Archive for May, 2013

Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep (Multi-Platform) – Logo, Concept Art, Screenshots, & Gameplay Footage

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Source: AllGamesBeta & Rev3Games YouTube Channel

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Hellraid (Multi-Platform) – Logo, Screenshots, & Developer Q & A

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To view the Developer Q & A, click the jump link below.

“Q: What is Hellraid?

A: We’re calling Hellraid a first-person co-op slasher. We invented this genre to capture the idea behind our game which blends elements of classic hack & slash titles with a more advanced combat system based on timing and precision, RPG’s, shooters and multiplayer games into one unique experience seen in very immersive, first-person perspective.

Q: Will gamers experience Hellraid only in co-op? What is the main difference between playing solo and in co-op?

A: Hellraid can be experienced both in single-player and in co-operation. While playing solo you explore the world, complete quests, gather loot and develop your character. In co-operation tension rises when you struggle to achieve mission goals while competing with your friends for points granted for each kill, team-plays and automatically generated challenges throughout the game.

Q: What does the gameplay in Hellraid look like?

A: In Hellraid you travel between levels using a web of magic portals. Each level can be played an unlimited number of times to complete the story campaign, side quests and to defeat forces of evil with friends while competing for experience, points, rewards and places on leaderboards. During the game players can use a variety of melee, ranged and magical weapons. Combat is expanded with a set of unique active skills for each character class which gives the team additional tactical capabilities while searching for treasure, completing objectives, avoiding deadly traps, fighting the hordes of enemies and boss battles.

Q: Will gamers be able to develop their characters, or customize the weapons and armor?

A: Each of the four character classes available in Hellraid – Warrior, Mage, Paladin and Rogue – will have their own skill tree that can be developed during the game. Along with that players can customize their weapons using an advanced crafting system or change their combat capabilities and appearance with armor that can be bought in shops, traded between the players or found during the game.

Q: Who or what is Game Master?

A: Game Master is a complex system inspired by pen and paper role-playing games that makes each play through of Hellraid a different, completely new experience. In co-operation mode, Game Master carefully selects competitive challenges for players and awards the best ones at the end of each level. It changes where and how you and your friends complete quests, placement, numbers and types of enemies you encounter as well as deploying treasure chests and loot.

Q: Will Game Master work in single-player as well?

A: Yes, Game Master will alter the experience in single-player the same way it does in co-op but without the competitive challenges which are unique for playing with your friends.

Q: How long is Hellraid and when it will be released?

A: Thanks to Game Master and the varied experiences that it provides, Hellraid will give players hundreds of hours of pure fun. The game will be released in 2013 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.”

Source: AllGamesBeta

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Japan – Tales of Festival Live Stream Announced

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Namco Bandai Games will be streaming part of their Tales of Festival event this coming Saturday June 1st. It will be live-streamed starting at 6:15 PM JST which is approximately 5:15 AM EDT. They will rebroadcast at 9:00 PM JST (8:00 AM EDT). The stream will apparently only be open to TalesChannel+ members or those with Bandai Namco IDs. It’s unclear whether or not it will be a Japan only stream or if viewers in other regions can watch it too or not. Here’s a couple of stream links:

Source: AllGamesBeta & Abyssal Chronicles

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Final Fantasy Tactics S (AND/iOS) – Trailer

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Source: AllGamesBeta & Square Enix YouTube Channel

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Japan – New Nintendo Direct Announced For May 31st

Nintendo has announced that they will be holding a Nintendo Direct event in Japan on May 31st at 8:00 PM local time (that’s 7:00 AM Eastern U.S. time). This event will focus on Monster Hunter 4 and Ace Attorney 5 (AKA Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies).

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Source: AllGamesBeta

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This Day In Gaming History – May 28th

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1992

  • The Summer version of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is held in Chicago, Illinois, over a period of four days. At this event Nintendo has the largest booth ever at the show, a whopping 76,000 square feet. The hardware manufacturers announce new price points for their systems during the event. The Super Nintendo (SNES) will be sold with one controller for $99.95 in the U.S., or for $149.95 with 2 controllers and Super Mario World as a pack-in game. The Genesis (GEN) receives a price drop down to $99.99 which includes one controller. Meanwhile, the GameGear (GG) is reduced to $99.99. Not to bet left out, Turbo Technologies (the leftover scraps of NEC) lowers the price of the TurboGrafx-16 (TG16) down to $69.99 or $99.99 for a version that includes Bonk’s Revenge and Keith Courage.

