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Friday, January 31, 2014

01/31/2014 - FPS Creater Reloaded adds Oculus Rift Support
FPS Creator Reloaded adds Oculus Rift Support

Today's new Reloaded Beta launch sees the Oculus Rift device as an integral part of FPS Creator Reloaded. With a copy of FPS Creator Reloaded and an Oculus Rift headset users can create their own game worlds and explore them immediately in full immersive Virtual Reality.

Any game made in FPS Creator Reloaded can be saved out as a standalone executable and then, combined with the Oculus Rift headset, you can experience what you've made in glorious stereoscopic. The scene pops out at you in the Rift and brings you closer and more personal to the action.

Oculus Rift users are no longer restricted by what other developers are creating. "Ever since the Oculus Rift was announced we knew it would be a great companion to FPS Creator Reloaded. Gamers will have loads of fun creating levels and exploring them with the Oculus Rift." said Rick Vanner, Development Director at The Game Creators.

Development of FPS Creator Reloaded continues apace. Along with Oculus Rift support the new BETA V1.005 includes many new features including Saving standalone games, improved AI, 3D editing mode, player controls, blood and damage indicators, flash light and many smaller fixes and improvements.

"Creating games within your own virtual reality is like nothing you'll have experienced before. The sense of immersion you get from the Oculus Rift is unbelievable" commented Lee Bamber, CEO and lead developer.

The FPS Creator Reloaded official website:

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01/30/2014 - New Castlevania LOS 2 Soundtrack Information
Highly Anticipated Title Uses Largest Ever Orchestra for a Video Game Soundtrack

As Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. gears up for the launch of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on February 25, the publisher has released a special video showcasing the recording of the game's orchestral soundtrack at the iconic Abbey Road studios in London.
The new footage captures Dave Cox, Producer of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and Studio Head of European Production for Konami Digital Entertainment B.V., as he oversees the production of the game's soundtrack alongside composer Oscar Araujo. The acclaimed Araujo returns to the series following the stunning reception to his Lords of Shadow score, and has produced an epic soundtrack for the new game.

Dave Cox details how he was introduced to Oscar, and how the talented Spaniard has worked closely with the game to produce a musical 'heart' that is a fitting conclusion to the critically acclaimed series. The video also features exclusive footage taken from the recording, while Araujo himself details the methodology he uses in the creation of the game's soundtrack.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 soundtrack features the largest orchestra ever used in the production of a video game, and spanned several weeks of recording. Araujo's soundtrack has been designed to showcase the conflict Dracula feels, and the composer details why Abbey Road was important to the soundtrack for the PlayStation®3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC platforms.

To view the video, please visit:

For more information, please visit: www.konami-castlevania.com

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01/31/2014 - Jets 'n' Guns Now Available on Steam
Jets'n'Guns now available on Steam

Prague, Czech Republic – 31th February, 2014

Independent team Rake In Grass is proud to inform you about releasing of our game Jets'n'Guns on Steam

Jets'n'Guns will be released on Steam at 5th February 2014.

Jets'n'Guns GOLD is a heavy piece of ground shaking rock blasting action with graphics and special effects that will blow you eyes out! Enjoy yourself in almost-insane action adventure of saving the universe from the deadly threat of more than 270 unique monsters in the campaign of 43 levels. Stand as one-against-many armed with tons of different weapons of a devastating armament fitted into one of the awesome spaceships.

The main game features:

- 43 levels full of thrilling action, shooting and demolition
- more than 270 unique enemies including 16 boss monsters
- 70 different weapons
- upgrade your ship with 20 special devices
- superior graphic and particle effects enhancing the destruction
- more than one hour of breathtaking original soundtrack
- new scenario in every level (deep space, jungle, undersea, lava planet...)
- fly in 12 different vessels, even in a horrible boss ship
- combination of weapons give hundreds of possibilities how to equip your shipsounds and sound-effects just like from a Hollywood movie

The game will be available for Windows PC, Mac OS X and Linux. The release date is set to 5th February 2014.

