14 pictures from Mumbai’s Comic-Con will make your weekend!

Crazy and silly to downright awesome — these women and men went through considerable efforts to stand out in the crowd. Photographs: Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com

One of the main attractions at Comic-Cons around the world are cosplay (short for costume players) competitions in which participants dress up as their favourite character from a movie or a book (or even a video game).

So who showed up at the Mumbai Comic-Con?

This young lady, pretending to be the Marvel supervillain Dr Doom… minus the mask

These two girls nailing it as Super Mario and Luigi!

Then there was The Monk from the roleplaying game, Diablo III. (It took him e-i-g-h-t months to design this costume)!

That’s Catwoman, Pikachu and Genie evidently having a great time!

This young man was dressed up as The Fourth Doctor from the popular BBC science fiction TV series Doctor Who.

And this one was The Twelfth Doctor who is originally played by Peter Capaldi in the TV show.

Bane happened to be there… though Batman wasn’t anywhere to be seen.

Then again, there was Thor so we weren’t particularly worried!

Yet another Batman villain, Joker, made his presence felt.

As did Scarecrow, also a Batman baddie!

That, with a slight stretch of the imagination, was Lara Croft…

Who we tragically mistook for Dora, The Explorer! :-) Sorry ’bout that! :-P

Groot was there too. And all he was willing to say was: “I am Groot!” :-)

But just in case anything went wrong, we knew we could count on Harry Potter!

Because really, there’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a little bit of magic, is there?

Mumbai Comic-Con will be underway till Sunday, December 21 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre at Goregaon (E) in Mumbai!

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5 Reasons That 2014 Was Actually An Awesome Year In The Game Industry

This week the virtual pages of the gaming press are rife with negativity, denouncing the industry at large for an embarrassing, critically subpar, or culturally tone-deaf year. Those observations aren’t unjustified, but there are two sides to every story. And this side is all about shining a bright, warm light on the victories, accomplishments, or just plain awesome content that sprung from the video game industry in 2014.

Here, then, are five things involving our favorite industry this year that were worthy of celebration — and in no way is this a comprehensive list, so feel free to add yours in the comments.

1: Extra Life

Crusades like #GamerGate pitted readers against press and conjured up dissonance and discord in the industry. But Extra Life, an annual charity fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, drowned it all out with a message of generosity and hope. Beginning in October and continuing through the end of 2014, thousands of gamers and press alike united in a 24-hour gaming marathon to raise money for their local Children’s Hospitals, streaming their sessions on Twitch and soliciting donations from friends, family, and strangers.

I was fortunate enough to have raised more than $2000 for the cause this year, contributing to a team total of more than $10,000. Amazingly, that pales in comparison to the combined efforts of Extra Life fundraisers, who toppled previous records and raised in excess of $6 million for a fantastic cause. If that isn’t the feel-good gaming story of 2014, I’m not sure what is.

2: Video Game Soundtracks

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2014 will certainly go down in history as the year an inconceivable amount of blockbuster games shipped with major bugs, broken servers, or generally unplayable code. However, it’s also the year that one of the most divisive games — Destiny — birthed a beautiful, sprawling, and epic soundtrack. In many ways Marty O’Donnell’s score for Destiny outshined his work on Halo, but we were reminded of his knack for creating memorable music with the re-recorded Halo 2 Anniversary Soundtrack.

Music lovers had much more to be thankful for this year, including Austin Wintory’s work on The Banner Saga, Darren Korb’s dark and evocative Transistor soundtrack, or the sheer nostalgic brilliance of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, featuring …read more

Last minute video game deals with free shipping: Halo, NBA 2K15, Diablo, more

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Last minute Christmas shoppers in search of a good deal on video games are in luck. Amazon is offering up to 50 percent off several popular video games for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PS4. Free shipping in time for Christmas Eve is available for orders placed by December 19, with a minimum order of $35. If you have Amazon Prime, the Couponess states that Prime customers who want free 2-day shipping must order by December 22 to get their delivery before Santa arrives.

