Last year I reviewed EA’s return to the basketball court with NBA Live 14. While that game was stillborn and ultimately not much of a contender to 2K’s reign, it still interrupted their brief monopoly on the virtual sport. Given another year or two, the NBA 2K series might have an actual competitor on the other side of the court, so it’s important to see if they’ve stepped up their game this year with NBA 2K15
During a Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DS XL system will launch in the U.S. and Canada on Feb. 13 at a suggested retail price of $199.99 USD ($229.99 CAD). New Nintendo 3DS XL offers a number of new enhancements designed to offer the smoothest and most engrossing portable gaming possible. New Nintendo 3DS XL features a wider range of controls with the addition of a C Stick and ZL/ZR buttons, super-stable 3D via face-tracking technology and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures.
All of the new features of New Nintendo 3DS XL make it the ideal way to experience upcoming portable games like The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., as well as all other existing Nintendo 3DS software. The system also enhances certain games like Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS with amiibo functionality, faster processing speeds and more control options when compared to the Nintendo 3DS system. In addition to the standard hardware in New Red and New Black, two other New Nintendo 3DS XL designs will be available at launch: a system featuring artwork inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and one based on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate available exclusively at GameStop with the game pre-installed. The three stand-alone New Nintendo 3DS XL models and the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate bundle* will all be available on Feb. 13 at suggested retail prices of $199.99 ($229.99 CAD) and $229.99 USD ($249.99 CAD), respectively. *Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate New Nintendo 3DS XL bundle will be available exclusively at EB Games in Canada.
Nintendo 3DS XL Box and Product Shots:
In addition to the New Nintendo 3DS XL news, Nintendo also revealed the Feb. 13 launch date of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, a new game in the Fire Emblem series, a line of amiibo featuring classic characters from the Super Mario series, the arrival of amiibo compatibility in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and many details about upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games, including Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Splatoon, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and Mario Party 10.
To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct.
“We are only a couple of weeks into 2015, and Nintendo is already starting the year off with a bang,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “With New Nintendo 3DS XL coming very soon and an enormous library of exclusive Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games launching throughout the coming months, it has never been a better time to be a Nintendo fan.”
With DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE, BANDAI NAMCO Games is striving to create one of the most ambitious Dragon Ball video game experiences ever; with an expansive online multiplayer world, a multitude of game modes, and for the first time ever… players can create their own fully customizable characters and actually play a part in rewriting the classic franchise’s history.
In order to ensure the highest possible gameplay experience for our fans; BANDAI NAMCO Games America will be moving the DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE launch date from February 17, 2015 to February 24, 2015.
DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and will be available in the Americas on February 24, 2015 for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The STEAM for PC version of DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE will be available on February 27, 2015.
Today, Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed Unity – Dead Kings, the downloadable campaign that continues Arno’s story after the events of Assassin’s Creed Unity, will be available for free to all purchasers of Assassin’s Creed Unity on next-gen consoles and Windows PC on January 13, 2015.
Assassin’s Creed Unity Dead Kings DLC Screenshots:
Assassin’s Creed Unity Dead Kings DLC Cinematic Trailer:
After the events of Assassin’s Creed Unity, Arno leaves Paris for Saint Denis, a mysterious city that holds the crypts of deceased French kings. Sent on a mission to the extensive underground of the Basilica, Arno will face a faction of new foes, the Raiders, populating its catacombs. Equipped with a lantern and a new powerful weapon, the Guillotine gun, Arno will have to navigate the dangerous passageways to uncover the darkest secrets of the city.
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that the PlayStation 4 (PS4) computer entertainment system has cumulatively sold through more than 18.5 million units*1 worldwide as of January 4, 2015, and that the holiday season*2 retail sales exceeded 4.1 million units*3 globally. PS4 continues to demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history.
In addition, over 10.9 million users have been taking advantage of the features and benefits of the PlayStation®Plus (PS Plus) membership service, as of January 2, 2015. Subscribers have access to a wide variety of features such as “Instant Game Collection,” which allows members to play full versions of popular titles from third party developers and publishers, as well as from SCE Worldwide Studios, with no time limits or extra costs. PS4 owners have also been enjoying online multiplayer with PS Plus.
While Sekai Project is no stranger to working on Visual Novels, this is the first one that actually has two versions. Namely an M rated version, and an adult 18+ version. The steam version is the ‘all-ages’ version, with all the sex scenes removed. I feel that this is important to let people know, as they may want to get that version instead. On its own though, the edited version is still a cute little harem story, for those into that sort of thing.
Sekai Project has been making quite some headway this year, with more and more visual novels cropping up on Valve’s Steam, whether they need the help to do Kickstarters or not. Fault – Milestone One is such a project; and the fruits of that labor are promising, if the first episode is anything to go by. There are some minor issues that hopefully will get ironed out in the next two installments.
It’s been a rough year for Ubisoft, with nasty bugs cropping up in their flagship franchise’s latest sequel, Assassin’s Creed Unity, as well as the lukewarm reception for new properties like Watch Dogs and The Crew. But they struck gold with Far Cry 3 a couple years ago, adding another major AAA arrow to their quiver, and fortunately for them, that vein runs deep as Far Cry 4 has delivered another open world shooter tour de force that kicks things up yet another notch.
The quest of the hunter and the hunted has begun, today marks the kickoff of the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, giving fans around the world their first taste of the next evolution of Halo combat.
Launching in fall 2015 exclusively on Xbox One, Halo 5: Guardians continues the story of the Master Chief, and introduces a brand new central character to the Halo universe – Spartan Locke. Peace is shattered when colony worlds are unexpectedly attacked. And when humanity’s greatest hero goes missing, Spartan Locke is tasked with hunting the Master Chief and solving a mystery that threatens the entire galaxy.
Today, pre-orders have kicked off by revealing early details on various editions of Halo 5: Guardians.
With three pre-order editions to choose from, eager fans can reserve a copy of Halo 5: Guardians, plus exclusive content:
– Standard Edition for $59.99 USD ($69.99 CAD) – Halo 5: Guardians plus an exclusive poster1, only available to those who pre-order.
– Limited Edition2 for $99.99 USD ($109.99 CAD) – Everything in the Standard Edition plus new digital content to enhance Spartan combat and exclusive items wrapped in a uniquely designed steel book.
– Limited Collector’s Edition3 for $249.99 ($259.99 CAD) – Everything in the Limited Edition as well as additional content such as a commemorative numbered statue designed by 343 Industries. More details on the design to be shared at a later date.
Large public betas were a tradition set for Halo games back when Bungie was at the helm of the franchise. Halo 3 started the trend with its beta in May of 2007. It packed three maps and debuted that games iconic equipment system. This continued with the Halo Reach beta in May of 2010. This one was even larger with four maps and debuted the new invasion game type. Both of these events were real betas too, launching approximately four months in advance of each games respective releases. There was actually a chance your feedback could alter the final product. Many games recently have pushed out pseudo-betas that are within a month of launch and feel like they merely lack the traditional day-one patch. When 343 Industries took over control of the franchise, it was wondered if they would continue having public betas but sadly they didn’t with their first Halo installment. Fortunately, as evident from this preview, they changed their tune for Halo 5: Guardians.