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Review: Flinging Move Magic With "Sorcery" (PS3)

23 May 2012 2:40 PM, PDT

While the PlayStation Move has been able to integrate itself into hardcore games in a way that the Wii was unable to and that the Kinect developers don't really seem interested in, Sony's motion control peripheral still has yet to find the great killer app for family audiences, their Dance Central or Wii Sports. With The Workshop-developed Sorcery, Sony's looking to change all of that with this wand-wielding fantasy action game.

So does this PlayStation Move fantasy title enchant as well as Sony hopes, or does it simply leave us waggling our wands?

The Basics

In Sorcery, you play as Finn, the brash young apprentice to the sorcerer, Dash. When an attempt at magic goes awry, Finn sets off a chain of events that unleashes the forces of the Nightmare Queen onto our world. Thankfully, the fledgeling sorcerer is a natural, and during the game's campaign you'll collect a number »

- Charles Webb

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"Saints Row: The Third" Looking to Titillate With the New "Penthouse Pack" Dlc

23 May 2012 2:05 PM, PDT

The 240 Ms Point/$3 Psn Dlc brings Penthouse Pets Nikki Benz, Justine Joli, Ryan Keely, and Heather Vandeven to Steelport. You can find more details and absolutely Sfw screens after the jump.

The Pets will join the Saints as gang members who can be called into combat at any time during the game's campaign. As with other Saint's Row ally characters, this quartet of scantily-clad shooters will probably have a thing or two to say to your playable character as you take on the Syndicate on the streets, allies, and skies of the open world game's city.

The Penthouse Pack is available now on Psn and Xbla.

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- Charles Webb

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Movie Review: Will "Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker" Soar or Go Down In Flames?

23 May 2012 1:35 PM, PDT

When it comes to talking about fan's attachment to BioWare's extended universes, it's tough to talk about Dragon Age without at least thinking about the RPG developer's other major IP, Mass Effect. It's clear that the latter has a dedicated and often vocal fanbase with a great deal of attachment to Shepard's journey aboard the Normandy these past few years. At the same time, it's hard to imagine (or find) the same kind of obsessive clamor for the studio's dark fantasy RPG series.

Nevertheless, here we are talking about an animated expansion of the Dragon Age universe in Dawn of the Seeker. And while there's some nice technical gloss on this CG feature from director Vexille director Fumihiko Sori, this 90-minute film fails to make a convincing case for why one should care about BioWare's fantasy IP.

The film follows Cassandra, a Seeker (essentially a knight), who accidentally sniffs out »

- Charles Webb

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Get a Look at This Gameplay Footage From "Marvel Heroes"

23 May 2012 12:57 PM, PDT

A free-to-play Mmo set in the Marvel Universe that looks a lot like Marvel: Ultimate Alliance? Sign me up.

The Gazillion-developed Mmo is being spearheaded by Diablo creator David Brevik for the PC. The action-rpg will allow players to take on the role of any one of a number of Marvel heroes as they attempt to take down the villainous Dr. Doom who has gained possession of the Cosmic Cube (or what Avengers movie watchers might know as the Tesseract).

Here's the story:

The Cosmic Cube is a device of untold power capable of changing the very fabric of reality at the whim of its possessor. The brilliant but malevolent Dr. Doom has the Cube, and with it he aims to reshape the world in his own image. Determined to succeed where the Cube's previous wielders have failed, Doom has lined up villainous allies to prevent the super-heroes from interfering. »

- Charles Webb

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Xcom Not Arriving Before Q2, 2013

23 May 2012 12:15 PM, PDT

By Jeffrey Matulef

The good news is we have one Xcom game coming out this year, with strategy title, Xcom: Enemy Unknown, recently set for release October 9th. The bad news is its shooter big brother, simply titled Xcom, has been delayed further into next year. A recent financial report from publisher Take-Two Interactive places its release date as “fiscal 2014,” which my fiscal to English translator is telling me is between April 1st, 2013 and March 31st, 2014.

At least we'll have plenty to keep us busy that first quarter of 2013, what with Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and DmC Devil May Cry all coming out during that post holiday stretch.

Xcom will be available on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

[Source: Take-Two via Joystiq]

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UK Gamers: "Far Cry 3" Gets an "Insane Edition"

23 May 2012 11:40 AM, PDT

Want a bobblehead with your island shooter? You got it.

The September release will include additional mission Dlc for Ubisoft's island Fps along with some character customization content and weapons. Here's the full rundown from Ubisoft PR:

A 12cm Vaas Wahine with bobble head!

