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Here is what has been making news: New Releases, Hiroshi Yamauchi, Warhammer Online, Grand Theft Auto 5, Soulcalibur 2 HD, Battlefield 4, Dark Souls 2, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst, Gravity Rush, GameCase.
September 22nd – September 28th
Monday, September 23rd
Batman: Arkham Dual Pack (Greatest Hits) will be available for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Tuesday, September 24th
Armored Core: Verdict Day will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3.
Pro Evolution Soccer will be available for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
FIFA 14 will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, and PS2.
Enemy Front will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure will be available for the 3DS, Wii U, and PC.
Valhalla Knights 3 will be available for the PS Vita.
Alien Rage will be available for the PC.
Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi will be available for the 3DS.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows will be available for the PS3.
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 will be available for the NDS.
Wednesday, September 25th
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Rise of the Owlverlord will be available for the PC.
Day One: Garry’s Incident will be available for the PC.
Thursday, September 26th
Shadow Warrior will be available for the PC.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – Apocalypse will be available for the PS3 and PC.
World of War Planes will be available for the PC.
Friday, September 27th
Deadfall Adventures will be available for the Xbox 360 and PC.
Rise of Venice will be available for the PC.
Painkiller Hell and Damnation will be available for the Xbox 360.
Armored Core: Verdict Day will be available (in UK) for the Xbox 360, PS3.
Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness will be available (in UK) for the PS3.
FIFA 14 will be available (in UK) for the Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, and PS2.
Inazuma Eleven 3: Bomb Blast will be available (in UK) for the 3DS.
Inazuma Eleven 3: Lightening Bolt will be available (in UK) for the 3DS.
Train Simulator 2014 will be available (in UK) for the PC.
Nintendo’s pioneer dies
The Japanese billionaire who changed Nintendo, making it the video game giant it is today, has died September 12th at the age of 85. Hiroshi Yamauchi ran Nintendo from 1949, when it was a playing card business, through 2002 when it became one of the world’s best known video game makers.
In 1980, under Yamauchi’s reign, the company launched the first portable video game device with a microprocessor called the “GAME & WATCH.” That was the same year that Shigeru Miyamoto was hired and created the game Donkey Kong. Mario, the game’s hero, is today one of the single most identifiable faces in the history of video games.
Nintendo launched the Famicom console in 1984, which later was launched globally and renamed the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The NES thrust Nintendo into the global spotlight and revolutionized how we interacted with technology with featured games like Zelda, Metroid, and most of all Super Mario Bros.
Yamauchi brought Nintendo public on the Kyoto and Osaka stock exchanges in the early 1960s, and at the time of his death he was the company’s second-largest shareholder. But all this doesn’t mean that success came easy to Yamauchi. Nintendo failed repeatedly and in the ’60s they nearly went into bankruptcy after failing to bring an assortment of toy products to market.
Yamauchi wasn’t just interested in playing cards and video games. In 1992 he bought into America’s favorite past-time when he purchased a 55 percent stake in the Seattle Mariners, which Nintendo America still owns today.
Hiroshi Yamauchi’ net worth at the time he fell victim to complications due to pneumonia was in the $2.1 billion mark, which made him Japan’s thirteenth richest person and one of the world’s wealthiest. He was survived by his oldest son Katsuhito.
After five years online, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is being shut down. According to developer Mythic, they will no longer be accepting three-month subscriptions and their last servers will go offline on December 18th.
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning debuted in 2008 and had challenged World of Warcraft. But since its first year online, the game has steadily declined in population, server count, and relevance. Carrie Gouskos, producer, stated that several projects that were slated to expand the game were “left by the wayside” over the years.
Gouskos explained, “Games Workshop has cultivated a world class IP. We were lucky enough to play in their universe for nearly a decade, with five great long years live. However, like all things–our contract has come to an end. Both Games Workshop and Mythic agreed to part ways, despite how hard it is emotionally on us to let the game go. It has been a tremendous honor to work with Games Workshop and even though we may be parting ways, our relationship with them remains strong.”
If you are a Warhammer gamer, you have three months within which you can enjoy the battlefield before it’s all over. We are sad to see the game shut down, but we do understand that it is time for the end to come. Best of luck to all who have been involved in the game’s upkeep, design, and to all those who participated.
Over $800 million in sales and petition
In its very first day on store shelves, GTA 5 sold more than $800 million worth of copies. That is the highest first-day sales figure in the history of publisher Take-Two, and that doesn’t even account for the digital sales on Xbox Live or PSN.
To get an idea of how big this is, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sold $500 million worth of its copies in the first day of launch. It took Black Ops 2 fifteen days to reach $1 billion in sales, GTA 5 should reach that goal in just a few days.
Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two, stated in a recent press release, “All of us at Take-Two are thrilled with the initial response to Grand Theft Auto V. Once again, the team at Rockstar Games have outdone themselves, setting the entertainment industry’s new standard for creativity, innovation and excellence.”
