China Toy Fair


PlayStation 4 Available Now, With New Games and Ways to Play

PS4The PlayStation 4 system is available in the U.S. and Canada with a lineup of more than 20 first- and third-party games, including titles such as Knack and Killzone: Shadow Fall. The PS4 will have a library of more than 30 games by year’s end.

Game developers will be able to create huge, interactive worlds in smooth 1080p HD resolution, thanks to the PS4’s PC architecture, which includes an enhanced Graphics Processing Unit and 8GB of GDDR5 unified system memory. The system also takes social connectivity up a level: By pressing the “Share” button on the Dualshock 4 wireless controller, images and videos can be shared with other players through the PS4’s Dynamic Menu, or on social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter, and internet streaming services such as Ustream and Twitch.

The PS4 also integrates second screens, including the PlayStation Vita system, smartphones, and tablets. Using the PlayStation app, available for free on the iOS App Store and Google Play, these devices can be used to look at maps while playing an adventure game, purchase a PS4 game, and more. In addition, through Remote Play and Wi-Fi on home networks, gamers can now play most PS4 games on their PS4 Vita while the TV screen is being used for something else.

Hastings Entertainment Hosts Midnight Release Party for Grand Theft Auto V

Hastings Entertainment Inc., a multimedia entertainment retailer, will host a midnight release party for the highly anticipated action game, Grand Theft Auto V, (the first installment to come out since 2008) on September 16. Festivities, including energy drink and candy deals, begin at 9:00 p.m. local time and will end with the release of the game at midnight. An offer code for an in-game vehicle called the Atomic Blimp will also be available to anyone who purchases the game at midnight.

Throughout the store Hastings will have a number of offers going on which include: 30 percent off all used video game accessories, 20 percent off select headphones, and up to 70 percent off Turtle Beach headsets.

To find out more about the Grand Theft Auto V midnight release party in your area, visit or contact your local Hastings superstore or online at www.goHastings.com.

Ubisoft to Release New Titles in Time for the Holidays

Ubisoft is introducing new titles for the holidays, including Just Dance 3 and Rocksmith.

Just Dance 3 is the latest title in the Just Dance video game series, which allows players to dance along to their favorite tunes. The game features more than 40 new tracks, upgraded features, and new modes.

The Dance Crew multiplayer mode allows a player and a friend to let loose simultaneously. Also, now players can compare their scores with other dancers to  see who is topping the leaderboard. The game also features background changes that give the game dynamic environments. The Just Sweat mode is upgraded with workout plans and even more playlists. An exclusive Kinect feature gives a dancer the chance to belt out their favorite verse of a song for more points.

Rocksmith is the first video game that plugs into any real guitar and features gameplay that automatically adjusts to the player’s skill level. The music library is large and includes everything from classic bands to current artists. Some of the featured tracks are by performers such as The Animals, The Black Keys, David Bowie, Interpol, Nirvana, and The Rolling Stones. A bundle, including the game, an Epiphone Les Paul Junior guitar, and the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable, is also available. Rocksmith, for PS3, Xbox 360, and PCs, is set to be released this fall.