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Wednesday, Aug 20

500GB hard drive coming to Xbox 360 soon, despite growing shift to more modern consoles

3 comments Rory Young - 8:08am (PST) Like Share

It's cheaper than the 320GB hard drive too

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Microsoft made a surprise reveal this morning for something most Xbox 360 owners likely figured would never become a reality. A 500GB "Media Hard Drive" will be released for the 360 soon, a 180GB jump on the currently available 320GB hard drives. What's perhaps even more startling is that the 500GB hard drive will cost just $109.99, which is $20 cheaper than the retail price of the 320GB drive.

Obviously Microsoft must have an assortment of reasons for releasing this large hard drive at such a price. One can only speculate as to why that is, however. It could be due to the Xbox 360's life cycle currently in its elder days. It could be Microsoft consolidating its hard drive production for the console, retiring smaller drives in favor of this single larger one. It could just be Microsoft pricing the hard drive at a price that fits the current market environment.

The only thing that's for certain is that Microsoft is still making a healthy profit on these bad boys, as non-Xbox branded external 500GB hard drives go at half the price -- and probably twice the reliability.

Still, Xbox 360 owners who want to secure their console's future, as well as their large digital library, now have a great new option to consider. While the Xbox 360's 500GB hard drive is not yet available for purchase or pre-order, expect more news in the months ahead. I'm certain it will be available for the holidays -- probably bundled as part of some some extreme holiday Xbox 360 package.


Bloodborne's Gamescom demo shows 6 minutes of just how alike Dark Souls is

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Dear me, all of that blood...

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Sony has, bless their hearts, released a direct feed video of Bloodborne's demo from Gamescom, teased last week. That is to say, we've got 6 minutes of cut footage from the demo Gamescom attendees were able to experience hands-on. It seems whoever played the demo for this video was definitely an experiences player, as they're able to perform a wide variety of complex Dark Souls combat maneuvers. In fact, after watching this trailer no Dark Souls fan should be confused about what sort of game Bloodborne really is.

From the desolate and gritty atmosphere to the up-close and always too personal action, Bloodborne is without a doubt a Dark Souls game. Why they dropped the branding for the sake of changing the setting I don't know, but that's what this game is. The UI is almost identical to Dark Souls 2's, the way enemies break through barriers is strikingly similar, and most of all the way a torch pops out of the folds of the player's cloak -- the shared animations are uncanny.

Of course, Bloodborne is still a follow-up to the Dark Souls brand and as one would expect From Software has iterated on the experience. Players may immediately notice that countering enemies will now result in weakened states, and that damage taken in a fight can be regenerated by fighting back. Of course, if one doesn't fight back fast enough, the damage lingers. Still, the message is clear -- the developers want to encourage Bloodborne players to dedicate themselves to fights in a way Dark Souls never supported.

Bloodborne is a PlayStation 4 exclusive action RPG planned for release in 2015. Just look at how the protagonist is soaked in the blodo of the first boss after goring its head. My goodness, what have From Software cooked up now.


Tales of Xillia 2 hits shelves for PlayStation 3 offering bonuses for owning previous games in the series

2 comments Max Navarro - 12:00am (PST) Like Share

Cook, babysit, cut, and shoot -- the life of an adventurer

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Tales of Xillia 2, successor to the original Tales of Xillia, launched yesterday in North America for the Sony PlayStation 3. For those interested in picking it up, Bandai Namco has also announced a few nifty bonuses for anyone with save files for either Tales of Graces F or Tales of Xillia on their console. These dedicated fans will receive items exclusive to Xillia 2.

So, what exactly is Tales of Xillia 2? Expanding on the prequel, this title re-introduces players to the worlds of Rieze Maxia and Elympios. These neighboring worlds, previously divided by a spirit arte, or magical technique, known as the Schism, are now being forced to co-exist. Players begin as Ludger Kresnik, a cook who quickly becomes an adventurer (and babysitter) after meeting Elle Marta, a young girl who changes his life forever following a train hijacking. 

A first for the Tales series, Ludger is considered a semi-silent protagonist. Xillia 2 gives players choices to decide which path the story should take, and all choices can change the outcome of any event. Party members from Tales of Xillia, including Jude Mathis, as well as the main antagonists, Gaius and Muzet, take on the role of playable characters this time around. Choices made by the player will affect relationships with other characters, so choose wisely, lest allow a battle of words between party members. Though, knowing the Tales series, a text battle may actually be quite humorous.

