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Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Tales From the Borderlands: Episode 5, Life Is Strange: Episode 5, more added to PS Store


There’s something for everyone in this week’s PlayStation Store update.

The biggest new release is definitely Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate for the PS4. Ubisoft’s historial hack and slash series moves to Victorian London in the latest installment and brings with it all the hooliganism you’d expect from such a setting. I wonder if you can make your Assassin shout “Pip Pip!” as they marauder their way through a gang of Templars.

Ubisoft is a busy bee this week, as the publisher will also release Just Dance 2016 for the PS4 and PS3. The latest addition to the publisher’s dance machine includes 42 songs from Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and many others.

On the complete opposite spectrum from teen pop hits is Bandai Namco’s Tales of Zestiria, the latest game in the popular Tales series of action RPGs. Zestiria is the first game in the series to be released for the PS4, but it’ll also be available for the PS3.

Elsewhere, a pair of licensed games were added to the PlayStation Store this week, both of which revolve around puzzles. Marvel Puzzle Quest is a match-3 puzzler for the PS4 and PS3, while Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations is an adventure game with a lot of puzzle-solving elements.

Finally this week, two episodic adventures will come to an as Dontnod’s Life Is Strange: Polarized and Telltale’s Tales From the Borderlands: The Vault of the Traveler have both been released for the PS4 and PS3.

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

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New Releases: Guitar Hero Live, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, More


Are you ready to rock? I said… are you… Ready. To. Rock? Activision is certainly ready to rock as they’ve brought back the Guitar Hero franchise this week with the release of Guitar Hero Live . Scheduled for launch on the PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in a Standard Edition and Two Guitar Bundle, Guitar Hero Live will include more than 100 songs on the disc and an ever-changing lineup of artists available through its GHTV mode.

But Guitar Hero Live isn’t the only arena act looking to put on an encore this week. New entries in four of gaming’s biggest franchises will soon be available in stores:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (PS4 and Xbox One) brings the Templars-versus-Assassins saga to Victorian England. And you better believe that Jack the Ripper is involved (though not until the downloadable expansion).
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is yet another multiplayer Zelda game, this time for the 3DS.
  • Tales of Zestiria is the latest Tales game from Bandai Namco and the first to appear simultaneously on the PC, PS3, and PS4.
  • Just Dance 2016 (PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One) and Just Dance: Disney Party 2 (Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One) will have you beboppin’ and scattin’ all over your living room one more time.

Finally this week, Microsoft is releasing Halo 5: Guardians a week early if you’re willing to pay extra for it (sort of). The Limited Collector’s Edition includes a digital download of the game, but it won’t unlock until next Tuesday, October 27. You can also spring for the 1 TB Xbox One + Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition Bundle, which features a Halo-themed Xbox One system, along with a digital download of Halo 5 that won’t unlock until next Tuesday.

A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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New trailer, PS4-exclusive Collector’s Edition revealed for Tales of Zestiria

During this weekend’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles, Bandai Namco released a brand new trailer for Tales of Zestiria, which has been embedded above. The publisher also announced that players who opt to purchase the RPG on the PS4 will be able to acquire it as a fully-loaded Collector’s Edition.

Priced at $129.99, the Collector’s Edition will include the following bonus items:

  • Tales of Zestiria Game Disc
  • Serial-Numbered Premium Box Packaging
  • Exclusive SteelBook Game Case
  • Chibi Kyun Chara Figure Set
  • Downloadable Content: Mystic Arte
  • Downloadable Content: Alisha’s Story
  • Hardcover Art Book
  • Three Pixel-Style Character Keychains
  • 40-Minute OVA Anime: “Dawn of the Shepherd” on Blu-ray

The Collector’s Edition of Tales of Zestiria will be available exclusively for the PS4 on October 20. The standard edition will launch on the same day for the PS4, PS3, and PC (Via Steam).

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Tales of Zestiria will launch on PS3, PS4, and PC on October 20

Bandai Namco has also announced that the next Tales game, Tales of Zestiria, will be released for the PS3 and PS4 on October 20. But they weren’t done. The publisher revealed the game will also be released for the PC (through Steam) on the same day.

So what can fans expect from the next Tales game? Believe it or not, it’s about a “chosen one” that has to save the world:

An unseen evil force known as Malevolence is spreading across the land, corrupting the world and causing humanity to falter. Players will embark on an epic journey as Sorey, a young pure-hearted adventurer whose destiny is to become The Shepherd, an individual of great power that can banish Malevolence. Does Sorey have the courage and heart to wield this extraordinary responsibility for good, or will he fall prey to the evils of its power?

Like most games in the Tales series, Tales of Zestiria is an action RPG, but players should expect “faster combat” in this newest entry:

Tales of Zestiria introduces a new version of its celebrated real-time battle system, allowing for faster combat with side dashes and new combo opportunities with the fusion techniques. Throughout his quest, Sorey will befriend humans and spirits known as Seraphim, unseen to most humans, to aide him on his journey. Because of Sorey’s unique ability to communicate with the Seraphim he is able to fuse with their essence to create new elemental artes for strategic attacks to decimate foes.

Tales of Zestiria isn’t the only Tales title in development at Bandai Namco. The publisher announced the 16th game in the franchise, Tales of Berseria, during the Tales of Festival last week in Japan.

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First Tales of Zestiria English-language trailer points to a Fall 2015 release

Bandai Namco has released the first English-language trailer for Tales of Zestiria. In addition to introducing the world to the four main characters, we also now know the game will be released exclusively for the PS3 in Fall 2015.

The latest game in the long-running action RPG series will star Sorey, Alisha, Lailah, and Mikleo as they attempt to vanquish the “source of all malevolence” to help reunite humanity and the Seraphim. There’s also a magic sword and a Lady of the Lake and teenage angst… oh so much angst. But that’s to be expected when your game stars a headstrong youth (Sorey), his best friend (Mikleo), and a Princess (Alisha) who are on a quest to use Excalibur to kill Satan so angels can return to Earth.

In addition to the English-language vocals you can hear in the trailer embedded above, Tales of Zestiria will also offer an option to use the original Japanese language track with subtitles.

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Namco Bandai has released the first Tales of Zestiria trailer

It’s in Japanese, but here’s the first trailer for Tales of Zestiria, which should make its PS3 debut (in all regions) in 2015.

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Tales of Zestiria, Tales of Xillia 2 US release announced by Namco Bandai


Namco Bandai had plenty of Tales news to announce on the PlayStation Blog today.

First up, the publisher announced that the 15th game in the Tales “main series,” Tales of Zestiria, is in development for the PS3. The game will be released simultaneously in Japan and the west, a first for the series. Details are still scarce, but Namco Bandai is planning to release the game as part of the 20th anniversary of the Tales series, so don’t expect to play it until 2015.

Namco Bandai also confirmed that Tales of Xillia 2 will be released for the PS3 in North America and Europe in 2014. Even though its a sequel Xillia 2 will follow two brand new characters, Ludger Kresnik and Elle Marta. But Hideo Baba, a Producer on the Tales series, ensures fans that they should “expect to see plenty of your favorite characters returning to help Ludger and Elle on their journey.”

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