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Skullgirls Encore expands to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita sometime in 2014

2 comments Lydia Sung - 5:21pm (PST) Like Share

More Skullsgirls on more platforms

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Skullgirls Encore will be expanding its horizons this year when Lab Zero Games releases the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita versions. Yes, the ladies are going to new places, and I'm not just talking about EVO 2014.

Previously released to the Sony Entertainment Network (and Xbox LIVE Arcade), Skullgirls Encore has already been out for PlayStation 3. Later this year, however, developer Lab Zero and distributor Autumn Games will be showing the rest of the Sony family a bit more love with PS4 and Vita versions. No concrete date was given, but we'll no doubt here more soon, what with EVO 2014 coming up.

After a rather messy fallout between Lab Zero and Konami over content distribution for Skullgirls, the 2D fighter was delisted from Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network (now SEN). The developer's answer to this was to make Skullgirls Encore, a new and improved version of the original with balance updates, new palettes, stages and characters. Since Skullgirls for PC was left alone, Encore was never released for PC but continues to receive updates alongside Encore.

 
 

Alien: Isolation trailer teases pre-order levels featuring voices by original cast, including Ripley

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Bringing back some familiar faces

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Alien: Isolation looks appropriately terrifying, but why not throw in some of the original faces of the series? A new trailer from SEGA and Creative Assembly shows off the pre-order bonus content from the Nostromo Edition, which lets you play as some of the original characters from the 1979 Alien movie. Yes, that does include Ripley. 

The DLC takes places after the deaths of Brett and Kane, when the survivors must figure out a way to escape. Become Ripley, Dallas or Parker in this fight for survival. Ash and Lambert will be present to lend their aid as well, because what Alien fan wouldn't want to see the entire Nostromo crew together in one place?

Anyway, check out the trailer below, and remember to pre-order Alien: Isolation to access the Nostromo Edition. The game will actually be released on October 7 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

 
 

Love it or hate it, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair's second English trailer out

2 comments Rory Young - 2:43pm (PST) Like Share (1)

Ah, the roster of characters looks so fun!

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I absolutely love Danganronpa. It's one of my favorite games on the PS Vita, and I couldn't be more excited for Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair's release September 2. I fully admit, however, that the English voiceover for the first game was painful to listen to. As in, worse than Funimation's early anime dubbing bad. Thus, it's with half of a smile and half of a frown that I introduce Danganronpa 2's second English trailer.

It's not just that the voiceover in these Danganronpa titles is quite bad, it's also that in translation so much of what's said comes out as utter gibberish. So when NIS America puts together a trailer for the game, snipping bits and pieces of the game and putting them together to create a "sizzle" reel of sorts, it's doubling down on the rough parts of the game. Listening to Monokuma's screeching howl of a voice as he rambles about nothing in general... it's a bit difficult to sit through.

Then comes the beatings. Let's be clear, Monokuma is a messed character. He's responsible for many deaths, or at least for creating the situation that leads to multiple deaths. He's not a sympathetic character at all and that becomes very clear after the playing the game for a while. However, in a trailer that's introducing a game based on murder mysteries, it's a bit uncomfortable to see a cute-ish bear beating its sister before any gameplay is even shown.

Sigh, but this is a niche Japanese game on the PS Vita after all. It doesn't have to appeal to the masses or appear well-produced if its goal is to continue to sell to that niche market. Still, if they're aiming for niche, why not just play the Japanese audio?

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair will be released exclusively on the PS Vita starting on September 2 in North America. If the trailer doesn't fit your fancy, check out the handful of new screenshots that have also been released. No audio in a screenshot!



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BioWare showcases Josephine, new Dragon Age: Inquisition character romanceable by any gender

11 comments Lydia Sung - 4:26pm (PST) Like Share

She seems nice, actually

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The Dragon Age: Inquisition spotlight is currently on one Lady Josephine Montilyet, a noblewoman and yet another advisor to the Inquisition. Don't let the whole "advisor" thing fool you, however, because it definitely doesn't make them less important to the story. Certainly won't disqualify a character as romanceable, either.

