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New Releases: Week of October 27, 2014

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 17:39 — ChunkySoup

 Halloween is in full throttle mode ‘round Casa del Chunk. Mrs. Soup is in max overdrive, decorating the house to look decrepit and broken on the inside. The quest for the Souplets’ costumes was successful and the makeup they are planning looks grim. Looks like All Hallow's Eve will be another slam dunk this year. But what about this week's games?

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NBA Live 15
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

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 It’s B-Ball season once again, and while 2K has been in news with the (in)ability to face scan in NBA 2K15, it looks like EA is bringing its ‘A’ game this year. NBA Live 15 is definitely a far cry from their last basketball game, and one of EA’s first: One on One Dr. J vs Larry Bird. (look it up...it’s a classic!)

WWE 2K15
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360

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 If you are awaiting the next gen version of “wrastlin’ you are going to have to wait 3 weeks longer. For those of you with last gen consoles, you are in luck as this year's version of the battle in the square circle is out this week. I have to admit that I haven’t watched WWE since my junior high days so I have no idea who these new guys are in WWE 2K15. I can say that they don’t seem as “out there” like guys like the Undertaker, The Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan, Macho Man, and others were. That’s a shame. What has wrestling come to?


Lords of the Fallen
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

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 Lords of the Fallen looks pretty. That’s about all I have, other than its medieval fantasy setting, penchant for massive weapons and monsters, and some punishing battles. If Dark Souls is your thing then you may want to give Lords of the Fallen a chance.


Sunset Overdrive
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Platforms: Xbox One

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 So it looks like MS is really banking on this exclusive with the release of a limited edition white console (remember when all you haters bitched that the 360 only came in white?). I want this game to be f’ing awesome but to me this looks a lot like a shootier, jumpier, more rail grindier version of Dead Rising. Not that shootier, jumpier and rail grindier doesn't sound like fun, it's just that I have come to realize that as I get older I am beginning to suck at these types of games.


Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Platforms: 3DS
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 This game is going to be terrible. The only reason I put it on this list is because the movie is going to be AWESOME! Seriously though, don’t buy this game for your kids...or someone else’s kids...or anyone else.

PS Honorable mentions
The PS3/PS4 version of Costume Quest 2 comes out this week as does Freedom Fighters for the Vita

New Releases: Week of October 13, 2014

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 23:03 — SarcasmoJones

The game industry just called to say that it was sorry for not putting anything out this summer and wants to make it up to us by releasing everything...this week. So put on a pot of coffee, get your good reading glasses out, and get comfortable because we have a metric fuck ton of releases to get through.

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Release Date: October 14
Platforms: PS3, 360, PC

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 Yeah, they’re still making Borderlands games. This one is a group effort centered around Handsome Jack’s rise to notoriety. There’s probably a bunch of guns and a spry and youthful Claptrap.

Duck Dynasty
Release Date: October 14
Platforms: XB1, 360, PS3, PS4, 3DS

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 Possibly the worst idea ever for a video game. Hunt, fish, and play with a bunch of rich, bearded rednecks.

The Evil Within
Release Date: October 14
Platforms: XB1, 360, PS3, PS4, PC

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 I had a chance to play a demo of this one at QuakeCon, and it’s a full-on survival horror badass from Tango Gameworks and Bethesda. Wear a diaper when you play this one, you big baby.

In Space We Brawl
Release Date: October 14
Platforms: PS3, PS4

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It’s a downloadable Sony-exclusive spaceship shooter...have fun with that.

Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2
Release Date: October 14
Platforms: 360, PS3, WiiU, 3DS

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 I didn’t know that Pac Man was still a thing, but he has a new platformer and the trailer looks pretty good. Maybe I’ll buy the trailer.

Petz Beach/Petz Countryside
Release Date: October 14
Platform: 3DS

Nope.

Playstation TV
Release Date: October 14

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 Allows PS4 players to remote play their PS4 in another room, stream PS3 games, and watch tv...for $100.

Poptropica Forgotten Islands
Release Date: October 14
Platform: 3DS

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At least the trailer was mercifully short. Portable, kid-safe, mother-approved...don’t expect a review.

