PS3 bundled with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for $269 at Walmart

A new PlayStation 3 bundle with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is listed on Walmart's website for $269. The 500 GB system also includes the 2012 movie The Amazing Spider-Man, which is available to watch through Vudu's streaming service. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for an April 29 release in the U.S. on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Windows PC. A previously planned Xbox One version has been delayed indefinitely. For more on the game, be sure to read our interview with its developers at Beenox from earlier this month.

Conception 2 review: bad romance

Conception 2: Children of the Seven Stars never really reaches maturity. Children of the Seven Stars is the first and only of two Conception titles to make it out of Japan, and as with its predecessor, it folds a dating sim into a dungeon crawler-heavy experience. Spike Chunsoft is using the same pick-up line role-playing games have all but run into the ground: wanna save the world? But the franchise seeks to earn a name for itself by making things a little — well — risqué by sexually charging its otherwise bland ideas. Conception 2 confuses shock value with interesting gameplay and leans on a skeezy hook to carry it through a 40-hour-plus experience. For all its flashy ideas, Conception 2 delivers an unimpressive, unsatisfying performance. A concentrated dose of dungeon...

Call of Duty: Ghosts adding R. Lee Ermey as a screaming drill instructor April 22

R. Lee Ermey, the actor best known for playing the drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket, will join the Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer voice cast April 22 on Xbox platforms, according to a video released today on the series' official YouTube channel. Press play above to hear Ermey's voice work in the upcoming Drill Instructor Voice Pack, which will arrive on other platforms after the Xbox Live release. True to his best-known work, Ermey informs players of their major malfunctions with phrases like, "A day without blood is like a day without sunshine!" and "When they drop weapons, take them you idiot!" Call of Duty: Ghosts won't be Ermey's first foray into video games. The actor has lent his distinctive voice to games in the Toy Story series, where he plays the army man toy...

Nintendo engaged in lawsuit over alleged Wii U patent infringement

Secure Axcess, a company "dedicated to monetization and management of Internet security patents," is suing Nintendo of America and Nintendo Co. for allegedly infringing on a patent concerning the Wii U, The Southeast Texas Record reports. The patent in question was filed in 2000 and published in 2003 for a "multiscreen personal computer display method and apparatus," or a computer which provides display capabilities on more than one screen. The Wii U supposedly infringes on this patent with the use of its GamePad. The company is also suing retailers such as GameStop, Target, Amazon and Best Buy for selling the console "without license or authorization." Secure Axcess is seeking compensatory damages, costs, interest and other relief. Judge Rodney Gilstrap will preside over the...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Xbox One version 'TBD,' says Activision

The existence of the Xbox One version of upcoming action game The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been called into question, with Activision telling MCV its fate is up in the air. The game, slated to launch on April 29, is being published for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Windows PC and Xbox 360. All mentions of the Xbox One version have been removed from the game's official website, with Activision stating that version is "TBD." "We want to inform you that we are revising our release plans for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Xbox One," Activision said in a statement to MCV. "When and whether The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is released on Xbox One is TBD." When contacted for comment, a representative for Activision told Polygon that the company is "working with Microsoft in an...

Why Square Enix uses DRM

Square Enix uses digital rights management to earn profits and protect its intellectual property, Square Enix America's senior manager of business and legal affairs Adam Sullivan told TorrentFreak. Square Enix has "a well-known reputation for being very protective of our IPs," Sullivan said, and it employs DRM to further that goal. "The primary benefit to us is the same as with any business: profit," he said. Though he acknowledged that some players have problems and there is "no perfect solution yet," DRM also has other benefits that help developers. "When F2P began trending, lots of people thought it would be the death of DRM. I remember talking with one F2P developer who couldn't imagine why hackers would want to attack his game, since it was free and all. Two months later they...
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EB Games Expo 2014 to take place in Sydney, Oct. 3-5, ticket sales begin April 24

EB Games Expo 2014 will kick off in Sydney, Australia on Oct. 3-5 at the Sydney Olympic Park, the company announced today, confirming the attendance major publishers Activision, Electronic Arts, Nintendo, Sony, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft. This year's expo will see the addition of a new pavilion, expanding event's space to 35,000 sqm, which will hold demonstration sessions from U.K. television series Robot Wars. Sessions will feature Q&As, photo opportunities and allow visitors to "get up close" with the robots. As well as giving attendees the opportunity to get hands-on with the latest releases from the publishers, the event will offer Tumbletown playground area, Family Zone Café, the Lovesac Handheld Lounge & Stage, Free Play City, Retro Central...

