Popcap Games announced that Peggle 2 will receive new DLC starting today that features master Windy the Fairy.
The Windy's Master Pack DLC introduces master Windy the Fairy to Peggle 2. Popcap calls the new character "an impish little sprite" who racks up tons of point with her Fairy Flock power, which changes blue pegs into higher-scoring purple pegs. In addition to Windy, the Peggle 2 content pack includes 10 new levels, 30 additional objectives and three fresh achievements.
IGN called Peggle 2 "one-button joy," though lamented the lack of a duel mode. Popcap, however, added that multiplayer feature as part of a free update, and the pachinko-meets-pinball game comes to Xbox 360 on May 7.
LG has revealed a few new tidbits about its upcoming G smartwatch.
Powered by Android Wear, the G Watch comes in two colors: stealth black and champagne gold. LG detailed a few new aspects of the G Watch on its website (and spotted by Engadget), including the fact that the smartwatch never sleeps with an always-on display. In addition, the device is reportedly water and dust resistant, so people don't have to worry about wearing it in harsher outdoor conditions.
BioWare has announced Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available on October 7 in North America and on October 10 in Europe for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
The information comes courtesy of a new trailer for the hotly-awaited RPG, which you can check out below.
In case you missed it earlier, we revealed that Dragon Age: Inquisition will completely change the way its players fight dragons when it releases later this year. We also got our first look at the game's box art last night.
The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet will release May 4 in two different models: a 16 GB version for $500 and a 32 GB version for $600.
In a press release, Sony says that the 10.1-inch tablet will feature the company's HD Triluminos technology, providing a bright and sharp LED display. The device is only 0.25 inches thick and weighs 15.5 ounces, with Sony calling it the the "world's slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet." And coming in two colors — black and white — it also has front-surround audio along with a 8 mp camera.
Director of movies both ginormous (The Avengers) and tiny (Much Ado About Nothing), Joss Whedon surprised everyone during Sunday night's Tribeca Film Festival screening of his new supernatural love story, In Your Eyes, by revealing that it was also the world wide release date for the film.
Yes, Whedon has bucked the system and opted to offer In Your Eyes through VOD. It's currently available via Vimeo player over at InYourEyesMovie.com for a $5-per-72-hour rental.
So this isn't even a movie being simultaneously released in theaters and VOD - this is an online only affair.
Here's Whedon himself in the video announcement:
Tales of Xillia 2 will finally be released on PlayStation 3 in the West on 22nd August, 2014. (The game was originally released in Japan on November 1, 2012.)
The game takes place one year after the world-changing climax of Tales of Xillia, in which the worlds or Rieze Maxia and Elympios were brought together.
Tales of Xillia 2 follows Ludger Kresnik, a chef from Elympios, his brother Julius and their cat, Rollo. Ludger's bloodline possess a terrible power, and together, they set off on an adventure that will affect the recently united worlds.
The game will also receive a Collector's Edition, containing a figure of Ludger Kresnik, an art book, a Rollo the cat metal case, and a replica of the pocket watch.
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call will launch on Nintendo 3DS some time in 2014, Square Enix announced.
The rhythm game features more than 200 songs and 60 playable characters from Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the FFVII Advent Children film, and more. Yuna, Ramza, Zack, and Barret make their debut in Curtain Call, which features head-to-head multiplayer and "Quest Medley Mode," in which "players can choose their own routes through short, medium and long quests."
Curtain Call releases in Japan this week on April 24. We've contacted Square Enix about a potential release in the UK.
Dragon Age Inquisition will completely change the way its players fight dragons when it releases later this year.
“When I’m attacking a dragon, I’m not just hitting all of it,” producer Cameron Lee told IGN. “I’m hitting its leg, I’m hitting its wing, and that should matter. It should matter where I attack a dragon...that’s something we’re really trying to lean on, and when we come to E3, we’ll really be able to show it in all its glory.”
Dragon combat isn’t changed in mechanics alone -- the types of dragons you’ll take on differs considerably from previous games.
“There will be multiple, different types of dragons with different breath attacks, elemental attacks...some dragons are more armored than others,” Lee said. “That difference in elements, armor types, and properties of the dragon definitely inform how you approach them from a combat perspective. The team synergy, the party synergy, the difference in abilities in combat can strengthen your ability to fight this thing.”
Grid Autosport won't be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One because Codemasters didn't want to "force" the game onto those platforms.
Earlier today, Codemasters announced the third entry in the Grid racing series, Grid Autosport, which is being developed for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. IGN recently spoke with the game's lead designer James Nicholls, who explained why production was being concentrated onto those specific platforms and why it wasn't quite time to embrace next-gen platforms.
“One of the unique things for us is we’ve got our own internal Ego technology," he says. "We built this one off the the same heritage of all the previous games have been built to this point. That means we’ve already got a ready-made engine that’s highly optimised for the current-gen hardware, but also PC can really benefit from that. If we moved that particular engine onto next-gen, it’s almost a port job and you’re not really doing a next-gen game. We’re building something that’s forced onto those consoles, that’s not naturally built for them."
Vision-sharpening app Ultimeyes is now available on iPhone and Android.
Previously available on PC, Mac, and iPad, developer Carrot Neurotechnology has expanded Ultimeyes to mobile platforms. The app has been "scientifically shown" to sharpen users' vision via what Carrot calls "perceptual learning." A series of game-like exercises stimulate the user's brain plasticity - that is, the mechanism that allows us to acquire new skills or improve upon those we already have, such as vision. It's recommend that the app be used four times a week for two months, with each session lasting 25 minutes.
