Destiny - Rise of Iron is a worthy addition to the Destiny expansion family. It brings more fun, better balance (risk/rewards) and a tough raid. Definitely a step up, but still contains some old caveats that the series can't quite shake in PvP that hurt it just a bit. Overall, it's a great expansion for the series.
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Guitar Hero Live: Supreme Party Edition announced for October 7th release
GHL is one of the brighter spots from last year's holiday release list. This one should be epic for those who were teetering on trying it. Details below.
SANTA MONICA, Calif.— Sept. 29, 2016 -- Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is giving fans even more reason to rock out together this holiday season with the Guitar Hero Live Supreme Party Edition. Hitting store shelves in time for the holiday season, this ultimate bundle is sure to provide Guitar Hero fans and music enthusiasts alike with endless hours of playtime with two guitar controllers, a staggering amount of over 500 songs from different genres, and bonus content giving players extra on-demand plays and more. Guitar Hero Live gives family and friends the chance to play together and embark on what Rolling Stone has called "a more realistic experience of rock and roll glory.” Guitar Hero Live Supreme Party Edition is available on October 7 as a two-guitar bundle ($79.99 SRP) in North America and Europe on PlayStation®4, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, and Xbox One. Guitar Hero Live features a first-person point of view where you play in front of a real crowd that reacts to how you perform, and GHTV, the world's first playable music video network. GHTV presents a fresh take on the music styling of rhythm games through playable content in themed Premium Shows. The celebrated tracklist includes hundreds of songs, including the music of The Rolling Stones, The Black Keys, Queen, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fall Out Boy, Pearl Jam, Bruno Mars, Weezer, Iggy Pop, Alt-J, Jet, ZZ Top, Rage Against the Machine, Megadeth, The Strokes, Royal Blood, Ed Sheeran, Gary Clark Jr., and many more. The full list can be found at https://www.guitarhero.com/game/artists. For more information, please visit http://www.guitarhero.com, www.facebook.com/GuitarHero, www.youtube.com/guitarhero, or follow @guitarhero on Twitter and Instagram.
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Battleline: Steel Warfare gets Nation Wars update
Looks like a fun game. Going to try this thing out over the weekend. Until then, enjoy the update news.
Beginning today, BATTLELINE: STEEL WARFARE -- a real-time strategy, tank combat shooter from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. -- is unleashing its biggest update yet: Nation Wars. The new update features large-scale player-versus-player (PvP) battles, new maps and reward bonuses.
Featuring 50 players in 25-versus-25 global battles, the objective is to unite the world under a single Nation’s flag by winning battles for contested territories and seizing control of the competition. Invading and defending Nations must vie for more and more territory, eventually pushing their battlelines to encompass 100% of the land within a 25-minute time limit. If the invading Nation succeeds, both teams then enter a Tower Defense phase in which the defending team must prevent their towers from being destroyed.
Nation Wars is best experienced with your guild, known as Divisions, fighting together as a Nation, but is also available to all players with no level or Division (or guild) restrictions. Nation Wars will be playable on seven new maps made specifically for these large scale battles. The Nation Wars battles will run daily from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. PDT.
New rewards and bonuses will also be available to players through the Nation Wars update. All Nations will receive resources of gold, oil and steel on a daily basis, and the Nation that succeeds in world unification will receive a gold reward for each season. The gold reward is only granted for total domination, therefore no region can be left unconquered.
BATTLELINE: STEEL WARFARE is available for free on Steam for PC. For more details and to play the game today, please visit: https://battlelinegame.com/
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PlayStation Vue gets HBO and Cinemax
Folks, PlayStation Vue is the real freaking deal. Just purchased it this week for the household and I can't express to you how much it has grown in the last year. It's a great streaming service at a very reasonaly price. Anyway, down with cable!!! Enjoy the official details for the new additions to PSVue.
HBO and Cinemax are launching today on PlayStation™Vue, the pioneering Internet-based live TV service from Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE). Consumers will also have a new option with the introduction of a new PlayStation Vue plan offering, "Ultra," which includes HBO, SHOWTIME® and more than 100 top sports, movie, and TV channels for $64.99 per month ($74.99 in cities with most major live local broadcast stations*). Additionally, HBO NOW, the standalone streaming service, launches today on PlayStation®4 (PS4™) and PlayStation®3 (PS3™) systems for new and existing users.
