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Xbox Store Today: Valkyria Revolution, The Golf Club 2, Poi, more

Four new games are now available to download through the Xbox Games Store for the Xbox One…

Leading the charge is Sega’s Valkyria Revolution, an action-packed spinoff in the popular Valkyria franchise. Sidestepping the franchise’s traditional turn-based mechanics, Valkyria Revolution includes real-time combat on the front lines and a new art engine that brings its gouache-inspired watercolors to life.

Also available to download today is The Golf Club 2, the latest golf simulation from HB Studios and Maximum Games. Players will be able to compete in the game’s extensive Career Mode, or strike out on their own with a “new and improved” Course Creator.

Finally today, Xbox One owners will also be able to pick up Poi, a 3D platformer featuring two kids on a grand adventure; and Crazy Strike Bowling EX, a wacky anime-inspired bowling game.

More details on all four games can be found after the break. (more…)

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Super Mario Odyssey wins “E3 2017 Best of Show” from Game Critics Awards

A marquee upcoming release for the Nintendo Switch has once again claimed “Best of Show” from the Game Critics Awards at the E3 Expo. Super Mario Odyssey took home the big prize this year, along with additional wins for “Best Console Game” and “Best Action/Adventure Game.”

Altogether, Nintendo took home top honors in six categories. Super Mario Odyssey’s trio of statues were joined by “Best Handheld Game” for Metroid: Samus Returns, and “Best Original Game” and “Best Strategy Game” for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

The editors that make up the Game Critics Awards panel made a lot of obvious picks in the rest of the categories, but they also threw in a few surprises. Strong debuts from Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (“Best Action Game”), Destiny 2 (“Best PC Game”), and Forza Motorsport 7 (“Best Racing Game”) lead to a few big wins, but I’m not anyone was expecting Arc System Works to surprise the crowd with Dragon Ball Fighter Z.

All of this year’s winners can be found after the break. (more…)

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PS Store This Week: Crash Bandicoot Trilogy, Valkyria Revolution, CoD Modern Warfare Remastered, more

It’s another big week for the PlayStation Store as a pair of highly-anticipated remakes are now available to download, along with a spinoff to Sega’s Valkyria strategy series, and more.

Leading the way this Friday is the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for the PS4. Developed by Vicarious Visions, the compilation features rebuilt and remade versions of Crash’s first three adventures… Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. These three platformers helped put the PlayStation on the map, so it might be interesting to revisit them 20 years later.

Also available to download for the PS4 this week is the standalone edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. Previously bundled with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s Legacy Edition,” the remaster includes the original single-player campaign, as well as most of the game’s multiplayer maps.

If you’re looking for something new, Sega has launched Valkyria Revolution for the PS4 and PS Vita. The latest Valkyria game is actually a spinoff to the strategy-centered series, and focuses on real-time combat for the first time.

Finally this week, developers from the United Kingdom have resurrected two franchises that have been out of the limelight for some time. Micro Machines: World Series will race onto the PS4 courtesy of Codemasters, while Frontier Developments and David Braben have brought back the Elite series with Elite: Dangerous.

You can learn more about all of these games (and a few other new releases) after the break. (more…)

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Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto is now available to download

Square Enix has announced that Episode Prompto, the next expansion for Final Fantasy XV, is now available to download on the PS4 and Xbox One.

Players will venture to a “snowy wilderness” and battle alongside Aranea Highwind in Episode Prompto. And don’t worry, you’ll also get plenty of chances to take more pictures:

Description
Prompto fell from a speeding train and became separated from Noctis and his comrades during a point in their journey. Days later, Prompto is caught wandering alone in the snowy wilderness by imperial forces and imprisoned in a facility where he will discover previously unknown, shocking truths about himself. Along the way, he encounters Aranea Highwind, as the two fight alongside one another to escape the imperial army.

Features

  • A brand-new storyline where Prompto, lost in the wilderness and battling against the Imperial forces, must find his way home and discover the truth about himself in the process
  • Fast-paced, third-person gunplay battles featuring a wide variety of weapons, including basic handguns, sniper rifles, flash grenades, bazookas and more
  • A new lightning fast snowmobile vehicle can be driven for taking down enemies and perform death-defying jumps while venturing through the wilderness
  • Commodore Aranea Highwind and her mighty lance return to journey alongside Prompto
  • Selfie Action… Players will have the ability to snap selfies along the way, carrying over Prompto’s Snapshot skill from the main game

In addition to the expansion, Square Enix also made another free update available for Final Fantasy XV today. The update includes a new “Type-D” upgrade for the Regalia that gives it the ability to travel off-road, as well as new in-game music from Episode Prompto, and various fixes.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto is part of the game’s Season Pass, but players can also purchase it as a standalone download for $4.99. A Launch Trailer for the expansion has been embedded above.

