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Mortal Kombat X is coming to mobile devices

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Mortal Kombat X is little over a month away and like with Injustice: Gods Among Us, MKX will be heading to mobile platforms. The game will be available on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android devices next month and the game will be free to play. 

Just like the Injustice game, the console and mobile versions of Mortal Kombat X will feature cross connectivity and will feature exclusive rewards that can only be unlocked by playing both versions. For Injustice, playing the mobile game unlocked a Arkham City outfit for Harley Quinn and playing the console version would get you in game cash for the mobile version. I have a feeling that we will see similar rewards for Mortal Kombat X

NetherRealm Studios released a trailer for the game and while there wasn't much gameplay, it does look like it indeed will be another version of the Injustice mobile game and the WWE Immortals game that was released this past January. 

I played a lot of the Injustice mobile game when it was released years ago. Unfortunately, the game does get to a point where it is almost impossible to beat unless you grind for years or pay to unlock high powered cards. Either way, earning the rewards for the console version is pretty fast so you don't have to worry about grinding forever to get them. 

Critical Path: 5 years of videos taking on the issue of games as art

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Artifact Studios has released 5 years worth of videos (that's 46 new videos today and 280 videos in total) in its Critical Path documentary project about the artistic side of games.

You can find them all on the Critical Path YouTube channel where you'll be presented with a multitude of relatively short videos featuring many luminaries in the games development industry.  If you've never watched any Critical Path videos, I've included four videos, each featuring a different speaker, so you can get started on the whole set. Try not to think so hard about the fact that they're are 280.

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Battlefield Hardline Premium announced

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EA and Visceral Games have announced a new $50 membership program coming to their cops and robbers shooter, Battlefield Hardline.

The program, titled Battlefield Hardline Premium, will give members new features such as masks with unique gameplay benefits, a gun bench to visually customize weapons and track kills, access to premium-only tournaments and ladders, and legendary status which will provide extra replayability.

What's more, members will also receive monthly rewards and access to exclusive in-game events and items while getting two weeks early access to all expansion packs.

Battlefield Hardline is slated for release on March 17, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. 

The zombies... are coming... and they’re Nazis!

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Imagine what would have happened if during the final moments of World War II, Hitler had one special trump card in his deck that he could have pulled and turned the tide of battle. What if he had the capability to raise a legion of undead super soldiers to push his interest(s) across Europe? Rebellion is going to paint that exact picture this week when Zombie Army Trilogy launches on the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Available both digitally and at retail, Zombie Army Trilogy is the followup to what became a cult classic on the PC scene with the game’s original two episodes. Those chapters have been remastered for the new release and a fresh, third chapter has been created that will see how well you and your friends will fare against those undead hordes.

You can check out the trailer for the game below which will give you an idea of just what the package has in store for you this week.

 

Helldrivers prepares to drop and destroy your friendships

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There is something funny about the modern cooperative games: they are all rainbows and unicorns in terms of the interaction between players. Friendly fire is a thing of the past and everyone just plays alongside each other. That won’t be the case with Helldivers on the various PlayStation platforms. This is true cooperative play, we’re your success depends on you watching the backs of your fellow soldiers and one wrong bullet can take them out as easily as it can an enemy.

The game looks like one that is truly for the hardcore. It can be incredibly difficult and working alongside your team and being mindful of them is the key to survival. The game will support Cross Buy for all versions, meaning one purchase nets you a copy for the PS3, PS4 and the Vita, plus you can play alongside other players across platforms.

You can check out the launch trailer for the game below and look forward to picking up the game when it launches on the PlayStation Network Store tomorrow evening.

 

Now Loading for the week of 03/02/2015

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This week is primarily one for the digital fans with most of the new games being distributed through online stores. The one retail title belongs to Microsoft’s camp with ScreamRide for both the 360 and Xbox One; part Rollercoaster Tycoon, part sadistic torture simulator, it looks absolutely insane as you build your own rollercoasters and send a group of thrillseekers on the ride of their lives. Cooperative fans will want to keep an eye on Helldivers on the various Sony platforms which will test players ability to watch each other’s back in battle.

What are you grabbing this week?

  • Crimsonland for PS3 (via PSN, Cross Buy enabled)
  • Helldivers for PS3, PS4 and Vita (via PSN, Cross Buy enabled)
  • La-Mulana EX for Vita (via PSN)
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars for Wii U and 3DS
  • OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood for PS4 and Vita (via PSN)
  • Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines for Vita (via PSN)
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Episode 2 for PC, 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4 
  • ScreamRide for Xbox One and 360
  • Shiftlings for PS4 (via PSN)
  • White Night for Xbox One, PS4 and PC
  • Zombie Army Trilogy for PC, Xbox One and PS4

Weekend News Roundup - 03/01/2015

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2/27/2015

HTC and Valve work together to bring you the HTC Vive, a VR HMD

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Virtual reality and head mounted displays are going to be a big focus at GDC this week, but at the Mobile World Conference, HTC announced their take on the HMD. It's not just them though as they are partnering with Valve Software on this one.

