E3 2014: Hands-on with Madden NFL 15

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The latest digital representation of America’s most popular sport is nearly upon us, and it’ll land, as it always does, just in time for another great season of football. Once again, you can take your favorite franchise to the top of the standings and claim gridiron greatness or create your own pro superstar, get drafted No. 1 overall, and drag a team out of the doldrums on your own back. If playing against the AI isn’t your thing, though, hop online and join an EA Sports league with a bunch of buddies or just go 1-on-1 with your rival. Regardless, this is the most intense and most realistic Madden to date!
Why We’re Hyped
Longtime Madden maniacs already have an idea of what to expect when it comes to what happens on the field, but this year’s version promises to bring a whole new audience of up-and-coming football fans into the fold. New options during play selections allow players to receive suggestions on what plays they should call, but the advice doesn’t stop there. Continue reading

E3 2014: Hands-On With Battlefield: Hardline

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Visceral Games is looking to lend longtime Battlefield developers DICE a hand in moving the gritty FPS gunplay for which the series is known away from the soldiers and armies we’ve come to expect. Instead, this entry takes a hard look at a different kind of conflict—one that more people can probably relate to—as Battlefield hits the streets and follows the police as they try to rein in the chaos caused by criminals in a wholly urban environment. The idea of playing cops and robbers will never be the same.

Why We’re Hyped
Hardline looks to succeed where other Battlefield entries have fallen short. By utilizing each of the co-developers’ strengths, EA’s banking on this being the most complete game yet in the franchise. Visceral, best known for their work on the Dead Space series, comes in to help beef up the single-player campaign and infuse some real drama and proper storytelling alongside the action that we always expect DICE to deliver.

On the other side, DICE is taking the world Visceral has made and crafted a brand-new multiplayer suite around it—including new takes on all your favorite classic modes. In addition, the destructible environments and massive maps that you’d expect from something powered by DICE’s Frostbite engine also come along for the ride. Whether it’s automatic gunfire whittling away flimsy cover or a giant crane collapsing in the middle of a downtown intersection, there’s only one FPS that can deliver that kind of experience—and it’s Battlefield.

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Visceral Games, DICE
PlatformsXbox OnePS4Xbox 360PS3PC
Release Date: 10.21.2014

E3 2014: First look at The Sims 4

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One of the world’s most beloved life simulators is back, as The Sims 4 gears up to take EA’s wildly successful series to never-before-seen heights. Your Sims will come to life with new personalities and more user-friendly creative tools, meaning there’s more time to get to the good stuff that’s always hooked every fan of the franchise: Letting Sims loose in the world and seeing what madness, mayhem, and romance unfolds.

Why We’re Hyped

Of course, the biggest drawn to The Sims over all these years have been the Sims themselves, and in The Sims 4, the game will bring them to life in ways never possible before. Continue reading

E3 2014 – Preview video – Dying Light

Dying-LightWow! E3  2014 is just around the corner, as in Monday. So we’re starting to get previews from some of our favorite developers. With that I present the latest preview from Techland’s Dying Light. Zombies, zombies, zombies. See the video after the break…

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Smart apps prevent smartphone distractions while you drive

1.4 million cell phone-related car accidents each year, with around 200,000 of those involving texting and driving. And those metrics will undoubtedly rise with the rapidly growing number of smart device users. Let that sink in for a moment. Now think about what you can do to help avoid an unnecessary accident.Smart apps to stop texting and driving

What better time to take action than during April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. How can you help, you ask? First and foremost, don’t be dumb and use your smartphone to text, play games or mess around with apps while navigating the road. However, emerging apps and technology are aiming to keep drivers from being distracted. Continue reading