Esperino http://www.esperino.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:36:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 EB Expo 2014: Publishers and “Robot Wars” Confirmed http://www.esperino.com/eb-expo-2014-publishers-and-robot-wars-confirmed http://www.esperino.com/eb-expo-2014-publishers-and-robot-wars-confirmed#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:33:40 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21350 EB Expo is coming back for another year and the list of participating publishers and event details have gotten an early reveal.

EB Expo 2014

This year’s EB Expo will take place from October 3rd to October 5th at the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park.

Tickets for the event go on sale Thursday April 25th at 10am AEST, approximately one week from today. Publishers already confirmed include Activision, Electronic Arts, Nintendo, PlayStation, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, XBOX plus many more yet to be announced.

The expo is reportedly going to be larger than last year’s event, with brand new pavilion expanding the event to 35,000sqm. UK Robot Wars will feature at the event with “never-before-seen attractions”. For the price of admission, you’ll be able to get up close to towering robots weighing in at 100kg with demonstrations run across all sessions for Q&As and photo opportunities.

“The EB Expo is a video game mecca with the big draw card being hands-on game play with the hottest unreleased games. Add all the live shows, awesome attractions and a night time fireworks and pyrotechnics show – it truly is a gaming utopia,” said EB Games National Brand, Events & Engagement Manager Debra McGrath.

“Whether you’re a gaming enthusiast or someone who just likes to play with your family, you’ll be spoilt for choice over the weekend. We’ve kept everyone’s favourite events and live shows from last year and planning heaps of new exciting content that will make this year’s EB Expo the biggest and best ever.”

Discounted Multiplayer Pass and Friday Daylight Sessions will be available during the school holiday period to ease the hip pocket for parents. Family Day also makes a return, on the back of it’s sold out success last year.

Video Game Hero parade, ABC’s Good Game’, free face painting and balloon twisting activities will be available, plus much more. A new Tumbletown playground area, Family Zone Café and the Lovesac Handheld Lounge & Stage will provide plenty of areas to unwind and relax in. Mario Kart tournaments and prizes will also feature during EB Expo.

Free Play City, riding on the success of last year’s Retro Gamer Garden provides a hands-on experience with retro gaming at Retro Central Park. Rack up your highest score at The Arcade, or head to the Console Business District (CBD) and experiment with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in The NXT Gen Lab.

Detailed scheduling for the sessions can be found at www.ebexpo.com.au. Remember tickets go on sale from April 24th during the Easter break so take a moment to secure your tickets before scoffing down more chocolate treats.

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Rumour: Skylanders 4 Named Skylanders: Trap Team; Listed on Amazon http://www.esperino.com/rumour-skylanders-4-named-skylanders-trap-team-listed-on-amazon http://www.esperino.com/rumour-skylanders-4-named-skylanders-trap-team-listed-on-amazon#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:04:48 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21354 The upcoming Skylanders 4 could be named Skylanders: Trap Team according to a recent listing found on Amazon Spain and other online retailer website.

[UPDATE]: According to a reader, the title may have been lost in translation and the name could also be ‘Ranger Team’, or ‘Team Ranger’.

New listings for ‘Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack’ were added to Amazon.es earlier today before being taken down. The item description is no longer available via Amazon however below are a series of screenshots captured before it was removed.

The Trap Team Starter Packs are listed for an October 10th release and will be available on Wii, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS.

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Asides from being listed on Amazon, Skylanders: Trap Team was also listed at retailer Verkkokauppa.com, which is still available for viewing via Google Web Cache:

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Activision will be hosting a media event on April 23rd to reveal what should be the next Skylanders title in the franchise. Will Skylanders: Trap Team be the new title fans have been waiting for?

It’s hard to say whether or not Trap Team is Skylanders 4 given Activision have hinted at expanding the franchise into other areas. Could Trap Team be a spin-off, or is it the next installment in the top selling series? We’ll find out on April 23rd. What do you think of the potential new name?

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Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition Releasing in Disc Format on May 14th in Australia http://www.esperino.com/minecraft-playstation-3-edition-releasing-in-disc-format-on-may-14th-in-australia http://www.esperino.com/minecraft-playstation-3-edition-releasing-in-disc-format-on-may-14th-in-australia#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:29:13 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21346 Sony Computer Entertainment Australia have confirmed Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition will be available in disc format from May 14th in Australia.

The hugely popular title was released as a digital download via PlayStation Network at the end of last year, but now you can have a physical copy to add to your gaming library. Minecraft for PlayStation 3 has already proven to be popular with 1.5 million users downloading the game to date via the PSN service.

Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition

Since Mojang first released Minecraft back in 2011, the title has been bought and played by more than 14 million people worldwide. Users can build, craft and explore a world with freedom to do whatever they like. This sense of unrestrained exploration has resonated with the Minecraft audience where their only limitation is their own imagination.

The new PlayStation Edition will come with all the freatures of the console version release, as well as the recent Update 14 already applied which includes Emeralds, Ender Chests, potatoes and more.

Be on the look out for it on May 14th at your local retailer. Minecraft will also be available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita later this year.

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Custom PlayStation 4 Celebrates LEGO The Hobbit Launch; Built with 2,500 LEGO Bricks http://www.esperino.com/custom-playstation-4-celebrates-lego-the-hobbit-launch-built-with-2500-lego-bricks http://www.esperino.com/custom-playstation-4-celebrates-lego-the-hobbit-launch-built-with-2500-lego-bricks#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:41:04 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21342 To celebrate the launch of LEGO The Hobbit, Ryan “The BrickMan” McNaught has created a one-of-a-kind custom PlayStation 4 build with 2,500 LEGO bricks.

Custom PlayStation 4 Celebrates LEGO The Hobbit Launch

It isn’t a custom console in a true sense, but more of a complete housing for a PlayStation 4. The display features characters from The Hobbit with Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey and the Dwarves of Erebor sitting atop this rather impressive design.

Ryan McNaught, the only LEGO certified professional builder in the Southern Hemisphere was commissioned to create this extraordinary piece. Details worth taking note of include:

  • A “Hobbit Hole” façade – Bilbo Baggins’ home – that lifts up to uncover the disc drive, power and eject buttons of the PS4
  • Legolas Greenleaf and Tauriel come to the rescue to battle a swarm of giant spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood
  • The Dwarves of Erebor taking a break from their quest to enjoy a delicious lunch
  • The Gundabad Orcs lying in wait to ambush the great warrior Beorn at the entrance of the fortress ruins of Dol Guldur
  • The intricate construction, which took more than 12hours to build, includes over 2,500 LEGO bricks held together with top-secret LEGO-issue glue.

Custom PlayStation 4 Celebrates LEGO The Hobbit Launch

Ryan McNaught, commented: “Middle-earth is such a deeply rich world. Not only was this a really fun project to be involved in, this might just be the most elaborate, customised next- gen console ever made.”

More images of Ryan’s amazing work can be viewed in the gallery below:

LEGO The Hobbit is available in Australi and can be played on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, PC, and of course PlayStation 4.

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Princess Peach Wii Remote Plus Controller Coming to North America http://www.esperino.com/princess-peach-wii-remote-plus-controller-coming-to-north-america http://www.esperino.com/princess-peach-wii-remote-plus-controller-coming-to-north-america#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:20:51 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21339 A new Princess Peach-themed Wii Remote Plus controller is coming to North America.

Princess Peach Wii Remote Plus Controller Coming to North America

Following in the footsteps of the previously released Mario and Luigi themed controllers, the Princess Peach versions is appropriately pink in colour with a golden crown printed in the middle, directly above the speaker. The blue buttons echo Peach’s royal jewelry, with a golden-yellow plus pad designed to evoke a sense of regal quality about it.

It complements the other two releases perfectly and will be a great way to add a bit of colour and flair to your controllers for both the Wii and Wii U.

The controller goes on sale in late April across North America, carrying a price tag of $39.99 USD which is just before Mario Kart 8 lands on May 30th. More information regarding the controller can be found at http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu

No word on availability in Australia but it wouldn’t be too far off the mark given we did receive the Mario and Luigi version not that long ago.

Thanks, BusinessWire!

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Trials Fusion PC Closed Beta Updated http://www.esperino.com/trials-fusion-pc-closed-beta-updated http://www.esperino.com/trials-fusion-pc-closed-beta-updated#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:24:28 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21333 If you’re taking part in Ubisoft’s closed beta of Trials Fusion, this is going to be great news for you. New updates have been added so you have even more things to experience and test on.

The update was launched on April 5th and includes 8 additional tracks from the brand new “Urban Sprawl” environment, including 2 training programs.

System minimum requirements have also been lowered in the process, effectively allowing the game to run smoother on lower graphics cards such as MD Radeon 5770 and NVIDIA Geforce GTS 450 (previously the lowest requirements were the AMD Radeon 5850 and NVIDIA Geforce GTX 460).

Trials Fusion PC Closed Beta Updated

If you pre-order Trial Fusion, you should already ahve access to it on Windows PC via Uplay, Steam and other digital distribution means. If not, you better check with wherever you placed your order.

