Games with Gold Titles Announced for March

February 26, 2015 by Staff - Leave a comment

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February is almost over, and Microsoft has announced the next month’s titles for Games with Gold.

All month long, Xbox One owners who are members of Xbox Live Gold will be able to pick up Rayman Legends for free. This colorful platformer is one of the best rated Xbox One games, praised for its gameplay, local co-op mode, level design, and more.

Remember, unlike with the Xbox 360 version of the program, you’ll only be able to play this game for as long as you maintain your Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Games with Gold will be even better once March ends. In April, two Xbox One games will be included instead of just one. It sounds as though this increase in free games may be special for April, but we can always hope it’s a lasting change.

Join us in the comments below with your thoughts on Games with Gold and if you’re planning to download Rayman Legends.

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Spring Fever Brings 8 Weeks of PlayStation Plus Deals

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If you’re familiar with PlayStation Plus, you might remember that every March, Sony holds a Spring Fever event with special promotions and discounts. This year, Spring Fever won’t last just four weeks, but eight!

Eight new releases will be on sale for PS Plus members for a limited amount of time during Spring Fever:

  • Helldivers (PS4, PS3, PS Vita, with cross buy) – $17.99 from March 3-9
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4, PS3, PS Vita, with cross buy) – $13.49 from March 10-16
  • Jamestown+ (PS4) – $10.79 from March 17-23
  • Metal Slug 3 (PS4, PS3, PS Vita, with cross buy) – $13.49 from March 24-30
  • Axiom Verge (PS4, with cross buy once the PS Vita version launches) – $17.99 from March 31 – April 6
  • Bastion (PS4, with cross buy once the PS Vita version launches) – $13.49 from April 7-13
  • Titan Souls (PS4 and PS Vita, with cross buy) – $8.99 from April 14-20
  • Shovel Knight (PS4, PS3, and PS Vita, with cross buy) – $13.49 from April 21-27

Those are some excellent deals, but the Spring Fever sale doesn’t stop there. Other popular franchises will also be discounted during these eight weeks:

  • March 3-9 – LEGO (and the Hobbit movies)
  • March 10-16 – Saints Row (and the X-Men movies)
  • March 17-23 – Assassin’s Creed (and the Transformers movies)
  • March 23-30 – God of War (and the Spider-Man movies)
  • March 31 – April 6 – Batman (and the Batman movies)
  • April 7-13 – Dragon Age (and the LEGO movies)
  • April 14-20 – Grand Theft Auto (and the Planet of the Apes movies)
  • April 21-27 – Call of Duty (and the Taken movies)

Keep your eye on the PlayStation Blog as we head into March for the full details on these sales.

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Which PS4 Games Do You Regret Buying?

December 5, 2014 by Staff - 1 Comment

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Over a year has passed since the PlayStation 4 came out on November 15, 2013. Since then, it’s seen its share of successes and failures. Many games, both big-name and indie, have been released for the PS4 over the past year. Fans debate all the time about what the best games are, but which PS4 purchases do players most regret?

Some users on Reddit got together to discuss this, and some common patterns emerged. Destiny, Watch Dogs, and Driveclub came up a lot. All three games were highly-anticipated, with bold promises for what the new generation of gaming was capable of. Destiny and Watch Dogs were also widely considered disappointments, and Driveclub suffered from multiplayer issues that took a while to resolve. Whether it’s a result of too much hype, misleading marketing, or unrealistic expectations, many PS4 users regret purchasing these two games.


To a lesser extent, Thief and Battlefield 4 were also named often. Thief got a lot of mixed reviews, and the general complaint from fans is that it just wasn’t fun. Battlefield 4, meanwhile, was game plagued with so many glitches and bugs that many people found it unplayable. On a similar note, several people regret purchasing Assassin’s Creed Unity.

Knack, one of the launch titles, also came up for reasons similar to those that led to its negative reviews—its high difficulty and lack of innovation turned off fans who expected something different from it.

Other games were mentioned, of course, but these are the ones about which many fans are in agreement: Destiny, Watch Dogs, Driveclub, Thief, Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, and Knack.

What about you? Which PS4 purchases do you most regret making? Do you disagree with the negativity toward any of the titles mentioned above?

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Complete List of 2014’s PS4 Games

March 26, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


There are already a lot of PS4 games out there, with many more planned for 2014 and beyond. The PlayStation Blog just released complete list of all the PS4 games that came out or will release in 2014. Take a look, but keep in mind that this list doesn’t include games from 2013, announced games for 2015 and beyond, or games without release dates. Sony’s list will be updated as more information comes out.

