Skylanders Trap Team Level Design is Much Improved

Skylanders Trap Team Villain Hood Sickle

There are many reasons to be thankful for visiting the studio of Toys for Bob, creator of the Skylanders series. One of those reasons is for having the opportunity to get hands-on with Skylanders Trap Team before its release -- and shortly after it had apparently gone gold. Coming out of that hands-on time with the Xbox One and PS4 versions, several things became clear about Trap Team's evolution beyond Swap Force. One that stands out is how much the Skylanders Trap Team level design has improved upon the levels in … [Read more...]

Hands-On with Skylanders Trap Team Kaos Doom Challenge

Skylanders Trap Team Kaos Doom Challenge

Toys for Bob created the Skylanders franchise, giving gamers and Activision's accountants millions of reasons to be thankful. Last year's outing, Swap Force, introduced a creative new way to play the game under the guidance of Vicarious Visions. This year's game, Skylanders Trap Team, includes the new ability to trap more than 40 different mini-bosses in a portable trap. But Toys for Bob had one more trick up their collective sleeve, one I got to experience for myself last week. On a visit to Toys for Bob HQ, I had … [Read more...]

It’s Official: Microsoft Acquires Minecraft Developer Mojang

Minecraft Xbox One

In a $2.5 billion deal announced today, Microsoft acquires Minecraft developer Mojang. The purchase had been rumored for the past week. Microsoft confirmed the transaction today, with Xbox division executives doing the happy dance for being able to earn money off every Minecraft sale, including sales of Minecraft on PS4. Mojang, the Stockholm-based game developer, will join Microsoft Studios by the end of the year. The Mojang acquisition is expected to close in late 2014. Microsoft plans to use its cloud and … [Read more...]

Assassin’s Creed Unity Co-Op Video: 5-Minute Walkthrough

Assassins Creed Unity

Of all the reasons to be excited for Ubisoft's next-gen-exclusive Assassin's Creed game, the Assassin's Creed Unity co-op aspects are near the top of the list. Co-op is nothing new to the Assassin's Creed franchise, but its flavor is a bit different with Unity. Set in a once-magnificent Paris, Assassin's Creed Unity plunges into the terror of the 1789 French Revolution and features the most dense city ever created for an Assassin's Creed game. Through the streets of Paris, the starving inhabitants are set to take … [Read more...]

Destiny Characters from Beta Won’t Carry Over

Destiny screenshot

The Destiny release date is here folks. But before you get riled up to start playing with your Level 10 Guardian from the beta, here's a friendly reminder that you'll have to begin anew in the Destiny character creation process. The Destiny characters from Beta won't carry over to the retail copy you're opening today. Although Bungie announced this about one month ago, it seems people have forgotten the news or are choosing to ignore it in hopes that it was all a bad dream. It wasn't, I'm afraid. Any time you … [Read more...]

The Evil Within Voice Cast Includes Dexter, Watchmen Actors

The Evil Within

We've espoused the survival-horror glories of The Evil Within since Bethesda debuted the game at E3 2013. Since then the game keeps looking better and better, and by all accounts it will sound better and better too. Betehsda has unveiled The Evil Within voice cast, and it's a doozy. With actors from Dexter, Watchmen and Hell on Wheels, among other programs, there's a hefty dose of high-quality voice talent signed up for The Evil Within. The Evil Within is being developed by legendary game designer Shinji Mikami. … [Read more...]

Five Reasons Destiny Has Already Won Game of the Year

Destiny vehicle

PlayStation owners have been clamoring for a Bungie-made game for more than a decade. The developer of Micorosoft's Halo series, Bungie has been seen as a one-trick pony for quite some time. That stereotype will soon be proven wrong, and PlayStation owners will be able to debunk it themselves, when the Destiny release date rolls around on Sept. 9. The hype for Destiny is running at a clip that even a years-old franchise would love to have. Having concluded a successful beta and negotiated a sweet glacier white PS4 … [Read more...]

Contrast Game Review

Contrast Game

It's tempting for a Contrast game review to focus on shadows as a gameplay mechanic, but the references throughout the puzzle platformer go far deeper than that. From its plot and characters to its level design, Contrast uses the difference between light and shadow -- and between upstanding and shadowy people -- to immerse players in a story unlike any platformer to date. That its gameplay is so original would be mere gravy if it weren't such an asset to the finished product. Contrast was one of the first indie games … [Read more...]

Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition Review

Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition

Zombie slaying comes in many forms, though largely tied to guns and melee combat. One of the most uniquely gratifying methods didn't really come into its own until Dead Rising 3: death by automobile. Careening through the streets smashing into the undead was one of the most visceral, enjoyable and novel gifts Dead Rising 3 gave to Xbox One owners. And it was one of the reasons I was most excited to test Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition. Cruising around town careening into zombies is one of the most enjoyable parts of … [Read more...]

Full Forza Horizon 2 Achievements List Revealed

Forza Horizon 2

One of the most addicting parts of an Xbox platform, whether Xbox 360 or Xbox One, is trying to unlock Achievements. Microsoft today took the wraps off the Forza Horizon 2 Achievements list for Xbox One. The open-world racing game is just one month from its Sept. 30 release date. The Forza Horizon 2 Achievements list is diverse in more ways than one. For starters, it underscores just how much there is to do in the game. From single-player to multiplayer options, Forza Horizon 2 looks to have even more to do than the … [Read more...]