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2013 Games Preview: Dead Space 3

Posted January 7, 2013 - By Adam Rosenberg




2013 Games Preview: Dead Space 3Release Date: February 5, 2013

Developer: Visceral Games

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows

Necromorphs are bad news, always, but their newly expanded ranks are only one of the worries you'll have to deal with in Visceral Games' Dead Space 3. Isaac Clarke's latest adventure doesn't have to be a solo one, with newcomer Sgt. John Carver coming along for those who play through the story in co-op. It's one of several changes that aim to offer a more accessible Dead Space game for series neophytes.

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Dead Space 3 picks up two months after the events of the previous game, with Isaac Clarke being brought in by Sgt. John Carver and his superiors to help investigate a 200-year-old Necromorph infestation on the icy world of Tau Volantis. The Necros were apparently well on their way to destroying everything when the infestation just... stopped. Now it's up to Clarke and Carver to figure out what happened and see if there's anything that can be used to fight the Necromorph threat in the present day.

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2013 Games Preview: Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White WitchRelease Date: January 22, 2013

Developer: Level-5 / Studio Ghibli

Publisher: Namco Bandai

Platform(s): PlayStation 3

The phrase "ni no kuni" translates directly from Japanese to "two countries," which is fitting given the marriage of gaming and film at work in Level-5's Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. The RPG is the product of a collaboration between the veteran developer and Studio Ghibli, the anime production studio behind the likes of Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away. Early reports from the 2011 Japanese version of the game suggest that this is a perfect pairing.

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We actually know a whole lot about Ni no Kuni, given the fact that the game has been available in Japan since November 2011. The story follows a 13-year-old boy named Oliver whose mother dies when she attempts to save him from drowning. Oliver's tears of grief give life to a doll named Drippy, a gift from his departed mother. It turns out that Drippy is actually a fairy who, with the help of a magical book, is able to transport Oliver into a parallel reality where his mother may still be found.

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'BioShock 2' First Impressions

BioShock Infinite hits stores on March 26, 2012, but fans can revisit the previous entries once again well before that with the newly announced BioShock: Ultimate Rapture Edition. The January 14, 2013-releasing collection packs in BioShock and BioShock 2 along with an assortment of extras.

For starters, you get all DLC from the two games, including the Plasmids Pack (BioShock), the formerly PlayStation 3-exclusive Challenge Rooms Pack (BioShock), Sinclair Solutions Tester (BioShock 2), The Protector Trials (BioShock 2), and, of course, the excellent, story-expanding Minerva's Den (BioShock 2).

The package also includes the Museum of Orphaned Concepts, which amounts to "a tour of a never-before-seen BioShock museum and view early concept art, character models and more set within the halls of Rapture," and a BioShock Infinite sticker pack. All for $40. Not bad, right?

 


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UPDATE: It turns out that there's a bit more to this footage than we originally thought. While the above footage is indeed from The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, it's not edited together as an officially released trailer. What you're seeing above is a fan edit of footage that premiered on IGN's Up At Noon last week, as a PR rep explained to Giant Bomb. So don't judge this early look too harshly.

ORIGINAL POST: Later this year, Activision will publish The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, based on the hit AMC TV series, and developer Terminal Reality is kicking off the new year with an early look at some gameplay. The context-free clip montage focuses on highlighting the stealthier side of the game, leaving any nods in the direction of the Dixon brothers-focused story for future previews.

The idea of The Walking Dead as a first-person SHOOTER is alarming if you're a fan of either the comic or the TV series (or both), so showing off this less action-focused material in the debut gameplay trailer is a smart move on Activision's part. Does this footage sell you though? What's your excitement level for Survival Instinct after seeing this footage for the first time?

If you're still ecstatic over the (not terribly surprising) news that Earth Defense Force 2025 will be coming PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles in North America, then this trailer is for you. It's a few days old, sure, but you may have missed it because of the holidays. Five full minutes of space alien-exploding action with a focus on the coming game's new set of toys.

This is a Japanese trailer, so you probably won't understand a word of what's being said. That doesn't matter. The language of splattering alien bug guts all over a crumbling city is universal, and EDF speaks it so very, very well. There's no release date yet, but Sandlot plans to release EDF 2025 sometime this year.

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2013 Games Preview: DmC: Devil May CryRelease Date: January 15, 2013

Developer: Ninja Theory

Publisher: Capcom

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows (on 1/25)

The son of Sparda is back! Capcom's veteran mercenary and demon hunter is setting out on an all-new adventure in just a few weeks from now, in DmC: Devil May Cry. Ninja Theory, a newcomer to the franchise, is set to deliver a rebooted take on Hideki Kamiya's creation. Early looks at the game have shown a lot of promise, with a combat system that appears to be just as deep and as complex as fans of the series would expect.

What We Know:

DmC: Devil May Cry isn't the sort of full-on reboot that aims to erase the past. Dante's earlier adventures still exist within the series canon while Ninja Theory's tale picks up in a parallel universe. Our younger, shorter-haired Dante kicks off his adventure in Limbo City, an urban landscape that seems normal at first... until the demon overseers that run the place start sending all manner of nasty critters off to kill Dante.

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Pre-orders are now open for NECA's beautiful Skyhook replica from BioShock Infinite. The handheld device is the first weapon you receive in the game, also doubling as a tool used to zip between the floating islands of Columbia along an elaborate rail system. The replica won't allow you to do any of that, but it's still really sweet.

Customers in the United States can place their pre-orders now for the $79.99 item, according to the official Facebook page (via MTV Multiplayer). You can see the thing in action in the video above. NECA is the same company behind the Portal gun replica, as you probably know. Expect this item to disappear just as quickly.