HBO joins PlayStation Vue just ahead of the highly anticipated series premiere of the sci-fi drama, Westworld, airing on October 2. Users who sign up for HBO via PlayStation Vue can also watch critically acclaimed shows including Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley, live and on-demand on PlayStation Vue. With PlayStation Vue's unmatched cloud DVR, users can record hundreds of shows at once with conflict-free recording.
With an Internet connection and a PlayStation Vue TV-connected device, there are no additional fees, such as monthly set-top box fees, or long term contracts. Below is a list of plans available on PlayStation Vue.
Access - 55+ channels, including live cable TV, movies and sports channels ($29.99 per month; $39.99 in cities with most major live local broadcast stations*)
Core - 70+ channels, including all the channels from Access with the addition of live national and regional sports networks ($34.99 per month; $44.99 in cities with most major live local broadcast stations*)
Elite - 100+ channels, featuring all the channels from Core with the addition of top movie and entertainment channels ($44.99 per month; $54.99 in cities with most major live local broadcast stations*) Ultra - HBO and SHOWTIME, plus all the 100+ channels from Elite ($64.99 per month; $74.99 in cities with most major live local broadcast stations*)
HBO and Cinemax are also available through PlayStation Vue as standalone channel offerings for $15 each per month. The launch of HBO and Cinemax on PlayStation Vue marks the first time that either network's live programming is available as a standalone offering without a bundle subscription. PlayStation Vue users with an active HBO subscription can also access programming from HBO NOW at no additional cost by linking their PlayStation™Network email and password.
Available nationwide, PlayStation Vue is accessible through popular TV-connected devices such as PS4 and Roku, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices. Google Chromecast is also supported via compatible devices. A single PlayStation Vue subscription allows users to simultaneously stream content across different devices. For more information, please visit www.psvue.com
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FIFA 17 kicks its way to systems
Check out those details below. Our FIFA 17 review will be arriving this weekend. Look for it, peeps.
Redwood City, Calif. – September 29, 2016 – Today Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) launched its most anticipated sports game to date, EA SPORTS™ FIFA 17 on Origin™ for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation®3. For the first time, FIFA 17 is powered by Frostbite™*, one of the industry’s leading game engines. Frostbite delivers authentic, true-to-life action, takes players to new football worlds, and introduces fans to characters full of depth and emotion. Also new this year is FIFA 17 The Journey*, where fans can experience their story on and off the pitch as Alex Hunter, the Premier League’s next rising star. UPROXX calls The Journey, “The most compelling feature FIFA has included in years,” while Game Informer concludes, “FIFA 17 has something for everyone.”
“This is truly a special year for FIFA,” said David Rutter, GM and Executive Producer of FIFA 17. “We’re delivering a brand-new engine for FIFA, a brand-new mode, and so much more. It’s incredible all the things the team were able to include in this year’s edition, we’ve seen a record-setting pre-season in the FIFA 17 demo, and we’re ready for our fans to get out on the pitch and experience it for themselves.”
This year is also the biggest season yet for FIFA Ultimate Team™, introducing new Squad Building Challenges and a new way to compete via FUT Champions*. Squad Building Challenges ask fans to complete special themed challenges such as teams composed of players from the same nation or league. Completing squads will reward players with in-game rewards, and additional challenges will be added throughout the season.
FUT Champions allow players to compete for a chance to qualify in the Weekend League, as well as monthly leaderboards**. Higher placement leads to bigger in-game rewards, and consistent eligible top-performers may have the opportunity to compete*** in the FIFA Interactive World Cup and the EA SPORTS FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series****.
In gameplay, FIFA 17 delivers complete innovation in the way players think and move, physically interact with opponents and execute in attack. Significant new gameplay features including Set Piece Rewrite, Physical Play Overhaul, and Active Intelligence System will put fans in complete control to own every moment on the pitch. Fans can learn more about new gameplay features of FIFA 17 by visiting FIFA 17’s website, and becoming an EA SPORTS FIFA Insider (http://easports.com/fifa). Fans can also join the EA SPORTS FIFA community on http://www.facebook.com/easportsfifa and follow us on Twitter @easportsfifa and Instagram. The game is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice gets DLC!
