- Styx’s personality, design explored in new Shards of Darkness trailer
- The fight continues, Halo Wars 2 out for PC, Xbox One
- Arsenal of Elegant Destruction highlights Nier: Automata’s combat
- Corpse Party, Grandia II, Trails in the Sky, more on sale at GOG.com
- NIS announces Ys VIII, Culdcept Revolt, release dates, more
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Daily Archives: January 23, 2013
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is now available on PSN. The $9.99 PlayStation 2 Classic has many features that will be familiar to fans of the later releases, such as geo effects and the Item World. Newcomers, however, will find it much more manageable than its successors, making it a nice entry point for those who have been curious about but also intimidated by the game’s many modes and modifiers.
Electronic Arts has announced that Crysis 3 will begin a two-week open multiplayer beta on January 29. Available for 360, PC, and PS3, the beta will feature two maps, Airport and Museum, and two team-based modes, including the new Hunter mode. Hunter will pit players against one another as two hunters battle a squad of Cell troopers (10 on console and 14 on PC). The hunters only have access to their powers and Predator bows, though defeated Cell troopers will fill their ranks as respawned hunters. The beta will also sport the new in-game social media feed dubbed New York Feed. The feed will not only broadcast the player’s accomplishments to other readers but also offer dynamic challenges.
Born Ready Games’ mech-based shooter Strike Suit Zero has launched on Steam. The $19.99 release features ship and bot designs from Junji Okubo (Appleseed) and a score from Paul Ruskay (Homeworld) and Kokia (Tales of Innocence). Born Ready has also announced that they plan on releasing Linux and Mac versions later this year.
CCP Games’ PS3-exclusive massively multiplayer shooter Dust 514 has entered open beta. A recent update has merged the universes of Dust 514 and Eve Online so that players from each will experience the games as a whole, with PC players battling in orbit around the planets that PS3 gamers are fighting to control. As an example of the faction dynamics and interplay involved, the header imagine and initial screenshots show an orbital strike called in from a Dust 514 player and the resulting bombardment courtesy of an Eve Online player.
Capcom has released new details about the expansion to their action-RPG Dragon’s Dogma, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. Scheduled to launch for 360 and PS3 on April 23 as a download and on disc, Dark Arisen will feature a new area, over 25 new enemies, a new skill tier, 100-plus new pieces of equipment with new enhancement tiers, 14 new augments, greater character customization, item appraisal, optional Japanese voice track, and all of the content from the original game. Given that the original is one of our favorites from last year, that, as well as the $39.99 price tag, is great news. Veterans can look forward to easier travel and a refined menu system, plus a handful of extras: 100,000 Rift Crystals, unlimited Ferrystones, and the six-costume Gransys Armour Pack.
The Cave, the latest adventure-puzzler from designer Ron Gilbert and Double Fine Productions, is now available for 360, Linux, Mac, PC, PS3, and Wii U. The download-only release, published by Sega, features seven adventurers who must explore a trap-filled cave three at a time, with each character’s backstory coming to the fore as the trio make their way deeper into the chasm.