Archive for January 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif., (Jan. 31, 2012) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced that SOULCALIBUR® V is now available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft throughout North America.The award-winning next chapter in the premier weapons-based fighting game franchise comes loaded with new game features, expanded modes and fan-favorite guest character Ezio Auditore de Firenze from Ubisoft’s multi-million unit selling franchise, Assassin’s CreedTM.
Developed by NAMCO BANDAI Games’ Project Soul team, SOULCALIBUR V picks up 17 years after the events of SOULCALIBUR® IV with new heroes and returning warriors clashing in an epic showdown between good and evil. The tale of Patroklos and Pyrrha Alexandra unfolds as their family’s destiny becomes entwined with the Soul swords. With an expanded character creation mode and new gameplay features including the Critical Edge and Quick Move systems, SOULCALIBUR V will be the must-have fighting game of 2012.
The updated Creation mode allows players to customize outfits for existing SOULCALIBUR V characters or create an entirely original warrior.Tweak everything from hairstyle, voice, outfits, equipment and sizes of various body parts to create a fighter as fearsome or outrageous as possible.Players will be able to show off their custom characters to the world in multiple online modes including the new Global Colosseo.The Global Colosseo acts a hub for all SOULCALIBUR V community interactions from around the globe. Pick a region and start interacting with other SOULCALIBUR V players through voice and text chat.Create or enter specific rooms to challenge friends and other players.Ranked and Player matches are also available for quick online battles.
Alongside the standard retail edition, a special Collector’s Edition of SOULCALIBUR V is also available.The Collector’s Edition comes packaged in a faux leather-bound book and includes a music CD, making-of video content, hardcover art book and the Dark Knight and White Knight downloadable armor sets for Character Creation Mode.
SOULCALIBUR V is rated “T” for teen by the ESRB and carries a MSRP of $59.99 for the standard edition and $79.99 for the Collector’s Edition.For more information about SOULCALIBUR V, please visit: http://www.namcobandaigames.com, http://www.soulcalibur.com, and http://www.facebook.com/soulcalibur.
Xbox 360® Purchasers to Get Early Access to Resident Evil®6 Demo
SAN MATEO, Calif. — Jan. 31, 2012 — Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games today confirmed that Dragon’s Dogma™, its highly anticipated open world action title, will be released for the Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system in North America on May 22, 2012 and across Europe on May 25, 2012. Capcom is also pleased to announce that purchasers of Dragon’s Dogma will have the opportunity to be the first to experience a playable demo of Resident Evil® 6, ahead of its release on Nov. 20, 2012.
THE SAMURAI WILL FALL IN LATE MARCH 2012
LONDON AND SAN FRANCISCO (31 January 2012) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. today revealed that Total War: SHOGUN 2™: Fall of the Samurai, the stand alone expansion to the critically acclaimed Total War: SHOGUN 2™, will be available worldwide from the 23rd March 2012.
The ‘Fall of the Samurai’ is the fastest pre-ordered Total War title to date with thousands of copies already purchased. The wait is almost over, so pre-order your copy now to receive an exclusive extra playable faction of your choice.
“We’re delighted that the fans have resonated so positively and quickly towards the latest excellent instalment from Creative Assembly. Shogun 2 has built an incredible audience over the last 12 months and now Fall of the Samurai will continue to build the enjoyment”, said John Clark, Director of Digital Distribution.
Exclusive pre-order packs are available at selected retailers, for more information on how to get them in your location please visit www.totalwar.com.
Total War: SHOGUN 2 pushes forward the hugely successful Total War series by perfecting the features from previous games such as full 3D land and naval battles and a detailed campaign map, whilst adding an exciting new multiplayer experience. Total War: SHOGUN 2 released in March 2011.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was not what I thought it would be, even though I’m not sure what I was expecting. For starters, the game has a certain 90′s nostalgic feeling due to the fighting styles and graphics.