Cult County to launch on Nintendo 3DS if minimum crowdfunding goal is met

Renegade Kid's upcoming horror game, Cult County, will launch for Nintendo 3DS — in addition to its other platforms — if the game meets its minimum crowdfunding goal, the developer announced on Kickstarter. Cult County is a first-person, atmospheric title described as The Walking Dead meets Silent Hill 2. The game takes place in a small, West Texas town where protagonist Gavin Mellick begins unraveling clues about a "cultish" group new to the area. The game was originally planned for release exclusively on Nintendo 3DS, but grew "beyond the scope" of the handheld system. When Renegade Kid began crowdfunding efforts for the game on Kickstarter, a 3DS port was added as a stretch goal. "We sent the call out on Twitter, and we got a tremendous response," the update reads....

Mario Kart 8, Kirby Triple Deluxe, more playable at WonderCon 2014

Nintendo is bringing five new titles from the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS libraries to WonderCon 2014 this weekend, including Mario Kart 8 and Kirby Triple Deluxe, the company announced today. Two of the games — the 3DS titles Yoshi's New Island and Disney Magical World — are already available. Nintendo's WonderCon lineup also includes Kirby Triple Deluxe and Mario Golf: World Tour, both of which are launching May 2 on 3DS, and Mario Kart 8 (screenshot above), which is set for release May 30 on Wii U. WonderCon 2014 takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., from April 18-20. For more on the aforementioned games, check out our recent previews of Mario Golf: World Tour, Kirby Triple Deluxe and Mario Kart 8, and our full review of Yoshi's New Island.

Toys for Bob and the story behind Skylanders

Beasts are peeking out of every nook and cranny in the office, a crazy infestation of plastic chaos.The figurines sit on shelves, hang on walls, tumble on desks in states of unpainted nakedness, dismantled and incoherent. They gurn, snarl and claw in an infinity of static poses. This is the place where the little plastic creatures of Activision's breakout monster hit Skylanders are conceived and birthed, the headquarters of Toys for Bob, a tiki-pirate-ship-themed ex-aircraft hanger in Marin County, California. Since its introduction back in 2011, the Skylanders video game and toy series has generated upwards of $2 billion in lifetime sales. It is one of the top 20 game franchises of all time, with 175 million toy sales. The Skylanders monsters have captured the imaginations of...
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Spring Fighter tournament returning to NYU Game Center June 7-8

The New York University Game Center will host its fifth annual Spring Fighter fighting games tournament June 7-8, organizers announced today. This year's tournament will feature free matches in BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, Marvel vs. Capcom, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros Melee, Super Street Fighter 4 and Project M, the fan-made Brawl mod that aims to make its combat more like Melee. Last year's tournament featured 64 slots each in three games, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition, Tekken X Street Fighter and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom. Street Fighter and Sony Santa Monica veteran Seth Killian will attend the tournament again this year. Last year Killian interviewed 2D arcade fighting games champion Daigo Umehara, and this year he will return to profile popular Street...

The Division dev on Watch Dogs: it's 'tremendously important' knowing when to delay

Delaying a game may incur additional costs and fan ire, but in the end it's important for a developer to recognize when a game needs additional incubation time for quality purposes, Tom Clancy's The Division managing director David Polfeldt told The Examiner. According to Polfeldt, it is "tremendously important" that developers and publishers know when to take a hit and delay a game. He said that Ubisoft's stock shares fell 25 percent the day the company announced its highly-anticipated open-world hacking game Watch Dogs had been delayed from October 2013 into 2014. "It takes so much courage to live through that day and still think that was a good decision," he said. "So for us in the development [side], that's an important message that ultimately the management will back up the goals...

Nintendo releasing Princess Peach-themed Wii Remote this month

Nintendo will launch a new Wii Remote Plus controller later this month mimicking the iconic dress colors of Princess Peach, the company announced this morning. The Princess Peach remote will launch in stores in late April for $39.99 each and is designed similarly to the Mario and Luigi controllers. The main body of the controller (shown above and below) is pink with a golden crown design over the remote's speaker. The middle buttons on the controller are blue and the plus pad is golden-yellow, colors that reflect her jewelry and crown. The remote is compatible with all Wii and Wii U games including upcoming kart racer Mario Kart 8, which launches on May 30.

