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Justice Monsters Five, Final Fantasy XV’s pinball spinoff, is now available for mobile devices

Remember Final Fantasy XV‘s bizarre-looking pinball spinoff? Of course you do. Announced by Square Enix back in March, Justice Monsters Five is a free-to-play app that’s now available to download for iOS and Android devices:

Players join the Justice Monsters – Bomb Bro, Casanova Coeurl, Fab Flan, and Lamiana – in the struggle to save the Nova Galaxy from the diabolical Lord Vexxos. Using simple touch and flick controls, engage in exhilarating battles, unleash special attacks, and recruit and train new monsters to fight for justice and defeat the forces of evil.

Final Fantasy XV’s main character, Noctis, is a big fan of Justice Monsters Five, and any player who can’t tear themselves away from Square Enix’s next big RPG will also be able to try out the minigame by visiting any Crow’s Nest Diner in the game after its November 29th launch.

Justice Monsters Five will also be released for Windows 10 devices later this Fall.

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Telltale will talk about Batman: Episode 2 and The Walking Dead Season 3 at PAX West 2016

telltale-logoTelltale Games won’t have a booth at PAX West this year, but the popular publisher will host two events during for expo to inform fans about their upcoming projects.

“The Telltale Panel” will be held on Friday, September 2, at 2:30 PM (Pacific Time) in the Hydra Theater. Attendees will be the first to learn “more exciting details” about this Fall’s The Walking Dead Season 3 and a sneak peek at future episodes of Batman: The Telltale Series.

Telltale will also also take over the Wyvern Theatre on Saturday, September 3, for “Telltale PAX West Crowd Play.” Starting at 8:30, fans will be able to vote on the action in Batman: The Telltale Series with the game’s unique Crowd Play feature. Should Batman pummel that goon, or just scare him? You get to decide!

In addition to offering “a fun-filled evening of shouty excitement,” Telltale will also debut an exclusive extended first look at the upcoming Episode 2: Children of Arkham during their Crowd Play event.

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Square Enix will bring a lot of Final Fantasy, Deus Ex, Tomb Raider, more to PAX West 2016

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Square Enix loves PAX West and the Japanese megapublisher will once again have a major presence at the Seattle-based convention.

The publisher’s booth will include a dozen demos, including some of this Fall’s biggest releases (Dragon Quest Builders, Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, and World of Final Fantasy). Square Enix also plans to demo 2017’s biggest re-release, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.

But if you want to get up close and personal with your favorite developers, a series of panels from the publisher will give you your chance. Friday will focus on Deus Ex Go and Final Fantasy XV, while Saturday’s presentations will dive deep into Final Fantasy XV, World of Final Fantasy, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

A complete look at all of Square Enix’s demos and panels can be found after the break. And don’t forget, the 2016 PAX West expo will kick off on Friday, September 2. (more…)

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The Witness will be released for the Xbox One on September 13

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After being outed by the ESRB all the way back in January, Jonathan Blow has revealed The Witness is officially coming to the Xbox One. Speaking to IGN, the developer confirmed the game will make its Xbox One debut on September 13.

“There are some technical differences, but it’s basically the same game,” Blow told IGN, dismissing the idea of platform-exclusive content for The Witness.

“I feel like that would kind of… mess up the game,” he continued.

The Witness is also in development for iOS, but it might be a while before its released, as Blow said his team will need to fine-tune the entire game to make it work well with mobile devices.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild wins 2016 “Best of Gamescom” Award

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After winning a basketful of “Best of E3” awards earlier this year, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has similarly dominated the conversation at Gamescom. Link’s next adventure won two Gamescom Awards this year… “Best Wii U Game” and the coveted “Best of Gamescom.”

Several other games were also big winners at the European gaming convention including For Honor (“Best PlayStation 4 Game” and “Best PC Game”), Sea of Thieves (“Best Xbox One Game” and “Best Multiplayer Game”), and Battlefield 1 (“Best Action Game” and the “Most Wanted Consumer Award”).

The full list of winners and nominees can be found after the break. (more…)

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NY governor bans registered sex offenders from playing Pokemon Go

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Local governments and police departments are very concerned with Pokemon Go. After police departments in several neighboring states issued guidelines to help ensure players catch ’em all safely, Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the New York State Department of Corrections to ban all registered sex offenders from playing Pokemon Go and similar games.

“Protecting New York’s children is priority number one and, as technology evolves, we must ensure these advances don’t become new avenues for dangerous predators to prey on new victims,” Governor Cuomo said. “These actions will provide safeguards for the players of these augmented reality games and help take one more tool away from those seeking to do harm to our children.”

Cuomo, and other state legislators, were most concerned about Pokemon Go’s unfortunately-named “Lure” module:

Additionally, a feature of the game, where, for a small fee, a “lure” can be purchased to intentionally encourage traffic to a particular location, also appears to have the potential to be abused by predators.

This recommendation by Governor Cuomo most likely will lead to similar announcements by other local and state governments, and more information about the specifics of New York State’s plan can be found at NY.gov.

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Pokemon Go Plus peripheral won’t be available until September

pokemongoplusBy now, I’m sure you’ve heard more than a few stories about people succumbing to disaster while playing Pokemon Go. The engrossing mobile app demands constant attention when trying to capture a Pokemon, and this has lead to some players walking right into traffic… or right off a cliff.

Possibly foreseeing these problems, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have been hard at work on the Pokemon Go Plus, a companion peripheral that is supposed to enhance your Pokemon Go experience. Connecting to your smartphone via Bluetooth, the Pokemon Go Plus is supposed to alert players when they’re near a PokeStop or Pokemon. The peripheral was expected to launch shortly after the app, but Nintendo has been rather silent about its release date… until now.

Writing on Twitter, Nintendo has confirmed the Pokemon Go Plus will be available in September:

The Pokemon Go Plus will retail for $34.99 when it’s released.

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Square Enix will bring “new announcements and reveals” and 15 playable demos to Gamescom 2016

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The Comic-Con booth has been broken down, so it’s on to the next Summer showcase for Square Enix. This morning, the publisher announced they’ll have 15 titles on display at this year’s Gamescom convention, which will kick off in Cologne, Germany on August 19.

Square Enix plans to have a massive presence on the show floor including multiple booths packed with more than 220 demo stations and totaling 1,100 square meters of space. These screens will be equipped with many of the company’s 2016 and 2017 offerings including Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Dragon Quest Builders, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and World of Final Fantasy . A portion of the booth will also be devoted to “Square Enix Collective” titles, and another section will tout the publisher’s “new announcements and reveals.”

What are they announcing? We’ll have to wait until August to find out for sure, but for now, you can peruse Square Enix’s complete Gamescom lineup after the break. (more…)

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