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Spiders, popular PC and console developer, has recently announced a release date for their upcoming RPG journey, Bound By Flame. The tale of the demon mercenary will be released on May 9, 2014, exactly one week after popular Nintendo titles, Mario Golf: World Tour and Mario Kart 8. For now, this date is only solid for North America, where the title will be distributed by Majesco.
Bound By Flame tells the tale of a mercenary torn by his inner demons -- literally. This role-playing title allows players to take on the role of a hired sword possessed by a fiery demon. Should players choose to embrace their inner demon, the character will grow and transform into something terrifyingly powerful. However, if they resist the darkness inside and retain their humanity, they must repel demonic ways and begin studying human talents.
Players can experience the massive bestiary and fast-paced decision-making techniques necessary to survive inner turmoil soon. Bound By Flame will hit the storefront for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, as well as Xbox 360 and PC on May 9.
Why pay for the equipment when you can rent access to a game?
Wii Sports Club is gearing up to give health clubs some competition. Spring is just around the corner and Nintendo's celebrating by giving everybody with a Wii U and SpotPass free access to Sports Club next weekend. From 9 AM PDT March 21 until 11:59 PM PDT March 24, Wii Sports Club will be free to download and play as much or as little as you want.
The eShop title has features golf, tennis, and bowling from the original Wii Sports with updated graphics, GamePad integration, and Wii MotionPlus controls. The updated release also features online multiplayer, allowing players to get off the couch and play against their Wii U friends. The Sports Club also opened up a new nine-hole golf course in today's update, giving current members a whole week to enjoy the new course before the floodgates open.
To keep playing after the promotion ends, there are two options. You can either purchase a Day Pass for $1.99 off of Nintendo's eShop to access every game for 24 hours or pay $9.99 per sport for a Club Pass that grants permanent access. Give Wii Sports Club a chance for free next weekend starting March 21.
To be shown at next week's Game Developers Conference
Next week's GDC is bound to be an exciting one, and today Valve has released an image of the updated Steam controller, short one touchscreen. Buttons take up the space previously occupied by the small screen, making the controller look slightly more like what we're used to.
The controller's previous design centered around the touchscreen and four oddly placed buttons, bordered by the two paddles. The paddles, for those unaware, are touch-sensitive analog controls, replacing the usual protruding sticks we see on most controllers.
Despite Valve's impressive ability to think outside the proverbial box, the initial design had a lot of people scratching their heads. This updated Steam controller goes back to a more traditional design, with button placement more akin to an Xbox or PlayStation controller. Those reverse grips might actually be a nice feature, though.
Just in time for the game's launch on PlayStation 4
Leviathan, Diablos, King Moogle, and is that Gilgamesh? Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is less than a month away from launching its patch 2.2, fittingly titled "Through the Maelstrom". Today Square Enix released a patch preview trailer showcasing much of the content to be released in patch 2.2. I don't believe I'm exagerating when I say it's a Final Fantasy nerd's dream come true and A Realm Reborn players will be very pleased.
In addition to the friendly faces I mentioned above, there are several big chunks of content being added to keep A Realm Reborn's end game healthy. Here are the main content focuses of patch 2.2:
- Main Scenario - "Ever do the mysteries of the Echo and the Ascians elude the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, while the beast tribes rally with renewed ambition, threatening to unleash the wrath of another primal upon the land. To stave off the encroaching darkness and pull the realm back from the brink of destruction, the Warriors of Light plunge headlong into the maelstrom..."
- Side Story Quests
- Hildibrand, Agent of Enquiry - "When we last saw Hildibrand─agent of enquiry, inspector extraordinaire─he had received a letter of challenge from a mysterious marauder known to duel his victims and claim their weapons as his own. What will this battle hold for Eorzea's favorite detective? Who is this furtive fighter, and will he be brought to justice? The answers to all these questions and more can be found by joining Hildibrand and Nashu on their next case."
- Gilgamesh - "In his never-ending quest for power and glory, Gilgamesh─self-styled warrior of legend and collector of fine weaponry─now roams the lands of Eorzea. When a series of events leads to confrontation with this formidable foe, you must prove your mettle or see your blade lost to his ever-growing collection."
- Leviathan - "The Sahagin, the reviled beast tribe native to the Indigo Deep, have succeeded in summoning forth their voracious god, the primal Leviathan. How will the Warriors of Light stand against the might of the sea's most diabolical denizen?"
- The Second Coil of Bahamut - "Having fully explored the depths beneath Castrum Occidens, Alisaie's findings have served only to raise more questions regarding the Calamity, and the disappearance of her grandfather, Louisoix. The discovery of a second entrance to the labyrinth has rekindled her desire for answers, and she would once again ask for your aid in braving its depths. Will she find the answers she seeks, or something darker still?"
