Call it rude, call it sour grapes, call it what you will. But on their final episode, with nothing to lose, X-Play is spoiling in three minutes the endings to some of the biggest games you've ever played.
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With X-Play signing off the air for good, however will you get your game reviews? Why, you'll make them yourself! With these tips from our gaming experts, you'll be creating your own stellar reviews for the future games we won't be around for.
Nintendo only recently confirmed the 3DS game Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon for a March 24, 2013 release, and now the publisher confirms that the upcoming game will include a multiplayer mode (local and online). A press release reveals that up to four players can work together as they take on paranormal entities in the game's ScareScraper.
Hunter Mode puts each player in control of a different-colored Luigi, with teams working against a timer to hunt down ghosts. Teams can earn various bonuses and upgrades, and they'll eventually face a boss of some kind at the top floor of every 5-, 10-, or 25-floor tower. You can learn more about the mode in the above trailer.
The press release also confirms that the game will be available both on disc and via a download from the Nintendo 3DS eShop, both for $39.99.
By now you've probably heard that Capcom's Nintendo 3DS-exclusive Resident Evil: Revelations is being remastered for a console release, but now we know that the HD version won't be heading to Sony's PlayStation Vita. Product manager Mike Lunn talked a little about the PlayStation 3 release on PlayStation Blog, and he explained to one commenter the reason for the Vita being left out.
"When we were developing Revelations for new new platforms, we really wanted to hone in on the experience you get with a large format screen, surround sound, etc. This type of setup really helps players get sucked into the horror vibe and enjoy the game to its fullest extent," Lunn wrote. That's a pretty lame thing to hear if you're a PS Vita owner, being that Revelations was originally designed for portable play.
What could be coming up soon for Kingdom Hearts? Jesse McCartney, Roxas voice actor for the English-language side of the series, tweeted a photo of a mic and an image of Roxas on a monitor, pair with the text "recording for the next chapter" (via NeoGAF). Both have been removed, but that only further fuels the speculation.
Joystiq's Mike Schramm suggests that McCartney is recording dialogue for a North American release of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix, an HD collection that will be coming to PlayStation 3 in Japan on March 14, 2013. The collection packs together three games -- Final Mix, Chain of Memories, and 358/2 Days -- into one package. Nothing's been officially confirmed, but don't be surprised if that changes in the coming weeks/months.
Ubisoft now has a confirmed release date for the first part of Assassin's Creed 3's alternate universe story DLC, The Tyranny of King Washington: February 19, 2013. The full title for episode one (out of three) is actually The Tyranny of King Washington: The Infamy. The DLC is confirmed for release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
The episode opens with Connor Kenway awakening from an upsetting dream only to discover that the United States of America has embraced monarchy rule and crowned a king in George Washington. Connor immediately sets out to bring down the king and his rule, bringing freedom to the young nation. The press release notes that all AC3 DLC will be available for Wii U, but there's no mention of a release date yet for that platform.
Episode one will cost $9.99 / 800 MS Points a la carte, though all three episodes are also included in the Assassin's Creed 3 Season Pass ($29.99 / 2,400 MS Points).
Crysis 3 may not hit stores until February 19, 2013, but you'll be able to take it for a test run several weeks early thanks to the launch on January 29 of the game's multiplayer beta. The beta will offer two of the game's eight modes -- Crash Site and Hunter -- and a look at the New York Feed, which EA describes as "a brand new in-game social feed that will showcase the accomplishments of gamers and their friends while offering dynamic challenges to complete."
The beta will run from January 29 through February 12, and it will be available on all platforms that the game is being released for (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC). Electronic Arts and Crytek also released a new Nanosuit trailer that is separate from the beta news, offering an extended look at some of the story-driven campaign's big moments. Check it out up top.
I've got two words for you, Aliens fans: power loaders. The latest trailer for Gearbox Software's Aliens: Colonial Marines at last offers official confirmation that power loaders will be a thing that players can take control of. We had previously seen them pop up in game footage under the command of NPCs and it seemed only natural that they'd be usable, but Gearbox had yet to confirm it.
