- Styx’s personality, design explored in new Shards of Darkness trailer
- The fight continues, Halo Wars 2 out for PC, Xbox One
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- 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: March 5, 2013
Castlevania returns to the world of handheld gaming today with the release of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate for 3DS. Developed by Mercury Steam, Mirrors of Fate takes place 25 years after Lords of Shadow but before Lords of Shadow 2. The story follows Trevor Belmont, now a knight of the Brotherhood of Light, as he seeks to avenge the death of his mother by tracking down her killer, his own father. But his father is not the same Gabriel as he was in Lords of Shadow. After years in exile, he has returned as a powerful vampire known as Dracula.
A new entry in the Atelier series has shipped to stores today for PS3, Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk. The NIS America-localized, Tecmo Koei-published release follows the alchemist Ayesha Altugle in her search for her younger sister, Nio. New features include a rear attack type as well as a diary, which not only keeps a log of Ayesha’s activities but also allows her to unlock new items, recipes, and stat boosts. Also, in a break with its predecessors, missions no longer have time restrictions.
Commander Shepard and crew set out on their final journey today with the launch of the last single-player DLC pack for Mass Effect 3, Citadel. The last hurrah features characters from throughout the trilogy who arrive to help eliminate an emerging threat. The characters are also playable in the new Armax Combat Arena, a 10-scenario training program that pits the crew against waves of enemies. Lastly, a new casino has been added, the Citadel’s Silver Coast Casino, as well as a new, customizable station-based living quarter.
Born Ready Games has released a new update for their mecha shooter Strike Suit Zero. The Kickstarter-backed title is now on its third post-launch patch, and the latest update includes some hefty changes. One of the biggest is a new cockpit view, which now allows players to switch between third- and first-person views. Other changes include tweaks to the difficulty, with new Easy and Hardcore levels added, some of the difficulty spikes removed, and the option to change difficulty before each mission, as well as a checkpoint save system, and an improved targeting system that now cycles through five priority types.
If you’ve been curious as to what Eidos Montreal has been up to since they wrapped up the fantastic Deus Ex: Human Revolution, you now have your answer: Thief. Square Enix has announced that the next entry in the long-dormant Thief series is currently under development at the studio, and that Garrett will be returning as the protagonist, making his way back into gaming after an eight-year absence.
Battlefield 3’s final DLC pack, End Game, is now available for Premium members on PSN. The drop will be available for Premium 360 and PC players on March 12, and for non-Premium members on March 19 for PS3 and March 26 for 360 and PC. Whew. The pack includes four new season-inspired maps, a new dirt bike, two AA vehicles, a new dropship, five new assignments, and the return of both Air Superiority and Capture the Flag.
The new Shogun collection, Total War: Shogun 2 Gold Edition, has hit store shelves. The set includes the original title, Shogun 2, as well as its two expansions, Rise of the Samurai and Fall of the Samurai. The various downloadable clan packs are not included.
Grab your cargo pants and your spaghetti strap tee—it’s time to start raiding some tombs. Crystal Dynamic’s Tomb Raider reboot, aptly titled Tomb Raider, is now available for 360, PC, and PS3. The single-player campaign features everything you have come to expect from a Lara Croft adventure, an array of weaponry, including bows and arrows and pistols, iffy zip lines, dangerous fauna, grave-robbing red shirts to take down, and a deadly ancient curse—what? No curse? There’s also a separate multiplayer campaign, courtesy of Eidos Montreal.