The anticipation for Portal 2 is so big, that Valve has just announced commercial tv spots heading to a cable station near you. Don't have cable or a television? No worries, we have it for you right here.
Since this week is GDC, we thought that we'd do something a little more topical with today's Free App Friday. Whether you like two-dimensional RPG-style games, simple casual games on the iOS or engaging platformers, this year's GDC was chock full of FREE awesome titles. Check 'em out, play 'em, tell your friends, and maybe even get a little behind on work because there are too many wonderful games to play.
Independent games are just as great as their blockbuster counterparts, and at this year's Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco we got to check out some of the cooler game titles that were nominated for awards in the Independent Games Festival.
We're here on the GDC show floor perusing the booths and playing the games so that you don't have to. Actually, if you're currently at work, you probably wish you were here with us playing the games rather than slaving away in a cubicle. And if you're at school, well who is to say you're not playing a game right now on your iPhone, eh? Check out the gallery below for a quick walk through of the show floor, and a 360 look at the next generation PSP and the Nintendo 3DS, as well as some iOS games.
When the eggnog wears off and your wacky aunt starts reminiscing about the "war on Christmas," you're going to need some new iOS games to distract yourself from the ensuing mayhem of family celebrations. Whether you're an existing iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch owner--or are convinced you'll receive one in a shiny box in the short term--here are ten recent releases that'll keep your mind (and eyes) where they need to be this weekend: playing games.
Six years after its release on the Mac OS X and Windows platforms, World of Warcraft, the most popular massively multiplayer online role playing game of all time, needed a shot in the arm to make a familiar thing seem new again.
With the release of the Cataclysm expansion pack, this has been delivered. The expansion, which centers around the return of the dragon Deathwing, opens with a beautiful, cinematic scene of Deathwing tearing loose from an underground prison to soar across the world of Azeroth, creating a sweeping cataclysm that both destroys and reshapes familiar territories across the game world. As a result of this, longstanding politics, allegiances and storylines have undergone radical changes within the game as well.
Two days ago, the cool cats at PopCap Games released the long-awaited Bejeweled 3. The newly released title features beautiful, high-definition graphics, amazing sound and music, four additional game modes from its predecessor, and an unlock and achievement structure centering around 65 achievement badges to be earned through gameplay.
In short, your brain, Mac and free time once again belong to a Bejeweled game.
In spite of its sequel status, the core gameplay in Bejeweled 3 remains much the same as the original: shift the jewels around the board to form identically colored chains of three or more in order the clear the jewels, score points and move on to the next level. As classic as this may be, the designers over at PopCap went several steps further, dreaming up a slew of new games modes that both retain the core gameplay of the series (as well as its incredible simplicity) while adding in new ways to play and achievements to unlock.
Without further ado, here's what several hours of wonderfully wasted game time were able to divulge as to how best to play the new modes.
Ladies, gents, countrymen, womanfolk, everyone please lend me your ears. Valve has announced that:
Valve today announced that Portal 2 -- the sequel to the ground-breaking title that won over 30 game of the year awards, despite missing its original ship date -- will now be available the week of April 18th, 2011. This two month slip not only marks the shortest delay in Valve's proud tradition of delays, it represents the approaching convergence of Valve Time and Real Time. Though this convergence spells doom for humanity, it will not affect the new Portal 2 release date.