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PS Store This Week: Agents of Mayhem, Sonic Mania, Undertale, more

It may be Summertime outside, but you wouldn’t know it after this week’s PlayStation Store update.

Today’s biggest new release is Agents of Mayhem, a new open world game for the PS4 from Volition. Set within the same universe as the Saints Row series, Agents of Mayhem will attempt to parody the current crop of superhero films as well as Saturday morning cartoons from the 80s. If you’d prefer to build big, Paradox Interactive will bring Cities: Skylines to the PS4 this week. The city-building sim will allow players to “manage the city of [their] dreams” as they design and build their own metropolis.

Aksys Games will embiggen one of their games this week with a PS4 re-release for Zero Time Dilemma on Friday. Originally released for the Vita last year, this console-ready version of the game will include high definition graphics.

Sega is also going big this week… but they’re doing it by shrinking down. The publisher has enlisted a team of indie developers to create Sonic Mania, a new side-scroller for the PS4 that pays homage to Sonic’s past. Speaking of indie developers, a trio of teams will get the chance to make the PlayStation Store a cozier place this week with the PS4 launch of Undertale (also on the Vita),Tokyo 42, and Matterfall.

Finally this week, Telltale will check in with Jesse and friends in Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 – Episode 2: Giant Consequences.

You can learn more about all of these titles (and a few other new releases) after the break. (more…)

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Atlus Japan announces Persona Q2 for 3DS and pair of Persona dancing games for PS4, Vita

Fresh off the success of Persona 5, Atlus Japan has announced they have a trio of spinoff titles for the RPG franchise in the works.

Persona Q2 is a sequel to 2014’s Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, and its currently in development for the 3DS. Atlus has yet to announce a release date, but we did get a look at its tagline (“Take Your Heart”) and a Japanese-language official website (at PQ2.jp).

The publisher is also hard at work on two Persona dancing games, both for the PS4 and Vita. Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night will be released for the PS4 and Vita in Spring 2018 (in Japan). You can find trailers for both after the break.

We don’t know when, or if, Persona Q2, Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night, and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night will make their way across the Pacific. But it seems likely that a North American release date for all titles will be announced soon. (more…)

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Yacht Club will bring Shovel Knight’s King Knight campaign to PAX West 2017

Ready Thy Shovel!

Yacht Club Games has announced that Shovel Knight‘s final expansion/spinoff, the King Knight campaign, will be unveiled during this year’s PAX West expo:

Yacht Club’s Nick Wozniak recently described King Knight’s campaign as “light-hearted” and “goofy,” so it likely won’t be as sad as Specter of Torment.

Shovel Knight’s King Knight campaign is expected to launch later this year, and will be available as a free expansion for all owners of the Treasure Trove bundle for the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Vita, Xbox One, and mobile devices. The regal adventure will also be available as a standalone download on the PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.

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PS Store This Week: Sundered, Pyre, Super Cloudbuilt, more

The indie titles keep coming on the PlayStation Store, and this week’s update includes three titles of particular interest…

Sundered is a side-scrolling MetroidVania from Thunder Lotus Games, and it’ll be available for the PS4 this Friday. Incorporating some terrifying Lovecraftian themes, players will fight for survival (and their sanity) in this hand-drawn adventure.

Also available for the PS4 this week is Pyre, a team-based Action RPG from Supergiant Games. Players will compete in a series of mystical competitions to help win freedom for their exiles in the Campaign, but they can also fight it out with friends in the Versus Mode.

Finally, Coilworks’s Super Cloudbuilt will bring a futuristic platforming (with a dash of parkour) to the PS4 this week.

You can learn more about all of these titles (and a few other new releases) after the break. (more…)

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New Retail Releases: Hey! Pikmin, Miitopia, Collar X Malice, More

It’s another big week for Nintendo as the consolemaker will release two games for the 3DS on Friday.

