Xbox One Price Drop to $349: Is It Back for Good?

Xbox One

The PS4 vs Xbox One battle isn't getting any rosier, but we may have gotten a bit more clarity on Tuesday about which of the players is willing to be more aggressive. Remember Microsoft's temporary Xbox One price drop for the holidays? Well, the company on Tuesday unveiled yet another Xbox One price drop -- back down to $349 -- and this one didn't have the same "limited time offer" caveat. So is the next-gen console now $349 for good? Most likely, yes. Microsoft hasn't sold nearly the number of Xbox One consoles that … [Read more...]

Disney’s Big Hero 6 Blu-ray Flying into Stores in Late February

Big Hero 6 Blu-ray

Disney knows its Big Hero 6 was a great film, so it's no surprise that the animation studio will release the Big Hero 6 Blu-ray Combo Pack just two days after the 2015 Academy Awards. The company clearly has some high expectations for the film's Oscars prognosis, as its sales will go through the roof if the movie wins the Best Animated Film award. And just for good measure, Amazon is running some great Big Hero 6 Blu-ray sale if you get your pre-order in soon. And by "big," we mean "it's around $19 instead of $39. In … [Read more...]

Samsung Smart TVs Get PlayStation Now Game Streaming Service

Samsung TVs PlayStation Now

Sony's apparently sold enough PlayStation 4 consoles. It doesn't need to sell any more, and will instead focus on offering PlayStation videogames through competitors' devices. Competitors in the TV space, that is. At CES last week Sony announced that Samsung Smart TVs will be able to stream videogames directly via Sony's PlayStation Now service. Samsung and Sony have been bitter rivals in the TV battle, but the companies have come together to enable owners of a variety of 2015-model-year Samsung Smart TVs to play … [Read more...]

Street Fighter 5 is Exclusive to PlayStation 4, Says Capcom

PS4 DualShock 4 controller

The third-party results of Sony selling so many PlayStation 4 consoles are starting to take shape one year later. Capcom has announced that Street Fighter 5 will be console exclusive to the PS4, though it will also appear on Windows PC. Adding insult to injury for Xbox One owners, the PS4 and PC versions will support cross-platform online multiplayer. Capcom first showed off Street Fighter 5 at PSX (PlayStation Experience) in December, and the exclusivity news got the PlayStation-loving crowds frothing. To a … [Read more...]

New Skylanders Light and Dark Elements Coming via Expansion Packs

Skylanders Knight Light

The Skylanders franchise has long been popular among kids and families, with a few new gameplay elements being added with each new entry in the series. Now Activision is actually adding new Elements -- note the capital "e" -- via new Skylanders Light and Dark elements that are coming through some new retail expansion packs. Our editor first saw hints of the new Skylanders Light and Dark elements during his hands-on preview time at Toys for Bob earlier this year. But while he could his fellow staffers about it, we … [Read more...]

24 Hours of Le Mans Anchors New Project CARS Tracks

Project Cars PS4 Xbox One

The 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the racing world's most famous circuits, has been announced as one of several new tracks coming to the next-gen racing game Project CARS. Though Le Mans is perhaps better known outside of the United States, another of the new tracks unveiled, Laguna Seca, may be more familiar to U.S. fans. And yes, it's included. Bandai Namco has already stated that Project CARS will cover quite a few regions. For instance, the PS4 and Xbox One racing game will include scenic drives along the French … [Read more...]

FIFA 15 Review

FIFA 15 Review

Yearly sports games are often criticized for either over-compensating changes or not changing enough (besides rosters). FIFA 15 is guilty of neither. Major problems that have plagued the franchise for years finally see their end as the game makes a major move toward realism. Animations Animations have been a growing part of the FIFA series. They are the source of great looks and awful frustrations. FIFA 14 had the most animations of all the games when it came out. When you would press a command button, it resulted … [Read more...]

Sony PlayStation Vue Cloud TV Service Looks to Kill Cable

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Sony this week took the wraps off a new PlayStation Vue cloud TV service that is scheduled to rollout in the first quarter of 2015. A PlayStation Vue beta will begin this month for select PS4 and PS3 owners, letting console owners be the first ones to determine whether the new Sony PlayStation Vue cloud TV service will be a cable TV killer. Sony is clearly going after cable TV and satellite TV providers with PlayStation Vue. Final pricing and package details will be unveiled sometime in Q1 2015, but the company's … [Read more...]

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition Review

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition

With all due respect to the decades-old Star Wars and Indiana Jones, the Lord of the Rings series represents the best franchise entertainment Hollywood can provide. Set to conclude its second trilogy in just over a month, the franchise's latest Blu-ray entry is The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition, a must-own set for fans of The Hobbit films. Not only is it a great product, as we'll spell out in this The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition review, but it's also a perfect primer for December's … [Read more...]

Skylanders Trap Team Review

Skylanders Trap Team screen

My kids and I have adored the Skylanders franchise since it first launched, as have millions of other families. Swap Force was a wild hit in our house, so Skylanders Trap Team was atop the kids' must-play list. I purposefully held this Skylanders Trap Team review to give the kids ample time to play the game and provide their impressions too. After all, Skylanders Trap Team, like all of the games in the series, is fun for parents but will really take off or flop based on the kids' experience. As a parent, I look for a … [Read more...]