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Indiana Jones, Darkwing Duck, and others could be added to Disney Infinity in the future

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Disney Infinity was released to fairly universal acclaim in 2013, but gamers everywhere hoped the Mouse House would add Marvel characters to the mix in a sequel. Disney listened to their requests, and released Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes a year later. This same cycle of fan feedback eventually led Disney Interactive to begin production on Disney Infinity: Star Wars, which will be released sometime in the Fall.

But what other characters from the Disney Vault will eventually make their way into a future Disney Infinity game? How about… all of them?

Disney Interactive’s John Blackburn and John Vignocchi recently spoke to Polygon about the franchise, revealing that every character from Disney’s vast empire has the chance to be added to a future Disney Infinity project. They couldn’t make any promises on which characters might make a future appearance, but Lucasfilm’s Ada Duan said that Howard the Duck has been asked for by a lot of fans. Other characters name-dropped by the trio include Indiana Jones, Darkwing Duck, and LucasArts’s stable of adventure games (especially Secret of Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle).

Though it might be a while before any of these characters make it into Disney Infinity, as Duan said the company is “looking forward” towards new content. That’s disappointing, but the full interview at Polygon is still a riot, so be sure to read the whole thing.

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BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, J-Stars Victory Vs+, Quiplash, more added to PS Store

playstationstorelogoThis week’s PlayStation Store update is all about under-the-radar fighting games from Japan? Are you ready, because round one is about to begin…

  • Bandai Namco brought J-Stars Victory Vs+ to the PS4, PS3, and Vita. The crossover fighting game includes appearances from characters Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, One Piece, and many others in celebration of the 45th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.
  • Arc System Works has released another BlazBlue game, the first for the PS4. BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend is an updated version of the last game in the series and it’s also available for the PS3.
  • Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 isn’t a one-on-one fighting game, but you do fight a lot of people in Koei Tecmo’s latest addition to the series on the Vita.
  • Likewise with NIS America’s HyperDimension Neptunia ReBirth 3: V Generation. There’s no street fights in the Vita RPG, but players will be expected to battle foes as they continue to journey through this parody version of the game industry.

Finally this week, Jack Productions brought Quiplash to the PS4 and PS3 as a Cross-Buy title. This is a different kind of fighting game as players use words to answer simple prompts like “Something you’d be surprised to see a donkey do” or “The worst soup flavor: Cream of ____” in an attempt to sway the crowd with a clever line.

More information on all of these games (and a few additional new releases) can be found after the break. And a quick rundown of this week’s new game add-ons and discounts can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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Star Wars: Battlefront, Fallout 4 lead the way in Game Critics Awards Best of E3 2015 nominees

e3expologoThe Force is strong with DICE’s Star Wars: Battlefront as the game collected five nominations, more than any other title, from the Game Critics Awards in their annual Best of E3 competition. The Star Wars shooter is up for “Best of Show,” “Best Console Game,” “Best PC Game,” “Best Action Game,” and “Best Online Multiplayer.”

Bethesda’s Fallout 4 and Guerrilla’s Horizon: Zero Dawn can also be considered contenders after collecting four nominations apiece. Both games will battle each other (and Battlefront) for “Best of Show” and “Best Console Game,” but their path will split for the remaining nominations. Fallout 4 is up for “Best PC Game” and “Best RPG,” while Horizon: Zero Dawn was nominated for “Best Original Game” and “Best Action/Adventure Game.”

Two other nominees will compete for this year’s “Best of Show” award including Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and the Oculus Touch motion controller.

The group behind the Game Critics Awards is comprised of representatives from 38 media publications, and they plan to announce this year’s winners on July 7. The full list of nominees can be found after the break. (more…)

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SteinsGate will be released for PS3, Vita in US on August 25

1911868_1512706932345292_2782179389374038158_nSteinsGate is one of the most famous “visual novels” ever to be released in Japan. After successfully launching the game in Europe for the PS3 and Vita earlier this month, publisher PQube has now set their sights on America. According to the publisher, the PS3 and Vita version of SteinsGate will be released in the US on August 25.

