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The best heroes have the best villains, that's a fact. Batman wouldn't be Batman without the Joker, Superman without Lex Luthor, and The Avengers each have their own nightmares waiting in a dark shadow close by. It's only fitting then that with Disney's upcoming follow-up release Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, that the villains get some of the spotlight too. During the San Diego Comic Convention three villains in particular stole the show, and will soon steal the platform as playable figures.
Introducing Loki, Thor's trickster brother who would quite literally kill family or friend to achieve power. Ronan, who movie fans will come face to face with as soon as Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters later this week. Thirdly, there's of course Spider-man's perhaps most notable villain, the Green Goblin. Three great villians, perhaps some more significant than others, but each standout in their own right.
As per standard Disney Infinity releases, each villain will come alone with their very own play set and the ability to join and build on the Toy Box. I'd love to see some interplay between each of the villains and their respective hero counterpoint. Exactly how each villain will be boxed and what sort of content will be included with them will have to wait until later this year, unfortunately.
How long before it's uncovered that Disney Infinity is actually just Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet build and destroying reality as he sees fit? Mmm, yes, the addition of villains is quite excellent.
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, also known as Disney Infinity 2.0, will be available later this year on all major platforms.
Nintendo of America announced today at San Diego Comic Con the NES Remix Pack, a new bundle headed to Wii U. As the title suggests, this will be a physical re-release of both NES Remix and NES Remix 2, games made with the sole purpose of changing up the Nintendo classics many gamers think they already know so well.
The Remix games are composed entirely of mini-games, segments of the classic titles that long-time Nintendo fans might be familiar with. Though challenges are taken directly from classics, such as Super Mario Bros. or Donkey Kong, they are changed in small or large ways to create a new experience. For example, playing through Super Mario Bros. World 1-2 as 8-bit Link from The Legend of Zelda, or avoiding clones to reach the end of a Super Mario Bros. 3 level.
From NES Remix Pack, buyers can expect all of the challenges in both NES Remix and NES Remix 2, as well as Super Luigi Bros., a backwards version of the original Super Mario Bros. where players go from right to left through the Mushroom Kingdom while playing as the younger, greener plumbing brother, Luigi.
While an exact release date has not yet been announced, worry not, NES Remix Pack will be available in physical disc format starting this holiday season exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U.
Hopefully two games a month is here to stay this time on Xbox One
After the rather disappointing reduction to one free game on Xbox One for Games With Gold in July, Microsoft has stepped it up once more with two games for each console in August. If Games With Gold is going to be taken seriously by Xbox Live subscribers going forward then not only do Microsoft need a constant stream of quality games on the service, but two games a month is paramount to compete with the rival PlayStation Plus service.
Xbox One users with a nostalgic yearning for old school arcade space shooters will be in luck next month with Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut being one of the two games to head to the console. The action packed shooter from Born Ready Games is a really solid addition to Games With Gold and should help fill the next rather barren months when it comes to games releases. If Strike Suit Zero doesn’t fill that shooter shape void in gamers' schedules then Crimson Dragon is also available next month for Xbox One users. Originally a launch title for the Xbox One, Crimson Dragon is an on-rails shooter set around obliterating enemies from the back of a dragon and is a decent amount of fun. It’s likely not the greatest game people will ever play, but certainly worth picking up while it’s on Games With Gold in August.
As usual those playing on Xbox 360 receive two games once again and both are of a high standard this month. First up is Motocross Madness which lets gamers bring in their own avatars into the mayhem in another game that evokes some good old 90's nostalgia. By far the most exciting of the two games on Xbox 360, however, is Dishonored. The wonderful steampunk world of Dishonored encourages players to tackle obstacles however they see fit is a place all gamers should check out. Plus, when it costs nothing more than an Xbox Live subscription for the month then there’s really no reason not to give it a whirl.
