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Activision and Tony Hawk bringing ‘Tony Hawk’s Shred Session’ to Android this Summer


Be honest, how many hours did you waste playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater while rocking out to the killer sound track? I know I spent entire days trying to spell SKATE and land those insane tricks that just wouldn’t be possible in ‘real’ life. Very soon we will be able to relive, sort of, those glory skating days with Tony Hawk’s Shred Session.

Tony Hawk Shred SessionActivision and Tony Hawk have announced today that the new THSS game is coming to select iOS and Android devices later this summer. The release, and the sub-sequential screenshots, show some pretty great looking graphics and some simple swipe controls for pulling off a lipslide, 5-0 grind and plenty other tricks. You will charge of one of six modern day pro’s. Chris Cole, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Lizzie Armanto, David Gonzalez, Riley Hawk, and of course Tony Hawk himself)

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“I‘m stoked that Activision shares my vision for an original skateboarding game on mobile,” said Tony Hawk. “It’s exciting to evolve with new technologies, and Shred Session is a whole new direction.”

The release does’t offer a concrete release date, it just mentions “scheduled for this summer.” If you want to keep up with the happening on the game then you will ave to bring yourself to their Facebook page…… Ya…. Or follow them on Instagram or Twitter at @THShredSession, which don’t look to be active right this minute. 

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I don’t know about you guys, but I am pretty excited for this one to land. The real question will be how they launch it. I can hope and pray that it will be $4.99 or less with no in-app purchases. I would even be ok with IAP’s so long as they don’t hinder the game play and force you to pay to move forward. Should be interesting. Anyone else excited?



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[New Game] Activision Launches Its Cereal-Pushing Endless Runner Pitfall! Krave In Europe

reDo you really like cereal? I mean, a lot? Then Activision has the game for you with Pitfall! Krave. It’s a 3D endless runner type game that comes with a totally egregious Kellogg’s tie-in. It’s free, though, and they’re giving away real cash money.

The little floating things your character is sweeping up appear to be chocolate, and the cereal is trying to kill him. I would have more insight on the whole confusing scenario, but this game is restricted to Europe.

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Call of Duty: Strike Team expands its device roster, gets a holiday price cut

It may be quite difficulth to port existing game titles from console to Android, but fortunately some have been able to create a mobile version of a game franchise that sticks true to the game’s spirit but also add some mobile-only features. One such game is Call of Duty: Strike Team, which is now expanding to just a few more Android devices.

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Call of Duty: Strike Team bears the hallmarks of the popular franchise’s action-packed gameplay. However, it doesn’t stop at simply bringing a first person shooter to Android. Activision has added a unique tactical mode that pulls the player into a third person point of view. Players are able to switch between these two modes to decide which type of gameplay is best for a given scenario. The launch video below shows the game’s graphics and features in all its glory.

Unfortunately, Call of Duty: Strike Team launched with limited compatibility with Android devices. Perhaps the developers can be forgiven just a bit considering the game’s graphics needed to be tweaked and tested to ensure such high quality. Fortunately, the number of devices has just been expanded to accommodate just a wee bit more. Owners of Google Nexus 5 and Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy Note and Note II, as well as Sony Xperia S and Z will now be able to install the game on their smartphones and tablets.

As a bonus, Activision has put Call of Duty: Strike Team on sale for the holidays, reducing the price tag to $2.99. If you’re still on the edge about this game, you have a lot of time to think about it before it goes back its regular $6.99 price after February 1 next year.

Download: Call of Duty: Strike Team on Google Play Store
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Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Lets You Hunt Game From The Comfort Of Your Mobile Device

cabela's big game hunterIf you’ve been waiting for game hunting games on Android, you’ll be glad to know that the wait is now over. Activision and Cabela’s have teamed up to bring Cabela’s Big Game Hunter to Android and iOS, bringing its renowned game hunting gameplay to the small screen, offering multiple mission in varied environments hunting animals that are unique to each area. The game offers a player progression system that will let you unlock abilities like X-Ray vision as well as customization of their weapons loadouts.

cabela's big game hunterIt might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the franchise has existed for quite a long time now so it’s obvious there are quite a few people out there who are big game hunters. If you’re interested in picking up Cabela’s Big Game Hunter, it’s on the Google Play Store now for free, so hit the links below to grab it.