More info at

Game's official site:

Youtube trailer:

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

01/30/2014 - Sega Announces 2014 Virtua Fighter Tournament

Annual “SEGA CUP” in Partnership with Level|Up Enters Its Second Year

SAN FRANCISCO– January 30, 2014 – SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced that it will once again host a Virtua Fighter™5 Final Showdown Tournament this year, continuing its partnership with Alex Valle and Level|Up. The 2014 “SEGA CUP” tournament will take place in Los Angeles at the Super Arcade on April 26, 2014. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 16 players. Once again, the version for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system will be used for the competition.

Last year’s tournament celebrated the legacy of the popular “fighting game fan’s fighter” for the first time and saw player Fuudo, who previously won the Virtua Fighter EVO 2012 and Street Fighter IV EVO 2011 tournaments, emerging as the winner.

Based on the latest arcade version of the celebrated Virtua Fighter 5 series, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown launched in June 2012 for PlayStation®Network (PSN) and on the Xbox Live online entertainment network for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft.

Details about how to participate in the “SEGA CUP” will be announced at a later date.

For more information on the “SEGA CUP” please visit

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01/30/2014 - Mind Zero Available for Pre Order
Enter a New State of Mind

Mind Zero entering Your Mind This Spring

January 30, 2014  Torrance, CA – Aksys Games is pleased to announce Mind Zero, a dungeon-crawler RPG for the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, will be released via digital and retail channels in North America and digitally in Europe this spring! Mind Zero will be available for purchase at $39.99 and is currently up for

About Mind Zero

Mind Zero is an action-packed dungeon-crawler RPG for the PlayStation®Vita system. Play as Kei, a high school student whose life turns upside down when he forms a contract with a “Mind,” a weapon/being with deadly powers. With the government and other forces trailing him and his friends, Kei will need to discover the secret behind “Mind.” Will these newfound powers help him or ultimately be his doom?

Control Your “Mind” – As you and the rest of your party battle enemies, use your “Mind” to do your bidding – unleashing powerful attacks and defending yourself from harm. Master skills and become even more powerful.

Dungeon Crawling Action – Once you enter a dungeon, you will face a treacherous maze of monsters, all ready to devour you. Make sure to prepare yourself before you step inside!

Discover Your “Mind” – Each “Mind” has unique abilities; however, delving deeper into the mystery, you learn the dangers of these powerful “monsters.” Are these “Minds” a blessing...or a curse?

About Aksys Games

Founded in 2006 in Torrance, California, Aksys Games Localization, Inc. is a localization studio and visionary video game publisher specializing in the Japanese-to-English translation of games and committed to publishing unique, multicultural, high-quality interactive content for all current-generation platforms with its talented staff. Its lineup of games includes the Record of Agarest War series, Zero Escape: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors (Winning “Best Story/Writing” Awards from IGN and Nintendo Power), Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward (2012 GDC Awards “Best Story” Nominee), the acclaimed BlazBlue fighting game series, and Muramasa Rebirth. More information about Aksys Games and its products can be found on the company’s website,

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01/30/2014 - Putty Squad Coming to PS4 in Spring
Putty Squad for PS4 Hits Shelves at $29.99 this Spring

Maximum Games brings back classic platformer with reimagined graphics and gameplay at lowest PS4 price point

The ballistic blue blob is back in the reinvented Putty Squad for PlayStation® 4, PlayStation® 3, and PlayStation® Vita. Due in stores on March 11, 2014, the retro title reemerges 20 years after its original release at an unprecedented PS4™ price point of $29.99.

Adored for its indie-style, addictive gameplay, Putty Squad returns to stretch, morph, and squish its way into the hearts of a new generation. The game, which had originally been developed for the Amiga 1200 in the early 90s, gained a cult following when Commodore's 1994 bankruptcy halted the release of the game. The title subsequently became a hit on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), though hardcore Amiga fans pined for its rerelease for years.

