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New Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay trailer goes to war

Back in March, WB Games and Rocksteady Studios released “Officer Down,” an extended gameplay trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight that focused on the Caped Crusader’s hunt for Scarecrow’s safe house. That chase continues in a new gameplay trailer released today, and embedded above, titled “Time to Go to War.”

It’s another exciting Bat-adventure that manages to throw in a ridiculous Batmobile versus tank battalion scene and a snarky Poison Ivy. Snarky villains are the best.

In other Bat-news, Sony has released a new trailer detailing some of Arkham Knight’s exclusive PS4 content including Adam West’s Batman suit, his Batmobile, a Justice League 3000 suit, and the trippy Scarecrow Nightmare Missions. The PS4-exclusive content will remain exclusive until sometime this Fall and you can find the trailer after the break.

But Batman: Arkham Knight will be released for everyone, including PC, PS4, and Xbox One players, on June 23. (more…)

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Nintendo Download: Splatoon, Don’t Starve, Mega Man Zero 3, more


A large number of new releases were added to the Nintendo eShop today, but one game stands above all the others and it actually won’t be available until tomorrow. Are you ready… because Splatoon is finally available for the Wii U.

Nintendo’s take on the team-based shooter involves human/squid hybrids known as Inklings fighting for turf using paint guns. Use your squid powers to swim through the ink and use your human powers to blast other Inklings while claiming territory for your team. if multiplayer gaming isn’t your thing, there’s also an extensive single-player story mode that offers more towns to paint red (or yellow or purple or blue).

Also available for the Wii U this week is Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, a survival game from Klei. The game’s description says it all: “Fight, farm, craft, scavenge and do whatever it takes to survive in a wilderness filled with science, magic and things that go bump in the night.” Best of all, players who purchase Don’t Starve will receive a giftable bonus code to give to a friend.

Finally this week, Capcom is closing out Mega May with three classic Mega Man titles, all of which were originally released for the Game Boy Advance. Mega Man Battle Network 4: Blue Moon and Mega Man Battle Network 4: Red Sun continue the saga of Lan and Mega Man within the computer world, while Mega Man Zero 3 closes out Zero’s story in one of the hardest platformers ever produced.

More details on all of these games, and a few others, can be found after the break. (more…)

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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is now available on iOS devices

Back in 2005, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved was only released for the Xbox 360. Aside from a PC port a few years later, it has stayed exclusive to Microsoft’s console. It’s sequel, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 never even strayed that far. It debuted on the Xbox 360 in 2008 and has remained exclusive to that console ever since.

But Sierra Games is taking an entirely different tack with Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions. After bowing on five platforms back in November, the publisher announced today that the twin-stick shooter is now available on the iOS App Store for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

The mobile version of Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions will feature an Adventure campaign, complete with all 50 levels from the PC/console version. Two bonus stages exclusive to the iOS version will also be available, along with five Classic modes borrowed from Retro Evolved 2. Owing to the lack of sticks on an iDevice, this version of Dimensions will also include touch controls, as well as controller support, iCloud game saves, and Game Center Achievements.

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is available to download for $4.99 with no in-app purchases.

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FIFA 16 will include women’s national teams for the first time

The start of the Women’s World Cup is just a few days away, and EA Sports has used this opportunity to announce that women’s national teams will be added to the FIFA franchise for the time in FIFA 16. FIFA 16 will launch on September 22 with 12 women’s national teams: USA, Germany, France, Sweden, England, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Spain, China, Italy, and Mexico.

“I honestly can’t believe all of the science and technology behind the game itself, let alone getting us into the motion capture suits and eventually into the game,” said Abby Wambach of the United States Women’s National Team. “We’re all excited to see ourselves in the game, but even more excited to see the reaction from all of the fans.”

Wambach’s motion capture session was shared by fellow Team USA players Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe as they helped EA Sports create “realistic animations and attributes” for the female players. Developers from EA Canada even traveled to tournaments around to capture facial features and hairstyles from all the included players. More details on the process, including an interview with Alex Morgan, can be found at the official FIFA 16 website.

FIFA 16 will be available for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One when it launches on September 22.

