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The rain has begun to fall on the PlayStation Store as Sony Japan’s PS3 adventure game, Rain, is now available to download. The story of two invisible children who have to find their way out of a city, Rain has received considerable attention for its moody and atmospheric visuals. Also available this week is NBA 2K14 (PS3), the latest game in the popular basketball franchise.
What else is available this week for the PS3? Well, there’s Flashback, Ubisoft’s HD remake of the renowned side-scrolling; Pro Foosball, a video game version of everyone’s favorite bar game; and Skydive: Proximity Flight, a skydiving sim. Finally, PS3 owners will get a chance to download the PS2 Classic Fatal Frame III: The Tormented.
Over on the Vita side, this week sees the release of Atelier Meruru Plus: The Apprentice of Arland. The RPG is now available in portable form and with all of its previously released DLC expansion content. And last, but not least, we’ve got Die! Die! Die!, a game that asks players to invade the human body to destroy malicious microbes. Because that’s totally how being a doctor works.
Delphine Software’s Flashback: The Quest for Identity, originally released in 1992, was a critical hit due to its smooth rotoscoped animation, hand-drawn backgrounds, and challenging gameplay. So it is not surprising that fans were excited about the HD remake, especially since members of the original team – including lead designer Paul Cuisset – are involved. So is the updated Flashback worth going back to the
future past? (more…)
Back in 1992, the sci-fi platformer Flashback won over legions of fans due to its stylish graphics and fantastic gameplay. Paul Cuisset, one of the original developers behind the game, enlisted his new team at VectorCell to produce a high definition remake of Flashback and the resulting game is now available to download from the Xbox Live Arcade. Priced at 800 Microsoft Points ($10), the Flashback remake is the latest addition to Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade promotion.
Take on the role of Conrad B. Hart of the G.B.I. and uncover a vast and deadly alien conspiracy that threatens everything it means to be human. But before you can save the human race you must rediscover who you are, as you desperately search for the missing data files containing your memory to piece the puzzle together. 20 years after the original game’s launch, Conrad is enlisted back to active service for the triumphant return of one of the best adventure-action games ever created. It’s Flashback re-imagined by its creators.
Flashback will also be available on PC download services and the PlayStation Store later this Fall.
Microsoft has announced the release schedule and prices for this year’s slate of Summer of Arcade titles.
First announced at E3, this year’s Summer of Arcade will kick off on August 7 with Starbreeze’s Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (1200 Microsoft Points/$15). The second week of the promotion, August 14, will see the release of Ska Studios’ Charlie Murder (800 Microsoft Points/$10). Third out of the gate, on August 21, is the HD remake of Flashback (800 Microsoft Points/$10). Capping everything off, on August 28, is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (1200 Microsoft Points/$15). Here’s the schedule in list format, because, why not…
- August 7: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (1200 Microsoft Points/$15)
- August 14: Charlie Murder (800 Microsoft Points/$10)
- August 21: Flashback (800 Microsoft Points/$10)
- August 28: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (1200 Microsoft Points/$15)
As in years past, buying more than one Summer of Arcade title will trigger a special bonus gift. This year, purchasing two or more games during the promotion will net you a “Souls Pack” for the upcoming Ascend: Hand of Kul.
Microsoft has announced the four games that will make up this year’s Summer of Arcade:
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (505 Games)
- Charlie Murder (Microsoft Studios)
- Flashback (Ubisoft)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (Activision)
2013 is the sixth straight year that Microsoft has held the Summer of Arcade promotion and this year’s crop of games certainly brings something new to the table (the co-op adventuring of Brothers and the cartoonish mayhem of Charlie Murder) while also bringing back something old (the Flashback remake and the return of the heroes in a half-shell).
The Summer of Arcade begins on August 7, but release dates and prices for this year’s slate will be announced at a later date. A Summer of Arcade 2013 trailer can be found after the break. (more…)