Grid Autosport, an all-new instalment in Codemasters' racing series, will be released on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on June 27th in Europe and June 24th in the US.
The third entry in the Grid series accommodates five very different styles of racing: touring, endurance, open-wheel, tuner competitions and street racing. Each mode features unique features and the entire game contains over 100 routes across 22 locations dotted around the world.
Some of Grid Autosport's features have been the result of close consultation with the Grid community, such as the return of an in-car view. The game's multiplayer component is founded on Codemaster's RaceNet system, which regularly provides players with new challenges and for the first time allows players to form online clubs.
A number of new games, as well as the beginnings of a "rental" system, have appeared in the beta of Sony's streaming gaming service PlayStation Now.
As you can see from our photographs, users now have the option to "rent" a game for one, seven, or 30 days. As PlayStation Now is still in beta, prices are currently not available, though prices previously hinted at may give us a clue. It'll be interesting to see if rental is a feature Sony sticks with, and if so, what the cost of each rental tier will be.
The GameStop website has listed an unannounced version of The Walking Dead's Game of the Year Edition for PS4.
According to the GameStop listing (which we have screencapped for you above), this PS4 edition of the episodic game's first season will be released in North America on June 17, and will cost $30.
Both tomb and womblike, the egg is a neat symbol of Christ’s death and resurrection. But while the life-cycle of the average video game character would make a Hindu cow’s head spin, the term “Easter egg,” is derived from the tradition of sending kids out to forage for chocolatey goodness - the experience of encountering gaming’s eggs reminding us of a tradition based in the thrill of discovery. Games, though, are virtual treasure troves for explorers, so what makes Easter eggs special? Why do they exist? And why have they become such a beloved component of game design?
Let’s start with some history. The Atari 2600’s Adventure (1979), is a proto dungeon crawler that’s generally considered to contain gaming’s first Easter egg. After performing a specific set of actions, a room can be entered which contains the words, “Created by Warren Robinett”: two screen-high columns of blocky multicoloured text which stick out like a pair of gangrenous thumbs, such dissonance being one of the criteria we use to decide whether we’re dealing with a part of the game environment, or, as in the case of Robinett’s message, something else.
A new installment in the Japanese survival horror series Fatal Frame - aka Project Zero if you live in Europe or simply Zero if you live in Japan - is heading to the Wii U.
Famitsu (via a translation by Gematsu) has reported that Tecmo Koei and Nintendo are working together to bring the game to the console, but a release date and title have yet to be detailed. Alongside the project, Temco Koei has plans to expand the Fatal Frame universe through a series of "new multimedia" ventures, including a live action film helmed by Bilocation director Mari Asato, a novel from The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service's Eiji Otsuka, and a comic from Kindaichi Case Files writer Shin Kibayashi (better known by his pen name, Tadashi Agi.)
Batman: Arkham Origins spoilers follow.
If you sat through the credits after finishing the campaign in Batman: Arkham Origins, you know there was a tantalizing scene at the end that hinted at pretty big things in store for some of the villains.
While it was originally hypothesized that this teaser was going to play into a new game, it seems that, for the time being, DC has other ideas.
Batman: Assault on Arkham will be the first DC animated movie to delve into the universe of the popular Arkham video games. The straight-to-DVD animated movie sees Amanda Waller gathering a collection of criminals to stop Joker (Origins' Troy Baker returns with his spot-on Mark Hamill impression) from detonating a dirty bomb in Gotham, a situation that traps the villains between the Clown Prince of Crime and Batman himself (voiced by fan favorite Kevin Conroy).
Advance Review: Michael Bay is at it again with TNT's upcoming drama The Last Ship, which the filmmaker executive produced. Based on a novel by William Brinkley, the new series is a disaster story of epic proportions, as a deadly pandemic sweeps the globe and decimates the world's population (almost 80 percent by the start of the show). Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James avoids falling victim to the devastating tragedy. However, the crew is faced with a series of tough decisions when they learn they're harboring a scientist with the know-how to formulate a cure for the disease.
On Saturday, WonderCon attendees were treated to an advance screening of the entire first episode of The Last Ship, which gave us our first extended look at what's to come for the series. Suffice to say -- given this is a Michael Bay production -- there's plenty of gunfire, naval speak and, yes, explosions to go around (not to mention a very Transformers-esque soundtrack).
Netflix will raise the price of its all-you-can-watch streaming service by $1 to $2 dollars per month. The change goes into effect within next two to three months for new members in the U.S.
According to TheWrap, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells delivered the news in a letter to investors earlier today. The letter said, “Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only”.
This is the first rate increase since Netflix’s disastrous attempt to spin off its streaming service into a separate company in 2011. That move was so universally disliked Netflix reversed its decision, never actually implementing the plan.
HBO aired a quick first look at True Blood Season 7, which focuses on Sookie and the residents of Bon Temps dealing with the invasion of "sick vampires" that appeared back in the Season 6 finale.
And just as many suspected back in last summer's finale, True Blood seems to be borrowing a bit from the zombie genre for their final 10 episode run - with Bon Temps getting cut off from the rest of the country to the point where supplies run low and the townsfolk begin turning on one another in order to survive. All while trying to fend of roaming hordes of mindless monsters. Take a look!
Terminator: Genesis - the fifth film in the Terminator franchise - began principal photograph today in New Orleans.
The film, directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Game of Thrones), stars Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) as John Connor, and Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard) as Kyle Reese. More recent additions to the cast include Byng-hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man), Sandrine Holt (House of Cards) and Dayao Okeniyi (The Hunger Games).
Oh, and Arnold Schwarzenegger of course!