Tomb Raider

The rumors are true: Crystal Dynamics' upcoming Tomb Raider reboot will include a multiplayer mode for the first time in the life of the franchise. The news is confirmed by OXM US, with the next issue's cover story focusing entirely on how this new feature fits into the game.

The earlier rumor described a team-based setup that pits Lara Croft's fellow shipwreck survivors against "Yamatai's scavengers" in "a variety of modes." We now know that the multiplayer content is the work of Eidos Montreal, the studio behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The rest of the details will follow when the latest issue of OXM hits newsstands on January 8. Tomb Raider arrives two months later, on March 5, 2013.





Black Ops 2 'Revolution' DLC May Have Been Outed

You might have missed this if you were caught up in New Year's Eve revelry: the first DLC pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, called Revolution, will reportedly arrive on January 29, 2013. Activision has yet to confirm anything officially, but a Reddit user shared what appears to be some real-deal promo art, as you can see above.

Assuming the posted image is accurate, it looks like Revolution will add four new multiplayer maps (Hydro, Downhill, Grind, Mirage), a new zombie map, and -- in a series first for DLC, a new weapon, the Peacekeeper SMG. The title of the zombie map -- Die Rise -- appears to be a play on the title of the World at War Zombies map, Der Reise.

It's not official until Activision confirms it of course, but late-January certainly seems like the right time for the latest Call of Duty game's first DLC.

PlayStation 2 Memories

We have quite literally reached the end of an era. After more than 12 years on the market, Sony is officially putting a stop to PlayStation 2 shipments in Japan, according to Famitsu (via Kotaku). The last-gen platform was first released in Japan on March 4, 2000, and in the 12+ years that followed it managed to rack up a startling 150 million units sold. 

There's no official word from Sony on what this development means for shipments in other parts of the world, though it's probably safe to say that you'd better act quickly if you were planning to purchase a new PS2. The console had a great run, but you had to figure this was coming as Sony prepares -- along with everyone else -- for the next generation of gaming hardware.

What was the first PS2 game that you played? What was the last? Did you have a favorite? The answers to those questions for me: Grand Theft Auto 3, Rogue Galaxy (so great, so underrated!), and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.





Aliens: Colonial Marines Story Trailer »


You've surely heard by now that Gearbox Software's Aliens: Colonial Marines delivers a story that franchise rights-holder 20th Century Fox regards as official canon. The setup for that story is laid bare in a newly released trailer which is light on gameplay and heavy on exposition.

Colonial Marines is effectively a direct sequel to the events of Aliens, picking up not long after the events of Alien 3. A search and rescue force sent to investigate the U.S.S. Sulaco steps into the aftermath of a Xenomorph bloodbath, both aboard the ship and on the surface of LV-426. The new trailer features lots of nods for franchise fans, so give it a look.

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Dead Space 3

Electronic Arts and Visceral Games will be giving Dead Space 3 fans a chance to try the game early with a playable demo that will launch on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms next month. The official release date is January 22, 2012, just a few weeks short of the game's February 5 launch.

You've got options though. Those who would like to take an earlier crack at the demo -- on Xbox 360 only, unfortunately -- can do so by browsing over to demo.deadspace.com and following the directions there. It's easy; you just need to provide your birthday and sign in from there to your Origin account. You'll then be sent a download code that will allow you to access the demo a full week early.

Retro City Rampage

The latest PlayStation Plus update is live, with both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of Retro City Rampage now available for free to members as part of the Instant Game Collection. The update also lays out a number of member-only price drops as part of Sony's ongoing Holiday Essentials Sale.

PlayStation Network favorites Journey and Papo y Yo both fall under $10 now, with a price tag of $7.35 for each. Zipper Interactive's solid PS Vita shooter Unit 13 is also a lower-priced steal, at $12.94 for PS Plus members. Then there's Duke Nukem Forever, which is still way, way, WAY too expensive at $9.80. Check out the full list over at PlayStation Blog.




Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider, which Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix will release on March 5, 2013, may feature some sort of multiplayer component that pits Lara Croft's shipmates against "Yamatai's scavengers" in "a variety of modes," according to a now-edited GAME UK product listing (as reported by All Games Beta). We've reached out to Square Enix for comment, as there's been no official talk yet of anything other than the story-driven campaign that reboots the series.

UNofficially, this isn't the first hint we've had that Tomb Raider will deliver something for the multiplayer crowd. Way, way back in 2010, a Crystal Dynamics job listing sought a producer to "take on a major production role in the multi-player part of an upcoming action adventure title" (via MTV Multiplayer). The job could conceivably have been for a different game, though don't forget that the studio has worked on nothing but Tomb Raider since 2006 (as far as the public knows).

Stay tuned for an update from Square Enix as soon as we hear back.


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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Tokyo Game Show 2012 Reveal Trailer »


 

Spark Unlimited's ninja-themed zombie game, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, isn't officially confirmed for any specific platforms, though some new job listings at the studio suggest that this is a current-gen game (via Joystiq). Multiple listings state that Yaiba is a "3rd Person slasher with horror elements for the PS3 and Xbox 360." Still not official confirmation, mind you, but it's all we have to go on for now.

The job listings offer few other details, though we can infer a number of things based on what roles the studio is looking to fill. Many of the job listings call for experience building game content in Unreal Engine 3. There's also a single multiplayer-oriented listing, which is worded in a way that suggests Yaiba might include either or both adversarial and cooperative online play.

It's all speculation of course, but we'll take what we can get with so little revealed about the game thus far.

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