As a final gift to players, Bandai Namco made all DLC costumes from Tales of Xillia useable in Tales of Xillia 2, so money won't go to waste. As far as I'm concerned, that just opens up the opportunity for more fun party roleplay. After all, what long-time Tales fan hasn't wanted to see Milla in an Asbel costume fight Elize in a Mint costume?

After two years of it being out in Japan, North and South American players finally have their opportunity to pick Tales of Xillia 2 up in digital or retail format for the PlayStation 3 for $59.99. Unfortunately, European players have just a slight wait, but it won't be too rough. Just be sure to avoid spoilers if at all possible until the Xillia sequel becomes available across the pond starting this Friday, August 22, 2014.


Tuesday, Aug 19

Mega Slowbro gets his own trailer, check out the wobbling critter in action

17 comments Max Navarro - 6:26pm (PST) Like Share

I'm nicknaming mine Slowburrito

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Following the recent leak of two new Mega Pokémon, Mega Audino was officially revealed through a trailer released by Nintendo. Unfortunately though, Mega Slowbro was nowhere to be found -- probably crawling along somewhere behind the cameraman. Either way, here he is now with his own trailer to make a splash against the Hoenn starters.

Should players prefer to keep Slowbro instead evolving it into Slowking, players can give Slowbro its Mega Stone and see where that goes. Mega Slowbro retains his water/psychic typing, and regardless of its abilities before mega-evolving will gain the Shell Armor ability, which stops enemies from landing critical hits. Of course, all of this is in exchange for allowing Shellder to eat the poor thing. When Shellder consumes Slowbro, sparking the mega evolution, the defense and special defense stats greatly improve. Step out of the way Slowking, there's a new best Pokémon in town.

Game Freak describes the new evolution as follows.

Slowbro is a Water- and Psychic-type Pokémon and one of two evolved forms of Slowpoke, the other being Slowking. When Slowbro Mega Evolves into Mega Slowbro, its energy gathers in the Shellder clamped onto its tail. As a result, the hardness of its shell is boosted, making its armor incredibly strong. In battle, Mega Slowbro balances on its tail, wearing Shellder as an impenetrable armor over its body.

Mega Slowbro has the Shell Armor Ability, meaning opponents can never land a critical hit, making Mega Slowbro a defensive threat in battle. Its Defense and Sp. Attack also increase, making it a great teammate for long battles requiring high endurance.

For the trainers jumping out of their seats to get the oddly adorable and slightly memetic Mega Slowbro, a bit of a wait is in the way. Mega Slowbro will not be available until the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, coming to North American Nintendo 3DS systems on November 21, 2014. Even with all of these new forms being announced, the real question is -- what's the next Mega Pokémon?


New Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay video spans a whole 35 minutes, more tough choices incoming

2 comments Lydia Sung - 2:55pm (PST) Like Share

Is there ever such thing as the RIGHT decision?

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With gamescom 2014 all wrapped up, CD Projekt is celebrating with a new Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay video. Great, but did I mention it's over half an hour long? This "Downwarren" segment shows Geralt traveling through swamplands in search of news regarding Ciri, and debuted first in June during E3. What he finds there are some expectedly strange characters.

In hopes of learning more about Ciri, Geralt seeks the council of three witches, but he needs help even seeking them out. That's when he meets Johny the Godling, a strange little creature who lost his voice. This triggers a longer series of quests, in which Geralt must recover Johny's voice, then see what the witches will need him to do in exchange for decent information.

Anyone who is even remotely familiar with how The Witcher works, however, will also realize that doing the right thing is sometimes impossible. Guess we'll see how this particular situation works out in the long run when Wild Hunt releases in February 2015.


Team Meat teases 'A Voyeur for September,' anagram of Super Meat Boy Forever

2 comments Rory Young - 1:57am (PST) Like Share

Oh, you silly Team Meat

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Team Meat is up to their ol' shenanigans once more. Tonight the team unveiled a teaser site for a project titled, "A Voyeur for September." The teaser trailer is, well, it's full-motion video nonsense. There are shots of a back yard, a tire swing, bees on flowers, and a creeper recording a lady in a bath robe. The Youtube description says the game is a "live action stealth" title, which doubles down on the crazy. Oh, and the title is also an anagram for Super Meat Boy Forever.