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Sony’s Andrew House says 2015 lineup is “a little sparse” and calls Vita a “legacy platform”


It’s no secret that Sony’s 2015 lineup is a little on the small side. The consolemaker has only released three retail PS4 games in 2015 (The Order: 1886, Bloodborne, and MLB 15: The Show) with another three (God of War III Remastered, Until Dawn, and Tearaway Unfolded) penciled in for the remainder of the year. However, it’s absolutely unprecedented to hear the head of the company admit it. And yet, during Sony’s Investor Relations Day yesterday, Sony Computer Entertainment President and CEO Andrew House admitted the publisher’s planned lineup for the current calendar year is “a little sparse” and that 2015 should be considered “a year of investment.”

“I would characterize 2015 as the beginning of a harvest period for the PlayStation 4 platform,” House said. “The beginning of a harvest period. That being said, we are also undertaking to invest in the future, and 2015 will also be a year of investment.”

“We are working very hard to continue very strong support from third-party pubs and devs,” House said. “Our first-party lineup is a little sparse this year, so I think this places even greater emphasis on getting good third-party support.”

On the subject of third-party support, House cited the PS4 release of Street Fighter V in 2016 as a bright spot, but cautioned that such exclusives will be hard to come by in the future. But the CEO had no kind words for the PlayStation Vita. He referred to the handheld, and the Vita-based PlayStation TV microconsole, as “legacy platforms” during his speech. Aside from a portable version of the aforementioned MLB 15: The Show, Sony doesn’t have any other Vita titles on tap for 2015.

Some surprises will surely come out of this year’s E3 Expo, but I don’t expect big things from Sony this year as CEOs are rarely this honest about their shortcomings.


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Opposites kill in N++’s Toggle Mine and Laser Turret trailers

Metanet Software has released the final two “Enemy Spotlight” trailers for N++ and it’s true what they say, opposites kill. Wait, wait, opposites attract. But the Toggle Mine and the Laser Turret are opposites and they most definitely kill.

Toggle Mines are normally docile, but as soon as you step on one it springs to life like a crazed whack-a-mole. So if you want stay alive you better stay one step ahead of the spiky bomb that pops out of the hole. You can see what I mean in the trailer embedded above.

After the break you can find a trailer depicting the Laser Turret in all its deadly glory. Unlike the Toggle Mine, the Laser Turret is always on as the only thing that can break a laser beam is a solid object. In N++, that solid object will sometimes be a wall or a solid platform, but most of the time it will be your face.

N++ will be released exclusively for the PS4 sometime this year. (more…)

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Smash Derby will mix Smash TV with a destruction derby sometime this year

Smash TV was a one-of-a-kind game that… wait a minute, that’s not right, let me start over…

Smash TV ripped off The Running Man and married its futuristic game show setting with the twin-stick shooting of Robotron 2084. It was a massive hit and fans have patiently been waiting for a followup for the last 25 years. Smash Derby is not that game, but its definitely embodies Smash TV’s spirit of artistic borrowing.

Developed by Fenix Fire, Smash Derby is a futuristic game show overseen by a smarmy host who is always surrounded by a gaggle of giggling babes. However, it differs from Smash TV in that all the contestants are cocooned in hovercars. Rather than blast each other with laser pistols, the contestants have to smash in to one another like cars in a destruction derby… a “Smash Derby,” if you will. A wide range of Defense Units (mines, turrets, and lasers) can also be equipped to put a hurt on the other players in competitive and cooperative multiplayer, deathmatch and team-based modes. The game will also include single-player Arcade, Survival, and Strategy modes.

Fenix Fire hopes to release Smash Derby, which is in development for the PS4, Vita, and Xbox One, before the end of the year.

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Killer Instinct Season 2 ends with release of Aria on 5/29 (Ultra) or 6/4 (Combo Breaker)

Throughout the majority of the Killer Instinct saga, the UltraTech Corporation has been portrayed as your typical evil conglomerate. But UltraTech’s leader, Aria, paints a different portrait of the company as she monologues at the start of this new trailer. She doesn’t want to destroy humanity, but rather, help it prepare for the mystical, technological, and otherworldly dangers that are encroaching on planet Earth.

However, I’m not sure I put much stock in the ravings of a cyborg who is able to transform her body into different configurations thanks to a pair of floating drones that can be swapped in and out at will.

Aria is the final downloadable character Iron Galaxy will release as part of Killer Instinct’s Season 2 and Ultra Edition owners will be able to download her this Friday, May 29. If you plan to purchase the character as a standalone download, or you own the Combo Breaker Pack, Aria can be yours on June 4.

It’s unknown if Iron Galaxy will continue Killer Instinct’s seasonal structure with a third series, but the 2015 E3 Expo is just a few weeks away and Microsoft’s Fall lineup could always use another knockout title.

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