Here some exciting new for Dragon Quest fans out there…
After what feels like an eternity of waiting, Irrational Games has finally pulled the lid off their story-driven DLC for BioShock Infinite. Ironically enough, the first piece of DLC isn’t story-driven at all. It’s called Clash in the Clouds and is combat-focused, and set in Columbia. It’s out right now on Steam, PSN and Xbox 360, and costs $5 for those who don’t own the $20 Season Pass.
Clash in the Clouds is a horde-based DLC pack, and includes four different challenge maps (The Ops Zeal, Duke & Dimwit Theater, Raven’s Dome and Emporia Arcade). Each map contains 15 waves of enemies, a special challenge and even leaderboards for players to see how they rank. The DLC pack also includes the Columbia Archaeological Society, which acts as an in-game museum of sorts where players can look at original concept art, character models and much more. The pack also extends the lore behind Columbia through unique Voxophones and Kinetoscopes.
The second piece of DLC is indeed story-driven and is called Burial at Sea. It takes place 24 hours before the fall of Rapture. Here’s the official teaser trailer.
For old-school gamers like myself, this is wonderful news. Check out this awesome trailer Capcom has put together.
I’ve got some amazing news for you Ratchet and Clank fans, today Sony and Insomniac announced a brand new entry in the traditional R&C series, Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus. Check out the debut trailer!
There’s nothing I need to say. Just check this out.
Think the Wii is dead after Pandora’s Tower? Think again. The Wii’s actual swansong is here thanks to its awesome mod community, which is made possible due to flexible homebrew development tools and software apps. Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii is a mod that has been in development for three years, and a sequel to the team’s previous project, Another Super Mario Bros. Wii. I’ve done a small let’s play video of the latter on our YouTube channel, showcasing the dedication this team has. I fully support this type of homebrew as the New Super Mario Bros. disc is required in order to access fan-made DLC. Also, mods have been a completely acceptable practice in PC gaming…yet sadly this has not been officially carried over to consoles due to the companies’ fear of completely cracking open the infrastructure. Well, since the Wii has the least amount of security compared to its competitors, unofficial modding has been one of its major advantages. While Another NSMB was simply a level swap edit with the same world map, audiovisuals, and gameplay concepts, its sequel steps it up a notch. As its trailer showcases, expect a completely redesigned world map, new levels, new challenges, new gameplay elements, new audiovisuals, and even a new suit. Don’t mind the compressed footage as I expect the graphics to look just as good as the original. I’m blown away by what has been shown thus far…the level design in particular is Nintendo-like in quality, unlike many hacks out there. This is by all means a full-on sequel that makes Nintendo own New Super Luigi U looks like, for a lack of better word, green.
Congrats to the team for finally releasing this gem. I’m happy that the release of the Wii U didn’t discourage them from continuing their work on it. I’ve completed the download as I wrote this news post, and I’ll be setting up a let’s play stream with subsequent YouTube mirrors as soon as possible. Keep it locked to COE for more info and coverage.
Here it is, the very first official trailer to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Currently the game is in production for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and directly ties into Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. We’ll have more info as we learn it.
EA and DICE have something special to show you.
For all you Saints Row fans, Deep Silver, which acquired the rights to the franchise from THQ, has announced the official release date for Saints Row IV. It’ll be available all across North America on August 20th and August 23rd in other territories for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Here’s the debut trailer.
The boys and girls at inXile haven’t just been working away on Wasteland 2, oh no, they’ve got much bigger plans than that. Thanks to the incredible success of their first Kickstarter initiative, the group is back with another pitch for interested gamers. This time it’s for Torment: Tides of Numenera. While I could go ahead and regurgitate everything, Brian does a much better job than I could.
As most of you already know, I’ve pitched in on several big games last year. From the Double Fine adventure game to Wasteland 2, Leisure Suit Larry, The Banner Saga and more, I think Kickstarter has been an outstanding success for middle sized developers looking to bring their dream projects to life without the pressures of outside publishers.
So what do you think of this latest pitch? Anyone interested in backing it? If you are, be sure to hit up the official Kickstarter page.
Take a look at the newly released trailer for ZombiU, the exclusive Wii U game Ubisoft announced at E3 this summer.
Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon and even Tivo will all be part of the new entertainment ensemble Nintendo has put together. So how does this work? Basically you use your Wii U GamePad in order to access your Favorites, TV, Movies, Sports, and Search functions from your available digital sources including live TV, your Netflix account, etc. You can also record live TV via your Tivo. All of this comes together seamlessly to make a really compelling entertainment package. You can easily search for your favorite shows, and customize it so that you only watch and record the television programs you’re interested in. These favorites save to your Mii, so if someone else signs in, everything changes to their account.
