The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of Spelunky have received their first title update, bringing with it two important bug fixes along with a daily challenge.
One notable thing that the patch brings is a fix for the slowdown that occurs from busy levels. Another issue, which stopped players from earning certain trophies, has also been addressed.
The update also brings daily challenges. Every day, a complete set of levels will be generated and players only have one chance to complete the challenge. If you die, you’ll have to try again tomorrow with a new set of levels.
The Daily Challenge originally began on Aug. 8, when Spelunky got its PC re-release on Steam and is often livestreamed by players competing against each other for high scores.
The addition of this mode to the PS3 and Vita versions of Spelunky may not be big with livestreamers, but nevertheless it’s a great way to test your skills against friends and countless other players.
Source: PlayStation Blog
It’s been more than four years since The Last Guardian’s announcement at E3 2009, with still no release window in sight. And for that, the game’s creator Fumito Ueda apologizes.
In an interview with Edge in its latest issue, the director explained that he feels “terribly sorry” that he’s been keeping his audience waiting for so long. In that same token, he admits that his creative work for the game was done a long time ago and that the rest of the game’s production is out of his control.
The interview goes on to inquire about keeping the game’s staff motivated for such a long development period, in addition to his reasoning for leaving Sony and becoming a freelancer. While Ueda could not go more in-depth with Sony’s reaction to his departure from the company, he said he would love to spill all of those details in a post-mortem following the game’s release.
I get progressively sadder each year when Sony refuses to reveal any new snippets of the game at E3. With the PS4 having made its debut last weekend, who knows if The Last Guardian is really still being produced for PS3?
The fight hasn’t started yet, but Capcom is making sure the upcoming release of Ultra Street Fighter 4 remains fresh in the minds of fans everywhere.
The company behind the seminal fighting series announced release dates for the arcade and digital versions of the title, along with location tests and another new game mechanic.
If you live in Japan, you’re going to be able to get your hands on the completed new update in April 2014. You won’t have to wait too much longer if you live elsewhere, as Capcom claims that digital copies will be available before EVO in July. The game will also be open for public testing at various locations around Japan, Singapore and the US over the next two months. You can check out the list of locations and dates after the jump.
As to what is being tested out, Capcom announced another game mechanic to go along with Red Focus and Ultra Combo Double: Delay Standing. This lets players disrupt their opponent’s momentum by staying on the ground for an extra second after being knocked down. At high skill levels, this will help players deal with the heavy pressure from top tier characters like Cammy and Akuma.
There’s also some new information about the four characters making their way over from Street Fighter X Tekken. Elena will enjoy a strong mix-up game, while giant wrestler Hugo will be a force to be reckoned with in corners. Fan favorite Rolento is getting a Super move that he had in the Street Fighter Alpha series and Poison will do more damage than her previous incarnation while maintaining her zoning ability. The fifth new character is shrouded in mystery and remains the biggest surprise that Capcom is still keeping secret. Basically every other “secret” for this game has come out pretty quickly though so fans shouldn’t have to wait all that long.
Lightning Bolt Action title Metal Gear Rising Revengeance has gotten a price cut and its downloadable content has been made free, Konami has revealed.
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance has been lowered to $29.99 and its two DLC pieces, Jetstream and Blade Wolf, have been made free.
“The lower price point gives new fans the opportunity to experience the game at a reduced price, with the added bonus free DLC packs that lengthen the overall experience,” Konami said.
The action based spin-off of the series finds the cyborg ninja Raiden ripping through countless enemies in the Metal Gear universe. And for variety, the Jetstream DLC stars swordsman Samuel Rodriguez while the Blade Wolf DLC sees players take control of the robot dog LQ-84i.
Namco Bandai has confirmed that Soul Calibur II HD Online will be released worldwide on November 20th.
The refined fighting classic will be available via the Playstation Network and the XBLA. On either platform, the game will cost $19.99.
While Soul Calibur has had recent games, many consider the second installment to be the best in the series. The game first came out for Gamecube, PS2 and the original Xbox. Depending on the system, there was an additional guest character: Link for Gamecube, Heihachi for PS2 and Spawn for Xbox.
Namco Bandai has confirmed that in the online release, both Heihachi and Spawn will be available regardless of the console. Nintendo fans will still have to wait to see if the Hylian hero will return to the battle.
Back at EVO 2013, Capcom announced that a new update to the Street Fighter IV series would be coming in 2014. Enter Ultra Street Fighter IV.
The game will feature five additional characters, a ton of balance changes, the removal of un blockable setups and several new features that will change up gameplay. On Thursday, Capcom released a video with Senior Online Community Specialist Peter Rosas introducing two new mechanics: Ultra Combo Double and Red Focus.
Ultra Combo Double, affectionately dubbed “wultra” by the community, gives players the chance to use their character’s two Ultra Combos in exchange for damage. In a nutshell, it will allow characters like Zangief to cover multiple options with their Ultras instead of having to choose just one.