We know now that Josephine is a woman of high breeding, the eldest of a noble Antivan family and a talented diplomat. Her involvement with the Inquisition comes when Sister Leliana, another advisor to the Inquisitor, brings aboard to help their cause, and she's every bit the stereotypical workaholic. Lady Josephine loves challenges, and doesn't require much sleep to get something done. Her talents and ambition will no doubt make her a valuable ally.

The Inquisition's power is not absolute: it must earn its place among the forces in conflict. Sister Leliana understands this well, and has called on an old friend, Lady Josephine Montilyet, to be the Inquisition’s ambassador in the halls of the influential. The eldest daughter of a noble Antivan family, Josephine is a rising star among diplomats, skilled at forging alliances with tact, grace, and carefully cultivated favors. She is a consummate planner who understands that resurrecting the Inquisition will require support and goodwill from Thedas's movers and shakers. Fortunately, the ambassador enjoys a challenge, and she sincerely believes that the Inquisition is the best way to halt the chaos sweeping Thedas.

Incidentally, Josephine is written by Sylvia Feketekuty, the same writer responsible for Liara in Mass Effect 3. In a recent QA she did on the BioWare site, Feketekuty talks rather excitedly about being able to work on a totally new character, creating something from scratch. In her own words, Josephine is "optimistic, she likes finding solutions, and needs barely any sleep to work at full capacity. She misses the view of the sea from her bedroom in Antiva City (though she only brings that up with friends)."

Despite being born and raised in Antiva, she seems like a rather nice young lady. Feketekuty also confirmed her as a romance option for Inquisitors of any race or gender.

It was also fun to write a romance again. And because I know people will ask: You can try to win Josephine’s heart as any race or gender. I think we ended up with some fun moments whether you’re trying to romance her or just be her friend, but there’s one particular scene that I love.

Josephine's in-depth reveal follows close behind Cullen, whose involvement was confirmed last week. The Templar is also an advisor to the Inquisition, and romanceable.

Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on October 7. Check out our impressions of the game from E3!

 
 

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare behind-the-scenes trailer shows us what the future sounds like

2 comments Lydia Sung - 8:24am (PST) Like Share

It's not just about the explosions

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is about more than just loud explosions, as we learn in the newest behind-the-scenes trailer from Sledgehammer and Activision. Painting a believable picture of the future isn't as easy as it looks, and the developers had to really consider more than just the aesthetics.

As Sledgehammer's video series continues, we come upon a rather important yet often overlooked aspect of game design: the sound. The developers are really aiming to create a futuristic environment that still feels grounded, so they started with something familiar, then tweaked it over time by adding more layers of audio until something works. Interestingly enough, this is pretty much the same method they utilized in Advanced Warfare's visual design.

Another rather cool point of interest is the variety in sfx. Every sound is different, created based on a number of factors like the type of projectile, force of impact, and target object. Seriously, have a look at the full video below.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be out November 4 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC.

 
 

Lords of the Fallen confirmed for October 2014, prepare for yourselves for a brutal RPG experience

1 comments Lydia Sung - 7:31am (PST) Like Share

A dungeon crawler that takes no prisoners (alive)

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Lords of the Fallen will officially be coming out in time for Halloween, on October 28. Brace yourselves, because this isn't a dungeon crawler for the faint of heart. Expect to die many, many times.

Set in an old monastery, Lords of the Fallen places players in the shoes of Harkyn, an anti-hero of sorts sent to investigate some evil goings-on at said monastery. While the character isn't customizable, how he's played is left up to you. Armor, weapons and a limited number of spells can be mixed and matched, equipped in a number of different ways to suit your play style.

Having the option to essentially create your own way to play is always nice, but in Lords of the Fallen, it's absolutely necessary to survival. One of the game's biggest draws is the absurdly high difficulty, which dictates that every enemy and encounter must be approached in a strategic manner. This isn't just a hack-and-slash, but a gauntlet of pain, frustration, and the satisfaction that comes with each hard-won victory.