Now, with a new tutorial mode, extensive World Progression Map, online leaderboards, brand new time trial challenges and more, the title offers a significant value at just $29.99 for PS4™. The game boasts over 50 levels, which are equally entertaining for adults and kids.

“Putty Squad will have parents battling their kids for console time,” jokes Len Ciciretto, president of Maximum Games, publishers of Putty Squad. “Once you start, it’s hard to pull away.”

The story revolves around the stretching, flattening, and inflating main character, Putty, who has been tasked with the challenge of rescuing his fellow imprisoned putties, all the while being inundated with a slew of enemy attacks in the form of “Terminator” carrots and sword-wielding spacemen.

“Its wackiness is a huge part of the game’s charm, and it’s what the best games are made of – creativity. It’s why two plumbers traveling through pipes to rescue a princess in a mushroom kingdom makes sense,” said Maximum Games CEO, Christina Seelye.

“The return of Putty Squad has been a long time coming,” said John Twiddy, Head of Development at System 3, creators of the game. “Fans and newcomers to the game will equally appreciate the redrawn imagery, new features, and challenging gameplay.”

Indeed, Putty Squad has undergone a complete graphical overhaul, and is revamped to appeal to retro-seekers as well as the modern gamer. Bonus additions include a Sticker Book that allows players to collect and find hidden stickers throughout levels, star ratings, trophies, and unlockables.

"It's wonderful to see this cult classic come back to the modern age," said Mark Cale, CEO of System 3. "For those who weren't around in the time of the Amiga or SNES, now Putty Squad is made accessible for a new era of gamers."

Putty Squad is available for $29.99 March 11, 2014 on PS4™, PS3™ and PS Vita™, and has received a rating of E10+ by the ESRB. For more information, please visit

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

01/29/2014 - Hostile Waters Antaeus Rising Coming to Steam
Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising Set to Release on Steam

London 29 January 2013 - The ongoing launching of the Funbox portfolio of titles continues this Thursday (30 January 2014) with the highly acclaimed launch on Steam of HOSTILE WATERS: ANTAEUS RISING.

With a Metacritic score of 80, HOSTILE WATERS: ANTAEUS RISING was launched to critical acclaim and was one of the first great PC games of the millennium.  Here are just a selection of the comments at the time:-

With superb graphics, sound and music mixed together with immersive and challenging gameplay …. Ensures this title has no weaknesses. The plot development and cinematics are simply in a class of their own.
90% Adrenaline Vault

This is a great mix of strategy and action and should keep most gamers well entertained.
87% IGN

The game's excellent story, action elements, de-emphasis on repetitive base building, and largely automated resource collection ensure that even the most jaded real-time strategy player will find something fresh and exciting in Hostile Waters.
85% Gamespot

“This really is a high quality classic game that will be appreciated all over again by a new generation of gamers” commented Darry Still, CEO Kiss Ltd.  Mark Clemens, UK Sales Director Funbox, added “Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising  really is a crown jewel and we have been looking forward to this game being relaunched”.

The SRP for Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising is $9.99 /£6.99 / €7.99 and is available for digital download from all Steam and all other key retail vendor sites from Thursday 30 January 2014.

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01/29/2014 - Wii Fit U Free Trial Ends Friday

Jan. 28, 2014 - Time is running out for free fitness. Jan. 31 is the last day for Wii U owners who also have a Wii Balance Board to take advantage of Nintendo's free trial offer of  Wii Fit U. Anyone who downloads the trial of the game from the Nintendo eShop on or before Jan. 31 will get a full month to try out the game from the date that it's first played. 

Those who download the trial and want to keep using the software indefinitely can purchase a Fit Meter and sync it to the game. Fit Meter accessories are available at a suggested retail price of $19.99 each. 

Other ways to purchase and play the game are as follows:

• The  Wii Fit U bundle, which includes the game, the Wii Balance Board accessory and Fit Meter accessory, is now available in stores at a suggested retail price of $89.99. 