Already Released in 2014
Awesomenauts Assemble!
Basement Crawl
Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
Don’t Starve: Console Edition
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition
inFAMOUS Second Son
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Rayman Legends
Stealth Inc: Ultimate Edition
SteamWorld Dig
The Lego Movie Videogame
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
TowerFall Ascension

Spring 2014 Games
1001 Spikes
Anomaly 2
Bound by Flame
CastleStorm: Definitive Edition
Cel Damage HD
Child of Light
Divekick: Addition Edition
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
KickBeat: Special Edition
King Oddball
Lego The Hobbit
Mercenary Kings
MLB 14: The Show
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
Pure Pool
R.B.I. Baseball 14
Ready to Run
Secret Ponchos
Switch Galaxy Ultra
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Strike Suit Zero
The Swapper
Titan Attacks
Trials Fusion
War Thunder
Wolfenstein: The New Order

Summer 2014 Games
Final Horizon
GALAK-Z: The Dimensional
Murdered: Soul Suspect
PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate
Sniper Elite 3
The Elder Scrolls Online
The Evil Within
Race the Sun
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
Velocity 2X

Fall 2014 Games
Alien: Isolation
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Rocketbirds 2: Evolution
The Witness

Winter 2014 Games
Assassin’s Creed Unity
Guns of Icarus Online
Hyper Light Drifter
Ray’s the Dead

Other Upcoming 2014 Games
Assault Android Cactus
Backgammon Blitz
Batman: Arkham Knight
Blast ‘Em Bunnies
Cosmic Star Heroine
Defense Grid 2
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
Dying Light
EA Sports UFC
Energy Hook
Foul Play
Hotline Miami
Legend of Raven
Lords of the Fallen
Mad Max
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
NBA 2K15
Nuclear Throne
The Order: 1886
Pier Solar and the Great Architects
Planetside 2
Putty Squad
Road Not Taken
Rogue Legacy
Samurai Gunn
Savant Ascent
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments
Super Exploding Zoo
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
The Crew
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Tropico 5
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Worms Battlegrounds
WWE 2K15

Now that is a lot of games, both big-name titles and indie games. It reminds us of all we have to look forward to this year, while also pointing out that there are still a number of games we need to see release dates for. Thanks again to the PlayStation Blog for compiling this list.

What are you looking forward to the most?

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New Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, and More

March 10, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


If you’re a fan of Ubisoft’s games, you’ll like this piece of news from SXSW. According to Managing Director Jade Raymond, Ubisoft Toronto currently has five new, unannounced games in development, two of which are being co-developed with other Ubisoft studios.

Of the five, she only named two franchises. One of the co-developed games is the next Assassin’s Creed title. Ubisoft Toronto is also working on a game connected to Splinter Cell.

Raymond also gave a hint as to what the second co-developed game might be. It is a part of one of Ubisoft’s “biggest” series. This could be Far Cry 4, which has been hinted about but never officially announced, but we can’t say for sure.

The remaining two games are new IPs.

A new Assassin’s Creed, a new Splinter Cell, an addition to another one of their big franchises, and two brand-new IPs—it certainly sounds like Ubisoft should have some exciting announcements in the near future. Perhaps at E3?

We’ll let you know if we hear anything else, but in the meantime, feel free to speculate over these mysterious games.

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Watch Dogs: Mini-Games, Online Mode, and More

March 9, 2014 by Staff - 1 Comment


We’ve got some new details about Watch Dogs for you, this time from a German publication called Their exclusive preview revealed some interesting things about Ubisoft’s upcoming open world game.

In addition to the general gameplay they discovered as they played their way through the first story mission, they also shed some light on the soundtrack. They heard music from Alice Cooper, Public Enemy, Rise Against, Smashing Pumpkins, Nas, and Weezer, among others.

They also found mini-games. They mentioned drinking contests, shell games, Texas Hold ‘Em poker (in which you can hack the nearby cameras to cheat), and chess.

Watch Dogs’ online modes will including 2-8 player races, 1 versus 1 hacking, a 3-8 player Decryption mode, a 1-8 player Free Roam mode, a 1 versus 1 CTOs Mobile Challenge and online tailing, where you enter another player’s game and attempt to follow them without being spotted.

