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Call of Duty: Ghosts Live Global Broadcast Shows Off New Features, Call of Duty App

Call of DutyActivision, developer Infinity Ward, and Xbox gave fans worldwide a sneak peek of the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts via a live, streamed world premiere. Call of Duty: Ghosts features extensive customization and new weapons, maps, and game modes. The game includes a Create-a-Soldier system, in which players can customize their soldier’s physical appearance for the first time in the series. More than 20,000 possible combinations are possible from different heads, body types, equipment, gender, and more.

Players can also enter a new mode of play called Squads, where they can play solo, cooperatively up to six players, or competitively for one-on-one matches. The latter mode pits players and their squads against other players and their squads.

In addition, players can now utilize Call of Duty accounts, secured either free in-game or on the web, to carry their profiles with them, including profile change updates between different Xbox systems or different PlayStation systems. [Read more...]

Activision Unveils New Games at E3

Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc., unveils the next-generation of gaming at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 11 to 13. The company’s slate includes Call of Duty: Ghosts, Destiny, and Skylanders Swap Force.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is developed by Infinity Ward, creators of the original Call of Duty and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series, and delivers a new world, setting, and cast of characters, powered by a new engine. Gamers fight as part of a single squad against an enemy that has superior numbers and firepower. Call of Duty: Ghosts’ next-gen engine delivers several new multiplayer features that will be unveiled in the coming months. The game will be released on November 5 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC. The game is developed for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC. The game is not yet rated by the ESRB.

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Activision and Bungie, creators of Halo, will introduce the new game Destiny. Destiny casts players as Guardians of the last city on Earth, who will traverse the ancient ruins of our solar system. Gamers battle humanity’s enemies and reclaim all that was lost during the collapse of mankind’s Golden Age. Destiny is story-driven and immerses players in a new universe. The game is developed for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 and is not yet rated by the ESRB.

Skylanders Swap Force introduces the dynamic swapability feature. Kids and gamers explore Skylands and battle Kaos by swapping the top and bottom halves of the toys to transform 16 Swap Force characters into more than 250 unique combinations. Skylanders Swap Force has 32 never-before-seen characters with unique powers and personalities. The game also features new abilities—such as flying, climbing, and teleporting—which can be used in special areas of Skylands. Additionally, fans can play with their entire collection of more than 100, forward-compatible toys from both Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure and Skylanders GiantsSkylanders Swap Force is set to release in North America on October 13, Australia on October 16, and Europe on October 18. Fans can pre-order Skylanders Swap Force Starter Packs worldwide beginning on June 7. All games pre-ordered at participating retailers worldwide will come with a free Skylanders toy. The game is developed by Vicarious Visions for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and the Wii U.  The Wii version is in development by Beenox, and the portable Nintendo 3DSversion is in development by n-Space. The game is not yet rated by the ESRB.

 

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Sony Releases New Video Game Collections In Time For the Holidays

Sony released its Ratchet and Clank video games collection, which is a re-mastered version of the classic Ratchet and Clank games from PS2 in 1080p with 3D support. The collection includes Ratchet and Clank, Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando, and Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal. The Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal game allows for online multiplayer support. The collection also features full PlayStation Network Trophy Support. Players will also get a free 10th Anniversary Ratchet and Clank Avatar.

Sony also released LittleBigPlanet Karting. Players can get behind the steering wheel and get ready to race through tracks, discover unlockables in 3D environments, and battle in karting arenas. The game also allows players to pick-up items and weaponry and to customize tracks, karts, weapons, and Sackboy costumes using the in-game editor. Players have the option to download designs built by players around the world.

Journey: Collector's Edition for PS3

Sony also presents its Journey Collector’s Edition for PS3. The Blu-Ray Bundle features exclusive titles, new content, and previously released digital content. The bundle also features a thirty-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Journey, creator commentary, three mini games from thatgamecompany, concept art, and screenshot galleries for all three games, original soundtrack, PS3 dynamic themes and wallpapers, PSN avatars including 8 exclusive new Journey avatars, official game trailers and developer diary videos, and reversible cover art.

