The EA Sports NHL 15 Stanley Cup Playoffs simulation predicts that the Anaheim Ducks will keep the Stanley Cup on the west coast with a 4-3 series win over the New York Rangers. In the simulation, the Ducks came through with close wins over the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild before defeating the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final. Captain Ryan Getzlaf took home the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP, finishing with 9 goals and 17 assists for a total of 26 points in 28 games.
Triumph Studios today announced the release of both the Eternal Lords expansion and the free v1.5 update to Age of Wonders III.
Eternal Lords is the major, second expansion for the strategy game. With the introduction of the Tigran and Frostling races, and the new Necromancer class, players must adapt to a world on the brink of cataclysmic change. New mechanics include the Race Governance system, which allows players to tailor the features of each race in their empire to meet their strategic needs, add new layers of depth to empire development and diplomacy.
Activision today announced Guitar Hero Live. Developed by FreeStyleGames, the studio behind DJ Hero and DJ Hero 2, Guitar Hero Live introduces two ways to play, including GH Live, a first-person point of view where you are up on stage as the star of the show. GH Live is a live-action experience that delivers the full emotional roller coaster of being on stage and performing in a real band, in front of real crowds, who dynamically react in real-time to how well or poorly you play. As the lead guitarist, you play an array of songs that span the changing musical landscape, in a variety of venues, from the smallest club stage in front of a hundred people, to the massive main stage of an outdoor festival in front of a hundred thousand people.
Guitar Hero Live also introduces GHTV, the first playable live music video network. GHTV is a 24-hour mode that lets fans play along to a continually-updated collection of official music videos – across a wide variety of genres – from the newest releases to favorite hits. Fans can pick from multiple channels and themed shows, discovering new songs as they play, and can also choose songs to play on-demand. In GHTV, fans can also play with their friends in the same room and against players from around the world to see who has the highest score on a given song, while completing challenges along the way.
Guitar Hero Live introduces a modern, redesigned guitar controller, featuring two rows of three buttons that better reflects the way people naturally play. For beginners, you can feel like a rock star by mastering play with just the bottom three buttons. Medium-level players don’t have to stretch their fingers down the neck of the guitar controller anymore and can instead skillfully play two-row combinations that mimic real chords. Experienced players have a new challenge in creating complex chord-like shapes and finger combinations. This innovation makes it easier for beginners to play and harder for veterans to master.
Music variety is at the heart of the game. Guitar Hero Live takes the approach of the modern music festival, with rock, folk, EDM, hip-hop, country and pop acts sharing the same stage. The game will feature hundreds of playable songs from a diverse array of artists, including The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Gary Clark, Jr., Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The War on Drugs, The Killers, Skrillex, The Rolling Stones, The Lumineers, Carrie Underwood, Pierce the Veil and Blitz Kids, with many more bands to be announced in the coming months.
Guitar Hero Live will be available Fall 2015 on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, and Wii U.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that Mortal Kombat X, the latest entry in the fighting game franchise from NetherRealm Studios, is now available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Steam. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will be available this summer.
Rockstar Games today announced that Grand Theft Auto V is now available for PC at retail stores and via digital download.
Grand Theft Auto V for PC offers players the option to explore the world of Los Santos and Blaine County in resolutions of up to 4k and beyond, as well as the chance to experience the game running at 60 frames per second.
GTAV for PC offers players a range of PC-specific customization options, including over 25 configurable settings for texture quality, shaders, tessellation, anti-aliasing and more, as well as support and customization for mouse and keyboard controls. Additional options include a population density slider to control car and pedestrian traffic, as well as dual and triple monitor support, 3D compatibility, and plug-and-play controller support.
Grand Theft Auto V for PC also includes Grand Theft Auto Online, with support for 30 players and two spectators. Grand Theft Auto Online for PC includes all existing gameplay upgrades and Rockstar-created content released since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online, including the recently released Heists and Adversary Modes available on day one.
Grand Theft Auto V for PC also brings the debut of the Rockstar Editor, a suite of creative tools to capture, edit and share game footage from within Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. The Rockstar Editor’s Director Mode allows players the ability to stage their own scenes using prominent story characters, pedestrians, and even animals to bring their vision to life. Along with advanced camera manipulation and editing effects including fast and slow motion, and an array of camera filters, players can add their own music using songs from GTAV radio stations, or dynamically control the intensity of the game’s score. Completed videos can be uploaded directly from the Rockstar Editor to YouTube or the Rockstar Games Social Club for easy sharing.
Existing players can transfer their Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression to the PC from any current platform.
Nordic Games announced today that it has finalized an asset purchase agreement with 2015 Games to acquire the Vietnam War-era FPS, Men of Valor. No plans for the IP have been announced yet.
Bandai Namco today announced two titles in development, Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul and Project X Zone 2. Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul is the newest addition to the anime and manga franchise which is coming soon to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC. Additionally, Project X Zone 2 is the sequel to the strategy RPG that brings together iconic characters from top video game publishers: Bandai Namco, Capcom and Sega; the game is in development exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.
Bungie has released the official prologue for the upcoming Destiny Expansion II: House of Wolves, available on May 19th.
Rockstar Games presents the Rockstar Editor – a special feature in Grand Theft Auto V for PC that allows players to record, edit, and share videos created from footage in both Story Mode and GTA Online.
Check out the video “An Introduction to the Rockstar Editor” for an overview of some of the features of this video creation tool including special camera modes, filters, depth of field and audio customization options – as well as the Director Mode feature that allows players to stage moviemaking sequences from a cast of characters ranging from familiar faces from Story Mode, to pedestrians and even animals.
Players will be able to upload finished videos to YouTube and to the Rockstar Games Social Club to share with friends.
The Rockstar Editor will be available for use in Grand Theft Auto V for PC when the game is released tomorrow, April 14th.
Square Enix has released the opening cinematic for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, which bridges the events of A Realm Reborn’s finale and the beginning of the upcoming expansion. Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward will be available on June 23rd.