I mean, sure, we could make the assumption that these crazy jerks are actually making a sequel to their spectacular hit, Super Meat Boy. We could assume this whole A Voyeur for September thing is just a thinly veiled joke to see how many sad news outlets fall for it. We could, but doesn't it seem so much more right, more ethical, to say A Voyeur for September is the real game here. I wouldn't want to confuse my readership with something as complicated as an anagram.

It's Super Meat Boy Forever. Get hyped.

Categories: PC Games

Youkai Watch coming to the west 'next year' according to Level-5 president Akihiro Hino

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Where do Pokemon go when they die? Into the Youkai Watch

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Youkai Watch, Level-5's quirky ghost capturing game, may be coming westward in 2015 according to a translated interview with Akihiro Hino via Level-5's CEO and believes that the west will get caught up in the same "whirlwind" of excitement that Japan is currently experiencing. The franchise is in line to become Japan's next Pokemon-level phenomena, finding success in games, manga, toys, television shows and even a movie. 

Similar to Pokemon in all the right ways, Youkai Watch is about a young boy who cleanses and collects monsters and spirits with his special watch. He, and no one else, can see these spirits. The boy will have to use his new-found powers to battle angry spirits and help keep his town and friends safe.

The most difficult part of bringing Youkai Watch, often referred to as Ghost Watch, to the west would of course be manufacturing the toys that go hand in hand with the game. Imagine a bulky watch-shaped toy in which small collectible discs representing different ghosts can be kept. It wasn't the game that launched Youkai Watch into the spotlight, it was these toys in tandem with the cartoon.

Have no worries, prospective youkai collectors, because Akihiro Hino also confirmed that an agreement has already been made with a western toy manufacturer. This means that the west won't be seeing a limp, Capcom-esque digital-only release of Youkai Watch. Rather, expect a full blown culture invasion of game, toy, and one would imagine cartoon as well.

Level-5 is well known for their Professor Layton games and movies, their Inazuma Eleven soccer games, and an assortment of other titles that gamers hold dear to their hearts. It's Youkai Watch and none of those other properties that threaten to make Level-5 the next major competitor in Japan's gaming industry. Expect more information, hopefully including an official announcement rather than a loose translation, in the months to come.

Categories: Handheld Games

Monday, Aug 18

Pokemon Company planning project announcement, stream schedule for August 26

38 comments Max Navarro - 3:21pm (PST) Like Share

Pokémon Pinball OR/AS hype

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The Pokémon Company is set to unveil a new project soon. Through a special stream on NicoNico, fans will be receiving news regarding an upcoming installment to the Pokémon series -- be it a new manga, game, or anime -- at 9PM EDT on next Tuesday, August 26th.

So what exactly could this new reveal be? Though the stream announcement really gives no information about the reveal other than that it will be a new addition to the Pokémon series, there are a few small little details to be highlighted. The Pokémon Company promises "a shocking announcement", which implies something major -- which makes us hope for a game. Other than that, everyone seems to be in the dark. Fan speculation has brought a few things to light, including curious trademarks made in the past by Game Freak and Nintendo.

This time last year, a strange image surfaced from the Pokémon Game Show that showed a Lucario and Blaziken locked in battle, running on what seemed to be a Nintendo Wii U. At the time, Game Freak confirmed that it was just a concept, but trademarks for Pokkén Fighters and Pokkén Tournament also snuck in in August 2013. From there, rumors began to blaze over the internet about what exactly the conceptual image might have been, and we might get our first official footage of the title on Tuesday. Of course, it's also been quite a while since we've gotten a new Pokémon Pinball title, so this could perhaps even be a remake of Pokémon Pinball Ruby/Sapphire to partner with the upcoming 3DS titles.

Considering Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have not hit the market yet, it's probably a safe bet to assume that this will not be a main series title, but anything goes in the gaming world. Nevertheless, all that can be done until the stream begins is wait with baited breath. Details are scarce, so all guesses are just hopes and dreams for now. In the meantime, Pokémon fans can sit back and discuss more recent news, such as the inclusion of Mega Slowbro and Audino in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. After all, who doesn't want a daily dose of Pokémon knowledge?


