Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare sprouts on EA's GameTime
The original Plants vs. Zombies hooked gamers on its unique and quirky style of tower defense, and to this day it's a fun time waster, especially if you've never played it before. It was even great (and arguably better) on tablets, though that's a discussion for a different day. Today's topic is Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, a $30 third-person online shooter that's free through EA's Game Time program for a limited time.
Have you heard both good and bad things about Battlefield 4 and now can't decide if you want to grab a copy? Don't sweat it -- Electronic Arts just made BF4 its newest "Game Time" title, meaning you can play the full version for free for a limited time (up to 7 days in this case). Yes, that entails going through Origin, EA's digital distribution platform, but if you're okay with that, you can download the title and hop right into the action.
That ad you saw for a €349.99 Xbox One? It was posted in error, Microsoft says
Console gamers had reason to be excited when an online ad depicted the Xbox One getting a price cut to €349.99, which hinted at a global price cut. Unfortunately, that excitement was short lived. Microsoft threw a wet blanket on the rumor and confirmed with our sister site, Tech Radar, that the Xbox One listing with a reduced price was made "in error" and that it doesn't have any current plans to lower the price.
World of Warcraft loses 800,000 subscribers in three months
Some 800,000 questing game players fled from World of Warcraft during Activision Blizzard's fiscal second quarter ended June 30, 2014. That leaves the world's most popular MMORPG with 6.8 million subscribers, enough to maintain its top spot among the competition. Those who quit the game were disproportionately concentrated in the East and similar to the seasonal decline experienced during the second quarter of 2012, Activision Blizzard said.
"Hashtag" is one of 5,000 new words included in a dictionary update for Scrabble
It's been about a decade since the last time an official Scrabble dictionary was released, and in terms of technology, you might as well be talking about a century. Well, here's some good news for all you geeky wordsmiths who've grown tired of being challenged for playing the word "texter" and other tech terms -- Merriam-Webster is getting ready to release the Fifth Edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary with 5,000 new words.
Lots of bandwidth tweaks await Titanfall in the latest update
Respawn has put the finishing touches on its fifth title update for Titanfall, and with it comes a ton of optimizations intended to improve online play. The update applies to all platforms and also includes numerous bug fixes, as well as more robust multi-GPU support specific to the PC. Respawn said it worked with Nvidia so that the second GPU would no longer sit idle.
Valve stated earlier this year that it was holding back certifying Steam Machines until 2015 in order to give itself more time to tweak its prototype controller, which it considers to be essential to the Steam Machine experience. Now a couple of months later, a photo plucked from Valve's latest Steam client beta shows a new revision of the Steam Controller, one that's likely to be well received by gamers.
Visceral Games will use its extra time to make stability and feature improvements to Battlefield Hardline
Electronic Arts originally planned to release Battlefield Hardline on October 21, 2014 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC, but as any gamer knows, release dates are kind of like rules -- they're meant to be broken or ignored. In this case, EA announced it's delaying Battlefield Hardline until "early 2015" so that Visceral Games has more time to implement features born out of feedback from beta players.
As much as we initially disliked the over-the-top storyline, action, and gameplay of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, the more we played, the more we found ourselves growing quite fond of the game. It’s more like exercise than a bad wine; worth sticking with for the end results, rather than tossing out after the first sip or two.
Note: This review was originally featured in the April 2014 issue of the magazine.
Turn that Barnes & Noble gift card into a GameStop E-Card
You told Aunt Millie a hundred times that junior would love a GameStop gift card for his birthday, but instead, he had to feign happiness at receiving one for Pottery Barn. It's not quite the same, though it's not the end of junior's world, either. GameStop recently rolled out a gift card exchange program in which you can trade gift cards from nearly 100 retailers into a GameStop e-card.