Lego The Hobbit Dwarfs All Previous Lego Games

LegoHobbitThe new Lego The Hobbit game–inspired by the two films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, as well as the collection of Lego The Hobbit construction sets–is available now across North America for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. The game will be available for the Nintendo Wii U on April 22.

Lego The Hobbit features key locations from the film, including Bag End and High Pass over The Misty Mountains. In addition, this will be the first Lego game to utilize a loot system, in which Lego studs representing a variety of materials can be for crafting items. Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by TT Games, Lego The Hobbit will be available on all platforms.

A main new feature of the game allows players to utilize dwarves’ combined abilities such as buddy fighting, two-player attack, staff climb, mace swing, and belly bounce to help them fight Orcs and fouler things. There’s also an easy access drop-in, drop-out gameplay option available on the consoles. Together players will navigate 16 levels, unlock more than 90 playable characters, and partake in treasure quests–the most diverse number of any Lego video game to date.

EA Sports UFC to Feature Bruce Lee

Bruce_LeeThe legendary Bruce Lee, considered the father of mixed martial arts, will make his historic first step into the Octagon in EA Sports UFC from Electronic Arts Inc. and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The game is scheduled to launch on June 17, and fans can complete the game’s career mode at Pro difficulty to unlock him.

A recently released trailer, EA Sports UFC Gameplay Series: Bruce Lee Reveal, shows Bruce Lee realized in the game.

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Will Feature New Music and The Hollow

DisneyFantasiaThe Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved video game by Disney Interactive and Harmonix Music Systems will include multi-player gameplay, an all-new realm, and new songs from award-winning artists, including Lorde and David Bowie. The two-player game is played in cooperation through friendly competition. Players can collaborate and choose unique remix paths to discover new melodies and beats in the songs.

Disney and Harmonix have also revealed “The Hollow,” an all-new interactive discovery realm. When users perform songs, they will interact with the world to add light, color, and characters to the forest environment.

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is a musical motion video game and will be available for the Xbox One and Kinect this year.

Temple Run Publication Enjoys Strong Run in UK

TempleRunCoverThis past February, Pedigree Books published the first-ever Temple Run title in the UK with the release of the Temple Run Sticker and Poster Activity Annual. Available across retailers including nearly 700 Argos stores, it was reported by Pedigree as having sold well during its first weeks on shelves.

Plans are in the works for the Temple Run Annual 2015, which will be released for sale on August 1, and Pedigree intends further publications and annuals.

NPD Reports Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Powered Video Game Sales

According to the U.S. Games Industry Sales analysis by The NPD Group’s Liam Callahan, February hardware sales increased by 42 percent over the prior year, due to a more than 60 percent increase in console hardware sales. These strong year-over-year increases are due to the success of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The analysis also showed that total video game sales in February were $887 million, a change of 9 percent compared to February 2013. This is credited to strong growth in hardware and a slight rise in accessory sales. Total software sales—across the console, portable, and PC categories—were [Read more...]

Warner Bros. Throws Down Gauntlet, This Time for Digital Game Service

GauntletAn updated action-RPG version of the classic dungeon crawler, Gauntlet, will be available this summer via Steam for PC. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, it will lead the launch of WB Games Vault, a direct-to-digital portfolio that will deliver paid games based on popular Warner Bros. and Midway brands across multiple digital networks.

Developed by Arrowhead Game Studios, Gauntlet lets players select from four classic fantasy-based characters: Warrior, Wizard, Valkyrie, or Elf. Each character has its own unique strengths and weaknesses. Meanwhile, gameplay is set within dungeons where the object is to fight through the chambers, slaying evil creatures and completing challenges.

Drexel University Kicks Off Philly Tech Week With Skyscraper Tetris

ptw2014-logo-attBrandywine Realty Trust and Drexel University have partnered to kick off Philly Tech Week with a game of Tetris on the side of a skyscraper on April 5. Players will have a chance to play against each other on the north and south sides of Brandywine Realty Trust’s 29-story Cira Centre, which adds up to more than 100,000 square feet of surface.

In addition, AT&T is sponsoring “Arcade at the Oval,” a festival of gaming that will allow individuals to play classic arcade games, enjoy food from local food trucks, and watch live performances as the giant game of Tetris takes place.

The Rise of Titanfall Begins This Week

2D Boxshot Wizard v1.1Titanfall, from Electronic Arts Inc. and independent video game developer Respawn Entertainment, is now available at retail stores across North America for Xbox One and Origin.com for PC. The game features first-person action game play centered on the dynamic between elite assault pilots and agile, 24-foot armored titans. Players can shift back and forth between pilots and titans, allowing for fast-paced and varied action.

Titanfall will be available on Xbox One and PC in Europe beginning March 13, and in the UK on March 14. The Xbox 360 version, developed by Bluepoint Games, will be available beginning March 25. There will also be a Titanfall Season Pass that includes three content packs, which can be purchased for the Xbox One and on Origin for PC. The Season Pass for Xbox 360 will be available starting March 25.

Professor Layton Is as Puzzling as Ever in New 3DS Game

NintendoProfessor Layton and the Azran Legacy, by Nintendo, is now available on the Nintendo 3DS. In this final game in the series’ second trilogy, the professor and his assistants, Luke and Emmy, board the airship Bostonius and journey to locations all over the world as they solve the greatest puzzle mankind has ever faced.

Players move the twisting story along by completing puzzles that include riddles, brain teasers, and action sequences. In addition to encountering numerous puzzles during the main story, others can be discovered by exploring the environment or speaking with certain characters.

Tommo Completes Acquisition of Humongous Entertainment

Tommo Inc. has completed the acquisition of the Humongous Entertainment Brand and most of its assets. The acquisition was initially announced last summer, when Tommo acquired the Humongous Entertainment Brand and over 100 classic game IP’s from Atari Inc. during the Atari assets bankruptcy auction. Humongous Entertainment was originally formed in 1992 and has sold more than 15 million games over 20 years.

Classic Humongous titles Putt-Putt Joins the Circus, Pajama Sam: Thunder and Lightning, and Spy Fox: Dry Cereal are currently available for download on the iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon app stores.