Hi there, dear readers! It’s been awhile, but the new year is here and that means a new year of releases for your favorite gaming platform. This week we get parkour mixed with the undead in Dying Light, Tim Schaffer’s classic adventure game Grim Fandango gets remastered, and we get to experience the first episode of the new game from Square Enix and Dontnod, Life is Strange. On the home video front we get Brad Pitt’s World War 2 action drama Fury, the Guillermo del Toro produced animated fantasy Book of Life, and a DC Animated feature showcasing Aquaman in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. On the big screen we get the dramatic thriller The Loft, the drama Black or White, and the sci-fi flick Project Almanac...Read More
It’s been awhile since Shinji Mikami has indulged the genre of survival horror. He hit his peak with Resident Evil 4, and then went on to do God Hand and the fast paced action game Vanquish. Now, working with Tango Gameworks and Bethesda, he returns to the genre he’s credited with starting. On the surface, The Evil Within certainly fits the mold. It has the prerequisite creepy environments, some seriously demented looking creatures, and plenty of blood and gore to make Pinhead from the Hellraiser movies feel right at home. But does it succeed in being a standout among horror games, or does it just fall flat? On one hand, it succeeds quite well, and provides a title survival horror fans will probably enjoy diving into...Read More
One of the benefits of playing action games may be an enhanced ability to precisely learn the dynamics of new sensorimotor tasks. Such skills are key, for example, in laparoscopic surgery which involves high precision manual control of remote surgery tools through a computer interface.
A University of Toronto study finds that action video games bolster sensorimotor skills
A study led by University of Toronto psychology researchers has found that people who play action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed seem to learn a new sensorimotor skill more quickly than non-gamers do.
A new sensorimotor skill, such as learning to ride a bike or typing, often requires a new pattern of coordination between vision and motor movement...
Get double XP or encounter twice as many Treasure Goblins, depending upon your platform of choice.
No matter what console you own the game on (sorry, fellow PC players), Blizzard is offering some new incentives for Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition players to jump back into the game during the next week.
On 360 and PS3, you’ll receive a 100% bonus to experience, a perk that stacks with other, existing in-game bonuses, like items and shrines. That makes this an ideal time to create a new character, make that final push toward level 70, or pad out your Paragon level.
Considering the name of the game is items, X1 and PS4 players get a bonus that’s arguably even more tantalizing: Treasure Goblin spawns have been doubled...Read More
Civ designer says that developers don’t need to make violent games to get attention anymore
As part of Firaxicon, the first official Firaxis Games convention, legendary game designer Sid Meier sat down with Jake Solomon to discuss his own illustrious career as well as opportunities for today’s new game designers. Similar to Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, Meier has never been one to push violence in his computer games. In the hour-long discussion, Meier noted that for a time it seemed game designers were actually relying on violence to gain attention. That’s not necessary in the modern games industry today, he said.
“I’m certainly not in favor of any sort of censorship – we’re artists, we’re creative and we should be able to do what we want...Read More
Greater Rifts, Legendary gems, a new area to visit, and more added in yesterday’s free update.
Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition players on X1 and PS4 will find the game’s first major content update has gone live today, introducing many of the same features PC players saw in August.
The 2.1.0 patch adds The Vault, an area that can be accessed through a portal sometimes left behind by treasure goblins defeated in Adventure Mode. Inside, you’ll be able to find especially good drops and a new boss, the Baroness Greed.
A special, timed version of Nephalem Rifts known as Greater Rifts are also new. There is no limit on the number of these you can tackle, but they’ll become increasingly difficult as you make your way through them...Read More
Ubisoft pushes release date from November 11 to December 2.
Ubisoft announced today that its upcoming racing game, The Crew, has been delayed. The game was previously pegged to launch on November 11, but it’s now scheduled for December 2.
“The extra time will allow for a second closed console beta to be held, giving even more players the opportunity to experience the game, which is something the community has been requesting,” Ubisoft said in a statement. “Like the betas held previously, valuable player feedback and other essential information will be gathered, further enhancing the experience.”
The first closed beta for The Crew has been going on for the past week or so on X1 and PS4. The second closed beta will be held sometime in November for those platforms...Read More
Research unit demonstrates elaborate new augmented reality gameplay concept
Microsoft is working on a new gaming concept called RoomAlive, which transforms any given space into an interactive play area.
RoomAlive is still in the research stage, and it is reminiscent of the IllumiRoom concept that Microsoft showed at CES in 2013. However, where Illumiroom used a television as a focal point, RoomAlive is more complex, using an array of cameras and projectors to create an augmented reality experience.
“Our system enables new interactive projection mapping experiences that dynamically adapts content to any room,” a statement released by Microsoft Research said.
“The basic building blocks of RoomAlive are projector-depth camera units, which can be combined through a scalable, distributed...Read More
Over 100,000 units sold during its first week on sale, according to Chinese media
Microsoft launched the Xbox One in China, the first video game console there in 14 years, on September 29, only two days before the “golden week holiday.” Considering it’s the first console to be sold since the ban, it’s hard to judge performance, but Chinese news site 17173.com (via Kotaku) has reported that Xbox One did sell more than 100,000 units during its first week in China. To compare that to another Asian territory, Xbox One could only sell about 30,000 units during its first month in Japan.
If Microsoft is able to continue racking up sales in China, that theory may be disproved...Read More
But Mordor is most successful LOTR launch ever
FIFA 15 remains the UK’s best-selling game at retail this week,staving off big name competition despite a 70 per cent drop in sales.
EA’s football sim kept Warner Brothers’ surprise critical hit Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor from the number one spot, but the game still has the distinction of being the most successful launch of a Lord of the Rings game ever, even though it doesn’t use the name.
In third, another big release in the shape of Xbox exclusive Forza Horizons 2. 73 per cent of sales came from the Xbox One, and just 27 from the 360. The last of the week’s big new entries is Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, with the Wii U version still to be released.
All charts represent boxed retail sales only and are courtesy of Chart-Track.