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Activision Publishing, Inc. and Cabela’s Announce Release of Cabela’s® Big Game Hunter®, A Free-To-Play Authentic Hunting Experience For Mobile Devices

The Biggest Hunting Video Game Franchise* Makes Its Debut on Mobile 

Activision Publishing, Inc. and Cabela’s, the worldwide leader in hunting, have brought the No. 1 hunting video game franchise to mobile devices withCabela’s® Big Game Hunter®a free-to-play title for mobile devices that lets players hunt the biggest and most dangerous animals on the planet.

Cabela’s® Big Game Hunter® is made for those that appreciate the authentic details in a hunting game. It has multi-tiered, objective-based missions that offer a wide range of hunting experiences, from the heart-pounding survival mode and thrilling dangerous hunts to the skill-testing timed challenges. Players track down a wide selection of wildlife across the American North and Northwest, including grizzly bears, mountain lions, white-tailed deer and more! The animals are lifelike and native to each environment.

“Cabela’s and Activision have been working together on hunting video games for over a decade, and we’ve consistently been No. 1 in the genre,” said Eric Wieser, Director of Merchandising at Cabela’s. “Cabela’s® Big Game Hunter® is our first title developed from the ground up specifically for mobile. We’ve taken our time with this to make sure we offer our fans something authentic.”

The player can play casually or go deep by mixing and matching custom loadouts with rifles, bows, pistols, shotguns and clothing. No detail is spared. There are abilities to unlock that let players slow down time and increase accuracy, and an X-ray mode is accessible to help take that perfect shot at the animal’s vitals. All hunters want evidence to back up those tall tales, so the game has leader boards and a trophy room that show off proof of hunting achievements.

Cabela’s® Big Game Hunter® is available right now for FREE on the Apple App Store (http://bit.ly/IDSC9d) and Google Play (http://bit.ly/J3i1Je). Stay on the move with the latest updates by following along on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ActivisionHunts) and Twitter @ActivisionHunts.

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[New App] Activision Releases Call Of Duty: Ghosts Companion App On Day One, But It’s Suffering From Compatibility Issues

unnamed (6)In case you haven’t seen Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, the local news, or the latest rabble-rousing speech from your ineffectual Congressman, today is the yearly release of Activision’s Call of Duty franchise. Kudos to the publisher: they’ve managed to get the Android companion app published on day one, so half the male college students in the country can spend today’s lecture time customizing their multiplayer loadout.

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If you’ve played a multiplayer shooter in the last few years, you know how this goes.

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[New Game] Dig Out Your Plastic Monster Toys: Activision Unleashes Skylanders Battlegrounds Onto The Google Play Store

unnamed (23)For the uninitiated, Skylanders is a series of kid’s video games that use collectible (read: expensive) real-world toys to unlock and enhance the power of the digital characters. The games have been smash hits on consoles, but so far Activision’s only concession to the Play Store has been Cloud Patrol, a basic turret shooter that leaves a lot to be desired. The new Skylanders Battlegrounds, a more conventional action-RPG, should make much better use of the property.

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[New Game] Call Of Duty: Strike Team Arrives On Android, Albeit With Limited Device Compatibility

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The wait is over – Call Of Duty: Strike Team, arguably Activision’s most hotly-anticipated mobile title to date, has finally landed on the Play Store after being released on iOS last month. The somewhat high $7 price tag may be a turn-off for mobile gamers, though, and the presence of in-app purchases is unlikely to do much to woo their fickle hearts, either. That said, this is probably Activision’s most ambitious mobile effort yet, and the Call of Duty name all but ensures the money is going to roll in regardless of the game’s merits, which seem to be questionable at best.

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[New Game] Activision Brings Skylanders Cloud Patrol To Android, Complete With NFC Figure Integration

unnamed (1)If you’ve never heard of Skylanders, you either don’t have children aged 6-10 or you haven’t walked down the video game aisle of a supermarket in the last two years. Today Activision has released the first Android entry in the series, Skylanders Cloud Patrol, which integrates with the eponymous toy line. It’s available 18 months after the iOS version – try not to act surprised.

The game is a pretty basic tap-and-drag shooter, tasking the player with shooting down trolls from a mounted turret on an airship.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts also coming out on PS4

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Activision took up a lot of time at the Xbox event yesterday, enough to make some fans believe Call of Duty was going completely Xbox. Infinity Ward decided to hit Twitter just to make sure gamers knew the new game, Ghosts, was coming to PS4.

