It is with great pleasure that I would like to announce the first NUReviews Plays special, BatWeek. Read the details after the break, but first, a promo trailer:
Square Enix has released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3 showing off some battle gameplay to give a sense of how things will work in the game. It starts off with Sora, Donald, and Goofy fighting off some heartless in, what appears to be, Twilight Town. The following scene shows off a new special that acts a lot like those swinging pirate ship rides, and finally a fight against the rock golem from Hercules while the trio rides around on the “Big Magic Mountain Train”. Also Sora gets guns that shoot fire balls. Kingdom Hearts 3 is currently in development for PS4 and Xbox One with no release date.
Thursday, October 10th to Sunday the 14th was perhaps the most exhausting and longest weekend I have experienced so far in my life. Navigating through the crowds of the con and streets of New York was not for the agoraphobic. At least finding a way to the convention in NYC wasn’t a complete labyrinth, just follow the closest cosplayer you see, and you should be at the con in no time. Everywhere you turned your head on the con floor, you’d see a vendors with so much merch of all sorts of media. A nerd/geek’s shopping spree can get as nasty as a Black Friday shopper. It’s almost like an addiction. “I can stop buying swag whenever I want…or run out of money”. Finally, the patience of Buddha is required for the waiting lines for panels. Some people waited for 9 hours in the panel hall just to get into the Walking Dead panel. At least you could kill time reading comics, right?
Nevertheless, New York Comic Con is one of the few times of the year I actually get hype about. Hanging around like-minded friends, engulfed in all things geek is just a swell feeling. Down below you can see the pictures we snapped from the convention. We’ll be releasing a video of interviews and footage we captured later this week. Enjoy.
Some of these pictures might be blurry. We apologize for this. We promise to be mindful of the quality next time we release a photo set.
SquareEnix released a trailer for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call at the Tokyo Game Show this week. The trailer shows off a few new characters added to the game, as well as the multiplayer mode and some of the new songs added to the game (including tracks from Japan locked Type-o). Theatrhythm Final Fantasy released in the US in July of last year, right along side another 3DS rhythm game, Rhythm Thief & The Emperor’s Treasure. While the game didn’t last me long, it was a fun and challenging twist on the Rhythm game genre, and is a good buy if you’re a fan of both it and Final Fantasy. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call has a Japanese launch date of Spring 2014.
Team Gravity, the team behind PSVita hit Gravity Rush, released a new trailer at the Tokyo Game Show that hints at nothing but a sequel. The trailer starts by showing off some concept art of a new city, then transitions to the heroine of Gravity Rush, Kat, actually flying around the city. It ends simply with “Fall Again….a new project from Team Gravity.” Gravity Rush is one of the biggest hits in the PlayStation Vita’s library, and is easily one of my favorite games in the recent years, so to see the sequel for it being in development only makes me a happy gamer.
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).
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”
FromSoftware announced yesterday that Dark Souls 2 will be releasing March 11th, 2014 in NA, March 14th in EU, and March 13th in JP. These release dates relate to the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, while the PC players will have to wait until “shortly after”, the reason cited being so the PC version can “fully capture all the necessary specs”. They also announced that there will be a collectors edition of the game containing the soundtrack, an artbook, a cloth map, and a 12 inch figuring of the iconic soldier character. If you choose to just pre-order the regular edition, you will get a complimentary tin case to house the game and a copy of the game’s sound track.