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Nintendo Download: Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash, 3D Sonic 2, The Legend of Legacy, more

sonic-the-hedgehog-2It’s a big week for 3DS gamers as the latest Nintendo Download leans pretty heavily on the company’s handheld.

Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash brings the popular robot back for another adventure… this time in a side-scrolling platformer on the 3DS. Using his plug as a whip, Chibi-Robo will have to “grapple and zip through tricky, trap-ridden corridors.” Available to download tomorrow, a Chibi-Robo Amiibo figure will also be in stores this Friday, which should help with some of the grappling and zipping.

Also available this week is 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2, a remake of a game that is considered by many to be the greatest Sonic game of all time and the greatest game ever released for the Genesis. If you’ve forgotten why we all used to love Sonic, his second side-scrolling adventure will make it all clear.

Rounding out this week’s big 3DS bonanza is The Legend of Legacy, a new RPG from Atlus. In The Legend of Legacy, seven characters embark for a mysterious in search of “glory and treasure.” Sounds about right for an Atlus RPG.

But don’t think Nintendo forgot the Wii U this week. The company’s living room console is now home to two new Nindies… Race the Sun, an arcade racer; and Whispering Willows, a ghostly adventure game.

More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Sony is dropping the price of the PS4 to $350


If you haven’t jumped onto the PS4 bandwagon just yet, now’s the time. Sony just announced a price cut for all PS4 bundles (via the PlayStation Blog) that will go into effect tomorrow, October 9.

The basic PS4 bundle will receive a permanent $50 discount, dropping from its current price of $399.99 to $349.99. This new pricing scheme also includes the upcoming bundles for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (available October 9) and Star Wars: Battlefront (available November 17).

Sony is also slashing the price on a trio of upcoming Limited Edition bundles. The Star Wars: Battlefront bundle with the amazing Darth Vader PS4, as well as the Disney Infinity: Star Wars bundle, will now be priced at $399.99 (originally $449.99). Both will be available in mod-November.

Finally, the 1TB PS4 included in the Call of Duty: Black Ops III bundle will be priced at $429.99, a $20 drop from the original $449.99 price. This Limited Edition will launch alongside Black Ops III on November 6.

This will be the first major price drop for Sony’s PS4, coming roughly a year after Microsoft’s temporary (and then permanent) price drop for the Xbox One.

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Are you smart enough to watch Fallout 4’s S.P.E.C.I.A.L. video on Intelligence?

“Following total atomic annihilation, the rebuilding of this great nation of ours may fall to you. Study these materials carefully to ensure your survival and to discover what makes you S.P.E.C.I.A.L.”

Bethesda has offered another lesson in surviving Fallout 4‘s Wasteland with the release of another entry in their S.P.E.C.I.A.L. series of educational videos. This time, the big brains at Vault-Tec have focused on Intelligence and the importance of a math. For example, did you know that “Imagination” plus “Science” equals “A Four-Barreled Shotgun that Shoots Nuclear Bombs”? It’s true!

At this point, I’m pretty convinced that all those Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons from the 50s secretly take place in the Wasteland. Acme is clearly just a front company for Vault-Tec!

Fallout 4 will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 10.

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Capcom: “Stay tuned” for Resident Evil 7 news, but no plans for new Devil May Cry or Dragon’s Dogma 2


Japanese gaming magazine Dengeki PlayStation recently published its 600th issue, and the editors celebrated by publishing a far-reaching set of interviews with some of the country’s biggest developers. Thankfully, Siliconera has translated some of their more juicy chats, giving us an inside look at what Capcom is up to next.

For example, Resident Evil Producer Masachika Kawata revealed that Resident Evil 7 is still in the planning stages. He told Dengeki, “We’re currently not at a state to talk about it… but please stay tuned.”

Granted, that’s not a lot to go on. But it’s clearly in development, which is more than you can say for another entry in the Devil May Cry franchise or a single-player sequel to Dragon’s Dogma. Capcom Producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi shot down both those possibilities by saying, “They’re […] things I’d like to personally do, but there are no plans [for now].” Kobayashi also put the kibosh on any new entries in the Sengoku Basara series.

Oh well, at least Capcom is delivering a steady stream of Street Fighter V news to us.

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Xbox Store Today: Rock Band 4, Transformers Devastation, Elite Dangerous, more


This week’s Xbox Games Store update is all about metal. Watch, I’ll show you…

After leaving the stage empty for the last five years, Harmonix has roared back with an encore for the famed Rock Band franchise. Rock Band 4 is now available to download for the Xbox One, provided that you’ve got a few plastic instruments lying around and you remember to purchase the required adapter.

