Hearthstone is getting an all-new game mode later this month

The next patch for digital card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will bring with it a fourth game mode. Joining the existing standard, solo, and arena modes will be the new “tavern brawl” option, which gives you new ways to compete against other players.

Essentially, it’s a one-on-one competitive mode, but one where you have to deal with a specific set of challenges involving special rules or custom decks. “Some brawls will provide you with a preset deck, while others may have you build a new deck based on certain surprising guidelines,” Blizzard explains. The feature is also designed with high-level players in mind; it doesn’t unlock until you have a level 20 hero character. New brawls will be added each week once the feature…

Continue reading…

Go to Source
Author: Andrew Webster

Powered by WPeMatico

DmC Dev's Hellblade Gets New Gameplay Trailer, Details on Key Themes

Ninja Theory, developer of Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and DmC: Devil May Cry, has released a new trailer for Hellblade, its upcoming third-person action game.

Along with the trailer, which you can watch below, Ninja Theory has also discussed some of the themes at the heart of the game.

“Mental health and psychosis are the key themes explored in Hellblade,” the studio said.

In order to accurately and authentically explore these themes, the studio is working closely with Paul Fletcher, University of Cambridge’s professor of health and neuroscience. Ninja Theory is also consulting with people who have an experience of mental health difficulties.

“True understanding of mental health is not simply about the books, lectures, or verbal descriptions but from deeper engagement on all levels,” said Fletcher.

“Working with Ninja Theory has shown me the potential that gaming has for sharing in a character’s experiences and engendering empathy in ways that go well beyond those offered by simple academic descriptions. Maybe this approach will contribute powerful new ways of challenging stigma.”

Tameem Antoniades, Ninja Theory’s chief creative officer, added that the studio is “pursuing creative independence in order to explore a compelling subject matter and gaming experiences that would not be possible under the current retail model.”

“In movie terms,” he continued, “this would be a quality independent film, not a Hollywood blockbuster. Digital self-publishing means that we can offer a smaller, but high-quality game at around half the price of retail games.”

Ninja Theory has also revealed that the project is supported by the Wellcome Trust, a charitable foundation aimed at improving the understanding of science and health.

Despite its similar name, Hellblade is not connected to previous PlayStation 3 exclusive Heavenly Sword.

“It’s a brand-new IP. Senua is a new character,” said Dominic Matthews, product development manager at the studio. “It’s not tied to Heavenly Sword at all. I saw someone describe the name as someone just putting Heavenly Sword into Thesaurus.com and going ‘Oh, it’s Hellblade.'”

Click image to view in full screen

“It’s not something where we’ve gone, ‘Yeah, let’s make people think it is this.’ We really like Heavenly Sword. We loved making that game. So it’s actually more just we like making female protagonists that look in a certain style. And we like swords. And we like hell. It’s more that.”

The studio has said Hellblade will deliver “ninja-class melee gameplay, strong character stories, and a unique art vision”–it was easy to assume this was, at the very least, a spiritual successor to Heavenly Sword. But even that isn’t the case.

Sony has secured Hellblade as a timed PS4 exclusive. However, the game is also in development for PC.

Ninja Theory has also released a new developer diary, discussing the main character, Senua, and the game’s approach to exploring mental health.

Go to Source
Author: Tamoor Hussain

Powered by WPeMatico

Watch Björk's harrowing, grand Black Lake video

With her career-spanning exhibition at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art now finally wrapped, Björk has been publicly sharing pieces commissioned for the show that once lived exclusively within the museum’s walls. She revealed the VR-rich, 360-degree video for Vulnicura single “Stonemilker” last week; yesterday, she released the video for “Black Lake,” the album’s visceral, mutating centerpiece.

Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, the video doubles as a tour through a piece of the craggy Icelandic landscape and a physical realization of Björk’s emotional pain. She pounds along to the beat, and plumes of blue lava shoot up alongside her; she gyrates and howls before disappearing into the foggy middle distance. It makes for a draining,…

Continue reading…

Go to Source
Author: Jamieson Cox

Powered by WPeMatico

Hyrule Warriors Announced for 3DS With New Characters

Koei Tecmo has announced Hyrule Warriors will be released on Nintendo 3DS.

A short trailer for the game reveals that The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker character Tetra will be added.Tetra will be wielding a cutlass and pistol.

The trailer, which you can watch below, also shows The King of Hyrule and The King of Red Lions will also be available for players to use. Both new characters can also be transferred to the Wii U version of the game.

Hyrule Warriors was previously released for Wii U and is a spin-off that blends Legend of Zelda with the gameplay of Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors.

In January, it was reported that the Hyrule Warriors has shipped more than one million units worldwide since its launch last fall.

In our Hyrule Warriors review we gave the game an 8/10 score. Reviewer Miguel Concepcion praised the game’s balancing of Dynasty Warriors map management with Zelda-style objectives and said it delivered true Zelda fan service from beginning to end.

Go to Source
Author: Tamoor Hussain

Powered by WPeMatico

The world's most insane electric bike race has just been won at 119mph

You’d be right to think electric racing is still in its infancy, but don’t let that lull you into believing it’s slow. The famous Isle of Mann TT series of bike races is going on this week, and the electric portion of the contest has just concluded with John McGuinness taking the trophy after averaging a blistering 119.3mph around the brutal 37-mile course. The Isle of Mann is known for being unforgiving, and many of the first-year teams are happy just to get their riders and bikes around the track without any misfortunes.

McGuinness’ time of 18 minutes and 58 seconds set a new record for electric bikes at the Isle of Mann. Mugen teammate Bruce Anstey, who had already secured an earlier victory in the gas-powered Superbike…

Continue reading…

Go to Source
Author: Vlad Savov

Powered by WPeMatico

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons PS4, Xbox One, Mobile Release Date Confirmed

Publisher 505 Games has confirmed Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in summer 2015.

The re-release for the latest batch of consoles will feature “director’s commentary, soundtrack, and concept art gallery content.”

In addition to consoles, Brothers will also be released for iOS, Android, and Windows phones and tablets in the same period.

Brother: A Tale of Two Sons was first released on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and PC in 2013. The game places players in control of two brothers, with each one mapped to the two thumbsticks on a controller.

The pair must journey to the Tree of Life and acquire its water to save their sick father. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons received critical acclaim for its emotionally-charged narrative, exhilarating platforming, and challenging puzzle design.

In GameSpot’s Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons review, we awarded the game a score of 8.

“Sure, the puzzles are suitably challenging and mighty clever in places, and the imposing environments are beautifully realised, but it’s all there to build those emotional ties, and create moments that hit you right in the pit of your stomach,” said our reviewer.

“Brevity is the only real misstep here, and you can’t help but feel that with a little more time to build up the characters those emotional highs would have an even greater impact. But it’s not enough to detract from what is a great achievement: an ambitious, emotionally affecting adventure that’s short, but oh so sweet.”

Go to Source
Author: Tamoor Hussain

Powered by WPeMatico