Call of Duty: Ghosts will also be coming to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, but there is no signal of a Wii U launch. This goes against previous concepts that Activision would include Wii U in the line up of launch consoles.

Many had mixed reviews on the Xbox event and we can see why Infinity Ward may want to clear up any rumours they were going Xbox One exclusive, although they will launch DLC content on Xbox One first.

Source: InfinityWard Twitter

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Call of Duty: Ghosts will take advantage of Xbox One graphics horsepower

Call of Duty: Ghosts was shown off at the end of the Xbox Event and Activision made a big meal of the time they had, showing the new engine, delving into the power of a good story and showing the dynamic maps created in multiplayer.

One of the best things Activision announced was the new engine, since Call of Duty 4 the company has kept the same engine for all their Call of Duty games and this meant no dynamic maps or powerful animation.

Activision have went into a lot of depth about the design and improvements of the engine, they have even made sure the fish swim out of the way when the user brushes past them underwater.

We expect Call of Duty: Ghosts will be at E3 with a huge new feature roll, this is only the beginning of the hype for a blockbuster November launch, with the two next generation consoles coming at the same time.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts shown off on Vine

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An early look at Call of Duty: Ghosts, the next edition in the ever expanding series by Activision, has been shown off on popular iOS app Vine early today.

The six second action packed development trailer shows some interesting shots of the half build version of the game, set for release in November 5 this year.

Activision is preparing to show off some early parts of the game at the Xbox reveal this week, May 21. The game will also be on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, PC and “next generation consoles”, which we assume will be PlayStation and Xbox.

Call of Duty: Ghosts will bring a new story, setting and cast, much needed with the long running Modern Warfare series. Treyarch may follow the same path with their next title.

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Wipeout for Android officially hits the Play Store

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Let’s face it— most of us secretly enjoy watching all those faceplants, falls and general slip-ups found on the classic TV show Wipeout, but you been itching for a chance to partake in that type of competitive glory? Well famed game publisher Activision is giving us the chance to live out our wildest dreams by unleashing the Wipeout Android game to the masses. Just like in the real-life gameshow, the premise of the game is for players to go through a gauntlet of obstacles with the end goal of not necessarily to complete them— but to wipeout as best as you possibly can. The great thing about this is users get style points for different wipeouts— so if you have a sick wipeout, players won’t be made fun of like in real life— but rather they will be praised for taking the wipeout like a champ and looking cool while doing it! In addition to having different obstacles like the classic Topple Towers, the game also features some cool replay modes like the ability to re-run wipeouts in slow motion and the ability to compete against friends and earn achievements— giving the game some pretty solid longevity.

The game is available now for all Gingerbread+ devices for $1.99, so if you’re ready to try out a different type of cool action– hit the break to grab the game today.

 

 

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[New Game] Activision’s Wipeout Brings Big Balls To The Small Screen

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Activision has invited players to “say Hello to the BIG BALLS” (emphasis not added, we promise) with Wipeout, the Pitfall maker’s latest entry into the Play Store.

The game is based on ABC’s television show of the same name, in which contestants (typically in colorful dress) haphazardly schlep through various obstacles including big balls, swinging platforms, “topple towers,” and various rubberized battering instruments. Activision’s game looks to bring that experience to your mobile device, giving you the fun of trying to avoid wipeouts, while also retaining the option to view them in super slow motion and snap screenshots.

Player’s can “choose from a range of wacky contestants,” each with their own abilities, play through entire seasons of the show, replay the best wipeouts, and cash in “style points” (earned in game) for various unlockables.

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Wipeout for Android officially hits the Play Store

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Let’s face it— most of us secretly enjoy watching all those faceplants, falls and general slip-ups found on the classic TV show Wipeout, but you been itching for a chance to partake in that type of competitive glory? Well famed game publisher Activision is giving us the chance to live out our wildest dreams by unleashing the Wipeout Android game to the masses. Just like in the real-life gameshow, the premise of the game is for players to go through a gauntlet of obstacles with the end goal of not necessarily to complete them— but to wipeout as best as you possibly can. The great thing about this is users get style points for different wipeouts— so if you have a sick wipeout, players won’t be made fun of like in real life— but rather they will be praised for taking the wipeout like a champ and looking cool while doing it! In addition to having different obstacles like the classic Topple Towers, the game also features some cool replay modes like the ability to re-run wipeouts in slow motion and the ability to compete against friends and earn achievements— giving the game some pretty solid longevity.