Monkey Business - Discover Hurk, a new memorable character and quest giver, and his four unique missions (1 hour additional gameplay)

The Lost Expeditions -Two suspenseful action packed missions totaling over 40 minutes of additional gameplay and an exclusive weapon (The Japanese gun)

The Hunter Pack – The M700 hunting rifle and its three collector’s skins.

The Warrior Pack - A handcrafted dagger and two exclusive tribal tattoos.

The Predator Pack - Four exclusive rare predators and a multiplayer bow.

An ‘Insanity Guide’ containing hints and tips to help you survive the island

Sorry, North American gamers, but there's no news of what kind special edition, if any »

- Charles Webb

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Soe Wants to Take You on a "Bullet Run" With Their Upcoming Fps

23 May 2012 11:15 AM, PDT

Sony to publish the Acony Games-developed free-to-play Fps for the PC.

Story details and screens after the jump.

Based on the details of today's press release, the team-based shooter is going for a Running Man vibe, where you and your fellow players take on the roles of contestants in a brutal reality show. Bullet Run is on the way later this summer and brings the now-expected shooter bells and whistles including character progression, plus it's pulling a page from the Gears playbook with an active reload system to go with eight "Kill Skills," such as killer robots and the like, which sound more like specializations than anything else.

Here's the synopsis:

Set in the near future, the game features the hottest new reality TV game show, Bullet Run, where performance is everything -- simply gaining the kill does not win your character fame. Style and attitude, combined with a hair trigger and cat-like reflexes, »

- Charles Webb

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"Street Fighter" Getting a 25th Anniversary Set in September

23 May 2012 10:49 AM, PDT

Coming just a little outside of the series' 25th anniversary in August, Capcom will release a stacked set containing Street Fighter games past and present, soundtracks, videos, a statue, and more.

The planned release, Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector’s Set, will be available for the PS3 and 360 on September 18th in the U.S. Retailing for $149.99, here's what's going to be included in what's sure to be a large-ish box—sorry, not a box, this thing is coming to us in a chest:

Past and Present Street Fighter Games – Playable on current gen PS3™ and Xbox 360 console systems, the four critically-acclaimed titles selected from the star-studded catalog are: Super Street Fighter® II Turbo HD Remix, Street Fighter® III 3rd Strike Online Edition, Super Street Fighter® IV Arcade Edition with all costume Dlc, and Street Fighter® X Tekken® including all character and Swap Costume Dlc.

Exclusive Video – The two-disc Blu-Ray »

- Charles Webb

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"Kingdom Heart 3D" In Screens: Square Reveals The Worlds of La Cité Des Cloches and The Country of Musketeers

23 May 2012 9:50 AM, PDT

Kingdom Hearts 3D does Hugo and Dumas with the screen and art reveals of two new worlds.

What I'm taking from these screens is that we'll somehow get Kiefer Sutherland in a Kingdom Hearts game, since The Country of the Musketeers is based on the '93 movie with Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, and Chris O'Donnell. Wow, one of those guys did come through the 90's with the career we all thought he would. This world will include Mickey's longtime foil Peat as the villain, bringing his scruffy swagger to the Kingdom Hearts universe.

Then there's the setting for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a story which Disney got a lot of flack for smoothing out into a happy ending back in '96. A lot of people forget that it had a sequel. Let that sink in: The Hunchback of Notre Dame had a sequel.

You can be really weird sometimes, Disney. »

- Charles Webb

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'Akai Katana' Review - Victory Is Up To You

23 May 2012 8:55 AM, PDT

If there is one genre of games that this generation of consoles has not been kind to it's the shoot-'em up. A product of a dying arcade industry, fewer and fewer shmups have seen release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii, and of those, only a few have been released in the U.S. Fortunately for fans of the genre, one of the greatest shmup developers, Cave, is still championing bullet-hell experiences, and has recently found a publisher, Rising Star Games, to bring more of their games to the States. Akai Katana is the first of hopefully a long line of releases that will come out of the partnership, and it's a great way to set a high bar for future releases.

Like countless other games in the genre, Akai Katana is light in the story and heavy in the gameplay. From what is described in a press release, "Players »

- Jason Cipriano

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Kickstartin': Developer Massive Black Is Building a "Zombie Playground"

23 May 2012 8:00 AM, PDT

Why yes, it is "an online, team based, action arena game with RPG elements" featuring a group of grade school students fending off the undead. More information about this PC/Mac title after the jump.

