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StarCraft II Heart of the Swarm Launches Globally

Back in January Blizzard released a new trailer for the StarCraft II expansion pack called StarCraft II Heart of the Swarm. Blizzard has now announced that the expansion pack is now available to purchase for Windows and Mac gamers. The standard version of the expansion pack is available in retail locations and as a digital download for $39.99.

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Unicorn Apocalypse Is Real And It Sucks

Unicorn Apocalypse, the mobile game Samsung promoted in its TV ads that began airing at the beginning of the year, isn’t fictional after all – it’s a real, playable game live now in the Google Play app store. Generally speaking, the Samsung ads, designed by an agency called 72andSunny, were both relevant and memorable – they even featured cameos from Tim Burton, Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd at times.

For those unfamiliar, the commercials took aim at BlackBerry in particular, by touting the enterprise-friendliness of Samsung’s devices. An ongoing series, they feature the team at a generic startup shop, where a group of young people are working to put out a mobile game called “Unicorn Apocalypse.”

As it turns out, Samsung held a contest to create the game which was used in the TV commercials, and the winning entry game from the developers at Liquid Gameworks. The plot, apparently, has to do with a unicorn described as the “harbinger of the apocalypse.” Players will run the unicorn across an urban landscape, jumping over rooftops and avoiding the “deadly unicorn traps” that soldiers from the Anti Unicorn Force has deployed. There are also three “boss” levels to beat, and metal soundtrack to accompany said unicorn’s spree.

Or something.

But as much fun as that sounds, as it turns out, the game is actually…well…it’s rather bad. The app currently has a 2.1 star rating in Google Play, where 228 users out of 375 have given it the lowliest 1-star review. The game appears to be buggy, according to users’ comments, who also point out that it feels like a rip-off of the more popular Robot Unicorn Attack.

“After a minute of playing the unicorn just runs off an edge into an endless pit of fire. Points are still collected, but the unicorn isnt [sic] even on the screen,” reads one review from user Darshan Mand.

“Thought It would be good when I saw the commercial but the game is like it was made by a 5 year old,” says another, Michael Robb.

“I wish it was possible to give this game negative stars,” says Maurice Coleman, “It’s THAT bad!”

The general sentiment here is that Samsung squandered its opportunity to impress, after touting the game so much in its TV commercials. But Samsung has also played a risky game with its brand here by making a low-quality game whose development was outsourced to others. Obviously, people are going to download and try this thing. And the whole point of the commercial series was that Samsung devices helped the Unicorn Apocalypse team work better together to make the game a success.

So is the lasting takeaway from the actual game’s launch, and subsequent suckiness is…what?

That maybe they should have used iPhones?



SimCity Leaderboards, Achievements Turned Off Until Server Issues Are Resolved

SimCity server issues are continuing to plague EA and prevent players from logging onto their game. Yesterday players were facing waits of up to half an hour to find a free server to play on, while today EA has announced it will be turning off non-critical parts of the game until it can get the problem under control.

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To The Moon 2 Tease Is Actually “A Bird Story”

A sequel to indie tear jerker To The Moon was teased earlier today via an image showing the protagonists fighting aliens on the actual moon. If you’ve played the original, you know that’s nothing like the original game, a sad and gentle meditation on love and the transience of life. With space shuttles. It turns out this is a send up meant to announce the creator’s new game, A Bird Story.

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Helms Deep Reborn Left 4 Dead 2 Map Added To Official Servers

If you are a fan of Lords of the Rings and enjoy playing Left 4 Dead 2, you are sure to be pleased to learn that the new Helms Deep Reborn map has been added to the official Left 4 Dead 2 gaming servers, the L4D team has announced.

A new update has rolled out this week to Left 4 Dead 2 which corrects an issue with dedicated servers and workshop content, and to celebrate the fix the L$D team have added the Helms Deep Reborn map.

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Nvidia Project Shield Demonstrated Paired With PC (video)

A new demonstration of Nvidia’s Project Shield handheld gaming console paired with a PC has been released by Nvidia this week. Revealing how to play Need for Speed: Most Wanted via a GeForce GTX 680-enabled PC.

The newly unveiled Nvidia Project Shield console is powered by a Tegra 4 processor and equipped with dual analog control sticks,and trigger controls, together with a custom 72-core GPU. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Nvidia Shield project and see it in action with a PC.

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Sony: PS3 Has Long Life Left, New Vita Games Are Needed

Sony is still all in with the PS3, despite some recent setbacks and the rumor cycle going at full speed regarding its successor. “PS3, in its sixth year, I think it still has a long life. And here we’re not in the stage where we are losing money in the hardware any more,” Sony CFO Masaru Kato told shareholders. ”So again, there are discussions about the next platform, I cannot dwell on that at all at the moment. But in any case, we have a lot of business in PS3.”

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Crysis 3 Multiplayer Beta Now Available To Play (videos)

As announced Crysis 3 Multiplayer Beta has now opened its doors and will be running until February 12th 2013, a few days vefore Crysis 3 is set to be officially launched on February 19th in the US and February 22nd in Europe..

The new Crysis 3 Multiplayer Beta release in now available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC and includes the New York Feed, which is an in-game social feed, showcasing the accomplishments of gamers and their friends.

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Crysis 3 Multiplayer Beta Now Available To Play (videos)

As announced Crysis 3 Multiplayer Beta has now opened its doors and will be running until February 12th 2013, a few days vefore Crysis 3 is set to be officially launched on February 19th in the US and February 22nd in Europe..

The new Crysis 3 Multiplayer Beta release in now available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC and includes the New York Feed, which is an in-game social feed, showcasing the accomplishments of gamers and their friends.

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Skyrim Dragonborn DLC Trailer Reveals Xbox Launch December 4th (video)

Bethesda has today announced that the new Skyrim Dragonborn DLC will be arriving on Xbox 360 console on December 4th, and will be the third downloadable content to be released for the Skyrim game. Enjoy!

The Dragonborn DLC takes place on the north-easterly independent island of Solthseim, and will include ridable dragons which might even be controllable in game, rather than just a set video clip.

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