- .hack//G.U. trilogy getting HD treatment with Last Recode for PC, PS4
- Cave Story+ released digitally, physically for Switch
- Strategy role-playing game God Wars Future Past out for PS4, PS Vita
- Castle of Shikigami brings supernatural shooter action to PC
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles out for console, PC
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Monthly Archives: January 2012
Lordz Games Studio continues its assault on the wargaming masses with the latest DLC release for Panzer Corps, Grand Campaign ’42. The fourth campaign pack includes 15 new scenarios, including an urban Stalingrad map, new features, and new unique objectives, one of which involves intercepting reinforcements at the Volga River (mmm … sweet, sweet ambushes). As always, surviving units from the previous campaigns can be imported for play ’42.
Namco Bandai is looking to reignite gamers’ souls today with the release of Soulcalibur V for the 360 and PS3. Set 17 years after the events in SCIV, the latest follows Patroklos and Pyrrha Alexandra as they uncover their family’s history with the Soul swords. In addition to a guest appearance by Ezio Auditore de Firenze from Assassin’s Creed, SCV includes new gameplay features and a beefed-up character creation mode, with custom characters displayable in the new Global Colosseo online hub.
After many, many, many screenshot posts and character updates, we hit the big one: Final Fantasy XIII-2 has hit store shelves for the 360 and PS3. XIII-2, a direct sequel to XIII, features new gameplay systems, multiple progression paths, and enhanced visuals. Although following its predecessor closely, XIII-2 is standalone release and, as noted by Square Enix, unfolds in such a way that it requires no previous experience with XIII. Downloadable content has also been announced as in the works, including additional episodes and modes, with the first release being Coliseum battles.
Activision has announced that early adopters of Radical Entertainments upcoming action title Prototype 2 for the 360 and PS3 will receive access to Radnet, a service that will provide owners with 55 bits of DLC. Available through a single-use pass, Radnet will deliver behind-the-scenes videos, in-game events and challenges, avatar items, dynamic themes, and bonus Mutations to players on a weekly basis for seven weeks. Participants in the challenges and events will also unlock a to-be-announced shape-shifting reward. More information on the Radnet Edition is available on the official site.
The Witcher series is nearing its console debut after having tromped around the PC market for the past few years. As is the custom nowadays, a plethora of pre-order offerings are being dangled in front of gamers in order to secure their early five-spotter. Not that The Witcher 2 requires all that many enticements, given that it’s one of the best action-RPGs to have been released in recent memory. Still, extras are always nice. Pre-order offers include a digital comic book from Amazon, an exclusive T-shirt from Best Buy, and an exclusive wolf head keychain from GameStop.
Namco Bandai has reached into its vaults and compiled a new collection of yesteryear’s hits for iOS. Xevious, The Tower of Druaga, Motos, and Phozon are now available as a free release on the App Store for the iPhone 4/4S, iPad 2, and iPod touch (4th generation). Well, mostly free – there are some restrictions. While free to download, gameplay is restricted to one title once per day. To play more than one title a day or to go an additional round, players will have to pony up Play Coins, purchasable from within the app, or buy the titles outright.
Ironclad’s 2008 galaxy-spanning real-time strategy title Sins of a Solar Empire has been lighting up the vacuum of space for years now, and it looks to have plenty of life in it. Stardock has sent along some new screenshots from the game’s upcoming download-only expansion Rebellion, which is due out later this year. Following on the previous two expansions, Rebellion is set after Diplomacy has failed and each side finds itself fractured in the face of a seemingly endless war that has strained nerves and resources to the breaking point.
id’s iOS rail shooter Rage HD has been updated today, bringing the app to version 2.0. The update includes support for iOS 5, new melee combat, and access to two new episodes, Kraken and Aqueduct. The app goes for $1.99 and the episodes for $.99 each, purchasable from the Store button on the game’s main menu.
For far too long Pac-Man has been confined to the realms of an abyss-like maze, haunted by determined foes and given only the briefest of reprieves when delicious fruits give him the power to wreck vengeance on his tormentors. It is time for the beast to be unleashed. And unleashed it shall be in the PS3 and PS Vita versions of the upcoming crossover fighter Street Fighter X Tekken. Capcom and Namco Bandai have announced that each has thrown a new fighter into the brawling lot, with Capcom sending forth the blue bomber himself, Mega Man, and Namco the ever-smiling, ever-deadly Pac-Man.