January 20, 2016

Fire Emblem Fates Special New Nintendo 3DS XL Coming February 19th

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Jason Nason

Nintendo provided new details about several of its upcoming role-playing games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Tuesday. This included the announcement of a special Fire Emblem Fates Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL system launching February 19th.

“Fans of role-playing games have just received a boost to their excitement stat,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Nintendo platforms have always been home to high-quality RPGs, and with even more games launching in 2016, this trend is set to continue in a big way.”

The Fire Emblem Fates Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL system (game sold separately) launches on Feb. 19th at $199.99. With the game not included in the special edition system itself, gamers can Fire Emblem Fates games separately for $39.99 each.

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GDC 2016 Survey: VR Support Up, PS Vita Support Nowhere To Be Found

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

The upcoming Game Developer’s Conference will be held in San Francisco this coming March and ahead of the conference GDC has released their annual “State of the Industry” survey results. State of the Industry captures the pulse of the development community thanks to over 2,000 participants, the results give developers, students and the media (heh.. that’s us) a sense of what is trending in development circles.

Here are some of the interesting findings from the 2016 survey:

VR’s Popularity Among Developers Is On The Rise


Development kits for the popular Oculus Rift have been available for sometime, Samsung has entered the fray with the Samsung Gear line-up of headsets and the consumer version of the Oculus will go on sale for $600 later this year. With all of that providing unprecedented levels of hype for Virtual Reality it is no surprise that 16% of respondents said that they were developing games with VR in mind.Read More


New Screens and Date for Bravely Second: End Layer

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Jason Nason

When Bravely Second: End Layer launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on April 15th, a Collector’s Edition will also launch alongside it at a suggested retail price of $69.99. The Collector’s Edition includes the massive game, a 10-song original soundtrack and gorgeous 250-page deluxe art book.

A demo version of the game, Bravely Second: End Layer – The Ballad of the Three Cavaliers, will launch in the Nintendo eShop prior to the full game’s launch. This demo includes a unique story different than the one found in Bravely Second: End Layer, as well as new jobs and areas to explore. StreetPass tags and bonuses from the demo will also carry over to the main game.

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Circle Hints at Several New Games

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Jason Nason

Circle Entertainment confirmed and teased a few things recently via their Twitter account.

One of the first things mentioned is that a new game is on the horizen. The game, thus far untitled but referred to as a “Japanese adventure story game” has approved at lotcheck by Nintendo of America. The game is pending approval with Nintendo of Europe.

Also mentioned is a 3DS port of a game called Toy Defense. That game could be the Toy Defence game that is currently available via Google Play, though that’s not confirmed as of yet.

The last one was from a Tweet on Monday which is a little more vague. The tweet mentions the localization team being overwhelmed because of a JRPG. While there is nothing specific mentioned, this could be in reference to a game from Inside System called I Love Japanese RPG. Inside System is the developer behind the two The Legend of Dark Witch games, which Circle Entertainment released.

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Project C.A.R.S Gets VR Support With Upcoming Oculus Rift Patch

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Last years’ Project C.A.R.S will be receiving an update this coming March which will enable stereoscopic 3D and head-tracking support for the consumer model of the Oculus Rift. Presumably this support will be delivered via a game update and will be free to all who own the game on Windows PC.

Slightly Mad Studios has said on their forums that they are tinkering with a number of improvements for the game internally. They are currently using the 0.8 SDK + Driver Set but are waiting for the consumer focused drivers to be released by Oculus before releasing the patch to the public.

Here’s the full quote from their forums:

“We’re internally working with the post 0.8 SDK that will be released along with the headset. We have a bunch of updates and features in the works already, but due to the newer SDK only rolling out to the general public when Oculus releases the headset, the Project CARS Oculus Rift updates will also be released at that time, right when you guys will be receiving your shiny new CV1 headsets.”

It is exciting to see developers go back and add VR support to their titles post-release. It certainly helps bump up the number of titles early adaptors will be able to play on the hardware without the compromises that 3D non-native VR can bring.

Project C.A.R.S was originally released on May 7th 2015 for Windows PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Sony’s upcoming PlayStation VR headset will be supported on the PS4 version of C.A.R.S and has been demo’d at a few trade shows including TGS.

Some folks who have the development version of the Oculus Rift have already moded Project C.A.R.S to run on the hardware. Slightly Mad Studios has also been huge proponents of VR, stating that:

“Virtual reality is a perfect fit for racing games since the game world literally comes rushing towards you from the distance and the increased sense of depth and speed that stereoscopic vision affords you makes this incredibly real and tangible. So when you’re racing you get a much better perception of distances and position and you feel far more enveloped by that world rather than just looking through a window at it.”



Mortal Kombat X PC Will Not Get Netcode Update or New DLC

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Nether Realm Studios’ latest fighting game, Mortal Kombat X, hit several platforms last year including Xbox One / PS4 and PC. 

According to a community specialist with the company the PC port will not be receiving a substantial Netcode update or the second season of extra characters.

Fighting game fan site Shoryuken described the revelation that the PC port would receive no more major updates thusly:

NetherRealm Studios community specialist Tyler Lansdown has confirmed that Mortal Kombat X’s upcoming Kombat Pack 2 will not be heading to PC.

The PC port of Mortal Kombat X was handled by a third party developer outside of Nether Realm and MKX wasn’t the only major game from last year to have a broken PC Version. Players of Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham Knighe also experienced major issues as well.

Season 2 of MKX’s DLC will add Learherface, Xenomorph (from the Aliens franchise), Bo Rai Cho and Triborg.


Turok: Dinosaur Hunter – port review

Posted on January 20, 2016 by David Ryan

Admittedly, I never played Turok during its original N64 release. Which is really quite surprising given that it possessed all the necessary traits to grab younger me’s interest. It was available on N64, it had rad ass cover art, and most intriguingly it had an M rating and likewise an 18+ tag stuck on the front by my local gaming store that I’m sure sent my young imagination ablaze pondering what salacious content could be included. Violence? Blood? Nudity? …please let there be nudity. (SPOILER: there isn’t any). Looking back at it now this game should have been right at the top of my MUST PLAY list. Nonetheless, I never got around to popping this cartridge into my N64 and when I took on the task of writing this review I knew little about the series (including the fact that Turok: Dinosaur Hunter had follow up titles and was in indeed part of a series).

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WB Games / 2K Sales Hit PlayStation Network This Week

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Prepare to enter the shadows like the caped crusader or sneak up on some Orcs like the protagonist of 2014’s Shadow of Mordor with deals from both Warner Bros Games and 2K Games on PlayStation Network this week.

I’ve neglected to list pricing on these games simply due to the fact that the Canadian dollar is in a bit of a free fall right now and I suspect the prices I am seeing on the PlayStation Network might not exactly be accurate.

Currency oddities aside there are a number of excellent games from years past on sale this week. If you haven’t played any of the Arkham games across both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 the entire RockSteady trilogy is available at a reduced price.  You also can’t go wrong with the Handsome Collection – which includes two awesome Borderlands titles (2 & Pre-Sequel) with enhanced graphics for the PlayStation 4.

PS4 Games

  • A Boy and His Blob
  • Batman Arkham Knight
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • Evolve
  • Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • Lego: The Hobbit
  • Mad Max
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY Edition
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • WWE 2k16

P3 Games

  • Batman Arkham Asylum
  • Batman Arkham City
  • Bioshock
  • Borderlands 2
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • Mortal Kombat (2011)

PS Vita Games

  • A Boy and His Blob
  • Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • Mortal Kombat (2011)
  • Odd World N’ Tasty



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