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Xbox Store Today: Fantasia: Music Evolved, The Legend of Korra, Just Dance 2015, more

justdance2015-logoThere’s all kinds of fighting available in this week’s Xbox Games Store update. Today’s releases include kung fu fighting, dance fighting, and zombie dance fighting. OK, there’s no zombie dance fighting in The Walking Dead Season 2, but here’s what you can find on the Xbox Games Store as of today:

  • Fantasia: Music Evolved (Xbox One, Xbox 360) – Harmonix is back with a new Kinect-powered musical adventure… and this one is based on Disney’s Fantasia.
  • The Legend of Korra (Xbox One, Xbox 360) – Activision and Platinum Games have teamed up to release the first game based on the popular animated series.
  • Just Dance 2015 (Xbox One, Xbox 360) – Ubisoft’s popular dancing franchise is back for another encore. Now with even more Ariana Grande.
  • The Walking Dead Season 2 (Xbox One) – The second season of Telltale’s post-apocalyptic saga makes the leap to the Xbox One.
  • F1 2014 (Xbox 360) – Codemasters is back with another Formula One simulation.

More information about all of these games (and many more) can be found after the break. (more…)

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New Releases: Bayonetta 2, Civilization: Beyond Earth, Just Dance 2015, More


The third phase of Nintendo’s attempt to dominate the Fall gaming season arrives this week in the form of Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U. Platinum’s stylish witch has been given a second life by The Big N and the developer returned the favor by packaging the original Bayonetta with the sequel. Nintendo will also release a pair of smaller 3DS titles this week: Fantasy Life, an RPG/life simulation hybrid, and Pokemon Art Academy, a drawing game starring Pikachu.

Also available this week is the futuristic Civilization: Beyond Earth for the PC. Firaxis designed the game as a spiritual successor to the popular Alpha Centauri, which is something fans of the franchise have been asking for for a long time.

Speaking of franchises we haven’t seen in a long time… Ubisoft will bring Just Dance 2015 to the PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One this week. That “long time” comment was a joke, by the way. What’s not a joke is the return of Harmonix, who are back with a new music game of their own, the Disney-inspired Fantasia: Music Evolved for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Finally this week, Telltale Games will release The Walking Dead Season 2 for the PS4 and Xbox One. Get your cleaning cloth ready, those tear-stained controllers won’t clean themselves.

A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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Fantasia: Music Evolved will begin making beautiful music on store shelves on October 21

A few years ago, Harmonix put the Rock Band franchise on a bit of a temporary hiatus. Since then, they’ve driven headfirst into development on a ton of new projects including the musical FPS Chroma and an HD reboot/remake of Amplitude. The developer is also rumored to be working on an unannounced Dance Central game for the Xbox One… which will probably become reality in a few hours. But the one we’ll get to play first is Fantasia: Music Evolved.

Based on the Disney films of the same name, Fantasia: Music Evolved will be released for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 on October 21. To get in the spirit of the season, Harmonix has released an E3 trailer for Music Evolved, which showcases a new take on their unique brand of music-based gaming. The trailer also gives us our first look at one of the game’s realms, “The Neighborhood.”

You can learn more about “The Neighborhood” and a new character known as Scout (Yen Sid’s former apprentice) by marching a bunch of chairs over to Disney Interactive’s official website.

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Harmonix and Disney team up for Fantasia: Music Evolved on Xbox 360, Xbox One

Harmonix isn’t straying very far from their musical roots for their next game. The Rock Band developer has teamed up with Disney to produce Fantasia: Music Evolved for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The Kinect-powered game will be available in 2014.

Fantasia: Music Evolved players will become the next “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and legendary sorcerer Yen Sid will teach you the secrets of magic thanks to a series of on-screen prompts. Correctly following his instructions by flailing your arms and moving body will restore magic to the world and “transform magical worlds.”

Instead of the classical music the Fantasia film was known for, Fantasia: Music Evolved will use more modern music including tracks from AVICII (“Levels”), Bruno Mars (“Locked Out of Heaven”), Fun (“Some Nights”), Kimbra (“Settle Down”), and Queen (“Bohemian Rhapsody”).

Of course, if you really want to see a magical rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” I suggest William Shatner’s version.

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