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Ubisoft Takes Players on an Unpredictable Journey with Far Cry 4

june10 FarCry4,jpgAt the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, Ubisoft showcased Far Cry 4, the sequel to the No. 1 rated shooter of 2012. The sequel features co-op Guns for Hire, which allows players to invite friends to liberate towers, take over outposts, and share in the spoils–even if their friend does not own the game.

Customers who pre-order Far Cry 4 will receive a free upgrade to the limited edition, which includes Hurk’s Redemption, a series of three action-packed, single-player missions featuring the popular character, Hurk, and his harpoon gun The Impaler, from Far Cry 3. Pre-orders are now available at all major retailers.

The game will be available worldwide on November 18 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows PC.

Ubisoft Challenges Gamers to a Fun Fitness Alternative with Shape Up

June10 shape upAt the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Ubisoft challenged gamers to ditch their old, boring workouts and jump-start their routines with the new video game Shape Up, which combines a foundation of proven fitness methods with entertaining and rewarding workout routines displayed in a unique arcade style. There are three game modes to keep players engaged and motivated with quirky, points-driven fitness challenges.

The Quick Play Mode features 90-second rapid-fire training bursts that include 12 practice sessions for a more intense focus on muscle building and cardio, with the guidance of in-game coaches for better efficiency. The Training Quest Mode consists of individual 4-week programs that target increased lean body mass and reducing body fat. [Read more...]

Nintendo to Launch Character Figurines that Interact with Video Games

NFPNintendoNintendo is planning a new line of character figurines that can communicate with video games, similar to Activision’s Skylanders and Disney Infinity. The new Nintendo Figurine Platform (NFP) was announced last Thursday by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata at the company’s annual financial briefing.

“Other than using character IP in Nintendo’s video game software, we need to start a new business that will someday become one of our core activities,” said Iwata. He stressed the importance of taking risks and coming up with interesting ways for Nintendo to leverage its character intellectual property. [Read more...]

Sega Kicks Off New Era of Toys and Games with a Sonic Boom

SonicBoomlogoSega will launch a new branch of its Sonic the Hedgehog universe entitled Sonic Boom, which will be accompanied by a CG animated TV series, video games for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS, new toys from Tomy, and more. To date, the character has appeared in more than 70 video game titles across a span of more than 20 years.

During a press event this past Thursday in New York City, the upcoming TV series was introduced as a character-driven comedy featuring lots of action and adventure. It consists of 52 11-minute episodes, and will debut in both the U.S. and France during the 2014 to 2015 season. “What we try to do is take the character and put them in situations where their personalities take center stage, and take us in interesting directions,” said showrunner and executive producer Evan Baily. [Read more...]

COMMENTARY: Oldies but Newer: Upcoming Video Game Sequels to Look Out For

With the impending release of the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One, it’s only natural to be on the lookout for new video games to try on these latest platforms. However, games from other consoles and devices shouldn’t be excluded either especially with the forthcoming distribution of newer versions of old classics. Whether it’s a sport, action-adventure, or fantasy game, there’s a game out there geared towards any gamer in any genre. The best part is that the timeless games players have grown up with are being revamped to ensure a different gaming experience than previous versions. Before eliminating these new editions to opt for a newer series, it might be worth it to consider what these current renditions have to offer. Here are some classic franchise games getting ready to put out their latest publication that might capture your interest.

FIFA 14

fifa14The annual soccer game is back for another year filled with players across the world in various leagues and tournaments. The FIFA soccer video game series premiered in 1993, and is still going strong. This latest addition to the line will be available for a multitude of platforms including Xbox 360, PS3, and PC download on September 24 in the U.S. An early release version is also available for the PS3 and comes out on September 20. The game will also appear on the PS4 and other Playstation and Nintendo devices including the PSP and the Wii. The Xbox One however might arguably be the best deal for the console which FIFA 14 debuts on for free (at least in Europe anyway—with a preorder of the device) and comes with FIFA Ultimate Team Legends, which features legends of the game. Now, you can play with players of today and yesteryear, and can in fact see Pele tackle the ball from Cristiano Ronaldo—if that’s your preference. [Read more...]