International movie database and other entertainment sites will be built-in for review purposes. You can also watch movie trailers directly from the GamePad. Sports are also featured, and are extremely detailed as you would imagine showcasing where the game currently is, when it gives, etc. All of this is directly connected to your available sources, which is ultra handy.
The GamePad also comes with a really neat remote, which easily allows you to find MTV and HBO, for example.
Facebook, Twitter and Miiverse are also fully built-in, which allow you to comment on certain TV shows, movies or sports. You can also backtrack if you’re coming into a live show late to see what you missed and what others are saying about the show. This would be extremely useful for sporting events.
Nintendo TVii looks like it will try something really different in the entertainment space. There’s no additional costs associated with Nintendo TVii, and it ships with both SKUs.
Reggie has a special message for you all.
After what feels like an eternity, we’re finally going to get some concrete launch info on the Wii U. This is about the most exciting time, right before a shiny new console launches :)
Now that I’ve got this new monster PC, I’m looking to cover some PC games. You might have noticed my review for Dustforce the other day, and today I give you a little walkthrough video from Firaxis, the awesome developer behind the Civilization series. These guys know their real-time strategy games, and XCOM, which is actually a reboot of one of the most popular PC games in history, looks excellent. Just so you know it’ll also be heading to consoles and this video shows the console-interface. The PC interface features a grid over the environment and feels much more like a classic RTS would on PC. Here’s a look at the game in action.
You can pre-order the game on Steam right now for $49.99, or buy the special edition in physical format which includes an art book, a fold-out poster, an insignia patch, and a few digital goodies like the game’s soundtrack and desktop wallpapers. You get all that for $59.99. The one thing that makes the Steam version so interesting is that there are three reward tiers for pre-ordering the game. As more and more people pre-order, the rewards change. Here are the reward tiers for those interested.
Elite Soldier Pack*
The Elite Soldier Pack will provide the ultimate tools for soldier customization in XCOM: Enemy Unknown, including:
- Classic XCOM Soldier
Players will instantly receive a new recruit in their barracks inspired by the original X-COM: UFO Defense. The iconic soldier with the blonde, flattop hairstyle will return fully modernized.
- Soldier Deco packs
Players can customize their soldier with several aesthetic upgrades to armor suits, including the new Hyperion and Reaper soldier armor kits.
- Complete color customization
A variety of colors and tints for all armor sets in the game allow players complete control to customize their squad’s look.
Everything Above, Plus:
3 Exclusive XCOM TF2 Item’s*
- The Crafty Hair
If you’re ever planning on fighting aliens, this is the hair to have.
- Area 451
If aliens ever invaded Badlands and used their special alien powers to make all of our heads look like alien heads, this is a scientifically accurate representation of what Pyro would look like.
- The Vigilant Pin
This pin proudly states to all that you are at least vaguely aware of the possibility that maybe aliens exist.
Everything Above, Plus:
A Free copy of Civilization V!* Already own Civilization V? Gift a copy to your friend.
So there you have it. Currently the first tier is at 61% full, meaning odds are at least the tier two gift will be awarded to all those who pre-order, which is pretty awesome. What a great incentive to get more people involved. The game hit on October 9th. Before leaving you all, here’s a look at the PC version of the game.
Now here’s a look at the console version.
The game looks outstanding regardless of which version you pick up.
So any takers?
If there’s one collection I’ve been hoping turns out to be true, it’s this one. I was a really big fan of the original Killzone on the PlayStation 2, and have been wanting an HD remake for some time now. Well it looks like my prayers have been answered as today Sony officially announced Killzone Trilogy for the PlayStation 3. It includes an HD remake of the original, parts 2 and 3, and all three map packs released for the PS3 installments.
Included Map Packs:
- Steel & Titanium Map Pack
- Flash & Thunder Map Pack
- Napalm & Cordite Map Pack
- Killzone 3 Steel Rain Map Pack
- Killzone 3 Retro Map Pack
- Killzone 3 From The Ashes Map Pack
The entire collection will set you back $39.99 in North America (Oct. 23rd) and €49.99/£40.84 in Europe (Oct. 24th). I leave you with the official announcement trailer.
I’ve got to ask, what do you all think of these collection Sony has been releasing lately? Personally I think this is a great idea because for anyone who is just jumping on-board the PS3 bandwagon, what better way to experience all these gems than via excellent budget-friendly collections?