Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Platformer

New screenshots released from vaudevillian platformer Contrast

Contrast (PC) June Media Announcement - Screenshot 1

Compulsion Games has revealed more of their upcoming platform-puzzler Contrast. Set to launch later this year for 360, PC, and PS3, Contrast has players take control of Dawn, an imaginary friend of Didi, a rambunctious and heartbroken nine-year-old, in a world inspired by vaudeville and noire. The title was recently shown at SCEA’s and Focus Home Interactive’s booths at E3, and a few shots from the demo have been released.

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Rayman Legends announced for PS Vita, dated for September 3

Rayman Legends (360, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U) PS Vita Announcement - Screenshot 1

Ubisoft has announced that a PS Vita version of Rayman Legends is in development and will launch alongside the console versions on September 3. The handheld release will include all of the original content and several extras: five exclusive maps, Murphy as a playable character on the new maps, and two Ubisoft-themed costumes (Prince of Persia for Rayman and Splinter Cell for Globox). Multiplayer will support co-op play within the same country via Wi-Fi.

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PlayStation Vita News

Tomb Raider gets new mulitplayer maps with Shipwrecked Map Pack

Tomb Raider (360, PC, PS3) Shipwrecked DLC Launch Announcement - Screenshot 2

A new map pack has launched for Crystal Dynamic’s Tomb Raider reboot, the Shipwrecked Map Pack. Available for 360, PC, and PS3, the 320 MS Point/$3.99 set includes two new levels for multiplayer, Himiko’s Cradle and Lost Fleet. The maps, detailed below, are available on Live, PSN, and Steam.

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Wii U system update now available, load times reduced and more

Wii U (System) April System Update Launch - System

The Wii U’s highly anticipated system update has finally launched. The download, detailed below, “lays the groundwork” for the impending Wii U Virtual Console service, allows for background downloading, and more importantly, reduces load times.

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Wii U

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse re-release announced

Sega will be resurrecting Mickey this summer with a new re-release of the classic platformer Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse. Originally released for the Genesis in 1990, Castle of Illusion quickly became a must-play game, with its tight controls, colorful visuals, and solid level design. The upcoming download-only release is a re-imaging by Sega Studios Australia that’s being built from scratch using the original as its foundation.

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(Nintendo 3DS Review) Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate

(Nintendo 3DS Review) Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate

” … a decent if forgettable action-platformer that happens to be a part of one of the longest-running, most-revered franchises in gaming.”

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3DS Reviews

DuckTales Remastered, D&D: Chronicles of Mystara announced

DuckTales Remastered (360, PC, PS3, Wii U) Announcement - Screenshot 1

For those who have been gaming for a while, there are two—of many—general truisms regarding Capcom’s library: DuckTales was and is a fantastic platformer, and there is no reason why the Dungeons & Dragons collection shouldn’t be released stateside. Capcom has ticked several boxes in one announcement with the news that they will be releasing DuckTales Remastered and both Dungeons & Dragons side-scrolling brawlers, Tower of Doom and Shadow over Mystara, online this summer.

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1986 Gamepack to launch this week for Capcom Arcade Cabinet

Capcom Arcade Cabinet (360, PS3) Game Pack 2 Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Capcom Arcade Cabinet’s second Gamepack is set to launch tomorrow for 360 and PS3. The 1986 Gamepack includes Legendary Wings, Side Arms, and Trojan for $9.99/800 MS Points. Also, for those wanting a title or two from the 1985 Gamepack, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Gun.Smoke, and Section Z are all available individually on PSN for $3.99.

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A.R.E.S Extinction Agenda EX announced for 360

Ares Extinction Agenga EX (360) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Extend Studio and Orgio Games’ platformer A.R.E.S. Extinction has been picked up by Aksys Games. Rebranded A.R.E.S Extinction Agenda EX, the Live version will sport a new, more console-friendly interface and control scheme, leaderboard support, and updated graphics with new cutscenes. Other additions include new levels, weapons, abilities, upgrades, enemies, and bosses.

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Xbox 360 News

Tomb Raider – Caves and Cliffs Map Pack announced, to hit Live soon

Tomb Raider (360, PC, PS3) Caves and Cliffs Multiplayer Map Pack Announcement - Art 1

A new downloadable map pack has been announced for Tomb Raider. Just as players begin to wrap up the multiplayer component, they will be able to snag the Caves and Cliffs Multiplayer Map Pack. The three-map drop will be available on Live on March 19, and at an unspecified later date for PC and PS3. All maps will be playable in every multiplayer mode, with the Endurance’s survivors battling the Scavengers in caverns, a shantytown, and a village engulfed in flames.

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