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Here is what has been making news: New Releases, The Wolf Among Us, Desert Strike, Xbox One, Free Games, Tales of ..?, World of Warcraft Movie, Heroes of Dragon Age, League of Legends, Gran Turismo Dr, NBA 2K14.
December 8th – December 14th
Tuesday, December 10th
Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God will be available for the PS Vita.
Doki-Doki Universe will be available for the PS3, PS Vita, PS4.
Unity of Command: Black Turn will be available for the PC.
Wednesday, December 11th
Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise will be available for the PC.
Angry Birds Go! will be available for the iPhone.
Lineage II: Valiance will be available for the PC.
Thursday, December 12th
Basketball Pro Management 2014 will be available for the PC.
Hello Kitty at Mahou no Apron: Rhythm Cooking will be available for the 3DS.
Double Value Pack: Skate 2 + Skate 3 will be available for the PS3.
Ratchet and Clank: Ginga* Saikyou Tri-Star Pack will be available for the PS3.
Friday, December 13th
The Lords of Football will be available (in UK) for the PC.
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeons Because I Don’t Know will be available (in UK) for the 3DS.
Wii Fit U will be available (in UK) for the Wii U.
The Wolf Among Us recently arrived on iOS. The first chapter of Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us was available to PC and consoles early last October. The game serves as a prequel and offers an equal mix of action and character development.
You can purchase the first chapter on iOS for $4.99 and a bundle of the other episodes is available for $14.99. Together the total for all is $19.98 which is about what you would pay for the console versions.
EA’s newest trademark
The isometric helicopter action Strike series has been dormant for some time now, however, Electronic Arts filed a trademark for Desert Strike on November 25th. It is possible that this means EA will be revisiting the Strike series.
Desert Strike was originally released in 1992 on several platforms and was the first in a series of five Strike games. Each of the Strike games involved piloting combat helicopters in various action settings. Our question is, is there really a firm fan-base for this kind of game? It’s always nice to see a return of some of the old games, but I would also like to see some new innovations. We really need a new game that shakes up the industry and gives it new direction and new life. Just my opinion.
Sales numbers under wraps
Since launch, the PS4 has sold over 2.1 million units according to Sony. Microsoft’s response by Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing, to the sales of Xbox One since its launch was simply, “We are humbled and gratified by the overwhelming response from our fans to the launch of Xbox One.”
Mehdi had sent out an e-mail statement that went on to say, ” Eleven days in we are seeing record breaking sales and are selling every Xbox One we can make. Demand is far exceeding supply in the 13 countries we’ve launched and we are sold out at retailers around the world. We are seeing incredible usage from our engaged fans who have purchased Xbox One with more than 50 million hours spent on Xbox One games and entertainment.”
The Xbox One was launched in 13 territories and more will be added in 2014. The PS4, on the other hand, launched in 32 territories with the North American launch on November 15th and the other territories following on November 29th.
The inference gathered from the lack of sales numbers revealed my Microsoft, is that they can’t say they have sold more than 2.1 million. Over the coming months, despite having units sold out everywhere, Microsoft appears like it needs to play catch-up with Sony. Sony has projected that by March 31st, 2014 (the end of the fiscal year) they will have sold 5 million units. It is uncertain where Microsoft will be at that point, but the fact that they are remaining silent on the current numbers suggests there may be a bit of an imbalance among the next-gen consoles.
Sony’s holiday promotion
For the weeks leading up to the holiday, Sony will be giving away 10 free mobile games per week. An example of the giveaway include games such as Mononoke Slashdown, Gun Commando, Passing Time, and Rymdkapsel. Each free to download onto your PS Vita, PlayStation certified smart phones and tablets.
It’s nice to see Sony highlighting the mobile games section, as it often ends up over-looked. To get your free games, each week go to the dedicated mobile games section in the PlayStation Store, and enjoy your holidays with some sweet gifts to you from Sony.
Namco Bandai counts down
While Tales of Xillia 2 is planned to release in North America at some point, Namco Bandai has begun teasing the next Tales game.
They don’t offer much information other than the number of days left before reveal and the site is in Japanese, but we do know that earlier this year Namco Bandai filed a trademark for Tales of Zestiria.
The trademark had been registered at the trademarks and designs registration office of the European Union. The reason this is notable is because Namco Bandai will usually register their smaller Tales titles in Japan while their core Tales games usually get registered outside of Japan.