• People who already own a Wii Balance Board can purchase  Wii Fit U with a Fit Meter in stores at a suggested retail price of $49.99. Or (after Jan. 31) they can download the game, without the Fit Meter, from the Nintendo eShop for $29.99.

For more information about  Wii Fit U, visit 

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01/29/2014 - R-Type II coming to iOS & Android
R-TYPE II: coming soon to iOS & Android devices!

Paris, France – January 29, 2014 – DotEmu, developer and publisher specializing in modern releases of beloved retro games, proudly announces the impending debut of R-Type II on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Initially developed and published by IREM in 1989, this shoot’em up quickly became a classic in the arcade and on the Amiga, Atari ST and Gameboy.

Two years after R-Type, the Bydo Empire is back for more! Man your spaceship and take on the Bydo with new weapons (Search Laser & Shotgun Laser) and a new bomb type. Collect a plethora of items and powers-up across various improved sets and make your way to the top of the leaderboard.

Watch the trailer here! http://bit.ly/1bxBaL3

R-Type II will soon be available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Get ready for an awesome challenge!

About DotEmu:
DotEmu, a publisher/developer has the mission to bridge the gap between the best of the old video games on today and tomorrow devices: Flash, iPhone and PC. In May 2010, DotEmu opens its own gaming digital distribution shop and distributes today over downloadable 200 titles. DotEmu has worked on several projects including Street Fighter II – Champion Edition on Adobe Flash, R-Type, X-MEN and Another World on iPhone, and Boulder Dash on various platforms. Created in early 2007, DotEmu provides service, technologies and products to customers in Europe, USA, and Japan.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

01/28/2013 - Paradox Announces Crusader Kinds II Rajas of India
Nirvana is Nigh! Paradox Announce Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India

Strategy Gets Spicy on the Subcontinent in the Latest Expansion for Crusader Kings II

STOCKHOLM — January 28, 2014 — Chanting and spices waft across Europe on an easterly wind as the all-conquering siddhas of strategy at Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studio today announce Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India. Setting their sights on the subcontinent, the fiery sixth expansion for the universally-acclaimed strategy/RPG Crusader Kings II gets intimate with India and its pluralistic religions; Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Karma has been kind!

To get a quick glimpse of the new map, watch the new teaser trailer:

Dust off your jewelled turban and defend dharma as a mighty Indian Raja, conquering in the name of Indra! Raise war elephant units and fight in the dense jungle terrain. Make Siddhartha proud as a Buddhist and advance your technology or maintain a harmonious stable realm as a Jain. Raid your neighbors as a warlike Hindu of the Kshatriya caste!

Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India introduces a wealth of new cultural and religious events that would appease even the ferocious goddess Kali, including meeting yogis and sadhus, celebrating Diwali and thinking about your reincarnation. Be careful, the Wheel of Life keeps on turning and those karmic forces can be equally cruel!

With all eyes on Hindustan, the map has been extended far to the east to encompass hundreds of new provinces in Central Asia as well as opening up the ports of The Red Sea and Indian Ocean for navigation by your fleets.

Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India will be available to download from digital portals this spring 2014. For more information, visit:

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01/28/2014 - FPS Warriors 2 Steam Bundle Now LIVE
NEW all-Steam bundle, FPS Warriors 2, is now LIVE!

Featuring eight awesome first person shooter games, FPS Warriors 2 is packed with tons of fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled single player and multiplayer action for just $3.99.

The FPS Warriors 2 bundle includes Nuclear Dawn, Hard Reset Extended Edition, Painkiller Overdose, Painkiller Black Edition, AirBuccaneers, Zeno Clash 2, Zeno Clash, and Chaser.  Steam trading cards are available for  AirBuccaneers, Nuclear Dawn, and Zeno Clash 2.

Priced at just $3.99 gamers will save 95% when buying this bundle compared to buying the games individually.

