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With Drakengard 3 (Or Drag-On Dragoon 3 depending on your location) set to launch in Japan in three days, Square Enix has released one final trailer–an “advertisement movie”–to entice players to jump into the world of Drakengard.
The trailer focuses on both story and gameplay, but with an emphasis on stronger single enemies versus platoons of weaker enemies like the previous games. Players can also take to the skies to set foes on fire with their dragon ally.
As a big fan of the original Drakengard (and Drakengard 2 to a lesser extent), I can’t wait to get back to hacking and slashing said foes.
Drakengard 3 will hit Japanese shores on Dec. 19 and will be reaching North America and Europe later in 2014.
Jump ahead to see Drakengard 3 in action.
Cafés are the perfect place to sit back and relax. But what if you wanted something a bit… darker? And more soulful?
From Software has teamed up with Oz Café to bring a Dark Souls-themed café to the residents of Tokyo. For a limited time, fans of Dark Souls can come in and enjoy a life-giving Estus Flask, Successors of the Sun, Fireball (the pyromancy spell, not the drink) and a Soul Spear, among other similarly-themed dishes and drinks.
The conversion of the Oz Café is set to open on Jan. 6, 2014, with plans to further expand the café once Dark Souls II gets released in March next year.
The addition of another videogame-themed cafe simply adds one more reason to my list of why I want to visit Japan.
King Dedede has seen his role in the Kirby series constantly changed from an antagonistic role to that of an ally. But this time around, the King takes a ‘Princess Peach’ approach and becomes the kidnapped victim.
Nintendo has updated the official Kirby: Triple Deluxe website with new information, screenshots and videos, detailing more of what we can expect of the world and story.
With over 20 power-ups available to copy from enemies, Kirby: Triple Deluxe has players suck up enemies while climbing a giant beanstalk-like “world tree.” The game’s antagonist, Taranza, resides on top of the world-tree in an area called Floarald.
Peach got a playable role in Super Mario 3D World, with fairies being those in need of saving. And now suddenly King Dedede is powerless as well. Seems like Nintendo is enjoying reversing the roles during the “Year of Luigi.”
Kirby Triple Deluxe is set to launch in Japan on Jan. 11, 2014.
If Konami gets its way, Skullgirls will soon disappear from Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.
As the publishers of the game, Konami has asked both Microsoft and Sony to take the game off of their respective services. This has happened following a fallout in the relationship between Konami and Skullgirls developer Lab Zero.
Unfortunately, Lab Zero only got whiff of the news from Sony after the takedown request was approved.
The de-listings are set for Dec. 17 on PSN and Dec. 31 on XBLA. Lab Zero is currently hard at work getting a build of a game through quality assurance to show to possible publishers, Autumn Games, Marvelous AQL and CyberFront. This new build would reassure the game’s availability on consoles.
While it’s currently unclear if the game will still be playable after getting de-listed, Sony has told players not to worry about having to re-purchase the game or losing it.
Sony has said that people won’t have to re-buy the game through the store, but because this has not happened before nobody knows exactly how the transition will work. Also, this should not remove the game from your hard drive if you already have it, but may or may not cause netplay issues.
Hopefully this gets resolved quickly so fans of the series can continue to enjoy brawling.
An image has surfaced on the internet showcasing six easy steps to enable Xbox 360 backwards compatibility on Xbox One. And as many other things on the internet, it’s a lie.
The six steps gets Xbox One users to reach the developer console and add a line into the code that will endlessly make the Xbox One reboot itself, leading to a bricked and unplayable console.
This is very similar to how people were tricked into deleting their system32 files on their PC to make it “run faster.” Like anything else, if it sounds too good, it probably is. So keeps your wits sharp and always research.
If you’re not sick of getting classic titles remade in 3D yet, there’s two more coming your way – Sonic The Hedgehog and Altered Beast. These two titles are just the beginning of this week’s digital roundup.
Nintendo has been having a good run with its weekly ‘favorite gaming friends’ sale. Coming up to the last week of it, you can get various Donkey Kong titles for a fraction of their regular price. Donkey Kong 3 was also added to the 3DS Virtual console this week.
