Oreshika is a game I almost though wouldn’t make the trip across the sea. But the digital platform of PSN, and Sony’s localization and marketing teams have convinced SCEA to bring the title to western audiences. And the game is a solid JRPG experience with a great visual flair, so it was worth the wait.
With so much information, it would be easy to dismiss the latest Nintendo Direct presentation as an elaborate April Fool’s Day prank. But the latest Nintendo Direct is definitely no joke. The next evolution of amiibo? It’s happening! Lucas from Mother 3 in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS? He’s joining the battle! The debut of a 200cc speed class in Mario Kart 8? Yup! A new line of Yoshi amiibo figures made of actual yarn? Oh yeah. A home-designing Animal Crossing game? Launching this year! Splatoon launching on May 29 and more details about Mario Maker, Yoshi’s Woolly World and the new game in the Fire Emblem series? It’s all accurate!
“The world of amiibo is getting bigger, better and even more interactive,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “And with existing amiibo support for games like Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8 and more, and upcoming support for Splatoon, Yoshi’s Woolly World and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, amiibo continue to stretch the definition of the toys-to-life category.”
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You didn’t read that title wrong, Games with Gold will offer double the free games for April That means Xbox One gamers get two awesome new titles, and Xbox 360 gamers get a whopping four games! So invite your friends and clear your calendar for gaming! Xbox Gold members can download these games in the month of April on their respective consoles:
* Pool Nation FX ($9.99 ERP): Available all month on Xbox One
* Child of Light ($14.99 ERP): Available all month on Xbox One
* Gears of War: Judgment ($19.99 ERP): Available from April 1-15 on Xbox 360
* Terraria ($14.99 ERP): Available from April 1-15 on Xbox 360
* Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag ($29.99 ERP): Available from April 16-31 on Xbox 360
* Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel ($19.99 ERP): Available from April 16-31 on Xbox 360
In the first part of the month, Xbox 360 gamers get the Gears of War: Judgment, as well as the open-world Roguelike Terraria. Gears of War: Judgment takes players back to the immediate aftermath of Emergence Day, the defining event of the Gears of War universe. The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of a young COG lieutenant, Damon Baird, and his team – Kilo Squad. In addition to an intense campaign that pits you against a horrifying new enemy, Gears of War: Judgment also introduces two class-based multiplayer modes, OverRun and Survival that add an exciting twist for fans of great cooperative multiplayer gaming.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced the official launch of Infinite Crisis, a bold new entrant into the wildly popular Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game genre. Infinite Crisis delivers a heart-pounding competitive experience with innovative new mechanics including the unique 2-lane Coast City map featuring the powerful Doomsday Device, destructible environments and Stolen Powers. Beginning today, players can download Infinite Crisis for free on Steam by visiting http://www.infinitecrisis.com/steam.
“We would like to thank all of the great players who participated in our beta. Their passion and feedback were key to helping us deliver a really unique gameplay experience,” said Jeffrey Steefel, Executive Producer. “Today marks a major milestone for Infinite Crisis, and to celebrate the official launch, we are offering two special Champion bundles that will be available exclusively on Steam.”
Dead or Alive 5 has gone through quite a few changes since its initial 2012 release. The first updated was Dead or Alive 5+, then that version was ported and further upgraded on PS3 and 360 as Dead or Alive Ultimate, and now, with the latest port job and added features, you have Dead or Alive 5: Last Round. And well, let’s just say that if you haven’t already bought the game, now would be a good time to do so, as it’s the most comprehensive release yet. But early adopters might just want to stick to the PS3 and 360 versions, as there isn’t really much new here.
Ever since the Wii U’s gamepad was announced with a touch screen, we’ve been expecting some of the ideas spawned on the DS to make their way to the console format. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is actually builds off of the DS hit, Kirby: Canvas Curse. In some ways it’s a game that would have worked just as well as a sequel on the 3DS handheld, but if you can get past some of its shortcomings versus the original, it’s definitely worth grabbing.
The Dynasty Warriors Empires series has always tried to marry the action from the main series while incorporating the strategy elements from games like Koei’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms series. While some of them have been hit and miss, this one can be counted among those which are a miss. And perhaps this series needs to re-examine what its strengths are before making another, as this marriage of strategy and action doesn’t seem to work all that well in Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires.
The Dusk series of Atelier games has been pretty interesting. It’s tried to make a slightly darker story line where the world’s outlook is a bit bleak, while still being cute and adorably light-hearted. And it’s succeeded in that endeavor, and even addressed some long-running issues regarding gameplay mechanics and balance. Each entry saw improvements that made the series more approachable to newcomers. But this entry demonstrates that some benefits can be offset by hiccups or exchanges that were made in the process. The result is still good, but these changes keep the game from truly elevating above its predecessors.
Ceekars (pronounced seekers) are the world’s first 4D headphones for virtual reality gaming, movies and more. Ceekars wirelessly connect with any smartphone or PC and seamlessly integrate with any Mobile VR device – it’s like putting an IMAX theatre in your back pocket! Unlike traditional 2D headphones that do not indicate direction and distance of sound, Ceekars deploys (patented) 4D physics-based audio technology with personalized soundscapes. With its unique haptic feedback, real-time processors and powerful mini-VR controller, movies, games, music and much more get experienced on a new level of Reality.
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Twin-stick shooters are always a fun time, but what if one was made with the following concept: Be the bad guys, and spread ‘democracy’ to the indigenous lifeforms of various planets, all for the glory of the Earth and imperialism. Sound Good? That’s Helldivers in a nutshell, but there are some nice twists to the concept that push it forward more. But there are a few things holding it back from perfection.