June looks like it will be our first slow month of 2014, and I’m sure our wallets will thank us. Never fear though, each console has at least one awesome game releasing this month. So, if you’re not busy with Watch Dogs at the moment, check out this month’s new releases.
Ultra Street Fighter IV (PS3, 360)
1001 Spikes (PS4, Vita, PC)
Call of Duty: Ghosts – Invasion DLC (Xbox One, 360)
Hyper Dimension Neptunia PP (PS3)
Murdered: Soul Suspect (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC)
Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection (Vita)
PlayStation Vita Pets (Vita)
War Thunder (PS4)
Worms Battlegrounds (PS4)
Murdered: Soul Suspect
Tomodachi Life (3DS)
Enemy Front (PC)
EA Sports UFC (PS4, Xbox One)
Pushmo World (Wii U)
Divinity: Original Sin (PC)
Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (PS3, Vita)
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (Vita)
GRID Autosport – June 24 (PS3, 360, PC)
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (PC)
The Swapper (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, Wii U, 3DS)
Valiant Hearts (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)
Sniper Elite 3
Sniper Elite 3 (PC)
My picks for the month are WildStar, Sniper Elite 3, and Murdered: Soul Suspect. What will you be picking up this month?
With just a few days into April, it looks like we have another time consuming, wallet draining month of video games ahead of us.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC)
Mercenary Kings (PS4)
MLB 14 The Show (PS3, Vita)
Ragnarok Odyssey ACE (PS3, Vita)
Call of Duty: Ghosts – Devastation DLC (Xbox One, 360)
Awesomenauts Asssemble! (PS4)
The Elder Scrolls Online (PC, Mac)
Daylight (PS4, PC)
Kinect Sports Rivals (Xbox One)
Lego The Hobbit (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PC)
Strike Suit Zero (Xbox One, PS4)
Trials Frontier (iOS)
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4)
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (3DS, Vita)
Moebius: Empire Rising (PC)
War of the Vikings (PC)
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (PS3, 360)
Trials Fusion (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)
Batman: Arkham Origins – Cold, Cold Heart DLC
Dark Souls II (PC)
NES Remix 2 (Wii U)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PC)
Child of Light (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 360, PC)
Personally, I’m most excited about Elder Scrolls Online. I’m a little on the fence about buying it on launch day, but I will probably buy it by the end of the month. I was involved in the last four beta weekends, and I liked what I saw. What are you most excited about this month? Let us know in the comments below!
Hardcore Hatsune Miku fanboys and fangirls feel loneliness no more because the great and benevolent makers of… well essentially a waifu app with Miku, released a translation of their popular game unto the English market. But before spending your hard earned $3.99 on this app you must be asking yourselves is it any good?
Essentially the app claims it will allow you to “enjoy music more with Miku” and I say they’ve delivered pretty well on that promise. This is not a gaming app and has limited interactivity, so I only recommend this to hardcore Vocaloid fans. I shall explain it in greater detail after the pretty pictures.
Forever and ever and ever…..
Just listening to Senbonzakura while Miku jams along makes this app worth every penny.
Essentially this is another type of music player. You pick what songs you want to listen to and when you press play you can get to listen to your favorite songs with Miku. Now let’s make it clear she doesn’t dance or sing along, she moves to the rhythm with some head bopping and other stuff to break the routine. The element that makes this app more than just a buddy to listen to music with is the interaction element.
You interact with Miku by gaining points you get from listening to music with her. When you spend a point you can ask her a question, get asked a question, and if you’re lucky get a high five. What’s truly a shame is some of the questions are repeated over and over again to the point you answer or ask other stuff out of boredom, she’s lucky all her reactions are cute.
The Engrish isn’t strong with this translation, but it is present. The game is also riddled with glitches I randomly happen to stumble upon and definitely needs some fixing here and there. My main pet peeve is the bar with the time and battery life is present on top unlike other apps, and the game has a clock so it isn’t like I need it.
At least she’s rich enough to get me nice things ^_^
The best part of this game though is the items she gives you when you fill the interaction bubble. It’s always interesting to see what the latest item she gave me is and I’m looking forward to getting every single one of them.
