North American fans of Square Enix’s seminal role-playing series Final Fantasy got a glimpse into what a little extra cash can get them this March, as info on the PlayStation 3 collector’s edition of Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster was unveiled earlier today.
Sold exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store, the collector’s edition comes with a hardcover artbook, five lithographs of featured artwork and characters and a Blu-Ray comprised of “over six hours of music” from the Final Fantasy X HD Remaster soundtrack juxtaposed with scenes from the game.
Along with the two games of course, the whole shebang will set you back $79.99.
Square Enix said in a press release that the collection shown today was exclusive to North America and that it may not be what other territories will get on March 18.
As for the Vita version, Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster will be sold as a bundle, with the former being sold on a game card, while the latter will be offered as a download.
You better not pout. You better not cry. The group of robbers from Payday 2 are taking your cash no matter how hard you try – in a new downloadable heist released today on Steam.
Like the last free add-on to Overkill Software’s sequel to Payday: The Heist, The “Charlie Santa” Heist has four players working together to rob a bank based on a map in Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
Along with the new mission, Payday 2 users get a free weapon modification. Those who join the game’s official Steam community also get access to a free (and kinda creepy) Santa mask.
Nine new achievements are also included in the free update.
Like the rest of Payday 2, there are mainly two ways players can tackle their act of grand larceny, but even the best laid plans usually fall apart when the game starts throwing wave after wave of cops and SWAT members in.
You can check out a trailer featuring the DLC after the break.
While eSports fanatics and some of the more prominent competitive Street Fighter players battled it out earlier today in the San Francisco Bay Area at the Capcom Cup, Capcom officials unveiled two new modes that will be included in Ultra Street Fighter IV.
One of the modes, called Online Training Mode, will allow players to practice online with people around the world. Given that the game has been “finely-tuned” and “rebalanced” according to Capcom, the ability to reacquaint oneself to the game’s nuances any time could be a welcome addition to anyone looking to compete at a higher level.
Along with giving players a new tool to hone their skills, USF4 will also come with a new competitive mode called Team Battle Mode. In this mode, players choose three characters to go into battle with. After every round, the losing player gets a fresh character to fight with, while the winner gets a small amount of health back for his current fighter. The match goes on until only one fighter is left standing.
These modes, along with the inclusion of Poison, Elena, Rolento and a “secret, all-new playable characters” are just part of what Capcom is describing as the “definitive version” of the hit arcade fighter from 2008.
You can check out the latest batch of screenshots here, as well as the most recent trailer after the jump.
As previously reported, Ultra Street Fighter IV will be available as a digital upgrade for Super Street Fighter IV or Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition starting this June for $14.99. Two months later, a retail version of the game will be available in stores and on PC for $39.99 and $29.99 respectively. PC users can also purchase a digital upgrade in August for $14.99 if they choose.
If you’re one of the many, many people that finished Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, then you probably have a deep connection with the Season Two protagonist, Clementine. You’ve already gone through so much with her. You wanted to keep her safe.
No matter how successful you were, however, that doesn’t mean her return later this month will be any more heart-wrenching, as evidenced in a recent Vine post from the future Tales from the Borderlands developer.
As usual, we’ve decided to put the following content past the jump so people who haven’t finished the game *cough-Karen-cough* can have their feels rended from their chests.
…Cheer up, Clem.
Three new characters will be made available for the multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag tomorrow, bringing the likes of the infamous Blackbeard and two other exotic killers to the already burgeoning list of ne’er-do-wells.
Titled Blackbeard’s Wrath, the first add-on for Black Flag adds the notorious pirate Blackbeard, a Chinese assassin named The Orchid and The Jaguar, an Aztec warrior to both co-op and competitive multiplayer.
The add-on pack will be available on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC tomorrow for $2.99, though anyone with the Season Pass for ACIV will get it for free.
The news that Metal Gear fans have been waiting for is finally here: Kojima Productions’ Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes will be touching down on March 18, 2014 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
In addition to this, Konami has announced that Xbox 360 and One users will be getting their own exclusive DLC in the form of the “Jamais Vu” mission, in which players assume the role of cyborg ninja Raiden and are tasked with taking down “snatchers” that inhabit the bodies of guards and steal their identities. It’s no Snatcher sequel, but it’s something.