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus
Release Date: October 14
Platform: PS Vita

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I can’t pronounce the title but the boob physics look amazing. This is a Japanese fighting game with partial nudity and sexual themes. Pre-order now to have it delivered to your house in a plain, brown wrapper.

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
Release Date: October 14
Platforms: PS4, XB1, PC

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Play as an undercover cop and infiltrate the Yakuza, or Triads, or whatever. The definitive edition includes all DLC from the old consoles and a fresh coat of HD paint for the new ones.

Tiers to Tiara 2:Heir of the Overlord

Release Date: October 14
Platform: PS3

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The trailer gave me a headache.

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
Release Date: October 14
Platform: XB1

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Relive the episodic story of Lee and Clementine, but on a better console.

Zen Pinball: South Park
Release Date: October 14
Platforms: XB1, 360, PS4, PS3, PC, Mac, Android, Amazon

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 Go on down to South Park, play some Sarcastoball, and respect my fucking authority...you bastards.

Killer Instinct Season 2
Release Date: October 15
Platform: XB1

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TJ Combo, Spinal, and Maya join the KI roster for round 2.

Legend of Grimrock 2
Release Date: October 16
Platform: PC

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An epic island dungeon crawler for the discerning PC gamer.

Fable Legends Beta
Release Date: October 16
Platform: XB1

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Be the villain, be the hero, or alternate between the two. 4 player co-op versus a single master villain for epic 4v1 gameplay...interesting.

New Releases: Week of October 6, 2014

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 08:41 — ErinAS

Releases are definitely ramping up for the holiday season. This week holds one I’ve been waiting on for a while: Costume Quest 2. I’m also curious to see what kind of cool things might be coming out of Project Spark now that Microsoft is taking it out of beta. #shutupandmakemynewconkergame

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Skylanders: Trap Team

Release Date: October 5, 2014
Platforms: PS3, PS4, WiiU, Wii, 3DS, Xbox 360,Xbox One, Android, FireOS, iOS

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The 4th Skylanders game, Trap Team, hits this weekend on all the platforms. Clearly the game also comes with a whole new set of figurines, because Activision knows how effective children are at whining until they get what they want from their parents.


Costume Quest 2

Release Date: October 7, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS3, WiiU, Xbox 360,Xbox One

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As soon as this went up for pre-sale, I told Tim Schafer to shut up and take my money. This is the only RPG I’ve ever made it through all by myself (since its basically for babies). The original also gives me the honor of being the only one in the house to have a game with 100% of the achievements on PSN!


Alien Isolation

Release Date: October 7th, 2014

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360,Xbox One

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Alien Isolation is a stealth horror FPS set more in the style of the original Ridley Scott movie than others in the franchise. You play as Ripley’s daughter, Amanda. Supposedly, it’s at least better than the last trash that was Aliens: Colonial Marines. My biggest shock was its published published by Sega. They’re still around?!


DRIVECLUB

Release Date: October 7, 2014
Platforms: PS4

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DRIVECLUB is a first party PS4 exclusive. Sony-owned Evolution Studios (who also brought you MotorStorm) developed the game. Europeans love their driving games so much that it will be available with black and white console bundles over there at launch.


NBA 2K15

Release Date: October 7, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360,Xbox One

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This is the 16th NBA 2K game with soundtrack created by Pharrel Williams, including an interesting mix of bands. The game also has MyCareer, MyTeam, and MyPark modes as well as a companion mobile app.


Project Spark

Release Date: October 7, 2014
Platforms: Xbox 360,Xbox One

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In beta since December, Microsoft’s Project Spark opens up to the world this week. Project Spark allows players to create their own games and share things they created with other players. The E3 trailer also showed my favorite squirrel, Conker, who MS still hasn’t done much with since they purchased Rare. You can get Spark for XBox or PC and it interfaces with Smartglass for your mobile devices. It will be interesting to see what type of games and “indie economy” come out of this, and if the Mojang acquisition will tie back somewhere in here.


Styx: Master of Shadow

Release Date: October 7, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

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This stealth game challenges you to become the master of infiltration. Its a prequel to Of Orcs and Men that establishes the Goblin Styx’ backstory.

 

Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle

Release Date: October 7, 2014
Platforms: 3DS

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This 3DS game is based on the anime series of the same name which apparently involved children falling through some kind of portal and transforming into customizable robot block knights.