A quick recap
- Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut
- Crimson Dragon
- Motocross Madness
Both games on Xbox One will be available to download from August 1 through to August 31. Xbox 360 games are split across the month with Motocross Madness available from August 1-15 and Dishonored following from August 16-31.
North America and European releases confirmed starting this October
Atlus and NIS America are teaming up to release Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord for PS3 in both North America and Europe later this year. You can guess from the title that this is originally a sequel to an older game that never saw release outside of Japan. While Tears to Tiara II is indeed set in the same world as its predecessor, the main characters and story are new.
Developed by Aquaplus, Tears to Tiara II is a strategy RPG with visual novel storytelling that promises 80 hours of gameplay. Interestingly the announcement only made mention of Japanese voice audio, suggesting there will be no English dub track for the localized release.
If the JRPG-worthy name of "Tears to Tiara" sounds even remotely familiar to an Atlus faithful, that's probably because they tried their hand at Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match. Localized for North America by Atlus last year, this 2D fighting game featured characters drawn from various Aquaplus titles including Tears to Tiara. The first game also received an anime adaptation that was released in English back in 2010 via Sentai Filmworks.
Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord is currently schedueld for North American release this October 14th for $39.99 USD, while NIS America will release the title for Europe starting November 11th.
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Oh Wario. The crowd can never get enough of you or your atomic farts.
According to a recent Nintendo 3DS eShop listing by Nintendo, it looks like Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U will add another Smash veteran to the roster. Wario, the long-time anti-hero of the Super Mario series, seems to be making an appearance in the next Super Smash Bros. title
While this does seem to be a relatively credible source (being the eShop itself), there is always room for error, so do not expect too much until the character is truly revealed. The greedy protagonist of the popular WarioWare series already has a history with the Smash series, first featured in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Nintendo Wii as a playable character. With both his classic and biker outfits available, he seemed to hint at the major costume changes that are now available in Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U.
This week, a section on the Nintendo eShop is dedicated to Mario's antagonistic counterpart himself. Here eagle-eyed 3DS owners may spot a curious point of interest - in a section listing games that Wario has appeared in, Super Smash Bros. 3DS is present. Perhaps this could be a simple mistake, or this could be a sign of an announcement to come from Nintendo.
Hopefully some sort of confirmation or clarification will be forthcoming. We can't say we wouldn't get a kick out of playing as Wario again, pulling motorcycles out of thin air and producing fart bombs. The next installment of Super Smash Bros. will hit the Nintendo 3DS on October 3, 2014, and the Wii U sometime during the holiday season.
Super Smash Bros 3DS listed under Wario section in eShop pic.twitter.com/o9FUAg3IVm— Wario64 (@Wario64) July 24, 2014
On top of great graphics, deep stories. and hours of expansive content, the Tales series is known mostly for its varying battle styles and grand dungeons. In the most recent batch of screenshots released for Tales of Zestiria, Namco Bandai has revealed more details regarding the PS3 title's updated systems.
Sorey, the male protagonist previously known as Slay, now has a plethora of actions available to him on the map as he explores dungeons and the overworld. By merging his powers with any of his various teammates, Sorey can burn or break any number of obstacles in his way, escape enemy detection as he shuffles around the field, or fly across gaps to previously unreachable areas. On his own, Sorey can perform Sword Swing to chop down trees in order to access hidden paths in forests.
In addition to examples of Sorey's many powers, screenshots were released highlighting Zestiria's take on Tales's Linear Motion Battle System. Instead of switching to a separate battle screen like in previous titles including the upcoming Xillia 2, this installment introduces real-time map battles. While the character hub still appears, the field border is not present in these screenshots, leaving long-time Tales fans curious as to exactly what will happen while they have to slice up Wolves and Snakes.
Unfortunately, it looks like we have a while to wait for Zestiria. Though this installment on the PS3 will not be released worldwide until 2015, Tales of Xillia 2 will be available August 22, 2014. These coming months will be good for Tales fans.
