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Nintendo Download: Yo-Kai Watch 2, Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, Sonic Boom Fire & Ice, more

Nintendo’s versatile handheld steals the spotlight in this week’s Nintendo Download…

Leading things off is Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls, a pair of new 3DS games from Level-5. More than 350 troublemaking spirits will be added to the Yo-Kai universe in the sequel, and each game will include a batch of unique Yo-Kai. And Yo-Kai Watch fans will likely need all the help they can get, as players will have to travel back in time to save Springdale.

Also available for the 3DS this week is Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, the final featured title from Nintendo’s Nindies Summer Jam promotion. Developed by Inti Creates, Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 is a side-scrolling action/platformer that harkens back to the heyday of Super NES shooters.

However, if you were more of a Genesis fan in the early 90s, you grew up with Sonic the Hedgehog. And the Blue Blur is back this week in Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, yet another 3DS game based on the new animated series.

Jumping over to the Wii U eShop, a pair of puzzling games are now available to download. First up, we’ve got Soul Axiom, a mysterious “cyber thriller” where players will have to unravel the mysteries of their digital afterlife to save the day. But a very different type of future can be glimpsed in Pikmin, the Wii original (which was itself a remake of the GameCube classic) that’s now available for the Wii U. Join Captain Olimar and his Pikmin pals and explore a strange new planet.

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

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Square Enix will release Final Fantasy Trading Card Game in North America this October

After a huge debut in Japan all the way back in 2011, Square Enix has announced plans to bring the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game to North America this October. They’ve even created a tutorial video to get prospective players up to speed, and it’s been embedded above.

The Final Fantasy Trading Card Game (“FFTCG”) is the result of a close collaboration between Hobby Japan and Square Enix. Designed by former trading card game champion Taro Kageyama, the game received high praise for its blend of strategy, luck and fast-paced gameplay making it very versatile and appealing to all kinds of audiences.

The first set, entitled “Opus 1,” will feature 216 cards with iconic designs from highly acclaimed artists including Tetsuya Nomura, Yoshitaka Amano, and Akihiko Yoshida, covering nearly 30 years of Final Fantasy. New cards themed after Final Fantasy VII Remake, Dissidia, and World of Final Fantasy will also make their debut in Opus 1. Each card in Opus 1 will also have a premium “Foil” version, making this set a must have for all the collectors out there.

The Final Fantasy Trading Card Game will be available in hobby stores across the country on October 28.

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See the first 20 minutes from Gears of War 4 right here

Microsoft and The Coalition have already given us a glimpse at Gears of War 4‘s Launch Trailer, but there’s still a lot more to see before the game’s October 11th launch. Yesterday, The Coalition’s Rod Fergusson and Matt Searcy sat down to play through the game’s Prologue chapter.

The video includes more than 20 minutes of gameplay and, according to the Xbox Wire, players will get the chance to visit three “pivotal” moments from the franchise’s history:

Dropping players straight into the action at the opening of the game, Prologue immerses you in a series of pivotal moments from the Gears of War universe never before seen in a Gears videogame – including Emergence Day and a key battle from the Pendulum Wars.

After a brief introduction by The Coalition’s Studio Head Rod Fergusson and Lead Campaign Designer Matt Searcy, our uncut gameplay of Prologue will have you joining the fight across three decades of Gears history: the COG’s raid on UIR forces to secure the Hammer of Dawn technology at Aspho Fields, Emergence Day at the House of Sovereigns, and the Locust’s siege of Anvil Gate.

Gears of War 4 is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, so everyone who downloads it through the Xbox Games Store will receive a copy for their Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.

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Xbox Store Today: Forza Horizon 3, FIFA 17, XCOM 2, more

The Xbox Games Store is heading down under this week as Forza Horizon 3 is now available to download. Developed by Playground Games, Forza Horizon 3 brings the series to Australia for some coastal racing in more than 350 of the world’s snazziest cars. And players who purchase it through the Xbox Games Store will receive a digital copy of the game for the Xbox One and the PC.

Also available this week is FIFA 17, the latest soccer sim from EA Sports, for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. EA Sports has upgraded the game engine for FIFA 17, while also adding a story-focused career mode known as “The Journey.” Do you have what it takes to make it in the Premier League? Now’s your chance to find out.

Professional soccer players might seem like a completely separate species, but Xbox One owners will also be able to battle it out with actual extraterrestrials this week in XCOM 2, a tactical alien invasion simulation from 2K and Firaxis. XCOM 2 was previously released for the PC earlier this year, and this time around, players will fight to take back the Earth, which is under alien rule.

