Tuesday, Mar 4
Murdered: Soul Suspect publisher Square Enix has provided us the speedily approaching day of protagonist Ronan O'Connor's death. Starting June 3 in North America, June 6 elsewhere in the world, Ronan will be killed by an otherworldly figure on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Gamers will then get to unravel the mystery of Ronan's death, while dealing with ghostly and demonic obstacles, and ultimately... hmm. Resurrection? Salvation? Discover who Ronan really is? Time will tell.
Considering the type of game that Murdered: Soul Suspect is, we've probably seen and heard about as much about is as Airtight is willing to say. Giving away anything more would probably lead to a lesser experience. What's a mystery game when players already feel comfortable going into it? Though when the promise is a mix of unique puzzle mechanics as well as demon fighting action, it's good that at least some of the game has been shown initially.
Oh, but Square Enix also had another surprise for fans watching for more Murdered information. For those that preorder the game, a special digital strategy map! Let's not try and make sense of why a ghost would have a ghost map. Rather, the player, being semi-godlike, perhaps is more aware of the world than the protagonist himself. I'm over thinking this. The map will show off collectibles, quest-givers and even Easter Eggs. GG?
Get Murdered: Soul Suspect on June 3 in North America or on June 6 outside of the Americas. It'll be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at the price of $59.99 and then on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $49.99. Don't forget the ghost map that comes with preordering. Ghost map. Think about that.
We're just weeks away from InFamous: Second Son joining the PlayStation 4 family, and Sucker Punch today released a few more screenshots for the upcoming exclusive. Yes, they are very pretty.
The screenshots seem to be mostly environmental, showing scenes from around Seattle. Delsin makes his appearance in a few of these, however, using his powers in a fight. So many colors. Must be fun being a Conduit.
Recently, we had the opportunity to preview the third InFamous title, and the combat definitely looks promising. Hey, what could be more fun than using light to blind your enemies, and then lighting that on fire? Overkill is never a bad thing, especially in a world where your superpowers are keeping you alive. After all, the majority of the human population seems to think Conduits are bad news.
Seriously, where's Professor X when you need him? Nowhere. Dammit, Cole, look at what you've done.
InFamous: Second Son will be released on March 21 for PS4.
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The first DLC pack for Daedalic's turn-based RPG Blackguards is now available. During your adventures in the South of Aventuria, you'll meet a former slave gladiator named Takate. The "Untold Legends" DLC explores Takate's past, explaining how he became a slave gladiator and all the pain he suffered. Patch 1.3 is also available for the RPG today, featuring a number of balance and combat tweaks.
Untold Legends gives you the chance to get revenge on Takate's former masters with new weapons and more than ten battle maps that complement the base game's staggering 180+. After all, vengeance is the best cure for scars that run as deep as Takate's. Vegeance and maps. And new weapons. The slavers had it coming, anyway.
The Untold Legends DLC is available for $5.99 through major digital retailers. People who bought the Blackguards' Contributor's Edition on Steam will get it for free. The Dark Eye awaits.
Do you like movie tie-in games? Marvel likes movie tie-in games. Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently in development by GlitchSoft for iOS. It'll be ready some time this May, but an exact date hasn't been announced.
Luckily for us, this isn't your typical movie tie-in game. Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past will have some heavy similarities in its story to this summer's much anticipated blockbuster, but it'll be using the characters from the 1981 Uncanny X-Men comic, continuing with the Colossus of a movie premise. For those unaware, the movie X-Men: Days of Future Past takes Charles Xavier's X-Men of the present into the past.
Marvel's VP of Games Production TQ Jefferson had this to say about the company's decision to let GlitchSoft develop the game:
"GlitchSoft came to us with a pedigree of rock-solid game development, strong production values, and a passion for the Uncanny X-Men franchise that was impossible to ignore. It’s these sorts of qualities that we look for in a partner, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring our version of ‘Days of Future Past’ to mobile."
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in theaters the weekend of May 23 across the globe. While no specific date has been announced for the Uncanny X-Men tie-in on iOS, it will likely make its way to the App Store around the same time.
The long wait is finally over, South Park fans. Your Stick of Truth has been revealed and the time is now to embark on your epic quest to obtain it! Despite delay after delay, Cartman and the rest of the South Park gang have finally made their way to PS3, Xbox 360, and PC in South Park: The Stick of Truth. If you haven't picked your copy up yet, what are you waiting for? A release announcement? Well, this is it.
South Park: The Stick of Truth was written and voiced by series creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker and is hailed as the "definitive" South Park experience. Defeat Underpants Gnomes, hippies, and all manner of villainous beings that would stop you from obtaining the mythical Stick of Truth. Succeed, and you'll not only cement your standing as a friend with Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman, but you'll also become cool. What fourth grader doesn't want that?
Be careful, though. You don't want to mess with
Gandalf Cartman's ever-present authoritah. South Park: The Stick of Truth is available now for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. Obsidian Entertainment's love letter to South Park has truly become realized.
