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.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
Star Wars: Commander – (Freemium)
Clash of Clans meets that galaxy far, far away in this new Star Wars strategy game.
Update: Twitch has confirmed that Amazon will acquire the company later in 2014. Amazon will acquire all of Twitch's outstanding shares "for approximately $970 million in cash" by the end of the year.
“Amazon and Twitch optimize for our customers first and are both believers in the future of gaming,” said Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. “Being part of Amazon will let us do even more for our community. We will be able to create tools and services faster than we could have independently. This change will mean great things for our community, and will let us bring Twitch to even more people around the world.”
Shear added on the Twitch Blog, "We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch."
The third in the four new Star Wars Rebel shorts features Zeb Orrelios, the Lasat member of the team, voiced by Steve Blum (The Legend of Korra, Cowboy Bebop). Watch our boy beat the snot out of some Stormtroopers, all while explaining his tardiness to Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.):
Rebels' special one-hour premiere event will air on Friday, October 3 on Disney Channel, with an early online debut scheduled for Monday, September 29 on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare fans will soon be given the opportunity to customize their multiplayer characters via an exclusive promotion offered by Mountain Dew and Doritos, called "Fuel Up for Battle."
Starting on October 6 - almost a month before the game is released - specially marked Mountain Dew and Doritos products will have codes attached to them giving players access to exclusive accessories like exoskeletons, helmets, goggles and boots. Every code entered will win something in the game, as well as enter players in a draw for an Xbox One.
The upcoming addition to the massive Call of Duty franchise will take place in 2054 - a time rife with futuristic weaponry, high-tech gear and private military companies. Our first sessions with the shooter's multiplayer left us impressed.
Klei Entertainment has confirmed that Don't Starve: Giants Edition will be coming to the PS Vita on September 2 in North America, and a day later in Europe.
The developer dropped hints at the beginning of the year, and has announced it on Playstation Blog, where Klei founder Jamie Cheng also dropped a few extra details about the new edition. Cheng announced a pricepoint of $15 USD/€14 and the inclusion of the Reign of Giants expansion pack, which had previously been $5 on its own.
Looking for things to watch? Let's talk TV!
The week of Monday, August 25th starts off with a celebration of primetime television itself and ends with several summer series - including the cable sci-fi shows Defiance and Falling Skies - finishing off their seasons to make way for the slew of new fall shows headed our way. Plus, Daniel Tosh returns to Comedy Central to continue his outrageous onslaught against internet idiocy.
Pretty much all of us here at IGN are unreasonably excited for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Every new look at the game reveals a bigger, deeper, and wackier addition to one of our favorite franchises. But while we all love the Solid games, and have fond memories of Snake's strange appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, there are a lot of bizarre Metal Gear games that seemed to have slipped through the cracks throughout the decades.
How many of these seven weird Metal Gear games have you played?
We’re going to start off with a big one here -- Metal Gear: Ghost Babel (sometimes also confusingly called Metal Gear Solid) is not only one of the best games in the series, but also one of the best Game Boy Color games of all time. Coming out a few years after Metal Gear Solid on PS1, Ghost Babel took many of the mechanics and ideas of Kojima’s masterpiece, and translated them into a fantastic portable experience.
The second season of The Walking Dead: The Game wraps up this week. We've laughed, loved, and cried in Clem's latest journey, but let's be honest -- a lot has happened.
In order to get you ready for Episode 5, IGN thought we'd boil down the first four episodes to their most important facts and deliver them in four 60-second wrap-ups. Sort of.
This is everything you need to know about The Walking Dead: The Game Season 2. Spoiler alert.
Electronic Arts announced today that Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will be the NBA Live 15 cover athlete.
"I'm so honored and I'm so blessed to be in this position. I'm thankful to EA sports for making me the cover guy. It's been a long time coming, took a lot of hard work, and it's a dream come true," Lillard told fans in a video posted to his Instagram account.
Lillard, drafted by Portland in 2012, went on to win Rookie of the Year in 2013. The All-Star guard just finished his second year in the NBA, helping the Blazers to the playoffs with an average of just under 21 points and 5.6 assists per game. Lillard is the first Trail Blazer to be featured on the NBA Live cover.
Shulk, Bowser Jr., Ganondorf, and more appear to be playable characters in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U.
A massive roster leak for the new Super Smash Bros. is being documented on NeoGAF, with convincing video evidence revealing Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles, Bowser Jr., and Ganondorf as the newest additions to Nintendo's all-star brawler. A YouTube user named Izat True uploaded five videos overall, showcasing the three previously unannounced fighters.
PlayStation Network was scheduled for maintenance today, but that maintenance has now been postponed due to yesterday's DDoS attack. The company said it will notify users "shortly" as to when the maintenance will take place.
Yesterday users of Sony's PlayStation Network found they were unable to access the service due to a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack. Around 10 am PT, service was partially restored for many users, but it wasn't until last night that Sony announced that the service was back online.