Well consider it confirmed. Just take a peek at the last few seconds of the trailer for your proof. It looks like they come packing a built-in motion tracker that is always visible in your HUD. Neat-o. Beware though: there's a bit of NSFW language here. Aliens: Colonial Marines hits stores on February 13, 2013.
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Injustice: Gods Among Us’ latest cinematic trailer “Versus” peels back the curtain on the game’s story and sheds a little light on the circumstances that made these legendary DC characters confront one another in battle. Batman is brooding (per uzsh) and Superman seems to be taking a lot of responsiblity for... something. Injustice: Gods Among Us is out on April 16th 2013.
Check out “Versus" below:
Which 2 DC characters are you most excited about seeing facing off? Me, I can’t wait for The Flash vs Wonder Woman. Its got all the makings of a fantastic wardrobe malfunction.
Nintendo won't be bringing the Virtual Console to Wii U until later on in 2013, as confirmed yesterday by company boss Satoru Iwata, but a just-launched 30th Anniversary promotion feeds directly into that. Balloon Fight is the first sale offering, with its price knocked down to $0.30 for the next 30 days on the Wii U eShop.
Six other titles are confirmed for each subsequent 30-day period through mid-August: F-Zero (SNES, 2/20-3/21), Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (NES, 3/20-4/18), Kirby's Adventure (NES, 4/17-5/16), Super Metroid (SNES, 5/15-6/13), Yoshi (NES, 6/12-7/11), and Donkey Kong (7/15-8/13).
These items will be available via the Wii U eShop before the Virtual Console launches this spring, starting right now with Balloon Fight. Those of you with an established library of games on the Wii won't be able to carry that content over to the Wii U, but reduced prices will apply for titles that you own already. NES games will sell for $1, down from the regular-priced $4.99-$5.99 range, and SNES games will sell for $1.50, down from $7.99-$8.99.
Yesterday was a sad day for gamers everywhere, with an auction seeing the most well-known assets of folding publisher THQ sold off to a variety of bidders. The good news is that if there's a THQ game you were looking forward to, it's almost certainly still coming out. Eventually. The bad news, of course, is that THQ will be no more.
The first confirmed purchase of the day was Koch Media/Deep Silver's acquisition of the intellectual property rights to the Saint's Row and Metro series', as well as the Chicago-based Saint's Row developer Volition. There's no word yet on when the nearly finished Metro: Last Light will be released, but expect that we'll be hearing more info soon.
The latest BioShock Infinite trailer is all about showing off the bonus Industrial Revolution Pack content that comes with pre-ordered copies of the game. More precisely, you get a bunch of gameplay clips interspersed with screens detailing each piece of content.
The Industrial Revolution Pack includes three in-game gear items, a new feature for BioShock that effectively takes over the role of the first game's Gene Tonics. Players will also receive $500 worth of in-game currency, five lock picks to start with (very useful), and the Industrial Revolution puzzle game "which unlocks stories of Columbia and allows players to pledge their allegiance to the Vox Populi or Founders through Facebook."
Just hit play and watch the footage. That's what you're here for.
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This morning's Nintendo Direct video stream brought little in the way of new information about PlatinumGames' ongoing Bayonetta 2 efforts, but it did bring a new trailer. Just to set your expectations appropriately: there's not much here in the way of gameplay. Bayonetta 2 apparently isn't far enough along in development, so instead you get this look at some of the elements that will shape the final game.
Specifically, get ready to see a bunch of appropriately bizarre enemy designs and a whole lot of wireframe environments. There's a bit of Bayonetta herself as well, but she's not at all the star of this advance look at the game. Expect to hear more -- and probably see some stuff too -- at E3 in June.
Capcom's Resident Evil: Revelations isn't going to be exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS for much longer. The publisher confirms that the portable survival horror adventure from 2012 will be coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC platforms on May 21, 2013.
The game will feature improved graphics, and Infernal Mode difficulty, and a new enemy "that changes the tempo of the game in a big way," according to Siliconera. Raid Mode will also return with some added improvements, including new playable characters (Hunk is named specifically), new weapons, and new customizable parts.
Check out the reveal trailer up top for a peek at the HD makeover.
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