Lords of the Fallen will come out for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on October 28 in the US, and October 31 in Europe. 

 
 

Destiny trailer goes unboxes $150 Ghost Edition, Bungie details special collector's edition contents

1 comments Lydia Sung - 7:05am (PST) Like Share

Even the BOX looks amazing!

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Bungie announced three several versions of Destiny just yesterday, but why not follow up with a trailer? In an official "reveal" video for the $150 Ghost Edition, Bungie developers go through some of the bonuses featured in what is essentially Destiny's collector's edition, like the Ghost replica and extra downloadable content.

As the most expensive of the three Destiny varieties, Ghost Edition's big draw is the little statue of Ghost, your AI companion in the game. Yes, the figure is actually pretty small, but it also lights up and speaks in the voice of actor Peter Dinklage. Hey, the devs seem pretty impressed with the little guy, and he does seem like a nice companion to have in the actual game; stands to reason he'd make a fun collectible.

Another item worth looking at is the Arms and Armament Field Guide, a book that's supposedly written by Guardians for Guardians, giving you every bit of important information you'll need to survive. Items from the "Golden Age," when humanity still thrived without the threat of extinction, might also make lore fans and collectors happy. For anyone who wants more DLC, you'll be getting that too with Expansions I and II.

Check out the Ghost Edition reveal trailer below. Destiny will be released September 9 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and remember that pre-ordering early is required for getting into this month's beta.

 
 

Gearbox Software's 'Battleborn' announced, FPS battle arena from the Borderlands 2 teams

7 comments Rory Young - 11:24am (PST) Like Share

What a lame title for a really cool looking game

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Gearbox Software pulled a surprise, post-E3 announcement out of their hats today with the reveal of Battleborn. From the teams that put together Borderlands 2 and probably all of Gearbox's other junk too, Battleborn is a first-person shooter battle arena set in a space opera setting -- think Star Wars-style fantasy. Five heroes versus five heroes in what looks to be a Dota 2 type of good vs. evil scenario. And of course, it just reeks of that amazing Gearbox personality. 

That's not all! Come on down! Battleborn isn't just a battle-arena game, it's also a co-op shooter, including what Gearbox's zany floating head Randy Pitchford describes as a, "hobby-grade co-op campaign." I'm not entirely sure what that means, but it sounds like a great supplementary experience to the multiplayer mode... or is it modes?

What's been revealed about the multiplayer is pretty standard for the MOBA genre these days. Front and center in the discussion is the term "eSports" which these days is meant to thrilling moment to moment gameplay with a strategic layer meta. Basically, it means it's fun to watch and fun to follow in addition to being fun to play. Exactly what sort of features Gearbox plans to implement to supplement the eSports claim, such as spectator mode, replays and soon, is yet to be revealed.

What's most striking about Battleborn is of course its style and personality, a very Gearbox focus for the game considering the developers past with the visually outstanding Borderlands series. At first it might be easy to call out Battleborn as aping Dota 2's visual style, only in space, considering the main hero featured in the trailer looks a lot like Windrunner in Samus' Zero Suit. The more that's shown, the easier it is to see Battleborn is making its own identity. I see themes of Star Wars' Jedi, Hellboy's clockwork Nazi, steampunk, Warcraft, and that's not even beginning to analyze the evil side either. Until actual gameplay is shown, it will be difficult to make any sort of controversial claim.

I will say that, personally, I'm already digging the style of Battleborn. It's not just that I love future-based fantasy settings, which I do, it's that every character shown isn't just a pile of tropes. Sure, some of them have obvious character design inspirations, but they're each particularly unique in many regards as well. Even dual-saber Jedi dude, who is just such a freaking Jedi, looks completely different than expected. Plus, man, it means so much that all off the women shown (I think there are three revealed so far) aren't sexualized beyond all reason. I've seen zero boob windows so far. God bless you, Gearbox.

