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PS Store Today: Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Odin Sphere HD, Minecraft Story Mode Ep6, more

Prepare to return to long-forgotten worlds in today’s PlayStation Store update.

Electronic Arts and DICE have resurrected the city of Glass for Faith to freerun once more. In Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst (PS4), players will learn about the origin behind Faith’s rebellious nature while leaping between skyscrapers to stop an oppressive government.

It hasn’t been gone quite as long, but Telltale Games is already set to return to Minecraft: Story Mode with the unexpected sixth episode, A Portal to Mystery, which is now available to download on the PS4 and PS3.

Speaking of games that’ll be available on both of Sony’s home consoles, we have Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir from Atlus and Vanillaware. Also available to download for the Vita, Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir is the remake of a side-scrolling RPG originally released for the PS2 in 2007.

Image & Form is a big fan of the side-scrolling aesthetic, and the developer will release its side-scrolling strategy game, SteamWorld Heist, for the PS4 and Vita this week. The space saga, which is Cross-Buy on the PS4 and Vita, originally made its debut on the 3DS last year.

Finally this week, Double Fine will add the original Psychonauts to the PS2-On-PS4 program. While progress on the crowdfunded sequel continues, players will get a chance to re-experience all the zaniness of Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp in Raz’s original adventure.

More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. And, as always, a complete rundown of this week’s new add-ons and discounts is available at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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New Retail Releases: Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Kirby Planet Robobot, Odin Sphere HD, More

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You’ve gotta have Faith in this week’s new retail releases, because the star of Mirror’s Edge is back.

Eight years after her first adventure, Faith is back in Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, a prequel/reboot for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Players will return to the city of Glass and use their first-person freerunning skills to climb skyscrapers and battle the oppressive government.

Another underdog is back on store shelves this week as Nintendo plans to release Kirby: Planet Robobot for the 3DS. Standing up to an alien invasion, Kirby will pilot a battle mech and blast his way through dozens of stages to take back Dream Land.

Also this week, Atlus and Vanillaware have teamed up to produce Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, an HD remake of 2007’s Odin Sphere, for the PS4, PS3, and Vita. The side-scrolling action RPG includes five playable characters and a unique take on Norse mythology.

Finally this week, Koei Tecmo will release Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book, the 17th game in the Atelier series of RPGs, for the PS4, and Arc System Works will launch Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, the latest game in the 2D fighting series, for the PS4 and PS3.

A few other games will also make their way onto store shelves this week, and you can find the complete list after the break. (more…)

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A Day-By-Day Guide to All of 2016’s New Video Games (April – September)

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The Spring and Summer months are currently less dense with new releases than the first three months of the year, but that should change fairly soon, especially since publishers have staked a claim to every week from the beginning of April to the end of June with at least one big new release dropping every seven days.

Are you ready? Because here… we… go… (more…)

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Atlus will also release Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir in a special Storybook Edition

odispherestorybookOdin Sphere: Leifthrasir is a side-scrolling RPG with a tale that unfolds through chapters in a magical storybook. So it seems rather fitting that Atlus will also release a special Storybook Edition of the remake. Available exclusively for the PS4, Leifthrasir’s Storybook Edition will be available in Spring 2016 for $79.99.

The Storybook Edition will include:

  • Premium Outer Box – All the contents in the premium edition will be packaged in a large, sturdy outer box.
  • Collector’s Metal Slipcase – The PS4 game will come nestled in a special metal slipcase with the game’s key art on the front, and a not-yet-revealed image on the reverse.
  • 64-Page Hardcover Art Book – Filled with the original drawings from the legendary George Kamitani and Vanillaware.
  • Potion Recipe T-Shirt – This large-size t-shirt is emblazoned with a helpful reminder of one of the more common uses of Alchemy in Odin Sphere Leifthrasir: turning the living Mandragora plant creatures (Habaneristos, in this case) into potions vital for survival.
  • Art Print – Also included with the game will be a high-quality art print with another not-yet-revealed (but different) design.

A softcover version of the Art Book will be bundled with the PS3 and Vita editions of Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, which will also be available next Spring.

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Atlus will release HD remaster of Odin Sphere in North America too

Atlus has confirmed that the high definition remaster of Odin Sphere, announced earlier this week for Japan, will also be released in North America. Developed by Vanillaware, Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir will be available on store shelves and through the PlayStation Store for the PS4, PS3, and Vita sometime in 2016.

In case you missed it earlier, Leifthrasir will include enhanced HD graphics alongside a few other additions, such as “expanded worlds with new monsters, fully voiced story scenes, and a fine-tuned refreshing combat and RPG system.”

The debut trailer for Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, but its exactly the same as the Japanese announcement trailer. The only difference is a closing card that shows the North American release window at the end.

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Classic JRPG Odin Sphere getting an HD remaster in Japan on PS4, PS3, Vita

Atlus and Vanillaware, the publisher and developer of cult classic PS2 RPG Odin Sphere, announced today that a high defintion remaster is in development for the PS3, PS4, and PS Vita.

According to Siliconera, this will be more than the typical paint job that many remasters from the PS2 era receive. In addition to the expected HD visual makeover, Vanillaware will add “new battle actions, maps, enemies, [and] animations” to game, along with with “an enhanced fighting system and additional features to make the overall gameplay smoother and faster than before.”

The remaster will be known as Odin Sphere: Leifdrasir, a title I’m sure many of us won’t be able to properly pronounce for some time. And we don’t have much time to figure it out as the remaster is scheduled for a January 14, 2016 release in Japan. There has been no word yet on an overseas release, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted when that changes.

The original Odin Sphere was released on the PS2 in 2007. The game was well received, and beat sales expectations in Japan. To date, Odin Sphere has never received a sequel or spinoff, making Leifdrasir a welcome return for players who have missed out on it the first time.

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