The game is available now for all Gingerbread+ devices for $1.99, so if you’re ready to try out a different type of cool action– hit the break to grab the game today.

 

 

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Activision releases ‘Wipeout’ the game for Android

The popular game publisher Activision who is responsible for many of the Call of Duty games have just released a neat new game on the Google Play Store. Everything you love about the fun and goofy hit TV show Wipeout is now available for our Android smartphones and tablets. Yup, Activision Publishing Co has just released the game this afternoon. Read on to find out all the details.

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Based and designed off the hit TV game show Wipeout, you’ll be dodging huge wipeout balls, running up ramps, and jumping over obstacles as long as you can manage. You’ll get to run, jump and dive through many of your favorite challenges designed right from the hit TV show. Interesting right? The graphics sure aren’t all that great, and we received terrible iOS screenshots, but hey the game is only $1.99 at the moment.

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Since many of you guys (myself included) will never get to participate in the fun that ABC shows us on TV with Wipeout, you’ll get to enjoy a few of those moments with the official game. I’m sure they could have released a much better game, but it looks pretty fun from the few screenshots available.

Just like the TV show you’ll be trying to clear levels. You’ll be earning points for clearing them safely, or also be rewarded points for terrible and ridiculous wipeouts. All those style points you earn will unlock new contestants, shows, different costumes and even power-up options. Apparently the Slo-Mo helmet power-up is worth saving for, so that’s a thing. They even offer an instant replay in slow motion so you can enjoy the best wipeouts right on your phone. Give it a try today from the link below.

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Wipeout for Android officially hits the Play Store

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Let’s face it— most of us secretly enjoy watching all those faceplants, falls and general slip-ups found on the classic TV show Wipeout, but you been itching for a chance to partake in that type of competitive glory? Well famed game publisher Activision is giving us the chance to live out our wildest dreams by unleashing the Wipeout Android game to the masses. Just like in the real-life gameshow, the premise of the game is for players to go through a gauntlet of obstacles with the end goal of not necessarily to complete them— but to wipeout as best as you possibly can. The great thing about this is users get style points for different wipeouts— so if you have a sick wipeout, players won’t be made fun of like in real life— but rather they will be praised for taking the wipeout like a champ and looking cool while doing it! In addition to having different obstacles like the classic Topple Towers, the game also features some cool replay modes like the ability to re-run wipeouts in slow motion and the ability to compete against friends and earn achievements— giving the game some pretty solid longevity.

The game is available now for all Gingerbread+ devices for $1.99, so if you’re ready to try out a different type of cool action– hit the break to grab the game today.

 

 

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Wipeout for Android brings obstacle course fun to your mobile devices

A lot of us have probably wished to participate in the obstacle course show Wipeout, but the reality is that most of us won’t. We can always live vicariously through video games, though, and that’s exactly why Activision teamed up with ABC to bring a game based on the hit TV show to Android. Already available for iOS, Wipeout lets you take on courses like the Big Balls and Topple Towers, and you’ll earn points for making it through unscathed or wiping out in the most ridiculous ways possible.

Style points can be used to unlock new shows, contestants, costumes and power-up helmets like the Amaze-O-Helmet and Slow-Mo Helmet. You can play through a number of themed courses such as Sports Night, Old MacBallsy, an alien-themed course and a monster-themed course. One of the coolest features is being able to record your Wipeouts and run-throughs, and share them with your friends and family on Facebook.

You’ll partake in all this with a range of different characters, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Some might be faster, yet more prone to wiping out, while others could be slower with better balance. You can net all of this for a quick payment of just $2 — that’s cheap enough to skip a full meal from the dollar menu for a day — so head to the Google Play Store and give it a whirl if you’ve been waiting.

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Pitfall! Now Available On the Play Store

There’s just something about playing classic titles on our small devices these days, although some titles are best left in our memories. The latest game to grace our mobile devices is Pitfall! Well-known console software developer, Activision, has taken the 30 year old title and has breathed new life into it with an all new look and gameplay sure to appease fans of the classic while also in hopes of gaining a few new fans. Now, time to explain to your little one what an Atari 2600 was. Grab it via the Store link below.

