Train2Game News Square Enix Humble Bundle for GamesAid

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UK Games Industry Charity Stars In Line Up For ‘Choose Your Own Charity’ Feature In Videogaming Pack

Running from 11am PT (7pm GMT) today until January 5th 2016, the third Square Enix Humble Bundle offers gamers the opportunity to get their mitts on a wealth of amazing gaming content and do a good deed or two at the same time – helping ensure it’s a very merry Christmas for one and all.

Running over two weeks there are two fantastic bundles of gaming goodness for players to enjoy and great charities to benefit from.

Humble Inc operate a pay-what-you-want system where the consumer decides how much they want to pay for the games and where their hard earned cash will go. It’s an awesome set up that provides vital funding for charities such as the small children and youth based causes GamesAid supports to continue vital work throughout the year.

GamesAid would like to thank Square Enix, Humble and the individuals that have helped pull together an amazing gaming package the contents of which can be found below:

Here is the lineup of the bundle:

1st Week
Last Remnant
Life Is Strange Episode 1
Tomb Raider I, II + III
Murdered: Soul Suspect
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Just Cause Collection
Front Mission Evolved
Gyromancer
Yosumin
20% off Just Cause 3 (Coupon)
33% off Life is Strange Season Pass (Coupon)
Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris
Tomb Raider: GOTY Edition
Hitman Absolution: Elite Edition

2nd Week Addition
Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Tomb Raider: Legend
Tomb Raider: Underworld

Link to the bundle:

www.humblebundle.com

Train2Game News Big Bad Bosses parody album

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The Big Bad Bosses (B3) are pleased to present their debut videogame parody album.

Power Overwhelming, featuring Jake “virt” Kaufman’s (Shovel Knight, Shantae, Contra 4) music and lyrics with vocal performances by YouTube personalities Jirdard Khalil (Big Bow) of the Completionist and Super Beard Bros, Nathan Smith (Sephy) of Nate Wants to Battle, Alex Faciane (Ronik) of The Dex and Super Beard Bros, Satchell Drakes (G-Ca$h) of Satchbags Goods, and several special guests. Over the course of ten original and hilarious parody tracks, B3 gives voice to fan-favorite videogame villains as they rap and croon about the lot they’ve been dealt. Videogame fans can get a taste of B3’s antics in their debut music video for “I’m The Boss” featured above.

Power Overwhelming is available now wherever digital music is sold, and will be available on CD and vinyl in the near future:

Power Overwhelming on iTunes
Power Overwhelming on Bandcamp

“Big Bad Bosses has been in the works for a long while” comments Jirard “Big Bow” Khalil. “I’ve been wanting to work with Jake Kaufman for years, and after hearing the Shovel Knight soundtrack I knew it was time. I always thought it would be funny yet endearing to see into the hearts of the most famous videogame villains and to try to understand how they feel in the form of song, and the album came together better than anyone involved could have imagined.”

Presented in the styles of late-’90s and early 2000s hip-hop and produced by Jirard Khalil’s new TOVG Records venture, Power Overwhelming explores unexpected sides of videogame villains that every gamer knows and loves. Special guests include Grant Kirkhope (composer of Banjo Kazooie and GoldenEye 64), Dale North (Mint Potion, composer/remixer), Arin Hanson (Egoraptor of Game Grumps), Anna Brisbane (BrizzyVoices), Kellie Whisler (The Dex), Brent Black (brentalfloss), Andrew Stein (MandoPony), MatPat (Game Theory), Jesse Cox, and Zan Alda (ZanMan72).

Stay tuned to the band’s official website for more information and for updates on the upcoming CD and vinyl releases of Power Overwhelming:

Big Bad Bosses Official Website

Train2Game News Arkham Knight December DLC

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Batman: Arkham Knight Season of Infamy: Most Wanted Expansion and December DLC – Available Beginning Today

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced the Season of Infamy: Most Wanted Expansion for Batman™: Arkham Knight is available beginning today for fans who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, or PC, and are connected to the Internet. The content is also available to purchase separately.

