The closed beta for Project Spark, the free-to-play title that places players in the shoes of level designers, began today on Windows platforms.
Beta members who registered earlier this year will have access to Project Spark on Windows 8.1, while Xbox One beta members will have to wait until early next year, Team Dakota said in a statement. Both versions of the beta will continue until the finished game launches next year. Players can still sign up for beta access on Project Spark's website.
Project Spark allows players to mold, arrange and ultimately create their own levels in a sand box world, using Kinect or Windows Smart Glass.
This week is a big one for Arrow, as Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin) is introduced to the series. Barry, as any DC Comics fan can tell you, is The Flash, and while we’ll meet Barry before he has any powers, The CW have big plans for the character. After he appears in two episodes of Arrow, Gustin will then star in a pilot for The Flash TV series, which could potentially air in the 2014-2015 TV season.
Speaking about the introduction of the character, Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said, “Barry comes to Starling City because there's an unexplained robbery at Queen Consolidated and Barry is very interested in the unexplained for reasons we will find out over the course of these two episodes. But he's sort of the opposite of Oliver in a lot of ways. Barry's outgoing and funny and a little bit unsure of himself and smart and sort of a squeaky wheel and the contrast between Stephen
If you play NBA 2K14 or FIFA 14 on Xbox One, you might want to keep your bad language in check. Both games are listening through the always-on Kinect and may give you a reprimand or even a technical foul for your colorful outburst.
A YouTube user has uploaded a video that shows NBA 2K14 giving him a technical foul for using bad language while playing the game. (It shouldn't come as a surprise that the video contains bad language).
A Reddit user posted a screenshot of a similar experience with FIFA 14 for Xbox One. After swearing, they received a message from his team city's board of directors reprimanding him for spouting expletives.
Every Tuesday, Sony drops a bunch of new stuff onto the PlayStation Network. Those with a PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, or PlayStation Vita can download these goodies, which include PSN games, movies, themes and more. While the Official PlayStation Blog outlines these updates in full each week, we thought we'd help truncate the good news into something more digestible.
Here are this week’s new PS4 games. Keep in mind that Escape Plan is free if you already bought it on Vita.
There are no new PS3 games this week.
Next-gen is here! But how much better do cross-platform games like Call of Duty, Battlefield and Assassin's Creed actually look on your shiny new hardware compared to your years-old PS3 or Xbox 360?
Over the last several weeks we've produced several comprehensive side-by-side graphics comparisons so you can see for yourself. Don't miss them:
Check out high-res stills here: http://go.ign.com/ac4-x1-ps4.
See specifically how Assassin's Creed IV benefits from powerful next-gen hardware.
Can you spot the differences?
Both new consoles side-by-side.
Next-gen basketball looks great, no matter what platform you're playing on.
In a new interview with Playboy Magazine (hey, they have great articles!), Ben Affleck has opened up ever so slightly on his approach to the Dark Knight in Zack Snyder's upcoming Man of Steel sequel.
"I don’t want to give away too much," Affleck told the magazine (as partially transcribed by Latino Review), "but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with the Bale and Chris Nolan Batman but still exists within the Batman canon. It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill’s Superman character."
Affleck reiterated that he was initially reluctant to don the iconic cape and cowl.
Looks like cats really do have nine lives, because Universal has a renewed interest in the essentially abandoned film rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular musical.
The reasoning, Webber explained to the Daily Mail, comes down to the public's new appetite for musicals since Universal's recent adaptation of Les Miserables, which grossed $441.8 million worldwide.
"I haven’t seen the
film," Webber explains, "but it’s fantastic for musicals because everybody wants to make them again. Universal has now got Cats out of the drawer in which they locked it years ago when they bought the rights and suddenly they’re talking about a film."
Warning, some references to the Days of Future Past comic follow...
Those who have read the comic issue that director Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past is based on have been noting the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between the source material and the film.
One major shift is that in the comic it's Kitty Pryde's consciousness that is sent back in time to her younger self in order to prevent the events that lead to the dark future in which mutants are systematically hunted. In the film, that will be Wolverine's task.
In a recent interview with Total Film, screenwriter Simon Kinberg explained why the decision was made - other than the obvious "'cause he's Wolverine!".
Battlefield 4 has suffered from numerous issues since launching on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and its problems are only getting worse.
DICE and EA are aware of the concerns, but have delayed a PS4 update that would hopefully solve its faults, which include kicking players from servers, crashing the game application, an absence of Conquest servers, and a nasty one-hit-kill bug. The patch has been "rescheduled for a later date" following additional testing.
The newest installment in Namco Bandai's racing franchise will release on mobile devices.
To commemorate the original Ridge Racer's 20th anniversary, Namco Bandai developed Slipstream from the ground up for iPhone, iPad and Android smart phones, with controls to match. Slipstream features custom vehicle mods, 20 race courses, the series' trademark drift mechanic, and an upcoming multiplayer mode, which has yet to be announced, according to a Namco Bandai.
Ridge Racer Slipstream will release on the App Store and Google Play this month.
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We don’t know jack about Star Wars: Episode VII, especially since word broke that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan were reworking the script from Toy Story 3’s Michael Arndt. And you know, that’s fine. I mean, the movie is still two years out from being released.
But that doesn’t mean that Lucasfilm isn’t already marketing the film, as is evidenced by the launch of a Star Wars Instagram account. Right now there are only four images -- two behind-the-scenes shots from the Original Trilogy, a group shot of slave Leias, and this:
IGN mistakenly published a previous side-by-side comparison of Call of Duty: Ghosts that did not contain the full 1080p native resolution footage of the PS4 version. While IGN confirmed the display output setting on the PS4 was 1080p, the native resolution rendered in the game itself was not 1080p for an unknown reason. The footage was captured on non-retail, development hardware running the final build of the game. After viewing, the retail version on retail hardware, it's clear our old footage was a lower resolution. You can see this difference more clearly in this new video.
