your hero’s appearance!
You therefore play a mercenary of the Freeborn Blades, who is possessed by a flame demon at the start of the adventure. When you start a new game, you are free to choose your character’s look: gender (which will affect some of the dialog, particularly with companions and potential romances), facial features, ethnicity and hairstyles.
But your character customization doesn’t end there; you will find and create new items of armor during your quest using the ingenious in-game crafting system. Not only will this have an impact on your combat tactics using the bonuses you have been granted but it will also alter your appearance, because each armor item can be customized with various extras, i.e. shoulder pads, knee pads and a range of other protective features, each having a particular style. The combinations are infinite, so each character will be unique!
Last but not least, you will be faced with many choices and dilemmas during your adventure. Depending on your decisions, you can perform heroic actions to reject the demon’s influence or be consumed by the power of the flame by allowing yourself to be controlled by the demon’s will. This demonic influence will be shown in the different stages of your transformation, and you will become increasingly demonic and less human! These screenshots illustrate all this using a selection of characters you can create and play in Bound by Flame!
GameSpot is reporting on the latest NPD sales data, which has revealed the release of Titanfall was not enough to help the Xbox One (5 million sold-in to retailers) close the gap on PlayStation 4 (7 million sold).
NPD released their monthly sales data today, and for the third month in a row, the PlayStation 4 has come out on top.
In a press release, the NPD wrote, "PS4 and Xbox One continue to see success with cumulative sales of the two consoles through the first five month currently totaling more than double that of their predecessors, the PS3 and Xbox 360."
But the more interesting fact is that: "In March 2014, Sony’s PS4 led hardware sales for the third month in a row."
That's an especially surprising statistic since the Xbox One/PC exclusive Titanfall was the top-selling game in the US for March. Overall, the Xbox One sold 311,000 units, and the Xbox 360 sold 111,000. But Sony recently announced, that they had sold 7 million consoles worldwide.
Microsoft's corporate VP of marketing, strategy, and Business for Xbox, Yusuf Mehdi, wrote in a press release, "We’re also happy to share today that more than 5 million Xbox One consoles have been sold-in to retailers since our launch. The new generation is off to a strong start, with global Xbox One sales outpacing Xbox 360 by more than 60 percent at the same point in time, a true testament to your love of console gaming."
ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, has filed three trademarks for "Nuka Cola" with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The three filings of the "Nuka Cola" mark pertain to games and computer software, clothing or apparel, and electronic services -- specifically, "relating to electronic computer games via the Internet."
For the uninitiated, Nuka-Cola is a staple of the Fallout series, found in vending machines or as solitary bottles scattered throughout the wasteland. As the chief soft drink before The Great War, surviving servings of the beverage continue to provide refreshment even after the bombs dropped.
While these trademark filings could be solely to protect the brand--trademarks are filed all the time to prevent infringement--it's not unreasonable to consider something bigger could be in the works. Two of the trademarks relate to video games, and one specifically covers entertainment services related to online games.