On December 17, Amazon has several video game “Lightning Deals” that are available in limited supply. Here are some of the best offers — expect many of these titles to sell out quickly due to the discounted prices. See the entire list of discounted video games here.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection – $44

NBA 2K15 – PlayStation 4 – $29

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Xbox One – $27

Watch Dogs – PlayStation 4 – $24

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition – PlayStation 4 – $29

The Last of Us Remastered – PlayStation 4 – $29

The Evil Within – PlayStation 4 – $24

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition – Xbox One – $39

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition – $64

Which video games top your holiday wish list this year?

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is Destiny and Other Activision Games

Written by Brandon Hofer on December 16, 2014

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Christmas is a little over a week away and Amazon is helping out your wallet by discounting a number of Activision’s games. Today’s “Gold Box Deal of the Day” is Destiny for the Xbox One and PS4 where you can get the game at half price. Other recent Activision releases are on sale too including Diablo III and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. These sales include:

Xbox One

Destiny – $29.99
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition – $39.99
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – $44.99

PlayStation 4

Destiny – $29.99
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition – $29.99
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – $44.99

Xbox 360

Destiny – $39.99
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition – $19.99
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – $44.99

PlayStation 3

Destiny – $39.99
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition – $39.99

Amazon appears to be sold out of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on the PS3 and so there is no sale on that version of the game. Will you be picking up any of these games today to take advantage of these sales? Tell us what you think below.

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Top 5 Best Xbox One Games Deals: The Heavy Christmas List

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Running out of Christmas gift ideas for loved ones? Don’t worry! If that person you’re shopping for owns an Xbox One, then you’re in luck! There are plenty of great deals on Xbox One games going on from now until Christmas day, which means you can get best-selling games without punishing your wallet.

Here are the five best Xbox One game deals you can grab now, including price cuts on recently launched AAA games that gamer in your life is sure to love.


1. Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor

Any The Lord of the Rings buff will feel right at home with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The game is set sometime between The Hobbit and Tolkien’s famous trilogy about Frodo’s quest to Mount Doom as Talion, a Ranger of Gondor stationed near the Black Gate leading into the evil land of Mordor, is forced to watch his family be butchered by Uruks. What follows is a classic revenge action game dripping with Tolkien lore. What sets Shadow of Mordor apart is its nemesis system, which grants military ranks to Talion’s enemies. The Uruks are constantly vying for dominance, and the player can manipulate them to his will using special powers and abilities, making each play a unique experience.

Price: $27.99 (53 percent off MSRP)

Buy Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor here.


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2. Halo: The Master Chief Collection

In 2011, Microsoft published Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, a high-definition remake of the original Halo from Bungie. Porting the infamous first-person sci-fi shooter to the Xbox 360 proved to be a wise decision, and fans clamored for a re-release of Halo 2 in the same vein. Microsoft did them one better: Halo: The Master Chief Collection takes the four numerical Halo games and puts them in glorious HD for the Xbox One. Players are now able to seamlessly jump from one game to the next while reliving Halo‘s unforgettable campaign and unique multiplayer matches — when the matchmaking works, that is.

Price: $44.99 (25 percent off MSRP)

Buy Halo: The Master Chief Collection here.


Reaper of Souls Not The Final Diablo III Expansion? PS4 Exclusive Coming?

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The Reaper of Souls expansion pack for Diablo III which was released earlier this year might not be the only DLC for the popular action RPG / Hack and Slash game. Rumors suggest a second expansion for the PlayStation 4 version of the game is in the works and may be set for a 2015 release date.

In March lead producer of Diablo III, Alex Mayberry, told Video Gamer that his team were in the planning stages for a second DLC. At the time however it had yet to enter full development, which suggests it won’t be released any time soon.

He said the public’s reception to Reaper of Souls would be a deciding factor as to whether to proceed with the project. By all measures, Reaper of Souls was very successful. It sold over 2.7 million copies within the first week and it scored highly in reviews by the critics. Metacritic has it ranked 87 out of 100, while the Polygon site put it as high as 9.5 out of 10.