No objection to make this game longer. Enjoy the details.
HOLD IT! The courtroom adventures aren’t over yet for Phoenix Wright and friends! The new DLC episode ‘Turnabout Time Traveler’ for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice is available to download today on the Nintendo 3DS system. The extra episode will cost $5.99 / £5.39 / €5.99 and can be purchased directly from the in-game menu.
‘Turnabout Time Traveler’ is a full-length episode that takes place after the events of Spirit of Justice. Phoenix Wright’s childhood friend Larry Butz is back and in a pickle as usual. He claims he will be marrying Ellen Wyatt, a new client who is a time-traveling bride and murder suspect, but it seems she already has a husband...
Phoenix Wright and partner Maya Fey will need to help the bride-to-be by investigating for clues that will help them solve this mystery before their match-up in court against Phoenix’s long-time rival, Chief Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth.
The full Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice game is available to download now on the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems for $29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99, in addition to the two recently released DLC short stories “Asinine Attorney” which each come bundled with a Nintendo 3DS pixel art theme for $3.99 / £3.59 / €3.99.
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Epic Games awards Unreal developer grants for education
This is always a cool deal with Epic Games. Check out the details below.
September 29, 2016 - Epic Games today announced the latest round of recipients of Unreal Dev Grants for educational resources. The Unreal Dev Grants program is Epic’s $5 million initiative to provide no-strings-attached financial assistance to outstanding developers, programmers, artists and designers using Unreal Engine 4. Today, six recipients hand-picked by Epic for their incredible learning resources and continued contributions to the Unreal Engine community are being awarded a total of more than $50,000.
Today’s recipients include:
Mathew Wadstein - Mathew Wadstein is a game developer who created a series of tutorials on his YouTube channel dedicated to exploring Unreal Engine 4 and the Blueprints Visual Scripting system. His MVP (Minimum Viable Product) series walks users through the process of creating a basic prototype for a first person shooter from scratch in UE4. Follow Mathew on Twitter and check out his tutorial series on his YouTube channel.
Muhammad A. Moniem - Muhammad is a gameplay programmer who has been an avid Unreal Engine 4 user since the engine was first released to the public. In addition to publishing free tutorials on a weekly basis on his website, Muhammad has also published three books on mastering the engine, lighting and rendering essentials, and learning iOS game development on UE4. Follow Muhammad on Twitter or visit his website to learn more.
Jan Kaluza - Jan is an independent game developer currently working on the UE4-powered precision platforming game, Floppy & the Sleepy Planet. He has shared a variety of tutorials with the community, from how to create the slow motion explosion effect from Epic’s “Showdown” demo to using Blueprints’ math to create objects. Follow Jan on Twitter or visit his website to learn more.
Cedric Neukirchen - Cedric is a student and has shared several free learning resources and tutorials for developers on Unreal Engine 4 including the comprehensive Network Compendium. He has also created a free Sound Visualization Plugin for the engine, and has continually released updates for the plugin. On top of that, Cedric runs the Unreal Engine User Group NRW in Düsseldorf, Germany. Follow him on Twitter or visit his website to learn more.
VirtusEdu Learning Hub - VirtusEdu Learning Hub’s YouTube channel features a number of video tutorials offering step-by-step guides on how to build video games, websites and software. The channel features an extensive collection of Unreal Engine 4 beginner tutorials, breaking down the basics of the engine for aspiring developers. Follow VirtusEdu on Twitter or check out the tutorials on their YouTube channel.
Fabrice Bourrelly - Fabrice Bourrelly is a 3D artist who has released a full course for designers to realize their architectural projects in Unreal Engine 4. His tutorials include a step-by-step guide from exporting models to the engine, creating textures and lighting, and post production. He has also released several free tutorial videos, including how to use Sequencer to create movies, on his YouTube channel. Visit Fabrice’s website to learn more or check out his tutorials on his YouTube channel.
