Disney Infinity 3.0 is using a wealth of interesting developers (Avalanche, Ninja Theory, Sumo Digital) and a new batch of properties (Star Wars, Tron) to deliver some genuinely interesting gameplay opportunities that feel more fleshed out than previous entries. Case in point is Pixar’s Inside Out playset, which delivers a genuinely challenging 2D and 3D platforming game with some really interesting uses of the source material.
The 2D portion plays a lot like 2013’s underrated Ibb and Obb. The world is divided in half horizontally, and every time you cross the horizon, gravity reverses. This means that the top half of a stage plays like a traditional 2D platformer, while the bottom half forces you to rejigger everything you’ve learned since Super Mario Bros. You have to pop between the worlds to solve puzzles, spot gaps in the stage to double back and collect secrets, and utilize long drops in one plane to make a huge jump in another.
Google dove into the upcoming version of Android, codenamed Android M, at its Google I/O conference today. Among the new features in Android M will be NFC payments with fingerprint authorization.
Android Pay, similar to Apple Pay on iOS, allows users to complete transactions with just their mobile device,
Owners of NFC-enabled Android phones, KitKat and beyond, can use Android Pay by simply placing their phone against a store's NFC terminal.
Google named security as one of its top priorities for Android Pay. According to Dake Burke, Google's VP of Engineering, Android Pay generates a virtual account number for your debit or credit card so that your actual card number is never revealed to participating retailers.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will release before April 2016, Sony Computer Entertainment has confirmed.
During its annual Investor Relations Day conference, PlayStation president Andrew House revealed that Naughty Dog's upcoming action-adventure game will be out before the company's 2015 fiscal year comes to a close, which ends March 31, 2016.
Since we already know Uncharted 4 won't be out in 2015, that narrows the game's release to the first three months of next year, and if you want to take Naughty Dog's "spring" launch window literally, that narrows it down even further, to the final two weeks of March.
The Witcher 3 is so awesome it might actually hold us over until Cyberpunk 2077, the Mad Max game is looking slightly less thrilling than the recent film, and what makes a good summer video game? Max, Marty, and Goldfarb are here once again to dribble their weird words into your gross ears.
Today at Google's I/O 2015 conference, the company revealed new details for Android M, the latest version of its smartphone and tablet operating system.
In addition to thousands of bug fixes, Dave Burke, VP of Engineering at Google, revealed six major improvements coming in Android M.
Nicholas D'Agosto, the young actor who plays Harvey Dent in Gotham, will return in Season 2 as a series regular.
D'Agosto confirmed the news in a post on Twitter, saying:
— Nicholas D'Agosto (@nicholasdagosto) May 27, 2015
Microsoft has just unveiled the free games it will be rolling out to Xbox Live Gold subscribers during the month of June, with Massive Chalice leading the pack on Xbox One.
According to Major Nelson's blog, all month long Xbox One owners will be able to download Double Fine Production's aforementioned title free of charge, as well as Pool Nation FX, whose free-download status has been extended an additional month.
On the Xbox 360 front, Just Cause 2 kicks things off, and will be free from June 1 up through June 15. The following day, Avalanche Studios' open-world action game will be replaced by Thief, which will be available as a free download until the end of the month.
Paramount Pictures is reportedly looking to take Hasbro's popular Beyblade toy franchise and create a live-action feature.
According to Deadline, the movie will be produced by Mary Parent's Disruption Entertainment. Aside from that, however, very little is known about the project, as it's clearly still in the early stages of development.
Beyblade has a line of popular toys, generating a whopping $2.5 billion in revenue for Hasbro. Beyblade has already spawned an animated television series and handful of video game tie-ins.
PlayStation Vita has officially been labeled a "legacy platform" by Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House, as the handheld device continues to struggle outside the Asian gaming market.
During Sony's annual Investor Relations Day conference, House explained that while Vita remains "strong and vibrant" among those in Asia, sales continue to decline in the west. As such, the PlayStation exec has relegated both the handheld and its struggling PlayStation TV counterpart to 'legacy' status in both North America and Europe.
House also discussed Sony's home console during the conference, admitting that because its first-party lineup for PS4 in 2015 is "sparse" it will have to rely on third-party content to carry the platform in the coming months.
Project CARS developer Slighty Mad Studios has detailed the latest update for Xbox One.
Patch 1.3 -- which is being rolled out now -- addresses several fixes, including issues with gamepad controllers, wheel controllers, and rogue AI that permitted competitor cars to refuel in races where the player could not.
Time Trials on the Xbox One have been revised to start at 11am to ensure consistent track temperatures with PC counterparts. The "smoothness of the sun, moon, stars, and shadow motion" when replaying matches with "a high time acceleration," random crashes, and pit engineer issues have also been addressed.
Behold the first trailer for LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes - Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!, the next animated feature from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group. Check out the trailer above as well as the official synopsis, box art and first look images below!
LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes - Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom! will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on August 25.
Mark Hamill voices the Trickster, a role he's played on both live-action Flash TV series. Hamill also voices Sinestro. The voice cast also includes Troy Baker (Batman), Nolan North (Superman), Josh Keaton (Green Lantern), Khary Payton (Cyborg), James Arnold Taylor (The Flash) and Grey Griffin (Wonder Woman, Lois Lane).
