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Ghosts: Call of Duty Announced. Release Date Is November 5 2013 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Next-Gen). New Story, Setting, Characters, Engine. Box Art, Trailer Shown

Ghosts COD Wallpaper ArtworkGhosts: Call of Duty or COD: Ghosts will be released on November 5th 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, as well as next-generation systems (which most likely means Xbox 720 and PS4. WiiU was not specifically mentioned. Does that mean the game is skipping WiiU? God let’s hope not…. If that happens it is a major, major blow to Nintendo’s next-gen system).

The newest installment in the ever-loved, ever-hated, ever-popular, phenom of a FPS series is being developed by Infinity Ward, who was responsible for the Modern Warfare series. It is not being developed by Treyarch, who is responsible for the Black Ops series. This thus continues the tradition of switching off between the two developers for the yearly COD installments.

Call of Duty: Ghosts (the official title) will feature an all-new storyline with all-new characters, a next-generation engine (for both current and next-gen consoles) and an all-new setting; although more details will be forthcoming as we speed ever-closer to E3 2013.

Activision promises that COD: Ghosts features “a riveting all-new gameplay experience built on an entirely new story, setting and cast of characters, all powered by a new, next generation Call of Duty engine that redefines the series for the next generation.”

“Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4, which would have been the safe thing to do,” said Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin, “but we’re not resting on our laurels. We saw the console transition as the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter for Call of Duty. So we’re building a new sub-brand, a new engine, and a lot of new ideas and experiences for our players. We can’t wait to share them with our community.”

“Infinity Ward set the gold standard for first-person action for a generation, and they’re going to do it again with Call of Duty: Ghosts,” said Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg. “Ghosts delivers an all-new story, all-new characters, an all-new Call of Duty world, all powered by a next generation Call of Duty engine, which is a leap forward for the franchise. Infinity Ward is going all-in to create the next generation of Call of Duty worthy of the world’s greatest fans.”

Although COD: Ghosts is not a console-exclusive entry, Activision has already stated that the game WILL be shown for the Next-Xbox (Xbox 720?) on May 21st when Microsoft fully reveals and announced their new, next-gen console. So Call of Duty fans won’t have long to wait! Don’t forget to check out the official COD Ghosts Box Art.

 

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Batman: Arkham Origins Release Date October 25 2013 Announced (WiiU, PC, Xbox 360, PS3). 3rd Game In Series Starring Young Batman. Rocksteady Not Developing (Warner Bros. Montreal Is)

Batman: Arkham Origins Gameplay Screenshot (WiiU, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Batman returns in a younger state with Batman: Arkham Origins.

Batman: Arkham Origins has been announced for WiiU, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, outted by Game Informer magazine which will go in-depth into this 3rd game in the highly acclaimed series as it’s cover-story and World Exclusive reveal for their May 2013 issue of the American magazine.

Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel tale telling the Origin-story not young Bruce Wayne, the that everyone knows and loves of how he turns into the menacing Caped Crusader and dons the cowl & cape to hunt criminals in the night as Batman (although I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of that pop up in the game), but rather the origin of Batman’s relationship with a lot of various characters and villains in the series. This game will also mark the first time that Batman gets to explore the streets of the iconic Gotham City.

Batman Arkham Origins Game Informer Magazine Cover Artwork

Game Informer broke the worldwide exclusive on their cover.

The biggest change this time is the fact that Batman: Arkham Origins is being developed by Warner Bros. Montreal, an in-house WB Games studio, instead of Rocksteady; who was made famous by developing the first two games to incredible critical acclaim (highly regarded as the greatest superhero games ever made) and super sales that put the studio on-the-map. Thankfully, the team will be utilizing existing assets from Rocksteady’s portfolio in order to ensure that this game maintains the look that fans expect.

Hopefully we’ll get to see what Rocksteady is working on for WB Games (who bought them out after the wild success of Batman: Arkham Asylum) at E3 2013 in a couple months.

One of the lead designers on Batman: Arkham Origins is Eric Holmes who previously worked on the critically acclaimed Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction for last-gen systems as well as the Prototype series, so he knows a thing or two about creating successful superhero games. Thus Batman: Arkham Origins is in capable hands.

Batman: Arkham Origins Videogame Fight Scene Screenshot

Looks very similar to the previous Rocksteady games.

Players will encounter new villains that haven’t yet been seen in the franchise (although that’s pretty much a given), including a number of assassin’s who converge on Christmas Eve to kill The Bat as a team.

