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New Releases: Bayonetta 2, Civilization: Beyond Earth, Just Dance 2015, More

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The third phase of Nintendo’s attempt to dominate the Fall gaming season arrives this week in the form of Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U. Platinum’s stylish witch has been given a second life by The Big N and the developer returned the favor by packaging the original Bayonetta with the sequel. Nintendo will also release a pair of smaller 3DS titles this week: Fantasy Life, an RPG/life simulation hybrid, and Pokemon Art Academy, a drawing game starring Pikachu.

Also available this week is the futuristic Civilization: Beyond Earth for the PC. Firaxis designed the game as a spiritual successor to the popular Alpha Centauri, which is something fans of the franchise have been asking for for a long time.

Speaking of franchises we haven’t seen in a long time… Ubisoft will bring Just Dance 2015 to the PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One this week. That “long time” comment was a joke, by the way. What’s not a joke is the return of Harmonix, who are back with a new music game of their own, the Disney-inspired Fantasia: Music Evolved for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Finally this week, Telltale Games will release The Walking Dead Season 2 for the PS4 and Xbox One. Get your cleaning cloth ready, those tear-stained controllers won’t clean themselves.

A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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Insert Quarter: Why Developers Still Make 2D Games… Because They Love Them

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Insert Quarter is our showcase for some of the best and most interesting writing about video games on the Internet.

Why do developers still love to make 2D games? In this installment, USgamer’s Tyler Ohlew examines the relationship between developers and the two-dimensional worlds they create (often by hand). Speaking to developers behind modern 2D classics such as Shovel Knight, Guacamelee!, and SteamWorld Dig, he discovered that this relationship actually comes down to a love of the style and a universality that goes beyond simple nostalgia.

3D development is easier than ever now, with tools like Unity and Unreal Engine 4 available for very little cost or even free. So, in a landscape dominated by these 3D games, what compels a developer to look back and continue the work that was forced to take a back seat? Why does any developer work in 2D anymore?

You can read the rest of the article at USgamer.

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Destiny was destined to be the best-selling game of September 2014

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After selling more than five million copies in its first week of availability, Bungie’s Destiny easily took the top spot as the best-selling game of September 2014. New releases ruled last month as The NPD Group’s latest report revealed that seven games cracked the top ten.

At #3, EA’s FIFA 15 challenged Destiny for the crown, but came up short. It was followed by Super Smash Bros. For 3DS (#4), Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (#5), NHL 15 (#6), The Sims 4 (#8), and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (#9). The only holdovers were Madden NFL 15 (#2), Minecraft (#7), and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (#10).

According to Joystiq, despite Destiny’s massive success, game industry sales only grew by 2% over September 2013. Of course, September 2013 featured the release of Grand Theft Auto V, a singularly special event, and downloadable titles are constantly eating into retail’s market share. But good luck getting The NPD Group to admit to that.

This months top ten can be found in a handy list format after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo Download: Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, Ballpoint Universe: Infinite, more

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The Castlevania series continues its slow takeover of the Wii U eShop with today’s addition of Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance to Nintendo’s digital storefront. Harmony of Dissonance was the second game in the series released for the Game Boy Advance and is one of the few where the player doesn’t confront a resurrected Dracula.

Also available on the Wii U eShop today are two titles that take their inspiration from pen-and-paper drawing. Ballpoint Universe: Infinite is a shooter derived from “ballpoint-pen sketches,” while Paper Monsters Recut features a “living world made out of paper.”

Over on the 3DS eShop, players will be able to download the Game Boy Color classic Harvest Moon 2 GBC for the first time. More than a dozen titles have been released in the franchise since Harvest Moon 2 GBC’s release, so this one is truly a blast from the past.

More details on all of these games, as well as a few more new releases, can be found after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo: Super Smash Bros. For 3DS/Wii U is a pun on Super Smash Bros. 4

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For a long time, much of the world referred to Super Smash Bros. For 3DS and Super Smash Bros. For Wii U as “Super Smash Bros. 4″ as both games represent the fourth major entry in the Smash series. Turns out, we weren’t all that far off. Writing in his regular Famitsu column (as translated by Nintendo Everything), Super Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai explained the game’s title is, at it’s core, just a cute pun:

“This time the name of the system was used as a subtitle in order to avoid confusion among consumers. However, for both systems ‘Smash Bros. For’ is included in the title, so isn’t that nice?”

I knew it! Super Smash Bros. For 3DS is available now and Super Smash Bros. For Wii U will be released on November 21.

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Conan O’Brien, Kevin Smith, Stephen Amell discuss their roles in Lego Batman 3

Conan O’Brien agreed to play himself in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham because his eight-year-old son made him. Kevin Smith said yes because he is the world’s biggest nerd. And Stephen Amell reprised his role as the Green Arrow because he’s very protective of the character. These are just some of the things you will learn in this behind-the-scenes video for Lego Batman 3 recently released by WB Games.

You’ll also bear witness to the greatest Lego hairstyle ever. In case that whole spaceship thing doesn’t work out, the superheroes of Lego Batman 3 could reach the heavens by climbing Conan’s magnificent pompadour.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be released for the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on November 11.

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New Releases: Borderlands: Pre-Sequel, The Evil Within, PlayStation TV, More

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While most of this Fall’s new releases are centered around showcasing the power of the PS4 and Xbox One, let’s not forget that previous-generation consoles like the PS3 and Xbox 360 are also in line for a few new games. (Meanwhile, the Wii U sits in the corner, doing its own thing, content in its existence.) And PS3/Xbox 360 owners should take note that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, perhaps the biggest PS3/Xbox 360 release of the Fall, will be available in stores this week. The third Borderlands game, which actually takes place between the first two titles in the series, will also be released for the PC.

Bethesda’s The Evil Within is not a previous-generation exclusive, but it will be release for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in addition to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The Evil Within is Shinji Mikami’s return to horror and will likely be full of pants-wetting terror regardless of what platform you play it on.

The rest of this week’s new releases are a grab bag of games that run the gamut from a new Pac-Man game (Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 on the 3DS, PS3, Wii U, and Xbox 360) to a Duck Dynasty tie-in (Duck Dynasty on the 3DS, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One) to a passel of re-releases on new platforms (Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One; The Walking Dead on the PS4 and Xbox One; and The Walking Dead Season 2 on the PS3 and Xbox 360).

Finally, speaking of systems proclaiming their existence, Sony’s PlayStation TV set-top box, which plays Vita games and streams PlayStation Now content and local PS4 games, will be released this week.

A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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WB Games announces a ton of new characters for Lego Batman 3 including Conan O’Brien

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First, we learned that Adam West would play himself in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Then came the news that Kevin Smith would bring his Fatman On Batman quips into the game as a playable character. But now, courtesy of WB Games’ New York Comic-Con panel, comes the news that Conan O’Brien will bring his pale force to the game as a playable character. But before dropping that bombshell, the panel announced a slew of new characters in rapid fire fashion. The full list includes…

Finally, WB Games and TT Games announced that Lego Batman 3 will receive a post-release DLC pack based on The CW’s Arrow. The appropriately-named Arrow Pack will include a new level, new vehicles, and eight new characters (Arrow, Diggle, Felicity Smoak, Helena “Huntress” Bertinelli, Slade Wilson, Roy Harper, Sarah “Black Canary” Lance, and Malcolm Merlyn). The Arrow Pack will be available for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be available for those platforms (as well as the 3DS, PC, Vita, and Wii U) on November 11.

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