Albeit a bit more obscure, Red Focus–a heightened version of the series trademark mechanic the focus attack–enables characters to absorb one hit from an opponent and retaliate with a stun attack and a combo follow up. In theory, Red Focus would be especially critical for use against characters like Cammy, who lacks a quick focus breaker.
Still on the assembly line is the fifth newest character in Ultra Street Fighter IV which has yet to be revealed. And yet another new game mechanic, as teased by Lead Designer Yoshinori Ono recently at a Capcom Cup qualifier this weekend.
While the game is set for an early 2014 release, Capcom is doing some location tests to get fan feedback on the title. No locations have been set yet, but once they are listed we will post them.
On Oct. 24, Sony Computer Entertainment America has held a press conference in São Paulo, Brazil, where they announced that Gran Turismo 6 will be getting a long term partnership with the Ayrton Senna Institute non-profit organization.
“For us, it’s very special to have Ayrton as the main highlight of Gran Turismo 6. It represents victories that Brasil won far beyond just the sport. It’s the Brazilian spirit, perseverance among challenges, and victory achieved through great effort. Ayrton also represents the creative intelligence, courage, and solidarity with friends and strangers. These are values that we Brazilians cultivate and saw represented in the figure of that champion, which added to this a meticulous technique,” Viviane Senna, the sister of the late triple champion and president of the Ayrton Senna Institute said.
Players will be able to relive through Ayrton Senna’s racing career through online updates. Between 1984 and 1994, the Brazilian racer won three championships and 41 wins during his career.
After Ayrton Senna died in a racing accident, his sister, Viviane Senna, created the Ayrton Senna Institute” non-profit organization to carry on his brother’s hopes and dreams and helping the children of Brazil learn important life skills.
Kazunori Yamauchi himself has said during the press conference that Senna’s legacy has brought him where he is today.
“Ayrton Senna has always been my hero, and I’m honored to be able to work as a partner with the Ayrton Senna Institute which has carried on his legacy. If it wasn’t for Ayrton Senna, I don’t think the video game, Gran Turismo, would ever have been developed. Nothing makes me happier than to relay the gratitude of Ayrton Senna Foundation, to all the players of Gran Turismo 6.”
Earlier this week, Namco Bandai and Project Aces buzzed the tower with a new trailer depicting co-operative missions in Ace Combat Infinity.
The trailer shows two groups of four pilots going up against ground and air targets. Both groups – Alpha and Bravo – are working together towards the same goal, but are also competing against each other for the most kills and points. The team that performs best can receive special rewards. Missions still have clear ranks and pilots can be awarded ‘Most Valuable Player’.
Various airplane and weapon sets can be selected and every player gets a call sing and icon, such as Reaper or Colonel.
Locations and missions shown in the trailer includes Tokyo Martial Law, Aerospace Center Defense, Pipeline Destruction, Alps Air Corridor, Dubai Night Assault and Moby Dick Pursuit. Gameplay was also shown where pilots were given the task of shooting down meteorites.
And as Project Aces has shown before, battles can take place against various bosses from past games, including the Hrimfaxi, Stonehenge and Aigaion.
Make the jump to see the co-op trailer.
Hot on the heels of the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX (which we recently reviewed), Square Enix has announced that the sequel is coming to PlayStation 3 next year, aptly named Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX.
The upcoming HD collection will include the Final Mix versions of both Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, which were originally released on the PlayStation 2 and PSP respectively. As with the first HD collection, this marks the first time the Final Mix editions are available outside Japan. The game will also feature HD versions of the cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, which was originally available on the Nintendo DS.
As great as the first package was, this one promises to be even better. Kingdom Hearts II was widely considered to be a large improvement on the original in the gameplay department and features the particularly fun Drive system, which work similarly to the limit breaks from the Final Fantasy series. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep was also very well received at release and was previously only available on PSP. It fills in a lot of the back story for the series, which is helpful given the convoluted plot. In fact, with this release, players will have access to the entire Kingdom Hearts storyline on PS3 with the sole exception of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, which remains exclusive to Nintendo 3DS.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX will be available sometime in 2014 and you can check out the early trailer below. Assuming it follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, the package will feature revamped graphics and a metric ton of content to enjoy. Now we can hope that this release pattern continues and Kingdom Hearts III ends up coming out in 2015.
Dark Souls II fans, prepare to… read. Namco Bandai Games Europe and From Software has struck a deal with some big names in the comic industry to bring us a graphic novel tie-in to the dark fantasy series.
Dark Souls II: Into the Light is being written by Rob Williams and Andi Ewington and illustrated by Simon Coleby. The comic will be made available online for free while a limited print version will be created for certain editions of the game in certain countries. Namco Bandai will have more details about this at a later date.
Make the jump to watch a YouTube trailer and go “beyond the comic.”