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‘Kardashian’ game maker Glu creating Jenner sisters game

/Invision/AP photo by EVAN AGOSTINI -- Kendall Jenner, left, and Kylie Jenner

— Glu Mobile is keeping up with the Kardashians. The mobile video game developer responsible for the popular “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” game has announced plans to create a game starring Kardashian half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner. The San Francisco-based creator of free-to-play games said the title will feature the likenesses,… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Mario Party 10’ invites ‘amiibo’ figures to play

Photo provided by Nintendo --  'Mario Party 10' cleverly employs Nintendo’s interactive figurine line as virtual board game pieces.

It’s “Mario Party,” but you shouldn’t cry if you want to — especially if you’ve invested in “amiibo.” After mostly acting like wallflowers in Nintendo video games since their debut last year, “amiibo” have stumbled into the spotlight in “Mario Party 10” (Nintendo, $49.99 for the Wii U). The latest iteration of the mini-game series cleverly… Continue reading →

Kirby strikes gold in ‘Rainbow Curse’

Photo provided by Nintendo of America -- Kirby explores an underground level in a scene from the video game 'Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.'

Nintendo’s Kirby is just a pink sphere with feet, arms, eyes and a mouth. He doesn’t appear to pose much of a threat — instead, he looks like a wad of bubble gum that, at worst, you might have to peel off the sole of your shoe. And yet, he’s so flexible that his creators, Tokyo’s… Continue reading →

Knights of ‘The Order’ battle Victorian monsters

Photo provided by Sony Computer Entertainment -- Sir Galahad's the star of the new video game, 'The Order: 1886,' for PlayStation 4.

When a game has “1886” in the title, you expect to see a few familiar characters: Sherlock Holmes, perhaps, or Jack the Ripper, or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. You don’t expect the lead to be Sir Galahad. And yet, here the crusty old geezer is starring in “The Order: 1886” (Sony, for the PlayStation 4,… Continue reading →

4 humans gang up on 1 monster in tense ‘Evolve’

Photo provided by Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. -- In the new video game 'Evolve,' a hunter confronts a Goliath on an alien planet.

The monsters in “Evolve” (2K Games, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, $59.99) don’t seem that scary at first glance. Ugly, yes, but nothing your arsenal of flamethrowers and rocket launchers can’t handle. Unfortunately, if you leave the critters alone for just a few minutes they mutate into bone-crushing behemoths that can make short work of… Continue reading →

‘Dying Light’ brings on the nightmare

Photo provided by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. -- The new video game 'Dying Light' shares much of its DNA with the 2011 thriller, 'Dead Island.'

The undead in “Dying Light” (Warner Bros., for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, $59.99) are a relatively laid-back bunch. During the daytime, they’re mostly content to idly stumble about the city of Harran, catching some rays while they search for their next helping of human flesh. But when the sun goes down, they become “volatile”… Continue reading →

Designers give new lives to old video games

Photo provided by Deep Silver/Volition Inc. --  Gamers will find voice commands and slightly smoother graphics in 'Saints Row IV: Re-Elected.'

For some video games, what’s old is new again. Following last year’s re-release of “Halo 2,” “The Last of Us” and “Grand Theft Auto V,” several other titles — and one hand-held device — are receiving similar resurrections in 2015. A look at recent revivals: Continue reading →

‘Zelda,’ ‘Batman’ among anticipated games due in 2015

Photo provided by Nintendo -- Developers for 'The Legend of Zelda' promise that Link’s actions will have the ability to reshape his fantasy world.

Link, Master Chief, Batman and Nathan Drake will be back in action. The leading men are among the protagonists starring in totally new video game installments in 2015, joined by newcomers like a team of intergalactic monster hunters and their prey (“Evolve”), a band of high-tech criminals and their tails (“Battlefield… Continue reading →

‘Smash Bros.’ makes brutality adorable

Photo provided by Nintendo -- 'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U' features a few non-Nintendo ringers like Pac-Man and Sonic the Hedgehog.

Every few years, Nintendo rounds up its most popular characters, like Mario, Donkey Kong and Pikachu, and has them beat the daylights out of each other. It’s not exactly blood sport — there are no spine-shattering, “Mortal Kombat”-style fatalities, and everyone walks away smiling. Only Nintendo could make bare-knuckle brawling cute. “Super Smash Bros. for Wii… Continue reading →

Giving the Gift of Gaming: A Buyer’s Guide

Vanamo Media photo by Evan Amos -- For gamers who want to game, choose the PlayStation 4.

