PlayStation fans will get the chance to explore cyberspace and outer space in this week’s PlayStation Store update.
Bandai Namco will release Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory this Friday, January 19th, for the PS4. The RPG is a spinoff/sequel to Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, and players will be able to capture nearly 400 Digimon creatures.
And Kerbal Space Program: Enhanced Edition is now available from Squad for the PS4. The Enhanced Edition includes three new control schemes, an updated user interface, and a number of other updates and enhancements. Current owners of Kerbal Space Program will be able to download the Enhanced Edition as a free update.
You can learn more about all of this week’s additions to the PlayStation Store after the break.
WB Games has announced that Scribblenauts Showdown will be released for the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on March 6. Original developer 5th Cell shut down a few years ago, but fans can get a peek at the first teaser trailer above.
The next game in the Scribblenauts saga will change things up with a new focus on minigames. Up to four players will be able to create objects using the game’s dictionary of more than 35,000 words, and they’ll compete on a board game style map to win:
In the game’s Showdown Mode, up to four players face off and imagine their way to victory through card-based strategy and creative skill. “Wordy” minigames require unleashing the best object or character from the vast Scribblenauts dictionary of over 35,000 words to outsmart an opponent. Action-oriented “Speedy” minigames reward the player who completes a given challenge first. A board game style map displays players’ progress. With multiple ways to make up ground, every player has a chance to win, which keeps the excitement going until the end!
In Versus Mode, two players can go head-to-head in more than 25 minigames that vary in every session.
Scribblenauts Showdown will also include a brand new Sandbox Mode with eight levels for one or two players.
Fans of the Gundam anime also love to build plastic Gundam models known as Gunpla. And Bandai Namco is tapping into this toy-mania with the next Gundam game for the PS4, New Gundam Breaker.
Set to launch sometime this year, New Gundam Breaker gives fans the opportunity to build and battle with “a multitude” of different Gunpla models:
For generations, Gundam fans in the Americas have collected, constructed, and displayed Gunpla models in their homes. Now the artistry and creativity of the Gunpla scene is coming to the video game world with New Gundam Breaker, coming to the Americas exclusively for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system in 2018.
Featuring a multitude of different Gunpla, the game will enable players to construct their own Gunpla and take them into battle. As enemies are damaged or destroyed, they’ll leave body parts or weapons behind which players can collect and use for further customization of their own Gunpla.
The first trailer for New Gundam Breaker has been embeddeda bove.
We’re three weeks into 2018, and it’s finally time for the first “New Retail Release” report of the year.
This week, Nintendo’s pink puffball will return with the launch of Kirby: Battle Royale for the 3DS. Up to four players can battle it out in ten different minigame-like scenarios, but those who prefer to go it alone can tackle the game’s Story Mode and challenge King Dedede in the Cake Royale Tournament.
Speaking of arena battles… Rocket League: Collector’s Edition will make its Switch debut this week. The package will include the original game as well as all content from three previously-released expansions (Supersonic Fury, Revenge of the Battle-Cars, and Choose Run).
The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for this year’s DICE Awards, and Horizon: Zero Dawn leads the pack with ten.
The action-adventure game from Guerrilla will compete for “Game of the Year,” as well as… deep breath… “Adventure Game of the Year,” “Outstanding Achievement in Character” (for Aloy), “Outstanding Achievement in Game Design,” “Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction,” “Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition,” “Outstanding Achievement in Story,” “Outstanding Technical Achievement,” “Outstanding Achievement in Animation,” and “Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction.”
Other games nominated for “Game of the Year” include Studio MDHR’s Cuphead, PUBG Corporation’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Nintendo’s Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The 2018 DICE Awards will be handed out in a ceremony at the conclusion of this year’s DICE Summit on February 22. A complete list of this year’s nominees can be found after the break.
It’s Friday, so it’s time for another update to the Xbox Games Store…
Today, Microsoft added a pair of Xbox One games to the digital storefront including a flight combat simulation from developer Ace Maddox (Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China) and another NeoGeo re-release from Hamster Corporation (The King of Fighters ’98).
Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China
Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China is an air-combat action game based on the true events of America’s secret volunteer squadrons that defended China against Japan in the China-Burma-India theatre of World War II. Experience rarely depicted air-battles as you take on the role of headstrong fighter pilots, self-sacrificing transport navigators, and daring bomber crews and gunners of the AVG, the RAF, and the USAAF to repel the onslaught of the Japanese war machine. Dogfight skilled enemy aces using “hit and run” tactics, carry out breakaway air-strikes behind enemy lines, and take part in the defense of China’s critical supply-routes, from Rangoon up the Burma road, and across the deadly Himalayan “Hump.”
The King of Fighters ’98
The King of Fighters ’98 is a fighting game released by SNK in 1998. In the previous installment KOF’ 97, the story of the “Orochi Saga” reached its exciting conclusion. As a result, the next entry in the series The King of Fighters ’98 was released as a dream match version of THE KING OF FIGHTERS Series. It is one of the most popular and well known versions of the game, partially thanks to the many balance changes that received high praise from fans around the world.
It’s easy to forget about Assassin’s Creed: Rogue. Originally released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2014 as a previous-generation alternative to Assassin’s Creed: Unity, many fans bypassed Rogue in favor of the newest PS4/Xbox One entry in the series. But now Assassin’s Creed: Rogue is back.
Yesterday, Ubisoft announced plans to release Assassin’s Creed: Rogue Remastered for the PS4 and Xbox One on March 20. Rogue Remastered will include a graphical upgrade (1080p on PS4/Xbox One and 4K on PS4 Pro/Xbox One X), as well as all of the game’s downloadable content (The Armor of Sir Gunn Quest and The Siege of Fort de Sable expansions, the Master Templar Pack, and the Explorer Pack).
Created by Ubisoft Sofia, the studio that developed the original Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, this remaster further enriches the franchise’s current-gen catalog. Thanks to higher resolution, improved environment rendering, visual effects and textures, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue Remastered will offer an even more beautiful and immersive gaming experience that invites fans of the series and new players alike to discover or rediscover Shay’s adventures in 18th-century North America.
Assassin’s Creed: Rogue tells the unique story of Shay Patrick Cormac, a fearless young member of the Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood who undergoes a dark and slow transformation from an Assassin to a grim and committed Templar who hunts down his former brothers. Players’ journeys will take them from beautiful New York City to the Wild River Valley and icy cold waters of the North Atlantic.
The first trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Rogue Remastered has been embedded above.
Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have announced that Detective Pikachu will finally make its way to North America in 2018. The adventure game stars a “tough-talking, coffee-drinking, one-of-a-kind Pikachu” and players will team up with him to solve a series of cases and save Ryme City:
Detective Pikachu finds the hero of the title… a unique Pikachu in the Pokemon world… partnering with Tim Goodman and searching for evidence and clues to solve a series of cases, while also investigating the disappearance of Tim’s father, Harry Goodman.
When he arrives in Ryme City looking for his missing father, little does Tim know he would meet a Pikachu, but more amazingly a Pikachu who he could communicate with. There’s more to this Pikachu than a detective hat… he’s one lovably gruff, tough-talking sleuth, with a taste for good coffee.
This Pikachu claims that he worked with Tim’s father, and the two pair up to discover his whereabouts. Together, Tim and Detective Pikachu will encounter a number of mysteries in Ryme City and will need to talk to witnesses and gather their testimony in order to discover the truth. Cases that would be impossible for Tim to solve alone can be cracked with the help of this Pikachu, because he is able to obtain vital clues and information from other Pokemon.
Detective Pikachu was originally released in Japan in 2016, but this new version of the game will be greatly expanded with new locations to explore and new cases to solve. Nintendo will also add an Easy Mode for players who’ve been stumped by the game’s mysteries.
Detective Pikachu will be available for the 3DS on March 23, alongside a larger-than-average Amiibo figure of the Poke-Sleuth that’ll allow players to view short video clips known as Pika Prompts. These clips will feature quips and antics from Pikachu… and also hints about where to go next.
The first trailer for Detective Pikachu has been embedded above.