Play as Batman in the Season of Infamy: Most Wanted Expansion, protecting Gotham City from an invasion of legendary Super-Villains. Fight back against The Dark Knight’s biggest foes in four separate missions, with all new story arcs featuring DC Comics characters The Mad Hatter, Killer Croc, Ra’s Al Ghul and Mr. Freeze.

Season of Infamy missions include:
·         Wonderland: The Mad Hatter makes things personal as the Super-Villain lures Batman into a demented, hallucinatory battle of wits across Gotham City and within the pages of a twisted story book.
·         Beneath The Surface: The World’s Greatest Detective and Nightwing venture out to investigate Iron Heights, a flying airship prison that housed Killer Croc, after it crashed in the waters surrounding Gotham City.
·         Shadow War: Picking up after the events of Batman: Arkham City, Batman’s devout moral code is pushed to its limits as Ra’s Al Ghul’s health rebounds with the help of the League of Assassins.
·         In From The Cold: Mr. Freeze returns to Gotham City, where he is immediately entrapped in Arkham Knight’s Militia and Scarecrow’s plan to destroy Batman. Arkham Knight’s Militia has kidnapped Nora and will return her to Mr. Freeze in exchange for Batman’s capture.

To view the new Batman: Arkham Knight December Update Trailer, please visit the WB Games YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/Ivu1JRI8OhU.

Additional downloadable content available today:
·         Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #5: Combat and invisible predator maps featuring Batman, the Batmobile, Nightwing, Azrael, and Harley Quinn, allowing focused training in Freeflow Combat and Invisible Predator stealth incursion.
·         2008 Movie Batman Skin: Patrol the streets of Gotham City with this Batsuit inspired by the 2008 movie “The Dark Knight”.
·         Original Arkham Batmobile: Seize control from Gotham City’s most notorious villains with the original Arkham Asylum Batmobile.
·         Rocksteady Themed Batmobile Skin: Customize the legendary Batmobile with this unique Rocksteady themed skin.
·         Batman: Noel Skin: Face your foes with this reinforced leather suit from the Batman: Noel comic (previously a DC Comics exclusive).
·         Free Updates:
o   Batsuit v8.05 – Prestige Edition: Players can access this suit after reaching 240% game completion.
o   Classic Harley Quinn Skin: Players who own the Harley Quinn Story Pack or Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #5 can select this Harley Skin, which can be used in the Harley Story Pack or in AR Challenges, from the character showcase.
o   Arkham Knight Skin: Players who own the Red Hood Story Pack can select this skin from the character showcase for Red Hood, allowing them to look like the Arkham Knight in the Red Hood Story Pack and AR Challenges.

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 22.12.15

cod_blackops3In the christmas edition of the charts Call of Duty Black Ops 3 has kept the number one spot.

All formats
Week ending 19 December 2015
POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 1
2 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 2
3 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 3
4 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 4
5 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 5
6 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 7
7 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 6
8 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 8
9 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 9
10 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 11
11 WWE 2K16 2K 10
12 JUST DANCE 2016 UBISOFT 13
13 HALO 5: GUARDIANS MICROSOFT 14
14 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 19
15 RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 16
16 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 17
17 LEGO DIMENSIONS LEGO DIMENSIONS 12
18 NEED FOR SPEED EA GAMES 20
19 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 15
20 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2016 SEGA 18
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Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2015 UKIE Ltd

These charts cannot be reproduced either in print or online without obtaining permission from Ukie. If you wish to reproduce the charts in print or online, please contact david.smith@ukie.org.uk for the appropriate license.

Train2Game News Scribblenauts comes to Android and iOS

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces the availability of Scribblenauts™ Unlimited on the App Store and Google Play, bringing its inventive gameplay to fans of word puzzles and creativity.

The most immersive entry in the bestselling, award-winning franchise that challenges players to imagine anything and bring it to life, Scribblenauts Unlimited features gigantic new worlds, seamlessly connected together with hundreds of collectibles, pop-culture references and rewards for playful experimentation.