Also available this week is Transformers: Devastation, a new action game from Platinum Games starring robots who are “more than meets the eye.” The gleaming metal designs of the game’s cel-shaded protagonists are based on the 1980s Generation 1 era… which is a first for Transformers games in North America. Transformers: Devastation is available for both the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Our last example of new metal on the Xbox Games Store is Elite: Dangerous, which has exited its “Preview” period and is now available as a full game for the Xbox One. Players start by spending a few credits on a small starship and then parlaying that small hunk of metal into a galaxy-spanning armada.

More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Far Cry: Primal takes the series to the Stone Age on February 23, 2016

One of the most common complaints you’ll hear from gamers nowadays is that more first person shooters should step away from the “modern warfare” setting. Ubisoft heard their cries and is using the next entry in the Far Cry franchise to get as far away from modern as you possibly can.

Far Cry: Primal will take players back to the Stone Age, forcing them to come face-to-face with long-instinct beasts like the woolly mammoth and sabertooth tiger. Taking control of Takkar, players will have to hunt these animals in order to survive and build a better life for his tribemates:

Gamers play as Takkar, a seasoned hunter and the last surviving member of his hunting group. Arriving in the majestic and savage land of Oros, players will pursue one single goal; survive in a world where humans are the prey. They will meet a cast of memorable characters who will help them push back and tame the dangers of the wild. Players will journey as the first human to tame the wilderness and rise above extinction. Along the way, they will have to hunt for food, master fire, fend off fierce predators, craft weapons and tools partly from the bones of slain beasts and face off against other tribes to conquer Oros.

Ubisoft has also announced plans to bring a demo of Far Cry: Primal to the PlayStation Experience in San Francisco this December. If you don’t think you’ll be able to make your way to Sony’s big show, Ubisoft is offering to send two people to the City by the Bay through a contest on the official Far Cry website.

Far Cry: Primal is currently in development at Ubisoft Montreal, and is is expected to be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on February 23. A behind-the-scenes video detailing some of the early design work has been embedded after the break. (more…)

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PS Store Today: Uncharted Collection (Friday), Rock Band 4, Transformers Devastation, more


Nathan Drake is back this week as Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will be available to download through the PlayStation Store on Friday, October 9. The Nathan Drake Collection will mark the PS4 of the first three Uncharted games (Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves, and Drake’s Deception) and all players who purchase it will receive access to the beta for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Several other big releases are now available as part of this week’s PlayStation Store update and they’re available today:

  • Get out your old plastic instruments… Rock Band 4 (PS4) is the first new entry in the franchise in five years. Harmonix didn’t stray too far from the familiar Rock Band 4 in the jump to the PS4, even ensuring backwards compatibility with your old instruments and a vast majority of downloadable songs.
  • Transformers: Devastation (PS4, PS3) is a Transformers-themed brawler from Platinum Games that is… wait for it… based on the original Generation 1 era. Believe it or not, Devastation is the first G1 game to ever be released in North America.
  • Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (PS4) is the latest strategy RPG from NIS America and the first entry in the series to be available for the PS4.
  • Finally this week, Super Meat Boy (PS4 + PS Vita Cross-Buy) makes his PlayStation debut as the titular character’s ultra-hard platformer is now available for the PS4 and Vita.

More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. And, as always, a complete rundown of this week’s discounts and new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition is deathinitely launching on October 27


The Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition was originally scheduled to be released on October 6, but you might have noticed that the game didn’t launch as planned since today’s the sixth and the game is currently absent from stores shelves. Thankfully, a new release date is just around the corner…

Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition will be released for both the PS4 and Xbox One on October 27. The remake will feature enhanced graphics, rebalanced gameplay, and all downloadable content previously released for the game.

“It’s rare that as developers we get the opportunity to revisit one of our previous games. The passage of time and the numerous games we’ve worked on since Darksiders II shipped has allowed us to return to it with a fresh perspective,” said John Pearl, a Design Director at Gunfire Games. “With that said, we went back to what is a huge game and addressed things we didn’t have time for or didn’t notice the first time. We started by revisiting every asset in the game, increasing the texture resolutions and brought the art up to spec to take full advantage of the new lighting and rendering. Darksiders II has a lot of DLC in the form of weapons, armor and unique locations. These pieces of DLC which felt separate from the main campaign have now been integrated into the game and rebalanced accordingly. Lastly, we’ve addressed much of the feedback we received after the game’s release in regards to balance and bugs. With all these changes, this is truly the ‘Definitive Edition’ of Darksiders II.”

Even with all these updates, don’t expect the Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition to break the bank. Nordic Games has confirmed the remake will be priced at $29.99 on both platforms.

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