It’s a nice simple app to keep you company. Play too long with it and you will be bored, so just use it to fill in those calm moments when you listen to music to add flavor to your daily routine. If you need some more fanservice, there are 3 additional outfit and head sets, although I don’t think they’re worth their cost ($3.99 same as the game). You can get the game on iTunes now!
That is, and will always be, my response for why I didn’t succeed in defeating Jacques in my hands-on with the upcoming Borderlands 2 DLC, T.K. Baha’s Bloody Harvest. You see, I was on a roll, and we managed to get to the second tier of the boss. But I had to keep reviving him.
Yup. That’s why this new boss was so hard.
T.K. Baha’s Bloody Harvest is the upcoming Halloween DLC for Borderlands 2, and although T.K. is involved and there is a pumpkin patch, it is not to be confused with the first Borderlands Halloween DLC, The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, which also featured a pumpkin-head monster.
So what’s different? Well, difficulty level for sure. There are also candy drops that offer special buffers and the DLC is not as big as the Dr. Ned DLC, with this story being more of a one-off (I managed to weasel the story out of them, but I can’t tell you without spoiling it). You also get to wear Jacques head after you defeat him. Which is just sick.
I can’t wait to play the full DLC and tell you all about it. I love that Gearbox is so good about giving us so much DLC content. This DLC will be part of three Headhunter Packs, meaning there are more dead people to wear on our heads!
T.K. Baha’s Bloody Harvest is due to hit PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC this October.
After the incredible explosion of Bioshock Infinite DLC news, the last twenty-four hours has also seen the release of the first DLC pack, Clash in the Clouds, right to our consoles. This pack is the first of three packs included in the Season Pass for Infinite and is a nice re-acquaintance with the game before the major story DLC, Burial at Sea, arrives in the near future.
Clash in the Clouds puts Booker and Elizabeth on the frontlines of arena based combat, operating out of ‘The Columbian Archaeology Society’. From this hub the player has access to the four arenas, ‘The Ops Zeal’, ‘Duke and Dimwit Theatre’, ‘Raven’s Dome’ and ‘Emporia Arcade’ – four unique environments from the main campaign. The player also has access to a museum section of the Archaeology Society where you can spend the money earnt in the arenas to buy character models, concept art, behind the scenes video and some great music tracks to listen to whilst exploring.
The real focus of this DLC is the combat arenas. Upon selecting an arena the player faces fifteen unique waves of enemies ranging from soldiers to Handymen and Motorized Patriots. Each arena has fifteen ‘Blue Ribbon Challenges’ which give you specific parameters to complete the wave – these give the player cash bonuses and unlock a trophy/achievement for completing all sixty. The Archaeology Society also features leaderboards to see how the player’s score stacks up against friends and the world.
Overall this DLC features the same smooth gameplay executed just as well in this as in Bioshock Infinite. The pack serves more as a vehicle for people to get back into the combat and exhilaration the game provides in anticipation for the upcoming ‘Burial at Sea’ packs. What the player gets in this pack however is more than just a fun re-
entry to infinite, it’s also a new game mode that will have you playing through the waves over and over to get a better score and complete some of the more challenging Blue Ribbons. In short the DLC is quite good and really fun, well worth the $4.99 while we wait for the intriguing “Burial at Sea” packs!
Clash in the Clouds is available now on all platforms for $4.99 or 400 Microsoft points, or free for Season Pass holders. Check out the trailer below!
I can say for everyone who has finished the game that the ending was nothing but a series of mind-blowing, awe-striking, pure amazing-ness. I can also say that 99% of those who have finished the game, we wanted to play it again immediately.
Folks, I have some wonderful news for you. The new Bioshock Infinite DLC, Burial At Sea, is the first of a two part story featuring all
new environments, and all new interactions between Booker and – yes, a playable Elizabeth. This adventure will take us back to Rapture, where all the mindblowing originated from, however you will be in a way that will fulfill all your hopes and dreams for the game. Booker and Elizabeth’s relationship will be on an entirely new level, and I can’t express how excited I truly am. I promised myself I wouldn’t insert any spoilers, so I can’t reveal much about the why’s and what’s. You can, however, safely watchthe trailer with no spoilers. For the rest of us, we will squeal with utter excitement.
