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New Retail Releases: Crash Bandicoot Trilogy, Valkyria Revolution, RPG Maker Fes, More

This week’s New Retail Releases report is packed full of remakes, sequels, and spinoffs, which is perfect for the start to a likely lazy Summer…

Let’s start things off with Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a compilation of the first three games in the series, now remade for the PS4. Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped helped put the original PlayStation on the map, and now’s a great time to play them again.

Also available this week is a pair of spinoffs to two very Japanese franchises. First up is Sega, who will launch Valkyria Revolution on the PS4 and Xbox One, and add real-time combat to the franchise for the first time. Meanwhile, NIS America will deliver a side-story in the sprawling Danganronpa saga with Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls on the PS4.

NIS America will also bring RPG Maker Fes to the 3DS this week. Players won’t be required to have any programming skills, but they’ll be able to create (and share) their own RPG all the same.

Finally this week, two long-forgotten franchises will return to store shelves. Codemasters will zip around the house with the diminutive automobiles from Micro Machines World Series for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. And the famed Elite series will fly again thanks to Elite Dangerous: Legendary Edition on the PS4 and Xbox One.

You can read up on all of this week’s new releases after the break. (more…)

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Justice was served as Injustice 2 was the best-selling game of May 2017

NetherRealm Studios has done it again… The NPD Group (via GamesIndustry.biz) has revealed that Injustice 2 was the best-selling game in May.

In the midst of Wonder Woman-mania, the one-on-one fighter beat out the Switch’s heaviest hitters (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at #2 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at #4), as well as Prey (#5) and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia (#7).

Grand Theft Auto V continues to sell well, landing at #3 in the monthly tally. And Blizzard’s Overwatch celebrated its first anniversary by squeaking into the top ten at #10.

A list of May 2017’s top ten best-selling titles can be found after the break. (more…)

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will get a standalone re-release on PS4 on June 27

Activision gave an extra push to last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare when they announced a Legacy Edition bundle that would also include Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. For a long time, this was the only way to acquire the franchise’s most popular entry on the PS4 or Xbox One. But many felt that a standalone re-release of Modern Warfare Remastered was inevitable… especially after Activision said it would NEVER happen.

So it’s not at all surprising that Activision has announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will receive a standalone re-release (on disc and digital download) for the PS4 on June 27. Similar to the publisher’s release schedule for downloadable expansion packs, a PC and Xbox One launch for the game has likely been penciled in for late July/early August.

The Launch Trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered has been embedded above.

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Ubisoft unveils the first in-engine gameplay demo for Beyond Good and Evil 2

Michel Ancel’s pre-show fakeout fooled us all, which meant that Beyond and Good Evil fans were suitably thrilled when its sequel made its debut during Ubisoft’s E3 Press Conference. But that wasn’t the only E3 2017 appearance for Beyond and Good Evil 2.

In addition to the cinematic trailer they showed to the public, Ubisoft also produced a “closed door” gameplay demo for members of the media. Beyond and Good Evil 2 is still in an extremely early state, and the demo only offered viewers the chance to see what the game’s engine is capable of, but today, Ubisoft released a video of that demo to the public.

Now’s your chance to marvel at the massive cities of System 3, including the unique architecture built in to the massive structures you’ll be able to fly right up to. From there, blast off into outer space and get a feel for the game’s spaceship sections, and then crash back down to the craggy surface of the planet.

The UbiBlog offers up a similar description of the video:

In a new behind-the-scenes video, creator Michel Ancel will walk you through what Beyond Good and Evil 2’s new engine is capable of, showing off its massive scale, intricate level of detail, multiple methods of exploration, and more.

A prequel to the first Beyond Good and Evil, Beyond Good and Evil 2 tells a story of space piracy in System 3, a star system being colonized largely through the use of human-animal hybrids as slave labor.

Beyond Good and Evil 2 is currently in development at Ubisoft, with an unknown release date, for unknown platforms.

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Iron Galaxy releases two new gameplay trailer for Killer Instinct’s Eagle

Iron Galaxy is expected to add Killer Instinct‘s next downloadable character, Eagle, to the game this Friday.

If you’re a fan of the free-to-play fighting game, you can prepare yourself by viewing two new gameplay trailers starring Eagle. Both trailers are available after the break, and they depict Thunder’s brother going toe-to-toe with Shin Hisako and Fulgore. (more…)

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles now available for PC and Xbox One

You might have missed it during all the post-E3 hoopla, but the Zombies Chronicles expansion is now available to download for Call of Duty: Black Ops III on all platforms. Activision and Treyarch released the add-on earlier this week, giving PC and Xbox One owners the chance to replay their favorite Zombies maps from World at War, Black Ops, and Black Ops II:

Maps Originally Included in Call of Duty: World at War
“Nacht der Untoten” (Abandoned Bunker), “Verruckt” (Wittenau Sanitorium), and “Shi No Numa” (Jungle Swamp)

Maps Originally Included in Call of Duty: Black Ops
“Kino Der Toten” (Theater of the Dead), “Ascension” (Soviet Cosmodrome), “Shangri-La” (Exotic Jungle Shrine), and “Moon” (Lunar Base)

Maps Originally Included in Call of Duty: Black Ops II
“Origins” (WWI France)

Zombies Chronicles Bonus Content

  • 20 Vials of Liquid Divinium
  • 2 All-New Whimsical GobbleGums
  • Exclusive Zombies Pack-A-Punch Weapon Camo

The Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombie Chronicles expansion can be purchased for $29.99, and a teaser trailer has been embedded above.

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The A-Z of E3 2017: Warp Zoned’s Full Recap of Gaming’s Biggest Showcase

The 2017 E3 Expo was one of firsts. It was the first time that gaming’s biggest showcase was open to the public, and the first time that developers sat down for panel discussions in the E3 Coliseum.

It was also a show of firsts for us here at Warp Zoned. We premiered the first two episodes of our Content Crash podcast (Episode #1: The Eve of E3 2017 and Episode #2: The E3 2017 Recap), and asked “So Did Anyone “Win” the 2017 E3 Expo?” for the first time.

But we also got our first glimpse at how the game industry will be shaping up this Fall and into 2018. The Xbox One X is going to make everything a little prettier, but Nintendo wants to make everything a little weirder. And Sony just wants to make all our Spider-Man dreams come true. So read on for a full recap of this year’s E3 Expo, and to learn more about what we thought of this year’s biggest games-to-be. (more…)

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Gun Media is adding Jason’s retro-tastic purple-and-blue look to Friday the 13th

Gun Media and Illfonic’s Friday the 13th has been plagued by server connection problems since its launch last month.

As an apology, the publisher and developer have revealed that the game’s first Content Update will include a special treat for fans… a “Retro Jason” costume patterned after the blue-skinned Jason Voorhees’s appearance in the infamous NES game. Naturally, Jason the slasher also be dressed in his stylish purple jumpsuit as well.

The free update will be available beginning June 20, and it’ll also include two new Outfits for each Counselor, 13,000 Customization Points, and a new chiptune soundtrack from composer Mitch Murder.

In addition to all the “Cool Free Shit,” Friday the 13th players will also get the chance to take part in a Double XP Weekend from June 23rd through the 25th.

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