October 2015

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Dirt Rally’s New Region Features Biggest Jumps, Fastest Stages Yet

Codemasters has today confirmed Finland has been added to Dirt Rally as another free update for all Early Access players.

The Finland rally, which is set in the Jämsä region, is said to contain the game’s biggest jumps and fastest stages to date (with average speeds “well in excess of 100mph/160kph”).

Also added are two new cars – the 2001 Subaru Impreza and the 2001 Ford Focus RS. The 2001 World Rally Championship was extremely tightly contested; Subaru’s Richard Burns clinched the title just two points ahead of runner-up Colin McRae in his Ford.

Described by many as the spiritual home of rallying, Finnish rally drivers hold the record for most WRC championships, with 14 championships between seven drivers.

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Out Now: ‘Need for Speed: No Limits’, ‘Mos Speedrun 2’, ‘Pac-Man Bounce’, ‘Storm Casters Ultra’, ‘The Balloons’, ‘Torque Burnout’, ‘James Bond: World of Espionage’ and More

It’s Wednesday night where I’m at, and Thursday basically everywhere else in the world, which means that a bunch of new iOS games have just hit the US App Store. My rest of the year is made off of the release of Mos Speedrun 2 alone, as the original is an all-time favorite, but there’s lots of other great stuff out today too. And some games coming out of soft-launch, like Need for Speed: No Limits, Pac-Man Bounce, Storm Casters Ultra, and Torque Burnout. My wallet and my device storage space cry weekly! Check out the full list of new games below and let us know which ones you’ll be picking up!


ATV Junkyard Challenge 2

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10 more fun and challenging tracks where you have to steer your ATV to the finish without crashing. With awesome physics, instant replay ghost, extreme obstacles and beautiful graphics.

Test your skills and see how fast you can conquer each course. Compare your times to others around the world. Good luck!

Forum Thread: ATV Junkyard Challenge 2 (by Cape of Good Games)


The Balloons

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The Balloons are coming in the world’s first endless floater! Join our heroes Magenta, Blue, Unicorn, Bee, …read more


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Need for Speed No Limits Out Now

Need for Speed: No Limits, the first original Need for Speed game built exclusively for mobile devices, is available today via the App Store and Google Play. Developed by Melbourne, Australia-based Firemonkeys, the studio responsible for the Real Racing series, Need for Speed: No Limits is free to download.

EA explains the game will begin with 900 race events, 100 player levels, 38 race courses, 30 licensed vehicles, and over 10 game modes. It also features “hundreds of parts and body kits” from the likes of Rocket Bunny, 6666 Customs, and others. Like Firemonkeys’ Real Racing 3, the game will also reportedly grow over time.

Need for Speed: No Limits was released earlier this year in the Netherlands and Taiwan but is now available worldwide.

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Social ecommerce startup Origami enters Japan’s offline payments fold

Origami, a social ecommerce startup for fashion and lifestlye products, is entering the offline payments fold. The startup, one of Japan’s most-funded, today announced the beta release of “Pay with Origami” and “Shop Reward Program.” The new services allow existing users to pay for items at brick-and-mortar retailers with credentials stored in the Origami app. They will also help retailers connect the dots between their customer’s online and offline purchases, data that can be used to provide special perks and incentives for repeat shoppers.

Founded in February 2012, Origami unveiled its online-to-offline (O2O) mobile shopping app in April 2013. Users can follow their favorite brands within the app and receive updates when new items are introduced. It also recommends lesser-known brands and boutiques based on existing likes and purchase history. Users can share their likes and follows on social media, creating free advertising for the startup’s partner merchants.

Approximately 100 influential brands – including Hankyu Men’s Tokyo, Urban Research, Head Porter, Toms, and MoMA Design Store – are scheduled to join Origami’s payments beta.

“I created Origami to become a fintech company, but we decided to start with fashion- and lifestyle-focused mobile commerce” Origami founder and CEO Yoshiki Yasui tells …read more


Never Played Shenmue? Watch Us Play The First 18 Hours

With Shenmue 3’s Kickstarter officially funded, numerous people in Game Informer’s community sent in requests for complete Super Replay playthroughs of the first two games in the Shenmue series. Several Game Informer staffers also expressed interest in either revisiting this series or seeing it for the first time. Since we already have numerous Super Replay projects in the works, yet wanted to get a Shenmue playthrough going now, we decided to record it as a crowd-driven experiment of sorts. If you like what you see, and want more of it, we’ll return with more episodes. Just let us know in the comments section below or on YouTube.

In the first episode, I join Kyle Hillard for his first hands-on experience with Shenmue. We play through the first hour of this adventure, purchase several capsule toys along the way, and turn down myriad requests from children to play an assortment of sports. In episode two, we continue or journey to find the men in black suits in the black car, track down the arcade, and purchase even more capsule toys. In episode three, we get our first successful taste of QTEs. In …read more


Batman: Arkham Knight Annual #1 Review

Warning: this review contains spoilers for the events of the Arkham Knight video game!

DC’s Arkham Knight prequel comic has already spawned the Arkham Knight: Genesis spinoff mini-series, and now readers are getting another dose of the Knight in this standalone annual issue. If you’re craving a little more insight into what makes the villain tick and what drives him in his vendetta against Batman, this issue has something to offer. Just not enough to fill an almost 40-page comic.

Like the main series, this issue takes place during the lead-up to the game, as the Knight and Scarecrow continue preparing for their assault on the city. The opening pages are interesting in how they showcase Jason returning to his vigilante roots, even if his motives are far less noble. These pages do sort of beg the question as to how he kept the Arkham Knight’s existence so perfectly shrouded in mystery when he’s running around in broad daylight and interacting with police officers.

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Unlocked: Twisted Pixel Pulls a Bungie

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Discussed this week: Splosion Man developer Twisted Pixel pulls a Bungie and spins back out from Microsoft, single-player campaigns in first-person shooters seem to be an endangered species, Xbox One holiday bundles are in full bloom, Hitman course-corrects its unsettling pricing model, Telltale’s Back to the Future heads to Xbox One, U2 heads to Rock Band 4, and more!

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