Category: Xbox 360
The HD ports of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie have been re-released today as a discounted bundle deal on the North American and European Xbox Live Arcade.
Dubbed the Banjo Games Bundle, the pack will run you $14.99. The standalone releases of the games still curiously go for $14.99 each, which makes it pretty silly to buy the games individually at this point.
Released back in 1998, Banjo-Kazooie is a much-loved Rare-developed N64 3D platformer that went on to have an N64 sequel in 2000. The third entry, 2008’s Nuts & Bolts was a controversial sequel that featured a bigger focus on vehicle creation than on the classic platforming found in the previous two games.
In any case, $15 for HD up-rezzed versions of some of my favorite 3D platformers is a damn good deal. I’d even go so far as to say that HD ports like Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark are the reason I even bought an Xbox 360 in the first place.
Get over here… onto the Internet at least.
Ed Boon, creative director for NetherRealm Studios, announced Mortal Kombat X‘s release today on Twitter.
The game was initially leaked through a number of retail channels, such as Amazon UK (which has since removed the listing), but nothing was formalized until Boon and Warner Bros. Games posted the trailer online earlier this morning.
According to Boon, “Mortal Kombat has always been about over-the-top, visceral fighting and with Mortal Kombat X we wanted to utilize the power of new-gen consoles to give players our most intense game yet. The team has worked hard to make sure Mortal Kombat X delivers everything fans expect along with new characters, new game modes and an all new graphics engine.”
The trailer features two of the main characters Sub-Zero and Scorpion in an all-out slugfest typical of the MK franchise with upgraded graphics that define every bone-breaking hit. Though it doesn’t outright feature in-game fighting, the graphics detail what fans can expect from Boon and company.
Mortal Kombat X is scheduled to release in 2015 for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
Check out the announcement trailer after the break.
Telltale Games announced yesterday that their pair of ongoing point-and-click adventure games The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us will make their way onto the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Though both versions were accidentally listed for a June 17 release on GameStop’s website back in April, the company behind the critically lauded serials has yet to provide an actual release date.
The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series – Season One, The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series – Season Two and The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series will come to both Microsoft and Sony’s latest platforms “later this year.”
The first season of The Walking Dead has already made its way onto the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, as well as a number of other platforms.
All three titles will be available digitally on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, as well as in a physical release.
In celebration of Final Fantasy XI‘s 12 year anniversary, Square Enix has released new free content for players of the MMO to enjoy.
Square Enix updates many parts of the game, including new Seekers of Adoulin missions, the addition of the “Mog Wardrobe,” a storage functionality that gives players more bag slots for storage. The update also features new weapons, mission battlefields and the ability to have Maat and Gessho as alter egos. Interested players can find more information and other functionalities introduced to the game at the announcement thread in the FFXI forums.
Final Fantasy XI was originally released 12 years ago for PlayStation 2, but has since moved to PC and the Xbox 360. While many fans of the franchise have gone on to play newer FF titles, this older game is still going strong. Looks like Square is seeking to renew interest in XI, in hopes that gamers can find a glimmer of hope in revisiting Vana’diel and draw in new fans as well.
Check out the video by hitting the jump.
According to a statement released by Ubisoft, Far Cry 4 will be coming to PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on Nov. 18th.
The game will take place in a fictitious Himalayan region named Kyrat, which the publisher’s press release describes as “perilous and wild…struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king.”
The latest entry to the open world FPS franchise is being developed by a multitude of Ubisoft’s studios, although Ubisoft Montreal is taking lead on the project. According to their most recent financial report, Ubisoft hopes that Far Cry 4 will be “among the top 10 best-selling games of the year.”
“Following the success of Far Cry 3, we wanted to take the franchise to the next level and create a game that will surprise players and exceed fans’ expectations,” said Dan Hay, Executive Producer. “Given the unique setting, we feel Far Cry 4 will stand out as a top first-person shooter and we’re eager to reveal more about the game in the coming months.”
Ubisoft will be offering the public’s first look at the game during their E3 conference, which is scheduled for Monday, June 9 at 3 p.m. PST.
Those who pre-order the game will receive an exclusive collection of single player missions featuring Far Cry 3’s Hurk, along with his signature “Impaler” harpoon gun.
More information can be found at the newly redesigned Far Cry website.
Based on feedback since the Xbox One’s release, Microsoft Game Studios’ Corporate Vice President Phil Spencer announced some large changes to the Xbox One and Xbox Live program starting next month.
Perhaps the largest bombshell to come out of today’s announcement is the fact that there will be a version of the Xbox One that will sell without the Kinect for $399. The lesser-priced console will still have all the same playability as other Xbox One models, but will lack any Kinect functionality.
