Facebook is more than just a social networking platform, as many games have already been developed for it that has got people hooked world over. Take a look at Mafia Wars and FarmVille for example – these two are really huge games with millions of fans around the world, making us wonder whether without Facebook, would it be as popular, or would Facebook be as popular without these games? The symbiotic relationship between the social networking site and games continue with the latest announcement of Mascot Park for Facebook being announced by Six Flags.
Electronic Arts has just announced the availability of FIFA 10 Ultimate Team, where this popular game mode expansion will create a new way of playing the award-winning EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 10. Now available for download for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, folks who can’t wait for World Cup 2010 in South Africa to start would definitely be able to get their football fix with FIFA 10 Ultimate Team, so if you happen to own either console, why not give this a go? It is interesting to note that perhaps to get more people aboard the bandwagon, FIFA 10 Ultimate Team is half the price of the original, which translates to 400 Microsoft points or $4.99 through PlayStation Network. It will enable gamers to manage one or multiple squads simultaneously, while opening up avenues for you to compete against other gamers in dynamically updated online tournaments.
NintendoDSiWare has just announced that they will be making available Bejeweled Twist from PopCap Games, purveyors of fine casual games that are excellent time wasters. This adaptation of the revolutionary, top-selling PC game is a landmark event as it is the first time Bejeweled Twist has been offered on any video game console. Being PopCap’s second DSiWare title after Bookworm which rolled out earlier this month, you will find that Bejeweled Twist will boast unusually deep gameplay in a downloadable title, where one can purchase it for 500 DSi Points which is the equivalent of $5.00.
It does make us wonder how come it took such a long time for PopCap Games to roll out one of their staples on a casual gaming platform like the Nintendo DS. Well, at there isn’t any more waiting needed to be done with the rolling out of Bookworm for the Nintendo DS, making it the latest adaptation of one of PopCap’s most successful franchises and the most popular digital word game in history.
Who would’ve thought that a franchise like Ghostbusters would be revived so many years since its run ended on TV a long time ago? This time round, Atari will be bringing back fond memories of Slimer the pet ghost and gang in Ghostbusters: The Video Game which will make a splash on the Sony PSP system for portable ghost bustin’ goodness after moving more than a miliion units across the US where console versions are concerned.
Have you ever played Line Rider? It is one of the more interesting Flash-based games that will require a fair bit of imagination, and best of all is you won’t need the latest and most souped up computer in order to get it up and running. The Line Rider title has even been ported over to the Nintendo DS in the past for obvious reasons, to take advantage of the touchscreen capability. Well, this time round Line Rider Beta 3 is available without having you to fork out a single penny for it, where you can get it for free at www.linerider.com. The third beta will contain the first of many future upgrades, and Sparkworkz aims to kick off the upgrades with a new feature called Dual Riders alongside other requested improvements.
Atari and Cryptic Studios have come together this time round to announce that Star Trek Online has at long last entered its Closed Beta phase from October 22nd onwards. This means that the public are able to log into Star Trek Online and to take a phrase from the movie franchise itself, to “go where no one has gone before.” At least you’ll be in the comfort of your room physically, but then your virtual life will be transported across galaxies as you explore the vast Star Trek universe.
Atari and Cryptic Studios have come together to work on a new game where superhero fans can be proud of – this title will be known as Champions Online, and it will arrive for the PC in the near future after going gold. Based on the award-winning Champions pen-and-paper role-playing games while running on the groundbreaking Cryptic Engine, Champions Online will enter into a a rich universe of heroes and villains alongside unparalleled intrigue and adventure to keep you mesmerized. The gaming experience will start with Champions’ immensely powerful character creation and customization tool that offers players unrestrained ability to create a truly unique superhero, as they have a vast array of choices of costume pieces, body types, powers, and character appearances that number in the thousands.
OK, so we’ll take a break from press releases of new and upcoming games for all platforms for the moment, as there is even more groundbreaking news to consider. Microsoft has announced that they will be working with top anime studios in creating a collection of original short films that take the ‘Halo’ franchise to new frontiers. In other words, Microsoft could potentially stumble upon a new way of milking their cash cow, by taking advantage of the Halo franchise’s huge fanbase (for granted, others might say). According to Microsoft, this collaboration will include some of the most acclaimed anime creators, and has dubbed the new project as “Halo Legends”. This isn’t something new, as the Matrix trilogy also saw the introduction of the Animatrix which showed snippets of other parts of the Matrix universe in several original anime short films.
I don’t know about you, but I sure as heck have yet to hear about the title known as Farm Frenzy, and surprisingly enough it has already entered into the third iteration of the franchise thanks to the efforts of Alawar Entertainment, who have brought this title to the PC platform. Farm Frenzy 3 will feature expanded gameplay and a delightful new central character, and it is tipped that the arcade business sim is set to exceed the expectations of Farm Frenzy fans worldwide. The original title was released in November a couple of years ago, and over the past 24 months, Farm Frenzy managed to top the charts of Real Networks, MSN Games, BigFish Games, Pogo, iWin and other portals. In addition, Farm Frenzy 2 ended uip to be even more popular, and the entire Farm Frenzy series has already been translated into over a dozen languages while ported to multiple platforms.
- Closed beta test for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
- Six Flags delivers Mascot Park for Facebook
- Zynga launches FarmVille for iPhone and iPod touch
- Wipeout: The Game arrives on Nintendo platforms
- Marvelous Entertainment releases Followars for the Apple iPad
- Puzzle Quest 2 hits the Nintendo DS, Xbox LIVE Arcade
- Transformers: War for Cybertron is now here
- Game specially designed to help families prepare for emergencies
- Creative Kingdoms announces MagiQuest Online: The Portal Adventure Series
- Big Collision Games offers closed beta testing for Online Soccer Champions
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