Battleborn is, unfortunately, planned for as late as a 2016 release. However, as with all battle arena style games, I think it's safe to say that a lengthy beta will be taking place. That beta could, potentially, start any time between now and that eventual 2016 launch. Oh, and cheer up console gamers, Battleborn is announced for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Note: Game Informer had the initial announcement for Battleborn with their monthly cover reveal, and will be featuring new Battleborn content announcements throughout the week. I'll post the cover here, because it's all sorts of badass, and source their Battleborn hub so everyone can keep track.



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The Awakened Fate Ultimatum for PlayStation 3 is NIS America's third Anime Expo announcement

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Let's be frank, it's a romance simulator dressed as an RPG

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Our third NIS America localization of the day, also a Nippon Ichi Software developed title, is The Awakened Fate Paradox. While not perhaps a direct sequel to The Guided Fate Paradox, The Awakened Fate Paradox will be similar in many ways. Expect a tactical RPG with dungeon crawling elements, where the focus is less the gameplay than the romance options and scenarios that grow out of conversation choices.

With that said, let me introduce everyone to The Awakened Fate Paradox's premise. In an ongoing war between good and evil, evil is getting an advantage. Good then decides to create a weapon that creates a "God" of sorts. However, the angels can only use it on a human. When a human boy has an accident on Earth, the angels pluck him up and turn him into their would be god.

Then The Awakened Fate Paradox get's super anime. Like any new god, it will take time to learn one's powers. Lucky for our protagonist two very pretty anime ladies of polar opposite personalities are tasked with helping the hero along the way. Siding with either of the ladies will lead to difference scenarios, and of course an eventual relationship with the lady of choice. Japanese RPGs these days, right?

The Awakened Fate Paradox is a PlayStation 3 exclusive title that's planned for release in both North America and Europe starting in 2015. Expect more information on this and NIS America's other upcoming localizations in the weeks and months ahead. Catch the Japanese announcement trailer below, though a lot is lost in translation beyond the character art and the obvious air for drama.

 
 

Criminal Girls: Invite Only is NIS America's sinful localization, escape from hell turn by turn

1 comments Rory Young - 4:11pm (PST) Like Share

Harem JRPGs... yup, that's censored

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Here we have NIS America's second Anime Expo announcement. Criminal Girls: Invite Only is an updated and expanded version of the Japanese PSP title from 2010, planned for release in North America and Europe in 2015. It's an RPG featuring seven ladies, criminals whose souls have been damned to a life of imprisonment in hell. Also, it's a huge pervert game. Oh, NIS America...

Let me just read you this one line from NIS America's announcement press release, in which they say that one of Criminal Girls: Invite Only's main features is "Touching Gameplay."

"Connect with the girls, and uncover each of their unique personalities through one-on-one motivational sessions with a unique use of the front touchscreen and rear touchpad, and fulfill the girls’ special requests to discover more about their interesting, and often dark pasts."

Aha, yeah, there goes NIS trying to either hide or glaze over that a good portion of this games takes place on a bed, with the seven sinful ladies in vulnerable positions. Just look at the logo, people. It's filled with hearts and handcuffs. "On-on-one motivational sessions" indeed. You're not fooling anyone, NIS America! To add to that, it's likely that some stuff will be censored, as a result of western laws against sexual depictions of young people.

Anyway, "motivating" the girls will unlock their spells, skill, and stats, making them stronger in battle. Thus, it's a core component in putting a team together and progressing through the game. Maybe NIS America will release a trailer down the road showing off how, err, power leveling works. Judging from how they've dealt with potentially offensive content in the past, however, I wouldn't count on it.

Criminal Girls: Invite Only is a PS Vita title that's planned for release in North America and Europe in 2015. The extra content that will come with the PS Vita release includes two new playable characters, extra scenarios, and updated artwork and effects. Again, NIS America has already stated that some content will be censored. Don't expect the game to get too hot and heavy.

 
 
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