Although there is no release date, there is, however, a new DLC that was dropped today called Clash in the Clouds, featuring an arena type of fighting, priced at $5, there is a season passpriced at $20 which includes Clash in the Clouds, and episodes 1 and 2 of Burial at Sea. Yes, 3 DLCs for $20, whereas each episode is priced at $14.99 each.
If you purchase the season pass, you’ll also get the Early Bird Special Pack. Included in it is a machine gun and pistol damage upgrade, gold skins for both weapons, five infusion bottles, and four pieces of gear. Soooooo.. if I wasn’t stoked about it before, my interested is definitely piqued now.
As a special treat for you all, here is some input from our very beautiful, lovely, and talented Sofie Sheik:
I share Heather’s previous sentiments about being excited for the upcoming Bioshock Infinite Burial At Sea DLC. I have been staunchly anti-DLC since the introduction of the concept, making very few exceptions. I’m so anti-DLC that I am surprised that I even wanted to comment on its release, to be honest, but I believe that the Burial at Sea DLC is important. In the trailer for the DLC, we see Elizabeth, the Artificial Sidekick Intelligence of Bioshock Infinite, as a smouldering femme fatale type character, instead of the youthful, innocent Elizabeth we became acqainted with in Bioshock Infinite.
I find the transition between archetypes fascinating, mostly because it doesn’t happen often, especially when video games are involved. Most of the type, video game characters are static in their personalities, because it’s hard enough to establish the personality of multiple characters through a medium like a video game, especially early on in the game itself. The exception to the rule seems to be the innocent, naive hero/best friend turned dark, anti-social and brooding type (also known as paladins), but most of the time, the hero is a male. Perhaps I am showing my age, but the last major female character I can recall that changed so quickly (I say quickly because in this example, we do not have the information of the circumstance of Elizabeth’s purported change) is Olivia Newton John’s character in Grease, a change so memorable that to this day, I copied her “cigarette on the floor” signature move and still use it.
A lot of people had issues with the original Elizabeth because they felt that she was very wooden, so perhaps they will like playing as the femme fatale version of Elizabeth more – I know I (probably!) will. I’m just very excited to see the elements of Americana noir permeate pre-destroyed Rapture just in general. One of my qualms with Bioshock Infinite was that it was a complete departure stylistically from the original Bioshock (as Bioshock 2 doesn’t exist right? ) and that was incredibly disappointing. I also hope that this creates a flood of noir-inspired artworks and cosplays and all of the other things that people are so wonderfully inventive about.
Irrational Games has been quiet about the exact release date, so hopefully if we cross our fingers and wish on enough stars, the release date for Burial At Sea will be tomorrow.
“There are farm animals and luchadores wandering through my workplace and I have no idea who to complain to about this” – Skeleton worker.
Players battle skeletal enemies in the bureaucratic nightmare of the Devil’s domain, where tortured souls are given never-ending paperwork, and the Devil is too chicken to hit the elevator button to his office without your help. See what I did there? Chicken?
I enjoyed that the set up for the level was intriguing and clever, per the DrinkBox team usual. I recommend talking to every skeleton you see.
Their last DLC was a costume pack, and this DLC is a new level of challenges, with unlockable costumes. There are also seven new trophies. I’ll warn you though, it is not a traditional new level, like many of us would want. Instead we have a basic level filled with seventeen challenge rooms. Each challenge room has the opportunity to score a bronze, silver or gold medal. The medals unlock the new costumes, and the new costumes make the levels easier, if you’re smart about it.
If you’ve played Guacamelee through and won the super special chicken ability, these levels may actually seem too easy for you, with only two or three providing a real challenge. However, since you only need ten medals each to win the costumes, you can actually just skip the hardest levels completely, leaving only the truly masochistic or trophy hunters to take on the challenge.
Personally, as a less skilled brawler who can never remember her combos, I found the challenge to be perfect. On my first quick run through of the levels I snagged nine bronze, two silver and one gold before getting frustrated and walking away. For a player on my level, this new DLC provides a few hours of content, as you constantly return to get a higher score. For a more skilled player, I’d say there’s about two hours of game time if you unlock everything on gold.
