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  • The Games of October

     It is only October and the Holiday Season glut of releases is upon us, wallets beware!

    Week of 10/1

    imageSuper Smash Bros (3DS): Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is the first portable entry in the renowned series, in which game worlds collide. Up to four players battle each other locally or online using some of Nintendo’s most well-known and iconic characters across beautifully designed stages inspired by classic portable Nintendo games. It’s a genuine, massive Super Smash Bros. experience that’s available to play on the go, anytime, anywhere.

    Week of 10/5

    imageSkylanders Trap Team (PS4/PS3/XB1/360/WiiU/Wii): Kaos has blown up the walls of the feared Cloudcracker Prison freeing the most notorious villains in Skylands. It’s up to you and the Skylanders to find and capture them. Using Traptanium, a magic material that can harness the power of the Elements, you have the amazing ability to trap the villains and return them to Skylands to fight for you! Begin the ultimate adventure as you explore Skylands in search of the escaped villains!

    imageAliens Isolation (PS4/XB1/PS3/360): The game is set in 2137, 15 years after the events of Alien and 42 years before the events of Aliens. It focuses on Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda who, while investigating her mother’s disappearance, is ordered to go to the space station Sevastopol to recover data that could help locate her mother, unaware that an Alien has already infested the station.

    imageProject Spark (XB1): Project Spark unlocks imagination and creativity like never before. It’s a powerful gaming destination where creation and play live seamlessly together. Build the supreme gaming experience by making unique and instantly playable levels, games, and worlds, and share them with a global community. Dive into the community’s collective imagination and start playing.

    imageNBA 2k15 (PS4/XB1/PS3/360): Nominated for 70 ‘Game of the Year’ Awards, the NBA 2K franchise returns with NBA 2K15, our most true-to-life NBA experience yet. Featuring NBA MVP Kevin Durant on the cover and an eclectic soundtrack curated by internationally-renowned artist and producer Pharrell Williams, NBA 2K15 hits the court with unprecedented life-like graphics, ultra-realistic NBA gameplay, and more. It’s up to you to claim your destiny.

    imageMinecraft (PS4): Build! Craft! Explore! The critically acclaimed Minecraft comes to PlayStation 4, offering bigger worlds and greater draw distance than the PS3 and PS Vita editions. Create your own world, then, build, explore and conquer. When night falls the monsters appear, so be sure to build a shelter before they arrive. The world is only limited by your imagination!

    Week of 10/12

    imagePac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (PS3/360/WiiU/3DS): The gang is back! Following the colorful characters and world of the PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures animated series, PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 will feature PAC-MAN, Spiral and Cylindria in an all-new storyline as they defend PacWorld from the ghoulish army of Lord Betrayus.

    imageThe Evil Within (PS4/PS3/XB1/360): While investigating the scene of a gruesome mass murder, Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners encounter a mysterious and powerful force. After seeing the slaughter of fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a deranged world where hideous creatures wander among the dead.
    Facing unimaginable terror, and fighting for survival, Sebastian embarks on a frightening journey to unravel what’s behind this evil force.

    imageBorderlands The Pre-Sequel (PS3/360): Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a new role-playing shooter in the critically acclaimed Borderlands series. Play as four all-new character classes while carving a path of destructive mayhem across Pandora’s never-before-seen low-gravity moonscapes with all new moves, weapons, and vehicles!

    imageSleeping Dogs Definitive Edition (PS4/XB1): Sleeping Dogs is an open-world action game set on the exotic island of Hong Kong with brutal martial arts combat, thrilling street races and a celebrated, gripping story. Entirely remade for the new generation of consoles and the very latest PCs The Definitive Edition includes all previously available content and a wealth of new technological upgrades.

    imageTears to Tiara 2 (PS3): An intense strategy RPG combined with visual novel-like storytelling from developer Aquaplus. Telling the story of the last heir to Hispania’s royal throne as he fights to reclaim his land from the Divine Empire, Tears to Tiara II is a standalone adventure lasting approximately 80 hours that requires no prior knowledge of the previous game.