In further news regarding Rockstar Games’ success with GTA 5, a petition by Mike Julliard of Toronto, Canada hosted on Change.org has turned into the biggest gaming related petition ever hosted by the site. The petition, which is looking to have Rockstar put out a PC version of GTA 5, has gathered over 40,000 signatures. Rockstar has responded by saying that additional platforms are “up for consideration.
Actually, if you look at history, a PC release of GTA 5 is basically inevitable, but perhaps this huge demonstration of support for a PC release will give Rockstar a boost in making an announcement regarding a release window.
Wii U version coming only if demanded
Currently Namco Bandai isn’t planning on any post-release content or a Wii U version of the HD remake of Soulcalibur 2. The team is more focused on getting the Xbox Live and PS Network versions completed with updated graphics and a new robust online system. However, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible, with enough demand, anything is possible.
It wouldn’t be the first time that an HD rerelease would get DLC not available for the original, Age of Empires II, for example, received totally unique DLC for its HD remake. So when the developers were asked if some sort of post-release content for the remake would be possible, they stated that if the game does well, if the fans insist, it is very possible.
When asked about a Wii U version, as well as the possibility of adding Link back into the game, the developers stated that it could happen if Namco Bandai sees a demand. In fact, the developers even went so far as to suggest that gamers spam the producer’s Twitter feed if they really are interested. So you Wii U owners out there who would like to see a Wii U version of Soulcalibur 2 HD, feel free to Tweet @hoshino_calibur your desires.
Kinect and SmartGlass features confirmed
It’s already known that Battlefield 4 will support Kinect and SmartGlass, what we have been unclear about is just how. DICE recently revealed the how for Xbox 360 and Xbox One gamers. Patrick Bach, executive producer, explained, for example, that Kinect will offer enhanced controls such as using Kinect’s head-tracking which will allow you to lean out from cover and peak over barriers.
With regards to SmartGlass, gamers may find it even more useful. To make tactical decisions easier, you will be able to view the overhead map via SmartGlass. DICE adds that with the return of Commander Mode, Commanders won’t even need to be playing the game on a console but can manage the battlefield via tablets using SmartGlass.
On October 1st anyone who has pre-ordered the game or has received a Beta key from Medal of Honor Warfighter will be able to play the beta for Battlefield 4. On October 4th the general public will get an opportunity to join the open beta for the game. Expect the game to launch on October 29th in the U.S. and on November 1st in the U.K. for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. The Next-gen versions of the game will be available when the new consoles launch.
Launching in March
In a recent press release, Namco Bandai revealed that Dark Souls 2 will be launching in North America on March 11th, 2014 for the Xbox 360 and PS3. A PC version will be launching shortly after.
Additionally, if you pre-order the Black Armor edition (which you can only get through pre-order) you will get yourself a sweet game in a durable metal case. Within that case, besides the game itself, you will also find the official soundtrack for the game.
If you choose to go with the Collector’s Edition of the game you will get yourself several goodies including the contents of the Black Armor Edition. The Collector’s Edition comes with a 12 inch Warrior Knight figurine, a hardcover art book, and a full-color fabric map of the world of Dark Souls 2. No price has been announced for this addition yet.
Coming to PC
This new Naruto game has an insanely long name to be sure, but besides that, this is the first game in the popular Naruto series to come to the PC. This is an enhanced version of Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 which includes a new story mode, 38 unlockable costumes, an a playable Saint Kabuto, the serpentine baddie who was playable in the versus mode. Kabuto is a prominent figure in the storyline.
If you have already purchased the original version of Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 for the Xbox 360 or the PS3, you will be able to get the Full Burst update as a DLC upon its launch on October 22nd.
Possible sequel on its way?
During the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) Sony showcased its upcoming line-up of games for the PS Vita. During the sizzle reel several images were presented on the screen that suggested an upcoming sequel to 2012′s Gravity Rush. The images showed protagonist Kat gracefully flying around a city with some new power in her arms, followed by the words “fall again. A new project by Team Gravity.”
Nowhere in the video was the game referred to as Gravity Rush 2 but the art style and appearance of Kat sure do suggest we should see a Gravity Rush sequel coming our way.
First controller for iOS 7
GameCase, a traditional controller for handheld-style gameplay experiences, was recently unveiled and confirmed by Apple. Apple has already confirmed that similar devices from Logiteck and MOGA are in the works, but GameCase will be launching later this year or early next.
The peripheral is being developed by ClamCase who has previously brought us its line of iPad keyboards. The GameCase snaps onto iOS devices and will connect via Bluetooth. It will be powered by a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery. It provides side-mounted grips with full sized dual-analog thumbsticks, action buttons, shoulder buttons, triggers, and a d-pad.
Games won’t need to be updated or developed expecially for the GameCase because of iOS 7 unified controller APIs. Meaning that any game with iOS gamepad support will work. The first known title to add support for iOS controllers is Aliens Vs. Predator: Evolution, which was updated earlier this month. It is expected that the number of controller-enabled games will grow quickly before the end of this year.
While the design is still being finalized by ClamCase, it is being shown off for the iPad mini on its official website. Pricing and spec details will be revealed on the site at a later date.