After a consistent weeks of big retail releases, the Wii U and 3DS eShop has some new and old games to highlight this week. Blok Drop U is a cool little Wii U puzzle game that costs only $1.99. It's made by one guy and involves dropping a block so it lands safely. Two new games hit the 3DS eShop, and each Virtual Console gets one game each. No, neither of them are Super Mario Bros. 3. We don't know why that's not out in North America yet either.
Blok Drop U ($1.99)
From RCMADIAX, Blok Drop U is a cheap and simple puzzle game where you remove blocks while dealing with other obstacles so you can gently land a block with a heart-shaped icon on it to safety. It's sort of like how in Tomb Raider you want to protect Lara Croft, but instead it's a block with a heart shape on it. There are only 30 puzzles in this $1.99 game, but more content is on the way.
Razer may have made headlines at CES for its ambitious new modular gaming PC concept, Project Christine, but it isn't giving up on its roots as a leading peripheral maker. Today the company announced its new BlackWidow, BlackWidow Ultimate, and BlackWidow Tournament Edition keyboards, which introduces Razer's new mechanical key design that it claims offers superior accuracy and speed, while also operating more quietly.
At its core, the new design registers key depressions faster by raising the actuation point and making the reset point shorter, which in simpler terms makes it so that users don't have to push a key down completely to register a command and the key doesn't have to completely reset to its starting position to detect another. The difference accounts for less than 0.3mm over traditional mechanical keyboards, but for professional players and PC gaming enthusiasts, it could make a significant impact when chaining together commands in quick succession, and believe it or not, limiting fatigue. What's more, Razer says the keys will last longer — an additional 10 million keystrokes, to be precise — than the industry average.
Dark Souls II will be available on PC from April 25 in North America, Europe and Australia, Namco Bandai has announced.
The PC version will be available at retail and via Steam, and will also boast an increased texture resolution and an enhanced frame rate option.
Dark Souls II will launch on Xbox 360 and PS3 in North America on March 11, 2014, with a European release date three days later on March 14. No DLC was expected for the game though this has since been contradicted.
First is a character who should be familiar to fans of the Hellblazer comics upon which the TV Constantine is based. Frank “Chas” Chandler, Constantine’s best and most loyal friend, will be played by Charles Halford. You may remember him from his recent turn as meth cook/psycho Reggie Ledoux on HBO’s True Detective. That’s right folks, Shia LeBeouf’s successor will be this guy:
Earlier this week, Ouya unveiled plans to bring its platform to other devices, and Mad Catz has announced that its own MOJO micro-console will be the first to offer the Kickstarter-borne gaming unit's software lineup. The MOJO already has access to Android games from digital storefronts like the Google Play store and Amazon's Appstore, but will also have access to Ouya's library of over 680 games.
"Up until now, the game console experience has been locked inside a box," said Ouya CEO and founder Julie Uhrman. "Together with the hardware veterans at Mad Catz, we end that. Today’s announcement signifies the inception of a truly open platform where independent developers can bring their creations to the platforms where gamers actually play: everywhere."
A new, free update for the iOS version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) has been released.
Update 1.2 brings full controller support to the app, along with other frequently requested features like iCloud saves and text support for French, Italian, Spanish and German languages. In celebration of the update, the game is 50 percent off ($5 USD) until March 13.
When developer Aspyr ported KOTOR to iOS last year, IGN praised it for the story, touch controls, and excellent mechanics, but thought movement could have been improved. Now that all extended and standard iOS controllers will work with the RPG, we tested it with the Moga Ace Power device using an iPhone 5S. Here are three reasons why we enjoyed the new experience:
Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerilla Games has addressed the controversy surrounding the game's resolution during multiplayer, promising to be more precise in future.
A blog post written by producer Poria Torkan explains that while single-player sees the game run at full 1080p, multiplayer runs at a native 960x1080 though is upscaled via an innovative technique that relies on previously calculated visual data.
"In both SP and MP, Killzone Shadow Fall outputs a full, unscaled 1080p image at up to 60fps," Torkan said. "Native is often used to indicate images that are not scaled; it is native by that definition.
While initially met with mixed reactions from fans and critics, Beware the Batman ultimately found its footing and grew into a show with a massive amount of potential. Which is where the great tragedy of this DVD collection lies. Collecting 13 episodes of the series – two of which never aired on Cartoon Network – the recently-released set is not only incomplete, ending on a massive cliffhanger, but it also shows the growing pains and eventual triumph of a show that has so much to offer.
The first few episodes of the series are a bit bland, particularly when compared to the last twenty years of consistently amazing Batman animation. The CGI is stilted and sterile at times, and it gives the impression that Gotham City is the least populated metropolis in history. Where the animation does succeed, however, is in action sequences. The fluidity of combat is amazing to watch, it’s just that when things slow down for character development, the characters suddenly become mannequins.
Update: Ubisoft has officially confirmed Watch Dogs will be available globally on May 27.
A new story trailer has been released to accompany the announcement, which you can check out below.
Original story follows.
Original story: Watch Dogs will be available on May 27, according to a new trailer for the game.
With Da Vinci's Demons returning on March 22nd, IGN has your first look at the new characters fans can expect to meet in Season 2.
Leonardo da Vinci (Tom Riley) will be traveling to far off lands this season, as he searches for the fabled Book of Leaves and his mother's secret history, bringing him into contact with several new potential allies and enemies. You can learn much more in this exclusive behind-the-scenes video, which includes new footage from Season 2, along with interviews with the cast and series creator David S. Goyer.