So you have the “Offline Mode” where you can play the Arcade, Versus, Training and the Mission. The Arcade, Versus and Training speaks for themselves, but the mission mode is kind of interesting. The missions are not a campaign like story mode, but in fact just combo based training for each character in the game, this is actually a good thing as the combos in this game can be really tricky and hard to do. The Arcade part were, I would say, too short, but hey, I always think that in every fighting game I play, it might just be me that wish it didn’t end there. But on the other hand, since you can’t save the progress and continue later on, it’s understandable that it is so short after all. There are one new free dlc in this game that works like a fusion of Arcade and Story Mode and that’s the Heroes and Heralds mode. I will come back to this mode later on.
This is where you can fight against other people either in a ranked match or just a player match, or create a lobby with others to fight; the only problem is that it seems no one’s playing this game online. Although the leader board tells you otherwise, I can’t find a match regardless of my search criteria. It’s a shame though, Capcom and Marvel really tries to get this franchise to continue and get people more involved by having the online part.
Heroes and Heralds:
This is a new and special mode for the Capcom vs. Marvel games. It’s a card deck game mode where you have a deck of cards with different attributes on them to power up your set of fighters. As you play the “Offline Mode” you will earn cards new cards after each win you have and with these cards you create your own deck of cards that maybe will suit your style better than the default one. Also you have to choose whether you want to be a bad guy and destroy the world or maybe be the savior of the world. Either way, you still have the same fighters to choose from. I mentioned earlier that this mode is a fusion of Arcade and Story mode – the reason for that is that your progress is saved after each fight and you have originally 7 areas to fight on. You can unlock secret areas if you get a full row on the hit list (Kind of like Bingo setup). Each area has their own rate of total percentages you will gain or lose depending on how you did it in the match. There is also an online part in this mode as well, but yet again there’s nobody to challenge there either.
I think it’s kind of cool that you have a team of 3 fighters that you can use in a match, either alone or using all three in combo series or special attacks. This gives the game an edge and makes it more fun to play, and I have to say that I had to give it some time and let it grow on me before I thought it was a really entertaining game. But this came after I tried the different characters and experienced their super attacks and combos, and I got to say that some of the attacks made me laugh pretty hard.
There’s one thing I have to complaint about, and that’s the music. The music can be somewhat annoying with the same repeating melody over and over again; fortunately this is only played for a short while if you’re fast enough in the menus. You can also either choose other melodies for the different menus, or just simply turn the menu melody off.
Conclusion: It’s an entertaining game and I think it would suit most gamers, especially those who love this genre.
Rating: 6/10 It’s a game that will challenge you.
Two of videogaming’s most iconic characters are entering the ring and going toe to toe. Exclusive to the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of Street Fighter X Tekken, Capcom’s very own Mega Man will be joined by Namco’s mascot, Pac-Man.
For the first time, the version of Mega Man featured on the original Mega Man 1 box art will make the jump from the cover to be a playable character, with Pac-Man taking on all challengers as he rides atop Mokujin.
To see how these two characters inject their own unique and light-hearted fighting styles, check out the brand new trailer here: press.capcom.com
Mega Man and Pac-Man join the previously announced PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita exclusive characters, Cole from Infamous plus Toro and Kuro.
Street Fighter X Tekken will release for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 6 in North America and March 9 across Europe with PlayStation Vita and PC versions to follow.
For more information on Street Fighter X Tekken, please visit: http://www.capcom-unity.com
Pre-Order Rayman Origins on PC from any online retailer
for a free downloadable copy of Rayman 2
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – January 26, 2012 – Today, Ubisoft® announced that Rayman® Origins will be available on PC on March 29th, 2012. Fifteen years after the first launch of Rayman, players can discover or rediscover the legendary 2D gameplay that captured the hearts of millions of fans.
Rayman is invoked by the Fairy Council to save the Glade of Dream from “nefurrious” Darktoons. To help him, he teams up with his best friend, Globox, and two crafty wizards, the Teensies.
Players can control Rayman in the solo campaign, or have up to three friends join in or leave any time the game as Globox or as one of the two Teensies in the offline multiplayer mode using four controllers on one computer. There are 60 vast levels of 2D platforming gameplay to explore suited for all ages and all playing styles. Players can unlock new abilities progressively and return to previous levels to discover new paths and secrets.