So simply based on that little bit of information the assumption is that the countdown is pointing toward Tales of Zestiria. The problem is that North America is usually a game behind Japan, but Namco Bandai has been consistent with bringing Tales games out of Japan and into North America so it will be a while before we see the newest Tales game.
Cast members revealed
According to a story in Variety, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Travis Fimmel, and Paula Patton are all the first cast members revealed to appear in the World of Warcraft film. Additionally, the actor who plays a young Howard Stark in the Captain America movies, Dominic Cooper, is currently in negotiations to appear in the film as well.
You may also know Ben Foster as Angel in X-Men: The Last Stand. Toby Kebbell had a role in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time movie. Rob Kazinsky played in Pacific Rim and Travis Fimmel was on a television show called Vikings. The most notable role for Paula Patton was in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
There is no mention of which roles or characters those actors will play, however, we do know that the movie will involve the beginning conflict between humans and orcs. As we mentioned last week, the movie was expected to release in 2015 but has been pushed to 2016 instead.
Now on iOS
It will be a while yet before we are able to play Dragon Age: Inquisition, but fans of the dark fantasy series are now able to enjoy Heroes of Dragon Age on their iOS and Android devices.
The free-to-play game covers several major events in Thedas’ history, each involving five different battles. The game follows the traditional free-to-play energy model, which means you will reach a point where you either need to rest or pay to continue playing. Strategy in the game comes from creating a squad and putting them in a formation. You get a bonus for creating a team with like-colored faction emblems.
So until Dragon Age: Inquisition launches sometime during the fall of 2014, it was pushed back from its original winter 2013 release due to the teams efforts to make the Frostbite engine more of an RPG engine.
Riot under fire
The professional players of League of Legends has been banned by Riot Games from streaming rival titles, which naturally has prompted some backlash from some gamers.
Recently it was revealed that players competing in Season 4 of LCS are being forbidden from streaming other games such as StarCraft 2, Dota 2, World of Warcraft, World of Tanks, and Hearthstone. Whalen Rozelle, Riot’s director, defends the decision stating, “We say this all the time: we want League of Legends to be a legitimate sport. There are some cool things that come from that (salaried professional athletes, legitimate revenue streams, visas, Staples Center), but there’s also a lot of structural work that needs to be done to ensure a true professional setting.”
He went on to explain that you likely wouldn’t see a football player who promotes Nike wearing Reebok footwear. “We recognize there may be some differences of opinion in the perception of pro players’ streams. In the past, pro gamers only had to worry about their personal brands when streaming and, at most, may have had to worry about not using the wrong brand of keyboard to keep their sponsor happy. Now, however, these guys are professionals contracted to a professional sports league. When they’re streaming to 50,000 fans, they’re also representing the sport itself.”
So don’t expect to see any of the League of Legend professionals streaming their game play any longer. That option has just been cancelled. Personally, I think video gaming competitions just got a bit too big for its britches (as my father used to say). Enjoy the games guys, it’s now a job.
Australian road named after game
The City of Bathurst, along with Sony Computer Entertainment Australia, recently revealed a street named after the driving simulation game series. The street, Gran Turismo Dr., is located at the Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit in Bathurst, Australia.
Polyphony Digital Inc recently announced the inclusion of the Mount Panorama Racing Circuit in Gran Turismo 6. The track in game will look like its real-life counterpart and span 6.213 kilometers (4 miles).
Additionally Kazunori Yamauchi, the Gran Turismo series creator, has also had a street named after him in Ronda, Spain which runs around the Parador de Ronda hotel.
Gran Turismo 6 has just launched as a PS3 exclusive (December 6th), and Sony states there are no plans to port it to the PS Vita, however, they are considering a PS4 version.
Get penalty for swearing
Now this is the kind of news I like to see. 2K Sports has recently announced their desire to create a “more civilized online environment.” They report that if the Kinect or PlayStation Camera catches you using profanity while playing NBA 2K14, you will receive a technical foul. Seriously! How cool is that!?
In real-world collegiate and professional basketball, a referee is able to call a technical foul on a player, a coach, or any other team member for unsportsmanlike conduct, which includes using profanity on the court. If you earn yourself two technical fouls you are ejected from the game. So why shouldn’t the same be true in a video game, especially one that reflects a real-life ball game?
As long as the Kinect and PlayStation Camera devices are switched on, gamers will be penalized for using profanity on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PS4. This holds true for the NBA 2K13 game as well.
Congratulations 2K Sports for putting forth the effort to keep online play civil! Now if we could just see this feature in other online games, I may even migrate back to online play.