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BioShock – iOS – HD Launch Trailer     BioShock – iOS – HD Launch Trailer Return to rapture in BioShock, now available for iOS devices. This “genetically enhanced” first-person shooter lets you do things never before possible in the genre. Turn everything into a weapon, biologically mod your body with plasmids, hack devices and systems, upgrade your weapons and craft new ammo variants, and experiment with different battle techniques. After your plane crashes into icy uncharted waters, you discover a rusted bathysphere and descend into Rapture, a city hidden beneath the sea. Constructed as an idealistic society for a hand picked group of scientists, artists and industrialists, the idealism is no more. Now the city is littered with corpses, wildly powerful guardians roam the corridors as little girls loot the dead, and genetically mutated citizens ambush you at every turn. BioShock forces you to question the lengths to which you will go and how much of your humanity you will sacrifice…to save your own life. Features BioShock is loaded with some of greatest, most modifiable weapons to ever blast their way into a shooter. But guns alone won’t be enough to defeat the devious AIs of Rapture. There are literally hundreds of other strategies players can use to take out his enemies. Here’s just a few things you can do a foe: Catch his Grenades in Mid Air and Toss Them Back at Him Freeze Him Solid and Shatter Him with Smack of your Wrench Lead him and his comrades to water and Zap them all with 1000 Volts Burn Him Up With Home-Made Molotov Cocktails Booby Trap Healing Machines and Watch Them Blow up IN his Face Brainwash Him to Become Your Personal BodyGuard Invent your own Ammo Types to Prey on his Vulnerabilities Turn his own Security System Against Him Light Him on Fire and Launch Heat Seeking Missiles At him Torment Him with Plagues of Insects Take Research Photos of Him to Learn his Weaknesses Send Him Flying into the Ceiling to Knock him Senseless Take control of your world by hacking mechanical devices, commandeering security turrets and crafting unique items critical to your very survival. Upgrade your weapons with ionic gels, explosives and toxins to customize them to the enemy and environment. Genetically modify your body through dozens of Plasmid Stations scattered throughout the city, empowering you with fantastic and often grotesque abilities. Explore a living world powered by Ecological A.I., where the inhabitants have interesting and consequential relationships with one another that impact your gameplay experience. Experience truly next generation graphics that vividly illustrate the forlorn art deco city, highlighted by the most detailed and realistic water effects ever developed in a video game. Make meaningful choices and mature decisions, ultimately culminating in the grand question: do you exploit the innocent survivors of Rapture or save them? Read more ► Godus     Free-To-Play Games – Do They All Suck? The Free-To-Play business model, AKA Freemium, AKA Fee-To-Pay, AKA Free-To-Wait, has garnered a lot of criticism over the last few years for locking away standard gameplay features behind a pay wall. But are all free-to-play games bad? Lots of them are, but there are also some real gems to be found. Great free-to-play games are those that don’t hinder, handicap or even completely halt progression unless you spend money. Bad free-to-play games are the ones that do. In the most sinful free-to-play games you’re ‘rewarded’ with in-game currency pretty steadily as you play, giving the illusion of progression, but that currency is virtually useless unless combined with a premium currency that you pay for. The developers of these Freemium games take a page straight out of the drug-dealers handbook by providing you with the premium currency for free at first… Just a little taste of the good stuff to get you hooked… They then dramatically slow down the pace of the game and ask you to wait hours for progression that takes just a few seconds if you’re willing to pay for the premium currency. At that point, the free currency that you’re rewarded by playing the game gives you no satisfaction because it doesn’t allow you to actually progress through the game, and the premium currency also gives you no satisfaction because you’re simply paying to unlock features rather than being challenged with engaging gameplay mechanics in order to progress through the game. The most recent game to integrate this morally-bankrupt system is Godus. That’s right, the same game that raised over $900 000 / £500 000 through its KickStarter campaign has used that money to develop a Fee-To-Pay/Free-To-Wait title in order to extort even more money out of the public and the original backers. I started playing Godus with the aim of seeing how far I could get without spending a penny and I very quickly hit a wall. I had amassed a huge amount of the game’s free currency ‘Belief’, but items in the game had begun requiring the paid-for currency ‘Gems’ and lots of it. To put this into perspective, just one item to make my citizens mildly happier cost 20 gems which in real money costs $2/£1.20. A hefty price considering how many similar items are in the game at ever-increasing prices. The most amazing thing about this is the two-facedness of the game’s creator, Peter Molyneux, who not-so-long-ago called the same functionality in EA’s reboot of Dungeon Keeper “ridiculous” in an interview with the BBC. “I felt myself turning round saying, ‘What? This is ridiculous. I just want to make a dungeon. I don’t want to schedule it on my alarm clock for six days to come back for a block to be chipped.'” – Peter Molyneux discussing EA’s Dungeon Keeper Needless to say Godus is not a Free-To-Play title worth investing any time in unless you have money to throw away. Godus isn’t really ‘Free-To-Play’ it’s Free-To-Try-For-Five-Minutes-Before-You-Must-Fork-Out-Boat-Loads-Of-Cash-To-Continue. 