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Pitfall! Now Available On the Play Store

There’s just something about playing classic titles on our small devices these days, although some titles are best left in our memories. The latest game to grace our mobile devices is Pitfall! Well-known console software developer, Activision, has taken the 30 year old title and has breathed new life into it with an all new look and gameplay sure to appease fans of the classic while also in hopes of gaining a few new fans. Now, time to explain to your little one what an Atari 2600 was. Grab it via the Store link below.

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Pitfall! Now Available On the Play Store

There’s just something about playing classic titles on our small devices these days, although some titles are best left in our memories. The latest game to grace our mobile devices is Pitfall! Well-known console software developer, Activision, has taken the 30 year old title and has breathed new life into it with an all new look and gameplay sure to appease fans of the classic while also in hopes of gaining a few new fans. Now, time to explain to your little one what an Atari 2600 was. Grab it via the Store link below.

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Pitfall Harry celebrates his 30th with a re-booted release on Android

The original version of Pitfall came along with the Activision Anthology game that landed in Google Play a while back. And well, as of today, Pitfall Harry has returned to Android with a “re-envisioned and re-booted” release. This latest release is simply called Pitfall and has arrived for the 30th anniversary of the original.

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Needless to say, this version of Pitfall does not look like the original. The game is available for free and with support for devices running Android 2.3.3 or later. This version of Pitfall is in a ‘free runner” style and has you navigating though the jungle as well as narrow trenches, dark caverns, and cascading waterfalls.

You will also have to navigate things such as rattlesnakes and scorpions as well as fiery volcanic flames, tumbling ancient artifacts and narrow cliff side pathways. The game has swipe and tilt controls and sharing over Twitter and Facebook — so you can brag to your friends about how good you are at Pitfall.

All said and done, this looks like a nice follow-up to the original. And if nothing else, we are fairly sure it will make those who remember playing the original feel rather old. Otherwise, the only thing we see missing, it would have been cool if Activision included the original game release as a bonus. But hey, this version if free and we really shouldn’t be so greedy.

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Atari classic Pitfall! re-imagined for Android devices, available now

If you’re a fan of classic gaming, you probably have a fond place in your heart for Pitfall!. The free running game set Pitfall Harry in a maze of a jungle where he had to avoid such dangers as quicksand, snakes, and pits while collecting lost treasures. Now it’s back, re-imagined for Android devices with 3D graphics and all new challenges as well as the ability to compare scores to friends on Facebook and Twitter

The updated version of Pitfall! was a big hit on iOS devices in 2012 and Activision is hoping for similar success on the Android platform, where the game is available completely free of charge in the Google Play Store. The game is supported on most newer Android smartphones and tablets.

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Activision’s Re-Imagined Pitfall! Makes Its Way to Android

This morning, the re-imagined Atari classic Pitfall! has made its way to Android. Thanks to Activision, we have another great game to get us through the holiday break. The game plays much like Temple Run, but with many more environments which could help the replay value. What makes it even better is that its completely free [...]

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Activision’s 30th-Anniversary PITFALL! Rework Hits The Play Store As An Endless Runner With A Little More To Offer

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Bringing its already-popular (on iOS) reimagining of the Atari classic to Android, Activision released Pitfall! to the Play Store today. For those who haven’t seen or played the newly conceptualized Pitfall, it shares very little with the original – you’ll still be dodging snakes, swinging on ropes, and jump over impossible pitfalls, but this time you’ll be playing an “endless-runner” a la Temple Run. Unlike Temple Run, however, Pitfall’s protagonist (Pitfall Harry) uses a whip to defeat whatever wild foes happen to be in his way. Harry will also find himself riding various vehicles and running through plenty of dynamic environments.

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Blizzard announces launch date of StarCraft II: Heart of Swarm

Blizzard Activision announced this week the release date of the second part of their StarCraft II trilogy, planning to launch the Heart of the Swarm title on March 12, 2013.

StarCraft II: Heart of Swarm will showcase an array of new features, including new units, fresh characters and more compelling gameplay to add excitement to an already popular real-time strategy game.

As an expansion to StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the Heart of Swarm feature the character of Sarah Kerrigan – the Queen of Blades – as she guides a legion of Zerg species against the autocratic reign of Terran leader Arcturus Mengsk.

