Winner of over 200 Game of the Year awards, The Last of Us is genre-defining experience blending survival and action elements to tell a character driven story about a population decimated by a modern plague. Cities are abandoned and being reclaimed by nature. Remaining survivors are killing each other for food, weapons and whatever they can find. Joel, a ruthless survivor, and Ellie, a young teenage girl who's braver and wiser beyond her years, must work together to survive their journey across what remains of the United States. Developed by Naughty Dog.
Looking for something to do? Sometimes the thing you need most is a few great games to play, and that's a piece of cake this month for Xbox Live Gold members. August sees Crimson Dragon and ID@Xbox space-sim Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut coming to Games with Gold on Xbox One, while the Xbox 360 gets both Motocross Madness and the hit first-person stealther Dishonored. As usual, all games are available only for a limited time, as part of the ongoing Games with Gold program – so jump on them while you can!
Available Aug. 1-31, Crimson Dragon, originally an Xbox One launch title, and acts as a spiritual successor to the much-beloved Panzer Dragoon saga. It’s a fact-paced rail shooter set in a beautiful fantasy world, where you can join with up to three other players for online co-op battles. You have a half-dozen majestic draconian steeds to choose from, and they level up as you progress through the game’s epic story. Crimson Dragon also features a killer soundtrack, courtesy of Panzer Dragoon composer Saori Kobayashi.
Also available Aug. 1-31, Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut has its origins in crowdfunding platform Kickstarter and was the first title from the ID@Xbox program. You take on the role of a pilot of the titular suit, flying it against aggressors in epic space battles. One of the key hooks is that you are only a small part of these battles, with huge ships duking it out around you, and your objectives within them clearly defined – but it’s up to you to accomplish them as you see fit. With fantastic ship design, gigantic battles, and plenty of weapons and enemies to deal with, Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut gives space-sim fans on Xbox One plenty to chew on.
Available Aug. 1-15, back on earth Xbox 360 gamers get to tool around the dirt tracks and mud pits of their imaginations with Motocross Madness, an off-road motorcycle racing game. Racing against the clock (or other racers) is just a small part of this one, as you’ll be able to perform tricks, run through obstacle courses, or just motor around big maps and explore as you please. Asynchronous multiplayer via social networks means you can involve your friends, even if they’re off doing something else while you’re playing. Unlimited potential!
Finally, available Aug. 16-31, Xbox 360 owners get to experience Dishonored, an award-winning steampunk stealth/action title. You play Corvo, erstwhile bodyguard of the Empress, turned assassin. Your job is to protect the princess, take out the bad guys who are trying to take over the Empire, and do it all undetected. You have an arsenal of gadgets, weapons, and magical powers to help you, but the most important is your own brain. Challenges in Dishonored often have multiple solutions, so lateral thinking is more important than a quick trigger finger. You can blast your way through, too, to be sure – there’s something for everyone here – but cleverness is rewarded more than aggression.
Whatever your gameplay style, though, Games with Gold has you covered in August. Check out the full details on our Games with Gold program, and make sure you get in on the action while you can!
People like lists; that's just an undeniable fact. As a means of clearly communicating a hierarchical set of data, lists are nothing less than lovely. But what makes a list great is that which it... well... lists.
By that standard, this week's METAL JESUS ROCKS! is the stuff of greatness. Because not only do we have linearly arranged information presented in an efficient and entertaining format, but the points being conveyed are none other than the Metal Jesus' own personal Top 10 Games of All Time. Sure it's a subjective list; but it's a list built around the subjectivity of someone you love and trust, and who loves you. Besides, what better way to celebrate the Cadmium Cristos recently surpassing 100,000 subscribers than getting a glimpse into the mind behind the metal?
Watch the video below, then reply back sharing how MJ's lifetime faves compare to your own:
'grats on reaching 100k to a good friend and great YouTuber. Here's looking forward to seeing you hit your first million, dude.
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.
As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.
Loki, God of Mischief from The Avengers, Ronan the Accuser from Guardians of the Galaxy & Green Goblin from Spider-Man join Disney Infinity 2.0. Whether it’s flexing their unstoppable powers for all things evil in their respective Play Sets, the updated Toy Box 2.0, or the newly added structured Toy Box Games, these Super Villains are forces to be reckoned with.
As pro gaming becomes more mainstream, game studios and e-Sports organisations are making more concerted efforts to clean up the sport's image. Case in point is the suspension of Patrick 'Aches' Price from four MLG CoD Pro League Matches, as well as the NA 2K Tournament. Aches is part of the renown Evil Geniuses team, and is known for his combative and outspoken personality. Evil Geniuses boasts endorsements and sponsorships from the likes of Razer, BenQ and Monster Energy drinks, among others.
Aches has been suspended "due to "repeated harassment of MLG employees and conduct detrimental to the league in violation of Technical Foul Rules #1 and Additional Rules #2 of the Pro Circuit Conduct Rules," according to a statement from MLG. The suspension will commence August 6 to allow Evil Geniuses enough time to replace Aches.
While the statement does not specify why Aches has been suspended, it's likely related to his objection with the MLG rule which states that MLG coordinated matches and tournaments must broadcast exclusively on MLG.tv. In a fiery Twitter missive last May, Aches had this to say on the topic: "It's simply just MLG being vindictive, power-hungry, spineless, manipulative, and probably a tad upset we told them to fuck off."
A apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.
The Guardians of the Galaxy are coming to PSN, XBLA, Xbox One, Steam, Mac, iOS, Android and Amazon platforms! Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon are teaming up for an epic galactic pinball battle next week! Check out the trailer to see Guardians of the Galaxy pinball in action!
Guardians of the Galaxy pinball brings all five members of the galaxy’s greatest crew of warriors to the pinball universe as they combat Ronan the Accuser. Beginning with a four-ball multiball as players escape the Kyln, the Guardians of the Galaxy pinball table starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up. This new table will showcase the individual strengths of each member of the Guardians of the Galaxy team, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, and the group’s wild card, Rocket Raccoon, as well as landmark battles against Yondu and the Ravagers, Nebula, and Ronan himself.
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The North American F-86F Sabre was the most capable western fighter of the early- to mid-1950s. This swept wing, single engine jet was the most important western aircraft of the Korean War and often tangled with Russian-made MiG-15s over the infamous “MiG Alley”. It was a hard struggle not only for the Korean sky, but also between two excellent aircraft builders of the East and West. In addition to its primary role as an air-to-air fighter, the Sabre could also carry bombs and air-to-ground rockets to attack ground targets.
The Belsimtek simulation of the Sabre is by far the most authentic recreation of this famous warbird to date. Feel what is to fly the Sabre with a professional level flight model, an interactive cockpit, fully functional weapons, a detailed damage model and a richly detailed aircraft. Experience the strengths and weaknesses of the Sabre in combat and find out why seasoned fighter pilots often look back at the Sabre as the most enjoyable aircraft they ever flew.
As part of DCS World, fly the F-86F Sabre in a fully realized combat environment with working weapon systems and capable air and ground threats.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is the next generation of the legendary IL-2 Sturmovik series that has set the standard for PC combat flight games for more than ten years. This new entry into the series will offer virtual pilots an even more accurate simulation of the most famous air battles of World War II. Better quality of content, bigger scale, new physics, more realistic aerodynamics and new game elements set this title apart from all which came before. We have only one goal - To give you a New Higher Level of Immersion!
If that were not enough, The Last of Us movie's Producer Sam Raimi and Writer Neil Druckmann confirm they met with Maisie Williams concerning the movie. While not an official casting call it does show the direction they are going with the movie adaptation.
Today at San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Monolith Productions unveiled the all-new Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer - The Bright Lord for the highly-anticipated upcoming action game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The new trailer reveals many new story details for the game, including the identity of the mysterious Wraith bound to protagonist Talion, as well as his connection to the Rings of Power and the Dark Lord, Sauron.
Take a first look at the overhauled Halo 2: Anniversary cut-scenes in this trailer from Blur Studio. Included in Halo: The Master Chief Collection as part of Halo 2: Anniversary, the cut-scenes immerse fans into the critically acclaimed story and complement fully the re-mastered campaign gameplay.
In addition to Halo 2: Anniversary celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Halo: The Master Chief Collection also features Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4, Halo: Nightfall, and access to the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. This is the definitive Halo experience, coming November 11, 2014.
The best-selling LEGO Batman videogame franchise returns in an out-of-this-world, action-packed adventure! In LEGO Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.
A man of many disguises, Sherlock Holmes reveals some of his skills, talents, abilities, and mustaches in Crimes & Punishments' first gameplay-centric video! Watch as Holmes begins investigating the mysterious case of Black Peter with its various twists and turns, as you're led on a journey of intrigue, red-herrings, and interrogations. Crimes & Punishments releases at the end of September on PS4®, PS3®, Xbox One®, Xbox 360®, and PC.
Having been featured in all major gaming events recently, this is the first time players will get a prolonged and in-depth look at the game and its mechanics, from dressing up in a passable disguise to gain information, to throwing harpoons at dead pigs in a test of might. This 23-minute long video - with developer voice-over - is the most complete look at Crimes & Punishments yet.
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Firefly Online (FFO) is an online strategic roleplaying game set in the universe of Joss Whedon's cult classic TV show - Firefly.
Players take on the role of a ship captain as they hire a crew and lead missions, while trading with and competing against millions of other players like themselves. Much like the crew of Serenity, the Firefly-class transport ship featured in the original show, players must do whatever it takes to survive in the Verse: find a crew, find a job and keep flying.
Currently in development for PC, Mac, iOS and Android. For more info or to register go to www.keepflying.com.
Bungie has announced that the Destiny Beta is now open anyone (no codes required) with PlayStation Plus (PS4/PS3) or Xbox Live Gold (Xbox 360/Xbox One).
The Beta has been eye-opening so far. We’ve watched the world of Destiny come to life. Guardians from every platform have arrived at the Tower from their battles in the wild. We have watched your adventures with great interest, and listened to your feedback. Your missions have provided us with volumes of discoveries we can use to prepare for the launch of Destiny in September.
Our work is not done. There is more we can learn. To make this happen, we need more Guardians to play. This is, above all else, a test.
Today, at 4:00 PM PDT, we’re opening the Destiny Beta to anyone who wants to create a character and walk in their boots. There are, of course, some requirements. You’ll need to have a compatible console equipped with PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold. You’ll need to be brave.
Help us deliver the game you deserve. Before we shut this party down, we’ll welcome everyone who wants a preview of this brave new world. If you have yet to play Destiny, look for offers to download the Beta directly from your console later on this afternoon.
If you have played the Beta, please prepare for new arrivals. We know you won’t go easy on them in the Crucible. Show no mercy.
Halo: Nightfall introduces a pivotal new character, Jameson Locke, a legendary manhunter and agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), Earth’s most powerful and secretive military branch. When he and his team are caught in a horrific biological attack, they unravel a plot that draws them to an ancient, hellish artifact, where they will be forced to fight for their survival, question everything, and ultimately choose between their loyalties and their lives.
Taking place between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: Nightfall is Locke’s origin story which will lend insight and understanding into the character he becomes in Halo 5: Guardians.
You investigate a secluded military lab and find something horribly wrong! All of the scientists are missing and the facility is ransacked. Years of research and top secret classified experiments are no where to be found.
The missing scientists, known as the Omicron Initiative, are responsible for developing new technologies. The only clue to their disappearance is a mysterious text message reading "we were forced to do it". The team's disappearance threatens the secrecy of it's research, which could potentially put your country into a chaotic panic. Now there's only one person who can rescue the Omicron Initiative and protect its secret technology from falling into the wrong hands.
In 21 real time strategy missions you'll race across the world to find out who, or what, is responsible for the team's disappearance. You'll battle with over 130 different types of RTS units ranging from infantry and ships to giant modern mega units.
After honing your skills in the campaign, fire up a random map and experience insane 5,000 unit real time strategy battles! Choose your nation and test your mettle in online multiplayer or conquer some AI opponents offline. Many adjustable options ensure every game is unique. Want to play with only ground units? Make the victory condition the death of a specific unit? The options are limitless in this real time strategy game!
Valencia, Spain – Deconstructeam and Devolver Digital have launched the much-anticipated point-and-click thriller Gods Will Be Watching for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, Humble, and GOG. That’s right, your carefree days of crushing candy and enslaving weird Japanese creatures to fight at your whim are over – it’s time to grow up and face some intergalactic moral dilemmas like an adult. Gods Will Be Watching is now available in both a standard edition ($9.99) and a collector’s edition ($19.99) that includes the original soundtrack, a digital art book, and a digital comic that serves as the prologue to the haunting events of Gods Will Be Watching (godswillbewatching.com)
Gods Will Be Watching is a minimalistic “point and click thriller” centered on despair, commitment, and sacrifice as players face intriguing puzzles and tough decisions that will affect their entire crew’s wellbeing. Set against the backdrop of an interstellar struggle, Gods Will Be Watching follows Sgt. Burden and his crew in six tense chapters that examine a multitude of mature themes ranging from hostage situations and wilderness survival to biological weapon prevention and agonizing torture scenarios. Players are faced with incredibly difficult ethical and moral choices as their mental fortitude and personal limits are tested in every scenario. Each decision is crucial and players will need to choose between the lives of their team and the saving the world from genocide.
“My usual video game strategy of shooting everyone I encounter in the face has proven to be impractical in Gods Will Be Watching,” noted Devolver Digital CFO Fork Parker. “Shooting people in the knee works though. So that’s nice.”
Gods Will Be Watching is now available at all fine digital storefronts and probably on some backwoods torrents. But don’t do that. Geez, why would we even put that in a press release? For more information on Gods Will Be Watching or to try the original prototype, visit godswillbewatching.com.