- The Lost City of Ampador
- Halatali (Hard)
- Brayflox's Longstep (Hard)
- Beast Tribe Quests
- Glamours & Gear
- "Adventurers of Eorzea now have a way to alter the appearance of their attire independently of its attributes. Magick your gear with glamours to project the likeness of one garment onto another, allowing for heretofore-unseen freedom when choosing your wardrobe."
- Gerolt's Masterworks
As should be obvious, there's a lot of exciting content coming down the pipline at Square Enix. It's awesome to see that the developers of A Realm Reborn are really reaching back into Final Fantasy history and mixing it with the great style and themes of their MMO. A Realm Reborn truly is the successor to the Final Fantasy franchise of old.
Patch 2.2 of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is planned for release later this month on PC and PlayStation 3. Also, don't forget that the PlayStation 4 version of A Realm Reborn will be released on April 14. Console players should definitely keep their ears open for news from the ongoing PS4 beta.
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February delivered a sugary sweet Valentine for the gaming industry, as the NPD Group confirms monthly US retail sales increased 9 percent year-over-year to reach $887 million USD. That's a change of fortunes from the 21 percent drop in total spending reported back in January thanks to slumping software sales.
To be sure, software sales remained in decline last month; new game sales fell 9 percent year-over-year to $318 million. It fell to hardware sales once again to save day, rising 42 percent to $347 million as the new PS4 and Xbox One consoles continue to be in demand. NPD reports that the gap between the two competing consoles narrowed considerably during February, with the PS4 leading by a "narrow margin." Microsoft already announced that it sold 258,000 Xbox Ones last month, so PS4 sales figures should be slightly ahead.
The software top ten chart sees a few newcomers including The LEGO Movie Videogame (based on... The LEGO Movie) and two from Square Enix; while the Tomb Raider reboot fell off the top ten, the all-new take on Thief makes a fine accounting of itself by landing in fourth place. The storied Final Fantasy franchise also makes it return thanks to Lightning Returns, becoming the eighth best-selling title last month.
Nintendo earlier today attributed a 180 percent increase in Wii U hardware sales to the launch of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which sold 130,000 copies (physical and digital combined). Unfortunately this wasn't enough to place Kong in the software top ten, but JRPG fans will be pleased to learn that Bravely Default barely did. According to Nintendo the 3DS title enjoyed combined physical and digital sales of 200,000 units across three weeks. Considering Bravely Default was actually developed by Square Enix, and February actually turned out pretty well for the JRPG giant.
|1.||Call of Duty: Ghosts||Activision||Xbox 360 / PS3 / Xbox One / PS4 / Wii U / PC||11/2013|
|2.||The LEGO Movie Videogame||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||Xbox 360 / Xbox One / PS3 / PS4 / 3DS / Wii U / Vita||02/2014|
|3.||NBA 2K14||2K Games||PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox One / PS3 / PC||10/2013|
|4.||Thief||Square Enix||PS4 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC||02/2014|
|5.||Grand Theft Auto V||Rockstar Games||Xbox 360 / PS3||09/2013|
|6.||Battlefield 4||Electronic Arts||PS4 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC||10/2013|
|7.||Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag||Ubisoft||Xbox 360 / PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Wii U / PC||10/2013|
|8.||Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII||Square Enix||PS3 / Xbox 360||02/2014|
|9.||Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition||Microsoft Game Studios||Xbox 360||06/2013|
Dark Souls II has been out for a little over two days now, and player deaths have been climbing at a hilariously alarming rate. As the game actually keeps track of community deaths, we were able to capture the progress so far: over 11,600,000 deaths worldwide and counting.
Just a couple hours ago, that figure was actually around 300,000 less. So since then, so many more lives have been lost. Heck, by the time you've finished reading this sentence, that number could very well hit 12 million.
Now imagine the death count once Dark Souls II hits PC in April. Dead bodies and cryptic hints everywhere.
Honestly, the Crestfallen Warrior had the right idea giving up. The plaque you see is actually where players can check the worldwide death score, and it's attached to a fairly mysterious pillar bearing an illegible inscription. Dark Souls players have already begun speculating that the inscription may bear some meaning, but for now, let's just admire the DEATH PLAQUE.
Thanks for the tip and pic, Lorx!
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Also dig this folk song combined with Walking Dead
Telltale Games' much-loved series The Walking Dead is well into its second season, with the third episode, In Harm's Way, coming soon. That would be the developer's estimate, anyway: "coming soon."
Aside from that, the studio released a new trailer -- of sorts -- for the previous episode, A House Divided. Just a reminder of how much people love the ongoing series. The footage is set to the song "In the Pines," a folky rock tune that seems to fit rather nicely with Walking Dead.
