Train2Game News Gems of War free to play

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505 Games today announced that Gems of War, the epic, match-3 battle game from the creators of the original Puzzle Quest, is now available to download for PlayStation 4 and XBOX One. Availability on the PlayStation Store in Europe is set for November the 18.

The highly addictive title combines elements from puzzle, RPG and card battle games allowing players to battle foes not just with swords and sorcery, but with a puzzle board. Match gems of many colors to power spells & skulls to smite enemies, then take the spoils of war and forge a mighty empire! It’s completely engrossing, easy-to-learn and filled with incredible strategy.

Gems of War is set in a mystical world filled with powerful heroes where players must successfully complete hundreds of quests across 15 kingdoms. Gamers create a hero, collect new allies for their party, and fight epic battles while attempting to conquer the world of Krystara. Each kingdom captured holds new troops and quests to explore, as players strive to build the mightiest army in the realm. Battle other players in each respective kingdom to defend their titles and battle the greedy masses or opt to join a guild and fight alongside friends:

• Collect and level-up over 130 different troops with unique spells
• Build your hero party to create the ultimate battle warriors
• Over 1200 Missions across 120 Quests
• Includes Arena Mode with unlimited PvP battles
• Unique PS4 Armor Sets: Shadow, Ebon, Obsidian Armor
• Unique XBOX Armor Sets: Savage, Wild and Bestial Armor

“We are excited to bring the Gems of War experience to PlayStation 4 and XBOX One, giving console players to the chance to take the spoils of war and forge their own empires!” said Joel Breton, senior vice president, 505 Games Mobile.

Gems of War is available to download for FREE now from the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live. Availability on the PlayStation Store in Europe is set for November the 18.

Train2Game News Battle Islands

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Battle Islands, the popular World War II Free-to-Play strategy game from 505 Games is taking the fight to Xbox One, bringing new and exclusive content to the platform.

Players who go to war on the Xbox One version will have access to the following EXCLUSIVE content:

Ranger Mode – Players can jump into the action and take direct control of their units. This mode offers the chance to take your very own veteran Ranger into battle to fight alongside other troops!

New Units – Attacking enemy bases and seizing resources gets easier with the following new units – Escort Fighter Plane, Motorbike & Sidecar and Heavy Gunboat.

Battle Islands is also rolling out a new feature called Divisions which pits players against similarly ranked opponents to compete for the weekly top spot and the chance to win Supply Bonuses.

The game is also available to download for free on PlayStation 4, app stores on Apple, Android and Amazon, Facebook and Yahoo! Games as well as on STEAM®/PC.

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 03.07.14

Sniper Elite 3The charts are late this week but there is a new number one with 505 Games Sniper Elite 3 shooting to number one in its debut. Grid Autosport from Codemasters enters the chart at number seven and further down Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark comes in at number twelve.

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Week ending 28 June 2014

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 SNIPER ELITE 3 505 GAMES
2 WATCH DOGS UBISOFT 2
3 EA SPORTS UFC EA SPORTS 1
4 TITANFALL EA GAMES 3
5 WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 4
6 FIFA 14 EA SPORTS 5
7 GRID AUTOSPORT CODEMASTERS
8 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ACTIVISION 8
9 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION MICROSOFT 10
10 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION 3 EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 9
11 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL EA SPORTS 6
12 TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE DARK SPARK ACTIVISION
13 MARIO KART 8 NINTENDO 7
14 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 11
15 BATTLEFIELD 4 EA GAMES 12
16 TOMODACHI LIFE NINTENDO 19
17 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 16
18 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 17
19 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT 15
20 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE EA GAMES 18
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Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2014 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: UK Top 20 Games – 19.08.13

PayDay2It’s the start of another week so it is time again to reveal the top twenty games. This week sees a new number one, Payday 2, knock Minecraft: Xbox360 edition down to number two. Besides the new number one the only change is the reintroduction of BioShock Infinite thanks to the upcoming DLC and Red Dead Redemption: Game Of The Year Edition which come in at numbers nineteen and twenty respectively.

