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Shadow Warrior was a 1997 first person shooter from 3D Realms that is infamous for its, let’s say “insenitive,” portrayal of Asian culture. Devolver Digital (truly, the 3D Realms of our day) has decided to update Shadow Warrior and its main character, Lo Wang, for the 21st with a rebooted version of the game in development at Flying Wild Hog.
Blending the viciously over-the-top gunplay of its predecessor with the elegant precision of the powerful katana, Shadow Warrior is an imaginative take on the classic arcade-style shooter.
Follow the offbeat tale of Zilla Enterprise’s corporate shogun, Lo Wang, who is ordered by his employer to track down and acquire a legendary blade known as the Nobitsura Kage. Forced into a timeless battle, Lo Wang learns of the blade’s connection to ancient gods from another realm, pushing our world to the brink of destruction. Aided by Hoji, a banished spirit from this mysterious world, Lo Wang must use a masterful combination of gun, blade, magic and wit to discover the truth behind the demonic invasion and banish the encroaching forces back into the darkness.
Shadow Warrior is in development for the PC and will be released this Fall. A version for “next-gen consoles” will be released in 2014.
“I am vengeance… I am the night… I am Batman!”
Hearing those words in Kevin Conroy’s voice still gives me chills and when a rumor was floated a few weeks back that he wouldn’t be starring in Batman: Arkham Origins, my heart sank. Thankfully, none of it was true.
Appearing at this weekend’s Dallas Comic Con, Conroy took the stage and told fans he has been working for the last “nine or ten months” on Batman: Arkham Origins and that “it’s an ubelievable game.” He couldn’t say any more due to signing a non-disclosure agreement (and it’s why it took him so long to confirm his participation in Origins), but he’s very excited about the game.
Batman: Arkham Origins will be released for the PC, PS3, Wii U, and Xbox 360 on October 25.
If that’s a thing you care about, here’s a quick snippet of some wireframe development work being done on Call of Duty: Ghosts at Infinity Ward.
We’ll learn more about the next entry in the Call of Duty franchise this Tuesday, May 21, at Microsoft’s “Next Xbox Reveal.” In addition to the Xbox 720/Durango version, Call of Duty: Ghosts is also in development for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Versions of the game for the PS4 and Wii U are also expected to be announced soon.
This week’s might seem a bit familiar to you, and that’s because we’ve seen most of them before.
Resident Evil Revelations gets the full HD treatment on the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. The game will also be available for the PC through your favorite digital download services, including Steam. In addition to the Wii U-exclusive features included with Resident Evil Revelations, three of this week’s re-releases are specifically targeting Nintendo platforms including Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D on the 3DS and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Sniper Elite V2 on the Wii U. This week’s last re-release, Worms Collection for the PS3 and Xbox 360, brings together three games (and six DLC expansions) previously only available as downloads: Worms, Worms 2: Armageddon, and Worms: Ultimate Mayhem.
If you’re looking for something new, Activision has taken the sixth Fast and the Furious film and turned it into a video game. Fast & Furious: Showdown will be available for the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. A portable version is also coming to the 3DS.
Finally this week, Ubisoft and Techland have come together again to release a new game in the Call of Juarez series. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a downloadable title that’ll be available for the PC, as well as from the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.
According to The NPD Group’s accounting of the best-selling games from April 2013, NetherRealm Studios’ Injustice: Gods Among Us delivered a superhero-sized punch to the competition last month. The Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U fighter zoomed into the top spot, ahead of another April release, Deep Silver’s Dead Island: Riptide. Other new releases were mostly shut out of the top ten, but Defiance, an MMO shooter based on the Syfy show of the same name, managed to make it to the fifth spot.
Bioshock Infinite continues to sell strong, rounding out the top three, and a pair of 3DS-exclusive games scared up spots in the top ten: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (#6) and Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins (#9).
The full top ten list for April 2013 can be found right here:
1. Injustice: Gods Among Us (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U)
2. Dead Island: Riptide (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
3. Bioshock Infinite (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
5. Defiance (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
6. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
7. NBA 2K13 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)
8. Skylanders Giants (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U)
9. Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins (3DS)
10. MLB 13: The Show (PS3, Vita)
As promised, Call of Duty: Black Ops II‘s Uprising Map Pack is now available for the PC and PS3. The pack has been priced at $14.99, but owners of the DLC Season Pass can get it for free. The Uprising Map Pack includes a cinematic new Zombies scenario, “Mob of the Dead,” as well as four new multiplayer maps:
- “Magma” is a modern Japanese village with volcanic eruptions carving multiple paths throughout the town.
- “Encore” takes place in the aftermath of a deserted London music festival and leaves numerous opportunities for run-and-gun, close quarters combat.
- “Vertigo” is a futuristic high rise in India housing a high-tech lab featuring dizzying vistas and multi-tiered pathways.
- “Studio” is a Hollywood movie back lot with a variety of cinematic themes that range from Sci-Fi to the Old West. It’s also a contemporary remake of “Firing Range,” a fan-favorite multiplayer map from Call of Duty: Black Ops.
You can check out a brand new and never-before-seen “Mob of the Dead” trailer above.
WB Games and developer 5th Cell are moving forward with that DC Comics/Scribblenauts crossover. Officially announced yesterday, Scribblenauts Unmasked is in development for the 3DS, PC, and Wii U.
The debut trailer embedded above is definitely the best way to get your first taste of Scribblenauts Unmasked. Maxwell has teamed up with DC’s greatest heroes, including multiple iterations of Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and many others (including “Super Doomsday,” a heroic take on Superman’s greatest foe) to battle villains like The Joker, Lex Luthor and the real Doomsday.
“Fans of both DC Comics and Scribblenauts can really let their imaginations run wild with the Super Hero Creator in Scribblenauts Unmasked,” said Jeremiah Slaczka, CEO and Creative Director of 5th Cell. “Players will be challenged to craft new and never-before-seen characters such as Wonder Joker or Bane Lantern and use them to solve puzzles or share them with friends.”
Scribblenauts Unmasked will be available this Fall.
This Batman: Arkham Origins teaser trailer is 41 seconds long. If you’re pressed for time, allow me to summarize it for you…
0:00-0:10: The first ten seconds are devoted to Warner Bros. and DC Comics logos.
0:10-0:21: The next 11 seconds includes snippets of a battle between Batman and the villainous Deathstroke.
0:21-0:29: The Batman: Arkham Origins logo fades in and fades out for eight seconds.
0:29-0:35: This is followed by a six second shot of the game’s October 25 release date and logos for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, and PC platforms.
0:35-0:41: The final six seconds are given to a message promoting the release of the game’s full trailer on Monday, May 20.
I didn’t want to watch a real Batman: Arkham Origins trailer today anyway.