Comic Con 2014 starts in a week – are you ready?

Arguably the most important entertainment convention in the world, San Diego Comic Con kicks off its 45th annual event a week from today. Walmart Gamecenter will be on the ground providing live blogging and video coverage from the event right here so you can stay abreast of all the hottest upcoming stories in movies, TV, videogames, toys and more.


This year’s con runs July 24 – 27, with a preview night July 23.  If you’re lucky enough to be attending, stay tuned for news about some exciting Walmart exclusives available ONLY at the show. Also to contribute to our photo coverage, add #walmartgamecenter or the official hashtag #sdcc2014 to your photos on Twitter or Instagram and we may select your photos to appear on our site!

Let us know in the comments what you’re most excited to see out of Comic Con this year.


Best of E3 2014: Game of the Show

With so many great new games on display, and developers finally making the most of the new-gen hardware, the process of picking the top game of E3 2014 was a challenge for the Walmart GameCenter editorial team. But in the end, one game in particular stood out as the best of the best, winning our coveted Best Game of the Show award…

The Best Game of E3 2014: Batman: Arkham Knight

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Title: Batman: Arkham Knight
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Release Date: TBD 2015
Systems: Xbox One, PS4, PC

After watching Batman in action on new-gen consoles, it was going to be hard for us to choose anything else but the final chapter in Rocksteady’s Arkham trilogy as our Best Game of the Show. It’s been astonishing to see how many new gameplay mechanics the developer has crammed into this game and observe them all in action.

In regards to combat, the new Fear Takedown instantly changes the dynamic of any room where Batman finds himself severely outnumbered. You can use the element of surprise and the safety of shadows to quickly dispatch three unsuspecting foes before they even know what hit them. If you prefer more direct combat, however, the entire environment can be your weapon as you can smash enemies through and against all manner of objects. Plus, you can even pick up and use a thug’s own weapon against him.

The greatest highlight, of course, is the Batmobile. It handled like a dream as we dashed across a ramp in “pursuit” mode and then seamlessly transitioned into “battle” mode to begin strafing around several of the Arkham Knight’s drone tanks. The Batmobile then made its combat prowess known with an arsenal of rubber bullets that quickly knocked out individual foot soldiers. Finally, it assisted us with puzzles by using its winch to remove gas pipes from outside the ACE Chemicals factory to allow Batman (operating the vehicle via remote control) to move forward inside that iconic Gotham building.

Throw in some superb new-gen visuals, and no experience exhilarated at E3 this year quite like Batman’s latest adventure. It delivered on every level and we can’t wait to see more.

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Best of E3 2014: The Best of the Rest

There were a wide array of fantastic games on display at this year’s E3 event and we thought we’d take a moment to honor the Best of the Rest—those games that deserve recognition as stand-out experiences worth looking forward to in the coming months.

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Title: The Sims 4
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Maxis, The Sims Studio
Platforms: PC, Mac
Release Date: 09.02.2014

The latest edition of EA’s digital-denizen simulator features several new enhancements, including deeper personalities for your Sims and more user-friendly creation tools to help craft the perfect suburban palace for your little computer people. Continue reading

Best of E3 2014: Adventure Games

The curtains have closed on another year’s E3, and it’s hard not to walk away being excited for what’s coming soon in the near future (and beyond). If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that a lot of great games are in the works for every platform—so many, in fact, that the team at Walmart GameCenter magazine has decided to pick our favorite titles from E3 2014. Today, we look at our choices for best Adventure/RPG games from the show:

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Title: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: BioWare
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Release Date: 10.07.2014

BioWare finally delivered the first good look at their upcoming cross-gen conclusion to the Dragon Age series (at least this saga within the Dragon Age universe) at E3, and the game certainly impressed. Most noticeable, of course, are the vast visual improvements Inquisition has made over its predecessors. But it’s all of Inquisition’s gameplay refinements that really impressed. Continue reading

