- Chris Morris at Plugged In2 hrs ago
Get ready to head back into the wasteland.
After innumerable hoax reports and countless months of wishful thinking, fans of the post-apocalyptic Fallout series finally have something worth staring at. Bethesda has confirmed that Fallout 4 is, in fact, real.
The publisher posted a countdown clock Tuesday. A trailer went live Wednesday morning. Check it out:
As far as teasers go, it's got pretty much everything you could ask for: mystery, a haunting version of The Ink Spots' "It's All Over But The Crying," hints of the game's future and past, creepy mutants, an awesome dog, and, perhaps most importantly, the hair-raising narration of series mainstay Ron Perlman, including his iconic line "War. War never changes."
The video also seemingly confirms a few rumors. Fallout 4 is at least partially set in Boston, judging by the inclusion of a Paul Revere statue and Fenway Park in the trailer. And it hints — just hints — that we might be able to explore the world of Fallout in the days before the atomic apocalypse that plays such an important role in the game's fiction (though certainly, that could just be a storytelling device of the trailer).
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In3 hrs ago
Making a new video game every year sounds difficult. Making a new Skylanders sounds impossible.
You can’t just dream up some characters, whip up a plot, and send them off on another wacky adventure — you have to do all of that, plus invent a few dozen toys and a crazy new interactive hook bringing it all together. Oh, and all the old stuff has to work with it, too.
Surprisingly, Activision’s managed to pull this off a few times already. Skylanders Giants featured plus-sized beasts. Swap Force let you mix and match parts to create new characters. Last year’s Trap Team was about capturing bad guys in little plastic trinkets. Each game has delivered something legitimately new, and Activision’s taken that creative streak to the bank.
The company will try to keep the money train rolling with their next entry, Skylander SuperChargers , by quite literally making it roll.
Due out September 20 for most home consoles, the fifth Skylanders game introduces vehicles to the series. They’ll come in land, sea, and sky varieties, so expect a colorful assortment of tanks, dragsters, submarines, choppers, and jets to clutter up your living room this fall.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In1 day ago
Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is courting the gamer vote.
The Texas senator, GOP hopeful, and Tea Party poster-child recently told The Daily Beast that he loves video games so much, he doesn't own a gaming system.
“I don’t have a console, mostly as a time management tool, because if I had one, I would use it far too much,” he said.
So while you might not catch Cruz playing Call of Duty any time soon, surely, as an avid gamer, he keeps up with the latest and greatest mobile games, right? Well, not quite. His current favorites, he says, include older games like Plants vs. Zombies , Candy Crush and the 2008 tower-defense game, The Creeps! .
Still, Cruz says he has been playing games for most of his life. He had a NES and an Atari 2600 as a child, and he confesses to spending time at the arcade during his childhood years, feeding quarters into Galaga, Space Invaders , and Centipede (though we'd be a bit more convinced if he had name-dropped something slightly more obscure. Elevator Action ? Gyrus ? Come on, Ted.)
- Chris Morris at Plugged In5 days ago
There's a fine line between collector and hoarder. I’m not quite sure which side this one comes down on.
Last week, gamers were gobsmacked at an eBay listing showing off a refrigerator containing about 300 copies of the Jurassic Park game for the Super Nintendo. That's right — a refrigerator's worth of prehistoric cartridges could be yours if you coughed up enough dough.
For the love of Richard Attenborough, someone did it. The collection was just purchased for a hefty $1,500.
The sale raises two important questions: Who would want to buy 300 copies of the same old game? And who would collect that many in the first place?
The former is likely to remain a mystery for a while, as the buyer has yet to be made public. But the original owner explained his rationale in the auction's Q&A section.
- Scott C. Jones at Plugged In6 days ago
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a sort of a follow-up to 2014’s The New Order that also happens to be a prequel. In other words, all the stuff that the heroic B.J. Blazkowicz does in this game leads to the stuff that he did in last year’s game. And ‘the stuff’ typically means shooting anything that moves.
I have a soft spot for Wolfenstein , probably because it was the first first-person shooter I played. This was in the early 90’s, back when id Software would send you the first disc of the game for free, but then you’d have to purchase the three subsequent discs to see the entire game. I wrote about it for the local paper, and after I finished the game, I gave the discs to my supervising editor and told him to play it. He never did. And he never gave me the discs back, which probably explains why I still have this oddball ache for Wolfenstein after all these years.
