Call me old fashion, but I enjoy some good engine demos. Check out the details below.
Following last week’s exciting launch of Unreal Engine 4.3, Epic has released an impressive new demo in the Unreal Engine Marketplace. The Matinee Fight Scene will look familiar to those who have seen Epic’s Rivalry demo for Android L. This PC demo is set in the Reflections Subway, which was modified to create Rivalry.
On this week’s Twitch livestream, Epic’s Senior Cinematic Designer, Senior FX Artist, and Senior Animator will walk through how the demo was built, so viewers can jump in and use the content themselves .
Feel free to tune in to the livestream here at 11am PT/2pm ET
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Nintendo Download -- July 24th, 2014
Your weekly dose of Nintendo Download. Enjoy.
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Siesta Fiesta – Siesta Fiesta combines various elements of classic arcade game play – from brick-breaker to modern-day platformer – to create a truly unique adventure. Use the ball-like Siesta to smash Piñata Blocks, activate power-ups, battle bosses and trigger a host of wacky contraptions. Siesta Fiesta is available exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Wooden Sen’SeY – Jump and grapple your way through exotic worlds, dodging obstacles such as fire, collapsing platforms, pits and whirring metal blades. If you want a real challenge, speed through 30 hair-tearing levels as quickly as possible in Time Attack mode and try to beat the developers’ times in each stage. Click here to watch the latest trailer for Wooden Sen’SeY.
Virtual Console on Wii U
Ufouria: The Saga – Join Bop-Louie as he searches for his three friends to help him escape an unknown world. But it won’t be easy. Brain-boggling mazes, traps and bizarre pitfalls stand in your way back to Ufouria. Click here to watch the trailer for Ufouria: The Saga.
Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
Blaster Master – Jason, in search of his pet frog named Fred, has fallen down a manhole into a world of danger. Mutant-sized creatures he never imagined await him at every turn. In order to survive, Jason must pair up with an armored combat vehicle codenamed SOPHIA. It’s panic or perish as you blast through an endless maze of tunnels, seeking secret passages for an escape.
Nintendo eShop Sales
Trine 2: Director’s Cut – Trine 2: Director’s Cut is 60 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $7.99) until 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 12 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U system, as well as the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS XL systems, the Nintendo DSi™ Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and the Wii™ Shop Channel for the Wii console.
The Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in the Nintendo eShop on either Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in either Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Network account.
The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points™, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel. The Nintendo DSi Shop offers games and applications and uses Nintendo DSi Points™, which can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Wii Points Card™ and Nintendo DSi Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one card must be redeemed in either the Wii Shop Channel or the Nintendo DSi Shop, respectively. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.
Samurai Warriors 4 Tenth Anniversary Edition coming exclusively to the PS4
Good news for Samurai Warrior and PS4 fans. Check out the details below.
KOEI TECMO America today unveiled the SAMURAI WARRIORS 4: Special Anime Pack, celebrating a decade of the tactical action series exclusively for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, scheduled for release on October 21, 2014, along with the PlayStation®3 and PS®Vita handheld system versions.
