Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Platformer

LittleBigPlanet 3 launches in stores, online for PS3 and PS4

Little Big Planet 3 (PS4) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Sackboy is making his next-gen debut today with the release of LittleBigPlanet 3 for PS3 and PS4. Co-developed by Sumo Digital and Sony XDev Europe, the latest in the creation-centric platformer series introduces three new characters, OddSock, Swoop, and Toggle, as well as new items and triggers to utilize in Create mode. Additionally, the 9-million-plus user-created levels already available for the series are also playable. PS4 owners have access to a few new system-specific features as well, including support for the Dualshock 4’s touchpad, the ability to livestream, and access to items that can be interacted with and triggered by the livestreaming audience. In the new story, players must guide Sackboy and his friends, alone or with up to four players in local or online co-op, on his quest to restore balance to Bunkum.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News

Project Totem now Kalimba, set to launch for Xbox One on Dec. 17

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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood developer Press Play has announced that their upcoming platformer Project Totem has been given the official title Kalimba and a release date of December 17. The download-only title will feature a single-player campaign as well as couch co-op. As animated totems, players must navigate their way through three different worlds, building a totem along the way that reflects their progress, as they attempt to defeat an evil shaman.

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Xbox One News

GOG.com begins Big Fall Sale with discounts, copy of Mount & Blade

GOG (PC) 2014 Fall Sale Launch Announcement - Header

GOG.com has kicked off their Big Fall Sale. As has become a trend in recent years, the service will be offering free games throughout the promotion, including Mount & Blade and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The original Mount & Blade is the first freebie, and the first bundle of the day features Blade: Warband and Mount & Blade: With Sword and Fire for 75% off. By the end of the sale, over 700 titles will have been discounted for up to 90% off through on-going sales, two daily bundles, and 40-minute flash deals.

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PC News

FizzCo’s on notice, Sunset Overdrive now available for Xbox One

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The world is once again in need of saving, and Insomniac Games is calling upon Xbox One owners to step to the plate today in Sunset Overdrive. The fast-paced shooter has launched online and hit store shelves, pitting players against hordes of humans who’ve turned into mutants after downing too much of FizzCo’s latest energy drink. Be safe parkouring, sliding, blasting, shocking, and exploding (stuff up) out there.

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Xbox One News

Sunset Overdrive launch trailer released, Week of Explosions begins

A new launch trailer has been released for Insomniac Games’ Sunset Overdrive. The video runs nearly two minutes and features a little of the backstory as well as some gamelpay footage, showcasing the mixture of platforming-style action and third-person shooting that players can expect when the game is released next week. A contest is also up that offers a limited edition in-game outfit for the first 100,000 Twitter users who choose #BlowUpFizze or #BlowUpMutants as part of the Week of Explosions leading up to launch. The prize is an outfit called Granny’s Revenge, which comes with a flame-throwing shotgun.

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Xbox One News

Sunset Overdrive goes goooold, pre-order extras and more detailed

Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One) Gold Announcement - Screenshot 1

Microsoft has sent word that Insomniac Games’ upcoming action shooter Sunset Overdrive has gone gold. Pre-orders are now open, and gamers who put down their cash between now and the game’s release on October 28 will receive the Day One Edition or, for a bit more, the Day One Digital Deluxe Edition. Both versions come with a variety of extras, including modified weapons and an outfit. The full list of items is available below. The Digital version is slightly more expensive at $79.99, but it also includes the $19.99 Season Pass, which adds exclusive outfits as well as new amps and traps.

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DLC, Xbox One News

Sunset Overdrive Season Pass to add missions, weapons, and more

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Microsoft has detailed the Season Pass for Insomniac Games upcoming action title Sunset Overdrive. The $19.99 pass, which is now available for purchase, will include the first two campaign add-ons, a weapon pack add-on, and a bonus pack with an assortment of extras. When tallied up, the four downloads will add four Amps, four traps, eight weapons, and 10 outfits. On top of that, the campaign packs will also add new bosses, challenges, locations, and missions.

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DLC, Xbox One News

(PC Review) Abyss Odyssey

(PC Review) Abyss Odyssey

” … a beautiful but strange—and often flustering—roguelite that somehow manages to successfully combine elements from genres as diverse as fighters and platformers.”

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PC Reviews

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

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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