The highest-rated game for Sony’s next-generation PlayStation 4 console isn’t Killzone Shadow Fall or Thief. It’s not a blockbuster game with a multi-million dollar budget. Instead, as noted by Gamer Headlines on Monday, it’s a fun, whimsical and somewhat confusing title that many of you probably haven’t even heard of. Independent game developer Thatgamecompany first released “Flower” for the PlayStation 3 back in 2009. The curious title, which some critics say isn’t even really a video game, has amassed a sizable fan base — and the PlayStation 4 version, as it turns out, has managed a score of 91 on Metacritic. Here’s a description of Flower from Gamer Headlines: Upon selecting one of the game’s six levels to partake in, the game
By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Zynga Inc said on Monday it will kick off a soft launch of its "FarmVille 2: Country Escape" game and two other updated core titles before the end of March - critical first steps as it seeks to remake itself as a mobile gaming company. The games, which include "Zynga Poker" and "Words With Friends" will roll out on iOS and Android phones and tablets in select undisclosed markets before officially launching by the end of June. The steps are part of a major revamp led by new Chief Executive Don Mattrick that has also seen the company cut jobs and acquire mobile game developer NaturalMotion, the maker of "Clumsy Ninja", in January for $527 million. "Did the company miss a beat with the transition to mobile?
Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console got its first big update earlier this month, and it brought with it various fixes and enhancements (most importantly for me personally, I can now say “Xbox on” a single time to turn the console on instead of having to shout the phrase 437 times before it finally booted). Updates for Microsoft’s new console are coming hot and heavy, however, and another major software release is due next month. Some users got early access to the March update and we provided preliminary details earlier this week. Now that gamers have had some time with the new software, however, additional details have come to light. A NeoGAF forum user who goes by the name “The Flash”
Sony’s latest console hasn’t had any trouble maintaining its position at the top of the sales charts, but that doesn’t mean the PlayStation 4 is without its flaws. The team at GamingBolt has put together a list of 15 improvements they hope to see as the console generation marches forward, many of which we wholeheartedly agree with. To start, let’s talk hardware. Although the PlayStation 4 does support upgraded internal hard drives, you’re out of luck if you want to increase your storage even further with an external drive. Sony needs to give us the ability to store our files on a USB drive in the future. We didn’t have many complaints about the controller in our review of the
Sony has unveiled the latest round of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers to add to their Instant Game Collections. In March, PlayStation 4 owners will get their hands on Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition, an upgrade to the 4-year-old top-down shooter from the same studio that brought Resogun to the console last year. The PlayStation 3 will bring in the biggest haul, most notably the incredible Tomb Raider remake that received nearly unanimous praise from gamers and critics alike last year. Indie titles Thomas Was Alone and Lone Survivor: Director’s Cut round out the PS3 list. If you own a Vita, you can pick up the last game ever developed by Zipper Interactive, Unit 13, along with the ancient Monster
After nearly nine years, the online network that supports Nintendo's Wii and DS consoles will be shut off in May. The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection was launched in November 2005 and allowed online play for owners of the two home and portable consoles. Its retirement, scheduled for May 20, marks the end of online multiplayer for 20 Wii and 40 DS titles. That leaves a little under three months for owners to cram in as many online sessions of "Super Smash Bros. Brawl," "Mario Kart Wii" and "Mario Kart DS" as possible.
It’s time to get those last few rounds of Super Smash Bros. Brawl in, because Nintendo is about to take its legacy consoles offline for good. Nintendo announced on Wednesday that “certain online functionality” for the Wii and DS will be inaccessible starting on May 20th, including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for a wide range of first-party games. Most other services will remain intact, such as the Wii Shop Channel, Nintendo DSi Shop, Hulu, YouTube and the internet browsers. The Wii U and 3DS will not be affected in any way, other than the removal of online play for Wii games played on the Wii U. The full list of affected games can be found below. Nintendo DS 100 Classic
Nintendo is not exactly riding high in the games market right now, but even it must discontinue old services to focus on new ones. On May 20, Nintendo will take its Wii and DS systems offline for good, removing online play for popular games like "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" and "Mario Kart DS." The reasoning here is not hard to understand: running servers and services for online games costs money, and Nintendo is not generating much revenue from the Wii and the DS anymore.
Now that the Xbox One has fallen firmly into second place as the PlayStation 4 continues on its tour of world domination, fans of the Microsoft console are looking for answers. The $100 price difference between the consoles has clearly been a factor, but the wave of negative PR that surrounded the announcement of the Xbox One hasn’t helped either. How can Microsoft turn this console generation around before it completely loses momentum? Is it already time for price drop? Not according to Forbes contributor Erik Kain: “Cutting the price of the Xbox One this early into the console’s life-cycle would be a mistake,” says Kain. “If Microsoft slashes the price of its system from $499 to match Sony’s $399
Resolution might not matter to you, but for a lot of gamers, it’s the biggest issue facing the Xbox One right now. Every developer with a multiplatform title has had to put up with a tenuous group of consumers who are frustrated by the disparity in visual quality, and now the developer of the most anticipated Xbox One exclusive of the year has confirmed that even Titanfall won’t be able to reach full HD. In response to a question on Twitter, Vince Zampella, co-founder of Respawn Entertainment, confirmed that Titanfall will not run in 1080p. OXM had previously reported that the well-received beta ran at 792p, but despite rumors that Respawn would have the time (and the ability) the get
Zynga Inc has won the dismissal of a lawsuit in which shareholders accused the online gaming company of fraudulently misleading them about its financial and business prospects before and after its December 2011 initial public offering. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in San Francisco said that despite their "excessively long and prolix" 110-page complaint, the shareholders failed to include "relevant, basic factual details" to support their claims against Zynga, company officials including founder Mark Pincus, and underwriters led by Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs & Co. White also dismissed claims linked to an April 2012 secondary stock offering, saying the named plaintiffs lacked standing because they did not buy shares in that offering.
They are free to download, fun to play, and fiendishly addictive: mobile games like Candy Crush Saga, Angry Birds and Clash of Clans want to get you hooked, then get your money. In-app purchases helped to drive up spending on mobile games by more than 60 percent to $16.5 billion (12 billion euros) in 2013, according to research house IHS. "What we have done is bring the thought processes and skills of selling and marketing more clearly into the game," said Nicholas Lovell, author of The Curve, a book about making money in a world of free digital content. In any given month, only about one in 20 players of a given "freemium" game makes an in-app purchase, Lovell said, meaning the most devoted end up paying the most, while others enjoy it for free.