With so many options to choose from, picking out the right gaming system for yourself or the gamer in your life can take a Christmas miracle. Do you want cutting-edge graphics? Portability? Kid-friendly fun? Whatever you need, there’s a console that can deliver it this holiday season. 2013 saw the launch of two powerful new consoles: Sony’s… Continue reading →

‘Far Cry 4’ climbs to wild heights

Photo provided by Ubisoft --A scene unfolds in the video game, 'Far Cry 4,' which offers something new to the franchise -- elephants.

At a time when it seems like many first-person shooter creators have run out of ideas, the keepers of the “Far Cry” franchise have cleverly added elephants that can be employed as makeshift tanks in the latest installment of the freewheeling, out-of-control action series. It’s just one of many inventive flourishes that players will stumble across in… Continue reading →

Epic ‘Dragon Age’ blazes new trails

Photo provided by Electronic Arts --  'Dragon Age: Inquisition' takes the fourth spot on Game Informer's Top 10 PlayStation 3 games for February.

Take “The Lord of the Rings,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Wheel of Time” and pretty much every other epic fantasy of the last century. Throw in a shelf full of “Dungeons & Dragons” manuals and a library of classic role-playing games dating back to 1981’s “Wizardry” and “Ultima.” Mix vigorously, and you have some idea of what… Continue reading →

‘Call of Duty’ multiplayer tops rote story

Photo provided by Activision -- 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' offers levels built with polish and detail, but too often feel like they’re simply ticking boxes required for a modern first-person shooter.

Kevin Spacey can’t save “Call of Duty” from itself. But perhaps an Iron Man-like “exoskeleton” can. Spacey plays the egomaniacal leader of a private military corporation in the single-player story mode of “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” (Activision, for the PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, $59.99). Despite often choppy animation of… Continue reading →

‘Civilization’ shoots for the stars

Photo provided by 2K Games -- A scene unfolds in the new video game, 'Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth.'

Our planet isn’t in very good shape. The good news, according to “Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth” (2K Games, for the PC, $49.99), is that we’ll be able to hang around for another 500 years or so. The bad news: After that, we’d better start looking for a new home. It’s not the freshest sci-fi premise… Continue reading →

‘Sunset Overdrive’ a fun, mindless romp

Photo provided by Microsoft -- The new video game, 'Sunset Overdrive,' is set in a doomed metropolis that’s been overrun by mutants, robots and mercenaries after the release of a toxic energy drink.

Usually, dumb video games don’t know they’re dumb video games. That’s not the case with the ludicrously self-aware “Sunset Overdrive” (Microsoft, for the Xbox One, $59.99), a vibrant open-world action game set in a doomed metropolis that’s been overrun by mutants, robots and mercenaries after the release of a toxic energy drink.… Continue reading →

‘Fantasia’ not a harmonious composition

Photo provided by Disney/Harmonix -- The video game 'Fantasia: Music Evolved' ranks No. 9 on the list of family games for the holidays.

Before they fizzled out, my chief compliant about those tap-happy “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band” franchises was that they didn’t really teach players anything about music. They were simply color-coded amusements. Now, here comes “Fantasia: Music Evolved” (Disney, for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, $59.99) to take rhythmic superfluousness to a… Continue reading →

‘Evil Within’ is a nightmarish head trip

This image released by Bethesda Softworks shows the cover art for the video game, "The Evil Within." (AP Photo/Bethesda Softworks)

In the video-game world, Shinji Mikami’s name has the same cachet that George Romero and Wes Craven have among moviegoers. Mikami created “Resident Evil,” the 1996 classic usually credited as the first “survival horror” game. He abandoned the series after 2005’s masterly “Resident Evil 4,” and it hasn’t been the same since, rejecting jittery terror for… Continue reading →

Sega's ‘Alien: Isolation’ delivers sci-fi terror

Photo provided by Sega -- The video game 'Alien: Isolation' takes place 15 years after the original film 'Alien.'