    Week of 10/19

    imageDisney Fantasia Music Evolved (360/XB1): Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is a breakthrough musical motion video game inspired by Disney’s classic animated film “Fantasia.” In the game, players enter the magical realms of Fantasia, selected by the legendary sorcerer Yen Sid, to hone their musical and magical prowess as his new apprentice. “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” takes players on an interactive and immersive motion-controlled journey through worlds of music and magic.

    imageJust Dance 2015 (PS3/PS4/XB1/360/Wii/WiiU): Just Dance 2015 is the latest, most awesome-filled version of the world’s #1 dance game! Bringing new moves and game modes to over 40 top tracks, Just Dance 2015 features hit songs like “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Burn”” by Ellie Goulding, and legendary favorites like “Walk This Way” by Run DMC & Aerosmith. There are a million reasons to play and a million stories to be created with Just Dance 2015!

    imageF1 2014 (PS3/360): F1 2014 is the culmination of five years of experience developing officially licensed, award-winning F1 video games and delivers fans the most accessible Formula One experience yet. Players of all abilities will feel what it’s like to compete in races where the greatest drivers in the world are pushed to their limits in machines which are a showcase for the very best automotive engineering can offer – the true pinnacle of motorsport.

    imageShadow Warrior (PS4/XB1): A bold new vision of the cult classic Shadow Warrior, reimagined with a blend of modern design, inventive combat mechanics, and a contemporary retelling of Lo Wang’s rise to legend.

    imageBayonetta 2 (WiiU): The witching hour strikes again. Brimming with intricate battles that take place in, on and all over epic set pieces, Bayonetta 2 finds our sassy heroine battling angels and demons in unearthly beautiful HD. You’re bound to love how it feels to string together combos with unimaginable weapons and to summon demons using Bayonetta’s Umbran Weave in this frantic stylized action game. Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U exclusive. Bayonetta comes packed in with the purchase of every retail packaged version of Bayonetta 2.

    imagePokemon Art Academy (3DS): In Pokémon Art Academy, players take on the role of a young aspiring artist who enrolls in the Pokémon Art Academy to learn how to draw Pokémon under the tutelage of Professor Andy. Through ever-evolving lessons, players are taught the basics of art, from simple shapes and coloring to more complex methods like shading and blending. Along the way they are introduced to various tools they will use to create their art.

    Week of 10/26

    imageSunset Overdrive (XB1): 2027. Sunset City. A contaminated energy drink has transformed most of the population into toxic mutants. For many it’s the end of the world, but for you it’s a dream come true. Your old boss? Dead. Your boring job? Gone. Transform the openworld into your tactical playground by grinding, vaulting and wall-running across the city while using a devastating, unconventional arsenal. With hyper-agility, unique weapons, and customizable special abilities, Sunset Overdrive rewrites the rules of traditional shooters and delivers an explosive, irreverent, stylish, and totally unique adventure exclusively to Xbox One.

    imageFreedom Wars (Vita): Born into incarceration, you are forced to fight for your freedom in dangerous missions. Work together with up to 4-player co-op in a frenetic blend of action and strategy as you fight to rescue civilians in possession of valuable rival Panopticon knowledge. Complete your missions, reduce your sentence, earn your freedom.

    imageLords of Fallen (PS4/XB1): In an unforgiving world where no sin is ever forgotten, Harkyn, a convicted criminal, is given a chance for redemption. Just when rulers of the world get close to finding a way to banish all evil from humans, an army of the long-ago defeated god attacks the human realm. Released from prison, Harkyn and his mentor, Kaslo, set out on a mission to stop the war.

    imageMX vs ATV Supercross (PS3/360): Rip, jump and scrub your way around 17 tracks and try to cross the finishing line first against more than 40 official riders and harvest all that motocross glory. Choose between bikes or ATVs, multiple game modes including Career, Single races, Time Trial, practice and various local and online multiplayer events with up to 12 players. Perform amazing tricks to impress your fans or just “whip” over jumps to finish the race first. Customize your rider with items from more than 80 licensed motocross companies and whirl up dirt and dust on your way to victory.

    imageNBA Live 15 (PS4/XB1): Responding to player feedback, NBA LIVE 15 is doubling down on visuals and offering 500+ core gameplay improvements to deliver a truly fluid, fun and authentic basketball gaming experience. In addition, best-in-class online game modes and LIVE’s Synergy Sports partnership gives gamers the most up-to-date and immersive NBA experience, all season long.