Final Fantasy XIII

Release Date: October 9, 2014
Platforms: PC

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Finally PC gamers can own that Final Fantasy game where the main character sounds like a woman doing the Christian Bale Batman voice!


Ryse: Son of Rome

Release Date: October 10, 2014
Platforms: PC

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This XBone launch title is finally hitting PC just under a year later. In the original game you controlled the player both with the controller and voice commands via Kinect so will be interesting to see how they translate that for PC.

New Releases: Week of September 29, 2014

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 20:57 — loki619

The days are starting to get shorter while the nights get longer and all around you, the cold starts to usher the start of a new season. Winter is coming and the danger of frost bi… what are we talking about? We’re gamers. It can be 100 below zero outside and so long as our consoles and computers and internet connections are running, we’re all good to go! This week brings us a few exciting releases.

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Chariot
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Platforms: PS4

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Control a chariot through this physics-based couch co-op platformer and play as a brave princess with her suitor as they carry a funeral wagon through ancient caves. Fend off swarms of looters while amassing riches, to bury the King's remains in a worthy gold-filled tomb.

Dark Souls II - Crown of the Ivory King DLC
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

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If you are still playing this game, you either have a s4$9 load of patience, a TV with a thrown-controller resistant screen, or you toss your controller like 50 Cent tosses a baseball. There’s new DLC for this game that hates you and shows it by killing you with everything and anything. This time, this game hates you in the snow!

Forza Horizon 2
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Platforms: Xbox One

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Forza Horizon 2 lets you drive just about everywhere your eye can see. Don’t see a track? Don’t worry… Make one! Drive through a field of corn and see how much your Lambo’s custom paint job will hold up to the constant barrage of dirt, debris, and anything that your car pulls up off the ground!

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4

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Play as the Ranger of the Black Gate, Talion, and seek revenge on the ancient wraith that killed you: Sauron!

New Releases: Week of September 22, 2014

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 21:30 — ChunkySoup

 I would love to blame the tardiness of this article on my birthday being this weekend and me getting completely blitzed and forgetting, but I can’t. Not because I am taking the high road but, sadly,  because I didn’t get drunk...not even a good buzz. I was having fun working on my RC car and doing a little homework.

 So yeah I suck but hey this week marks the first week of fall, which means we may see the conclusion of the Summer doldrums soon! Take this week for example: there are two main titles dropping this week, but If you have no interest in Disney, Marvel, or Soccer just stop reading now. That is unless you are infatuated with Japanese anime school girls or a WiiU owner then just skip past the first two.

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Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes
Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Platforms: PS3, PS4, Vita, WiiU, Xbox 360,Xbox One


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 If you own a console then Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is coming your way! So this is a whole new game with all new Marvel characters that Disney owns and is milking the absolute shit out of. If you are not familiar with Disney Infinity, think Skylanders mixed with Minecraft in a way. You have the Disney (and now Marvel) characters in plastic toy form to place on a base and bring into the game. Once in, you can play the game or use them to build your own world. My kids had more fun collecting the figurines than playing the original game. We’ll watch and see how the superhero version does.

FIFA 2015
Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, 3DS, Xbox 360,Xbox One


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 The Wii U got Disney, the 3DS got footy. I think that is back-asswards but at least every other freaking console has it too. If you are an obsessed  fan of “the beautiful game” or just not of North American descent then EA has released the game for you. FIFA 2015 brings soccer to the masses in HD animated glory for those with machines that can handle it.

Arcana Heart 3: LOVEMAX!!!!!
Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Platforms: PS3, Vita


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 Arcana Heart 3: LOVEMAX!!!!! Yeah...anything with “love” in the title and that many exclamation marks makes me nervous. If you are familiar with Arcana Heart then you already know that is is a Japanese Anime School Girl 2D fighting game. As a 44 year old male I would feel dirty playing this game in public. Might be different if i was playing in the comfort of my own bathroom...I mean bedroom...I mean living room...sigh...that was probably oversharing.


Hyrule Warriors
Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Platforms: WiiU


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 Link! Zelda! Midna! All Fighting waves of monsters and other baddies! Hyrule Warriors seems to be for those of you who have complained for the last two years that you have nothing to play on your Super XXL 3DS...sorry I mean WiiU.