Ridley Scott’s “Alien” has inspired dozens of video games since its debut in 1979, but “Alien: Isolation” (Sega, for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, $59.95) is the first in a while that has aspired to the claustrophobic terror of the original film. Is “Isolation” that bone-chilling and nerve-wracking? Not quite, but… Continue reading →

New ‘Skylanders’ delights, frustrates

Photo provided by Activision -- In the new 'Skylanders Trap Team,' most of the action involves exploring the islands, beating up enemies and collecting loot.

There’s a peculiar kind of tension at work in Activision’s wildly successful Skylanders series. If you just want a dozen or so hours of fun, with fast-paced action and an amusing story, a $75 starter pack will get the job done. But if you want to see every little thing packed into a Skylanders game, be prepared… Continue reading →

‘Shadow of Mordor’ grabs the gold ring

Photo provided by Warner Bros. Entertainment -- A ranger named Talion and his ghostly companion invade an orc fortress in the new video game 'Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.'

“The Lord of the Rings” has inspired hundreds of video games, but there’s never been a great one based directly on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic. Until now. “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” (Warner Bros., for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $59.99) is the most satisfying virtual adventure ever set in Tolkien’s world. And one… Continue reading →

Avengers assemble in ‘Disney Infinity 2.0’

Photo provided by Disney Interactive --   Figurines Thor, from left, Iron Man and Black Widow, accompany the new 'Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes' game.

For kids today, there’s no escaping The Walt Disney Co. Even if Mickey Mouse, “Toy Story” and all the Disney princesses leave you cold, the company also owns Marvel Comics, the Star Wars franchise and the Muppets. The jocks on your block are probably hooked on Disney’s ESPN. The “Infinity” project is Disney’s attempt to link… Continue reading →

Ambitious ‘Destiny’ lacks imagination

Photo provided by Activision -- 'Destiny,' a new science fiction epic from 'Halo' creators Bungie, has several gorgeous, radically different worlds to explore.

Midway through “Destiny,” the new science fiction epic from “Halo” creators Bungie, a smug prince is musing on the hero’s desire to visit a mysterious site on Mars. “You want to turn it into a battleground,” the prince sneers. “How unimaginative.” It’s exactly the thought that nagged me when I was playing “Destiny” (Activision,… Continue reading →

‘Madden NFL 15’ scores on new consoles

Photo provided by EA Sports -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch leaps for yardage in 'Madden NFL 15,' which tosses players into a high-stakes playoff showdown.

If you followed all the offseason NFL headlines — concussions, racial slurs, bullying, domestic violence — you’d think the league was in serious trouble. Instead, it’s more popular than ever, and “Madden NFL 15” (EA Sports, for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $59.99) is here to remind you why. It tosses you right… Continue reading →

‘Valiant Hearts’ a grim WWI tribute

This video game image released by Ubisoft shows a scene from "Valiant Hearts: The Great War." (AP Photo/Ubisoft)

The 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I has been relatively subdued, without much of the ceremony one would expect around such a historic date. Oddly enough, the most stirring tribute I’ve seen has come in the form of a video game — one that fully appreciates the grim ironies of “the war to end… Continue reading →

Nintendo’s ‘Tomodachi’ colorful but dull

Photo provided by Nintendo -- The game 'Tomodachi Life' has been a huge hit in Japan since its release last year.

Japanese imports have a mixed record of success in the United States. Sure, Americans love karaoke and Hello Kitty. Sumo wrestling and fugu, not so much. So while Nintendo has made a fortune selling Mario, Pokemon and dozens of other video-game heroes to us, not everything makes it safely across the Pacific. “Tomodachi Life” (Nintendo, for… Continue reading →

‘EA Sports UFC’ a respectable first round for EA

Photo provided by Electronic Arts -- 'EA Sports UFC'' comes in eighth on Game Informer's Top 10 games list this month.

After the closure of “UFC Undisputed” publisher THQ, it’s been a few years since gamers have been able to set foot in the virtual octagon of the most famous mixed martial arts brand. The ability to grapple with a video game controller is back, this time from an entirely new game publisher… Continue reading →

‘Murdered’ spins a spirited mystery

Photo provided by Square Enix -- The new video game 'Murdered: Soul Suspect' is, in some ways, a refreshingly old-fashioned mystery.

