Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Vicarious Visions

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy gets a free unreleased level, book

Vicarious Visions has remastered an unreleased level for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Naughty Dog designed the stage, Stormy Ascent, but did not include it in the original Crash Bandicoot. Vicarious Visions announced during the Crash Bandicoot Then and Now panel at Comic-Con that they have remastered the level, updating it for the trilogy, and released it for free through the PlayStation Store. The level will remain free for the next 30 days. Also revealed was a new hardcover book from Dark Horse Comics due in March 2018, The Crash Bandicoot Files: How Willy the Wombat Sparked Marsupial Mania. The 150-page work will feature original design documents, a forward from series creators, and insights into Crash’s look.

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Convention, PlayStation 4 News

Crash is back! Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy out for PS4

Activision has released Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Exclusive to PS4, the compilation features the first three titles: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. All of the games have been updated with improved audio, enhanced graphics, analog support, a unified save system, checkpoints, time trials, and leaderboard support. As an added bonus, each game can also be played through as Crash’s sister, Coco.

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PlayStation 4 News

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy to be released this June for PS4

Gaming’s most famous bandicoot is set to return on June 30 in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. The set, which will be exclusive to PS4, bundles together Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. All of the games are set to feature remastered high-definition graphics.

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PlayStation 4 News

PSX 2016 – Activision: Crash Bandicoot Trilogy, Destiny The Dawning

Crash is set to return next year in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. The bundle will feature remasters of the first three titles: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Vicarious Visions is rebuilding each game from the ground up, adding new lighting, animations, environments, and cutscenes. The audio is also being updated with a revamped soundtrack and new dialogue recorded with some of the original actors. The three will also support a unified save system, a similar checkpoint system, and analog stick functionality. Lastly, Bungie will kick off a three-week-long event for Destiny: Rise of Iron, The Dawning, on December 13. The winter festivities will include new Quests, Bounties, and customization items, plus an additional Record Book and game mode, Strike Scoring. Sparrow Racing League will also return, complete with two new tracks, one on Earth and the other on Mercury.

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Articles, PlayStation 4 News

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 1, 2 out for PC, PS4, Thursday for Xbox One*

Activision has released action role-playing games Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 for console and PC. The digital-only releases debuted in 2006 and 2009 respectively, and are now available separately for $39.99 or as a bundle for $59.99. For PC and PS4, that is, Xbox One owners will need to wait until Thursday. As mentioned on Marvel.com, the re-releases feature improved performance, support for local and online co-op, and “some” interface as well as graphic enhancements. The inclusion of the downloadable character packs is up in the air.

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

(PlayStation 4 Review) Skylanders: SuperChargers

“… successfully mixes racing and platforming for another age-friendly, goofy adventure. ”

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PlayStation 4 Reviews

Skylanders Giants event taking place Feb. 5 at flagship Toys “R” Us

Skylanders Giants (360, 3DS, PS3, Wii U) 360, PS3, and Wii Launch Announcement - Screenshot 2

Skylander fans will be able to snag the upcoming character Ninjini before its official launch, and a few discounted figures as well, on February 5 at an event at Toys “R” Us Times Square. The festivities are in honor of the annual International Toy Fair, and in celebration, the first to line up will receive a free Ninjini figure. Those who show up later will still be able to participate in giveaways and a day-long sale, which includes $25 off a Giants Starter Pack and a ‘buy 2, get 1 free’ for figures. Characters will be on hand to greet attendees, and playable demos will be setup at kiosks.

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3DS, PlayStation 3 News, Wii News, Wii U, Xbox 360 News

Skylanders franchise surpasses $500 million in sales

Skylanders Giants (360, 3DS, PS3, Wii U) 360, PS3, and Wii Launch Announcement - Screenshot 4

It appears that the Skylanders craze continues unabated as Activision has revealed that the franchise has surpassed $500 million in retail sales. The figure includes all games, accessory packs, and figures sold in the U.S., and according to Activision, this milestone has been reached “faster than any other kids’ gaming property.” The latest title in the series, Skylanders Giants, has earned more than $195 million in the U.S. and was the best selling kids’ game of last year.

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3DS, PlayStation 3 News, Wii News, Wii U, Xbox 360 News

Skylanders Giants invading retail this Sunday

Skylanders Giants (360, 3DS, PS3, Wii U) 360, PS3, and Wii Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Gamers of all ages have made Toys for Bob’s Skylanders a hit, and for those who’ve been waiting for a new adventure, the wait is almost over. Activision has announced that the savior of many a parent’s sanity will return this Sunday with Skylanders Giants. The sequel will once again pit portal masters against the nefarious and stubbornly resilient Portal Master Kaos. Joining the original crew, who carry over all stats and customizations, are 16 new characters, including eight double-sized Giant Skylanders. The new Wow Pow system adds a new upgrade path for new and old Skylander alike—looks like it’s time to break out Trigger Happy.

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3DS, PlayStation 3 News, Wii U, Xbox 360 News

Skylanders Cloud Patrol now available on App Store

Skylanders Cloud Patrol (iOS) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The Skylanders line has expanded to iOS today with the launch of Skylanders Cloud Patrol for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The 99-cent download features Trigger Happy retaking back a new region of Skylands from Kaos’ minions in a gallery-style shooter. Players will be able to take command of a sky ship as they tap to shoot and swipe to pull off combos.

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