Batman: Arkham Origins will be released on October 25th 2013, just in time for the holiday season. And may very well be one of a group of “swan song” triple-A titles released for current-generation consoles as we transition to the next-generation. Although a PS4/Xbox 720 release wasn’t announced, I wouldn’t be surprised if the game hits those systems at some point in the future.

Press Release:
“Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline occurring several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City.

Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous villains and assassins, the game showcases a young, raw, unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight.

As the story unfolds, witness identities being formed and key relationships being forged.”

“WB Games Montréal is honored to have the opportunity to create Batman: Arkham Origins, a new chapter in this amazing franchise,” Reid Schneider, Vice President of WB Games Montréal said. “We are huge fans of the franchise and are committed to creating an experience that offers players more of what they love, as well as the chance to play as a younger Batman within a fresh storyline and expanded world.”

 

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Resident Evil 6 Movie In Development. Release Date Is September 12 2014. May Be Final Paul W.S. Anderson Film In the Series. He Directs Once More. Milla Jovovich Returns As Alice. Sequel To Resident Evil Retribution.

Milla Jovovich Alice Resident Evil Retribution

She’s turned into quite the beloved videogame film character.

Resident Evil 6 movie?! That’s right, Paul W.S. Anderson is back to direct a Resident Evil 6 film for release on September 12 2014, with Milla Jovovich returning as Alice. The film will be a direct-sequel to Resident Evil: Retribution and may be the final film in the current Paul Anderson film series.

Here is a trailer for the Resident Evil: Retribution film (RE5).

The original 2002 Resident Evil film starred Milla Jovovich as Alice, and she has returned to reprise her role in each subsequent film, including Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) and Resident Evil: Retribution (2012). Like those films, this film will mix all-new elements and characters with elements lifted from the videogames… Which began to incorporate more Resident Evil staple characters (including Chris Redfield, Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine and Albert Wesker) starting with the RE2 film (Apocalypse) which featured Nemesis from Resident Evil 3. Other movies have featured everything from the Crows, Zombie Dogs (Cerberus) and Lickers, to the scythe wielding enemy (The Executioner) from Resident Evil 5.

That means that we can expect the Resident Evil 6 film to incorporate elements from the Resident Evil 6 game into the film. Resident Evil 6 will also be shot in 3D, just like Afterlife and Retribution before it.

While the Resident Evil films have been panned by critics and dissed by many fans of the videogame series, the films have been a success at the box-office and on home-video, and have really helped establish the Resident Evil franchise as even more of a powerhouse series (despite the Razzie Award nominations the film franchise has been given for bad acting and the like). The Resident Evil brand is more well known now thanks to these films, and they have an audience of fans (like my dad) who really enjoys them.

For fans of the games, they are not what we would like to see… So I hope that Resident Evil 6 will be the final film by Anderson and we can get a film that is more faithful to Resident Evil remake or Resident Evil 4 in feel and tone….

Anderson has a number of other projects in the works, including a possible film adaptation of Castlevania and a disaster movie called Pompeii in which he’s directing (based on the famous Mount Vesuvius eruption that destroyed an entire city way back in AD79).

Personally I really enjoyed Afterlife, and I thought it was a cool action film. Apocalypse was my favorite before that, I prefer the action to Anderson’s (sad) take on horror, so the first film and Resident Evil Extinction absolutely sucked in my opinion. Btw Retribution grossed over $220 million worldwide, so you can see why Screen Gems wants to continue making these films.

 

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Pikachu Yellow 3DS XL Pokemon-Themed System Release Date Is March 24 2013 (USA) Alongside Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity (3DS)

Yellow Pikachu 3DS XL USA Cover Box Art

The American box art for the Yellow 3DS XL Pikachu Edition!

A Pikachu Yellow 3DS XL will be released in America on March 24th 2013, hitting day and date alongside Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity, the newest game in the awesome Rogue-like RPG spin-off series “Pokemon Mystery Dungeon”. Also releasing on this day will be Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon for 3DS! WOW! What a day! :D

The Pikachu 3DS XL is yellow in color (naturally) and features the adorable rat square and center in the middle of the front of the system. It will also include a 4GB SD Card and will cost $200. I’m pretty positive that this is the first yellow-colored Nintendo system since the Yellow Game Boy Color that came with Pokemon Yellow way back in the day! (i.e., 1999 I believe).