Elsewhere on the Xbox Games Store this week, Sierra Games will continue their rebooted King’s Quest adventure on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 with a brand new chapter, Snow Place Like Home. King Graham is still telling stories, and this time he spins a yarn about the time he rescued Prince Alexander from Queen Icebella’s Frozen Castle.

Finally this week, the Xbox Game Preview program grows by one with the release of Everspace, a space shooter with roguelike elements, from Rocketfish.

As usual, more information on all of these games can be found after the break. (more…)

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Super Mega Baseball 2 slides home on PC, PS4, Xbox One in 2017

Metalhead Software has announced plans to bring Super Mega Baseball 2 to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2017. In building the sequel to their well-received baseball sim, the developer has pledged to make Super Mega Baseball 2 even more realistic with new features:

  • Revamped Graphics: Complete with enhanced character models, new and updated stadiums, and a modernized interface, Super Mega Baseball 2 has a fully rebuilt look that carries forward the personality and spirit of the original.
  • Player and League Customization: Build the ultimate fantasy baseball league with full customization of your league, teams and players. Choose the number of teams in your league and customize each team’s logos and uniforms. Then dig deeper by customizing individual player stats and appearance.
  • Online Co-Op and PvP Play: Play cooperatively or head-to-head with online multiplayer. Or take it offline and play couch co-op or solo. In cooperative modes, teammates alternate batting/running each time at-bat and alternate pitching/fielding each inning, challenging ballplayers to stay on their toes in every play.
  • Refined Gameplay: Just like its predecessor, Super Mega Baseball 2 features solid controls, but this time around features more refined gameplay and a more realistic scale.

And don’t forget to turn your attention to the scoreboard out in center field for a look at Super Mega Baseball 2’s debut trailer.

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PlayStation Experience 2016 will invade Anaheim on December 3rd and 4th

For the third year in a row, Sony will host a PlayStation Experience event for fans in December. This year, the platform-specific game show will travel to Anaheim, California on December 3rd and 4th.

According to the PlayStation Blog, the 2016 PlayStation Experience will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, and tickets are available to purchase now through Fans who purchase a Two-Day ticket before October 16 will be able to lock in their spot for $60. But all Two-Day tickets sold after that date will be priced at $75. Saturday-Only and Sunday-Only tickets are also available.

It’s unknown what Sony and their third-party partners will bring to this year’s event, but a teaser video included quick glimpses of Horizon: Zero Dawn, The London Heist, Shadow of the Colossus, and Gran Turismo Sport. Fans will also be able to check out the PS4 Pro on the show floor, as well as PlayStation VR, developer panels, a merchandise booth, and the PlayStation Showcase keynote.

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FIFA 17, XCOM 2, Contra, more added to PS Store

Soccer stars and a double dose of aliens lead the way for this week’s PlayStation Store update…

We start things off with FIFA 17 for the PS4 and PS3, the latest soccer simulation from EA Sports. This time around, the publisher has added a new story-focused career mode known as “The Journey,” where players take control a teenager trying to make it in the Premier League.

But if you’d prefer to battle an alien invasion, you’ve got two choices on the PlayStation Store this week. Firaxis and 2K will bring the tactical fighting of XCOM 2 to the PS4, while Konami will launch the original arcade version of Contra on Sony’s console.

Finally, players who’ve been following the King’s Quest saga will be able to check out Chapter 4: Snow Place Like Home on the PS4 and PS3 this week. In this episode, King Graham recounts the time he had to rescue Prince Alexander from Queen Icebella’s Frozen Castle.

More information about 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 new add-ons and discounts is available at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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EA releases single-player trailer and PC system requirements for Battlefield 1

EA and DICE have unveiled a brand new trailer highlighting the single-player campaign for Battlefield 1. The trailer looks to hit plenty of the high points of the game including an aerial dogfight, a desert skirmish on horseback, and even a tank battle. Not only that, but the publisher and developer have also revealed the World War I shooter’s system requirements on the PC:

Minimum Specifications

  • OS: 64-Bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
  • Processor (AMD): AMD FX-6350
  • Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics Card (AMD): AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • Graphics Card (Nvidia): Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
  • DirectX: 11.0 Compatible Video Card or Equivalent
  • Online Connection: 512 KBPS or Faster
  • Available Disk Space: 50GB

Recommended Specifications

  • OS: 64-Bit Windows 10 or later
  • Processor (AMD): AMD FX 8350 Wraith
  • Processor (Intel): Intel Core i7 4790 or Equivalent
  • Memory: 16GB RAM
  • Graphics Card (AMD): AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
  • Graphics Card (Nvidia): Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
  • DirectX: 11.1 Compatible Video Card or Equivalent
  • Online Connection: 512 KBPS or Faster
  • Available Disk Space: 50GB

Battlefield 1 will be released on October 21 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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