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The PlayStation Store received a big update this week, so let’s dive right in…
We start things off with Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS4, PS3, Vita), a Lego-ized adaptation of last year’s blockbuster continuation of the Star Wars saga. Players will be able to take control of Han, Chewie, Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and many others as they recreate the film and go on “New Adventures” inspired by the Expanded Universe.
A second space adventure is available to PS4 owners this week as Square Enix has released Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness. It’s the fifth entry in the long-running Star Ocean series, and development on the RPG was once again handled by Tri-Ace.
Players looking for something a bit more earthboind will be able to download 7 Days to Die (PS4), a “survival crafting” game that asks players to build a shelter and survive for as long as they can against a rampaging zombie horde. The similarly-themed Resident Evil 5 is a PS4 remake of the zombie franchise’s first co-op adventure with improved graphics and new multiplayer options.
Speaking of remakes, God Eater Resurrection is an enhanced remake of 2011’s Gods Eater Burst, and it brings the monster-hunting franchise to the PS4 and Vita for the first time.
Vita owners will have a few more choices this week thanks to the release of Zero Time Dilemma, the trilogy-capping third entry in the Zero Escape series. It’s joined on the PlayStation Store this week by the surprise release of Adventures of Mana, which is a remake of 1991’s Final Fantasy Adventure.
We’re closing out the month of June with a big batch of new releases…
The biggest is most definitely the game with the planet-sized laser gun, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be available this week for the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Players will be able to relive all the action from the 2015 space opera, as well as “New Adventures” that fill in details you may have been wondering about. (Just how did C-3PO get that red arm?).
A pair of RPGs will also be available this week to fans of the genre busy for a long time. Square Enix will launch the fifth game in the Star Ocean franchise, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, exclusively for the PS4, while NIS America has strategized a plan to release tactical RPG Grand Kingdom for the PS4 and Vita.
Players looking for something a bit off the beaten path may want to explore Zero Time Dilemma, the third and final entry in the Zero Escape franchise. The adventure game will be released for the 3DS, PC, and Vita, and takes place between the events of Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward.
Finally this week, Wii U owners will finally get the chance to try out Terraria, the side-scrolling crafting and exploration title from Re-Logic.
A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)
Square Enix will have playable demos of Final Fantasy XV, Star Ocean 5, I Am Setsuna, more at PAX East 2016
Square Enix has announced they’ll have a big booth (#4044) at this year’s PAX East convention. The RPG specialists will have demo stations for more than ten new and upcoming titles on hand, and they also plan to host four panels focusing on their biggest franchises.
Fans of Agent 47 will find a triple shot of Hitman titles on the PAX East show floor as Square Enix will bring demos of Hitman, Hitman: Sniper – Death Valley Challenge Mode, and Hitman Go: VR Edition to Boston. A Hitman-themed panel will target congoers on April 23 as well. Attendees will also get the chance to play the action-packed adventures of Rico Rodriguez with a Just Cause 3: Sky Fortress demo.
For all the RPG fans out there, the publisher will have demo stations available for the upcoming Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness and I Am Setsuna, as well as the currently available Kingdom Hearts Unchained X and Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (a Heavensward panel will also take place on April 23).
Finally, racing fans will be able to burn rubber through demos of this June’s MXGP 2 and the recently released Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo.
Two more panels round out Square Enix’s PAX East preparations, including one that’s all about Lara Croft, and another that’ll look at the cast of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
The 2016 PAX East expo will kick off on Friday, April 22. (more…)
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will be released on June 28 in a Day One Edition and a Collector’s Edition
Square Enix has announced that Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will make its PS4 debut on June 28. According to Square Enix, the latest entry in the Star Ocean franchise will be released “just in time for the Summer Blockbuster Season.” While I’m not sure the video game industry has anything close to a “Summer Blockbuster Season,” the new Story Trailer embedded above gives us a closer look into the lives of Fidel and his crew.
Players who are interested in purchasing Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness on June 28 will be able to choose from two different packages. The Day One Edition, priced at $59.99, will be available at retailers everywhere and include a copy of the game, two bonus background battle themes (from Valkyrie Profile and Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria), and several downloadable bonus items (The Ring of the Valkyries, Gold Bunny Statue, Bushybrume Cincture, Wristlet of the Stars, and Secret Sthalian Tome).
Meanwhile, the Collector’s Edition will sold exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store (for $109.99) and it’ll include a copy of the game and quite a bit of bonus content:
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness Collector’s Edition
- Collector’s Edition Steelbook Case containing the game and The Sounds of Star Ocean, a CD sampler soundtrack featuring 16 tracks from famed composer Motoi Sakuraba.
- The Art of Star Oceana an 80-page hardcover art book featuring art from the Star Ocean series.
- Eight exclusive Art Cards featuring illustrations from character designer “Akiman.”
- Pangalactic Federation ID Card
- Six Background Battle Music Themes from Valkyrie Profile, Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, and previous Star Ocean titles that fans can play during battle
- Download Code for In-Game Items (The Ring of the Valkyries, Gold Bunny Statue, Bushybrume Cincture, Wristlet of the Stars and, Secret Sthalian Tome) that will aid Fidel and the crew on their journey
A closer look at the Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness Collector’s Edition is available after the break. (more…)
Square Enix has officially confirmed that Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will be released in North America in 2016. Originally announced back in April, the fifth game in the Star Ocean will launch exclusively for the PS4 in North America, though it’ll also be available for the PS3 in its native Japan.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is actually an interquel that takes place between Star Ocean: The Second Story and Star Ocean: Till the End of Time…
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness takes place centuries after humans have left Earth for the stars. On a planet in the distant Faykreed star system, the swordsman Fidel Camuze and his childhood friend Miki Sauvester set out to protect their village from being swallowed in the tides of civil unrest.
The first English language trailer, featuring a history of the franchise and ninety seconds of footage from Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, has been embedded above.
Yesterday, Square Enix released the first Japanese trailer for Tri-Ace’s Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness. Most of the trailer is in Japanese and serves as a refresher course on the franchise, focusing on the events of the previous four games. But we did learn that the fifth Star Ocean game takes place several hundred years after Star Ocean: The Second Story and several hundred before Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. So that’s something, I guess.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is in development for the PS3 and PS4. An official release date hasn’t been announced, nor has Square Enix said if the game will be available in North America.
Square Enix is officially bringing back the Star Ocean series as Famitsu (via Kotaku) has revealed Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is in development for the PS3 and PS4. Tri-Ace, who has been behind every Star Ocean game, will also be in the developer’s chair for Integrity and Faithlessness. An American release has yet to be announced, but I think it’s only a matter of time.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is the fifth game in the series, but it’ll actually take place between Star Ocean: The Second Story and Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. A Square Enix countdown site for the game is expected to expire tomorrow, but for now, we have an English translation of the prologue:
Do the depths of space forbid peace for mankind…
Centuries after leaving Earth, after a multitude of trials, with the creation and spread of the Galactic Federation, humanity was on the verge of unified order and peace.
But the embers of conflict have begun to burn again.
Over 6,000 light years from Earth, on the unsettled planet, Faicreed.
Just as so many times before, the waves of history begin from a remote planet.
Before today’s announcement, the Star Ocean series had laid dormant since 2009, which is when Star Ocean: The Last Hope was released for the PS3 and Xbox 360.