I know what you want to ask… what if I don’t know anything about SteinsGate? And I’m glad you did, because here’s what PQube had to say about the game:

SteinsGate follows a rag-tag band of tech-savvy young students who realize they can alter the past by using a microwave coupled with a mobile phone. Their experiments into how far they can go with their discovery begin to spiral out of control as they become entangled in a conspiracy surrounding SERN, the organisation behind the Large Hadron Collider, and John Titor, a mysterious forums poster who claims to be from a dystopian future ruled by that very same organization.

Players interested in SteinsGate will be able to choose between the standard edition and the limited El Psy Kongroo Edition, which includes a 126-page art book, a two-pin badge set, an exclusive Metal Upa Replica, and a special presentation box.

If you want to get your hands on SteinsGate before anyone else, PQube will bring a playable demo of the game to the Anime Expo, which will be held this weekend, July 2 through July 5, in Los Angeles.

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New Releases: J-Stars Victory Vs+, BlazBlue Chronophantasma, GTA San Andreas, More

grandtheftautosanandreas-logoRemember a few years ago when Rockstar inexplicably added an Xbox 360 edition of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to the Xbox Games Store to celebrate its tenth anniversary? Here we are two years later and the publisher has decided to inexplicably publish a retail disc version. And it’s coming out this week! It’s been a slow Summer season, so sure, why not?

Also available this week are a trio of Japanese imports…

  • J-Stars Victory Vs+ (PS3, PS4), a crossover fighting game that features characters from Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, One Piece, and more.
  • BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend (PS3, PS4, Xbox One), the latest update to the popular fighting game (and first on current-generation consoles) from Arc System Works.
  • HyperDimension Neptunia ReBirth 3: V Generation (Vita), a handheld port of Idea Factory’s third JRPG parody of the video game industry.

If none of these games interests you, remember that the PlayStation Store, Xbox Games Store, and Nintendo eShop will receive a few new titles this week as well.

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Treyarch will unveil Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Mode at Comic-Con in July

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A not-so-cryptic tweet from Treyarch has confirmed that we’ll get our first at the Zombies Mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops III at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, which takes place July 9 through July 12:

Call of Duty: Black Ops III will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on November 6. Activision revealed a ton of Black Ops III intel during last week’s E3 Expo, including a pair of trailers and the news that PS3/PS4 gamers will receive access to the game’s downloadable expansions a month earlier than everyone else.

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Batman: Arkham Knight, Devil May Cry 4, PlanetSide 2, more added to PlayStation Store

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Are you ready to be the Batman? After a few delays, Rocksteady is finally ready to unleash Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4) on the PlayStation Store. Bruce Wayne was joined by another high-flying hero on the PS4 as Cacpom released the Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition yesterday. The remake includes new playable characters and game modes, as well as an enhanced framerate and graphics. Also available for the PS4 this week is PlanetSide 2, a free-to-play shooter that marks the debut of Daybreak Games, the MMO publisher formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment.

If you’re looking for something a bit more talky, PS4 and PS3 owners will receive access to Telltale’s third Tales From the Borderlands episode, Catch A Ride. And finally, PS3 owners will be able to experience (or re-experience) Suikoden III, a classic RPG originally released for the PS2.

More information on all of these games (and a few others) can be found after the break. And, as always, a rundown of this week’s new game add-ons and discounts can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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First Tales of Berseria Japanese-language trailer released by Bandai Namco

Gamers got their first look at the next entry in the Tales series, Tales of Berseria, over the weekend when Bandai Namco released the game’s first Japanese-language trailer.

As of right now, there’s not much to go on. The trailer cuts through a number of different locales including a wintry village, a sunny beach, a dense forest, and the high seas. The final image before the title card is that of a determined-looking dark-haired woman.

Tales of Berseria is currently in development for the PS4 and PS3, though a North American/European launch date hasn’t been announced. However, Bandai Namco has a good reason, it doesn’t have a release date in Japan either.

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