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Tuesday, Feb 17

Terraria: Otherworld announced by Re-Logic, spin-off to evolve role-playing and strategy gameplay

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A "malevolent" force must be "cleansed"

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No, it isn't the Terraria 2 that Re-Logic has been talking about since 2013, but it's definitely something. Today Re-Logic, in partnership with Engine Software, announced Terraria: Otherworld. While not a full sequel, Terraria: Otherworld takes the series in a fresh direction with a new focus on RPG and strategy elements of gameplay, while retaining the open-world that made Terraria as popular as it is today.

The first question many people may be asking is, "Well, if it's not Terraria 2 and we know Re-Logic is working on Terraria 2, then what even is this?" Let me point out again that Terraria: Otherworld is born of a partnership between Re-Logic and Engine Software. Engine Software being the studio that brought Terraria to console -- reinvigorating a title that at the time like it might die before a sequel could even be considered, let alone a series of games. It's highly likely Terraria: Otherworld is Engine Software's baby while Re-Logic continues to focus on Terraria 2. Perhaps it's like the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in the grand scheme of things.

What makes Terraria: Otherworld unique then? Details are still relatively scant, there are some hints as to what we can look forward to in the game. In the press release, it's said that players' goal in Otherworld will be to "restore a once-pristine world" to its "original splendor." A "malevolent" force has taken over this new Terraria dimension and apparently it's the player's job to fix it. As mentioned earlier, it does this through new RPG and strategy mechanics, but what these mechanics are and how they're different from what already exists in Terraria is unclear.

Terraria: Otherworld is planned for release on PC and Mac. No release window has yet to be revealed. For now, check out the game's announcement trailer. Hopefully there are some interesting clues to what's new in the game within.

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Monday, Feb 16

Rise of the Tomb Raider screenshots offer closer look at new frozen environments and updated Lara

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Looks like a slippery climb

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New Rise of the Tomb Raider screenshots have arisen, giving us a closer look at the frozen wonderland of Siberia and a slightly different Lara. For detail-oriented fans, her updated, more mature appearance is likely already apparent, but on a more obvious note, she's dressed appropriately for the new, colder environments. Also, bears are a thing.

The hi-res screenshots mostly focus on vertical traversal, showing Lara and an unknown gentleman climbing ice walls with their trusty picks. Interestingly, one of the screenshots does feature a desert environment, so we can assume the young Croft will be traveling around quite a bit throughout the course of the game.

Larger environments are practically a given by this point, along with more complex puzzles and tombs to conquer. Of course, Lara still has a bow on her, and we trust Crystal Dynamics will also include dual pistols in some capacity.

As of now, Rise of the Tomb Raider has only been confirmed for Xbox One and Xbox 360, though other versions might be released at a later time.

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The Last Guardian trademark abandoned once again by Sony

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Then again, this isn't exactly the first time

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In the ongoing drama of PlayStation exclusive The Last Guardian, its trademark has been recently abandoned by Sony Computer Entertainment of America. This is according to The Last Guardian's status page on the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The site breaks down the entire process, listing when Sony was issued a renewal notice, when the trademark was issued extensions, and when it was ultimately abandoned on February 16. Mind you, this isn't the first time Sony let the trademark for the fabled exclusive expire, only to reapply later. Particularly optimistic fans could also choose to believe the company is looking to rebrand the storied title, opting to ditch The Last Guardian name in favor of a fresh start. In the end, we really can't say for sure.

By this point, if The Last Guardian is still in development, it has likely already been reworked several times and will most certainly be developed for PlayStation 4, not just the PlayStation 3. Seems obvious, anyway, even if Sony isn't saying a word on the matter.

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Evolve, Zelda & Monster Hunter shake up charts during UK launch week

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This past Valentine's weekend saw love letters for IP both new and old

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Despite misgivings some players had over Evolve's DLC, Turtle Rock and 2K Games' new 4vs1 asymmetric multiplayer FPS still proved it had what it takes to leap to the head of the food chain in the UK last week. Indeed, Evolve's first-place finish would make for the first new IP from 2K Games to top charts during launch week since BioShock Infinite's debut back in March 2013.