Rayman Origins PC will be available in retail stores and as well as on e-shops and Ubishop. Fans who pre-order Rayman Origins PC through any e-shop will receive a free downloadable copy of Rayman®2. Ubishop link: www.ubishop.com/raymanoriginspc
Bethesda announce that RAGE HD has been updated to v2.0. This update includes new melee combat, official support for iOS 5, and enables the in-app purchase of two new episodes, Kraken and Aqueduct. The new episodes are available for purchase for $.99 via the “Store” button on the RAGE HD main menu.
Battle your way through the hit of the wastelands, Mutant Bash TV, when you’re cast in the starring role of a post-apocalyptic game show. You’ll be stalked by hungry mutants while you scour pulse-pounding levels for ammo and cash pick-ups. Make a deal with J.K Stiles, the show’s menacing host, and see if you have what it takes to survive this carnage-filled carnival of death!
RAGE HD is available for download on iTunes for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch for $1.99.
Rage HD app screens
Wargame: European Escalation, the explosive real-time strategy game developed for PC by Eugen Systems (R.U.S.E.™, Act of War), offers players the control, through armed conflict between NATO and the Warsaw Pact, of more than 360 different units and vehicles faithfully modeled after those used during the 1975/85 period.
Through 8 exclusive screenshots, we unveil today the 180 different units composing NATO forces. Players will be able to select and recruit them to form their army, both in solo and in multiplayer, thanks to an original and innovative ‘Deck’ system.
In Wargame: European Escalation, 4 nations from NATO take part in the battles raging. Discover on today’s screenshots American, British, West-German and French units.
This makes for a total of 180 different units (tanks, infantry, helicopters, support vehicles, etc) all modeled after their real-life counterparts, that you can see in today’s screenshots. Wargame’s powerful engine, the IRISZOOM™, animates all these units on incredibly huge maps as big as 150 square kilometers (60mi²), which display over 100 million scenery objects. Battles end up being as spectacular as they are realistic and deeply strategic, while hundreds of vehicles, infantry, and helicopters battle fiercely over the warzone!
For the occasion, the official website opens today its Database section, which allows players to discover in detail all the game’s units, their characteristics as well as a video animation representing them.
This is a great opportunity to start planning your army in time for the game’s release at the end of February 2012!
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QuakeCon® is the ultimate video game festival and party. QuakeCon is open to the public and attendance is FREE thanks to the support of id® Software and Bethesda Softworks®, the QuakeCon volunteer staff, and the 2012 event sponsors and exhibitors.
QuakeCon will take place August 2 – 5, 2012.
The Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
You can make reservations at the hotel by calling: 1-800- Hiltons or 1-800-445-8667.
Special room rate of $154 per night when you reference QuakeCon 2012!
QuakeCon will once again host North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN party, with thousands of gamers hooking their systems up to play on a world-class network.
QuakeCon offers nonstop fun and entertainment for those that don’t bring their own computers. Bethesda Softworks will offer the first chance anywhere for gamers to get their hands on upcoming titles, and the world’s leading technology companies will be on hand to demonstrate their latest hardware and software. Every day of QuakeCon is packed with contests, entertainment, announcements, panel discussions, and parties!
Every year QuakeCon hosts a diverse line-up of companies showcasing the industry’s most influential games, hardware and services. Last year’s exhibitors and sponsors included Alienware, Ventrilo, at&t, Intel, nVIDIA, PNY, Fatal1ty Gaming Gear, Air Force Reserve, Cooler Master, Diamond Multimedia, inWin, Plantronics, Bethesda Softworks and many others.
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — January 24, 2012 — Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced Asura’s Wrath – Nordic Rage Edition exclusively for Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The exclusive edition of Asura’s Wrath includes unique in-game features and will be available on February 24th for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®. Introducing a brand new style of action game, players will control Asura in a blend of action and cinematic sequences, delivering a fresh take on the action gaming genre.
Asura’s Wrath – Nordic Rage Edition include the unique additional in-game features:
• Extinguisher Mode that enables the player a faster cooling after getting overheated from rage
• The Zealot mode that allows for an extended unlimited function.
