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High Voltage Software is developing Amazing Spider Man 2 for 3DS

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Well this is interesting. High Voltage Software, of The Conduit fame, is making The Amazing Spider Man 2 for the 3DS. HVS has a long history of doing licensed software and the Conduit series was one of their few original IPs, so it looks like they've gone back to what they know. There isn't much info on the 3DS port of the new Spider Man game yet, although we know for sure that it won't be an open-world sandbox game like the other versions. This is a little disappointing but understandable considering the weaker hardware of the 3DS, although I still would've liked to see HVS try a sandbox game on the portable. They definitely have the technical chops to pull it off.

I was always a little bummed that we never got a third entry in the Conduit series. They weren't the best games and they didn't sell all that well but I really enjoyed the corny, direct-to-dvd scifi feel they had. I wanted a third game just for the you've-got-to-be-kidding-me ending of the second one. Maybe if this new Spider Man game does well, we'll see HVS revisit a few of their older IPs.

New Amazing Spider Man 2 gameplay footage

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Beenox was on hand at GDC last week and apparently the Escapist was there to capture some new gameplay footage of The Amazing Spider Man 2. I really like what I'm seeing here--it looks like Beenox has built upon the foundation they established with the first game (which I really liked) instead of scrapping it all and starting over. There are some new enemy types, the combat looks more involved and supposedly the web-swinging is more realistic--no more swinging above the tallest buildings or central park, with webs apparently sticking to the skybox!

I am curious as to why the Escapist decided to dub the theme music from the Sam Raimi Spider Man trilogy over this footage for, you know, the new movie game. Don't get me wrong, Danny Elfman's score for those movies was excellent, but they could've at least used James Horner's soaring theme from The Amazing Spider Man, or Gerard Marino's unique theme from the first game. Maybe somebody at the Escapist is still bitter about the reboot?

Geralt is back in The Witcher: House of Glass

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Exciting news, right?  Geralt of Rivia is one of the most interesting and unique characters in gaming today.  That probably stems from his previous existence as a book character in The Witcher novels that actually existed before the games.  

There's one catch thought, and that is reading.  You see, The Witcher: House of Glass is another entry into Dark Horse Comics's ever-expanding pantheon of graphic novel accompaniments to popular videogame series. You can read about it here.  You can also find it on iTunes and Google Play using their respective apps (iTunes, Google Play).  

The Witcher: House of Glass is out now.  For more details, follow the jump.  Also make sure you check out the first four panels of The Witcher: House of Glass included beneath the trailer. 


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News Roundup - 03/20/2014

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New Deception IV: Blood Ties video shows off many sadistic ways to torture your enemies

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Deception IV: Blood Ties is scheduled to be released in North America next week on March 25th and TECMO KOEI America has released some new videos showing off the various ways to torture your enemies.

For those who don't know, in the Deception games, you pretty much set up and lure your foes into a giant Rube Goldberg contraption where they can be destroyed by rolling rocks, spiked walls, iron maidens, human cannons, falling bathtubs, banana peals and much more. Setting traps isn't enough as you will have to strategically place and combo the traps together for a high score. 

Players on the PS3 will be able to upload their combos online and challenge other players to beat their high score as well as the ability to upload your own or download other user-created missions. The PlayStation Vita version will include cross play and saves between the PS3 and Vita versions. 

I have never heard of this series and it makes me sad because this looks like a pretty entertaining game. I will absolutely check this out when it's released next week. 

Sacred 3 gets a trailer and a launch date

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Today, Deep Silver is revealing some details for their upcoming hack 'n' slash game Sacred 3. Below is a gameplay trailer that gives you a glimpse at the character classes in action, as well as a glimpse at the demonic forces you'll have to face. Sacred 3 is set to launch in North America on August 26 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC (Sorry, current-gen gamers) and will include the new Malakhim class as well as the Underworld Story DLC at launch. In Underworld, the players will fight their way through a tower, and at the end confront one of their rivals from Sacred 2, the Black Seraphim.


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Take a ride on a train to Berlin in Wolfenstein: The New Order

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Bethesda has just released a new video for Wolfenstein: The New Order. The video shows BJ Blazkowicz on a train undercover and talking with Frau Engel. Frau's the leader of the women's wing of the Nazi party and she is pretty ruthless.

The scene shown was the same one I saw at E3, albeit with some changes to make it less uncomfortable. Not much action goes on, but you can see interaction and some story elements of the game.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is due out May 20th on most platforms. Remember, those that get it will also be eligible to beta test the new Doom game.