  • TGS14 Preview: The Evil Within (PS4/XB1)

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    The Evil Within comes to us from the originator of the survival horror genre, Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami…and boy does it not disappoint. The demo I played was set in a mansion turned insane asylum and I haven’t played anything that felt this much like the original Resident Evil since it’s soon to be HDified GameCube remake.

    The game controls very much like RE 4, but with a few twists here and there. Weapons and consumables can be mapped to the Dpad to allow for on the fly weapon switching and healing. In addition to the standard aim, shoot, and strafe your character comes equipped with a lantern which you will need at times to light your way through this very dark game (trust me, this is not a bad thing). However, when you use the lantern enemies will see the light and began to search for you, sometimes coming from other rooms. You will know though when an enemy has spotted signs of you as a small searching eye icon appears on screen.

    Speaking of the enemies they add oodles of atmosphere to an all ready creepy game. They come in all shapes, sizes, and speeds and are wonderfully gruesome and disfigured thanks to the high level of patient care at this asylum. Also, very much like the GameCube RE-make (see what I did there?) once you have killed an enemy they aren’t really dead until you light their corpse on fire, lest they eventually get back up again..stronger then before.

    The setting of the demo, the previously mentioned mansion turned asylum, offered a lot of great puzzles and interactivity. The obligatory and RE-like notes and files are scattered throughout the asylum, adding to the story. The objective of the demo was to open this large locked door that was sealed with three locks, each locked was opened by finding a human brain and stabbing electrodes into until you hit the correct portion of brain being talked about (eg. fear center, pleasure center). Running even further with the whole asylum setting is the games upgrade system. Throughout the game you will collect vials of green goo, which give you brain points, these points can then be exchanged for various weapon and player upgrades. However, the upgrade system is pretty out there, you strap yourself into an electric chair and give yourself shock therapy in order activate the upgrades!

    Last but certainly not least, throughout the game you are being pursued by this mysterious ghostly figure. This ghost will randomly appear in the game and chase you down and kill you unless you are able to hide from it under a bed, in closet, or in any other hiding place that may present itself.

    All in all I can not tell you how much I enjoyed this game and was so happy to play a “real” survival horror game, from the man that created the genre. The Evil Within is a definite must buy!

  • TGS14 Preview: The Order -1886 (PS4)

    Well after an incredibly tiring TGS, loosing my bullet train ticket, and then catching the oh so fun after expo plague I’m finally ready to give you all the run down on Tokyo Game Show 2014.

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    For those of you who may not know about the game, The Order is set in an alternate version of late 1800s London where highly advanced steam-punk inspired technology exists along side the horse drawn carriage. You play as a member of The Order, a secret military force, that traces its roots back to the Knights Templar. The Order is tasked with fighting any and all supernatural threats that may arise.

    Sadly, the demo I played had nothing to do with that awesome werewolf teaser trailer from E3, so no cool supernatural monsters for me…just your basic human thugs. What I played was a fairly straightforward look at the games basic mechanics, and while I couldn’t get an answer from any of the Sony reps it very much feels like the starting tutorial mission for the final retail version. For anyone that has played an Uncharted or Gears game you will feel right at home with the third-person, cover and run shooting combat that is on display in The Order. Unfortunately it feels just a little too similar and makes the overall gameplay kinda meh. However, I have feeling the games seemingly strong world (always hard to tell from a demo) will overcome that. One bright point was that each of your guns does have an alternate fire mode very similar to the weapons in the Resistance series, which helps to mix up the combat some. Additionally, The Order supports its own version of “bullet time” in which time comes to a crawl and you auto-target enemies with a simple flick of the right stick. This bullet time ability, does make for some and effective dispensing of large amounts of enemies in one quick go.

    All and all The Order seems like a game with a great setting and world but its fairly generic, “seen it before” gameplay hampers it incredibly. Here’s to hoping Sony spices things up before it’s released.