However it’s worth noting that the Pikachu 3DS XL system is NOT bundled with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity, the two are sold separately. Which is an odd decision, I’d think Nintendo would want to raise the profile of the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series by including it with the yellow Pikachu 3DS.

Pikachu 3DS XL Japanese Box Art

Oooo very yellow!

Maybe Nintendo thinks that the Pikachu 3DS would go better with the upcoming Pokemon X & Y, and will bundle it with those games at a later date? Time will tell. Nintendo also recently released a special Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS system bundle, for those who are keeping count.

This Pikachu 3DS-XL is a really neat looking system. I’ll definitely want to get my hands on it at some point!

As for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, it is the 3rd installment in the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series, which began on the Game Boy Advance with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team in 2006 (If “Mystery Dungeon” sounds familiar, that’s because it in itself is an RPG line of games developed by Chunsoft. Few of the games have made it to the West, but you may have heard of Chocobo Mystery Dungeon or “Chocobo’s Dungeon” or Siren the Wanderer, both titles in the “Mystery Dungeon” line).

A Blue Rescue Team version was also available for the original DS in 2006, making it one of the few games ever to get a simultaneous release on both Game Boy Advance and DS. The sequels followed in 2007 with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness for DS. An enhanced remake (similar to the extra-colored Pokemon editions like Yellow, Emerald, Crystal, and Platinum) was released in 2009 for DS called “Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky” that included updated features over the original Explorers of Time & Darkness games.

And finally that brings us to the 3DS game Gates to Infinity in 2013. It’s also worth noting that a WiiWare Pokemon Mystery Dungeon spin-off was released exclusively in Japan and no where else called “Blazing Adventure Squad”, “Stormy Adventure Squad” and “Light Adventure Squad” (different versions).

All Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games are a subset of RPG called a “Roguelike”. These games are normally extremely difficult, but Pokemon Mystery Dungeon makes them more accessible and gives a “for everyone including kids” spin on the Roguelike genre. Rogue-likes feature randomly-generated, turn-based maps/dungeons, tile-based battles, hardcore level-grinding (where you have to keep fighting many enemies to get strong enough to proceed) and often feature perma-death (meaning characters that die stay dead forever). Most of these games are dungeon-crawls, meaning the vast majority of the game takes place inside dungeons with multiple floors. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon however features fantastic character development, extremely witty and hilarious writing, and an incredibly deep storyline where the Pokemon themselves actually speak and talk, and are their own unique characters.

If you’ve never played a Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game, I highly recommend it. And this is coming from someone who had never played a Rogue-like before nor is a big Pokemon fan!

Here is a Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity trailer video.

About Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity:
Discover the incredible 3D world of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, where Pokémon speak and amazing adventures are always nearby! What’s more, you will become a Pokémon yourself! You’ll meet all kinds of Pokémon throughout the game, both in the towns you’ll visit and the Mystery Dungeons you’ll explore.

Have fun exploring more than 20 dungeons filled with all kinds of Pokémon, treasure, and surprises! Each of the dungeons you’ll explore has unique characteristics, including the Pokémon you’ll find, the number of floors in the dungeon, and the types of terrain you’ll have to deal with. Some of the Pokémon you battle will offer to join your team, too!

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Gates to Infinity Artwork

The first Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game for 3DS.

In addition to the dungeons you’ll delve into during the main story, you can use the Nintendo 3DS Camera to discover Magnagates—entrances to new dungeons—by scanning everyday objects around you!

Join up with people nearby who are also playing Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity to explore and battle through dungeons together! Up to four people can play at a time. You can play as any of the Pokémon on your team—you don’t have to battle as your main Pokémon character.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity arrives for the Nintendo 3DS system on March 24th, 2013, both in stores and in the Nintendo eShop.

Here is a Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Demo Let’s Play Video.

 

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New Mario & Luigi: Dream Team RPG Announced For 3DS. Enter Luigi’s Crazy Dreams!

Mario & Luigi Dream Team Logo 3DS Artwork

Whoo-hoo!

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team for 3DS has been announced as an all-new title in the highly acclaimed Mario & Luigi RPG series! This marks the 4th game in the franchise, following Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for Game Boy Advance, Mario & Luigi: Partner’s In Time for DS, Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story for 3DS, and now Mario & Luigi: Dream Team for 3DS.

