Archive: June, 2012
Hit iOS strategy game Hero Academy is coming to PC by way of Steam on August 8. The game will be multi-platform, meaning your account you may already have on your iPhone or iPad will work on Steam, and vice-versa. The Steam version will also allow players to unlock a special Team Fortress 2 themed band of mercenaries, and all other teams (such as the Dwarves, Orcs, or Dark Elves) unlocked on Steam will reward Team Fortress 2 items in that game.
For more information, check out Robot Entertainment’s website.Posted in: PC Tags: Hero Academy, Robot Entertainment
At least once a week, I get someone at work or a friend or relative coming to me with “hey, I just got a 360, what games should I get?” Generally, that’s a tough question to answer because everyone’s taste is different, especially for people who aren’t heavily involved in the gaming culture already. Some people like this, some people like that, some people can’t stand either of them. For that reason, I usually shy away from suggesting a brand new release, as $60 is a lot to plunk down on something that isn’t a sure bet (or very near to one).
So, in my brain, I keep a short list of games that can easily be acquired on a budget and are ones that I can be fairly confident that people will find a good entertainment value for the price. This is, of course, not an exhaustive list of every good game that has come out since 2007 since there are hundreds upon hundreds to choose from, these are just the ones I think everyone should at least be aware of. (more…)Posted in: Microsoft Tags: dead space, dragon age origins, fable 2, halo odst, star wars the force unleashed
Atlus’ Persona 4: Arena media assault continues with a new batch of colorful screenshots showcasing the games arcade mode. I’m not really sure what more can be said about the game, as it seems like were writing about it almost daily.
Check out the screenshots for yourself after the jump in our handy dandy gallery. We’ll have more on Persona 4: Arena when it becomes available on August 7 in North America.Posted in: Microsoft Tags: Atlus, Persona 4 Arena
Radical Entertainment, the Vancouver-based developers behind [Prototype], [Prototype 2] as well as last generation’s Hulk Ultimate Destruction and The Simpsons: Hit and Run have close their doors Activision confirmed today.
News of the closure spread around social media rather quickly with former members of the studio breaking the news over twitter. Oddly, updates to the companies’ Facebook and Twitter accounts happened mere hours before the closure was announced, suggesting that this closure came about rather quickly.
Activision, the parent company of radical entertainment, issued a statement regarding the closure. (more…)Posted in: Site News Tags: Activision, Closure, Layoffs, prototype 2
After spending over 5 years in development, ArenaNet announced today what fans have been waiting for: Guild Wars 2 will be on shelves August 28th, 2012. The MMORPG takes place 250 years after the original Guild Wars and integrates traditional pay-to-play elements with unique combat systems and world events, all for the low monthly price of $0.
Those who preorder the game will have full access to the world starting Saturday, August 25th. Check out the new teaser, and Get Ready:Posted in: Site News Tags: ArenaNet, Guild Wars 2, MMO, NCSoft
Two of Konami’s biggest games for 2012 and 2013 will be playable by the public for the first time at Germany’s GamesCom in August. Fans of Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid franchise will get their first taste of Raiden’s blade with a playable demo of next spring’s Metal Gear Solid Risisng: Revengeance. For those in attendance looking for something a little less blood-soaked and a little more macabre there’s always Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate for the Nintendo 3DS.
Gamescom 12 will run in Colonge Germany from August 15th through the 18th. While we won’t be at the show itself, if any big announcements are made we will be sure to bring them to you.Posted in: Microsoft Tags: Castlevania, Konami, Metal Gear Solid
Last week we reported that Blizzard had implemented several restrictions on new purchasers of Diablo III. Some of these restrictions were intentional, such as the inability to create private games or use the real money auction house, and some of them were the result of a glitch found after the restrictions were put into place.
Players who buy Diablo III digitally will no longer be subject to the level 13 or be restricted to the first act of the game. They would will however not be able to access public games, the auction house or trader received items for up to 72 hours. This allows Blizzard to verify the credit card information used to purchase the game and helps prevent gold farming and credit fraud. (more…)Posted in: PC Tags: Blizzard, Diablo III
The house that Sonic built certainly seen better days. The embattled publisher had already closed some operations in North America, and now they’re following suit with closures in Australia and Europe, which will affect an unknown number of employees. Just like the previous closures SEGA has stated that they will be shifting focus in Europe and Australia towards profitable franchises in digitally delivered content.
SEGA has partnered Koch Media to assist with the publishing of physical goods (ie. packaged retail games) in Switzerland Austria and France, they will however continue to publish physical games in Australia.
We wish everyone affected by the closures all the best, and we hope to hear soon whether some of Sega’s key 2013 titles, like Phantasy Star Online 2 or the next Yakuza title will be affected.Posted in: Microsoft Tags: Closure, Lost Jobs, Sega
After Team Fortress 2 was released back in 2007, Valve has steadily released “Meet The” videos for all of the games classes. There was a huge gap since the last video was released, leaving fans wondering when we’d finally get to “Meet the Pyro”. Today, that wait came to an end, as Valve finally released the video — and it’s quite possibly the best one yet. In addition to the video, you’re able to purchase an inflatable Balloonicorn, the Mayor of Valve’s “Pyroland,” for $29.99 on ThinkGeek.
Oh, and no, we still don’t know if the Pyro is male, female, or human at all. I, for one, hope we never find out. Check out the video!Posted in: Microsoft Tags: meet the pyro, Steam, team fortress 2, valve
UPDATE: It has come to our attention that Kaz Hirai has just stepped down as a member of the board. He is still a member of the board part-time, but will now be focused on his CEO and Presidential duties.
News broke today that former head of Games at Sony, Kazuo Hirai will now be taking on the role as President and CEO of Sony as of today. Kaz, as we all know, used to be in charge of the video games division at Sony where he worked on the development and release of Sony’s Playstation 3. Today, during a shareholding meeting with Kaz and other members of the board, were engulfed in a blaze of questions charged right at the n0w CEO of the company, Associated Press reports.
This news comes as no surprise as Sony has been hit hard with tons of disasters including the Japan Tsunami that hit the land of the rising sun over a year ago; rising yen that very much affected the region for last few months and the tremendous flooding appearing in Thailand. On top of all that, Sony has been hit with 10,000 job cuts. The job cuts are a major part in Sony’s new Sony One initiative to tighten the core of Sony and deliver on it’s promises.
Kaz Hirai replaces former President and CEO Howard Stringer, as Stringer is now the Chairman of the Board.
Posted in: Sony Tags: kaz hirai, sony chairman, sony corporate, sony president