Activision games discounted on Steam

Activision games discounted on Steam

This weekend brings good news for fans of Activision games, as Steam is offering a 25% discount on the Activision catalog.

Daily Deals will offer players an extended discount, like today’s Daily Deal which delivers a 50% discount for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, resulting in a price-drop of $19.99.

The weekend will also set in motion a free-to-play multiplayer weekend for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Players can obtain the free download in their Steam Library.

Alongside the Call of Duty games, the Activision Steam sale also discounted Prototype, Deadpool, and Singularity.

The sale will end Sunday at 1 p.m. PST, or 4 p.m. EST.

Source: gameranx.com

80 percent of Payday 2 sales digital

80 percent of Payday 2 sales digital

Starbreeze Studios announced that their heist-themed game developed by Overkill Software has sold nearly 1.6 million copies, and about 1.26 million of them were sold digitally.

In August, Starbreeze said Payday 2 had made a profit six days ahead of its launch based on preorder sales alone. The retail version of the game sat at number eight on NPD’s top-ten sales chart for August.

Payday 2 is available for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

Sources: Eurogamer.net

NBA 2K14 player ratings surfacing

NBA 2K14 player ratings surfacing

LeBron James is number one.

According to 2K Games, the Miami Heat superstar is the best player on the court today, surpassing the likes of Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. The feuds can begin now.

Ronnie2K and LD2K, two major names in the 2K community have confirmed the following list of players and their ratings released by 2K Games. Strangely, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade are not on the list at the moment.

 

  • LeBron James – 99

  • Kevin Durant – 94

  • Carmel Anthony – 92

  • Russell Westbrook – 91

  • Paul George – 88

  • John Wall – 85

  • Monta Ellis – 82

  • Brook Lopez – 81

  • Pau Gasol – 81

  • Roy Hibbert – 81

  • Anthony Bennett – 76

  • Evan Turner – 76

  • Victor Oladipo – 76

  • Jared Dudley – 73

  • Ben McLemore 72

  • Nerlens Noel – 72

  • Cody Zeller – 68

  • Peyton Siva – 67

  • Chris Johnson – 66

 

NBA 2K14 is set to release on Oct. 2.

 

Source: gameranx.com

 

Developers claim PlayStation 4 faster than Xbox One

Developers claim PlayStation 4 faster than Xbox One

According to developers, the PlayStation 4 reads memory 40 to 50 percent times faster than its next-gen competitor, the Xbox One.

In an interview with Edge magazine, the developers said the difference between the two consoles when it comes to performance is “significant”, and “obvious.” They added the ALU (arithmetic logic unit) is 50 percent faster than that of the Xbox One.

Microsoft is aware of the situation, and has recently increased the clock speed of the Xbox One. However, a developer explained the change to the clock speed is insignificant.

“It does not change things that much,” he said. “Of course, something is better than nothing.”

Sources: gameranx.com, edge-online.com

 

Microsoft buying iPads for store credit

Microsoft buying iPads for store credit

If you have a “gently used” iPad which doesn’t suit your fancy, Microsoft will take them off your hands in exchange for a minimum of $200 store credit.

According to Microsoft’s online marketplace, the deal which expires Oct. 27 is available in select stores found in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. In order to be eligible for the trade-in, the iPad must have a power cord and can’t be password-protected.

Microsoft’s Surface tablet line has recently endured a price-cut after a March Bloomberg report claimed the tablets under-performed for the company. The 32GB tablets now start at $350, while the 64GB Pro versions start at $800.

Sources: content.microsoftstore.com

Positive remarks surrounding next Mass Effect

Positive remarks surrounding next Mass Effect

A handful of developers chimed in about the upcoming Mass Effect game, and had positive things to say about the game’s shape so far.

Casey Hudson, executive producer of the Mass Effect series, tweeted the team is doing “Outstanding work,” adding it looks, “Beautiful, fun, ambitious  and Mass Effect-y.”

Despite all the excitement surrounding the game early on in its development, Yanick Roy, studio director at Bioware Montreal, said the public won’t get to see the game for some time.

Bioware has announced the next Mass Effect game will not feature Commander Shepard, and according to Hudson, it will run on the Frostbite 3 engine.

Sources: gamespot.com

Kojima to present Metal Gear Solid 5 at TGS

Kojima to present Metal Gear Solid 5 at TGS

Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid series, will be showing off the newest entry in the series at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show, which will take place from Sept. 19 to Sept. 22.

Gameplay of the Ground Zero portion of the game will be on display at the event, alongside the trailer which was shown at E3 but for the first time with Japanese voice overs.

The demonstration will take place at the PlayStation booth, meaning it will most likely be presented through the PlayStation 4, or perhaps a PC configured to the consoles specifications.

Fable Anniversary Pushed Back to 2014

Fable Anniversary Pushed Back to 2014 1

Lionhead Studios has announced today its decision to delay the release of Fable Anniversary to February 2014.

“We’ve been working hard for the past year to bring you the very best Fable experience on Xbox 360,” Lead Designer Ted Timmins wrote in a blog post. “We feel though, that we need a little more time in order to meet our ambitions and give you, the fans, the best game possible.”

Timmins also said Fable Anniversary, upon its release, will be available at retail stores, as well as online via the Xbox Games Store.

Lionhead Studios revealed Fable Anniversary in June as part of the HD remake of Fable and its Lost Chapters expansion. At the time in June as well, Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb announced Fable Anniversary to be released this holiday season.

Nintendo big part of industry growth, NPD reports

Nintendo big part of industry growth, NPD reports

For the first time in a while, the gaming industry experienced a 1% growth year over year, and a big contributing factor was the Nintendo 3DS.

The NPD, which provides market information across a wide spectrum of industries, reported that while hardware sales went down 40 %, software sales increased 21 % year over year. The 3DS turns out, was the top-selling console in August, and has been at the top of the list for the past four consecutive months.

In light of these figures, Nintendo released a list containing sales numbers for some of their most popular games, which also combined physical and retail sales, reinforcing the 3DS’ dominant position among gaming devices.

 

  1. Mario and Luigi: Dream Team – 190,000

  2. Pikmin 3 – 115,000

  3. New Super Luigi U – 120,000

  4. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 863,000

  5. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 739,000

  6. New Super Mario Bros 2 – 406,000 for the year, 1.85 million lifetime

  7. Fire Emblem Awakening – 390,000

  8. Mario Kart 7 – 352,000 for the year, 2.84 million lifetime

  9. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity – 298,000

  10. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 268,000

  11. Super Mario 3D Land – 265,000 for the year, 2.86 million total

  12. LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins – 264,000

 

Other top selling titles spanning across all platforms (unless indicated otherwise) are as follows:

 

  1. Madden 25

  2. Saints Row IV

  3. Disney Infinity

  4. Splinter Cell: Blacklist

  5. Minecraft for Xbox 360

  6. Mario and Luigi: Dream Team

  7. NCAA Football 14

  8. Payday 2

  9. Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn

  10. Pikmin 3

According to NPD analyst Liam Callahan, Xbox 360 and PlayStation software sales were surprisingly strong, growing an impressive 50%, and added the “incredible” stat comes as a shocker, considering the next generation of consoles are just around the corner.

Source: NeoGAF