August 2015

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PAX Prime 2015: ‘Eon Altar’ is a Co-Op RPG for Steam That Uses Mobile Devices as Controllers

Eon Altar isn’t a mobile game. But it’s got a super-cool mobile integration where you can use mobile devices to play the game. It’s a quasi-turn-based RPG, where you and 3 other players battle against waves of enemies, and you control your character and battle while controlling it on your mobile device, seeing the results on the TV. You can move around during non-combat phases, with the ability to use friendly abilities during battle, before eventually going into battles. Each player controls a unique character with their own set of abilities. Some attacks and abilities have cooldown and energy costs, with energy being regained by doing damage with standard attacks. If an enemy attacks you, you are engaged with them, and can only attack them, but otherwise you can choose which enemy to attack. But be wary if you have area-of-effect abilities: some of them can do friendly fire damage.

This is actually a really cool setup, and while you have to be on the same wifi network to play, this seems a lot easier and smarter to play a co-op RPG than with a controller. Plus, so many people have phones, and the companion …read more

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Disney Infinity Appeals Equally to Male and Female Gamers

The Disney Infinity franchise appeals to both boys and girls at an equal rate. According to a report at The Wall Street Journal, the demographic split for players of Disney’s toys-to-life franchise is almost 50/50.

Disney’s John Vignocchi told the Journal the demographic split between male and female gamers was initially expected to skew around 70% male and 30% female, but the actual numbers showed an even split.

Vignocchi credited the appeal to young females being attributed to “Disney’s IP treasure chest of powerful and strong female characters.”

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Out This Week: Metal Gear Solid V, Mad Max

With so many new games and movies coming out, it can be hard to keep up. Lucky for you, IGN is here to help with a weekly round-up of the biggest releases each and every week. Check out the latest releases for this week, and be sure to come back next Monday for a new update.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

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PAX Prime 2015: ‘Riptide GP: Renegade’ Won’t be Mobile First, but it’s Still Mobile Jet Ski Racing

My initial reaction to finding out that Vector Unit was showing off Riptide GP: Renegade at PAX Prime, but for consoles, was to say “Et tu, Vector Unit?” But not so fast, my friend – I met with the developers of Riptide GP 2 [$0.99] and Hydro Thunder Hurricane, and they confirmed that they have far from abandoned mobile – in fact, Riptide GP: Renegade will be coming to mobile very shortly after the game launces on consoles.

I got to play the console version, and it’s looking to deliver more of the solid jet-ski-racing action that the previous two entries in the series are known for. The game is now about racing through cities and other areas that you’re not necessarily supposed to race though, with cops all around to try and shut you down. It makes for some cool new courses to play through.

While the console versions are looking mightily impressive, Vector Unit says that the console version should feature the same tracks and gameplay, just with visuals scaled down for mobile devices. The plan is for the studio to launch the game for console and desktop first, with the mobile version following …read more

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PAX Prime 2015: Rocketcat Games is Closer to Finishing ‘Death Road to Canada’, ‘Dad by the Sword’, and ‘Five Card Quest’

Death Road to Canada is coming! It seriously is still happening despite extensive delays; I played it at the Rocketcat booth at PAX Prime 2015! This was another game that was demoed on PC with a controller, but as it’s running on the Punch Quest [Free] engine and uses just movement and 3 action buttons, it should be an ideal mobile fit – Kepa Auwae says that you can expect Wayward Souls [$6.99] style controls. And speaking of that, expect an update with new stuff like the Paladin character class (with a brutal new mode) along with the PC version of Wayward Souls in January or so.

As for Death Road to Canada, the Kickstarter backers should be getting the game in October or so, with the game getting a few final months of work before it releases on Steam, with mobile shortly afterward. The game is a roguelike-inspired action game, where you and a band of survivors try to make it to Canada, fighting zombies and dealing with a variety of random events along the way. It’ll have plenty of the goofy and macabre humor that Rocketcat is known for, and plenty …read more

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PAX Prime 2015: ‘VA-11 HALL-A’ is Yet Another Cyberpunk Waifu Bartending Simulation

VA-11 HALL-A is kind of an odd one. It’s a bartending simulator meets a visual novel somewhere in a cyberpunk dystopia. You play as the bartender at the bar pronounced Vallhalla. If you’re looking for a very “game-like” game here, you may be disappointed as this is really a story and dialogue-driven experience. Your interaction is limited is figuring out how to make the drinks based on various instructions, but the meat of the game is the storytelling and the experience. The demo at PAX Prime had our bartender interacting with Streaming-chan, a woman who is constantly streaming her life on the internet. You have limited choices – you can, for example, make her a super-strong drink when she leaves the option up to you and pry very personal info out of her, or make her a weaker drink and keep her on guard. Well, as on guard as a person livestreaming 24/7 can be. There’s an ingredient that is often optional, and your usage of it can affect how much your clients get drunk. There’s the promise of branching storylines, influenced by the drinks you make and how your customers react to them.

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PAX Prime 2015: ‘Vainglory’ Introduces Skye and New Seasons Structure

Vainglory [Free] is trucking along with more content being added to the game regularly, with a new character being added, and a big structural change to online ranks and their upcoming resets. Skye is the latest character, and is a tribute to the Korean style of Vainglory play, which is very high-risk and aggressive, according to Super Evil Megacorp. Skye can target lock on to enemies, with the ability to use a strafe fire attack, the ability to quickly teleport around her target, and to drop a large barrage of missiles from the sky. She rewards reading the battles and how your teammates are doing in a fight, as she can wipe out multiple opponents at once, or be wiped out in a blaze of glory. She definitely represents a unique character among the roster currently available. Expect to play as her soon.

The other big thing coming this fall is that the game is now shifting to a seasonal model, where every 3 months or so, ranks will reset. This has the advantage of making it so that players can’t just get to the top of the rankings based on if the …read more