Category Archives: Video Games

Microsoft looking to buy Electronic Arts

There may not be a company that had a tougher year than Electronic Arts did in 2017. Does that mean the firm might be on the block? Reports began surfacing on Monday afternooon that EA might be up for sale and the company that might buy them is Microsoft.

The deal makes quite a bit of sense for both entities, which probably means it’s not going to go through. For Microsoft, it would allow them a studio that could put together quite a few Xbox only games. For EA, it would mean that they are teaming up with one of the titans of the video game world. They might also be able to repair some of the problems we’ve seen in the last few years if there was another set of eyes looking at the products EA is pushing out there and telling someone they need to be rethought.

The two firms are a couple of the biggest in the video game world. As Polygon points out, Microsoft could likely make the purchase of EA without making much of a dent into their profits. The firm that has just launched the Xbox One X is valued at somewhere in the neighborhood of $130 billion. EA, on the flipside carries a value of about $35 billion.

Those are big dollar values being through around, but in what is becoming very big video game business, it appears as though EA could be had by Microsoft for chump change. It should be pointed out that rumors about takeovers like this are almost always going strong this time of year. There are some rumblings that have made this set of rumors seem to have a bit more traction underneath them. When you’re talking about Microsoft’s cash and EA’s PR problems, a sale could indeed be on the horizon.

Spider-Man release date might have been leaked

Since the Spider-Man game for the PS4 was first shown off, the gaming public has been salivating thinking about when they might finally be able to get their hands on it. The graphics were top of the line, the story seemed to be one that no one had seen before, so it wasn’t something that people knew what was coming.

The action sequences especially were getting people very excited to play a super hero game for the first time in a very long time. The only problem was that nobody knew when they were going to be able to get their hot little hands on the game.

Spider-Man was once again showcased at a number of different gaming conventions in the last year, all making people think this was a game they would really like to play, whenever it comes out. While we still don’t have an official release date from the developers themselves, we might have a hint on when we could expect the game.

There have been plenty of people who have thought that the earliest we would see this new super hero game would be in early 2019. That was based mostly on the fact that it looked awfully in depth and no one had heard about it before it was shown off at E3.

Now a leak from the retailer Cool Shop, might just have the official release date. According to a listing from that store, we can expect the game to hit shelves on September 28, 2018. Cool Shop, according to Gaming Bolt is a retailer that can be leaned on for the truth more often than not. That date would also make sense because it would be the beginning of the fall flurry of new games. Until the developers confirm the date, we’ll just have to hold out hope.

Video Game Movies Have the Potential to be The Next Big Thing in the Industry

One thing that has been common throughout the history of Hollywood is trends. There have been plenty of trends coming and going in Hollywood. One example of a trend is the Western. For a time, westerns have come out and dominated the big screen. They have since been taken into the background. While there is still a western film every once in a while, there are more films with a western influence that are not necessarily the old frontier movies. Right now, the current trend is the comic book film. However, people are anticipating its slow down.

This begs the question as to what is next after the comic book movie. A little bit of attention is being brought to the video game movie. Many people are doubting that there is going to be a huge rise of video game movies due to the low quality of the adaptations. As a matter of fact, there is something known as the video game movie curse. However, this is not that different from an age of comic book movies when they were not so good either. For one thing, comic book movies were handled by people that didn’t really care much for the source material. The same can be said right now for video game movies.

There are a couple of video game movies that are coming out. One of them is a Tomb Raider Reboot. The other is Rampage starring Dwayne Johnson. In all honesty, neither of them look like the movies that are going to break the video game movie curse. However, there is still hope. All that is needed is for some of the video game properties to be put in the right hands.

Madden NFL 18 Predicts Super Bowl Winner

It’s that time of year again. With just one week until the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s time to see what the people at EA Sports have to say about the outcome of the game. As it has done for several years in a row now, the latest version of the Madden NFL video game took a crack at predicting who was going to win the Super Bowl.

As has been the case for most of these simulations, the Super Bowl is projected to be pretty close if the Madden version is to be trusted. As Polygon points out, most of the of the games in the Madden series have come down to the last play. This year is no different.

Madden NFL 18 claims that the Patriots are going to beat the Eagles thanks to a last second touchdown with a final score of 24-20. That score is somewhat popular in the annals of the Madden series as it has also projected a team would win 24-20 in two other Super Bowls. The game was sealed for the Pats when their defense knocked down a last second hail mary pass from Nick Foles to Alshon Jeffery.

In the 2015 version of the game, it was a hail mary pass that allowed the winning team to pull victory from the jaws of defeat. That hail mary pass meant that the winning team managed to squeak out a 28-24 victory.

