September 2015

‘Land Sliders’ Review – It’s Pretty Great

The folks at Prettygreat, consisting of a few ex-Halfbrick developers, have launched their first game Land Sliders [Free], and it shows that they still have the spark that led them to help create games like Fruit Ninja [$0.99 / Free] and Jetpack Joyride [Free]. This is a high-score chaser where collecting items across the various levels while avoiding danger is the goal, but the mechanic you play the game with is really quite clever: you slide the game world around like you would scroll through a web page. The natural and fun feeling of these controls, along with all the work put into creating an enjoyable game world, make Land Sliders a fantastic game.

What’s so interesting about Land Sliders versus other Crossy-style games is that it’s a game about exploration. There’s not really any time-based factor compelling you to advance, at least that I ever saw. You are rewarded for going around the levels and picking up as many of the items as you can possibly get, with a bonus for collecting all of the items in a level, before you warp on to the next one. But, of course, you have to deal with the …read more

Analyst: Star Wars Battlefront Won’t Boost the Battlefield Franchise

Although it’s estimated to see revenues of $800 million this year, Star Wars Battlefront may not be the remedy for Battlefield’s steady decline.

GamesIndustry reports SuperData analyst and CEO Joost van Dreunen recently released a statement about his projected findings, citing numbers showing the newer installments in the Battlefield franchise declining on retail and digitally at a steady rate year over year.

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The Sexiest Exotic Armor In Destiny

Shortly after Destiny originally launched in 2014, we went through and highlighted our favorite looking weapons in the game []. Of course, that list only included weapons that appeared in the base game, and didn’t account for items that would release in later expansions. Today, we’re taking a similar tack to examine the coolest looking armor in the game, but this time, we have over a year’s worth of entries to choose between. Did your favorite make the list?

We’ve kept the focus here on cosmetic and aesthetic coolness; this isn’t a list of the best functional armor pieces. And while there are loads of awesome armor pieces from the raids, Trials of Osiris, Prison of Elders, and Iron Banner, we’ve kept the focus here specifically on Exotic pieces.

10. Khepri’s Sting

You either love it, or you hate it, but there’s no denying that Khepri’s Sting catches the eye. With what appears to be a live and moving giant beetle attached to the Hunter’s forearm, these gauntlets are more than a little creepy, but also appear unlike anything else in the Destiny armor catalog. The name derives from an Egyptian god often connected with …read more

Luke Skywalker Can Finally Pilot His Weird Toy Spaceship In Disney Infinity 3.0

Star Wars nerds, this one’s for you. Remember that little spaceship toy that Luke Skywalker was dinking around with in Uncle Owen’s workshop during Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope? You’re forgiven if you don’t; as moments go, it doesn’t exactly rank up there with the Death Star’s destruction or even when that Jawa tried to sell a faulty droid. That ship’s relative obscurity made it a perfect Disney Infinity 3.0 addition for superfans, as we learned from Rise Against the Empire play-set creators, Studio Gobo.

The ship in question is the T-16 Skyhopper, which was what Luke flew with Biggs Darklighter to control the local womp-rat population. While it did appear in toy form during A New Hope, audiences never saw the ship in action until Return of the Jedi‘s special edition, where it was shown soaring above Mos Eisley during the big musical finale. Its humble origins made it another great candidate for the game, according to Studio Gobo art director Paul Ayliffe. ” We felt it would be a nice reference to the movie scenes to include it as a toy in the playset, given it’s featured in the film as a …read more