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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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Madden NFL 17, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, King of Fighters XIV, more added to PS Store

While the fourth quarter is still ahead of us, publishers are running up the score with today’s PlayStation Store update.

Let’s start things off with Madden NFL 17, the latest entry in EA Sports’s long-running football franchise. A rebuilt Franchise Mode is the focus of this year’s game, which is now available to download for the PS4 and PS3. Developer EA Tiburon is also touting improvements to the gameplay on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Also available to download for the PS4 this week is Square Enix’s Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The latest game from Eidos Montreal picks up where Deus Ex: Human Revolution left off and explores the aftermath of a terrorist attack that’s left mechanically augmented humans “deemed outcasts and segregated from the rest of society.”

And if you think elective surgery to become some kind of cyborg is crazy, then the future portrayed in The King of Fighters XIV is just as wild. More than 50 humans, robots, demons, and monsters have come together to compete in a new fighting tournament from developer SNK and publisher Atlus on the PS4.

Finally this week, a trio of side-scrollers will surely appeal to retro-minded PS4 owners. Inside is a mysterious platformer from Playdead, and after a short round of Xbox One/PC exclusivity, it’s now available to download through the PlayStation Store. Inside shares a minimalist aesthetic with Metrico+, a PS4 platformer that was inspired by infographics. And Worms W.M.D. brings the strategy series to the PS4 for the first time.

More information about all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. And don’t forget to visit the PlayStation Blog for a complete rundown of this week’s new add-ons and discounts. (more…)

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Almost three years after its release, GTA5 was NPD’s best-selling game in July 2016

grandtheftautov-box-largeWith a sweltering Summer in full swing, game publishers mostly skipped the month of July. And nowhere is this more evident than the monthly NPD ranking of best-selling games, which was topped by Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V, a game that was originally released almost three years ago. The only new release to crack the top ten in July was Capcom’s Monster Hunter Generations, which claimed the #4 spot.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, NPD analyst Sam Naji said: “Lack of strong new titles for the month resulted with poor comparison with last July’s Batman: Arkham Knight with consumers spending 14 percent less year-on-year on hardware, software and accessories. However, the release of Monster Hunter: Generations and the price drop for the 2DS helped to bolster spending for 3DS and 2DS hardware by 44%”

While brand new titles were a rare sight in the NPD’s July 2016 top ten, new-ish titles like Overwatch (#2), Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (#3), and Doom (#8) continue to be popular with shoppers.

The NPD Group continued their foray into tracking sales of digital downloads last month, though Capcom, Mojang, Bethesda, and Blizzard (for Battle.net sales) chose not to participate.

A full look at July 2016’s best-selling games can be found after the break. (more…)

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Inversus, Grow Up, Uno, more added to PlayStation Store

There’s a nice mix of new games available to download from the PlayStation Store this week. So let’s get right too it…

Inversus is a minimalist overhead shooter for the PS4 that ties your path of movement and attack to a black-and-white grid. Single-player and multiplayer options (both local and online) will give players plenty of opportunities for competition.

Also available this week is Grow Up, a PS4 platformer from Ubisoft that stars BUD, “an adorable yet clumsy, stumbling, tumbling robot.” And speaking of Ubisoft, the publisher will also bring a new version of Uno, everyone’s favorite card game, to the PS4 this week.

Finally this week, Codemasters is giving the green light to their latest open wheel racing simulator, F1 2016. It’ll be available for the PS4 on Friday, August 19.

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

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Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 1, Abzu, Ape Escape 2, more added to PS Store

Sony’s “PlayStation Store Play” promotion continues this week with the release of Abzu, a game from Journey Art Director Matt Nava that encourages players to explore “a vibrant hidden world bursting with color and life” as they dive deeper into the ocean.

Elsewhere on the PlayStation Store, Telltale will launch the first episode of Batman: The Telltale Series this week for the PS4. The opening chapter of this Gotham City story is titled “Realm of Shadows,” and it’ll examine the lives of both Batman and Bruce Wayne in his quest to protect the innocent and punish the guilty.

Finally this week, Sony will expand their line of PS2-On-PS4 offerings with Ape Escape 2, a forgotten classic from the PS2’s early days.

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

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New Retail Releases: Xbox One S, GalGun: Double Peace

xboxone-logoThe first day of August is just a few hours away, but you can rest assured that this Summer’s new release drought is still in full effect.

However, if you’re in the market for an Xbox One console, it’s probably a great time to go shopping. That’s because Microsoft will release the new and improved Xbox One S on Tuesday. The system will include a 4K UHD drive, as well as a smaller form factor and three different hard drive sizes (500GB, 1TB, 2TB).

If you’re looking for new games this week, there’s only one option… PQube’s GalGun: Double Peace. Developed in Japan, GalGun: Double Peace is an anime-style rail shooter where players fend off advancing girls. It’ll be available on Tuesday for the PS4 and Vita.

I know it’s easy to despair, but remember, Batman: The Telltale Series will make its debut on digital storefronts later this week, and No Man’s Sky will officially launch next week. And the Fall gaming rush is right around the corner.

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Hyper Light Drifter, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1+2, Tumblestone, more added to PS Store

The PlayStation Store is now home to a massive list of new releases, including a few sought-after indies, an RPG re-release, and a pair of surprise remasters from Marvel…

Hyper Light Drifter (PS4) is an overhead action RPG from Heart Machine with a uniquely “glitched” retro style. Meanwhile, Tumblestone (PS4) is a multiplayer match-3 puzzler that also includes a massive Story Mode. And Mutant Mudds Super Challenge (PS4 + PS Vita Cross-Buy) is a challenging side-scroller from Renegade Kid.

Looking to new games we’ve seen before, Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force (PS4) is a remastered re-release of an RPG from the PS3 era. And previously available for the PS3, Activision re-released the superhero team-ups Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 for the PS4 this week as standalone downloads and a two-game bundle.

Finally this week, Telltale continues their Minecraft: Story Mode with Episode 7: Access Denied on the PS4 and PS3. This time, Jesse and friends challenge an AI that’s run amok.

More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. And a complete list of this week’s new add-ons and discounts is available at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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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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