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  • 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

  • Hideo Kojima & Guillermo del Toro Are Making A New Silent Hill

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    Earlier today at Gamescom (Europe’s fan friendly answer to E3) Sony teased a new horror project call P.T. during their press conference. People were encouraged to go to the PlayStation Store and download the P.T. “demo” and when they did they were treated to short video clip instead of a demo.

    The video showed a man on a darkened street before revealing the names of Kojima and del Toro. The man then looks at the camera, and then the Silent Hill logo appears. The “man” featured in the teaser clip is “Walking Dead’s” Norman Reedus.

    No word as of yet, if this is a new game or movie in Silent Hill franchise. It is also unknown if famed Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka will be involved or not. Personally, I am hoping for a new movie as I think Del Torro could really knock a Silent Hill-themed movied out of the park in a big way. Only time will tell.

  • A Resident Evil TV Show Is Being Developed

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    The horror gurus at Bloody Disgusting are reporting that the popular survival-horror franchise Resident Evil might be leaping back to the small screen, as a TV show. A production company called Mance Media is currently developing the show, which is set to be called “Arklay,” named after the area in which original games take place, the Arklay Mountains. According to pitch documents on Mance Media’s website:

    “When Detective James Reinhardt is thrust into a series of bizarre homicides, he unravels the city is hiding a dark conspiracy. Learning a fatal virus is connected to it all, Reinhardt discovers it’s already coursing through him. With time no longer on his side, he must solve the conspiracy to save his own life.”

    Wether or not, anything ever comes of this pitch document is anyones guess. But seeing as the Resident Evil movies are wildly successful at the box office, we just might be seeing Resident Evil on TV next fall.

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  • A New Fatal Frame Game & Movie Are Coming…..To Japan

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    I don’t know how I managed to miss the news about the game, as it was announced almost a month ago, but, the movie was just announced today. Half late is better than completely late I guess.

    Nintendo and Tecmo-Koei will be brining the latest installment in the incredibly popular horror series Fatal Frame, to the WiiU in Japan this September. The game’s heroine is Yuuri Kozukata, who not only has the ability to see souls that have passed on to the spirit world, she can even bring them back to the world of the living. According to Tecmo-Koei, Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrinemaiden, will fully embrase the WiiU GamePad for it’s ghostly gameplay, allowing players to detect and fight off otherworldly creatures. Water will also be a big element in the game as well.

    In addition to the new Fatal Frame game being released in September, Japan is also getting a live action Fatal Frame movie as well. At first glance the movie seems to have a pretty good take on the franchise and definitely seems to have a high creepy factor going for it as well.

    No word yet on when or even if fans of series outside of Japan will get a chance to play or see either of these new entries into the franchise. Check out the trailers for both the new game and movie below!

    http://youtu.be/R1rv4GAZoho

    http://youtu.be/SA8jxUC4jn4

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  • Club Nintendo’s 2014 Rewards

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    Have you been a good Nintendo fan and been registering each of your games at Club Nintendo? Well if you have, and have registered enough games to earn either Gold or Platnium status, here is the list of freebies of you can choose from. Rewards must be claimed by midnight on August 15th. So what are you waiting for…get downloading.

    Platinum

    • Game & Wario (Wii U)
    • NES Remix (Wii U)
    • EarthBound (Wii U)
    • Dr. Luigi (Wii U)
    • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)
    • Fluidity: Spin Cycle (3DS)
    • Dillon’s Rolling Western (3DS)
    • Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS)

    Platinum or Gold

    • Ice Climber (Wii U)
    • Kid Icarus (Wii U)
    • Super Mario Bros. (Wii U)
    • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Wii U)
    • Donkey Kong 3 (3DS)
    • Wario Land II (3DS)
    • Metroid (3DS)
    • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (3DS)
  • The Games of August

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    Are you ready for some football and RPGs!? It’s August, so that means it is Madden time. However, August also looks to be a great month for RPG fans as well.

    Week of 8/4

    imageScared 3 (360/PS3): Victory is Ours. Glory is Mine. Sacred 3 features classic arcade Hack n’ Slash action centered around drop in, drop out cooperative multiplayer for both offline (2 players) and online (4 players) play. Develop your character’s skills and abilities and band together to use powerful co-op abilities and tactics. Master the art of war and fight your way through enemy hordes to become the greatest hero of all.

    imageUltra Street Fighter IV 360/PS3): Continuing the tradition of excellence the series is known for, five new characters and six new stages have been added for even more fighting mayhem, with rebalanced gameplay and original modes topping off this ultimate offering.

