Features

By Andrew Martins, April 6, 2014 0 Multiplatform, News

If you’ve been keeping up with Telltale Games’ foray into the odd and fanciful world of Fables with The Wolf Among Us, then it’s safe to say you’ve seen some pretty gnarly stuff. Especially after the last episode, titled “Smoke and Mirrors.”

The highly stylized murder mystery set in 80′s New York City is set to pick up once again in a couple days, as Telltale recently announced the release dates for the game’s third episode, “The Crooked Mile.

Starting this Tuesday, the next entry into the five-part series will release first on the PC, Mac and North American PlayStation 3 users. Xbox 360 and European PS3 users will get the episode on the following day.

Telltale also said the iOS version of the episode will also hit iTunes next week, though a specific date has yet to be announced.

As you can see in the especially spoilerific trailer found after the break, things are about to get heavy in Fabletown, as Bigby Wolf begins hunting down the number one suspect in a string of serial murders.

Those who purchased the Season Pass should expect the episode to automatically download once released. The episode itself will also be available for purchase separately for $4.99.

Be sure to check out the trailer after the break. Just be mindful of the MASSIVE SPOILERS.

By Allain Richard, April 5, 2014 0 News, Weekly Digital Roundup

Sneak in the shadows, spot your target and throw your wallet at it. This week’s digital releases is full of sneaky titles, classics and other sorts of craziness.

The Game Boy Advance has taken over the Wii U Virtual Console, beginning with Metroid FusionAdvance Wars and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga as our first three choices with many more to come. Patrick has some impressions in regards to that.

Steam recently had a sale on everything all Square Enix, but now GOG.com sneaked those savings onto their website. Now is your chance to get the best of the Thief, Hitman and Deus Ex series among others.

The free titles on both Microsoft and Sony’s end encompass a wide variety of choices for those who enjoy the more violent side of gaming. For the 2D fans, there is the fast action of Mercenary Kings and the survival horror of Deadlight. Those who prefer 3D titles can either choose the darker side of Hitman: Absolution or be the righteous saviour of Gotham in Batman: Arkham City.

There’s plenty more available as well this week, including Super Monkey Ball 3DBatman Origins: Blackgate Deluxe Edition and much more, so put on your sneaking gear and make the jump to view the rest of this week’s digital roundup.

GOG.com

Nintendo eShop

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

  • Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball
  • Super Monkey Ball 3D

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition

Virtual Console on Wii U

  • Metroid Fusion
  • Advance Wars
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Nintendo eShop Sale

  • Buy Dr. Mario, get $5 off Dr. Luigi in the Nintendo eShop for a limited time

Also new this week:

  • Evofish - (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

PlayStation Store

PS4 Pre-Orders

PS4 Games

PS3 Games

PS Vita Games

PS2 Classic

Apps

 Demos

  • Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition (PS3)
  • Fez (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  • EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (PS3)

PlayStation Plus

Instant Game Collection

Discounts

Title Plus Price Original Price
The Amazing Spider-Man (PS3) $19.79 $49.99
The Amazing Spider-Man DLC Bundle $4.49 $9.99
The Amazing Spider-Man Lizard Rampage Pack $1.79 $3.99
The Amazing Spider-Man Oscorp Search and Destroy $1.79 $2.99
The Amazing Spider-Man Rhino Challenge $1.79 $2.99
The Amazing Spider-Man Stan Lee Adventure Pack $1.79 $3.99
The Amazing Spider-Man (VITA) $19.99 $39.99
Obscure: The Aftermath $5.00 $9.99

Steam

Xbox Live Marketplace

Arcade

This Week’s Xbox Live Store Deals

Xbox 360

Content Title Content Type Discount %
WWE 2K14 Games on Demand 25%
Season Pass Add-On 50%
Ultimate Warrior Add-On 50%
WWE Legends and Creation Pack Add-On 50%
Undertaker – exclusive character Add-On 50%
WWE Superstars and Moves Pack Add-On 50%
n.W.o Pack Add-On 50%
Accelerator Add-On 50%
Online Pass Add-On 50%
Amazing Spider-Man Games on Demand 66%
Amazing Spider-Man Oscorp Search and Destroy Pack Add-On 66%
All Amazing Spider-Man Lizard Rampage Act Add-On 66%
Amazing Spider-Man Rhino Challenge Add-On 66%
Amazing Spider-Man Stan Lee Adventure Pack Add-On 66%

Discounts are valid now through 8 April 2014.

Games With Gold

By Allain Richard, April 5, 2014 0 News, PC

Tired of not being able to play with your friends because they chose to play on another server? Tread no more, megaservers are on their way.

Much like the matchmaking systems found in first-person shooters, ArenaNet’s Megaserver system will make it easier for players to join their friends and guildmates online regardless of what server they created their character on. The Megaserver system takes into consideration your party, guild, language and home world among others to place you in the version of that map that will give you the best experience. On average, there will be an estimated 225 percent increase in map population.

This system will ensure that each area is well populated with plenty of players, with new maps being opened up only when necessary.

