Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Platformer

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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3DS

Double Fine reacquires rights to Costume Quest and Stacking

Stacking (PC, 360, PS3) PC Announcement - Screenshot 2

In a move that’s sure to please fans of Double Fine, the studio has announced that they have reacquired the publishing and distribution rights to Costume Quest and Stacking. The distribution rights were acquired from Nordic Games, who picked them up in 2013 during THQ’s bankruptcy. As part of the new deal, the two companies have partnered for a retail release of Costume Quest, Psychonauts, and Stacking for Windows and Mac next year in both North America and Europe.

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PC News

Media Molecule’s papercraftastic adventure Tearaway now on Vita

Tearaway (PS Vita) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

LittleBigPlanet creator Media Molecule’s latest 3D platformer, Tearaway, is now available for PS Vita. The papercraft-themed adventure takes players through a folklore-inspired world as the unseen helpful hand of a messenger who is attempting to make his rounds. According to the release, the game’s engine utilizes “real physics of paper material that will tear, fold, or crumple, especially when the player reaches out and touches part of the world.” Players can also unlock printable patterns based on items in the game, allowing them to construct actual objects that they’ve run across on their journey.

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PlayStation Vita News

(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

(Xbox 360 Review) Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures

(Xbox 360 Review) Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures

“… a run-of-the-mill platformer that starts off perfect for its intended audience but eventually ends up being for a far more experienced crowd.”

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Xbox 360 Reviews

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

DuckTales: Remastered retail bound for 360, Wii U this November

DuckTales Remastered (360, PC, PS3, Wii U) Announcement - Screenshot 2

Capcom has revealed that they will be releasing disc-based retail versions of DuckTales: Remastered for 360 and Wii U. The new alternatives will join the retail version of the PS3 version, already available on store shelves as a download voucher in a special case, on November 12 for $19.99.

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Wii U, Xbox 360 News

DuckTales: Remastered goes treasure hunting on 360, now on Live

DuckTales Remastered (360, PC, PS3, Wii U) Announcement - Screenshot 4

WayForward’s DuckTales updated re-release, DuckTales: Remastered, is now available for 360. The $14.99 download is an update to the 1989 NES original with hand-drawn and animated sprites, rerecorded dialog with the original voice cast, and a new tutorial level. The gameplay remains the same, however, with players controlling Scrooge McDuck and his nephews (Huey, Dewey, and Louie) as they search for five priceless treasures.

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Xbox 360 News