    Week of 8/11

    imageDisgaea 4 – A Promise Revisted (Vita): The original game had a cast and story that was widely praised as one of the best in the series, and this Vita version offers players a chance to relive that adventure on the go, and with brand-new content! Tons of bonus content, including brand-new scenarios exclusive to this release, adding more backstory to some of your favorite characters, all in hi-res sprites. New characters, as well as cameo appearances by characters from previous Disgaea games. A new tier of spells, job specific techniques, as well as other gameplay enhancements. Includes all of the downloadable content that was available on the PS3 version. Enjoy English in-game text and English & Japanese in-game voices.

    imageWorld of Tanks (360): World of Tanks comes to Xbox 360 with the custom built version of the global online multiplayer phenomenon dedicated to tank warfare in the mid-20th century. Command some of history’s most powerful tanks and experience intense combat where the excitement of battle is enhanced by working together with your tank platoon to win the fight.

    imageAkiba’s Trip – Undead & Undressed (PS3/Vita): Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed is an open-world action RPG in which players undertake numerous missions in a virtual recreation of Akihabara, Tokyo’s popular “Electric Town” district. The player’s goal is to identify vampires called “Synthisters” with the help of an in-game smartphone app, then engage them in battle to strip their clothes off so their bodies are fully exposed to sunlight. Boasting a unique combat system in which everyday objects become weapons, multiple story routes, a varied cast of characters based on common anime and video game tropes and a narrative dripping with social satire and subtle nods to Japanese pop culture, Akiba’s Trip is a present-day supernatural adventure for the gamer in all of us.

    imageRisen 3 – Titan Lords (PS3/360): Piranha Bytes, the creators of Gothic and Risen, return to their origins with a new, classic RPG. Risen 3: Titan Lords pulls the player in to a hand-crafted role-playing world full of rugged charm where every decision changes the course of the story. The world of Risen 3 – Titan Lords is abandoned by all gods and suffers from the Titan Wars when a new threat rises from the depths. A young warrior is attacked from the shadows and deprived of his soul. He sets off to reclaim what is lost amidst the darkness that is spreading throughout the world. The mages could prove to be powerful allies on his quest. To get their help, he needs to find their sanctuary on Taranis, also known as Thunder Isle. Protected by the Guardians, the mages search the mines of Taranis for crystals loaded with magic energy. Will the player join the Guardians to get in contact with the mages? Or will he choose one of the other guilds in Risen 3 – Titan Lords to reach his goals?

    Week of 8/18

    imageTales of Xillia 2 (PS3): One year after the climatic events of Tales of Xillia in which the two worlds, Rieze Maxia and Elympios, were united by the destruction of the barrier that separated the two. Elympios is a modern nation with a high level of technological advancement gained through the use of spyrix, whereas Rieze Maxia is a previously isolated land which relies on spirit artes and nature. While both worlds work towards peace together, there are still numerous clashes due to cultural differences and it will be some time before true peace is achieved. Jude, Milla and the cast of the original Tales of Xillia from Rieze Maxia now strive to live their lives and fight for peace in this newly reunited world.

    imagePlants vs Zombies – Garden Warfare (PS4/PS3): Shooters just got weird! Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare digs into the trenches with an explosive new action experience. Blast zombies, plants and new characters across a mine-blowing world that delivers the depth of a traditional online shooter blended with the refreshing humor of Plants vs. Zombies. Take on Co-op and Multiplayer action with your friends and sow the seeds of victory!

    imageDiablo III – Ultimate Evil Edition (360/XB1/PS3/PS4): Face Ultimate Evil Over 13 million players have battled the demonic hordes of Diablo III. Now, it’s your turn to join the crusade and take up arms against the enemies of the mortal realms. This Ultimate Evil Edition contains both Diablo III and the Reaper of Souls expansion set, together in one definitive volume. So stand ready. Something wicked this way comes.

