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Batter up! Opening Day is just a week away and Sony wants to make PlayStation owners are ready with the release of MLB 15: The Show on the PS3, PS4, and Vita. The franchise is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and, with the demise of 2K’s Major League Baseball 2K series, its the only game in town when it comes to baseball simulations. The rest of this week’s lineup has a little bit of something for everyone.
XSEED will release Story of Seasons, which is technically the latest game in the farm-tastic Harvest Moon series, for the 3DS. XSEED recently acquired the publishing rights to the series from developer Marvelous, unfortunately, the rights to the Harvest Moon name remain with Natsume.
But speaking of distinctly Japanese franchises, Koei Tecmo will release Toukiden: Kiwami for the PS4 and Vita. The monster-hunting game is actually an expanded version of Toukiden: The Age of Demons, which was released last year solely for the Vita.
A pair of PC games will also be released this week as EA will launch the first Sims 4 expansion, The Sims 4: Get To Work. Get To Work lets you become a doctor, a detective, a scientist, or a shopkeeper in your quest for career fulfillment. Out There: Omega Edition, a space exploration sim, will also be released this week.
Finally, Square Enix has a pair of triple packs set for release. The Ultimate Action Triple Pack will be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 and it’ll include Just Cuase 2, Sleeping Dogs, and Tomb Raider. Meanwhile, the Ultimate Stealth Triple Pack will also be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360, but it’ll contain Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Hitman: Absolution, and Thief.
Double Fine Productions has announced that PC players will be able to download Broken Age: Act 2 on April 28. After their massive Kickstarter success, Double Fine realized that Broken Age was too big and ambitious to make its originally planned 2012 release date, so the game was split into two Acts. So with the release of Act 2, the complete Broken Age saga will finally be available for all to play:
Broken Age tells the story of Vella and Shay, a girl and boy from completely different worlds who seem to be leading strangely parallel lives…
Vella has been chosen by her village to have the honor of being sacrificed to the terrible monster Mog Chothra, but having no interest in being devoured by a horrible beast, must go against ages old tradition and make her escape. Meanwhile somewhere in space, Shay is living a solitary life under the care of a very motherly computer, and whilst his every need is taken care of in every way imaginable, he wishes for nothing more than to break free from the monotonous safety of his daily life, and have some real adventures.
But what if you don’t like to play games on your PC? Don’t worry, Double Fine has you covered. Both halves of Broken Age will also be released for the PS4 and Vita on April 28 as well. The PS4/Vita version of the game will offer Cross-Save functionality and it’s Cross-Buy compatible, so a single purchase will unlock the game on both platforms.
Now that Broken Age is complete, Double Fine has also decided to make the entire behind-the-scenes documentary series created by Two Player Productions available to everyone. You can view the documentary series, for free, at the Double Fine Productions YouTube Channel.
After launching on the Xbox 360 nearly two years ago, Minecraft‘s Mass Effect Mash-Up Pack finally made its way to the PS3, PS4, and Vita yesterday.
Priced at $3.99, the Mass Effect Mash-Up Pack adds 36 Mass Effect Skins, a “Pre-Built Mars Facility” World, a Mass Effect Texture Set, a Mass Effect-themed UI, and 22 music tracks from Mass Effect 3 to your Minecraft experience.
For those looking to further their Minecraft design skills, the Pattern Texture Pack ($0.99) was also released yesterday. The pack will add “bright colors, beautiful patterns, and knitted animals” to the game.
Have you been waiting for another big PS4 exclusive? Wait no longer, From Software’s Bloodborne is now available to download through the PlayStation Store. A spiritual successor to the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne adds a creepy Victorian setting and lots of gunplay to the mix.
Also available this week is Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, which collects Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and all the previously-released DLC for both into one package on the PS4 (including the new Claptastic Voyage expansion for The Pre-Sequel). And speaking of games making the leap to the PS4, Slender: The Arrival is also available today for Sony’s newest machine.
If you’re looking for something a little more family-friendly, Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin is available on the Vita. It’s joined by this week’s Spring Fever selection, Metal Slug 3, which is actually a Cross-Buy title on the PS3, PS4, and Vita.
Finally, in episodic gaming news… Dontnod’s Life Is Strange: Out of Time (Episode 2) and Telltale’s Game of Thrones: The Sword in the Darkness (Episode 3) are both available for the PS3 and PS4.
Don’t Forget! This is just a changelog of recently announced release dates. Warp Zoned’s complete Video Game Release Calendar includes every title we could find with a 2015, 2016, or unannounced release date.