Fans have been looking forward to the release of the downloadable The Legend of Korra combat game following the announcement that Platinum Games and Activision would be launching it this fall. In an exclusive interview with IGN, Activision's Robert Conkey has revealed that the game is set to be released on October 21 on PlayStation Network and PC, and October 22 on the Xbox Marketplace. Conkey also demonstrated the new pro-bending mode. Korra stars Janet Varney (voice of Korra) and David Faustino (voice of Mako) were also on hand, along with creators Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino to discuss the game, the big Korra Book 3 finale, and what's ahead in Book 4.
Actor Jason Ritter (Parenthood, Gravity Falls and occasional Drunk History reenactor) has signed up for a guest spot on CBS' Person of Interest.
Ritter will appear on the excellent sentient surveillance series as Simon Lee, a whip-smart, political Wunderkind who EPs Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman say has "an incredible gift of foresight." But is he victim or perpetrator? And is his foresight due in part to - oh - some sort of super computer?
Ritter's Simon Lee will appear in the fifth episode of Person of Interest's upcoming Season 4.
If you thought reboots and universal shake-ups were things that only affected Marvel and DC's superhero comics, guess again. Archie Comics is giving its Sonic the Hedgehog comic book a major overhaul when they release Sonic the Hedgehog Vol. 1: Countdown to Chaos. This graphic novel picks up after the events of the Sonic/Mega Man: Worlds Collide crossover, as Sonic returns to find his world drastically changed. He'll have to team up with the Freedom Fighters to deal with the effects of Dr. Eggman's Super Genesis Wave and confront an entirely new and emerging threat.
Countdown to Chaos is the first in a series of original graphic novels that will continue the Sonic mythos in this revamped universe. The book is written by Ian Flynn and features artwork by Evan Stanley, Lamar Wells, Tracy Yardley, Jerry Gaylord, Terry Austin, John Workman, Jack Morelli, Matt Herms and Steve Downer.
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell thinks the video game company floundered because of its sale to a particular media conglomerate, the pioneer revealed in a recent Reddit Ask Me Anything.
“Don't sell to big Hollywood studios,” Bushnell wrote in response to Reddit user Reliant’s question about the biggest lesson he learned at Atari or Chuck E. Cheese.
“Atari had an extraordinary corporate culture that was destroyed within two years of the sale,” Bushnell wrote. “I think that Atari would still be important today if that sale hadn't occurred.”
Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari in 1972. Bushnell then sold Atari to Warner Communications in 1976 and he left the company in 1979. Atari was a prominent console manufacturer and publisher and developer of games until the video game crash of 1983. The company shuttered and had its assets split the following year.
When EA announced it was releasing an updated version of Bullfrog's classic Dungeon Keeper for mobile devices, gamers' hearts around the world went on a nostalgic flight of fantasy at the possibilities... only to come crashing back to earth once the title was released. The finished article was found to be little more than a complex web of microtransactions poorly masked with a familiar coating. It was more than disappointing - it was an insult to the franchise's legacy.
Which is why I wasn't particularly intrigued when I heard about the development of Dungeons 2 - once bitten, twice shy after all. And besides, considering the original Dungeons wasn't overly well received, why should it be any better than EA's offering? Well, having seen the game in action, I can promptly confirm I was wrong on all counts. Dungeons 2 looks like it's the faithful spiritual successor to the Dungeon Keeper series we've been waiting 15 years for.
2K Games increased the pre-order price of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth on Steam by 80 percent for Australian and New Zealand customers, according to the game's listing on the distribution platform.
The spiritual successor to 1999s Alpha Centauri was initially listed as $49.99 AUD and $50 NZD for Australia and New Zealand, respectively. Spotted by Steam community members and Reddit user boffhead, the price increased to $89.99 AUD and $90 NZD on August 23.
Recent Xbox Live issues preventing Xbox 360 and Xbox One users from signing in have been resolved, according to Microsoft. However, the service is currently experiencing ongoing social and online gaming issues.
The service outage affects the ability for users to "join other Xbox Live members in online games," Diablo 3 Party Chat issues on both Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms, along with server unavailability issues for Xbox One users. Numerous regions experiencing problems include the U.S., Australia and Europe.
Warning: Full spoilers from the episode to follow.
The start of The Last Ship's Season 1 finale began with the Nathan James crew at an all-time high. Composer Steve Jablonsky's score swelled in epic triumph as sailors lined up for the vaccine, and for a brief moment in time it seemed like things were finally looking up. Even though mass production will be another hurdle all its own, it was rather heartwarming to see Chandler, Dr. Scott and the others bask in their momentous achievement.
Of course, this being a season finale and all, "No Place Like Home" wasn't just going to let the good times roll. Granted, the ship's arrival in Baltimore went relatively smoothly, although there was definite tension underlying the crew's visit. For example, the introduction of Amy Granderson, played by 12 Years a Slave's Alfre Woodard, added an interesting dynamic to the proceedings, particularly after the near-attempt on her life, as orchestrated by "Warlord" Thorwald (reprised by Lost's Titus Welliver).