Death is rarely permanent in video games. Whether you’re Mario, Lara Croft or Master Chief, no matter how many times you get “killed,” you can always dust yourself off and leap back into the fray. That’s not the case for Detective Ronan O’Connor, who’s dead from the very start of “Murdered: Soul Suspect” (Square Enix, for… Continue reading →

Ubisoft cracks the code with ‘Watch Dogs’

Photo provided by Ubisoft --The video game thriller 'Watch Dogs' is an open-world game which casts players as Aiden Pearce, a tech-savvy vigilante whose most powerful weapon is a smartphone that can tap into the infrastructure of a well-connected, near-future Chicago.

Since it was dramatically unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo two years ago, the hacking thriller “Watch Dogs” (Ubisoft, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, $59.99) has been called many things: a game for the Edward Snowden era, “Grand Theft Auto” meets “Hackers,” overhyped and revolutionary. In… Continue reading →

Nintendo’s ‘Mario Kart 8’ defies gravity

Photo provided by Nintendo -- The video game 'Mario Kart 8' features 32 racetracks: 16 new ones and 16 repurposed from previous games and upgraded to high definition.

“Mario Kart” is one of those rare video game series that truly everyone in the family can enjoy. Little kids love its energy and silliness, while even the grouchiest geezer can figure out how to drive a go-kart. Heck, even Tony Soprano played it. “Mario Kart 8” (Nintendo, for the Wii U, $59.99) lives up to… Continue reading →

Alternate-history Nazis cry ‘Wolfenstein’

Photo provided by Bethesda Softworks -- Resistance fighters battle German troops in Nazi-occupied London in a scene from 'Wolfenstein: The New Order.'

As Indiana Jones once said: “Nazis. I hate those guys.” From classic World War II shooters like the original “Call of Duty” and “Medal of Honor” to this year’s farcical “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” Nazis have made dependable video-game villains. The trend dates back to 1981’s “Castle Wolfenstein,” an Apple II stealth game that… Continue reading →

‘MLB 14’ makes solid contact on PS4

Photo provided by Sony -- The players look more realistic than ever in 'MLB 14: The Show.'

The first edition of a sports game on a new console is like the first game in a new stadium: The place looks great, but management may not yet have worked out the kinks at the ticket lines or the concession stands. “MLB 14: The Show” (Sony, for the PlayStation 4, $59.99) is no exception. In… Continue reading →

‘Child of Light’ a luminous fairy tale

Photo provided by Ubisoft -- 'Child of Light' ranks at No. 2 on Game Informer's Top 10 list of Wii U games for May.

“Child of Light” (Ubisoft, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, $14.99) doesn’t look like any other video game. With its seemingly hand-drawn characters and watercolor backgrounds, it more closely resembles a children’s picture book, the kind your mom would read to you before bedtime. It’s a fitting look, since “Child… Continue reading →

‘Hearthstone’ card game is the real deal

Photo provided by Blizzard Entertainment -- 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' couldn’t be any less like its parent, the massively multiplayer online role-playing behemoth 'World of Warcraft.'

Video game publishers don’t take many risks with their most popular franchises. You know exactly what you are going to get from a new “Call of Duty” or “Madden NFL” game — it will probably be pretty good, but won’t offer any surprises. That’s part of what makes “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft” (Blizzard Entertainment, for… Continue reading →

‘Kinect Sports Rivals’ a moving experience

Photo provided by Microsoft -- Microsoft hopes its new 'Kinect Sports Rivals' compels Xbox One owners to use Kinect for more than just navigating menus.

When the Xbox One was unveiled last year, Microsoft boasted the Xbox 360 successor would feature an updated — and mandatory — version of its camera-based Kinect sensor with more accurate movement tracking and voice detecting. Then, when the Xbox One was released last November, there were hardly any games that actually… Continue reading →

‘inFamous: Second Son’ makes Seattle super

Photo provided by Sony Computer Entertainment America -- A scene unfolds in Sony's new video game, 'inFamous: Second Son.'