Launch trailer - YouTube
Batman: Arkham Knight lives! After rumors surrounding Rocksteady's next Batman project began to reach critical mass, the full announcement was made early today. Yes, a full-fledged sequel to the Batman: Arkham series made by the original developers themselves, as opposed to Warner Bros. Montreal's Arkham Origins prequel. Rocksteady has been working on something special, so expect Batman: Arkham Knight later this year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
What's new in Arkham Knight? While little has has been revealed Rocksteady has confirmed that the Batmobile will be playable in Arkham Knight, finally allowing gamers to drive around Arkham in style. Who knows what sort of tricky mischief the Batmobile will allow for. Also, as depressing as it may be, but Arkham Knight's preorder DLC has also been announced. Like previous titles, preorders will unlock additional missions for a a different playable character. In Arkham Knight it will be... Harley Quinn.
Additional villains have also been confirmed, some in Arkham Knight's announcement trailer, like Two-Face, Penguin and Scarecrow. Rumors are also swirling that Hush will be playing a larger role in the game. I'm sure there's a veritable clown car of other Batman villains just waiting to jump out and surprise us too. This wouldn't be a Batman game otherwise!
Perhaps most striking, however, is what seems to be a more realistic and detailed visual design to the game. Penguin's face in particular is alarmingly realistic, as is Harley Quinn's completely different look. Previous titles have been a little bit more stylized, taking more inspiration from the comics and cartoons. In fact, I think prefer the classic style a bit more... but maybe Rocksteady figured they had to go more realistic to really show off the "next-gen" tech.
Officially, Batman: Arkham Knight is planned for release in 2014. However, on the GameStop preorder site a more specific launch date is available, though unconfirmed: October 12, 2014.
Announcement trailer - YouTube
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370,000 consoles sold during Japanese launch weekend
The PlayStation 4 is already the fastest selling Sony console yet, and the company confirms its next-gen platform has reached a new milestone of 6 million consoles sold since launch in North America and Europe last November. The updated total includes recent PS4 sales from Japan, where the console finally launched last month.
Sony reports Japanese launch weekend sales of 370,000 units, higher than the figures estimated by Famitsu. The official number is still slightly behind Wii U's own launch weekend tally of 371,936 units, and certainly nowhere near the astonishing 630,552 PS2s sold in just two days 14 years ago.
Not that the Wii U has much to gloat about, as the new PS4 worldwide total is well positioned to surpass lifetime sales for Nintendo's console (5.86 million units as of the end of December 2013) in a shorter period of time. To be sure, PS4 sales outside of Japan have slowed since before and just after the holiday rush, so keeping momentum will be no less a concern for Sony.
Who else is ready to wait a little bit longer for Titanfall?
As far as launch trailer go, I tend to prefer them when a game launches. In Titanfall's case I'll make an exception. Respawn Entertainment decided to put up Titanfall's launch trailer today, a week to go before the game's launch on March 11. If there exists a single gamer unfamiliar with Titanfall, it's a first-person multiplayer title featuring parkour action and giant robots, made from the creators of Call of Duty and its Modern Warfare series.
Yes, the launch trailer shows off both the parkour insanity featured in the game as well as plenty of giant robot action. For a two-minute trailer they really pack it full of gameplay, showing off a handful of customizable player and titan abilities. If I had to pick a moment for my favorite, it would be the pilot sliding under the titan as the titan grabs her and places her in the cockpit. I recall from the beta that it feels just as good in first person. Actually, it feels even better.
Titanfall launches March 11 on the PC and Xbox One, followed by an Xbox 360 launch on March 25 to allow for additional polish (and to give the "next gen" versions of the game some time to shine). I'm pretty sure my fellow editor Lydia won't be sleeping until she has it and the giant collector's edition Atlus statue in her hands.
Gameplay launch trailer - YouTube
Activision is hosting the very first Call of Duty multiplayer demo event this month, for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Basically you can try the game before you buy, at least for a limited time. Set to begin this Friday, March 7, the demo will run through Monday, March 10, and only on Xbox LIVE.
To be more specific, the Ghosts demo weekend will start at 10:00 A.M. PST on March 7 and presumably end a minute before midnight on the following Monday. Participants won't have access to all the content but still be able to experience a good chunk of the multiplayer. The three maps included will be Strikezone, Warhawk and Prison Break. The three modes available will be Search & Rescue, Domination and Team Deathmatch. For co-op fans, Point of Contact for Extinction mode will also be unlocked.
Activision and Infinity Ward will also host a free trial weekend for Call of Duty: Ghosts' first DLC pack, Onslaught, on March 21 via Xbox LIVE. The add-on was just released to PC and PlayStation consoles last week, a month after the Xbox release.
Monday, Mar 3
Net Articles Summary
One of you against ten thousand of them? No problem
War is coming and all pilots are being called to battle! Rauser pilots will take to the skies in Luftrausers starting March 18 using their PlayStation 3, PS Vita, or PC. Luftrausers is a realistic, arcade-style dogfight simulator developed by two-man Dutch team Vlambeer and published by Devolver Digital.
Featuring over 125 different combinations for your aircraft, Luftrausers isn't your ordinary arcade game. You'll unlock different weapons, propulsion systems, and bodies for your rauser as you volunteer and work your way through more than 100 missions. One weapon may have you spraying multiple bullets to take on multiple enemy targets while the next one may be as uninteresting as some extra damage from your lone bullet.
Pay $10 through Steam, Humble, or PSN and get a single copy of the game. Or, for the generals among you that wish to start your own air division, a more outrageous asking price of $750 will get you one DRM-free copy and 100 Steam keys to recruit more pilots.
The war begins March 18.
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