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Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment today announced the South African launch of Injustice: Gods Among Us for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.

Developed by award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice: Gods Among Us introduces a new franchise in the fighting game genre and a brand new story created in collaboration between NetherRealm Studios, DC Entertainment and comic book writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. As the story unfolds, players will experience the power, gadgetry and unparalleled strength of some the most popular DC Comics heroes and villains, such as Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Aquaman, The Joker and others, as they engage in epic battles in a world where the line between good and evil is blurred.

‚”NetherRealm Studios was dedicated to making Injustice: Gods Among Us an immersive, action-packed experience,‚” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. ‚”We’ve created an original game with an all-new story filled with iconic characters DC Comics and gaming fans will appreciate.‚”

Injustice: Gods Among Us features numerous locales pulled from DC Comics lore including Arkham Asylum, Metropolis, Atlantis, and more. The arenas are multi-tiered, destructible, interactive playgrounds in which players can unleash each character’s unique super powers, individual move-sets and environmental interactions to beat their opponents. Fans can also extend their experience by playing the S.T.A.R. Labs missions, which offer players a wealth of additional content and unique gameplay that are outside of the game’s story mode experience.

Bringing these characters to life is a cast of actors, including Stephen Amell, star of the CW Network’s hit action show, Arrow, who reprises his role as the Green Arrow in the game as an unlockable ‚”Arrow‚” version of the character, which players can choose to use in-game. Also featured are Kevin Conroy, as Batman: Tara Strong, as Harley Quinn and Raven: Neal McDonough as The Flash: George Newbern as Superman: Adam Baldwin as Green Lantern: and Alan Tudyk as Green Arrow (regular version).

Fans looking for the ultimate package can purchase the Injustice: Gods Among Us Collector’s Edition for Xbox 360 and PS3, which includes the game disc, an exclusive DC Collectibles statue featuring Batman and Wonder Woman, a special Collector’s Edition of the first print issue of the Injustice: Gods Among Us DC Comics series and three exclusive skins based on Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman from DC COMICS THE NEW 52. The Collector’s Edition is priced at R 899, 00 and available in limited quantities.

Players looking to extend their gameplay experience can buy the Injustice: Gods Among Us Season Pass now for Xbox 360 and PS3TM and receive four upcoming downloadable characters for the price of three, as well as a bonus Flashpoint Skin Pack featuring alternate costumes for Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Deathstroke. The Season Pass is available on the Xbox LIVE Game Store for 1200 Microsoft Points and on PlayStation Network.

An Injustice: Gods Among Us free-to-play mobile game for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is available on the App Store and debuts original combat gameplay made special for the platform and connectivity to the Xbox 360 and PS3TM versions of the game. It features a collectible card mechanic and engages players in 3-on-3 tag team combat that pits many of DC Comics most popular icons such as Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Aquaman and more against one another. Fans who also own the Xbox 360 and PS3TM versions will be able to unlock content in the console versions that will be available in the mobile game, and vice versa, by registering for a Warner Bros. ID (WBID) account and playing the game. The Injustice: Gods Among Us mobile game is available from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch or at AppStore.com/Injustice.

Injustice: Gods Among Us for Xbox 360, PS3TM and Wii U has a metacritic rating of 82%, and priced at R 599, 00 The Injustice: Gods Among Us Special Edition and the Injustice: Gods Among Us Collector’s Edition are available for Xbox 360 and PS3TM only in limited quantities.

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YouTube Music announces Smart Downloads, SA playlists

The service has introduced Smart Downloads which takes allowing users to store and play hundreds of tunes offline, automatically.

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The latest updates from YouTube Music, for subscribers of its Music Premium and Premium services, include a new feature that allows users to switch seamlessly between a song and its music video for an uninterrupted experience.

It has also introduced Smart Downloads which takes the work out of downloading music, allowing users to store and play hundreds of tunes offline, automatically. YouTube Music has also announced new playlists for South Africa. 

The updates all reflect features that are popular on the global leader in music streaming, Spotify, and that have been key to its growth.

YouTube said in a statement on Friday: “Imagine listening to a new track by your favourite artist in the YouTube Music app and having the ability to seamlessly switch over to watch the music video – no pauses, no interruptions, just a simple tap that keeps the music flowing. This standout new feature from YouTube Music allows YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers to make a seamless transition between a song and its music video for uninterrupted listening and/or watching. Whether you’re in the mood for listening or watching (or a little of both)… it’s all here – no app switching required.”

With Smart Downloads, YouTube Music automatically saves music at night, when connected to Wi-Fi, helping subscribers to use less mobile data, enjoy a smoother updating experience and save up to 500 songs offline using Liked Songs playlist as well as other playlists and albums. 


Previously, music lovers could use the Offline Mixtape feature to download up to 100 songs, specifically chosen for them based on what they listened to most on the platform. Now, with Smart Downloads, they select the number of songs they would like automatically downloaded by toggling their YouTube Music Settings. This means YouTube Music Premium subscribers with Smart Downloads enabled on their mobile devices can now access hundreds of tracks regardless of connectivity. 

This feature is currently available on Android, with plans to bring it to iOS in the future.

Click here to read more about YouTube Music playlists, and find out what is inside them.

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Warriors of Waterdeep RPG gets mobile launch

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Top game developer Ludia has announced the global launch of Warriors of Waterdeep, a mobile turn-based RPG game, based on the ever-popular Dungeons & Dragons franchise for the App Store and Google Play Store. This release marks the first partnership between Ludia and Wizards of The Coast, leaders in fantasy role-playing games.

In Warriors of Waterdeep, players will need to summon a team of heroes as the great city of Waterdeep is threatened by powerful dark forces. Players will need to take their heroes into battle against monsters from the Forgotten Realms in tactical, turn-based combat. Level up and upgrade your heroes with free daily chests, and win rewards in exciting limited-time events.

“We are excited to bring the Dungeons & Dragons experience to mobile devices,” said Alex Thabet, CEO of Ludia. “We believe fans of the franchise will find Warriors of Waterdeep stays true to the spirit of Dungeons & Dragons with challenging storylines and innovative turn-based gameplay.”

Warriors of Waterdeep will launch with a real-time Player-vs-Player (PvP) mode. Take on teams of four in order to earn trophies, collect rewards and unlock new arenas. Rewards improve with every arena level up, to further improve your team of heroes.

Warriors of Waterdeep is now available to download for free, with in-app purchases, on the App Store and Google Play Store.

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