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Samurai Warriors 4-II coming to PC, PS3, PS4, Vita on September 29

Koei Tecmo has announced they will release Samurai Warriors 4-II for the PC, PS3, PS4, and Vita on September 29.

Unlike the regional structure found in the original Samurai Warriors 4, this sequel/spinoff will focus on the individual heroes of the saga. In all, players will take control of 13 characters across the game’s 13 chapters including an all-new never-before-seen samurai. Other new features set to be added to Samurai Warriors 4-II include:

The game will feature many new and improved features as the battle, action, and character development systems have been revamped. It also introduces a highly challenging and richly rewarding mode called: the Endless Castle. Players can choose to enter and struggle to survive for as long as possible, or to play against the clock and see how far they can get up the castle’s increasingly difficult levels!

If you’re in London this weekend (May 22-24) for the MCM Comic-Con, a playable demo of Samurai Warriors 4-II will be available at Koei Tecmo’s booth.

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Microsoft’s Phil Spencer wants to see more Xbox 360 games on Xbox One

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Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have all slipped down the “Definitive Edition” alley a time or two and brought some of their past blockbusters to their current consoles. And with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition unofficially on tap for release later this year, the consolemaker likely plans to continue to pump out enhanced remakes for the foreseeable future.

But if it were up to Phil Spencer, the head Microsoft’s Xbox Division, “lots” of Xbox 360 games would make the jump to the Xbox One:

Spencer obviously wants to bring a wide variety of new games to the Xbox One, but his support could mean more Xbox 360-to-Xbox One remakes are in the works. Personally, I agree with the executive, and anything a publisher does to make games available to as many people as possible is a good thing.

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Nintendo Download: Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Edition, Mega Man Zero 2, more

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The Puzzle & Dragons series, a ridiculously popular match-3/RPG hybrid makes the leap from mobile devices to the 3DS this week as Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition. Available separately in Japan, American gamers will be able to pick up both games in a single package. Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition will be available to download through the 3DS eShop beginning tomorrow.

Also this week as part of the Nintendo Download are a pair of 2D sequels. Mega Man Zero 2 originally debuted on the Game Boy Advance in 2003 and is now available to download through the Wii U’s Virtual Console. Meanwhile, Swords & Soldiers II is a sequel to the popular 2D strategy game, promising an even bigger campaign and “endless replayability.”

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

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Game of Thrones: Sons of Winter will be available next week

Telltale’s video game adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones continues with the release of the fourth episode, Sons of Winter, next week. Depending upon which platform they prefer, players will be able to dig into the latest episode on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 26: PC (Windows, Mac) and PlayStation Network (PS3, PS4)
  • Wednesday, May 27: Xbox Games Store (Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  • Thursday, May 28: Mobile (iOS, Android)

So what sorts of intrigue and deception will the denizens of House Forrester experience in Sons of Winter? Here’s what Telltale had to say…

In Episode 4, the fate of the scattered Forresters hangs in the balance, and no one allied with the family is safe. An unexpected meeting offers Rodrik a new opportunity to free Ironrath from its Whitehill stranglehold, but with young Ryon Forrester still held prisoner, his next moves are critical. Gared must abandon Castle Black and venture beyond the Wall in search of the mysterious North Grove, risking encounters with Wildlings and worse. In King’s Landing, the population is reeling from a recent royal death, and Mira must step carefully in an increasingly complex game of politics where secrets are traded as currency. Far away in Essos, Asher infiltrates the slave city of Meereen at the behest of Daenerys Targaryen, but will the friendship he holds dear break under the strain of a mission that raises memories best forgotten?

Unlike the typical Telltale game series, their Game of Thrones adaptation will stretch out across six episodes. So be on the lookout for Episode 5 (A Nest of Vipers) and Episode 6 (The Ice Dragon) in the coming months.

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EA will reboot Need For Speed franchise this Fall on PC, PS4, Xbox One

EA has announced that the Need For Speed franchise will most definitely return this Fall. Specifically in the form of a “full reboot” that will simply be known as Need For Speed. Developed by the same team who produced Need For Speed Rivals, Sweden-based Ghost Games, Need For Speed will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

According to the developer, Need For Speed will include “deep customization, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative that pulls you through the game.” A teaser trailer is available for your perusal above with a more in-depth trailer scheduled to debut during EA’s E3 Press Conference on June 15.

In addition to Ghost Games, EA has also recruited the team from Speedhunters, the publisher’s “car culture community,” to assist with the development of Need For Speed. EA hopes that this collaboration will result in an even more authentic racing game:

Need For Speed will deliver an experience that’s grounded in authentic car culture by diving into the rich world of past, present and emergent trends of the urban car scene. This collaboration with Speedhunters in the research and development of the game means the level of detail and real-world authenticity will envelop gamers in an exciting world to discover and enjoy in a way that only Need for Speed can deliver.

Finally, Executive Producer Marcus Nilsson reassured fans that Ghost Games wants to bring the series back in a big way: “Need For Speed is one of the most iconic names in gaming, and we’re returning it to greatness in this reboot.”

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Techland puts development of Hellraid on hold

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They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. But the road to Hellraid is apparently paved with Stop signs as Techland announced (on the game’s official website) that the first-person slasher has been put on hold.

First announced in 2012 as Project Hell, Hellraid was originally scheduled to be released in Fall 2013 for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. The co-op arena brawler was then pushed back to 2014 so Techland could add a single-player story mode and fix the game’s magic system. But as the 2014 launch date loomed, Techland delayed it one more time and shifted the game’s destination to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It looks like even a jump to current-generation consoles couldn’t save it:

In the recent months we conducted an internal analysis and came to the conclusion that Hellraid, in its current shape and form, is not meeting our own expectations for this project. Therefore, we decided the best course of action would be to send it back to the drawing board and invent our dark fantasy title anew.

While Techland didn’t officially cancel Hellraid, the developer plans to continue to expand their first-person zombie survival game, Dying Light, while they figure out what to do with it.

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Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon will be released this Winter

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It looks like Nintendo has another Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game in development as the publisher announced a Winter 2015 release for Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon today. Coming exclusively to the 3DS, Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon will include all the randomized dungeons you can handle:

Players can look forward to even greater, randomly created dungeons that change each time they enter. In Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, players will battle alongside Legendary and Mythical Pokemon to save the world in a sweeping tale of adventure and mystery.

More details about Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon will be announced soon.

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Rocksteady wants us to “Be the Batman” in live-action trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight

  • A firefighter running into a burning building.
  • A group of passengers confronting a bully on the train.
  • A basketball player basketballs with a broken finger.
  • A kid who decides to single-handedly fight off a gang of muggers.

These are the “Everyday Heroes” that Rocksteady Studios has decided to honor in their live-action “Be the Batman” trailer/commercial. You apparently don’t need billions of dollars and an arsenal of high-tech toys to fight crime or make the world a better place, you just need Batman’s selflessness, determination, and courage.

On the other hand… the basketball player is an athlete and while “playing through the pain” might make him heroic to his teammates, he’s not exactly making the world a better place or promising to hit two home runs for a dying kid like Babe Ruth did. And the poor mugging victim in the alley is going to get himself killed as the only guy who walks away from a three-on-one fight is The Batman.

Batman: Arkham Knight will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on June 23, which is just a little over a month away from today.

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