El Portero – A soccer goalie with a keen eye for style and a devastating throw
Alebrije – Harness the awesome power of these dream creatures to deal epic destruction, but players beware of the massive damage they will sustain themselves
Diablo’s Suit – Drain the life of enemies while looking good enough for an interview on Wall Street
Get the Alebrije costume and turn into a chicken. Try not to squeal with joy.
El Infierno is worth the price point of three dollars, offering continuing challenge to Guacamelee lovers and pretty new costumes for fashionistas.
El Infierno is available now as a cross-buy download on the PlayStation Network and PlayStation Vita for $2.99 in North America and in Europe for €2.49/£1.99.
Luchadores can now return to their hometown of Pueblucho dressed in eye-catching styles thanks to Guacamelee!’s first DLC, code-named Costume Pack. Normally, I wouldn’t review a costume, pack, but a.) I love Guacamelee! and b.) One of the costume packs affects Tostada, the female character.
So remember how I complained (mildly) about not being able to play as just Tostada unless I’m player two in my review? Well, now I can! Or as Juanita! JUST AS GOOD.
Additionally, the color schemes stay the same for player one and player two, meaning not only can I play as a blue Tostada, but player two can be a hot pink Juan! Or Tostado, the sexy, mummified Juan. The packs also come with matching outfits for the chicken transformation.
Besides just being pretty, the costumes change combat abilities, and there are new trophies available based on those abilities. You know my favorite is the trophy for beating Calaca as Juanita.
Players will love the soothing caress of an always-regenerating health meter just as much as the soothing caress of their full-body chicken suit. Is that velvet? Just try to ignore the fact that stamina doesn’t regenerate as quickly.
Undead luchador not undead enough for combatants? Become even MORE undead! Gamers can tear through enemies with the implacable stamina of an angry, brittle bone-person, but don’t expect much help from health pickups.
Cats are barking and dogs are meowing! Tostada is dressed as a brawny wrestler! Juan is spooky and bandage-wrapped! These alternate forms of the main characters have tougher punches, but can’t throw for beans.
Costume Pack offers luchadores new challenges and trophies that make getting platinum look like child’s play. Put on the Skeleton-suit in the terrifying Caverna del Pollo, explore the countryside looking for the Chicken brothers, or showdown against Calaca while wearing only bandages to earn even more trophies.
While it may not be new levels, this is solid bang for your buck. It costs the same amount as normal costume packs do, but actually includes changes to gameplay styles and trophies for the costumes, so I think it’s totally worth the $1.99 price tag!
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a few days away now, June 9th. For those planning on picking it up, it’s good to know that Best Buy will be offering special SpotPass content. Take your 3DS along with your copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf to get special in game items, including a Racoon Wall-Clock, Cat Tower, Suitcase and Double Neck Guitar. All of the digital items offered can be placed in your house, can be downloaded once per player, and are available for a limited time.
Love is in the air especially for Nintendo lovers! Nintendo released a Nintendo Direct conference this Valentine ’s Day morning and covered some big titles and news coming this year for both the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
Satoru Iwata appeared in Luigi’s iconic hat letting us know that 2013 was the “year of Luigi”. Iwata introduced Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of The Legend of Zelda and Mario series, who went into great detail about Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon including several multi-player modes. These multi-player modes will be playable via wireless play, online play, and local play. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon will launch on March 24th in North America exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.
Next up, Iwata briefly discusses Mario and Luigi: Dream Team. This is a new installment in the Mario and Luigi role-playing series. Players will be able to interact with Luigi’s face while he is sleeping to solve puzzles and complete levels. Mario and Luigi: Dream Team will be exclusively released for the Nintendo 3DS in North America this summer.
Continuing on with the Luigi love, Iwata announces that downloadable content will be available for New Super Mario Bros. U for the Wii U, New Super Luigi U. This downloadable content will feature none other than Luigi himself. Over 80 alternate stages will be unlocked which will provide a whole new level of gameplay and challenge. New Super Luigi U will be available for purchase as a single download in the eShop this year.
Luigi and the Mushroom Kingdom gang will once again be playing golf in Mario Golf: World Tour. Those familiar with golf will enjoy this title especially. Mario Golf: World Tour will be released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS in the summer.