  • Sony Announces Tokyo Game Show 2014 Line-up

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    Well, with little more than a week to go before Tokyo Game Show, Sony has announced their TGS line-up. In addition to the following playable games, Sony will also be displaying the latest iteration of their 3D-VR headset, codenamed Morpheius. I managed to play with this thing in it’s previous versions   the past two years and it is mighty impressive.

    PlayStation 4

    • Astebreed (Playism)
    • Bladestorm: The Hundred Years’ War & Nightmare (Koei Tecmo)
    • Bloodborne (SCE)
    • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Koei Tecmo)
    • Destiny (SCE)
    • Disgaea 5 (NIS)
    • Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco)
    • Driveclub (SCE)
    • Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair (D3 Publisher)
    • EA Sports UFC (EA)
    • The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks)
    • FIFA 15 (EA)
    • Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign (Arc System Works)
    • LEGO Movie: The Game (Warner Bros.)
    • LittleBigPlanet 3 (SCE)
    • Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition (Mojang)
    • Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Young Horses)
    • Omega Quintet (Compile Heart)
    • One Upon Light (Singapore University of Technology and Design)
    • The Order: 1886 (SCE)
    • The Playroom (SCE)
    • Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (Konami)
    • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (Capcom)

    PS Vita

    • Airship Q (Cygames)
    • Chaos Rings III: Prequel Trilogy (Square Enix)
    • Deadman’s Cross (Square Enix)
    • Deemo: Last Rehearsal (Rayark)
    • Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax (Sega)
    • God Eater 2: Rage Burst (Bandai Namco)
    • Gundam Breaker 2 (Bandai Namco)
    • Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2014 (Konami)
    • The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II (Falcom)
    • Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (Mojang)
    • Murasaki Baby (SCE)
    • OlliOlli (Roll7)
    • Phantasy Star Nova (Sega)
    • TorqueL (Playism)
    • Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 (Koei Tecmo)

    PlayStation 3

    • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (Square Enix)
    • Tales of Zestiria (Bandai Namco)
  • Microsoft Unveils 2014 Tokyo Game Show Lineup

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    The TGS line-ups just keep on a coming. Here is what Microsoft will be showcasing at this year’s show. If some of these games seem a little out-of-date, remember, the Xbox One just launched here in Japan a few days ago.

    • Call of Duty: Advance Warfighter
    • Dance Central Spotlight
    • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die
    • Dead Rising 3
    • Dyntasy Warriors 7 Empires
    • EA SPORTS UFC
    • The Evil Within
    • Evolve
    • FIFA 15
    • Forza Horizon 2
    • Forza Motorsport 5
    • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
    • Happy Wars
    • Killer Instinct
    • Kinect Sports Rivals
    • Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
    • NBA 2K15
    • Ori and the Blind Forest
    • Psycho-Pass
    • Ryse: Son of Rome
    • Sunset Overdrive
  • Bandai Namco Games’ TGS 2014 Line-up

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    This time around we have Bandai Namco’s 2014 TGS line-up, and boy is it beefy. Looking at the list, you may be surprised by the large number of smartphone games, but they are big business here in Japan.

    CONSOLE

    • Ace Combat Infinity (PS3) – trailer
    • Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS Vita) – trailer
    • Dragon Ball Xenoverse (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3) – playable, trailer
    • Godzilla (PS3) – playable, trailer
    • Gundam Breaker 2 (PS3, PS Vita) – playable, trailer
    • Haikyuu!! Tsunagu! Itadaki no Keshiki!! (3DS) – trailer
    • Hanayamata: Yosakoi Live! (PS Vita) – playable, trailer
    • The Irregular at Magic High School: Out of Order (PS Vita) – playable, trailer
    • M3 The Dark Metal: Mission Memento Mori (PS Vita) – trailer
    • Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation (PS3) – trailer
    • The Seven Deadly Sins: Unjust Sin (3DS) – trailer
    • Soulcalibur: Lost Swords (PS3) – trailer
    • Super Hero Generation (PS3, PS Vita) – trailer
    • Tales of the World: Reve Unitia (3DS) – playable, trailer
    • Tales of Zestiria (PS3) – playable, trailer