Child of Light's latest trailer walks viewers through the world of Lemuria

The latest trailer for Ubisoft's fairy tale-inspired Japanese-style role-playing game Child of Light introduces players to Lemuria, the world in which young pink-haired heroine Aurora sets off on her journey. The video above briefly flies through a handful of environments Aurora will travel through — villages, forests filled with insect-like enemies, damp caves, rocky cliffs and ancient ruins. The little girl will run, float and fly through this world, collecting treasures, fighting off beasts and looking for a way to return home to her father. Child of Light will launch on April 3 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Check out previous videos detailing the game's artwork and soundtrack, as well as our interview from PAX East with Child of...

Square Enix India shutters after one year

Just one year after opening, Square Enix has closed its Mumbai-based India studio, reports MCV India. The studio opened in March 2013 with the intention to partner with Indian developers to create mobile games for the local market. The India studio did not release any games prior to its closure this week. All six of its employees have been laid off. According to MCV India, the studio had been working with several Indian developers on a handful of projects that ultimately did not gain final approval from Square Enix's Japanese headquarters. Former vice president of Square Enix India Atul Vibhandik confirmed with MCV India that the studio was closed, although he would offer no further comment. Additionally, there are rumors that Square Enix's similar studio endeavor in Latin America...

Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Super Mario 3D Land and other 3DS games now $29.99

Nintendo is cutting the price of five popular Nintendo 3DS games down to $29.99 from their normal price of $39.99, the company announced today. Beginning April 22, Nintendo 3DS owners can snag Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario 3D Land at this new discounted price both at retail and as downloadable titles through the 3DS eShop. According to Nintendo, Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario 3D Land are the top three best-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time in the U.S. with each selling through more than 2.15 million copies, both physical and digital editions. Additionally, Nintendo notes that all five of the above titles have collectively sold 9 million combined retail and downloadable units.

Capcom invests $78M in game development R&D with two high-tech facilities

Capcom is investing $78 million in game development R&D with the construction of two buildings located near its Osaka headquarters, the company announced today. According to Capcom, the two new R&D buildings will centralize its game development arm, make game dev operations more efficient and allow it to "create highly original games that can meet the expectations of users." The two structures will include game dev facilities such as a motion capture room, a studio for producing sound effects and "multi-purpose spaces that can hold more than 100 people." The 8-floor R&D Building S (approximately ¥2.5 billion) and 16-floor R&D Building N (approximately ¥5.5 billion) are expected to be completed in February 2015 and February 2016, respectively. Capcom also wants to cut down...

Ubisoft's online store lists Watch Dogs' Wii U version for Fall 2014 launch

Watch Dogs will launch on May 27 for every platform except Wii U. Ubisoft's official storefront now says the game will arrive in the Fall launch window this year. The Fall 2014 listing is currently active on the Uplay marketplace. Nintendo Enthusiast, which spotted the listing, says it confirmed with a Ubisoft representative that the game is targeting Fall 2014 for release. Polygon has reached out to a Ubisoft representative for comment as well. Watch Dogs' Wii U version is the only one not being developed by the Montréal studio building all other versions of the game. Ubisoft's studio in Bucharest, Romania, is handling this edition. In March, the game's senior producer said a 2014 release date was still a possibility.

How you craft Child of Light's story as you play

Ubisoft Montreal's Child of Light looks like a 2D side-scrolling platformer, and most of those games are all about mechanics; if there's a story, it's usually a static tale that doesn't have much to do with playing the game. But Child of Light lead writer told Polygon at PAX East 2014 that when he and creative director Patrick Plourde were designing the title's concept, they wanted story and gameplay to be deeply intertwined. "I believe that gameplay is central to an interactive experience; otherwise, it should be a movie," said Yohalem. He explained that when Ubisoft greenlit the platformer, which is inspired by elements such as eastern European fairy tales and Japanese role-playing games, the publisher allowed him and Plourde full creative freedom. The duo decided to shy away from a...

Lego The Hobbit review: safe fairyland

Lego the Hobbit is the best way to engage with the fictional world of The Hobbit short of reading the original book. Traveller's Tales' Lego games have always added a humorous spin to whatever property they were paired with. The team has found a perfect match in The Hobbit — the lighter, friendlier prequel to JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. Lego the Hobbit takes inspiration from the slightly overblown recent films and runs with it, creating a plastic universe that's warm, funny and inviting. The storytelling is succinct, the gameplay is familiar and comfortable, and the world itself is a pleasure to explore, lending to a sense of adventure grander than the tiny plastic bricks would lead you to expect. Lego the Hobbit doesn't stray far from the formula set...
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