Trials Fusion is the sequel to the popular Trials Evolution and will be available on PC from April 24th. It’ll also be available on Xbox 360, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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Titanfall Community Challenge: Win a Signed Limited Edition Xbox One Controller http://www.esperino.com/titanfall-community-challenge-win-a-signed-limited-edition-xbox-one-controller http://www.esperino.com/titanfall-community-challenge-win-a-signed-limited-edition-xbox-one-controller#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 03:34:10 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21327 Respawn Entertainment, the brains behind the immensely popular Titanfall are continuing their community engagement by giving away a signed Titanfall Limited Edition Xbox One controller, as part of the Titanfall Community Challenge.

Win a Signed Limited Edition Xbox One Controller

The limited edition controller is made that much more special as it’ll be signed by all the members of the Respawn development team. Imagine the Titanfall Xbox One controller, just with more squiggles.

To take part, all you have to do is play the game and follow the instructions below. Best score wins it. Simple!

  • Challenge: Show us your highest overall Capture the Flag score earned in one match.
  • Entry: Post a pic of the final result screen on our Facebook page or here on Disqus below. (In the event of a tie, we will place the top scores in a random drawing and will pick one winner.)
  • Prize: Microsoft Xbox One Limited Edition Controller signed by the Respawn development team.
  • Start Date: April 4th, 2014 4:00PM PDT
  • End Date: April 11th, 2014 4:00PM PDT

You pretty much got until the end of the week to submit your best score so get involved and all the best!

Thanks, Respawn Entertainment!

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First Gameplay Footage of Titanfall on Xbox 360; Looks Pretty Good http://www.esperino.com/first-gameplay-footage-of-titanfall-on-xbox-360-looks-pretty-good http://www.esperino.com/first-gameplay-footage-of-titanfall-on-xbox-360-looks-pretty-good#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 03:07:45 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21323 First gameplay videos of Titanfall running on Xbox 360 has found its way online with some users getting their hands on the title before the release and sharing it on good ol’ Twitch TV.

First Gameplay Footage of Titanfall on Xbox 360

For an Xbox 360 title, it doesn’t look too bad compared with the Xbox One version. But don’t let me sway your opinion. You can be the judge by checking out the two videos below.

Titanfall on Xbox 360 is set to launch on April 8th in North America and April 11th, 2014 across Europe.

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Capcom Salute 20 Years of Captain America Trailer http://www.esperino.com/capcom-salute-20-years-of-captain-america-trailer http://www.esperino.com/capcom-salute-20-years-of-captain-america-trailer#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 02:46:27 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21319 With the recent release of Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier hitting cinemas, Capcom have celebrates Cap with a new trailer saluting twenty years of his finest appearances in Capcom created titles.

Captain America Marvel Super Heroes

Personally, his appearance that stands out in my mind is Marvel Super Heroes. Captain America really paved the way forward for the eventually Marvel characters that followed in the years to come.

Take a journey through down memory lane with the trailer below. Here’s to another twenty years of stars and stripes!

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Fans Create Unbelievable Hyper Dragon Ball Z Fighting Game http://www.esperino.com/fans-create-unbelievable-hyper-dragon-ball-z-fighting-game http://www.esperino.com/fans-create-unbelievable-hyper-dragon-ball-z-fighting-game#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 22:15:25 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21315 Remember the retro Dragon Ball Z games from the Super Nintendo (Famicon) era? Some die-hard DBZ fans certainly do. There’s been plenty of fan-created Dragon Ball Z beat-em ups over the years but nothing quite like this short demo.

Fans Create Hyper Dragon Ball Z Fighting Game

Titled Hyper Dragon Ball Z, the demo trailer was created on the customisable Mugen beat-em platform with inspiration taken from Capcom’s Street Fighter and Darkstalkers series from the late 90′s.

It’s a Dragon Ball Z beat-em up in the truest sense, with the small Z2 team painstakingly recreating some of Akira Toriyama’s most-loved characters in unbelievable detail.

I’ve had my fair share of playing around with Mugen over the years but this is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. They’ve even gone so far as to build their own combo system, special attacks and hyper attacks. Pure magic!

If you don’t know what Mugen is, it’s a DIY software where you can build your own beat-em up with characters created by fans, and some taken from licensed games.

The team at Z2 have released the characters and stages as downloads usable on Mugen which you can get from the link here. There’s also a pre-packed sample available.

If you want to show your support, you can like Hyper Dragon Ball Z on Facebook as well. Be sure to hit up Capcom and Bandai Namco to express your love and hopefully one day we’ll get something remotely close to this as an official release title.

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