Recent Articles: Final Fantasy XIII-2

New Releases: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Final Fantasy XIII-2 for PC

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Yup, the 2014 video game release calendar is definitely winding down. We got our first look at some of 2015’s most anticipated games during this weekend’s PlayStation Experience and the 2014 Game Awards, but only two games will see a retail release this week. And realistically, both of them skate by on a technicality.

First up, isometric multiplayer puzzler Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris will receive a boxed version this week for the PC and PS4. However, the box won’t contain a game disc. Instead, Square Enix has packed in a download code for the full game and access to the game’s Season Pass. Xbox One owners will be able to download Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris through the Xbox Games Store on Tuesday.

Also available this week is the PC launch of Final Fantasy XIII-2. But again, don’t expect to find a retail disc as the game will only be available through digital storefronts.

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Catch up on the Final Fantasy XIII saga with this Square Enix-produced 16-bit recap

I’m one of the few people who will say – or at least, who will admit – that I love the Final Fantasy XIII games. Well, I love the first one – the second one is more than a little convoluted. If you didn’t like the gameplay, or aren’t interested in the games, but really want to know the plot of both of them, you’re in luck: Square Enix has created a recap. And it’s not just any recap – it’s all 16-bit (AKA Final Fantasy VI-style) and has the soundtrack redone in the old chip style as well. This little video will tell you everything you need to know (super abridged, of course) to play Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

I am so excited right now that I’m bouncing up and down in my seat. February 11 cannot get here fast enough!

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PSN Today: The Last of Us, Tekken Revolution, Big Discounts, more

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Has wall-to-wall E3 2013 news knocked you for a loop? How about a good old-fashioned PlayStation Store update to cleanse your palette. This week, PS3 and Vita owners will be able to download…

  • The Last of Us (available Friday), Naughty Dog’s ridiculously well-reviewed post-apocalyptic tale of a man named Joel and his teenage companion.
  • Tekken Revolution, a free-to-play version of everyone’s favorite fighting game. OK, second favorite. Um, third favorite. Eh, it’s alright.
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox’s bungled attempt to create a sequel to Aliens.
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2, with Lightning set to return next year, now’s a good time to play this one.
  • Contra: Shattered Soldier, one of the greatest PS2 games ever is now available on your PS3.
  • Pirates: Legend of the Black Buccaneer, a PS2 pirate game, now available on the PS3.
  • Flying Hamster HD (Vita), a hamster shooter. Enough said.

In celebration of the E3 Expo, Sony has also discounted a ton of games in the PlayStation Store this week including Dishonored, Tomb Raider, Borderlands 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and many more. If you’re looking for deals, you need to consult the full list at the PlayStation Blog.

That PlayStation Blog link also includes a complete list of this week’s new game add-ons. And be sure to hit the jump for more details on the new releases for this week. (more…)

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The Golden Pixel Awards 2012: Gaming’s Best, Worst, and Everything Else

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Welcome to Warp Zoned’s second annual Golden Pixel Awards. It was definitely a good year for gaming. With the fight over Mass Effect 3‘s ending, the resurrection of Sleeping Dogs, and the launch of the Wii U, we were treated to 12 months of interesting stories.

So sit back and relax as we reward the best (and worst) games of 2012 with a series of accolades based on their rather unique accomplishments.

The Apocalypse List

The bombs have fallen, the economy has collapsed, food is scarce, the zombie hordes are scratching at your door, and you’ve boarded yourself up in a bunker that’ll stand for a hundred years. What better way to spend your time in “The Vault” than by playing Warp Zoned’s favorite games from 2012? It doesn’t matter if you call it a “Top Ten List” or “Our Favorites From 2012,” but these are the games we plan to keep playing even if there was no game industry to keep making games. (more…)

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Review: Turn Back Time To Get Your 40 Hours Back

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a game that has no idea what it’s doing or where it’s going. It’s full of time traveling, paradoxes, role-playing, platforming, and more than a few puzzles to solve. It’s full of changes and alterations, but at the core, it’s very much a sequel – and it shows. It feels like the game is experiencing growing pains, with short bursts of interesting moments infused with utter dullness. Should you take the plunge and go back to Pulse? Or would your money and time be better spent waiting for Operation Rainfall games to hit our shores? (more…)

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Modern Warfare 3 fends off Final Fantasy XIII-2 in February 2012 NPD ranking

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sits atop the NPD’s monthly list of bestselling games for the fourth month in a row. The shooter sequel managed to fend off new releases Final Fantasy XIII-2, UFC Undisputed 3, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, which rounded out the top four. Two other new releases managed to make it into the top ten, Namco Bandai’s Soul Calibur V (at #7) and Sony’s Twisted Metal reboot (at #9).

The NPD Group didn’t list any Vita games in the top ten during its first month of availability. No 3DS games cracked the top ten either, for that matter.

You can find the complete list of February 2012 bestsellers after the break. (more…)

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC detailed

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is hardly a day old, and Square Enix has already announced their plans for downloadable content. The DLC, which will be available for both the PS3 and Xbox 360, includes Coliseum Battles, in which the player is pitted against allies and enemies from other games in the Final Fantasy franchise. Defeat them and recruit them into your party! The first one, “Lightning & Amodar,” will come to Xbox 360 first on February 7 and the next day for PSN.

There will also be story episodes for some of the main characters, including Lightning. These episodes will give players the chance to explore the secrets of the game and also serve as a complement to the narrative. Square Enix says that more details will be released at a later date.

I am not going to worry about this DLC until I’m finished the game. I will not obsess over it. I will not obsess over it. I will not! You can’t make me!

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New Releases: Final Fantasy XIII-2, Soul Calibur V, NeverDead, More

The 2012 video game year can officially begin… NOW! It’s been a long (and mostly dry) month, but publishers are finally ready to start unloading their big guns.

This week we can look forward to Final Fantasy XIII-2 Square Enix’s latest RPG sequel; Soul Calibur V, the next entry in Namco Bandai’s fighting franchise that still burns; and NeverDead, Konami’s dismemberment action game.

You can check out the full list of the rest of this week’s new releases after the break. (more…)

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