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Okay, this Advanced Warfare Xbox One controller looks rad


$64.99
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Catch that Call of Duty: Advance Warfare Xbox One bundle earlier today? It's a custom system that includes the game and a 1TB HDD for $499.99. The controller is also custom designed, and if you were like me wishing it was available separately well good news! It is. Amazon has it for $64.99.
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Storytime with Commander Shepard


The wonderful Jennifer Hale
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Actor extraordinaire Jennifer Hale sat down to read us all a little Mass Effect story. Listen to her soothing voice and relax a little after a heavy day full of videogame newz.   
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Full Skylanders Trap Team game hitting tablets too


Will even include a controller
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Skylanders Trap Team is heading to mobile devices as well! And like, the full actual game. Activision is claiming console-quality graphics, and it even comes with its own high performance controller. This is huge! This will a...
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Oh hey! You can be playing the new Unreal Tournament RIGHT NOW


Just be aware it's in pre-alpha
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Epic is making the big leap by embracing live and open development with the new Unreal Tournament. We're seeing this game getting built from the ground up and as it turns out, you can be playing it right now!  This NeoGA...
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Robin Williams to be memorialized in World of Warcraft


Blizzard will be doing something for the late actor
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The world lost one of the best people to have ever existed with Robin Williams' passing this week. Fans were moved by his death and took to Change.org to get Blizzard to memorialize the comedian as an NPC in World of Warcraft...
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Valiant Hearts coming to iOS devices on September 4


Have all the feels while on the go
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Valiant Hearts: The Great War was a wonderful experience that came out not too long ago on consoles and PC. And now it's set to arrive on iOS devices on September 4. Same game, just controls redesigned with touch screen in mind. No price point was given, but now you will have no excuse to miss this one. 
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Dear Below, I need you in my life now please


I need the roguelike hole in my heart filled
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Just look at it. Look at how gorgeous Below is. I need it. I need it NOW!
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Killer Instinct: Season 2 begins October 15


Eight new fighters including TJ Combo and Maya
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Season 2 of Killer Instinct begins on October 15, 2014. Fans can expect new fighters, enhanced game modes, and a revamped interface. The Ultra Edition will cost $39.99 and will include eight fighters starting with TJ Combo an...
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Watch the Golden Gate Bridge get destroyed in Advanced Warfare


Okay, those grenades are hecka cool
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Ghosts was a giant disappointment but man Advanced Warfare is looking really good. I'm mostly interested in the multiplayer at this point, but the single-player looks like it will be worth it this time around too.  The latest video for the new Call of Duty focuses on San Francisco, showing off a chase and the eventual destruction of the famous Golden Gate Bridge. 
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It's the return of Sanctuary in Halo: The Master Chief Collection


Good for competitive mataches
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Lots of Halo news today, but this should be the last of it for now. Check out the updated return of Sanctuary that you'll be able to experience in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. 
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Sierra is back! New King's Quest and, uh, Geometry Wars coming


As Activision's indie label
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Well look at that. Sierra is back from the dead. Activision is reviving the label, with a focus on indie development. It'll host new IPs and re-imaginings of beloved classics. In this case there's a new King's Quest coming in...
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Indies on X1

Superhot, Space Engineers, SMITE and more coming to Xbox One


Through the ID@Xbox program
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Look, more Cuphead footage! But we all already know that's going to be great. So what else is there? Well plenty as it turns out. The ID@Xbox program is beefing up with even more indies. Superhot, Space Engineers, and even SMITE are making their way to the Xbox One. Ghost of the Devil looks quite adorable, as does Rivals of Aether. A good offering of games, all in in all. 
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See how mixing up Hunters in Evolve changes things up


Brand new map shown off
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
You want more Evolve? Well here you go. The latest trailer from gamescom shows off a mix up of the past Hunters that have been revealed, plus the squid face monster that the opposing players will take control of. All of this is shown on the new map Distillery.  This video is also eSports like whoa. 
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Super Smash Bros

Super Smash Bros on 3DS is getting this neat Game Boy stage


Ba-ding!
Aug 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
I had ever intention to just play the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. I think I'm going to have to check out the 3DS version now though after seeing there's going to be a Game Boy stage.  Sakurai even threw in a "ba-d...
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European limited edition of Hyrule Warriors includes that awesome scarf too


No scarf for North America ... yet at least
Aug 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
In all of the Hyrule Warrior Nintendo Direct coverage we never got around to mentioning the limited edition Europeans will see. Which is that you all will be getting that awesome looking scarf that Japan will receive too...

Mario Kart 8 update adds map display to the TV screen

Aug 05 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Drivers will now have the option to display the course map on the TV screen during races. The order of the menu after each race will be changed to “Next Race”, followed by “Watch Highlight Reel”. The game will remember the most recent kart options that were selected, even if the Wii U system was powered down. Users will be able to change options of other players’ Mario Kart TV downloaded highlight reels, such as changing the focus to different characters or actions. A score screen will be added so players can see how many coins they’ve collected, the win-loss record of their online battles and their frequently used characters. Improved the stability of the online connection to enhance user experience during online battles.
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Also three free Mercedes-Benz cars
[Update: Nintendo has confirmed an August 27 launch for the update in North America as well. Find the full list of improvements below.] Welcome Nintendo to the modern age of gaming with downloadable content! Hey, at least th...

