Archive for January 30th, 2014

Ace Combat Infinity (PS3) – Beta – Logo, Screenshots, Key Art, Trailer, & Details

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Namco Bandai Games today initiated pre-flight checks for the first free-to-play game in the legendary Ace Combat series, Ace Combat Infinity. Coming exclusively as a free download for PlayStation 3 via PlayStation Network, Ace Combat Infinity combines features from previous Ace Combat titles with a brand new story campaign and team co-op multiplayer. The game is scheduled for take-off in 2014.

We are pleased to announce to aces all around the world (except Japan) that the Open Beta test for Ace Combat Infinity will be available from February the 4th until February the 11th of this year.
Whether a combat-ready pro or a battle-shy beginner, every player will have the opportunity to take part in tremendous fights into the endless blue sky of Ace Combat Infinity.

The Open Beta is completely free so this will be the perfect chance to discover the gigantic content the game has to offer and to improve pilot skills before the game launch!

In Ace Combat Infinity, aces will be introduced to an amazing world full of super weapons and the deadliest aircraft with hyper-real visuals. They will have access to two game modes:

• Lone wolves will be immersed in a brand new story exclusively written for Ace Combat Infinity in which they will have to use their pilot skills during perilous solo missions.

• For those who prefer to team-up with their friends and to show off their talent as a pilot, aces will form two co-op teams of up to four aircrafts and will compete in incredible air fights in order to inflict the most damage on the NPC enemy forces.

The brave pilots who will take part in the upcoming Open Beta test will receive a special and unique emblem which will be given at the game launch as a proof of their dedication to the Ace Combat franchise as it launches its first Free-To-Play Beta.

To play the Beta go to the Playstation Store and search for “Ace Combat Infinity.” Then download the client and play! Players can also take part in the game development by giving their feedback and answering this survey on the Open beta website, each participant will be rewarded with an exclusive wallpaper.

Ace Combat Infinity for PlayStation 3 is scheduled for take-off in 2014.

Source: All Games Beta & Namco Bandai Games

Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day (PS3) – Western Release Announcement

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Namco Bandai Games America today announced that Short Peace and Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day will be coming to the Americas in spring 2014 exclusively for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system. Short Peace is the highly acclaimed anime movie compilation featuring works by legendary anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo and features Possessions, which was recently nominated for an Academy Award for best Animated Short Film, along with three other short films titled ‘Combustible’, ‘Gambo’ and A ‘Farewell to Weapons’. The fifth and final part of the Short Peace project, Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day, is a 2D side-scrolling action game directed by Goichi Suda (Suda51) of Grasshopper Manufacture and developed by Crispy’s Inc. who also developed the well praised action game Tokyo Jungle. Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day introduces a whole new storyline featuring stunning animation, thrilling gameplay, and psychedelic visuals that will draw players into Ranko Tsukigime’s story.

By day, Ranko Tsukigime is an average high school girl who lives alone, but at night she is a deadly hitman who deftly assassinates her targets. One fateful night as Ranko heads out to eliminate her next target, a demonic enemy organization creeps up and threatens the lives of Ranko and her friends. Players will put their reflexes and quick judgment to the test in the fast-paced platforming gameplay that will have them blazing through dangerous, obstacle-ridden environments to flee from an ominous enemy looming close behind.

With Suda51 and Crispy’s Inc. at the development helm, fans can look forward to a fantastical conclusion to the Short Peace collection on par with Katsuhiro Otomo’s previous animation masterpieces. Katsuhiro Otomo is widely celebrated as an animation visionary who is most known for his popular cult film Akira, along with hit Japanese anime movies such as Steamboy and Memories. The Short Peace movie and game project boasts unique visual artistry and masterful storylines that have touched audiences around the world.

Short Peace and Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day are scheduled to launch in the Americas in spring 2014 for the PlayStation 3 system.

