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Monday, Jul 28

Next League of Legends champion Gnar teased in video and flash mural, shows beast trapped in ice

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And he might actually be related to Braum's story

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Today, a new League of Legends champion is unveiled to the world, and his name is Gnar. Think a name like that can't belong to a handsome face? Well, then you'd be correct. Gnar looks to be some sort of primative beast that was, at one point, trapped in an ice prison. Now, he's broken free, and no one's quite sure if that's good or bad.

Riot also brought back the flash mural for Gnar's tentative reveal, but most of his story remains up in the air. We can assume, at least, that Gnar wasn't always a raving beast, and might have even had a family at one point.

His silhouette, which can be seen in the teaser video below, shows a lyncanthrope(ish) monster with tusks. This, along with the whole "trapped in ice" thing, has led many Summoners to speculate that Gnar might be related to Braum's story, in which the burly friend to poros discovered his shield in a vault housing a shard of true ice. When Braum made the entire thing come down, he could have actually freed Gnar by accident. Mind you, that's all still fan speculation at this point, but the theory is fairly sound.

Another point worth mentioning is that Gnar may be the one to utilize that new "Tantrum" resource, which was spotted in a recent PBE update. Rioters also previously stated that the next champion (after Braum) would be a top laner.

Categories: PC Games

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes brings in the villains, Loki, Ronan and the Green Goblin

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Where's MODOK?

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The best heroes have the best villains, that's a fact. Batman wouldn't be Batman without the Joker, Superman without Lex Luthor, and The Avengers each have their own nightmares waiting in a dark shadow close by. It's only fitting then that with Disney's upcoming follow-up release Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, that the villains get some of the spotlight too. During the San Diego Comic Convention three villains in particular stole the show, and will soon steal the platform as playable figures.

Introducing Loki, Thor's trickster brother who would quite literally kill family or friend to achieve power. Ronan, who movie fans will come face to face with as soon as Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters later this week. Thirdly, there's of course Spider-man's perhaps most notable villain, the Green Goblin. Three great villians, perhaps some more significant than others, but each standout in their own right. 

As per standard Disney Infinity releases, each villain will come alone with their very own play set and the ability to join and build on the Toy Box. I'd love to see some interplay between each of the villains and their respective hero counterpoint. Exactly how each villain will be boxed and what sort of content will be included with them will have to wait until later this year, unfortunately.

How long before it's uncovered that Disney Infinity is actually just Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet build and destroying reality as he sees fit? Mmm, yes, the addition of villains is quite excellent.

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, also known as Disney Infinity 2.0, will be available later this year on all major platforms.


NES Remix Pack announced for Wii U, warped classics now coming to retail

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8-bit Mario, Luigi, Kirby, Little Mac...

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Nintendo of America announced today at San Diego Comic Con the NES Remix Pack, a new bundle headed to Wii U. As the title suggests, this will be a physical re-release of both NES Remix and NES Remix 2, games made with the sole purpose of changing up the Nintendo classics many gamers think they already know so well.

The Remix games are composed entirely of mini-games, segments of the classic titles that long-time Nintendo fans might be familiar with. Though challenges are taken directly from classics, such as Super Mario Bros. or Donkey Kong, they are changed in small or large ways to create a new experience. For example, playing through Super Mario Bros. World 1-2 as 8-bit Link from The Legend of Zelda, or avoiding clones to reach the end of a Super Mario Bros. 3 level.

From NES Remix Pack, buyers can expect all of the challenges in both NES Remix and NES Remix 2, as well as Super Luigi Bros., a backwards version of the original Super Mario Bros. where players go from right to left through the Mushroom Kingdom while playing as the younger, greener plumbing brother, Luigi.

While an exact release date has not yet been announced, worry not, NES Remix Pack will be available in physical disc format starting this holiday season exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U.


August's Games WIth Gold gives Crimson Dragon on Xbox One, Dishonored on Xbox 360

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Hopefully two games a month is here to stay this time on Xbox One

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After the rather disappointing reduction to one free game on Xbox One for Games With Gold in July, Microsoft has stepped it up once more with two games for each console in August. If Games With Gold is going to be taken seriously by Xbox Live subscribers going forward then not only do Microsoft need a constant stream of quality games on the service, but two games a month is paramount to compete with the rival PlayStation Plus service. 

Xbox One users with a nostalgic yearning for old school arcade space shooters will be in luck next month with Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut being one of the two games to head to the console. The action packed shooter from Born Ready Games is a really solid addition to Games With Gold and should help fill the next rather barren months when it comes to games releases. If Strike Suit Zero doesn’t fill that shooter shape void in gamers' schedules then Crimson Dragon is also available next month for Xbox One users. Originally a launch title for the Xbox One, Crimson Dragon is an on-rails shooter set around obliterating enemies from the back of a dragon and is a decent amount of fun. It’s likely not the greatest game people will ever play, but certainly worth picking up while it’s on Games With Gold in August. 