That also means that there are no more overflow maps. All maps will have an equal player population, making world events equally playable no matter which map you are placed in. This in turns also means that any player will be able to find other adventurers to play with at any time. 

The Megaservers will be rolled out later this month starting with the Level 1-15 maps, main cities and the PvP lobby. After these areas are thoroughly tested and rendered stable, the Megaservers will then be activated across the whole of Tyria.

Source: Guild Wars 2 Official Site

By Allain Richard, April 4, 2014 0 News, PS3, Xbox 360

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.

By Pixelitis Staff, April 4, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

The Year of Luigi may have sadly come and gone like dust in the wind, but that only means that there’s a ray of hope for a bright future for another hero in Nintendo’s roster.

Like many Nintendo fans, we at Pixelitis don’t think that Nintendo should stop at Luigi. Now that the underrated plumber got his shot at glory through releases like New Super Luigi U and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, it’s time to usher forth another Nintendo character that deserves his or her own chance at the spotlight.

But who should the year of 2014 belong to? Let’s get to picking.


2014 should be the Year of Toad.

Mario-ToadForget Tingle. Forget Birdo.

When it comes to Nintendo, I don’t know that I know of a more recognizable mushroom head than Toad’s. There’s just something about that smile, the cheerful demeanor and the exuberant “OKAY!” he exclaims in Mario Kart. He’s a light and agile driver in Mario Kart, which made him a constant source of ire when playing against my friends.

I shook my fist at Toad whenever he’d give the awards to other characters in the first Mario Party and the subsequent sequels, but hey, it’s not his fault right?

That anthropomorphic mushroom has become a recognizable face in the Nintendo lineup, and when you think about it, that’s pretty damn awesome for the constantly captured assistant to Princess Peach. Toad has been a great help in various Mario games, and fairly upbeat every time.

Assistants always seem to get the raw end of the deal, so here’s a chance for Nintendo to celebrate the mushroomiest of them all.

- Karen Rivera

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2014 should be the Year of Wario

warioWhile part of me wants to give it to Waluigi, I don’t think anyone really wants to see that happen.

Wario on the other hand has a rich and bizarre history that warrants a year of celebrating.

Originating as an antagonist in Super Mario Land 2, Wario has since starred in his own series of games and has become an established anti-hero in the Mario canon.

While the Wario Ware series is a load of surrealist fun, the early Wario Land games for the Game Boy and Game Boy Color are up there as my favorite handheld platformers of all time. They have the Mario formula with an edgier tone. After all, you’re playing as the bad guy.

I’d love to see the gluttonous plumber return to Nintendo’s current gen both on the 3DS and the big screen. A reboot of the Wario Land games is up there in my dreams. What other game lets you tackle hamsters wearing viking helmets?

- Stephen Hilger

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2014 should be the Year of Tingle.

tingle-fashion-431Kooloo-Limpah! The eccentric, bright-nosed and pointy-bearded manchild of The Legend of Zelda series deserves a chance in the limelight.

Why, you ask? Yes, I know what you’re about to say: he’s a greedy rupee-coveting business man that tries to take advantage of Link’s money any chance he can get. Whether it’s asking for hand-outs in Majora’s Mask or requesting a ridiculous amount for that infamous Triforce quest in The Wind Waker, he’s been quite a pain in the derriere for many players.

But if DS title Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland’s canon is to be believed, Tingle’s got a pretty deep story to him. Yes, he aspires to be a fairy, but according to the game, Tingle is less a name and more a state of being; a sort of curse that can befall any human. Being a Tingle in Rosy Rupeeland means being enslaved by a money-hungry demon named Uncle Rupee, who forces the Tingle-ified person to gather as many rupees as possible to fuel his power. In doing so, the “Tingled” individual also becomes rupee-dependent, where being without rupees equals death.

Without going too much into the game’s story, the themes at play here are the divide between greed/egoism (as manifested by Uncle Rupee) and charity/altruism (represented by a benevolent Tingle and his team of fairies).

Now that you know how deep Tingle’s back-story is, making him a star in more games that touch upon this fascinating theme would make for a unique year for Nintendo, don’t you think?

- Patrick Kulikowski

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2014 should be the Year of Sonic.

sonic_ssbbYou know what? I’m just going to go out and say it. Sonic the Hedgehog is pretty much a Nintendo character at this point and he should get a year devoted to him.

I mean, think about it for a second. Sonic in the ’90s was the Generation X answer to Nintendo’s portly plumber and man, was he cool. From the Master System to the Dreamcast, the Blue Blur was a force to be reckoned with.

Fast forward to now. Sonic’s legacy has seen better days, thanks to poor decision-making by his higher ups. Sonic and the Black Knight?! Really?!?

Yet despite those horrific past releases, the speedy mascot has seen a resurgence because of his other appearances in Nintendo games. He’s gone toe-to-toe with Link in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and competed in foot races against Mario in various Olympics games.

Given the fact that Sega has apparently lost their vision for their once great mascot, I say we give him to Nintendo and let them at least try to salvage his name. Also take into account that Sonic recently got a controversial makeover and a new game/television show is slated for release later this year, and it makes perfect sense that 2014 should be his year.