There have been 10 Wolfenstein games dating back to 198. They haven’t all been winners, to put it kindly, but 2014’s The New Order was curiously refreshing.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In13 days ago
The pellet-muching icon who helped transform gaming into a pop-culture juggernaut is gobbling his way towards middle age. Pac-Man turns 35 today.
First released in Japan on May 22, 1980, the coin-op classic quickly became a phenomenon, raking in over $1 billion worth of quarters over the decade. He appeared on the cover of Time Magazine. He's adorned cereal boxes, starred in a Saturday morning cartoon, and appeared on virtually every gaming platform to have ever been released.
Credit Pac-Man 's popularity to great timing, simple gameplay, and instantly recognizable graphics, but according to creator Toru Iwatani, Pac-Man 's widespread appeal was entirely by design.
“The reason I created Pac-Man was because we wanted to attract female gamers,” he said at a 2010 panel on the game. “Back then, there were no home games. People had to go to the arcade center to play games. That was a playground for boys. It was dirty and smelly. So we wanted to include female players, so it would become cleaner and brighter.”
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In15 days ago
The problem with trying to review The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is that it requires you to stop playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt long enough to write a review.
This is not easy.
It’s The Lord of the Rings by way of A Game of Thrones , an immense, mature, character-driven fantasy that balances its ridiculously long script with plenty of sword-swinging, spell-flinging action. It requires time, patience, and more than a few reminders to your spouse that when she said she would love you unconditionally, it was letting you play The Witcher 3 every night until the crack of dawn for a month that you had in mind.
What makes The Witcher 3 most remarkable, however, isn’t its potential to derail your marriage; it's how the game manages to be both intimate and vast at the same time. A massive, open-world game with a great story? Believe it. The Witcher 3 is one of the best role-playing games in years.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In19 days ago
Thinking of upgrading to Windows 10 when it comes out later this year? You might want to get ahead in your work first. Way, way ahead.
As if the return of Solitaire to the operating system wasn't enough of a distraction, Microsoft has announced that it will include King Digital's work-ruining Candy Crush Saga with every copy.
"All Windows 10 owners will be able to experience the hit game that's swept the mobile world like wildfire," Microsoft said in a statement. "As an added bonus, Candy Crush Saga will automatically be installed for customers that upgrade to or download Windows 10 for periods of time following the game launch."
In an effort to doom you to a sugar-powered future of matching candies, Microsoft has also worked with King to make this version cross-playable with iOS and Android devices. This looks to be the start of a long-term relationship between Microsoft and King, which will see plenty of other games from the company hitting future PCs.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In19 days ago
A Kickstarter project falling short of its goal is pretty typical these days, but it’s hard not to feel empathy for the poor developers behind Dimension Drive.
Is the game any good? We don't know - and, in fact, may never know. Instead, the game’s lasting legacy may well be the story of a last minute funding salvation which turned out to be a cruel trick.
The crowdfunding effort was the dream of 2Awesome Studios, a tiny Dutch independent game development studio. Dimension Drive was set to be their first game.
So like many burgeoning developers, they turned to Kickstarter to help finance it. And while they did fairly well in the fundraising, gathering some €23,000, they were still €7,000 short as the campaign neared its end.
Enter a white knight by the name of Jonathan, who pledged €7,000 in the waning hours of the drive to effectively save the game. The 2Awesome Studios offices (and Twitter feed) were jubilent..for just over 2.5 hours. Then reality kicked in the door.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In20 days ago
First, the catch. Now, the cover.
As revealed during a live event on ESPN’s Sportscenter Wednesday evening, New York Giants wide receiver extraordinaire Odell Beckham, Jr. beat out New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski to become the face of Madden NFL 16 , due out this summer.
“This is mindblowing,” Beckham said. “After playing one year of football and then being on the cover? I’m at a loss for words."
The honor puts an exclamation point on a huge debut season for the agile receiver, highlighted by one of the craziest catches ever. Beckham backed up that one-handed grab with over 1,300 receiving yards and 12 TDs in only 12 games, good enough to score him the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award and give him the cred needed to enter the race for the cover.