As usual those playing on Xbox 360 receive two games once again and both are of a high standard this month. First up is Motocross Madness which lets gamers bring in their own avatars into the mayhem in another game that evokes some good old 90's nostalgia. By far the most exciting of the two games on Xbox 360, however, is Dishonored. The wonderful steampunk world of Dishonored encourages players to tackle obstacles however they see fit is a place all gamers should check out. Plus, when it costs nothing more than an Xbox Live subscription for the month then there’s really no reason not to give it a whirl.

A quick recap

Xbox One

  • Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut
  • Crimson Dragon

Xbox 360

  • Motocross Madness
  • Dishonored

Both games on Xbox One will be available to download from August 1 through to August 31. Xbox 360 games are split across the month with Motocross Madness available from August 1-15 and Dishonored following from August 16-31.


Saturday, Jul 26

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Hands-On Preview @ San Diego Comic-Con: Taking down the Tetsukabura

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Lesson of the Day: Never hunt alone!

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The Capcom booth never fails to attract a crowd at San Diego Comic-Con, and while Street Fighter is always a sure hit, 2014 went to Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. A downed Gore Magala drew the attention of any passerby, and taking a picture with the beautiful statue meant having to wait in line. Fortunately for me, I didn’t have to wait nearly as long for a shot at the actual game. Thus began my immediate conversion to Monster Hunter.

I won’t hesitate to admit that I’ve never invested in Monster Hunter as a series, mainly because I’m a late adopter when it comes to handhelds. For all intents and purposes, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is the first game in the franchise I really got to enjoy, where genuine curiosity was met with patient guidance from Capcom's Yuri Araujo. You can imagine the constant mix-up between the X and Y buttons, coming from someone who does just about all her gaming with an Xbox controller.

Thankfully, my experience with the game wasn't soured by muscle memory. The demo I played was set to Intermediate difficult and pit me against the Tetsukabura boss, also known as the Giant Bullfrog. Not quite as iconic as Gore Magala, but he proved more than annoying enough. My first attempt as killing the overgrown monster-frog resulted in the demo time running out, while the second attempt ended prematurely with my death. Let's just call these my "practice runs." Even my two Felyne Comrades couldn't carry me through.

So after those two unsuccessful attempts, which ran me a little over half an hour, I decided I was ready to accept the challenge of multiplayer. Joining three strangers at the multiplayer station, we agreed as a group that Intermediate would be the best option, and proceeded to divvy up the weapons. I took up the bow, taking on the only ranged role, and noticed that one of my teammates had opted for the Insect Glaive, one of two new weapons added to Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

When introducing me to the glaive, Yuri described it as being a more "technical" weapon. Heavier, two-handed weapons in Monster Hunter tend to be tougher in general, but one of its multiple functions includes the ability to launch an insect (hence the name) at a target, then bring it back or... not. It also grants buffs, apparently, but that wasn't something I could clearly see as a ranged fighter on my team.

Searching for the boss took a bit of time, and the Tetsukabura will periodically flee during fights, which really added a sense of urgency to the whole encounter thanks to our demo timer. While rushing through the nine zones, Benny Hill's "Yakety Sax" played through my head.

The big guy didn't exactly stick to a set areas. Finally, someone would say, "There he is!"

We charged as a group, my bow-wielding hunter always just a step behind the other three. Drops and walls presented no challenge, and the sight of our small group leaping into the abyss toward uncertain fate or scaling a rock wall proved epic even when displayed on a tiny 3DS screen.

That wider range of movement is something new to Monster Hunter, one that may not seem particularly groundbreaking of paper, but adds some surprising depth to the whole experience. No one wants to stare at flat terrain for hours on end.

In the end, we were able to take out the Tetsukabura well within the 15-minute mark. While my teammates hacked away at the monster up close, sometimes jumping onto its back to deal additional damage, I struck from afar with my bow, only approaching with the creature was in a disabled state.

The entire experience was incredibly rewarding, doing away with the frustrations from my solo runs. Granted, trial and error is just a part of certain games, but the cooperative aspect really won me over in the end, and I'm hoping to play more of that when Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is released next year.

When I asked Yuri about the release window, I was only told that Capcom is looking at early 2015, but nothing more specific has been worked out yet.

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Friday, Jul 25

Atlus & NIS America reveal Tears to Tiara II, blending strategy RPG with visual novel

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North America and European releases confirmed starting this October

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Atlus and NIS America are teaming up to release Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord for PS3 in both North America and Europe later this year. You can guess from the title that this is originally a sequel to an older game that never saw release outside of Japan. While Tears to Tiara II is indeed set in the same world as its predecessor, the main characters and story are new.

Developed by Aquaplus, Tears to Tiara II is a strategy RPG with visual novel storytelling that promises 80 hours of gameplay. Interestingly the announcement only made mention of Japanese voice audio, suggesting there will be no English dub track for the localized release.

If the JRPG-worthy name of "Tears to Tiara" sounds even remotely familiar to an Atlus faithful, that's probably because they tried their hand at Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match. Localized for North America by Atlus last year, this 2D fighting game featured characters drawn from various Aquaplus titles including Tears to Tiara. The first game also received an anime adaptation that was released in English back in 2010 via Sentai Filmworks.

Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord is currently schedueld for North American release this October 14th for $39.99 USD, while NIS America will release the title for Europe starting November 11th.

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Categories: Console Games

Rumor: Wario to appear in Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U according to eShop listing

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Oh Wario. The crowd can never get enough of you or your atomic farts.

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According to a recent Nintendo 3DS eShop listing by Nintendo, it looks like Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U will add another Smash veteran to the roster. Wario, the long-time anti-hero of the Super Mario series, seems to be making an appearance in the next Super Smash Bros. title

While this does seem to be a relatively credible source (being the eShop itself), there is always room for error, so do not expect too much until the character is truly revealed. The greedy protagonist of the popular WarioWare series already has a history with the Smash series, first featured in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Nintendo Wii as a playable character. With both his classic and biker outfits available, he seemed to hint at the major costume changes that are now available in Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U.

This week, a section on the Nintendo eShop is dedicated to Mario's antagonistic counterpart himself. Here eagle-eyed 3DS owners may spot a curious point of interest - in a section listing games that Wario has appeared in, Super Smash Bros. 3DS is present. Perhaps this could be a simple mistake, or this could be a sign of an announcement to come from Nintendo.

Hopefully some sort of confirmation or clarification will be forthcoming. We can't say we wouldn't get a kick out of playing as Wario again, pulling motorcycles out of thin air and producing fart bombs. The next installment of Super Smash Bros. will hit the Nintendo 3DS on October 3, 2014, and the Wii U sometime during the holiday season.



Tales of Zestiria gains new screenshots, see real-time battles and character powers

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An odd mix-up to the traditional formula

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On top of great graphics, deep stories. and hours of expansive content, the Tales series is known mostly for its varying battle styles and grand dungeons. In the most recent batch of screenshots released for Tales of Zestiria, Namco Bandai has revealed more details regarding the PS3 title's updated systems.

Sorey, the male protagonist previously known as Slay, now has a plethora of actions available to him on the map as he explores dungeons and the overworld. By merging his powers with any of his various teammates, Sorey can burn or break any number of obstacles in his way, escape enemy detection as he shuffles around the field, or fly across gaps to previously unreachable areas. On his own, Sorey can perform Sword Swing to chop down trees in order to access hidden paths in forests.

In addition to examples of Sorey's many powers, screenshots were released highlighting Zestiria's take on Tales's Linear Motion Battle System. Instead of switching to a separate battle screen like in previous titles including the upcoming Xillia 2, this installment introduces real-time map battles. While the character hub still appears, the field border is not present in these screenshots, leaving long-time Tales fans curious as to exactly what will happen while they have to slice up Wolves and Snakes.

Unfortunately, it looks like we have a while to wait for Zestiria. Though this installment on the PS3 will not be released worldwide until 2015, Tales of Xillia 2 will be available August 22, 2014. These coming months will be good for Tales fans.

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BioWare drops live-action 'Nightmare' teaser and site with eerie "You've Been Chosen" message

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Planning something big for gamescom

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BioWare released a strange video this week that takes the whole "teaser" thing to a new level. This particular teaser is titled "Nightmare," and consists of less than 40 seconds in live-action footage, featuring some heavy supernatural themes and bearing the ominous tagline "You've Been Chosen."

In Nightmare, a young man is suffering through a rather horrific dream, one in which he's being chased by what appears to be a similarly-dressed figure. But when we look under the individual's hood, the face is absent, replaced by a blinding light. At one point, we are treated to the image of a man in a suit, sitting in a chair and lacking a head. A ring of fire burns on asphalt, and at the very end, we're told, "You've been chosen." 

The only description provided is fairly cryptic, reading:

The time is near
They are watching
Your power is rising
Cologne, Germany
You’ve Been Chosen

So what's the deal? Is this a teaser for some kind of urban fantasy game? The big reveal will drop at gamescom next month in Cologne, Germany. At least that part's pretty clear.

Categories: Console Games PC Games

San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Day 1 Gallery: Robots and Dragons and Kingdom Hearts! Oh my!

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Things both affordable and extremely unachievable

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San Diego Comic-Con 2014 officially began Thursday. Huzzah! Now if you ask people what their favorite part about Comic-Con is, chances are you'll get a lot of different answers. Most will no doubt cite all the cool stuff as being a major reason.

Swimming through the sea of people on the show floor to see all those things isn't necessarily easy, however. Fortunately, we've got some pretty nice photos of the various statues and props being showcased on the floor. Some are for sale, others not. Most are plenty affordable, but quite a few aren't. Play Arts Kai (they're under Square Enix) for instance tends to see their figures fly off the shelves -- or out of the cases. Sideshow Collectibles, on the other hand, couples high-quality statues with some lofty price tags. Either way, there's plenty to see and admire about these figures, big and small.

The LEGO booth never disappoints either, with their life-size models (among other things) made entirely of those tiny bricks. Beautiful Kingdom Hearts statues debuted this week, giving both fans and non-fans a visual treat. Oh, and let's not forget the Batman costumes on display, celebrating 75 years of the Dark Knight.

Take a look at the full gallery below. Which ones are your favorites?

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