New Releases: Week of September 15

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:01 — ErinAS

The last time I had new release duty I was complaining about the summer drought. Well, apparently, now we have the fall deluge! Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new this week.

 

Roundabout

Release Date: September 18, 2014
Platforms: PC

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Roundabout is the first game from indie developer No Goblin. The game is stylized like a 1970s B movie and you play as a revolving chauffeur. Trailer looks interesting not quite sure if it’s going to be awesome, terrible, or terribly awesome.

 

Wasteland 2

Release Date: September 19, 2014
Platforms: PC

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This indie was funded through Kickstarter and is a sequel to 1988 game Wasteland (which according to wikipedia Fallout was a “spiritual successor” of). Its a post-apocalyptic RPG for your PC platform of choice.

 

Goat Simulator

Release Date: September 16, 2014
Platforms: iOS & Android

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Previously available for consoles and PC; now you can simulate goats on the go with your mobile device!

 

Murasaki Baby

Release Date: September 16, 2014
Platforms: Vita

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You lead a baby through an Edward Gorey-esquer world of horrors. I’m loving the art and music in the trailer. Kind of making me wish I had a Vita...

 

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call

Release Date: September 16, 2014
Platforms: 3DS

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Who says rhythm games are dead?! Can I plug my Rock Band instruments into the 3DS to play this?!

 

ArcheAge

Release Date: September 16, 2014
Platforms: PC

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This Korean “sandpark” MMO RPG hits North America and Europe this week.

 

Anomaly 2

Release Date: September 14, 2014
Platforms: PS4

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This tower offense and defense real time strategy game hits PS4 this week.

 

Cooking Mama

Release Date: September 16, 2014
Platforms: 3DS

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OMG the trailer hurts my brain. There are seriously already four of these that have sold well enough for them to make at 5th?!

 

Fancy Fencer F

Release Date: September 16, 2009
Platforms: PS3

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Ooo ooh! This one has a character with my name spelled with a y!

 

Naruto Shippuden:  Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

Release Date: September 15th/16th, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

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Fighting game with 100 playable ninjas!

Boston Festival of Indie Games

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 08:22 — ErinAS

Normally I cover the Boston Festival of Indie Games for 2old2play, but this year I double booked myself that weekend, so here’s some info on what its all about and why you should check it out if you have the chance!

Second only to the Penny Arcade Expo, this is one of my favorite gaming events of the year. Massachusetts is gorgeous in the fall and you get to tour the hallowed halls of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology a few weeks after the newest crop of students has just started school. This third annual festival is definitely one I am sad to miss!

 

Keynote & Panels

Misogyny and gender have been hot topics in recent weeks if you follow video game blogs or devs on twitter. Definitely timely that BFIG booked female gamers and voice actors Ashly Burch (Tiny Tina from Borderlands)  and Sarah Elmaleh (Katie in Gone Home) as keynotes.  Here’s an excerpt from the plan for their talk:

We will share aspects of our performance and character development process to connect strong acting decisions with this principle of inviting specificity. We’ll discuss the principle at play in modern successful indies with previously underrepresented protagonists, such as Gone Home, Mainichi and others. We’ll take a look back to debunk the legacy of games as exclusive purview of white male teenagers, and explore the impact of genre trends on representation – tying the current fracturing, reimagining and cross-pollination of genres to the flourishing of character diversity.

 

In addition to the keynote, this year’s lineup has both hands on classroom learning as well as speakers. A few highlights that look interesting are: 

 

Simulator Sickness a Research Overview

Speaker Name: Michael Lin

Talk description: Simulator sickness is a phenomenon similar to motion sickness that is sometimes experienced by people interacting with simulated environments, such as those in video games.

This talk will provide an overview of existing research on simulator sickness and summarize original research findings on simulator sickness specifically pertaining to games. These findings include a discussion of race and gender factors for simulator sickness and what they imply for game developers and consumers. The intention of this research is to provide indie and student developers with a basic understanding of sim sickness and how to deal with its symptoms through conscientious design.

Can you say Symptoms of sim sickness five times fast?

 

Unity 5 Preview

Unity is THE engine if you want to work on your own game these days Here is a great talk if you are  thinking of starting your own indie title.