Check the bundle out at

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01/28/2014 - Bandfuse Rock Legends Jimi Hendrix DLC Now Available

Experience Fully Playable Hendrix’s Songs “Fire” and “Love or Confusion,” Plus Hits from Boston, Yes, Incubus, and More

Campbell, CA — January 28, 2014 — Realta Entertainment released today its new Music Store for BandFuse: Rock Legends,the music video game designed by musicians for people who want to play music. The BandFuse: Rock Legends Music Store offers users the ability to sort, listen to, and purchase DLC songs and backing tracks for play on Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

Watch it HERE

The BandFuse: Rock Legends Music Store is headlined by Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire” and “Love or Confusion” from the album Are You Experienced (1967), the first two of 15 signature songs coming to the game from the legend’s catalogue. The store also features epic songs from The Offspring, Incubus, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston, Yes, Blues Traveler, Filter, and Pantera. An expanded library of backing tracks for players to create and record original music is also part of the DLC catalogue.  Each downloadable song comes with a music video, multi-instrument support and Lick Lab learning modules for $2.99, and each backing track is $1.99.

Only on BandFuse: Rock Legends will aspiring musicians receive the unique opportunity to learn to play like Jimi Hendrix. Gamers can now pick up a real guitar or bass and play ‘Fire’ and ‘Love or Confusion’ with fully animated tablature, five difficulty levels, including the full lead and rhythm transcriptions, and view specially selected Jimi Hendrix video footage while playing.

The new Music Store enables players to broaden their musical experience with a wealth of content packed into each DLC track. Songs are playable on guitar, bass, and vocals in single-player mode or multiplayer mode on five difficulty levels. Just like every song that comes on disc, each DLC song is also paired with a specially picked video to accompany it. BandFuse: Rock Legends’ DLC songs are fully integrated into all gameplay modes, including Lick Lab and Practice Mode.  

The first BandFuse: Rock Legends DLC tracks are:
  • Jimi Hendrix            “Fire”
  • Jimi Hendrix            “Love or Confusion”
  • Blues Traveler         “Run-Around”
  • Boston                   “Foreplay/Long Time”     
  • Filter                     “Hey Man, Nice Shot”
  • Incubus                  “Pardon Me”
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd        “Simple Man”       
  • The Offspring          “All I Want”
  • Pantera                 “Cowboys From Hell”
  • Yes                       “Roundabout"
The first BandFuse: Rock Legends backing tracks are:
  • Marcus Henderson     “Funky Canon”
  • Marcus Henderson     “Jazzy Chill Groove”
  • Marcus Henderson     “Backing Beats Pack 1” (Three looping drum tracks)

Reigniting the music genre with the only true multiplayer experience on console, supporting two guitars, a bass, and vocals, BandFuse: Rock Legends’stellar lineup of acclaimed talent, authentic animated tablature, and lag-free audio unleashes a full band experience for players of all skill levels. Players jam using authentic animated tablature and a fully unlocked library of 55 massive genre-jumping songs ranging from rock to metal and punk to funk. 

The platinum cast of musicians includes master guitar instructor Slash, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Mike Ness (Social Distortion), Bootsy Collins (Parliament-Funkadelic), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), Zoltán Báthory and Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch), and Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom). Later this year, Jimi Hendrix will be integrated into the game as a rock legend, which will include interviews with present day guitar greats talking about his technique and experimental style paired with archival video footage from his illustrious career.

Only Guitar Center offers the
BandFuse: Rock Legends Guitar Bundle’ (MSRP $179.99), the exclusive, specially-priced starter pack for players that includes a Fender Squier Bullet guitar, the BandFuse: Rock Legends video game (Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3), and a BandFuse guitar cable. A list of participating Guitar Center locations can be found HERE.