Keep in mind that PS3 and PS4 users will get their own exclusive DLC, entitled “Deja Vu,” which has players assume the role of a pixelated PS1-era Solid Snake (sans PS1-era voice acting). This was announced back at Sony’s glitzy PS4 launch event in New York City last month.
As previously reported, the Xbox One and PS4 versions will be strictly digital titles for $29.99, whereas the PS3 and Xbox 360 iterations will have a $19.99 digital version and a $29.99 physical copy.
In an attempt to decipher the tons of data emanating from gamers playing worldwide, both US and British intelligence agencies reportedly spied on gamers worldwide that participated in MMOs such as Second Life and World of Warcraft.
As part of the disclosures made by the Snowden documents, ProPublica, The New York Times and The Guardian reported today that the NSA and CIA monitored online transactions and gameplay to ferret out any high-value targets who may have been using the games to conduct illicit terrorist acts.
While the subsequent spying failed to reveal any targets of worth, the prevalence of gameplay around the world allowed for intelligence agencies to recruit informants. Plans to monitor these channels went back as far as a 2008 top secret NSA document, where officials warned about the dangers of such open-channel communications and highlighted their value as a “target-rich communication network,” according to ProPublica.
Though the surveillance did not yield any substantial successes, the developers behind WoW were not warned nor asked for permission to sift through the plethora of accounts. Details still remain murky as to how this surveillance helped, but gamers voice their concerns repeatedly on forums about being spied on by officials.
There is no word as to whether or not these current tactics are employed.
Both ProPublica and NYT are discussing the story as of 2 p.m. ET in an online chat to address further concerns via Twitter.
There’s nothing I can type right now that can really convey my excitement for what was just shown at Spike TV’s VGX just a few minutes ago.
Hello Games, the people behind Joe Danger, are making an entirely procedural space exploration/space combat game called No Man’s Sky.
Seriously, watch the trailer after the jump. I want it yesterday.
Prepare all the “Winter is Coming” memes. Telltale Games has confirmed the previously rumored news that they will be creating yet another episodic game based on the Game of Thrones.
Though the series is still under development, Telltale CEO & Co-Founder Dan Connors said their take on Westeros will be based on the hit HBO television series.
“It’s a rich world and the show has interpreted it very well. We’re taking advantage of the fiction to make something great,” Connors said.
Whether or not you’ve read the books or watched the show, you know fans of the series are incredibly dedicated to the works of George R.R. Martin and his dubious penchant for killing beloved characters.
While none of the series’ characters have been confirmed for the presumably point-and-click adventure series, Connors said they will be looking to mimic some of the series’ overarching themes of political intrigue and betrayal.
“We’re so much about consequence and that’s what we do – we’re all about consequence,” Connors said.
Earlier tonight, Telltale was involved in another major announcement, with its reveal of Tales from the Borderlands. Say what you will about the production values (or lack thereof) of the Spike TV’s VGX, but it’s been a massively huge show for the folks behind The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us.
No platforms have been revealed as of yet, but the Game of Thrones episodic series will reportedly be releasing next year.
Whoa. Just whoa.
Tonight’s VGX Awards on Spike TV got off to a big start, with the reveal of a new collaboration between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software called Tales from the Borderlands.
The game will primarily feature new characters not already involved with the Borderlands series, but Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said some familiar faces from both games may make an appearance.
As a primarily Telltale Games jam, the series will be episodic romp in Pandora that will rely heavily on the player’s decision.
According to Pitchford, Gearbox Studios and Telltale Games met at last year’s Video Game Awards and decided to collaborate shortly after.
“One of the neat things about Pandora…is it’s a rich place,” Pitchford said. “When [Telltale] said they wanted to do something with this, we sort of gave them the keys to the kingdom.”
No release date or potential platforms for this new series has been announced. You can check out the trailer after the break.
With Season Two of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead on the horizon and The Wolf Among Us getting its second episode soon, it’s looking like Telltale’s going to have an awesome year.
What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.