Etrian Odyssey Untold is an updated version of the original Etrian Odyssey for the DS. It features re-worked dungeon maps and challenges for the original quest as well as an additional story mode that explores the origins of the Yggdrasil Tree. The latter offers a pre-assembled party with dialogue and transitional scenes by Madhouse Studios (Trigun, Death Note). Picnic and Standard difficulty modes have been added for newcomers, but an additional Expert mode will keep series veterans on their toes.
Etrian Odyssey Untold simultaneously launches at retail and on the eShop on October 1st.
The port is a remake of the two existing Squids games, Squids and Squids Wild West. The series follows the species' efforts to save the ocean from a black ooze pollutant that turns sea life into
Squids can belong to the shooter, scout, trooper or healer classes, but a fifth type will debut in Squids Odyssey. Fresh levels and items are also planned, as are "completely revamped" controls to take advantage of each platform's strengths, according to the announcement.
Blizzard WCS acts as a central hub for all eSports news pertaining to Starcraft 2. The app allows users to stream live matches, view recordings of previous battles and set reminders for upcoming games. Updates on individual players and teams as well as eSports news can be accessed through the app as well.
Blizzard WCS is optimized for iPhone 5 and requires iOS 6.0 or later, but it does support models as far back as the iPhone 3 and 3rd generation iPod touch.
Coverage of the Starcraft 2 World Championships' European league has already begun, but the American league will start reportin' for duty at 4 p.m. EST. Day 4 of The International's main event continues at 3 p.m. EST, which can be viewed here or live in Dota 2. The Pokémon World Championships for video game finalists start at 8 p.m. EST, with the trading card game finalists following at 10:30 p.m. EST. You can watch both here.
If you're more into watching people raise money for charity rather than for themselves, the Triple Speed Runners are launching a week-long Zelda Marathon at 7 p.m. EST. The marathon will follow the timeline of the Zelda series rather than the order of each game's release, starting with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Prizes can be won by watching the stream, but 100% of donations will go to Child's Play Charity.
For all its strengths, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team falls a bit shorter than hoped on wit and wonder, but what I find most lamentable is its struggle to be weird, because it has such the opportunity to. Setting half the game in Luigi's psyche is inspired; there's much that can be done with Mario's second-fiddle sibling. Sadly, it's never capitalized on, at least not in the script. Instead, it's up to the amusing peripheral cast and vivid combat to sustain Dream Team, and happily they do, just about.
United States District Judge Robert Kugler's opinion on the lawsuit revealed that the three plaintiffs believed "their pre-owned video games would include all of the content of a new video game." They also alleged that purchasing a used game and a new single-use code actually cost more than if they had purchased a new $60 game.
The plaintiffs claim that GameStop knew "DLC was not included with the purchase of pre-owned games, but did not reveal this fact to plaintiffs." They also allege that GameStop "induced" them to purchase used games by stating that its "used game trade program creates value for customers" and by printing savings on receipts.
Those seeking fund-matching through Ouya must meet submission guidelines by contacting the console manufacturer prior to initiating the Kickstarter drive, which can run anywhere after August 9, 2013 until August 10, 2014, and agree to six-month exclusivity.
Eligible games will get a quarter of their cash once the Kickstarter campaign has ended, then half of the promised total once the game launches on Ouya. The remaining quarter of owed payment will be granted after that six-month exclusivity has expired. The qualifying game that raises the most cash through Kickstarter will receive an additional $100,000 on top of what Ouya has agreed to match.
One adorable kitten photo at the very least, that's what. What's everyone playing?
The Virtuix Omni is an omni-directional treadmill that, when combined with Oculus Rift, aims to offer the most immersive virtual reality gaming experience to date. $500 will snag you one treadmill with special belt, shoes and tracking hardware and software. The "Duel Deluxe" package for $1,020 will net you two treadmills and aforementioned accouterments, plus a third pair of the special shoes. Shipping costs (this thing is heavy) will be incurred when the Virtuix Omni is delivered in March 2014.