    Week of 8/25

    imageHyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 (Vita): A complete remake of the original Hyperdimension Neptunia for the PS3; Neptunia Re;Birth1 adopts an all new storyline, additional characters, redone dungeons, and a revamped free roaming style battle system with the EXE gauge system introduced in Neptunia Victory. Neptunia Re;Birth1 will be the first non-spin off Hyperdimension title making its way to the PS Vita platform.

    imageMetro Redux (PS4/XB1): Metro Redux includes Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, rebuilt and remastered for Next Gen in stunning fidelity at 60FPS.

    imageProfessor Layton vs Phoenix Wright (3DS): Two of gaming’s biggest sleuths team up to solve the most puzzling mystery they have ever encountered. For the first time ever, the mind-bending puzzles of the Professor Layton series meet the courtroom drama of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.

    imageMadden NFL 15 (360/XB1/PS3/PS4): Madden NFL 15 transforms you into your rival’s worst nightmare with a new breed of defense built to challenge the best offenses in the NFL. An all-new intuitive tackling system and improved coverage logic make defense exciting and fun to play. Learn and hone your skills in the Gauntlet, an all-new mode in Skills Trainer that will take your new abilities through the ultimate test in intense conditions and challenges. Whether building your legacy in Connected Franchise or a dynasty in Ultimate Team, it’s not just football, it’s Madden Season!

  • A Bunch of Pikachus Invade Yokohama

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    Starting on August 9th, a gaggle of real life Pikachus will invade the streets of Yokohama, Japan. In fact, in order to build some buzz for the event, yesterday saw large numbers of adorably-humongous Pikachus make a little sneak preview appearance. The event is being organized in order to promote the release of the latest Pokemon movie, as well provide fans the chance to download a new “event exclusive” Pokemon. Enjoy the cuteness or bow to your new overlords…take your pick.

    http://youtu.be/7aVcisdS8X0

    http://youtu.be/CORtvPujuqg

  • Beyond Good & Evil 2 Still Exists

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    The original Beyond Good & Evil was one of the most critically acclaimed titles of last generation. Unfortunately for gamers, BG&E ended on pretty big cliff-hanger and we have been waiting for a sequel since 2004. So, when Ubisoft announced a sequel (and even produced a teaser trailer) back in 2008, fans of the series got more than a little excited. However, it has been 6 years without any substantial new information, and many assumed the game had become vaporware. That all changed today.

    Ubisoft confirmed to IGN that BG&E creator Michael Ancel is heading up a brand-new development studio in order to give fans what they have been waiting soo patiently for.

    “It’s still far too early to give many details about this new title, but what we can say is that while Michel and the team at Ubisoft Montpellier are working with the core tenets of BG&E, they’re developing something that aspires to push past the boundaries of a proverbial sequel and leverages next-gen technologies to deliver a truly surprising, innovative and exceptional game,” Ubisoft told IGN. “The entire team is excited about the direction this extremely ambitious project is taking, and we’ll have more to share later, as it progresses.”

    All I can say, is that it’s about damn time. Now where is The Last Gaurdian…

  • The Games of July

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    Wow there is really isn’t a whole lot coming out in July is there. Yay for an even more HDier Last of Us…now back to Mario Kart 8.

    Week of July 7th

    271521aOne Piece – Unlimited World Red (PS3/Vita/3DS): Play as members of the Straw Hat crew and progress through an all-new, never before seen episodic storyline with encounters against famous bosses like Rob Lucci, Caesar Clown, and more. Master a large variation of flashy combos and enjoy the world of One Piece by exploring and taking on quests to gain more rewards and items.

    Week of July 13th

    No Games This Week Make Me A Sad Panda :(

    Week of July 20th

    102235aWii Sports Club (WiiU): Play your favorite Wii Sports games on the Wii U console! With Wii Sports Club, you can now take the competition online with tennis, bowling and golf – with even more coming soon! Join a club and compete against other clubs from around your region, or play online multiplayer with your friends.

    Week of July 27th

    150065arpThe Last of Us Remastered (PS4): Winner of over 200 Game of the Year awards, The Last of Us has been rebuilt for the PS4, now featuring full 1080p, higher resolution character models, improved shadows and lighting, in addition to several other gameplay improvements. The Last of Us Remastered includes the Abandoned Territories Map Pack, Reclaimed Territories Map Pack, and the critically acclaimed The Last of Us: Left Behind Single Player campaign that combines themes of survival, loyalty, and love with tense, survival-action gameplay.