To view the new Scribblenauts Unlimited  trailer please visit the WB Games Youtube Channel: https://youtu.be/7Pj6q7T7CQs

Created and developed by 5TH Cell, Scribblenauts Unlimited fosters unlimited creativity and unbounded exploration with a huge side – scrolling open world where players can help the game’s hero, Maxwell, solve robust puzzles and challenges by summoning and modifying any object they can imagine. For example, players can produce inventive new items such as a “gregarious hipster dolphin,” “robotic angry lumberjack,” and “sad frost-breathing hydra.” Players can store previously summoned objects in Maxwell’s Magic Backpack for easy access and future use. 

The game also reveals the backstory of Maxwell’s parents, 41 siblings, including his twin sister Lily, and how he acquired his magical notepad.

Scribblenauts Unlimited is available now for £3.99 on the App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, £3.69 on Google Play, and coming soon to the Amazon Appstore for Android.

Train2Game News Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report

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Square Enix will be showing a video with development updates for Final Fantasy XV at the end of January.

Square Enix Ltd.,  today announced its next Active Time Report, a fully subtitled program that focuses on delivering development updates from the FINAL FANTASY® XV director Hajime Tabata, directly to the SQUARE ENIX community will take place at the end of January 2016. Tabata and Akio Ofuji, the global marketing manager, will be hosting the program as usual.

It has been a while since the last FINAL FANTASY XV Active Time Report was broadcast from Tokyo Game Show 2015. The next Active Time Report will be coming at the end of January 2016.

In the next ATR (Active Time Report) we’ll be focusing on the Niflheim Empire – the enemies of FINAL FANTASY XV. We plan on showing the latest battle footage including some scenes of magic. We’ll also be sharing further information about the special FINAL FANTASY XV event which will be taking place in March 2016.

Full broadcast times will be announced closer to the show. For more information, please check our official FINAL FANTASY XV Twitter account @FFXVEN.

The Active Time Report can be viewed via the SQUARE ENIX PRESENTS channel on YouTube through the below link:

YouTube: http://youtube.com/squareenixpresents

Train2Game News Warhammer 40,000 Tactical Objectives app out now

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Former Train2Game students now professional developers launch official Games Workshop app just in time for Christmas

Independent Video Games and Apps developer, Derp Studios, today release its tactical objectives app created with Games Workshop to accompany the Warhammer 40,000 board game. The team which includes Train2Game students has been working with Games Workshop to create the app.

The app has been designed to assist in playing the latest version of the popular table top game, offering a digital version of tactical objectives cards which previously were only available on limited edition print runs. This is one of the first ever official licensed hobby apps which supports the Warhammer 40,000 table-top game.

Chris Ledger, CEO and Lead Designer of Derp Studios; “The Warhammer 40,000:  Tactical Objectives App is one of the first hobby Apps to directly support the Warhammer 40,000 table-top board game.  The aim of the App is to enable players who don’t have a physical copy of either the regular or faction based Tactical Objectives cards to be able to own their factions deck, since the physical copies are on limited print runs.”

“Players of Warhammer 40,000 (the tabletop wargame) will benefit from the app a lot with this being the digital version. We’ve added a couple of decks.  We’ll be constantly adding decks to the app and we do have a couple of features we want to add later on down the line too.” 

“Things are going well with the folks at Games Workshop.  Everyone’s pretty busy and they have a lot of cool stuff going on, especially on the video game licensing side. Games Workshop are really good work alongside with.  They’ve been really supportive and have provided a lot of assets for us to use.  So far it’s been nothing but positive and a really enjoyable experience!”

“The development process has been very challenging and had its ups and downs but we got there in the end.  For Derp Studios this app alone is a big milestone in the company!  I’m not sure what the future holds for more hobby apps within the Warhammer 40,000 IP, however if I’m unable to produce another hobby app then I’d happily make a small licensed video game for them.”

iOS
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/warhammer-40-000-tactical/id990952051?ls=1&mt=8

Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.derpstudios.GWtacticalObjectives

Comments on the app:

Dale Platt “Most useful 40k gaming APP ever made”

Pork Chop Gaming “5* Tactical Objectives at your fingertips”

Website:  www.derpstudios.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/derpstudios
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/derpstudios

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Train2Game News Search for a Star 2016

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The Search For A Star & Rising Star student competitions are back for 2016, now open to both games coders and games artists.

