The King of the Court, Virgin Gaming’s month-long online video game tournament concludes this Saturday, April 19th, starting at 6pm EST with a two-hour, head-to-head showdown airing live on Major League Gaming’s MLG.tv. Throughout the month of March, PlayStation 3 players have faced off to claim the throne on top of the NBA 2K14 Virgin Gaming leaderboards, and now two finalists remain. Semaj Riddick from Virginia and Tommy Zak from Wisconsin will compete live from MLG’s New York studios where one of them will be officially crowned 2014’s King of the Court. This time around they’ll be playing on PlayStation 4 in a “best 2 out of 3” format. The winner will walk away with $5,000 cash, a trip to the 2014 NBA Finals, a PlayStation 4 NBA 2K14 bundle, and bragging rights.
The broadcast will stream live on Saturday, April 19th at 6pm at www.mlg.tv/kingofthecourt and the new MLG.tv app.
The NPD Group has released its report for the month of March. While software sales continued to be down 28% year over year in March, hardware sales were up 78%. Overall, total industry sales increased 3% to $1.03 billion. PlayStation 4 continues to be the best selling platform despite the Xbox One exclusive Titanfall topping the games chart. Xbox One sold 311,000 units in March, while Xbox 360 grew its install base with 111,000 units sold, more than any seventh generation console. Wii U hardware sales increased by 4.5% over the same month last year, with 70,000 units sold. And while down 31% year over year, the Nintendo 3DS was the best selling handheld in March, with 159,000 units sold.
The top selling games of March were as follows:
2. inFAMOUS Second Son
3. South Park: The Stick of Truth
4. Call of Duty: Ghosts
5. Dark Souls II
6. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
7. NBA 2K14
8. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
9. The LEGO Movie Videogame
10. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Atari announced today the third-person, multiplayer online bomat game, Minimum, for PC. Minimum will be available for Steam Early Access this spring.
Set in a minimalistic stylized universe, Minimum features fast-paced, session-based combat that pits teams of five against each other with powerful, craftable weapons. Each team has their own gigantic robotic Titan that they power up and support to help them fight and destroy the enemy’s base. At the core of Minimum is an elaborate blueprint crafting system where players collect resources to create customized weapons and armor that power-up during kill streaks, enabling skilled warriors and Titans to become deadlier as matches progress.
Piranha Bytes and Deep Silver have released a teaser trailer for Risen 3: Titan Lords, a new, classic RPG set to launch this August on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Activision has confirmed that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been indefinitely delayed on Xbox One. There’s been no reason given for the delay or cancellation. The game will still be swinging onto PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC and Nintendo 3DS on April 29th.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II has just opened its pre-orders on Steam. Early adopters can purchase the game with 10% off the $14.99 price and get an exclusive in-game gift only available via pre-ordering the game. Created by NeocoreGames, this steampunk action RPG is coming to PC on May 22nd.
Telltale Games today announced that the second season of The Walking Dead: The Game premieres on PlayStation Vita next week.
The Walking Dead: Season Two, Episode 1 – ‘All That Remains’ and Episode 2 – ‘A House Divided’ will be available for download for PS Vita via PlayStation Store on April 22nd. Each episode will be available for $4.99 individually, or players can save 20% by purchasing the Season Pass, which includes access to Episodes 1 through 5 as they become available, including the upcoming Episode 3 – ‘In Harm’s Way.’
Kalypso Media today announced the Tropico 5 Limited Special Edition. This edition of Tropico 5 is automatically available to anyone who pre-orders or buys the retail version of the game at launch and includes an avatar costume for your El Presidente, as well as the ‘Bayo del Olfato’ map for Sandbox mode at no extra cost. In addition, the Tropico 5 Limited Special Edition contains a Tropico passport and Tropico island postcard.
If you prefer to get your games digitally, then Steam Pre-Purchase is available from today with a 10% discount. The Pre-Purchase deal will offer aspiring rulers a new alternative ‘Businessman’ avatar costume and ‘Isla de Vapor’ sandbox map available exclusively for digital players. Plus, there will be additional pre-order bonuses depending on the overall number of Steam pre-orders for Tropico 5. You can also pre-purchase Tropico 5 via the Kalypso Launcher and get a 15% discount.
Infinite Monkeys Entertainment today announced that its puzzle game, Life Goes On, has launched for PC via Steam. Life Goes On features 52 levels of contraptions and hazards to overcome in the quest to collect the Cup of Life.
To stay faithful to the original source, Alien: Isolation takes a retro look to the future with a design aesthetic which developer Creative Assembly describes as lo-fi sci-fi. It’s clunky, it’s chunky, it’s push-button and analogue. There are no phasers or lasers, and the smartest weapons you find may be tied together with duct tape and string. A world very much of CRT not LCD, Alien: Isolation may be set in the future but it’s very much baked in the past.
Alien: Isolation will be available on October 7th, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
bitComposer Games and Grip Games have released a new trailer for Jet Car Stunts. The racing game will be available in May for PC via Steam. Jet Car Stunts will be available for digital download on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PlayStation Vita shortly thereafter, and is also planned for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Team17 and independent developer Italic Pig today announced they’ll be bringing Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark, a platformer-puzzler-punch-up, to Steam in Q3 2014.