Joining in the launch festivities was Nintendo with its New 3DS handhelds; players across the pond actually got the benefit of being able to choose between one of two different models to suit their needs. Weekly console hardware sales jumped 57 percent on account of the launch of the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL.

Two new major game releases accompanied the new Nintendo handhelds, both well-received. In fact, the 3DS remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask was the best-selling single platform title last week by Chart-Track's reckoning, earning a second place finish on the software top ten ahead of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Grand Theft Auto V.

Sandwiched in between these two console goliaths is Capcom's Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, published by Nintendo in the UK. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's first week sales rang in 95 percent higher than those for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate in the UK alone, which is impressive considering MH3U launched across two Nintendo platforms simultaneously back in March 2013.

UK Software All-Format Top Ten 2015/02/08 - 2015/02/14
1. Evolve 2K Games PS4 / Xbox One / PC
2. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Nintendo Nintendo 3DS
3. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Activision PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC
4. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Nintendo Nintendo 3DS
5. Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360
6. FIFA 15 EA Sports PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC / Wii / Vita / PSP / 3DS
7. Far Cry 4 Ubisoft PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC
8. Minecraft: Xbox Edition Microsoft Xbox One / Xbox 360
9. Assassin's Creed Unity Ubisoft PlayStation 4 / Xbox One / PC
10. Destiny Activision PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360

Friday, Feb 13

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video show off updated enemy placements

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Familiar territory, now with a twist

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Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin might seem like a simple remake, but a new gameplay trailer released today shows us that's obviously not true. While returning players will find the locations pretty familiar, enemies aren't nearly so static.

The video takes us through the Forest of Fallen Giants, an area you can explore fairly early on in Dark Souls 2. While some enemies are found in their old spots, new spawns are just waiting for an opportunity to surprise you. Of course, for anyone who's stepping into Dark Souls 2 for the first time with Scholar of the First Sin, the differences don't mean much.

Scholar of the First Sin is an HD re-release for Dark Souls 2 that also happens to mark its debut on current-gen consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4.  PC will be getting the updated version as well come April 7.


Fable Legends receives another melee hero, the feisty yet lovely Evienne and her mystical sword

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She's not just any Lady of the Lake

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Fable Legends introduced a new Hero to its playable cast today, and her name is Evienne, a melee fighter loosely inspired by the classic Lady of the Lake. You see, Evienne was destined to become such a lady, tasked with living in a lake until the day a Hero shows up to claim the legendary sword she guards. That explains her strange appearance, but not how she ended up in Brightlodge.

See, Evienne comes from a long line of women in the town of Muddypuddle whose entire life's purpose revolved around guarding the legendary Brobdingnagian broadsword. Only a true Hero is believed to be capable of wielding the weapon, after solving the riddle of pronouncing its name properly. As luck would have it, Evienne turned out to be one such Hero, and when she realized this, the young woman couldn't get out of Muddypuddle fast enough to answer the King's call for Heroes in Brightlodge.

You go, Evienne. You and Brobdingnagian will surely kick a lot of villainous ass.


Thursday, Feb 12

January NPD Number Crunch: 2015 dawns with zombie parkour & PS4 comeback

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But next-gen console sales decline year-over-year

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If the French Revolution wasn't enough to make you want to believe in freerunning action adventure again, then zombies sure as heck did. The NPD Group today confirms that 2015 started with a zombie-infested bang as Techland's zombie-survival-meets-slum-parkour title Dying Light was the best-selling game of January at US retail. It's as fine a testament to the staying power of zombies (pun intended), but just as importantly Dying Light sets a new first-month milestone for new survival horror IP. This honor was previously held by The Evil Within back in October 2014. And it doesn't seem like Dying Light is finished with its fans yet.

Software sales were still down 5 percent year-over-year to $625.7 million USD, but that's a sight better than the colossal 23 percent drop suffered by hardware sales; console hardware sales "only" managed to hit $185.5 million last month compared the $239.6 million scored back in January 2014. Sony Computer Entertainment America has already confirmed that the PlayStation 4 has regained the crown of top-selling console at US retail last month following two months of Xbox One dominance thanks to the $50 price cut on Microsoft's console. However, sales for eigth-generation consoles as a whole remained in decline last month compared to the same period last year.