It’s clear that there is an audience should the second expansion be released.

Mayberry noted that there were still lots of things left to explore that they didn’t get to do with the core game or Reaper of Souls, and there’s also lots of fan feedback that they want to address.

Unfortunately nothing official has been announced in recent months, so it is not clear how far along they are in development, or if the project is even ongoing. There’s also no indication what the new expansion would be called.

The Diablo franchise is one of the most successful in the industry, moving over 24.8 million copies over the span of the 3 games. Diablo 3 became the fastest selling PC game of all time when it was released in 2012.

Although there are some rumors about another instalment, there has been nothing official announced regarding a Diablo 4. That doesn’t mean we won’t get it at some point in the future, but as of now there is nothing to suggest that it’s in development.

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The Biggest Video Game Controversies Of 2014

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Video games are controversial these days, but 2014 has been one of the most divisive years I can remember.

Even the super controversial launches of Mass Effect 3, SimCity, and Diablo III pale in comparison to this year’s controversies.

These range from buggy game releases to the rise of online movements. Here are my top ten picks for the year of our Lord 2014:

10. Flappy Bird is pulled from the App Store. (February 2014.)

Indie mobile sensation Flappy Bird suddenly appeared on the radar in 2014 and we learned the weird, pretty terrible little game was making $50,000/day. Then suddenly its creator pulls the game from the App Store, telling Forbes he didn’t like how addictive it was.

Judging by the 2 million hits Paul Tassi got on his post announcing the game’s removal, this was obviously—yet inexplicably—really important to a lot of people.

9. Microsoft releases a Kinect-free Xbox One after telling us it was essential to the console. (May 2014.)

Microsoft told gamers over and over again prior to the launch of the Xbox One—and for a while post-launch—that the Kinect was an integral part of the Xbox One ecosystem, and that the console just wouldn’t work properly without it.

But after months of being outsold by Sony’s PS4, which retailed for $100 less than the Xbox One, Microsoft changed their minds, and announced a new Kinect-free Xbox One sku. Sorry early adopters!

Then again, the decision may be paying off: Xbox One finally outsold PS4 this past November.

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8. Dragon Age: Inquisition turned out to be pretty good. Or did it? (November 2014.)

BioWare and parent company EA have been at the center of 99.99% of all non-Anita Sarkeesian related video game controversies for the past few years. (My numbers are derived through non-scientific means.)

But finally, after a few too many misses, the RPG developer hit one out of the park with Dragon Age: Inquisition. Even still, the very fact that BioWare apparently did something right again is a controversy unto itself.

And even my saying they got one right is controversial, as the game has been enormously divisive. Instead of universal backlash, Inquisition is getting an equal measure of love and hate. That’s my kind of controversy.

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7. Facebook buys VR headset maker Oculus. For $2 billion. (March 2014.)

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Top 10 Best Xbox One Games of All Time: The Heavy Power List

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The Xbox One is now over a year old. Can you believe that? It feels like just yesterday everyone was clamoring to just catch a glimpse of what the next generation of video games would bring us. Now here we are, a full 365 days and change into the era of new-gen consoles after being stuck with our PS3s and Xbox 360s for far too long. What has been done with the Xbox One in its first year? Well, a lot, actually. The new console has seen everything from upgraded ports of last-gen games like Grand Theft Auto V and Halo to new IPs like Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Sunset Overdrive.

But which games are the cream of the crop? Let us tell you! We present our list of the top 10 best Xbox One games you can buy for your Microsoft console as of today.


1. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty is one series that has withstood the test of time, with releases spanning more than a decade and three console generations. There’s a reason it’s the most popular FPS series ever made. The franchise has tackled everything from World War II-era battles to modern-day combat. The newest entry in the series, Advanced Warfare, takes place in the future, where jetpacks and hovering grenades are staples in military technology. Sure, it might look like Titanfall at a glance, but Advanced Warfare is a title all its own, and it’s bound to be a best seller just like its annually released brethren. I mean, even IGN gave it a 9.1.

Price: $56.98 (6 percent off MSRP)

Buy Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare here.