Three versions (the standard edition, the Digital Deluxe edition, and the Collector’s edition) of the latest StarCraft title will be available for sale in March.

The Collector’s Edition of Heart of Swarm will also hit the market at a suggested retail price of $79.99. The Collector’s Edition offers digital and physical goodies.

Gamers are also given the choice of buying a Digital Deluxe version of the expansion, which includes digital items from the Collector’s Edition. Blizzard is also offering the Digital Deluxe version on their website www.StarCraft2.com at $59.99 USD.

Gamers purchasing the standard edition digitally or at retail will be given the option to upgrade to the Digital Deluxe version at any time for an additional price of $20 USD.

“With Heart of the Swarm, our goal has been to expand on the multiplayer action and cinematic storytelling of Wings of Liberty,” CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment Mike Morhaime.

Rookie gamers can also have the opportunity to duke it out with the big gun, thanks to the StarCraft II’s new leveling system.

“Combined with features like unranked matchmaking and our new leveling system, this expansion elevates the StarCraft II experience for players of all skill levels,” said Morhaime.

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Call Of Duty Elite App Gets Updated To Support Black Ops II

Activision’s Call Of Duty Elite Android app has been updated to support the latest version of the first person shooter, Black Ops II. The app allows players of the Call Of Duty franchise to access historical player stats, game summaries and edit in-game options like custom weapons sets and logos. If going through all of your stats or watching Call of Duty Elite TV gets you in the playing mood, remember you can always jump on Call Of Duty Black Ops Zombies on any Android device.

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Halo – A smash hit on launch day

The latest installment of highly successful Halo gaming franchise was a smash hit on its launch day as Microsoft announced Monday that it already sold US$220 million globally in the first 24 hours of sales.

In a statement released by Microsoft, Halo 4 has already exceeded the $200 million figure in sales and is expected to surpass $300 million in the first week.

Halo 4, the first of the new Halo series trilogy, outperformed the previous mark set by its predecessor Halo 3, which generated $200 million in global sales on its launch day in September of 2010.

“We’re thrilled that ‘Halo 4′ has emerged as the biggest U.S. entertainment launch of the year,” said Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer.

Microsoft has already racked up $3.38 billion in sales since it launched the first-person gaming franchise in 2001. The enormous figures generated by Halo 4 on its first day prompted Microsoft’s stocks to increase by 2.1 percent at $28.22 on Nasdaq.

Market analysts will be closely monitoring the sale of Halo 4 in the coming days with the hope that the game can pump up some blood life in the spiraling console gaming industry.

Halo 4 is also poised to compete with Activision Blizzard Inc’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which hits the market on Tuesday.

Halo 4 features the return of the series main protagonist Master Chief, who’s back after a five-year absence to save human kind from alien invasion – the Prometheans – and rescue his longtime friend and artificial-intelligence construct Cortana.

Aside from its compelling storyline, the game’s multiplayer capabilities, new sets of foes, and neat graphics provided a great overall gaming experience.

Bungie Studios introduced the Halo series, which was bought by Microsoft in 2000. Bungie worked together with Microsoft to release the next two Halo installments until it decided to move separate ways five years later.

Microsoft retained the game’s intellectual property rights and contracted 343 industries to develop Halo 4. On the other hand, Bungie studios signed a ten-year pact with rival Activision Blizzard, which is reportedly brewing a new title set to be released next year.

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Strong sales for Halo 4 and Black Ops 2 measure gaming industry growth

The video game industry has not been immune to the onslaught of mobile gaming, but the strong sales of Microsoft’s vaunted Halo 4 game is a positive sign. Microsoft’s flagship game is set to compete with Activision Blizzard Inc’s upcoming Call of Duty game.

The arrival of smartphones and tablets had not only affected the PC industry but also the video gaming industry, where many companies see their revenues dip significantly.  The performance of both high-end games during the upcoming holiday season will be used as a barometer to determine the future demand in this sector.

The Call of Duty series from Activision is currently the reigning best-selling game but Microsoft’s Halo 4 sales will certainly take a significant toll into its sales on Xbox console. However, Call of Duty is not an exclusive as it is also available in Sony Corp’s PlayStation, PCs, and Nintendo Co Ltd’s Wii system.