January 2015 Top Ten Software Sales
  Game Publisher Platform Release
1. Dying Light Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PS4 / Xbox One / PC 01/2015
2. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Activision PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 11/2014
3. Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 11/2014
4. Minecraft 4J Studios PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 11/2014
5. NBA 2K15 2K Games PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 10/2014
6. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS / Wii U Nintendo 3DS / Wii U 11/2014
7. Far Cry 4 Ubisoft PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 11/2014
8. Madden NFL 15 Electronic Arts PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 08/2014
9. Destiny Activision PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 09/2014
10. FIFA 15 Electronic Arts PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / 3DS / Vita 09/2014

Story of Seasons almost ready for harvest, arrives on 3DS starting March 31

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Please only make hundreds of these adorable chickens

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The next title from the developers who've brought fans the Harvest Moon series since 1996 now has a release date. XSEED confirmed that their localizations efforts with Story of Seasons were moving along very well and that the farming simulation title is almost ready. In fact, it's only a month and a half away. Story of Seasons is now slated for release on the Nintendo 3DS starting March 31.

The rebranding from Harvest Moon to Story of Seasons comes as a consequence of an agreement with another North American publisher. Basically, despite having made Harvest Moon titles since 1996, the developers of Story of Seasons don't own the brand in North America. That means that while Harvest Moon is still Harvest Moon in Japan (or rather Bokujo Monogatari), in North America it's now Story of Seasons.

Luckily the name change won't amount to any other significant changes. It's rather the oppostie in practice. Story of Seasons will be everything that fans loved about the Harvest Moon franchise -- customizable farms and characters, animal care, relationship building with townfolk, and the assorted online features added in recent iterations of the franchise. All that's new is a lightly updated look which 3DS owners should appreciate. That and the name change.

Story of Seasons will be released on the Nintendo 3DS starting March 31. It may seem different at first, but much like the annual harvest it never really changes in its roots.


XSEED reveals plans to localize Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven, now defunct Neverland's legacy

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Yes, the new title does indeed sound like hentai

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XSEED has revealed their plans for another localization from parent company Marvelous. Today the Japan to North America localization team announced that Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven will be coming to western shores later in 2015. If you kind of recognize that name, good work, because it's new title for the Japanese release of Forbidden Magna. Apparently that just wasn't the right mix of Japan and anime for XSEED.

Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven is a top-down RPG with all of those resplendent classical sensibilities. There's no turn-based combat as one might expect of a JRPG, however. Rather, the player will move their party members around the map individually and then each attack will have an area of effect. These attacks then have physics properties, knocking enemies back into their allies and doing additional damage. It's a unique form of RPG action that should turn some heads.

In terms of style, Lord of Magna is very interesting. The game was in development at Rune Factory's studio Neverland prior to the company going bankrupt, but then publisher Marvelous quickly hired the team to continue its development under their own brand. The result is a game with visuals taken from a mix of Rune Factory and Harvest Moon

Expect more information on Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven in the months to come. For an early look at the game, check out the below trailer for the Japanese release of the game. It shows off all of the basic mechanics, as well as the game's general style.


League of Legends unleashes 'Nemesis Draft' Featured Game Mode, pick your enemy team comp

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Now this is intriguing...

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Today, League of Legends brings a new Featured Game Mode, the Nemesis Draft, into play. Prepare yourself for more hilarity. This latest limited-time mode basically lets players pick the champions for their enemies to play, leaving us to wonder what kind of messed up team comps might be born in the coming days.

Of course, the catch is that you'll be affected by your choices as well. On the official League site, Riot listed the following basic rules of Nemesis Draft:

  • You pick out your enemy team.
  • The champions you pick for your enemies will comprise your team’s combined champion pool.
  • Battle Boosts are back!

Still confused? Yeah, so am I. The devs provided a FAQ section for the new mode as well, though you could probably dive right in and experience the madness firsthand.

Consider me intrigued, if a little scared. Imagine all those champions you once considered absolute trash coming back to stomp your face in.

Categories: PC Games