There have been times when Madden has been oddly on track with its predictions. Other times they are quite a ways off what really happened. No video game could have predicted what the Patriots had to do in order to rally to victory against the Atlanta Falcons. As another celebration of the Super Bowl, the digital download of Madden NFL 18 has been deeply discounted.

Nintendo Switch Explodes to 10 Million Units Sold.

If you were going to crown a ‘gaming industry champion’ for 2017, that title would have to go to Nintendo for their work developing the Switch. The Nintendo Switch exploded out of nowhere to become one of the best-selling consoles on the market as well as one of the most innovative. In fact, during just the first nine months that the console has been on the market more than 10 million units have been sold. Not shipped. Sold. These incredible numbers only begin to paint the picture that is Nintendo’s big year.

A big reason for Nintendo’s success has been their willingness to put out strong titles within their original IP while being willing to open up to third-party developers. Highlights from the first year of the Switch include Zelda: Breath of the Wild as well as Mario Odyssey. Both titles are going to be competing for the coveted ‘Game of the Year’ award from several major gaming publications, but they only begin to tell the story that Nintendo has been weaving.

This year we have seen a concentrated effort from Nintendo to expand their library and thus expand their audience. This has meant that Nintendo has been more open to accepting titles for older audience son their main console, the Nintendo Switch. Ports of big titles like Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, as well as a remake of Doom, has further cemented Nintendo’s status as an industry titan for every demographic of gamer.

While Nintendo fans are already celebrating the monster year that their favorite company has had, they should instead be looking ahead to what is to come. Nintendo has put down a serious lineup of releases over the next six months that should push the Nintendo Switch into legendary status in terms of sales and gaming library.

Companies like Microsoft and Sony are struggling not to keep up in terms of sales but in terms of breadth of innovation. While Microsoft and Sony continue to try and work with motion control, the Nintendo Switch has already set the standard.

Pokemon Go brings More Legendary Pokemon!

Niantic surely has a full plate on their hands as gamers eagerly await each and every new addition to the game. Niantic has been developing their augmented reality game, Pokemon Go, for the better part of a year and a half and they are showing no signs of slowing down — despite taking on another huge title, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Fans of Pokemon Go got to get their hands on a variety of Legendary Pokemon this year, including all of the legendary dogs and legendary birds, and now Niantic is bringing out another fan-favorite: Groudon.

Ho-Oh was the most recent legendary Pokemon to be released through the raid-system but that is now no longer the case. Groudon is the first Legendary Pokemon to be added to the game from Gen 3 and you’ll need one heck of a team in order to capture him. All legendaries are only available as Raid Battles at your nearby gyms. In order to get your hands on a Groudon, you have to be in the right place at the right time and with the right partners. Right now, it is announced that Groudon will be available until January 15th, 2018. You have to be looking at gyms at 1PM PT in order to get the chance to battle him.

While Groudon is making the headlines as the newest legendary Pokemon, he is far from the only new addition to the game. The developers at Niantic have been busy trying to put together some more immersion improving systems into their title. Most recently, Niantic released a dynamic weather system that allows trainers to capture Pokemon based on the weather in their particular part of the world. The weather system should have a huge impact on how trainers battle, train, and capture their Pokemon. Certain weather elements will bring out certain Pokemon while others might get a type-advantage during battles.

With so much activity going on to bring 2017 to a close, we can only imagine that Niantic has many more ideas to come. Time to go capturing, trainers!

Super Mario Run Tops List of Most Downloaded Games on iOS Store.

We are seeing a real push toward making mobile gaming a legitimate option for authentic gamers. When we say authentic gamers, we explicitly mean gamers who want a high-quality experience from their mobile phones without catering to constant micro-transactions. In 2017 there were several notable titles that came out in order to fundamentally change the way that we look at mobile gaming as a platform. Among those games, these were the top sellers.

Starting off the list, Super Mario Run made Nintendo a happy mobile-gaming company. Nintendo’s first Mario mobile-app set records in terms of downloads and still holds the title as the top downloaded free game on the entire platform. Super Mario Run allows gamers the chance to traverse through several different but familiar game types as they collect coins, unlock items and decorate their own kingdom. While the game is ostensibly free, Super Mario Run hides most of its features behind a small one-time payment of $9.99. If you are a mobile gamer and want a deep and intuitive mobile Mario game, the price is well worth it

In the ‘paid games’ section, Minecraft once again ranked as one of the highest grossing titles on the application store. Minecraft is one of the biggest gaming sensations in the world and it continues to buck trends by finding more and more success. Mobile Minecraft brings everything you love about the PC version of the title and puts that power right into your pockets. Further down the list of top-grossing games, you will find titles like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as well as Terraria and even Assassins Creed.