Escape Plan has made its way to the PlayStation 4, joining alongside other PlayStation 3 and Vita titles such as flOw and Flower. It has received a few updates that make it look and play better on the big screen.
If racing is your thing, you can get Grid 2 for free through PlayStation Plus. I thoroughly enjoyed the first game, but have yet to play the sequel.
There’s plenty more on the digital scene this week. Make the jump to see the complete list.
Since the launch of the Compact Disc in 1982, jewel cases and all cases thereafter always had one constant variable: the inserts, including the cover and/or instruction manual would be situated on the left and the disc would sit comfortably on the right.
We’re all used to opening our cases like this. It’s like second nature to us at this point. But then Microsoft decides to throw us for a loop with the Xbox One and revels against this long-standing status-quo.
Open up an Xbox One game case and you will instantly feel alienated. The scene you’re used to seeing has been totally flipped around. The disc now lays on the left side while any instruction manuals, codes or other papers are on the right.
What the hell, Microsoft?
With the launch of Gran Turismo 6 coming soon, Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi has received the honor of having a street named after him in Spain.
That’s right. The creator of the long running racing videogame series has his own street. You can find the “Paseo de Kazunori Yamauchi in the city of Ronda as a walkway near the Puente Nuevo bridge.
In similar news, a road in Australia has been named “Gran Turismo Drive” in the town of Bathurst, home of the Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit, which makes an appearance in Gran Turismo 6.
“We are extremely proud to be acknowledged by the City of Bathurst for the years of dedication we have invested in recreating Mount Panorama in Gran Turismo 6. Since its inception 15 years ago, Gran Turismo has listened to fan feedback and added extra features so that we now offer 1,200 cars and 33 circuits from all across the world. It seems only right that the legendary Mount Panorama circuit is included as fans will now have a chance to drive one of the toughest tracks out there. With Mount Panorama immortalized in the Gran Turismo series, it is now truly remarkable to see GT immortalized on The Mount itself.”
Which game will we see next as a street? Monster Hunter Avenue? Pokémon Road? Let us know what game you would like see become a street in the comments below.
Modding can be rewarding for both the creator and the players. And no one knows this better than Alexander Velicky.
Velicky spent over 2,000 hours creating Falskaar, a mod that adds an entire new land to experience with 20+ hours of gameplay. His work was focused on getting the attention of Bethesda, hoping to land a job with them. While he got plenty of attention from gamers and the mod community, it was ultimately Bungie that took him under their wing as an associate designer.
Velicky chronicled his experiences on Bethesda’s blogs and thanking the community for their support.
“I set my sights on a professional design job pretty early. I lowered my head, charged forward, and rarely looked back. Of course, I ensured what I was doing had a reasonable chance for success from time to time. But the most surprising of all, is who I’ve ended up with.”
“I applied to many companies, and Bungie was in my ‘huge company that will completely ignore me’ category. Well, they didn’t and look what it got me. Bungie is an awesome company with an amazing team, and I’m very lucky that they’ve decided to give me a chance. Never be afraid to try. I spent the time it took to apply and the rewards are proving to be greater than I could have possibly imagined.”
This shows that plenty of hard work can get anyone their dream job no matter the company.
It’s happening. Cat Mario and cat gang are now available in all their feline splendor on Super Mario 3D World. We imagine that pouncing around the world and enemies as two Italian plumbers, a princess and a mushroom dressed up in cat attire is unbelievably cute.
And if that’s not enough Nintendo goodness, two more big titles were released on 3DS. First off, 3DS users can return to Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, which is more or less a sequel to the SNES’ A Link to the Past. If making (or breaking) friendships is more of your style, then Mario Party: Island Tour may be for you.
The first piece of single player downloadable content for The Last of Us, entitled Left Behind will soon be getting its first single player downloadable content soon, and it’s now available for preorder on PSN. What’s interesting about this DLC is that it dives more into Ellie’s story and even includes her friend Riley, which up until now only appeared in the Dark Horse comic, The Last of Us: American Dreams.
As always, make the jump to see this week’s downloadable content.