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Week ending 17 August 2013

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST 
 WEEK 
1    PAYDAY 2 505 GAMES
2    MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION MICROSOFT 1
3    CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II ACTIVISION 7
4    FIFA 13 EA SPORTS 2
5  –  ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF NINTENDO 5
6  –  THE LAST OF US SONY COMPUTER ENT. 6
7    THE SMURFS 2 UBISOFT 3
8  –  LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 8
9  –  TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 9
10    GRAND THEFT AUTO IV XBOX 360 CLASSICS 13
11    ASSASSIN’S CREED III XBOX 360 CLASSICS 10
12    THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM – LEGENDARY BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 16
13    NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED EA GAMES 12
14  –  LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 14
15    FAR CRY 3 UBISOFT 11
16    MAX PAYNE 3 ROCKSTAR 15
17    GRAND THEFT AUTO EPISODES – LIBERTY CITY ROCKSTAR 18
18    BATTLEFIELD 3 EA GAMES 19
19    BIOSHOCK INFINITE 2K GAMES
20    RED DEAD REDEMPTION: GOTY ROCKSTAR
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Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2013 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: EA dropping Online Pass

ea-logoEA have listened to their customers and have decided to stop the Online Pass it releases with most of it’s new games.

The Online Pass was something intended to reward those who purchased new copies of games and punish those who picked up used copies. It was met with disdain by the community and the press as it was needed to enjoy the full game, meaning those who bought a copy and then some how lost their pass were then punished.

Venture Beat have published an article where they talk to EA Senior Director of Corporate Communications, John Reseburg, about EA’s Online Pass program and he confirms that it is gone by saying, “Yes, we’re discontinuing Online Pass. None of our new EA titles will include that feature.”

As to why the Online Pass is being scrapped, Reseburg said “Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn’t respond to the format. We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.”

Whether something else will replace the Online Pass system is yet to be seen, but perhaps EA know something we don’t about the next generation of consoles. We will have to wait and see.

EA isn’t the only company who used this Online Pass program, but for the moment EA is the only one who has said they aren’t going to use it any more. The other publishers and developers that currently use it are: Ubisoft, Activision, 505 Games, SOE and Warner Bros. Interactive.

We can only hope that in this case, EA are trend setters.

UK Charts – Zumba Fitness retakes No.1 from Portal 2

In what may be surprising to Train2Game students, Zumba Fitness has regained top spot in the UKIE/GFK Chart-track All Formats top 40 at the expense of Portal 2.

It’s 505 Games dance title’s third time at No.1, having taken the title twice during April as reported by the Train2Game blog.

Portal 2 may have held No.1 for two weeks, but for now it slips down to No.2, while Mortal Kombat also drops once to No.3. Meanwhile, Call of Duty: Black Ops continues to sell strongly moving up one spot to No.4 in this weeks’ chart.  The top five is completed by Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars which also raises one place from No.6.

FIFA 11 drops to No.6 in its 32nd week on sale, and the same week in which the Train2Game blog revealed that its sequel will feature some of the biggest changes in the series.  Operation Flashpoint: Red River drops three to No.7 in its third week in the charts while Wii Fit Plus is a non-mover at No.8.

Pokémon Black – which as reported by the Train2Game blog took No.2 in its debut week – re-enters the top ten at No.9 while Just Dance 2 holds No. 10. Former No.1 Homefront leaves the top ten, and falls to No. 17.

The UKIE Gfk Chart-Track All Formats Top 10 for the week ending 7th May 2011 is therefore as follows:

1. Zumba Fitness (505 Games)
2. Portal 2 (EA)
3. Mortal Kombat (Warner)
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision)
5. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
6. FIFA 11 (EA)
7. Operation Flashpoint: Red River (Codemasters)
8. Wii FIt Plus (NIntendo)
9. Pokemon Black (Nintendo)
10. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft)

Releases in the coming week include Brink and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Zumba re-taking No.1? Is it testament to a successful game or was it just a slow week for new releases? Will Brink take top spot next week?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.