Despite the initial instinct to scoff at mobile gaming as a viable platform, recent trends have shown that people are getting more and more into the platform. With the release of the iPhone X as well as Google’s own mobile phones, we are likely going to see several big mobile releases throughout 2018 to further push the hardware and market forward.

Square Enix Unloads Some BIG News!

Square Enix should be considered gaming royalty by this point, thanks in large part to their work on the historic ‘Final Fantasy’ video game series. Square Enix hasn’t been afraid to consistently evolve with the changing of time and this means that they’ve been willing to port old Final Fantasy titles onto new platforms, remake popular titles, and even stray away from their core title. In short, Square Enix is willing to do what it takes to bring FF to their biggest fans. That is why Square Enix surprised no one, but made EVERYONE happy, with the announcement of a Final Fantasy 7 Remake for the PS4.

Square Enix has been relatively mum about how they are going to go about remaking FF7 for the PS4 but what we do know is that it will be more than just a simple port, it will be a complete remake of the historic title. Square Enix has let loose a few hints throughout the past few weeks that have made fans start to wonder if FF7 might even be released in a cinematic, episodic format. Square Enix has always been revered for their ability to spin a story and this kind of port makes a lot of sense.

Yosuke Matsuda is the president at Square Enix and he opened up in an interview with The Telegraph about the future of some of their major properties. In that interview, Matsuda revealed that Square Enix is also focusing on bringing about big things for the Nintendo Switch, as well. Matsuda said, “The really great thing for us is to see how the Switch is selling so well, it’s doing incredibly well, which is nothing but a good thing for us.”

While fans are rightly looking forward to Final Fantasy 7’s remake, fans should also keep in mind that Square Enix is not planning on stopping the main thrust of their franchise. It looks like we have many FF titles coming in the ensuing years, and that should excite every gaming fan.

Imposter iOS Cuphead Game Runs Amok

There was a bit of a hiccup in the iOS world when a seemingly innocent version of the popular run and gun action game called Cuphead decided to show up for sale in the app store. Well, that version just so happened to be a major scam that ripped off a lot of people. The iOS version of the imposter looked totally legit, there were screenshots of the real game and they even bothered to list the real developers of Cuphead, StudioMDHR. With a very keen eye you would have noticed that the fake iOS game app links its page to “studiomdhrgames.com” instead of the developers main web domain, “studiomdhr.com.” If you were one of the people that did purchase this game, you would see “StudioMDHR Entertainment Inc.”, which is incorrect as well.

The webpage that the fake game app links to is not owned by anyone that works for the real Cuphead developers. Its registered to a person by the name of Walter Gregor that live in Washington. The real StudioMDHR site is uses privacy guard software services as it should, since it’s a legit company. StudioMDHR posted a tweet on Twitter to acknowledge that they’re indeed aware of the fake game app in the iOS store. They also told their followers that “we are working on removing the fraudulent app ASAP!” The buyers that were scammed can actually play the game on their device but it’s not quite the same as the touch controls are way off, the background graphics are low-res and the motion of the animation is wonky. People are still scratching their heads as to how Apple let this imposter slide through and into their iOS store.

Experiencing Star Wars Beyond the Movies

Star Wars is now considered one of the cultural phenomenons. However, many fans experience Star Wars beyond the movies. Among the content they experience the franchise through are the stories that have gone beyond the movies. However, the official movies that come after Episode VI have been met with a mixed reception. One of the forms of mixed receptions is that the stories are a lot different from the other stories that have been written. However, novels are not the only way Star Wars is experienced other than movies, people also play video games featuring either Star Wars characters from the movie or new characters.

One of the most recent games is Battlefront II. The Battlefront Saga is one of the most popular video game franchises. The game has good visuals and a lot of good action. This game will keep the gamer interested from the beginning until the end of the game. However, one thing that the developer of Battlefront is doing is bringing forth some changes to the game economy. There are a lot of drastic changes that are coming that is going to help with the disconnect between progress and gameplay. Therefore, a lot of improvements are to be expected in the experience.

This is one of the most exciting aspects of gaming these days. People are able to get updates to the games without having to buy another CD or pay full price for another copy. Often times when a game is finished, there is a need for revisions to the engine and the game as a whole. While this is common practice with today’s gaming systems, this goes all the way back to the 90s with the Street Fighter II updates. One of the best things about these updates is that it keeps the games relevant for a little longer than it would’ve been without the updates.