    SMARTPHONE

    • Buddy Complex: Senjou no Cupring (iOS, Android) – trailer
    • Drift Spirits (iOS, Android) – trailer
    • Guilty Dragon: Tsumiryu to Yattsu no Noroi (iOS, Android)
    • Hunter x Hunter: Battle All-Stars (iOS, Android) – trailer
    • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventuer: Stardust Shooter (iOS, Android) – trailer
    • One Piece: Dance Battle (iOS, Android) – trailer
    • One Piece: Treasure Cruise (iOS, Android) – trailer
    • Saint Seiya: Cosmo Slottle (iOS, Android) – trailer
    • Shingun Destroy! (iOS) – trailer
    • Super Space Galaga (iOS, Android)
    • Sword Art Online: Code Register (iOS, Android) – trailer
    • Taiko Drum Master RPG da Don! (iOS) – trailer
    • Tales of Asteria (iOS, Android) – trailer
    • Tales of Lik (iOS, Android) – trailer
    • Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199: Cosmo Guardian (iOS, Android) – trailer
    • Ultraman: Puzzle Spirit (iOS, Android) – trailer
  • Capcom, EA & Sega’s Tokyo Game Show 2014 Line-up

    The game line-up announcements keep on coming. This time, we have Capcom, EA, & Sega’s 2014 Tokyo Game Show line-up to share with you. Please remember that there could always be room for a surprise reveal, so if a game you’ve been hoping for isn’t on the list, don’t give up hope just yet.

    CAPCOM

    • Bakumatsu Ultra Rock Soul (PSP/Vita)
    • Breath of Fire 6 (iOS/Android)
    • Forbidden Manga (3DS)
    • Gaist Crusher God (3DS)
    • The Great Ace Attorney (3DS)
    • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS)
    • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (PS3/PS4/360/XB1)
    • Resident Evil HD Remaster (PS3/PS4/360/XB1)

    EA

    • Battlefield: Hardline (PS3/PS4/360/XB1)
    • Dragon Age: Inquisistion (PS3/PS4/360/XB1)
    • FIFA 15 (PS3/PS4/360/XB1)
    • UFC (PS3/PS4/360/XB1)

    SEGA

    • Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax (PS3/Vita)
    • Phantasy Star Nova (Vita/PC)
    • Phantasy Star Online 2 Expansion (Vita/PC)
    • Puyo Puyo Tetris (3DS/Vita/PS3/PS4/XB1)
    • Shining Resonance (iOS/Android)
    • Yakuza Zero (PS3/PS4)
  • Square-Enix Announces Tokyo Game Show Line-up

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    With Tokyo Game Show only a short two weeks away, companies are starting to lay their cards on the table as to what they will be showing gamers. Square-Enix recently published the full line-up of what they will be offering at this years show. You might notice a few “huh, thats not an SE game” listed below, but, Square-Enix serves as publisher for a lot of Western games here in Japan. There are definitely a few games on this list that I will be checking out.

    • 3594e (iOS) – trailer
    • Bravely Second (3DS) – playable, trailer
    • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, PC) – trailer
    • Chaos Rings III (PS Vita, iOS, Android) – playable, trailer
    • Cooking Mama: My Sweets Shop (3DS) – playable
    • Deadman’s Cross (PS Vita) – playable, trailer
    • Dragon Quest: Heroes (PS4, PS3) – trailer
    • Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen (iOS, Android) – playable
    • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (iOS, Android) – playable
    • Dragon Quest X Online (Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PC) – trailer
    • Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light (iOS, Android) – trailer
    • Dragon Quest: Monster Parade (Browser) – trailer
    • The Evil Within (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, PC) – playable
    • Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS) – playable, trailer
    • Final Fantasy VII: G-Bike (iOS, Android) – trailer
    • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4, PS3, PC) – playable, trailer
    • Gunslinger Stratos 2 (Arcade) – trailer
    • Kai-ri-Sei Million Arthur (iOS, Android) – trailer
    • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS3) – playable, trailer
    • Rise of Mana (PS Vita) – trailer
  • The Games of September