Take part in one of the biggest industry-supported game dev competitions in the UK, showcasing your work in front of leading studios and getting a boost towards a career in games.

In 2015, 80% of students who qualified for the second round were able to get a games industry job on graduation. The competitions have a proven track record of improving the employability of those who enter, with the second stage development project even adding a published product to your portfolio.

The tests and challenges are tough, designed by industry professionals to mirror actual studio hiring processes, testing your talents while honing and developing your existing skills.

Prizes include opportunities for internships and jobs at leading UK games studios.

Learn more about the competitions, what to expect in each round, and enter at www.GradsInGames.com/competitions

Registrations are open from now until Wednesday 20th January 2016.

Train2Game News GTA Liberty City Stories on mobile

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Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is now available on the latest iOS devices, and coming soon for Android and Amazon devices.

In Liberty City Stories, former trusted wise guy for the Leone crime family, Toni Cipriani returns home after spending time in hiding for killing a made man. Now, the streets of Liberty City are in turmoil, as warring families vie for control and the town begins to self-destruct under waves of political corruption, organized crime, drug trafficking and union strikes. Deranged hit men, morally depraved tycoons, cynical politicians and even his own mother stand in the way as Toni tries to bring the city under Leone family control.

Originally designed with mobile gameplay in mind, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories returns with enhancements including real time lighting and shadows, upgraded textures and art, greater draw distance, performance enhancements for touch-based gaming including updated analog steering and rebalanced targeting, cross-platform cloud saves via Social Club, support for Apple’s 3D touch and more.

In addition to cross-platform cloud saves, players who download Liberty City Stories and then sign in to Social Club within the app will unlock the bonus I HEART LC t-shirt with the same account used in Grand Theft Auto Online for PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC. Once you’ve signed in, the shirt will be available for free at any GTA Online clothing store.

Train2Game News Razer Cortex Gamecaster

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Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced Razer Cortex: Gamecaster the most intuitive live-streaming software dedicated to gamers.

Users will be able to live broadcast their gaming sessions to networks such as Azubu, Twitch, and YouTube Live. Razer Cortex: Gamecaster enters its closed beta phase on December 16 and will be fully available to the public on January 28.

Gamecaster is integrated into the Razer Cortex free gaming software and will be rolled out to the 10 million Razer Cortex users in an update at the end of the closed beta.

A simple and discrete in-game interface allows gamers to initiate streaming in a few steps without having to worry about intricate configurations thanks to self-adjusting auto settings that take into account the user’s hardware and internet bandwidth for an optimal broadcast.

Razer Cortex: Gamecaster doesn’t require any technical knowledge to operate, making it an incredibly accessible live-streaming software designed specifically for gamers. Hotkey combinations grant instant access to core features such as broadcasting, local recording, saving a screenshot or switching on a webcam at any moment during a play session.

Razer Cortex: Gamecaster is the latest entry into Razer’s suite of products for streamers, sitting alongside the Razer Seiren microphone and the upcoming Intel RealSense supported webcam for streamers.

From the December 16 to January 28 users can sign up for the closed beta of the new feature to become the first gamers to try out the easiest live streaming software designed specifically for gamers.

To sign up for the beta users simply need to head over to www.razerzone.com/cortex/gamecaster/beta and sign up using their Razer ID Credentials. The first 5,000 users to sign up will be granted instant access, with successive waves of tester slots being opened up during the course of the closed beta.

Gamecaster will allow users to broadcast gameplay free of charge and watermarks at resolutions of up to 720p. Streaming above 720p is also made available to free users with an unobtrusive Razer watermark showing up on their broadcast.

The paid Pro version of Razer Cortex: Gamecaster unlocks all features including watermark free broadcasting at any resolution, webcam green screen effect, onscreen annotations, in-game Twitch chat and more.

“Gamers are coming up to be some of the best content creators on the internet with followings over the tens of millions of fans,” Says Min-Liang Tan, Razer Co-founder and CEO. “With Razer Cortex: Gamecaster we truly offer the easiest to use solution for the gamer who wants to take the first steps into live broadcasting and building a following of their own.”