Tomb Raider, Dead Nation and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons will be available as free downloads for PlayStation Plus members in March, Sony has announced.
PS3 versions of Tomb Raider and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons will join the Instant Games Collection from March 5.
PS4 users will be able to download Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition for free on the same day.
Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition contains improved visuals and controls, as well as the 'Road to Devastation' expansion.
It also adds a new score-based challenge mode with leaderboard support.
Elsewhere, PlayStation Vita owners will have free access to Pixeljunk Monsters Ultimate HD and Smart As.
Games leaving the service include Outlast, Metro Last Light, Guacamelee, Dynasty Warriors Next and ModNation Racers Road Trip.
Feb 28 2014
OlliOlli is in development for the PC, it has been revealed.
The PC version will be shown at the upcoming EGX Rezzed event in Birmingham.
Developer Roll7 will also debut its brand new unannounced game at the PC and indie game event.
EGX Rezzed will take place at the Birmingham NEC from March 28 until March 30. Tickets are on sale now.
Traditionally focusing on PC and indie games, this year's event will incorporate many of the features associated with EGX London, formerly known as the Eurogamer Expo.
Out now on PlayStation Vita, OlliOlli is a skateboarding platformer with more than 100 levels.
A Nintendo investor has urged the company to enter mobile.
In an open letter posted on The Wall Street Journal, hedge fund manager Seth Fischer urged the company to develop mobile games with microtransactions.
"We believe Nintendo can create very profitable games based on in-game revenue models with the right development team," Fischer begins.
"Just think of paying 99 cents just to get Mario to jump a little higher.
"The same people who spent hours playing Super Mario, Donkey Kong, and Legend of Zelda as children are now a demographic whose engagement on the smartphone is valued by the market at well over $100bn," he added.
Following reports of poor Wii U sales, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata hinted at the use of smart devices, but admits it's not as simple as porting Mario to mobiles.
"Given the expansion of smart devices, we are naturally studying how smart devices can be used to grow the game-player business," Iwata explained. "It's not as simple as enabling Mario to move on a smartphone."
The company recently posted revised Wii U sales targets of 2.8 million, down from the original target of 9m.
Feb 27 2014
Google has claimed that it did not attempt to acquire WhatsApp before Facebook took over the service for $19 billion.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, a senior vice president for the company admitted that WhatsApp is an "exciting product" but insisted the Android owner never actually made an offer.
It had been claimed that Google offered $10 billion for the popular instant messaging application, with Facebook outbidding them by an extra $9 billion.
"WhatsApp was definitely an exciting product," Sundar Pichai said from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. "We never made an offer to acquire them. Press reports to the contrary are simply untrue."
Reports linking Google to a WhatsApp deal emerged as early as April last year, although WhatsApp's vice president Neeraj Arora denied the rumours at the time.
Meanwhile, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reassured users that WhatsApp will remain independent under its new parent company.
"WhatsApp will continue to operate independently within Facebook. The product roadmap will remain unchanged and the team is going to stay in Mountain View," Zuckerberg said.
Feb 27 2014
An App for BBC daytime gameshow Pointless launched on iOS today (February 26).
The game follows the same structure as the TV series, which was recently commissioned for 204 more episodes and 24 celebrity specials.
Players are presented with one of 900 random questions, and must give the most obscure answer to beat their opponent.
It is possible to play solo, select an opponent at random or go head-to-head with friends via Facebook or email. The winner is crowned with a virtual Pointless trophy and virtual jackpot.
Animated versions of presenter Alexander Armstrong and quizmaster Richard Osman also appear in the app.
"The new Pointless app is a great way for fans of the show to compete against each other and their friends, testing their knowledge of little-known facts and figures," Osman said. "They might even get to play against me… if they do then I hope they will respectfully let me win."
The app is only available on iOS at present, costing £1.49. An Android version is coming soon.
Ford has announced Parkopedia and AUPEO! as its latest Ford SYNC with Voice Control and AppLink partners.
Both apps are now available in vehicles equipped with dashboard technology, and will also feature in SYNC 2-supported cars when they hit the road later this year.
Parkopedia is a digital parking spot finder containing details of 15 million spaces across Europe, while AUPEO! is a voice-controlled personalised music service that serves up tracks from 200 radio stations.
"Customers want to integrate their personalised digital lives into their daily drive to ensure they are as connected and streamlined on the move as they are the rest of the day," said Ford's chief technical officer Paul Mascarenas.
"These new AppLink partnerships significantly extend the growing range of smartphone apps drivers will be able to access by voice while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel."
Ford previously added SYNC apps from ADAC, Audioteka, Cityseeker by Wcities, DIE WELT, Eventseeker by Wcities, Glympse, Hotels.com, Kaliki, Spotify, Radioplayer and TomTom to its connected vehicles.
SYNC 2 will debut in Europe on board the 2014 Focus when it goes on sale in the territory in the second half of the year.
Flappy Bird clones accounted for a third of iOS game launches in 24 hours, new research has shown.
Between 5am on February 26 and 5am on February 27, 293 iOS games hit the App Store. Research carried out by The Guardian suggests that 95 of the games were "heavily inspired" by Flappy Bird.
New releases include Tappy Bieber, Flying Mustache, Flappy The City Flyer, Crazy Dodo Pro, Flappy Beard Hipster Quest and A Floppy Floppy Flying Disk in The Land of 8 Bit Retro Game.
The researcher also points out that previously released apps such as Flappy Wings, Hoppy Frog, Flying Cyrus - Wrecking Ball and Splashy Fish make up four of the top five free gaming apps in North America, while the same four apps appear in the UK top ten.
Recent reports suggest that Apple and Google have started rejecting apps with the word "flappy" in the title.
Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen withdrew the popular mobile game from app stores earlier this month, claiming the game had become too addictive.
Feb 27 2014
Titanfall has gone gold ahead of next month's launch, Respawn has confirmed.
In a post on Twitter, the development team confirmed that Titanfall has entered the manufacturing stage of development and is ready to ship.
Titanfall will be released on Xbox One and PC on March 14 in Europe, March 11 in North America and late March on Xbox 360.
The game's recent Xbox One and PC open beta attracted more than 2 million players from February 15 to February 19.
Respawn identified and fixed ten issues with the game during beta, but admits that refining Titanfall will be an ongoing project.
A free Titanfall download code will be included in the new cut price Xbox One bundle. The machine will be reduced to £399 from February 28.
Nintendo has announced a new incentive for customers to purchase a Nintendo handheld.
During March, people in the US who register a Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS system, as well as one of six select games via Club Nintendo, will receive a free code to download either Pokemon X or Y.
The six participating titles are Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins and the upcoming Yoshi's New Island.
In order to take advantage of the promotion, the system and game must be registered by March 31, and download codes must be redeemed by May 31.
Diancie, an all-new Mythical Pokemon, was recently introduced for Pokemon X and Y.
Team17 has announced that it is working on a brand-new intellectual property.
Flockers is in development at the Worms studio, which plans to officially reveal the project next week.
"This is the most important game we've worked on in over a decade," said Team17 managing director Debbie Bestwick during PlayStation Open Day (via Develop).
The developer - which won The Great British Game Jam 2014 - recently confirmed that it will publish The Escapists.