BandFuse: Rock Legends is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and is out now in North America and Japan on Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 system, and is available in North America and Japan with a European release coming soon. To learn more about BandFuse: Rock Legends, please visit
www.bandfuse.com/, ‘Like’ the game on Facebook, follow @BandFuse on Twitter and watch the dev team rock out on Twitch.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

01/27/2014 - Madden NFL Predicts Super Bowl Winner
Manning Leads Denver to Dramatic Overtime Victory in Super Bowl XLVIII
GUILDFORD, UK. – Jan. 27, 2014 – The Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) Madden NFL 25 Super Bowl Prediction is calling for Peyton Manning to be the first ever quarterback to lead two different franchises to Super Bowl victories, with the Broncos defeating the Seahawks 31-28 in overtime. A video of the matchup can be found here. The Madden NFL Super Bowl prediction has correctly forecast 8 of the past 10 Lombardi Trophy winners, and last year accurately called Baltimore’s large lead and San Francisco’s furious comeback with the Ravens hanging on for the win.

The defenses of both the Broncos and Seahawks asserted themselves early, as the offenses struggled to score points. Richard Sherman further bolstered his case as the best cornerback in the game, returning an interception for a touchdown just before the half and sending the Seahawks to the locker room with the momentum and a 10-7 lead.

The Denver offense shook off the cold New Jersey air and got hot in the second half, with Peyton Manning attacking Richard Sherman and connecting with Demaryius Thomas for a 17-yard TD in the 3rd quarter. Later in the quarter Knowshon Moreno added a goal line run to give Denver a 21-10 lead. Even though Steven Hauschka managed a field goal as the period ended, the pendulum had clearly swung in the Broncos’ direction.

Manning added a 24-yard touchdown to Wes Welker early in the 4th quarter, and Denver appeared ready to roll to their first Super Bowl victory since 1998. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks weren’t willing to crown the Broncos just yet, as a touchdown pass from Wilson to Golden Tate and a last-second 27-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch pulled the Seahawks to within two points, and the successful conversion knotted things up to send the contest to overtime.

Denver’s defense, shell-shocked from their 4th quarter collapse and Lynch’s Beast Mode run, steeled their resolve and stopped the Seahawks on the first overtime possession, forcing a punt. The Broncos managed to advance the ball to the Seahawks’ 30-yard line, but their drive stalled there and John Fox called in the kicking unit. Matt Prater, the record-holder for the longest ever field goal in an NFL game, stepped in for his first attempt of the game and drilled a 48-yarder to seal the victory and send Broncos fans around the world out of their seats with elation.

In addition to winning his second Super Bowl ring Peyton Manning also earned MVP honors on the strength of his 322-yard, three touchdown performance. Demaryius Thomas also had a monster game, hauling in 11 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch was the game’s top rusher, gashing the Denver defense for 109 yards and a touchdown.

The Madden NFL 25 Super Bowl prediction is created by simulating the Super Bowl matchup with updated rosters on Xbox One®, the official game console of the NFL. The Madden NFL 25 Super Bowl prediction is engineered by GMC®.

Madden NFL 25 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and is now available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 entertainment system and the PlayStation®4, as well as on iPhone®, iPad® and Google Play. To learn more about Madden NFL 25, visit

All player participation has been facilitated by NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).

EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. EA SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports videogames, including Madden NFL football, EA SPORTS FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, NCAA® Football, PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and EA SPORTS UFC®.

For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit
www.easports.com to connect, share and compete.

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01/27/2014 - Square Enix launches Square Enix Collective
Square Enix Launches Collective
Pilot program to feature three projects from indie developers, Ruffian Games, Kitfox Games and Tuque Games
Square Enix today launches the pilot phase of its new community platform, Square Enix Collective™.

Collective™ will showcase independently developed game concepts direct to the gaming community, allowing the community to decide which concepts should become a reality. The platform is initially launching with a pilot phase which starts today and will run for 28 days, showcasing three projects from Ruffian Games (based in Dundee, working on Game of Glens), Kitfox Games (based in Montreal, working on Moon Hunters) and Tuque Games (also based in Montreal, working on World War Machine).

