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Sony’s Launch Party promotion continues to disco deep into the night as Enter the Gungeon is now available to download for the PS4 through the PlayStation Store. The twin-stick shooter takes place in the legendary Gungeon (that’s Gun Dungeon for those who are blind to puns) and asks Gungeoneers to search the many hallways and catacombs for “a gun that can kill the past.” I have no idea what that means, but the animated Launch Trailer (embedded above) is a hoot.
Speaking of the past, Capcom will reach back into days gone by this week to release Mega Man Legends 2 on the PS3. The PSone Classic is the final game in the Legends series and a cult following has developed around the title over the years. If you’ve spent the last 15 years wondering what all the fuss is about… now’s your chance.
And in keeping with the indie theme of the Launch Party promotion, a quartet of popular indies are also available to download this week. This list includes Armature’s 10v10 multiplayer shooters, Dead Star (PS4); Quicktequila’s speedy and colorful shooter, Lovely Planet (PS4); Harmonix’s rhythm shooter, Amplitude (PS3); and Lab Zero’s cartoony fighter, Skullgirls 2nd Encore (Vita).
Finally this week, Codemasters will bring Dirt Rally to the PS4, while Ubisoft will launch the complete Assassin’s Creed Chronicles trilogy on the Vita.
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
Lab Zero Games has announced (via the PlayStation Blog) that the PS4/Vita launch of Skullgirls Encore, which was expected to be released by the end of this year, has been pushed back to early 2015. Lab Zero’s Peter Bartholow said that the reason for the delay is to pack as much new content into the port as possible: “[W]e’ve expanded the scope of the port and are adding new features with the aim of making it a better upgrade for fans and a better value for everyone.”
Lab Zero has posted a few work-in-progress screenshots of the PS4 version on their official website.
But, if you already own the PS3 version of Skullgirls Encore, Lab Zero does have a surprise for you… the third DLC character, Eliza, is now available. Eliza is an Egyptian “diva” who “constantly [shape-shifts] into a variety of Egyptian mythological symbols and cultural icons.” Lab Zero considers her Story Mode especially deep and promises that it will shed a lot of light on the lore and inner workings of the Skullgirls universe.
Lab Zero Games has announced that they plan to bring Skullgirls Encore‘s unique brand of cartoony 2D fighting to the PS4 and Vita this year. According to Lab Zero, Skullgirls Encore on the PS4 and Vita will be a “complete” version of the game and include every previously released DLC character and bonus stage. The Vita version will also be compatible with Sony’s upcoming PlayStation TV setup box.
If you’re interested in even more Skullgirls Encore news (an encore of Encore, if you will), then check out the work-in-progress trailer above featuring Eliza, the next downloadable character planned for the game. Then head over to the PlayStation Blog for a look at Beowulf the Wrestler and Robo-Fortune, two characters that are in the very early planning stages at Lab Zero.
There’s plenty of variety in this week’s PlayStation Store update…
Fans of classic JRPGs will get one last chance to take control of Lightning in Square Enix’s Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)… Fans of classic first person shooters will get the chance to relive Crytek’s 2004 masterpiece, Far Cry Classic, now available for the PS3… Fans of fighting games can get another chance to play Skullgirls, as Lab Zero has readded it to the PS Store as Skullgirls Encore (PS3)… And fans of tube shooters may want to check out TxK (Vita), a reimagining of the genre classic Tempest 2000.
There’s more information on all of these games, as well as a few additional PS3 and Vita games, after the break. And a full breakdown of this week’s new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)
Looks like it’s back to the drawing board (albeit temporarily) for Skullgirls. The gorgeous, hand-drawn 2D fighter is being taken off Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Steam marketplaces in order to make room for a revamped version, titled Skullgirls Encore.
The original title will be erased from existence on December 31st, and re-painted in January 2014. Those of you who purchased the original title, fear not: you will be able to download the the title as a simple update to the current version. But act quickly – those of us who download the enhanced version will be privy to a free character and color pack. These freebies will only be available for a limited time, so I have an “inkling” that you should act fast.
OK, that’s all the drawing puns I can think of. The full details on the delisting/re-release can be at Lab Zero’s website.
Skullgirls is a weird beast. The game was created by Mike Zaimont, a tournament-level fighting game player, and Alex Ahad, an artist who specializes in a “dark deco” aesthetic. Together, they formed Reverge Labs, and their talents resulted in a hardcore 2D fighter that features a roster of bosomy girls that inhabit an absolutely insane anime-inspired world. This kitchen sink approach produces an interesting experience, but not necessarily an interesting game. (more…)
Two thirds of today’s Xbox Live Arcade update will look very familiar to anyone who spied what Sony added to their online service late last night. So let’s start with those first.
Skullgirls is 2D fighter designed with a “Dark Deco” art style. It’s priced at 1200 Microsoft Points ($15):
Skullgirls is a fast-paced 2D fighting game that puts you in control of fierce warriors in a Dark Deco world. All-new game systems test the skills of veteran fighting game fans while also making the genre enjoyable and accessible to newcomers. A modern take on classic arcade fighters with a hand-drawn high-definition twist, Skullgirls is a one-of-a-kind, action-packed competition complete with awesome combos and an intriguing backstory.
Also available on the XBLA today after it’s PSN debut yesterday is World Gone Sour, a sidescrolling adventure where the Sour Patch Kid at the center of the story wants to get eaten. It carries a rather sweet price of 400 Microsoft Points ($5):
Based on the popular “Sour Then Sweet” candy Sour Patch Kids, World Gone Sour takes players on a journey from the perspective of a lost piece of candy finding its way to its ultimate destination – the human stomach. Gamers take on the role of a miniature Sour Patch Kid in a stylized human-sized world, guiding the hero through unique locations such as the sticky floors of a movie theatre and a concession stand counter. Joining forces with fellow lost Sour Patch Kids, players use a combination of jumps, twists and puzzle-solving to overcome larger than life obstacles.
Finally, we’ve got The Splatters. Priced at 800 Microsoft Points ($10), The Splatters is an action-puzzler where blobs of goo try to explode themselves in the most stylish way possible:
The Splatters are acrobatic masters with a unique death wish – to blow themselves up with style! In this award winning action-puzzler, you will unlock and master a variety of stunts and perform spectacular moves to clear out each stage in the most show-stopping way possible. With its fast-paced, splattery liquid physics engine you’ll never play the same way twice. And using Splatter TV, an in-game feature for sharing game clips, you’ll pick up a ton of new moves as you watch the world’s top players perform their jaw-dropping combos. It’s a messy, vibrant show of skill and splattery destruction. Life’s short. DIE WITH STYLE.