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    Week of 9/1

    imageDanganRonpa 2 (Vita): As in the first game, players will take on the role of a high school student as they are thrust into a life-or-death situation, and must use their wits and teamwork to survive. Each student was chosen for a special ability they possess, making them the “ultimate” example of something.

    imageThe Sims 4 (PC): The Sims 4 is the highly anticipated life simulation game that lets you play with life like never before. Control smarter Sims with unique appearances, personalities, behaviors, and emotions. Experience new levels of creativity when you sculpt Sims with the powerful Create A Sim and design beautiful homes with tactile, room-based Build Mode. Control the mind, body, and heart of your Sims and explore your new gameplay possibilities in vibrant neighborhoods that bring your stories to life.

    imageWarriors of Orochi 3 Ultimate (PS4/XB1): One, lone Warrior does battle against a thousand enemies in captivating lands and stages. Featuring new gameplay modes and characters, along with cross-play/save functionality, Orochi 3 Ultimate expands on the mythology of the series.

    Week of 9/7

    imageDestiny (PS3/PS4/360/XB1): Everything changed with the arrival of the Traveler. It sparked a Golden Age when our civilization spanned our solar system, but it didn’t last. Something hit us, knocked us down. The survivors built a city beneath the Traveler, and have begun to explore our old worlds, only to find them filled with deadly foes. You are a Guardian of the last safe city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Defend the City. Defeat our enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Be brave.

    imageNHL15 (PS3/PS4/360/XB1): NHL 15 brings hockey to life the sights, sounds and feel of real NHL action like never before. Every player is affected by real-world physics leading to multiplayer collisions and pileups through 12 Player NHL Collision Physics. NHL 15 welcomes Mike Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and analyst Ray Ferraro providing insight through revolutionary real life visuals all presented in an authentic NBC Sports Broadcast Package.

    Week of 9/16

    imageFairy Fencer F (PS3): A long time has passed since the last ancient conflict, and the weapons created by the Goddess and the Vile God have since been scattered across the world. These weapons – now known as “Furies” – are highly sought after by warriors who call themselves “Fencers.” It is said that whoever collects a Fury will be granted one wish. When a young man named Fang decides to rashly pull a Fury from a stone, he inadvertently becomes a Fencer himself, forever altering the course of his destiny.

    imageTheatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call (3DS): Curtain Call expands on the original in every way with new gameplay modes, over 200 songs, and 60 playable characters. Featuring music that spans the full breadth of the storied Final Fantasy franchise, players tap along to the memorable beats and harmonies as the adorable, stylized characters battle and quest through their worlds. The music of over 20 titles is brought together in one package, fusing together the moving scores, cinematic visuals, and role-playing elements the series is known for.

    imageNaruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (360/PS3): The latest installment of the series will offer players a new experience in the deep & rich NARUTO environment. Tons of new techniques, enhanced mechanics, more than 100 characters and a brand new exclusive character (Mecha-Naruto) designed by Masashi Kishimoto.

    Week of 9/23

    imageDisney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes (PS3/PS4/360/XB1/WiiU): Players will use real-world interactive Marvel figures to activate original storylines in the virtual game worlds of some of Marvel’s most popular franchises, including The Avengers. In the Play Sets – penned by award-winning Marvel comic writer Brian Michael Bendis – players will be able to take on the role of more than 20 Marvel characters including Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye to battle enemies, complete challenging missions, solve puzzles and ultimately save the world from destruction.

    imageFIFA 15 (PS3/PS4/360/XB1/Wii/WiiU/3DS/Vita): FIFA 15 brings soccer to life in stunning detail so fans can experience the emotion of the sport like never before. Witness the intensity of crowds and listen to commentators guide fans through the story of the game with Dynamic Match Presentation. New Emotional Intelligence allows players to react to opponents and teammates within context, and relative to the narrative of the match. Player Control heightens the responsiveness of player movement and makes Man-to-Man Battles more rewarding than ever before.

    imageAr Nosurge Ode to an Unborn Star(PS3): Ar nosurge is an RPG, that takes place in a world where music and song can create magic. It tells the compelling story of a civilization that lost their planet and has been roaming the edge of space for 2000 years in search of a new home. In Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star, the player follows two sets of characters: Delta and Casty, whose goal is to protect humanity and save the world, and Ion & Earthes, who are trying to find Ion a way home to Earth.