Conceived with the intention to honor dedicated players of the series, fans can look forward to a treasure trove of “must-have” SAMURAI WARRIORS content in the SAMURAI WARRIORS 4: Special Anime Pack including: - “Special Anime Pack” 10th anniversary Collector’s Edition packaging - SAMURAI WARRIORS: Legend of the Sanada anime (Blu-ray Disc) - SAMURAI WARRIORS 4 game (PlayStation 4) - SAMURAI WARRIORS 4 Official Soundtrack (CD) - Special Costume Pack 4: Garcia, Ina, Nene and Oichi (DLC) - Old Costume Pack 1: Yukimura, Mitsuhide, Nobunaga, Noh, Oichi, and Ranmaru (DLC) - Edit Parts Pack 1 which allows facial and Western themed armor customization (DLC)
The company also revealed two collections of pre-order incentives for SAMURAI WARRIORS 4:
Available at GameStop, DLC bundle containing the following items: - Scenario Pack 1: New stages "Sinister Beauties" and "Men of Charm and Courage", new items "Gold Lacquered Box" and "Lion Censer" - Special Costumes for: Mitsunari Ishida and Toyohisa Shimazu
Available at Amazon and BestBuy: DLC bundle containing the following items: - Weapon Pack 1: New weapons for over 25 characters - Old Costume Pack 2: Costumes inspired by the original SAMURAI WARRIORS for Keiji Maeda, Kenshin Uesugi, Kunoichi and Shingen Takeda
Features 55 New and Updated Characters— Nobuyuki Sanada and Yoshitsugu Otani join the fray, along with Takatora Todo, Naotora Ii and Munenori Yagyu (previously only available in Japanese releases of SAMURAI WARRIORS) along with major overhauls of appearance and rearrangements in battle moves for fan-favorite characters such as Yukimura Sanada and Nobunaga Oda adding to the diverse range of more than 50 playable characters
Disseminate the Enemy Ranks— Battles are more thrilling than ever with new maneuvers including Hyper Attacks which allow for rapid moment on the battlefield combined with high powered attacks, a powerful Rage Attack which can be reached when the Spirit Gauge is full, deadly finishing moves with Mighty Strikes and the ability to mount and dismount horses seamlessly, additionally existing moves have all been powered up from their previous iterations
New Battle Modes— Enhancements and newly implemented gameplay systems create a deeper and more satisfying combat experience, including the all-new ability to switch between two characters in real-time, adjustments to morale, Officer development and the return of the popular portable item system found in SAMURAI WARRIORS 3 are just some of the features players will find to gain the advantage in combat
Unfold the rich tapestry of the Warring States era— The Story Mode portrays the tales surrounding the battles by faction, deepening the relationships between characters and is separated into two parts, regional stories, which tell the tales of the officers of various regions around the land such as Kyūshū and Shikoku, and the story of unification, which details events up to the end of the Warring States era
Leave a mark on history— In the new “Chronicle Mode”, while completing various quests, meeting new officers and collecting items, players discover the world of SAMURAI WARRIORS through their own design with more ways to customize than ever before including a vastly upgraded Create Character system
Living World— PlayStation 4 players will experience an even more engaging saga with highly detailed landscapes and breathtaking skies that reflect true to life lighting and shadow effects and battlegrounds packed with significantly more enemies on screen
Cooperative Play and Cross Save functionality— All modes can be played cooperatively via Network Play across the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita system, additionally save data can be shared across all three systems
SAMURAI WARRIORS 4 is developed by Omega Force and published in North America by KOEI TECMO America. The PlayStation 3 and PS Vita versions will be available digitally exclusively through the PlayStation® Store for $49.99 and $39.99, respectively. The PlayStation 4 standard edition will be available for $59.99 and the “Special Anime Pack” will be available at participating retailers for $74.99. This title has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB.
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Roger Corman's Operation Rogue fighting its way to DVD and Digital in September
Check out the details below.
CULVER CITY, Calif. (July 23, 2014) – Legendary filmmaker and honorary Academy Award® winner Roger Corman (Death Race franchise) delivers the action-packed ROGER CORMAN’S OPERATION ROGUE, available on DVD and Digital HD Sept. 23 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. An elite team of U.S. Marines must rescue a U.S. General’s daughter after she is kidnapped by a Southeast Asian terrorist cell in retaliation when their shipment of chemical weapons is intercepted. The intense film stars Mark Dacascos (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”), Sofia Pernas (Underground) and Treat Williams (TV’s “Chicago Fire”).
Bonus materials include deleted scenes, as well as two behind-the-scenes featurettes. In “Corman Goes Rogue,” Corman give viewers the inside scoop about Operation Rogue, discussing filming in the Philippines, making combat films for the modern audience and returning to work with some of the talent with whom he’s collaborated previously. For the “Corman on Corman” featurette, Corman speaks about his career, covering everything from his early days at American International Pictures to his current work today.
Synopsis: Deep in the jungles of Southeast Asia, a terrorist organization has stolen materials to create a dangerous chemical bomb. It is up to Captain Max Randall (Mark Dacascos) and his team of U.S. Marines to stop them. But when Randall’s team kills the terrorist leader’s son, the group responds by kidnapping General Wallace’s (Treat Williams) daughter. It is up to Randall to save her and stop the terrorist attack in this action-packed, explosive thriller from legendary producer Roger Corman.