Source: All Games Beta

Killer Instinct (XO) Spinal Reveal Trailer & Fulgore Teaser

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Source: All Games Beta & Xbox.com

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (Multi) – Screenshots, Key Art, & Special Edition Details

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Evening LOL – Zelda Rupee Logic

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And this is why all Zelda games should have auto-deposit features. Granted there’s not much use for rupees in a lot of the games, but even so, at least then the rupees wouldn’t be wasted.

Source: Memebase Video Games

Deals & Sales – Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (AND & iOS) – 30% Off Sale Announced

LOS ANGELES (January 29, 2014) – Square Enix® today announced that its classic role-playing game (RPG) FINAL FANTASY® IV: THE AFTER YEARS is now on sale until February 5 for $10.99. A direct sequel to FINAL FANTASY IV, FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS is set a dozen years later than its predecessor and focuses on the arrival of the “second moon.”

Originally released for Japanese mobile phones in 2008, the game has undergone a full remake for mobile devices with completely recreated graphics and 3D polygon characters. Several characters from FINAL FANTASY IV, including Cecil, Rosa and Kain, will be making a comeback in FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS, with players being introduced to Ceodore, the son of Cecil and Rosa, as the central character. Moreover, the title sets forth different scenarios for each of its main characters, creating an epic new tale. Carrying over some of the same mechanics from FINAL FANTASY IV, the game allows players to enjoy additional unique features such as the “Age of Moon” and “Band” abilities. In addition, FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS features the extensive story of all ten chapters is included.

Source: Square Enix

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Free With GTX 650 Purchase

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 28, 2014)Square Enix, Inc., in partnership with visual computing technology leader NVIDIA, today announced the availability of bundled GeForce® GTX® 650-class graphics cards featuring a digital PC download and free 30-day trial of the hit massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), FINAL FANTASY® XIV: A Realm Reborn™.

Available for a limited time, these bundled graphics cards will allow players to upgrade their in-game HD for a truly next-gen PC gaming, FINAL FANTASY experience in one of today’s most acclaimed MMORPG titles.

The limited GeForce GTX 650 / FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn bundles are available today for the GeForce GTX 650, 650 Ti, and 650 Ti Boost at North American retailers NCIX, Amazon, Newegg, and Tiger Direct.

Additional information on the bundles, and accessing FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn, can be found here: http://www.GeForce.com/FFXIV.

For more details on the GeForce GTX 650-class graphics cards, please visit: http://www.GeForce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-650.

Source: Square Enix

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (360 & PS3) – Retro-spective Trailer & Press Release

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Greetings!

SQUARE ENIX today released a new “Retro-spective” trailer for LIGHTNING RETURNS™: FINAL FANTASY® XIII.

The scope of FINAL FANTASY XIII’s mythology is so massive it could only be fully told across three games, and the saga will finally reach its conclusion on February 11, 2014. In this latest trailer, players will be able to look back on the stories of FINAL FANTASY XIII and FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 that shaped Lightning into the heroine she is today, as she and a band of unlikely heroes came together to save the world.

In LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII, it all ends here.

LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII will be available for the Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3 systems and for digital download on the PlayStation®Network for $59.99 on February 11, 2014. The collector’s edition will be available in limited quantities for both platforms and will be sold exclusively at the Square Enix Online Store for $89.99.

LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII is rated T (Teen). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.

Source: Square Enix (1 & 2)

The Elder Scrolls Online (Multi) – Imperial Edition & Online Store Press Release

January 29, 2014 (London, UK) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that it will release The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition – a premium collector’s edition for the highly-anticipated The Elder Scrolls Online. The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition will be made available in digital and limited physical formats. Both standard and collector’s editions are now available for pre-order through participating retailers and pre-purchase from the newly launched online store (store.elderscrollsonline.com).

In addition to the highly-anticipated game, The Elder Scrolls Online Physical Imperial Edition includes:

Molag Bal Statue. A 30.5 cm statue featuring Molag Bal, Daedric Prince of domination and enslavement.
The Improved Emperor’s Guide to Tamriel. A 224-page illustrated guide annotated by the Imperial scholar, Flaccus Terentius.
Physical Map of Tamriel. A 53.3 cm x 66 cm printed map detailing Alliance-controlled zones and the ultimate conquest: Cyrodiil.
Steelbook™ Packaging. A limited edition steel case decorated in the color of the Imperials.
Exclusive Collection of Digital Content. 

