Monday, Mar 3
Ever feel like your life is missing something special? Well, a Titan may be the right answer to filling that gaping void. In the newest Titanfall trailer -- advertisement, really -- Respawn shows us exactly how awesome life can be if we had our own personal robotic killing machine.
In this live-action ad, titled "Life is Better With a Titan," we see a man leaving his home with an Atlas Titan in tow. Sure, the rest of the city seems a little weirded out by the sight of it, but who cares what they think? This guy's got his own freaking Titan mech!
Okay, but why would you need one of these bad boys in your life? Just imagine if someone you didn't like challenged you to a staring contest. Now imagine that escalating into a shootout between Titans! Excellent.
Titanfall will be arriving on Xbox One and PC on March 11, then Xbox 360 on March 25.
New evidence surfaced over the weekend pointing toward Rocksteady Studios' secret project being a new entry to the acclaimed Batman Arkham series. Even though mum's the word at the studio, Warner Bros. has been more open.
Batman fans may recognize this villain from the comics or his cameo in Arkham City. For those of you that don't, meet Hush. The Batman: Hush Facebook page posted the above image of the man, teasing that we'll find out next month if he'll be playing a bigger role soon:
"Remember a little appearance by somebody in Arkham City? Well things may be abut to get more interesting next month..."
Remember that press viewing Rocksteady had last month? The limited number of reporters that were there can't share anything until later in March, which could match up rather well with the Facebook tease. The Hush page isn't just some random fan page, either, but actually run by WB, despite keeping a low profile with just under 5000 likes. It's possible that this is all a coincidence, but not very likely. The secret project over at Rocksteady is looking more and more like an Arkham game than a new IP.
Not only that, but a GameStop in Tucson, Arizona was allegedly sent this promotional Batman poster. Make of it what you will, but it looks eerily similar to the Arkham Origins logo that you see all over the collector's edition or even the Arkham City Collector's Edition.
Just like the criminals the Dark Knight deals with, they always leave a clue somewhere.
How long have we waited to see you again, Outsider...
A leaked image circulating the Internet points to a possible Dishonored II reveal this year at E3 in June, and you can bet we're excited. The image in question is a teaser of a teaser, practically, simply showing a screen featuring the logo for Dishonored II, followup to Arkane Studios' 2012 hit, Dishonored.
In the photo, a slide displays the alleged game title, a logo featuring a bird (most likely an emblem of some sort), and the words "#DarknessOfTyvia." Tyvia, for those who aren't aware, is one of the islands under the Empress' rule, mentioned only in passing in Dishonored. As the northernmost island in the Empire of Isles, it's also the coldest in terms of climate.
As with so many other major leaks, the Dishonored II rumor originates from NeoGAF, which might actually add to its validity. That being said, every rumor should be taken with a grain of salt, no matter where it started from.
Though still unconfirmed at this point, a second Dishonored game would not come as a huge surprise. When the first-person stealth debuted in 2012 and exceeded sales expectations, publisher Bethesda expressed hopes of starting a franchise. Hey, people loved the game, so why not? I'd certainly welcome another trip to the Isles, given how much fun the first one was.
Thanks for the tip, Dragoon!
Issues statement stating importance of new and old
These past few years haven't been smooth sailing for Konami, but the publisher is trying to change that. Today, they've announced Tomohiro Uesugi as the new President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
In an official statement to the press, Uesugi expressed his gratitude for this opportunity, stating he is "honored" to be made leader of the entire Konami family.
“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve as the head of our talented and passionate employees, and I have a deep respect for our community of fans. We will focus on our talent and iconic brands as we continue to provide innovative products for even deeper and more enjoyable experiences to our customers.”
Uesugi formerly served as executive vice president within Konami, after leaving electronics company Sanyo and his position as executive VP of Sanyo North America Corporation. Before that, he worked for financial firm at KPMG Azsa, and at Sumitomo Trust & Banking’s real estate division.
Konami's next big title is Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, expected to arrive March 18 in North America for current and last-gen consoles.
Okay, so maybe Polytron wasn't specific when they announced that FEZ was going multiplatform last year. What they actually meant was March 25 of this year. The indie puzzler will find be available for download on the PlayStation Network later this month with a couple of unique twists compared to your typical PSN game.
First off, you only have to buy the game once to be able to play it on a PS3, PS4, and PS Vita. What's more is that save files will be shared between the three systems, so you don't have to worry about replaying the same level over again unless you just want to.
FEZ puts you in control of Gomez, a stylish, fez-wearing character that's content living life as a 2D sprite in a 2D world until a mysterious artifact reveals the existence of a third dimension. Like any sensible 2D sprite, Gomez gets curious and goes out in search of it. The 2012 title was warmly received by the gaming community. So well received, in fact, that Polytron announced at last year's Horizon conference that a sequel is coming at some point -- before the creator abruptly cancelled it.
Grab your blocks and your hats, PlayStation fans. March 25 is coming fast.
SDN Invest also partially owns Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction studio
3D Realms looks to float adrift as an industry pariah no longer after handing the reins to Duke Nukem Forever to Gearbox Software, as Denmark-based SDN Invest is confirmed to have acquired the studio originally behind the storied (and eventually troubled) franchise. The investment firm's founder Mike Nielsen will also become CEO of 3D Realms.
SDN Invest is also part-owner of Interceptor Entertainment, which recently made headlines for teasing a new Duke Nukem title of their own with 3D Realms' blessings called Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction. However, this landed both companies in legal hot water from Gearbox last week, since it now holds the future publishing rights for the franchise.
Interceptor remains upbeat about the 3D Realms acquisition in spite of this, with CEO Frederik Schreiber calling it "a huge step" for the company.
