Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action-Platformer

Lords of Shadow 2 PSN gets Mirror of Fate HD as pre-order bonus

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 (360, PS3) Mirror of Fate HD Preorder Bonus Announcement - Screenshot 1

Virtual Draculas can turn the tide on themselves with a new pre-order bonus for the digital version of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 for PS3, a copy of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD via PSN. To further sweeten the pot, Konami is also tossing in a Lords of Shadow 2 Dynamic Theme. Mirror of Fate, once a 3DS exclusive, is a prequel to the original Lords of Shadow that follows the quests of Trevor and Simon Belot against Dracula as well as introduces a new character who makes their return in the sequel, the Toymaker.

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PlayStation 3 News

Strider double jumps, dashes way onto PSN, Xbox Live

Strider (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Console Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The new plasma-scarf-sporting Hiryu is hitting the streets of Kazakh City today with the release of Strider. The Double Helix-developed entry continues the series’ style of fast-paced, side-scrolling combat, as Hiryu bounces and dashes around obstacles and slices his way through enemies. In addition to the story, players will also be able to tackle Beacon Run, a speed-run-style mode, and the wave-based Survival Mode.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 demo out now for consoles, PC

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 (360, PC, PS3) Dracula Media - Screenshot 4

Konami is giving gamers a sample of what’s in store when Lords of Shadow 2 launches with a new playable demo. The trial serves as a prelude to the full game and is now live for 360, PC, and PS3. The demo features two fights, one against the Brotherhood of Light as they attempt to storm Dracula’s castle and the other against a massive titan. Players will have access to two weapons throughout the demo to accomplish their tasks, the Void Sword and the Chaos Claws.

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Strider to launch next week for current and next-gen consoles, PC

Strider (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Strider Hiryu will once again set out against the forces of evil next week when the Double Helix-developed Strider launches on Live, PSN, and Steam. The PS3 and PS4 versions will be first out of the gate on February 18, with the PC, 360, and Xbox One versions will follow the day after. Also announced is the inclusion of two new Challenge Modes to accompany Story Mode, the speed-run-style race Beacon Run and the wave-based trial Survival Mode. A global online leaderboard will track player stats across all modes.

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Lara gets even in new Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition launch trailer

Last year’s Tomb Raider reboot is getting a next-gen makeover soon with the upcoming release of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for PS3 and Xbox One. To kick things off, Square Enix has posted a new launch trailer to demonstrate the action in store. In addition to the enhanced graphics, which will feature new effects, additional polygons, Tress FX technology for realistic hair, new textures, and new rendering techniques, the game will also include all available downloadable content plus developer videos, a digital art book, and a digital copy of the Dark Horse comic.

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PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Rayman Legends bounding onto PS4 and Xbox One in 2014

Rayman Legends (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One) PS4 and Xbox One Announcement - Screenshot 1

Rayman will be making his way to the newest console generation early next year with the release of Rayman Legends for PS4 and Xbox One. Scheduled to launch on February 25, the next-gen version of Legends will sport improved visuals, reduced load times, and unique costumes (Splinter Ray, Ray Vaas, and Globox Vass on Xbox One and Assassin Ray on PS4). Several new features are also being added, with the Xbox One version receiving 10 exclusive challenges and time-limited Achievements for Xbox One and the PS4 version receiving controller touchpad support for scratching Lucky Tickets and Remote Play on PS Vita.

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PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Sega launches 3D Sonic the Hedgehog, 3D Altered Beast on eShop

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

New 3D versions of Sonic the Hedgehog and Altered Beast have been released on eShop for 3DS. The $5.99 downloads include extra features in addition to the extra dimension, including the option for classic graphics (re: pre-flatscreen curved edges), local multiplayer for Altered Beast, and zone select for Sonic. Sega has also posted an excellent lengthy interview about these latest remakes with developer M2 on their official blog.

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(PlayStation 4 Review) Knack

(PlayStation 4 Review) Knack

“… a decent but limited action platformer that becomes too repetitive too quickly.”

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PlayStation 4 Reviews

Retail version of DuckTales: Remastered out for 360, PS3, and Wii U

DuckTales Remastered (360, PC, PS3, Wii U) Announcement - Screenshot 3

A disc-based version of DuckTales: Remastered has hit store shelves for 360, PS3, and Wii U. Previously available as a download, and as a retail copy with an included voucher for PS3, Remastered is an updated version of the 1989 NES action platformer. As Scrooge McDuck and his famous nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, players will search for treasure around several themed worlds, pouncing on enemies, dodging traps, and dying lots and lots (and lots) of times.

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PlayStation 3 News, Wii U, Xbox 360 News

A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX blasts onto Live Arcade

Ares Extinction Agenga EX (360) Announcement - Screenshot 3

Origo Games and Extend Studios’ side-scrolling platformer A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX is now available on Live Arcade. According to publisher Aksys Games, the original 2009 PC release has been redesigned for 360 with a revamped UI and control scheme, added leaderboard support, and a host of new material, including high-res textures, weapons, abilities, enemies, levels, and challenge stages.

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Xbox 360 News