“There are lots of really talented small teams around the world with great game ideas. For those teams, getting visibility, momentum, funding and distribution can be very tricky and that’s where we hope Collective can help,” said Phil Elliott, project lead on Collective.

The community will choose which projects they want to see go through to a crowdfunding process via a partnership with world-leading crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. Projects which successfully raise funds may also find support from Square Enix through the development process, and assistance in distributing the final project across leading digital channels once completed.

“It’s up to the teams how much or little help they want from Square Enix and it’s our opportunity to help some fantastic games become a reality and uncover the development stars of the future,” continued Elliott.

The three teams taking part in the pilot phase of Collective will showcase three very different game concepts; Ruffian Games was established in 2008 and has shipped a number of titles in the past, including Crackdown 2 with Microsoft. Kitfox Games is a new developer, with its first game Shattered Planet set for release this March, while Tuque Games – also a new developer – is hoping to launch its first title via Collective.

“We see Collective as an opportunity to get Moon Hunters more coverage than we can get on our lonesome,” commented Tanya X Short, designer at
Kitfox Games, “and really connect with potential fans that otherwise wouldn't hear us.”

“Quite simply I think that Square Collective has the potential to make players happy. The initiative gives players a voice to let Square Enix know which games they want to see get made and the power to influence the raw, early-stage development process. That’s new, powerful and bold,” said Jeff Hattem, founder of
Tuque Games.  “I’m both excited and terrified to see how players will react and what they have in store for game devs like us.”

“Ruffian Games is really excited to be involved with Collective from launch, we think it’s a great idea that lowers the boundaries for smaller and more independent developers to get new ideas in front of an experienced audience,” said James Cope, producer at
Ruffian Games. “The benefits of being able to grow a following ahead of a crowd funded campaign are clear but Collective gives an extra level of confidence and the options open to us for distribution in the future are incredibly helpful.”

The platform has been created by web development agency
Contra. More details on how the platform works are available on the Collective website.

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01/27/2014 - Beat Blasters III coming to PC, MAC and Linux
Beat Blasters III Dances Towards Steam Release

Rhythm meets platformer in strange lands for Windows, Mac, and Linux!

Jan 27, 2014 –
Chainsawesome Games (
http://chainsawesomegames.com/) is stomping with the beat towards their first release on Steam with the award winning BeatBlasters III, a unique platformer game that mixes rhythm with a funky fresh world full of colorful, strange, characters and places. BeatBlasters III won Intel's LevelUp, Best in Sound award and features an amazing soundtrack of dynamic music, changing based on your accuracy and maneuvers performed in the game. For a sneak peek watch the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0St8TD6w78o

Take control of Joey or Gina, two beat loving kids with some amazing powers (and totally different music) as they save the inhabitants of the town of Accapella from the music hating butcher. Armed with their three powers they will protect and aid the denizens of this strange land; for right, justice, and the freedom to listen to some killer tunes.

Each character in Beat Blasters III has unique music as well as a unique special power to aid them on their quest. Each character also shares the same three main abilities, an attack power, a shield bubble, and jet boots. Each use of these items depletes their energy, which is recharged through accurate rhythm tapping. However, while building energy the heroes are unable to attack or defend themselves, making the pacing of energy growth and decline a frantic battle of the bands. Every level and battle is a totally unique experience, keeping the game fresh as the kids attempt to reach The Butcher and end his reign of silence. The better you do on each level the more stars you'll earn towards unlocking 8 different weapons to use in your battle against silence.

BeatBlasters III is a fun for all ages romp through a crazy world with amazing tunes and completely original gameplay. Winner of the LevelUp Best in Sound award it will truly knock your socks off. Learn more at

Chainsawesome Games is a small Quebec based studio focusing on innovative design and awesome gameplay. BeatBlasters III is their first major release in which they look forward to bringing you into a musical, whimsical, and otherwise very strange world. More information at

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