    imageArcana Heart 3 Love Max!!!! (PS3/Vita): With crazy combos, amazing 2D environments and 23 adorable combatants! To make the game even more fun and exciting, Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!! includes an incredible amount of new story content, allowing players to really get to know these characters!

    imageHyrule Warriors (WiiU): Cut down entire legions of enemies as Link, Zelda, Midna and other characters from The Legend of Zelda franchise using over-the-top powerful Dynasty Warriors-style moves. This tour de force through the beloved locales of Hyrule will have players battling some of the fiercest enemies in The Legend of Zelda history. Two players can join in on the fun with local co-op play.

    Week of 9/30

    imageForza Horizon 2 (XB1/360): Race through a massive wide-open world featuring dramatic weather and day-tonight cycles. Instantly connect with friends in the ultimate celebration of speed, style, and action-packed driving. Explore beautiful and exotic locations in more than 200 of the world’s greatest cars, all created with precise detail.

    imagePersona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3/360): Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is the long-awaited sequel, and a continuation of the story originally set forth in the award-winning RPG Persona 4. Bringing the series full circle and tying together the plots of Persona 3 and Persona 4, fans will enjoy controlling beautifully animated character sprites and experiencing top-notch quality, fully voiced localization that brings the popular characters to life.

    imageNatural Doctrine (PS3/PS4/Vita): Seasoned explorers and novices alike venture underground into dangerous caves to collect the coveted material known as Pluton. During your first trip down into the depths of one of these mines, you and your new explorer friends quickly realize that things may be more dire than you had imagined as you encounter a brand-new type of evil lurking below the surface.

    imageMiddle-Earth Shadow of Mordor PS3/PS4/360/XB1): You are Talion, a Ranger of the Black Gate, keeping watch over Mordor which has remained undisturbed for ages. In the blink of an eye, everything is taken from you – your friends, your family, and even your own life. Resurrected by a vengeful spirit, you must now embark on a relentless vendetta against those who have wronged you. Fight through Mordor and uncover the truth of the spirit that compels you, discover the origins of the Rings of Power, build your legend and ultimately confront the evil of Sauron in this new chronicle in Middle-earth.

    imageCrimes & Punishment – Sherlock Holmes (PS3/PS4/360/XB1): Dynamic, chilling, and captivating, Crimes and Punishments is a groundbreaking investigation game that you control. You’ll take on the role of Sherlock Holmes in a realistic and finely detailed environment filled with criminals and clues. It is up to you to gather evidence over six different cases, and to question and analyze every place and person you meet. Use Sherlock’s amazing detective skills to examine countless details within each scene, and see the connections come together inside Sherlock’s brain! Write your own story with a variety of moral choices and outcomes. Each case has up to 8 different endings.

    imageSenran Kagura Shinovi Versus (Vita): The buxom shinobi of the Senran Kagura universe return in a 3D brawler that’s as over-the-top with its fighting mechanics as it is with its gratuitous depictions of female ninja in various forms of undress, indicating damage through clothing destruction. Shinovi Versus tells of a grand clash among four rival ninja schools from each of their vantage points, featuring 20 playable shinobi among them, each with her own unique personality as well as fighting style and skills to master. Up to four players can 9-battle online to determine which shinobi really deserves to be on top.

  • A Pokemon Fighting Game Is Coming To Arcades

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    Yesterday, Tsunekazu Ishihara, the head of the Pokémon Company, announced on a live NicoNico broadcast that he wanted to create a new Pokemon experiene, one that people haven’t seen before. That new experience it turned out, is a Pokemon Fighting game!

    Namco Bandai Games is co-developing “Pokkén Tournament”, with Nintendo, for release next year in Japanese arcades. Details are pretty much non-existent at this point in time but both the producers of the Tekken and Soul Calibur series are involved in this project. A short video clip was released that showed showed Lucario and Machamp duking it out. Check out the video below.

    No word yet on wether or not this will see a Western release or even a home console release.

    http://youtu.be/pT3LQmbPh6o