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Beauty and the Beast is one of the darker tales in the Disney vault. It’s not quite The Black Cauldron, but it certainly has some frightening moments that travel right to and through the Beast. The dark tone is helped out and lightened up by the exquisite soundtrack, which features some of the best songs of any Disney flick. It’s the full package and definitely one of my favorites.
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NBA Live Mobile gets update
Check out those details below. Basketball season is almost upon us. Happy days.
Perfect your shooting technique and dominate the court before the basketball season even starts in the newest title update to NBA LIVE Mobile which is available now and free* to download in the App Store and Google Play.
Some of NBA LIVE Mobile’s newest features includes: · A completely redesigned user-interface and graphics
· Alley-Oops to captivate the crowd and dominate your opponent
· Shot Coaching Feedback to help you work on getting more buckets
· Major passing improvements that allow you to quickly pass the ball around the perimeter or dish to a teammate cutting through the lane
· Drive enhancements that let you storm the paint and throw down dunks for your squad
The update gets even bigger with NBA LIVE Mobile’s brand-new Rookie Program, which gives fans the authentic NBA experience of playing with newcomers in the league.
The Rookie Program features 46 of the 2016 NBA Draft rookies and brand-new Daily and Weekly Objectives. Earn Lottery Balls and Draft Picks by completing objectives, and win your way to bringing 5 Elite Rookie Phenoms to your lineup, including the highly-rated Ben Simmons.
A deep dive on additional updates is available in NBA LIVE Mobile’s “Courtside” blog.
For more information about EA SPORTS games, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com to connect, share and compete.
*NETWORK FEES MAY APPLY. INCLUDES IN-APP PURCHASES.
That is one expensive jacket. Check out the details below.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (September 27, 2016) – Leading interactive entertainment media publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today officially announces its TEKKEN® 7 Heihachi Sukajan Jacket. Blending the world of high-fashion with iconography from the beloved TEKKEN franchise, BANDAI NAMCO has created a very special, limited edition statement piece that any connoisseur of fashion or TEKKEN fan would be proud to own.
Gracing fashion runways from Paris to Milan, bomber style Sukajan Jackets are experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Today’s Sukajan Jackets exhibit decades of stylistic evolution and updates since their inception after World War II when homebound American GIs were seeking exotic souvenirs to bring home from abroad. Featuring very distinct and intricate embroidered patterns sewn upon fabrics that were sometimes taken from used parachutes; Sukajan Jackets have become iconic symbols of freedom and rebellion, are a mainstay of urban Japanese fashion culture, Yakuza style, and have been featured in countless films.
Designed by former Project Runway contestant, Carrie Sleutkaya, the TEKKEN 7 Heihachi Sukajan Jacket features a reversible design that showcases two very different designs, both inspired by Heihachi Mishima, one of the most pivotal and controversial characters in TEKKEN. The “statement” side of the jacket features royal burgundy and gold coloring with a highly detailed embroidery of Fūjin, the Japanese God of Wind on the back, while the more traditional side of the jacket re-imagines Heihachi’s signature dark gray gi in luxurious stain charmeuse with the roaring tiger on the back. Each jacket is crafted with painstaking attention to detail, from the eye-catching dye sublimated patterns to the custom ribbing and welt pockets, the TEKKEN 7 Heihachi Sukajan Jacket delivers an unparalleled level of detail using over 440,000 stitches in its intricate embroidery work. Lastly, the TEKKEN 7 Heihachi Sukajan Jackets will be produced in an extremely limited quantity with each jacket numbered individually to preserve its exclusivity. Offered at a suggested retail price of $449.00 USD, the TEKKEN 7 Heihachi Sukajan Jacket is available now for pre-order in unisex sizes ranging from small to 2XL at the BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment online store. All TEKKEN 7 Heihachi Sukajan Jacket orders will also be accompanied with a copy of TEKKEN 7 at no additional charge*.
*Physical copies of TEKKEN 7 that come with the purchase of the TEKKEN 7 Heihachi Sukajan Jacket at no additional cost will be delivered separately to jacket owners upon the game’s launch in early 2017.