ROGER CORMAN’S OPERATION ROGUE is directed by Brian Clyde from a screenplay by Mike MacLean. The film was produced by Roger and Julie Corman with Steve Goldenberg and Christopher Santiago serving as associate producers.
ROGER CORMAN’S OPERATION ROGUE has a run time of approximately 88 minutes and is rated R for violence, language and brief use of drugs.
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Bandai Namco announces collaboration with Marvel for Rise of the Incarnates
Cool announcement. Check out the details below.
SAN JOSE Calif., (July 23, 2014) – Leading video game publisher and developer, BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc., today announced a custom publishing program with Marvel Custom Solutions to package and distribute a 16-issue comic book series entitled Rise of Incarnates—the new Free-to-Play game developed by BANDAI NAMCO Studios. The exciting new comic series debuts today with issues #1 & #2 in a combined, double-sized volume which will be handed out at both the BANDAI NAMCO booth and BANDAI NAMCO Fighting Game Panel at San Diego Comic-Con®.
For those not attending San Diego Comic-Con, thousands of copies of the special combined issue will be available at approximately 2,500 comic specialty shops supporting Marvel Comics for free beginning tomorrow, July 24th. In addition, the comics will be accessible for free digitally through the Marvel Unlimited Comics App (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® & Android™ devices) so that gamers and comic book aficionados around the world will be able to dive into the intrepid storyline of Rise of Incarnates.
Forged by the creators of the TEKKEN® and SOULCALIBUR® franchises, Rise of Incarnates unleashes unfettered combat upon a ravaged world on the brink of destruction. Meteorites falling from the sky and massive cold fronts sweeping across the land represent only a portion of the unending onslaught of catastrophe the future world is faced with. The mysterious “cube phenomena” has enveloped the people of Earth with perpetual fear, and among them are those known as “Incarnates”—humans with extraordinary abilities drawn from Daimones, or spiritual manifestations of the gods, demons, and monsters of all the world’s mythology.
In the mind of each and every Incarnate there speaks a voice: “To avoid certain destruction, you must defeat the Sovereign of this era.” Each Incarnate will respond to this message differently; some lamenting it as an ill omen for the future, while others relishing the ensuing chaos as a pretext to fulfill their base desires. With their own interpretations and reasons to fight, the Incarnates enter the fray to determine the fate of humanity in a world that will never be the same.
“Rise of Incarnates is not only an ideal vehicle for dynamic and engaging fighting gameplay, it also possesses an enterprising storyline featuring a destitute world and compelling characters who have untold powers and widely varying motivations to do both good and evil,” said In Joon Hwang, Director of Digital Games at BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. “All of these ingredients come together to create an incredible action comic book series, and we are absolutely thrilled about this partnership with Marvel, as they are an undeniable powerhouse in the creation and distribution of comics.”
"BANDAI NAMCO Games and Marvel working together was a no-brainer,” said Jonathan Rheingold, Vice President of Marvel Custom Solutions. “Both companies hold to the highest standards of quality storytelling, artistic talent recruitment and character creation, so it was a natural connection for Marvel to offer its expertise to the legendary video game developer in packaging and distributing the comic book adaptation of Rise of Incarnates."
Dark Souls II 'Crown of the Sunken King' DLC available -- and it's worth it
You know you want it. It's going to drive you nuts not having it -- and having it. Check out our review, if you need convincing.
As if the regular obstacles, enemies, and bosses presented in Dark Souls™ II were not enough to cause gamers to cry for their mommies; FromSoftware today unleashes Crown of the Sunken King the first chapter in its The Lost Crowns DLC trilogy for Dark Souls II. Each chapter is specifically designed to enhance, challenge, and bring players to their knees as they experience the peril that is awaiting them in the Dark Souls II The Lost Crowns trilogy.
Stalwart fans of Dark Souls II will want to immediately head over to the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Marketplace, or STEAM to purchase and download this newest chapter in the unyielding Dark Souls franchise. Players that are brave enough to take on this arduous journey will find new environments, enemies, traps, and bosses to conquer as they embark on a journey to reclaim the crowns that Drangleic’s King Vendrick once owned. Crown of the Sunken King features an entirely different world within the Dark Souls II universe, where stepped pyramids span a vast underground cavern and death lays in wait around every corner.