🙂 There are, however, some incredible alternatives out there that are worth investing your time and money into. Loadout, Hearthstone & League of Legends are all absolutely incredible Free-To-Play games where you don’t have to spend a single penny to enjoy them. Loadout is a multiplayer third-person-shooter and is the epitome of Free-To-Play done right. This game is fun, hilarious, frenetic, and allows you to craft your own weapons with countless potential combinations. You earn the in-game currency ‘blutes’ as you play and use them to unlock weapon parts. You then have the option to purchase the premium currency Spacebux if you want to, although those can only be used to get cosmetic custom items for your character. It’s currently available on PC and is coming to PS4 soon. I enjoyed Hearthstone the second I began playing it, although I cynically believed that the legendary cards would only be unlocked by those who were willing to pay extra for more card packs… but I’m happy to say I was wrong and I got my first legendary card just a few days after I began playing and all without spending any money! It’s available on PC, Mac and iOS now. League of Legends transformed the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) category from a sub-genre into one of the most popular genres in gaming. Despite being released five years ago it remains the most popular title in its category thanks to an incredible level of on-going support from its developer, Riot Games, who continue to constantly add new content to the game. It’s available on PC and Mac now. So while Free-To-Play is the domain of some of the most unscrupulous game developers in the industry, there are some amazing games to be experienced out there. 🙂 Read more ► Godus – Out Now Free On The iOS App Store     Godus – Out Now Free On The iOS App Store Anyone can be a god. Download Godus for your iPad or iPhone today! Godus is a modern, compelling, eye-catching reinvention of the god game. You are a powerful deity, devoutly worshipped by your Followers. In return for this devotion, you protect them, grow their civilization and sculpt the very lands on which they live. As your civilization grows, so do your powers. You can beautify the world, or wreak destruction. Guide your people to peace and prosperity, or prepare for conflict with your foes. You’re the god and they’re your playthings. KEY FEATURES: SCULPT THE WORLD – Raise mountains, carve out rivers, fill the land with forests and lakes. Use your touch to physically shape, mold and sculpt every inch of the landscape, making it unique to you. SETTLE NEW LANDS – Explore a seemingly endless universe of new lands, where you’ll encounter many surprises, including other tribes. CREATE VILLAGES AND TOWNS – Group your Followers together to create charming villages or thriving towns, specialize these into building, farming or mining communities. MEET THE ASTARI – Your world is not empty. It’s also inhabited by the mischievous Astari, who will do everything they can to persuade your Followers to come and join them. As a God, you must use your powers to deal with these pesky people. WIELD INCREDIBLE POWERS – Shape your world with love or destruction. Beautify the world with miracles, or punish your followers with the pitiless forces of nature. INSPIRE YOUR FOLLOWERS – As you play, you’ll unlock amazing new abilities that will advance your nation from a primitive beginning to a prestigious future. Your timeline will display your breakthroughs like cooking, farming, mining, trading, philosophy and weapons. Read more ► Modern Combat 5     Modern Combat 5 – HD Gameplay trailer Step into the action as the latest installment in the best FPS series raises the bar for shooters once more! Create a squad, add your friends and test your individual and team skills against other squads! Is single player your thing? Then step into a world on the brink of anarchy and shoot your way out of one dire situation after another to expose a lunatic who’s trying to tear the world to shreds. CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE CLASS 4 customizable classes that you can level up across single- and multiplayer Find the play style the suits you: Assault, Heavy, Recon, or Sniper Activate class-specific skills by earning and spending Skill Points HIGH-POWERED MULTIPLAYER Epic team clashes in Squad vs. Squad matches Talk to other players in Global and Squad Chat Individual and Squad leaderboards Win cool rewards in the limited-time events UNIFIED PROGRESSION Accumulate XP and level up by playing both single-player missions and multiplayer matches Unlock higher-tier weapons by mastering lower-tier ones Customize the perfect weapon using a host of attachments INTENSE SOLO CAMPAIGN Fast-paced story missions with various challenges taking you from Tokyo to Venice Play the new Spec-Ops missions for a real adrenaline rush Flawless graphics, music and voice performances with seamlessly integrated