Ah, Seattle, home of a thousand coffee shops, almost as many tech startups and the loudest fans in the NFL. Also, gangs of armed drug dealers, an oppressive paramilitary presence and a handful of superpowered rabble-rousers. Deslin Rowe, the star of “infamous: Second Son” (Sony, for the PlayStation 4, $59.99), is one of those malcontents. He’s… Continue reading →

‘Titanfall’ a beauty and a beast of a game

Photo provided by Electronic Arts/Respawn Entertainment -- A scene unfolds in the frenetic video game, 'Titanfall,'

I fear I won’t survive. My vision is blurred. I’m being chased by a pistol-packing militia member across the rooftops of an abandoned neighborhood. He’s already shot me. One more shot and I might be dead. Then I hear: “Your Titan is ready to drop. Signal when ready.” I point to a… Continue reading →

‘South Park’ Raunchy new game has its humor

Photo provided by Ubisoft -- A scene is featured from the video game 'South Park: The Stick of Truth.'

Remember when “South Park” debuted on Comedy Central in 1997? Remember how shocking the cursing, toilet humor and black comedy seemed? Take that level of shock and multiply it by, oh, 20 and you’ll have some idea of what you should expect from “South Park: The Stick of Truth” (Ubisoft, for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360,… Continue reading →

‘Thief’ delivers some unpolished gems

This image released by Square Enix shows a scene from "Thief." (AP Photo/Square Enix) ORG XMIT: NYET308

Video games are filled with scenarios where the only solution is to blast your way out. That’s why I have a soft spot for “stealth” games like “Metal Gear Solid,” “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell” and 2012’s brilliant “Dishonored.” There’s something more mentally stimulating about finding ways to outwit your enemies without filling them with lead. In… Continue reading →

Shaq seeking funding for new ‘Shaq Fu’ video game

This photo provided by Indiegogo/Big Deez Productions shows a screenshot of the video game, "Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn." Shaquille O'Neal says he's seeking redemption for "Shaq Fu," his infamous fighting game originally released in 1994 that's now considered to be among the worst games ever made. The four-time NBA champion is launching a crowdfunding campaign to create a "Shaq Fu" follow-up titled "Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn."  (AP Photo/Indiegogo/Big Deez Productions)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shaq wants to be back in a video game. Shaquille O’Neal says he’s seeking redemption for “Shaq Fu,” his infamous fighting game originally released in 1994 that’s now considered to be among the worst games ever made. The four-time NBA champion is launching a crowd-funding campaign to create a “Shaq Fu” follow-up titled… Continue reading →

Donkey Kong stumbles in ‘Tropical Freeze’

Photo provided by Nintendo -- A scene unfolds in 'Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze,' which provides all the action that fans of the big galoot are probably looking for.

Donkey Kong: He jumps. He punches. He swings on vines and swims with sharks. He wears a monogrammed necktie. He’s kind of boring. Still, “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” (Nintendo, for the Wii U, $49.99) provides all the action that fans of the big galoot are probably looking for. As with its predecessor, 2010’s “Donkey… Continue reading →

‘Wii Fit U,’ ‘Xbox Fitness’ feel the burn

Photo provided by Ubisoft -- 'Just Dance 2014' features the return of the series' 'just sweat' mode, which counts calories as players shake their groove thangs.

While video game consoles can’t help users save money or stop smoking — yet, anyway — there are a few recently released games that can help with the most popular of New Year’s resolutions: exercise. Here’s a look at four titles that offer an alternative to working out at the gym or… Continue reading →

N.Y. man secures Guinness title with 10,607 video games

Photo provided by BRIANNA BLANK -- Michael Thomasson poses in the basement of his suburban Buffalo home, where he stores his collection of video games. Thomasson is featured in the just-released 'Guinness World Records 2014 Gamers Edition,' for having the largest collection of video games, 10,607.

Maybe it was getting his first video game, “Cosmic Avenger,” for Christmas at age 12, and then having to wait an entire year for the hard-to-land Colecovision console to play it on that made Michael Thomasson so determined to get his hands on every video game and system he could find.… Continue reading →

AP critics pick the year’s best video games

Photo provided by 2K Games/Irrational Games -- The character Elizabeth is shown in a scene from the video game '"BioShock Infinite,' which tops AP critics' list of the best video games for 2013.

The top 10 video games of 2013, according to Lou Kesten: 1. “BioShock Infinite” (Irrational Games, for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC): The latest adventure from provocateur Ken Levine asks tough questions about the bloody path of American history. And it doesn’t provide easy answers — indeed, the more you learn about its setting,… Continue reading →