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Velocity 2X looking to melt your eyeballs on September 2


Awesome looking space shooter/adventure game for PS4 and Vita
Aug 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Velocity X2 is one I've been keeping my eye on for awhile now. It's part space shooter, and part Metroidvania-like platformer that's in one sweet package. This is coming out for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on...
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Diablo III sold 20 million copies worldwide


The original and Reaper of Souls across all platforms
Aug 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Diablo III has been performing rather well for Activision Blizzard. Since it released in 2010, Diablo III has sold over 20 million copies worldwide on all platforms. That's combined with Reaper of Souls too. Activision a...
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Looks like Apple is going to reveal a new iPhone next month


July saw record-setting App Store revenue
Aug 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Apple is set to host its next iPhone unveiling on September 9. It's expected that the iPhone 6 will feature larger displays (4.7" and 5.5") and run the new A8 processors. And if this video is true, than the screens will be v...
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Let's check out all the wonderful cosplay from SDCC 2014


San Diego Comic-Con!
Jul 30
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
San Diego Comic-Con is the biggest convention for all things geek in the world. A ton of cosplay happens at this show -- even celebrities cosplay! Mostly to hide from the public though.  But hey, here's a couple of mont...
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer teased, collector's edition detailed


The $120 version includes a season pass
Jul 29
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
A brand new trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has dropped today, detailing how the conflict leads the way for the Atlas PMC to come into power. It's your typical Call of Duty trailer, with tons of cool looking set p...
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Zanzibar gets reimagined for Halo: The Master Chief Collection


Blur does great stuff
Jul 25
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Halo's presence at San Diego Comic-Con continued today with some new details on Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The team at 343 and Certain Affinity showed off for the first time the re-mastered Zanzibar map from Halo 2. ...
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PlayStation Store has 2-for-1 sale going on this week


On 11 pre-selected bundles
Jul 15
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The PlayStation Store has got a 2-for-1 sale going on this week on 11 curated two-game bundles. Here's the breakdown:  Brothers A Tale of Two Sons + How to Survive -- $14.99 Bionic Commando Rearmed + Rearmed 2 -- $9.99 ...
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The secret origin story of Super Mario Bros. finally revealed


Or, the final episode of Mario Warfare
Jul 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
It's the long awaited final chapter of the Mario Warfare series. It's been a long wait, but the gang at BeatDownBoogie wrap the saga up in a rather splendid way. While this is the last episode of the series, this won't ...
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Destiny's Limited Edition and Ghost Edition detailed


Get a talking Peter Dinklage
Jul 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Destiny is getting multiple versions because that's just what gaming companies do nowadays. This latest video here details the differences between the Limited Edition and the Ghost Edition. The Ghost Edition is the big one, ...
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Confirmed: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will have audio


*shrug*
Jul 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
A new behind-the-scenes video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has confirmed that the game will indeed have audio. Guns will have the pew pew noises, dudes will go "oh no you shot me how did you know bullets were my weakness!?. Oh, and there will be lots of explosions. 
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Luigi and his death stare takes on the cosplayers of Anime Expo 2014


Green shells for everyone!
Jul 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Cosplayer troller D Piddy hit up Anime Expo 2014 this past weekend, where he debuted his latest cosplay: Death Stare Luigi. Watch as Luigi rides around AX, throwing green shells at all the cosplayers. 
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Project Spark officially launches this October


A game where you make games
Jul 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Project Spark is the game where you can make your very own videogame. Any kind of videogame. Whatever game you want! It's been in beta for a long time now, but it's officially launching this October on the Xbox One and Window...

