EA Ending Support For Four Free-To-Play Games Due To Dwindling Usage

about X hours ago from

EA has announced that four of its free-to-play offerings will be coming to an end in 90 days. And, before you panic, Star Wars: The Old Republic isn’t on the list.

The four games that are affected are Battlefield Heroes (released in 2009), Battlefield Play4Free (entered open beta in 2001), Need for Speed World (released in 2010), and FIFA World (released worldwide in May 2014 after early launch in Brazil and Russia in 2013). Development on these games is being ceased immediately, with servers going offline after the 90-day window.

“Recently, we’ve been looking closely at the types of PC free-to-play experiences that players are engaging with across the world,” writes EA Studios executive vice president Patrick Söderlund. “For instance, Star Wars: The Old Republic is a game that continues to have a very enthusiastic and growing player community, and we have plans to introduce more new story-driven game updates to our Star Wars: The Old Republic players this year.”

See Mario Kart 8's F-Zero Mute City Track Played At The New 200cc Difficulty At 60FPS

about X hours ago from

Ahead of the new speed/difficulty's release release, Nintendo has shared a video showcasing it on Mario Kart 8's Mute City track.

You can check out the video below, and if you're on a Chrome browser you can crank the video's quality all the way up to see the course at 60 FPS.

The 200cc speed/difficulty is a free update that will arrive for Mario Kart 8 on April 23, which will also mark the release of Mario Kart 8's Animal Crossing DLC. For more on the update, head here.

Artist Gives Pokémon Kyogre, Tentacruel, Omastar, And Others Realistic Makeovers

about X hours ago from
Artist Gives Pokémon Kyogre, Tentacruel, Omastar, And Others Realistic Makeovers

The latest creation from realistic Pokémon artist RJ Palmer tackles the gigantic Kyogre, among other seafaring Pokémon.

Kyogre, the imposing whale creature you see above, appeared on the cover of Pokémon Sapphire and the recent remake, Alpha Sapphire, in its Mega Evolved form. The piece also includes realistic renditions of Tentacruel, Jellicent, Frillish, Sharpedo, and Omastar, who is the ultimate evolved form of Omanyte, who is born from the helix fossil. The helix fossil rose to prominence recently with the TwitchPlaysPokemon phenomenon.

For more impressive work from Palmer click the links to see Kyurem, Raikou, Abomasnow, and Mr. Mime, Gyarados and Rayquaza, Lugia and Tyrantrum, Giratina, Feraligatr, and Meganium. RJ Palmer has been creating these impressive realistic Pokémon for quite some time. You can see more of his collection on his blog, as well as his DeviantArt page. He's also collected most of his work into a coffee table book which you can buy here.

Wayforward Announces Apple Watch Exclusive Watch Quest

about X hours ago from
Wayforward Announces Apple Watch Exclusive Watch Quest

Wayforward is getting in on the Apple Watch video game platform early with Watch Quest.

The game uses the Apple Watch's screen as well as the iPhone for gameplay. The players' kingdom is housed on the iPhone while the bulk of the action happens on the Apple Watch's screen where you battle, solve puzzles, and track down treasure. It's a free-to-start model game where additional campaigns and characters must be purchased after completing the included free training quest.

The game is an Apple Watch exclusive and launches alongside the device on April 24. You can read more about the Apple Watch here and more about the game on Wayforward's website.

Grab A Digital Copy Of The First Issue Of The Mortal Kombat X Prequel Comic For Free

about X hours ago from
Grab A Digital Copy Of The First Issue Of The Mortal Kombat X Prequel Comic For Free

Mortal Kombat X released today, and if you want to learn about the events that lead to the game's story, you can now check out the first issue of the prequel story's comic for free.

You can head here to grab the issue for free from ComiXology. Mike Futter recently wrote up some impressions on the comic, which you can find here. You can also find our very positive review of the game by heading here.

[Source: ComiXology]

Sonic 2, Gunstar Heroes, And Streets Of Rage 2 Getting 3D Remasters For 3DS

about X hours ago from
Sonic 2, Gunstar Heroes, And Streets Of Rage 2 Getting 3D Remasters For 3DS

Sega's 3D remastered series is getting a few new additions for 3DS.

Sega's 3D remastered series takes classic games and adds stereoscopic 3D effect, widescreen, and new modes and features. Previous titles that have been remastered this way for 3DS include Sonic the Hedgehog, Fantasy Zone, and Space Harrier, among others.

Sega's next batch of games getting 3D remastered include Streets of Rage 2, which releases in in July, Gunstar Heroes which released in August, and Sonic The Hedgehog 2 which releases in September. Fantasy Zone II is also on the way for release April 16 and Thunder Blade releases May 14.

Relaxing Video Game Music Soundtrack Out This Month

about X hours ago from
Relaxing Video Game Music Soundtrack Out This Month

Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Volume II, an album of relaxing video game music from record label Scarlet Moon Records, releases this month on April 27 through the digital audio store Loudr.

Each track was performed live by Gentle Love, a band that features the saxophonist Norihiko Hibino (composer from Metal Gear Solid and Bayonetta) and pianist Ayaki. The album will include famous songs from Final Fantasy, Skyrim, DuckTales and more. The new renditions of these songs are adapted to sound like calming lullabies, whereas in-game they had a different tone. The track listing is slowly being revealed through Scarlet Moon Record's website up until release.

"The Moon" from DuckTales and "The Streets of Whiterun" from Skyrim are confirmed tracks so far.  You can preview the previous Prescriptions For Sleep Volume One album and its track listing in the video below. 

You Can Start Modding Dying Light Today With New Developer Tools

about X hours ago from
You Can Start Modding Dying Light Today With New Developer Tools

Back in February, Dying Light developer Techland put out a call for mod tool suggestions. The studio was in the process of developing tools that would support modding its latest game. Today, you can get to work.

The tools are available for the PC version and can be downloaded from Steam. In the video below, you’ll see some of the things you can do to make your Dying Light experience a bit more personal (and deadly).

(Please visit the site to view this media)

Proto Man Figure Available For Pre-order

about X hours ago from
Proto Man Figure Available For Pre-order

Pre-orders are available as of today for the Proto Man figurine, starting at $209.99 for the standard edition, and $239.99 for the limited version via First 4 Figures.

Proto Man, known as a robot master created by Dr. Light, made his debut in Mega Man 3. This iconic character has been hand-painted on polystone, and is the second figure in the Classic Mega Man collectibles series after Running Mega Man. Proto Man is 13 inches tall, the same height as the Running Mega Man figure. The exclusive edition has LED lights that shine on Proto Man's suit and Proto Blaster.

This figure comes in deluxe full color packaging along with a hand numbered base. An authenticity card is included as well, to obtain the same model number for future collectibles in the Mega Man line.

PSA: Humble Bundle Teams Up With EA’s Origin Service

about X hours ago from
PSA: Humble Bundle Teams Up With EA’s Origin Service

Humble Bundle and EA are combining forces to raise money for charity. The latest two-week bundle features nine different EA games in a variety of genres (with more to be added later).

Included at the pay-what-you-want price are:

If you pay more than the average ($4.57 at the time of publication), you’ll also get: