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One of the most highly anticipated titles for the second half 2013 has to be Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, the latest entry into Ubisoft's blockbuster franchise. Today, the company released a new trailer that invites you to defy the odds and either become a pawn in a large game of chess or fight for it all and become the biggest pirate on the seas.
For those you unfamiliar with this new installment, the storyline is centered on Edward Kenway and takes place in the Caribbean. Many famous pirates will make appearances and in true Assassin's Creed form, there will be plenty of sneaking around and stealth kills to be made. In the newly released trailer, you can see that not only will battles take place on land, but there will be epic naval battles fought in a stormy sea. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is available for pre-order now and will release November 1.
Say what you want about some of the early gaming consoles but tread carefully when talking about Nintendo's Famicom. The Family Computer by Nintendo was the predecessor to Nintendo's NES system. While the company ceased to manufacturer the NES system in 1995, Nintendo continued to manufacture the Famicom well into the new millennium until production ceased in 2003.
The Famicom, which turned 30 years old today, was truly ahead of its time with its sleek red and tan exterior as well as its conveniently placed controller pockets. This 8-bit system was a monster at its time and still has an active following of developers who continue to create new games for the aging system. So today, we salute you Famicom. As someone who will soon enter their third decade of existence as well, I raise my glass to you and wish you another 30 years of sprite-based pixilated fun.
On Friday, I wrote an article that speculated that Angry Birds Star Wars II would launch today based on an image released by the developer Rovio. Unfortunately, I speculated wrong on the release date, but did hit the nail on the head about a sequel to Angry Birds Star Wars. This morning, Rovio released a short video teasing of the upcoming game.
As seen in the video above and link provided below, Angry Birds Star Wars II will launch in about two months on September 19. Additionally, we learned that Hasbro will be launching new "Telepods" which are physical controllers for the game. These are seen in the video and the company says they will be available wherever toys are sold.
We're getting closer with each day to the release of the PlayStation 4, but now we have PS4 architect Mark Cerny weighing in. While speaking with Edge, the architect behind the PS4 said:
I feel like the magical time was the early years of the PlayStation because there was such a variety of products coming out. There wasn't this sort of consistent overarching pattern that you might have seen in the last few years in the PlayStation 3 generation, and I really think we're heading back to that time. I think that's a very good thing.
When Cerny was speaking at the Develop conference last week, he took a step back to the days of the 1990s, where he said: "There was no rulebook, teams were small, projects were cheap, you could make a game for just a couple of hundred thousand dollars," he said. "Some of these games that were made by these tiny teams with these tiny budgets went on to be phenomenally successful."
It's official. The US government has now declared that being a professional League of Legends gamer makes you an athlete. Riot eSports manager, Nick Allen, when speaking with GameSpot, said:
The United States government recognizes League of Legends pro players as professional athletes, and awards Visas to essentially work in the United States under that title. So this is groundbreaking for eSports. Now when [international players] come over, it's a much easier process because they are actually recognized by the government. It's a huge thing.
Riot reportedly had to fight very hard to get to this point, using all of their micro to get here. Considering the amount of work some of these League of Legends gamers put themselves through, they deserve it. Great news for LoL fans today.
This morning on the PlayStation blog, Mark Green, the senior producer at Guerrilla Cambridge, announced that sign-ups for the closed beta for Killzone Mercenary opened today. The company says they are only choosing a few select participants to participate in this exclusive multiplayer closed beta.
The post said that candidates have until 2pm PDT on Wednesday, July 17 to complete the sign-up for the public's first look at Mercenaries. If chosen, participants will receive an email with directions on how to get started. You can head over to Source #2 for the sign-up page.
Mercenary's multiplayer suite will provide players with a diverse range of weapons, grenades, armor, and special VAN-Guard devices enabling the player to customize their multiplayer load-out slots. This customization supports the tactical element of the game; will you armor yourself up and go in like a tank, or take a more precise approach and assassinate enemies stealthily?
No matter your tactical approach, Mercenary's multiplayer beta will give gamers an early look into the power and promise of PS Vita as the optimal handheld platform for first-person shooters.
Rovio announced this morning that it would be launching its next gaming title this coming Monday, July 15. Judging from their teaser image, the game appears to be a sequel to the current title Angry Birds Star Wars, as the the bird pictured appears to be just like a young Anakin Skywalker wearing racing gear similar to that in the 1999 prequel Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.
This new game comes after the company expanded the license agreement with toymaker Hasbro to ship new toys and games based on the Angry Birds franchise. Additionally, Rovio is planning on releasing a new title named Angry Birds Go later this year based around the racing genre.
Square Enix attempts to police jailbroken iPhones with Deus Ex, prevents firing of guns on jailbroken devices
Square Enix has introduced a new "feature" to its latest IOS title, Deus Ex: The Fall, that effectively prevents anyone with a jailbroken iPhone or iPad from playing the game. Users can still load the game but when they attempt to fire their guns a message screen pops up that says "we're sorry but you can't fire on jailbroken devices."
This new "feature" (and I use the term loosely) was first reported on the popular media sharing website Reddit. After news began to spread, the game's App Store page was quickly updated to warn users that the "play experience is currently restricted on jailbroken devices" and that interested parties "should not purchase if you have voided your warranty and have jailbroken your device."
At the moment, it is unclear why Square Enix chose to implement this new "feature," but some industry insiders are speculating that it could be to prevent piracy of the $6.99 game, while others say it is because the company would like to mitigate future support issues that could arise from a jailbroken device. I think it's a combination of piracy concerns as well as support issues.
Steam has just kicked off its highly anticipated annual Summer Sale. The event will last from July 11 through July 22 with new discounts on major titles every day. So now would be a good time to reassess your budget and what is really important to you and by that, I mean be prepared to buy lots of games.
Today's deals include MARS for $13.39, Defiance for $13.59, Left 4 Dead 2 for $4.99, and many more discounted titles. Additionally, the Summer Sale includes flash sales that last for eight hours each. Right now you can pick up Dragon Age Orgins for $8.99, GRID 2 for $29.99, and Skyrim for just $20.99.
Steam is also letting the community vote on which games they would like to see highly discounted. Users can vote using the community choice box on the Steam main page for which game gets the biggest discount. At the moment, the three games in the running are Dishonored, Boarderlands 2, and Farcry 3. The Steam Store page can be accessed through the website, but the dedicated application appears to be experiencing technical difficulties.
Everybody's favorite running game that seemingly never ends has finally found its way onto mid-range Nokia Lumia devices. Previously, the game was only available on the high-end Lumias like the 920 but now it has been ported to the Lumia 720, 620, and 520.
Temple Run is the massively popular game in which you play and explore who has stolen an ancient artifact from the temple and must escape the evil demon monkeys who are in hot pursuit. And just like all true ancient temples, your path out is covered in many deadly obstacles.
Users use their fingers to make the player jump over, slide under, or turn left and right to dodge obstacles. The whole time you are being chased by a hoard of evil demons who would like nothing more than to get their hands on you. Users who wish to play the game can head over to the Windows App Store to pick up their copy today.