Honestly, it's a nice video, but fans are past ready for episode three to come out. Seriously, more Clementine please. Heck, Telltale even has a hashtag for her: #IamClementine.
As always, expect the next episode, In Harm's Way, to be available on PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and iOS.
Tales fans, rejoice! Namco Bandai has just released their next batch of news for Tales of Zestiria, the series successor to the upcoming Tales of Xillia 2. Meet Edna, or エドナ, the solitary member of the Divine living high in the mountains. Her name translates to Edona, but no official romanization has been released so far.
Edna, the stereotypically dainty heroine, was designed by Minoru Iwamoto, character designer from Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology. This young girl, standing just under five feet, has grown up distrusting humans, as evident by her belief that they are "selfish and so emotional". Edna is an Earth elemental character, which is reflected by her Divine Artes. Her weapon of choice is a parasol, a new introduction to the Tales weapon family.
Players will be able to slay evil beings, work suspiciously alongside humans, and train with the dragons in the fantasy world soon. Tales of Zestiria will launch worldwide for the PlayStation 3 in 2015. No word has been given so far on specific release dates among different regions.
Edit: Fixed incorrect year.
One Piece: Unlimited World Red will be bringing Luffy and crew to North America. The fearsome pirate Straw Hat decided that Japan didn't have enough booty, so he's coming to loot and pillage the Western world on PS3, Wii U, Vita, and 3DS later in 2014.
Developed by Ganbarion and published by Bandai Namco Games, based on the One Piece manga, One Piece: Unlimited World Red will take you on an adventure with Luffy and company. Be prepared to fight Rob Lucci, Caesar Clown, and more of your favorite and maybe not so favorite One Piece villains. All while performing flashy combos and using quick reflexes to counter, dodge, and give villains a swift Sanji kick in the rear.
When the going gets tough, call some friends over for local co-op action. 3DS and Vita players can link up with up to three people for local wireless multiplayer action while PS3 and Wii U owners can enjoy some good old fashioned split screen multiplayer. Various mini games will be available too, because fishing and bug catching are more fun with friends than by yourself.
One Piece: Unlimited World Red will be available at physical retail locations and digital download for PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS later in 2014, while Vita and Wii U will be digital only releases.
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Indie studio Yacht Club Games can confirm that game development is a rough gig. As awesome as it looks and as highly anticipated as it may be, even their game Shovel Knight can't be released until it's done. Unfortunately, the date that Shovel Knight will be done will not in fact be the previously announced March 31. Today Yacht Club made "an executive decision" and delayed the game a few extra weeks.
No new release date was announced for Shovel Knight, unfortunately, as the team really wants to ensure they'll be able to get the game to an ideal state before launch:
"We don’t want to announce another release date until it's 100% locked in with both Nintendo and Steam, so please sit tight… we’ll announce a new, final release date very soon. But the game is like… so done! Here’s what we’re working on in our feverish final hours:
- Dialogue and scripted events are being finalized
- Finishing touches put on level design for the final levels
- Overall game balancing
- Platform specific standards so everything runs smoothly on your system of choice!
- Testing, testing, testing… on all platforms!"
Shovel Knight is an awesome 8-bit 2D action/adventure game starring a knight in shining armor with only his trusty shovel to defend himself. Yacht Club Games asked for around $75,000 via crowd-funding and received well over $300,000 in return. Just five minutes with the game and the quality and loving attention to detail should be quite apparent. I'm really hoping Shovel Knight becomes an instant classic... just as soon as it launches.
Expect more information on Shovel Knight's new release date in the weeks to come, as the title readjusts its plans to launch on PC (Linux, Mac and Windows), Wii U and the 3DS.
- Bound By Flame scheduled for release on May 9, live the life of a demon knight 
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD is headed to PC, screenshots show how it will look 
- Dark Souls 2 death count nears 12 million, still going strong two days after release 
- The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 3 'In Harm's Way' is coming soon, says Telltale 
- Prologue to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Ground Zeroes launches spring 2014 
- Steam controller receives another update, drops touchscreen for colorful buttons 
- DC Universe's MOBA 'Infinite Crisis' enters open beta, Aquaman and Green Lantern join the fray 
- Limited Xbox One Titanfall bundle costs $499, Europe bundle drops price to Â£399.99 
- 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 
- Rumor: Final Fantasy VII remake could be a reality 
- Nintendo DS and Wii 'Wi-Fi Connection Service' discontinuation May 20, end of online play 
- Microsoft could offer targeted political ads on Xbox LIVE in the US 
- Limited Xbox One Titanfall bundle costs $499, Europe bundle drops price to Â£399.99