Feel free to check out their full preview, although if you don’t know how to read German, you’ll have to handle the online translator’s interpretation. So, do these details make you more excited for Watch Dogs? Which of the mini-games and online modes sound the most interesting to you?

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The Lego Movie Videogame Has High Sales, Higher in Second Week

February 24, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


The Lego Movie Videogame released on February 7 in North American and on February 14 in Europe, and it’s certainly made an impact on the UK video game market.

Last week was its second week available, and it was at the top of the sales chart, beating out FIFA 14 and Call of Duty: Ghosts, among other popular games in the top ten. In fact, The Lego Movie Videogame saw more sales last week than it did its first week, which is unusual.

The newly-released Wii U game, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, made it to 9th place. Rayman Legends, which was just ported to Xbox One and PS4, took 10th place, pushing Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII down to eleventh.

Have you been playing any of these games? What are your thoughts on The Lego Movie Videogame and the other games in the top ten?

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Xbox One Digital Discounts Starting with Ryse?

February 17, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Today, the Xbox Twitter account, as well as Studio Manager Mike Ybarra, announced that digital downloads of Ryse: Son of Rome will be on sale for $39.99 (£34.99 in the UK) between February 18 and February 24. Its normal price is $59.99, the same as a physical copy. Once that deal is over, there will be deals on add-ons daily for an unspecified period of time.

According to Ybarra, this deal is because fans have been asking for discounts on digital games, and Ryse will be the first experiment. We wouldn’t be surprised if Ryse was chosen because of its new DLC being released on February 28. The sale period gives players the perfect opportunity to buy the game in time for the DLC.

He also said Microsoft is thinking of implementing a digital preorder system, so that players could preorder games from the Xbox Live Marketplace and download them at midnight on their release dates.

There is usually a significant difference in the prices of retail games and digital games, so their experiment with Ryse should be a successful one. If so, we can only hope they’ll make a more permanent adjustment to their prices. On the other hand, Amazon prices for new, physical copies of Ryse range from approximately $41-$50, so the price drop might not have as dramatic an effect as it otherwise would. A lot of fans think even the sale price is too high, while others think it’s an excellent bargain.

What do you think? Will you be picking up Ryse: Son of Rome when the deal begins tomorrow, or will you pass and wait for another deal?

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Analysts Give Opinion on Destiny, CoD, and Hearthstone

February 7, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


A lot of excitement surrounds Destiny, Bungie and Activision’s upcoming science fiction game, and now the analysts at Cowen & Company have given their optimistic appraisal: they believe Destiny could have lifetime sales of 10 million units.

They described it as “probably the most anticipated title of the year among the gaming community,” an assessment we can’t really argue with.

They also predicted that Destiny, EA’s Titanfall, and other upcoming shooters pose a threat to the Call of Duty series. Although Call of Duty has been incredibly successful, the analysts see Call of Duty: Ghosts’ lower reviews and lower sales as a sign that fan satisfaction is decreasing. Additionally, according to their data, players are most likely to switch from one gaming brand to another during the first full year of a new console cycle, so the combination of Call of Duty’s decline, Destiny/Titanfall/etc.’s releases, and the first year for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 could lead to fans leaving Call of Duty behind.

Another game they mentioned was Hearthstone, Blizzard’s upcoming free-to-play card game based on Warcraft. Although not a lot of people are talking about Hearthstone, the analysts have high expectations for it.

Well, between 10 million sales for Destiny, the decline of Call of Duty, and the success of Hearthstone, we’ve certainly got some interesting predictions to think about. What do you think this year will bring?

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Call of Duty Games: Yearly, Three Studio Rotation

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Activision has a new strategy for development of new Call of Duty games. They still want the series to release a new title every year, but they also have decided that each new game should have about three years of development time, to make sure they are the best, most complete experiences they can be.

Therefore, they will have three studios working on developing Call of Duty games. Each will have its own game to develop, and their three-year cycles will be timed so that one is ready each year. Infinity Ward and Treyarch, the two major Call of Duty developers, have now been joined by Sledgehammer Games. The last game Sledgehammer worked on was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, so they sound like a good choice.

A move like this might make some fans nervous, but the principle behind it is sound. One of the most common concerns we’ve heard about games with annual releases is that they’re rushed and diminish in quality as a result. Giving three years of development time to each game should minimize and improve the series as a whole.

Some players feel they should just stop producing yearly Call of Duty games, but with the success and popularity of that franchise, we aren’t surprised Activision is trying a different solution.

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