Sony to Release First Wonderbook Title Featuring New Writing from J.K. Rowling

Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios London Studio will release Wonderbook: Book of Spells on November 13. The first title available for Wonderbook, the new PlayStation 3 peripheral that incorporates the latest augmented reality technology as a way to tell and share stories for children and families, Book of Spells contains new and original writing from J.K. Rowling and brings the world of wizardry to life by introducing players to the Harry Potter universe using the PlayStation Move motion controller and the Eye camera.

By bringing the Wonderbook to life onscreen, Book of Spells teaches players how to cast spells based on those from the original Harry Potter series of books, including Incendio, Wingardium Leviosa, Expelliarmus, and more. Players will be able to interact with the Wonderbook and engage with the content as they use the PS Move motion controller as their very own magic wand. With Wonderbook: Book of Spells, the secrets of wizardry and the art of spell casting will be unveiled as players learn and practice exercises, just like the students at Hogwarts. [Read more...]

The Toy Book Takes A Look at PlayStation Vita

Today, The Toy Book had a chance to preview PlayStation’s holiday products, including the PlayStation Vita.

The new handheld gaming hardware has a five-inch OLED touch screen, dual analog sticks (for console-like control), front and rear cameras, and Wi-FI connectivity. Some of the most innovative features include the rear touch pad that allows for an updated gaming experience and the six motion sensors that enable the players to really emerge themselves in the game.

ModNation Racers was the game The Toy Book got to check out on the Vita. With the front and rear touch pads players can build their own tracks easily, just using their fingers. Players can also download, at any time, any PS3 user-generated creation, including more than two million Mods, Karts, and Tracks using the Wi-Fi available on the device.

PlayStation to Launch New Gaming System and 3-D Display

Later this year, Sony will premiere the PlayStation Vita, which will redefine the portable gaming world with an inventive new platform for a heightened game experience.

The device will feature a 5-inch multitouch OLED as the front display and will also incorporate a unique multitouch pad on the back. This technology allow users to interact with motions that were previously not available, such as grabbing, pushing, pulling, and tracing finger motions. The Vita will also be equipped with two analog sticks, enabling for a wider range of game genres. Two versions of the PlayStation Vita will be available for sale: the Wi-Fi model ($249) and the 3G Wi-Fi model ($299).

Additionally, this fall, the new PlayStation 3D Display will be available at all major retailers. The display is a 24-inch, full HD LCD screen that will give PlayStation users full access to the three-dimensional realm of entertainment. There will be a 3-D Display bundle, including the 3-D Display, 3-D glasses, an HDMI cable, and the Resistance 3 game, available for $499. The 3-D glasses will also be sold separately for $69.99.

DanceDanceRevolution for Wii Announced with New Upgrades

Konami Entertainment has announced the release of an all-new DanceDanceRevolution for Wii, to be released this fall.

The version for Wii will build on traditional game play while introducing new elements, most prominently the new Choreography Style mode. The new mode will allow users to move with the model dancer on screen using their body, mat controller, Wii Remote, and Nunchuk simultaneously. The game will also incorporate traditional Wii play style with the use of the Wii Balance Board. The game included a new multiplayer mode that allows up to four players to become ultimate dancers by using their upper body to follow the on-screen dance moves.

DanceDanceRevolution originally debuted in arcades in 1998 and has previously been available on the Xbox 360 gaming system and PlayStation.

The Toy Book’s Toy Report 12/07/09

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Target Appointed as Consumer Products Agent for PlayStation Brand

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Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has appointed Target Entertainment Group as the consumer products agent for the PlayStation brand in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Australiasia (EMEA). Target will develop a strategic licensing plan with SCEE, which will primarily target adult males ages 18 to 40. Product categories for the licensing program will include a range of high spec/high fashion items including apparel, accessories, and gifts. Target and SCEE will also target boys ages 7 to 14 for a range of licensed high street fashion products.

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