cutscenes HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE CONTROLS Intuitive, highly customizable controls so you can play just the way you want Read more ► Counter Spy     CounterSpy Coming To PS4, PS3 & PS Vita For those who are not familiar, CounterSpy is an action stealth side-scroller from Dynamighty set during the Cold War. You play as an agent for C.O.U.N.T.E.R, whose singular goal is to prevent the superpowers from accomplishing their crazy race to destroy the moon with nuclear missiles. Combining the spy mythology and bold aesthetics of the 1950’s and 1960’s and set during the Cold War, CounterSpy focuses on the rogue third spy agency, C.O.U.N.T.E.R., that keeps the world’s super powers at bay. Just as each side of the ongoing conflict gets close to unleashing a blow of earthshaking proportions, C.O.U.N.T.E.R. jumps into action, stealthily sabotaging their dastardly plans and deceptively maintaining world peace. The August 19th PSN release is for PS4, PS3 & PS Vita. The game is Cross-Buy & also Cross-Save, so purchase it once and you’ll have a copy on all three devices! Read more ► Hearthstone - Curse of Naxxramas     Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas – HD Cinematic Trailer Brave the haunted halls of Naxxramas, Hearthstone’s first-ever single player Adventure. Log in and begin battling your way through five deadly wings of the Naxxramas dungeon, each filled with iconic bosses and hordes of sweet loot (read “new cards”) for your Hearthstone decks. The first wing of Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure has opened! We know you’re just dying to test your deck against the malevolent undead who roam Azeroth’s most infamous floating necropolis and we have some great news to share. The Arachnid Quarter is now available for free to all Hearthstone players who step into the necropolis during the Curse of Naxxramas launch event, taking place now through early September (we’ll announce the exact end date as it gets closer). For more information on the Arachnid Quarter’s skittering surprises, click here! Access to additional wings may be purchased using in-game gold or real world currency. After the Arachnid Quarter, the next four wings can be purchased for 700 gold per wing per wing. Players can earn the in-game gold needed to unlock the next wing by completing various quests or emerging victorious from the Arena—or they can choose to unlock the next available Naxxramas wing using real money. Curse of Naxxramas bundle packages are also available! With bundle packages, you can unlock any remaining wings you may have at a discounted real-money price.Purchasing Curse of Naxxramas wings in bundles ensures that you’ll be able to dive into the next challenges as soon as they unlock! Read more ► Modern Combat 5 – HD Launch Trailer     Modern Combat 5 – HD Launch Trailer Gameloft once again demonstrate their prowess in bringing AAA quality console gaming to the palm of our hands with Modern Combat 5: Blackout. Since the first title in the series they’ve brought us epic single player engagements and stunning multiplayer experiences to iOS and Android smart-phones. Modern Combat 5 combines everything they’ve learned while creating the previous titles in the series and brings it together in one astounding AAA package. This is a must-have for any first-person-shooter gamer. 😀 Read more ► Minecraft     Minecraft On PlayStation 4 – HD Announcement Trailer Minecraft on PS4 will feature worlds 36 times bigger than the ones you might be used to on PS3. Existing players will be able to import PS3 saves to the PS4 version, allowing them to continue work on an immense structure or delve even deeper towards the Nether. Making old saves compatible with the newer versions of the game was priority for Mojang and our trusted developer chums at 4J. We value the loyalty of PlayStation fans who bought Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition last year, and want to make things as simple as possible for any early adopters. I’ve experienced the pain of lost progress many times; it’s not cool. For similar reasons, anyone who’s previously bought Playstation 3 Edition will be able to upgrade to Playstation 4 Edition for a small fee. This applies to everyone who’s bought Minecraft digitally and transfers their PSN account to their new console. Our intention is to make this work for the disc version of Minecraft too, but it’s proving a bit trickier to set up. We’ll post more info on this as soon as possible. The clever devs at 4J are also taking advantage of Dualshock 4′s unique features. You’ll be able to navigate all the menus (and craft) by using the touchpad and, of course, share and stream your experiences thanks to PS4′s built-in social thingymabobs. It’s all completely optional, so don’t worry if you’re not keen on moving your thumbs or showing off your skills. There’ll be a heap of Trophies to be earned for the hunters, and a bunch of Sony-specific DLC coming soon after release. Minecraft on PS4 will also support up to eight players online, and up to four of those will be able to log in via one PS4 thanks to the compact convenience of split-screen. I don’t think anyone at Mojang is entirely sure why Minecraft has been quite so successful over the past few years, but all of us have experienced the fun of playing and witnessed it capture the imagination of spectators and backseat gamers, no matter their age or gender. Read more ► République Episode 2: “Metamorphosis” – Official HD Launch Trailer     République Episode 2: “Metamorphosis” – Official HD Launch Trailer Metamorphosis Library: A stunning new environment that pushes iOS to the limit Three Mind-Bending Puzzles: Featuring a collaboration with Kostya Stankevych, creator of Blueprint 3D 3D Map: One of the most requested features come to life, enabled for both EP1 and EP2 ARC Prizrak: New guard type with protective armor and randomized patrols to keep you on your toes New OMNI Abilities: Unlock voyeuristic abilities allowing the visualization of Prizrak through walls and their patrol routes “Special, new, and necessary.” – IGN “A must-play experience in 2014.” – Polygon “Shaping up to be a masterpiece.” – Touch Arcade (5/5) “This is the App Store’s next must-have high-end game.” – CNET “Sets a new benchmark for mobile game quality.” – The Washington Post Intense, thrilling, and topical, République is a stealth-action game that explores the perils of government surveillance in the Internet Age. You receive a desperate call from Hope, a mysterious woman trapped inside an oppressive totalitarian state. By hacking into the nation’s elaborate surveillance network and taking control, you guide Hope through a web of danger and deception across five thrilling episodes. (Purchase future episodes with the discounted Season Pass.) Challenging puzzles and complex strategy are offset by the simplicity of the game’s “One Touch” controls, developed over two years by industry veterans (Metal Gear Solid 4, Halo 4, F.E.A.R., Black & White 2, SOCOM). With striking visuals, a haunting, atmospheric score, and an all-star cast, République is one of the most ambitious games ever developed for iOS. Featuring: Pilot Episode 1: “Exordium” “One Touch” stealth action gameplay Immersive puzzles and strategic choices Advanced AI systems Motion-captured cutscenes Full voiceovers, starring: Rena Strober David Hayter (Metal Gear Solid) Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect, BioShock Infinite) Dwight Schultz (Killer7, Star Trek) Khary Payton (Metal Gear Solid 4) Matthew Mercer (Resident Evil 6) Console-quality facial tech powered by Faceware OMNI View icon art by Cory Schmitz iOS 7 Leaderboards, Achievements and Gamepad support Innovative, interactive developer commentary (in-app purchase) Downloadable “The Making of République” video series (in-app purchase) Fully translated in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Brazilian Portuguese Powered by Unity Funded by the Kickstarter Community Read more ► Leo's Fortune     Leo’s Fortune HD Launch Trailer Leo’s Fortune is currently the Editor’s Choice on in the Games section of the iTunes app store and it’s easy to see why! 😀 Leo’s Fortune is a platform adventure game where you hunt down the cunning and mysterious thief that stole your gold. Beautifully hand-crafted levels bring the story of Leo to life in this epic adventure. “I just returned home to find all my gold has been stolen! For some devious purpose, the thief has dropped pieces of my gold like breadcrumbs through the woods. Despite this pickle of a trap, I am left with no choice but to follow the trail. Whatever lies ahead, I must recover my fortune.” -Leopold VOYAGE through lush environments from mossy forests and arid deserts, to pirate cities and snowy mountains. SURVIVE vicious traps and solve physics-based puzzles through 24 levels of treacherous adventure. FOLLOW the trail of gold and uncover the truth behind Leo’s stolen fortune. Finish Leo’s Fortune to unlock Hard-core Mode: try to beat the whole game without dying to unlock a special prize! Compete with your Game Center friends to beat as many levels as you can in the fastest time possible. Read more ► Hitman GO HD Launch Trailer     Hitman GO HD Launch Trailer Get your daily fix of Agent 47 with this elegant, strategy-based Hitman game! Hitman GO is a turn-based puzzle game with beautifully rendered diorama-style set pieces. You will strategically navigate fixed spaces on a grid to avoid enemies and take out your target or infiltrate well-guarded locations. You really have to think about each move and all the Hitman tools of the trade you would expect are included; disguises, distractions, sniper rifles and even 47’s iconic Silverballers. With Hitman GO, you’ll experience: • Challenging puzzles that put your assassination skills to the test • Beautiful scale model-style visuals • Environments with secret passageways and off-limit areas • Agent 47’s tools of the trade: Distractions, disguises, hiding spots, sniper rifles and even the iconic Silverballers • Different enemy types with unique and deadly behaviours • Different ways of completing each level, silently or forcefully Read more ► Futuridium EP Deluxe – First Gameplay Trailer     Futuridium EP Deluxe – First Gameplay Trailer Developer MixedBag has announced the definitive version of their fast-paced retro shooter, Futuridium EP Deluxe, coming to PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 as a cross buy. As a lone starship pilot lost in a dimensional loop, destroy giant space dreadnoughts to survive in a unique blend of shooting, music, speed, original game mechanics, retro look and psychedelic visuals. New gameplay modes A ton of new levels New mechanics More music More speed Ultra fluid 1080p/60fps action Cross buy PS4 / PSVita And remember: it’s only your lasers, your speed and your reflexes that count to reach the top of the leaderboards! Read more ►