Long ago in the realm of Shinkoku, eight deities known as “The Eight Guardian Generals” battled to protect civilisation from a destructive force known only as Gohma. During the victory celebration, the Emperor of Shinkoku is assassinated in a sinister plot and the blame is placed on Asura. In the middle of the commotion, Asura’s wife is also murdered and his daughter kidnapped. With even his brother-in-law and rival Yasha turning against him, Asura is banished from Shinkoku. Awoken by a voice after 12,000 years, Asura vows revenge on all those who have betrayed him.
Asura’s Wrath will be available across Europe on February 24th for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Until then, unleash your rage with the official demo for Asura’s Wrath, now available on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.
Copenhagen, DENMARK – January 24, 2012 –Today, Ubisoft® debuts the Mediterranean Traveler Map Pack, all-new downloadable content for Assassin’s Creed® Revelations for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC. The Mediterranean Traveler Map Pack will be available for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system starting tomorrow, January 25, on the PlayStation®Network.
The Mediterranean Traveler Map Pack enriches the Assassin’s Creed Revelations multiplayer experience with features that include:
· All-new multiplayer maps to maneuver through: Jerusalem, Constantinople and Dyers
· Fan-favorite Italian Renaissance maps from Assassin’s Creed® Brotherhood to revisit: Firenze (Florence), San Donato and Siena
· All-new Trophies and Achievements to earn
The addition of six multiplayer maps introduces new gameplay opportunities through each map’s varied terrain, perches and hideouts. The new collection of Trophies and Achievements will allow players to try their hand at kills and escapes that are as impressive as they are effective.
The Mediterranean Traveler Map Pack is available for download at a price of 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for Xbox 360 and 9.99€ on PlayStation®Network and Windows PC.
To preview the Mediterranean Traveler Map Pack, players can download a free trial from Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 and PlayStation®Store. The trial will expire three days after playing the new DLC for the first time.
In Assassin’s Creed Revelations, master assassin Ezio Auditore walks in the footsteps of his legendary mentor, Altair, on a journey of discovery and revelation. It is a perilous path – one that will take Ezio to Constantinople, the heart of the Ottoman Empire, where a growing army of Templars threatens to destabilize the region.
In addition to Ezio’s award-winning story, the acclaimed online multiplayer experience returns, refined and expanded, with more modes, more maps and more characters that allow players to test their assassin skills against others from around the world.
Follow http://twitter.com/assassinscreed for regular updates on Assassin’s Creed Revelations.
COPENHAGEN – January 23, 2012– Today, Ubisoft announced that I Am Alive, a believable post-apocalyptic action-adventure game, is coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade House Party for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system on March 7, 2012.
I Am Alive follows an everyman’s journey to find his wife and daughter, who were lost during the “Event.” A year later, he finds Haventon, his hometown, in shambles. Buildings are destroyed, toxic ash fills the streets and society has been torn, causing inhabitants to take all necessary actions to survive.
In I Am Alive, players will be challenged by both the environment and the enemies. Stamina and resource management are key when being exposed to deadly atmospheres and scaling enormous buildings in search of supplies. The unique combat system requires players to utilize intimidation – cowards are easily swayed with an empty gun, while other enemies will put players to the test.
I Am Alive will be available for download for 1200 Microsoft Points. For more information on I Am Alive, please visit: http://iamalive-game.ubi.com
Today, Capcom confirmed that Capcom Digital Collection will be available in North America on March 27, 2012, exclusively for Xbox 360. The collection will be available on a disc at retail for the first time for the value MSRP of $39.99.
Jam-packed with eight hit games previously available via Xbox LIVE® Arcade for Xbox 360, the eclectic collection features a wide variety of popular titles sure to please gamers of all ages and experience levels.
The full list of games in the collection includes: 1942: Joint Strike, Bionic Commando® Rearmed 2, Final Fight™ Double Impact, Flock!, Rocketmen™: Axis of Evil including Rocketmen™: It Came From Uranus expansion, Super Puzzle Fighter® II Turbo HD Remix, Super Street Fighter® II Turbo HD Remix, Wolf of the Battlefield™: Commando 3.Each game preserves all the features, online functionality and Achievements from their download versions.
The ESRB ratings of the games in Capcom Digital Collection range from “E for Everyone” to “T for Teen.” For more information on Capcom® Digital Collection, please visit: http://www.capcom-unity.com