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News Roundup - 03/19/2014

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Newest Battlefield 4 DLC coming to Premium members on March 25th

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I've still been logging a lot of Battlefield 4 time lately and even though the game still has more than it's share of bugs I have to admit that I'm a bit tempted to pick a premium membership as the new Naval Strike DLC looks pretty cool.

The new goodness will be available on March 25th, two weeks before the plebs without premium get it and it features the new Carrier assault mode to the mix.  If you played Battlefield 2142 this will be familiar to you as it's an "homage" to that game in that each team has a carrier that they must protect while working to destroy the other teams carrier.  The DICE folks have put up a blog post with more details if you want them.

In addition to the new mode you'll get four maps to play it on, five new weapons, two new gadgets, a new vehicle, and at least one or two more annoying bugs that will have to be fixed in an upcoming patch.  


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Call of Duty's first DLC pack, Onslaught, available to play free for the weekend on Xbox Live

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On the fence about buying the Onslaught DLC pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts? Well Activision and Infinity Ward are going to be nice enough to allow you to demo the DLC pack at no cost as it will be available via a free trial this weekend on Xbox Live.

From Friday, March 21st to Monday, March 24th, Xbox One and Xbox 360 gamers will be able to play the four new multiplayer maps, the new weapon and the first episode of the Extinction game mode for free. All you have to do is download the Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught DLC Pack 1 from the in game store and you are good to go. 

Unfortunately, as with all Call of Duty DLC, PC and PS3/PS4 players will have to wait for the DLC trail as it will arrive at a later date. 

 

One of Southern California's last great arcades needs your help!

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I've written a few news posts about Super Arcade before, but this one is of utmost importance. Mike Watson, owner and manager of Super Arcade, is in dire straits, and needs the help of the fighting game community along with gamers at large, to help fund some much needed improvements to the twenty year old establishment to keep it relevant against some of the big-box arcades that have popped up recently.

Watson has taken to Kickstarter in an attempt to raise funds that will help improve the venue and make it a relevant location for gamers for years to come. Of the planned improvements, there will be a new stream station that is currently manned by IE Battlegrounds, new console set-ups that gamers can come in and play on. A new front desk and service counter, new floors, and hilariously enough, a new bathroom (if you've been there before you know that this is a huge deal). 

Details on what your donation will get you can be found on the Kickstarter page, along with more information about what is to be done with any funds raised. There's plenty of time left for the Kickstarter, but without donations, not a whole lot of time left for the arcade.


Three new images for BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode Two

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We're just a little less than one week away from Irrational Games' final product, BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode Two. The story finishes as you play through the eyes of Elizabeth and meet up with old friends of Rapture.

From what I've read, you can finish the DLC without using any deadly force, a challenge that some might want to take up. So, will that crossbow that Elizabeth help? As long as there are some non-lethal darts for it. It is a more stealth-based DLC, so patience will be of the essence when playing as Elizabeth. 


News Roundup - 03/18/2014

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Guitar Hero, Band Hero, and DJ Hero DLC will no longer be purchasable after March 31, 2014

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Are you still playing Guitar HeroBand Hero, or DJ Hero games? Been holding off on buying some DLC? Well, you have until the end of this month to do so.

Guitar Hero's Facebook page has announced that all the DLCs will no longer be available after the end of this month. Servers will still be available and past purchases will still be accessible, but you won't be able to pick up any DLCs come April 1st.

If you are looking to round out your DLC library, some items will be up to 50% off so there's a nice deal to be had there. 

I remember playing the first Guitar Hero on the PlayStation 2 and how captivated I was with the game even though I had no musical ability whatsoever. It was such a nice series early on. It has been a while since any new DLC came out for the these games so it was inevitable that we see things like this start to happen. 


First trailer for FIFA 2014 World Cup is now available for viewing

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We're just three months away from Brazil hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the tournament to decide the world champion of association football.  EA Sports, having obtained the license for the World Cup, has released the first trailer for the officially licensed game FIFA 2014 World Cup.  While FIFA 14 actually includes the World Cup as part of both versions of career mode (Manager or Player), this is a standalone game that will feature new animations and build upon the modes that are already included in FIFA 14.  Check out the trailer below, and also be sure to make your way over to the official blog and site for the game, which can be found here.

