Since its initial announcement, Capcom has been very active with promoting Ultra Street Fighter IV, providing a steady stream of information about the upcoming title.
Location tests have been happening over the last few weeks and now they’ve released some solid information about the release of the game.
Ultra Street Fighter IV will be available as a digital upgrade from previous editions of the game starting this June for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $14.99.
Two months later in August, the game will be available in stores and on PC for $39.99 and $29.99 respectively. According to Capcom, all of the previously released alternate costumes will be available in the game. PC users can also purchase a digital upgrade in August for $14.99 if they choose.
This gives Capcom enough time to make changes based on the feedback they receive from the recent location tests, which have been well attended by the top players in the community. Also, it means that the game will be available a full month before EVO 2014 in July. In fact, EVO organizer Mr. Wizard announced today that the game will be appearing at the tournament next year, thanks to the release timing.
To check out Ultra Street Fighter IV, make sure to watch the upcoming Capcom Cup tournament on Dec. 14 or this weekend’s Northeast Championships.
Capcom still hasn’t revealed the fifth new character to the title so one can only hope there’s an announcement on that front soon.
It’s been rumored for months now but Square Enix has released the Playstation classic, Final Fantasy VIII on Steam.
Say what you will about the game but it did represent a large step forward for the series when it was originally released back in 1999. It features another excellent soundtrack, a revamped summon system called Guardian Forces, the unique yet flawed Junction system and a heavy focus on story, as usual. In fact, these things would prove to be very divisive among fans and make Final Fantasy VIII one of the most controversial titles in the series.
This re-release will allow players to reexamine the title and I’m curious to see if opinions will change 14 years later.
To potentially help sway public opinion, this new package includes some changes from the original title, much like the re-release of Final Fantasy VII a few months back.
The most important addition, according to Square Enix, is Chocobo World, which will be familiar to those who either played the original PC release of the game or owned a PocketStation in Japan. In it, you play as Boko the Chocobo and run around fighting battles and collecting items. These items can be transferred to Final Fantasy VIII and provide unique bonuses to players.
For example, I played a lot of the PC version when it was released and, thanks to a rare item drop in Chocobo World, got Quistis’s best limit break in Disc 2.
Also added in the re-release is “Magic Booster,” which lets players get 100 of the most common spells in the game from the menu, Steam Cloud support and Steam achievements.
The game is available on Steam starting today for $11.99. Check out the launch trailer after the break and decide if you have 100+ hours to dedicate to this classic RPG.
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.
Dear guy playing as Mario at Nintendo’s Super Mario 3D World demo kiosk in New York Comic Con 2013,
Let me regale you with a tale of a phenomenon I’d like to call ”The Contra Effect.” Having originated in 1987, this effect occurs in a co-operative game in which one player moves farther ahead of his or her partner. As a result, the screen moves forward, causing the player who’s lagging a little behind to easily get caught up in a bottomless pit and subsequently lose a valuable life.
With this newest entry in the Super Mario Bros. series, you have unveiled yourself as a fetid propagator of that phenomenon. And you need to stop pretending like you don’t know what I’m talking about.
Everyone and his or her mother are undoubtedly psyched for Batman: Arkham Origins, but that news overshadowed something that piqued my interest just a tad more than that: its Blackgate spin-off.
Arkham Origins Blackgate works as a portable companion game to Arkham Origins, existing solely on handhelds and being set three months after the events of its bigger console brother.
While both the Vita and 3DS versions were available to play at New York Comic Con’s show floor, I thought I’d see how the 3DS one fared, especially given its lower visual fidelity when pitted against the Vita.
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a Strider game: 13 years, in fact.
News of a reboot of the series came out of left field for many San Diego Comic Con goers this past summer, and while some fans may be hesitant about it given developer Double Helix’s track record, I knew I had to try it out myself to see how it holds up.
Admittedly, I fall into the camp of people who are more familiar with Strider Hiryu’s presence in the Marvel vs. Capcom series then in his arcade and console past. Nevertheless, the premise is easy to grasp: Strider is an assassin hellbent on taking out the villainous Grandmaster Meio, and so you dash, jump and slice your way through his forces in a gracefully fast-paced manner.
As I bounded through the fields of Nova Crystalia, saber in hand and the weight of the world on my shoulders, I thought back to the games that lead up to the end of Lightning’s story in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
Whether you’ve learned to accept its constantly evolving gameplay or not, the Final Fantasy XIII series-within-a-series is an unusual saga, where the exploits of a rosy-haired l’Cie have morphed into the overarching story of one woman’s quest to restore a world where time and space have unraveled.
With just weeks before Japanese fans get to see the Fabula Nova Crystalis line of Final Fantasy games edge closer to an end, I came to grips with the impending finality and had some hands-on time with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII at New York Comic Con.
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.”
I should probably preface this preview by saying that I have yet to play any of the classic Thief games, although they do sit all on their lonesome in my Steam library.
Nevertheless, I do recognize them as pioneers of the stealth genre that weave steampunk into a dark environment filled with precious loot ripe for swiping.
Given the ten-year dearth of anything Thief-related, Eidos Montreal is not considering this newest entry as a sequel or remake of the previous games. This current and next-gen title is more of a reimagining, taking parts of the older titles and mixing it in with new mechanics.
You still play as a master thief named Garrett, and you’re still craftily sneaking about a damp and decrepit environment, swiping any valuables you can find while fulfilling certain quests.
New Zealand based developer Grinding Gear Games announced today that their free-to-play action role-playing game Path of Exile will soon be emerging from it’s extended beta period and becoming a full fledged demon-slayer/shiny-loot-getter.
If you didn’t try the game during it’s ten month open beta phase, it’s definitely worth a look. Path of Exile feels like Diablo II in a few ways, featuring a dark atmosphere and a ton of character customization. The game’s Passive Skill Tree is huge and can be daunting for newcomers.
However, once you get the hang of it, it allows the player almost complete control over the development of their character. Path of Exile also features “skill gems,” which drop from monsters throughout the game and give characters their abilities and spells. These gems level up as you use them and offer a very interesting way to improve your character.
Path of Exile represents a sharp departure from the overall tone and depth in Diablo III, which was a major topic of discussion before and after the release of the game.
The game will be available on October 23 on Steam. Check out the release trailer for the game below for a peek at what to expect in the dark world of Wraeclast.