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Drakerz Brings The Digital Card Game To Your Webcam

With games like Hearthstone bringing more players to the digital card game space every day, Drakerz seeks to take things to the next level.

Using webcams to bring cards to life in an augmented reality battleground, Drakerz is looking to provide an immersive DCG experience by bringing cards to life before battle. While the full experience requires a webcam, players can also opt to play without one if they are at a PC that doesn’t facilitate integrated play.

While the concept isn’t completely new (Eye of Judgment for PlayStation 3 comes to mind), it’s something that may indicate where things could be going, especially with virtual reality on the rise. Drakerz is currently available on Steam.

 

Our Take
I'm always excited to see established genres trying new things. We'll see if systems like this one are unique, user friendly, and add something special to gameplay – or just gimmicks to differentiate products in an increasingly crowded DCG market.

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Ubisoft Brings Collectible Card Game Might & Magic: Duels Of Champions To Console

With all the buzz around Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering, Ubisoft decided to broaden the audience for its own collectible card game. Might & Magic: Duels of Champions has been out in a free-to-play format on PC and mobile devices since last year. Today, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers can dive in.

Ubisoft has announced a new version of the game, sub-subtitled Forgotten Wars, for Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. The $ 9.99 title includes 30 single-player missions, local competitive play, online play, and 650 cards. 

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The title does include in-game transactions that allow players to purchase more gold (for acquiring cards), competitive decks, and expansions (of which four are available now). The game includes a full deck-builder, and there are no random packs (what you see is what you get).

The gameplay is similar to the PC and iOS version, but the monetization and progression are different. If you want to see what the gameplay is like before putting down your $ 10, you can setup a PC or iOS account for free and learn to play.

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BlazBlue Mobile Card Game Heading To North America

Publisher Aksys has announced plans to bring BlazBlue: Battle Cards to North American iOS devices.

The game is developed by North American developer Alliance Digital Media, making it the first BlazBlue game to be created outside of Japan. Each player chooses one of 12 fighters and battles against another player using an assortment of attacks and special moves. The game's art is based on the recently released fighter BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, which is what you see pictured above.

The game will release this fall and will include six fighters with the option to purchase the other six.

[Source: Siliconera (2)]

 

Our Take
I'm not sure how well BlazBlue will function outside of its fighting game roots, but the fighting genre certainly seems like it has the potential to be suited to a card game translation. We are currently in the middle of a digital card game renaissance, so Aksys is certainly striking while the iron is hot.

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Final Fantasy Artniks Dive says pick a card, any card

If Square-Enix has learned anything, it’s that games where Cloud from Final Fantasy VII can somehow interact with Tidus from Final Fantasy X will always lure in a few players. Final Fantasy Artniks Dive, due out this summer on Japanese iOS and…
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3DS XL on sale for $199.99 at Walmart, includes $40 gift card and case

Walmart is currently having a sale on Nintendo 3DS XL handhelds for $ 199.99.  While that doesn’t sound like that great of a deal compared to the normal price of the console, the deal also includes a $ 40 eGift Card and a case (valued at about $ 9).  That’s basically the 3DS plus a game for 200 bucks.  If you’re in the market for a new handheld but have been putting it off, now might be a good time to get one.  The store has an additional sale on the 3DS XL that comes with an accessory and three games for the same price, but the games aren’t exactly AAA.  Both deals are available until Saturday, so make up your mind soon!


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Blizzard Teases Curse of Naxxramas With Card Reveals

Hearthstone’s upcoming single-player campaign, Curse of Naxxramas, will feature a smattering of new cards, many of which are flavorfully in-theme with the towering World of Warcraft raid dungeon. Not surprisingly, one of the big themes that we’re seeing from the set so far is a big focus on deathrattle effects. Here’s the Rogue card that was unveiled today, Anub’ar Ambusher:

Even bigger and scarier than the Chillwind Yeti’s 4/5 frame at the same cost, the Anub’ar Abusher does come with a potential drawback. If you don’t have any other minions on the table the ability won’t hurt you, and there’s even the possibility that you can build your deck to get benefits from picking back up your friendlies, such as getting an extra boost from minions like Abusive Sergeant. Yeah, this creepy crawly is definitely going to see some play.

Oh, and in case you missed it, Blizzard also revealed this upcoming Warrior weapon a few days ago, and it looks like it has a lot of potential!

Are you excited for Curse of Naxxramas?

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Nab a free copy of Watch Dogs after a purchase of a qualifying Nvidia graphics card

 

Gamers who are needing and/or wanting to upgrade their personal computers to play the upcoming blockbuster title Watch Dogs are in luck. For a limited time, a free copy of Watch Dogs is included with a purchase of a qualifying Nvidia graphics card at select etailers and retailers.

The qualifying graphics cards are:

  • GTX 660
  • 660 Ti
  • 670
  • 680
  • 690
  • 760
  • 770
  • 780
  • 780 Ti
  • TITAN
  • and TITAN Black.

The Nvidia’s official website for this Watch Dogs promotion has a dedicated page to determine if a PC’s graphics card is capable of playing the highly anticipated title. The website also lists the retailers that are eligible for the promotion.

To find out more about nabbing a free copy of Watch Dogs, visit this Nvidia website.


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Card Hunter: Attack of the Artifacts free expansion out now

Blue Manchu has released a sizable expansion for its browser-based strategy RPG Card Hunter, adding six new quests, dozens of collectible cards, and a multiplayer league system.

Attracting 100,000 players following its launch last year, Card Hunter…
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Blizzard Encourages Hearthstone Meetups With Special Card Back

Blizzard's collectible card game Hearthstone got its big iPad release last week, exposing the game to an even wider audience. To mark the occassion, Blizzard is giving players an incentive to meet up in person and play the game. In addition to learning more about the game (and potentially making a new friend or two), players can also earn a special in-game card back for their decks.

The mini events, which Blizzard is calling Fireside Gatherings, are fan-created meetups. Players are encouraged to bring their iPads and laptops to public spaces to trade strategies and gloat about their collections with other Hearthstone players. Visit the official site to see if there are any in your area, or to learn more about hosting one of your own (you could even do this in your own home). If you attend one of these events, you can earn the special Fireside Friends card back.

The card back (above) will be available starting April 26. Blizzard isn't saying how long the promotion will last, so if you like what you see you may want to act sooner than later.

[Source: Blizzard]

 

Our Take
I've been playing a lot of the game lately, and it's a blast. I wonder how the dynamic would change playing face to face without the relative anonymity that playing online provides, though. The rage quits would be more entertaining, but I don't know if a card back is worth running the risk of having a chair thrown at my head.

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Card Hunter coming to mobile courtesy of new studio DropForge

Seattle-based DropForge Games confirmed today that it has partnered with Australian studio Blue Manchu to bring Manchu’s free-to-play browser-based game Card Hunter to mobile devices. …


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