Speaker Name:  Carl Callewaert

Join Unity Evangelist Carl Callewaert for this exciting preview demonstration of the yet to be released Unity 5.0! During this presentation beginners to Unity will get an overview of the editor and more advanced users will get an in-depth look at some of the amazing new shading and lighting technologies that Unity users can look forward to. Carl will not only demonstrate the new physics-based "Universal Shader," but will also take look at some of the new Image Based Lighting (IBL) tools as well as direct and indirect illumination shading. A host of other new 5.0 technologies and Unity services will be showcased like the expanded collection of 2D colliders, direct WebGL / HTML 5.0 support, Everyplay, Unity Ads, Unity Cloud Build, and improvements to Mecanim, Unity's included animation system.

 

Digital Games Showcase

The second year I went to BFIG I was a little disappointed to see many of the same games still in development (although to be fair many indie devs are working on a small budget, in their “free” time so it shouldn’t be surprising if a game is still in development a year later). This year it looks like the lineup has changed around and there are a bunch of new titles that sound interesting.

 

Bacon Man: An Adventure

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I actually played an alpha version of this game during their recent successful kickstarter campaign. This platform game follows the adventures of toast gun toting, Kung-Fu Fighting Bacon Man: Heir to the Meat Throne.  The graphics were cool but about 30 minutes in I remembered I hate platform games for their punishing difficulty unless they are made by for babies by Nintendo…

 

Nest

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Felted wool characters with googly eyes?!  #shutupandtakemymoney

There was even a felted cabinet version in Brooklyn. When its available for Android I will definitely be checking this out!

 

Sext Adventure

I did love text based adventure games back in the day! And its written by women. But umm yeah this video is kind of terrifying, definitely NSFW. So ahh this is a thing that will be be at BFIG next weekend!

 

Black Hat Oculus

 Indie Games festivals are great venues to get hands on experiences with the latest technology without having to wait in lines! There will be at least on developer at BFIG with an Oculus (which I highly recommend checking out after playing some Steampunk mini golf at PAX East 2014).  This one is a two player co-op game based on the Matrix movies. If nothing else its worth it just to put on the headset and do your best Keanu Reeves “Whoa!” impression.

New Releases: Week of September 8, 2014

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:59 — SarcasmoJones

 Every drought has to end: eventually it’s going to rain. As long  summer seems to be, at some point, we will have to send our smelly, disobedient children back to school for another year. Losers will eventually win, wives will eventually cave in and let you have your way, and the fucking game companies will eventually stop dropping shit and make something that you actually want to play. I got some good news, amigo: summer is ending, the kids are in school, the panties are on the doorknob and it’s raining like hell. The drought is officially over. This week Bungie snaps back into the gaming world, pc gamers get to kick some birds, Double Fine goes techno, and EA releases another sports game.

 

Destiny

Release Date: September 9
Platforms: Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3

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Destiny, the first installment of a planned Bungie space trilogy, is an epic interplanetary saga of light vs dark. The Traveler, a sentient rock that fueled the advancement of the human race on Earth, has indirectly brought us to near extinction. The darkness is massing to extinguish the last light of humanity and only the resurrected corpses of special fallen guardians can save the hairless apes from destruction.

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Destiny boasts a meaty single player campaign, 3 player co-op, and 6 vs 6 competitive multiplayer modes. Players, guns, and gear are all upgradeable, there are speeder bikes and spaceships, and environments range from Old Mother Russia, the Moon, to Mars and beyond. If you’re not into that, you could always troll people at the tower. It’s your game, amigo...play it however you want starting September 9, at midnight.

 

Fable Anniversary

Release Date: September 12
Platform: PC

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Lionhead Studios is releasing their updated, upgraded, and HD version of the original chicken kicking simulator. It still doesn’t have all the shit that Peter Molyneux promised a decade ago, but it looks nice. Available on Steam starting September 12.

 

Hack n Slash

Release Date: September 9
Platform: PC

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Double Fine kind of crept up and released this one while no one was looking. It looks like an old-school RPG that you have to hack to win. I’m thinking TRON meets Zelda for some reason. Schafer and crew are a solid developer and, despite the goofy 80s throwback trailer, I would expect this one to be entertaining. Hackers can steal this one from Steam starting September 9.