When the Virtuix Omni began its Kickstarter pledge drive, the device was only seeking $150,000 - that goal was exceeded in the first day alone. After 30 days, the Virtuix Omni was able to secure over $1.1 million in crowdfunding.
The switch from Point cards to Gift Cards is set to take place sometime late this year, although whether that is indicative of when the currency conversion firmware update is slated to hit remains to be seen. Existing MS Point cards and codes will continue to be honored "until further notice" – any redeemed after the switch will be converted to "an amount of local currency equal to or greater than the Marketplace value of those points."
Activision put together a little video tour of the fourth and final DLC pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, dubbed "Apocalypse." It's well worth watching if only to see a zombie inside of a mechanized battle suit, but we suppose it's also relevant context on the history of these additional multiplayer maps and background on the new Zombie variant, Origins.
Apocalypse will be available first on Xbox 360 come August 27. After a bout of timed exclusivity, the DLC will then become available on PS3 and PC.
Wasteland 2 earned a whopping $2,933,252 on Kickstarter in April 2012, and its beta program was recently delayed to October, its initial launch date. Wasteland will still be free for all Wasteland 2 Kickstarter backers, and inXile has not named a price for the stand-alone version of the game.
Beatbuddy paddles through his six-level journey by the guide of a joystick, treading forward with the tap of a button. Players swim from one blocked pathway to the next, defending themselves with simplistic attacks and earning advancement by conquering environmental puzzles. Hauling energy sources to powerless doors or navigating clusters of detached chambers to progress through a level are common tasks. Vehicle sections with a lovably dense sidekick, Clef, add variety by letting you blow through debris and larger enemies with a chain gun, but the game is solely about conquering puzzles to advance, regardless of your transportation.
Sony lost more than $3.5 billion in 2007 and 2008 thanks to the PS3's initial cost; it launched in November 2006 for $599 and didn't become profitable until late 2011. Even after the company cut manufacturing costs with the introduction of the slim model, it still lost roughly $40 per system as of December 2009.
Sony's plan this time around involves lower development costs at the outset. "The amount of investment is much, much smaller," Chief Financial Officer Masaru Kato said, pointing to Sony's PC-like design decisions for the PS4. The system was announced in February, and will hit retail shelves this holiday season for $399.
"We're putting together a team as I type this, an Ocean's 11 kind of thing," he wrote on the PlayStation Blog. "We are searching the world high and low for the best of the BEST to come and be on the ground floor of this endeavor."
Balrog joined Sony's Santa Monica Studios in 2003 as animation director on the original God of War. His most recent work involved directing cinematics on Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot.
Japan received a price cut for the system in February, which was followed by Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida saying that North American players would not see the same price drop. Whether this ad indicates a permanent price drop is on the way is unclear, though it's just a matter of time before we know for sure; the ad is reportedly for the week of August 18 through August 24.
This means that, so long as the owner of the Xbox One is a Gold subscriber, other people in the household will be able to have their own accounts and Gamertags, without having to sacrifice access to Gold-level services such as online multiplayer, DVR functionality and so forth. Gold privileges will also follow subscribers to other people's Xbox Ones, so if you have a Gold account and visit a friend who doesn't, you'll both be able to use Gold features for as long as you're logged in on their console.
Microsoft also announced that similar functionality will be applied to digital versions of Xbox One games. When someone purchases and downloads a game onto their console, every one of that console's users will also have access to that game, regardless of whether the person who purchased it is signed in (Xbox 360 games work similarly now). Similarly, every game you've purchased digitally will be available to you on any Xbox One that you sign in on.
The game features four characters: Sackboy from the LittleBigPlanet series, Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series, Cole MacGrath from the InFamous series and Kat from Gravity Rush. Those four characters tackle four mini-games in which players collect Coke Zero "orbs," which are then used to unlock "Make it Possible" moves.
PlayStation All-Stars Island is available now for free through the iOS App Store and Google Play store.
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