Massive Black wants to take gamers back to middle school with their project which has a goal of $100,000, and is currently at about 12% of their target with 34 days to go. The developers describe their game as a mix of third-person shooter and action RPG featuring character progression and unlockable abilities along with weapon and clothing upgrades for your tiny zombie-killing terrors.

The development team is made up of BioWare vets (Jason Chan, Senior Artist, who gets top billing in the About section), and music producers/artists Aesop Rock and Shawn Lee. Massive Black isn't exactly an indie startup, though, the San Francisco studio having provided development support on titles like Infamous 2, and most recently, Starhawk. »

- Charles Webb

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and Mirror of Fate Details Emerge

23 May 2012 7:02 AM, PDT

By Jeffrey Matulef

According to a recent report at Paul Gale Network (who leaked PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale before anyone else), Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is in the works for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Ps Vita, and Nintendo Wii.

The report states that the upcoming 3Ds Castlevania: Mirror of Fate has been in development for a year and a half, and was originally planed as a Wii U title as well, wherein the tablet controller would act as the 3Ds' bottom screen, while the TV would act as the top. This idea was nixed, however, in favor of the safer sounding Lords of Shadow 2, though the Wii U version of that may incorporate some of the concepts from the canceled Wii U Mirror of Fate including some potential 3Ds connectivity.

Mirror of Fate is confirmed as a 2D Castlevania adventure starring two different characters ala Portrait of Ruin, with options for co-op play. »

- MTV Video Games

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New Game Releases for the Week of 5/22: Sorcerous Dragon's Ghosts

22 May 2012 1:31 PM, PDT

Dragons from Capcom, soldiers from Ubisoft, and sorcerers from Sony mark this weeks batch of new game releases.

Title: Ghost Recon Future Soldier

Platform(s): PC, PS3, Xbox 360

After a few years away from consoles, the tactical shooter series is back this week with Future Soldier. The question with any release isn't just how well it will stand on its own two legs, but how will it rate against the competition. This is a particularly salient question for Ghost Recon Future Soldier because the shooter landscape has changed a bit since the last time players had to stop and scan the battlefield. The Fps genre is, as ever a run-n-gun experience, more so now that Modern Warfare has effectively made shooting at swarms of enemies and running to cover the default for modern-ish games in this genre.

Ubisoft is hoping to entice gamers with a range of slick tactical »

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"Xcom: Enemy Unknown" Dated for October

22 May 2012 11:40 AM, PDT

While 2K Games' Xcom shooter has slipped off the 2012 calendar entirely, the remake of the PC classic is on the way on October 9th in North America and October 12th internationally. Screens, special edition, and preorder details after the jump.

If you're looking for the swagged-out version of the game, you'll have to pick it up on the PC which will receive the Enemy Unknown special edition set to include "a variety of unique Xcom items." Those unique items include an art book, a fold-out poster, a digital copy of the game's soundtrack, an Xcom insignia patch, and more.

Don't feel too left out, console owners as a preorder at select retailers will earn you the "Elite Soldier Pack," which will provide a bunch of customization options for your alien-hunting soldier including:

Classic X-com Soldier: Players will instantly receive a new recruit in their barracks inspired by the original X-com: UFO Defense. »

- Charles Webb

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"Moonraker" Joins the Classic Lineup of Missions in "007 Legends"

22 May 2012 10:35 AM, PDT

007 heads to space in this latest reveal from the upcoming Fps celebration of the Bond franchise.

Today, Activision revealed Moonraker as one of the six Bond films getting a nod in October's 007 Legends. With its laser-wielding moon base, megalomaniaclal villain, and an actual character that someone wrote and put into a movie named "Dr. Goodhead," the 1979 Roger Moore-starring Bond movie was the series at maybe its most goofily excessive—pretty much the one-to-one reference point for the Austin Powers films (along with Casino Royale, but we're talking games, here).

From Activision's synopsis of the Moonraker mission:

Transporting aspiring secret agents to the well-known space port of billionaire industrialist, Hugo Drax, fans must rely on stealth and determine if they'll trust and align with questionable allies to infiltrate the orbiting evil lair and defeat one of the most iconic Bond henchmen - Jaws. The goal? Foil the enemy and destroy Drax's plans to poison the world. »

- Charles Webb

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"Tekken Tag Tournament 2" On the Way in September, Gets Free Dlc Characters

22 May 2012 9:40 AM, PDT

Tag into the King of the Iron Fist Tournament on September 10th in the U.S. and September 14th in Europe. Plus, European preorder and special edition details after the jump.

