Gaming



Disney Playmation Combines Wearables, Connected Toys And Marvel’s Avengers

Disney is expanding its foray into the connected toys (or toys-to-life) category with a new offering called Playmation, which combines figurines and wearable devices from popular franchises including Star Wars and the Avengers with each other to create interactive adventures for kids to explore, all without requiring any kind of data connection or dedicated console. The first Playmation… Read More …read more


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‘Radical Rappelling’ from Halfbrick Descends into the App Store This Week

Soft launches are a funny thing. Just last night, I was going through my list of apps and saw Radical Rappelling installed on there. This Halfbrick game had been soft launched at some point last year, but apparently seemed either lost to history or doomed to not come out for a long time. After all, Bears vs. Art [Free] was in soft launch for over a year. I thought about deleting the game, but thought “ehh, I’ll keep it around just in case it disappears.” Well, consider my surprise when I find out that Radical Rappelling is not disappearing, and in fact is releasing worldwide this week. Halfbrick’s spies are devious and everpresent!

This game has you rappelling down a mountain, trying to collect coins and dodge hazards all the way down, as you try to get as high a score as possible, while outrunning the lava falling from the sky. That seems like a real problem! You can unlock different gear for your rappeller, such as a rhino head, and different colors of rope, though with lava falling from the sky, your color of rope shouldn’t matter!. I had a bunch of fun with it in soft launch, and …read more



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Dark Souls 3 Could Be Announced at E3

Dark Souls 3 might be announced at E3 later this month.

This rumor is according to an unnamed source speaking to VG247, who states that the announcement may come the evening of June 15th during Sony’s E3 press conference.

Nothing is confirmed yet, though the news would surely be welcomed by many.

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, the upgraded re-release of the second game, came out this year, as well as Bloodborne, a spiritual follow-up to Hidetaka Miyazaki’s Souls series.

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Here’s Ubisoft Lineup for E3 2015

Ubisoft has pulled back the curtain on its plans for this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, confirming the return of Aisha Tyler as the host of its media briefing.

The conference, which is set to take place at the Orpheum Theatre, will be held on Monday June 15 at 2:45pm PT, during which the publisher has confirmed it will be announcing “several exciting new games.”

Additionally, Ubisoft has announced three games in its upcoming lineup will be playable on the show floor, including Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Tom Clancy’s The Division, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.

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Bring Out Your Dead Games: ‘Helsing’s Fire’ and Many Other Broken Games Now Working on iOS 8.3

Did iOS 8.3 fix a lot of games that were previously broken? That may have been the case, as an intrepid reader let us know that Helsing’s Fire [$0.99 / $2.99 (HD)], the puzzler from Lucas Pope, who went on to create the hit indie game Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)], is working now on iOS 8.3. This isn’t after the promised update, but, no, it just works now. I haven’t played the game in years, but on my iPhone 6 Plus, it works totally fine. Not that we wouldn’t love to see a modernizing update for the game, but hey, at least it works now.

It seems like something with iOS 8.3 in particular may have fixed things. Sonic 4 Episode 2 started working again recently, though the game is currently delisted. We’re not totally sure what changed, but based on some quick tests, our operating hypothesis is this: if a change in iOS 7 broke the game, it should work now. If a change in iOS 8 broke the game, it probably won’t. Geometry Wars: Touch doesn’t work in iOS 8, but after playing it on an iOS 6 device, you’re not missing …read more


Grading Subject 13

Paul Cuisset brought the world Flashback. That alone is important enough to make a new project from him worth paying attention to, although not everything he’s worked on has been up to that same standard. Working together with Microïds, Cuisset launched a successful Kickstarter last year for Subject 13, a new puzzle adventure game that hopefully will be better received than some more recent titles that he’s worked on. Is it a return to form for the former lead designer at Delphine?

Subject 13 features some fantastic visuals in its run-down technological environments. Detailed and immersive, you get the sense of being trapped in an expansive complex as you explore and solve the puzzles put before you to help the protagonist Franklin Fargo escape from his imprisonment and possibly find out why he’s been brought there. The game also sounds wonderful, with a fittingly haunting soundtrack as you make your way through the complex. The voice acting is decent but not outstanding, which is more than suitable for this sort of game. Just having characters talk to one another is a refreshing change and manages to keep the game alive despite …read more


XCOM 2: Welcoming Our New Alien Overlords

It’s difficult to please both new and old fans alike when rebooting a beloved franchise, but in 2012, Firaxis pulled off a game-development miracle when it successfully revived the legendary but long-mistreated X-COM franchise with XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The modernized version recaptured the key elements that made the 1994 original memorable: an against-the-odds struggle against a technologically superior foe; the emotional sting that comes from the permanent loss of personalized soldiers heroically killed in battle; and a deep tactical system with an element of randomness that forces you to prepare contingencies in case your plans don’t survive contact with the enemy.

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