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Candy Crush Saga coming to China via online giant Tencent

One of the biggest mobile games partners exclusively with China’s biggest distributor for an upcoming Chinese-language launch. …

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Natsume set to re-release Bust-a-Move 4 on the PSN this spring

Natsume has announced that puzzle game classic Bust-a-Move 4 (originally released in the arcade, PS1, and Dreamcast back in the day) is getting a re-release this spring on the PSN. The title will be available on the PS3, Vita, and PSP.

P2 is so totally screwed

Hiro Maekawa, CEO of Natsume Inc., shared these words on the upcoming bubble fest:

Bust-a-Move 4 was a very successful and popular title, and fans have been asking for a re-release for years. We were very happy to bring this classic back to new systems as a digital download!”

You and me both; I used to play the crap out of this back in the PS1 days. Bust-a-Move 4 features eight modes, like Puzzle Mode, Versus Mode, and Edit Mode. Edit Mode allows players to make 25 of their own stages, which is groovy. Bust-a-Move 4 was also the first title in the series to use chain reactions to utterly destroy your opponent, and also pulleys that required gamers to play the entire field so the weights on the sides of the stages didn’t rise or fall too low.

As far as story goes, you play as Bub or Bob as they rescue the seven shattered rainbow bubbles, but you only really care about popping the colored bubbles and the cool sound your machine makes when you shoot (PWEEE). There are a total of ten playable characters in all, with four additional unlockables.

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Hex: Shards of Fate begins closed beta registration

Publisher Cryptozoic Entertainment announced today that as of today, they are starting to send out keys for closed beta testing of their upcoming game, Hex: Shards of Fate.  Cryptozoic is best known for their production of board games and TCGs, and this is the company’s debut into online gaming.  Hex was funded by crowdsourcing through Kickstarter, and will be the first of a brand new gaming genre: the MMOTCG.  The game is an online trading card game with RPG aspects rolled into it, where you customize and build up both your character and cards with unique perks and abilities.  As you challenge other players and get more rewards, you can augment your decks with equipment and gain the advantage during play.  Hex will feature eight playable races and six different classes, each with individual abilities that affect the strategies and tactics you can utilize to build your decks.  To be eligible for the beta, all you have to do is register here. In the meantime, check out their teaser trailer for the game below!

No release date has been announced for the game yet, but both Windows and Mac gamers will be able to play it come release.  Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

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Ask Us A Question, We’ll Answer It In A Podcast

Do you have a burning question about video games for the Game Informer staff? Here's your chance to get an answer.

Just leave your question in the comments section below and, if selected, we'll answer it in an upcoming Game Informer Show podcast. It's just that simple. Ask away! – The Feed

XCOM Creator’s Chaos Reborn Kickstarter Surpasses Goal

Launched early last month, XCOM creator Julian Gollop’s Kickstarter project Chaos Reborn, has met and surpassed its goal.

Chaos Reborn is a sequel of sorts to Gollop's classic ZX Spectrum game Chaos: The Battle of Wizards, which you can read about here.

With 6 hours left in its campaign as of this writing, Chaos Reborn has raised $ 199,363 of its $ 180,000 goal with 4,871 backers.

In an update following the game's successful funding Gollop posted an update saying, "Chaos Reborn has been funded with just 34 hours to go on the clock. Thank you to everybody who backed the project and promoted it. Thanks to my team for working after hours to make the prototype possible, and providing all the art and publicity material during the campaign. And thanks mum for being such a vocal supporter!"

[Source: Kickstarter]


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In most other artistic mediums of expression, like music or film making, we hear thank yous directed towards mothers, but not so much in the world of video games. It's probably because mothers and parents try to limit their children's video game time. Happy to hear Gollop giving credit where it's very much due. Also, this is great news for fans of classic strategy games! – The Feed

Free Massive Update Coming To Terraria On Consoles Tomorrow

A large update – version 1.2 – is heading to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Vita tomorrow April 17.

In a post on the game's Facebook page announcing the date of the game's patch availability, developer Re-Logic called the update massive. You can find the full list of incoming changes here, which includes bug fixes, new NPCs, new bosses, new enemies, new items, and a huge list of other additions. The sun will also be brighter, and midnight will be darker.

For our console review of Terraria, head here. For a story from senior editor Tim Turi about becoming addicted to the game, head here.

[Source: Terraria on Facebook, Terraria Forums via Polygon] – The Feed

Eufloria Adventures hits PS Mobile this week

Omni Systems brings its latest project to the PlayStation Vita and supported Android platforms this week with the release of Eufloria Adventures, a PlayStation Mobile-exclusive follow-up to its ambient real-time strategy game Eufloria.

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Broken Sword 5, Episode 2 out today on Windows, Mac, Linux

The second episode of Revolution Software’s classic-styled point-and-click adventure game Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse is out today on Steam, Good Old Games and Get Games, finishing up heroic duo George and Nico’s latest globetrotting…
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Steam’s Daily Deal offers System Shock 2 at half price

If your life is painfully lacking in malevolent AI and angry, telekinetic monkeys, today is your lucky day: Steam is currently offering survival horror classic System Shock 2 at a 50 percent discount.

Co-developed by Irrational Games and Looking…
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New BloodRayne teased by fighting game studio

Arc System Works is teasing a new game called “BRCS,” which appears to be related to the BloodRayne franchise. VG247 points out the iconography on the character’s medallion and sword are that of red-headed dhampir, Rayne.

In recent years Arc System…
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