Destiny’s Guardians head to Venus for an encounter with the metallic Vex in latest trailer

2 comments Matt Newbould - 2:49pm (PST) Like Share

Could this new enemy prove to be particularly Vex-ing

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“It doesn’t matter who you were,

Only what you will become”

It is these rousing words that set the tone for the latest in a series of trailers from Bungie, aimed at building the hype levels for the release of Destiny next month. Last week it was a look at Mars and this time around there’s a chance for players to get a glimpse at what can be expected from a trip to the planet Venus. Once Venus was a paradise and home to an some form of great discovery. It would seem that was a long time ago, judging by the current state of the place mind, and now the ruins appear to be inhabited by enemies previously unencountered in either the Alpha or Beta tests of the game.

Venus is still somewhat oddly reminiscent of the moon mission that was made available for a limited time during the record setting beta last month. Only, there's grass layered in over the boulders and a rather barren landscape. The prevailing theme of grey throughout is very similar to not only the Moon mission, but also the washed out nature of the Old Russia region too. Hopefully the full release will bring more variation to the world of Destiny and expand the color palette a tad more. 

That’s not to say Venus isn’t packing some epic looking punch in the latest trailer. I can’t wait to find out what new and interesting ways a tunnel seemingly emanating lighting has of killing me. It also comes with a new, very shiny looking enemy in the form of the Vex. The Vex are, “mass-produced machine units, constructed of an unknown metal.” Whatever this metal is I’m sure it’s none too fond of a few rounds from a trusty Scout Rifle. Described as hostile, unrelenting and deadly the Vex, sound like a less than ideal foe to come across during a day trip to visit the ancient ruins of Venus. I feel for any Archaeologists who fancy doing research there. 

Destiny drops in just over 3 weeks time, September 9, on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.


Evolve wins Gamescom 2014's official Best of Show on top of four other awards

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Oculus Rift honored as best gaming hardware

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It seems the idea of 4-on-1 boss battles (where one player gets to be the big bad boss) resonates in Germany as well as it did here in North America, as Evolve this week walks away with the "most coveted award of the European computer and video game industry", otherwise known as Best of Show at Gamescom 2014. Developer Turtle Rock Studios will be placing that trophy right alongside the one it already earned for best of E3 2014 back in July.

Evolve unfortunately won't be making a 2014 debut, but the hype for Turtle Rock's "asymmetrical multiplayer" shooter for PC, PS4 and Xbox One is not even close to dying down as the new IP also won four other categories at Gamescom as determined by a panel of judges drawn from multiple European media outlets, and no Neoseeker was never a part of the panel at any point in case you were wondering/concerned.

including the best Action, Online Multiplayer AND Xbox game. Talk about covering all the bases. We felt the idea was so crazy it actually worked when we tried it back at E3, and it's reassuring to know the sentiment has crossed borders.

Consumers also got to support their own favorite titles during Gamecom and the big winner this year was Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. Apparently the idea of Nintendo characters (and guests!) beating the living crap out of each other also has universal appeal, in addition to never going out of style.

Critics however honored Splatoon as the best title for Nintendo platforms, and The Evil Within took top honors for PlayStation platforms. Oculus Rift development kit meanwhile was acknowledged as the best new gaming hardware, meaning VR's potential is catching on worldwide.

Check out the full list of Gamescom 2014 award winners below. In case you were curious about the choices, the official rules point out that only titles that were actually playable on the Gamescom show floor with new content/demos and scheduled for release either in Germany or in the publisher's home market within the year following the current show were eligible for any awards.

Best of Gamescom
Evolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K)

Consumer's Most Wanted
Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo)

Best Console Game Sony PlayStation
The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks/ZeniMax Germany GmbH)

Best Console Game Microsoft Xbox
Evolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K)

Best Console Game Nintendo Wii U
Splatoon (Nintendo)

Best Role Playing Game
Risen 3 (Deep Silver / Koch Media GmbH)

Best Action Game
Evolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K)

Best Simulation Game
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call (Square Enix GmbH)

Best Sports Game
PES 2015 (Konami Digital Entertainment B.V.)

Best Family Game
LittleBigPlanet 3 (Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland GmbH)

Best PC Game
Evolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K)

Best Mobile Game
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo)

Best Social / Casual / Online Game
LittleBigPlanet 3 (Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland GmbH)

Best Online Multiplayer Game
Evolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K)

Best Hardware (incl. peripherals)
Oculus Rift DK2 (Oculus VR)