Category Archives: Companion

'Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor' Companion App Will Offer Hints Based on What it Hears [Update: It's Out]

There have been a number of companion apps released alongside console and PC games which offer a variety of different benefits, but the Palantir companion app for the upcoming Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes things to a whole new level. As Joystiq reports, Palantir is a collaborative effort between Warner Bros. and Wikia, and will function like many other companion apps in its "Reader" mode, offering a portal into the information about the game curated by Wikia's community. That will include player-written guides and background information about the characters and lore in the game...

Joining the ranks of the PS4 companion app is the Xbox One SmartGlass Companion App [Free]. Just like the PS4 app, SmartGlass allows you to control your Xbox One and interact with Xbox Live content through your iPhone or iPad...

Dead Rising 3's SmartGlass support is way too neat to not mention. According to Joystiq, the "second screen experience" for the Xbox One exclusive will grant players access to bonus missions, as well as special abilities including, but not limited to, air strikes and drone support. More interestingly, the SmartGlass app will also help folks "locate specific types of items and abandoned storefronts," Joystiq says. Meaning, you could have a couch co-op partner help you find stuff, as well as set waypoints on your map. That's pretty neat, as it opens up a new way to play via tablets and phones. The potential of SmartGlass is seriously awesome...

As expected, the PlayStation 4, or more specifically features on PS4's PlayStation Network, will be accessible on phones. After its E3 press briefing last night, Sony tossed out a promotional video, showing off how folks will be able to use their phones to buy content and, yeah, send messages across PlayStation Network. ..

The return of Commander Mode to Battlefield 4 was a pretty cool reveal the other day at EA's E3 2013 press briefing. The part of the feature that's getting us revved up is the fact that players will be able to offload their duties as Commander to a mobile device. Just as if you were in-game, Commanders with a tablet or phone can gather intel, order air strikes, and coordinate positions. ..

Ubisoft's E3 2013 press conference closed with a look at Tom Clancy's The Division, an MMO shooter RPG that's being created by the capable hands at Massive Entertainment. It looks a lot like the latest handful of third-person Ghost Recon games, except Division focuses a lot more on progression, cooperation, and has a persistent open world that players can shoot each other in...

[Update: Trailer Added] E3 2013: 'Trials Frontier' Announced for Mobile

Two new Trials games are coming in 2014, Trials Fusion and Trials Frontier. The latter of which is coming to mobile exclusively, Ubisoft revealed at its briefing this afternoon at E3...

The Crew is a slick-looking open-world racing game that's set to hit Xbox One and PS4 in early 2014. Publisher Ubisoft just finished demoing it for the first time at its E3 2013 press briefing, focusing on its cooperative features that allow players to band together and take down opposing cars. As we've been slowly coming to expect from any game reveal at E3 this year, The Crew will incorporate a "second screen experience" that lets users customize their cars with a mobile device before they take them out on the track in the game proper. ..

EA introduced Battlefield 4's 64-man multiplayer component earlier today at its E3 2013 press conference and touched on its "connected experience" features, which lean on smart devices to give players more information and power in battle...

So, hey, Sony announced the PlayStation 4 this afternoon and, as was rumored, it'll have some neat mobile and tablet functionality. Via "applications" on your phone or a tablet, you'll be able to browse players' videos, converse with them, and also challenge them to a match. The presenter at tonight's event added that we'll be to "keep in touch with the revolving world of game," too, whatever that means...

So, if you're not in the loop, get this: today, in New York, Sony is widely rumored to be announcing its next-generation console. We probably won't see the console or hear a price or even a firm release date. If we had to guess, we'd say that most of the event will revolve around sizzle reels and a whole bunch of talk about digital downloads and the "cloud" and the social functionality of the console. Who knows, though? Maybe Sony will unveil a new take on its PlayStation Plus service. Maybe it'll show off a bigger, more touch-friendly controller. Or maybe, just maybe, we'll hear about some new cross-compatibility features -- features that might let you use an iPhone or an iPad with the console. That's neat, right?..

A lot of exciting news came out of today's Nintendo Direct. A new Zelda was announced. A Wind Waker re-release was, too. And a new Mario 3D game was teased. But one announcement in particular was more relevant to our interests than the others: apparently, an actual Mii-verse app is headed to smart phones this spring. Shacknews writes that it'll launch as a basic browser of the 'verse with "more functionality" slated to hit later...

Neat: Ubisoft finally got around to alerting people to Far Cry The Outpost [Free], an official Far Cry 3 companion app that's been kinda hiding on the App Store since the freeze. With the app, you can decode your weapon mods and swap your multiplayer load-outs on the fly. You also get access to the game's stat-tracking functionality, allowing you to see exactly how much time you've been piddling away in the game's competitive modes...

That Pokedex app we were talking about last month has appeared on worldwide on the App Store as a Universal app. With an initial purchase, you'll get access to every Pokemon available across the "Unova region" in the games. Additional $5.99 purchases unlock all the other regions. There's a total of four other regions, to be a little more specific...

Yup, The Pokemon Company has released an official Pokedex app across iPhone and iPad on the Japanese App Store. It's not a "new" app, mind; people are saying that this is a port Pokedex 3D Pro, which landed on Nintendo 3DS this July in the Japan. The iOS version is a paid app with in-game purchases...

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