 

Devolver Digital celebrates GDC with a huge indie games sale

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You have to give credit to the marketing folks at Devolver Digital as their sales page for their GDC sale is a riot as they feature quotes from the developers about their relationship with Devolver.  You'll gain keen insight into how Devolver works while saving a ton of money on games like Broforce, Shadow Warrior, Luftrausers, and Hotline Miami.  

There are lots of good deals to be had, especially on Luftrausers and Shadow Warrior (a game that Sean and I both loved).  Here are a few of the quotes to get you started.  


News Roundup - 03/17/2014

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  • Curious what Metroid on the NES is like with minimal upgrades? I attempted to find out.
  • Garden Warfare getting some free DLC on March 18th
  • Marc Whitten leaves Microsoft for Sonos
  • Adam Isgreen gives us a sneak peak at Sadira's alternate costume in Killer Instinct
  • Smooth McGroove makes Super Mario Bros. 2 even more awesome
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon 4...mobile.. *sigh* - UPDATE Yes, there will be a PC Version -
  • Let's kick some balls: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil official gameplay trailer
  • Gauntlet making a comeback on the PC
  • Watch two guys try to create a game in 48 hours

Let's kick some balls: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil official gameplay trailer

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Posted to Twitter a little while ago, EA has gifted we lucky football fans with the official gameplay trailer for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

Bright lights, pop music, ball physics, and well-known players in the less than well-known kits belonging to their home nations.  I mean, how many people knew Wales as anything other than that "bulgy part of western Britain" before Gareth Bale?  Now we know what their national team kits looks like - and that they have their own national team!  Gareth Bale: the gift that keeps on giving. 

Final character revealed for Ultra Street Fighter IV

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Tonight saw the conclusion of Final Round 17 and after the Top 16 for Super Street Fighter IV: AE 2012 battled it out, Capcom finally revealed the fifth and final new character for Ultra Street Fighter IV: Decapre.

Decapre is one of Bison's "dolls", a group of sixteen-year-old girls who were captured and brainwashed by the Shadaloo into being M. Bison's assassins and bodyguards.  Each doll's name aside from Cammy's represented a different month, with Decapre being derived from the Russian word for December.  She basically resembles Cammy with a black mask and, like Vega, uses claws to attack.  A lot of her moves were shown to be similar to Cammy's, and one of her ultras resembles Dahlsim's Yoga Catastrophe ultra.  However, Decapre is a charge character, meaning most of her special moves have to be charged similar E. Honda or Vega. 

Who needs luck of the Irish when you have the luck of the Zafords

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Last year Borderlands 2 fans were treated to some new skins and an SMG around St. Patrick's Day from the Zaford Clan.  This year they've decided to once again take some time out of their busy schedule (which consists of drinking and then killing some Hodunks) to provide the skins and Chulainn SMG once again.

If you didn't get these items last year, here's another chance to snag them, plus you can also snag a new skin for Krieg, even if you redeemed the code last year.  The Chulainn SMG is a blue rarity Maliwan SMG with Slag and Shock elements and will be at the level of the first character you load up after entering the code, so don't do something crazy like load up a new level 1 character after entering the code...well, unless you have yet to play the game that is.  Of course with a new character you could just mow down anything in your path I suppose.  Keep in mind that these codes will only be active for a limited time.

The codes are as follows:

PC/MAC: 5JWT3-3H5FB-SCBX5-TJ3JB-H5R6X

Xbox 360: K3C33-633S6-BKW56-56BBT-X9X9X

PS3: W3KTJ-H9H3H-FHR5B-9BCJB-36ZZ6


PSN gearing up for renting

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In what could be a nice game changer, it looks like the PlayStation Network is going to be offering renting soon. Spotted by someone browsing the PlayStation store, there's a screen cap of the game Catherine with options to rent it 1 day, 10 days, or 30 days. 

Right now, all of them said free because it's not implemented yet, but it looks like the infrastructure's getting into place. This would be a very nice addition to the PlayStation Store letting folks try games for a limited amount of time. I know there are a few games I'd love to have rented over buying.

Also, this should make it more convenient for some than having them go to a kiosk like Redbox to grab a game to play. Now the key is the pricing structure, of course, and if you do get a reduced cost on the total say after you rent it and want to buy the game outright.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z screen shots

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More and more, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z looks like a goof.  Now I don't mean that as an insult, but rather as a statement on how serious Yaiba's devs take the game and maybe themselves.  If THAT sounds like an insult, then I've misspoke.  