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Find out where the bodies are buried when Serial Cleaner launches for PC and consoles in July

Harvey Keitel really helped popularize the idea of a “Cleaner,” someone who disposes of blood and bodies after a murder-for-hire, when he portrayed “The Wolf” in 1994’s Pulp Fiction. Curve Digital and iFun4All really ran with this idea when they created Serial Cleaner, a crime scene cleanup that’ll make its debut on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in July.

Serial Cleaner is set in the swingin’ 70s, and it’ll ask players to hide evidence in a lengthy Story Mode and a tricky Challenge Mode:

Set in the 1970s, Serial Cleaner has players sneak around bloody crime scenes to clean up incriminating evidence by disposing of bodies, covering up bloodstains and hiding murder weapons all while avoiding the police. To succeed players must explore, experiment, and make swift decisions in order to avoid police detection. Get caught and players earn a black mark on their protagonist’s career.

Players must also be wary of their environment as the game uses real-world data to modify levels accordingly with the current time of day in a player’s whereabouts. Noise detection and “sneakability” will vary between night and day, and mean the difference between freedom and jail.

Serial Cleaner will be available for the PS4 on July 11, with a PC and Xbox One launch to follow on July 14. A gameplay trailer has been embedded after the break. (more…)

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Runbow will race onto the Xbox One on July 16 (and it’ll be free thanks to Games With Gold)

13AM Games will release Runbow for the Xbox One on July 16. Best of all, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to download the side-scrolling platformer for free (until August 15) through the Games With Gold program:

Runbow is a fast-paced party action game with a never before seen color mechanic. Up to nine players can race against each other locally or online as platforms and obstacles appear and disappear when the colored background changes. Go head-to-head in one of Runbow’s modes, including Arena, King of the Hill, ColourMaster, and The Bowhemoth.

Xbox Live Gold subscribers will also be able to grab Grow Up for free during the entire month of July, as well as Kane & Lynch 2 (July 1-15) and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (July 16-30) for the Xbox 360.

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Cities: Skylines will be coming to PS4 on August 15

Paradox Interactive, Colossal Order, and Tantalus have announced that Cities: Skylines will be released for the PS4 on August 15. The city management simulation will be available to purchase as a digital download on the PlayStation Store and as a disc release at retail outlets.

Cities: Skylines will make its PlayStation debut with a new “controller-friendly” control scheme, and it’ll come bundled with the After Dark expansion. Paradox’s Niklas Lundstrom shared a bit more about the conversion on the PlayStation Blog:

There’s more to Cities: Skylines, of course, than just zoning districts and placing your roads into a neat grid (or using them to spell out your name). Want to build the all-green-energy and self-sustaining town of the future? Have a diabolical plan to build a dam across the river and funnel wastewater into your tourism district? We’ve even seen an entire town of services and infrastructure built around just one house! Cities: Skylines is a game all about setting up plans and policies to create a metropolis that’s uniquely your own, and we can’t wait to see what PlayStation players are capable of.

The first trailer for the “PlayStation 4 Edition” of Cities: Skylines has been embedded above.

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SteamWorld Dig 2 also coming to PC and PS4 alongside Switch launch in Late Summer/Early Fall 2017

Image & Form has announced that SteamWorld Dig 2 will be available “soon-ish,” and they also revealed that it’s coming to the PC and PS4 as well. Community Manager Julius Guldbog had a bit more to say about the announcement on the developer’s official website:

We’re happy to reveal that SteamWorld Dig 2 is coming to Steam and PS4 in addition to Nintendo Switch. We plan to have SWD2 out on all [platforms] within a few days of the Nintendo Switch debut. A few years ago a multi-platform launch would’ve been completely impossible for us. Thanks to hard work and a bigger team we can finally make it happen. It’s like we’re a “real” game studio now!

Rest assured that these new versions of the game won’t delay the Nintendo Switch version, it’s just that multi-platform development is so much easier for us nowadays. Switch is still the main platform, and now more gamers can join in on the fun!

The addition of two new platforms means that SteamWorld Dig 2 won’t make its originally-planned Summer 2017 launch date. Instead, the game will be available on all three platforms in “Late Summer/Early Fall 2017” So Image & Form can apply some extra polish to it.

Finally, Guldbog said that Image & Form “have not forgotten where we came from,” and that “Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita are still important to us.” So it’s very likely that a portable version of SteamWorld Dig 2 will materialize at some point.

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