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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition dated


HD port of handheld title due April 1
Feb 20
// Conrad Zimmerman
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate released to tepid reviews (at best), but that's not stopped Armature Studios from taking another crack at the Dark Knight as they transition the handheld game to PC and console platforms in t...
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PS Vita

Risk of Rain is coming to PS Vita


More of the good stuff
Feb 11
// Jordan Devore
I quite enjoy playing Hopoo Games' action-platformer Risk of Rain, and like most independently-developed games, I'd be happy to see it ported over to PlayStation Vita. That's happening. The list of indies on the handheld grow...
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Grand Theft Auto

GTA V on other platforms if 'that is where consumers are'


But Take-Two won't 'drive them there'
Feb 07
// Jordan Devore
There was no official word about Grand Theft Auto V coming to PC, much less PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, during Take-Two's earnings call. CEO Strauss Zelnick was asked about the possibility of such ports, of course -- these are...
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Treasure

Treasure has plans for more ports to Steam and a new game


Company is focused on PC development right now
Jan 29
// Jordan Devore
Ikaruga coming to Steam by way of Steam Greenlight was an unusual sight to behold but if that's weirdly what it takes to get Treasure games on the platform, I'm all for it. In an interview with Famitsu, Treasure president Mas...
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Metal Slug

Okay, sure: Metal Slug 3 hits Steam next month


Where are you going with this, SNK?
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
I have lost track of the number of times I've bought Metal Slug 3, which usually isn't a good sign -- but it's one of those timeless games and I can't help myself. Absolutely no regrets. Temptation will arise once again in Fe...

Impressions: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Jan 27 // Chris Carter
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4 [tested], Xbox One [tested])Developer: Crystal DynamicsPublisher: Square EnixReleased: January 28, 2014MSRP: $59.99 To be perfectly clear, outside of the graphical upgrades, the Definitive Edition is basically the exact same offering as the original Tomb Raider package on 360, PS3, and PC. DLC has been bundled in (sans one previously exclusive character), mostly consisting of unimpressive multiplayer maps and even less impressive costumes. There's also approximately 15 screens of art from the official artbook which, while beautiful, isn't something you'll spend more than a minute on. You'll also get a 28-page Dark Horse comic book, which serves as a nice little prequel, providing back stories to flesh out the poorly developed supporting characters in the game. It has a nice UI that automatically zooms in on panels, and it's pretty easy to read overall. There's also a six-part developer video series with Chuck's Zachary Levi. In other words, it's all ancillary content, nothing to get excited about, and nothing really meaty or new. The real question is does it look better? Yes. Yes, it does. That's evident after the first ten minutes with the cave-in sequence and all of the particles that dance about in the environment, whether it's embers from your torch's flame or just general dust. Pretty much everything is better, which not only makes the game enjoyable to look at, but makes combat that much more intense when all of the enhanced filters are applied. Lara's impressive new hair effects are a standout improvement as well, and her face has been completely rebuilt. Every strand on her head is active (and it shows), and effects like sweat are now more noticeable. [embed]268858:52211:0[/embed] Bushes also sway in the wind, the water is more clear, and just about every single environmental aspect of the game is improved. It's a good thing, too, as Tomb Raider's island is pretty iconic, and I found myself looking at some of my favorite sequences in an all new light. Although I don't think most fans will care or notice the differences, I was fairly impressed by them.Does it look sixty dollars better (or that much better than the already souped up PC version)? Not really -- at least to most people it won't. It runs at 1080p and 30/60 fps (Xbox One/PS4 respectively), so it's at the very least on par with the PC version, even exceeding it at points with the completely reworked portions. There are other gameplay-related extras like Kinect support for the Xbox One and remote play for the PS4, but again, nothing major. The DualShock 4's lightbar is a factor, as it flashes when you fire a shot or light a torch, and the speaker also plays random ambient sounds (which can get annoying after a while). Along with the PS4 version's 60 fps, it's the clear-cut winner here. The Definitive Edition of Tomb Raider truly is meant for those who haven't played this great game yet, and in that regard, it's a shame that it wasn't competitively priced. A clear amount of effort went into making this look like the best version, and with all existing content in tow, it's also the easiest way to get everything. The catch is you'll find it much cheaper on the 360 and PS3 sans visual upgrades, and even cheaper on PC during a Steam sale. If you've never played it though, wait for a price drop and try the Definitive Edition.
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Definitive version, not so definitively priced
Tomb Raider had a rather interesting development cycle. It went from pure hype, to "this looks like an Uncharted clone," to controversy, and back to hype. But all of that dev drama aside, when the game actually came...