1993

  • The live-action Super Mario Bros. movie is released in theaters by Lightmotive/Allied Filmmakers, Cinergi Productions, Nintendo, Hollywood Pictures, & Buena Vista Pictures Distribution in the U.S. The film is a flop as it cost $48 million to make and only made $21 million in ticket sales. There were many questionable choices made in the creation of the film such as having Princess Daisy be one of the main characters. At this point in time she had only been in one game and it made no sense to include her. Princess Peach (or Toadstool as she was known back then) would’ve made much more sense. Also, the stars of the movie and critics alike would pan the film and it would go on to leave a lasting legacy of how not to turn a video game into a movie and helped establish the genre as one which consistently fails to turn out good films. Super Mario Bros. also holds the distinction of being the first theatrical release in the U.S. of a movie based on a video game.

1998

  • MDK is released by Shiny, Shokwave, & Playmates Interactive Entertainment for the Macintosh (MAC) in North America.

2003

  • Sony’s Ken Kutaragi, “The Father of the PlayStation”, unveils the PSX in Tokyo, Japan. The device combines a standard PlayStation 2 (PS2) console with a digital video recorder (DVR). Other features of the PSX include: a broadcast satellite tuner, a 120 GB hard disk drive, a Memory Stick slot, an Ethernet port, and USB ports. The system was priced at ¥79,800 (~$779.89) which put it well out of the range of most video game fans. The PSX was never released outside of Japan. The device did however debut Sony’s XrossMediaBar which would be used in their newest console, the PlayStation 3 (PS3) as well as their first ever handheld, the PlayStation Portable. It also is featured on several different models of Sony TVs.
  • The 3DO Company officially begins the process of going out of business as they announce that they have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. The bankruptcy was the result of the flop of the 3DO console and the company’s questionable policies regarding game development & publishing.

2008

  • Mass Effect is released by BioWare, Demiurge Studios & Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows (PC) in North America.

2010

  • The film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is released in theaters by Ubisoft, Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Moving Picture Company, & Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures in the U.S. The movie is based on the game of the same name and also features elements from the other 2 games in the Sands of Time trilogy, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones. Critics generally gave the film negative reviews but it was successful at the box office as it brought in over $335 million and only cost $150-200 million to produce. It also holds the distinction of being the highest grossing video game based movie ever if you factor in international releases. If you’re just counting domestic releases, then it sits at #2 behind Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the first film in that series.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Episode 5 is released by Capcom for the Wii via the WiiWare (WW) service in PAL territories.
  • Blur is released by Bizarre Creations & Activision Blizzard for Microsoft Windows (PC), PlayStation 3 (PS3), & Xbox 360 (XB360) in Europe.
  • UFC Undisputed 2010 is released by Yuke’s & THQ for the PlayStation 3 (PS3), Xbox 360 (XB360), & iOS in Europe.

2012

  • The Binding of Isaac: Wrath of the Lamb is released by Valve Corporation, Edmund McMillen, & Florian Himsl for Mac OS X (OSX), Microsoft Windows (PC), & Linux (LIN) via the Steam service.

2013

  • Fuse is scheduled to be released by Insomniac Games & Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) & Xbox 360 (XB360) in North America.
  • Grid 2 is scheduled to be released by Codemasters Southam & Codemasters for Microsoft Windows (PC), PlayStation 3 (PS3), & Xbox 360 (XB360) in North America.
  • The Warriors is scheduled to be released by Rockstar Games for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) via the PlayStation Network (PSN) service.

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

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Afternoon LOL – Xbox One’s Non-Gaming Features

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This pretty much sums up my feelings about most of the non-gaming features of the Xbox One. Whatever happened to video game systems you know, playing video games? Gee what a concept that would be. They’ve been trying to make consoles into miniature PCs for decades now and it is not any cooler now than it was then. If I wanted to have PC features, I’d use my PC. I already have one. I don’t need a second one where the only real difference is it plugs up to my TV instead of a dedicated monitor. I buy consoles to play console games.

Source: Memebase Video Games

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Yesterday’s Recap – May 27th, 2013

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On the site yesterday we found out that the Xbox One will be region locked which just piles on with the disappointing news about Microsoft’s new console. We also had the debut edition of Miiverse Mania where we will post Miiverse community updates as well as various art from Miiverse users. We had some footage of Killzone: Shadow Fall as well as more character trailers for Dragon’s Crown and gameplay footage for it too. We also had the European Nintendo Downloads and the PlayStation Store/Plus Update for this week. There was more footage from Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky and footage showing a new side quest in Final Fantasy IX (which was released 13 years ago).We also found out Ubisoft is going to release Rayman Legends on the PlayStation Vita as well with many of the previously Wii-U exclusive features included apparently. We also put up the latest episode of the GameSaga Podcast, episode 14. You can check it out at the link below.