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BioWare released a strange video this week that takes the whole "teaser" thing to a new level. This particular teaser is titled "Nightmare," and consists of less than 40 seconds in live-action footage, featuring some heavy supernatural themes and bearing the ominous tagline "You've Been Chosen."
In Nightmare, a young man is suffering through a rather horrific dream, one in which he's being chased by what appears to be a similarly-dressed figure. But when we look under the individual's hood, the face is absent, replaced by a blinding light. At one point, we are treated to the image of a man in a suit, sitting in a chair and lacking a head. A ring of fire burns on asphalt, and at the very end, we're told, "You've been chosen."
The only description provided is fairly cryptic, reading:
The time is near
They are watching
Your power is rising
You’ve Been Chosen
So what's the deal? Is this a teaser for some kind of urban fantasy game? The big reveal will drop at gamescom next month in Cologne, Germany. At least that part's pretty clear.
Things both affordable and extremely unachievable
San Diego Comic-Con 2014 officially began Thursday. Huzzah! Now if you ask people what their favorite part about Comic-Con is, chances are you'll get a lot of different answers. Most will no doubt cite all the cool stuff as being a major reason.
Swimming through the sea of people on the show floor to see all those things isn't necessarily easy, however. Fortunately, we've got some pretty nice photos of the various statues and props being showcased on the floor. Some are for sale, others not. Most are plenty affordable, but quite a few aren't. Play Arts Kai (they're under Square Enix) for instance tends to see their figures fly off the shelves -- or out of the cases. Sideshow Collectibles, on the other hand, couples high-quality statues with some lofty price tags. Either way, there's plenty to see and admire about these figures, big and small.
The LEGO booth never disappoints either, with their life-size models (among other things) made entirely of those tiny bricks. Beautiful Kingdom Hearts statues debuted this week, giving both fans and non-fans a visual treat. Oh, and let's not forget the Batman costumes on display, celebrating 75 years of the Dark Knight.
Take a look at the full gallery below. Which ones are your favorites?
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If you have PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live, you might as well dare to be Guardian
It's past 4:00PM this fine July 24th, 2014, and you know what that means: Destiny beta access for all, no matter the platform or whether or not you preordered the game. As long as you have PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live for your chosen console, you're eligible to jump into Destiny, create a character and see what Bungie and Activision will be banking on for the next 10 years.
This phase of the Destiny beta ends July 27th and will be the last before the game enters the final preparations for the official launch later this September 9th. Bungie promises something for everyone during this open beta phase, so if you're new be sure to look for the public download on your respective console's online network, no code required.
A stage is definitely being set, but where if not Fort Frolic?
Publisher 2K tweets a snap of a familiar landmark from the first BioShock game, Eve's Garden. This gentlemen's club and, ahem, exotic dance venue was located in Rapture's Fort Frolic level and advertised ingame throughout the underwater metropolis.
Oooo, what COULD this mean?! pic.twitter.com/P93Nl643SU— 2K United Kingdom (@2KInternational) July 24, 2014
To what end we cannot say, and 2K obviously isn't saying anything... yet. It's significance could well be tied to a BioShock announcement of some sort. Or maybe it just wants to share some apples.
- Next League of Legends champion Gnar teased in video and flash mural, shows beast trapped in ice 
- Destiny pre-order bonus 'Vanguard Armory' DLC shown in new trailer, includes early access to gear 
- Rumor: Wario to appear in Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U according to eShop listing 
- August's Games WIth Gold gives Crimson Dragon on Xbox One, Dishonored on Xbox 360 
- BioWare drops live-action 'Nightmare' teaser and site with eerie "You've Been Chosen" message 
- Destiny beta access now open to all who are brave enough 
- Sony preparing new round of free digital content for customers affected by 2011 PSN data breach 
- Destiny's multiple editions revealed, including Ghost Edition at $150 with model, SteelBook and DLC