This time, instead of entering the innards of Bowser, Luigi’s dreams will serve as the environments and setting for this game! During the game, Luigi is sleeping, and you can interact with his face in unique ways to cause all kinds of interesting things to happen in the environment you are exploring as Mario! You can even summon Swarms of Luigi to attack groups of enemies! PSYCHO!

The game will be released in Summer of 2013!

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story is one of the greatest games ever made IMHO, so I am SUPER EXCITED for this new game! It looks amazing, the writing is always top-notch and absolutely hilarious, and having a game set inside a weirdo like Luigi’s dreams, is absolutely INGENIOUS! Once again, the developers at Alpha Dream look to impress! They always include the most interesting settings, environments, characters and story hooks, and this game will definitely be no exception!

The original Mario & Luigi is also among my favorite games of all time, but Partners In Time (which I never played) was not as critically acclaimed. Hopefully this game will be just as good as the third title, and not more like the second. Time will tell!

 

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Pokemon Y And Pokemon X 3DS New Core Games Announced. Features Complete Polygonal 3D Graphics For First Time Ever!

Pokemon Y and X Logos

All-new logos for all-new Pokemon games!

Pokemon Y and Pokemon X have been officially announced for 3DS! As the next all-new core games in the Pokemon series!

Update: The legendary Pokemon named have officially been unveiled! They are the Flying Legendary Yveltal (pronounced ee-VELL-tawl) and the deer-like “Xerneas” (pronounced Xerneas).

The games will feature the first ever fully, 100% polygonal 3D graphics, finally bringing the Pokemon series into the modern gaming world with a game that has cut the trappings of tradition that the series has stubbornly held onto ever since the first Pokemon hit way back in 1996 on the original Game Boy! The new name is also the first time that the color theme has finally been broken, signaling the true next-generation of Pokemon (From Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow to Gold, Silver and Crystal to Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald to Diamond, Pearl and Platinum to FireRed and LeafGreen to SoulSilver and HeartGold to Pokemon Black and White to Pokemon Black 2 and White 2)

Three all-new Pokemon were revealed as the main Pokemon from this title that players will be able to select at the beginning of the game, per tradition. They are: Chespin (Grass), Fennekin (Fire) and Froakie (Water) in what look similar to a raccoon, a fox and a frog.

Sadly, those who were looking forward to having a real unique mix like a Steel or Dark Pokemon at the start of the new games will be sorely disappointed.

The biggest new improvements for Pokemon Y and Pokemon X come in the department of Pokemon Battles, where the visuals have been given a huge and complete overhaul, with all-new animations and much more dynamic battles that are a 100 fold improvement on previous Pokemon games.

But don’t take my word for it, watch the first official trailer for Pokemon Y and Pokemon X!

 
 

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Tales of Xillia American US and European Releases Confirmed By Namco

Tales of Xillia Logo

The official logo for Tales of Xillia, the 13th entry in the long-running Namco RPG series.

Tales of Xillia is coming to the USA! In addition to an American release, Europe will also be getting the game confirmed Namco via their Twitter account.

Here’s a Japanese Tales of Xillia Trailer, showing tons of cutscenes and story sequences, along with gameplay at the end.

This is huge news for fans of the Tales series of RPGs from Namco, who were a bit worried that the latest game in the series, a PS3-exclusive, would not see the light of day outside Japan.

Thankfully, Namco has come to their senses, although no word on exactly WHEN the game will be released has been announced. But it is extremely likely it will hit sometime this holiday, if I had to wager a guess.

Tales of Xillia Battle Gameplay Screenshot (PS3)

This is what the RPG battles look like in Tales of Xillia exclusively for PS3. Coming this Fall 2012.

The latest game in the Tales series was the 3DS Tales of the Abyss 3D released last year, a remake of the PS2 title from 2006. Before that we got Tales of Graces f for PS3, an enhanced port of a Wii game in the series that was never released outside of Japan. The game most players will remember from the current generation is the Xbox 360-exclusive Tales of Vesperia (also released for PS3 in Japan with an updated version). Sadly there are two fairly recent DS entries in the Tales series that never got released outside of Japan. Hopefully Namco can combine them into a dual-pack and release it for 3DS or something along those lines eh?

Otherwise, releases of Tales games in the West have been somewhat hit or miss, but it’s great to hear that Tales of Xillia will finally be getting its day on Western shores.

Tales of Xillia Characters Screenshot. Some pretty cool cats in shades!

Apparently some pretty cool cats from Tales of Xillia. What with the shades in all…

 

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