Tek Recon: E3 Bound to Bring Live Action Online Gaming to Life

Havok_OSTek Recon will be available for demonstration and sampling by fans and consumers for the first time at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles from June 11-13.

E3 will immediately follow a crowd-funding campaign hosted on Kickstarter that began May 9. The response to Tek Recon from gamers, tech enthusiasts, and blaster fans has been exceptional as backers and players worldwide have reached out to provide feedback, insight, and support. The campaign is currently more than 51-percent funded and tracking to exceed the Kickstarter goal of $50,000.

Gamers, adventure-seekers, and fans of technology are being called upon to help create this revolutionary new way to connect and play. Tek Recon Blasters feature a first-of-its-kind design with real trigger action, authentic recoil, and specially-designed reusable NRG Rounds.

Tek Recon developed a free Live Action Online Gaming app to enhance blaster battles. Players can connect their mobile devices to the blaster to bring video game-styled play to life through mobile and GPS technology. The free Tek Recon app will be available for iOS and Android devices, enhancing real battle experience through an interactive heads up display, live chat, vision modes, and more.

You can also check out the Kickstarter video here.

Microsoft at E3 2011: A Focus on Kinect

Kinect for Xbox 360 became the fastest-selling consumer electronics device in history when it debuted in 2010. Now, as Microsoft announced its 2011 E3 lineup, it is clear that Kinect games will be the focus of the company’s video game development. Some of the highlights include:

Kinect: Disneyland Adventures – The first product of a partnership between Microsoft and Disney, this game will take players through the Magic Kingdom park with the added sense of reality from the motion-based sensors of Kinect.

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster This storybook game features cooperative play for the whole family through levels filled with life lessons.

Kinect Star Wars – Players can physically experience Jedi training and battles with their very own lightsaber and Force mind abilities.

Kinect Sports: Season 2 – This sequel to last year’s hit features American football, golf, baseball, winter skiing, darts, and tennis.

Dance Central 2 – The party is back with this sequel featuring all-new routines and multiplayer experiences.

For a full list of new games for Microsoft’s Xbox, click here.

Ubisoft Enters Toy Market, Premieres Battle Tag

Ubisoft is entering the toy market with the debut of Battle Tag, which was unveiled at last month’s E3: Electronic Entertainment Expo. Battle Tag combines a laser game that you can play at home or outside with a shooter game, featuring accessories such as game items and bonuses.

In the game, players can reload their guns with the ammo boxes or increase life points with the game’s medikit. The main differences between Ubisoft’s Battle Tag and a traditional laser tag game is the videogame-like accessories and a PC that acts as the “Game Master.”  The Game Master challenges players, gives updates, and keeps track of score.

Disney Introduces Slate of New Video Games at E3

Disney Interactive Studios, a division of Disney Interactive Media Group, announced a potpourri of new video games at this year’s E3 Expo in Los Angeles, Calif.

Titles at Disney’s E3 booth include TRON: Evolution, Disney Epic Mickey, Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned, and Disney Guilty Party, among others. New video games based off of the Kingdom Hearts, Club Penguin, Toy Story 3, Pixar’s Cars, Disney Fairies, Disney Channel, and Disney Sing It! franchises will also make appearances.

For a full list of announced games, along with descriptions, click here.

Hasbro Unleashes a Bevy of New Video Games

Habsro, Inc., plans to release more than a dozen video games based on its brands throughout the world during the second half of the year. Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision are producing the video games, which will appear on multiple devices including game consoles and mobile devices.

EA is producing versions of Monopoly as well as a five-pack Nintendo DS game called Hasbro Family Game Night 3. RISK: Factions is set for release on Xbox Live! with iPhone and iPad versions of RISK in development. Activision is spearheading development of TRANSFORMERS: War for Cybertron, which is expected to be released this summer.

Information about both game companies can be found at this year’s Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, held June 15-17.