LEGO Dimensions: “Endless Awesome” Launch Trailer

Lego Dimensions

What do you get when you cross the Lego Game universe and the functionality of the Skylander-like portal – You get “LEGO Dimensions”.

Catch the Launch trailer here:



Available Sunday, September 27, LEGO Dimensions will allow players to not only experience worlds based on DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie, LEGO Ninjago, Back to the Future, The Wizard of Oz, Scooby-Doo! LEGO Chima, Doctor Who, Jurassic World, Ghostbusters, The Simpsons, Portal and Midway Arcade, but also combine different characters and re-buildable vehicles and gadgets from these worlds in any way that they choose – there are no rules. Imagine Kai, the Ninjago ninja, driving the Mystery Machine through Metropolis or Legolas battling ghosts alongside Homer Simpson in New York!

The LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack includes the videogame, bricks to build the LEGO Gateway, three LEGO Minifigures including Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle, plus the LEGO Batmobile, and the revolutionary LEGO Toy Pad. The Toy Pad allows players to transport LEGO Dimensions minifigures and models into the game, as well as control in-game action and solve puzzles by moving the physical toys. Plus, every LEGO vehicle and gadget in LEGO Dimensions can be physically rebuilt twice, for a total of three different objects, each with unique in-game abilities, which adds massive variety to the gameplay.

Trailer: Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon

Marvel’s less well known team of superheroes the Guardians of the Galaxy are getting the video game/movie combo workover with their upcoming box office debut on August 1, 2014.

Immerse yourself in a completely original storyline inspired by the film, Guardians of the Galaxy, in this sci-fi action role-playing game that takes the Guardians and their allies on an intergalactic adventure to recover the five pieces of The Universal Weapon!

Players will initially take on the role of Star-Lord as he rallies his rag-tag crew—Rocket, Groot, Gamora, and Drax the Destroyer to engage in gesture-based team combat. Follow the story to to unveil the identity of the Guardians’ shadowy nemesis.

In Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon players will be able to:

  • Build a team of Guardians and their allies while directing them in gesture-based real-time battles
  • Go head to head with a roster of villains like Korath, Nebula, and Ronan
  • Unlock an original story inspired by the film and reveal the identity of the Guardians’ shadowy nemesis
  • Dive into 6 inter-galactic worlds with more than 60 unique levels at launch
  • Play through the story in Battle Mode then switch up their team for battle in Arena Mode

Watch the trailer here:

Players can start building their galactic adventure by downloading the game for $4.99 from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Windows Phone Store and for $7.99 on the Windows Store. The game will be launching on the Amazon App Store soon.

Amy Hennig Joins VisceralGames to Work on Star Wars Project

Amy Hennig who was Creative Director and Writer for the #Uncharted series before leaving Naughty Dog last month took to twitter today to announce that she would be joining Visceral Games as Creative Director on a new Star Wars project!

More information can be found here.

Batman: Arkham Knight Announced

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The 3rd and final installment of the highly acclaimed game “Arkham” series was announced yesterday and with it, came a very cool trailer.

The trailer, while cinematic in nature, is absolutely stunning. The character models look to be more realistic in proportions, we get a glimpse of Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Two-Face and…THE FREAKING BATMOBILE! Yes, this time around, the Batmobile..or maybe Tumbler(it looks very reminiscent of the Nolan Tumbler) is in fact a drive-able vehicle. Rocksteady didn’t release a concrete release date but it is confirmed to be hitting XBox One, PS4 and PCs sometime in 2014.

DMC Devil May Cry CG Trailer

I’ve never played a Devil May Cry game, in the long history of the series, crazy right? I mean what is there not to enjoy about fighting Demons and massive combos in a video game. But the trailer for DMC has really caught my attention… Maybe you haven’t seen it yet – watch it here and then we will carry on:

Now that the series is getting a reboot it looks like it’s time I toss my controller in the ring and get in front of the daemon horde. I know what I’m going to do this weekend and you can join the fun, get the demo for DMC Devil May Cry now on the PlayStation Store, and experience the first two levels of the game and face off against the fearsome Succubus boss.

Pre-order now for next weeks launch.

Developer Interview – FIFA 13 Wii U

FIFA 13 on the Wii U

FIFA Soccer 13 – Developer Interview and Hands-on

We got a hands-on demo and Developer Interview for FIFA Soccer 13 for the Wii U. It comes out on November 18th with the launch of the Wii U itself.  FIFA 13 could be the big surprise at the Wii U’s launch as it blends new gameplay and core FIFA controls extremely well.

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FIFA fans that have played the game on other consoles will be in familiar territory as the controller allows you to play as you would on the PS3 or Xbox360.   The Wii U’s touch-screen adds new elements like touch-screen shooting and very interesting options for the Manager Mode.