Additionally, some of the Xbox One footage from the event was captured in color-blind mode, which assists with a few colors such as red. These errors weren't spotted until after the footage was posted and other IGN staff and readers were able to A/B compare the video with native 1080p and non-color-blind footage.
This Saturday is shaping up to be a potentially big day for game announcements and reveals, with the likes of Quantum Break, The Division, and a new Wii U announcement set to be shown off at the VGX.
The VGX, which are the reincarnation of the Spike TV Video Game Awards, are promising "exclusive new looks" at a number of games, including The Division, Titanfall, Quantum Break, The Witcher 3, Dying Light, Broken Age, and South Park: The Stick of Truth. In addition to all of this and some as-of-yet unannounced games, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime will be in attendance to show off "an upcoming Wii U game," the identity of which is unclear at this point.
Also scheduled for the VGX are an appearance from South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone, a one-night-only performance of music from Grand Theft Auto V, and the previously announced awards. We've also heard that there will be some sort of surprises from Titanfall developer Respawn and that a next-gen Tomb Raider could be announced.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
Though Almost Human remains an engaging and highly entertaining series, “The Bends” was in many ways the weakest entry to date. Now, let me be clear: I am still on board with this show. Michael Ealy and Karl Urban continue to deliver solid performances and remain entirely appealing. Mackenzie Crook's Rudy Lom was also given some great moments this week.
It’s interesting, for a series that was designed and marketed as a dramatic police procedural with a science fiction twist, the comedic elements are often the strongest part of the series. To date, Lom has been depicted as a bit of a mad genius with an affinity for synthetics, but the writers certainly seemed to be testing the waters with his ability to serve a comedic purpose as well, here. There were some really nice touches and flourishes to his “man of science gone undercover” storyline. I was particularly fond of his momentary James Bond in a tuxedo fantasy as he gazed at his own reflection. As well as his insistence that his “character” be debonair, which is a trait that Lom the man likely rarely feels he possess. Crook has a naturally arresting presence, so it was nice that he was given an opportunity to shine. His speech about falling in love with your own creation was particularly evocative, hope we swing back to that idea with him…In a not too creepy way.
The Grand Theft Auto Online content creator tool may be coming soon, as one YouTuber has gained access to the feature. The short clip below from LiveUnknownHacks shows an isometric view of Los Santos, with a bunch of markers to place things like spawn points, guns, and vehicles.
According to the author of the video, this version of the content creator "is old" and only allowed users to created races and deathmatches. He goes on to explain that in GTA Online's update 1.06, the file size of the creator was changed. No word yet on what the new version will have, but he thinks that it will add in the option to create missions.
Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention. For more mobile game trailers, reviews and news be sure to Subscribe to IGNMobileGames on YouTube.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier is joining forces with Sacha Baron Cohen for a spy action-comedy called Grimsby at Paramount.
Variety reports that the film is about a “British black ops agent who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, who is a northern English soccer hooligan.” Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston pitched the film over the summer, and the studio jumped in.
Leterrier is coming off the success of his magician-caper picture Now You See Me, while Baron Cohen until recently had that Freddy Mercury biopic on his plate. The actor-comedian reportedly picked Leterrier for Grimsby due to the helmer’s action experience; the stunt and explosion type stuff will figure prominently in the film alongside the comedy.
The flawed party system on Xbox One is among the items Microsoft is working to improve, although the company is not yet ready to say when those improvements will be implemented, Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb has revealed.
In a post on Reddit, Hryb -- better known as Major Nelson -- responded to complaints about One's party system and the lack of a guide overlay similar to the one on Xbox 360. While he didn't specify exactly what kind of fixes are in the works, he did offer some reason for hope, stating, "I had a meeting today about much of this and I can say that things will get better. I can't offer a timeline of a list of what till be addressed first, but we are aware of the issue and things will get better."
Okay, so the WWE is unifying both world titles after all. Or at least, they're saying they are. The story is that they're planning to. Last week, my headline read something along the lines of "Both Belts Are On the Line" because no one mentioned the word "unification" once. In fact (and you all saw it) they went out of their way to cut each other off before anyone mentioned it, as if it were a dirty word. As in "You don't mean…uni…" and then someone would stop them.
So I'm not going to launch into my whole my whole unification rant from last week, which basically stated that I'd be totally all for it under any other booking circumstances. Because I have zero confidence in creative right now, who - even more so than usual - seems to have no idea what they're doing week to week. It's usually jarringly apparent how ill-plotted out things are (especially since SummerSlam), but this past month has been like an epileptic s*** bath. Who I once saw at Coachella. Terrible live.
Microsoft's Xbox One topped the retail sales charts this Black Friday, according to Infoscout's projection. The data was collected from 102,000 tracked receipts from major North American retailers, such as Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart. Xbox One allegedly made up 31% of the console sales, with Xbox 360 following up at 30%. PS3 and PS4 apparently represented 15% of the retailer's sales. Wii U comprised 6%, while the original Wii only made up 1% of tracked sales.
Sony's worldwide sales for PlayStation 4 exceeded 2.1 million this week, more than doubling its 24 hour debut, thanks in part to launching in the UK on November 29. Xbox One sold 1 million units worldwide in its first 24 hours, but Microsoft has yet to announce its Black Friday results.