Hyper Light Drifter Hands-On Preview: Like Playing a Dream
Final Fantasy XIV: Realm Reborn, Trials Fusion, Beyond: Two Souls, more added to PS Store
Mortal Kombat 10 is in development and will be released alongside next film adaptation
Tales of Zestiria, Tales of Xillia 2 US release announced by Namco Bandai
The PAXpocalypse List: The Best of PAX East 2014
XBL Store Today: Warface, Defense Technica
Walking Dead: Season 2 Vita, Octodad, Soul Calibur: Lost Swords, more added to PS Store
First image from Call of Duty 2014 revealed
Seen at PAX East 2014: We Are Doomed
Nintendo and Tecmo Koei team up for Wii U-exclusive Fatal Frame game
The full version of Crytek’s ridiculously-named free-to-play first person shooter, Warface, is now available to download through the Xbox Live Game Store. If you’re not a fan of war being right in your face, a new tower defense game, Defense Technica, was also released today.
More information on both Xbox 360 games can be found in their Dashboard descriptions (Defense Technica’s, it should be noted, has not been edited in any way):
Engage in explosive action with this exhilarating free-to-play FPS from Crytek, keeping you on your toes with daily new missions. Master four soldier classes as you team up to complete daring Co-op raids or dominate Versus modes. Join the battle with unique assault moves and real-time weapon customization.
Defense Technica ($9.99)
The new revolution of Tower defence! Defence Technica! A project ‘Noah’ is now released to defeat the cruel invader Hergus and save the world. You should defend the core and struggle against the constantly rushing enemy in the battlefield where attack paths and the land, or weather are changed in real-time. You will be amazed at the gorgeous landscape in the beautiful graphic of Defence Technica. Upgrade various weapons to the enemy’s attribute. Predict and decide promptly how and when to counterattack in response to their changing moving route.
The dead walk on the PS Vita this week as Telltale Games has released the first two episodes of The Walking Dead: Season 2 on Sony’s handheld. As with the PC and console editions, each episode is individually priced at $4.99 while the five-episode Season Pass is a steal at $19.99.
Other games available this week include:
- Octodad: Dadliest Catch (PS4), the only undercover octopus game on the market today.
- Cel Damage HD (PS3+PS4+Vita Cross-Buy), a new remake of a car combat game that used to be exclusive to the GameCube.
- Soul Calibur: Lost Swords (PS3), a free-to-play take on the popular fighting franchise.
- Demon Gaze (Vita), another dungeon-crawling RPG from NIS America.
Hit the break for more on all of this week’s new releases (including a few not listed above) and head on over to the PlayStation Blog for a complete rundown of this week’s new game add-ons.
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During their Game Developer Conference panel last month, deevlopers from Sledgehammer Games gave the attending audience a quick glimpse at an “in-game character image” from the currently unannounced Call of Duty 2014. Today, IGN revealed that image, an extreme close-up of a soldier, to the world.
Call of Duty 2014 is in development for next-generation platforms (PC, PS4, and Xbox One) and will be released this Fall. A current-generation version of the game (for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U) is also expected, but remains unconfirmed as of now. An official announcement of the game will likely occur next month.
Back at PAX Prime 2013, I took a side trip to the Seattle Indies Expo, which was held the same weekend, and it was full of some great indie games. As I was stumbling around, excited to be in a more low-key environment, I came upon a bright, neon-colored game, manned by two gentlemen. One of them handed me a controller, and the other started to pitch the game to me. But before he could get very far, I discovered my laser, and the look on my face and the noise that escaped me indicated that I got it. The man pitching the game was Mobeen Fikree, the madman behind We Are Doomed. After playing it for the rest of the night, I plastered the screen with a “PAXpocalypse” tag, because despite the fact that he wasn’t actually on the show floor, Fikree’s game was, by far, one of the best games I played that entire weekend.
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With the rights to the Fatal Frame franchise now jointly owned by Nintendo and Tecmo Koei, the two companies have decided to join forces to produce a new game in the series exclusively for the Wii U. The currently untitled Fatal Frame 5 was announced in Famitsu (thanks Gematsu) along with a slew of tie-in projects.
In addition to the game, Nintendo and Tecmo Koei will team up with Kadokawa Corporation to create a live-action film based on the game series. The movie, which will star Ayami Nakajo and Aoi Morikawa, will be released this Fall. But first, a Fatal Frame novel written by Eiji Otsuka will be released in August. Finally, a comic series, written by Tadashi Agi, is also in the works with an unannounced release date.
Sadly, Fatal Frame 5 and all of its spinoffs are slated to be released only in Japan. Nintendo and Tecmo Koei haven’t released a Fatal Frame game in America in nearly a decade and there currently appear to be no plan to bring the game or the tie-in material across the Pacific. But with Nintendo’s new found desire to broaden the Wii U’s appeal (just look at Bayonetta 2), perhaps the time is right for a Fatal Frame revival in America.
BioWare has kept Dragon Age: Inquisition shrouded in secrecy almost since the day it was announced. But a brand new gameplay trailer, released this morning, has given gamers an extensive look at “The Inquisitor” and his quest to stop a band of demons from terrorizing the land of Thedas. It’s likely that BioWare (and publisher EA Games) will soon ramp up their promotion of Inquisition as they also revealed that the game will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on October 7.
That date will be a crowded one for fans of sword and sorcery epics as WB Games plans to release Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor on October 7 as well.
Have you taken the TitanFall plunge yet? If not, you should definitely check out today’s Gold Box Deal of the Day on Amazon. Normally priced at $60, all three versions (Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC) of the game are on sale for just $36.99 today.
But that’s not all, there’s plenty of other Lightning Deals available today including a bunch of Skylanders Swap Force figures, a pair of Turtle Beach headsets, and several other games:
Skylanders Swap Force Figures
- 9:00 AM (Eastern): Rubble Rouser
- 9:00 AM (Eastern): Spy Rise
- 5:00 PM (Eastern): Blizzard Chill
- 5:00 PM (Eastern): Slobber Tooth
- 5:00 PM (Eastern): Zoo Lou
Turtle Beach Headsets
- 1:00 PM (Eastern): Turtle Beach Ear Force PX51 Wireless Headset – $175
- 3:00 PM (Eastern): Turtle Beach Marvel Seven Headset – $100
At 8:00 PM, Amazon will discount Batman: Arkham Origins (PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360) to $19.99 and its handheld spinoff, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (3DS, Vita), will be priced at $14.99. Finally, at 1:00 AM, Quantic Dream’s Beyond: Two Souls will go on sale for $24.99.
The second episode of Warp Zoned’s “Continue Countdown” is now available to watch through our YouTube channel. It’s a PAX East kind of show as Editor-In-Chief John Scalzo, Staff Writer Mike Ryan, and special guest Adam Woolcott discuss the blandness of The Evil Within, the bizarreness of The Behemoth’s Game 4, and the baffling choice to put Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
The trio also delves into the Console War Between the PS4 and Xbox One, next-gen remakes like The Last of Us Remastered, and whether the inclusion of Marvel characters will affect our decision to purchase Disney Infinity 2.0. Finally, they looked at yet another piece of Beyond Good & Evil 2 concept art, the release date gap between the 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. 4, and the quasi-announcement of Super Mario Bros. 20.
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