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Nintendo's jumping into the free-to-play gaming model in 2013 with the release of Tank! Tank! Tank! on the Wii U platform. The Namco Bandai arcade game Tank! Tank! Tank! will be free to play starting in Japan in 2013. You can download the free demo on the Nintendo eShop starting in January.
The game will allow free access to the City Map on the multiplayer modes Free For All, Giant Monster, and Team Battle. The game will only be able to be played three times per day. Unlocks will come in the form of game modes and maps: My Kong ($12), maps ($2.30), and single player ($26).
What's interesting is that if you add up all of the individual eShop upgrades, you end up spending $6 more than buying the full retail version of the game. It does, however, allow you to only purchase those parts of the game that you want, possibly making the purchase cheaper.
The eShop game model has only been confirmed for Japan, but there doesn't seem to be a reason that it wouldn't be brought to the US and other locations.
The first episode of Telltale's Walking Dead game has been free on iOS for a while. Now gamers wishing to play it on a larger screen, can find it on Xbox Live. The other four episodes will still cost 400 Microsoft points or $5 each.
Based on the vastly popular TV show, The Walking Dead, the games first episode has been a huge hit on iOS. We are really excited to hear that it has been released for a limited time on Xbox live. I know of a few people who will head straight to the Xbox Live Marketplace and download episode one.
Have you played the game on your iOS device? Are you going to download it to your Xbox 360? Let us know in the comments.
Rockstar Games' latest tease of their fifth outing in the Grand Theft Auto franchise is a big one, with five new screenshots unveiled just in time for Christmas.
The screenshots cover a multitude of different scenes in the game, from a guy in his car with his dog, to a stylish shot of a shark swimming beneath a man in the ocean. Another one of a submarine in the water, a guy talking on his cellphone and finally, some fighter jets flying high above the city.
All of the screenshots just make me want to play it more, and once you see them, you'll want to, too.
News came out that the upcoming Sim City successor will be required to have an always-on internet connection to play and save the game. Some people have worried that this could be a problem if your internet drops out while you're playing. What exactly happens to your city? The answers aren't clear, but Lucy Bradshaw, lead for the Maxis lablel at EA, would like to defend the DRM scheme.
Creating a connected experience has always been a goal for SimCity, and this design decision has driven our development process for the game. This is easily the most ambitious game in the franchise and we've taken great care to make sure that every line of code embodies the spirit of the series. To do this, we knew we had to make sure we put our heart and souls into the simulation and the team created the most powerful simulation engine in its history, the GlassBox Engine. GlassBox is the engine that drives the entire game -- the buildings, the economics, trading, and also the overall simulation that can track data for up to 100,000 individual Sims inside each city. There is a massive amount of computing that goes into all of this, and GlassBox works by attributing portions of the computing to EA servers (the cloud) and some on the player's local computer.
The Steam Holiday Sale is still on and there are some great deals today with DOTA 2 being 50% off, from $29.99 to $14.99, Dead Island is enjoying a sweet 66% off dropping its original $19.99 price to just $6.79.
If you were after Dishonored, and didn't want to pay the huge $79.99 for it, you can now get it for $39.99 - a great 50% off. The F.E.A.R. franchise is enjoying 75% off, dropping the entire F.E.A.R. Collection to just $13.71 from $54.96 - a huge 75% off.
There are tonnes of other deals and these deals change everyday so keep checking back for more savings!
Nintendo has tweeted out a good piece of advice for parents purchasing the Wii U for their kids this Christmas. The tweet suggests that anyone giving a Wii U should open it up and download the 5GB update before wrapping it up and placing under the tree. While it's probably more important to do this for little kids, the advice holds true for anyone giving it to a non-tech person.
Keep in mind that if power is lost during the update, the console could become bricked. If you're currently in a storm, you might not want to do the update right then. I'm not so sure that this should be called a pro-tip, though. As comments on Neogaf suggest, the real pro-tip would be to have manufacturing install the update before shipping them out.
That said, if you're getting a Wii U for a kid, you should probably do this so they can get to playing as soon as they open it.
Edit: Reader Ryan points out that the console will only brick if you lose power during the actual update portion, not the downloading part.
As we reported on Wednesday, THQ has filled for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy after the popular Humble Bundle event that seemed like a huge success. As a result of the bankruptcy, THQ handed over its assets to Clearlake Investments, an investment firm that deals in buying and selling businesses.
Game maker Ubisoft has reportedly tossed their hat into the game and expressed interest in purchasing the THQ assets. No word has been released on how much Ubisoft is willing to pay, but sources are saying that they are holding out for a bottom dollar price.
If successful in acquiring THQ, Ubisoft would take over five studios - including Vigil Games, Relic Entertainment, Volition, and THQ Montreal - and attain the rights to such titles as Darksiders, Saints Row, Company of Heroes, Homefront, Metro and Red Faction, as well as the licencing deals for games based on WWE and some of the Warhammer titles.
Steam announced yesterday that it was ending it's closed beta of Steam on Linux and was moving forward with an open beta. Everyone who would like to try out some "Tux Gaming" is now welcome to load the Steam client onto their linux based boxes.
You might remember this past summer, when Valve CEO Gabe Newell blasted Windows 8 calling it "a catastrophe" for everyone who uses a PC. Since then Valve has been hard at work porting over steam and a small selection of games to Linux.
I personally know of one person who is most likely jumping for joy after hearing this news as steam was the only reason he had an install of windows running. We would love to hear your reaction to steam being available on Linux. Will this change the way you game? Are you participating in the open beta? Let us know in the comments.
It's that time of year, folks, with the Steam Holiday Sales beginning with a bunch of great games on special. You can grab yourself a single title, or a franchise, or go all-out and grab yourself a Publisher Pack containing many games.
Mirrors Edge was $9.99 but is now $2.49, a saving of 75%. The Hitman and Borderlands' franchises have between 50-75% off each, which should result in some magnificent savings. There are also some 'Flash Sales', with Natural Selection having 60% off, Deus Ex: Human Revolution enjoying 75% off bringing it down from $24.99 to just $6.24, and then we have Publisher Packs.
Publisher Packs will include a bunch of the biggest titles from a particular publisher, with the SEGA Collection going for $99.99 but including 17 games with an individual cost of $196.29, this pack is great value for money. There are plenty of others, and these deals will change daily.
Head on over to the Steam Holiday Sales now to grab a bargain or 30!
You may have heard of The War Z debacle over the last few days, but it looks like good guy Valve have stepped up and removed the entire game from sale on Steam until the developer sorts their stuff out. If you've already purchased the game, you can choose to keep it, or ask for a full refund from Steam support. Valve admits they made a mistake by releasing The War Z at all, with their full statement below:
Valve: From time to time a mistake can be made and one was made by prematurely issuing a copy of War Z for sale via Steam. We apologize for this and have temporary removed the sale offering of the title until we have time to work with the developer and have confidence in a new build. Those who purchased the game and wish to continue playing it via Steam may do so. Those who purchased the title via Steam and are unhappy with what they received may seek a refund by creating a ticket at our support site here: https://support.steampowered.com/newticket.php
Again, we apologize any inconvenience.
I can't think of many companies that would remove a game after the public complained about it - but it shows that Valve are quick to act on decisions like this.