Platinum is making a Legend of Korra game, and it's pretty awesome

Jun 26 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
The Legend of Korra [PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 [previewed], Xbox 360, Xbox One]Developer: Platinum GamesPublisher: ActivisionRelease: Fall 2014 For all you fans of the series, The Legend of Korra game takes place right after book two, centering on the consequences of what happened at the end of last season. Think of this as more of a self-contained episode, a nice side story before we deal with the real consequences in Book 3: Change which debuts this Friday on Nickelodeon. Show creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko worked closely with Platinum to develop the game. They even jointly created the new villain, one that uses a new type of Chi blocking that has left Korra powerless at the beginning of this adventure. Her powers haven't been taken away completely, and as you go through the levels (with set pieces taken from the show such as Air Temple Island, Republic City, more), Korra will remember how to use her bending abilities once again.    The story here will reference elements from the show and there will undoubtedly be a lot of callbacks that will make fans happy. That said, don't let that keep you from this game. The action elements are pretty awesome, thanks in large part to Platinum's skills at making great combat mechanics. All you need to know is that you're playing as a real badass who can bend the four elements of fire, water, air, and earth to her will. As Korra re-discovers her various bending skills, she'll find that she's stuck using more of the basic attacks with each element. But as you progress and level up, you'll upgrade your attacks and learn new combos. What makes the fighting top notch here is how seamlessly you can swap between your four powers as you're unleashing combos on enemies. Water bending, for example, is good for long-range attacks -- either throwing out projectiles, or using a "water whip"-like move to reel enemies closer to you. On the other hand, air bending is best as an area-of-effect attack when dealing with a group of enemies surrounding you. Each bending style offers something unique, and it's best to mix up your attacks as much as possible. Oh, and you totally can summon an air ball and ride it around just like in the show. Between your light and heavy attacks, you also have a special charge attack for more powerful bending moves, plus there's a dodge and counter move as well. Countering is especially encouraged, most of all when dealing with boss-type enemies. It's a similar counter system to that of Revengeance, where you have to learn the enemy patterns to best time the counter over being babied and getting some notification to time the counter correctly. Though, admittedly, the learning curve for timing is way smaller in The Legend of Korra.  And yes, you can go into the Avatar state. The specifics of what will allow you to summon your special ability haven't been quite nailed down yet, but ultimately the game will let you know when you can go full out, and at that point you'll be unleashing all your bending abilities at once for a duration of time. Again, for an alpha, the combat system was pretty damn fluid. The camera was a little finicky during my hands-on time, but didn't ultimately hinder my session. I was impressed with how far along the game was already, and there's going to be loads of time for polish between now and the release date. Visually, the game was looking nice too. The cartoon-y/cel-shaded look was pleasant, especially when the different bending elements were in use by the player or enemies. Speaking of which, while the big boss is new, most of the enemy foot soldiers were recycled from the past two seasons of the show. My playthrough saw me encountering chi blockers, Mecha Tanks, and some of the Triads too. A nice touch though at least is that chi blockers can knock out whatever last ability you were using for a small duration of time. The voice actors from the show reprise their role here for the game, and a large chunk of the game's music is taken from the show too. On top of the core action elements, there's also a Naga-running section where you have to navigate levels much in the same way as something like in Temple Run. Plus there's Pro-Bending sections where Korra, Mako, and Bolin will be fighting others in Pro-Bending! So, you're probably asking at this point how this crazy collaboration came to be. Platinum, a Japanese studio, working on a license game of a American TV series that takes heavy influences from Japanese anime. And it's being published by Activision, no less. Well, on Activision's end, the specific office in charge was presented with a list of developers to work with. It was a "no brainer" when they saw that Platinum was an option, as Robert Conkey, producer on the Activision side told Destructoid. "These guys are one of the best third-person action developers in the world." As for Platinum's perspective, producer Atsushi Kurooka broke down exactly what made the Japanese studio interested in working on this project (as translated through Robert Conkey): "One of the first impressions with Korra was that [we] were blown away by how awesome the show was. The main reason [we] were interested in the brand was one, [we] were really impressed with how involved the story was and how detailed it was. It was just really fascinating to [us]. Just the fact that it's so detailed and the fact that each of the bending styles is based on actual different types of Kung-Fu. The way that it's actually animated is just really impressive. "There's more to it than that too. There's the love story that they have, and there's Bolin as the comic relief and the comedy in it is just awesome. [We] felt that it was an incredibly well put together and balanced show and [we] hadn't seen something like that before ... [We] felt like [we] could relate. In a lot of [our] older games, it was often that they had a serious side to it but it also had a tongue-in-cheek aspect. We considered it a challenge that we never really had to do it very strictly before, stick to a brand and actually realize that brand while still keeping to [our] way of making games." I think the one only downside to The Legend of Korra game is that it's going to be four hours long for an average playthrough. Of course you can do replays and go for 100% completion, but as a giant fan of the cartoon series, I wish there was going to be more. Otherwise, like I said before, think of this as a self-contained episode. It's not going to outstay its welcome, and it's a solid deal when you also factor in that this will be $14.99 when it comes out. Oh, and there's a 3DS The Legend of Korra game in the works. I only found out because it was offhandedly mentioned in the press release I got so I guess Activision doesn't have much faith in it? Anyway the 3DS game is being developed by Webfoot Technologies as a retail release where it follows the same story as the console version, but it's a turn-based strategy RPG where you maneuver Korra and her allies around on the battlefield.
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First hands-on preview
Yup, you read that headline correctly. Platinum Games, the maker of such fine titles as Mad World, Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising, The Wonderful 101, and more, is creating a game based on The Legend of Korra series. It's being ...

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Borderlands, Aliens: CM writer to open PAX Prime 2014


Concert lineup announced too
Jun 25
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Gearbox's Mikey Neumann will be opening up PAX Prime 2014 with his Storytime Session. Mikey has worked at Gearbox for 13 years, and has created the stories for such games as Borderlands, and Alien: Colonial Marines. Mikey's o...

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