Dark Souls II’s Crown of the Sunken King DLC is available today. Each individual chapter of The Lost Crowns trilogy will be available for purchase in the Americas via the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Marketplace, and STEAM for a SRP of $9.99 USD. The STEAM season pass encompassing all three chapters of The Lost Crowns trilogy is available for a SRP of $24.99 USD.
Sony bringing another summer of PLAY starting today
Excellent stuff. Check out the goods below.
July 22, 2014 – Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today announced that PlayStation®Store PLAY, its annual summer program featuring a diverse lineup of new games and special offers, returns July 22 when this year’s PLAY lineup becomes available for pre-order in the PlayStation®Store in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Peru. Members of PlayStation®Plus, PlayStation’s premium game membership, will receive a 20 percent discount on PLAY 2014 titles when pre-ordering.
The PlayStation Store PLAY 2014 lineup features four games launching over the next month on the PlayStation®4 (PS4™), PlayStation®3 (PS3™) and PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) systems.
Rogue Legacy from Cellar Door Games – rated Everyone 10+ (July 29) – A rogue-lite game where you must conquer a magical castle which is constantly changing. Every time you die, your children succeed you. Each child has his or her own unique genetic traits, so every play through is unique, right from the get-go. (Retail Price: $16.99*, PlayStation Plus Pre-Order Price: $13.59*)
The Swapper from Facepalm Games – rated Everyone 10+ (August 5) – An atmospheric puzzle platformer set in the furthest reaches of space. Players wield an experimental device able to clone the user and swap control between them. All of the art in The Swapper is constructed using clay models and other everyday materials. (Retail Price: $19.99*, PlayStation Plus Pre-Order Price: $15.99*)
Hohokum from Honeyslug/Santa Monica Studios – rated Everyone 10+ (August 12) – Hohokum is an expressive and mesmerizing universe where players take on the role of a curious flying kite-like being. Players will explore vibrant worlds and discover their secrets to unlock new levels. While there are goals, and trophies discovered along the way, at its heart, Hohokum is a playground -- a place to wander about and get lost in. (Retail Price: $14.99*, PlayStation Plus Pre-Order Price: $11.99*)
CounterSpy from Dynamighty/San Mateo Studio – rated Teen (August 19) - Play as a spy from C.O.U.N.T.E.R. agency as two superpowers face off against each other in a plot to destroy the moon. In this stealthy 2D action side-scroller, which blends in 3D cover based shooting, the counter agent must sabotage the dastardly plans of the superpowers in order to maintain world peace. CounterSpy combines spy mythology and bold aesthetics of the 1950’s and 1960’s and is set during the Cold War. (Retail Price: $14.99*, PlayStation Plus Pre-Order Price: $11.99*)
Gamers will be able to take advantage of PlayStation’s Cross-Buy functionality for all four titles, allowing them to purchase a title on one platform (PS4, PS3 or PS Vita system) and receive the other two versions of the game at no additional cost.
Additionally, gamers who purchase or pre-order two titles or more will receive a bonus PlayStation®Store credit**. Gamers can take advantage of the following bonuses based on games purchased or pre-ordered from July 22 through August 25:
Buy any 4 PlayStation Store PLAY 2014 games to get $10* credit later
Buy any 3 PlayStation Store PLAY 2014 games to get$6* credit later
Buyany 2 PlayStation Store PLAY 2014 games to get$3* credit later
Birds of Steel had real potential. It had the visuals, the historical missions and the online co-op and head-to-head action. The controls pretty much ruined the experience. A little bit more work on those and this game is up there with the IL-2's of the world.
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First player ratings released for Madden NFL 15, more to come
My fear is that the picture to the right will be a fair representation of how my Browns will do this year. *le sigh* Anyway, check out the details below for the unveiling of the player ratings. Should be an interesting year in the Madden world.
