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The PS3 is being left behind in this week’s PlayStation Store update. But if you own a PS4 or a Vita, you’ll have a handful of new titles to play… especially if you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber.
PS4 players will get to go for the goooooaaaaaalllllll this week in Rocket League, a car combat game that adds a giant soccer ball to the arena. If you prefer to do your gaming on the go, one of 2014’s best games, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved, is now available for the Vita. Best of all, both these games are free for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
Also available this week is Skullgirls 2nd Encore, the second update (and first to appear on the PS4) to the popular fighting game from Lab Zero Games. It’s joined by another updated re-release today, Ar Nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star, which expands Koei Tecmo’s RPG for the Vita.
More information on these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. And, as always, a full rundown of this week’s new game add-ons and discounts is available at the PlayStation Blog
I thought the Geometry Wars series had gone dark forever after Bizarre Creations closed its doors in 2011. It was a surprising end for the developer that had created Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, a simple twin-stick shooter that many people consider the first great Xbox 360 game. Retro Evolved was followed by a well-received sequel in 2008, which lead Bizarre’s Craig Howard to admit to the MTV Multiplayer Blog that a third game in the series was already in the works.
Howard moved on after Bizarre’s closure and he’s now the Creative Director at Lucid Games, which teamed up with Activision’s Sierra Games imprint to finally release Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions last year. The game was an instant smash hit was fans of the series, as it expanded the playing field into the third dimension and added a wide variety of new weapons and modes to the franchise’s standard formula. But rather than jump right into Geometry Wars 4, Lucid doubled the size of Dimensions earlier this year with the Evolved expansion. The developer also wanted to take Geometry Wars 3 on the road with portable ports for iOS, Android, and the Vita.
I recently got the chance to talk with Howard about Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, which will be available for the Vita beginning today, and Lucid’s journey to bring the franchise back. (more…)
Back in 2005, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved was only released for the Xbox 360. Aside from a PC port a few years later, it has stayed exclusive to Microsoft’s console. It’s sequel, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 never even strayed that far. It debuted on the Xbox 360 in 2008 and has remained exclusive to that console ever since.
But Sierra Games is taking an entirely different tack with Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions. After bowing on five platforms back in November, the publisher announced today that the twin-stick shooter is now available on the iOS App Store for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
The mobile version of Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions will feature an Adventure campaign, complete with all 50 levels from the PC/console version. Two bonus stages exclusive to the iOS version will also be available, along with five Classic modes borrowed from Retro Evolved 2. Owing to the lack of sticks on an iDevice, this version of Dimensions will also include touch controls, as well as controller support, iCloud game saves, and Game Center Achievements.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is available to download for $4.99 with no in-app purchases.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is already the biggest Geometry Wars game by far, but it’s about to get a whole lot bigger. Sierra and Lucid Games have announced the game will receive a free expansion on March 31 that’ll add 40 Adventure Mode stages, a 20-stage Hardcore Mode that eliminates Drones and Supers, and an expanded Classic Mode. A new Drone (Sweeper), a new Super (Detonator), and improvements to the level progression system in Adventure Mode will also be added to the game.
The Evolved expansion will nearly double the amount of content currently available in Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions when it is released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One players.
Appropriately enough, the update will expand the game’s title to Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved after March 31 as new players will be able to purchase the expansion and the original game as a single download. Its $14.99 pricetag will remain the same.
With the PS4 and Xbox One entering their first full year on store shelves, 2014 turned out to be a bit of a transition year. A lot of games were delayed into 2015 and a few others were delayed even further. With the other two consolemakers taking a step back in 2014, it was Nintendo’s time to shine and the wizards behind the Wii U responded with nearly a dozen major titles. But that doesn’t mean the PS4 and the Xbox One (or the PS3 and Xbox 360, for that matter) went hungry in 2014.
There were plenty of great games to go around last year and you can read all about them as we hand out our annual Golden Pixel Awards… (more…)
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions had a lot to live up to. The last game in the series, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, dethroned Smash TV as the standard bearer of the twin-stick shooter genre. And the first game in the franchise, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, was considered by many to be the Xbox 360’s killer app for the first year. But Lucid Games proved to be more than up to the task with an excellent new entry in the series. After the closure of Bizarre Creations (the creator of Retro Evolved and Retro Evolved 2), Lucid became the new home for multiple members of the Geometry Wars development team. So we probably shouldn’t have been worried at all. (more…)
Sierra Games has confirmed that Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions will soon make its Vita debut in the near future. Geometry Wars 3 was developed by Lucid Games and serves as the sequel to the much-loved Geometry Wars 2: Retro Evolved. Released last month for consoles and the PC, Dimensions adds an Adventure Mode campaign, boss battles, companion drones, special weapons, and a variety of new gameplay modes to the Geometry Wars formula.
That’s all we know for now, but Sierra has promised that more information will be available soon.
Happy Thanksgiving Eve everybody! For Xbox, it’s time to be thankful for three new games, including two of the most anticipated titles of the Fall.
First up is Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions (Xbox One, Xbox 360), Lucid Games’ first entry in the twin-stick shooter series. Lucid is comprised of several employees from original Geometry Wars developer Bizarre Creations, so they’re definitely familiar with the franchise’s formula while adding in companion drones, super moves, and a 3D playing field.
Also available today is Tales From the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum, the first episode in Telltale’s latest episodic series. Taking place on the planet of Pandora, Tales From the Borderlands has the full blessing of Gearbox and will serve as an official continuation of the franchise’s story until we get Borderlands 3.
Finally this week, FarSight has brought The Pinball Arcade to the Xbox One.
More information on all of these games can be found after the break. (more…)