You can set up passes and draw routes for AI team members on the gamepad and interact with players at half-time from the controller.

We talk to Mat, Producer with EA to learn more.  He was very informative and we had the chance to learn quite a bit about FIFA Soccer 13 and the Wii U.

Thanks to Mat and EA.

FIFA 13 Wii U Manager Mode

3DS Holiday Line-up

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Nintendo 3DS Holiday Games

Hands-on Previews from the Nintendo 2012 Holiday Event

When we checked out the Nintendo Holiday Event this past Month in Toronto, we had a chance to take a close look at some new and upcoming games for the Nintendo 3DS.

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The Nintendo 3DS had its own room at the Nintendo 2012 Holiday Event and Paige ran to it as soon as we got in.  Let’s go over the 3DS titles we looked at:

Pokemon Dream Radar – Creatures, Inc. and Nintendo

This game or rather an experience is rated E for everyone and is already out in the Nintendo eShop, Pokemon Dream Radar is a cool little AR experience.  Basically you  collect rare Pokemon by shooting them out of the environment around you.

Style Savvy: Trendsetters – Nintendo

Ok, so I know a whole bunch of you out there always dreamed of being the next fashion mogul or trendy boutique owner…you know who you are.  Well, if you have a 3DS, your dreams have been answered.  Paige gets a hands-on for Style Savvy: Trendsetters thats rated E for everyone and already out on the 3DS.You dress up your customers and unlock new areas in town as you go.  You can also download new fashions and more.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star – Intelligent Systems and Nintendo

Paper Mario: Sticker Star is out November 11th for the Nintendo 3DS.  That’s right, Paper  Mario is back for more action and this game should be familiar to fans of the Paper Mario series.  You’ll gain experience collecting stickers and use them in turn-based battle.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Nintendo

As an old school Mario fan-boy, try to stop me from playing some New Super Mario Bros. 2 already available for the 3DS.  It reminded me of playing the previous title on the Wii, I had fun playing this solid platformer.  It’s also good to see the Super Leaf back again.

Crashmo – Intelligent Systems

We both really liked playing Crashmo.  It’s the sequel to Pushmo that’s set to be released in the Nintendo eSop on November 22nd.  The idea is simple, push and move blocks around to reach the top.  The levels increase in difficulty and in Crashmo, there’s a few cool gravity mechanics and other gameplay twists that add to the fun.

Fluidity: Spin Cycle – Curve Studios and Nintendo

Fluidity: Spin Cycle will be available in the eShop on December 27th.  In this fun puzzle game you take control of a little puddle of water as you move through mazes by tilting the 3DS.  You`ll need to master changes of state as you change to ice or vapor to move forward.

Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! – Asobism and Nintendo

We also looked at Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! It’s available on the 3DS on November 5th .  Players make characters called Formees to explore and complete missions.  Freakyforms Deluxe adds multiplayer and new areas to interact in.

We had a lot of fun trying out new and upcoming Nintendo 3DS titles.  Thanks to Nintendo.

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Nintendo Wii U Holiday Event

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Nintendo Wii U 2012 Holiday Event – Toronto, ON

Nintendo knows how to throw a party, and they didn’t pull any punches when getting ready for the 2012 Holiday Season.  The Wii U is the little Nintendo device with a very neat looking controller that’s on everyone’s minds.  Will the WIi U help Nintendo compete with Xbox and PlayStation in the coming year?

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First, let’s take a closer look at the Wii U itself:

  • The Wii U will display games in HD.
  • The Wii U is backwards compatible with your Wii controllers
  • The Wii U controller has a touchscreen, camera and 2 analogue sticks.
  • The Wii U will be available in 2 different models each at a different price.
  • The Wii U Basic is white, comes with 8 GB of internal storage and will retail for $299.99.
  • The Wii U Deluxe is black and will retail for $349.99. It includes 32 GB of memory, Nintendo Land, a charging station and stands for the Wii U controller and console.

Now on to the Wii U launch titles we checked out….

Nintendo Land

Nintendo Land aims to be that party game that also demonstrates and teaches you how to use the Wii U controller.  Think of it like Wii Sports for the Wii U, but the game seems more complete than a simple collection of mini games.  Nintendo Land launches with the Wii U.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Take to the mushroom kingdom in HD with New Super Mario Bros. U.  You can bring your own Mii into the mix this time around and a 5th player can join in on the Wii U Controller to help the other players.  We had a good time with this one and the platforming was as solid as you would expect from a Mario game.

Scribblenauts Unlimited

Scribblenauts Unlimited is from 5th Cell and WB Games and is available for the Wii U on November 18th.  Scribblenauts is even bigger this time around and with more recognized words and items to play with than ever before.  Paige even helps demonstrate how the spell check can kick in and help out…could have been me just as easy.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

Epic Mickey 2, The Power of Two from Junction Point and Disney Interactive is also out on November 18th  You can play drop-in/drop-out co-op with a friend  and the colors look great in HD.