 

o Play as an Imperial: Become an Imperial and play in any Alliance. Gain unique bonuses, crafting styles, gear, and more.
o White Imperial Horse: Summon this Imperial mount and journey through Tamriel with speed.
o Mudcrab Vanity Pet: Explore Tamriel with a mudcrab pet scuttling along by your side.
o Rings of Mara: Complete the Ritual of Mara with a friend and receive an experience bonus when you play together.

The Physical Imperial Edition is extremely limited in quantity and available for pre-order through participating retailers for $99.99/€99.99/£89.99/AU$139.95.

The Elder Scrolls Online Digital Imperial Edition includes the base game and all digital content outlined for the Physical Imperial Edition above and retails for $79.99/€79.99/£69.99/AU$119.95.

All those who pre-order or pre-purchase either the Imperial Edition or the Standard Edition in physical or digital formats will also receive The Explorer’s Pack bonus at launch, which includes: Scuttler vanity pet, four bonus treasure maps, and the ability to play as any of the nine races in any Alliance.

Early Access bonuses will also be offered to those pre-ordering or pre-purchasing a PC/Mac version. A five (5) day early access bonus will be offered to those who pre-purchase the Digital Imperial Edition or the Digital Standard Edition through The Elder Scrolls Online Store. Additional early access programs are also available through participating retailers.

The Elder Scrolls Online, developed by ZeniMax Online Studios, is the latest chapter of the award-winning franchise and will bring the legendary experience online for the first time. Players can choose their own style of play as they embark upon an epic adventure across all of Tamriel, playing alone on heroic quests as in previous Elder Scrolls games, exploring the huge, rich world with a few friends, or joining with hundreds of others in massive PvP battles to save the Empire.

The Elder Scrolls® Online will be available worldwide on April 4, 2014 for PC and Mac users. Versions for the PlayStation®4 system and the Xbox One® will be arriving on retail shelves in June 2014.

Source: GamesPress

Dark Souls II (360, PC, & PS3) – Screenshots & Shield Design Contest Winner Images & Press Release

PARIS, FRANCE ¨C 24th January 2014 ¨C Leading video game developer and publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. announced today that the anticipated Dark Souls II will include content inspired by the Dark Souls community.
As a conclusion to the ¡®Shield Design Contest¡¯ held in May 2013 on facebook.com/Darksouls, renowned developer FROMSOFTWARE selected 6 original designs of shield created by the Dark Souls community in order to integrate them in the game. This extra content has been adapted from the original designs to blend in the Dark Souls II aesthetic and become part of Drangleic, the mysterious fallen kingdom where the game¡¯s story unfolds.

NAMCO BANDAI Games and FROMSOFTWARE would like to thank the talented creators of the selected designs: Denis “DasHurz” Bachmaier, Charles Collier, Illim, Gabriel Verdon and Alexandre Etiennes Jonathan Du Cass¨¦. They will be credited in the game and will receive a copy of Dark Souls II Collector¡¯s Edition for their amazing contribution.

As an extra reward, NAMCO BANDAI Games is proud to announce each of them will receive a real shield based on their design, created by the blacksmiths of Arm¨¦dia, a company specialized in the creation of medieval weapons and accessories.

In addition to the shields revealed today, two other sets of shields will unveil on January 28th and January 31st.

Dark Souls II will launch in Europe and Australasia on March 14, 2014 on the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft with the PC edition to follow shortly in 2014. To learn more about Dark Souls II and pre-order the game, please visit http://www.DarkSoulsII.com.To stay up-to-date with DARK SOULS II, please visit the DARK SOULS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DarkSouls.

Check out our latest trailer on Youtube!

Source: GamesPress (1, 2, & 3)