Best of E3 2014: Shooter Games

The Walmart GameCenter team has chosen our top games of E3 2014 and is giving you the inside scoop on our favorites. Today we look at the best shooters revealed during the show:

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Title: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Sledgehammer Games
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Release Date: 11.04.2014

Taking advantage of its near-future setting, Sledgehammer Games has pulled out all the stops when it comes to providing you with some of the most inventive—and fun—weaponry Call of Duty has ever let you handle. You don’t carry different types of grenades—you only carry one, but you can switch its settings between frag, EMP, flash, or “smart,” turning it into a heat-seeking projectile that explodes on impact. Continue reading

Best of E3 2014: Action Games

Today our Walmart GameCenter magazine editors pick their favorite new action games that were on display at the recent E3 2014. Find out which titles delivered according to our experts:

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Title: The Order: 1886
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Ready at Dawn
Platforms: PS4
Release Date: 02.20.2015

It’s easy to look at The Order: 1886 and think that its biggest claim to fame is its visuals, and make no mistake about it—the game is looking absolutely gorgeous, with graphics that could only be done on the new generation of consoles. However, there’s much more to The Order than that, and what has us most excited for the game are the ways in which it’s looking to shake up third-person shooters. Ready at Dawn’s first original console project will blend together action and narrative to Continue reading

Best of E3 2014: Family Games

The Walmart GameCenter magazine editors continue their week-long look at our picks for the best new games on display at E3 2014. Today, we take a look at our top 5 favorites in the family gaming category:

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Title: Skylanders: Trap Team
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Toys for Bob
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS
Release Date: 10.05.2014

Skylanders has been charming gamers for years now by allowing you to drop your favorite toys into a game, but wouldn’t it be even cooler to be able to trap characters and bring them out of the game? Skylanders: Trap Team lets you do just that. Players can collect many of Skyland’s baddies and store them in special crystals, Continue reading

Best of E3 2014: Sports & Racing

The curtains have closed on another E3, and it’s hard not to walk away being excited for what’s in store in the near future (and beyond). If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that a lot of great games are in the works for every platform—so many, in fact, that it might be hard to keep track of what titles we liked the best. To help you out, the Walmart GameCenter team has scoured over everything we saw last week, to bring you our picks for the best games from E3 2014.

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Title: NHL 15
Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: EA Canada
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3
Release Date: 09.09.2014

The EA Canada team that works on the NHL franchise may be the best group of developers EA Sports has right now. Consistently, year after year, they improve their game in a way that makes every hockey fan happy—and this year, they’ve even outdone their usually stellar efforts. With revamped character models, a brand-new puck, and Continue reading

E3 2014: First look at Sunset Overdrive

Walmart Dot-Com - SUNSET OVERDRIVE - Image 01The year is 2027, and—as we all expected—a giant soda corporation now rules the world. This company, named FizzCo., isn’t all bad, however. In celebration of their newest energy drink hitting the market, Overcharge Delirium XT, FizzCo. throws a celebration so huge, it shuts down their hometown of Sunset City. What no one realizes until the morning after, though, is that a lot of people in Sunset City have overdosed on Overcharge, and it’s transformed them into hideous mutants. It’s now up to you, a FizzCo. employee who was tasked with cleaning up the mess after the party, to clear the streets of the monstrosities any way you can.

Why We’re Hyped
Sunset Overdrive may sound like it throws you into a serious situation, but nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, it feels like Sunset City’s party never stopped as Continue reading

E3 2014: First look at Forza Horizon 2

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The first Forza Horizon set players loose in a sprawling open world inspired by the mountains and high deserts of Colorado, challenging them to compete for fame and glory at a super-hip fictional racing and music festival. Forza Horizon 2 keeps the premise the same but moves the festivities to the picturesque vistas of southern Europe, including parts of France and Italy.

Why We’re Hyped
One of the most frequent complaints about the first Forza Horizon was that the world seemed blocked in by guardrails at every turn—both figuratively and literally. That’s no longer the case in Forza Horizon 2. Continue reading