Train2Game News: Hero of Shaolin

Hero of ShaolinHero of Shaolin, an interactive movie style game for Android mobile phones, is now available worldwide on the Google Play Store and was developed by Bitmash Labs.

In the game, the player controls the movie’s main character, Tuta Shen, in a fast-paced, live-action, kung fu match. A player’s accuracy and reaction times dynamically determine the outcome of the movie. Faithful to the chop-sockey genre, the game includes mild profanity and realistic depictions of violence.

Hero of Shaolin is the first Android game based on live-action, martial arts cinema footage. During a match, the game plays a fight scene video. The player must press buttons in sync with the kung fu moves Tuta Shen performs in the movie. Otherwise, the movie transitions to one of several “You Lose” cutscenes.

Theatrical sound effects, retro kung fu music and synchronized haptic feedback add dimension to the overall chop-sockey experience. The game’s melodramatic, English-dubbed dialogues pay tongue-in-cheek homage to the kung fu films of the 1970s.

“Traditional action movies force viewers into an entirely passive role. They exclude viewers from participating in the action or being a real stakeholder in the outcome. The idea behind Hero of Shaolin is to provide the ability to step inside the movie and experience the action first-hand.” said Eric Egalite, the game’s developer.

Hero of Shaolin is now available for free download on the Google Play Store.

Please visit http://www.heroofshaolin.com for additional information about the game.

Train2Game News: Games Industry News- 05.07.13

Xbox360 DashboardIt’s Friday so it is time for the end of the week games industry news round up!

Microsoft has begun inviting Xbox Live members worldwide to participate in the public beta for its 2013 Xbox Live Update for Xbox 360. The update will include improvements to overall performance and the ability to conduct transactions with local currency, as Microsoft Points will be retired later this year. To join, interested 360 owners should look for the Xbox Beta Program tile on the home hub of the Xbox Dashboard and once the places are filled the beta will be closed to the public. You will be required to sign an NDA for security reasons.

In celebration of summer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces that all its mobile games in the App Store are priced at £0.69 this week including Man of Steel, LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7, Batman Arkham City Lockdown, Scribblenauts Remix, LEGO Batman DC Superheroes, Midway Arcade and Bastion. Man of Steel, Batman: Arkham City Lockdown and Scribblenauts Remix are also available on Google Play at the same low price.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced the Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition is available for PC from Steam and other digital download portals. Originally developed by NetherRealm Studios, led by Mortal Kombat co-creator and creative director Ed Boon it has been adapted for PC by High Voltage Software. If you have always wanted to try your hand in Mortal Kombat, now is the time.

2K unveiled the WWE 2K14 cover art featuring WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The official reveal, which took place during an episode of Monday Night Raw, showcased cover artwork designed in partnership with “The People’s Champion.” The cover art reflects The Rock’s physicality and signature in-ring pose. To further celebrate, 2K recently launched a consumer contest for the opportunity to create alternate cover artwork to be included with WWE 2K14 retail copies. “I am exceptionally grateful to be chosen for the cover of WWE 2K14 and serve as the first cover Superstar under 2K’s leadership,” said The Rock.

Square Enix has released a new Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII trailer dubbed “The Divine Task”. The latest video reveals more about the game’s story, including the appearance of supporting character Hope. Lightning Returns was revealed at the Final Fantasy 25th anniversary event in 2012 and is billed as the last entry in the “Lightning saga”. The Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII’s release date has been confirmed as February 11, 2014 in North America and February 14 Europe on Xbox 360 and PS3. You can enjoy the trailer, here.