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2. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

If you’ve played World of Warcraft, you know Blizzard sure knows how to make games that fit into the fantasy genre. Diablo III is a perfect example. It’s an action-RPG that’s all about one thing: loot. As you and your friends go through the procedurally generated dungeons slaughtering literally thousands of Diablo’s hellish minions, you constantly find shiny new gear and …read more

Top 10 Best PS4 Games of All Time: The Heavy Power List

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The PlayStation 4 is now over a year old. Can you believe that? It feels like just yesterday everyone was clamoring to just catch a glimpse of what the next generation of video games would bring us. Now here we are, a full 365 days and change into the era of new-gen consoles after being stuck with our PS3s and Xbox 360s for far too long. What has been done with the PlayStation 4 in its first year? Well, a lot, actually. The new console has seen everything from upgraded ports of last-gen games like Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us to new IPs like Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

But which games are the cream of the crop? Let us tell you! We present our list of the top 10 best PS4 games you can buy for your PlayStation 4 as of today.


1. Battlefield 4

It had some trouble at launch, but Battlefield 4 is still a competent shooter. It’s referred to as Call of Duty‘s greatest competition, but that sells the game short, considering both games attract different crowds. Battlefield 4 is all about scale. Maps are enormous, featuring vehicles (even jets!) and destructible environments. I mean, it’s not uncommon to see a skyscraper collapse in real time during a match due to the game’s powerful Frostbite engine. It’s strategic, which means communication and thought-out attacks are more likely than your quickscoping ability to secure a win. If you like the idea of modern war-based shooters but are turned off by CoD‘s frantic deathmatches, give Battlefield 4 a chance.

Price: $29.96 (25 percent off MSRP)

Buy Battlefield 4 here.


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2. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty is one series that has withstood the test of time, with releases spanning more than a decade and three console generations. There’s a reason it’s the most popular FPS series ever made. The franchise has tackled everything from World War II-era battles to modern-day combat. The newest entry in the series, Advanced Warfare, takes place in the future, where jetpacks and hovering grenades are staples in military technology. Sure, …read more

Top Five RPG Games of 2014

The year of 2014 was a great one for gamers. While it lacked the grandiose releases of a Grand Theft Auto and two new consoles, it was a solid year overall. Gamers around the world hacked into Chicago, tried to survive against impossible odds, joined each other online to take down raid bosses, replayed remastered versions of older games, and collectively wondered how many triple A titles could launch with broken parts. Join us as we begin to rank the top games genre by genre, leading up to the overall game of the year. Twice a week we will release a list of the top five shooters, RPGs, handheld games, and so on. Today’s feature is the top five RPG games of 2014.

When Diablo III launched it split the community. Many loved the pure loot hunt gameplay, while others could not forgive Blizzard for the always online connectivity and auction house inclusion. Since its release, Blizzard has been changing Diablo III based off of feedback. Now with the expansion Reaper of Souls, they have changed Diablo III into a different game from the one that launched in 2012. Reaper of Souls adds an entirely new act, a new character class, additional level cap, an adventure mode for endless loot hunting, tweaked drops, new vendors, and reworked the crafting system. They built immensely upon the foundation set beforehand, delivering a game that has taken countless hours from players worldwide.

South Park: The Stick of Truth (PC/PS3/X360)

South Park The Stick of Truth proved two points: that Obsidian is great at crafting RPGs, and that licensed games don’t always have to suck. The latter point was probably helped by the fact that Matt Stone and Trey Parker worked on the game extensively since its conception in 2009. Together they wrote the script, advised the design, and voiced many of the characters. The game looks just like the show, and even has a myriad of references to the series. Fortunately the game isn’t entirely comprised of fan service and instead had a good combat system with a overarching plot full of humor. Obviously those who watch South Park will enjoy The Stick of Truth greatly, but you don’t have to be a viewer to appreciate the love that went into creating this adaptation.

Dark Souls II

It is hard to deny the popularity of Dark Souls II. Highly divisive, you either love the challenges the Souls’ …read more