If you pre-order The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at GameStop, Spider-Man will get hooked up with four new suits to go slinging through New York City. After all, the red and blue is kind of boring and expected when you think of superheroes. Between Super Man, Cyclops, and countless other heroes, it's time for a bit of a break. Luckily for us, Activision agrees. The "Web Threads Suit Pack" DLC will be given out for free to GameStop pre-orders when the game comes out April 29.
In addition to looking great for your Daily Bugle shots that Peter Parker kid always seems to get of the web slinging crime fighter, each suit comes with unspecified combat bonuses. You'll have to try them all out and see! The suits that will be in the DLC pack are:
- The cutting-edge designed, red and gold Iron Spider Suit
- The stellar, blue and white Cosmic Spider-Man Suit
- The all-consuming, Venom-like Black Suit
- The pulp-style Spider-Man Noir Suit
For maximum enjoyment of your Spidey suits, you'll want to consider the PS4, Xbox One, or PC versions of the game. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will also be available on Wii U, 3DS, Xbox 360, and PS3 starting April 29.
Players all over the world will soon be able to grow lush gardens in three dimensions with Mama. Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends, a spin-off of the popular Cooking Mama series, has recently been announced exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. Majesco Games confirmed today that North American 3DS owners will be able to sustain their woodland communities -- with the veggies, of course -- in April of 2014. Unfortunately, there is no word of release outside of North America just yet.
What is Mama's ultimate goal this time around? To grow grandiose greens to give to the local creatures! Mama's here to help out her forest friends, of course. Using the stylus, players can solve many touchscreen based challenges, such as planting and caring for seeds and plants. Gardens can be customized through trade of points or SpotPass connectivity.
Sadly, this new installation into the Mama series probably won't win any prizes for innovation. At this point, Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends looks to be an updated rehash of the original Gardening Mama. Don't give up on it just yet though. Forest Friends will be available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS in North America starting next month.
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MixedBag announced forma.8 Friday. The Italian indie developer created forma.8 out of a small gameplay concept based on an experimental control system for touch-enabled devices. The concept that eventually evolved into a full fledged game will be making its way to most platforms later this year. By most, I mean PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, iOS, PC, Mac and Linux.
forma.8 is a metroidvania title that puts you in control of an aptly named forma.8 exploration probe at some point in the distant future. He's stranded alone on an alien planet after being separated from his comrades from one of those accident things that always seems to happen to people in video games. If the forma.8 unit doesn't recover an energy source deep within the planet before it's too late, who knows what might happen?
forma.8 starts off giving you no direction, but you'll slowly uncover the story and learn where to go as you explore the alien world and interact with the frequently hostile environment. Since the forma unit has been stranded, there's not much chance of reaching out to it through verbal communication, so you'll have to make do with imagery and sound to figure out where to go next.
MixedBag's co-founder Mauro Fanelli was fairly excited to be able to announce the project, stating:
"I’m so excited to finally reveal forma.8 for consoles, mobile, tablets and computers. I think it’s amazing that the first game announced for a next-generation console from an Italian team is an indie project made by an indie team. It wouldn’t have been possible just a few years ago. A massive thanks to Sony and Nintendo for the support, and to Unity for making it possible."
Excited yet? No? Check out these features and the trailer below:
- An expansive world to explore
- An intriguing and mysterious story
- Dystopian visions!
- Secrets to uncover
- Lots of enemies
- Lots of BIG enemies
- Some more B I G G E R enemies
- ...and all the power-ups you need to take care of them and to avoid all the nasty stuff you'll face on the remote, alien planet
- 60 frames per second super fluid action
forma.8 currently has a release window of Q3 2014.
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Sunday, Mar 2
Take flight in a horribly designed rocket to explore the world
Get ready to blast off with the recently announced Wii U exclusive, Affordable Space Adventures! This game, developed by KnapNok games, places you in control of an expedition of a new frontier. Unfortunately, you're not given many supplies to work with. In fact, a small ship and light serve as your tools on this thrifty space quest.
Affordable Space Adventures is an adventure puzzle where the player must stealthily sneak around these brand new lands without alerting the inhabitants. Unfortunately, that may be a little hard in the clunky, beat-up little ship provided.
"Enjoy all the thrills and excitement of space exploration on a budget? Uexplore brings you affordable space adventures without compromising comfort, fun and safety. Our newest Small Craft line with its intuitive and simple Heads Down Display technology offers all the functionality and flexibility of the Heads Up Displays installed in more expensive space ships, but at a fraction of the price."
Affordable Space Adventures won't make gamers wait for too long. This adorable-looking little quest for knowledge will be released by Indie developer, KnapNok Games, in the fall of 2014, exclusively for Nintendo's Wii U.
- DC Universe's MOBA 'Infinite Crisis' enters open beta, Aquaman and Green Lantern join the fray 
- Steam controller receives another update, drops touchscreen for colorful buttons 
- Bound By Flame scheduled for release on May 9, live the life of a demon knight 
- Dark Souls 2 death count nears 12 million, still going strong two days after release 
- Learn how much time you've spent in League of Legends, then feel bad about it 
- February NPD Number Crunch: Xbox One almost catches up to PS4 
- The Sims 4 available Fall 2014, hopefully no one had any plans 
- Celebrate spring indoors with Wii Sports Club for free next weekend 
- League of Legends: Mystery figure appears in Battlecast Vel'Koz splash art 
- Nintendo wants you to have Pokemon X or Y for free next month 
- Little Mac floating like a Flutter, stinging like a Beezo in Super Smash Bros. 
- Nintendo Direct for February 13 Live-Blog: Will X Debut? 
- Rumor: Final Fantasy VII remake could be a reality 
- Nintendo DS and Wii 'Wi-Fi Connection Service' discontinuation May 20, end of online play