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Here’s yesterday’s posts:
  • Top Storitorial – Rayman Legends On PlayStation Vi…
  • PlayStation Plus Update – May 28th, 2013
  • The Anatomy of Super Mario Bros. Part 1
  • The Last of Us (PS3) – What Remains – Unofficial W…
  • Rayman Legends Is Coming To PlayStation Vita
  • Scrolls (MAC/PC) – Launch Trailer, Release Date, P…
  • Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (…
  • Final Fantasy IX (PS1) – New Side Quest Discovered…
  • One Piece: Unlimited World Red (3DS) – Debut Trail…
  • Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl (3DS) – Frederica …
  • Dragon’s Crown (PS3/PSV) – Gameplay Trailer
  • Namco Bandai Games Launches Teaser Web Site For So…
  • Japan – One Piece: Romance Dawn (3DS) – Release Da…
  • Japan – Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode (3DS) – B…
  • Curiosity: What’s Inside The Cube? (AND/iOS) – Win…
  • Europe – Nintendo Download For May 27th, 2013
  • Dragon’s Crown (PS3/PSV) – Dwarf & Elf Trailers
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall (PS4) – B-Roll Footage
  • Miiverse Mania – May 27th, 2013
  • More Disappointing Xbox One News
  • This Day In Gaming History – May 27th
  • Random Game Facts – Link Training In Majora’s Mask…
  • Yesterday’s Recap – May 26th, 2013
  • GameSaga Podcast Episode 14
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Top Storitorial – Rayman Legends On PlayStation Vita Thoughts

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So Ubisoft announced today that Rayman Legends would be appearing on the PlayStation Vita. This isn’t too terribly surprising considering they had decided a while back to make it multi-platform, but it still is not really fair to Wii U owners. Apparently they are going to add things which were supposed to be Wii U only features, like challenges & leaderboards.

Now I’m not a big Rayman fan personally, never really got into it. I have played the demo on Wii U for this game a few times though. It’s not a bad game per se, just never got super into it. I could probably get into it though if I had the full game. But I still think it’s pretty crappy of Ubisoft to do this to Wii U owners.

I get why they are doing it, they are a business and want to make as much money as possible, but it still seems like they are doing one thing and saying another. They keep saying oh yes we are going to support the Wii U big time and then they make this game which by the way was supposed to be a launch title originally I’m pretty sure and turn into a launch window game. Then a few weeks before it’s scheduled release date they said they are pushing it back until Fall because they want to make it multi-platform. They came up with a challenge mode & leaderboards for the Wii U eShop to sort of placate Wii U owners. People seemed somewhat satisfied with that, but then now with these features seemingly being added to the Vita version, why should Wii U owners bother with the game anymore? They tried to support it and Ubisoft said the heck with you guys basically. I know some people are super pissed about this and I don’t blame them one bit. I would be too if I were a big Rayman fan. Even Ubisoft employees like series creator Michel Ancel were pissed off about it. There were even rumors he was considering leaving the company over it.

I have a feeling this game is going to bomb sales-wise. Ubisoft has alienated pretty much all the Wii U owners who would’ve bought it at launch in November or even at the delayed release in February. And traditionally “kiddie” games don’t do well on Sony or Microsoft systems as the user base tends to consider themselves “above” that, in general terms anyways. I know there are people who own those systems who have no problem with games like Rayman and would enjoy them, just as there are those who own Nintendo systems and also enjoy “hardcore” games. I just think Ubisoft is shooting themselves in the foot with this game and are dooming it to failure.

And then you have the fact that Grand Theft Auto V is scheduled to release just 2 weeks after Rayman Legends and it’s just a recipe for disaster. If the game had released in February it would’ve had a lot more shelf space and eyeballs on it and potential for higher sales. With the delay it’s going to be a more crowded market and will probably wind up being ignored. If Ubisoft wanted to make the game multi-platform to begin with, then they should’ve said so from the beginning and committed to it from the beginning instead of saying it would be Wii U exclusive. I get that the Wii U is not selling as well as it could be, but making exclusives non-exclusive is not going to help the situation any.

I feel bad for the developers of the game and fans of the series because of what Ubisoft management has apparently decided to do with this game. I don’t agree with their decisions about it at all. But who knows, maybe I’m wrong? Maybe the game will sell millions upon millions and be one of their best-selling games of all time? I hope for their sake it does well, but I just don’t see it happening.

What do you all think? Were you going to pick up Rayman Legends originally? Are you still going to get it? Which system would you get it for if you do? Do you agree with Ubisoft’s decisions regarding the game?

Source: GameSaga Original

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PlayStation Plus Update – May 28th, 2013

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Timed Trials

  • Fuse
  • Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Instant Game Collection
  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend (PS Vita) – Free for PS Plus members, otherwise $24.99
Deals & Sales
  • Hamilton’s Great Adventure (PS3) – 50% off for PS Plus members, $2.50; Regular price is $4.99
  • Draw Slasher (PS Vita) – 30% for PS Plus members, $4.19; Regular price is $5.99
  • Germinator (PS3) – 25% off for PS Plus members, $5.99; Regular price is $7.99
  • Germinator Bundle (PS3 and PS Vita Bundle) – 40% off for PS Plus members, $5.99; Regular price is $9.99

Source: PlayStation Blog

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