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EGM Weekly: April 19, 2014 Edition

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Posted on April 19, 2014 AT 06:00am

This is EGM Weekly, a round up of the top news, reviews, and features from the past seven days.

This week, NPD numbers shine a line on Sony’s console success and Titanfall‘s towering sales, rumors about a 2.5D Ubi-Art powered Prince of Persia surface, Halo composer Martin O’Donnell reveals he was fired from Bungie, Michel Ancel teases Jade’s new look in Beyond Good & Evil 2, and much more.

Plus, the EGM Crew returns from PAX East 2014 with tales of indie games and more, Ray reviews Kinect Sports Rivals, Trials Fusion, and Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff while Andrew tackles Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars, Josh tells you what to keep an eye for with Under the Radar, and the Crew reassembles for the Game Over Podcast after a week split apart.

Here’s this week’s best:

News Stories

Halo series and Destiny composer Martin O’Donnell fired from Bungie last week

Longtime Bungie composer Martin O’Donnell was summarily terminated from his employment with the company at the end of last week, he revealed on Twitter. READ MORE

March NPD: Titanfall tops the software chart, but PS4 still outsells Xbox One

The latest NPD sales numbers brought some good news and bad news for Microsoft.READ MORE

Nintendo passed up the opportunity to partner up with Activision on Skylanders

Before Skylanders skyrocketed to success, Activision approached Nintendo to partner with them on the venture, but the gaming giant didn’t want to commit, Polygon reports.READ MORE

Report: 2.5D Prince of Persia powered by UbiArt Framework in development

A 2D, UbiArt–powered Prince of Persia is in the works, if French gaming outlet Portail du Jeu Video’s sources are to be believed. READ MORE

Sony wanted a Vita version of Titanfall

Before Respawn’s mech FPS Titanfall was an Xbox One exclusive, Sony offered to help make a PlayStation Vita version of the game. READ MORE

Report: Disney Infinity 2.0 launching August

In a since-removed statement on D23.com, Disney revealed that Disney Infinity 2.0 will be available in August of this year. READ MORE

Xbox One release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 postponed indefinitely

Activision has indefinitely postponed the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Xbox One, a spokesperson confirmed. READ MORE

Ubisoft teases Jade’s new look for Beyond Good and Evil 2

It’s been a while since we heard anything about Beyond Good and Evil 2, but that doesn’t mean that it’s dead and forgotten. READ MORE

Firaxis Games taking Sid Meier’s Civilization series Beyond Earth this fall

Civilization V‘s second expansion imagined a Brave New World, but the future of Sid Meier’s Civ series will boldly go to new worlds with its next full installment, Beyond Earth. READ MORE

Todd Stashwick to co-write Visceral’s Star Wars game

Writer and actor Todd Shashwick will be joining former Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig as co-writer for Visceral’s upcoming Star Wars project. READ MORE

Features

The Hidden Gems of PAX East 2014

After heading off to PAX East 2014, Eric and Chris give their picks for the best hidden gems from the show. READ MORE

Under the Radar: Your Weekly Guide to the Games You’ve Never Heard Of

This week: I get bloody, Mars goes noir, and a Pope enters the third dimension. READ MORE

Weekend Play: Falls Idols Are the Best Idols

Welcome to EGM’s Weekend Play, a weekly account of what games the editors of EGM are currently playing, and an open conversation with you, the reader, about what you’ve been playing. READ MORE

Reviews

Trials Fusion

The core of what makes Trials great remains, but some tweaks detract from the overall experience. READ MORE

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is the best baby-makin’, dungeon-crawling RPG available on portables. (OK, so it’s also the only one!) READ MORE

Kinect Sports Rivals

Kinect Sports Rivals was supposed to show off how far the new Kinect has come, but familiar frustrations are found throughout. READ MORE

Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff

Even though it’s a pretty blatant clone, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is still probably the best game based on the cartoon we’ve seen. READ MORE

Podcasts

EGM Game Over Podcast 071: Let them eat ground beef

The EGM crew brings you the Game Over Podcast, our end-of-the-week conversation where we discuss some of the biggest recent events in gaming. LISTEN HERE
Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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