Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action-Platformer

3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Genesis, Master System themes out now

3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (3DS) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Sonic returns to Sega’s 3D Classics line today in 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The $5.99 re-release brings back one of the franchise’s most influential entries, with the debut of Tails, Super Sonic, the popular Casino-themed levels, and the special half-pipe bonus stages. For details about the port, an interview with Sega producer Yosuke Okunari and M2 president Naoki Horii discussing its development has been posted over at Sega’s blog. A new series of system-specific themes for 3DS have also been announced, with the first two, based on the Genesis and the Game Gear (each $1.99), already available on eShop. Next up, in order of release, are the Sega Master System, Sega Mark III, Sega Saturn, Hi-Tech SegA, Sega SG-1000, and Sega Dreamcast.



New gameplay footage released from Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360, Xbox One) Gameplay Trailer - Screenshot 1

A new gameplay trailer has gone live for Rise of the Tomb Raider. The video, titled Descent Into Legend, features footage of Lara navigating puzzles and environmental hazards as she searches for the Lost City of Kitezh. Quite a bit is packed into the two-minute runtime, including a daring escape and heavy use of a retractable zip line.


Xbox One News

20XX entering beta tomorrow on Steam Early Access

20XX (PC) Beta Announcement - Screenshot 1

20XX, a cross between Mega Man X and a roguelite, is set to enter beta tomorrow on Steam. The update adds a co-op mode, both online and local. Currently implemented features include permadeath, 100-plus powerups, and procedurally generated levels.


PC News

Mega Man Legacy Collection launches for PC, PS4, Xbox One

Mega Man Legacy Collection (3DS, PC, PS4, Xbox One) - Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Find something soft to throw your controller against because Mega Man Legacy Collection is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The set includes the first six Mega Man games, a new Challenge Mode that offers remixed segments from all games with scaling difficulty along with leaderboard support, and a Museum with hundreds of unlockables. The unlockable content includes songs, concept sketches, production art, and unused designs. As a reminder to fans of physical media, this download-only release will be joined by a $29.99 boxed copy early next year for 3DS, PS4, and Xbox One.


PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Lara takes the stealthy route in new Rise of the Tomb Raider video

Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360, Xbox One) Stealth Trailer - Screenshot 1

Crystal Dynamics has put together a new gameplay video for Rise of the Tomb Raider. The latest footage highlights Lara’s less-lethal side, as she makes her way around an armed gang by sticking to the shadows and utilizing distractions. Nearly five minutes of play and not a single arrow to the neck? I didn’t know such a level of restraint existed.


Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

(Xbox One Review) Rare Replay

(Xbox One Review) Rare Replay

“… a great reminder that Rare is a company worth remembering, and in the year of their 30th anniversary, worth celebrating. ”


Xbox One Reviews

Mega Man Legacy Collection gets release dates, physical versions

Mega Man Legacy Collection (3DS, PC, PS4, Xbox One) - Announcement - Screenshot 6

The upcoming Mega Man compilation, Mega Man Legacy Collection, has been officially dated for August 25. Save for the 3DS version, that is, which is slated for an early 2016 release. Gamers who prefer physical copies should be glad to hear that Capcom plans on releasing the 3DS, PS4, and Xbox One versions in stores early next year as well. Boxed copies will cost a bit more, however, running $29.99 instead of $14.99. Details about the 3DS and physical versions should be coming along in the near future. Regardless of the format, all sets will include the first six Mega Man games along with a new Challenge Mode, which features remixed segments from all games with scaling difficulty, and a Museum with hundreds of unlockable songs as well as high-res scans of concept sketches, production art, and unused designs.


3DS, PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Wii U, Xbox One News

Rare Replay now available in stores, online for Xbox One

Rare Replay (Xbox One) E3 Media - Screenshot 1

Rare Replay is now available for Xbox One. The $30 30-title collection spans decades of Rare’s work, beginning with 1983’s Lunar Jetman and ending with 2008’s Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise. For the newer releases, players who have achievements or save files tied to their current profile from their Xbox 360 days can transfer them to Xbox One. Previous progress also counts towards Replay’s various unlockable bonuses. Full details on all 30 titles are available below.


Xbox One News

PCE Works to re-release Akumajou Dracula X and Force Gear

PC Engine Works (PCE) Force Gear Announcement - Set 2

PCE Works has rolled out their latest re-releases for the Turbo Duo, the Akumajou Dracula X and Force Gear. Dracula X is available as a standard edition as well as in a deluxe pack, the Belmont Survival Kit. The standard digipack edition includes an untranslated re-release of the 1993 classic, a translated color manual, replica foldouts of two ads ran in Japan, a bookmark, and a metallic sticker. The kit includes the deluxe digipak edition, a pin, a wooden cross necklace, and a life-sized wooden stake prop replica, all tucked within a velvet-lined wooden chest. A free can of a Dracula X-themed energy drink will also be sent out to early buyers. The kit runs 219 Euros ($240). A free translated copy will be available later. Force Gear, a caravan horizontal shooter unlocked in the PC Engine version of Tokimeki Memorial, is available for 29 EUR ($32) or with the digipack version of Dracula X for 99 EUR ($109).


Legacy System News

Abyss Odyssey: Extended Dream Edition now available for PS4

Abyss Odyssey Extended Dream Edition (PS4) Announcement - Screenshot 6

Atlus has released an updated version of Abyss Odyssey for PS4, the Extended Dream Edition. The original release of the 2D action platformer is already available for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, and now next-gen owners—well, current-gen—will get the chance to experience the lovely, challenging adventure in 1080p. In addition to graphical improvements, the game features all updates released for PC, which includes expanded move lists and multiplayer support for two players locally and four players online in duel mode. PS Plus subscribers can currently grab it or the PS3 version for 40% off.


PlayStation 4 News