First up is the first portable game in the Pikmin series, Hey! Pikmin. The side-scrolling adventures adds touchscreen support for Captain Olimar, who can now fling Pikmin at enemies and obstacles with the swipe of a finger. Also available from Nintendo for the 3DS this Friday is Miitopia, a turn-based RPG featuring Miis “based on your favorite people.”

Elsewhere in the portable section of your favorite game store will be Collar X Malice, a new visual novel from Aksys that’ll be available for the Vita this week.

Finally this week, Marvelous’s action brawler Fate Extella: The Umbral Star will make its way to the Nintendo Switch after debuting on the PC and Vita last year.

That’s all for now, but we’ll be back soon with updates on the rest of this week’s downloadable additions to the PlayStation Store, Xbox Games Store, and Nintendo eShop.

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PS Store This Week: Superhot, Fortnite, Orcs Must Die Unchained, more

The mob is marching on the PlayStation Store as three games that are all about crowd control will make their digital debut this week.

Team Superhot will bring their unique first person shooter, Superhot (and its VR-focused spinoff, Superhot VR), to the PS4 this Friday. Both games pit the player against an army of “Red Guys,” but don’t worry, “Time Moves Only When You Move” in Superhot.

Joining Superhot on the PlayStation Store this Friday is Fortnite, a new “action building” game from Epic Games. In Fortnite’s post-apocalyptic reality, players have to build up the defenses in their base, but also go on the offensive against the game’s mutant attackers.

Also available to download for the PS4 this week is Orcs Must Die! Unchained. An army of Orcs are making a beeline for your base, but players will be able to “slice them, burn them, skewer them, and launch them” in this tower defense game.

You can learn more about all of these games (and a few other new releases) after the break. (more…)

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Max Brooks’s Minecraft: The Island novel is now available at bookstores everywhere

Mojang teamed up with Max Brooks (the author of World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide) to create the first official tie-in novel based on Minecraft. Titled Minecraft: The Island, the book is targeted at a younger audience and it’s available on store shelves today.

When writing Minecraft: The Island, Brooks found inspiration in classics like Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe to tell his own tale of survival and mystery:

Washed up on a beach, the lone castaway looks around the shore. Where am I? Who am I? And why is everything made of blocks? But there isn’t much time to soak up the sun. It’s getting dark, and there’s a strange new world to explore!

The top priority is finding food. The next is not becoming food. Because there are others out there on the island… like the horde of zombies that appear after night falls. Crafting a way out of this mess is a challenge like no other. Who could build a home while running from exploding creepers, armed skeletons, and an unstoppable tide of hot lava? Especially with no help except for a few makeshift tools and sage advice from an unlikely friend: a cow.

In this world, the rules don’t always make sense, but courage and creativity go a long way. There are forests to explore, hidden underground tunnels to loot, and undead mobs to defeat. Only then will the secrets of the island be revealed.

You can read the first chapter right now at the novel’s official website.

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PS Store This Week: Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age, Minecraft Story Mode Season 2, Serial Cleaner, more

We might be in the middle of the Summer gaming drought, but there are plenty of new releases available this week through the PlayStation Store.

Leading the way is a game that actually made its debut more than a decade ago. Originally released for the PS2 in 2006, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will feature enhanced graphics and sound on the PS4, as well as the Zodiac Job System that was only available in the RPG’s “International” edition.

Square Enix will also publish MotoGP 17 for the PS4 this week, which includes all the riders, teams, and tracks from the 2017 season.

A second epic tale will launch for the PS4 this week, as Telltale Games will release the first episode of Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2. Jesse and friends return in Episode 1: Hero in Residence, but there’s no rest for the wicked, as a strange gauntlet has latched itself onto Jesse.

Finally this week, a trio of new indie games will provide some interesting new experiences for PS4 owners. Serial Cleaner is a 70s-set adventure about body disposal, Iron Crypticle is a Gauntlet/Smash TV hybrid, and Mr. Shifty features a teleporting thief.

More information about all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)

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