July 21, 2014 – NFL players and fans are holding their breath as the first official player ratings have been revealed on the Madden Ratings Hub. Today the top 10 rookies take the stage, with top overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney and #2 pick Greg Robinson sharing the top rating at 83 overall. Other top flite rookies include Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack (81), Bills wideout Sammy Watkins (80) and Packers safety HaHa Clinton-Dix (79). Browns QB Johnny Manziel didn’t manage to crack the top 10, so fans wondering were Johnny Football ended up will have to check back on Aug 1 when the full AFC North ratings are unveiled.
Additional ratings info is coming daily, with a new position group being announced every day. Here’s the full schedule for when ratings will be released:
Mon, July 21 – Top 10 Overall Rookies Tues, July 22 – Top 5 Overall QBs Wed, July 23 – Top 5 Overall RBs Thurs, July 24 – Top 5 Overall WRs/Top 5 Overall TEs Fri, July 25 – Top 5 Overall OL Players Sat, July 26 – Top 5 Overall DEs Sun, July 27 – Top 5 Overall DTs Mon, July 28 – Top 5 Overall LBs Tues, July 29 – Top 5 Overall CBs Wed, July 30 – Top 5 Overall Safeties Thurs, July 31 – Top 5 Overall Special Teams Fri, Aug 1 – Top 10 Overall Players/Full AFC & NFC North Ratings Sat, Aug 2 – Full AFC & NFC South Ratings Sun, Aug 3 – Full AFC & NFC East Ratings Mon, Aug 4 – Full AFC & NFC West Ratings Tues, Aug 5 – Ratings Recap
Madden NFL 15 allows players to transform into their rival’s worst nightmare with a new breed of defense, built to challenge the best offenses in the NFL. A new arsenal of pass rush moves, an intuitive tackling system, improved coverage logic, and immersive new camera angles make defense more exciting and fun than ever. Fans can call plays with confidence thanks to an all-new crowd-sourced recommendation engine built from millions of online games played by the Madden NFL community. Add in all-new NFL Films inspired presentation and it’s not just football, it’s Madden Season.
Madden NFL 15 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and will be available on August 26 in North America and on August 29 in the EU for Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and the PlayStation®3 entertainment system. To learn more about Madden NFL 15, visit http://www.easports.com/madden-nfl.
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The Return of the King Deluxe Edition announced from Warner Home Video
Pretty cool stuff. I've never seen the animated version of the trilogy, but this could be a start. Check out the official details below.
BURBANK, CA (July 21, 2014) — Everyone’s favorite magical adventure comes to life in the newly re-mastered animated classic The Return of the King Deluxe Edition available on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on July 22, 2014. The film follows Frodo the Hobbit as he attempts to limit the negative power with which The Magic Ring has over Middle-earth. Face-to-face with danger and destruction, this adventure will have people on the edge of their seats to see if Frodo will rise to the challenges or waver under the pressure of the Ring. The Return of the King Deluxe Edition will be available on July 22 on DVD for a SRP $19.98.
In The Return of the King Deluxe Edition, The Magic Ring has now become The Ring of Doom and the only way to re-establish harmony in Middle Earth is to destroy it using the raging fire from which it was made. Chosen for the daunting task, Frodo, and his faithful servant Samwise Gamgee, come face-to-face with grave perils, the worst of which is the ring’s terrible power to possess its wearer.
Directed and produced by Jules Bass (Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, The Hobbit) and Arthur Rankin, Jr. (Thundercats, The Hobbit), The Return of the King Deluxe Edition couples thrilling story lines with stylized animation to bring this magical adventure to life and entertain viewers of all ages. The remarkable cast features Theodore Gottlieb, Orson Bean, William Conrad, Theodore Bikel, John Huston, and Roddy McDowall, all of whom were members in the original cast of the animated versions of The Hobbit and The Return of the King.
The original animated J.R.R. Tolkien classic, The Return of the King, provides an opportunity for families to introduce and share the magical experience of Middle-earth to their children. The revolutionizing series takes place on Middle-earth and follows Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship on their quest to destroy the One Ring, thus ensuring the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron. Along the way they are faced with various challenges and tribulations they must overcome to achieve their goal.
“We are excited to introduce the re-mastered The Return of the King film that will allow the fans to gain a new way to experience this incredible magical adventure,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “We know that generations new and old will enjoy the re-mastered continuation of the story we have all come to love.”