Amazon reveals tower defense/shooter hybrid Sev Zero for its new Fire TV streaming box

Available exclusively through Amazon's new Fire TV set-top box; other games available for the new platform include Minecraft and NBA 2K14.

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The first Amazon Fire TV-exclusive game is Sev Zero, a tower defense/third-person shooter hybrid developed internally by Amazon Game Studios.

Amazon announced the game today during a media event in New York City where it officially took the wraps off the $99 Amazon Fire TV set-top box. It will sell for $7, though it's included for free with the purchase of a $40 Amazon Fire Controller.

In Sev Zero, you start in tower defense mode to build your towers, and then you beam down to the shooter mode to go head-to-head with alien enemies.

Though Sev Zero is exclusive to Amazon Fire TV, players can team up with friends through a game called Sev Zero: Air Support available on Kindle Fire. You can read more about Sev Zero on Amazon's website.

Sev Zero is one of thousands of games available today for Amazon Fire TV. Other big-name games includes contemporary titles like Deus Ex: The Fall, Asphalt 8, and NBA 2K14, as well as classics like games from the Sonic the Hedgehog and Tetris franchises.

You can check out the full list of Amazon Fire TV games at the company's website.

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Discussion

45 comments
tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

At $140 ($100 for console, $40 for controller) it's an impulse buy for me.

playmynutz
playmynutz

Haven't played a good tower defense game in a while so this should be good

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

and this is how a good PR team can do wonders

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

Maybe, though, this is just a first step to something bigger.  Amazon could become a legit publisher/digital retailer, a la Steam.  Their app is already on X1 and PS.... Sure, this set top box and this game are terribly uninteresting, but what if they're just testing the waters to see if they want to get into the AAA business?  That might not be a bad thing.....

sortajan
sortajan

amazon needs to stick to doing what they do best. they're amazing at it, there's no need for them to humiliate themselves here.

Hop103
Hop103

This thing is a piece of garbage, it lacks the basics such as Sonic 3, Sonic and Knuckles, and Crunchyroll.  Failure TV Shit Box.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Someone should have told them that playing on a handheld screen and a TV at the same time is a terrible idea.  See Wii-U.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

So much gimmicky shit. As long as core PC games still exists, real gaming will too. Certain consoles can derive whatever watered down inspiration they want from that -- but this stuff in the article above? ... ugh.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

So it's pretty much Starhawk then right..?

Which actually, was a very good game! (Hence my profile picture). It just had little to no marketing :/

electrichobo99
electrichobo99

Are those screenshots simulated, or do the games really look that awful? Sev Zero is an exclusive which I won't mind missing, lol

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Finally, Microsoft's TV Box now has a competitor.

barrybarryk
barrybarryk

If it's an open hackable bit of kit like most android platforms I might pick one up, but I'll wait until hardware reviews come in.  The market is already overflowing with cheap poorly made tat, Android Mini PC's aren't exactly a rarity but good ones that are well put together are few and far between.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Damn at first glance of that photo I thought I was looking at a Halo screenshot.

fig56
fig56

Is this really what gaming is turning into?

iamllamapie
iamllamapie

That list is literally all mobile apps. There'll only be a handful of games that you'll sit down and play a while by the looks of it.

uncha1n3d
uncha1n3d

Whats the target market here? Cant be core gamers since theres already three main consoles with exclusive software. Seems like a waste of time in my opinion. If there are any first parties that manage to secure a spot on the Amazon "thing", then maybe ill look into picking one up, but right now it seems to be another Ouya

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

It begins... Mwhaha... Hahahaaaa..... HAHAhahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaa...

tomservo51
tomservo51

Funny, this is what Microsoft wanted to badly, to control the living room. I wish Amazon luck in the market.

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

@olddadgamer  why do they have to target the AAA business?  There is a lot of money to be made, from games of this quality sold to the huge mass market of casual gamers.  

Maui_Lion
Maui_Lion

@sortajan You mean business? Because they're pretty kickass at business.  Amazon has grown huge since their beginning days of selling books.  You have to remember that every business venture, even gaming, starts somewhere.  Amazon may not have been born solely for the gaming industry, but there's no reason why they can't succeed in it.  They have business savvy, they may very well be able to pull it off.

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

@lostmyaccount  actually it does look pretty cool, for $7 on a $99 device not really a bad deal for a casual gamer.

tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

I have a Wii U and have absolutely no problems looking at the controller while playing a game on the TV. I guess you never played Wind Waker HD, Batman: Arkham Origins, or Zombie U.

ggregd
ggregd

@nurnberg  He's not playing the game with the tablet.  Read for understanding.

tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

Because PC's are the only way to play video games.

Idiotic comment is idiotic.

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

@spikepigeo "Certain consoles can derive whatever watered down inspiration they want from that "


YAY, another PC dumb troll.

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

@Bellum_Sacrum  And Sony's game box now has to face reality it doesn't have the architecture to compete in the now inevitable trend of all-in-one TV and game devices.  I Guess Microsoft wasn't so far off with the Xbox One were they?  

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

@spartanx169x  yeah the shape of the controller combined with a Halo-ish looking launch exclusive no doubt which company they are trying to imitate. 

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@fig56 Only if we let it.  Don't create a demand for dross and they'll stop selling it.

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

@tomservo51  I wish Sony luck, they'll need it, since the trend is starting to look like all-in-one TV and game devices.  Surprise! Guess which console is better positioned for the long term to accommodate that?  




Dissentioncc
Dissentioncc

Because another company getting into the AAA market is what we need as gamers, especially after the attempted molestation of our consumer rights by the great M$. Having more options is a good thing.

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

@Tomcat2007 Well, they don't have to, and they probably won't, but part of me thinks it would be kinda nice if they did.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@Tomcat2007 Everybody I know that has an XB1 or intends to buy one has no intentions of hooking up cable to it. They will do the same thing they do with the 360 and that's watch Netflix because their gaming console is not on the main tv where the cable box is. (and its quite a few people) and of course you can do the same thing with a PS3 and PS4.

fig56
fig56

Very true. I guess we all had to start gaming somewhere. Oh well.

fastharry
fastharry

@Tomcat2007 @tomservo51more people watched movies on PS3 and 360 than played games. I would say that trend started a while ago...and yes, MS, a software company, is gonna capitalize on that...software is gonna rule the next ten years..not hardware capabilities...

Johnny-n-Roger
Johnny-n-Roger

@Dissentioncc

Thats more of a personal desire than an actual reason why anyone should attempt to make a high-budget game.  A media device with the capability to play games usually doesn't garner enough attention from those willing to spend $60 on a game.  

If their desire is to make "AAA" games, they are testing the wrong market.

tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

Cable is dead. I had an Xbox One and I never used the TV features.

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

@spartanx169x  i think that will change as consumers get accustomed more to these TV streaming devices that are doing more and more including gaming.  Right now the next-gen console buyers are the hardcore gamers and early adopters but as the old consoles retire and the rest of the mass market starts to choose a new console they will want the console to have more features than just gaming, and integration with their cable service may be one of them.