Bill Trinen of Nintendo of America’s Treehouse division discussed Fire Emblem: Awakening downloadable content. Two new maps are now available to purchase at the Outrealm Gate on the world map. For $2.50, the Champions of Yore 3 lets players battle against memorable characters such as Marth, Roy, and Ike. Those who have already purchased the Champions of Yore map pack can now access this new map to earn a new playable character named Michaiah and a special skill that will increase all of a character’s stats by two points. The Golden Gaffe map is now available for $2.50. In this map, you will be pitted against wealthy enemies which will be a great way to earn money within the game. The Champons of Yore 1 map is available as a free download through March 6th.
Next up, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is discussed and there is finally an official release date for the game in the US. In New Leaf, you come into town not as a resident but as mayor so goodbye Tom Nook! New features in the game include swimming and full customization of your town including the outside of your home. Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on June 9th in North America.
On the topic of Animal Crossing, Style Saavy: TrendSetters will have new styles and fashions inspired by Animal Crossing. If you are interested in trying out the game a demo is available on the eShop.
Lego City Undercover is briefly discussed which will be released on March 18th for the Wii U. In addition, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins takes place in the Lego City universe but the story is set two years before Lego City Undercover. This game will be released on the Nintendo 3DS and will be released on April 21st in North America.
If you loved the previous Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge downloadable content then get ready for more coming later this month which will feature different costumes and new ninja trial missions. This DLC will be free to everyone that already owns the game.
Moving on to some information about Miiverse on the Wii U, developers decided to create a Legend of Zelda community for users on Miiverse to discuss their love of the series. This will be available today.
Besides the new Legend of Zelda community, Wii Street U which is powered by Google is now free today to download for a limited time via the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. This application utilizes Google maps and allows users to get a 360-degree view of locations around the world using the Wii U GamePad.
Some downloadable games are coming to the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS which include HarmoKnight, a game developed by the makers of the Pokemon games, Gamefreak. In HarmoKnight, actions like jumping and attacking create the harmonies of the music. Music notes will need to be collected to defeat enemies, complete levels, and unlock different modes to play. A HarmoKnight demo will be released on March 14th followed by the full game release on March 28th. More downloadable games include Kersploosh! which will be available March 7th, Dylan’s Rolling Adventure: The Last Ranger available April 11th, and Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the move which will be coming soon.
Two classic Gameboy Color games from Natsume, Harvest Moon and Legend of the River King, will be released in the coming months on the Virtual Console via Nintendo 3DS.
To continue the Nintendo 3DS eShop discussion, Nintendo 3DS owners can now buy and download select games from the Nintendo eShop at a discounted price for a limited time. These include BIT.TRIP SAGA from Aksys Games; Crashmo, Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword and Ketzal’s Corridors from Nintendo; Fractured Soul from Endgame Studios; and Mutant Mudds from Renegade Kid. One game will be available at the reduced price each week.
For those that do not own a Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo will be running a special promotion. Anyone who registers a Nintendo 3DS XL and either Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity between March 21 and April 30 will receive a code to download one of these five games for free from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS: Super Mario 3D Land, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, Star Fox 64 3D or Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!
On February 28th, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow demo will be available for download on the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS. The full game will be released on March 5th.
Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate launches for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on March 19th. A Wii U player can connect with up to three Nintendo 3DS players to create a hunting party. Players can utilize the game on Wii U and then transfer their data to the Nintendo 3DS to continue playing. A demo will be available in the Nintendo eShop on both platforms on February 21st.
A large roundup of third-party games will be coming to the Wii U including Need for Speed Most Wanted U from EA, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct from Activision, Injustice: Gods Among Us from Warner Bros, Toki Tori 2 from Two Tribes, Zen Pinball 2 from Zen Studios, and BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm from Gaijin Games. These games will be available to purchase from the Nintendo eShop via Wii U system from February to April.
The much talked about Disney Infinity from Disney Interactive is coming to Wii U, Wii, and Nintendo 3DS this summer. Players will be able to use real-world interactive figures to activate original adventures in the game worlds.
Reggie Fil-Aims wraps the conference up by announcing Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D which will be released on the Nintendo 3DS. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will launch this summer but a 3D video on the game will be available today in the Nintendo eShop channel on the Nintendo 3DS.
Nintendo has plenty of new plans and ideas to keep Nintendo fans, like myself, very happy with both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. I will be picking up many of these titles at release.