Spring is in the air… well not literally as it’s still pretty cold out there in the northeast. But I hear it’s pretty crazy all over the place. Some kind of insanity has infected the populace and its scheduled to last throughout the month of March. A “March Madness” if you will. It’s a good thing we’ve got a new batch of release dates to round up.
Perhaps people are mad over the many delays that were recently announced including Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Fall 2015 to Spring 2016), Homefront: The Revolution (TBA 2015 to TBA 2016), the console version of Hyper Light Drifter (TBA 2015 to TBA 2016), the PS3/Xbox 360 version of Mortal Kombat X (April 14 to sometime in the Summer), and Batman: Arkham Knight (June 2 to June 23).
The full list of games included in our third Video Game Release Calendar Changelog can be found after the break. (more…)
PS Store Flash Sale features dozens of games under $1 including Pac-Man CE DX+, Katamari Damacy, MK Arcade Kollection, more
Are you looking to stock up on games this fine March morning? Then I suggest you amble over to the PlayStation Store, because Sony is currently running hosting a massive Flash Sale and dozens of games are available for under a dollar.
As with any sale of this kind, there’s a lot of forgotten titles to sift through, but there are also a few good games and a few outright classics. Games like Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+, Katamari Damacy, Twisted Metal: Black, Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection, Dead Nation (both the PS3 original and the PS4-only Apocalypse Edition), Payday: The Heist, Mega Man X4, Mega Man X5, and many others.
The Flash Sale began Friday, but it doesn’t end until Monday at 2:00 PM (Eastern Time), so there’s still time to go bargain hunting. You can find the full list of deals after the break. (more…)
New Releases: Bloodborne, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, Pillars of Eternity, More
The next big PS4 exclusive, Bloodborne, will be available in stores this week. Developed by From Software, the makers of Dark Souls, Bloodborne takes place in a gothic city that’s in the grip of some kind of blood-based plague that breeds demonic monsters. A little more gruesome than the common cold, to say the least.
Also available this week is Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, an enhanced re-release of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for the PS4 and Xbox One. In addition to prettier visuals, the Handsome Collection also includes all available downloadable content for both games.
Portable players will be able to pick up Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin this week. The game will be released for both the 3DS and Vita and its the latest game based on the Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitsu television series. This time the ninjas have to do battle with the memory-stealing Ronin.
Finally, PC players will be able to choose from two new retail releases this week. There’s Pillars of Eternity is a classic RPG from Obsidian Entertainment and Paradox Interactive that asks players to “embrace adventure as you delve into a realm of wonder, nostalgia, and the excitement.” And Etherium is a real-time strategy game set in a far-flung future “where three factions battle it out for a mysterious and rare resource known as Etherium.”
The good folks at ICXM‘s TIC Podcast recently got the chance to speak to Alex Preston of Heart Machine. The ensuing discussion got right to the heart of why everyone’s excited for Hyper Light Drifter, Preston’s retro-styled action RPG.
But Preston also delivered some bad news. Because of the game’s ambitious scope (backers obliterated Hyper Light Drifter’s $27,000 Kickstarter goal with $645,158 in pledges), it may not make it out in 2015 as originally planned. According to the interview, Preston still wants to release the PC version this year, but the console launch of Hyper Light Drifter will likely be pushed into 2016:
TIC Team: With so many games releasing this year, we know it can be hard to find a perfect time to release.
Alex Preston: We have not yet announced the release date. We have only said 2015 for PC first. Consoles take some time so, for example, Xbox One has a certification process that you have to go through. There are hundreds of things on that list you have to make sure are good to go on that system. It takes time. We’re a small team to do that. We want to get it out the door on PC first and we will give ourselves the correct amount of time after. Sometimes it takes months, sometimes it takes much longer depending on the certification process. It’s all about getting it on the platform as quickly as we can, but doing it the right way. That stuff can be really intense and expensive.
TIC Team: It sounds like we will see it on the Xbox One in 2016.
Alex Preston: It’s possible. We’re trying to get it all out as quickly as possible. We can’t rush the certification process. We don’t want to release a broken game. We don’t want to release a bad game. We’ll take the time that we need to. Those are the realities of it and those are the goals.
After its PC release, Hyper Light Drifter will ultimately be released for the PS4, Vita, Wii U, and Xbox One. However long the game’s development takes, it’ll probably be worth it. A closed beta was held last year for Kickstarter backers and we loved it.