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Phoenix Wright trilogy

Wright on: GBA Phoenix Wright trilogy coming to 3DS


In 3D! And only in Japan, for now. But with English!
Jan 22
// Steven Hansen
Capcom is bundling the first three Ace Attorney games for 3DS, according to Famitsu, picked up by Siliconera. Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection will include Ace Attorney, Justice for All, and Trials and Tribulations, all gu...
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Disgaea 4 Vita

Disgaea 4 Return gets a debut Vita trailer


Portables are perfect for this series
Oct 31
// Chris Carter
Disgaea 4 is coming to the Vita in the form of Disgaea 4 Returns, and you can get a quick look at what's on offer in this new trailer from developer NIS. The franchise's signature style is all here, including Prinny costumes...
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Castlevania

PC version of Castlevania: Mirror of Fate HD coming later


Confirmed-ish
Oct 23
// Abel Girmay
We've been teased before about the possibility of a PC release for the console-bound Castlevania: Lords of Shadow -- Mirror of Fate HD. When asked on Twitter if the game would see a simultaneous PC and console release, produc...
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Tales of Hearts iOS

Namco hates you: Tales of Hearts R is on iOS in Japan


Don't go breakin' my heart
Oct 10
// Steven Hansen
I don't want to break your Tales of Hearts, Tales fans, but I guess it builds character. Tales of Hearts was a DS game that never got localized. It's supposed to be quite good. Namco polished the game, added a new character, ...
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Spelunky PC Port

PC Port Report: Spelunky


Pugs for everyone!
Aug 18
// Fraser Brown
[Want to know how a developer handled the PC version of a multiplatform game? Check out the PC Port Report for the full scoop.] The original Spelunky, now known as Spelunky Classic, was a freeware PC title, but it was XBLA pl...
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Real Boxing Vita

Get your box off with Real Boxing on Vita


More like real boring har har har
Jul 31
// Steven Hansen
The mobile title Real Boxing is coming to PlayStation Vita next month, August 27. Its press release boasts it is the, "first console-style boxing simulation for the PlayStation Vita" and has newly featured, "console-style mu...
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Disgaea 4 Vita

Disgaea 4 is coming to the PlayStation Vita in Japan


Scheduled for a January release as 'Disgaea 4 Return'
Jul 13
// Chris Carter
Rejoice Valvatorez fans, as Disgaea 4 is officially headed to the PlayStation Vita this January in Japan as Disgaea 4 Return. Following suit with every core game in the series that's either rocked the DS, PSP, ...
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XCOM

Critical Hit! XCOM: Enemy Unknown finally out for Macs


Running a paramilitary organization has never looked this trendy
Jun 29
// Jason Cabral
Seems like a fair bit of critically acclaimed titles are finally making their long-awaited hop over to the Mac gaming universe. Last week we had Rockstar's take on a modern noir story in Max Payne 3, and this week we have Fir...
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Joe Danger on PC judged

PC Port Report: Joe Danger 1 & 2


*Controller not included
Jun 28
// Patrick Hancock
Joe Danger and Joe Danger 2: The Movie are such great games. I played the crap out of both of them on the consoles, and am still really happy that they have arrived on PC as well. Some new features have been added, including ...
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Resident Evil Revelations

PC Port Report: Resident Evil Revelations


A great game made slightly better
Jun 17
// Fraser Brown
[Want to know how a developer handled the PC version of a multiplatform game? Check out the PC Port Report for the full scoop.] The 3DS version of Resident Evil Revelations was not the success it should have been. In my humbl...
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Lords of Shadow PC

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is coming to PC


In the form of an 'Ultimate Edition'
Jun 05
// Chris Carter
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, the most successful Castlevania game in the franchise (I still can't believe that), is coming to the PC in August. It's being released digitally on August 27th and physically (on August 30th in ...
Papo & Yo PC photo
Papo & Yo PC

PC Port Report: Papo & Yo


No less tragic, but a lot prettier
Apr 24
// Fraser Brown
[Want to know how a developer handled the PC version of a multiplatform game? Check out the PC Port Report for the full scoop.] When I played Papo & Yo in August, last year, I quickly found myself fascinated by Vande...

