Hasbro's Family Game Night franchise has been a lucrative one for Electronic Arts, having sold 4 million units since the publisher began bringing the property to gaming consoles in 2008. Today, the publisher announced the latest installment in the franchise, saying Family Game Night 4: The Game Show will arrive for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii this fall.
Family Game Night 4 is based on Hasbro's TV show for the Hub network, reinterpreting classic board games for the game-show format. To give it that live-action feel, EA has incorporated motion-control functionality into each of the three versions, with the Xbox 360 game making use of the Kinect, the PS3 version offering Move support, and the Wii edition retaining its remote and nunchuk functionality.
Five individual games will be included in Family Game Night 4. Connect 4 Basketball sees gamers competing to sink four like-colored balls in a row, while Scrabble Flash has players rearranging onscreen tiles to form words. Sorry! Sliders and Yahtzee! Bowling both feature supersized versions of their titular board games with special rule sets. Lastly, Bop-It Boptigon offers a timing-based rhythm-game experience.
Up to two gamers can compete in Family Game Night 4 at a time, either individually or in tandem. The Xbox 360 and Wii versions of the game also support avatar and Mii integration, respectively.
Exposure is always a concern with nuclear fallout, and Bethesda succeeded not at all in avoiding it with New Vegas' upcoming downloadable content packs. In January, word slipped out that its first add-on--Dead Money--would be followed by three more DLC packs, a fact that Bethesda confirmed in early February. Today, the publisher detailed just what gamers can expect from the add-on packs.
Honest Hearts will lead the three-pack, arriving for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on May 17. The action takes place in Utah's Zion National Park and sees gamers leading an expedition that is swamped by a roving tribal war party. Players are then charged with escaping to the Mojave, battling the belligerent nomads in the process.In June, Bethesda will release Old World Blues. The add-on pack sees gamers forced into partaking in a gruesome science experiment that also offers a closer look at the Mojave's mutated-monster contingent. Gamers will be presented with the option of battling the maniacal scientists or joining with them to fend off "an even greater threat."
Lastly, the Lonesome Road DLC will drop in July. In it, gamers will be contacted by the original Courier Six, who refused to deliver the Platinum Chip at the beginning of the game. Gamers will be offered the reason for his refusal if they agree to venture into the Divide, which has been ravaged by earthquakes and hurricanes.Developed by the recently layoff-struck Obsidian Entertainment, the three add-on packs will each cost $10 (800 Microsoft points). All three are set for simultaneous release for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on their respective ship dates.