Microsoft has announced that Halo 4 has so far bagged up to $220 million in sales around the world during its launch day, breaking the record of Halo: Reach released in 2010.  Microsoft expects sales to reach $300 million during the first week.

Meanwhile, Activision upped its expectation for the release of its Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, citing strong sales this holiday. It expects that Black Ops 2 will surpass the previous record set by its predecessor, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 racked up more than $400 million in sales during its release day in stores around North America. The installment hit a $1 billion mark in sales 16 days after the release.

The new Call of Duty franchise will hit stores today and will be available for PC, Xbox, and PlayStation. A dedicated Wii version will be made for a new Wii console that will be launched on November 18.

Avind Bhatia, an analyst from Sterne Agee, cited the good starts on some popular titles like the 15 percent rise in sales for Halo 4 compared to its predecessor, and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III that was released on October, which saw its sales numbers double over its previous installment launched last year.

Bhatia said that even a small rise in sales numbers or flat sales over last year’s offerings for Black Ops II would be a good sign for the rest of the quarter.

He said: “There’s no reason to believe the early sales won’t be strong but the question is beyond the December quarter. It boils down to the legs the game may have beyond the first few weeks or the first quarter.”

The Call of Duty series has been the biggest-selling game during the holiday season from November to December since 2008. the series has also represented about 14 percent of total software sales during the previous holiday season, said Liam Callahan, an analyst from research firm NPD Group.

Black Ops 2 will feature a Cold War backdrop as well as a futuristic setting in 2025. Gamers will also be allowed to stream gameplay directly from YouTube live.

source: reuters

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Microsoft launches Halo 4 with high aims

Microsoft’s much vaunted Halo series is back with the release of Halo 4 today. The latest version of Halo is set to compete against another blockbuster from Activision Blizzard, the Call of Duty series.

Master Chief, the main protagonist, has generated over $3 billion since it was released in 2001. The green-armored soldier came back to life after a five-year absence. The Halo title has garnered millions of fans around the world in more than 40 countries.

Made by Microsoft Studios, the Halo franchise was the first successful game of the developer as it began to tread the waters of the gaming industry back in 2001. the original Halo game was released together with the first Xbox. Microsoft Studios has sold over 46 million copies of the game until now, which also helped propel the popularity of Xbox console around the world, bypassing its rivals PlayStation and Wii.

It is yet unclear if the new Halo installment can beat the upcoming “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2″, which will launch next week. Halo series is the now the biggest title on the Xbox platform.

On the other hand, Nintendo is also releasing a new Wii U platform that will come with a paired tablet controller these coming holidays. Top game maker Activision is also set to release a special edition Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 title for Wii U on November 18.

The 5-year hiatus of main Halo character Master Chief seems to be working for the new game according to Ryan McCaffrey, the editor of Xbox section in videogame site IGN.com.

“Call of Duty has taken over as the most popular game on the Xbox, so I think it will be very close,” McCaffrey added.

The Halo 4 story revolves around Master Chief’s rampage in killing enemy aliens while  trying to save his dear friend and artificial intelligence buddy named Cortana.

Microsoft has high goals for Halo 4. Halo: Reach, the previous installment without Master Chief, launched in September 2010 and bagged $200 million in sales around the world during the release date.

The software giant will be hosting promotional events in cities like London, Berlin, and Seattle during the release date.

Microsoft also upped the ante in promoting the game in Europe by transforming the small country of Liechtenstein into a futuristic Halo-like universe. The country’s historic landmarks and countryside were overhauled and reporters were allowed to test the game.

The largest United States retail chain, GameStop Corp, will also be hosting its own midnight events for the game.

Fans had been lining GameStop stores in anticipation of the game, as early as 12 hours before the title launch. Some of them were dressed in Halo Costumes.

GameStop spokeswoman Wendy Dominguez said: “They’ve either pre-ordered Halo or they’re waiting to get their hands on a copy and they’re pretty excited about it.”

source: reuters

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Gameloft’s Modern Combat 3 On Sale Through Google Play For Only a Buck

For a limited time, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation is just $0.99 on Google Play. If you’re in the dark, Modern Combat is Gameloft’s take on Activision’s highly successful Call of Duty series. It features action-packed war scenarios with modern weapons and tactics. The game’s size is of epic proportions and requires 1.37GB of space [...]

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