Donkey Kong Country Returns is more accessible on 3DS

Apr 19 // Abel Girmay
[embed]251868:48175:0[/embed] Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)Developer: Monster GamesPublisher: NintendoRelease: May 24, 2013 (US, EU) Another addition to the 3DS version is the extra world unlocked after beating the main campaign. This ninth world brings and additional eight levels with it, and they are hard, very hard. If you still worry about this edition somehow being nerfed, these courses will put all of that to rest. Pinpoint accuracy, a healthy stock of items, and a Hail Mary are strongly advised if you want to make it through these. In addition to the gameplay tweaks, Donkey Country Returns on 3DS makes heavy use of the 3D, particularly the depth of field effects. It's nothing game changing, but when you shoot off in a barrel between the background and foreground with the 3D slider turned up, it adds something to the experience and sense of motion. In a nutshell, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D already looks like a better game than it's Wii counterpart. With so much of original game's design translating so well for a handheld title, there really was not much that needed to be done, so it's nice to see the changes are more refinements than iterations. If you've already gone through the Wii version then there's really not much to see here, as eight more levels just isn't worth the price of admission. For everyone else, do take note to see how this one pans out.
Donkey Kong Country photo
Also makes heavy use of depth of field effects
By the time Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is released, it will have been two and half years from the original's debut on the Wii. So what has changed in that time? Well, not a whole lot, and that's not a bad thing. Donkey Ko...

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Castle of Illusion

Castle of Illusion digital box art materializes


Does this hint at a remake in the vein of DuckTales?
Apr 07
// Tony Ponce
Last month, the Brazilian ratings board DJCTQ revealed that the SEGA Genesis platforming classic Castle of Illusion was coming to PS3, Vita, 360, and Wii U. Now, XBLA digital box art has appeared, indicating that a formal ann...
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Muramasa Rebirth

Check out Muramasa Rebirth's improved translation


Compare these screens from both Wii and Vita versions
Apr 06
// Tony Ponce
Muramasa Rebirth, the Vita port of 2009's Muramasa: The Demon Blade for Wii, is more than just a simple up-res. As noted in Steven Hansen's recent preview, publisher Aksys Games has re-translated the game, resulting in a much...
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RE6 PC Port

PC Port Report: Resident Evil 6


Pretend you're playing Left 4 Dead 2!
Apr 06
// Patrick Hancock
[Want to know how a developer handled the PC version of a multiplatform game? Check out the PC Port Report for the full scoop.] The Resident Evil franchise boasts one of the worst PC ports of all time with its release of Resi...
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First week sales in Japan are shockingly low
Square Enix expressed disappointment a couple months ago with the performance of Dragon Quest X on Wii, despite the MMO outpacing the sales and subscription retention of Final Fantasy XI, the most profitable FF ever. With the...

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Jak and Daxter

Jak and Daxter Collection might come to PS Vita


New ESRB listing suggests a port is in the works
Mar 23
// Tony Ponce
The original Jak and Daxter was a charming little platformer if not a bit derivative. The two sequels were... err... something else, for lack of a better phrase. I enjoyed them nonetheless, and I'm disappointed that Naughty D...
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Deus Ex Wii U

Deus Ex: Human Revolution officially announced for Wii U


Revamped boss fights and GamePad functionality included
Mar 20
// Chris Carter
As a surprise to no one, Square Enix has officially announced and acknowledged the existence of the rumored Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director's Cut for the Wii U. The new Wii U-centric features include GamePad hacking, inte...
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Deus Ex Wii U

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut coming to Wii U


Keep the late port train a-rollin'
Mar 19
// Tony Ponce
Leave it to Amazon to once again break a story well ahead of a publisher's official announcement. A new listing on the online retailer reveals Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut for Wii U is set to release on May 7. Rum...
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Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons arcade games coming to PS3 and 360?


God, I hope so
Mar 16
// Conrad Zimmerman
Siliconera has a story up right now which may spoil some of Capcom's plans for this coming PAX East. According to the post, the publisher is set to announce the impending arrival of classic Dungeons & Dragons arcade ...
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Terraria

Terraria console devs 'looking into' Vita port


Vita 'could be a very natural fit'
Mar 12
// Darren Nakamura
In an interview on TechnologyTell, David Welch of 505 Games discusses some of the challenges and successes that the studio has encountered while bringing Terraria to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Interestingly, some of the ...
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The Conduit HD

Wii FPS The Conduit is going HD for smartphones


I completely forgot about this game
Mar 01
// Tony Ponce
I won't blame you for only vaguely remembering The Conduit, the Wii-exclusive first-person shooter that developer High Voltage Software claimed would be so technologically proficient that it would demonstrate just how little ...
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Brutal Legend on PC

PC Port Report: Brutal Legend


Be prepared to use a controller for Brutal Legend on PC
Feb 26
// Joshua Derocher
[Want to know how a developer handled the PC version of a multiplatform game? Check out the PC Port Report for the full scoop.] It's been about three and a half years since Brütal Legend came out on consoles and it has f...

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