May 24, 2016

Epic Word Search 2 challenges 3DS gamers Thursday

Posted on May 24, 2016 by Jason Nason

Lightwood Games’ next word game will hit the Nintendo 3DS eShop on Thursday. The game is a follow-up to their Epic Word Search Collection, aptly titled Epic Word Search Collection 2. The game will be released in North America, Europe and Australasia on May 26th.

Epic Word Search Collection 2 brings together five more of Lightwood’s “epic” puzzles. Each one is a giant scrolling monster of a word search, with around 1,500 words hidden in a massive grid of more than 14,000 letters. You can use the D-Pad or Circle Pad to move around the puzzle, then tap and drag with the stylus to select a word. The upper screen shows which words are hidden in the visible section.

This sequel adds the ability to flip direction controls – a much requested feature from users of the original game. Players who activate StreetPass can share their progress with others and will be able to see how they are doing compared to players they meet!

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June 2016 Games With Gold: Super Meat Boy, The Crew & More

Posted on May 24, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Major Nelson has revealed the latest titles that will be given to subscribers free of charge next month on Xbox Live. With E3 coming in just a few weeks fan’s expectations are of course pretty high and MS has secured two AAA titles for next month’s freebies.

Xbox One owners will get be able to collapse clumsily into all of the things with Goat Simulator, the indie hit from June 1st thru the 30th. Ubisoft’s cross country racer The Crew will join the library of millions of Xbox One owners from June 16 thru July 15th.

Xbox 360 players (and Xbox One players via backwards compatibility) can feel their frustration rising with the classic platformer Super Meat Boy from June 1st thru the 15th. Finally Firaxis’ well received reboot X-ComEnemy Unknown will be available from June 16th thru the 30th.




Humble Ubisoft Encore Bundle Now Live

Posted on May 24, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

French publisher Ubisoft has joined with the Humble Bundle to bring charitable donations and discount games to PC gamers for the next two weeks. The $1 tier features an older first person shooter, an indie darling from last year and a platformer that is considered a modern classic.  The BTA price takes players on an adventure on a tropical island, tests their stealth abilities and whisks them away to ancient China.

Featuring titles from the Far Cry series, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, Assassin’s Creed and the top tier including The Division + an exclusive Tee there is a lot of variety to be had.

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Below is the complete list, the bundle will be around until Monday June 6th with more titles being added next week.

$1 Tier

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
Grow Home
Rayman Origins

BTA Tier

Far Cry 3
Splintercell Black List
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China

$15 Tier
Assassin’s Creed Rogue

$75 Tier
The Division Digital
Exclusive tee


Mobile RPG Heavenstrike Rivals makes its way to PC

Posted on May 24, 2016 by Jason Nason

Square Enix announced today that their mobile title Heavenstrike Rivals is now available for free on Steam. The game was developed as a brand-new IP for mobile platforms by Square Enix and Mediatonic Ltd.

In Heavenstrike Rivals, players enter a war-torn world on the brink of extinction as they embark on an epic adventure full of highly immersive tactical battles – collecting and training over 700 fully animated units along the way.

The game already has over two million players on the mobile version, and the PC version features cross-platform play with the mobile app. The game offers real-time multiplayer battles with players from across the globe as well as regular league battles and special arena tournaments for players to fight their way to the top of the PvP leaderboards rankings.

Features of the game include:

  • Battles against players around the world in real time in simple, yet deep tactical battles
  • Collect and train over 700 fully-animated units
  • Cross-platform play with mobile devices
  • Embark on an epic quest across Lunnain to save the legendary Seven Sisters
  • Climb the Sacred League to earn epic rewards
  • Take part in regular events, raid battles and weekend Arena competitions
  • Characters designed by Ryoma Ito (FINAL FANTASY TACTICS® ADVANCE) and music by Ryo Yamazaki (FINAL FANTASY XIV®)
  • Full STEAM achievements and trading cards


Overwatch Loot Box Prices Revealed

Posted on May 24, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

In case you have been busy, or just forgot, last night was the global launch of Blizzards first FPS Overwatch. With the launch came the answer to the long left in the air question of “but how will Blizzard make any money if its not free to play with microtransactions?” We finally know how much each of those sweet, sweet loot boxes is going to cost if you want to skip the grinding and just get right to the games rarest items.

  • 2 Loot Boxes: $1.99/£1.59
  • 5 Loot Boxes: $4.99/£3.99
  • 11 Loot Boxes: $9.99/£7.99
  • 24 Loot Boxes: $19.99/£15.99
  • 50 Loot Boxes: $39.99/£31.99

What do you think? Personally I think its right in that sweet spot of not too expensive, but also giving you enough that you will come back for more. YouTube is already filling up with people opening 100 crates, or 50 crates, and just like CS:GO boxes, as long as Blizzard keeps releasing skins, or other new content, this monetization strategy could keep the game profitable for years to come. The game has hundreds of unlockables, from voice lines, to sprays, to skins, and it would take a non paying player hundreds of games to unlock all of them, if you just cant wait, it seems like 40USD (the same as the base price of the game) will get you pretty deep in to the games unlocks.


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