Okay, so just to be clear, the Dlc details here are from the European announcement of the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 release, but that doesn't necessarily mean they won't make their way across the pond when the sequel 13-years-in-arriving makes its bow on the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360. Michelle Chang, Angel, Kunimitsu and Ancient Ogre will be day one Dlc characters depending on which retailer you preoder the game from. Shopto.net users will get Angel and Michelle while Zavvi.com will earn you Ancient Ogre and Kunimitsu.

In the UK, shoppers at Game can pick up the "We are Tekken" edition of TT2, which will include a metal case for the disc, the game's soundtrack and remixes, and 200-page art book, »

- Charles Webb

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Bungie's Upcoming SciFi Shooter 'Destiny' Due in 2013, New Marathon Game in the Works

22 May 2012 8:47 AM, PDT

By Jeffrey Matulef

According to a recent 27-page contract between Bungie and Activision published by the L.A. Times, Bungie's next game, codenamed "Destiny," will be released as a timed exclusive on Xbox 360 and its successor -- currently referred to as Xbox 720 -- in the fall of 2013.

The contract states that Bungie will make four "sci-fantasy, action shooter games" in the Destiny series to be released every other year starting in 2013. Additionally, the Bellevue, Wa-based developer will have to make four downloadable expansion packs, codenamed "Comet," every other year from 2014-2020.

While the first game would be a timed Microsoft exclusive, subsequent games in the franchise are slated for the Playstation 3's successor (I'm going to take a wild guess that it'll be called the PlayStation 4), and PC.

According to the contract, Bungie would be entitled to royalties ranging from 20% to 35% of "operating income," the amount left over after Activision deducts its costs, »

- Clint Mize

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Devil May Cry Release set for Jan, 2013. Mayans Push Back End of the World to Compensate

22 May 2012 7:55 AM, PDT

By Jeffrey Matulef

Getting delayed until 2013 is the new hip thing to do. First it was Metro: Last Light, then Bioshock Infinite, followed by Tomb Raider, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and Leisure Suit Larry. Now Capcom's reboot of Devil May Cry is following suite with a new release date set for Jan 15, 2013 in North America and Europe. As unfortunate as the delay is, the good news is that a PC version has been confirmed for later next year.

DmC Devil May Cry is being developed by UK-based studio, Ninja Theory, who previously worked on Heavenly Sword and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.

Besides the new release date, Capcom's press release also details new character, Kat, a runaway described as an "undoubted exert" on the demon realm, Limbo. She can't interact with the realm directly, though, so she relies on Dante to do all the demon slaying.

Capcom released three pictures of Kat today, »

- MTV Video Games

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Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath Vita and Munch's Odyssey HD Expected Late June

22 May 2012 6:52 AM, PDT

 By Jeffrey Matulef

In an interview on the Official PlaySatation Blogcast, Just Add Water CEO Stewart Gilray confirmed that a Ps Vita version of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is on the way with an expected release as early as late June.

Gilray explained a few new control tweaks due to the lack of buttons on the Vita. You'll switch from first to third-person by double-tapping the front screen, and you'll perform punches and spin attacks by tapping the rear touch pad. You can also zoom the sniper scope in to varying degrees by pinching the screen, rather than stick to the two levels of zoom in the console version.

Development on the Vita version started only five weeks ago, but Gilray explained that the guy in charge of the transition "was surprised how quickly he managed to get things going.” It's expected to be in beta around E3.

Besides bringing us »

- MTV Video Games

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New 3Ds Castlevania on the Way. Possible Lords of Shadow Spinoff?

21 May 2012 3:15 PM, PDT

By Jeffrey Matulef

Konami has revealed a new Castelvania game in the works, according to Dutch website, N1ntendo (translated by NeoGAF user Sadist). The upcoming Castlevania: Mirror of Faith will be a 3Ds exclusive, set to be shown at this year's E3 in two weeks.

The only detail given is that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow producer, David Cox, and director/writer Enric Alvarez are working on Mirror of Faith, suggesting this may be a sequel or spinoff of that game. Since Lords of Shadow ended with a peculiar cliffhanger, the presence of another title in the reboot's canon bodes well for an upcoming console sequel.

I hope that the 3Ds game is still 2D, though. I loved Lords of Shadow, but most 3D handheld games feel like watered down console ports, especially with the 3Ds's lack of a built in second analogue stick. Meanwhile, the 2D Castlevanias have flourished brilliantly on handhelds, »

- MTV Video Games

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