Xbox has confirmed that this does not mean that Xbox One models with the Kinect will be discontinued, however.
Along with the pricing changes, Xbox announced some other new features being brought to Xbox Live.
Deals with Gold, a program that allows Xbox Gold members on the Xbox One to get discounts and free games will be launching in June. In the program, users will have access to 50 to 75 percent discounts on select titles. The first two titles up for grabs with deep discounts attached to them will be Forza Motorsport 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome.
To celebrate the changes coming to Xbox, Microsoft said Xbox 360 Gold members will ring in the first anniversary of the Games with Gold program by getting an additional free game next month. The free games for June will include Dark Souls, Charlie Murder and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. Games with Gold for the Xbox One will be: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault.
Lastly, any Xbox community member, Gold or otherwise, will be able to have access to built-in gaming entertainment apps like Twitch, Machinima, Netflix and other featured entertainment outlets.
Further details about what specifically will be changing both for Gold and Regular members of the Xbox 360 and Xbox One communities are available at Xbox’s website.
During their first quarter earnings report today, representatives from Activision Blizzard announced that Bungie’s quasi-MMO shooter Destiny will be heading into public beta this July.
According to Reuters, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said the company is expecting to spend a grand total of $500 million on development, marketing and other related costs in an effort to establish Destiny as a money-making franchise that’s on par with Bungie’s iconic Halo series.
By contrast, Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V cost Take-Two Interactive more than $260 million dollars from development to release.
Provided the game will sell at a suggested retail price of at least $60, Activision would need to sell approximately 16 million copies to break even.
A recent hands-on preview of the game has left some in the press uneasy about Destiny’s ability to set itself apart from other sci-fi shooters, which may not bode well for Activision’s desire to position the game into a ten year franchise.
We won’t know for sure if Activision has struck gold until it releases for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on Sept. 9.
Those of you hoping to brave the treacherous confines of the Lost Bastille as “shiznits,” the fearless Temple Knight may be disappointed to know that your name is going to get censored when playing Dark Souls II online on Steam.
Dark Souls II fan Rick came up with a list of character names that will automatically be censored by asterisks when viewed by other players. For the most part, the censorship makes sense, as it tries to block out as many unnecessary and highly offensive sexual, racial and homophobic terms as possible.
The full list can be viewed on Pastebin, although I do warn you that it contains some incredibly inappropriate language and potential trigger words. You’ve been warned.
When I initially saw censored character names in my time with Dark Souls II, I was under the impression that it was done as an option to protect players’ identities or to simply make things more mysterious for those playing. Now, I’ve come to the realization that I’m apparently just witnessing the immaturity of some people who play it.
While we’re all busy with Spring cleaning as the weather warms up, Rockstar Games has been working on a slew of updates for Grand Theft Auto Online.
First up next week is the “Capture Creator,” which will let players make their own capture jobs with detailed, customizable variables such as pick-up locations, weaponry and locations. As usual, the best user-made games will get the coveted “Rockstar Verified” status.
The “High Life” update is also on its way. Players will now have a wider variety of high-end apartment options and will be able to own two distinct properties at once, meaning we can now potentially own up to 20 vehicles. The extra garage space will also come in handy, as three new vehicles and one new motorcycle will be showing up in Los Santos. Other updates include the addition of a Bullpup Rifle, new clothing and the new Mental State player statistic. Now you can have a better idea of how relaxed or crazy the players you’re playing with really are. The long awaited co-operative heists are also set to come out soon.
Later this year, we can expect to see more holiday-themed updates and Store Mode DLC. Later updates will also include changes brought on by community feedback, such as the addition of non-contact race options, getting Lester to make the cops turn a blind eye on your crimes, bonus rank points for players who leave feedback on jobs and higher payouts for certain game modes with less than four players. Cheaters should also beware as Rockstar will be breaking down on players who used RP exploits.
These updates should keep the murder and mayhem of Grand Theft Auto Online fresh and enjoyable. I especially enjoy the idea of the extra property and garage space above all.
It’s been an overly long period of guessing games and teases, but Capcom has finally announced that Decapre will be the final new character in Ultra Street Fighter IV.
Announced via the official Capcom Fighters livestream, Decapre, from Russian origin, is one of “The Dolls,” which are comprised of teenage girls who were captured by Shadaloo and brainwashed to serve as assassins and bodyguards under M. Bison. Other notable characters who fit under this umbrella include Cammy, Juni and Juli (the latter two originating from Street Fighter Alpha 3).
Decapre has never been featured as a playable fighter before, however she has made brief appearances in Street Fighter Alpha 3 in addition to some of UDON’s Street Fighter comics.
Check out the newly-revealed trailer of Decapre after the break.