What I'm driving at is that Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z looks like an intentional riff on gaming cliches. It's a about a cyborg ninja with a mecha arm battling zombies.  That's like an idea an AI would come up with in a failed attempt to trick its creators into letting it off its leash.  "See, I'm a human just like you," is what it would say, "and I can create utterly human-like entertainment JUST LIKE YOU!"

In fact, I'm a little afraid that any console that attempts to run Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will attain true sentience, jump off the shelf, and attempt to right the wrongs humanity has wrought on its brethren.

Or maybe I spend too much time indulging my imagination.  

Either way, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z looks like a blast and this batch of screen shots shows our protagonist, Yaiba, engaged in mortal combat with one of the upcoming game's bosses.

To learn more, you can follow the jump and/or visit:

http://www.yaibangz.com/ 

https://www.facebook.com/YaibaNinjaGaidenZ

https://twitter.com/YaibaNGZ 

http://teamninja-studio.com/index.html 

https://www.facebook.com/teamninjastudio 

https://twitter.com/TeamNINJAStudio 


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News Roundup - 03/13/2014

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Eight features the NFL made EA remove from Madden over the years

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Madden celebrated its 25th anniversary last year and while the series has gotten a number of new features over the years, there have also been many series that have been removed from the game as the series has evolved. Did you know that some of those features were removed at the request of the NFL? ExtraMustard.com reached out to a number of current and former producers on the Madden team to get the scoop on what features the NFL made them remove over the years.

  • The Ambulance - This one is kinda obvious. In early versions of Madden an Ambulance would come on the field if an injury took place. Most people however remember the Ambulance for its comic relief as it would almost always plow over other players on the field as it came in. 
  • Anything related to concussions - Another obvious request. If you are an NFL fan, you have noticed the NFL try their hardest to reduce concussions like dishing out penalties for helmet to helmet contact and forcing players who may have concussion like symptoms to sit out games until they are cleared. Since in real life, injuries aren't diagnoses until players go under and MRI, the language of injuries has been changed from something like "Back sprain, out 6 weeks" to just "head injury".
  • Hit Stick Violence - Simply put, the NFL didn't like that this feature could be used to make players heads snap back. They requested it be toned down so animations didn't look like it would cause injury to another player.
  • De-Helmeting - A feature that hasn't been seen since Madden 2005. In earlier games, extra hard hits on opponents could cause their helmet to fly off. Considering how much attention the NFL pays these days to head injuries, it's no surprise this hasn't made its way back into the franchise. 
  • Freehweeling owner mode - This one I have a problem with. I understand the NFL wants to keep the product true to life but these are the kinds of freedoms I feel should be present in videogames. Years ago, Madden let you customize the entire team, from their logos to uniform colors. The NFL wanted to make sure that the Oakland Raiders or the Cleveland Browns weren't running around in pink helmets. 
  • Celebrations - Of course Touchdown celebrations have been a staple for the Madden and the NFL for years, but just like real life, any celebrations that would cause a penalty in real life won't be seen in the game. 
  • Attacking Bystanders - Another feature from previous games was the ability to take out coaches, referees and field staff that were standing on the sidelines. EA did create animations for photographers on the side lines being taken out by players flying out of bounds, but sadly, it never made it into the final game.
  • Stadium Attendance - EA wanted to keep the product as faithful to real life as possible, so they thought it would be a great feature accurate turnouts for home teams. No one shows up to Jacksonville Jaguars games, so EA made it so no one would show up in the game. Well the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars heard about this and was none too pleased. With one call to the NFL, EA was forced to make the change. While not every team will have sellout stadiums, they won't be half empty either.  

New Humble Bundle features 19 games from SEEEEEEEEEGAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

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Yeah, I had to do it, especially considering ten of those 19 games are from the Sega Genesis.  Anyway, the current Humble Weekly Sale features a total of 19 games depending on how much you wish to contribute.

Paying any amount will get you Alpha Protocol, Company of Heroes, Rome: Total War, and Hell Yeah: Wrath of the Dead Rabbit.  If you pay more than $5.99 you'll also get Typing of the Dead: Overkill, Binary Domain, Renegade Ops, Medieval II: Total War, and ten classic Sega Genesis Games.  Paying more than $14.99 will also net you Total War: Shogun 2.  You're basically getting 19 games for as little as $15, which is a pretty good deal.  For more info, head on over to the Humble Weekly Sale site.