The HTC Vive is a little different than the Oculus Rift. Instead of one display split between each eye, the Vive has two 1200x1080 displays that runs at 90Hz. A headphone jack will let you plug in your favorite headset. 

An array of sensors in the Vive will be used to track your position and orientation. You'll be able to pair the Vive up with two base stations, which will let you walk around in a room. Oculus has cameras that help with this in their latest unit, but I'm wondering if HTC is using something similar to the STEM System which relies on magnetics to track position and orientation. I've read that the base stations put invisible markers around the room and the IR reflectors on the Vive pick up said markers for tracking purposes.

HTC even teases a custom controller to be used with the Vive, but there aren't any pictures or more information on this yet. Maybe GDC can shed some light on what they're talking about.

Plans are right now that HTC and Valve will release a Developer's Edition sometime in the Spring and then the final commercial version in the Fall of this year. Yeah, I'm skeptical that Valve can deliver something on time as well, but let's hope they do. Also, no pricing was announced yet, so there's also that big thing to factor in.

The HTC Vive sounds very promising and something I'm looking forward to getting my hands, or eyes, on. There's some good tech on paper and this could be the first product in a long line of products announced to get VR into the hands of everyone.

Sonic 3 & Knuckles on mobile devices? I could get behind that

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As much as I'm not a fan of using a cell phone or tablet's touch screen as a controller for platforming games, I occasionally enjoy a round of Sonic CD on my Galaxy S4 as it's one of my favorite games in the series.  Right now we have access to Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Sonic CD, all remastered for mobile devices with HD widescreen support and new features...but something's missing to round out the set.

Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley, the producers of the other three remastered Sonic games, have created a prototype version of Sonic 3 & Knuckles for mobile devices that, like the other games, offer new features.  Sonic 3 Remastered will feature an enhanced story, new Blue Sphere stages, and new single player stages based off of the 2-Player competitive stages.  You can find more info over at the Sonic 3 Remastered website.

What We're Playing: Hand of Offworld Trading Fate

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TwitchCon debuts in San Francisco this September 25 and 26. Music producer/fashionista Kanye West is now also a video game developer. And, at this price for this much product, Microsoft is pretty much giving away Xbox Ones.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey, staff writer, @NeoScyther
With Majora's Mask 3D behind me I'll be finally getting back to Knights of the Old Republic.  I haven't touched it in about a week so I'm still lurking around the Sewers apparently looking for a Rancor. So far I'm having fun with the game...aside from Carth needing a steady supply of medkits.

Sean Colleli, staff writer, @scolleli
It's really crappy, cold and snow-saturated outside. When this happens I play a game in a stiflingly, unbearably hot environment, so this weekend I'll finally get back to the Old West deserts of Red Dead Redemption and hopefully finish it. I will also be starting Republique Remastered for my upcoming review.

Chapel Collins, staff writer, @ChapelCollins
Last weekend, I was playing Battlefront II like a maniac. I just discovered Strike Suit Zero, one of the free games on the Xbox One at some point in the last few months and realized it was a space combat simulator, the great lost genre. I imagine that is where most of time will be sunk this weekend, and I'll probably finally get around to playing the Dark Souls II DLC.

Jeremy Duff, senior staff writer, @Duff3c
This weekend I will continue to test the deck as I see what the Dealer has in store for me in Hand of Fate. This game is truly one of a kind and an incredibly original idea that is very well executed. If I do have some free time on my hands, I will undoubtedly head back into Bayonetta 2 in an attempt to up my mission ranks on some of the earlier stages I sucked at.

Randy Kalista, staff writer, @RandyKalista
I've left my Gaming Nexus Game Club fellows in the lurch for too long, so I'm taking Knights of the Old Republic off the backburner and fending off beasties in the Undercity. I've been having too much fun playing with my still-new-to-me PS4, and I'm understanding why The Last of Us (I'm playing the Remastered version) has been labeled by many critics as the game of the generation. Stellar dramatic pacing, great story beats, and a pseudo father-daughter duo that—we'll see—may win me over even more than The Walking Dead's Lee and Clementine.

Rob Larkin, staff writer, @Rob_GN
I started Dragon Age: Inquisition last weekend and was underwhelmed. I think I made a poor choice of characters and am going to give it a fresh start this weekend. I'm ready for a new challenge in FIFA 15 and am going to take my manager career to a tougher league. And I'm going to start on a preview of Offworld Trading Company. I've only so far watched some developer videos about the game but it looks like it might hit the sweet spot for some shorts bursts of tactical gaming.