After all – if being a second rate plumber with absolutely no chance to live up to his brother’s accomplishments is enough to dedicate a year in your name, then surely Sonic the Hedgehog deserves the next 12 months.

- Andrew Martins

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By Patrick Kulikowski, April 3, 2014 0 News, Wii U

After promising them for more than a year, Nintendo’s finally released its first batch of Game Boy Advance titles today on the Wii U Virtual Console.

So has it been worth the wait? I decided I’d find out by purchasing Advance Wars, one of the three games made available today (the others being Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Metroid Fusion). I’ve put up a little YouTube video showing you how GBA games work and look on both a TV and the Wii U GamePad.

Check that out, along with a full list of what GBA games one can expect to get in the month of April after the break.    

Released today:

April Virtual Console releases

  • Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (Nintendo | Game Boy Advance | $6.99) Upcoming 04/10
  • Wario Ware Inc.: Minigame Mania (Nintendo | Game Boy Advance | $6.99) Upcoming 04/10
  • Golden Sun (Nintendo | Game Boy Advance | $7.99) Upcoming 04/17
  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (Nintendo | Game Boy Advance | $6.99) Upcoming 04/17
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (Nintendo | NES | $4.99) Upcoming 04/17
  • Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (Nintendo | Game Boy Advance | $7.99) Upcoming 04/24
By Pixelitis Staff, April 1, 2014 0 Features, VGdrum

Barkley Gaiden co-creator Eric “CBoyardee” Schumaker called the title theme of The Chessmaster “the song that legitimized chess.” Laser Time Podcast referred to it as “the soundtrack to a vaudevillian ******ed character in a cartoon walking slowly down to the bus stop.” In other words, it’s the greatest videogame song of all time.

Join VGdrum The Chessmaster as he makes his triumphant return to YouTube with a videogame music drum cover of the bass-heavy title theme from The Chessmaster, one of the finest Super Nintendo tunes in existence.

The tune’s pacing is magnificent and its Seinfeld/Rugrats-inspired slap bass riff and soaring horn sections call to mind the uncertainty one may feel when playing an intense game of chess. Let your ears be pierced by the heavenly high-pitched keys.

Take a gander at The Chessmaster’s magnificence after the break, and be sure to shower him with your praise on YouTube and Facebook, lest he make an example of you, much like when he trumped Gary Kasparov and Deep Blue with nothing more than a row of pawns and a single bishop.

By Andrew Martins, March 31, 2014 0 Indie, News, PAX East 2014

Believe it or not, but PAX East is less than two weeks away and Boston will soon become a playground for all things games and the people that love them.

Earlier today, one of the final secrets of the show’s floor was revealed when the Indie Megabooth’s lineup of more than 100 indie developed titles was unveiled. This year, the booth will feature games from the likes of Iridium Studios, Vlambeer and Zephyr Workshop.

Additionally, some indie tabletop games will be making their way into the booth as well. Games like Funemployed! and These French Fries are Terrible Hot Dogs will be playable in some fashion on the show floor.

As someone who’s going into their fourth year attending PAX East, I personally find it interesting to see how the Indie Megabooth has evolved over the years. This year is proving to be the biggest yet.

You can check out the full list of titles over at the Indie Megabooth website.

By Andrew Martins, March 31, 2014 0 3DS, News

We already know the Blue Bomber is making his way onto the 3DS eShop, but Capcom is looking to spice things up for fans by letting them choose which game hits the service next.

From now until April 14, Capcom is hosting a poll that’s asking fans which of the following Game Boy/Game Boy Color Mega Man titles they want to see first: Mega Man II through Mega Man V, as well as Mega Man Xtreme 1 and 2.

According to Capcom’s Brett Elston, fans won’t know which game won until it releases on the 3DS eShop on May 1.

The winning game’s release will also kick off “Mega May,” which will see the release of the remaining five games each Thursday.

Remember, you only have until 1 p.m. on April 14 to cast your vote.

By Patrick Kulikowski, March 31, 2014 0 Gaming culture, News

If you feel the need to take a break from pressing ‘Up’ to raus, you may opt to press ‘Play’ on the Luftrausers Original Soundtrack, which has just been released on Bandcamp.

The Vlambeer-developed PC/Linux/Mac/PS3/PS Vita indie shoot-em-up’s music was composed by Jukio “Kozilek” Kallio and features an interesting blend of snare-driven, militaristic anthems crossed with chip electronica.

While the OST sports nine tracks, the Bandcamp page explains that the in-game soundtrack consists of several layers that change depending on what weapons the player’s airplane is equipped with. Using that logic, the soundtrack would have 125 song variations. To make it more convenient for listening purposes, this album comes with five original songs along with other tunes used within the game.

As a bonus, fans who buy the OST get all of the game’s individual music layers as a sort of “remix” pack that’s perfect for those looking to make their very own Luftrausers mixes. This novel idea reminds me of how Payday 2 composer Simon Viklund gave listeners stems that they could use for remixing his tunes. More game composers need to do this.

The soundtrack can be yours for €6, which is $8.28 using today’s currency exchange rates.

Oh and eff that blimp. That is all.