FIFA Soccer 13

FIFA Soccer 13 makes its way to the WIi U and will be available at launch.  The Wii U controller adds new options for both gameplay and in management modes.  We got a close look at how the controller adds to the gameplay in this title.

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors Edge

Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge from Techmo and Team Ninja was also on display.  Usethe Wii U control to select weapons, trigger Ninpo and more.  Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge will be available November 18th as another launch title exclusively for the Wii U.

Zombi U and Black Ops II

I took aim at Zombi U from Ubisoft and how players can take out Zombies from a distance using the Wii U controller.  Call of Duty Black Ops II, is also out for the Wii U on November 18th and brings this intense first-person shooter to a new audience now that Nintendo is HD.  Will the control pad add to the gameplay?  Don’t look for killstreaks either…at least not by that name..here they are called scorestreakes.

Kirby’s Dream Collection (Wii)

We tried out Kirby’s Dream Collection that’s already been released on the Wii.  Kirby fans rejoice! This 20th Anniversary collection from Hal Laboratory and Nintendo includes 6 Kirby titles.

3DS Games

There was also a room for new and upcoming 3DS games.  We checked out a bunch of 3DS and DS games while we were there.  Pokemon Dream Radar and Style Savvy: Trend Setters got Paige’s attention while I really liked playing Crashmo, sequel to Pushmo and New Super Mario Bros. 2

We also played Paper Mario: Sticker Star set to be released on November 11th 2012

The Nintendo Holiday Event was fun this year…and the upcoming Wii U release on November 18th has us asking a lot of questions.  I can’t wait to see more as developers find ways to take advantage of the unique controls.

Thanks to Nintendo and to the attending developers.

Nintendo 2012 Holiday Event

Psy Gangnam Style is coming to Just Dance 4

Today Ubisoft release news that South Korean Music sensation Psy’s Gangnam Style will be available as DLC for Just Dance 4. Now unless you’ve been under a rock or living with out electricity for the last couple of months you’ve either seen, heard or watched Psy TV or the internet. Gangnam Style has ranked up over 480 Million (yes 480 Million) views on YouTube and the video have launched parodies and covers from the likes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Oregon Ducks Marching Band and the Stratford Festival Casts of 42nd St and Pirates of Penzance.

Psy was quoted in the Ubisoft release as saying “Gangnam Style and Just Dance 4, I can’t wait to see all the YouTube videos”.

Imagine this in your living room – maybe with a few less Horses…

Oppa Gangnam Style!

Gangnam Style will be available in November 2012. Download details and pricing will be similar to previous Just Dance DLC. For the latest information on Just Dance 4, please visit: www.justdancegame.com.

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Developer Interviews – Skylanders Giants and LittleBigPlanet Karting

Developer Interviews - Skylanders Giants and LittleBigPlanet Karting

Developer Interviews – Skylanders Giants and LittleBigPlanet Karting

From the Sony PlayStation 2012 Holiday Event in Toronto, Canada

Welcome to our Developer Interview Double Feature.  We focus on games that little ones can play but are still fun for more experienced players.  We present Hands-on demos and Developer Interviews for the upcoming titles, Skylanders Giants and LittleBigPlanet Karting.

The recent Sony PlayStation Holiday Event here in Toronto provided the perfect venue to learn more about these titles

Skylanders Giants:

Skylanders Giants, from Activision and Toys for Bob is out for the PS3, Xbox360 Wii and 3DS on October 21st 2012.  A Wii U version is available on November 18th, 2012.   It continues and builds upon the gameplay style of Skylander’s Spyro Adventure.  In Skylanders Giants you get to play as…you guessed it Giants!

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Using the portal you change out characters on the fly, making use of their specific abilities and upgrades and all the information is stored on the figures.  I love how it doesn’t take batteries and the newly added advanced difficulty levels should add to the replayability.  Check out what Lou, Production Coordinator for Skylander’s Giants has to say.

LittleBigPlanet Karting:

Rated E for everyone and out on November 6th 2012, LittleBigPlanet Karting or LBPK combines the Play, create and share concept of LittleBigPlanet with kart racing action and gameplay we’re already familiar with.

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Developers from United Front Games worked with Media Molecule to bring this fun, accessible and creative kart racer exclusively to the PS3.  An adventure spanning over 25 levels over a few Planets and online play and sharing can be found here.  LittleBigPlanet Karting gives you up to 4 player multiplayer locally and up to 8 races online.

We get a chance to talk with Nick, Gameplay Designer for LittleBigPlanet Karting to get the low-down.