NamcoBandai to bring a slew of fighters overseas in 2014


NamcoBandai has announced a couple of highly anticipated fighters to be brought overseas (or in some cases world wide) in 2014.  The first of which is Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, which was first announced back in June.  The game will feature over 70 warriors to choose from, including characters from the latest Dragon Ball Z film, as well as 8 player free for all battles and 4 player co-op.  If you buy a game one edition, you will get a download code to give Goku a costume (and animations) mirroring Naruto Uzumaki’s sage mode form (similar to how Naruto got a Goku costume in his latest game, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3).  Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z will release on PS3, Xbox 360, and PSVita, however the PSVita version will only be available for digital download and will only feature one voice over option (English if you’re in NA or Japanese if you’re in EU).

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The second big game is Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle, which has already been released in Japan, will be brought over seas to US and NA regions sometime in 2014.  When the game is released in the west, it will include all of the on-going character balance being found in the Japanese version.  Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle is a PS3 exclusive and is being developed by CyberConnect2.

The final fighter announcement involves Soul Calibur: Lost Swords, the free-to-play single player game being released on the PSN.  The game will be launching later this winter and will include the characters Mitsurugi, Siegfried, and Sophita (who was killed off between Soul Calibur 4 and Soul Calibur 5.  The game will run on the latest iteration of the Soul Calibur 5 engine, and Producer Masaaki Hoshino is reported saying that “The game system itself is quite different, it’s been more streamlined and simplified so that people can more easily perform flashy, over-the-top maneuvers”

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Dark Souls 2 Beta Registration Starts Now


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Are you prepared to test?  If you’re one of the thousands, if not millions, of fans of the Souls series, and you can’t wait to get your teeth sunk into the next release, than I have good news for you.  From Software has announced via the Dark Souls facebook page that they are now taking applicants for the Dark Souls 2 beta that will run in October.  There is only one catch to applying: You must have a European PSN account.  If you’re one of the many people living in Europe and you want to apply, simply click this link, sign into your account, and “purchase” the application ticket.  If you don’t live in a European country and still want to participate, well no worries! It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to set up a Euro account and get started!  All you have to do is make an account in a European country, give it some fake billing information (or look up a real address, it doesn’t matter), and you’re on your way to the numerous ways From Software has planned for you to die.  The first round of the beta is to start on October 12th, and according to the facebook post, is supposed to be open to players from North America and Europe/Australia, however no word on how to get it with a NA account has been stated yet.

Rayman Legends on Vita Missing Levels, Ubisoft to Patch


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Earlier this week, Rayman Legends released on all systems after a long postponement by Ubisoft.  Fans of the Rayman Origins rejoiced as they were able to get their hands on the new game, which features all new levels, a new graphics engine, a multiplayer mode, and even remakes of Rayman Origins levels in the new engine.  But some fans noticed something rather off about a certain version of the game, primarily speaking the PlayStation Vita version.  Players on NeoGaf(1) noticed that the PlayStation Vita version of Rayman Legends was missing about 85 Teensies (the creatures you have to save in the game), which could all be found in the 28 Invasion levels that put challenge to some of the levels by adding a time limit.  These 28 Invasion levels were simply not present in the PlayStation Vita version of the game, but every other version (including the Steam version, which is priced about the same) included these levels.  Well after the discovery of these missing levels, Ubisoft has announced that they will be patching in these Invasion levels at a “later date”, citing the “longer than expected development time” as the reason the Invasion levels didn’t make it into the final cut of the Vita version.(2)  The patch will be free of charge, whenever it comes out.

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Nathan Drake and XCom come to PS+ Next Week, Sackboy Gets Behind The Wheel


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Sony has announced via their Playstation blog that, along with the already announced games being added to the Instant Game Collection next week, three new titles are taking the place of three older titles.  inFamous 2, Little Big Planet 2 and Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One are stepping down from their long standing place in the IGC after a full year, only to be replaced by three more big titles.  Uncharted 3, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and Little Big Planet Karting are being added to the IGC alongside tuesday’s regular update, which can include Saints Row the Third, Mechanarium, Zero’s Escape: Virtues Last Reward (which comes highly recommended from both Steve and I), or Gods Eater Burst.

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Best of Playstation Network Vol 1 Announced


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Sony has announced that they are releasing a collection of the best games offered on the PSN in one, physical package.  The package, titled Best of PlayStation Network Vol 1, features When Vikings Attack, Sound Shapes, Fat Princess, and my personal favorite, Tokyo Jungle.  The bundle will be available in stores June 25th for $39.99 for the PlayStation 3, and speaking of collections, the Jak and Daxter Collection will be coming to the PSVita June 18th for $29.99.  In case you haven’t heard me say it before, which is unlikely because I’ve said it numerous times, Tokyo Jungle is by far one of the best games I’ve ever played.  The total bundle would save you $15 as opposed to buying the games seperatly on the PSN, but honestly Tokyo Jungle pays for most of that cost.

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No Sleeping On The Job With This Month’s Playstation Plus Service


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The May preview for the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection has dropped, and they’ve finally listened to a large out cry from the fans.  First up on the list is Sleeping Dogs, I personally have no experience or knowledge of the game, but if so many people asked for it one has to believe it’s good.  Not only will you get the full game with PlayStation Plus, but you’ll also get three “premium” DLC packs, including the Retro Triad pack, Red Envelope pack, and Street Racer pack.  Also coming later this month is Knytt Underground, which is Cross-Buy enabled for PS3 and Vita, Germinator, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, and Pinball Arcade, which is also Cross-Buy enabled.  Looks like the Vita is getting some pretty hefty support this month.  Along with the May preview, we of course get the weekly preview, showing that Sleeping Dogs will be the first game to drop, along with a discount on the Papo & Yo bundle, which includes the game and the soundtrack.  As for the games leaving the Instant Game Collection there is, in order, Demons Souls, Megaman 9 & 10 combo pack, Tekken 6 PSP, Darksiders, and Zombie Tycoon 2, so get them while they’re hot folks.

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Coming to a console near you! May edition


Here is a grand list of games that are to be released in May

Xbox 360

May 14th

Metro: Last Light

May 21st

Fast & Furious: Showdown

Resident Evil: Revelations

May 28th

 Fuse

Grid 2

May 31st

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

XBLA

May 1st  

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

May 22nd

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

            May 31st

                        Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

PS3

 May 14th

Dust 514

Metro: Last Light

May 21st

Fast & Furious: Showdown

Resident Evil: Revelations

May 28th

Fuse

Grid 2

May 31st

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

PSN

May 22nd

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

May 31st

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

WiiU

May 7th

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut

May 21st

Fast & Furious: Showdown

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Resident Evil: Revelations

3DS

May 9th

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move

May 16th

Mega Man 5

May 21st

Fast & Furious: Showdown

May 24th

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

May 30th

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages

PC

Windows

May 1st  

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Fez

May 2nd

Might & Magic Heroes VI: Shades of Darkness

May 14th

Metro: Last Light

May 21st

Fast & Furious: Showdown

Resident Evil: Revelations

May 22nd

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

May 28th

Grid 2

May 31st

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

Dust: An Elysian Tail

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Mac

May 31st

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

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Linux

May 31st

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

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Mobile

Android

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

iOS

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded