- Ben Silverman at Plugged In20 hrs ago
It is impossible to experience the new Mad Max video game without constantly thinking about George Miller’s spectacular Mad Max: Fury Road .
The game is not specifically based on the movie — it’s more of a canonical homage — but it’s clear that the developers were anxious to duplicate the wild, chaotic blend of gutsy realism and cartoonish excess that made Fury Road the best action film in recent memory.
They only partially succeed. An open-world romp through the blasted, post-apocalyptic wastelands popularized in Miller’s big-screen quartet, Mad Max is filled with unflinching violence, high-speed high jinks, and enough gas fires to give Al Gore a coronary. But it also falls in lockstep with fellow open-world games, eschewing a coherent plot for a sprawling map littered with repetitive, grinding quests. At times it shines bright as chrome, but it also flirts dangerously with a word you won’t find in Max’s limited vocabulary: boredom.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In1 day ago
One town's trash is another man's treasure.
Given, calling the stash of old video games found in a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico “trash” isn’t entirely fair. The Atari 2600 cartridges, which were buried after the video game crash of 1983, quickly became an urban legend. The town decided to solve the mystery last April by digging up the landfill, resulting in a hoard of old, busted games.
So are they worth anything? It turns out that yes, they most certainly are. The city has wrapped up its sale of 881 cartridges found in the landfill, earning $107,930 through a series of eBay auctions. (To save you the math, that works out to $122.50 per cartridge.)
Showcasing the fanatical interest in the long-buried cartridges, officials say they found buyers from across the world, including Australia, France, Brazil and Singapore. Shipping costs alone for the games topped $26,000.
- Matt Cabral at Plugged In4 days ago
A few hours into Disney Infinity 3.0 's Twilight of the Republic play set, I found myself escorting none other than Jar Jar Binks to Coruscant's Jedi Temple. Despite accompanying the galaxy's most despised character on a mission type most gamers would consider one of the medium's most tedious, I was having an absolute blast...but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Disney Interactive's first crack at the toys-to-life category differentiated itself from genre pioneer Skylanders by offering standalone, story-driven campaigns as well as creation tools that allowed players to craft their own adventures. Complemented by a cast of fan-favorite Disney and Pixar characters, the formula yielded a good first effort and plenty of promise for future iterations.
- John Gaudiosi at Plugged In4 days ago
The man who helped mold Gears of War into a blockbuster franchise is finally ready to show off his latest game.
- Matt Cabral at Plugged In5 days ago
Games that try to scare the pants off players generally take the slow burn, psychological horror route, or the gory, zombie-slaughtering path. While Until Dawn borrows liberally from both those styles — and even tosses in some Saw -inspired torture-porn for good measure — the PS4-exclusive refreshingly cribs more from campy teen slasher films than any existing game genre.
From Ouija boards and tribal curses to clown-masked madmen and a literal cabin the woods, Until Dawn i s brimming with familiar tropes . And while it will feel as cozy as a Freddy Krueger sweater to horror movie buffs, it’s also a significant step forward in interactive storytelling.
Unfolding like a TV drama — complete with “previously on” clips preceding each chapter — Until Dawn puts players in the quaking boots of eight friends who've reunited at a mountain retreat a year after tragedy struck one of the character's twin sisters. You play as all eight in an effort to keep as many alive as possible.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In7 days ago
When they aren’t busy building a football rocket launcher for Rob Gronkowski, the developers at EA Sports presumably sit around thinking about what in the world to do with Madden .
Not that they have to do much. Some years are better than others, but even when Madden slips a little, it sells in the millions (technically, over 100 million since the franchise’s 1988 debut). That’s partly because it has lots of fans, but it’s also because it’s the only football game in town; thanks to a vise-like grip on the NFL license, Madden hasn’t had any real competition for over a decade (R.I.P., beloved NFL 2K series).
So each year EA has to find a way to sell you a football game that is pretty similar to, but just different enough from, the one you bought last year. Periodically, that means adding a new feature or two that fundamentally alters the way the game is played.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In11 days ago
Last year, EA Sports blew its Madden NFL 15 marketing budget on a ridiculous commercial featuring Kevin Hart, Dave Franco, dolphins, and a teddy bear DJ.
That was just the warm-up.
To promote Madden NFL 16 ( due out August 25), the game maker brought back Franco, traded Hart for Christopher Mintz-Plasse, strapped Rob Gronkowski into a two-armed football cannon, blinded Colin Kaepernick, gave Julio Jones a broken flat-top and an old-school karate chop, snuck onto a Bollywood film set, and apparently hired Danny McBride’s character from Tropic Thunder to handle the pyrotechnics.
Also, there’s a T-Rex. And Rex Ryan.
The result is “Madden: The Movie,” a five-minute trailer for an action film that doesn’t exist, but absolutely should. Because it would be incredible (and probably terrible).
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In14 days ago
Activision’s popular Skylanders series has generated billions of dollars by selling gamers millions of toys. Now it’s aiming to get a piece of another lucrative pie: the collectible card game.
Due out for iOS, Android, and Amazon devices in 2016, Skylanders: Battlecast is a free-to-play game that lets players scan real-world, physical trading cards into mobile devices and use them in a card dueling game set in Skylands. Players can also buy digital card packs if they don’t want to bother with the real deal.
If only we had some awkward kids who are totally having real fun and are absolutely not actors showing off how this works. Oh look!
According to Activision, Battlecast will include some characters that, when scanned, seem to function in a similar way to the Nintendo 3DS's AR cards. The game will include both a single-player campaign and online multiplayer.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In18 days ago
Iron Maiden just released their first new single in five years. And while “Speed of Light” is another quintessential shredder from the heavy metal overlords, it’s the song’s video that has the web banging its head today.
Yep, that’s Iron Maiden mascot Eddie (aka Eddie the Head) puling a Tron by getting digitized and sent into a variety of video games. He dodges flaming TVs in an homage to Donkey Kong , blasts killer robots in a Terminator -esque side-scroller, battles The Beast in a Mortal Kombat nod, and vaporizes a skeletal T-Rex in a first-person shooter. He collects hearts. His high score is 666,666. I love this video.
This isn’t Maiden’s first time dabbling in video games. In 1999, the band released a game called to support a tour and ‘Greatest Hits’ album. The objective? Guide Eddie through a collection of the group’s iconic album covers while listening to Iron Maiden songs. The game kind of sucked, but the concept was awesome.
Also (probably) awesome is Iron Maiden’s 16 th studio album, The Book of Souls, which arrives on September 4.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In20 days ago
EA Sports has announced that Patrick Kane, the All-Star forward from the Chicago Blackhawks, will be removed from the cover of their upcoming hockey game, NHL 16 . Kane is currently under investigation over sexual assault allegations.
Official statement regarding Patrick Kane. pic.twitter.com/MVurUYOHT8
The game, which launches on September 15 for the Xbox One and PS4, initially featured both Kane and teammate Jonathan Toews on the cover. Kane’s removal has led to a totally new picture of Toews holding aloft the Stanley Cup.
EA has removed the old cover from its website.
This was to be Kane’s second stint on an EA Sports NHL cover, having first appeared on the box for NHL 10 . Toews graced the cover of NHL 11 .