In addition, check out these photos and bios for the new Da Vinci's Demons characters.
The Inca High Priestess is as strikingly beautiful as she is formidable. Ima has an influence over her people that even the emperor, Topa Inca, doesn't possess.
Konami has announced Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes pre-order bonuses and also revealed actions performed in the prologue title will affect the story of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain proper.
Anyone who pre-orders Ground Zeroes will receive receive exclusive content, including Mother Base Staff for use with the Mother Base in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
While introduced during the events of Ground Zeroes, the Mother Base is set to play a central role in Phantom Pain. Konami has promised that the exclusive Mother Base items obtained via pre-order will give gamers "a key advantage" when they start Phantom Pain. Seeing as it's the central hub where you'll be building new armaments and storing weapons, this sounds pretty useful.
There’s a reason all those Classical Greek and Roman statues don’t have any arms, and it’s got nothing to do with time’s wear and tear. Limbs are an all-too-rare commodity in that world of swords, sandals, putative democracy and punitive violence. And, if you can’t tell from the thunderous sound of heaving man-jugs rumbling towards you in 3D, the 300 pre-sequel is slashing into cinemas this week to heave more hacked-off hands at your 3D glasses.
But with 300: Rise Of An Empire’s double-bladed Boadicea-of-the-boats Artemisia – played with lip-smacking relish by Eva Green – sailing away with the whole movie, we rate which of the Antiquity’s greatest badasses deserve to be celebrated in marble.
Nintendo has announced Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition, which bundles together a copy of the game with a Blue Shell Collector's Item.
Currently only confirmed for Europe, the bundle is available for pre-order now ahead of the game's release on May 30. Anyone who's already pre-ordered the game can upgrade to the bundle while stocks last.
Additionally, Nintendo has also announced pre-order bonuses that'll be available at retail for anyone who reserves either the standalone copy of Mario Kart 8 or the Limited Edition. A selection of Mario Kart-themed keyrings, including a Golden Dash Mushroom, Red Shell and Bullet Bill versions will be given out while stocks last.
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has explained the origins of Solid Snake's name.
Taking to Twitter, Kojima revealed how he came up with the protagonist's title and how this in turn led to the baptism of both Liquid and Solidus Snake.
"The reason I used Snake as a code name in Metal Gear is that a snake was the most appropriate symbol of a living being that hides his presence, and sneaks without making any noise," he explained, adding "The reason why I didn’t use any specific snake names like cobra, anaconda or viper was because the protagonist is the player."
He then explained where the Solid moniker came from: "The reason I use Solid was to give opposite impression of soft image." So that's where Solid Snake came from, but what of his foes? Kojima then revealed his thinking in creating Liquid Snake, Solid Snake's twin brother from the original game.
Microsoft has filed trademarks for two new games, leading to speculation that a reveal is imminent.
While anything's possible at this stage, Microsoft did recently tease that ID@Xbox titles would be revealed at GDC later this month.
Welcome to the latest round of IGN Comics' reviews. If the industry is on a collective mission to tank North America's economy by forcing everyone to blow all their money on high-quality comics, they're doing a pretty great job of it.
This week offers an embarrassment of riches. Marvel launched the latest wave of All-New Marvel Now titles, including Moon Knight and Magneto. Image kicked off Greg Rucka's latest creator-owned project, Veil. And many returning favorites had strong showings, too, including Forever Evil #6, Swamp Thing #29, Action Comics #29, Loki: Son of Asgard #2, She-Hulk #2, and Velvet #4. Needless to say, there were a lot of editor's choice awards being tossed about this week.
Director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible, and the planned World War Z 2) has been tapped to helm A Monster Calls, an adaptation of the acclaimed Patrick Ness novel.
According to TheWrap, Bayona will direct A Monster Calls before he begins work on the World War Z sequel. 12 Years A Slave’s Bill Pohland and Mitch Horwits, The Crazies’ Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King and Mr. & Mrs. Smith's Patrick Wachsberger will executive produce the film. Pan’s Labyrinth’s Belen Atienza is set to produce.
Bayona calls the source material “the perfect final chapter in a trilogy centered on the extraordinary strength of the mother-child bond.”
It's not a good time to be a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. These guys have quickly become the whipping boys of the Marvel Universe. Captain America's series has become a showcase for that, as S.H.I.E.L.D. bases are blown up, invaded and overtaken by a guy in a bowler hat armed with a candy cane. Things have gone from bad to worse and it looks like Cap is about to give up on S.H.I.E.L.D. He's sick of being lied to and played, which isn't a good thing since he's the only guy who can save their butts right about now.
The second issue of She-Hulk doesn't quite hit the heights of the first, but it's still a great comic that's tons of fun and filled with gorgeous artwork. There's a bit more superhero-ing happening this time around, and in a way that's what hurts the issue. It's not bad, but it's not playing to this books strengths. The best stuff happens when Jennifer Walters is just interacting with her landlord or her new, bizarre assistant. That's the stuff that makes this comic worth reading.
If you are looking for a kick-ass action comic, do yourself a favor and check out Rogue Trooper #1. You don't have to be familiar with the old franchise to jump into this new series; it's a perfect new starting point that covers all the bases. Rogue Trooper gives you the goods right away, slowly peppering the story into the pages in between gun fights and explosions. There's lots to enjoy in this first issue and plenty to make you eager for more issues of Rogue Trooper. I'm on board, for sure.