Assassin's Creed Syndicate will not have an accompanying companion app, Ubisoft has confirmed.
Speaking to Eurogamer, the developer confirmed "the team wanted to focus all their efforts on the core experience."
It's a decision likely to be music to the ears of series' fans. Last year, Assassin's Creed Unity added the rather unwelcome feature of locking access to certain treasure chests and costumes unless you'd poured hours into the app. The previous year's installment, Black Flag, enabled you to earn additional money and resources via a naval minigame.
After a delay or three, Batman: Arkham Knight is finally ready to roll out of the Batcave, and I finally got my first chance to play it. Unsurprisingly, I came away impressed. Gotham City is full of things to do, from rescuing trapped firefighters to literally throwing yourself into a gang of random street thugs. Nothing about playing it suggests – save for the story, which we still know very little about – that it will disappoint in the wake of its stellar Arkham predecessors. In fact, my only yellow flag (I’m not even going to call it a red flag) involves the controls.
That is to say, it’s tough to jump into the middle of Arkham Knight, even when you’ve completed Asylum and City. Many of Batman’s combat controls involve multi-layered button combinations, and the Batmobile is equally nuanced. R2 on PS4 is the gas, as expected, but L2 doesn't brake the car as expected, but activates its tank-like Battle Mode. On foot, double-tapping and then holding the X button, waiting for an orange square to appear on a targeted bad guy, and then hitting the button again will trigger a badass leap-out-of-the-Batmobile-and-then-glide-and-then-smash-through-a-window-and-take-out-a-guy move – if you nail the combo properly.
NCSoft’s struggling sci-fi MMO WildStar will be going free-to-play this autumn. Developer Carbine Studios has confirmed the rumours reported a couple of weeks ago, and also gone into detail about the hows and whys of the decision.
Firstly, creative director Chad Moore and Mike Donatelli are keen to stress all areas of the game will be open to all players and there won’t be any cynical moves like preventing players from using speed boosts, though an optional subscription will be available for certain perks. This “Signature Membership”, as it’s currently called, is planned to offer bonuses to XP, crafting, currency and item drops, though these are yet to be finalised. It’s worth noting too that CREDD will still be available for gold in-game or real-world cash, to then be sold or exchanged for a month of this preferred status. Anyone who’s subbed to the game at any stage, whether that’s been since launch or once the transition happens, will earn Loyalty Points to earn Loyalty Rewards. Carbine plans to put all the free-to-play changes onto the Public Test Realm (PTR) so players can try them out and offer feedback before the switch occurs.
Square Enix has released screenshots and details about exclusive features for the 3DS remake of Dragon Quest VIII.
The 3DS game will follow the same story and world as the PS2 version, with new episodes focusing on the history of the villain, Dhoulmagus, and the protagonist’s childhood. Although the 3DS version will not support stereoscopic 3D, it will add other new elements at a later date, including StreetPass support.
In the 3DS version, the soundtrack will be orchestrated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and it will be the first fully-voiced numbered entry in the Dragon Quest series.
Electronic Arts' football/soccer franchise FIFA is introducing female players for the first time. (You can see new players in action in the trailer over on YouTube.)
The sports game will feature 12 international teams (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America) when the latest instalment, FIFA 16, launches on September 22. Just as their male counterparts, female players will look and move "like they do on the pitch when representing their country".
IGN caught up with FIFA VP and GM David Rutter to find out if it's the "all-time high" interest in women's football that's spurred this latest addition to the established franchise, or if EA has been playing with the idea of bringing women into the game for some time.
This sequel to action-hit Olympus Has Fallen has a couple of new posters, which feature great British landmarks taking a battering.
London Has Fallen - which stars Aaron Eckhart, Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman - hits screens in October, and if these one-sheets are anything to go by, Big Ben and St. Pauls Cathedral will come under fire during the film.
Microsoft has revealed a new Xbox One controller will be released in June with a headphone port on the base.
The controller, presumably due for an official announcement at E3, was revealed early thanks to an update to the company's Xbox Support website. The description of the pad on the site includes a 3.5mm headphone port on the base, that is "only available on controllers released after June 2015".
It's currently unclear if the new pad will incorporate other fan-demanded updates, with one of the biggest being a controller that can be charge via USB straight out of the box. No changes appear to have been made to the shape of the pad.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's digital refund policy has been scrutinised by a BBC investigation.
According to Eurogamer, the investigation -- which will form part of BBC's Watchdog programme this evening at 8pm BST -- was launched following a complaint from a customer who was unable to get a refund despite Sony acknowledging that his PSN account had been stolen.
EA's upcoming Need for Speed reboot will launch on November 3, according to a prematurely-revealed product page.
The since-removed page popped up on Microsoft's Xbox site, and was swiftly screen-capped and posted on Reddit.
The accompanying blurb also reveals several new features we haven't previously heard about. Apparently there'll be five "ways to play" called Speed, Style, Build, Crew and Outlaw.