 

NHL 15

Release Date: September 9
Platforms: Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3

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Wow, time really does fly. It seems just like yesterday I was writing about an earlier EA NHL game that I had no intention of playing, reviewing, or giving a shit about. See you next year, EA!

New Releases: Week of September 2, 2014

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:41 — TwizdFred

Labor Day weekend is behind us, with memories of cook outs and family outings fresh in the memory, waking up this morning and forgetting that you have the day off, or you just made it one. For most of us we have the rest of the week to look forward to, darn having to work, keeping us from the tempting new games that are coming out this week. Get your ammo ready and your dancing shoes on, prepare your warriors and pull out the mug shots, this week has a variety of releases that should appeal to all.

 

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments

Release Date: September 2, 2014
Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

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Announced at this years E3, Sherlock Holmes: Crime and Punishment puts you in control, going through eight cases as Sherlock himself. Be warned, your decisions will affect you and your reputation throughout the game. Using the Unreal Engine 3, and boasting some beautiful graphics and transitions, this game promises beautiful game play along with a great story to pull you into Sir Conan Doyle's’ realm of Sherlock Holmes.

 

Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate

Release Date: September 2, 2014
Platforms: PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox One

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Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate is an updated and enhanced version of Warriors Orochi 3, once again combining the much loved heroes of the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series. This edition features a few new modes including One Warrior Against a Thousand Battles, which sends up to 100 AI against the player, online and offline competition modes, and Dual Mode, which is a blend of team battles and card battles. Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate now also features cross-play and cross-save support.

 

Dance Central Spotlight

Release Date: September 2, 2014
Platforms: Xbox One

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Coming exclusively to Xbox One for digital download, Dance Central Spotlight comes with ten songs upon purchase and claims to have more DLC out every week, with some songs still being on the music charts. Using the Kinect, you can work up a sweat to all the latest songs and dance routines.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Warframe: Xbox One (Sept. 2)
The Sims 4: PC, Mac {Sept. 2)
Don’t Starve: Giant Edition PS Vita (Sept. 2)
Danganronpa 2: Goodby Despair  PS Vita (Sept. 2)
Dead Rising 3 PC (Sept. 5)

New Releases: Week of August 18, 2014

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:25 — ErinAS

Sony pretty much dominates this week’s “new” releases with the exception of a multi-platform special edition of Diablo III. We’re definitely still in the ‘games you already own coming to a console you probably don’t’ portion of the summer drought.


Diablo III:  Ultimate Evil Edition

Release Date: August 19, 2014
Platforms: PS3, PS4,Xbox 360, Xbox One

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Diablo 3 finally hits next gen consoles all bundled up with the Reaper of Souls expansion pack. Two years later, it's hitting next gen before mainland China, on any platform, since it still hasn’t received approval from the Ministry of Culture. They call it Big Pineapple there (no seriously google it)!

 

Hotline Miami

Release Date: August 19, 2014
Platforms: PS4

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Hotline Miami comes to PS4 this week. Have you ever wanted to play at 2-D top down David Lynch movie? Well then this is the game for you! It supports cross buy with PS3 or Vita if you already own it and makes use of the new PS4 controller features like shaking and game sounds in onboard speaker.

 

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare

Release Date: August 19, 2014
Platforms: PS3, PS4

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A Windows and XBox exclusive till this week, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is coming to all the Sony devices August 19th;  PS3, PS4, and Vita (via remote play) to be precise. The game includes all the DLC to date including the “Tactical Taco Party Pack”. Just what I want for my next gen console, a game I could play on my phone! I guess this one is actually a tactical FPS…

 

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment & Infinity Moment

Release Date: August 19, 2014
Platforms: Vita

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Based on the novel series Sword Art Online, these two titles are coming bundled together for the PS Vita. The games were originally released in Japan, in the spring, with gameplay described as a simulated MMORPG (no actual online play) with elements of a dating sim.

 

Tales of Xillia 2

Release Date: August 19, 2014
Platforms: PS3

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This PS3 title was released in Japan in 2012 but is finally localized for Europe and North America this month. Its the fourteenth title in the “Tales of” series Bandai Namco games begun in 1995 for the Super Famicom with Tales of Phantasia.

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